Choosing kit

  • How long will my leathers last?

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    How long will my leathers last?

    Q. We all know that manufacturers put a life expectancy on helmets of roughly five years but is there a life expectancy on leathers? I know we should replace any kit if it has been involved in a high...

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  • Why does my Yamaha MT-03 cut out?

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    Why does my Yamaha MT-03 cut out?

    Q. To help my fetish for vibey, low-powered, single cylinders I have owned a 2008 Yamaha MT-03 for a year. It’s great fun but cuts out stone cold at odd moments, usually below 30mph, especially after...

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  • Death of home servicing?

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    Death of home servicing?

    Q. I own a 2008 Yamaha Fazer 600S2 which I plan on keeping for a few years. I like to do my own maintenance, but the bike has electronic fuel injection, ECU and a factory immobilizer, which is all...

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  • Nicked for a bike in bits

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    Nicked for a bike in bits

    Q. I have just received a fixed penalty notice for my Yamaha XJR1300, the bike is still taxed, but it’s been in bits since July so I let the insurance lapse. I thought that if the bike was taxed you...

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  • Why is my GSX-R750 running wide?

    11 January 2012 by MCN

    Why is my GSX-R750 running wide?

    I’ve got a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R750 which I love the look and power of. The problem is that when I open the throttle up in the second part of a corner while the bike is still cranked over, it starts to...

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  • Best tyres for a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy?

    11 January 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy?

    The Dunlop D407 200/55 x 17 rear will soon need replacing on my 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy after 6000 miles and the front D408F 140/75 x 17 is almost as worn. Should I replace with the same or is...

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  • Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

    11 January 2012 by MCN

    Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

    My wheels are looking a bit tatty on my Hornet and I’m considering spraying them myself. However the wheels take a lot of crap from the road and I am worried it won’t be durable. Cairnsie13, MCN...

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  • Proper helmet fitment

    04 January 2012 by MotoMan2

    Although ordering a helmet isn’t a true science, making sure it fits properly is very important. To make sure you are wearing the right helmet for your head, follow these steps to protect you on the road. First, measure your head. Wrap a tape measure horizontally around your head about one inch above your eyebrows. Find a string to wrap it around the largest portion of your head and mark it where...

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  • Should I replace the tyre AND inner tube?

    03 January 2012 by MCN

    Should I replace the tyre AND inner tube?

    Q. My Sinnis Apache has tyres with inner tubes. As an inner tube is only £6 and a new tyre £40, If I were to get a puncture would I be able to keep the tyre and only replace the inner tube? Would...

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  • Why is my Virago's battery running dry?

    03 January 2012 by MCN

    Why is my Virago's battery running dry?

    Q. The battery on my Yamaha Virago ran dry so I replaced it at the same time as putting some heated grips on. I don’t use these much, but after two weeks the new battery has lost 60% of its...

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  • How should I clean my chain?

    03 January 2012 by MCN

    How should I clean my chain?

    Q. I keep getting conflicting information about bike maintenance. I've been told by one dealer that I shouldn't clean my chain, just spray fresh lube over the old muck, but another said I should clean...

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  • Which bobbins for my Kawasaki Z1000SX?

    03 January 2012 by MCN

    Which bobbins for my Kawasaki Z1000SX?

    Q. I’ve got a Kawasaki Z1000SX and I’m looking at getting a paddock stand for it. Rather than one that lifts it at the rear wheel spindle, I want to use the two threaded holes in the swingarm and two...

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  • Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

    Q. What rear tyre would you recommend for a 2011 Derbi Terra Adventure 125. The rear is a 130/90 x 17 and the front is a 90/90 x 21. Newbiker1, MCN forums A. Continental Escapes are a really good...

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  • Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

    Q. Some time ago Trevor Franklin did a long-term test on a KTM 990SMT. I’m using my bike for the winter months getting to work and I remember Trevor saying that he fitted a new rear hugger. He said it...

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  • Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

    Q. I'm looking for a new full-face helmet but fancy one with an internal sun visor. I know a few of the flip front types have them but I don't want the extra weight. Motorcycle helmets for sale. Money...

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  • Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

    Q. I have recently purchased a Kawasaki ZZR1200. I'm very pleased with it, but I have one annoying problem – the front brake squeals under light operation. I have removed the calipers, and the pistons...

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  • Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    Q. I bought an N-plate Honda CBR600F six months ago with Michelin Pilot 1s fitted that arejust about done after 5000 miles and three track days. I will be using the bike mainly for summer riding and a...

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  • Is rattling exhaust sapping power?

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Is rattling exhaust sapping power?

    Q. My son's Piaggio NRG scooter has lost power. It used to do 50, now it does 26mph at 7000rpm. It does not sound the same as his mate’s NRG and when I took the exhaust off something is rattling...

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  • Why won't my Honda CBX750 run properly?

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Why won't my Honda CBX750 run properly?

    Q. I've just got an ’86-reg Honda CBX750, it had blowing header pipes which I’ve fixed. My problem is that when I try to ride it after letting it warm up the middle two cylinders splutter then cut...

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  • Cure for Kawasaki Zephyr's fuel problems

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Cure for Kawasaki Zephyr's fuel problems

    Q. I have a Kawasaki Zephyr 750 which has not been run very much since summer 2010. When I triedstarting it about a month ago, it was very reluctant to fire up, but would just about run OK. I decided...

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  • Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

    Q. I have been on a GSX-R1000 for the past two years, but now as my wife wants to travel further afield we are changing to a Kawasaki GTR1400. Which tyres can I fit to get the most grip and feel? I’m...

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  • Why is my Bandit 1250's exhaust popping?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Bandit 1250's exhaust popping?

    Q. I bought my 2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250SA new and I like everything except the massive end can. I replaced this with a twin outlet road legal can from Banditmania which looks and sounds great. The...

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  • How do I replace Suzuki SV650's radiator?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    How do I replace Suzuki SV650's radiator?

    Q. While waiting for my shoulder to heal after a smash I took the radiator off my SV and got it repaired. What do I need to know about putting it back on? Is it as simple as stick it back on and fill...

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  • Is petrol damaging my 20-year-old bike?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Is petrol damaging my 20-year-old bike?

    Q. I've just seen an advertisement for a product that will protect motorcycle engines made before 1996 from damage that will, according to them, result from use of petrol containing ethanol. I have a...

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  • Wrong pressures on Honda CBF600 tyres

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Wrong pressures on Honda CBF600 tyres

    Q. I have been using my Honda CBF600 for six months. I had got it into my head that the front tyre pressure was 42psi, which has always seemed fine. The other day I went to check the pressures and the...

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  • Where's my GSX-R600's engine braking gone?

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Where's my GSX-R600's engine braking gone?

    Q. I’ve noticed the engine braking on my 10,000-mile GSX-R600 K5 has severely decreased when I roll off the throttle and I can quite happily ride round at 10mph with no throttle at all and the clutch...

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  • How to store a bike over winter

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    How to store a bike over winter

    Q. I own a 2010 Honda VFR800. My bike is used most of the year but could be off the road for a couple of months in bad weather. It is garaged and has a battery conditioner fitted. Can I do any form of...

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  • Suzuki Hayabusa's hot start issue

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Suzuki Hayabusa's hot start issue

    Q. I have a 1999 Hayabusa with a hot start problem. It starts fine when cold and on choke, and also when hot if you start straight away after stopping, such as after fuelling up. The problems start if...

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  • Best tyres for a BMW K1600GT

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a BMW K1600GT

    Q. I love my BMW K1600GT but I have struggled to get a decent mileage from the OE tyres. On my best behaviour I can get 3500 miles tops, but I want to get it above 4000 miles otherwise a big trip...

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  • Best winter battery care

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Best winter battery care

    Q. I am going to need to take my BMW F800R off the road over the winter and would like some advice on how best to look after the battery. I cannot fit a trickle charger as there is no electricity...

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  • Oil light mystery on 2004 Yamaha R6

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Oil light mystery on 2004 Yamaha R6

    Q. I have an ’04 Yamaha R6, and on cold mornings the oil light comes on for about 30 seconds after I have been riding for a couple of minutes. When the bike has done about three or four miles or when...

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