Choosing kit

  • Yamaha YBR 125's revs won't drop

    17 November 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha YBR 125's revs won't drop

    I bought a 2005 Yamaha YBR125 privately few weeks ago, it didn’t tick over very well then but I thought it just needed a good service. It starts OK but after it’s warmed up and ready, if you throttle...

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  • Aprilia RSV can't find neutral

    17 November 2011 by MCN

    Aprilia RSV can't find neutral

    I have a 2004 Aprilia RSV Factory on which it is impossible to select neutral when stopped. It is sometimes possible to slide it into neutral from second gear as you come to a halt, but at a...

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  • Is Honda CBR125 output shaft safe?

    12 October 2011 by MCN

    Is Honda CBR125 output shaft safe?

    Q. While fitting a new chain and sprockets to my son’s 2007 Honda CBR125R I noticed that the engine output shaft could be moved in and out by about 1-2mm. Is this normal on this model? A. Don’t panic...

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  • Tyres for a Kawasaki VN1600 Classic

    05 October 2011 by MCN

    Tyres for a Kawasaki VN1600 Classic

    I am trying to source a rear tyre for my Kawasaki VN1600 Classic, a 170/70 x 16 Bridgestone G722. I have trolled through pages of Google search, but have been unable to locate one. I have just put on...

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  • What's causing Sprint ST's starting problem?

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    What's causing Sprint ST's starting problem?

    I have a 2005 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 with a seemingly random starter problem. Sometimes it will turn over, but that’s it. Then the next day it works fine. The dealer has swapped the plugs over and...

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  • Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    The front Dunlop Sportmax on my Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is getting due for replacement and I’d like a reasonably priced new tyre that would suit. The rear tyre is also a Sportmax but has lots of life...

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  • Cure for Honda CG125's juddering

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    Cure for Honda CG125's juddering

    When I’m slowing down on my Honda CG125 and I’m in third gear, then go down to second, when I slowly let out my clutch I get a fast juddering noise. It seems to do it more when cold. The chain tension...

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  • Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    26 September 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    I changed the front pads on my Hayabusa recently, but now after hitting the brakes I keep hearing an annoying ‘clicking’ sound like something is touching the brake discs. I took it back to the...

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  • Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    Q. I’m looking for the best all-round tyres for my Suzuki B-King. On the web forums a lot of people are changing from the 200/50 rear to a 190/55, saying you get better turn in. Plus there is more...

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  • Kawasaki ZZR1400 head bearing issue

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Kawasaki ZZR1400 head bearing issue

    Q. I have a 2007 Kawasaki ZZR1400 that has, from new, produced a loud crack from the head race area. During the guarantee period I was always told at each service that there was nothing to worry about...

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  • Suspension fix for a 2004 Yamaha Fazer 1000

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Suspension fix for a 2004 Yamaha Fazer 1000

    Q. This is my second Fazer 1000, an ’04 model after several Blades and R1s. Ticking nearly all of the boxes: performance (Akrapovic system) and practicality aswell as all-day comfort, the glaring...

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  • Best all-round tyres for a KTM Superduke

    08 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Best all-round tyres for a KTM Superduke

    I have a KTM Superduke and need to replace both tyres. I ride quite hard so need something that inspires confidence, but often get caught out in the wet, so need something that doesn’t slide all over...

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  • Kawasaki ER-5 keeps stalling

    08 September 2011 by MCN

    Kawasaki ER-5 keeps stalling

    I have a 2002 Kawasaki ER-5, the engine starts and runs perfectly, but as soon as you put it in gear and start to release the clutch the bike will stall, no matter how high the revs are. It's not the...

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  • Honda Hornet 600's surprise backfire

    08 September 2011 by MCN

    Honda Hornet 600's surprise backfire

    Yesterday, when I went to start up my 1998 Honda Hornet 600, I got a massive backfire. It’s never happened before and I’m wondering if it’s anything to worry about (damaging valves, etc)? The bike ran...

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  • Triumph Sprint ST downchange problem

    08 September 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Sprint ST downchange problem

    I bought a new Triumph Sprint ST a year ago. Right from the start, I have had problems getting a smooth, slick downchange, especially from fourth to third to second and first. Occasionally I get it...

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  • Best tyres for a Honda CBR600RR

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Honda CBR600RR

    Q. I have just bought a Honda CBR600RR and the rear tyre’s just about squared off. It’s got a BT-015R on, would there be anything better for fast road riding? Or should I keep to the same type of...

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  • How to extract a bar end weight screw

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    How to extract a bar end weight screw

    Q. I have a bar end weight screw stuck in the end of the bar after the bar end snapped off. There isn’t much sticking out to get a grip of, so I’m going to have a go at drilling it out, but are there...

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  • Why are my bulbs blowing?

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    Why are my bulbs blowing?

    Q. I replaced a bulb for the speedo on my, but when I was on my way home from work late this evening I accelerated hard to overtake a car on the slip road and join the motorway, and shortly after my...

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  • Yamaha YBR125 clutch problem

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha YBR125 clutch problem

    Q. Just recently my YBR125 has started mucking around when it comes to shifting up from first to second. It will eventually go into gear, but only after several de-clutchings and an embarrassing 30...

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  • Why are my Aprilia Mille's tyres deflating?

    09 August 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Aprilia Mille's tyres deflating?

    Q. I have bought a 2002 Aprilia Mille that is having tyre problems – they’re deflating for no reason. I have put new tyres and valves on and the problem is still there. Motorcycle tyres for sale. The...

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  • Honda VFR800's header pipe snapped

    09 August 2011 by MCN

    Honda VFR800's header pipe snapped

    Q. I have a Honda VFR800FI, a 1998 model. The front header pipe has snapped right at the point it joins to the cylinder head so I've had to invest in the whole downpipe collector unit. I've never had...

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  • Suzuki Bandit 600 is misfiring

    09 August 2011 by MCN

    Suzuki Bandit 600 is misfiring

    Q. I’ve recently bought a mint condition 2002 Suzuki Bandit 600 with 8000 miles on it. While riding home I noticed when slowing down for junctions that when I reopen the throttle the bike misses...

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  • Is Honda CG125 chain over-tight?

    09 August 2011 by MCN

    Is Honda CG125 chain over-tight?

    Q. When I spin the back tyre of my Honda CG125 in neutral I can hear a rumble and sometimes when I change down gears and don’t blip the throttle to match engine speed I get a “clanking” noise like the...

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  • Best retro helmet for less than £200

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Best retro helmet for less than £200

    Q. I'm looking for an open-face helmet to wear on a Triumph Bonneville and I've about £200 to spend (although I'd rather spend less!). Cheap motorcycle helmets for sale. What are my options? Martin...

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  • Best tyres for 25-year-old Sportster

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for 25-year-old Sportster

    Q. I have a 1986 Harley Sportster 1100XLH, currently fitted with an Avon Venom-X MT90B16 on the rear (half-inch chicken strips) and a Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 4.10H19 61H at thefront (worn to the...

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  • Why's my FZ1 rear brake useless?

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Why's my FZ1 rear brake useless?

    Q. The rear brake on my Yamaha FZ1 is useless. I told my local Yamaha dealer when they had it for its 12,000-mile service and afterwards they said it was OK. They said the pads looked almost new (they...

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  • What's holding my tyre to the rim?

    25 July 2011 by MCN

    What's holding my tyre to the rim?

    Q. Why does the rear wheel of a motorcycle not spin within the tyre? A great emphasis is placed on maximising tyre grip against the road surface, so why do the wheels not spin inside the tyre - the...

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  • Perfect tyre for a BMW K1200RS

    20 July 2011 by MCN

    Perfect tyre for a BMW K1200RS

    Q. I've come to the end of the road with the current tyres on my trusty '01 BMW K1200RS (Front Avon Azaro 120/70ZR17, Rear Avon 'Storm' AV56 180/55ZR17) and need a little guidance. My annual mileage...

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