Choosing kit

  • Why is my radiator bubbling over?

    18 May 2011 by MCN

    Why is my radiator bubbling over?

    A line of small white foam bubbles have started to appear all along the lower edge of my radiator. Although the expansion tank level has not really dropped, do I need to consider Radweld or a repair?...

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  • Why is my Kawasaki ZX-9R stalling?

    09 May 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Kawasaki ZX-9R stalling?

    Why is my ZX-9R stalling? I own a late Kawasaki ZX-9R and it will only turn over and start when the bike is in neutral and the clutch disengaged. The moment I pull in the clutch lever it packs up. I’m...

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  • Tyre's mystery line

    04 May 2011 by MCN

    Tyre's mystery line

    I have about 400 miles on the Bridgestone BT023R on the front wheel of my 2005 Honda CBF600N and I’ve noticed a strange line just left of centre that runs the circumference of the tyre. Has anyone...

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  • Why are my GSX1400’s downpipes glowing?

    03 May 2011 by MCN

    Why are my GSX1400’s downpipes glowing?

    I have a Suzuki GSX1400 and I have just fitted a four-into-one Akrapovic exhaust system. When I start it up and it’s ticking over, my exhaust headers glow bright red. Could you tell me why this is...

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  • Why does my CBR125 keep stalling?

    03 May 2011 by MCN

    Why does my CBR125 keep stalling?

    I have a 2005 plate CBR125R and it runs fine, except it has a tendency to stall when slowing down just before stopping (eg. at traffic lights). It was also idling unevenly, but I tweaked the idle...

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  • Best tyres for a 2004 Honda Fireblade

    08 April 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a 2004 Honda Fireblade

    Q. I bought my 2004 Fireblade with Pirelli Corsa IIIs and they seem OK but a little ‘slidy’ on the rear at times (in the damp). I’m trying to decide whether to replace the pair with Corsa IIIs or buy...

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  • Suzuki GS500E won’t idle

    08 April 2011

    Suzuki GS500E won’t idle

    Q. I can’t get my Suzuki GS500E to idle on the tickover screw. I either wind it right in, so the throttle is stuck on 4000 revs, or it stalls as I back it off. I have fitted new spark plugs and...

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  • Will my loud exhaust pass an MoT?

    08 April 2011 by MCN

    Will my loud exhaust pass an MoT?

    Q. I have a US-import GSX-R750 with a Yoshimura end can fitted which hasn’t got any markings on it at all. No 'not for road use' or 'race use only', but it does seem a little loud. Where do I stand...

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  • Best tyres for a KTM 950SM?

    29 March 2011

    Best tyres for a KTM 950SM?

    I am looking for some new tyres for my 2006 KTM 950SM. I currently have Pirelli Diablo Corsa IIIs on, which have been great, although I haven’t used them in the wet much. I am planning a trip to the...

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  • Cure for stuttering ZZR1100

    29 March 2011

    Cure for stuttering ZZR1100

    My ZZR1100 was running rough and when I checked the valve clearances there were six tight on the exhaust side. I also balanced the carbs, and it’s now much smoother and responsive, but it sort of...

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  • What’s causing Ducati 749 error?

    29 March 2011

    What’s causing Ducati 749 error?

    I have just started my Ducati 749 for the first time in about a month. The bike starts OK every time but the amber EOBD light stays on. According to the owner’s manual it should go out after about...

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  • Honda Varadero ignition problem

    29 March 2011

    Honda Varadero ignition problem

    My 2009 Honda Varadero 1000cc has an intermittent random fault that happens maybe once a day or once a week or several times a day. When I switch the ignition on, the light comes on, but there's no...

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  • What are the yellow dots on tyres?

    22 March 2011

    What are the yellow dots on tyres?

    I was browsing websites looking for info regarding those red and yellow dots on the tyre sidewalls and could have sworn I'd seen an MCN feature about them being factory balance markings and where they...

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  • One-armed rider seeks braking solution

    22 March 2011

    One-armed rider seeks braking solution

    Q. I have a paralysed right arm and ride a 1999 Honda Hornet 600 with all the controls fitted to the left side handlebar. At the moment I use an ISR clutch master cylinder that I have connected the...

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  • Best tyres for a KTM SMT

    16 February 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a KTM SMT

    Q. I've got a KTM SMT 990. Can you suggest a set of sticky tyres for it? The stickier the better, and I'm not bothered about tyre life as I only go out for 50-60 mile blasts. Your help would be much...

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  • Will charger hurt my Rocket III’s battery?

    16 February 2011 by MCN

    Will charger hurt my Rocket III’s battery?

    Q. My Triumph Rocket III is fitted with an alarm and clock and I was wondering whether should I put an Optimate on after every ride, even though it’s generally only left for 12 hours? Is it worth it...

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  • My Kawasaki ZZ-R600 won’t tick over

    16 February 2011 by MCN

    My Kawasaki ZZ-R600 won’t tick over

    Q. My 2000 Kawasaki ZZ-R600’s idle is all over the place and it’s cutting out at speed, too. I’ve tried to adjust the tickover using the screw, but it’s seized solid, so I’ve had to do it with the...

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  • The best off-road tyres

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    The best off-road tyres

    Q. I own a Kawasaki KMX200 and I’m looking for a set of road-legal off-road tyres with the emphasis on their dirt performance. I've spent ages surfing the web but can’t find any that fit the bill. The...

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  • Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

    Q. I’ve just bought a 2002 Yamaha R1 and the gear selection isn’t brilliant, with second gear skipping at 8000rpm. The fork seals are starting to leak too… Gordon Harrison, email   A. Oh dear, it...

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  • Is my ZX-7R suffering from carb icing?

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    Is my ZX-7R suffering from carb icing?

    Q. My Kawasaki ZX-7R P4 has an intermittent running problem that has me stumped. On cold mornings it will start fine, run fine for about five or 10 minutes then sometimes it will stutter and feel like...

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  • Will new bar ends affect handling?

    31 January 2011 by MCN

    Will new bar ends affect handling?

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-7R and I’ve just fitted new bar ends. They weigh a lot less than original ones and I’m wondering whether this will affect the handing of my bike? They look better, but are they...

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  • When should I change my tyres?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    When should I change my tyres?

    I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little...

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  • Why won’t Aprilia SR50 start well when hot?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Why won’t Aprilia SR50 start well when hot?

    My nipper has a fuel-injected Aprila SR50 Ditech. When it runs it has a really good little engine and will fly along at 35mph all day. The trouble is, it’s an absolute pig to start hot or cold. My...

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  • Is my Bandit 600’s fuel tap faulty?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Is my Bandit 600’s fuel tap faulty?

    I have a 2000 Suzuki Bandit 600 and when I have the fuel tap in the ‘on’ position it starts to run poorly, as though it isn’t getting enough fuel. But when I put the fuel tap to the ‘prime’ position...

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  • Best sports touring tyres for a GSX-R1000

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    Best sports touring tyres for a GSX-R1000

    Q. I wonder if you can give me some advice on the best tyres to use on a GSX-R1000 K7 for touring. I plan on riding my K7 alone to a few MotoGPs in 2011 around Europe, starting from Yarm in...

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  • ZZR struggles to start from cold

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    ZZR struggles to start from cold

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZZR600 which is still soldiering on, but it is getting harder and harder to start on cold mornings. The battery is pretty new, but there’s not much of a spark at the plugs. I know...

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  • Why can't I change gear?

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    Why can't I change gear?

    Q. I have a 1979 Kawasaki KZ400 that I use for travelling between college and home; it's in very good condition and has only done 4500 miles. The problem is that shifting into second gear is very...

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  • Best tyres for a GSX-R1000 K3

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a GSX-R1000 K3

    Q. I have a Suzuki 2003 GSX-R1000 and the tyres I’m stuck between are the Bridgestone BT023s and the Metzeler Sportec M5s. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Please could you shed some light on the best...

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  • Bandit’s speedo goes blank

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    Bandit’s speedo goes blank

    Q. I have a Suzuki Bandit 1250SA which is just coming up for three years old. It has developed an intermittent problem in that the speedo can go blank, though it is still backlit, and the rev counter...

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  • BN125 won't start from cold

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    BN125 won't start from cold

    Q. I have a Kawasaki BN125 that just does not want to start from cold at all. When it does fire up, the moment you take the choke off it stalls, and you have to be so, so gentle on the throttle until...

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  • Best road tyres for a BMW F800GS

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Best road tyres for a BMW F800GS

    Q. A few months ago I bought a 2008 BMW F800GS with Metzeler Tourance tyres already fitted. They still had some life left, so I've been running around on them and they're OK, but I'm looking for...

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  • Where can I get Hayabusa luggage?

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Where can I get Hayabusa luggage?

    Q. I’ve looked far and wide but can’t find any sort of hard luggage for my Suzuki 1300 Hayabusa. I live in Germany, and no one can help, not even Suzuki Germany. Stephen Poulton, email   A. This...

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