Choosing kit

  • Can I remove my Z750's stock exhaust valve?

    29 September 2010 by MCN

    Can I remove my Z750's stock exhaust valve?

    Q. I really need to make my 2007 Kawasaki Z750 louder as they hear my son’s GSX-R coming, but not me following. So I’m looking at a replacement can, but what’s to be done with the device fitted to the...

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  • Why won't my Honda CBF500's lights come on?

    22 September 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Why won't my Honda CBF500's lights come on?

    When I start my Honda CBF500 up the headlight should come on automatically. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. However, after riding for a few minutes it comes on and stays on. Neither dip nor main...

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  • What does mystery XJR error code mean?

    21 September 2010 by MCN

    What does mystery XJR error code mean?

    I have a friend who has a 2008 Yamaha XJR1300. He has a problem with a code that keeps coming up on the warning panel – when you switch the ignition on, the code that shows up is “20”. If the engine...

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  • Best road tyres for a BMW R1200GS

    17 September 2010 by MCN

    Best road tyres for a BMW R1200GS

    I have recently purchased a 2010 R1200GS which was fitted with Conti Trail Attacks from new. They are very grippy and confidence inspiring but the rear seems to be wearing out at an alarming rate...

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  • How do I stop my MV overheating?

    17 September 2010 by MCN

    How do I stop my MV overheating?

    My 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R has really suffered in the summer’s heat. It has always run hot at about 110 degrees, but it started to boil up and got to 125 degrees, which is when I switched it off in a...

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  • Best tyres for a Triumph America

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Triumph America

    Q. I don't have much confidence in the tyres fitted to my 2007 Triumph America. They are a fairly new Metzeler Lazertec front and Marathon rear. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres The front tracks any...

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  • Why is my 2007 R1 ticking?

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    Why is my 2007 R1 ticking?

    Q. I have a 2007 R1 with just over 7000 miles on it. I noticed that there was a ticking noise coming from the right hand side of the bike and so took it to a dealer who thought there was no problem. I...

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  • How to buy leathers that fit

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    How to buy leathers that fit

    Q. I have just bought a set of two-piece leathers and have a question about the fit. I am a 40/41-inch chest and so ordered the size 42 after speaking to the salesman. The sleeves end at just above...

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  • Advice: Why is my ZX-6R cutting out?

    07 September 2010 by MCN

    Advice: Why is my ZX-6R cutting out?

    horuson1: I have a ZX-6R C1H (2005). When I go for a ride it seems to be running hotter than it should then if I stop it cuts out unless I rev it. If it cuts out it won’t restart for about 15 minutes...

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  • Properly fitting a set of leathers

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    Properly fitting a set of leathers

    A set of leathers is a major investment, so it’s important that they fit you well. Although leathers will give a little bit over time, they aren’t as flexible as textile garments, so the makers cut...

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  • When to change your helmet

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    When to change your helmet

    Q. My wife has recently completed her CBT course and was told that “cheap helmets have a shelf life of around two years, with more expensive ones having a shelf life of around five years, after which...

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  • How to know it's time to change your tyres

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    How to know it's time to change your tyres

    Q. I am on a very tight budget as a poor student (bloody tuition fees), so I can’t afford to change my tyres until I absolutely have to. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Apart from a lack of tread, what...

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  • How to tie a bike down on a ferry

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    How to tie a bike down on a ferry

    Q. I’m taking my bike over to Spain next month and I wondered what’s the best way to tether the bike with the ratchet straps I have just purchased. I have a centrestand-free Kawasaki ZRX1200S and I...

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  • Why are my ZX-6R's lights blowing?

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    Why are my ZX-6R's lights blowing?

    Q. I own a 2004 Kawasaki ZX-6R. When I go out with my lights on, it blows the stop/tail fuse within a mile or so. If I leave the lights off, I can ride all day with no problems. I changed the bulbs...

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  • Why is my Blackbird exhaust steaming?

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    Why is my Blackbird exhaust steaming?

    Q. I have a 2001 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird that seems to run fine. What concerns me is that when I start up from cold the right-hand silencer emits water vapour almost immediately, while the...

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  • Advice: Why have my tyres worn so quickly?

    24 August 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Why have my tyres worn so quickly?

    Why have my tyres worn so quickly? Q. I’ve been using the same make and model of tyres on my bike for a few sets now, but the last pair seemed to have worn faster than before. Both the front and the...

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  • Advice: Are my Fazer's brake discs at fault?

    24 August 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Are my Fazer's brake discs at fault?

    Are my Fazer's discs at fault? Q. My recently acquired Yamaha FZS600 is great but for the high-pitched “scraping” whine from the front wheel. The dealer tells me it's the front discs and says all...

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  • Will changing spark plugs cure a misfire?

    17 August 2010 by MCN

    Will changing spark plugs cure a misfire?

    Q. My Ducati 900SS has a misfire which starts after I have ridden a few miles. Will changing the plugs sort it out? George Booth, email   A. A misfire is either related to the fuelling or the...

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  • How to get better mileage on a rear tyre

    17 August 2010 by MCN

    How to get better mileage on a rear tyre

    Q. I have a Harley XR1200X with Dunlop Qualifier tyres that I am very pleased with. The rear is getting close to the end of its life at 2200 miles. Save cash on motorcycle products If I fitted a...

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  • What's causing battery drain?

    10 August 2010 by MCN

    What's causing battery drain?

    Q. I have all sorts of electrical problems with my bike. When the lights are on the battery seems to lose charge even when the engine is running. Anon   A. You don't say what happens with the...

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  • Best tyres for a hot track day

    10 August 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a hot track day

    Q. I recently highsided a Ducati Monster S4RS on a set of Bridgestone BT016s at the Salzburgring in Austria. The local expert (superbike racer) looked at the tyres and thought they looked overheated.

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  • Why is there oil in my air filter?

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    Why is there oil in my air filter?

    Fellhopper: I decided to check the condition of the air filter on my GSX-R750 K2, it is a bit oily so I've ordered a new K&N filter to replace a standard one fitted last year (done about 11k). I...

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  • Best tyres for a Yamaha Fazer 600

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Yamaha Fazer 600

    Q. I have a 2003 Yamaha Fazer 600 with only 3900 miles on the clock, which I bought 18 months ago. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres It has a Dunlop Sportmax 160/60 x 17 on the rear and a 110/70 x 17 on...

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  • My speedo can't cope with my turbo!

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    My speedo can't cope with my turbo!

    Q. About one year ago I fitted a nice little turbo to my first generation Suzuki 1200 Bandit. Save cash on motorcycle products Now, I've covered about 7000 miles (3000 of them in 10 days around...

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  • Can I service my R1200RT's throttle at home?

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    Can I service my R1200RT's throttle at home?

    Q. I have a 2005 BMW R1200RT which I have started to service myself; I have found this to be very straightforward, however I am not sure about the throttle body/cable adjustment/synchronisation. Save...

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  • Product review: Abus Granit Extreme Chain

    27 July 2010 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Abus Granit Extreme Chain

    Abus Granit Extreme Chain 37-1.1m-12mm, £199 Time used: Five years What's good? Words can't describe the lack of care I have lavished on this faithful friend. Save £££s on motorcycle locks But it's...

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  • Can I change FireBlade front wheel size?

    26 July 2010 by MCN

    Can I change FireBlade front wheel size?

    Q. Not sure if you've ever been asked this before, but I want to get some decent modern rubber on my ageing CBR900RR FireBlade. Is there a way I can go about putting a 17-inch wheel on the front to...

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  • How best to scrub in new tyres

    26 July 2010 by MCN

    How best to scrub in new tyres

    Q. I'd just got a set of new tyres fitted and was taking things as easy as I could when the rear just slipped away so fast and without warning, I wanted to talk to someone at the importer to better...

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