2009

Master the art of riding at night

Master the art of riding at night

Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 MCN shop bestsellers of 2009

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 MCN shop bestsellers of 2009

Of the 42,000-plus products available to buy at www.mcnshop.com, here are the top 10 bestselling this year. All those readers can’t be wrong... 1. Shoei XR-1000 helmet, RRP from £295 MCN Shop...

Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

Q. I have been offered a set of 16.5in Dymags for the right money for my GSX-R1000 K5. Getting race tyres is not a problem and I can get treads cut in them. I thought I heard a rumour about tyre...

How to corner with confidence - part 5

How to corner with confidence - part 5

Here's the final key to supreme cornering, the final part of our five-section guide ­ accelerating out of the bend. STAGE FIVE Accelerate: You've leant the bike into the corner with a smooth,...

Kit review: Arai SZ Ram

Kit review: Arai SZ Ram

Arai SZ Ram 111, £324.99 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Simon Relph Miles covered/time: 2800/Nine months What’s good? The SZ Ram 111 is the update to my old SZ/F which has unfortunately passed...

Kit Review: Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399

Kit Review: Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399

Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good? I tested them on the Reclaim Wales protest rally, so I wore them constantly between 7am and...

Product advice: How to get kitted out from head to toe

Product advice: How to get kitted out from head to toe

"I'm just about to start riding and I'm fortunate enough to have about £2000 to spend getting kitted out from head to toe. How should I spend that budget on everything from a helmet to boots?" Hamish...

Product advice: Will aftermarket levers be an MoT failure?

Product advice: Will aftermarket levers be an MoT failure?

"I read somewhere that brake/clutch levers without ball ends will fail an MoT. The clutch lever on my XTZ660 got broken recently and I fitted an aftermarket lever, but it doesn't have a ball end and...

New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

If the roads are white with snow you are best off leaving the bike at home. But if you get caught out by a sudden weather change and you've no choice, here are some tips to keep you rubber side...

New Rider: How to top up a battery – the christmas way!

New Rider: How to top up a battery – the christmas way!

If you are running an older bike with a lead acid battery that needs topping up now and again with distilled water, save one of those discharged plastic 'party popper' cases from the Christmas...

New Rider: How to prevent your ignition freezing

New Rider: How to prevent your ignition freezing

These freezing conditions mean that your exposed ignition or fuel tank lock can get iced up solid. But try these quick fixes and long-term remedies and you should be up and running quickly. If you’re...

Could my exhaust fail an MoT for noise?

Could my exhaust fail an MoT for noise?

Q. I've been finding it difficult to find out what the current law is regarding motorcycle noise levels. Can you help? Save £££s on motorcycle exhausts My MoT test centre told me it is now 'lax' and...

How to cure a ZZR1100 wheel wobble

How to cure a ZZR1100 wheel wobble

Beaconsman: I¹ve been fixing up my ZZR11 on a tight budget this year and I have an issue with the rear wheel. The bearings are OK, but when assembled, the sprocket and cush drive move quite a lot. A...

Best tyres for a Suzuki Hayabusa

Best tyres for a Suzuki Hayabusa

Q. I've owned a 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa from new and I've been using Michelin Pilot Sport HPXs which were great. When I was in France in the summer I got a puncture in the rear so I got a Suzuki dealer...

Can you use flashing cycle lights on a motorcycle?

Can you use flashing cycle lights on a motorcycle?

Some riders are starting to use flashing bicycle lights in addition to their normal dipped beam when they are riding through heavy traffic. The trouble is that it is illegal under the Road Vehicle...

New rider: corner with confidence, part two

New rider: corner with confidence, part two

Now you've read the road ahead to get a good idea of what's in store, it's time to get yourself in the correct position to tackle it. STAGE TWO Position: This is making sure that you have moved...

New rider: corner with confidence, part one

New rider: corner with confidence, part one

Cornering with confidence is one of the great joys of riding a bike. Setting yourself up for the bend, picking your moment to lean the bike into the turn, then powering out smoothly and progressively...

What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

Q. As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. I've got the OE...

What's the best track day rubber?

What's the best track day rubber?

Q. I'm gearing up for next year's track days already and I'm looking for some fresh rubber. I've used Pirelli Super Corsa Pros but my supplier is suggesting the Bridgestone 003s which are cheaper too.

Will a Power Commander and pipe cure Hornet vibes?

Will a Power Commander and pipe cure Hornet vibes?

Q. I like my Honda Hornet 900, but I was wondering if a Power Commander and a pipe might cure the vibes a bit? I don't mind losing some power as it's got plenty and I already like the torque that it...

Benefits of changing brakes lines

Benefits of changing brakes lines

Q. When I replace the brake lines on my Yamaha FJR1300 is there any benefit (apart from cost) in braking function or performance to change the set-up from a single line splitting with a Y-piece into...

Can't see anything

I once had a 2 day green laning adventure in the Welsh mountains in snow. I had absolutely no problem keeping warm because of the amount of work I had to do to stay on the bike, but my goggles kept steaming up. When you ride slower your breath has more effect upon what happens to the inside of your helmet. So I smear a small amount washing up liquid onto the inside of my visor if I'm anticipating...

New rider: How to filter safely

New rider: How to filter safely

There's a great deal of pleasure to be had from filtering past hundreds of frustrated car and lorry drivers. You are in charge of your own destiny and over time you are saving days of your life to do...

How to claim against a rubbish training centre

How to claim against a rubbish training centre

The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you...

How to stop your padlocks frosting up

How to stop your padlocks frosting up

Ginnelli: Hi. What is the best way to prevent padlocks from freezing up? Last year I had matching padlocks on my garage door and back gate. When I went to open the gate the key just snapped clean in...

How to tell if your tyres are past it

How to tell if your tyres are past it

Q. My Honda CBR400RR has had the same tyres on it for at least three years, possibly even longer than that. I have Bridgestone Battlax front and rear and they have more than enough tread to see me...

Vapour blasting, the easy way

Vapour blasting, the easy way

I recently bought a Bultaco Sherpa T, my dream bike. But because it was in quite tatty condition I had the opportunity to add a few personal touches, like paint. I decided the colourscheme would be...

MCN stocking fillers: Bike Havoc DVD

MCN stocking fillers: Bike Havoc DVD

This DVD features over 160 crashes with action from various on and off-road bikesports including GPs, drag racing, the Le Touquet and Southport beach races, trials and the Paris Dakar rally.

How to touch up paint on the cheap

How to touch up paint on the cheap

If you are unlucky enough to damage your bike's paintwork it can sometimes be pretty hard to get hold of the paint from the dealer network to carry out the repairs yourself. But there are two...

How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

At this time of year with the sun low in the sky it's all too easy to be dazzled unexpectedly, but there's not enough biright sunlight around to justify a dark visor. An easy temporary fix is to put a...

Tyre advice: Can I fit tubeless tyres to my bike?

Tyre advice: Can I fit tubeless tyres to my bike?

Q. I am about to replace the Metzeler ME22 on the front of my MZ250, with an apparently identical replacement. Save cash on motorcycle tyres I say 'apparently', because the current tyre says, in tiny...

New rider: Braking in the wet

New rider: Braking in the wet

Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a...

New rider: the importance of locking your bike up

New rider: the importance of locking your bike up

It's a sad fact that bikes are all too easy to steal because two blokes can wheel one into the back of a van in seconds and four scum can pick one up to do the same job. Save cash on motorcycle...

Tyre advice: Best tyres for a 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille

Tyre advice: Best tyres for a 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille

Q. My 2002 Aprilia RSV1000R has Pirelli tyres on it. What would you recommend as the better tyres for the Aprilia? Metzeler or Pirelli? Save £££s on motorcycle tyres Chris Jackson, email   A. It...

Tyre advice: What's the difference between aftermarket and OE tyres?

Tyre advice: What's the difference between aftermarket and OE tyres?

Q. Can you tell me what the difference is between a Bridgestone BT014F and a BT014FJ, and a BT014R and a BT014RN? My dealer can't give me an answer and there is a big difference in price. Save cash...

How to move your bike around on foot

How to move your bike around on foot

Manoeuvring your bike is one of those tasks that's simple if you follow a few basic rules. If you're not able to get two feet flat on the floor, hop off onto the left side away from the traffic and...