2010

Each engine has its own characteristics

Each engine has its own characteristics

When you first start out, chances are that you will go through several changes of bike, from a small capacity two-stroke scooter, to a 1000cc inline four, 900cc V-twin or 675cc triple. Each engine has...

Is there a cheap way to repair a tyre?

Is there a cheap way to repair a tyre?

I caught a financial cold recently when I picked up a puncture in a nearly-new Z-rated tyre and I had to get it replaced. Is there any guaranteed way I can avoid a costly bill if I get another...

Is it safe to disconnect my battery?

Is it safe to disconnect my battery?

My friend told me that I cannot disconnect the old battery completely on my Suzuki GSX1400 as this means I will “lose the memory in the ECU”. Is this correct? Walter Calne, email   The moment...

Can I get a custom-made screen?

Can I get a custom-made screen?

I have a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A, which is a great bike, but I have an issue with the screen. When it’s down I just get buffeted to pieces, and if I put the screen up the wind just pushes my head forward...

Why do I keep getting punctures?

Why do I keep getting punctures?

Q. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I keep picking up punctures in my rear tyres. I’ve had four in the last 2000 miles and it’s getting expensive to pay for repair or replacement. Save £££s on...

Can I do a track day if I don’t wear leather?

Can I do a track day if I don’t wear leather?

Q. I'd love my girlfriend to do a track day or race school day to get some more experience of cornering, but she's a strict vegetarian and won't wear leather at all. Do you know any race schools or...

Can I ditch my lambda sensor?

Can I ditch my lambda sensor?

Q. I want to change the exhaust on my 2009 Yamaha XJ6. I'm happy to get a full system less the cat as I'm told it will reduce weight and increase horsepower. Some systems that I've looked at state...

Best all-round tyres for Triumph Street Triple R

Best all-round tyres for Triumph Street Triple R

Q. I have a Triumph Street Triple R, I'm 43 and passed my Direct Access two and a half years ago. Save cash on motorcycle tyres I ride back lanes for fun and do the odd trip to the coast and back,...

What's causing GSX-R1000 gearbox issue?

What's causing GSX-R1000 gearbox issue?

Q. I have a problem with my GSX-R1000 K5 selecting neutral when the engine is warmed over 75°C. All the gears work OK, it’s just when clicking into neutral that it won't come out of gear, without some...

Know your bike's oil consumption

Know your bike's oil consumption

Just because a bike uses oil doesn’t necessarily mean that it has a problem. For a long time now, bike makers have designed engines with under piston oil feeds. These are there to cool down the piston...

How can I fix R6's ignition transponder?

How can I fix R6's ignition transponder?

Q. I recently bought a 2003 Yamaha R6. It was working all right for a week, but one evening it didn't start. On pressing the starter switch I could hear the starter sound but the bike failed to...

Does my Triumph T955i have a loose sprag clutch?

Does my Triumph T955i have a loose sprag clutch?

Q. I’ve been reading some articles stored in my garage on the Triumph T595 from 1998 and I’m worried. It says the bolts on the starter sprag clutch can come undone, and you first hear a rattle, before...

New rider: Avon offer free replacement on damaged or punctured tyres

New rider: Avon offer free replacement on damaged or punctured tyres

Avon tyres have got a scheme called the Road Hazard Warranty. If one of their radial tyres becomes damaged or punctured they will replace it free of charge, as long as there's no more than 1mm of...

New rider: Avoiding punctures

New rider: Avoiding punctures

There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic...

What's causing my ST1300 to wiggle?

What's causing my ST1300 to wiggle?

I have a Honda ST1300, that’s in generally fine fettle, with good tyres and swingarm, and with steering head and wheel bearings in good condition, too. However, when pulling away, the bike feels like...

Effect of a squared-off front tyre

Effect of a squared-off front tyre

Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-6R G1. When I go round corners my steering wobbles and when I’m going really slow in traffic, I’m fighting to balance, but then it’s fine in a straight line at speed. I checked...

How to seal an old petrol tank

How to seal an old petrol tank

Q. One of my chums yesterday told me he was getting a new tank for his old Bonneville. When I asked why, he said because he put Petseal in the tank and now that petrol has a higher percentage of...

How can I solve riding pain?

How can I solve riding pain?

Q. I'm a female pensioner who has taken up biking again in the last couple of years after a long absence. I live in Spain and it's great for biking, but I have one problem. I'm pretty heavy and after...

Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

Q. I was recently at the Motorland circuit in Spain. This track is very fast and has a strong left-hand bias and is tough on tyres. The Dunlop Sportmax slick fitted to my 2004 Yamaha R1 wore really...

How much oil should my Fireblade use?

How much oil should my Fireblade use?

Q. I currently own a 954 Fireblade and am looking to upgrade to a 2008, 2009 or 2010 model, but I keep hearing from owners that they use quite an amount of oil. My 954 never uses oil from one service...

What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

Q. I get an unusual rattle for a few seconds when I first start my BMW R1200RT from cold. It comes on after about 15 to 20 seconds of starting, lasts about five seconds, them disappears. Any ideas...

Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

Q. I want to replace my 1998 Kawasaki ER-5’s front brake caliper with a better brake, maybe a twin or a four-piston set-up. Is there a brake that would fit straight on or would I have to make an...

Product review: Kryptonite New York disc lock

Product review: Kryptonite New York disc lock

Kryptonite New York disc lock, £56.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? This little disc lock travels with me whenever I make a journey that’s not garage-to-garage. It’s light enough to carry in a...

Glove review: Oxford Bone Dry Sports

Glove review: Oxford Bone Dry Sports

Oxford Bone Dry Sports Gloves, £47.49 Miles covered/time: 500/three weeks What’s good? They’re smooth and silky inside and immediately comfortable on the ends of your arms. The armour seems solid and...

Why does my tyre keep deflating?

Why does my tyre keep deflating?

Q. My front tyre has only done 1300 miles, but it keeps deflating. When I took it to a local tyre dealer they said it was porous – is this normal? PTMX1234, MCN forums A. The majority of problems with...

Can I get my 749’s wheel repaired?

Can I get my 749’s wheel repaired?

Q. I have just had a low speed coming off. The bike, a Ducati 749, dropped onto one side and slid into a kerb putting a small dent into my front Marchesini wheel rim. What is your opinion on getting a...

Why can't I sync my Bandit's carbs?

Why can't I sync my Bandit's carbs?

Q. I decided to sync the carbs on a 1999 Bandit 600 I just bought. I got her warmed up and tried to set the idle speed at 1750rpm for the sync (as per the Haynes manual). I turned the adjuster screw...

Can I use tubes with tubeless tyres?

Can I use tubes with tubeless tyres?

Q. I'm looking to replace the rear tyre on a Ducati GT1000 which has a spoked wheels and inner tubes. Can tubeless tyres be fitted, but with tubes, to broaden my choice or am I really limited to the...

Do my Fireblade's fork seals need replacing?

Do my Fireblade's fork seals need replacing?

Q. I was advised at my MoT that one fork seal on my '04 Fireblade was worn (there was slight misting of oil on the fork). The garage said they could replace just the one, but when I rang the main...

Why is my RF600R shooting flames?!

Why is my RF600R shooting flames?!

Q. I got on my Suzuki RF600R today to go home from work, and the first thing it did when I tried to start it was backfire and shoot flames. I thought what the hell, maybe these things happen. When I...

youngest to have a full bike licence?

youngest to have a full bike licence?

I thought i would drop you this email, to let you know if interested that I was 17 on the 2nd october, where i pre booked my theory and passed then got a cancelation for mod 1 then passed,...

Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZX-9R

Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZX-9R

I need some new tyres for my 2003 Kawasaki ZX-9R. It’s currently fitted with Bridgestone BT-014s, I'm mainly an easy road rider, but I like to get it over in the bends occasionally, so could do with...

Can I fit an injected motor to a carbed bike?

Can I fit an injected motor to a carbed bike?

I have a 1994 Suzuki Slingshot streetfighter which I love the look of, but getting the carbs balanced is costly. So I would like to fit a more modern fuel-injected engine, or can I get away with a new...

New Rider passes DAS then Rides straight to Pitstop Diner MCN Top bike spot

New Rider passes DAS then Rides straight to Pitstop Diner MCN Top bike spot

I am so proud, Suzanne McLean my partner passed her Direct Access Today, then rode straight to bike night at MCN Top bike spot the Pitstop diner, A dauting task infront of all those bikers, but she...

Nerves and the bike test

I have ridden bikes on and off since 1964. I took the old style test in 1967 and failed on 2 minor'ish points. I did not take it again regrettably. As I did not want to carry a pillion passenger and my 250 was quick enough at the time. Each decade since, I have gone back to bikes but unfortunately 125. I have always had an ambition to gain my full licence. So in May this year I did the CBT, and...

Repairing damaged wheels

Repairing damaged wheels

If you’ve kerbed a car wheel you’ll know what sort of mess it does to the rims, but you can keep driving most of the time. Damage an alloy wheel on a bike and it will ruin the bike’s handling and...