2010

Will o2 sensor eliminator cure GSR600 stalling?

Will o2 sensor eliminator cure GSR600 stalling?

I have only been riding a short length of time, and the last couple of times that I took my bike (Suzuki GSR600) out I found that it stalled when I was travelling at relatively low speed when changing...

Will changing spark plugs cure a misfire?

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...

How to get better mileage on a rear tyre

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...

How to tell when your tyres need replacing

How to tell when your tyres need replacing

The obvious visual sign that your tyres are worn are when the tread becomes so shallow that tread wear indicators, which are small raised areas at the bottom of the main tread grooves, have reached...

How to fit earplugs

How to fit earplugs

Part of the attraction of riding a bike is being in touch with the elements around you, not cut off in a little steel box. But one of those elements, wind noise, can be distracting and damage your...

What's causing battery drain?

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...

Best tyres for a hot track day

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.

Can I use a 2010 R1 rear shock on a 2007 R1?

Can I use a 2010 R1 rear shock on a 2007 R1?

Q. Any chance you could give me the standard settings for the rear shock on a 2009/10 Yamaha R1 I’ve had this shock recommended to put onto my 07/08 model. Steve Cope, MCN forums   A. When you...

New rider: what was that noise?

New rider: what was that noise?

When you get your first big bike, it can take some time to get used to all the mechanical noises that it makes, and they can seem quite worrying at first. If you're on a tight budget and your new bike...

What's engine braking and how does it differ?

What's engine braking and how does it differ?

Engine braking can be a useful tool to riding smoothly when you first start out, or it can get you into a bit of trouble if you don't pay attention to the gear you're in. It occurs when you shut the...

My speedo can't cope with my turbo!

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...

Can I service my R1200RT's throttle at home?

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...

New bike dos and don'ts

New bike dos and don'ts

When you've got your first bike there are a few add-on dos and don'ts. Do consider fitting a hugger. It will keep the back of your bike cleaner and looks neat. Don't just fit any old loud pipe. Quite...

Product review: Abus Granit Extreme Chain

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...

Can I change FireBlade front wheel size?

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...

How best to scrub in new tyres

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...

How do sintered brake pads differ from standard?

How do sintered brake pads differ from standard?

BAZX6R: I have just replaced my front brake pads on my J2 Ninja ZX-6R. I changed them for some EBC double H sintered, they do as I was told ­- stop the bike a lot better and do take some getting...

Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

Shoei XR-1100 helmet, £299 (plain colours), £379 (graphics) Miles covered/time: 18,000/nine months What’s good? The sales assistant’s golden rule for buying a crash helmet is: If you’ve a ten-bob head...

How to fix broken electronic screen

How to fix broken electronic screen

Q. I have a 1999 BMW R1100RT with an electric screen. The screen gets stuck in its highest position every now and again, but it sorts itself out each time. Unfortunately it has happened again and is...

Could my XJ900’s tyres be causing a shimmy?

Could my XJ900’s tyres be causing a shimmy?

Q. I ride a 1993 Yamaha XJ900 with about 24k miles on the clock. I had new Avon tyres fitted at the start of the year and have covered about 2500 miles since. During the past month I have noticed a...

How to check for warped discs

How to check for warped discs

Q. When I brake quite hard between 80-40mph on my CBR600FS I feel a pulsing up to the brake lever. Save £££s on motorcycle brakes I have checked the discs they don't seem to be warped and I have new...

Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

I'm doing a 4000-mile tour round central Europe in August and I need a new set of rubber before I go. What should I use on my Bandit? It will be a mix between motorways and Alpine roads and will last...

Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

Q. I've just got a very keenly priced ZXR750 dating from the early ’90s but the handling seems very choppy no matter what I do to the rear suspension. Save cash on motorcycle suspension I didn't get...

Are my wheel bearings shot?

Are my wheel bearings shot?

Fellhopper: My GSX-R750 K2 has just developed a 'droning' noise from the front end (wheel?) it does it in all gears at speed and also with the clutch pulled in 'coasting'. I have just solved one noise...

New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One...

Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

jonboymp: Guys, I have a 2009 ZX-6R. It needs a drop of coolant, what should I use? The normal car stuff from Halfords? Can anyone point me in the right direction? triumphrider600: Nooooooo. Bikes use...

Is my NTV's fuel system causing rough running?

Is my NTV's fuel system causing rough running?

My Honda NTV650 93 model is running rough at idle and at speed it has a lot of vibration from the engine. I have put some carb cleaner though the tank for three tanks of petrol and it has helped the...

Checking your new bike has a SORN

If you have bought a bike and applied for SORN at the same time, you should receive a new logbook and confirmation of its SORN status too. But if you can’t find the SORN paperwork anywhere, you can check the date of liability for your bike via http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk or by calling vehicle enquiries on 0300 790 6802.  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for you, and £5000 for...

How to avoid a SMIDSY

How to avoid a SMIDSY

No one likes crashing and it can dent your confidence and bank balance as well as injuring you. Here’s how to avoid one of the most common accidents, a SMIDSY (“Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You”) when...

What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 K7 with dealer fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed them. I have also read in the Arrow...

What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

Q. I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 K7 with dealer fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed them. Save cash on motorcycle...

How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

Q. I have a Dynojet Power Commander III USB on my GSX-R750, but when I try to connect it to the control centre software on my computer the software says "No Power Commander Connected". What am I doing...

How to make a Superduke less twitchy

How to make a Superduke less twitchy

Q. I’ve just bought a 2007 KTM Superduke with 5000 miles on the clock after owning a 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R. All the reviews say the handling is perfect and near superbike level, but when I up the pace...

Plan your first ride with care

Plan your first ride with care

You’ve passed your test, bought the kit and blown all your hard-earned on your dream bike. Now it’s time to go for your very first ride. And that needs preparation. If you passed your test by the...

Why aren't my cooling fans working?

Why aren't my cooling fans working?

Q. I'm having trouble with my 2000 MV Agusta F4. The cooling fans aren't coming on when the engine gets hot (105 degrees). I've checked the fuse and that's OK, I'm not too sure where to look next.

Can I rethread a sump?

Q. When I changed the oil on my GSX-R750 K2 last time I managed to overtighten the sump plug so I felt the thread giving a bit. I was using a torque wrench too. I have just changed the oil again today and fine bits of 'thread' came out of the sump thread as I removed the plug! Have I now screwed up the sump or is there a way of re-threading it? I managed to re-fit the sump plug but it was hard to...