December

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...