February

Fab motorcycle goggles

I needed a pair of glasses that could be multi-function; sun-glasses, regular prescription and most importantly comfortable. I purhcased a pair of Davida WRS74 Goggles and I have to say for just under £120 they are fantastic, comfortable and great with an open face helmet.

What effect does removing an exhaust baffle have?

What effect does removing an exhaust baffle have?

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

How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

Road race ace Ron Haslam’s years of experience of tracks and public-road circuits have taught him something that’s a mystery to most of us – how to set up a bike. Suspension changes are the only...

Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

Q. I’ve just bought a new Triumph Speed Triple for very spirited riding on the roads (well, it’s what it was built for!) and for fast group track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres As I bought...

Brake disc rivets explained

Brake disc rivets explained

Q. I recently read your advice column in MCN on floating discs from an Andrew Carroll (MCN, November 25) and was wondering, should the rivets on my discs rotate freely on my Aprilia RS250 because at...

New rider: questions to ask a seller

New rider: questions to ask a seller

When you’re buying a new bike it’s easy to get carried away with the occasion and just rush to swing your leg over and get riding  But before you hand over the cash for those lovely keys, there...

New rider: what to look for in a test ride

New rider: what to look for in a test ride

If you’re looking at a bike to buy and you’ve given it a good once over, ask for a ride. You may have to leave the asking price in cash, or your family, or both. At the very least you should get a...

New rider: How to get your bike lowered

New rider: How to get your bike lowered

Don't let a tall seat height put you off buying the bike of your dreams - there are a number of solutions out there for shorties or those who simply want more slow speed confidence. One such option is...

Where can I buy an Ace Café jacket?

Where can I buy an Ace Café jacket?

Q. I have lost the MCN edition from last year that had the advert for the Ace Café leather jackets in. Save £££s on motorcycle jackets Can you help me? I would like the address or email address to...

Product advice: Are 190- and 200-section tyres interchangeable?

Product advice: Are 190- and 200-section tyres interchangeable?

The Suzuki B-King comes with a 200-section rear tyre profile but it can apparently take a 190-section tyre. Can someone explain this to me? If a 190 is used will the profile be less sharp? Forklift,...

Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

The rear tyre on my freshly-cleaned ZX-10 let go before I got to the end of my road, sending me and the bike sliding along on our sides. I can only think that the tyre must have had WD-40 or bike...

Product advice: Help! My bike's steering too quickly

Product advice: Help! My bike's steering too quickly

My 2004 Kawasaki ZR-7 has a tendency to flop into corners although I fitted a new rear shock recently. I’ve checked the head bearings for play and set the tyre pressures, with 42psi in the rear it...

How much oil should my new bike use?

How much oil should my new bike use?

It is not unusual for bikes to use a litre of oil per 1000 miles. Oil consumption is determined by a variety of factors, and the one the rider has the most control over is the running in. If it is run...

What's the alternative to a coloured headlight cover?

What's the alternative to a coloured headlight cover?

Q. I Don't want to get nicked for using a coloured headlight cover, but I've seen bikes with what looks like a blue-tinged headlight. Save money on motorcycle products When I spoke to a bloke at the...

Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

Q. I have an N-reg Kawasaki GPz500 which is restricted at the moment. I noticed that as it was warming up the other night, the right hand exhaust header pipe was glowing red but the left side...

Best tyres for riding to a track day?

Best tyres for riding to a track day?

Q. I've just bought a 2000 ZX-9R for track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres However I have to ride to the track so I need some advice on suitable tyre options? Ollie, MCN Tyre forum A.

How to adjust your chain properly

How to adjust your chain properly

The first thing you've got to get right is the alignment. Check that by measuring the distance from swingarm to wheel on both sides. You can also put a straight edge against the rear tyre like a...

How to get your kids started early

How to get your kids started early

There are a handful of projects running around the country that give youngsters a taste of two wheels.   There’s an off-road school called the Geoff Mayes’ MX try-out (01379-852452) which...

Can I change my headlight bulb from 35W to 55W?

Can I change my headlight bulb from 35W to 55W?

The vast majority of wiring systems should be able to cope with uprating 35/35w bulbs to 55/60w bulbs without any problem. Save £££s on motorcycle products However if your bike has plastic headlamp...

How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

Q. I’m having problems setting up the exhaust valve on my 2003 Blade. Save money on motorcycle exhausts With the ignition on, the index mark on the control valve is not aligning with the horizontal...

What to look out for when changing a Z750 exhaust

What to look out for when changing a Z750 exhaust

Q. I bought a Kawasaki Z750 brand new last September, although it’s the '07 model it’s on a '58 reg plate. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts I’ve been looking at replacing the exhaust, but on...

Can you ‘shave’ a tyre to restore its profile?

Can you ‘shave’ a tyre to restore its profile?

Q. If you do a lot of straight line work and the profile of your tyre starts to ‘square off’, couldn't rear bike tyres be ‘shaved’ back to a useful rounded profile to restore feel? Save £££s on...