January

Winter riding: be seen when the days get longer

Winter riding: be seen when the days get longer

Here’s a handy tip to enable you to ride safely when the low, bright sun of late winter/early spring starts to accompany your commute... Check your shadow. If your shadow is directly in front of you...

Winter riding: keep your distance

Winter riding: keep your distance

If you’re riding through your first winter, one thing that often gets forgotten is the need to leave more space between you and the vehicle in front. If your ABS-equipped car is the only experience...

Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

Q. I’ve got a 2009 Suzuki GSF1250 GT and after 3500 miles I need a new rear tyre to replace the OE Dunlop D218N 180/55 V17. I spend 80% of the time touring, and 20% over the Dales. Save money on...

Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57...

How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

Q. I want to change the fuel filter on my Ducati 998, which sits inside the fuel tank along with the fuel pump, but I've heard that refitting the pump assembly and the attendant rubber seal is a...

Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

Q. I’ve just bought a 15-tooth front sprocket for my GSX-R600. I bought it off eBay and it was advertised to fit a 525 chain, which I have. Save cash on chains and sprockets It came yesterday and...

How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

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...

Can I ride in Europe on a restricted licence?

Can I ride in Europe on a restricted licence?

If you're currently on a 33bhp restricted licence you are still able to enjoy European adventures.  Although you are subject to the traffic laws of any country you are riding through, speed...

Where can I get exhaust packing material?

Where can I get exhaust packing material?

Q. I have extracted the pipe baffles out of the tail pipe of a Suzuki TS250L and noticed the wadding has completely disappeared. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can anyone recommend a suitable...

Why is there a ridge on my dual-compound tyre?

Why is there a ridge on my dual-compound tyre?

Q. I have a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 running Dunlop Roadsmarts, getting 5500 miles out of the rear with too much commuting and motorway work. Save cash on motorcycle tyres There's 2.8mm tread depth left...

Best tyre for a Triumph Daytona 675

Best tyre for a Triumph Daytona 675

Q. I would like some advice on the best tyre for a 2009 Triumph Daytona 675. It currently has Pirelli Supercorsas but they are not very practical if it rains. Can you advise on a suitable tyre for...

Block your exhaust over winter

Block your exhaust over winter

Multi-cylinder bikes will always have one set of valves open when they are stopped. If you’re storing your bike over the colder months, to stop moisture creeping up the exhaust into the combustion...

Look after your fuel this winter

Look after your fuel this winter

If it’s your first winter since you passed your test, and you’ve laid your bike up until the spring, you want to be doubly sure your fuel won’t deteriorate. To do this, brim the tank to stop...

How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

Q. I have a Suzuki VX800 that pulls cleanly up to 80mph with no problem, but then seems to run into a brick wall. Save money on motorcycle products I think it could be restricted as it was brought to...

How to avoid pins and needles

How to avoid pins and needles

DeepSeaBiker: My friend complains of pins and needles and numb wrists from riding his 2005 GSX-R600 and he is thinking about selling his bike because of this. jaffa90: It could be the wrong angle on...

Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD

Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD

Q. What are the best tyres to use on a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD? My Pirelli Dragon Supercorsas need replacing in time for the first sunny day of next year. Save money on motorcycle tyres I got 5000 miles...

Shifting corroded nuts and bolts

Shifting corroded nuts and bolts

Q. I want to replace the standard exhaust system on my 34,000-mile Kawasaki ZX-9R with an aftermarket system, but all the fixing nuts and bolts are corroded solid. Save cash on motorcycle products I...

Sorting suspension that kicks you out of the seat

Sorting suspension that kicks you out of the seat

Q. I have a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 which I absolutely love. It goes and handles as well as I could have imagined, with the only downside being that it can kick me out of the seat sometimes when I am...

Suzuki owners: Check your coolant colour, now!

Suzuki owners: Check your coolant colour, now!

If you are buying a Suzuki that is less than three years old and the engine coolant isn't green, start asking questions. Because someone somewhere has drained the factory-fitted coolant out and...

How to tune your bike

How to tune your bike

If you've had your new bike for a while and you want to start 'tuning' it, one of the simplest ways is to alter the gearing by changing the front/rear sprockets. If you lower the gearing that will...

If you could only carry one thing...

If you could only carry one thing...

If you could only carry one accessory or gadget with you while riding in the current snowy weather, what would it be? Save £££s on motorcycle products A V2 visor sponge for constantly clearing salty...

Tyre advice: Tyres for 18-inch wheels

Tyre advice: Tyres for 18-inch wheels

Q. I have just bought a 1984 Ducati Pantah 500 and its existing tyres are a pair of very old Metzelers. Save cash on motorcycle tyres With 18-inch wheels front and rear I suspect my choice is limited...