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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...

Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

I have a Power Commander and Akrapovic slip-on exhaust fitted to my Suzuki Bandit 1250 but it isn’t running cleanly and I can't see the correct download map on the Dynojet website. Ralph Heggs,...

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...