2009

Can you scrub in a tyre before fitting it?

Can you scrub in a tyre before fitting it?

Q. I'm off to Almeria in Spain this month and have bought a set of Maxxis Supermaxx sport tyres for the occasion. Save money on motorcycle tyres Do you think it would be a good idea to use the tyres...

Which bike intercom to go for

If you're struggling to decide on which bike intercom will suit your purposes, struggle no longer as our web community gives its combined advice... Buy intercoms from the MCN online shop here Oaksey says: I'm looking for an intercom system for general rideouts and touring. Does anyone have any suggestions what a good system should have and what make I should be looking at? critch2203: From...

How to dismantle your forks

How to dismantle your forks

If you're struggling to follow your Haynes manual or are simply new to home spannering and need a helping hand, this Youtube clip will see you through the process of dismantling your forks. Save £££s...

Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

Q. My Ducati 1000S is due a new set of tyres after 6500 miles on the original Phantoms. Can you recommend a good replacement for fast road use with the odd track day. I don't use the bike in the...

Tyre advice: Tyres for commuting in winter

Tyre advice: Tyres for commuting in winter

Q. As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. Save cash on...

Glove review: Alpinestars GPX

Glove review: Alpinestars GPX

Alpinestars GPX Glove £79.95 Miles covered/time: 6000/4 months What’s good? Whenever I wear these ‘shortie’ gloves it means one thing: I’m somewhere nice and hot! Save money on motorcycle gloves I’ve...

Luggage review: Oxford Deluxe Tailpack

Luggage review: Oxford Deluxe Tailpack

Oxford Deluxe Tailpack £89.99 (£80.99 in MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What’s good? This fits easily and securely onto the back of my Streetfighter, but I have to make sure I pull it...

Product review: Michelin road maps

Product review: Michelin road maps

Michelin road maps £4.49 Miles covered/time: 50,000/seven years What’s good? Sat navs are good for finding a tricky address or location, or if you have to be somewhere fast, but there’s nothing like a...

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight trousers

Product review: Aerostich Ultralight trousers

Aerostich Ultralight trousers Miles covered/time: 1000 / two months What’s good: So simple, so brilliant. Waterproof trousers that fold into their own pocket and pack small enough to stash into a...

When to replace your rear tyre

When to replace your rear tyre

Could you please advise whether the rear tyre on my track R1 is still useable. It has had a couple of very hard days at the track, the last being around the Brands GP circuit. Save money on...

Fitting tricky grips: an update

Fitting tricky grips: an update

Hello, just read your Q&A about getting grips on to handlebar ends (September 16). Save money on handlebar grips Lighter fluid (naptha) works a treat ­ just squirt it liberally all round the...

Product advice: Which sat nav to go for?

Product advice: Which sat nav to go for?

I'm new to the motorcycle world hence the email! My boyfriend is looking at getting a sat nav for his bike at some point but I was thinking of getting him one for Christmas. Save money on sat...

Exhausts from £34 on the MCN Shop!

Exhausts from £34 on the MCN Shop!

If you needed any more evidence that the MCN shop is the place to head for quality kit, check this link out. Owners of Suzuki's TL1000S can pick up a Remus slip-on exhaust for £34! Obviously you'll be...

How to find a helmet that fits

Every wandered into a shop and had no clue how to tell if the helmet you were given by the salesman was a good fit? Compare and buy motorcycle helmets MCN's easy-to-understand video guide will ensure you don't buy something that's totally unsuitable.

How to stop a tankbag damaging your bike

How to stop a tankbag damaging your bike

TronBiker: I have been using a magnetic tank bag. Have noticed however that it has left a white mark on my tank that I can't remove. I have heard using a rubber cover underneath can work. Prepare...

Tyre advice: Cause of stepped wear in tyres

Tyre advice: Cause of stepped wear in tyres

Q. I have a problem in that my tyres - particularly the rear - wear in 'steps'. A clear step down develops across each groove. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres This has happened on my last two bikes...

Products advice: Upgrading my headlight

Products advice: Upgrading my headlight

Q. I have a Yamaha XJR1300 and the stock headlight is rubbish. It's not bright enough to be visible during the day and makes night riding a bit tricky so I want to put a brighter bulb in there. What's...

Trouser review: Ixon Evil jeans

Trouser review: Ixon Evil jeans

Ixon Evil jeans, £139.99 (£125.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2500/six months What’s good? I wear these on my commute to work and for short trips on the basis that they offer more protection than...

Helmet review: Arai Freeway

Helmet review: Arai Freeway

Arai Freeway open face helmet £179.99 (£169.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 10,000/5 years. What’s good? I’ve worn this on a Harley-Davidson across Australia, on holiday in southern Europe and on...

Trouser review: Dainese SF Pelle

Trouser review: Dainese SF Pelle

Dainese SF Pelle leather pants £289.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/18 months What’s good? These zip to my Dainese jacket, so get close to providing the kind of protection you’d expect from full...

Jacket review: Dainese Gran Premo Pelle

Jacket review: Dainese Gran Premo Pelle

Dainese Gran Premo Pelle Jacket £399.99 Miles covered/time: 6000/4 months What’s good? Dainese are brilliant at making motorcycle leather jackets. They’re stylish, fit beautifully and I can...

Best all-weather tyres for Kawasaki ZX-10R

Best all-weather tyres for Kawasaki ZX-10R

Q. I have a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R currently fitted with Bridgestone BT016s. They are fantastic tyres, however can you suggest some tyres suitable for winter road riding? Compare and buy motorcycle...

What difference does an exhaust make to weight?

What difference does an exhaust make to weight?

Ever wondered just how much the weight saving is when you ditch your bike's restrictive standard exhaust system for a flash new one? Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts Watch this video featuring...

Converting a sports bike to tourer

Converting a sports bike to tourer

Tired of the racing crouch on your sports bike? MCN's problem solving community has the answer on our forums... Compare and buy motorcycle products JBCompetes: I have a 2001 Fireblade that I threw...

Dunlop Qualifier RRs pass the toughest test

Dunlop Qualifier RRs pass the toughest test

I've just returned from a 3200-mile trip to Spain and back on my Ducati Streetfighter, and the Dunlop Qualifier RRs I'd fitted worked like a dream. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres They offered the...

How to fit tricky new grips

How to fit tricky new grips

Presuming you've already tried plenty of soap, WD40 or brute force, try this... If you can bear to ride your bike to a tyre depot or garage forecourt on bare metal bars, then you can insert...

Tyre advice: Which tyres for track days and fast road riding?

Tyre advice: Which tyres for track days and fast road riding?

Q. I'm due a set of tyres on my Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It's running Bridgestone BT016s at the moment. I am looking for a tyre that grips well in the dry, and is capable...

Suspension advice: My bike seems to 'flop' into corners

Suspension advice: My bike seems to 'flop' into corners

Q. My Honda CB1100R has a tendency to flop into corners although I fitted a new rear shock recently. Compare and buy motorcycle supension parts I've checked the head bearings for play and set the...

Suspension advice: Sorting the shcok to irradicate sliding

Suspension advice: Sorting the shcok to irradicate sliding

My Suzuki GSX-R750 has just been fitted with a new aftermarket rear shock, but since then it has been spinning its rear tyre under power when riding in the wet. Compare and buy motorcycle...

Why do tyres have wire in them?

Why do tyres have wire in them?

The high-tensile steel wire in motorcycle tyres is also known as the 'bead' and runs circumferationally around the inner part of the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It's job is to anchor the...

Tyre advice: Slippy roads in Southern Spain

Tyre advice: Slippy roads in Southern Spain

I have recently moved to southern Spain and I ride a Ducati Monster S4RS. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres I have ridden my bike a few times since living here but I am having serious trouble with...

suspension set up

suspension set up

Help please? own a Honda CBR600FS2 2002 and the suspension set up is for someone who is a lot heavier than myself. I am 9stone 12lbs and 5ft 5inches tall, can you recommend some settings so I can...

Kit: How to buy a cheap helmet

Kit: How to buy a cheap helmet

If you are starting out on two wheels your budget has to cover a lot of first-time purchases. One of the most important is your crash helmet which could costs hundreds. But there are great savings to...

Exhaust advice: Discoloured downpipes

Exhaust advice: Discoloured downpipes

I've bought a used 2006 Yamaha XJR1300 with 3000 miles on clock which runs very well. However the front downpipes are discoloured and have gone slightly purple. What do you think is the cause? Should...

Suspension advice: Front end knocking

Suspension advice: Front end knocking

My Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional knocking (movement) at the front end. It tends to happen in corners and it feels very similar to loose head bearings. It's been around for the last...

Suspension advice: How age affects suspension

Suspension advice: How age affects suspension

Age takes its toll on the rubber seals through degradation and springs sag as the coils deform under the continued load. You can spot seal problems such as perishing or oil leaks, but to check the...