June

What effect does ride height adjustment have?

What effect does ride height adjustment have?

Ride height adjustment is usually only found on top-of-the-range sports bikes, nakeds and the occasional sports-tourer, It raises or lowers the height of the rear shock, lifting or lowering the entire...

How to scrub in your tyres

How to scrub in your tyres

In a word 'gently'. When the tyre comes out of the mould there are release agents that need to be removed before the rubber performs at its optimum. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres To do that you...

How much to spend on a rear shock

How much to spend on a rear shock

If you're thinking of replacing your rear shock and are unsure of how much to spend, consider this... Choose a specialist supplier/manufacturer who can give decent back-up and advice. You are going to...

Firmer brakes overnight

Firmer brakes overnight

For an easier way to get better brakes, use a cable-tie or similar to hold the front brake on quite tightly and leave overnight. When returning to the bike next day tap the brake hoses thoroughly to...

Suspension advice: Stopping my bike 'flopping' into corners

Suspension advice: Stopping my bike 'flopping' into corners

Q. My 2004 Kawasaki ZR-7 has a tendency to flop into corners although I fitted a new rear shock recently. Compare and buy suspension products I've checked the head bearings for play and set the tyre...

How to extract a weathered header pipe bolt

How to extract a weathered header pipe bolt

If your socket just spins on the bolt, don't panic! Go for a run on the bike to get it really hot, then when you get back leave it ticking over for 5-10 minutes. Compare and buy motorcycle...

Why does a single-shock set-up work better than twin shocks?

Why does a single-shock set-up work better than twin shocks?

The greatest difference comes from how the dampers are driven. With twin shocks the dampers travel almost the same distance as the wheel. Compare and buy suspension parts The tends to over-heat the...

Tyre advice: I need a tyre for high mileage commuting

Tyre advice: I need a tyre for high mileage commuting

Q. I just took the plunge and bought a Sprint 955 which I'm loving but I need a new rear tyre. The bike is currently fitted with Bridgestone BT014s. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres However, I am a...

Kit: Choosing the right kit

Kit: Choosing the right kit

Choosing the right kit for any motorcyclist, new or experienced, should always follow the same guidelines. Just because you’re a new rider, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the optimum level of...

Top five helmet tips from Arai race truck

Top five helmet tips from Arai race truck

Arai is celebrating its 25th anniversary appearance at the TT this week, commending their TT relationship with a special celebration helmet and giving MCN readers the fruits of their...

Tyre Advice: are some tyres better than others at resisting punctures?

Tyre Advice: are some tyres better than others at resisting punctures?

Some high mileage commuters find themselves picking up punctures every 2-3000 miles and they start searching for more puncture-proof rubber. But that puncture rate is more a comment on the type of...

Suspension advice: When your used bike is like a rocking horse

Suspension advice: When your used bike is like a rocking horse

If you¹ve bought a used bike that¹s over five years old and it rocks back and forth even when you¹re feathering the brakes chances are the fork springs are more than a little tired. Fortunately...

Tyre advice for Triumph Daytona 675

Tyre advice for Triumph Daytona 675

Q. I'm getting through the rear Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa on my Triumph 675 on my daily commute and I want to switch to a tyre that will give me better mileage and decent levels of grip. I don¹t...

Suspension advice: Nitride coating on forks

Suspension advice: Nitride coating on forks

Q. What is nitride coating and what does it do for your forks? A. The structural elements of a fork leg are two precision-made tubes, one sliding inside the other. When the forces of riding are...

How to: Modify your 125

How to: Modify your 125

Part of the joy of owning a bike is making it your own – but when you’re starting out it’s easy to get it wrong. As well as the question of taste, there are also legal implications with certain...

Mystery Rossi helmet

Mystery Rossi helmet

I purchased a racing bike back in 2001 and this helmet came with it. I have since sold the bike but the helmet has been hanging in my office ever since. I would like to know were it came from or what...

What's the difference between race and road suspension?

What's the difference between race and road suspension?

What's the difference between suspension on my road bike and a race bike? In two words, quality and focus. Pukka race suspension is far more adjustable than road suspension ­ but within a narrower...

Tyre advice: I can only lean so far

Tyre advice: I can only lean so far

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My Kawasaki ZX-636 is fitted with its standard Dunlop tyres...

Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I got a Ducati Monster 1100S a couple of weeks ago and I...