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Choosing kit (October 2009)

  • Can you scrub in a tyre before fitting it?

    22 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Which bike intercom to go for

    15 October 2009 by MCN

    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...

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  • How to dismantle your forks

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Tyre advice: Tyres for commuting in winter

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars GPX

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Luggage review: Oxford Deluxe Tailpack

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Michelin road maps

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Product review: Aerostich Ultralight trousers

    09 October 2009 by Ped Baker

    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...

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  • When to replace your rear tyre

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Fitting tricky grips: an update

    08 October 2009 by MCN

    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...

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  • Product advice: Which sat nav to go for?

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Exhausts from £34 on the MCN Shop!

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • How to find a helmet that fits

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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.

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  • How to stop a tankbag damaging your bike

    02 October 2009 by MCN

    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...

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  • Tyre advice: Cause of stepped wear in tyres

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Products advice: Upgrading my headlight

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    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...

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  • Trouser review: Ixon Evil jeans

    01 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    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...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Freeway

    01 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Trouser review: Dainese SF Pelle

    01 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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