April

Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

Q. The idiot lights on my Honda VFR800 have started playing up. Sometimes neutral works, and then my digital clock goes on the blink for a couple of days before coming back again. Nick Langhorn, email...

Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

Q. I do a lot of track days but I seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to getting round fast corners quickly. Every time I up the pace on my R6 the bike misses the apex and runs wide appearing...

Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

Q. I’m looking to replace the tyres on my BMW K1300GT. The ones currently fitted have a special “UU” rating for this bike. Save cash on motorcycle tyres BMW recommend Metzeler Z6, what do you...

Tyres that inspire confidence...

Tyres that inspire confidence...

Q. I intend replacing my tyres in the next few weeks and would appreciate some advice. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres The tyres fitted are Continentals, which came with the bike when I bought it; but...

Indicator bulbs: handy tips

Indicator bulbs: handy tips

Q. I wonder what the minimum wattage is for bike indicators, if there is one? Save cash on motorcycle lighting I have bought some new winkers for my Kawasaki 400 grey import and they're 10 watts,...

How to diagnose clutch cable problem

How to diagnose clutch cable problem

Q. The choke lever on my 2001 Yamaha 900 Diversion will only pull about a quarter of the way open. Not being too technically minded, and before I go stripping down unnecessarily, is it most likely to...

Will crash bars fit my bike?

Will crash bars fit my bike?

Q. I recently bought a black '59 plate Honda XL1000VA Varadero, and regrettably dropped it yesterday whilst parking it, causing about £150 worth of damage, I have decided to have crash bars...

Product advice: How to check your alarm's not draining your battery

Product advice: How to check your alarm's not draining your battery

How do I test for battery drain when my bike’s not in use? I think my battery's causing this. Deanipops, MCN forums  You need an ammeter or multimeter set on amps. Take the negative lead off the...

Product advice: What's causing debris in RS125 gearbox?

Product advice: What's causing debris in RS125 gearbox?

I’ve drained the oil out of my Aprilia RS125’s broken gearbox this afternoon and once I removed the drain plug I noticed small cylinder-shaped bits of metal stuck to the inside of the plug. Any ideas...

Product advice: How to get better Busa bulbs

Product advice: How to get better Busa bulbs

I have a 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa and I wanted better lighting, so I changed the bulbs for 100 watt. The main beam is now less than useless no matter how I adjust it. It is just a diffused light with no...

Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 2

Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 2

Alpinestars Tech 2 boots, £159.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/two years What’s good? They might not be exactly the right thing to where on a road bike buy hey, I think they look pretty cool. Save £££s...

Suspension set-up guide for Honda CBR600F

Suspension set-up guide for Honda CBR600F

What suspension settings are best for solo riding on a CBR600F, 2002 model? I weigh 88kg in full riding kit and ride on the road with the odd track day. I also carry a pillion and luggage a couple of...

Suzuki GSX-R750 fuel pump fault

Suzuki GSX-R750 fuel pump fault

Q. At the moment my Suzuki GSX-R750 K3 will rev through to redline without issue in first, but only to 8000rpm in any other gear if I give it a handful. If I feather the throttle as I accelerate I can...

VFR reg/rec fault? It could be your chain

VFR reg/rec fault? It could be your chain

Q. In a recent issue of MCN in the top ten most reliable motorcycle section relating to the Honda VFR800FI, you mention a rectifier problem. I have a 1999 VFR800FI and I have noticed for some time now...

Tyre advice: Are intermediate tyres worth it?

Tyre advice: Are intermediate tyres worth it?

Q. I use my Fireblade mainly on the track and was thinking of getting sets of intermediate and wet tyres to go with my 'dry' track rubber. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Would you advise getting the...