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Choosing kit (November 2010)

  • Effect of a squared-off front tyre

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    Effect of a squared-off front tyre

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-6R G1. When I go round corners my steering wobbles and when I’m going really slow in traffic, I’m fighting to balance, but then it’s fine in a straight line at speed. I checked...

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  • How to seal an old petrol tank

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    How to seal an old petrol tank

    Q. One of my chums yesterday told me he was getting a new tank for his old Bonneville. When I asked why, he said because he put Petseal in the tank and now that petrol has a higher percentage of...

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  • How can I solve riding pain?

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    How can I solve riding pain?

    Q. I'm a female pensioner who has taken up biking again in the last couple of years after a long absence. I live in Spain and it's great for biking, but I have one problem. I'm pretty heavy and after...

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  • Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

    15 November 2010 by MCN

    Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

    Q. I was recently at the Motorland circuit in Spain. This track is very fast and has a strong left-hand bias and is tough on tyres. The Dunlop Sportmax slick fitted to my 2004 Yamaha R1 wore really...

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  • How much oil should my Fireblade use?

    15 November 2010 by MCN

    How much oil should my Fireblade use?

    Q. I currently own a 954 Fireblade and am looking to upgrade to a 2008, 2009 or 2010 model, but I keep hearing from owners that they use quite an amount of oil. My 954 never uses oil from one service...

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  • What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

    09 November 2010 by MCN

    What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

    Q. I get an unusual rattle for a few seconds when I first start my BMW R1200RT from cold. It comes on after about 15 to 20 seconds of starting, lasts about five seconds, them disappears. Any ideas...

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  • Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

    09 November 2010 by MCN

    Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

    Q. I want to replace my 1998 Kawasaki ER-5’s front brake caliper with a better brake, maybe a twin or a four-piston set-up. Is there a brake that would fit straight on or would I have to make an...

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  • Product review: Kryptonite New York disc lock

    05 November 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product review: Kryptonite New York disc lock

    Kryptonite New York disc lock, £56.99 Time used: Six months What’s good? This little disc lock travels with me whenever I make a journey that’s not garage-to-garage. It’s light enough to carry in a...

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  • Glove review: Oxford Bone Dry Sports

    05 November 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Glove review: Oxford Bone Dry Sports

    Oxford Bone Dry Sports Gloves, £47.49 Miles covered/time: 500/three weeks What’s good? They’re smooth and silky inside and immediately comfortable on the ends of your arms. The armour seems solid and...

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  • Why does my tyre keep deflating?

    04 November 2010 by MCN

    Why does my tyre keep deflating?

    Q. My front tyre has only done 1300 miles, but it keeps deflating. When I took it to a local tyre dealer they said it was porous – is this normal? PTMX1234, MCN forums A. The majority of problems with...

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  • Can I get my 749’s wheel repaired?

    04 November 2010 by MCN

    Can I get my 749’s wheel repaired?

    Q. I have just had a low speed coming off. The bike, a Ducati 749, dropped onto one side and slid into a kerb putting a small dent into my front Marchesini wheel rim. What is your opinion on getting a...

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  • Why can't I sync my Bandit's carbs?

    04 November 2010 by MCN

    Why can't I sync my Bandit's carbs?

    Q. I decided to sync the carbs on a 1999 Bandit 600 I just bought. I got her warmed up and tried to set the idle speed at 1750rpm for the sync (as per the Haynes manual). I turned the adjuster screw...

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