2012

Will WD40 damage tyres?

Will WD40 damage tyres?

Q. My son can be a bit like Frank Spencer sometimes. When cleaning his chain he often gets WD40 all over his rear tyre, too. Despite me warning him not to, he declares: "It's OK, I clean it off...

Why is my ZX-6R’s front end juddering under braking?

Why is my ZX-6R’s front end juddering under braking?

Q. When I brake at slow speed on my Kawasaki ZX-6R J2 track bike it feels as if the brakes are only working intermittently and at higher speeds the front shudders a lot. The brake pads are new, the...

How to remove a seized bolt from CBR600F Sport’s radiator

Q. I've a Honda CBR600F Sport and was just about to give it a good clean today when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I'll take the left-hand fairing off and carefully take the V-piece off with the left-hand fairing. All was going well until I found another seized bolt in its rubber grommet on the left fairing. How can I get them out? Dom501, MCN...

Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

Q. I have just had new Bridgestone tyres fitted to my Gold Wing by my local Honda dealer. The rear tyre has not got any weights and on the front they have put all the weights on one side, 2 x 10 and 3...

Why is my almost-new Kawasaki Z1000SX rattling?

Why is my almost-new Kawasaki Z1000SX rattling?

Q. I have a new Kawasaki Z1000SX with 900 miles on the clock, which has a faint rattle. It comes in when I am gently opening the throttle at low revs in the low gears. It’s similar to pinking or a...

Most ‘comfortable’ tyres for a Speed Triple

Most ‘comfortable’ tyres for a Speed Triple

Q. I’m 83 and in memory of the happy days my late wife and I had on Triumphs in 1950s I’ve got a 2008 Triumph Street Triple to have fun on. I did find it set up quite hard, so I’ve had the suspension...

Can I use silicone sealant instead of a gasket?

Can I use silicone sealant instead of a gasket?

Q. I have bought a second hand slip-on exhaust for my 2009 Suzuki GSXR750. The pipe that connects to the end pipe is slightly out of shape and the gasket does not fit in correctly. When trying to fit...

Why is my Yamaha R6 dying on me?

Why is my Yamaha R6 dying on me?

Q. I recently rebuilt my 2002 Yamaha R6 and all seems ok. It starts up and ticks over OK, but when I go to ride off it feels like it’s got no fuel and the revs die on me. She will restart just fine,...

My Suzuki GSX-R750 is overheating

My Suzuki GSX-R750 is overheating

Q. I have a 2003 Suzuki GSX-R750 and when it gets to its max temperature (107 degrees) it overheats and cuts out in traffic, I have to wait until it cools down before it starts again. It was fully...

Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

Q. What replacement tyres would you recommend for my Triumph 800 XC? I will only be using the bike on the road for weekend leisure trips and occasional long distance tours. They also need to be good...

Which springs to upgrade my FJR’s forks?

Which springs to upgrade my FJR’s forks?

Q. I want to uprate the front fork springs on my FJR1300A (2008 plate) as I’m finding it too soft fully-loaded. The brand names I've heard of don't do replacement uprated springs for my year of bike.

Can I re-use an old tyre?

Can I re-use an old tyre?

Q. Is it acceptable to re-fit a motorcycle tyre? I replaced the rear tyre on my 2007 CBR600RR last year as I was going on a long trip and didn't want the hassle of changing it when I was away. Now...

What’s causing front-end shimmy?

What’s causing front-end shimmy?

Q. I am getting a slight front end shimmy at higher speed on my Honda CBR600F. The bike is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas and I’ve done 1000 miles on them during which time they have been...

Best textile trousers on a budget

Best textile trousers on a budget

Q. After 28 years off bikes I have decided to go back to riding. A lot has changed in this time and I need some advice. I am thinking of buying a pair of textile trousers with a limited budget of £75,...

How do I remove Suzuki GSX600F exhaust headers?

How do I remove Suzuki GSX600F exhaust headers?

Q. I need to get the exhaust headers off my Suzuki GSX600F while the engine is out of the frame to repair an oil leak. All the exhaust bolts are off the studs, but the pipes themselves are wedged in...

Are five-year-old race tyres past their best?

Are five-year-old race tyres past their best?

Q. I recently bought a pair of new Metzeler Racetecs off eBay for my track bike. Now it's my own fault because I should have asked how old they were, but when they arrived I realised they were made in...

Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

Q. The fuel on my Kawasaki ER-5 is flowing straight through into the air filter box and it sounds like it is only firing on one cylinder, too. Quilley, MCN forums A. The ER-5 has a vacuum tap which...

Will a Power Commander sort low-rev jerkiness?

Will a Power Commander sort low-rev jerkiness?

Q. I’ve a 2002 Suzuki GSX-R750 with an Akrapovic end can. It runs very well, certainly not short on power! However slow speed running below 4000rpm is a bit jerky and erratic at times! Would fitting a...

Can I repair brake disc mounting holes with helicoils?

Can I repair brake disc mounting holes with helicoils?

Q. I've stripped the threads on two of the front disc mounting holes on my Hayabusa. Would it be OK to repair them with helicoils? David Stowe, MCN forums A. You can do a helicoil repair as a...

Best sports-touring tyre for a Triumph Speed Triple

Best sports-touring tyre for a Triumph Speed Triple

Q. Can you tell me what the best sports-touring tyre for a 2011 Triumph Speed Triple is? The last tyres were Metzeler Racetec Interacts that I got 3500 miles out of. I’d like some rubber that will get...

Triumph Speed Triple stuck in gear

Triumph Speed Triple stuck in gear

Q. My 18,000-mile 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 has started sticking in first gear when stationary. No amount of force on the lever will shift it, the only way to get neutral is to turn off the...

Can I convert Kawasaki ER-6 to thumb throttle?

Can I convert Kawasaki ER-6 to thumb throttle?

Q. My octogenarian father still rides his Kawasaki ER6-F regularly, but worsening arthritis in his right wrist means he is having problems maintaining proper throttle control. I have been trying to...

Can police stop you for emissions?

Can police stop you for emissions?

Q. We know the police can do you for a noisy exhaust, but have they ever done anyone for excessive emissions on aftermarket exhausts? S Boucher, email A. Not as far as we’re aware. The police don’t...

Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

Q. I was getting my GSX-R out from hibernation and I’ve noticed some stepped wear on the front tyre, it probably occurred with that end of the year track day and 300-mile ride I did last October. A.

What to wear for desert riding

What to wear for desert riding

Q. Work is taking me to Qatar and I’ll be swapping my Honda CB100R for a CRF450 to ride the dunes. As gear isn’t readily available out there, and I’m clueless when it comes to MX gear. Can you give me...

Shoei XR-1100 problem

Shoei XR-1100 problem

I wanted to pass on a concern I have with Shoei's XR-1100 crash helmet. The lid is awesome, very comfy, visor removal is easy and it is reasonably quiet. It suffers in one way only and has really...

How to get back at a scammer

How to get back at a scammer

Q. I have been stupid and trusted a stranger from the UK who I thought wanted to buy my 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R from me here in Slovakia. I won’t go into details, but I lost a lot of money and I don’t...

How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

Q. Is it just me, or are the mirrors on CBR600RRs circa 2007 really crap? I get a lovely view of my arms and that’s it. Any ideas? A. Another reader, Barry Sylvester, had a similar problem but sorted...

Is my Yamaha R6’s digital dash beyond hope?

Is my Yamaha R6’s digital dash beyond hope?

Q. I have had my 2002 Yamaha R6 tucked away in my man-cave over winter on a trickle charger. I started it about a month ago and all was well. But when I went to get the bike ready for new season the...

Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

Q. I have two bikes wanting new tyres – a 1979 Honda CB650Z and a 1998 Honda CB500S. I am not concerned about tyre wear, wet weather performance, or achieving the classic look, all I need is the best...

How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

Q. The brakes on my Yamaha XJ900 Diversion only give me decent feel when the lever’s span adjustment is right out. My last bike was an XJR1300 and the brakes were great, so I’m thinking of grafting on...

How to change 1992 Fireblade’s wheel for a 17-inch

How to change 1992 Fireblade’s wheel for a 17-inch

Q. I am looking at upgrading the front wheel on my 1992 Honda Fireblade to a 17 incher. Which wheel is best as there were three wheel upgrades to the CBR900 and what size tyre would I need?...

Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

Q. I’ve almost completed the restoration of a 1999 Moto-Guzzi Daytona RS. Just how much "play" side to side and up and down on the floating discs should there be? There's a tiny tack weld on the back...

What’s causing Suzuki V-Strom’s iffy gearchange?

What’s causing Suzuki V-Strom’s iffy gearchange?

Q. I've had a Suzuki DL1000K2 for the last six years, it has only covered some 22,000 miles and has never let me down but it does have a sticky gear change. Sometimes it snicks up or down sweetly,...

Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

Q. I’ve just got a 1992 Moto-Guzzi 50 Targa with aging Pirelli Stradas fitted and I want a set of tyres that give me good directional stability when I head out on weekend runs. Mike Henaghan,...

Triumph Speed Triple’s clocks have packed up

Triumph Speed Triple’s clocks have packed up

Q. A friend of mine has a Triumph 1050 Speed Triple and the digital readouts seem to have packed up with no mph and the clock stuck at 1.00. The price for replacement instruments from Triumph is £700.