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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...

Which clutch plates for a Yamaha V-Max?

Which clutch plates for a Yamaha V-Max?

Q. My Yamaha V-Max will soon need new clutch plates. The Barnett sets are £20-30 more than EBC or Ferodo. Are they worth the extra cash? Mickh13, MCN forums A. Unless you are going drag racing I don’t...

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...