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Choosing kit (February 2012)

  • Best tyres for a Ducati 916

    20 February 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Ducati 916

    Q. I would like some advice on what tyres to buy for my 1998 Ducati 916. I have had the bike for five years and fitted a set of Michelin Pilot Sports when I got the bike. I have been happy with the...

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  • Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

    20 February 2012

    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...

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  • Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

    20 February 2012 by MCN

    Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

    Q. I’ve a Ducati 916 that has been running rough for a little while. The electrics are all fine, with no dodgy relays and the bike was recently serviced with a clean bill of health. Mick Illingworth,...

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  • Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    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,...

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  • Power Commander explained

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Power Commander explained

    Q. I’m thinking of getting a Power Commander III. What is the "accelerator pump feature"?   A. This feature is built into all PCIII USB and PCVs, it allows you to configure settings which inject...

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  • Can I buy custom-made boots?

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Can I buy custom-made boots?

    Q. I lost my right leg below the knee a while back and I’ve got a problem finding boots that will fit me. The reason is that my prosthetic leg is pretty ‘slimline’ to reduce weight and make it easier...

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  • Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

    Q. I have a 2009 Yamaha R6 which I’ve been riding for the past two years on Dunlop Sportsmarts. But my mates really rate their Pirelli Supercorsas – when we’re parked up on a ride their tyres are...

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  • What’s a PCP deal?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    What’s a PCP deal?

    Q. More and more bike companies are offering Personal Contract Plans (PCP) and it looks like a tempting way of buying a new bike every few years. What's the catch? Graham Bayes, by email A. PCP deals...

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  • Can I spray my own bike?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Can I spray my own bike?

    Q. I recently crashed my bike at low speed after a momentary loss of concentration. I've changed the few broken parts but the fairing needs either replacing or repairing. I've always fancied learning...

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  • How can I care for my pillion?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    How can I care for my pillion?

    Q. After years of trying to get my wife to agree to a long riding holiday as pillion she has agreed. But what can I do to make her as comfortable and safe as possible on the back of my Honda Pan...

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  • Do I really need a motorcycle alarm?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Do I really need a motorcycle alarm?

    Q. My insurance policy is demanding an alarm is fitted to my Suzuki GSX-R750 but I’m no fan of them as, in my experience, they always seem to go wrong, drain the battery and no one takes any notice of...

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  • How long will my helmet last?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    How long will my helmet last?

    Q. My crash helmet is a few years old but remains very comfortable. It was in absolutely tip-top condition until it rolled off the petrol tank a little while ago onto the petrol station forecourt’s...

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