Choosing kit

Pirelli Angel ST: "planted and smooth"

Pirelli Angel ST: "planted and smooth"

Q. I'm thinking of fitting Pirelli Angel ST touring tyres to my Suzuki 1250 Bandit. How good are they? davegsxr1000, MCN tyre forum Save £££s on motorcycle tyres A. A Speed Triple rider on the forum...

Best boots for all-day use?

Best boots for all-day use?

Q. I was just wondering if you could advise me on motorcycle boots as I am looking to find a pair I can use on and off the bike as I go about my daily business. Save cash on motorcycle boots So far I...

Yamaha XJR1300 oil cooler conundrum

Yamaha XJR1300 oil cooler conundrum

Q. Can you tell me if the oil cooler pipes and hoses from a 99-01 Yamaha XJR1300 will fit a 2002 model? Save £££s on motorcycle products Mine are leaking from the hose and I've managed to locate some...

Best tyres for a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i

Best tyres for a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i

Q. I ride a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i and can't afford to change it, so I have lowered the gearing to give it a bit more stomp. It's a great bike but I would like it to steer a bit quicker with some...

Where can I get cheap RSV brakes discs?

Where can I get cheap RSV brakes discs?

Q. I need some new front discs for my 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 and I've been quoted about £400 for a pair (fitted), which seems steep to me. Save cash on motorcycle products Have I got any other...

How do I combat fork lacquer 'worming'?

How do I combat fork lacquer 'worming'?

Kellyt: My Triumph Speedmaster suffers with lacquer 'worming' problems on the lower forks, top yoke and risers. They have been changed five times under warranty but the worming keeps coming back, the...

Are my exhausts making my bike run badly?

Are my exhausts making my bike run badly?

Q. I've recently traded in my old bike for a Ducati 748R. Unfortunately it seems to have a flat spot as soon as you crack the throttle open, and appears to be running very rich. Save cash on...

Golden rules for helmet painting

Golden rules for helmet painting

Q. I want to get my fiberglass crash helmet painted to match my bike. What do I have to look out for to make sure it will still keep my bonce intact if I do take a tumble? Michael Acton, Plymouth...

Fab motorcycle goggles

I needed a pair of glasses that could be multi-function; sun-glasses, regular prescription and most importantly comfortable. I purhcased a pair of Davida WRS74 Goggles and I have to say for just under £120 they are fantastic, comfortable and great with an open face helmet.

What effect does removing an exhaust baffle have?

What effect does removing an exhaust baffle have?

Q. I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 with dealer-fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed...

How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

Road race ace Ron Haslam’s years of experience of tracks and public-road circuits have taught him something that’s a mystery to most of us – how to set up a bike. Suspension changes are the only...

Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

Q. I’ve just bought a new Triumph Speed Triple for very spirited riding on the roads (well, it’s what it was built for!) and for fast group track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres As I bought...

Brake disc rivets explained

Brake disc rivets explained

Q. I recently read your advice column in MCN on floating discs from an Andrew Carroll (MCN, November 25) and was wondering, should the rivets on my discs rotate freely on my Aprilia RS250 because at...

Product advice: Are 190- and 200-section tyres interchangeable?

Product advice: Are 190- and 200-section tyres interchangeable?

The Suzuki B-King comes with a 200-section rear tyre profile but it can apparently take a 190-section tyre. Can someone explain this to me? If a 190 is used will the profile be less sharp? Forklift,...

Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

The rear tyre on my freshly-cleaned ZX-10 let go before I got to the end of my road, sending me and the bike sliding along on our sides. I can only think that the tyre must have had WD-40 or bike...

Product advice: Help! My bike's steering too quickly

Product advice: Help! My bike's steering too quickly

My 2004 Kawasaki ZR-7 has a tendency to flop into corners although I fitted a new rear shock recently. I’ve checked the head bearings for play and set the tyre pressures, with 42psi in the rear it...

What's the alternative to a coloured headlight cover?

What's the alternative to a coloured headlight cover?

Q. I Don't want to get nicked for using a coloured headlight cover, but I've seen bikes with what looks like a blue-tinged headlight. Save money on motorcycle products When I spoke to a bloke at the...

Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

Q. I have an N-reg Kawasaki GPz500 which is restricted at the moment. I noticed that as it was warming up the other night, the right hand exhaust header pipe was glowing red but the left side...

Best tyres for riding to a track day?

Best tyres for riding to a track day?

Q. I've just bought a 2000 ZX-9R for track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres However I have to ride to the track so I need some advice on suitable tyre options? Ollie, MCN Tyre forum A.

Can I change my headlight bulb from 35W to 55W?

Can I change my headlight bulb from 35W to 55W?

The vast majority of wiring systems should be able to cope with uprating 35/35w bulbs to 55/60w bulbs without any problem. Save £££s on motorcycle products However if your bike has plastic headlamp...

How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

Q. I’m having problems setting up the exhaust valve on my 2003 Blade. Save money on motorcycle exhausts With the ignition on, the index mark on the control valve is not aligning with the horizontal...

What to look out for when changing a Z750 exhaust

What to look out for when changing a Z750 exhaust

Q. I bought a Kawasaki Z750 brand new last September, although it’s the '07 model it’s on a '58 reg plate. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts I’ve been looking at replacing the exhaust, but on...

Can you ‘shave’ a tyre to restore its profile?

Can you ‘shave’ a tyre to restore its profile?

Q. If you do a lot of straight line work and the profile of your tyre starts to ‘square off’, couldn't rear bike tyres be ‘shaved’ back to a useful rounded profile to restore feel? Save £££s on...

Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

Q. I’ve got a 2009 Suzuki GSF1250 GT and after 3500 miles I need a new rear tyre to replace the OE Dunlop D218N 180/55 V17. I spend 80% of the time touring, and 20% over the Dales. Save money on...

Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57...

How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

Q. I want to change the fuel filter on my Ducati 998, which sits inside the fuel tank along with the fuel pump, but I've heard that refitting the pump assembly and the attendant rubber seal is a...

Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

Q. I’ve just bought a 15-tooth front sprocket for my GSX-R600. I bought it off eBay and it was advertised to fit a 525 chain, which I have. Save cash on chains and sprockets It came yesterday and...

Where can I get exhaust packing material?

Where can I get exhaust packing material?

Q. I have extracted the pipe baffles out of the tail pipe of a Suzuki TS250L and noticed the wadding has completely disappeared. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can anyone recommend a suitable...

Why is there a ridge on my dual-compound tyre?

Why is there a ridge on my dual-compound tyre?

Q. I have a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 running Dunlop Roadsmarts, getting 5500 miles out of the rear with too much commuting and motorway work. Save cash on motorcycle tyres There's 2.8mm tread depth left...

Best tyre for a Triumph Daytona 675

Best tyre for a Triumph Daytona 675

Q. I would like some advice on the best tyre for a 2009 Triumph Daytona 675. It currently has Pirelli Supercorsas but they are not very practical if it rains. Can you advise on a suitable tyre for...

How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

Q. I have a Suzuki VX800 that pulls cleanly up to 80mph with no problem, but then seems to run into a brick wall. Save money on motorcycle products I think it could be restricted as it was brought to...

How to avoid pins and needles

How to avoid pins and needles

DeepSeaBiker: My friend complains of pins and needles and numb wrists from riding his 2005 GSX-R600 and he is thinking about selling his bike because of this. jaffa90: It could be the wrong angle on...

Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD

Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD

Q. What are the best tyres to use on a Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD? My Pirelli Dragon Supercorsas need replacing in time for the first sunny day of next year. Save money on motorcycle tyres I got 5000 miles...

Shifting corroded nuts and bolts

Shifting corroded nuts and bolts

Q. I want to replace the standard exhaust system on my 34,000-mile Kawasaki ZX-9R with an aftermarket system, but all the fixing nuts and bolts are corroded solid. Save cash on motorcycle products I...

Sorting suspension that kicks you out of the seat

Sorting suspension that kicks you out of the seat

Q. I have a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 which I absolutely love. It goes and handles as well as I could have imagined, with the only downside being that it can kick me out of the seat sometimes when I am...

If you could only carry one thing...

If you could only carry one thing...

If you could only carry one accessory or gadget with you while riding in the current snowy weather, what would it be? Save £££s on motorcycle products A V2 visor sponge for constantly clearing salty...