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  • How to make a Superduke less twitchy

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    How to make a Superduke less twitchy

    Q. I’ve just bought a 2007 KTM Superduke with 5000 miles on the clock after owning a 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R. All the reviews say the handling is perfect and near superbike level, but when I up the pace...

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  • Why aren't my cooling fans working?

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Why aren't my cooling fans working?

    Q. I'm having trouble with my 2000 MV Agusta F4. The cooling fans aren't coming on when the engine gets hot (105 degrees). I've checked the fuse and that's OK, I'm not too sure where to look next.

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  • Can I rethread a sump?

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Q. When I changed the oil on my GSX-R750 K2 last time I managed to overtighten the sump plug so I felt the thread giving a bit. I was using a torque wrench too. I have just changed the oil again today and fine bits of 'thread' came out of the sump thread as I removed the plug! Have I now screwed up the sump or is there a way of re-threading it? I managed to re-fit the sump plug but it was hard to...

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  • Best tyres for less-than-spirited riding

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for less-than-spirited riding

    Q. My girlfriend has just returned to biking after a long lay-off and at present I’m doing 95% of my riding with her. Save cash on motorcycle tyres It's great and she's rapidly building confidence...

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  • Kit review: Hein Gericke Milan jacket

    17 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Hein Gericke Milan jacket

    Hein Gericke Milan jacket, £149.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good? Many people, those who ride and those who don’t, have commented that it doesn’t look like a bike jacket. I think...

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  • How to extract stuck VTR brake pins

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    How to extract stuck VTR brake pins

    jdw1964: I can't seem to get the pin out that holds the pads in on the front brakes of a 2002 Honda VTR1000. Is there a special tool or can you use a normal screwdriver? It doesn’t seem to want to...

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  • Best tyres for a Multistrada 1100S

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Multistrada 1100S

    Q. I'm hoping you can help me with some advice on tyres. I recently bought an ’08 Multistrada 1100S and I need to put some new tyres on it. The Metzeler Z6 looks to be a good, if slightly expensive...

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  • Respraying your bike? Who to inform...

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Respraying your bike? Who to inform...

    Q. I am getting my bike resprayed in a different colour. I know I have to change the logbook, but how do I go about getting the MoT certificate changed? Olly Heggs, Redditch   A. As you say, you...

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  • Will my headlamp fail an MoT?

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Will my headlamp fail an MoT?

    Q. I took my 1997 Honda RC45 RS down for its annual MoT and the tester said that I had a “problem” with the headlamps, that the dip beam was “flat” with no “break off” to light the pavement etc. He...

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  • Advice: Are my tyres causing vibrations?

    09 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Are my tyres causing vibrations?

    I have a 2000 Honda Varadero 1000 with only 7000 miles on and it’s developed a vibration. I've checked the tyre pressures and they are spot on. I have slackened the chain off a bit more, but to no...

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  • Tight FireBlade chain is causing problems

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Tight FireBlade chain is causing problems

    Q. I have a '97 Honda Fireblade RRV. In May I rode up to the BMF Rally two-up but I didn't realise that the chain was running too tight over bumps and when accelerating. It's now making a 'clattery'...

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  • Chinese 125 carb problems

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Chinese 125 carb problems

    Q. I own a Sukida SK125-4 Commissioner (it's Chinese), which if it's not careful is going to be turned into coke cans as it's doing my head in. The problem is that when I go for a run and its warm it...

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  • Why is my R1200GS front disc pulsing?

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Why is my R1200GS front disc pulsing?

    Q. I recently took my pride and joy R1200GS to my local BMW garage for its 6000-mile service. I asked them to investigate a front brake pulsing at low speed. Now I had a Tiger that did exactly the...

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  • If in doubt, change your tyres

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    If in doubt, change your tyres

    Q. I have returned to motorcycling after a 48-year break and my bike is a 1990 Yamaha XV535 which is very pleasant to ride -­ even with the gearlever on the left! But on some road surfaces the...

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  • Suspension set-up for a 2002 CBR600F

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    Suspension set-up for a 2002 CBR600F

    Q. What suspension settings are best for solo riding on a CBR600F, 2002 model? I weigh 88kg in full riding kit and ride on the road with the odd track day. I also carry a pillion and luggage a couple...

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  • Can I get new wheels under warranty?

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    Can I get new wheels under warranty?

    Q. At the weekend, while cleaning my 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400, I noticed the rear wheel was bent on the right-hand side of the rim, where you’d expect to place a tyre lever. Save £££s on motorcycle...

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  • How to set up a GSX-R's Power Commander

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    How to set up a GSX-R's Power Commander

    Q. I have owned my GSX-R1000 K2 from new and had the obligatory Power Commander, air filter and exhaust fitted soon after getting the bike. I have never had any problems with the installation of these...

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  • How to extract a GT550’s rear shocks

    18 May 2010 by MCN

    How to extract a GT550’s rear shocks

    Q. I’ve bought myself a project bike – a 1988 Kawasaki GT550. It was completely dead but everyone’s help on the MCN forums has got it through the MoT, so firstly thanks to all. I now have a bit of a...

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  • Correct chain tension for a GS500

    18 May 2010 by MCN

    Correct chain tension for a GS500

    Q. I had a new chain fitted to my Suzuki GS500 by a bike shop and when I came to pick it up, there was 20mm of slack with the bike leaning on the sidestand. That reduced to just 1-2mm when the...

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  • How to clean a Speedfight head and barrel

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    How to clean a Speedfight head and barrel

    Q. I’ve just stripped down the head and barrel on my Peugeot Speedfight and the piston is coked up with black crap. What's the best way to clean it without damaging it? Fred1021, MCN forums   A.

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  • Diagnose a cush drive fault

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Diagnose a cush drive fault

    Q. I have a 2005 Yamaha Dragstar 125 with 3000 miles on the clock and I have excessive free play in the drive system when throttling off. The engine goes from driving the bike to the bike driving the...

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  • How to extract a seized front wheel spindle

    05 May 2010 by MCN

    How to extract a seized front wheel spindle

    Assuming the spindle is seized to the bearings or the spacer between the bearings, remove the tyre, tube and rim tape then soak the wheel overnight in diesel or paraffin. If you have a stout leakproof...

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  • Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

    Q. The idiot lights on my Honda VFR800 have started playing up. Sometimes neutral works, and then my digital clock goes on the blink for a couple of days before coming back again. Nick Langhorn, email...

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  • Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

    Q. I do a lot of track days but I seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to getting round fast corners quickly. Every time I up the pace on my R6 the bike misses the apex and runs wide appearing...

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  • Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

    Q. I’m looking to replace the tyres on my BMW K1300GT. The ones currently fitted have a special “UU” rating for this bike. Save cash on motorcycle tyres BMW recommend Metzeler Z6, what do you...

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  • Tyres that inspire confidence...

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Tyres that inspire confidence...

    Q. I intend replacing my tyres in the next few weeks and would appreciate some advice. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres The tyres fitted are Continentals, which came with the bike when I bought it; but...

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  • Indicator bulbs: handy tips

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Indicator bulbs: handy tips

    Q. I wonder what the minimum wattage is for bike indicators, if there is one? Save cash on motorcycle lighting I have bought some new winkers for my Kawasaki 400 grey import and they're 10 watts,...

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  • How to diagnose clutch cable problem

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    How to diagnose clutch cable problem

    Q. The choke lever on my 2001 Yamaha 900 Diversion will only pull about a quarter of the way open. Not being too technically minded, and before I go stripping down unnecessarily, is it most likely to...

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  • Will crash bars fit my bike?

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Will crash bars fit my bike?

    Q. I recently bought a black '59 plate Honda XL1000VA Varadero, and regrettably dropped it yesterday whilst parking it, causing about £150 worth of damage, I have decided to have crash bars...

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