Choosing kit

Technical advice: Fuel problems with my carb

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My 1992 Honda PC800 starts well from cold, ticks over beautifully and usually pulls away smoothly on small throttle openings. However as soon as I open the throttle wider it coughs and backfires through the carbs until I close it down again. As it gets warmer,...

Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here. Q. My Kawasaki ZX-6R has had a new battery and...

Clothing advice: Cheap riding gear for commuters

Clothing advice: Cheap riding gear for commuters

MCN expert Marc Abbot is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here. Q. I've just passed my direct access test and I'm...

Tyre advice: Make sure you use the correct size tyre

Tyre advice: Make sure you use the correct size tyre

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I recently bought a 2002 Honda SP2 which has got...

Technical advice: Fixing gear selectors

Technical advice: Fixing gear selectors

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I own a Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja on a 2001...

Technical advice: Changing to a race-pattern gearbox

Technical advice: Changing to a race-pattern gearbox

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5 and would like to change it...

Everything you need for a bike rally

Everything you need for a bike rally

Torches, sleeping bags, stoves, tents. The MCN Shop has everything you’ll ever need for a summer of bike rallies (except maybe a guaranteed hangover cure). With torches for the price of a pint and...

Clothing advice: Make sure your kit fits after Christmas

Clothing advice: Make sure your kit fits after Christmas

Here’s a tip for anyone thinking of getting back on their bike this weekend after a winter lay-off… try your kit on before you get to the garage with your bike keys in your hand. Ask an expert...

Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Can you help settle an argument between my girlfriend...

Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I don’t want to get nicked for using a coloured headlight...

Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve heard new bike tyres need to be “scrubbed in”. What...

Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. As soon as the weather gets a bit cold my Kawasaki ZZR400...

Bike accessory advice : Honda RVF400 exhausts

Bike accessory advice : Honda RVF400 exhausts

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I am looking to buy a second hand Honda RVF400 from...

Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I ride a Honda CB1000 Big One, its rear tyre is a...

Clothing advice : youth size helmets for motorcross

Clothing advice : youth size helmets for motorcross

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’M looking for a youth-sized helmet for my son, but...

Bike accessory advice : BMW R1100GS replacement handlebars

Bike accessory advice : BMW R1100GS replacement handlebars

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. MY 1996 BMW R1100GS handlebars are looking rather rusty and...

Technical advice : BMW R1150S oil consumption

Technical advice : BMW R1150S oil consumption

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My new BMW R1150S seems to be using quite a lot of...

Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I've read numerous forum postings about de-restricting an...

Suspension advice: Fork internal problems

Suspension advice: Fork internal problems

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert hereQ. My Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional knocking...

Technical advice: Suzuki TL1000R rain problems

Technical advice: Suzuki TL1000R rain problems

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert hereQ. My Suzuki TL1000R runs fine until the rain starts to fall.

Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have been desperately trying to purchase a lightweight Gore...

Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-10R and do around 160 miles a day on it.

Oxford heated grips problem fixed

I bought Oxford Hot Grips at the NEC show, but like most people never kept the receipt. They failed after just 2 months and initially Oxford just said buy a new switch. After reading comments on forums, this appears to be a common fault. However I called Oxford again and spoke to an excellent member of their staff named Charlotte. She has done everything she...

Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a 2006 Speed Triple 1050 which I absolutely love.

Bike accessories advice: ACF50

Bike accessories advice: ACF50

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. A number of weeks ago I spotted an article in your weekly...

Bike accessories advice: Boring out your Africa Twin

Bike accessories advice: Boring out your Africa Twin

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I want to fit a big-bore kit to my Honda Africa Twin.

Clothing advice: Perfect gear for the work commute

Clothing advice: Perfect gear for the work commute

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve recently started a new job that means an hourly commute.

Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a Dainese leather jacket with a Backspace G back...

Technical advice: Aprilia RSV sidestand trouble

Technical advice: Aprilia RSV sidestand trouble

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My 1999 Aprilia RSV is a stonking bike. It is an absolute joy...

Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

Acumen claims its latest motorcycle alarm is the smallest available in the UK. The Acumen Cat 1.1 alarm and immobiliser measures 112x56x32mm, and meets the Thatcham Category 1 standard. Compare and...

How to stop your visor misting this winter

How to stop your visor misting this winter

Good visibility is crucial to staying safe when riding this winter and a big barrier to that is the age old problem of visor misting. As temperatures drop the likelihood of this problem occuring is...

Hand Guards for Street Bikes

Hand Guards for Street Bikes

I don't always get MCN but one week recently I did and saw a short press release on the new Acerbis hand guards for street bikes – their model “Dual Road”. I made enquiries in the trade and the...

Bikers shell out £1000 a year on kit

British motorcyclists spend an average of almost £1,000 on kit every year, according to research by retailer Infinity Motorcycles. Shop for over 45,000 products with MCN Leather goods account for the lion’s share of the £960 per annum average spend, with riders shelling out £321 each year on jackets and jeans. Helmets were the next highest (£241), followed by textiles (£183), boots (£138), and...

So what does the SHARP motorcycle helmet test really mean?

So what does the SHARP motorcycle helmet test really mean?

It’s long been a subject of great debate among riders – and particularly helmet manufacturers – whether a £500 top-of-the-range race replica offers better protection in a crash than a £50 budget lid.

Top 10 tips for looking after your motorcycle helmet

Top 10 tips for looking after your motorcycle helmet

Motorcycle helmets are a lot more fragile than you might think but as we all know they're pretty damned important for protecting your head. MCN has put together 10 tips to keep your helmet in top...

Get your suspension set up to suit you!

Having ridden motorcycles since the age of three, I thought there was bugger all my mucker Gaffs could tell me about bikes! But after the obligatory half a gallon of grog on a Friday night, he convinced me to stop being a m**ge bag, and part with forty quid to have my suspension set up professionally! being an engineer, I was convinced that modern bikes come out of the factory set up to almost...