Choosing kit

How to get back at a scammer

How to get back at a scammer

Q. I have been stupid and trusted a stranger from the UK who I thought wanted to buy my 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R from me here in Slovakia. I won’t go into details, but I lost a lot of money and I don’t...

How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

Q. Is it just me, or are the mirrors on CBR600RRs circa 2007 really crap? I get a lovely view of my arms and that’s it. Any ideas? A. Another reader, Barry Sylvester, had a similar problem but sorted...

Is my Yamaha R6’s digital dash beyond hope?

Is my Yamaha R6’s digital dash beyond hope?

Q. I have had my 2002 Yamaha R6 tucked away in my man-cave over winter on a trickle charger. I started it about a month ago and all was well. But when I went to get the bike ready for new season the...

Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

Q. I have two bikes wanting new tyres – a 1979 Honda CB650Z and a 1998 Honda CB500S. I am not concerned about tyre wear, wet weather performance, or achieving the classic look, all I need is the best...

How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

Q. The brakes on my Yamaha XJ900 Diversion only give me decent feel when the lever’s span adjustment is right out. My last bike was an XJR1300 and the brakes were great, so I’m thinking of grafting on...

How to change 1992 Fireblade’s wheel for a 17-inch

How to change 1992 Fireblade’s wheel for a 17-inch

Q. I am looking at upgrading the front wheel on my 1992 Honda Fireblade to a 17 incher. Which wheel is best as there were three wheel upgrades to the CBR900 and what size tyre would I need?...

Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

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...

What’s causing Suzuki V-Strom’s iffy gearchange?

What’s causing Suzuki V-Strom’s iffy gearchange?

Q. I've had a Suzuki DL1000K2 for the last six years, it has only covered some 22,000 miles and has never let me down but it does have a sticky gear change. Sometimes it snicks up or down sweetly,...

Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

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,...

Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

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,...

Triumph Speed Triple’s clocks have packed up

Triumph Speed Triple’s clocks have packed up

Q. A friend of mine has a Triumph 1050 Speed Triple and the digital readouts seem to have packed up with no mph and the clock stuck at 1.00. The price for replacement instruments from Triumph is £700.

Power Commander explained

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...

Can I buy custom-made boots?

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...

Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

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...

What’s a PCP deal?

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...

Can I spray my own bike?

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...

Do I really need a motorcycle alarm?

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...

How long will my helmet last?

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...

Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex boots, from £207 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years What’s good: These boots have seen four winters and many more miles in mostly terrible weather (and...

Can I replace BMW R1200R tyre pressure sensors?

Can I replace BMW R1200R tyre pressure sensors?

Q. I have recently bought a 2008 BMW R1200R which has the tyre pressure sensors fitted. I am not keen on the sensors and have a couple of queries regarding them. Can I have normal rubber type tyre...

Can magnesium wheels be powdercoated?

Can magnesium wheels be powdercoated?

Q. Is it possible to powdercoat the wheels on my 2005 Aprilia Tuono Factory? A mate told me they can't be done because they are magnesium. Airm8, MCN forums A. Magnesium wheels weigh 30% less than...

Best tyres for a CCM FT35

Best tyres for a CCM FT35

Q. I have a CCM FT35-S, the 400cc Suzuki-engined supermoto with a 120/70 x 17 front tyre and a 150/70 x 17 rear. What choices do I have in replacement rubber? Nick Scarr, email A. First off, the...

How long will my leathers last?

How long will my leathers last?

Q. We all know that manufacturers put a life expectancy on helmets of roughly five years but is there a life expectancy on leathers? I know we should replace any kit if it has been involved in a high...

Death of home servicing?

Death of home servicing?

Q. I own a 2008 Yamaha Fazer 600S2 which I plan on keeping for a few years. I like to do my own maintenance, but the bike has electronic fuel injection, ECU and a factory immobilizer, which is all...

Nicked for a bike in bits

Nicked for a bike in bits

Q. I have just received a fixed penalty notice for my Yamaha XJR1300, the bike is still taxed, but it’s been in bits since July so I let the insurance lapse. I thought that if the bike was taxed you...

Why is my GSX-R750 running wide?

Why is my GSX-R750 running wide?

I’ve got a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R750 which I love the look and power of. The problem is that when I open the throttle up in the second part of a corner while the bike is still cranked over, it starts to...

Why is my Kawasaki VN800 Classic not starting?

Why is my Kawasaki VN800 Classic not starting?

I've had a Kawasaki VN800 Classic for over 15 months now, and it had been running beautifully every day until a few months ago when it would just not start on the button, clicking loudly instead. I...

Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

My wheels are looking a bit tatty on my Hornet and I’m considering spraying them myself. However the wheels take a lot of crap from the road and I am worried it won’t be durable. Cairnsie13, MCN...

Do I need special tool to remove Fireblade swingarm?

Do I need special tool to remove Fireblade swingarm?

I am going to take the swingarm off my Honda Fireblade RRX so that I can get it polished but I have read in the Haynes manual that I require a special tool to refit the swingarm pivot bolt/nut. Is...

Why is my Virago's battery running dry?

Why is my Virago's battery running dry?

Q. The battery on my Yamaha Virago ran dry so I replaced it at the same time as putting some heated grips on. I don’t use these much, but after two weeks the new battery has lost 60% of its...

Which bobbins for my Kawasaki Z1000SX?

Which bobbins for my Kawasaki Z1000SX?

Q. I’ve got a Kawasaki Z1000SX and I’m looking at getting a paddock stand for it. Rather than one that lifts it at the rear wheel spindle, I want to use the two threaded holes in the swingarm and two...

Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

Q. What rear tyre would you recommend for a 2011 Derbi Terra Adventure 125. The rear is a 130/90 x 17 and the front is a 90/90 x 21. Newbiker1, MCN forums A. Continental Escapes are a really good...

Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

Q. Some time ago Trevor Franklin did a long-term test on a KTM 990SMT. I’m using my bike for the winter months getting to work and I remember Trevor saying that he fitted a new rear hugger. He said it...

Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

Q. I'm looking for a new full-face helmet but fancy one with an internal sun visor. I know a few of the flip front types have them but I don't want the extra weight. Motorcycle helmets for sale. Money...

Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

Q. I have recently purchased a Kawasaki ZZR1200. I'm very pleased with it, but I have one annoying problem – the front brake squeals under light operation. I have removed the calipers, and the pistons...

Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

Q. I bought an N-plate Honda CBR600F six months ago with Michelin Pilot 1s fitted that arejust about done after 5000 miles and three track days. I will be using the bike mainly for summer riding and a...