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  • Will charger hurt my Rocket III’s battery?

    16 February 2011 by MCN

    Will charger hurt my Rocket III’s battery?

    Q. My Triumph Rocket III is fitted with an alarm and clock and I was wondering whether should I put an Optimate on after every ride, even though it’s generally only left for 12 hours? Is it worth it...

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  • My Kawasaki ZZ-R600 won’t tick over

    16 February 2011 by MCN

    My Kawasaki ZZ-R600 won’t tick over

    Q. My 2000 Kawasaki ZZ-R600’s idle is all over the place and it’s cutting out at speed, too. I’ve tried to adjust the tickover using the screw, but it’s seized solid, so I’ve had to do it with the...

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  • The best off-road tyres

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    The best off-road tyres

    Q. I own a Kawasaki KMX200 and I’m looking for a set of road-legal off-road tyres with the emphasis on their dirt performance. I've spent ages surfing the web but can’t find any that fit the bill. The...

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  • Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

    Q. I’ve just bought a 2002 Yamaha R1 and the gear selection isn’t brilliant, with second gear skipping at 8000rpm. The fork seals are starting to leak too… Gordon Harrison, email   A. Oh dear, it...

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  • Is my ZX-7R suffering from carb icing?

    07 February 2011 by MCN

    Is my ZX-7R suffering from carb icing?

    Q. My Kawasaki ZX-7R P4 has an intermittent running problem that has me stumped. On cold mornings it will start fine, run fine for about five or 10 minutes then sometimes it will stutter and feel like...

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  • Will new bar ends affect handling?

    31 January 2011 by MCN

    Will new bar ends affect handling?

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-7R and I’ve just fitted new bar ends. They weigh a lot less than original ones and I’m wondering whether this will affect the handing of my bike? They look better, but are they...

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  • When should I change my tyres?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    When should I change my tyres?

    I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little...

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  • Why won’t Aprilia SR50 start well when hot?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Why won’t Aprilia SR50 start well when hot?

    My nipper has a fuel-injected Aprila SR50 Ditech. When it runs it has a really good little engine and will fly along at 35mph all day. The trouble is, it’s an absolute pig to start hot or cold. My...

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  • Is my Bandit 600’s fuel tap faulty?

    25 January 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Is my Bandit 600’s fuel tap faulty?

    I have a 2000 Suzuki Bandit 600 and when I have the fuel tap in the ‘on’ position it starts to run poorly, as though it isn’t getting enough fuel. But when I put the fuel tap to the ‘prime’ position...

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  • ZZR struggles to start from cold

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    ZZR struggles to start from cold

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZZR600 which is still soldiering on, but it is getting harder and harder to start on cold mornings. The battery is pretty new, but there’s not much of a spark at the plugs. I know...

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  • Why can't I change gear?

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    Why can't I change gear?

    Q. I have a 1979 Kawasaki KZ400 that I use for travelling between college and home; it's in very good condition and has only done 4500 miles. The problem is that shifting into second gear is very...

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  • Best tyres for a GSX-R1000 K3

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a GSX-R1000 K3

    Q. I have a Suzuki 2003 GSX-R1000 and the tyres I’m stuck between are the Bridgestone BT023s and the Metzeler Sportec M5s. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Please could you shed some light on the best...

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  • Bandit’s speedo goes blank

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    Bandit’s speedo goes blank

    Q. I have a Suzuki Bandit 1250SA which is just coming up for three years old. It has developed an intermittent problem in that the speedo can go blank, though it is still backlit, and the rev counter...

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  • BN125 won't start from cold

    11 January 2011 by MCN

    BN125 won't start from cold

    Q. I have a Kawasaki BN125 that just does not want to start from cold at all. When it does fire up, the moment you take the choke off it stalls, and you have to be so, so gentle on the throttle until...

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  • Best road tyres for a BMW F800GS

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Best road tyres for a BMW F800GS

    Q. A few months ago I bought a 2008 BMW F800GS with Metzeler Tourance tyres already fitted. They still had some life left, so I've been running around on them and they're OK, but I'm looking for...

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  • Where can I get Hayabusa luggage?

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Where can I get Hayabusa luggage?

    Q. I’ve looked far and wide but can’t find any sort of hard luggage for my Suzuki 1300 Hayabusa. I live in Germany, and no one can help, not even Suzuki Germany. Stephen Poulton, email   A. This...

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  • Why are my Bandit’s spark plugs black?

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Bandit’s spark plugs black?

    Q. I recently got a 1999 Suzuki Bandit GSF600S that was running great until about two weeks after I bought it. There was no spark coming off them, so I went out and replaced all four plugs and the...

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  • Is there a cheap way to repair a tyre?

    29 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Is there a cheap way to repair a tyre?

    I caught a financial cold recently when I picked up a puncture in a nearly-new Z-rated tyre and I had to get it replaced. Is there any guaranteed way I can avoid a costly bill if I get another...

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  • Is it safe to disconnect my battery?

    28 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Is it safe to disconnect my battery?

    My friend told me that I cannot disconnect the old battery completely on my Suzuki GSX1400 as this means I will “lose the memory in the ECU”. Is this correct? Walter Calne, email   The moment...

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  • Can I get a custom-made screen?

    27 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Can I get a custom-made screen?

    I have a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A, which is a great bike, but I have an issue with the screen. When it’s down I just get buffeted to pieces, and if I put the screen up the wind just pushes my head forward...

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  • Why do I keep getting punctures?

    21 December 2010 by MCN

    Why do I keep getting punctures?

    Q. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I keep picking up punctures in my rear tyres. I’ve had four in the last 2000 miles and it’s getting expensive to pay for repair or replacement. Save £££s on...

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  • Can I ditch my lambda sensor?

    21 December 2010 by MCN

    Can I ditch my lambda sensor?

    Q. I want to change the exhaust on my 2009 Yamaha XJ6. I'm happy to get a full system less the cat as I'm told it will reduce weight and increase horsepower. Some systems that I've looked at state...

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  • What's causing GSX-R1000 gearbox issue?

    13 December 2010 by MCN

    What's causing GSX-R1000 gearbox issue?

    Q. I have a problem with my GSX-R1000 K5 selecting neutral when the engine is warmed over 75°C. All the gears work OK, it’s just when clicking into neutral that it won't come out of gear, without some...

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  • How can I fix R6's ignition transponder?

    07 December 2010 by MCN

    How can I fix R6's ignition transponder?

    Q. I recently bought a 2003 Yamaha R6. It was working all right for a week, but one evening it didn't start. On pressing the starter switch I could hear the starter sound but the bike failed to...

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  • What's causing my ST1300 to wiggle?

    01 December 2010 by Marc Abbott

    What's causing my ST1300 to wiggle?

    I have a Honda ST1300, that’s in generally fine fettle, with good tyres and swingarm, and with steering head and wheel bearings in good condition, too. However, when pulling away, the bike feels like...

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  • Effect of a squared-off front tyre

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    Effect of a squared-off front tyre

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-6R G1. When I go round corners my steering wobbles and when I’m going really slow in traffic, I’m fighting to balance, but then it’s fine in a straight line at speed. I checked...

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  • How to seal an old petrol tank

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    How to seal an old petrol tank

    Q. One of my chums yesterday told me he was getting a new tank for his old Bonneville. When I asked why, he said because he put Petseal in the tank and now that petrol has a higher percentage of...

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  • How can I solve riding pain?

    26 November 2010 by MCN

    How can I solve riding pain?

    Q. I'm a female pensioner who has taken up biking again in the last couple of years after a long absence. I live in Spain and it's great for biking, but I have one problem. I'm pretty heavy and after...

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  • Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

    15 November 2010 by MCN

    Why are my tyres tearing after 10 laps?

    Q. I was recently at the Motorland circuit in Spain. This track is very fast and has a strong left-hand bias and is tough on tyres. The Dunlop Sportmax slick fitted to my 2004 Yamaha R1 wore really...

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  • How much oil should my Fireblade use?

    15 November 2010 by MCN

    How much oil should my Fireblade use?

    Q. I currently own a 954 Fireblade and am looking to upgrade to a 2008, 2009 or 2010 model, but I keep hearing from owners that they use quite an amount of oil. My 954 never uses oil from one service...

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  • What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

    09 November 2010 by MCN

    What’s causing BMW R1200RT rattle?

    Q. I get an unusual rattle for a few seconds when I first start my BMW R1200RT from cold. It comes on after about 15 to 20 seconds of starting, lasts about five seconds, them disappears. Any ideas...

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  • Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

    09 November 2010 by MCN

    Can I upgrade Kawasaki ER-5's brakes?

    Q. I want to replace my 1998 Kawasaki ER-5’s front brake caliper with a better brake, maybe a twin or a four-piston set-up. Is there a brake that would fit straight on or would I have to make an...

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