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  • How to tie a bike down on a ferry

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    How to tie a bike down on a ferry

    Q. I’m taking my bike over to Spain next month and I wondered what’s the best way to tether the bike with the ratchet straps I have just purchased. I have a centrestand-free Kawasaki ZRX1200S and I...

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  • Why are my ZX-6R's lights blowing?

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    Why are my ZX-6R's lights blowing?

    Q. I own a 2004 Kawasaki ZX-6R. When I go out with my lights on, it blows the stop/tail fuse within a mile or so. If I leave the lights off, I can ride all day with no problems. I changed the bulbs...

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  • Why is my Blackbird exhaust steaming?

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    Why is my Blackbird exhaust steaming?

    Q. I have a 2001 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird that seems to run fine. What concerns me is that when I start up from cold the right-hand silencer emits water vapour almost immediately, while the...

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  • Advice: Why have my tyres worn so quickly?

    24 August 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Why have my tyres worn so quickly?

    Why have my tyres worn so quickly? Q. I’ve been using the same make and model of tyres on my bike for a few sets now, but the last pair seemed to have worn faster than before. Both the front and the...

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  • Advice: Are my Fazer's brake discs at fault?

    24 August 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Are my Fazer's brake discs at fault?

    Are my Fazer's discs at fault? Q. My recently acquired Yamaha FZS600 is great but for the high-pitched “scraping” whine from the front wheel. The dealer tells me it's the front discs and says all...

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  • Will changing spark plugs cure a misfire?

    17 August 2010 by MCN

    Will changing spark plugs cure a misfire?

    Q. My Ducati 900SS has a misfire which starts after I have ridden a few miles. Will changing the plugs sort it out? George Booth, email   A. A misfire is either related to the fuelling or the...

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  • How to get better mileage on a rear tyre

    17 August 2010 by MCN

    How to get better mileage on a rear tyre

    Q. I have a Harley XR1200X with Dunlop Qualifier tyres that I am very pleased with. The rear is getting close to the end of its life at 2200 miles. Save cash on motorcycle products If I fitted a...

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  • What's causing battery drain?

    10 August 2010 by MCN

    What's causing battery drain?

    Q. I have all sorts of electrical problems with my bike. When the lights are on the battery seems to lose charge even when the engine is running. Anon   A. You don't say what happens with the...

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  • Best tyres for a hot track day

    10 August 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a hot track day

    Q. I recently highsided a Ducati Monster S4RS on a set of Bridgestone BT016s at the Salzburgring in Austria. The local expert (superbike racer) looked at the tyres and thought they looked overheated.

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  • Best tyres for a Yamaha Fazer 600

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Yamaha Fazer 600

    Q. I have a 2003 Yamaha Fazer 600 with only 3900 miles on the clock, which I bought 18 months ago. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres It has a Dunlop Sportmax 160/60 x 17 on the rear and a 110/70 x 17 on...

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  • My speedo can't cope with my turbo!

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    My speedo can't cope with my turbo!

    Q. About one year ago I fitted a nice little turbo to my first generation Suzuki 1200 Bandit. Save cash on motorcycle products Now, I've covered about 7000 miles (3000 of them in 10 days around...

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  • Can I service my R1200RT's throttle at home?

    02 August 2010 by MCN

    Can I service my R1200RT's throttle at home?

    Q. I have a 2005 BMW R1200RT which I have started to service myself; I have found this to be very straightforward, however I am not sure about the throttle body/cable adjustment/synchronisation. Save...

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  • Product review: Abus Granit Extreme Chain

    27 July 2010 by Guy Procter

    Product review: Abus Granit Extreme Chain

    Abus Granit Extreme Chain 37-1.1m-12mm, £199 Time used: Five years What's good? Words can't describe the lack of care I have lavished on this faithful friend. Save £££s on motorcycle locks But it's...

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  • Can I change FireBlade front wheel size?

    26 July 2010 by MCN

    Can I change FireBlade front wheel size?

    Q. Not sure if you've ever been asked this before, but I want to get some decent modern rubber on my ageing CBR900RR FireBlade. Is there a way I can go about putting a 17-inch wheel on the front to...

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  • How best to scrub in new tyres

    26 July 2010 by MCN

    How best to scrub in new tyres

    Q. I'd just got a set of new tyres fitted and was taking things as easy as I could when the rear just slipped away so fast and without warning, I wanted to talk to someone at the importer to better...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

    23 July 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

    Shoei XR-1100 helmet, £299 (plain colours), £379 (graphics) Miles covered/time: 18,000/nine months What’s good? The sales assistant’s golden rule for buying a crash helmet is: If you’ve a ten-bob head...

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  • How to fix broken electronic screen

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    How to fix broken electronic screen

    Q. I have a 1999 BMW R1100RT with an electric screen. The screen gets stuck in its highest position every now and again, but it sorts itself out each time. Unfortunately it has happened again and is...

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  • GSX-R's neutral light disappears

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    GSX-R's neutral light disappears

    Q. I have owned a Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 for 13 months. Two months into owning the bike it developed problems with the gear and neutral indicator display. To date the bike has been in and out of my Suzuki...

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  • Best all-round sports tyre

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    Best all-round sports tyre

    Q. I bought a Suzuki GSX-R750 K5 about three months ago and I’m coming to the point where I need some new tyres. I am currently running Michelin Pilot 2CTs which feel really good under me, but I...

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  • How to check for warped discs

    12 July 2010 by MCN

    How to check for warped discs

    Q. When I brake quite hard between 80-40mph on my CBR600FS I feel a pulsing up to the brake lever. Save £££s on motorcycle brakes I have checked the discs they don't seem to be warped and I have new...

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  • Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

    12 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

    I'm doing a 4000-mile tour round central Europe in August and I need a new set of rubber before I go. What should I use on my Bandit? It will be a mix between motorways and Alpine roads and will last...

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  • Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

    12 July 2010 by MCN

    Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

    Q. I've just got a very keenly priced ZXR750 dating from the early ’90s but the handling seems very choppy no matter what I do to the rear suspension. Save cash on motorcycle suspension I didn't get...

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  • Are my wheel bearings shot?

    12 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Are my wheel bearings shot?

    Fellhopper: My GSX-R750 K2 has just developed a 'droning' noise from the front end (wheel?) it does it in all gears at speed and also with the clutch pulled in 'coasting'. I have just solved one noise...

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  • Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

    06 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

    jonboymp: Guys, I have a 2009 ZX-6R. It needs a drop of coolant, what should I use? The normal car stuff from Halfords? Can anyone point me in the right direction? triumphrider600: Nooooooo. Bikes use...

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  • Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

    06 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

    I have a Power Commander and Akrapovic slip-on exhaust fitted to my Suzuki Bandit 1250 but it isn’t running cleanly and I can't see the correct download map on the Dynojet website. Ralph Heggs,...

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  • What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

    01 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

    I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 K7 with dealer fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed them. I have also read in the Arrow...

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  • How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

    Q. I have a Dynojet Power Commander III USB on my GSX-R750, but when I try to connect it to the control centre software on my computer the software says "No Power Commander Connected". What am I doing...

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