ANY QUES­TION AN­SWERED OWN­ING & RID­ING Q Why is my bat­tery’s charge drain­ing away?

If we don’t know the an­swer, we’ll find the per­son who does Which no-frills locks will keep my com­muter bike safe?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The fairly old bat­tery on my 1996 Honda CBR600F went flat, so I re­placed it. I used the bike just once be­fore park­ing it up for two weeks, but then the new bat­tery was flat. I’ve checked the volt­age drop with the bat­tery off the bike and it went from 12.47V to 12.34V over 48 hours. When re­fit­ted to the bike the volt­age dropped much


I’ve just bought a cheap bike for a com­mute. It’s doubt­ful any­one would want to nick it, but I think I should get a cheap disc lock. What are my op­tions? Sam Brant, Cam­ber­ley

An­swered by Keith Rois­set­ter, In­fin­ity Mo­tor­cy­cles The Rox­ter disc lock (which is an Ox­ford Ti­tan in dis­guise) is avail­able for £12.99 and seems very good for the money, as does the Ox­ford mini-shackle lock at £19.99. Mam­moth pro­duce the £9.99 Orig­i­nal and also the £15.99 Blast.

What­ever you use, in­vest in a min­der ca­ble. They’re only a cou­ple of quid and give a re­ally use­ful re­minder that can save a lot of money, and more im­por­tantly a lot of em­bar­rass­ment. And yes, that is the voice of hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence you hear.

By Nick Plumb, for­mer Dakar racer and now Tourat­ech UK MD

Here are my top pro­tec­tion com­po­nents. First up are pan­niers, if you’re off-road­ing then leave them at home, if you’re on road then they’ll act as crash bars. A lower seat makes a huge dif­fer­ence in con­fi­dence and lets you pad­dle your bike out of mud. Bars for an ad­ven­ture bike are a must. Fair­ing bars bolt onto those bars and also pro­tect the

The steel-frame CBR600 is a clas­sic, but it’s not im­mune from reg-rec prob­lems This prob­lem af­fects many bikes and the cul­prit is prob­a­bly the Rox­ter from £12.99 Ox­ford mini-min­ishackle from £19.99 Mam­moth Orig­i­nal from £9.99 Pur­chas­ing an un­reg­is­tered

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