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?
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