ANY QUESTION ANSWERED Q Why do my tyres keep deflating?
If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find the person who does Will an exhaust give my CBR125R more power?
The tyres on my Yamaha XJ600 keep deflating, even after though I have taken them off five times and had the wheel rims cleaned up. The tyres are about three years old. Alan Rumford, Leytonstone
Answered by Bryn Phillips, Cambrian Tyres The only way to find the source of the leak is to slowly rotate the tyre and wheel assembly in a water-filled bath and look for bubbles.
For both tyres to be deflating at the same time my money is on problems with the bead seat area of the wheel, which you’d see as air bubbles escaping between the tyre and the rim. This area can become corroded and if a tyre has been in position
I’ve got a 2010 Honda CBR125R and I want to change the exhaust, maybe upping the power too. What are my options? Ed Simmans, Barking
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Simply fitting a different exhaust, either an end can or a complete system, will not increase the power as the valve size, cam timing and compression ratio would also need changing. What you can do is change the look with carbonfibre, stainless steel or even titanium end cans, or perhaps save a bit of weight, too.
Aftermarket cans mean losing the catalytic converter and they have a removable baffle for a fruitier exhaust note. As a general rule the shorter the can, the louder the sound.
I was recently involved in a very minor accident. I wasn’t injured and there was only minimal paint damage on my bike. It seemed my insurer forwarded my details to one law firm, who passed it on to another law firm, who in turn have got an accident management firm on my case to persuade me to make a claim.
I had been given the ‘sales spiel’ to make it seem OK to put in a whiplash claim, but when I told them this was morally suspect I was told that: “If I don’t put in a claim, they will put in a third-party claim against me personally.” This is disconcerting and worrying. John Rollinson, email If you weren’t injured any claim you made would be fraudulent, and not doing so would not affect any claim against you, which would be paid by your insurers anyway. Despite legislation in 2013 outlawing referral fees being paid by solicitors to “buy” claims, the relationship between insurers and their panel solicitors remains a grey area. Accident management companies complicate things further still, because unlike solicitors they are not heavily regulated.
Instead the Claims Management Regulator has a far looser code of conduct for how claims should be made. Loose as it may be however, clearly this sort of pressure to make a fraudulent claim must be in breach of that code.
You should raise this company’s conduct with the Claims Management Regulator on 0333 200 0110, or www. claimsregulation.gov.uk.