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I bought a Tiger 800 last August and the tyres were switched for a matched pair of Oe-size tyres as the current front had a puncture. At first the new front tyre lost pressure, then it settled down.
Over the next 2000 miles it passed an MOT and had a puncture repaired. Then I picked up a further puncture in the front and on closer inspection it turns out I have been running around on a tubed Bridgestone BW-501!
I’ve now got it replaced with the correct tyre, but I am left wondering how lucky I was. George Jenkins, email
I’m struggling to find great looking bike gear. I’m a 34-year-old female on a budget. I’m also a ‘fairweather’ biker if that helps. Karen Ellis, email
Answered by Daisy Bell, www.ladybiker.co.uk Good, affordable gear is out there, it’s just quite tricky to track down. Bull-it SR6 Ebony jeans come in sizes 4-22, with armour available for an additional £22.50. Answered by Bryn Phillips, Cambrian Tyres The Bridgestone BW-501 was never approved for fitment on the Triumph Tiger 800 by Bridgestone in OE sizes because a) it’s only H-speed rated and the Tiger requires V or higher and b) it’s a bloody tube-type tyre!
Along with most other tyre manufacturers Bridgestone has approved the fitment of 110/80R19 sized tyres (instead of the OE 100/90R19) on that bike and in that size the BW-501 is approved because it’s V-speed rated and tubeless.
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It’s not the first time I’ve heard of people running around on tubetype tyres fitted on tubeless rims without an inner tube and you have been lucky to get away with it. What keeps the air in a tubeless tyre is an impermeable liner membrane on the inside of the tyre, usually made of butyl. this membrane so air can bleed away. If you don’t check your pressures on a regular basis the air can escape to the extent that handling can be adversely affected. Tubeless tyres are safer in the event of a puncture, as they lose air in a more controlled way, which enables the rider to keep I have had a 2012 Honda CBR600F for about six months. Absolutely no problems until today when I pressed the starter button. Although the starter motor whizzed around at what sounded like normal speed, the engine didn’t sound like it was trying to fire up.
I tried several times with varying amounts of throttle, but still no joy. I had a couple of attempts at bump starting, but just got a few splutters, which may be because I didn’t have much of a slope to go down. J Johnson, MCN Forums
Answered by Scott Bullet, Doble Motorcycles It could be that the battery was a little low already and you have fouled the plugs up to the extent that the ‘drooping’ battery couldn’t generate a strong enough spark to cut through the fuel. As it’s a fuel-injected bike you can try this simple procedure. Get the battery fully charged, then hit the starter button with the throttle wide open on the stop. That throttle position will stop the injectors squirting more fuel in, so after 5-10 seconds start closing the throttle gently to allow fuel back in slowly. With luck the engine should start coughing back into life, ease it back a little more and it should pick up properly. But the battery needs to be in tip-top condition and it is a matter of feel.
I have bought a 33bhp-restricted 2009 Kawasaki ER-6F, but the previous owner couldn’t tell me how it was done. A web-trawl of other sites have said it could be the ECU, throttle or a ‘cable’ under the seat, but I can’t seem to find exactly what restrictor kit my bike has. Ollie7041, MCN forums
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN If it is a genuine Kawasaki restrictor kit, there is a plate with a throttle stop screw on the throttle bodies that you remove. There is also a socket next to the battery which has a small module plugged in. This has a loop of wire in it that retards the timing in order to make the bike pull away more easily with the restricted throttle movement. Pull that out and you are good to go.