ANY QUES­TION AN­SWERED Is run­ning the Q wrong tyres re­ally a dis­as­ter ?

If we don’t know the an­swer, we’ll find the per­son who does Which is the best bud­get kit aimed at the fe­male rider? How can I reignite my CBR’S fire? Q

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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

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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.

Our La­dy­biker Rowan tex­tile ar­moured jacket comes in sizes 8-34 in black/white or berry. A key fea­ture is the arm length doesn’t in­crease be­yond a cer­tain size, a prob­lem many larger ladies find with larger jack­ets. Alpines­tars’ Stella Gun­ner tex­tile jacket cov­ers sizes 8-22, while the Bull-it Road­ster jacket comes in sizes 6-24 and is fully ar­moured, wa­ter­re­pel­lent, and of­fers six sec­onds of re­sis­tance if you take a tum­ble.

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.

A tubed-type tyre doesn’t have Alpines­tars, Stella Gun­ner jacket con­trol of the bike. Bull-it Road­ster jacket Tiger 800’s tube­less rims should al­ways run tube­less tyres Try­ing to start a CBR with a weak bat­tery can cause fouled plugs Bull-it SR6 Ebony Jea

Suzuki’s revered GSX-R1000 K5 can suf­fer jud­der-in­duc­ing clutch is­sues Learn how to cap­ture your next bik­ing ad­ven­ture www. ad­ven­ture­trav­elfilm­fes­ti­val.com Shift­ing weight to the in­side helps Mar­quez corner faster for less lean

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