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Q Thief’s to blame but from whom should I claim?
Someone tried to steal my Fazer 600, but dropped it and ran when the alarm went off. Can I claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for the damage, or must I claim on my own insurance? Nigel Waverley, email
A Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN The MIB compensates for injuries resulting from the negligent use of a vehicle by an untraced road user, and property damage in a “significant” injury case. They don’t cover property damage absent an injury. In your case, there was neither negligent use of a vehicle nor injury. Time to call your insurer!
Q Will weight loss effect set-up?
I’m sure I’m not alone in trying to lose weight after Christmas, and I wonder how the suspension set-up on my 2010 Honda CBR600F will have to change if I get down from 15 to 14 stone? Tony Deane, Newcastle
A Answered by Gareth Evans, Reactive Suspension If you lose pounds, back off the preload so that the suspension still gives you a decent ride. The springs support the bike’s mass, so if you are a 15-stone rider who’s packed in too many mince pies, the stock rates are fine. Become a 13-stone salad and quinoa botherer, and you’d need 0.95 fork springs and a 10kg shock spring. You may also need to back off the compression damping by a click or so, and possibly look at upping the rebound by a click, too.
Q I want to see my clock clearly
The tacho on my 2012 Suzuki Bandit 650 has started misting up, and only clears after I’ve stopped for 30 minutes. Using a hairdryer doesn’t work. I cured this on my 1999 GSF600X’S analogue clocks by removing one of four 10mm black stickers that are semi-permeable membranes, so the air could circulate. The 650’s digital set-up looks sealed. Bernie Wales, e-mail
A Answered by Gareth Hall, Redcar Suzuki Some dials mist due to a coating on the glass breaking down. Unscrew the back cover and insert a small silica bag to mop up humidity. Don’t press it against the printed circuit board, as the moisture could cause corrosion over time. And don’t use a hose on that area.