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Q What’s the best all-rounder I can buy for £1500? The last bike I owned was a Kawasaki GPZ600R, many moons ago, but now I’ve checked out from the South East and moved to the Langue­doc in South West France, I want a bike to take ad­van­tage of God’s own bik­ing roads and the 300 days of sun­shine this area is sup­posed to get. I’m look­ing for a bike with a neu­tral rid­ing po­si­tion, de­cent pil­lion pro­vi­sion and maybe the op­tion to cope with the many invit­ing stony tracks through the vine­yards. I have a max­i­mum bud­get of £1500. Jimmy Cooper, Cessenon-sur-orb, France

An­swered by A Chris Dabbs, MCN There are a few bikes to con­sider for that sort of money. It’s at the top of your bud­get, but an early BMW F650 is a pos­si­bil­ity. With loads of torque the BMW’S smooth de­liv­ery makes for easy rid­ing and it’s tried and tested, pro­vid­ing ef­fort­less welly. Though it hasn’t got off-road po­ten­tial, an early Yamaha 600 Fazer will re­mind you of your GPZ.

But the bike we’d go for is Yamaha’s TDM850. The TDM was a sort of Mul­tistrada 12 years be­fore Du­cati thought of it. As a se­ri­ous ‘street trailie all-rounder’ it’s pretty ef­fec­tive, too. A de­cent, good-value, dif­fer­ent, and largely over­looked mo­tor­cy­cle with an ef­fec­tive, good look­ing fair­ing and am­ple pil­lion pro­vi­sion, it’ll be per­fect. Q I need a wa­ter­proof ruck­sack for com­mut­ing I need a ruck­sack for my daily com­mute. I of­ten carry a lap­top and other elec­tri­cal bits so it needs to be to­tally wa­ter­proof. What’s your go-to bag? Trevor Cooke, Eastleigh

A An­swered by Keith Rois­set­ter, In­fin­ity Mo­tor­cy­cles The bag of choice for me, and a lot of my col­leagues, is the Kr­iega R30 which is well-lined and has a secure roll-top to keep the el­e­ments at bay. We’ve had good feed­back from cus­tomers about the rel­a­tively ba­sic Ox­ford Aqua B25, while the Spada Wa­ter­proof Dry ruck­sack’s abil­i­ties are clear from its name. Dainese of­fer a lined roll-top ruck­sack called the D El­e­ments Back­pack which looks good.

Ox­ford and Kr­iega also of­fer wa­ter­proof lin­ers for ex­tra peace of mind. A three-pack of the (very colour­ful) Ox­ford lin­ers (five, seven and 12 litres) will set you back £24.99, while the Kr­iega ones come in small, medium and large at £23, £29 and £35 re­spec­tively. Q Should I stick with my Honda’s BT57 tyres? My new Honda CBF1000 has come fit­ted with Bridge­stone BT57S. I have not come across this tyre be­fore and find them a lot harder than my pre­vi­ous Miche­lin Pi­lot Road 3s. I can’t find them in the Bridge­stone cat­a­logue ei­ther. What do you know of them and how can I ex­pect them to per­form? Bert Hunt, email

A An­swered by Bryn Phillips, Cam­brian Tyres Al­though the BT57 is a de­sign that dates back to the 1990s it is still be­ing man­u­fac­tured as an orig­i­nal equip­ment tyre for bikes like the CBF1000F. How­ever, Bridge­stone have taken the de­ci­sion to not bring these CBF1000F tyres into the UK be­cause they al­ready have suit­able re­place­ment tyres in their range, such as the BT-023 and T30 Evo, which are both much newer de­signs with bet­ter over­all per­for­mance.

Hav­ing said that, the per­for­mance of the BT57 is per­fectly ac­cept­able and there’s no rea­son to change them just for the sake of it. But when they wear out ev­ery tyre man­u­fac­turer will have sev­eral choices, de­pend­ing on what you’re look­ing for in the way of per­for­mance and cost.

Q How can I make my gear lever great again? The ‘ac­tion’ of the gear lever on my 40,000-mile 2002 Honda Hor­net 600 has got pro­gres­sively longer and it is now over 5cm from top to bot­tom in neu­tral. The gear lever mech­a­nism is in good con­di­tion, tight on the shaft with no play or slip. Brian Camp­bell, email

A An­swered by Scott Bul­lett, Doble Mo­tor­cy­cles There is a spring in the gear se­lec­tor mech­a­nism that can get worn, or work it­self off. It’s be­hind the clutch bas­ket and pulls the se­lec­tor fork that works on the drum to pull it around. It’s pretty straight­for­ward to re­move the clutch cover and clutch bas­ket to be able to in­spect it and re­place any worn parts.

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power and flex­i­bil­ity of Yamaha’s TDM850

Worn se­lec­tor fork spring could be ex­tend­ing gear lever travel

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