How can I find Q my Tracer 700’s softer side?
I have a Yamaha Tracer 700 with 2000 miles on it and I ride mainly two-up with my wife. We both find the suspension very harsh, even though the springs appear to be soft. I read the recent tyre report from Bruce Dunn and I’m wondering whether I could swap tyres to the highly rated Metzeler Roadtec 01s as a possible cure. John Pounds, email
A Answered by Gareth Evans, Reactive Suspension Although the Metzeler’s tyre construction will help, the Tracer’s suspension seems to have very little rebound damping. You can push down really hard on the front or rear and the wheels will bounce off the road. But then when you are out riding, especially two-up, the soft suspension is close to the limit of travel which translates into the harsh ride you are experiencing.
You could fit emulators and different springs in the forks for £350 (fitted), but to get the full effect you’ll need a new shock, set-up correctly, which will cost around £400.
When you are looking at set-up, the 80/20 rule applies. If you are two-up for 80% of your riding, get a higher rate spring with damping to suit, if you’re mainly solo, go for a softer set-up.
Q Can I get my No Claims Discount cover for two bikes?
I’m having difficulty getting my insurer to provide evidence of my no claims discount. They say my NCD has been applied to the cover for a new bike I’ve purchased. I can’t ride both bikes at once, so what is the problem? Dan Webb, Beeston
A Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Your NCD can only be applied to one policy. It is not attached to you to use as evidence when getting different policies. So, if you have one policy already running it gets all the benefits of the NCD, and the next one is treated as if you were a new rider. The only way you could get it to work would be if you had a multi-bike policy.
A suspension expert should be able to transform the ride on your Tracer