How can I find Q my Tracer 700’s softer side?

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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

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