Our CMM expert Steve Cooper answers YOUR questions!
Q: A few months ago one of your staff did a feature on his Suzuki T500 in which he mentioned about obtaining a replica airbox inlet boot? I bought the genuine part last year but found it went hard as nails and was very difficult to refit because it lost its flexibility.
I remember in the feature he had bought a new replica part from a supplier who made them. Would it be possible for you to let me have the supplier’s name please?
Steve say: Geez. That was three years ago! Oh all right, the answer is Claus Studios’ T500 inlet boot at www.claussstudios.com (note the ‘s’ x 3 in the middle) or 001 760 949 6659.
About the Author
As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996.
With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004.
With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.