Blog Section: Technical Tips

MotoMojo: Changing Gearing

Nov 26, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycles come from the factory with gearing that is a compromise designed for typical or average conditions. Many manufacturers gear for rapid acceleration to give them bragging rights rather than offer final ratios that allow for relaxed highway cruising. Other motorcycles may be geared so you can hardly ever get into top gear. Fortunately, there […]

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MotoMojo – Shock & Fork Springs

Nov 19, 2014 View Comments by

During my trip from LA to Panama (see Moto Mundo Maya in the Apr ’10 issue of RoadRUNNER), one of the few shortcomings I noticed on the Kawasaki KLR650 was weak stock springs. Although the bike is a great value, after adding the metal panniers and heavy cargo for the long ride, the rear suspension […]

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MotoMojo: What to Do When a Tire Goes Flat

Nov 12, 2014 View Comments by

Eventually, almost every motorcyclist finds themself in that unpleasant situation with a flat tire. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do and what to carry for such an event. As long as you understand that there is some risk involved, you can perform emergency repairs that should get you to a place where permanent […]

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MotoMojo – Brake Service and Maintenance

Nov 05, 2014 View Comments by

If your brakes seem slow to stop, they pulse, or make unusual noises, if the brake lever feels spongy, or fluid is being lost, it’s definitely time for service. These problems may be due to worn or glazed brake linings, warped rotors, sticking calipers, or hardware. Brake fluid absorbs moisture; even if you haven’t ridden […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

Oct 29, 2014 View Comments by

All too often, motorcycle batteries die young, murdered by neglect. Dehydration, improper charging, and a slow discharge during storage all shorten a battery’s life. But it doesn’t have to be that way; how long your battery lasts is mainly up to you. Motorcycle radios, clocks, alarms, computers, etc., draw a small current even when the […]

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MotoMojo Spark Plugs – What They Say About Your Engine

Oct 15, 2014 View Comments by

Spark plugs can provide invaluable information on the mechanics of your bike. After plugs are run for a while, the tips show the overall condition of the engine, including pistons, rings, valve guides and seals, carburetion or fuel injection, ignition, and spark advance. You can also diagnose a variety of conditions, including detonation, pre-ignition, overheating, […]

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KTM 70,000-mile Maintenance in South America

Oct 08, 2014 View Comments by

For three years we have been riding our KTMs on a long and winding road around the world. When we got to Colombia, our gauges had ticked over a distance of some 70,000 miles, roughly equivalent to two and half trips around the globe along the equator. Our trusty companions have not always had an […]

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Make Your Motorcycle Last Forever

Sep 24, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycles are made better than ever. Their design, materials and machin-ing are more accurate and precise – and reliability is greater than it’s been before. To that end, here are some tips on how to keep your motorcycle going as long as you want and save money too. The three basic tenets to ensure a […]

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Time to Re-Tire?

Sep 17, 2014 View Comments by

Life’s too short to only own one motorcycle, right? But we can only ride one at a time. If you own a bike that only does a couple of thousand miles a year, should you wait until the tires are worn out before you replace them? If not, when? And how do you know how […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C

Jun 25, 2014 View Comments by

Touring on a Tiny Budget Motorcycling can be an extremely expensive hobby, and in a media world obsessed with the latest, greatest, and newest products, it can certainly seem like you need to be a well-heeled member of the gentry before you can turn to a life on two wheels. Fortunately, that’s not the case. […]

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MotoMojo: Basic Electrical Troubleshooting

Jun 18, 2014 View Comments by

Many motorcycle owners are intimidated by electrical systems and fear working on them. Electrical issues can be mastered with some simple step-by-step diagnostics. Let’s start with a few terms. Voltage is electrical potential measured in volts (V for short). Amperes (shortened to amps or A) is a measure of electrical current (represented by the letter […]

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A Simple Guide to Helmet Certifications

Feb 14, 2014 View Comments by

You’ve seen the letters gracing the backs of numerous motorcycle helmets—DOT, ECE, Snell—but what do they mean? Here, in the simplest way possible, we break it down. DOT (Department of Transportation) This is the standard set forth by the DOT and NHTSA that all on-road helmets sold in the U.S. must adhere to. Without going […]

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MotoMojo: Advanced Battery Designs

Dec 24, 2013 View Comments by

Lightweight and powerful, advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery designs are making their way from applications such as laptop computers and hybrid cars into motorcycling. They are far lighter and smaller, as well as maintenance free. In addition, they don’t contain toxic lead as conventional motorcycle batteries do. Lithium-based batteries have been available for gasoline-fueled motorcycles for […]

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Tech Tips: Riding Techniques with Kevin Schwantz, Visual Skills

Oct 04, 2013 View Comments by

The first thing we want you to do is look where you want to go. It sounds so basic, but especially in panic-provoking situations, it can be your greatest undoing. Your mind tells your body to go where you’re looking, whether you want to go there or not. Don’t fixate on what triggered your panic. […]

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Race Tech Emulators Explained

Sep 27, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re interested in the black magic that goes into suspension design and improvement, check out the video below. Paul Thede, founder of Race Tech, explains how their Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators work, and though technical, it’s some interesting stuff.

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