Blog Section: Technical Tips

Installing A Hydraulic Clutch on Your KLR

Feb 04, 2015 View Comments by

Many motorcycles, particularly dual sport and other off-road-oriented bikes, still use manual clutch cables. For fear of being stranded in the middle of nowhere by a broken clutch cable, I always carried an extra cable, along with an additional front inner tube and several other tools and repair items for my 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650. […]

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The Right Tools

Jan 28, 2015 View Comments by

No damage other than some embarrassment and bruised dignity, but the clutch lever has snapped at the pivot. What to do? I have an urgent mission to complete on the island, so I wheel the bike on board and set to work. My handy Schrade Tough Tool includes a file that helps to reshape the […]

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The Hunt: Buying a Bike Off Craigslist

Jan 21, 2015 View Comments by

Shopping for a new bike can be a whole lot of fun, but actually buying one can turn into a nightmare. For many of us, going to a dealership to look at brand new (or almost new) bikes just isn’t financially an option, so to get what we’re looking for we’re forced to turn to […]

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Shopping for a Used Motorcycle

Jan 14, 2015 View Comments by

Buying a used motorcycle intelligently requires considerably greater effort than just walking into a showroom and selecting a new one. There are both risks and rewards with a previously owned machine. You can get far more bang for your buck, while letting the original buyer take the big depreciation loss. A used motorcycle purchase can […]

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MotoMojo Motorcycle Malfunctions: What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Jan 07, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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Heated Clothing: Getting Wired

Dec 31, 2014 View Comments by

Mom knew there was a problem when the ceiling fell in. A sharp winter frost had frozen and ruptured a water pipe in the loft above our under-heated English house, and when the thaw came, there was water everywhere. It was 1943, and Dad was otherwise occupied in the Royal Air Force. But when he […]

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Motorcycles and GPS: Satellite Navigation, Part 1

Dec 20, 2014 View Comments by

Navigation: A Modern-Day Necessity for Riders For motorcyclists, navigating from one point to another was previously quite a demanding task. Working out the maps required a lot of skill and time, holding many maps took space, as well as continuously determining the current position of the motorcycle, all while exposed to the elements. In recent […]

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MotoMojo: Hydraulically Actuated Clutches

Dec 17, 2014 View Comments by

Early motorcycles often had a foot-operated clutch and a hand-operated shifting mechanism that followed automotive practice. It no doubt made for some interesting scenes as new riders tried to master the technique, wobbling on one foot while starting out on a steep, off-camber hill while 
carrying a passenger, likely a girlfriend they were trying to […]

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MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Dec 10, 2014 View Comments by

Leaving a motorcycle idle for several months can wreak havoc if precautions are not taken. Here are a few minor things you can do to protect your bike and prevent problems when you’re ready to ride again. Gas Before storing your motorcycle for any extended period of time, top off the fuel tank with fresh […]

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MotoMojo: Seat Height & The Factors That Contribute To It

Dec 03, 2014 View Comments by

It can be a real hassle to try to ride a bike that’s too tall for you—and it also can be very intimidating—particularly for newer riders who may be a little unsteady or nervous about balancing a heavy bike at a standstill. In many cases, a too-high seat is a real deal-breaker, when a potential […]

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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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