Blog Section: Technical Tips

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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MotoMojo: Valve Adjustment

Aug 13, 2013 View Comments by

Valve adjustment, which can often be done by DIYers, is necessary routine maintenance on many motorcycle models. Check the owner’s manual for service intervals. If an engine has insufficient valve clearance (lash), valves have less time to give off heat into their seats, which leads to burned valves. Tight valves also may cause hard starting, […]

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Project Bike: Honda Gold Wing GL1800

Aug 11, 2013 View Comments by

Reaching for Touring Gold Setting out to improve the touring credentials of the Honda Gold Wing GL1800 is kind of like trying to increase the racing prowess of a MotoGP bike, but as any racing tech will tell you, there is always room for improvement. Though there’s not much the big Honda doesn’t excel at, […]

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MotoMojo: Changing Motorcycle Fork Oil

Jun 01, 2013 View Comments by

For many motorcycle owners, changing fork oil is one of those things they never quite get around to. Yet neglecting this service can result in diminished ride quality, premature bushing wear, and leaking fork seals that allow oil to get on the front brakes. Fork service should be performed according to the motorcycle manufacturer’s recommended […]

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Project Bike: 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King

May 31, 2013 View Comments by

Royal Treatment It only had 10,000 miles on the odometer when it arrived at our garage, and we think we know why. It’s completely stock! When purchasing a used motorcycle, especially a Harley, it is very rare that it doesn’t already sport any farkles. Let’s get to work. The stock suspension and seat aren’t at […]

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Evans Waterless Coolant

May 05, 2013 View Comments by

“Waterless coolant? I knew it! Lamishaw has gone completely mental, totally around the bend, bonkers, off his bean. What are you supposed to put in the radiator, sand?” Calm down, relax, take a breath… it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Evans waterless coolant is a liquid, but without any water. Why would you want […]

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