Blog Section: Technical Tips

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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Replacing Brake Rotors and Pads

Apr 26, 2013 View Comments by

In this article, we’ll focus on replacing the front disc rotor or rotors and installing new brake pads. The project bike is a 2011 BMW F650GS with a single solid (non-floating) rotor and a two-piston caliper. However, the procedure will be about the same for most modern motorbikes equipped with disc brakes. The replacement disc […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Brake Service

Apr 12, 2013 View Comments by

Replacing brake pads is something that most home mechanics can do with only a few common hand tools. A repair manual for the specific model should be available, and if you don’t have the proper equipment or skills, have a professional do the job. Manufacturers give specifications for minimum pad thickness; typically this is somewhere […]

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Project Bike: 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300

Apr 10, 2013 View Comments by

Finishing Touches Before we started to put these accessories on the FJR, it already had a long list of items bolted, screwed, taped, and even velcroed to it: a Cee Baileys windshield, Moko frame sliders, RAM mounts, a Vista Cruise throttle lock, an ancient (but still effective) Autocom system, Wild Bill highway pegs, nighttime LEDs […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL

Dec 13, 2012 View Comments by

The Bavarian luxury tourer is, without a doubt, a solid motorcycle. It even garnered our “Motorcycle of the Year” award in 2011. Millions of dollars were spent on research and development, and countless engineers were put to work to create the best luxury sport touring motorcycle on the planet. Arguably, BMW has achieved this. The […]

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MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Dec 11, 2012 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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Markings on Tires

Dec 05, 2012 View Comments by

Ever wonder what all those numbers and letters on the side of your otherwise pristine motorcycle tires are really there for? There is a wealth of information molded onto your moto’s meats. Look closely and you can discover where and when your tire was manufactured. Keep looking and the tire will tell you if it […]

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