Road Rash: Fix This!

Oct 06, 2015 View Comments by

Just Put the Wrenches Down – At a recent RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend, I was talking to Ken Freund during dinner when our conversation turned to the corner of southeastern Ohio that I call home. Ken recounted how his car broke down years ago on I-70 in my hometown, and how he dropped the transmission and […]

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Before Riding Season Starts It’s Time to Take a Brake

Mar 25, 2015 View Comments by

The start of a new season: your bike has been stored away for the winter and now it’s time to ride… Not so fast, though. You’ll need to check a few things first, and maybe some light maintenance is in order. Sure, you’ve changed the oil, charged the battery, and checked your tires. What else? […]

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RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: MotoMojo

Jan 27, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcyclists are a peculiar bunch. We live for the open road, but we usually don’t mind a day in the garage either. In fact, often times you can’t have one without the other. Riders, far more than drivers, tend to be do-it-yourselfers willing to tackle a variety of maintenance procedures and repairs on their own. […]

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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: 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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Necessity is the Mother of Invention: One-off Adventure Bags for the BMW GS

Jul 19, 2014 View Comments by

Luggage. Motorcyclists may struggle with this aspect of the sport more than any other. Retaining the nimble, minimalist aspect of our bikes while still packing what we need for a trip is a true conundrum. I ride a BMW R 1200 GS—a motorcycle incarnation that is often fitted with more luggage than a United Airlines […]

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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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Let Me Try

Dec 29, 2013 View Comments by

Last week temperatures were predicted to hit the mid-60s and above here in southeastern New Jersey. A rare late December gift that lets us get out on the road in normal gear after thinking it’d be a few more months of dressing like a NASA astronaut to get a ride in. I looked forward to […]

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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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Suspension Upgrade: Race Tech to the Rescue

Feb 17, 2012 View Comments by

Premium motorcycle suspension components are costly and don’t make motorcycles look that much more appealing on the showroom floor. Hence, corporate bean counters tend to cheap out on these vital chassis components, particularly on forks and rear shocks. This was certainly the case on a 1999 Triumph Speed Triple we had around the office, which […]

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