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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Motorcycle Relationships: In it for the Long Haul

Dec 27, 2014 View Comments by

Some guys seem to switch motorcycles like they change clothes: never satisfied with the one they’ve got. Others will stick by a good bike through thick and thin, in spite of the machine’s faults and weaknesses. I fall into the second category, if only because my wallet isn’t fat enough to support any other habit. […]

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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: 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: 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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Is That a Shorai Lithium Iron Battery in Your Pocket?

Oct 02, 2013 View Comments by

I’m going to out on a limb here and say that pound for pound and dollar for dollar there’s no more cost effective way to reduce the weight of your motorcycle than to get one of these here newfangled lithium iron batteries from Shorai. A Shorai battery shaved over seven pounds from my bike! Seven […]

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