Love Jugs Electric Cooling Fans for Harley-Davidson

Aug 20, 2015 View Comments by

Helping Your Harley Keep Its Cool – Soon after I added a 2008 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHP to my small motorcycle fleet, I became aware of the amount of heat a 103ci V-twin could give off. Sitting at long traffic lights and inching along in city traffic in triple-digit temperatures had me wishing I was […]

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MotoMojo: The Octane Problem

Aug 19, 2015 View Comments by

What’s Right For Your Bike – For many motorcyclists, the octane numbers such as 85, 87, 89, and 91 (or 93) on the gas pump might as well read “nope,” “almost there,” and “that’s the stuff.” And it’s a logical assumption that when something costs more, it must be better, right? Not necessarily. The best […]

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Touring Tip: Motorcycle Performance Metrics

Jun 05, 2015 View Comments by

Part 1: What’s Horsepower Got To Do With It?  It seems that almost every month or so a new motorcycle model is crowned king of the horsepower hill. For many years, manufacturers have been competing for consumer dollars based on the published performance statistics of their various models. In addition, consumers are bombarded with a […]

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MotoMojo: Ethanol in Gasoline

Oct 22, 2014 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists are affected by the ethanol mixed in their gasoline, whether they know it or not. Ethanol is a type of alcohol produced by fermentation of various food stocks and subsequent distillation. About 95 percent of U.S. ethanol comes from corn. Gasoline has evolved into reformulated blends over the years due to numerous laws. […]

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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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Product Review: AltRider KLR 650 Skid Plate Review

Sep 16, 2014 View Comments by

For those wishing to explore the off road capabilities of their Kawasaki KLR 650, the stock plastic skid plate should be replaced with something more substantial. The stock plastic item may be tougher than it looks, but in a rock versus plastic grudge match, my money goes on the rock every time. With something as […]

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In Praise of British Experimentation

Jun 28, 2014 View Comments by

During a recent lecture, I discussed how in the early stages of our language there was an amazing amount of linguistic creativity. As an English teacher, I am intrigued by how those Medieval Brits were taking various language influences and melding them into something new and unique a millennium ago. This is true of the […]

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The Right Stuff

Feb 15, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve owned around forty motorcycles over the years, and recently found myself reflecting on the thought process involved in selecting the bikes I’ve purchased. A definite pattern has emerged, especially when factoring in the length of time that the bikes were kept. I’d like to say that the purchase of my favorite bikes were the […]

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Weld86 Motoparts Skidplate for Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

Sep 15, 2013 View Comments by

Proper protection is a necessity for any motorcycle traversing terrain that contains hazards capable of causing serious motor damage should an impact occur. Though oriented toward the street end of the adventure bike spectrum, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is certainly capable of all-surface road duty, but lacks a factory skid plate or safeguard of any […]

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Project Rushmore: Harley-Davidson Embraces Liquid Cooling

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, yet not even two weeks after Indian finally unveiled its new Chief line up, Harley-Davidson has come out with a major announcement of its own (coincidence?). Code-named Project Rushmore, Harley-Davidson has announced sweeping updates to its 2014 touring lineup. Headlining these improvements is the new “Twin-Cooled” […]

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Indian’s New Engine Unveiled in Daytona

Mar 11, 2013 View Comments by

After weeks of hints and teases, including hearing it start, Indian finally broke cover on the engine that will power the brand’s next generation at Bike Week in Daytona, FL. Dubbed the Thunder Stroke 111, the new engine displaces, you guessed it, 111 cubic inches (1,811cc). The motor, rather unsurprisingly, is an air/oil cooled V-twin, […]

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