MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Nov 09, 2015 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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Touring Tip: Eating Right on the Road

Sep 16, 2015 View Comments by

The Best Fuel for Your Body – I like a Krispy Kreme “donut run” or a Haagen-Dazs “ice cream run” as much as the next rider, especially when it also includes a hot cappuccino or latte. There seems to be something in our human genetics that has us hard wired for sugar-laden treats and other […]

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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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AMA Petition Against E15 Entering Final Stretch

Jul 18, 2015 View Comments by

The 10,000 Signature Goal is in Sight – As most motorcyclists are well aware, ethanol is a corn or sugar based fuel additive that is now ubiquitous across the country in the form of E10 (90-percent gasoline, 10-percent ethanol). Ethanol can be harmful to motorcycles and other vehicles due to its adverse affects on the […]

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Touring Tip: Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments by

Temperatures have started to decline in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to consider storage and maintenance of our favorite mounts. Because most mechanical systems perform best when they’re used regularly, the best way of preparing your bike for winter is to simply keep riding and maintaining it. But many riders in […]

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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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Electro-Cop: L.A.P.D. to Use Zero Electric Motorcycles

Jul 01, 2014 View Comments by

The nature of electric vehicles can make them ideally suited for use in law enforcement. Their limited range and long recharging time (as compared to filling up with gas) aren’t as important for patrol vehicles since they’re never asked to travel long distances. Other EV traits like the need for very little maintenance, their extreme […]

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PP Breaks

Apr 26, 2014 View Comments by

Now that I’ve got your attention, this one isn’t about what you think it is. One “P” stands for pie, and the other for petrol. Fortunately for me, there’s a place that sells both located the perfect distance from my house for an afternoon or evening ride. Short local rides are a major part of […]

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President Signs Farm Bill Ending E15 Subsidy

Mar 01, 2014 View Comments by

Earlier this month President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law. This will effectively limit E15 in the nation’s fuel supply at least until 2018. The legislation includes a ban on using funds from the Rural Energy for America Program for installation of ethanol blender pumps in gas stations across the country. Secretary […]

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Over 50k BMWs Recalled Over Potential Fuel Leaks

Jan 08, 2014 View Comments by

If you own a 2005-2011 BMW R-series, 2005-2012 K-series, 2010-2011 S 1000 RR, or a 2006-2010 HP2, your bike may be prone to leak fuel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued the recall after finding that the fuel pump flange has an issue with cracking, which can lead to leaked fuel catching fire. […]

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E-15 Adoption May Be Delayed

Nov 21, 2013 View Comments by

In what’s sure to be welcome news for most motorcyclists, the large-scale introduction of E15, a blend of 15-percent ethanol to 85-percent gasoline, could be delayed, at least for a while. According to the AMA, the EPA may reduce the required quantity of ethanol sold in the U.S. in 2014. The effect of this reduction […]

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Day 4 – Ghosts, Gas, and Cows

Jul 30, 2013 View Comments by

Today’s route out of Butte included a good mix of dirt, gravel, and pavement connectors. Sublime asphalt loaded with sweepers and switchbacks took us through the forest before connecting with what I think is called the Old Bannack Hwy. Old Bannack, a fantastically smooth dirt road, goes deep into Montana cattle country. Vast, wide-open spaces […]

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Ethanol Free Recreational Gas

May 21, 2013 View Comments by

Last weekend was fairly typical; play one day and work the other. The work being the kind that doesn’t pay anything, of course. For some reason, I wasn’t satisfied purchasing a house with a normal yard. I wanted, and got, an “estate” (at least in terms of the yard), though I lack the funds necessary […]

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MotoMojo: Fuel Fiasco

Feb 12, 2013 View Comments by

With the price we pay for gasoline today, you would expect that the fuel would be far better than back when it was about a quarter per gallon. But such is not necessarily the case. There are many more additives now, which are designed to change the rate of evaporation and burn more cleanly, but […]

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