Touring Tip: Making Your Motorcycle Helmet Last

Jan 08, 2016 View Comments by

I have the benefit of testing and using a variety of motorcycle helmets, but there’s a particular one I especially like and use often. I want it to last as long as possible—well-made ones are expensive to replace. Here are some tips for having a long-term relationship with yours: Don’t Drop: The integrity of a […]

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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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Get Your Bike Ready For Summer

Apr 08, 2015 View Comments by

After sitting for months motorcycles need attention before returning to service, which can also help avoid breakdowns and ensure safety. Refer to the owner’s and service manuals for inspection lists before giving your bike a thorough going over. Look for any signs of leakage, such as stains underneath that indicate problems. Check steering head bearings […]

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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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Maintaining Clutch, Brake, Throttle Controls, and Cables

Mar 11, 2015 View Comments by

Most motorcycles use cables to connect the twist grip to the carb(s) or throttle bodies; many also use cables for the clutch, cold-start control, and even brakes. Servicing these critical components is fairly simple and prevents problems later. Maintenance intervals vary, and bikes ridden in dust, sand, or mud need extra maintenance. It’s good to […]

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The Right Tools

Jan 28, 2015 View Comments by

No damage other than some embarrassment and bruised dignity, but the clutch lever has snapped at the pivot. What to do? I have an urgent mission to complete on the island, so I wheel the bike on board and set to work. My handy Schrade Tough Tool includes a file that helps to reshape the […]

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Motorcycle Industry Council Tire Guide Video

Dec 29, 2014 View Comments by

Though the information it contains is basic stuff that should be old hat for experienced motorcyclists, this video from the Motorcycle Industry Council is a good reminder that your tires are essential to your safety. It’s hard to overstate the importance of properly maintaining your bike’s rubber. Unfortunately, many riders tend to neglect this simple […]

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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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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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T CLOCS Video from Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Dec 15, 2014 View Comments by

Remember T CLOCS? For many of us the term is familiar but its meaning has been lost somewhere in the countless miles and years that have passed since we took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course to get our motorcycle endorsement. T CLOCS is an acronym for Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis, and Stands […]

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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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MotoMojo – Shock & Fork Springs

Nov 19, 2014 View Comments by

During my trip from LA to Panama (see Moto Mundo Maya in the Apr ’10 issue of RoadRUNNER), one of the few shortcomings I noticed on the Kawasaki KLR650 was weak stock springs. Although the bike is a great value, after adding the metal panniers and heavy cargo for the long ride, the rear suspension […]

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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 – Brake Service and Maintenance

Nov 05, 2014 View Comments by

If your brakes seem slow to stop, they pulse, or make unusual noises, if the brake lever feels spongy, or fluid is being lost, it’s definitely time for service. These problems may be due to worn or glazed brake linings, warped rotors, sticking calipers, or hardware. Brake fluid absorbs moisture; even if you haven’t ridden […]

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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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