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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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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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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Farewell Maui

Apr 02, 2014 View Comments by

Must all good things come to an end? In this case, it’s true. My one-month temporary dream job being an off-road motorcycle tour guide in Maui is over. Oh, how a month can fly by. It feels like just yesterday that Mr. Mike picked me up at the airport in his F-150 on that hot […]

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PackJack Rear Stand Review

Nov 15, 2013 View Comments by

Many sportbikes, dual sports, dirt bikes, and others don’t have centerstands. When it comes time to lube a chain, or do other chores such as tire inflation or wheel cleaning, it can be a real nuisance. Now there’s a compact, lightweight stand, which allows you to inflate the tire, clean the wheel, or lube and […]

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MotoMojo: Valve Adjustment

Aug 13, 2013 View Comments by

Valve adjustment, which can often be done by DIYers, is necessary routine maintenance on many motorcycle models. Check the owner’s manual for service intervals. If an engine has insufficient valve clearance (lash), valves have less time to give off heat into their seats, which leads to burned valves. Tight valves also may cause hard starting, […]

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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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