MotoMojo: Wiring Accessories the Right Way

Aug 19, 2017 View Comments by

More and more electrical accessories are becoming available for motorcycles, putting an ever-growing demand on charging systems and batteries. Before you begin cutting and splicing wires, take a few minutes to consider the best way to approach such a project, as doing the wrong thing could result in a dead battery, fried electrical system, or […]

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Oops, I Fixed It! All Hail the Hamfisted

Aug 15, 2017 View Comments by

Rain slants down outside my garage as utility trucks scurry about, fixing downed power lines. A fire truck screams past, heading up the canyon to deal with the latest meetup of a car and tree. Meanwhile, a dull glow emanates from my garage shop, like an ember—I’m in there working. This is a day for […]

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MotoMojo: Wheel Bearing Maintenance and Repair

Jun 16, 2017 View Comments by

Wheel bearings are among those vital motorcycle components that are out of sight and out of mind … until something goes wrong. Wheel bearing failures can do expensive damage to your bike and can result in a dangerous loss of control and a crash as well. So let’s give them some love! Check your motorcycle […]

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Touring Tip: Getting Your Bike Ready to Tour

May 30, 2017 View Comments by

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to make sure your mount is ready to hit the road. If you’re like many of us at RoadRUNNER, during the colder months you scope out touring destinations, research scenic routes, create packing lists, decide on touring dates, and have made at least some reservations. But all […]

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Before Riding Season Starts, It’s Time to Take a Brake

Mar 20, 2017 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 […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Malfunctions—What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Dec 27, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Nov 13, 2016 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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Make Your Motorcycle Last Forever

Sep 19, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles are made better than ever. Their design, materials, and machin-ing are more accurate and precise—and reliability is greater than it’s been before. To that end, here are some tips on how to keep your motorcycle going as long as you want and save money too. The three basic tenets to ensure a bike’s longevity […]

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MotoMojo: Bleeding Brakes

Sep 01, 2016 View Comments by

The polyethylene glycol-based brake fluid that comes in our motorcycles is hygroscopic, which means that it attracts moisture from the air. Over time, the fluid absorbs more water, which lowers its boiling point. This can result in a total loss of brakes, due to fluid vaporization, and is likely to happen during hard braking when […]

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