Touring Tip: Banishing the Aching Back

Sep 11, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle Touring Ergonomics –  Touring motorcyclists are often on the road from dawn until dusk, and riding for days at a time. To maximize enjoyment, riders need a mount that is set up as ergonomically comfortable as possible. Since each person’s body is different, a bike fresh off the showroom floor may not be configured […]

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Progressive 444 Series Shocks for Tri-Glide

Sep 08, 2015 View Comments by

Aftermarket Trike Suspension – In the crowded motorcycle aftermarket often times trikes get overlooked. Usually this is because trikes are, for the most part, somewhat aftermarket themselves. There’s a wide variety of manufacturers supplying trike kits for two wheelers like Gold Wings, Harleys, BMWs, and others. Harely-Davidson, on the other hand, offers two trikes right […]

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MotoMojo: Changing Motorcycle Seat Height

Jun 17, 2015 View Comments by

How to Make Your Bike a Better Fit – The “one size fits all” philosophy may work pretty well for baseball hats but not for motorcycle seat heights. Folks who have an inseam that is a little shorter or longer than the center of the statistical bell curve are often left with bikes that are […]

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Insight Into Preloading

Mar 18, 2015 View Comments by

As those of us who ride know, motorcycles and cars are completely different animals. Each can be tamed, but the bikes tend to bite harder. We, the operators, have the final say on the safety of our machines prior to a ride. Without all the steel, belts, and bags of a car, motorcyclists are more […]

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MotoMojo: Setting Suspension Height

Mar 04, 2015 View Comments by

Many folks ride their motorcycles and never give a thought to setting up their suspension to match the weight carried on it. A few minutes spent measuring and adjusting your suspension’s spring preload can yield great results, with improved riding and handling. Street motorcycle suspensions are designed to sit with about 25-30 percent of their […]

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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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BMW R 1200 GS Plug & Travel Suspension from Touratech

Apr 21, 2014 View Comments by

Upgrading the suspension is a popular modification for many motorcyclists, especially adventure riders who want to get the most out of their big bore machines. For owners of the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, perhaps the most intriguing suspension option is Touratech’s innovative Plug & Play set up. What makes this system unique is […]

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Yamaha Rolls Out New Models

Apr 13, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha has updated its Super Ténéré adventure touring model, spawned a range topping “ES” version of it, and added the SR400 retro-style model. The big news for touring enthusiasts is Yamaha’s addition of a premium 2014 Super Ténéré ES model, which adds electronic suspension controls and various other upgrades. The ES model employs KYB suspension […]

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Yamaha Super Ténéré Gets Updates for 2014

Mar 12, 2014 View Comments by

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2012, the Yamaha Super Ténéré has gone basically unchanged. This year, however, a series of thoughtful updates as well as a new ES model keep the Super Ten a relevant option in the highly competitive large displacement adventure category. Highlighting the changes are revisions to the Ténéré’s […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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Öhlins Fork Cartridge Kit for Harley-Davidson Touring Models

Dec 18, 2013 View Comments by

For years Swedish based Öhlins has built a reputation for high-quality suspension components, and now the company’s U.S. branch, Öhlins USA, is bringing a new cartridge fork kit to Harley-Davidson FLH/FLT models. According to Tomas Andersson, Öhlins Racing’s Manager of motorcycle R and T Aftermarket, “the goal of the project was to create a high-end […]

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Race Tech Emulators Explained

Sep 27, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re interested in the black magic that goes into suspension design and improvement, check out the video below. Paul Thede, founder of Race Tech, explains how their Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators work, and though technical, it’s some interesting stuff.

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2014 Yamaha FJR 1300ES

Sep 10, 2013 View Comments by

Slowly but surely the venerable FJR is climbing the technological ladder that’s usually dominated by European machines. For 2014 Yamaha’s sport-touring bike gets electronically adjustable suspension as well as this lovely candy red color. The new suspension offers quickly switchable preload settings for single rider, single rider with luggage, two-up, and two-up with luggage. There […]

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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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New 944 Series Shocks from Progressive

Dec 01, 2012 View Comments by

Progressive Suspension has updated their 940 Series shocks for Harley-Davidson touring models. The new shocks, dubbed the 944 Series, feature Progressive’s new Frequency Sensing Technology (FST). This patent pending innovation uses damping circuits sensitive to the frequencies transmitted through the suspension from roadway imperfections to dynamically adjust damping to compensate. The result is enhanced performance […]

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