RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: MotoMojo

Jan 27, 2015 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: MotoMojoMotorcyclists 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. That’s why each issue of RoadRUNNER Magazine features a new and different MotoMojo article by our technical expert, Ken Freund.
Ken, a frequent RoadRUNNER contributor, who has written and photographed many MotoMojo articles over the past few years, is both an avid motorcyclist and do-it-yourselfer. He was interested in bikes, motorcycles, and cars from the time he could walk and learned to drive on the farm at age nine. He began building bicycles powered by old, discarded lawnmower engines that he repaired, soon to be followed by chainsaw engines on go-karts and minibikes. Ken started riding motorcycles at age 14 and never stopped, having owned more than 50 of them. His first paid job was as a small-engine mechanic at 15, followed by jobs fixing cars and motorcycles all through high school and college.

After graduation he worked for the U.S. importer of VW, Porsche, and Audi, then became a service director for various GM, Chrysler, Jeep, and Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Later he started his own mechanical, body, and restoration business before moving west to California. Over the years he became a certified master technician, vo-tech instructor, and trainer for the California smog check program. On the West Coast he continued working on high-end imports, while still enjoying his motorcycle hobby. Later he branched out and authored a number of how-to manuals for Haynes Publishing. Next he worked as a technical service engineer for Champion Spark Plugs. Following this, Ken started writing and photographing magazine articles, which led to many years as a motor and adventure journalist, which he still does today when he is not out riding and exploring the world. So far he has ridden more than a million miles, on six continents, and has visited 74 countries.

Each MotoMojo piece focuses on a different common motorcycle maintenance task. Ken then breaks the task down into manageable and easily understood steps with photos to illustrate the procedure. Some of the topics covered include winterizing your motorcycle, replacing fork oil, brake service, valve adjustment, and many more. Occasionally Ken also covers topics like ethanol in fuel and other technical subjects of interest to motorcyclists. If you enjoy spending time in the garage nearly as much as you do time on the road, then be sure to check out each new RoadRUNNER issue’s MotoMojo. Also, if there’s a specific job you’re interested in, be sure to search RoadRUNNER’s website for that topic as there’s a good chance it’s been covered in a MotoMojo article from the past.


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