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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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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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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Pot Holes, Sink Holes, and Buckled Roads

Aug 26, 2014 View Comments by

Not a year goes by that we don’t have to put up with these conditions, but this year it has been much worse than usual. The winter has been brutal to our roadways with the thaw and freeze pattern taking much of the blame. This year in the Midwest we had frost down to 14 […]

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Touring Tip: Helmet Check

Jul 11, 2014 View Comments by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that DOT-compliant helmet use by riders is on the increase, even in states without universal helmet laws. And you probably already know that full-face DOT-approved motorcycle helmets are the single most important component of protective gear for saving your life in a crash. Short of a crash, […]

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After the Ride

May 03, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve got a friend who takes great pride in the fact that the only water to ever touch his bike is rain. He rides a 1200cc adventure bike, and I suspect that he wants to cultivate that “Indiana Jones” world traveler persona despite the fact that his bike is rarely off the tarmac. Then again, […]

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MotoMojo: Bleeding Brakes

Apr 15, 2014 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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Motorcycle Maintenance, Some Days It’s Harder Than Others

Nov 17, 2013 View Comments by

I have a friend; let’s call him Fred. A long time ago, before he learned to do his own maintenance and before he saw the wisdom in purchasing a trailer, Fred had a unique method for getting his motorcycle to the shop for service. His method involved three modes of transportation: a car, a motorcycle, and […]

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Pulsetech XC100-P Xtreme Charge 12V Battery Maintenance Charger and QuadLink 4-Channel Battery Charger Multiplier

Feb 15, 2013 View Comments by

Motorcycle batteries discharge during storage, and before you know it, they’re ruined. Pulsetech’s innovative Xtreme Charge battery maintenance charger works on any type of 12-volt, lead-acid battery, including valve-regulated lead–acid battery (VRLA), absorbed glass mat (AGM), and the common flooded type. It automatically adjusts its charging regimen so you don’t need to select the battery […]

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Cruiseman’s Garage Goldwing Basics DVD

Dec 29, 2012 View Comments by

As important as motorcycle maintenance is, over time the costs can certainly add up. With most shops charging anywhere from $60-$100 an hour for labor, doing the work yourself is a great way to save some money. But what if you happen to think lefty-loosey righty-tighty is a dance move from the 80s? Well, if […]

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Suspension Upgrade: Race Tech to the Rescue

Feb 17, 2012 View Comments by

Premium motorcycle suspension components are costly and don’t make motorcycles look that much more appealing on the showroom floor. Hence, corporate bean counters tend to cheap out on these vital chassis components, particularly on forks and rear shocks. This was certainly the case on a 1999 Triumph Speed Triple we had around the office, which […]

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Chain and Sprocket Service

Jan 10, 2011 View Comments by

Chains are simple and effective, but need regular maintenance. A neglected chain may severely damage the engine case, or wrap up in the wheel and sprocket, locking the rear wheel. The two major types of chain designs are O-ring chains and non-O-ring chains. O-ring chains employ rubber O-rings between their side plates to retain lubricants. […]

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