Blog Section: Technical Tips

Evans Waterless Coolant

May 05, 2013 View Comments by

“Waterless coolant? I knew it! Lamishaw has gone completely mental, totally around the bend, bonkers, off his bean. What are you supposed to put in the radiator, sand?” Calm down, relax, take a breath… it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Evans waterless coolant is a liquid, but without any water. Why would you want […]

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Replacing Brake Rotors and Pads

Apr 26, 2013 View Comments by

In this article, we’ll focus on replacing the front disc rotor or rotors and installing new brake pads. The project bike is a 2011 BMW F650GS with a single solid (non-floating) rotor and a two-piston caliper. However, the procedure will be about the same for most modern motorbikes equipped with disc brakes. The replacement disc […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Brake Service

Apr 12, 2013 View Comments by

Replacing brake pads is something that most home mechanics can do with only a few common hand tools. A repair manual for the specific model should be available, and if you don’t have the proper equipment or skills, have a professional do the job. Manufacturers give specifications for minimum pad thickness; typically this is somewhere […]

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Project Bike: 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300

Apr 10, 2013 View Comments by

Finishing Touches Before we started to put these accessories on the FJR, it already had a long list of items bolted, screwed, taped, and even velcroed to it: a Cee Baileys windshield, Moko frame sliders, RAM mounts, a Vista Cruise throttle lock, an ancient (but still effective) Autocom system, Wild Bill highway pegs, nighttime LEDs […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL

Dec 13, 2012 View Comments by

The Bavarian luxury tourer is, without a doubt, a solid motorcycle. It even garnered our “Motorcycle of the Year” award in 2011. Millions of dollars were spent on research and development, and countless engineers were put to work to create the best luxury sport touring motorcycle on the planet. Arguably, BMW has achieved this. The […]

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Project Bike – Part IV: Final Modifications

Aug 24, 2012 View Comments by

In the final installment of this series, we further improve the long distance touring capabilities and comfort of the F 650 GS with installation of an aftermarket suspension and a custom seat. Touring Enhancements Install Time           Retail Cost*    1. Progressive Rear Suspension (part #465-5017): The handling and carrying capacity of a […]

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Project Bike Part III: Transforming the BMW F 650 GS Into a Serious, Long-Distance Touring Motorcycle

Jun 13, 2012 View Comments by

Part III of this series raises the basic touring capabilities of the BMW F 650 GS to a higher level of performance. Although different riders will have their own priorities and opinions, we generally consider the following enhancements to be cost-beneficial for long-distance touring on this motorcycle.   Touring Enhancements Install Time Retail Cost* 1. […]

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Project Bike – Part II: Mechanical Assessment and Basic Touring Equipment Upgrades

Apr 09, 2012 View Comments by

Prior to purchasing the used BMW motorcycle, we inspected it for a number of potential mechanical issues, including rust spots, fluid leaks, mechanical malfunctions, errant engine noises, cracks in the seat or bodywork, cracks or dents in wheels, or excessive chain and sprocket wear. We also checked for evidence the bike had been raced or […]

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