Regular Motorcycle Maintenance

Regular Motorcycle MaintenanceThe three basic tenets to ensure a bike’s longevity are: Store it properly, maintain it well, and use right motoparts!

Developing a motorcycle maintenance checklist can help you avoid costly (and unnecessary) repairs and potential safety issues. It’s also a good idea to become familiar with your bike’s owner’s manual as maintenance requirements can vary between models.

Check these features regularly:

1. Fuel

Gas tends to break down as it ages. If you’ve ever smelt a gas can that been sitting for awhile you know what I mean. If my bikes been sitting for a over a month, I will drain the gas and put new fuel in it.

2. Tires

Stay aware of the tread depth and look for unusual wear patterns. Always make sure they’re at the correct pressure; under-inflated tires are prone to blowouts and over-inflated tires wear more quickly. Here’s a quick way to test the wear of your tires: insert a quarter between the grooves of the tire. If the tread doesn’t reach past the top of Washington’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.

3. Lights

Lights are lifesavers in dark conditions so make sure they work. It’s a simple enough check to do before you get out on the road. The same applies to your signals. If they don’t work then you’re in trouble as nobody will know your intentions on the road. Again, check them before you get on the road.

4. Brakes

Motorcycles have up to two brake fluid reservoirs, one for the front, usually found on the handlebars and one for the back. Both should be checked regularly. Topping up should only be done from a new, sealed bottle as brake fluid tends to absorb moisture over time. If your brake pads are thin and due for replacement. Beware – brake fluid, if spilt on paintwork eats right through to the bare metal. Also check the thickness of the brake pads. If you allow them to go right down to the metal your brake disc will be damaged resulting in an unnecessary and expensive replacement. Fitting braided steel brake lines will increase the performance of your brakes by roughly 50%

5. Oil Filters

Overlooked maintenance can lead to deterioration, breakdowns – and warranty denial if damage results and you can’t prove required services were performed. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule, or even more often if you ride short trips or in harsh or dusty conditions. Many riders delay oil changes, and some who change their own oil overlook other services on the factory recommended list. Items such as control-cable inspection and lube and clutch-cable adjustment should be done during an oil change. And if you really want to make your bike last, switch to premium motorcycle synthetic oils and fluids, which provide superior lubrication.

6. Battery

Winters can be rough on batteries. I know some people who take theirs out during the winter and store it in a warmer place. I also know people who keep it on a battery charger all winter. I don’t know what works best, but I do know that a battery that has sat for awhile might not have all of the kick it really needs. Before you go out for the first time, give the battery a good check. Look for leaks or anything that looks unusal. If you’ve got a battery charger, give it a good charge before you go out. It might just help keep you on the road.

7. Chain & Sprockets

Use a commercial spray to lubricate the chain liberally and often, especially if you’re riding your bike every day. Dryness causes friction that can lead to poor performance or, worse yet, a chain that breaks while you’re riding.

8. Horn

Your horn can save your life but it’s a motopart of your bike that you might not use for long periods of time.

In closing, take care of your bike and it will take care of you. I have one motorcycle that’s 45 years old, and it still runs like new – and yours can too!

Understanding Motorcycle Fairings

Understanding Motorcycle FairingsThere are many reasons a rider might want motorcycle fairings. First of all, placing a motorcycle fairing on your bike will reduce air drag, thus allowing the bike to move with less wind resistance, which can allow the bike more speed and give you better gas mileage. Another reason that one might choose to install fairings on their bikes is because it will protect the rider from airborne hazards, hypothermia, and the components of the motorcycle in the event of a crash.

Because of all the things that the fairings do for the bike and the rider, it is very important to do your research and be sure that you purchase the best motorcycle parts available. If you do not purchase the best motorcycle parts for your particular bike, you are not likely to receive the best result possible, and the fairings might not provide the best protection for you as you ride.

Not only is it important to purchase high-quality motorcycle parts, but it is also important to purchase fairings or fairing kits that match the make and model of your bike.

When choosing motorcycle parts, it is also important to get the kind of fairings that suit your needs. For instance, if you are not going to be doing any racing, it might not be preferable for you to spend the extra money needed in order to purchase racing fairings.

There are a number of different kinds of fairings that can be placed onto your bike, with most of them being applied to the front of the motorcycle. First, there were the dustbin fairings (also known as torpedo fairings), which resembled the nose of an airplane. These motorcycle parts were banned from racing in 1958 because it was believed that they made the bike unstable and restricted turning.

More modern fairings include the full fairing, which is a large, single-piece fairing that attaches to the front of the motorcycle. This form of front fairing covers nearly all of the front of the motorcycle. A half fairing typically includes a windscreen and goes below the handlebars, but rarely, if ever, cover the crankcase or the gearbox. Many companies provide kits that can extend half motorcycle parts into full fairings. Quarter motorcycle parts typically provide a windscreen and extend down to the headlamp.

There are also rear fairings, which are applied behind the seat of the motorcycle. These are often referred to as “race tails,” as they are useful for racing purposes.

Whatever your preference ought to be in regards to motorcycle parts is dependent upon the make and model of your bike and what purposes you are using it for. Many companies provide full fairing kits, and the price typically ranges between $500 and $1,000. Prior to purchasing fairings for your bike, it is important to do your research in order to get the best quality fairings that will properly meet your needs. There are a number of companies out there who sell motorcycle parts, so shopping around is strongly suggested.

How To Choose The Right Type Of Motorcycle

How To Choose The Right Type Of MotorcycleIf you’ve ever pictured yourself astride a motorcycle, cruising along a wide-open highway in gorgeous weather to the infectious groove of Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild,” you’ve no doubt longed to taste the freedom known by all dedicated motorcycling enthusiasts.

But, you don’t necessarily have to be a romantic to want to ride a motorcycle. Many people do it simply as a way to save money on gas. Whatever your reason, if you’re interested in buying a motorcycle but you’ve never ridden one before, you’re probably not sure where to begin your search. If so, rest assured. We’ve got some helpful information that’ll help cut out some of the necessary research on the various kinds of bikes there are out there.

Sport bike

When you see a sleek, compact motorcycle rocket past you on the highway, it’s most likely a sport bike. These machines were built for the thrill of speed Tey’re as light and powerful as possible, and typically not as comfortable as other types of motorcycles.

Sport bikes are the speed machines of the motorcycle world. High-powered with sophisticated suspension systems and high-performance brakes, sport bikes typically are stuffed with the latest and greatest technology you can find on two wheels (or four). A common sentiment about sport bikes is that they are not comfortable unless you’re going over 100 mph, at which point they become very comfortable because they are in their element. While most sport bikes are not designed for distance riding, that hasn’t stopped many riders from adding some soft bags and a better seat so they can ride to distant stretches of challenging roads or racetracks. Sport bikes are typically not the best choice for a beginner due to their hair-trigger nature and prodigious power, but a lower-powered, middle-weight sport bike or a “sport bike lite” might be a good choice to start with if this is the kind of bike you definitely want to ride.

Naked bikes

These machines are also referred to as “naked bikes” because they offer very few of the bells and whistles now being incorporated into more specialized motorcycles. They are general-purpose street bikes.

One of the most obscure genera of motorcycles is the naked, or standard. It looks like a sport bike at certain angles, but where did all the bodywork go? Why are the handlebars upright like a dirt bike, and what’s up with the large, comfortable seat? The naked motorcycle really hit the limelight back in the ’80s, when Eddie Lawson raced the beastly Kawasaki KZ1000R, which revealed a hellish inline-four engine, Kerker megaphone exhaust and minimal lime-green bodywork. The allure of the standard is that riders get sport bike power with cruiserlike comfort. Standards excel in versatility for that reason and can handle longer trips with the ability to intimidate track riders with tuned-up power and confident handling in the twisties. The Kawasaki ZRX1200R is one of the most beloved and multifaceted standards on the planet. Styled after Eddie’s liter bike, the ZRX is a torque monster that’s comfortable to ride, and one look at the green monster might transform you into a naked freak.

Dual-sports

Sometimes called dual-purpose or on/off-road motorcycles, are street legal machines that are also designed to enter off-road situations. Typically based on a dirt bike chassis, they have added lights, mirrors, signals, and instruments that allow them to be licensed for public roads.

Dual-sports, sometimes called dual-purpose or on/off-road motorcycles, are street legal machines that are also designed to enter off-road situations. Typically based on a dirt bike chassis, they have added lights, mirrors, signals, and instruments that allow them to be licensed for public roads. They are higher than other street bikes, with a high center of gravity and tall seat height, allowing good suspension travel for rough ground.

Adventure motorcycles are motorcycles with touring capability on paved and unpaved roads. As a dual-sport they have a significant on-pavement bias and perform well on pavement at higher speeds unlike most dual-sports. Their size, weight and sometimes their tires, however, limits their off road capability. Most adventure motorcycles function well on graded dirt and gravel roads but are less than ideal on more difficult off-pavement terrain.

Cruiser

Stemming from the styling themes laid down by Harley-Davidson, most cruisers are low, long, and somewhat mean looking. Their main benefit is low seat height along with a certain visual swagger.

Many beginning riders picture themselves cruising city streets on a glistening, low-slung machine and if that’s your dream, you should be shopping for a cruiser. Cruisers feature a low seat height, a torque-rich engine (typically a V-twin), a fat rear tire, lots of style and very often, a lot of chrome. Comfortable to ride, cruisers can also make for good touring bikes with the addition of saddlebags, a windscreen and maybe a backrest for the passenger. Cruisers can be stripped down, bobbed, have amazing paint jobs or a rattle-can finish – a cruiser is what you make of it. A light or medium-weight cruiser makes a good beginner bike because they are easier to handle at low speeds and have a more relaxed power output. Just don’t expect to win races against sport bikes.

Touring

The name of this motorcycle category suggests their strong suit. Touring bikes are better equipped for long-distance rides.

Do you have an affinity for travel and motorcycles? Then you’re probably going to shop for a touring bike. Like a cruiser, the touring bike is designed ergonomically to maximize the comfort level wherever you happen to trek. However, the touring bike is designed to get you from point A to the other side of the country rather than from bar to bar. With plenty of storage space, large and plush seats, a full backrest for a passenger, and heightened technology, high-end touring bikes tend to be fairly expensive. The Honda Gold Wing is one of the most infamous touring models in existence. Of course, there are the sport tourers like the Triumph Sprint ST, which takes a corner-carving bike and tosses some hardbags and advanced technology into the cauldron. If you fancy yourself a Magellan of the motorcycle world, then you want a touring bike.

ADV

Another fast-growing genre is often called just ADV(ADVENTURE TOURING). These bikes are patterned after the long-popular BMW R-GS bikes, which are basically large street machines that also offer some off-road capability.

This rider laughs at daily city commutes in stop-and-go traffic. That’s not real riding. Real riding is visiting international points of interest solely via motorcycle. Machu Picchu? The Andes mountains? Getting as close to Pripyat (where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened) as possible? Been there, done that – on bikes that can go almost anywhere when ridden by a skilled rider. Unless you’re a fellow adventure tourer, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see this rider in the wild – your life is simply too mundane.

Scooter

In general, a scooter or moped will be easier for conducting day-to-day activities when you’re riding around town, but are not recommended for the highway. They usually have all-enclosing bodywork and, compared to motorcycles, are typically: Smaller, Quieter, Not as fast and have more built-in storage space.

What are scooters doing on this list? Scooters are a type of motorcycle and a popular one at that, so don’t sell them short. Today, you can get scooters in sizes ranging from 50cc city machines to 650cc (or larger!) comfort wagons that can cross continents. Scooters are also one of the more stylish types of motorized conveyances and as of late, are incorporating a lot of cutting-edge technology, like ABS and fuel injection. Plus, they usually feature an automatic transmission, so they make for a good beginner bike. If you live in a city and don’t think you’ll be doing a lot of long distance riding, consider a modern, stylish scooter.

Retro bikes

With styling that recalls motorcycling’s roots mated to modern technology like antilock brakes and fuel injection, today’s retro bikes are both mechanically simple and utterly reliable.

A non-rider often asks, “What’s the best motorcycle?” The experienced rider answers, “That depends on what you want to do with it.” Today, motorcycles are better than ever and also more specialized than ever. The key to being happy with your choice is not finding the “best” motorcycle, but rather finding the motorcycle that’s right for you and the kind of riding you want to do.

Electric Motorbike

Electric MotorbikeGetting around the city can be stressful, especially during rush hour. If you want to enjoy your commute without the stress, opt for an electric motorbike. It looks just like a regular motorbike but it actually runs on a powerful lead acid and lithium batteries.

One of the reasons why people no longer enjoy driving around the city is because of the high price of petrol. It just doesn’t seem practical to ride your. With an electric motorbike, you can stop worrying about the price of petrol. A standard model can last for hours and only require regular household current to charge. Full charging can take around six to eight hours and you can even bring the portable charger with you.

You might be wondering about the speed of an electric motorbike. Contrary to popular belief, an e-bike can actually run fast. A typical model has a top speed of about 65km/h. It even comes with a comfortable saddle so you can enjoy travelling.

Electric motorbikes are an excellent form of recreation and can even be a hobby. You can update it with stickers and other personalisation and decor. Want to change the seat? You can do that, too. Some people even collect electric motorbikes as there are interesting models, such as the 1960’s-style moped.

The trouble with modern vehicles is they can be more work than convenience. For example, cars require maintenance, emit harmful emissions, need to be refuelled a lot, and are just expensive to own. With electric motorbikes, these concerns are eliminated. Since it doesn’t run on petrol, an electric motorbike requires less maintenance. What’s more, it is definitely the greener choice. You get to save money while also helping save the environment.

Some people think that electric vehicles are quite expensive, but that was then when the technology was new. Today, the prices of electric motorbikes are getting lower and lower as more people are switching to them. Even if an electric motorbike is more expensive initially compared to regular motorbikes, it offers serious long-term savings. You never have to pay for petrol again-which means savings thousands of dollars a year.

Purchase an electric motorbike and start riding again for leisure. Go to the park, ride around town, or simply zip around your neighbourhood and enjoy the weather. You might even meet like-minded people who also love these e-bikes and make new friends.