If you’re among the diminishing number of motorcycle riders possessing a final drive chain on your ride, you know it’s one of the most neglected parts on your bike. You also know that this very important piece of machinery needs to be maintained properly or it’s ‘game over.’
It’s true that the task isn’t as fun as, say, a weekend ride with your friends. But without a little care and attention toward this inanimate piece of the motorcycle puzzle, there ain’t gonna be any weekend ride with friends.
Here’s my bike chain-cleaning regimen, and once you’re underway, I guarantee you’ll feel better about this chain chore:
Nothing takes the fun out of a daylong ride than returning home after dark and discovering your garage door opener is in the pocket of the denims you stuffed in your saddlebags earlier in the day. You’re fumbling around with your gear in the darkened driveway and you can’t see the nose on your face, let alone a small box with a button on it.
After this happened to me a few times, I made my garage “smart” by installing motion-activated lights at every entrance to the garage. It’s nice to have a light kick on when I get home, and I went the easy route. Instead of getting all … Continue Reading
This is one of the largest events of the year for the AMCA, and it takes place smack dab in the middle of the country, making it easier for enthusiasts to attend from both coasts and everywhere in between. Highlighting the event is a motorcycle parts swap meet, a concourse full of beautifully restored motorcycles, technical classes on many different subjects, and a dirt track for bar-to-bar vintage racing.
When you think about it, Mother’s Day is such an easy piece of business. Moms are easy to buy for and they’re so darned gushy over whatever you get them. But come Sunday, June 20, a lot of sons and daughters are going to be looking on with apprehension as their dads open their Father’s Day gifts. Because, as a general rule, dads are a real pain when it comes to gifting.
J&P Cycles knows this, and for those kids fortunate to have a dad who enjoys anything with the word motorcycle attached to it, we have some really good news for you. J&P has painstakingly put together a web … Continue Reading
If you’re into antique motorcycles, theAntique Motorcycle Club of America (AMÇA) has a pair of events going on this weekend that will make you wish you had access to the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. There’s an AMCA national event in St. Paul, Minn., and a Grand National event in Rhinebeck, N.Y. So, unless you have the above-mentioned teleportation machine from Star Trek or you own your own jet, you’re pretty much going to have to make a choice.
If your idea of fun is watching motorcycles rocket up the side of a near-vertical hill in hopes of getting over the top, then you’ve got to show up in Anamosa, Iowa (J&P Cycles’ hometown) on June 6. Even as we speak, members of the Midwest Hillclimbers are getting their bikes ready for the 61st Annual Anamosa Motorcycle Hill Climb and Swap Meet in Anamosa.
Riders from all over Iowa and surrounding states will attempt to conquer one of the area’s most difficult hills. We promise plenty of thrills and even more spills, because there just aren’t that many riders who can successfully take this hill and claim it … Continue Reading
Baggers have always been known for their comfort, while choppers have always been about style. As the average age of motorcycle riders increased, people began looking for some style with their comfort, and the “Custom Bagger” trend was born. No longer was there a need to have two motorcycles in your garage, when a custom bagger could do it all. You could build yourself a cool custom bagger and ride in style, whether on a cross-country trip or a short blast out to your favorite watering hole.
There are many different companies producing parts that can take your late-model bagger from mild to full custom — and anywhere in between. … Continue Reading
There are lots of little tips and tricks to building or rebuilding a motorcycle that you won’t find in any book or magazine article. You can learn these tricks of the trade through trial-and-error, hands-on experience or by working with someone who’s done it before. What I’m going to do in order to help my motorcycle-wrenching friends is write a little How-To blog entry every time I find myself doing something interesting in the shop.
And I’m going to start things off with a blog post about what to do when you get your frame back from the paint or powder coating shop.
If you didn’t make it to the Laughlin River Run 2010 this past week, you missed out on a good time — oh, and by the way — the weather was spectacular!
After five days in Laughlin, it became apparent to us that a lot of motorcycle riders don’t have a clue that there’s a recession in this country. Nearly every motorcycle vendor we spoke to claimed sales were up over last year, and some of them said the 2010 edition of River Run was their best ever. There were fewer vendors at this year’s event, but the ones who showed up said they were very happy with the way … Continue Reading
There are two types of motorcycle enthusiasts when it comes to maintaining their bikes — the ones who work on their own bikes, and the ones who don’t. If you fall in the first category, you probably already know what I’m going to talk about. But if you fall in the second group — and maybe you want to be in the first group — here’s your first task: Purchase a Service Manual that covers your bike.
I have been a professional motorcycle technician for more than a decade, and just about every time I work on a bike, I first grab the manual. There’s nothing more aggravating than trying … Continue Reading