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How to Install a Motorcycle Seat


While most of the United States is in winter’s fury, this is a great time to wrench on your motorcycle in preparation for that first great day! In the next few weeks, we’ll be posting how to videos of jobs you can do (easily) in your garage.

First up, replacing the seat on your Harley-Davidson.


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By |2015-04-14T12:43:59+00:00January 24th, 2014|Categories: How-To Articles|1 Comment

It’s Time to Pack it in for the Winter

If you’re still in denial that riding season is indeed over for the year, and you’re a little hesitant about putting your bike in winter storage, just stick your head out the front door and take a look. Winter has arrived, baby, and there’s no two ways about it. Heck, it’s even been raining in Southern California and they never have weather!

And unless you’re a motorcycle newbie, you know that putting your ride in hibernation doesn’t mean rolling it into the garage and putting the kickstand down. If that was your best thinking, we’ve got some more bad news for you. Winter storage requires some action on your part.… Continue Reading

By |2015-04-14T16:40:50+00:00January 25th, 2012|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, How-To Articles|3 Comments

A Primer on Motorcycle Oil — Without the Controversy

There’s always been confusion and conflict when it comes to any discussion about oil, which is of course, the lifeblood of our beloved motorcycles. And I’m probably not going to bring world peace to this topic with anything I’ll say in today’s blog post. Truth be told, this topic has created more debate on our Riders Forum on the J&P Cycles website than any other subject.

In fact, I’m mostly going to stick to the facts in this post, steering away from the controversies for the most part. First off, let’s explore the function of oil in an internal combustion engine — the educational portion of this segment. There are … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-14T16:19:47+00:00January 12th, 2012|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, How-To Articles|24 Comments

Helpful Tips on Maintaining Your Bike’s Battery

Editor’s Note: If it’s advice about battery maintenance that you seek, you’ve come to the right place. James Dean works on our sales technician lines and is a graduate of WyoTech’s American Motorcycle Institute’s Harley program. To find out more about James, read his Meet The Team write-up here on the J&P blog.

For most of us in this country who actually experience winter months, preparing your motorcycle for hibernation requires some action on your part. And that holds particularly true when it comes to battery maintenance.

The first thing to always to remember is you should make or break a battery connection by using the negative cable. This ensures … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T14:51:57+00:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: How-To Articles|8 Comments

Don’t Let Preventive Maintenance Chain You Down

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:

  • First off, I get
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By |2015-04-15T14:33:35+00:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, How-To Articles|3 Comments

Revolutionary Tire Sealant from Ride-On – [VIDEO]

There are a couple of things I prefer not happen to me while perched atop my faithful machine. One of them is getting a flat tire. The idea of picking up a nail or some other form of road shrapnel bothers me for two reasons: One, most of the time I’m clipping along at a good rate of speed, and the thought of sharp debris attaching itself to one of my tires and shredding it into tiny pieces while I am hurling myself through a corner is upsetting to say the least.

Two, if I manage to survive the tire blowout unscathed, there’s the less dramatic issue of being in … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-14T13:21:17+00:00June 1st, 2011|Categories: How-To Articles, Reviews|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Engine Compression Ratios: What They Are, How They Work

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Engine Compression Ratios:  What They Are, How They Work

One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at Delkron is: “If I use these parts what will my engine’s compression be?” This seems to be one of the most misunderstood areas of building a performance engine. In this short series of articles we will discuss both types of compression ratios—Mechanical and Corrected—and how to calculate them.

First let’s understand just what compression ratio means and how

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