Everyone wants to spend as much time as possible on their ride, and summer is a prime riding season. Even in the heat, there is nothing better than taking off for roads unknown, the local watering hole, or taking a different way home on your daily commute just to spend a bit more time on [...]
After our previous blog posts about extending your motorcycle cables and brake lines, and another about measuring for comfortable bars, we thought it’s about time to take on the topic of cables all by themselves.
Let’s start with HD throttle cables. In this modern era we use a two-cable system, something that was mandated by the government to preclude sticking throttles. In case the throttle does stick, the two-cable system has a positive action when the handgrip is closed, closing the throttle.
Through the decades, we’ve experimented with three types of cables. The first cable was used on “butterfly” type Keihin carbs that were common on … Continue Reading
"Fuel plus air equals motion." Exhaust and intake upgrades are the most popular aftermarket replacement products on the market. The aftermarket alternative parts are much less restrictive than stock thus airflow through the engine is increased. The fuel air ratio is crucial to performance, when there is an increase in airflow there needs to also [...]
Every rider loves a good aftermarket exhaust, there is nothing quite as pleasing to the ears as the rumble of a Vance & Hines exhaust system. But why should you get an exhaust? Why is this one of the most popular upgrades for all types of riders? The answer is simple, riders are [...]
A few years ago I was doing design work on some clothing with the guys at Icon. They have a facility in Portland, Ore., where they work on clothing designs. When they start to feel a little burned out, they head out to the attached garage and work on their bikes. This, of course, gets their “creative juices” flowing again and they march back inside, ready to, well, create. I’ve got several good memories from that trip, but one of the things that stuck in my head was the 1976 XS650 bobber that one of those guys built.
He had taken a bike that he’d only paid a few … Continue Reading
I get a fair amount of questions from J&P customers regarding component combinations when it comes to Twin Cam engine components. Most of the questions revolve around the best combination for the everyday rider when it comes to cams, pushrods, lifters and such. And, to tell the truth, there’s really no one answer that is undeniably the right one.
There are a number of combinations that will do the job, but one in particular comes immediately to mind. Feuling Motor Co. has a complete Camchest kit that includes the famous Feuling oil pump and cam plate, cams, lifters, pushrods, bearings, gaskets, O-rings, and even ARP hardware.
If you’ve ever … Continue Reading
So there I sat, staring at my bike in the garage and allowing myself to slip into a bit of wintertime depression. The fact that the outside temps were in the single digits and there were five inches of snow on the ground didn’t help a bit. Add to that the fact that I haven’t taken my bike out for a spin in weeks, and what you have is a major pity party.
Adding to my misery is the fact that winter hasn’t even officially begun yet and Daytona Bike Week is still two and a half months away! Just before I started banging my head on my gas tank, … Continue Reading
As I was eating lunch this afternoon, I happened to catch tomorrow’s weather forecast on the tube. The 30-mile morning commute promises to be a brisk 37 degrees! Some of us are fortunate enough to not be forced into winter hibernation, and some of us simply refuse to comply with the edicts of winter.
Since Scott Holton recently went over — in fine detail, I might add — how to prepare your bike for winter lockup, I figured it was time to give you a heads up on a few ways to resist Old Man Winter and keep riding year-round.
I personally don’t go to great pains to prepare for … Continue Reading
Have you ever actually taken the time to read your spark plugs? I’m not talking about the gibberish scribbled on the side of the plugs. I’m saying you can read the plug by inspecting the business end. Identifying the condition of the plug will help you to troubleshoot and cure your ailing motorcycle.
Here’s what to look for when checking out the bottom of your plugs:
A grayish-tan color tells you that your spark plug is operating in the normal heat range. It also lets you know that your air-fuel mixture is correct. Check it out. This is what you want your plugs to look like.
Let’s say you pull … Continue Reading
We all love making our motorcycles go faster. Today, our topic is just the opposite——-Brakes. When we hit the brakes on our bikes, the force we apply to each master cylindergets transferred to each caliper via hydraulics. This applies friction to our brake rotors that the tires transmit to the ground, thus slowing us down. The point that we get the absolute maximum braking action is just before the wheel locks up. This seems kind of basic, but once that tire breaks traction our slowing action gets thrown out the window.
Let’s look at what actually stops us. As I mentioned above, the horse doing the heavy … Continue Reading