When I was asked to write a blog post about my impressions of going from the dirt bike world to that shared by the Harley and cruiser market, I was pretty hesitant. I mean, look around. There are a lot of rather large and aggressive Harley riders out there who take the brand side of things very seriously. So believe me when I say I’m putting down my experiences for all to see with an arm twisted behind my back.
What do you think of when you hear the words sport bike? I think of winding roads taken in triple digits, running out of straight road before running out of throttle, and adrenaline pumping like a fuel pump. The bikes that light up the curves have a very avid following of speed junkies, and that was me, through and through.
I loved spending all day weaving back and forth, chasing the curves, finding out just how far I could push my limits. In my late teens and early 20s, I never thought I would slow down to enjoy the scenery.
Well, after living in Florida for 2 years with nothing … Continue Reading
As I sit here at my desk waiting for the next tech chat to pop up on my screen, I find myself tasked to write something that will grab your interest. But to tell you the truth, all I can think about is what kind of motorcycle handlebars I want to put on my new bike. It’s not like I need new bars or that mine are uncomfortable. Like most Harley riders, I just want my bike to be different from the other two-dozen Street Bobs rolling around town.
Customizing your motorcycle shouldn’t be a stressful or complicated task. The deal is to make decisions that make sense and that you’re … Continue Reading
Today, we’re going to chat about things that make life easier in our garage or motorcycle workshop.
Being an old fat guy, I don’t make my way around bikes all that well when they’re sitting on the ground. But even if you’re young and slender, if you’ve got enough room and enough coin, a motorcycle lift is one of the best “must haves” in your workspace. My back and knees don’t permit me to crawl around on the ground like a toddler. As an added benefit, a good lift makes it easier to inspect the nether regions of your bike. Western Handy Lift has been the industry standard for many, … Continue Reading
Like everything else, there are at least two schools of thought when it comes to the gasoline in your tank issue. Do you drain it or fill up? There are those who recommend draining the tank, then starting up the bike and running it out of fuel. Others recommend a fuel stabilizer in a full tank. Over the years, I have heard horror stories about fuel stabilizers, but I’ve never personally experienced any problems.
An empty … Continue Reading
Instead, I’ll be relegated to finding rare opportunities to rip around in the dirt while freezing to death or the occasional flogging of the dirt bike through my snow-packed backyard. But mostly, I’ll be preparing my plan of attack on next year’s riding season. The fact that I’m forced into the garage for the winter months — sort of like a grownup’s “time out” — actually offers a silver lining. And that’s because it … Continue Reading
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Mechanical Compression Ratio
Let’s start with the most basic form of compression ratio, Mechanical compression, sometimes referred to as Static compression. Mechanical compression is a very basic measurement of the engine compression ratio without the camshaft dynamics being used in the calculation.
Mechanical compression is based solely on the volumes of the following components:
Swept volume of the cylinder
Combustion chamber volume
Is the fat tire craze over? I think not — but it’s definitely showing signs of slowing down. I’d be the first to admit that fat tires look cool on some bikes, but for the most part those bikes are only displayed in shows where they’re taken off the trailer and put back on after the show.
I remember back before this tire craze started that if you had a 150mm tire on your bike, it was considered fat. Did you know there are manufacturers out there today making tires for motorcycles that measure more than 330mm? Unbelievable! My personal opinion is anything over 200mm is overkill — especially if … Continue Reading
Today’s discussion is regarding Primary Belt Drives. I’m going to give you the basics, and the advantages of an open belt system.
First, let’s lay out the advantages of a primary belt over a chain. Belt technology these days has produced tough strong belts that are not quite as strong as a chain, but are coming very, very close. These are being produced at a fraction of the weight of a chain. Chain drive sprockets are made of steel, while most belt pulleys are hard anodized aluminum. These pulleys are a fraction of the weight of the sprockets (hmmmm, see a trend here?). When a Belt Drive is installed, … Continue Reading
Today’s blog will address the possibility of building a basket case, or swap meet special. This weekend, there is a parts swap meet right here in Anamosa, Iowa. This Sunday, on the 19th of September, J&P Cycles is returning to its roots. This raises the possibility that you might want to consider taking on the task of building a basket case.
What’s a basket case, you ask? In the vernacular of the motorcycle world, a basket case is a project bike that lies unassembled in a bunch of boxes or baskets. It’s also known as a swap meet special, but there are plenty of other places where … Continue Reading