Winterizing Your Motorcycle If you aren't one of the lucky ones who lives in a climate where you can ride year round, you will need to store your motorcycle for the winter. You want to make sure your bike will be ready for that first spring ride, so don't just park your bike for a [...]
Average riders put more thought into louder pipes than the maintenance of their motorcycle braking system. Loud pipes save lives. We published a post about this controversy not too long ago. True or not, one thing about loud pipes is certain – the Feds aren’t interested in pipes that aren’t loud enough. The Harley Brake [...]
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 [...]
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
In keeping with the summer travel theme we’ve been promoting these past few weeks, we’re going to once again focus on the bare essentials for your vacation adventures. We’re not talking sexy here. I know we’re all attracted to bright, shiny objects, but you’ll find no chrome or stainless steel in this batch of suggestions; just the necessities that keep you and your bike safely and securely on the road.
First off, let’s talk about your fluids. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer, but so often something as simple as the lifeblood of your bike goes unattended or unnoticed. And it’s not just motor oil either. It’s … Continue Reading
Performing preventative maintenance on your motorcycle is a must, especially if you want to save money in the long run. Take a look at the following tips for maintaining your ride during and after your riding season. As always, we recommend the purchase of a service manual to reference all specifications for your motorcycle.
The Battery: Check your battery and cables, making sure the connections are clean, tight and free of corrosion. If the battery is not a maintenance-free battery, inspect the fluid level and be sure to top off the battery with nothing but distilled water. Battery tenders will extend the life of your motorcycle battery.
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On Monday, we reviewed the ‘Top 10 Things to Check Before You Go For A Ride.’ Today, we are going to go into more detail on the number one item on the list: fluids. Everyone knows that the fluids are essential to a trouble free ride but they are also easy to over look. Check out the video below to learn more about the correct way to check your fluids and help your bike last longer on the road.
J&P Cycles’ Motorcycle Technicians — who are well known for assisting motorcycle riders with technical questions on the phones — recently got together to create a list of the top 10 things you should do before riding your motorcycle to: A) Keep your bike in top running condition, and B) To keep you from getting stranded on the side of the road.
- Fluids. Make sure all your oils and fluids are topped off with the correct fluid.
- Battery. Make sure both the connections are tight. If your motorcycle battery is not a sealed type, make sure the cells are full of fluid. Be sure to check for cracks
In a perfect world, everyone would have the opportunity to live in a climate that allows them to enjoy riding motorcycles year round. For those of you that have to store your bike away for the winter — which we suspect is far too many of you reading today’s post — there are several things to consider when preparing your motorcycle for storage. As you’ll see below, a solid approach to storage preparation can prevent safety issues and unnecessary expense when your bike emerges from hibernation and the riding season resumes.