Invest an Hour, Ride for Days

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 [...]

Oil Shortage? What Oil Shortage?

As a product specialist for J&P Cycles, one of the benefits of the job is that I get the opportunity to talk to many different vendors on a daily basis. Recently I was talking with a vendor who provides us with oil and lubricants, and during the conversation we got a little side-tracked. This guy has been in the oil business for many, many years, so I figured he might know something about oil production.

I told him I saw a recent news report that said the oil spilled from that one well in the Gulf amounted to between 17 and 39 million gallons. That’s from one well! My question … Continue Reading

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The Great Oil Debate – Synthetic or Conventional

There’s been an ongoing debate for decades over what oil is best for your machine and my thinking tells me there’s no standard answer to that question. That’s because there are too many variables — the climate you live in, the amount of time you spend on the road, the type of bike you ride. A lot of folks will tell you that synthetic is the way to go, but that’s not always the case.

Where you live is an important consideration in your choice of oil because of climate considerations and oil flow rates. And synthetic oils definitely hold an advantage in the cold-weather department. High-viscosity conventional oils simply … Continue Reading

Sure, They’re Boring, But Don’t Forget the Essentials

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