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Best Motorcycles of 2017

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These are the best motorcycles at the 2017 motorcycle show. According to me, your opinion may differ, but we had a great time down in Long Beach looking at bikes.

The Germans have come up with a new R9T that looks like the old adventure bikes, but it is the street nimble R9T. Well you might say, “Well that’s not a real adventure bike, a real adventure bike has blah, blah, blah,” but look at the chunky tires. Look at the big offer offender.… Read the rest

About Big Turbo Motorcycles

What’s the story with big turbo motorcycles? Looking at some gasoline engines and many diesel engines in automobiles, one finds forced induction almost everywhere, turbochargers and superchargers in cars and trucks of all sizes. Where they used to be mainly found in performance vehicles, forced-induction engines have been adopted to improve economy in all kinds of vehicles, but not motorcycles. Well, at least not many motorcycles. In fact, only four makers have ever dabbled in production turbocharged motorcycles, the big four from Japan, including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki.

The first semi-production turbocharged motorcycle was the Kawasaki Z1R-TC, built by Turbo Cycle Corporation, and then there was the 1982 Honda CX 500 Turbo and 1983 650 Turbo, the 1982-83 Yamaha XJ 650 Seca Turbo, the 1983 Suzuki XN 85 Turbo, and the 1983-1985 Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo – also a late-2003 supercharged scooter, the Peugeot JetForce Compressor, but we don’t talk about that one.… Read the rest

Motorcycle – Jumping the Grand Canyon

“Because it’s there” could be the only reason that anyone would attempt a stunt like “jumping the Grand Canyon.” Of course, it all started out when we were kids, betting who could jump the furthest over the puddle, the campfire, or the creek. Most grow out of it, while others, like movie stuntmen and people like Evel Knievel, just kept going bigger. Wearing the stars and stripes and a cape, Knievel was as much a superhero as any, because he was real flesh and blood, but even he recognized that he wasn’t Superman, and spilled blood and broke bones just like any man.… Read the rest

Motorcycle Tire Types and Uses

Compared to automobiles, motorcycles are far simpler vehicles. Thus, each component is significantly more important to the bike’s performance, handling, and safety characteristics. Of all the parts on your bike, perhaps tires are the most important, impacting traction, cornering, and ride comfort, but what kind of motorcycle tire should you use? It all depends on what kind of bike you have and how you plan on riding it.

Street / Sport Tires

Street and sport bikes usually come with street or sport tires, giving them exceptional grip on pavement. Made of soft rubber compound, they offer the best performance carving corners – think winding canyon roads.… Read the rest

Motorcycle Tire Basics – Video

Many motorcyclists know little about the tires mounted to the wheels of their trusty two-wheeled machine. However ignorance of tire knowledge can be potentially dangerous. Once the tires are on your bike, its easy to forget about them. However some routine care is essential to get the best out of them and also ensure your safety while riding. Check out this video on motorcycle tire basics:

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Road Bike vs Dirt Bike – What’s the Difference?

How are dirt bikes and road bikes made to handle different riding types? Riding both off-road and on-road, you’d note the difference between them. Of course, there are the obvious things, like suspension height and ground clearance, but also subtle things, like rider position and the difference between “turning” and “leaning” to steer. On pavement, putting your foot down for a turn could result in disaster, while attempting to lean into a turn off-road could easily send you off the trail. Here are a few differences between motorcycles for the road and dirt bikes, and how they make or break your ride.… Read the rest