Turn Up the Heat and Extend Your Riding Season

Most cars offer the option of heated seats and steering wheels these days, but where you really need auxiliary electric heating in winter is on your bike or ATV. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight always on could cause premature failure. Those bikes could barely handle an electric vest. But that was more than 30 years ago, and motorcycle charging systems are much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to a bike at all.

Heated Grips

Heated grips are an inexpensive and popular upgrade to any bike, or anything that get’s ridden in the cold and/or wet weather.… Read the rest

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – As Seen at RadWood L.A. 2018

The folks from Clymer took a good close look at this techno tour de force 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo at the RadWood show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

When first produced in 1978 the Honda CX500 water cooled V-twin was their most advanced bike. It was only their second water cooled motor, after the GL1000 of 1975, and their first V-twin. The centrally located cam may appear to be a step backwards, but it allowed a lower profile motor with the cylinder heads slightly twisted for less intrusion into the rider’s knees. Short pushrods operated four valves per cylinder via forked rocker arms.… Read the rest

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach, CA 2018

For decades now the International Motorcycle Shows have toured America (and sometimes Canada) giving riders a chance to see, sit on, and sometimes even ride the latest bikes, before they hit their local dealers. For riders in Long Beach, CA it is nice to see all the new bikes in one place, but not particularly special, since it is 70 degrees and sunny outside and most ride to the show. But when the show stops in New York City, Chicago, or Minneapolis it is always a treat, because if there isn’t snow yet, at the very least it is too cold to ride.… Read the rest

Winterizing Your Boat

You probably don’t want to hear this, but boating season is quickly ending — in some parts of the country where winter comes early, it is already over. While you don’t have to winterize, a few hours of preventative maintenance will save you a lot of cash come springtime. Here’s what you should look for if this is your first winter with your boat.

First, think about your storage options. This is the one case where land is better than water for your boat. Wintering on the water can cause buildup on the hull, damage from lack of slack in ropes, and ice damage to the hull in really cold locales.… Read the rest

The Indomitable Little Honda – From Super Cub to ATC to Grom and Back Again

There are few modern products of any type that are currently in production in a form anything like what they were 60+ years ago. A time traveler from the 1950s would barely recognize our modern cars, appliances, televisions, aircraft, or ships, yet the 2019 Honda Super Cub would immediately be recognized by anyone who had one back then. The new Super Cub (C100) evolves the same essential ingredients Soichiro Honda combined into the first prototype in 1957, and it has only gotten better with time. As a testament to the Honda laydown single, in all its variations, our manual for the 1965-99 Honda 50-110cc OHC singles is one of our top 25 books every year, even now.… Read the rest

Clymer and Haynes at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas – Oct 11-14, 2018

As the people who make the manuals at Haynes (our parent company) and Clymer we are naturally enthusiastic about powersports, so we love to get out and talk to other gearheads; the folks who buy our products. In October, during the the premier West Coast motorcycle rally, Las Vegas BikeFest, the American International Motorcycle Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from the 11th to the 14th, and we are excited to be there.

AIMExpo, as it is often called, is the biggest powersports industry get together in the USA, featuring the newest product from manufacturers of cruisers, scooters, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs, accessories, gear and more.… Read the rest

8 Reasons You Need a Clymer Manual

Some motorcycle riders visit the shop every time their bike needs service. That’s okay for some that can afford it (motorcycle mechanics charge a premium for simple maintenance anyone can do), but half the fun of owning a motorcycle is tinkering with it and making it your own. Besides the money, there is also a time penalty involved in having to locate a place that works on your older or uncommon bikes. For the DIY motorcycle (or personal watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, boat, etc) enthusiast, here are eight reasons why a Clymer manual can be the best tool in your toolbox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.    Written from Experience

Every Clymer manual is written during a complete tear down and rebuild of an entire bike.… Read the rest

Great Lakes Marine Engine and Boat Expo – Belle Isle, MI 7/28/2018

This past June the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMC) held their fourth annual outboard motor show at the Great Lakes Marine Engine and Boat Expo on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. If you, like me, where born in a place with lots of access to public water ways, chances are good the first motorized vehicle you learned to operate, was a row boat powered by an outboard motor. Unfortunately you don’t see many kids zooming around vacation lakes these days, thrilled by the wind-in-the-hair freedom provided by operating a little single prop motor.

 

Thankfully there is the AOMC, a nationwide organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of outboard motor technology and mechanics.… Read the rest

American vs. Japanese Motorcycles

America and Japan are very different countries, with different cultures and styles, but on top of that there are the basic physical differences. The Japanese motorcycle industry really got going after WWII, when they needed light, reliable machines to get around a country that had been heavily damaged by the war. The American industry, and Harley-Davidson specifically, has been plugging along since the dawn of motorized transportation, building big torquey machines great for eating up the miles.

There is a vast ocean between the West Coast of the US and Japan, and there’s practically a 5,500-mile gap between the way that Americans and the Japanese think about motorcycles, not only how they ride, but also how to build them.… Read the rest

1998-2010 BMW K1200 TOURING BIKE SERVICE MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals BMW K1200 Touring Bike service manual covers the K1200GT, K1200RS, and K1200LT variants powered by the laid down, longitudinal, “flying brick” four cylinder. Starting with their most advanced engine design, BMW remade these bikes from the ground up to be the standard other sport touring bikes would be judged by. The Clymer manual for this bike is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available in traditional book form, or mobile friendly online format! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert.

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