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Summer Motorcycle Rallies

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Got a great motorcycle you love to ride? Have a full tank and some cash burning a hole in your pocket? You’re in luck. Here are some of the best motorcycle rallies you should see this summer.

The Women’s Moto Exhibit

June 29th -30th

If you’re anywhere near Oregon this June, head over to Latus Harley-Davidson in Gladstone. This two-day exhibit was put together by an enthusiast rider and photographer. While the goal is to broaden perspectives about female riders, the exhibit includes a solid bike show, group ride, and interestingly, an art photo documentary. We need more women riding, so swing on by to show support.… Read the rest

Motorcycle Safety Videos

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As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month draws to a close, let’s share some tips on driving — and riding — safely. Remember that while bikers are only 3% of the traffic, they account for 14% of road fatalities. It’s up to both motorcycle riders and the other 97% of traffic (car, truck, & other drivers) to be aware of each other and drive safely.

First up is a video to help drivers be aware of motorcycles. It features an experience biker teaching a teen driver the basics of sharing the road with motorcycles.

 

Next up is a compilation of six important safety tips for riding a motorcycle:

Lastly, if you have time to invest, this long form video clocks in at over 50 minutes.… Read the rest

Free Advice Can Cost You

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The internet is a great place to get information and advice, but when you’re dealing with the complicated machinery of an engine, forums filled with advice from random people may not be the best place to start.

Haynes recently did a review of automotive advice in forums and found that “two-thirds of the free advice was found to be incorrect or missing information.” The advice was reviewed by ASE certified mechanics who warned that some of the advice could end up costing DIYers thousands of dollars. So much for it being free.

Read the entire article, including a review of OEM manuals and an explanation of the process Haynes uses to create its manuals here: http://blog.haynes.com/haynes-manuals-reviews-diy-repair/

BTW, if the Haynes process looks familiar, that’s because Clymer writes our manuals the same way.… Read the rest

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer

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Spring means boating season, but before you head out onto the water, make sure you and your boat are ready. A little bit of work now will help prevent a stalled boat sitting useless in the middle of the water. With minimal work, you can be ready for fishing, cruising, or just enjoying the water.

First off, check to make sure your battery is in solid working condition. Ideally, you should have gone through winter prep, but if you didn’t, and your battery is dead, it’s usually an easy fix. Remove the battery to recharge, first taking note of any corrosion, or if the water level is low.… Read the rest

Clymer Updates Coverage for Yamaha Royal Star Now Covering 1996-2013

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Clymer has just updated their coverage of Yamaha Royal Star now covering all models from 1996-2013. Part number M374-2.

This print manual is an in-depth look at the motorcycle, with over 400 pages of technical information, illustrations, and photos. It has everything you’ve come to expect from Clymer manuals, including basic maintenance information, a trouble shooting guide, and a detailed look at each of the bike’s systems.

Armed with step-by-step directions, you can do all sorts of repairs yourself or rebuild a bike from the inside out. As with all our manuals, you can complete most tasks using common tools and we offer plenty of workarounds to make each fix as simple as possible.… Read the rest

Clymer Releases New Manual for Honda TRX420 Rancher 2007-2014

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Clymer has just released a new manual covering the Honda TRX420 Rancher from 2007-2014. Part Number M202.

This print manual is an in-depth look at the ATV, with over 400 pages of technical information, illustrations, and photos. It has everything you’ve come to expect from Clymer manuals, including basic maintenance information, a trouble shooting guide, and a detailed look at each of the bike’s systems.

Armed with step-by-step directions, you can do all sorts of repairs yourself or rebuild a bike from the inside out. As with all our manuals, you can complete most tasks using common tools and we offer plenty of workarounds to make each fix as simple as possible.… Read the rest

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Spring is here, and the excellent warm weather is bringing out motorcyclists around the country. While spring is usually perfect for riding, there are numerous hazards out on the road. This May, take some time to make sure you are riding safely.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in an effort to have all motorists, two and four wheeled, sharing the road and keeping an eye out for motorcyclists. Just as car and truck drivers need to remember to share the road, motorcyclists can take this opportunity to make themselves visible to other drivers.… Read the rest