Archive for July, 2018

American vs. Japanese Motorcycles

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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

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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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