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8 Reasons You Need a Clymer Manual

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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

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

Tips for the New ATV Rider

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Some of you have been riding ATVs since the glory days of the Honda ATC three-wheeler. One, that’s awesome, and two, this article isn’t for you. Every year, a new batch of ATV riders is born, trying out their skills off-roading for the first time. And every year, there are injuries from complete newbies hurting themselves from lack of knowledge. If you have never ridden an ATV before, check out this common sense list before you fire up.

Consider its Abilities – and Yours

First, realize this is a machine that weighs several hundred pounds. Confident and experienced riders are killed by their ATVs every year, and while this should not discourage you from riding, it should provide a measure of caution.… Read the rest

Make a Motorcycle Maintenance Schedule

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Modern motorcycles are precision machines that are a blast to ride, but they require regular maintenance. Well maintained machines are more reliable, and safer. A maintenance schedule will result in a ride that doesn’t break down halfway through riding season, and will have a longer life and higher resale value.

Here is an outline to get you started.

Consult the manual.  The motorcycle manufacturer, and Clymer’s technicians, know your bike better than you do, so check the manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Some people swear by the factory service manual, but the Clymer manual or Haynes manual will be much less expensive, and written with the average home mechanic in mind.… Read the rest