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Beginners Guide: Gear Up Before You Ride!

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Many people live by the motto, “All the gear, all the time!” (often seen online as ATGATT) and are very vocal about it. At the opposite end of the spectrum, are riders who demand freedom to ride with no helmet, their hair blowing in the wind. New riders may not want to invest in expensive gear, only to decide riding isn’t for them after a few months, but buying a few strategic pieces now is wise. It can actually change your whole experience on the bike, and help lead to a lifelong love of riding.

Buying and using a few crucial pieces of gear from day one, not to get too serious too soon, can also help you live a long healthy life even if you never ride again.… Read the rest

3 Reasons Buying a Parts Bike Is a Good Idea

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Does this sound like you?

You’ve got a bike with some sentimental value, or that you got a killer deal on, but it has major issues. You might be feeling elation or despair, or both, but you are now definitely in need of some parts. Depending on the bike and parts needed, the best solution might be buying a whole second example of the bike you are trying to fix.

The first thing most people consider is purchasing new replacement parts direct from the manufacturer or the aftermarket. Everyone loves fresh, shiny parts, and you can trust that they are fully functional and will be for years to come.… Read the rest

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.… 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

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