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Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach, CA 2018

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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

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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

Born Free 10 Sails Into Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA 6/23-24/2018

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Surprisingly, one of the biggest and best annual motorcycle shows, Born Free, is only hitting its tenth anniversary this year. Taking place in the mountains of Orange County, CA, at a cross between a kids summer camp and a KOA, there is plenty of room for people and motorcycles, and few neighbors to upset with your loud pipes.

That is just one part of one of the bike parking lots and at the end of the day when many people had already left! Without a drone, it is impossible to get a real picture of just how many bikes were there.… Read the rest

Mini Bikes and Go-Karts – The Perfect Father and Son/Daughter Projects

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Father’s Day is coming which has us thinking about our dads and the projects we did together that got us into all things mechanical back when we were kids. If you have been looking for a way to spend time with the kids and teach them valuable skills while having fun, there is nothing better than tackling a kid-sized motor vehicle with them, whether mini bike, go-kart, or pit bike.

The simplest is the traditional mini bike, typically just a bent tube frame, a rub block for a brake, and no suspension. Go-karts are the next rung up the ladder, and in their purest form are just four wheeled mini bikes, rub brakes and all, but can get much more complicated and faster.… Read the rest

Travis Pastrana Aims to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Jumps

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As I type this, the great Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew are at an undisclosed location in Southern California. They are running practice drills and jumps for his live three hour TV special coming up on July 8th from Vegas called “Evel Live“. Pastrana will recreate three of the iconic jumps that Evel Knievel did in his prime, including one that nearly killed him. A few of these stunts have been recreated before, but never on a heavy flat track bike like the one Evel originally rode.

 

 

 

Pastrana has just the bike, The Indian Scout based FTR750 which is similar in many respects to the Harley-Davidson Sportster based XR750 that Knievel did most of his jumps on, including weight and (limited) suspension travel.… Read the rest

1984-1986 HONDA VF500 MAGNA AND INTERCEPTOR MOTORCYCLE SERVICE MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda VF500 Magna and Interceptor covers all cruiser and sport bike versions of Honda’s smallest V-four motorcycle. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. 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. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.

Born out of Honda’s attempt to build the NR500, oval piston, four stroke grand prix bike, the V-four engine was the most advanced you could buy in an early 1980s motorcycle.… Read the rest

The 2nd Annual Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show – L.A., CA

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Southern California is one of the largest motorcycle markets in the country, even without the northern half of the state, so it has its fair share of motorcycle events over the course of the year. Not only are there plenty of enthusiasts to attend, the vast majority of motorcycle aftermarket companies are all within 150 miles of Los Angeles, and most of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are headquartered there. One of the newest and hippest shows, returning for just the second year in 2018, is the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show, aka the OG Motoshow.

 

The show is set up in a large space in the downtown L.A.… Read the rest

1996-2013 Yamaha Royal Star Touring Cruiser Repair Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Yamaha Royal Star Boulevard, Venture, and Tour repair manual covers all models from 1996-2013 with the 1300cc V4 engine.  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. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.… Read the rest

The All-New 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Lineup

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In case you have been snowed in all winter, you are in for a shock when you get to your local Harley-Davidson dealer when the roads clear come spring.

For the motorcycle company that has defined the American motorcycle for over a century, how do you blend modern technology and the timeless style of the Harley-Davidson? In an effort to stay relevant in the 21st-century, this year brings all new big twin cruisers, with an all new frame, and the Milwaukee Eight motor first seen in the touring line.

Chief Engineer Ben Wright describes trying to walk the tight rope of tradition and modernity as downright “scary.” “The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley-Davidson.… Read the rest

2001-2003 YAMAHA YZ/WR250F DIRT BIKE REPAIR MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Yamaha YZ250F and WR250F manual covers both motocross and enduro versions of Yamaha’s popular 4 stroke dirt bike. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. 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. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.

No matter if you enjoy riding the YZ250F over triples and whoops, or bashing thru the woods on the WR250F far off the beaten path, you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest