Motorcycle Air Filters

Motorcycle Air Filters

KEEP MY ENGINE GUTS CLEAN! You don’t need to be a mechanic to understand and respect that having a clean air filter to remove small particles before they get into your motorcycle’s engine cylinders is a good thing. Small particles of dirt in the air that find its way into your bike will cause mechanical […]

April 16th, 2009 by MCg 

Aftermarket Exhaust Parts and Systems

Aftermarket Exhaust Parts and Systems

THE LOOK OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE POWER A motorbike’s exhaust system beholds a special interest among die-hard motorcycle enthusiasts, whether their passion be sport bikes, cruisers, off-road machines, or other bikes. Since, in many motorbikes, the exhaust system is prominently visible, these parts have been elevated beyond a practical role to one that reflects a personal vision […]

April 8th, 2009 by MCg 

Replacement Motorcycle Turn Signals

Replacement Motorcycle Turn Signals

NEED TO UPGRADE OR REPLACE YOUR MOTORBIKE’S TURN SIGNALS? On some bikes, the turn signals (also known as “blinkers” or “flashers”), are among the first parts to scratch, break or obliterate when a motorcycle falls over. On the other hand, some guys and gals just want to change or upgrade the appearance of their bike’s […]

March 31st, 2009 by MCg 

Motorcycle Sparkplugs and High-Voltage Entertainment

Motorcycle Sparkplugs and High-Voltage Entertainment

HOW ABOUT STARTING YOUR DAY WITH AN EXPLOSION? If only you and I had our own internal spark plugs that could help us explode into the day. The good news is that those little things can approximate a combustive start for us by doing their job of exploding the gas vapor in our engines to […]

March 23rd, 2009 by MCg 

Frame Sliders – Cheap Bike Insurance

Frame Sliders – Cheap Bike Insurance

SAVE YOUR BIKE’S BACON Dang! Even “thinking” about the expensive damage that results from a bike falling over irks me! Motorbikes are truly a two-edged sword. The fact that they only have two wheels makes them light, agile and FUN! However, the fact that they have two wheels makes ’em real easy to fall over. […]

March 15th, 2009 by MCg 

Primary Reason Motorcycle Batteries Fail

Primary Reason Motorcycle Batteries Fail

MOTORCYCLE BATTERY MAINTENANCE FOR THE NON-MECHANIC Motorbike batteries are not as interesting as motorbikes. But since they power the starter motor, the lights, and the ignition system, they are instrumental to keeping the spark alive in our motorbike passion. Now, one could argue that most any motorcycle part is not as interesting to a biker […]

March 8th, 2009 by MCg 

Motorcycle Final-Drive Chains: Not Just For Decoration

Motorcycle Final-Drive Chains: Not Just For Decoration

WHY MOTORCYCLE “CHAINS” AS A FINAL-DRIVE? Why are metal chains still the most common way that motorcycle engines spin their rear tires? In spite of all the advances in motorcycles over the last hundred years, chains are still prevalent because they work so well.  (See other final drive choices below). Certainly you’ve observed the mechanical […]

March 1st, 2009 by MCg 

Motorcycle Slipper Clutch = Better Traction

Motorcycle Slipper Clutch = Better Traction

WHAT IS A SLIPPER CLUTCH? A slipper clutch provides better traction control for high-performance riders. The clutch derives its name as a result of it partially disengaging, or “slipping,” when the rear wheel tries to drive the engine faster than it would run under its own power, particularly via engine braking. The force of high-speed […]

February 21st, 2009 by MCg 

Shock Absorbers: Give Me Those Preload and Damping Adjustments

Shock Absorbers: Give Me Those Preload and Damping Adjustments

Motorcycle Shock Absorbers The simple story about shock absorbers is that they absorb or dissipate energy from the surface (pavement, gravel, dirt, etc.,) to keep the tires on the road and give the motorcycle rider a smoother experience. Hydraulic shock absorbers used on the rear suspensions of motorcycles are similar to those used in cars: […]

February 16th, 2009 by MCg 

Zero Gravity Motorcycle Windshields and That “Double Bubble”

Zero Gravity Motorcycle Windshields and That “Double Bubble”

Why So Many Motorcycle Windshields? As any specific motorcycle is manufactured from a variety of parts that reflect an engineering compromise between the purpose of the bike and the specific cost of the parts, one can understand why there can be so many different motorcycles. (A Harley Road King and Kawasaki XZ14 represent very different […]

February 12th, 2009 by MCg 

No Respect for Motorcycle Footpegs?

No Respect for Motorcycle Footpegs?

Motorcycle Footpegs: They Don’t Get No Respect Motorbike footpegs live their lives being stepped on, and are among the first parts to get scraped by the asphalt when their motorbike rider leans their bike over into a corner with some amount of adventurous spirit. Of course if the bike falls over, footpegs are expendable. Most […]

February 8th, 2009 by MCg 

Custom Motorcycle Mufflers: Review Your Exhaust Options

Custom Motorcycle Mufflers: Review Your Exhaust Options

Motorcycle Muffler and Exhaust Components Need to upgrade or replace any of your motorcycle muffler or exhaust components? MOTORCYCLE EXHAUST SYSTEMS are an engineering compromise, or balance, between managing your engine’s exhaust, while controlling (or not) both chemical and noise pollution. Whether you need bafflles, muffler tips, pipes, silencers, ceramics, slip-ons, muffler plugs, slash cuts, […]

February 5th, 2009 by MCg 

Upgraded Motorcycle Horns: Wanna Sound Like A Truck?

Upgraded Motorcycle Horns: Wanna Sound Like A Truck?

Motorcycle Horns: Are Yours The Cheap Kind? Every motorcycle is manufactured as a compromise between many factors, some of those include weight, expense and aesthetics. Many MOTORCYCLE HORNS seem to fall into the compromise of low-cost (in this case, clearly cheap). When you consider the relative safety benefit of having a horn with a loud […]

February 3rd, 2009 by MCg 

Which Are The Best Heated Motorcycle Grips?

Which Are The Best Heated Motorcycle Grips?

Heated Motorcycle Grips: Should They Be On Your Bike? It’s hard to imagine a biker riding someone else’s motorcycle on a cool morning that has HEATED GRIPS, and after the ride, walking away NOT wanting to get heated grips for their own motorcycle. Heated motorbike grips really make cool weather riding all the more enjoyable. […]

January 31st, 2009 by MCg 

Replacing Motorcycle Brake & Clutch Levers – Again?

Replacing Motorcycle Brake & Clutch Levers – Again?

I NEED BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS FOR MY MOTORCYCLE AGAIN! The good news is that most replacement brake levers and clutch levers for motorcycles are not too expensive. These levers are among the most used items by any biker. (And if you are a rider who is NOT using your front brake lever regularly, you […]

January 27th, 2009 by MCg 
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