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CW TIPS & TRICKS: Encourage Kids to Ride Motorcycles

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Encourage Kids to Ride Motorcycles

By Mark LindemannTips #98-99 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual. Story originally from here Kids are the future of motorcycling. Get them started early, and you're ensuring the future of the sport. Better still, riding is good, clean fun.Riding a motorcycle is all about personal responsibility, and the sooner a kid learns about that concept, the happier he or she will be.If you have a streetbike, put them on the passenger seat and take them for a ride. If they're old enough, [...]

October 07, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Use Your Motorcycle's Centerstand

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Use Your Motorcycle's Centerstand

Tip #238 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual.by Mark LindemannConspiracy theorists will tell you that the lack of centerstands on today's bikes is a plot to make you take it to a dealer for service. In reality it's for cost savings, weight reduction, and increased ground clearance. If you do have one, here's how to use it.Start by standing to the left of the bike, and take hold of the left handlebar grip with your left hand. Straighten the front wheel, put your right foot on the [...]

September 29, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

ASK KEVIN: Do MotoGP Fuel Limits Apply When Riders Switch to Their Rain Bikes During the Race?

ASK KEVIN: Do MotoGP Fuel Limits Apply When Riders Switch to Their Rain Bikes During the Race?

by Kevin CameronPhotographer: Scott JonesQUESTION: During this year's MotoGP race at Misano, Italy, the riders were switching bikes as the weather changed from dry to wet and back to dry again. As each entrant is limited to a fixed fuel quantity for every race, what procedures are in place to keep track of the total fuel used among the bikes?A.S. SmithCycleWorld.COMANSWER: When I asked MotoGP's Tech Director, Mike Webb, this question, he replied that no fuel controls are imposed when there are [...]

September 29, 2015 admin Ask Kevin, Blogs

CW TIPS &TRICKS: How to Check and Adjust Your Motorcycle's Chain

CW TIPS &TRICKS: How to Check and Adjust Your Motorcycle's Chain

Tip #272 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual. By Mark Lindemann (Original source)Adjusting your bike's chain won't make it any faster, but it's critical if you want your chain to last. It's fast, easy, and next to checking your own tire pressure it's one of the first things any home mechanic should learn. Too tight is as bad as too loose, but it'll only take minutes to get it right. You should check and adjust your chain every 500 miles (805 km), and more often for a dirt bike. It's [...]

September 03, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

ASK KEVIN: Will Motorcycles Get Pneumatic Valve Actuators?

ASK KEVIN: Will Motorcycles Get Pneumatic Valve Actuators?

by Kevin CameronQUESTION: I've read and heard much about pneumatic valve actuators from people like supercar manufacturer Christian von Koenigsegg, and I am intrigued. These are not pneumatic valve springs as are already in use in MotoGP and F1, but would be a replacement for the camshaft itself. The possibilities seem fantastic; things like infinitely and dynamically variable cam profiles and timings would only be the beginning. Is this a technology that is likely to find its way into [...]

August 24, 2015 admin Ask Kevin, Blogs

CW TIPS &TRICKS: How to Change a Motorcycle Tire

CW TIPS &TRICKS: How to Change a Motorcycle Tire

by Mark LindemannTip #256 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual.There's a difference between changing a tire and repairing a tire. For our purposes, changing a tire means replacing it with a new one.Option 1 Get out the credit card. With wide, stiff, low-profile sportbike tires, especially the rear, a professional job is your best option. A tire shop has specialized machinery to do the job right without scratching the rim or damaging the bead.Option 2 With smaller streetbikes and all [...]

August 21, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Know Your Motorcycle Helmet

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Know Your Motorcycle Helmet

by Mark LindemannAnatomy Tip #47 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual.Just like your head, a helmet has plenty of parts that need to work together to protect your brain. These are the things to look for.1. PROTECTIVE VISOR Shields face/eyes from sun/wind. Provides a mild level of crash protection. Helps reduce noise.2. HARD OUTER SHELL Plastic, Kevlar, fiberglass or carbon fiber can all do a good job. The shell helps prevent penetration and presents a smooth, non-snag surface.3. [...]

August 03, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

CW TIPS & TRICKS: How to Pick Up Your Fallen Motorcycle

CW TIPS & TRICKS: How to Pick Up Your Fallen Motorcycle

by Mark LindemannTip #161 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling ManualYou've come to an unceremonious halt, and either fallen off your ride or dismounted in a hurry. First, make sure you're okay. If you're in one piece, the next order of business is to get your ride up on its wheels again.STEP 1 Kill the ignition, and make sure the bike is in gear. Turn the handlebar in the direction of the fall-if the bike's on its left side, turn the bar to the left. If it's on its right side, lower the [...]

July 22, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

ASK KEVIN: Why is Valentino Rossi So Fast?

ASK KEVIN: Why is Valentino Rossi So Fast?

by Kevin CameronIs it because the Italian MotoGP pilot switched crew chiefs?QUESTION: If memory serves, Valentino Rossi's decision to end his long collaboration with crew chief Jeremy Burgess at the end of the 2013 season was fairly commonly dismissed as the desperate act of a fading star. It no longer looks that way now. Is Rossi's performance in the time since a coincidence or was there a method to his seeming madness?Bill ReberStevens, PAANSWER: During Valentino Rossi's “time in the [...]

July 10, 2015 admin Ask Kevin, Blogs

IENATSCH TUESDAY: TWO TECHNIQUES TO LOWER LAP TIMES... ...and decrease risk for riders and racers!

IENATSCH TUESDAY: TWO TECHNIQUES TO LOWER LAP TIMES... ...and decrease risk for riders and racers!

by Nick IenatschInch-perfect riding really counts when the risks are high: Here's Alan Cunningham racing at the Isle of Man last year, where “coasting and hoping” will not work out well. Bike placement is huge too because “run-off room” is called a pub. Cunningham gained the confidence to run the Island at YCRS. (Manxman Photos)Inch-perfect riding really counts when the risks are high: Here's Alan Cunningham racing at the Isle of Man last year, where “coasting and [...]

June 24, 2015 admin Blogs