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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

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

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

CW TIPS &TRICKS: Understanding Your Motorcycle's Anti-Lock Braking System

CW TIPS &TRICKS: Understanding Your Motorcycle's Anti-Lock Braking System

by Mark LindemannTip #167 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual.Most bikes differ from cars in that they have separate front and rear brakes, while most cars' brakes function as one. In addition, motorcycles use different front and rear tires; weight shift is also a major part of a motorbike's stopping performance. Anti-lock brake systems for bikes and cars face different challenges.Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are relatively new for bikes. There's no one standard system. But all [...]

June 23, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

CW TIPS & TRICKS: How to Stay Cool on Your Motorcycle

CW TIPS & TRICKS: How to Stay Cool on Your Motorcycle

by Mark LindemannTip #56-57 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual.Those same five heat-loss mechanisms you may remember from TIP #54 (radiation, respiration, conduction, convection, and perspiration) can also work to cool you down in hot weather.STAY COVERED Ever seen a picture of a Touareg tribesman in the Sahara? He's covered from head to foot. Only soon-to-be-broiled tourists go out wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Riding a bike through hot air is like standing in front of a blow [...]

June 23, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail

CW TIPS & TRICKS: Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail

by Mark LindemannTip #71 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling ManualSpec charts sometimes quote rake and trail numbers for a motorcycle chassis, but what does this mean? If you ask, you feel like you're getting sent on some sort of snipe hunt. Not to worry-we're here to help. And the concepts, while abstract, make perfect sense when you see them.Rake (also called caster) is the angle of a motorcycle's steering head of the frame (A). Choppers have a lot of rake-their forks stick way out in [...]

May 27, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks

THE INSIDE LINE: Circuito de Jerez

THE INSIDE LINE: Circuito de Jerez

by Mark LindemannTip #87 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling ManualFAST FACTSOFFICIAL NAME Circuito de JerezLOCATION Andalucia, Spain, northeast of Jerez de la FronteraTRACK LENGTH 2.751 mi (4.428 km)DATE OPENED 1985FAMOUS FEATURE Lorenzo Curve (Turn #13), named in May 2013 after Spanish MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who won first place after a near-disastrous botched overtake by second placer Marc Marquez.TRIVIA Built in a region that's renowned for its sherry production, this track [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Blogs, Tips & Tricks