Owning a bike is personal. The vulnerability you share with your motorcycle on the open road creates an undeniable bond. Regular maintenance will keep you and your bike safe, and getting your hands dirty only increases the satisfaction you feel as you hit the pavement on two wheels. You have to know your way around a toolbox a little to get some hands-on experience fixing your hog up. If you’re a newcomer who doesn’t know an ATV tire from a throttle, you may want to do a little more research on the ol’ Harley before hopping on. If you are handy in the garage, try these moderately difficult maintenance projects to keep your bike in top form.
Bleed the Brakes
Clean brake fluid keeps brakes running smoothly an important characteristic for motorcycle drivers. Dirty brake fluid can corrode engine cylinders and compromise brake performance. Avoid costlier repairs by replacing the brake fluid, also known as “bleeding the brakes,” annually.
What You’ll Need:
Bottle for old fluid
New brake fluid
Start with the easier rear brake. Attached the catch bottle the brake nipple and pump the hand brakes to release the liquid. Use a screwdriver to under the top of the master cylinder reservoir and check the level as you bleed out the old fluid. Once the reservoir is empty, fill it with new fluid.
Bleeding the front brake requires a similar process, but cluttered hardware makes it more difficult. In order to access the front brake reservoir, you’ll probably need to loosen the throttle housing. Once you gain access, repeat the process of placing the catch bottle over the brake nipple and pumping the brakes, then refill the reservoir.
Before you hit the road, hold the brakes down to make sure they hold, and check below your bike for any leaks. Faulty brakes could have you looking for expensive motorcycle parts if they give out. Maintain your brakes to avoid more costly issues.
Clean the Chain
If a motorcycle engine is a heart, a chain or a belt is the lung that keeps it moving. If your machine is chain-driven, keep it clean, and your bike will repay you with years of service.
What you’ll need:
Dunk a brush in de-greaser and wipe down the entire chain, making sure not to remove it from the sprocket. Once you clean the chain, apply lubricant on the inside of the chain to promote smooth performance. Start your motorcycle and check to make sure the chain is properly attached.
Change the Oil
Do-it-yourself oil change on a motorcycle is simpler than on a car or truck. Follow the maintenance schedule for oil changes, which is usually every 4,000 miles or six months.
What you’ll need:
Oil that’s recommended for your machine (check the manual or manufacturer’s website)
We at Crampbuster have produced the original motorcycle cruise assist. While a cruise control is pretty much a standard option when purchasing a car, motorcyclists have long had to experience the discomfort of operating the throttle during their entire ride. If a motorcycle model does not come with cruise control, the purchaser has to buy an aftermarket system. We have worked hard to make it so that cruise control for motorcycles are available to all, while offering some additional benefits. Continue reading →
Motorcycle riding has become an ever popular mode of transport. Especially in a world where the economy has driven up the cost of automobiles and fuel, motorbiking is no longer just a favored pastime of weekend riders and road adventurers. These days, more and more commuters are opting for sportbikes, cruisers and many other motorcycles as a means of transport. Continue reading →
Riding a motorcycle can be fun, but it can also be dangerous, pitting man against steel. To make the most out of the experience of riding a motorcycle, follow these tips for riding a motorcycle to ensure proper safety along with maximum enjoyment.
When it comes to giving a motorcycle the convenience of cruise control, the conventional wisdom often states that the best (or only) way to do this is by installing a motorcycle throttle lock. There are websites and promotional materials everywhere that declare this as the best option for motorcycle owners. But conventional wisdom is often wrong and, in this case that is no exception. Throttle locks certainly do their job, but a throttle “assist” — rather than a lock — is likely a better option that has flown under the radar for some time.
Endurance is the name of the game in long distance riding, as any experienced motorcyclist will tell you. Cruise control is not just a luxury when making a lengthily trip; it’s a necessity. Nothing beats the feeling of you and your Yamaha on the open road, but without cruise control you may quickly find you’ve taken on a nasty stowaway called rider fatigue. If you’ve ever made a long trip without cruise control you’ve likely found yourself forced into taking a break because of a sore shoulder, wrist, or cramped muscles. But cruise control isn’t just expensive; a locked throttle makes navigating winding roads and dynamic cruising a headache as well. Fortunately, finding a quality Yamaha motorcycle cruise control option doesn’t have to empty your wallet, or negatively effect your control.
As any long-distance motorcycle rider will attest, it isn’t the bugs in your teeth or rain that can make a great motorcycle trip unbearable, it is the cramps that set in in the arms, legs and back during highway cruising. If you are looking for a Honda motorcycle cruise control, a Harley cruise control, a BMW motorcycle cruise control, or any other for that matter, you’ve come to the right place. We know that it’s of greatest concern to many riders that the right arm can start to cramp up after long rides. The left arm controls the clutch, and thus is able to be removed from the handlebars on occasion to stretch out, scratch an itch or adjust a helmet. The rider can flex their fingers or lay their palm flat on the grip. The right hand, by contrast, controls the throttle. The throttle, because it is spring-loaded, doesn’t allow the rider to remove their hand or flex their fingers, and doesn’t allow them to lay their palm flat on the grip while maintaining control of the bike.
Riding a motorcycle can be an exciting adventure but it can leave your body feeling achy and fatigued if you aren’t careful. It is important to wear the right kinds of protective gear so that you do not put your body in danger of injury if an accident were to happen. A motorcycle wrist rest is a unique piece of gear that can help make the time you spend on your bike more fulfilling. Imagine being able to ride for hours without feeling fatigue in your wrist muscles from shifting gears, braking over and over, or from constantly needing to change throttle speed.
With the cost of an aftermarket BMW motorcycle cruise control running more than $1,000, the Crampbuster, a cruise assist device priced at $10.95, is a welcome addition to the motorcycle accessories market.
Normally, a BMW motorcycle cruise control would require an extensive installation, a costly process added to the already high priced electronics required to for the job. The Crampbuster has that beaten as well with an installation that takes just seconds and requires absolutely no special tools or skill. Continue reading →
One of the biggest thrills for a Harley motorcycle enthusiast is riding his favorite bike on long, open stretch of road where traffic is minimal and he can enjoy the wind in his face. But such long drives can still cause stress as even though you do not have to maneuver a lot, just keeping the bike on a steady path still requires a considerable amount of effort. That is why, for a lot of people, the only solution is getting a Harley Cruise Control. But a good Harley Cruise Control can cost a pretty penny, and as many know, even the best, most expensive Harley Cruise Control products out there will still present some problems for the rider.