Thanks for a great 2014! We hope that you and yours enjoy your holidays. We’ll talk to you in the new year.
Episode 191: The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
Recorded on December 1st 2014
- Merry Linksmass!
- Tool, Repair and Maintenance
- On the Road
- “The best gift I could get from my wife is the approval for a guys only bike trip for one week!” – Allan Lessard
- GPS map update
- Smartphone Tripod
- Portable USB charger
- SPOT GPS tracker
- Spotify music streaming subscription
- Pay-as-you-go cell phone on another network
- Reloadable prepaid Visa or Master card
- Aerostich throttle lock – Thomas McGoldrick
- Battery tender <-> heated gear dongle – Karl
- Grip warmers or heated grips depending on the application – John Jones
- Schampa – John Jones
- Hand warmers – John Jones
- 9V Battery – John Jones
- Tire Plug Kit – John Jones
- 12v Compressor – John Jones
- Stebel Air Horn – Todd
- Cycle Guys FastPack – Joel Cramer
- Fobo TPMS – Evan Kooker
- Gear and Clothing
- Other Stuff
- U.S. National Parks Passport Book – Jeff Gilbert
- Pro photo shoot
Theme music composed and performed by Raoul Lowe
Episode 190 – La petit feedbacque
November 23, 2014
Cette semaine est un petit évaluations spectacle.
- Steve Ginn’s IMS pictures
- Street fighter pics
- Street fighter build thread
- Final bike build picture
- Polaris Slingshot
- AGV Sport Corsica
- Ken Bowman – Polaris Slingshot
- Martyn Harris – FZ07
- Dave Maas – Bell Vortext and Transitions
- Phillip DeCausemaker – ABATE Toys for Kiz, Chicago
- Mike – Custom cafe bike
- Matt Szostak – gift guide, yes
- Justin Eagle – Finding kevlar jeans and other gear in sizes
- Steve Ginn – IMS pictures
Hey all. As announced on Episode 189, Eric Miedema and Celeste Atkinson are our winners. Eric won the jacket and Celeste won a 10% coupon code for MotorcycleGear.com. Congrats to our winners.
Just some quick stats:
- Most represented manufactuer: Tour Master, with Joe Rocket and First Gear coming in tied at second place.
- Most represented model: Flex 2
- Textile mesh and waterproof gear are the largest selection, with leather trailing behind.
Episode 189 – 200 horsepower is boring
Recorded Nov 12, 2014
Hey, guess what? In this show we tell you how the internet thinks 200 is trite, and we announce the winner(s) of our latest contest. Tune in, listen up, get happy!
- 2015 Yamaha R1 200 HP
- 2013 Yamaha R1 180 HP
- 2013 Kawasaki ZX10 174 HP (with mods)
- 2014 CBR1000RR 152 HP
- Sena SMH20s
- Martyn Harris
- Troy Cummings
- Eric Imken
Episode 188: Where’s the Mai Tai Maker?
Recorded on November 2nd 2014
Theme music composed and performed by Raoul Lowe
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October 26, 2014
James presents some of his wrap up information from his visit to AIMExpo. James got to ride the new Erik Buell Racing 1190 SX – Take That Wheelnerds!
AIMExpo demo rides:
- Erik Buell Racing – 1190rx
- Yamaha FZ07
- Harley-Davidson Street 750
- Harley-Davidson Forty Eight
- Timothy Holt (posted on Facebook)
- Matt Szostak
- David Maas
- Lucas Hoffman
Motorcycles are something of a modern miracle wrapped in a thin layer of insanity. Take a lump of metal with some holes in it, add fuel and oxygen and light it on fire, creating a series of rapid, controlled explosions, and somehow deliver all that energy to a rotating assembly bolted on to the back of this crazy contraption, spinning on a metal rod held in place with tiny little fasteners. This is all happening on something that can’t stand up on its own, mystifies riders and physics experts alike in how it does stay upright, and provides a rush of excitement and joy that relatively few people have ever felt.
The motorcycle. A visceral, crazy, fun, enjoyable, dangerous, beautiful piece of mechanical art made of metal, plastic and dreams. And at the center of all this exists a machine. Like all machines, motorcycles require certain maintenance and attention to keep performing safely and at their peak.
If you do all your own maintenance, there’s a good chance you’re very much in tune with your bike. When you put wrench to machine, you create a kind of intimacy and knowledge of that machine that no one else likely has. You’ll know if something has loosened up. You’ll feel if a wheel bearing you replaced three years ago feels a little odd. You’ll understand that vibration you’re feeling might indicate a tire has gone out of balance, or the chain has developed a tight spot. You know your bike better than anyone else ever could. Sure, mechanics get paid to know a lot about repairing and maintaining bikes… but only YOU know your bike like you do.
If you don’t do your own maintenance, consider getting involved in at least some of it. Even as a rider, you know your bike better than anyone, and doing even a small bit of the ongoing maintenance gives you opportunities to see things, to catch problems or to deepen your understanding of the machine that you might be missing if you take your bike to a shop for all of its maintenance. There are a number of tasks you can do on the maintenance list even without possessing a lot of mechanical aptitude or specialized tools.
If your bike is chain drive, you’re probably already familiar with cleaning and lubricating your chain. If you’re not, get your owner’s manual out and get to work. A decent chain cleaning and oiling should only take you a few minutes once you’re familiar with the task, and can be invaluable in prolonging the life of the chain (and the bike!), and increasing safety. It also gives you a chance to visually inspect the chain, the sprockets, the wheels and tires, and while you’re at it, if your bike has rear disc brakes, you’re probably only one head tilt away from looking at the thickness of your brake pads. You could potentially identify trouble spots on 3 or 4 different systems on the bike just by oiling your chain!
If you’re able to make yourself a cup of coffee in a modern coffee maker, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’ve got all the mechanical knowledge you need to at least attempt to do a basic oil change. Let’s look at the steps necessary to do a full oil change on most motorcycles. Step 1 – warm up the engine. Step 2 – stop the engine, position the bike properly for the oil change (see your manual). Step 3 – slide a drain pan under the bike and take out the drain plug(s). Step 4 – remove the oil filter. Step 5 – replace the drain plug and install new filter. Step 6 – refill with oil. Step 7 – start bike, warm it up, shut it off, and check the oil level.
Sure, I’m simplifying things, but your owner’s manual – or better, buy a service manual – will have all the detail on those steps that you need to do the job. Some bikes will drain better on the side stand, also known as the kick stand. Others will drain better on the center stand, so do pay attention to your manual and do the work according to those guidelines. But all in all, it’s a pretty simple job that will save you money, will allow you to really get hands on with the bike, and isn’t that easy to get wrong. Once you’ve done it, you’ll wonder why you never did before. You’ll also be happy with the money you saved.
Other maintenance tasks that might be worth doing include changing your air filter, replacing brake pads, or cleaning, lubricating and adjusting brake levers, and clutch levers and cables. Doing a lot of the little tasks can add up to huge savings over time, not only in keeping your bike out of the shop more ($), but in catching potential problems early and turning a costly repair into preventative maintenance.
With any job you’re doing for the first time, it’s a good idea to have a little guidance. Always consult your owner’s manual. As mentioned, getting hold of a service manual for your bike will not only give you detailed information particular to your model of bike, but may also list specific tools and equipment you’ll need, and will walk you through the whole job, step by step.
If you’re a member of any online forums or local riders’ groups, you might be able to find and attend a local tech day. A tech day is a great opportunity to meet other enthusiasts, and work with people who may be considerably more experienced in repair and maintenance, and can lend you all the guidance you need. If you can’t find or host a tech day, you should still be able to make an online request for help and find someone local (enough) to lend a hand, or at least walk you through any trouble spots you may have.
It’s important to note that some maintenance is best left to those with more mechanical ability and experience if you’re not comfortable with engine design, etc. For instance, throttle synchronizations or engine valve clearance checks can be very involved, and if done incorrectly, could render your bike unable to run, running poorly, or perhaps even damaged. What this article is discussing are the smaller, more pedestrian tasks.
Look for follow-up articles discussing the details of these and other home-based motorcycle maintenance tasks in the coming weeks. Who knows… we may even shoot some video! Keeping your bike running at its best doesn’t need to include trips to the dealer for mundane things, spending a whole day waiting around, or writing a big check.
Chris & James both have older bikes that require the occasional bit of attention, and the guys are hoping to start capturing more of that at-home maintenance with pictures and video… stay tuned.
Episode 186: If We Can Go Off on a Tangent
Recorded on October 8, 2014
- Track T800CDI diesel motorcycle
- Diesel bike info
- AIMExpo exhibitor list
- Pace Podcast’s AIM Expo post
- Chad Bolling
- Frank Riha
- Tom from Germany
- Todd Herbst
- Emirhan Oznalbant
- Kurt Wahtera
- Peter Boulton
- Mike Roell