Why Are Your Motorcycle Forks Too Soft And What Can Be Done?

To start with- motorcycles aren’t the most comfortable species of vehicles. From the first steam-powered Velocipede to the Petroleum Reitwagen- motorcycles were barebones commuting machines. Not until 1932 that Fisker and Nielsen Company produced “Nimbus”- the first motorcycle with an oil damped telescopic fork. Since then, motorcycle suspension technology has wandered into different directions- from a conventional telescopic suspension to the forkless fronts on the Yamaha GTS1000 to an even outlandish hub center-steering on the Vyrus. Every segment of the motorcycle demands a compatible system with manufacturers striving for the goldilocks zone to strike balance with comfort.  Why are my…

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Can You Mix Motorcycle Oil With Car Oil?

Oil is quite versatile, but can you mix motorcycle oil with car oil? It is a hot and controversial topic in the motoring community. It is not advisable to mix motorcycle oil with car oil, but like everything in life, there is one exception. Read this article to find out the hard and fast rules about using motorcycle engine oil. Knowing the correct answer is essential for proper motorcycle maintenance.  Why Oil Is Important For Your Motorcycle Car engine oils were the base of most motorcycle engine oils till 1998. Since then, oil has had many modifications. The technology of…

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Motorcycles vs. Cars: Which Depreciates Faster?

In this article, we’re going to answer the age-old question: “Which depreciates faster: a motorcycle or a car?” Actually, that’s not an age-old question at all. But it’s a nice way to start an article, so we’re keeping it. Do motorcycles depreciate faster than cars? Shortest answer: Depends. Short answer: Motorcycles in the west, especially in the United States, are used much more for recreation than they are for commuting. This is especially true when pitting the stats against those of developing countries like India’s. Since demand drives manufacturing output, “normal” commuter bikes are going to depreciate faster than cars.…

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How Does Google Maps Know You’re On A Motorcycle?

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke I happen to drive a car sometimes (forgive me for committing this sin). It also happens to have a phone mount installed. For some reason, every time I get into something running on 4 wheels, my motorcycle muscle memory goes away. For understandable reasons, the phone on this mount always has Google Maps running. On the other hand, I’ve always used intercoms ever since intercoms for motorcycles have been around. Until it broke down, that is. I had to wait for a new one to get delivered. A…

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Do Motorcycle Covers Cause Rust?

We’re going to start this article with what they taught you in school: the chemical make-up of rust is called iron oxide. Rust forms when iron and oxygen (go figure) react in the presence of water or air moisture.  Rusting, coincidentally, is also a commonly used term for the corrosion of iron. And it’s commonly used for a reason- a report from the FHWA reported that corrosion cost the economy $276 billion in 1998 alone. The damage causing this $276 billion is sustained by objects of all sizes- objects as large as ships and bridges, objects as small as steel…

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Can You Clean A Motorcycle Chain With That?

A lot of you know about the article we wrote back in March on cleaning your motorcycle chains. It was a step-by-step guide. We explained a lot of things- the different types of chains, how to decide on whether you needed to replace your chain, and the different ways you could clean your chain- in addition to information on motorcycle cleaning kits.  But we wrote this article to help those of you who can’t, for some reason or the other, get to a dedicated motorcycle cleaning kit. Budget, accessibility, convenience, the pandemic- what have you.  Now, we always suggest a…

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Everything You Need To Know About Motorcycle GPS Trackers

When you google the word “souvenir”, the search bar dictionary brings up two definitions: sou·ve·nir /ˌso͞ovəˈnir/ noun a thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event. verb take as a memento. By far, the best souvenir I’ve ever seen in my life belonged to my friend Gary. It wasn’t of a place, it was of a lot of places-  A sticker of an empty map of the East outlined in blue. But with the route of his first long-distance motorcycle tour highlighted in red. The route Gary rode started at Richmond, Virginia and went all…

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Scared Of Rain Getting Your Visor Wet? We’ve Got You

This should be a surprise to none of you: gray skies make it much harder to see. Not just because they’re gray, but because of what turns them gray. There are many well-researched articles like this one that tell us about how much harder rain makes it see, due to droplets: Making street lamps less bright by blocking part of their light output Scattering light rays (meaning less light reflected by objects to your eye; meaning less visibility) Droplets on headlamps causing light to “backscatter” and create a glare in your field of vision (makes it much harder on your…

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12 Reasons Motorcycle Boots Are Worth It

When getting ready to go riding on your motorcycle, do you spend a while getting all your motorcycle gear on? After putting on your suit, helmet, and gloves, you may be wondering whether you really need those boots. So, are motorcycle boots worth it?  Motorcycle boots are worth every penny as an important part of motorcycle gear because they keep your feet and ankles protected while you ride. With the hot exhaust pipes and motor nearby, you need something to keep you from getting a nasty burn. Motorcycle boots are your only protection for your feet in an accident as…

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How to Wrap a Motorcycle Helmet in 15 Steps

It’s rarely mentioned when discussing the motorcycle culture, but motorcyclists are surprisingly high up on the list of people who care a lot about their outfits. They’re pretty picky about their helmet and jacket matching the color schemes of their bikes. Custom paint jobs, however, can be prohibitively expensive. Wrapping a helmet, though, is inexpensive and easy to do yourself. How do you wrap a motorcycle helmet? In a clean, windless space, remove all removable components and clean the helmet with rubbing alcohol. Roughly cut the vinyl into the needed shapes. leaving an inch or two or all sides. Heat…

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