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  • Aerostich Roadcrafter Review
  • Owning an Aerostich Roadcrafter is a rite of passage for many LD (Long Distance) riders. It signifies the maturation from a hobbyist to a person committed to a lifelong journey of motorcycle trips in all weather conditions. It shows that the rider has moved past the stylish trends of...

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  • There has been a lot of discussion online in the scooter/Grom forums about the lack of a spin on, external oil filter for the 2014 Grom 125 (MSX125). Instead, Honda elected to install an internal oil spinner which separates particles from the oil by spinning at high speed, much...

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  • I never like reading about motorcycle defects/quality issues, even more so when they cause safety issues. If you recently purchased (or are about to purchase) a 2014 model Harley Davidson please double check if it is affected by their recall. Some quality issues brought to their attention concerned HD...

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  • Changing the front and rear sprockets on your chain driven motorcycle is the best way to stretch out the almighty fuel savings you achieve or, for the fun loving at heart, bring out the inner hooligan with an increase in torque applied to the road. An excellent time to...

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  • What’s that you say? Nobody has ever told you that your motorcycle tires require maintenance? It’s true. Like all things on our beloved high performance machines the tires also require a little TLC from time to time. A typical sign that you need to check over your tires more...

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Safety: 2014 Harley Davidson Voluntary Recall

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10/17/2013

I never like reading about motorcycle defects/quality issues, even more so when they cause safety issues. If you recently purchased (or are about to purchase) a 2014 model Harley Davidson please double check if it is affected by their recall. Some quality issues brought to their attention concerned HD enough to enact a voluntary recall of several 2014 models built between May 3rd 2013 and Oct 14th 2013. The issue relates to the hydraulic clutch system and may cause it to become inoperable. This would leave you unable to disengage the motor from powering the rear wheel and could...
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Cooling off in the summer heat

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06/21/2013
Cooling off in the summer heat

Summer is in full swing for the majority of us now and it’s hard not to notice the sweltering heat that comes with it. With temperatures pushing up into the 100s (38+) it becomes dangerous to ride our motorcycles with mesh/textile gear or even leather that is perforated. If the outside temperature exceeds your body temperature then the more airflow your gear has,  the less safe it is. Essentially it acts like a giant convection oven that you ride around in which raises your body temperature and dehydrates you. This is very bad–how can we still ride safely then?...
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Voliolights – Added Braking Visibility

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05/26/2013
Voliolights – Added Braking Visibility

This is an interesting up-and-coming product that I’m interested in testing in the real world. The goal of this plate holder/brake light is to ensure you have brake lights illuminated whenever you are slowing down, not just when you squeeze the brake levers. Using an advanced circuit with several accelerometers the Voliolight is able to determine that you have let off the throttle and are slowing down even without using the brakes. As motorcyclists we endure constant threat of bodily injury, mostly from a lack of visibility. You’ve seen my reviews on gear that aid visibility but even with...
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May: National Motorcycle Awareness Month

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05/07/2013

In honor of National Motorcycle Awareness Month here in the USA I have compiled a few safety tips for car and motorcycle riders alike. Watch closely for motorcyclists. We may be harder to see but we’re not ninjas, we are not invisible, and we aren’t trying to hide. Given the smaller nature of our bikes it’s very easy for a motorcycle to disappear into your blind spot. Most riders know to avoid riding in this area, but play it safe and always check your blind spots twice. As motorcycles are smaller it can be more difficult to judge distance...
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Aerostich Roadcrafter Review

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12/26/2013

Owning an Aerostich Roadcrafter is a rite of passage for many LD (Long Distance) riders. It signifies the maturation from a hobbyist to a person committed to a lifelong journey of motorcycle trips in all weather conditions. It shows that the rider has moved past the stylish trends of today’s typical motorcycle gear and into the realm of function over form. When you commit...
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Honda Grom Oil Change and Filter Cleaning

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10/20/2013

There has been a lot of discussion online in the scooter/Grom forums about the lack of a spin on, external oil filter for the 2014 Grom 125 (MSX125). Instead, Honda elected to install an internal oil spinner which separates particles from the oil by spinning at high speed, much like a secondary flywheel. As my personal Grom had nearly crossed 1,200 miles I felt it was time to go ahead and clean the internal screen and spinner assembly and document the process for the curious new Grom owners who have yet to see enough miles to warrant this work.

Rest assured, this was an easy maintenance item. I believe the average non-technical, 1st bike owner could easily complete the procedure without any issues. The key areas are to make sure you use a new crush washer on the drain plug (90407-259-000 or a 12.5x20mm crush washer), just as you would do with an oil change on any other bike. Inside the bike, take heed of Honda’s recommendations to install new gaskets on the oil spinner and side cover and you shouldn’t ever have an issue with an oil leak on your bike.

See below for the full video instruction.

Safety: 2014 Harley Davidson Voluntary Recall

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10/17/2013

I never like reading about motorcycle defects/quality issues, even more so when they cause safety issues. If you recently purchased (or are about to purchase) a 2014 model Harley Davidson please double check if it is affected by their recall. Some quality issues brought to their attention concerned HD enough to enact a voluntary recall of several 2014 models built between May 3rd 2013...
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Front Sprocket Changes

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10/14/2013

Changing the front and rear sprockets on your chain driven motorcycle is the best way to stretch out the almighty fuel savings you achieve or, for the fun loving at heart, bring out the inner hooligan with an increase in torque applied to the road. An excellent time to review the condition of your sprockets and chain is right now as winter is about...
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Motorcycle Tire Maintenance

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08/31/2013

What’s that you say? Nobody has ever told you that your motorcycle tires require maintenance? It’s true. Like all things on our beloved high performance machines the tires also require a little TLC from time to time. A typical sign that you need to check over your tires more closely is when you notice that your tires consistently need air added every 1-2 weeks....
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