Build Your Own Exhaust With Two Brothers Racing

You may have noticed there's a lot of new motorcycles coming out lately (half of which seem to be from Yamaha). That means if you're a person who likes to get an aftermarket exhaust bolted on straight away, you might need to wait a while until one is designed by the big brands - or perhaps they won't bother at all if your bike is regarded as 'niche'. Two Brothers Racing has come to the market with a new solution - design your ...

Could Graphene be Used to Make Motorcycle Tyres Grip Better in Corners?

Graphene has been touted as the now wonder material for many years and we're now seeing more and more use of it in consumer applications. One such new use has been introduced by Vittoria, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bicycle tires. The new technique introduced will supposedly enable the creation of tyres that maximise all areas - speed, grip and durability. Think of it is a tyre that's a jack of all ...

KLX250S Project Bike – March Update

Since we first introduced our KLX250S project bike last October, we've tinkered here and there with it. March marks out first major update to the bike which sees us install a new bar, bar risers, sprocket, chain, new hand guards, grips and skid plate. It adds up to quite a lot and all of it was done with one goal in mind - making the KLX250S more capable off-road. Let's start at the rear. We replaced the OEM chain (which ...

How to use a 3D Printer to Repair your Motorcycle

3D printers promise to revolutionise the world. 3D printed spines, livers, faces. 3D printed houses, furniture and consumer goods. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. There's even been demonstrations of an entire working 3D printed motorcycle. But while all those things are still somewhat off in the future before they become widely used and available, there are practical applications for 3D printers today, including using a 3D printer to ...

How to Balance Your Motorcycle Wheels

Wheel balancing and rotation is a common practice on cars and it's easy to see why - the vast majority of cars have equal sized wheels and rubber on all four points - that means that when one or more tyres are out of balance it can cause major handling issues. On motorcycles it's not such a big problem but nevertheless, it's still a good habit to ensure your wheels are correctly balanced. And if you change your own tyres, ...

Bikeservice Vacuum Pump and Brake Bleeder Kit Review

Normally specialised pieces of kit annoy me - a lot of outlay for what is tool that has a very specific and limited purpose. The wonderful thing about vacuum pumps are that they have a whole range of uses - not the least of which is making the bleeding of brake lines into a fairly effortless (and nearly idiot proof) one person job. The vacuum pump and brake bleeder kit from Bikeservice not only does these things, it's ...

How to Change Your Motorcycle Brake Pads

If you're new to working on your bike - or have never done any type of wrenching before - changing your brake pads is one of the easiest jobs to do. Other than a torque wrench you don't need any special tools - just the usual spanners lying around the garage. Get some brake grease/lubricant and within no more than 10 minutes you'll have replaced your old pads with nice new ones - saving yourself big dollops of money by not ...

How to Bleed Your Motorcycle Brake Lines with a Vacuum Pump

Air is essential for life. Air is detrimental to your life when in your brake lines. It's one of the ironies of life. There's a number of ways to bleed your motorcycle brake lines but by far and away the best method is with the use of a hand vacuum pump. It's pretty much the way all professionals do the job and with good reason as if you do it correctly you're guaranteeing that you remove unwanted air in the brake ...