How to Flush Your Motorcycle Coolant

How To Flush Your Motorcycle Coolant

The cooling system in your bike is rather important because, you know, it stops your engine from overheating and possibly being destroyed. That's bad, FYI. But the good news is that draining your existing coolant and replacing it with new fluid is probably one of the easiest DIY maintenance jobs you can do on your bike. However, always consult your service manual as some bikes require a unique approach. How Often Should ...
Motorcycle Track Day Tire Pressures

Motorcycle Track Day Tire Pressures – What Should You Set Your Tire Pressures At For The Track?

You’re hopefully well aware that you should set your motorcycle tire pressures according your bike manufacturers recommendation.  That generally means a tire pressure that strikes a balance between grip and tire wear and will probably range anywhere from 32psi to 42psi (generally with higher pressures in the rear tire). But when you’re at the track, your only concern is grip. So how do you go about setting the correct ...
Motorcycle Rear Preload

How to Measure and Adjust Rear Preload

One of the best ways to improve the handling of your bike is to adjust the rear preload settings of your suspension. And with most bikes, it’s something you can change using the tools that come with your toolkit. It's a free upgrade! And while you can adjust your rear preload settings through trial and error, the best way to change your rear preload is to properly understand it, take some measurements and then test. Just ...
Bridgestone MotoGP Tire Asymmetric

What Are Asymmetric Motorcycle Tires And Do I Need Them?

This question actually came from one of our readers who asked what an asymmetric motorcycle tire was and was it something they needed at the track. The answer to the second part of the question is simple.  No, you almost certainly do not need an asymmetric motorcycle tire.  They are an extremely specialized tire that is only used for a few tracks in MotoGP each year and then only for specific classes. Any amateur or even ...

Tire Pressure Basics Part One – Cold Inflation Pressure

Talk to any riding instructor or track coach and you’ll hear an alarming number of stories of riders who don’t know what their motorcycle’s tire pressures should be.  Perhaps just as alarming is of the riders who do at least know how much air to put into their tires, they fail to understand that this recommendation is based upon a cold inflation pressure.  That is, the manufacturer’s recommendation is based upon a ...

How to Change Your Motorcycle Grips

Learning how to change your motorcycle grips and putting new ones on your bike isn't really high up on most peoples list of modifications, but there are reasons to do it - especially if you have an older bike where the grips are starting to wear down.  Newer, high quality grips can also improve feedback through the bars and reduce fatigue.  Different grips may also provide some riders with a bit of bling they’re ...
How to Clean and Lubricate a Motorcycle Chain

How to Clean and Lubricate a Motorcycle Chain

Cleaning and lubricating a motorcycle chain is one of the easiest ways to dip your feet into bike maintenance.  And while with modern chains such as the O-ring and X-ring chain, lubrication is provided by grease sealed into the working area between the O-rings, you still need to lubricate the areas of the chain – the parts that are exposed to the environment and make contact with front and rear sprockets of your ...

How to Keep Your Hearing When Riding a Motorcycle

The biggest risk to your hearing on a motorcycle is exhaust and engine noise, right? Wrong. It’s actually wind noise (and not the flatulent kind).  Wind noise from turbulence can cause permanent hearing damage at speeds that are easily reached on the freeway. That is, speeds of around 60mp/h (approximately 100km/h) produce enough noise to permanently reduce your hearing within a few hours. That's bad.  Because once you ...