1. Put angled valve stems on wheels, especially fronts fitted with two big brake rotors. Unless you’re a left-handed spider monkey, reaching straight stems with most conventional tire gauges is a bitch. 2. Design seats that better fit the shapes of human butts. There is no excuse for a seat that makes your rear end [...]Read Full Post | Comments(141)
Ten Things I Wish The Motorcycle Manufacturers Would Do How to make the world of motorcycling a better place to live and ride.
2013 BMW F800GT – First Ride The name’s almost the same but this middleweight sport-tourer is much better.
Photographer : Jonathan Beck
It’s all in the initials. With the F800ST that BMW has been producing since 2007, the “ST” stands for “sport-touring.” But for 2013, the company rethought and redesigned the ST to provide a little less of the “S” and more of the “T,” then renamed it “GT” for “grand touring.” If any model sold as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide vs. Honda Gold Wing F6B Deluxe – Comparison Test King of Bling meets the Clipped Wing.
Photographer : Bruce Benedict
“What the heck is it?” That’s what most people ask when first laying eyes on the F6B, a Gold Wing whose big touring trunk and full-size windshield have gone AWOL. Without those key items, the F6B couldn’t possibly be the same dominant over-the-road touring rig as always. Could it? Nope. Honda instead bills the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(16)
Photographer : Kevin Wing
Actually, “reinvents” probably is an overstatement; 95 percent of this motorcycle, the new-for-2013 F6B, has been in existence for well over a decade. “Redefines” might be a better word. That’s because the 5 percent that’s no longer there has made a world of difference, and not just in the bike’s name or intentions; the effect [...]Read Full Post | Comments(20)
Graham Tool Company Tap & Die Vise Block – Tool Time A handy tool to tackle those larger repair and rebuild projects.
When using a tap or die to cut new threads or clean up old ones in certain small components, it sometimes is better to hold the tap or die in a vise instead of the part being threaded. Otherwise, the part might be damaged or distorted if clamped in a vise tightly enough to remain [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When Christmas shopping for your favorite motorcycle gearhead, it’s hard to go wrong with tools. Riders who work on their own bikes just love it when they tear the wrapping paper off a gift to find a new tool that can make their next oil change/tire replacement/chain adjustment/engine rebuild/whatever much easier and more fun. But [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Over the past decade, sport-touring has been on a bit of a roll. And the one bike, more than any other, responsible for getting that ball rolling was the FJR1300. When it burst on the scene here in 2002, the FJR proved wonderfully capable of both carving up the backroads and cruising the open roads, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Repairing a flat tire on a dirtbike when you’re out on the trail is one of the more primitive things you’ll ever do with a motorcycle, especially when breaking the tire’s bead. You have to lay the wheel on its side, continually jump up and down on the sidewalls with the edges of your boots [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Tectorius North America Vibra-Stop – Tool Time A perfect answer for fasteners you frequently have to remove and reinstall.
At first, the announcement of yet another thread-locking compound seems about as groundbreaking as a new way to boil water. When it comes to thread lockers, Loctite, Permatex, 3M and an assortment of other companies already have the bases covered. But this one is different. It’s called Vibra-Stop, and rather than being designed to hold [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
Believe it or not, we aren’t trying to confuse you. Really. But we can understand why you might think we are. In this special section, we’re calling 700-pound, 1304cc Star Stryker cruisers and 550-lb., 1200cc Harley Sportsters “middleweights” in a category previously dominated by 600cc motorcycles, some of which weighed less than 400 lb. And [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)