Photography By Jeff Allen It’s about time. Way back in 1980, Harley-Davidson introduced the FLT Tour Glide, the company’s very first model to use rubber engine mounts. And since 1983, all FL tourers have rolled on that same chassis, which has undergone only a few small changes along the way. That chassis nicely isolated the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you believe everything you see and hear, performance-modified V-Twin streetbikes have just about rumbled to the end of the road. Very soon, due to stepped-up enforcement of ever-tightening emissions laws, making such motorcycles street-legal will be impossible. Damn! Please say it isn’t so. Okay, it isn’t so. Truth is, it still is entirely legal [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Man not only has his vices, he also has his vises, which brings me to another useful item from Graham Tools: the Vise Soft Jaws (part #001; $20). These polyurethane inserts slip over the steel jaws of a bench vise and are secured by two rare-earth magnets embedded in each piece. The Jaws are soft [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
With the economy just a heartbeat away from flat-lining, buying a new motorcycle is likely the last thing on your mind right now. Other pesky little matters—food, mortgage, keeping the lights on—probably take precedence. If, however, you still have a few shekels floundering in your savings account or investment portfolio, now is a great time [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When buying a used motorcycle, emotion can be your worst enemy. Confronted with a bike that seems to fit your wants and needs to a T, you easily can allow unbridled enthusiasm to overwhelm good judgment. You begin picturing yourself motoring away on that steed, riding off into the sunset with a new sense of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
CW Product Review: Wiha 4-inch Pliers Wiha pliers are beveled only on the inside, which allows them to cut a cable tie completely flush with the surface.
I’d have to vote for cable ties as one of the great inventions of the Twentieth Century. The things you can do with these little strips of plastic—sometimes called zip ties—are almost endless. You can bundle wires, secure cables to chassis members, route oil or hydraulic lines out of harm’s way, segregate electrical harnesses in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you’ve read the Service department in Cycle World over the last couple of years, you’ve seen the superb technical illustrations drawn by Jim Hatch. Each month, Jim provides a simple but elegant piece of art that helps readers more easily comprehend my explanation of some aspect of motorcycle design or function. He produces those [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
CW Product Review: Snap-on Cycleset On the Road Motorcycle Maintenance Kit A rollaway toolbox in a bag.
Years ago, Bell Helmets had an advertising slogan that imparted a world of wisdom in very few words: “If you have a $10 head, wear a $10 helmet.” That very same philosophy could also be applied to countless other aspects of motorcycling…including your choice of on-the-road toolkits. The last things you need in the event [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R – First Look Meet the lightest, fastest, most racebike-like middleweight on the market.
You asked for it. And you’d better have meant it. Because now you’re getting it. Market research and recent sales trends indicate that sportbike riders crave the raciest motorcycles possible. So with each passing year, high-end sport models become less like everyday streetbikes and more like racebikes and trackbikes. That’s quite evident in the 2009 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Looking for a small first bike but can’t seem to find anything that fits your…well, your you? You consider little cruisers kinda dorky, scooters dorkier yet, sporty bikes someone else’s cup of two-wheel tea, and small dual-purpose bikes just a little too, you know, four-wheel-drive pickup. Sounds like you need a Honda Nighthawk. It’s a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)