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The Test Ride . . . And How to Get One

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One of the weird things about buying a new motorcycle is buying it before you’ve actually ridden it. This happens a lot with bikes. It almost never happens with a car buy – because it’s contrary to practice and what people expect. With cars, a test drive is obligatory, part of the process. In fact,…

Mouse Makes Home in KL250 Air Box

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Just before “Winter Storm Pax” (someone hand me a ball peen hammer so I can bash in the skull of the cretin who came up with the idea of giving a name – a stupid-sounding name – to every week’s weather system) arrived I figured it’d be a good idea to check on my dual-sport,…

Why Ride?

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I’ve never worn colors (not having earned them) but I do ride – and because of this, I believe I share kinship on a fundamental with the 1 percenters. They get it. So do I. So does anyone who regularly throws a leg over. It doesn’t have to be a Harley, either. So long as…

Motorcycle Maintenance Should Do’s

If you’re new to bikes, you may not be hip to some of the routine checks – and adjustments – that are important to do (and keep track of). These include: * Chain tension (and lubrication) – If your bike has a chain, it is important to keep it properly tensioned – as well as…

Unnatural Disaster Strike Again

A mile-high tidal wave could not do more damage to human beings than the unnatural force called government. In terms of outright mass murder – line ‘em up at the edge of the ditch and mow ‘em down – government has no equal. Jeffrey Dahmer – America’s most prolific serial killer-cannibal – got maybe 40…

Fork Oil Change How-To (and Why-To)

A fairly simple, fairly easy-to-do routine maintenance chore that’s sometimes not done routinely is changing out the fork oil in a bike’s front forks. It’s a job that’s easy to neglect because it’s easy to not think much about it. The forks are just “there” – and as long as they aren’t leaking and seem…

Two Wheeled vs. Four-Wheeled Worries

You may know all about buying a used car – the things to look for (and watch out for). But how about a used motorcycle? Lots of people who’ve never ridden before  are turning to bikes (especially low-cost used bikes) as a way to save money on the cost of getting around. But what applies…

Poor Man’s Chrome

Chrome is pretty – and pretty expensive. Especially if you’re paying to have stuff plated vs. just buying chrome-plated stuff. Go price what it’ll cost to have a cam cover or fork lowers chromed and you’ll quickly see what I mean. The cost of chrome plating has increased by 50 percent or more since the…