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Engine Oil – What do Markings on Tell Us?

Every bottle of engine oil is covered with markings.These markings contain important information.What do these data mean?It goes without saying that choosing the correct engine oil is critical in protecting the engine, besides unlocking its performance.But engine oils are rather specific these days and choosing the right one can be a daunting venture. However, fear not as each bottle (or whatever container they come in) is covered with information. It is this information that tells us if the oil is...

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Battery Problems

Tips for Battery Maintenance a.k.a. Avoid Being Stranded Next to a Cemetery at NightHere are some tips for motorcycle battery maintenance.DO NOT take the battery for granted.We’ve also put together a collection of smart chargers you can consider.We’ve previously published articles on how a motorcycle battery work and why they die (eventually). Let’s get down to battery maintenance in this instalment.Read: Motorcycle Battery: How it WorksRead: Motorcycle Battery: Why Does it Die?Honestly, my biggest worry is always about a dead battery whenever...

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Helmet Differences

Supersport versus Sport-Touring HelmetsIt used to be so easy to choose a type of helmet. There was just one in the 60s, then two in the 70s and all the way into the 80s.There was the all-purpose open-faced helmet, to which riders stuck on a faceshield for roadracing. For off-roading, all the rider did was to remove the faceshield and tack on a longer peak.The full-faced helmet became popular in the late-70s. It provided much better protection to riders since...

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Motorcycle Brands that Started with Other Products (Part 1)

Motorcycle Brands that Started with Other Products (Part 1)From transistors to aircraft engines, these manufacturers may now be household names in the industry, but they started making non-motorcycle-related products.1. TriumphSome senior citizens may remember owning and seeing Triumph-branded bicycles. Triumph began building bicycles in Coventry, England in 1889 before opening another factory in Nuremburg, Germany in 1896. The Triumph brand was started by Siegfried Bettman, a German immigrant to Englad in 1883, after all.Triumph began to look into producing motorcycles...

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5 Tips to Becoming a Better Rider (Part 1)

What is better rider means?We may be mere mortals compared to the MotoGP riders, but that does not mean we should not look to improve our riding skills.Contrary to popular belief, improving one’s skills does not necessarily have to do with racing. Having the proper skills allows us to ride correctly, safely and with confidence. It all adds up to total enjoyment.There are 5 skills that are essential to every rider, regardless of your vocation. These 5 form the tenets...

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What is a Four -Stroke Engine?

There are two common types of power cycles for gasoline engines: Four-stroke and two-stroke. Let’s see how a four-stroke works. There’s also the rotary engine and Atkinson cycle engine, but those are uncommon.First and foremost, an internal combustion engine needs to combust fuel and air. The force from this combustion is transferred to mechanical energy. Hence, an internal combustion engine needs to perform four functions to produce power i.e. intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. As for a four-stroke engine, those...

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Two-Stroke Engine – How it Works

A two-stroke engine has very simple workings.It produces one power stroke for every revolution of the crankshaft.Its simplicity and high specific power output makes it a favourite.Sadly, the two-stroke engine is no more for road-going motorcycles. However, they are still produced for competition use, especially in the off-road arena.OverviewA two-stroke performs the four functions of intake, compression, power and exhaust in one up-stroke and one down-stroke of the piston, within one complete 360o revolution of the crankshaft (1 RPM). Conversely, a...

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What you need to know about Brake Pads?

Brake pads are part of the equation of making your bike stop. Your brake system may be newest and best, but it might as well be a pretty part without brake pads.What do brake pads do?When the rider presses on the brake lever or pedal of a disc brake equipped motorcycle, the brake master cylinder attached to the lever or pedal pressurizes the system and sends hydraulic pressure to the brake caliper(s) at the wheels. The calipers have one or...

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Why every biker should wear Earplugs?

It is alarming that many motorcyclists ride without earplugs. Hearing damage causes discomfort that leads to irritability, negativism and anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression. But worst of all, it could lead to loss of hearing.Unfortunately, hearing damage is progressive. The sufferer will not notice it until it is too late. One symptom is the constant ringing in the ears called tinnitus which is not usually reversible.Hearing damage starts by exposure to sound levels from 85 dB (decibels) for prolonged periods.This...

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Why Should I Replace my Rubber Brake Hoses to Steel Braided Hoses?

Brake hoses are the arteries of your brake system. Their job is to carry the brake fluid that needs to be compressed in order for the brakes to work. How else would that fluid be carried after all, right? But do you know that rubber brake hoses need to be replaced every four years, regardless of their condition? The hoses need to resist large amounts of pressure as the brake fluid has little compressibility. This means the hoses may weaken and start...

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