Category: Tuning & Repair

Can a Cafe Racer Go Off-Road? 9 Features Working Against It

Can a Cafe Racer Go Off-Road?

Cafe racers are not meant to go off-road mainly due to their crouched riding position, clinging onto a pair of low handlebars with pronounced pullback and negative height, both of which make you prone to flipping over every time you encounter even the slightest obstacles. Yes, the true adventure of a two-wheeler starts where the road ends, but these customized, classic lightweight standard motorcycles fall a bit short because they also lack the fenders, suspension, ground clearance, and tires for it. The truth is that cafe racers are purposefully built for urban street riding (but, personally, I wouldn’t choose to ride a cafe racer for more than 3 hours as aesthetics take precedence over comfort), emphasizing power, speed, and agility reminiscent of sport bikes, with

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Why Are Motorcycle Engines So Powerful? A Comparison of Torque Output Between Bikes and Cars, With Real-World Examples

Why Are Motorcycle Engines So Powerful?

It’s amazing the number of drivers who think their cars can pull off faster than a motorcycle from idle at a stop light. The truth is any decent bike is quicker off the line than your average car. Don’t get me wrong, cars rule the freeway realm. But our torque monsters, say, the little Kawasaki Ninja 300, can churn out short bursts of supercharged power for mind boggling acceleration. As long as the next light is less than 10 seconds away, you are getting thrashed by the baby Ninja. And no, not you Teslaholics, I am addressing the petrolheads here. Now, let me give you an itty-bitty education on — Why are motorcycle engines so powerful? Motorcycles are powerful because they have a much higher

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What Does a CDI Box Do

What Does a CDI Box Do?

The Brains of Your Motorcycle: The CDI Box The CDI box is known by many names, including pulse box, CDI module, power pack, igniter box, brain module, and if you want to get all X files, the black box. If your motorcycle was manufactured during or since the 1980s, then chances are it has a CDI box, and it’s a pretty key piece of equipment. In fact, without one it’s unlikely you’ll get your motor running, let alone get out on the highway, looking for adventure. What Does a CDI Box Do? What is a CDI Box? CDI stands for Capacitor Discharge Ignition. The CDI box is a key part of your motorcycle’s ignition, pretty much taking control of the ignition process. A capacitor is

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What should you not wash a motorcycle with

What Should You Not Wash a Motorcycle With?

What should you not wash a motorcycle with?  Quite a few things in fact. Over the years of dealing with motorcycles, we have learned that regular washing is critical for a healthy bike as it helps in maintenance for prolonged life and service. It also allows you to check your bike for wear, and damage, such as oil leakages. Mud, road salt, grime, dirt bugs, and other dirt on your bike can damage the finishing and cause wear and tear to major components. You should, however, know how to wash your beloved machine right to provide the necessary care and avoid damaging it.  Certain cleaning items can damage your motorcycle’s paint, plastic, and metal parts. Avoid cleaning the bike while still hot, using non- motorcycle

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Can You Leave Gas in the Motorcycle Over Winter

Can You Leave Gas in the Motorcycle Over Winter? Find Out Here!

Packing in motorcycles for the winter is a little like grandma’s good ol’ medicinal soup recipe, every seasoned biker has this whole routine, and they all sort of “work.” You will hear all kinds of crazy tales, some of which are nothing short of superstition being floated around in biker circles. Equally, there are some useful takeaways from every conversation with a group of riders, and one of the questions that come up iteratively in autumn is can you leave gas in the motorcycle over winter? Don’t empty your bike’s fuel tank when storing it for the winter. Contrary to common misconception, an empty tank is a den of rust and corrosion and dried-out seals. Keep things wet and fresh with at least 90% fuel

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How Long Can a Motorcycle Sit Without Starting

How Long Can a Motorcycle Sit Without Starting?

Whether you are worried about resting your motorcycle for a couple of off-season months or want one that has been sitting for years, the thousand-dollar question is, will it run? Well, it obviously depends on each bike’s temperament, but there are limits that must not be broken, or just about any machine won’t run! And so, the question remains — how long can a motorcycle sit without starting? A motorcycle can generally sit idle for up to 4 weeks (a month) or so without any tweaks, but when properly winterized and stored in an ideal space, it can sit for between 90 days (one season) up to two years (24 months). The devil is always in the details, or in this case, the waiting. Let’s

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Which Motorcycle Has Reverse Gear

Which Motorcycle Has Reverse Gear?

The majority of motorcycles don’t have a reverse gear. Instead, when in neutral, you will need to manually walk the bike backward or spin it around. But there are exceptions to this rule, as some motorcycles are designed with a reverse gear assist mechanism due to their heavy and bulky build. Here are my examples of motorcycles with a reverse gear: Honda Goldwing series (GL1800 Goldwing and Goldwing DCT/Tour/Tour DCT/Tour Airbag DCT models only) BMW K1200LT All Ural sidecar motorcycles (Baikal Limited Edition, CT Around Town Weekender, Gear Up Off-Road Adventurer etc.) BMW R 18 Yamaha Star Venture TC BMW K1600 series (K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, K 1600 B, and K 1600 Grand America) Others: Piaggio MP3 500 trike, certain Moto Guzzi models,

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How Long Does It Take to Charge a Motorcycle Battery Fully?

Motorcycles are a big investment, both in money and time. Any rider will want to know How long it takes to charge a motorcycle battery fully. It’s important to have the correct battery charger for your bike to continue riding when the power goes out or you run out of charge. You need to ensure that the battery charger you choose has the right features and can deliver a constant charge current at the best possible speed. To Charge a Motorcycle Battery Fully Will Take Between 4 Hours and up to 24 hours. A fresh new 12-volt lead-acid battery will take 5 – 8 hours to charge up to 70% on a constant-current charge. The remaining 30% will take another 7–10 hours before it is

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What Happens If I Put Incorrect Gas in My Adventure Bike?

You may have accidentally filled up your tank with the wrong gas if you misread the type of fuel at the pump or let another person fill up your bike. It could happen to the best of us, but what are the real consequences? Is it too late to save your adventure bike, or is there a way to fix a fueling error like this? Incorrectly filled bikes may knock, smoke excessively, or suffer internal damage depending on the engine and the gas used. But it’s not the end of the world if you by chance fill up your bike with the wrong fuel (and you’re not alone). Consider what will happen in various situations and how you can respond as well as the best

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