Why Motorcycle Performance Upgrades Aren’t Worth it

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Last updated on June 8th, 2018

If you checked out my Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list, you might be wondering where are all the engine performance upgrades? I’m going to take a bit of an unconventional stance here.  Currently, on anything that isn’t a top-of-the-line model or a race bike, I think motorcycle performance upgrades aren’t worth it. At least not HP-wise, in any case. Continue reading “Why Motorcycle Performance Upgrades Aren’t Worth it”

D-Rings vs Quick-Release buckles: Are helmet D-Rings Safer?

Last updated on August 15th, 2018

Many motorcycle riders take as gospel that helmet D-rings vs Quick-Release buckles, D-Rings are infinitely safer. But is that true? Namely, are quick-release buckles less safe than D-Rings? I won’t deny that helmet buckle D-Rings are absolutely tried-and-true. However, that doesn’t mean that Quick-Releases are an inferior choice. The question is, is one sacrificing safety for commodity with helmet Quick-Releases? I was skeptical about that. Given the lack of any proof either way, I thought I’d put it to the test.

This all began after installing a DIY quick-release buckle on my helmet. A few emails and tests later, I found some very interesting results. While this post is far from scientific or rigorous (and shouldn’t be taken as such), it does provide some casual insight. If you’ve ever been curious about how helmet D-rings vs quick-release buckles compare safety-wise, keep reading.

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Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?

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Last updated on October 15th, 2018

Most people wouldn’t believe how controversial this topic still is. Should I crimp or solder this connection? Ask this in any forum and you’ll find opponents willing to passionately debate the topic to death.

On one side you’ll find those who will quickly crimp a connection without giving it a second thought and go on with their day. On the other side you’ll find those more than happy to call the first group “hacks” or lazy. They will insist that a soldered connection is much more reliable and has better performance. But who is right? The truth of the matter isn’t that simple. This won’t settle the crimp or solder discussion, but it will provide valuable insight. Continue reading “Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?”

Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?

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Last updated on September 17th, 2018

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools or they’ve rusted. Perhaps they’ve started to bend until the point where it looks like they just might break at any moment. Rather than simply buy whatever is in stock at Home Depot, you actually used that meat between your ears and thought it would be appropriate to look up what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools. Good for you! The only problem is that it would seem like almost no one lists the right spec. Thankfully, here I’m gonna tell you what you should be looking for in the right bolt for spools or sliders. Continue reading “Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?”

International Used Motorcycle Sales: Selling and Shipping Abroad

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Last updated on October 17th, 2018

On its own, selling a motorcycle is daunting if you don’t have experience. Even considering international used motorcycle sales can sound like a recipe for a disaster. But is it? When I had to sell my motorcycle, it ended up sold to an international buyer. And the experience was almost as easy as with any other local buyer. Before totally dismissing the idea of selling and shipping a motorcycle abroad, consider this before concluding it’s a bad idea. Continue reading “International Used Motorcycle Sales: Selling and Shipping Abroad”

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Last updated on October 9th, 2018

There is no need to speak about the risks of motorcycling. Not only is it inherently dangerous given the little protection it provides, but you’re also constantly exposed to the elements with all that that entails. Nonetheless, that only makes the experience even more thrilling and rewarding. As such, a compact motorcycle First Aid Kit (FAK), and the skills to use it, should be a must-have in any rider’s kit. Here I’m going to detail what I carry in my comprehensive First Aid Kit as inspiration for anyone else. As well as some tips. If you have any recommendations or suggestions of your own, I’d be happy to hear about them, too! But first, the prelude. Continue reading “Motorcycle First Aid Kit”

Types of Motorcycle Alarm Systems – The Best Alarm

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Last updated on June 20th, 2018

Most experienced riders know that motorcycle theft and motorcycle accidents have one thing in common – It’s just a matter of time before it happens. Far too many riders out there learn the hard way why it’s important to use motorcycle alarm systems. Most of the time it’s just cheap insurance against theft to use a security system. But if it ever is stolen, a motorcycle tracker is well worth the small cost.

Here I’m going to go over which alarm systems are available, and what their strong a weak points are. Even if you’re looking for a car alarm instead, 90% of this still applies. Keep reading if you want to know which is the best alarm.

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