Motorcycle Chain Maintenance – Cleaning & Lube

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So it’s time to clean and lubricate the chain, huh?
It might not be the most glamorous job, but it’s necessary if you want your chain and sprockets to live a long life. It’s a pretty basic job, but if you’re new to DIY motorcycle maintenance or want to see if there are any tips and tricks, keep reading. Today I’ll be cleaning and lubing the chain on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650).

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 30 min
Cost: ≈0$

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How to Sell a Used Motorcycle

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So that time has finally come around, huh?The times they are a changin’ and you need to get rid of your old bike. Either you’ve outgrown it, you’re a new parent, financial difficulties or any other reason. While selling a vehicle isn’t difficult per se, there are definitely tips and steps that get forgotten since it isn’t something you do frequently. Here I’m going to go over, step by step, my actual experience selling the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS pictured above. Hopefully it helps make the job easier for you when the time comes.

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Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650

Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

It’s always nice to spend some quality time with your bike. A cheap and useful way to do that for most sport bikes is installing a Fork Stabilizing Brace. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. While it’s one of the easier modifications, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand.

Keep reading to see if it’s a project you’d like to do to your bike.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 30-50$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650”

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Next to tire pressure and chain lubrication, chain tension (slack) and rear wheel alignment are among the most ignored simple maintenance tasks. This despite it being a major factor for both the longevity of the chain and tire, the motorcycles handling, as well as basic safety. To see what happens when a motorcycle chain falls off due to neglecting it, click here to see a short video. The saddest part is that it could have been totally avoidable with less than an hour of time and a few tools.

Here we’re going to go over how to check the chain slack and adjust chain tension, as well as align the rear tire on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. It would also be exactly the same process on the 2017- Kawasaki Z650. On most modern bikes, the process is extremely similar, so regardless of what bike you ride, you should find some value in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic-intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
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Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Oh, the beauties of motorcycling and biking. While riding on two wheels is among life’s best pleasures, arriving to your destination with several pounds of gear to store most certainly is not. This guide is going to illustrate my custom motorcycle helmet lock. It’s the best way to securely tether your helmet, jacket or other gear to your bike or motorcycle. To boot, it’s quick and cheap to make, and can be custom made for any gear, lock, bike, or situation. 
You can even use the same technique to make a security tether for a Go Pro action camera, to crimp high amperage battery lug cable terminals, to make stainless steel rope balcony barriers, or heavy duty load bearing slings. It really is an awesome and versatile thing to be able to make and skill to have, so I’m sure that you’ll find plenty of future uses for it.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Level: Basic-Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 5$

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Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS

Last updated on May 13th, 2018

This is simply going to be a quick guide on how to make a Ninja 300 phone mount holder for the 2012-2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300. Or Ninja 250. We’ll do so via threading the steering stem boltAlso, it’s probably the perfect solution for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400, too. For a more comprehensive guide, see my other Instructable “Sportbike Smartphone Ram Mount“. The goal is to be able to mount a smartphone holder centered directly on the handlebar.
Project Specs:

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 10$ Continue reading “Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS”

How to Lube the Throttle and Clutch Control Cables

How to Lube the Throttle and Clutch Control Cables on a Motorcycle

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Oh, the joys of motorcycle maintenance. Or is that just something we pretend when bragging to our cager buddies at the bar? I forget. Sometimes it’s just another item on our to do list, and today is one of those days. Taking the time to lube the throttle and clutch control cables on your motorbike is something you should do yearly. Or whenever the throttle starts to stick. Considering the consequences of your throttle or clutch cable locking up or breaking, this is really overlooked way too often. Thankfully, it’s easy and pretty much free to do. It can be intimidating the first time, but there isn’t all that much to it.

Today we’ll be working on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS / Kawasaki Z650, but on most sportbikes these days it’s the exact same process. Actually, it’s pretty much the same regardless of if you’re working on a cruiser, a scooter, a dirt bike or even a lawnmower, so this should have some value for anyone. We’ll also be using the Motion Pro Cable Luber V3, so you can consider this a review of that as well.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Low
Tool Requirements: Low
Time: 1 Hour
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Coban GPS Tracker Alarm Remote Replacement

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

If you have a Coban GPS Tracker alarm, you're definitely going to want to get a replacement before you need it.
If you have a Coban GPS Tracker alarm, you’re definitely going to want to get a replacement before you need it.

Have you installed a Coban GPS Tracker Alarm in your car or motorcycle? If you clicked on this link, you probably have. If that’s the case, I’d really recommend you get a Coban GPS tracker alarm remote replacement for it as soon as you get a chance. While they are excellent cheap alarms, there is virtually no way to replace the remote without the original one. If you lose the original remote, you have to buy and reinstall a completely new GPS tracker. And that doesn’t sound fun at all.

If you have a Coban (or rebranded) GPS tracker and you’re looking for a replacement remote, here we’re going to show you how to make you’re own copy with a generic universal cloning (learning) remote.

Note: This guide is a sidekick to my DIY “Motorcycle GPS Tracker Install With Remote Engine Disconnect“. You might wanna check it out if you’re installing a GPS tracker on your vehicle. Continue reading “Coban GPS Tracker Alarm Remote Replacement”

Motorcycle GPS Tracker Alarm Install with Remote Kill Switch

Motorcycle GPS Tracker Alarm Install with Remote Kill Switch

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Some say that there are only two types of motorcycle riders: Those who have crashed, and those that are going to crash. Others have a similar saying regarding motorcycle theft. Just mention on any forum that you park your motorcycle outside of a condo at night and wait for the comments to pour in on how you are uselessly reckless. I disagree, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t steps we can take to tilt the scale in our favor.

But I’ll be honest with you. Even being experienced enough in automotive and electronic work, installing a feature-packed alarm on a modern car is downright impossible these days. The electronics are way too complicated to be able to do it without the car’s own electronics throwing a hissy fit. Thankfully, for the moment motorcycles are still somewhat accessible and simple enough to make installing an alarm feasible. And given how motorcycles are much more prone to theft, it certainly is a project worth doing.

During this project I’m going to try to walk the reader through the basics of what types of alarms there are, what features they may have, if those features are worth it, and if so, how to implement them. It’s more than most people would ever need (so feel free to skip steps), but hopefully that enough answers are provided so anyone can feel confident enough to do this project on their own.

  • Difficulty: 2-4 out of 5
  • Tool Requirements: 2-3 out of 5
  • Time – Simple Install: A few hours for some, a committed weekend project for most
  • Time – Full Featured Install: 15-20 hours depending on your experience and the vehicle’s complexity
  • Cost: 10-80$

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Helmet Quick-Release Buckle How-To

Helmet Quick-Release Buckle How-To

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

If you’re an ATGATT type of guy then you know how much nicer it is to ride with gear that works with you and not against you – and that especially includes your helmet. There’s nothing worse than speeding off into the sunrise…only to have to park on the side of the road minutes later because you forgot to fasten your helmet and can’t buckle up the D-Rings with gloves on while riding. Extra points if you have to stop your riding group as well.

Once I got used to a micrometric ratchet quick release, there was no going back. It’s unconditionally superior regarding convenience and comfort. Not only can you release your helmet one handed, but it also makes flapping webbing a thing of the past. Another benefit is that since it’s micrometric, it can ratchet into multiple positions like zip ties. You can adjust it exactly how you want it for every single ride with precision, even while riding. And it’s so quick and easy to fasten that I simply can fasten it any time I walk in to a store and carry around my helmet like a basket, grabbing on to the buckled strap as a handle.

The europeans have already seen the light on this feature, since many/most mainstream Euro helmets have a ratcheting buckle. Like our unit system it seems us americans are lagging behind on this one, too. But no worries, there’s a fix for that. In this tutorial we’re going to go over the best way to add a ratcheting quick release to a D-Ring equipped helmet. Let’s Begin.

Project Specs:

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 2-3 Hours
Cost: 5$

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