Motorcycle Carbon Fiber Vinyl Ignition Key Scratch Protector

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Last updated on July 10th, 2019

Here’s a quick and easy upgrade if you’re looking for a project to keep busy during Winter. There’s an old saying that on cars, one quick way to judge if it has as many miles as the odometer claims is to look at the condition of the steering wheel. Something similar could be claimed about the area around a motorcycle’s ignition.

One peeve of mine are bikes that have the ignition area all scratched up from keys banging around. It looks bad, and it’s avoidable. Using cheap carbon fiber vinyl we’re gonna make a custom key scratch protector for motorcycles. This 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650) is today’s victim. Enjoy!

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Permanent Roadside Motorcycle Tire Repair Kit with Dynaplug

Permanent Roadside Motorcycle Tire Repair with Dynaplug Kit

Last updated on April 1st, 2020

Nothing sucks more than the feeling you get when you hop on your bike, start the engine and give it a few revs…only to notice something feels odd when you try to back it out. Yup, you’ve got a flat tire. As much as that will ruin anyone’s day, thankfully it’s pretty quick and easy to take care of. Here’s how to permanently repair a flat motorcycle tire with a Dynaplug Tire Repair Kit. Let’s start!

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Motorcycle Detailing: How to Clean a Motorcycle

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Last updated on April 15th, 2019

I’m a stickler for motorcycle detailing, so I’ve spent a lot of time trying out different motorcycle cleaning products until I’ve found what I like best. Be it a bike wash shampoo or motorcycle wax, use them enough and you’ll develop a preference. While motorcycles don’t have all that much paintwork, they have more surface types and materials than many cars. Be it chrome, rubber, vinyl or plastic, you shouldn’t treat them all the same. That’s why here I’m going to go over how to clean a motorcycle for the best shine and longevity.

Keep reading to see how it matches your washing routine, or if you use the same motorcycle cleaning products.

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Motorcycle Chain Maintenance – Cleaning & Lube

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance

Last updated on October 16th, 2019

So it’s time to clean and lubricate the chain, huh? It might not be the most glamorous job, but motorcycle chain maintenance is necessary if you want your chain and sprockets to live a long life. Sure, it’s a pretty basic job. But for riders new to DIY motorcycle maintenance this detailed how-to can come in handy. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning and lubing your motorcycle chain. Today we’ll be working on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650/Z650.

Project Specs

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 30 min
Cost: ≈0$
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How to Sell a Used Motorcycle

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Last updated on November 30th, 2019

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 (congratulations!), financial difficulties or something else entirely. Here’s how to sell a used motorcycleWhile selling a vehicle isn’t difficult per se, there are definitely tips and steps that no one tells you in advanceI’m going to go over, step by step, the process I used to sell my motorcycle. I’ll cover my actual experience selling the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS sport bike pictured above.

Selling a motorcycle can be a hassle. Hopefully this guide 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 December 10th, 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 Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. The process and part are exactly the same for the 2017+ Kawasaki Z650. While it’s one of the easier Ninja 650 mods and upgrades, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand. Here’s how to install a motorcycle fork stabilizing brace on a sport bike.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
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Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment

Last updated on June 1st, 2019

Next to tire pressure and chain lubricationmotorcycle chain adjustment is among the most ignored simple maintenance tasks. Even though chain tension (slack) and rear wheel alignment is a major factor for the longevity of both the chain and tire. Not to mention the motorcycles handling, as well as basic safety. To see what happens when a motorcycle chain falls off due to neglecting it, 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 following this process. Continue reading “Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment”

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Last updated on March 17th, 2020

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 December 10th, 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 a Kawasaki Ninja 250. We’ll do so via threading the steering stem bolt. For a more comprehensive guide, see my other Sport bike Smartphone Ram Mount How-ToThe goal is to be able to mount a smartphone holder centered directly on the handlebar. All while keeping it as OEM-looking as possible. Let’s begin.
Project Specs:

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
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How to Lube the Throttle and Clutch Control Cables

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

Last updated on April 19th, 2020

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. Here’s How.

Difficulty: Low
Tool Requirements: Low
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: ≈0$ after the first time

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