Helmet Quick-Release Buckle How-To

Helmet Quick-Release Buckle How-To

Last updated on August 15th, 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. That especially includes your helmet. There’s nothing worse than speeding off into the sunrise on a motorcycle…only to stop on the side of the road minutes later to fasten your helmet. All because you can’t buckle up the D-Rings with gloves on while riding. Thankfully, there’s a fix for that. Here’s how to add a helmet quick-release buckle to any helmet.
Project Specs:

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

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Motorcycle Horn Upgrade – Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650

Motorcycle Horn Upgrade - Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650

Last updated on June 28th, 2018

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a fan of loud horns. And if you’ve clicked, I’m guessing you might also have the same guilty vice. So when I passed on from my beloved 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS (with its Hella Supertones) to a new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS, you can be sure a motorcycle horn upgrade was somewhere on the To-Do list. This is that. After all, there’s nothing like scaring the bejeezus out of someone trying to merge in to you with a 139db air horn, is there?

To be honest, I was perfectly happy with my Hellas. But it was annoying to have two separate horns to install and wire. This time I was curious about going with a pneumatic air horn like the Stebel Nautilus. As opposed to your typical piezoelectric horn, like the OEM model or the Hellas. Hopefully it would be louder than the Hellas, too. While I had my doubts, eventually I was able to find a viable spot and mounting solution for the horn on this bike. Here I’m going to go over the motorcycle air horn upgrade process.

I based this motorcycle horn upgrade DIY on the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650. That makes this How-To equally applicable to the Kawasaki Z650. Nonetheless, even if you’re looking to install a Stebel Nautilus Air Horn on any vehicle, you might find some inspiration here.

Project Specs:

Difficulty: Intermediate
Tool Requirements: Intermediate
Time: A weekend project
Cost: 40$ Approx. Continue reading “Motorcycle Horn Upgrade – Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650”

Kawasaki Motorcycle USB Charger for Phones & GPS

Kawasaki Motorcycle USB Charger for Phones & GPS

Last updated on June 15th, 2018

Many new models of motorcycles from Kawasaki now (finally!) come prewired for a “bolt-on” motorcycle USB charger! While installing a USB Charger (or 12v port) isn’t all that complicated of an install on any motorcycle, it can be hard to locate a suitable location, as well as finding a switched 12v wire with sufficient current capability. Thankfully, Kawasaki now takes care of the electrical and location part of the equation for us! The only thing left is to install the charger, so let’s do it!

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 Hours
Cost: 15$

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Motorcycle Oil Change How-To – Ninja 650

Motorcycle Oil Change How-To - Ninja 650

Last updated on June 5th, 2018

In this motorcycle oil change DIY I’m going to take a look at changing the oil on the 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 650It is also exactly the same process for the 2017 Kawasaki Z650. Thankfully, on these models changing the oil is easier than ever! Mostly thanks to an open bottom that makes it unnecessary to remove any fairings at all. While we are at it, we are also going to install an oil drain valve making future oil changes even quicker and cleaner.

Let’s begin!

Project Specs

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Easy
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Ram Mount Motorcycle Phone Holder for Smartphones

Ram Mount Motorcycle Phone Holder on 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Last updated on October 9th, 2018

There are plenty of ways to mount a phone holder to a motorcycle. But not all are equal. If you’re looking for a reliable smartphone mount, as OEM looking as possible, that leaves the phone in a symmetrical, stable position, this is as good as it gets. At least on anything smaller than a Gold Wing. What’s better, it’s easy and cheap to do. If you are looking for the best way to professionally mount your smartphone to your bike, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to see how to install a Ram Mount motorcycle phone holder on the 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 650.

Project Specs

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Easy-Intermediate
Time: Less than 1 hour

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DIY: Fake Dummy Alarm for Motorcycles

DIY Fake Dummy Alarm for Motorcycles

Last updated on June 5th, 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. To do so, here I’m going to show you how to make your own fake dummy alarm for motorcycles.

Project Specs

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 hours
Cost: 10$ (Approx.)

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Motorcycle Brake Light Modulator DIY Install

Motorcycle Brake Light Modulator for the Kawasaki Ninja 650

Last updated on June 5th, 2018

Motorcycling is inherently dangerous. And part of that is due to reduced visibility. Everything we can do to tip the scale in our favor helps: high-viz gear, riding with the headlight/high-beam on, loud mufflers… Finally, one thing that can help raise safety via increased visibility is a motorcycle brake light modulator! Especially with drivers who like to get a little too close at red lights. It’s a cheap little device that pulsates your brake light to make it more salient and obvious. Here I’m going to run you through the steps to install it.

Project Specs

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 Hours
Cost: 2-15$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Brake Light Modulator DIY Install”

Custom Motorcycle Hip Armor from D3O

Custom motorcycle hip armor with D3O

Last updated on June 16th, 2018

So sometime ago, I upgraded some Kevlar jeans to give them maximum protection in a casual looking package. Among the upgrades was a custom tailbone protector. Though I looked around for a commercial option first, apparently no one sold standalone, CE rated tailbone protectors. I decided the cheapest and easiest way to get one would be to cut up a cheap  D3O CE Level 1 Back Protector and use that. With the material I had left over, I made some custom motorcycle hip armor for some other riding jeans I hadThis is that. Surprisingly, the result was so good that these days I’d rather do it again than buy the commercial solutions. To see how I did it, keep reading. Continue reading “Custom Motorcycle Hip Armor from D3O”

Dash Turn Signal LED Indicator Fix

Fix - Dash Turn Signal LED Fix

Last updated on September 17th, 2018

Do you have issues with the turn signal indicator on the dash glowing steadily, despite your turn signals blinking properly? After installing all LED turn signal bulbs on my 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300, I encountered this problem. Thankfully, I was able to solve it. It was even easier and cheaper than I would have expected. Keep reading to see the dash turn signal LED indicator fix that worked for me. Hopefully, it should work for you too, regardless of what bike you ride. Or vehicle, for that matter.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 hours
Cost: 0.10-5$ Continue reading “Dash Turn Signal LED Indicator Fix”

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Rear Spoiler Install

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Rear Spoiler Install

Last updated on June 5th, 2018

It’s one thing to bolt or stick on accessories, but drilling into your trunk (or any other part of your car’s bodywork for that matter) is not for the faint of heart. This guide is pretty much aimed at giving anybody the confidence to drill their trunk in order to install a Genesis Coupe Rear Spoiler. The OEM, or non-OEM version. If you don’t have a Genesis, than it’s still probably a pretty decent starting point if their isn’t a specific spoiler install tutorial for your vehicle. Continue reading “2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Rear Spoiler Install”