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

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

Last updated on February 6th, 2020

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 April 1st, 2020

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 April 1st, 2020

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
Time: 20 Minutes –  1 hour Continue reading “Motorcycle Oil Change How-To – Ninja 650”

Ram Mount Motorcycle Phone Holder for Smartphones

Ram Mount Motorcycle Phone Holder on 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Last updated on April 15th, 2019

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 October 16th, 2019

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 April 1st, 2020

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”