Riding Skills – Brake Control

The next time you think about your motorcycle walk over to it and do this five-minute drill. Doing this drill will reduce your chances of crashing, improve your bike’s handling, and help your have better control with the most powerful component on your motorcycle.

How to have a cooler head!

We have all heard that old “scientific fact” that we lose 80% of our body heat through our heads. In truth it is closer to 50% when we are exercising. Elevated heart rate, increased respiratory activity all contribute to more heat lost through your scalp. 

4 Tips on How to Group Ride The Right Way

I’m such a hypocrite. I wrote a post about “Why I Don’t Group Ride” and then immediately left on a trip to do a tire launch that was a group ride. So much for sticking to my rules. It’s part of the job, however, so here are some pointers if you are going to go […]

Adding Power to the 2014 Ténéré

As many of you know we have done a lot of work to our Yamaha Ténéré. It’s the basis for a lot of parts, luggage, seat, and tire reviews. While it has been a great work horse for us, it still needed a bit more grunt. With that in mind, we changed a few parts […]

Staying Warm on a Budget

News flash: winter is coming. For those fortunate few who live in Southern California, Florida, and the southwestern United States, this means 60 degree weather. Oh, the horror! For the rest of us it means snow shovels, sleet, salted roads and freezing temperatures. If you are slightly off-kilter like me you keep riding anyway. I […]

How To: Brake Pads

Brake lever getting soft? Bike not stopping as quickly? Time for new brakes? The answer is most likely yes. Depending on how many miles your motorcycle has you may also need some new rotors and a change of brake fluid. I am going to focus on choosing the right brake pads for your riding style and […]

Being a Motorcycle Mentor

What does it mean to be a mentor? Webster’s defines a mentor as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person”. That’s a great starting point but doesn’t really give the whole story. Mentoring is more than just telling someone what to do, how to do it, […]

Restoring an Old Motorcycle (IE: Working on Junk)

Working on old bikes can be cathartic. It can also add way more stress to your life. Today started off very cathartic and turned very stressful. I have been working on a friends 1995 DR125SE for, well forever it feels like. I got it not running and in mostly finished condition months ago. A little […]

Project Scrambler Performance Upgrade

Project Scrambler received the first performance upgrade this week.  We fitted the Arrow 2 into 1 high pipe that is sold as an accessory through Triumph. Removal of the old exhaust is not hard but did require more work than expected.  The real trick was having to loosen the front oil cooler to give clearance […]