August 25, 2011
Filed Under (Motorcycle Oil Filters) by oiladmin
But using quality motorcycle oil in conjunction with a poor quality or cheap motorcycle oil filter isn’t the best practise, although it is a common one.
Choose a good quality motorcycle oil filter in combination with quality oil and your bikes engine will run sweeter for longer, and best of all even a top quality motorcycle oil filter can be bought for very low cost, changing your motorcycles oil filter at home takes less than an hour, this means you could change your oil and filter more often rather than sending your bike to a dealer once a year.
A good motorcycle oil filter is worth it’s weight in gold, the deiverence in filtration is amazing between a premium filter and a budget motorcycle oil filter.
(although a new budget oil filter is better than one thats been on your bike for years)
Branded Biker stock an extensive range of quality motorcycle oil filters and well below dealer prices, why not order a couple at a time and have a spare oil filter ready for your next oil change.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Evans Brasfield
Indian’s recently introduced Roadmaster may be stealing all of the headlines, but the motorcycle company isn’t stopping there. The Indian event schedule for 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is packed with events designed to capture the attention of Indian owners and possibly create some new Indian owners.
As one would expect, Indian will have its entire model line available for the public to lust for and fondle at the Indian Motorcycle Display at 3rd and Lazelle. Additionally, demo rides will be available at Exit 30 of Interstate 90 in Sturgis. Noted customizer Roland Sands will be at the Buffalo Chip on Sunday August 3rd (appx 9:30–10:30 pm) to unveil a new custom bike on the stage between concerts.
Land speed fans will be excited to learn that John Munro, Son of legendary Indian Motorcycle racer Burt Munro, will attend the festivities to share with fans the “stories of his father’s travels, exploits and dedication to his beloved 1920 Indian Scouts.” Munro has endeavored to maintain his father’s legacy by creating the Munro Challenge in his home country, New Zealand. Munro will also see the Indian tribute motorcycle, “Spirit of Munro,” at the event. Additionally, Munro will also premier the ”Munro Collection of Apparel.” Meet John Munro at the following locations:
Motorcycle art lovers will want to stop by the Indian Motorcycle Display area to see Lee Bivens complete a painting portraying the introduction of the 2014 Indian Motorcycle model line. This piece, commissioned by Indian Motorcycles, will be donated to theSturgis Motorcycle Museum during the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame breakfast on August 7th. Fans can meet Bivens at the Indian display at the following times:
Other activities at the Indian Motorcycle display include: Indian apparel and accessories, the American Motordrome which features vintage Indian 101 Scouts and claims to be “the most authentic ‘Wall of Death’ show on tour.” For more information, visitIndian’s website or the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Evans Brasfield
We know we’re preaching to the choir, here, but motorcycles suffer from a visibility problem out on the mean streets of the world. With car drivers having an ever-increasing number of distractions fighting for their immediate attention, riders need to find ways to reach through the visual clutter and grab drivers’ attention. Brake light modulators have been around for a while and have provided many variations of pulsing and flashing the brake light and/or turn signals. These attract attention to a slowing motorcycles and are a good thing.
Until GearBrake, however, these brake light modulators have depended on the rider applying the brakes to start flashing. GearBrake’s patent-pending design detects deceleration from any cause – be it rolling off the throttle, downshifting, rolling over an errant gopher, you name it! This is important because, as more and more people grow up driving nothing but fuel-efficient automatic transmissions that basically freewheel when the gas pedal is released, drivers are less familiar with engine braking. So, when GearBrake detects deceleration, it flashes the bike’s brake light.
To see the product in action, take a look at GearBrake’s video.
The Louisville, KY company has already attracted the attention of the Kentucky Innovation Network Office, which selected GearBrake to represent the Louisville region in the statewide Kentucky Angel Investors Network competition scheduled for later this year.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Gabe Ets-Hokin
“Oh, yeah!” came the soft English accent through my phone’s speaker. “Looks like you seized a piston! I’ll fix it right up for ya.”
That sounds like bad news, sure, but you know you’ve hit rock bottom when such a pronouncement from famed machinist Mike Crowther of the Engine Dynamics Company is good news. Yeah, you know what I mean, sucker. “Whew!” I thought. “At least the rods are okay! I really got off easy that time!” Hey what’s $500 and eight hours sitting on a garage floor if it gets me another 900 miles of slow, uncomfortable, bad-handling riding? Cheap at twice the price.
We have different, much-lower standards of performance and reliability for vintage bikes, not unlike how we treat three-legged dogs or the children of celebrities. Hey, needing new pistons and all the expensive, time-consuming work that goes along with installing them is “no big deal,” according to my dirty-fingered gearhead buddies. But if I owned a Ninja 250 that needed new slugs, my first call would be to a local salvage yard to see if they wanted a free parts bike. “It’s parked in the left-hand median between the Cesar Chavez exit and the 280 split. The keys are in it, but I’ll mail you the title and the drain plug, which I just found in the litterbox.”
You won’t make that call about a vintage bike. Oh, no. That would be too merciful. The value of a 1970-ish CB350 when it’s in pieces on the floor of said dirty-fingered friend’s garage is probably about 73 cents more than a seized 2002 Kawasaki EX250, but can you put a pricetag on emotional value? On all the hours spent driving around picking up parts, all the keystrokes and mouseclicks wasted, all the endless hand-wringing about what carburetor size to order?* Can you put a value on all the times you had to ask your spouse to drive you and your motorcycle somewhere (or, more likely, home from somewhere)? It’s better that you don’t, unless you want to lie awake wondering why you own something that cost more than a Lamborghini Gallardo with the performance of a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon.
If you are nodding your head while reading this, it’s possible you’ve got Vintage Bike Cognition Disorder. You may think you’re being perfectly rational when you spend $500 to rebuild a motor with the same camshaft and big-bore kit you used last time, because there’s no way it’ll burn the exhaust valve a third time, not if it knows what’s good for it. Classic VBCD. Currently, there is no treatment for this very serious condition, but at least we’ve finally got an excuse for this irrational and self-destructive condition. We may even qualify for State Disability and handicap plates.
You may be surprised to read (or not, if you’re a follower of mental-health news) that the American Psychiatric Association will be including VBCD in the upcoming DSM-VI. Here is the proposed diagnostic listing:
Vintage Bike Cognition Disorder
Vintage Bike Cognition Disorder is characterized by more than one vintage-motorcycle buying decision. There are three types of VBCD:
1. VBCD 1 Disorder, in which the primary symptom presentation is manic, or rapid (daily) episodes of riding and depression.
2. VBCD 2 Disorder, in which the primary symptom presentation is recurrent depression accompanied by occasional riding episodes (a milder state in which the symptoms are not severe enough to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning or need for hospitalization, but are sufficient to be observable by others, especially the guy at the parts counter).
3. Motorcyclothymic Disorder, a chronic state of cycling between riding and depressive episodes that do not reach the diagnostic standard for VBCD (APA, 2000, pp. 388–392). This is mostly observed in owners of later-model vintage motorcycles, especially BMW /5 series and newer. This includes all Sportster models.
Riding episodes are characterized by:
A. A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 15 miles (or any distance if hospitalization is necessary).
B. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted and have been present to a significant degree:
(1) Increased self-esteem or grandiosity, especially after watching “Cafe Racer” on Discovery channel.
(2) Decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only three hours of sleep), especially on Sunday mornings.
(3) More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking about nickel-plating or wheel building.
(4) Distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli, especially if combined with purchasing pipe wrap).
(5) Increase in goal-directed activity (like attending an annual vintage ride) or psychomotor agitation, although this may be caused by the vibration inherent in pre-unit Twins.
(6) Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences, including riding a vintage motorcycle more than 25 miles in a week, operating a high-speed wire wheel drunk, or eating at Waffle House.
VBCD-related Depression is characterized by:
Depressed mood most of the day for more days than not, for at least two years (or duration of a single project, not exceeding 27 years), and the presence of two or more of the following symptoms that cause clinically significant impairment in social, work, or other important areas of functioning:
1. Posting to vintage-bike discussion groups even if the subject lacks an operable vintage motorcycle.
2. Insomnia caused by late-night internet shopping for parts.
3. Low energy or fatigue due to hand-polishing aluminum while watching the Locomotive Channel.
4. Low self-esteem related to driving a Toyota Camry to the BSA club’s monthly breakfast.
5. Poor concentration or difficulty making rational decisions (i.e. should I sell my Norton?).
6. Feelings of hopelessness, especially when kick-starting a vintage Single.
There is no known treatment. On occasions, victims have been distracted for sustained periods by liberal applications of fun, inexpensive, easy-to-ride motorcycles, especially if the subject is denied access to friends with trailers or vans. More often, and sadly, the condition persists for years, until the patient is either broke, divorced, or passes out and suffocates under a pile of old magazines. Some sufferers transition to Fantasy Motorcycle Ownership Disorder, where they self-identify as the owner of a motorcycle that hasn’t run since they were in high school.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from VBCD, call the National Center for Motorcyclists and Snowmobilers Mental Health at 734/205-0555. You can also donate to assist the NCMSHB – cash, Paypal, check, credit card or motorcycle parts, especially valve-stem guides for a 1957 or 1958 Triumph Cub.
*If you need to know which carburetor size you should order for your 1968-1974 CB350, try this handy formula I developed through many months of trial and error: measure the manifold opening in millimeters and multiply that number by the number of hours you’ve spent worrying whether you’ll order the wrong size, then divide by the number of hours it will take you to figure out how to install them using the crappy cables, adapters and air filters you’ll get with the kit and multiply by 1,000. Write a check for that amount to your favorite charity and sell the bike.
Gabe Ets-Hokin is a freelance motorcycle journalist who has been fired by some of the best publications in the industry. His opinions are not the opinions of Motorcycle.com or any rational, thinking being or entity. He asserts that satire is a defense to libel; sadly, he is unaware that what he writes isn’t really that funny.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by motorcycle - Yahoo! Search Results
There is only one place on the planet where you can find the MISS GEICO Boat, The Lucas NHRA Dragster, Paul Jr. Military Tribute Bike and the #13 GEICO NASCAR driven by Casey Mears all in one location.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Troy Siahaan
Harley-Davidson is kicking off the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a full arsenal of activities and events that will electrify all motorcycle enthusiasts.
The highly anticipated rally runs from Saturday, August 2 through Saturday, August 9. With activities, rides and demos scheduled throughout the week, Harley-Davidson created a free mobile app to help attendees navigate all the action. Harley-Davidson will also showcase Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, along with its brand-new Street 750 motorcycle. The former is especially important as The Motor Company looks to gauge consumer feedback about an electric motorcycle with a Harley badge.
To help navigate the full week of Harley-Davidson activities, attendees can download the new free H-D mobile Sturgis event app. The app features the complete Harley-Davidson Sturgis event schedule, maps, H.O.G. experiences, a dealer locator, plus optional push notification updates with the latest info riders need to get the most out of Sturgis. Fans can search H-D Events Sturgis on iTunes or GooglePlay to download the app, and use #sturgis to share their experiences.
Harley-Davidson also will rock two different event locations during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Black Hills Harley-Davidson (I-90 Exit 55, north of Rapid City) and 3rd & Lazelle Street (Downtown Sturgis) – where fans can enjoy a variety of free activities and entertainment, including:
Black Hills Harley-Davidson (I-90 Exit 55, north of Rapid City):
Fans can visit Black Hills Harley-Davidson to demo the latest and greatest Harley-Davidson motorcycles and MotorClothes:
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Test Rides – Take a free test ride on a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, including the new Project RUSHMORE bikes, LowRider and SuperLow 1200T. Demo registration will close at 4:00 p.m. daily.
Harley-Davidson MotorClothes – Try on the new jackets and even take them for a test ride. All items will be available for immediate purchase.
H-D1 Fit Shop – Come experience the feel of a more comfortable, safer ride and find the perfect seat and handlebar combination.
Project LiveWire – Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle will be on display.
3rd & Lazelle Street (Downtown Sturgis):
Those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere can head to 3rd and Lazelle Street where they’ll find a variety of free activities and entertainment:
Project LiveWire – Feel the power of Project LiveWire – Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle – on JumpStart, a simulated riding experience.
New Motorcycle Stunt Show – Experience the thrilling stunt show three times daily (10 a.m., 1 p.m., & 4 p.m.) produced by Ill Conduct Team.
Weber Mobile Grill Academy – Get a first-hand look at Weber grills and accessories. Weber Experts will be there to answer any questions you may have about grills, grilling techniques, recipes, and all things grilling!
Craftsman Garage Station – Hang out at the Craftsman Garage and check out a variety of products perfect for anyone’s “man cave.”
Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories Display – Check out the latest Harley models equipped with the full line of custom Parts & Accessories.
H.O.G. 31st Global Lounge – Enjoy the unique historical and educational displays as well as live entertainment and complimentary samples of new H-D Road House Meats and beer samples.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) – Support the cause with the purchase of a pin and enter to win a black 2014 Street Glide!
Willie G. and H.O.G. Commemorative Merchandise – Purchase exclusive 2014 Sturgis merchandise.
Women’s Area – Rebel One hosts the Jumpstart Rider Experience and Bike Lift Seminars on how to properly lift a dropped motorcycle. Enter the sweepstakes to win a free riding academy course or rental.
Free Bike Wash – Wash away all the Black Hills dust and dirt at the free bike wash from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Just bring a dirty bike and a little elbow grease.
For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events at the 2014 Sturgis Rally, download the new mobile app or visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.
July 30, 2014
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Troy Siahaan
For the 13th year running, The Dream Ride Experience will pack 1,900 miles of riding into a week-long adventure. All to raise funds and awareness for the special olympics. Started by Mike Bozzuto, CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc., one of New England’s largest food wholesalers; it grew from his dream to raise funds and awareness of intellectually challenged children and adults and to make a substantial contribution to Special Olympics. The ride turned into an international fund raising effort that now spans three countries and 12 states, all for one cause: to celebrate with Special Olympic athletes and to recognize their achievements and efforts to overcome intellectual challenges.
From Australia and Canada and throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, motorcycle and car enthusiasts will join for a 1,900-mile scenic ride that generates excitement, enjoyment and donations to help Special Olympic athletes who will meet the riders along the Dream Ride route. Beginning in West Palm Beach, Florida to Farmington, Connecticut, riders and drivers can join in on various legs of the trip or ride the entire 1,900 miles over six days.
While the ride traverses some of the Eastern US’ most renowned riding territories and will be a dream ride, the real joy for the participants will be the joyful faces of the athletes as they meet the riders at each stop. Sharing awe over the beautiful bikes and cars and relishing the recognition that the riders are traveling to see them–to celebrate their achievements, makes this ride a dream come true for the athletes.
Following the ride, which ends on August 22, there will be two days of motorsports shows, rides and entertainment at the destination, August 23-24.
A celebration, open-to-the-public, Kickoff Event on Saturday August 16 at the PGA National Resort & Spa provides entertainment, fun, food and pet adoptions as the riders get ready for their Dream Ride. Special Olympic athletes will be there to cheer their friends on their journey.
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