Should I Replace Both Motorcycle Tires at the Same Time?

No, if the front has enough tread life then it doesn’t need to be replaced with the rear. If however, it has any physical damage or is over 5 years from its date of manufacturer it should be replaced along with the rear. Most seasoned touring riders replace the front every second rear tire change. …

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Do I Need a Large Motorcycle for Long Distance Touring?

Do you really need a full-sized motorcycle to enjoy serious long-distance touring? The quick answer is a no, not at all.  There are many capable and proven mid-sized bikes available. And a mid-sized motorcycle may just fit you better and be more suitable for your style of touring. Popular Mid-Sized Touring Choices Yamaha V Star 950cc Touring Edition …

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16 Uncommon Motorcycle Touring Safety Tips

1. When driving at night and you get blinded by an oncoming traffic glare, close one eye. Alternate between eyes. This gives the closed eye receptors a chance to recover from over-stimulation. The same trick can be used if you encounter extremely dusty or sandy conditions. It’s better to always have one eye “in reserve” than …

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How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Roadside Assistance Plan?

Motorcycle road assistance is a road program that provides all mechanic road solutions for your motorcycle. It offers services depending on the plan you have subscribed to. The benefits are available at any time you need them. In case of any mechanical breakdown, your motorcycle will be repaired, and undoubtedly, you will be back on …

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17 Practical WINTER Motorcycle Projects

Winter for most of us means putting away the bike and dreaming of spring. For those of us without a heated workspace, the wait is extra-long. To make the most use of this off-season I looked around and found 17 ideas for useful winter projects that will keep you in the game and coming out …

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Best Year for a Used Gold Wing & Which to Avoid?

Best and Worst Year for a Used Gold Wing

Most people have said that the Honda Gold Wing is a bulletproof motorcycle. But some years weren’t so good. Most owners of the Honda Gold Wing say the experience is overwhelmingly positive, but it may be smart to know which models you should avoid if you are looking for a Honda Gold Wing. What Year …

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Essential Guide to Finding a Great Touring Motorcycle

You’re looking for a “touring motorcycle”, but with so many models, features, and available accessories, new or used – where do you even start?  I found myself going from one “perfect choice” to the next, jumping all over and even looping back to where I started! So, I decided to go through my selection process …

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Motorcycle Touring – Staying Safe & Secure On the Road

Touring safely and securely begins with understanding the most common challenges and risks. Then planning, preparing and actively avoiding or reducing the chances of the most common problems occurring. And finally, having a response ready if something does happen. Since it is impossible to plan for every scenario, focusing on the most probable events and situations …

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Which Harley Davidson Is the Best for Touring?

Harley Davidson’s FLH touring series has been around since 1965 and still dominates the large bore touring market. I wanted to know which year and model was “The Best”. So, I went over every engine design, major frame, and suspension upgrade and looked at the model packages offered since 1965. So what year and model …

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Privately Sell Your Motorcycle for the BEST Price!

If you want to sell your motorcycle fast AND for the best price, you have to do more than a quick clean up and slap a for sale on it. I go over the best way to judge the market, set your price and get a quick sale at the price you want. It’s not …

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ABS Brakes on a Touring Motorcycle?

Are ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) brakes really a leap forward or just another technical complexity used to sell the most current motorcycle models? More important to the average rider, are ABS-equipped motorcycles safer than standard braking? Yes, the facts are clear, ABS brakes prevent accidents and are worth the extra cost and added complexity. When you …

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Motorcycle Wobble & Weave, What it is and How to Fix

Handlebar wobble is not a pleasant experience, it can be just annoying to downright dangerous. Wobbles generally occur under 45 mph and are easy to get out of – just hold the bars firmly and slow down. But weaves are different. A weave occurs at higher speeds, typically over 70 mph. The entire motorcycle oscillates around …

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How Much Weight Can My Motorcycle Carry?

Motorcycle Weight Limit

Most motorcycles have a weight limit from 350lbs to 450lbs or more or less, depending on model type. Use this simple math to calculate your motorcycle’s weight limit capacity:  Motorcycle Weight Limit = GVWR – Wet Weight Your motorcycle’s manufacturer provides a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for each model. Take the GVWR, subtract the …

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Motorcycle Compression Testing – How to Avoid False Results

Compression testing is a basic measurement of the mechanical health of your engine. Errors and faults usually are caused by incorrect tools or faulty procedures. In almost all cases incorrect readings will result in lower than actual numbers. Do not rely on compression test results by themselves. Before doing mechanical work do a thorough investigation …

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How to Find Quality Used Motorcycle Parts

Everyone likes to save money, and get a “good deal”. In the end, a good deal means you are getting the most value for your money. Finding quality used parts takes more time and has more risks than buying new, but you can save big. In this post, I cover everything you should know before …

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How to Go Motorcycle Touring on a Budget & Enjoy It!

I prefer to think of “on a budget” as getting the best value for my money, not being as cheap as possible or going without. With that in mind, I put together this post of how to make your money go farther on the road, but still totally enjoy the experience. Boiling it down to the basics, …

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Motorcycle Cruise Control: Is it a DIY Upgrade?

Yes, you can add cruise control it is a simple do-it-yourself job. Several designs are available but they all operate to mechanically hold the throttle grip in a set position. This provides basic cruise control functionality, although a lot less sophisticated than OEM units they do a good job. While there are many clever designs, …

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23 Interesting Honda Gold Wing Facts

The Honda Gold Wing is an icon in the motorcycle touring world. The Gold Wing was introduced in 1975 Honda. It made a big impact then and has continued to provide features and options that touring riders love and have now come to expect. This post is a quick run through of some very interesting, …

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