backyard mechanic

Brighter future for backyard mechanics?

The future for backyard, independent and even multi-brand motorcycle mechanics may be a little brighter if the coming mandatory data sharing law is widened to include motorcycles. The law will allow owners the freedom to choose their mechanic as well as provide the backyard or independent mechanic access to service and repair information at a …

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Best Tips to Customize Your Motorcycle

(CONTRIBUTED POST FOR NORTH AMERICAN READERS) If you like to customize motorcycles, you should know how to do it properly. Modifications come in many different forms, but you may have to understand a few important basics before you can even start planning a major refinement. Whether it’s adding small details or doing a major makeover, …

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Instrument condensation speedometer

How to remove speedo condensation

Speedometer condensation used to be a common thing on motorcycles and even in some cars, but today’s instruments are much better sealed against moisture. While modern cars have air-conditioning to keep the humidity level down, motorcycle instruments are still exposed to the weather, so they can still be vulnerable. Heavy rain, prolonged high humidity such …

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Best implement for washing your bike

Best implement for washing your bike

After a long ride on some dusty roads over the weekend it’s time to give the bike a thorough washing in all the nooks and crannies, so I always reach for my favourite implement. It’s not a sponge or chamois, but a soft, long-bristle brush like from a normal household dustpan and broom set. You …

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Motoreport app keeps track of motorcycle maintenance

Keep track of motorcycle maintenance

Keeping track of your motorcycle maintenance can be difficult, especially if you are lucky enough to have more than one motorcycle in your garage. When was the last time you changed your bike fluid, cleaned or lubed your chain, or inspected your brake pads? Now you keep track of maintenance on all your bikes with …

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Young motorcycle workshop crew deliver

If you’re a Victorian rider and want to support a young, skilled and energetic motorcycle workshop, try Platinum Motorcycles in Keilor East, Melbourne. Director and owner Louis Grech started off in the motorcycle industry as a 13-year-old helping out Slipstream motorcycles in Sunbury after school and on weekends and a little over a decade later …

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Motorcycle maintenance: Ready for spring

While many of us are lucky – or brave enough – to ride all winter long, some have had to perform ritualistic motorcycle maintenance to hibernate their bikes for the winter and wake them up for spring. Thanks to UK biking experts, Bennetts, we have put together some motorcycle maintenance tips on recommissioning your bike …

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Motorcycle maintenance tips

This motorcycle maintenance advice was provided by the RACQ to help riders keep their bike in good condition which is perhaps the most important factor in safe riding. Keeping your bike in optimum condition: Get to know your motorcycle, read the handbook and make sure you understand its features, servicing requirements and the manufacturer’s advice on how …

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Video guide to pre-ride checks

For your safety and to ensure that your bike is legal to ride, it is advisable to perform a pre-ride check every time you go for a ride. You can read my tips on pre-ride and post-ride checks here. Or you can watch the above video released by the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and …

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