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Ask a Mechanic: How to Start a Motorcycle Without a Key

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: I recently bought a Kawasaki Ninja 300. I have a tendency to lose my car keys so before I run into trouble I was wondering how to start a motorcycle without a key? A: Your...

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What to do if Your Motorcycle Breaks Down

Poor guy. You have probably uttered those words on occasion or two when riding or driving past a broken down motorist, stranded on the side of the road, probably clinging to their cell phone and with little hope of getting underway anytime soon. ...

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Ask a Mechanic: Clip-on Handlebars

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: What are clip-on handlebars? A: OK, for starters, not sure if you're talking dirt bikes or motorcycles so let me say clip-on handlebars do not have a dirt bike application....

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8 Motorcycle Maintenance Tips

Almost no one has the availability to check the oil level in their motorcycle anymore what with the time suck of streaming TV, social media and generally sitting around the house doing nothing after a long day's work. And the weekends? Forget it...

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How To Prevent Tire Dry Rot

Most people, especially homeowners, know about dry rot and how it affects wood and the damage it can cause. Tires can also suffer from a type of dry rot that motorcycle riders must keep an eye on especially when leaving their bike in storage or ...

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New Motorcycle Tire Tips

New tires. Almost a work of art. So black and shiny. Slick looking too. Makes you never want to roll them on the pavement. Tires indeed help make up the "look" of your motorcycle and though you might feel tempted to leave them well enough alon...

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How To Stop Helmet Visor Fogging

One rather annoying issue many motorcyclists face making it nearly impossible to ride happens when the fog rolls in and completely steams up the helmet shield. Shield or visor fogging generally occurs when cold outside air temperatures meet the ...

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10 Things You Should Probably Inspect on Your Motorcycle

Life gets busy, time passes by and so much escapes us we forget to do the simple things. And as long as the engine on your motorcycle fires up, it's all good, right? Sure, at least until things go south. Only two times in the day do we remembe...

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Motorcycle Theft Prevention

Some people just can't help themselves. What's yours is mine so they have every right to take what doesn't belong to them and take if for themselves whether for their own enjoyment or to strip down and sell off as parts. Big surprise consideri...

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Motorcycle MPG: How to Improve Gas Mileage

Laugh all you want but several techniques exist to increase the gas mileage on a motorcycle. Yes, most motorcycles already get nearly 40 miles per gallon and some push that to 60 mpg depending on the engine size. But, a tweak here and an adjustm...

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