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Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new bike, dirtbike, new bike
dirtbike, new bike, learner: It really depends on his size and overall capability (you re the judge here). If it were me, I d size him up to some bikes at various shops and see what I could get that will suit his needs as a learner, but also one that he won t outgrow in one season...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new teen rider, ninja 250, starter bike
ninja 250, starter bike, motorcycle training: A dual sport in the range of 250-450 is a fine starter bike, but they tend to be rather tall. The Ninja 250 is a terrific starter bike. In my opinion, any 2-cyl bike 650cc or less, or 4-cyl bike 500cc or less, is an appropriate bike to start on. Most important...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: purchasing a first bike, harley sportster 1200, aprilia mana
harley sportster 1200, aprilia mana, highway bars: I think the Aprilia will fit your height better, but you can put some highway bars on a Sportster too. The Aprilia will certainly run circles around the HD, but does that matter to you? An enduro-style bike would also fit you well, since they have a tall...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Thanks, sgt brown, bsnc
sgt brown, bsnc, motorcycle community: Wow, thanks very much for the kind words. Mark is a hard worker and a true asset to the motorcycle community, for sure. I was in town for a photo shoot for a new book, Mark invited me to sunny North Carolina for the shoot. Who d have thought it d be 45...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Collision Reporting Exaggeration, lay, down
lay, down, low: I am not entirely sure what your question is here, but let me try to help clarify some terms. Laying it down is a troublesome thing. Don t let the term or who said it confuse you. Due to years and years of overuse, the term laying it down is oftentimes...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Collision Reporting Exaggeration
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Collision Reporting Exaggeration

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 2007 XL 1200N, diagnostic light, trouble code
diagnostic light, trouble code, harley davidson: Doc, I m sorry but I don t have enough knowledge of the Harley Davidson trouble codes to confidently answer your question. I do have two suggestions. First, I would try some online forums of owners of the same bike and post a detailed question about what...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bmw's, BMW, boxer
BMW, boxer, twin: Hi Ed, Thanks for the kind words--glad you enjoyed my book. If you haven t seen it yet, take a look at my latest project at www.highviz.org. Free info about conspicuity. Absolutely do not rule out the RT until you ve at least ridden one. You should ride...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1100 cc first time bike., first time buyers, time bike
first time buyers, time bike, 500cc: Thank you very much for the e-mail. A hard one to answer. Couple of things: Where do you Live ? What training has he recieved ? What is the make and model of the 1100 cc motorcycle ? Get back to me with those questions, but in the meantime,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing on a bike, yamaha fazer 600, suzuki intruder
yamaha fazer 600, suzuki intruder, sportsbikes: Hi Landon, You re in luck! I m about the same height as you! (6 6 ). I m guessing from the bikes you suggested that you re after a cruiser? I ride mainly touring/sportsbikes and find the Yamaha Fazer 600 fits me really well. As for cruisers what about...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Drilled-out tail pipe, pipe, modify
pipe, modify, exhaust: Without knowing exactly what was done to the tailpipe (to what degree it was drilled out ) let me offer what I know in the way of advice: The manufacturer intended the stock engine to run with the stock pipe. If the pipe is modified, you should assume...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: dirt bike, dirt, bike
dirt, bike, shock: I ll bet it gives you a rough ride, too, huh? ;-) It sounds like the rebound damping is set too high on the shocks, that is, IF that bike has adjustable shocks. The rebound adjustment is commonly at one end of the shock, usually the bottom but not always....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Emergency Braking - lay 'er down, lay, down
lay, down, low: Thanks for the kind words, Joel. In the sport bike community, this subject comes up from time to time, but in a different way. Instead of laying er down the discussion is when to jump. Funny. I guess the riding positions of the two types of bikes (cruisers...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Emergency Braking - lay 'er down, state troopers, t bone
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Emergency Braking - lay 'er down, state troopers, t bone, stop sign

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New to riding, ridercourse, 250r
ridercourse, 250r, sport bike: The bike that you decide on should fit you for height and how it feels. Both of the bikes you mentioned are very good choices for a first bike. Please recognize that although they are only 250cc or 500cc both are relatively powerful since they are set up for...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: aftermarket exhaust, pipe, modify
pipe, modify, exhaust: You should find an online Intruder discussion group and find out what experiences other people have had, certainly. But I can give you some general advice: Changing out the pipe changes the way the engine converts fuel to power. Ideally, any change in the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: DUI restrictions, interlock device, interlock system
interlock device, interlock system, tom wright: The laws on interlock devices are distinctive to each state. I am not aware of any that are manufactured to be installed on motorcycles. Typically the state who issues the order for the interlock device will have an agency who serves as lead on the installation...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: First bike, weight..., first, bike
first, bike, size: If either the 500 or 650 Ninja fit you physically, they d be a good choice for a first bike. It s the 600s (inline fours) that are the handful for beginners. The 500 and 650 are 2-cyls that are much easier to manage, yet still ride and handle like a sportbike....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Girly, inexpensive, SAFE, motorcycle, helmet
motorcycle, helmet, motorbike: Hi Lin, The Motorcycle Helmet that comes to mind is the Shoei Raid 2 Couture TC7 Pink (search for this in Google and you ll be able to see prices). It s a little bit more than your budget but I would highly recommend it. I own a Blue Raid II, my girlfriend...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle engine vibrations, and some other doubts., air fuel mixture, honda cbf
air fuel mixture, honda cbf, engine vibrations: I had to look up the specs on your bike since it is not a model that is sold in the U.S. It is a very nice looking bike. First, let me say that I am not an expert on mechanical issues. The symptoms you describe however lead me to believe the air / fuel...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: another sticky tire question, tire, choice
tire, choice, zx14: You might as well be asking me what color underpants you should wear. Everybody has a different opinion on tires, and they re all correct. It depends on what you like. For that bike I d personally run the Diablos or Pilot Road 2s. I have a friend who has...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: tyres, cold, tire
cold, tire, pressure: The short answer is no, you don t need to heat up the tires for modest, low speed riding. New street tires have decent traction even when cold. However, they have much, MUCH better traction when warmed up to operating temperature and are much safer when warmed...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: BEGINNER HELP, yamaha v star, yamaha dealer
yamaha v star, yamaha dealer, great reputation: The V Star 650 is a nice motorcycle. They have a great reputation. I suggest visiting a Yamaha dealer and sitting on one. Take your time and make sure the controls all feel comfortable for you. Take notice of the placement of your hands, how your shoulders...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing the right Harley, kawasaki concours 14, honda st1300
kawasaki concours 14, honda st1300, ktm 990 adventure: Let me start my answer by saying I m not currently a Harley rider. I am a sport touring rider. One thing you have in your favor is your height. At 6 feet you shouldn t have trouble many have with flat-footing a sport tourer. I personally prefer a sport tourer...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: A Place to get my motorcycle license, state motorcycle safety, motorcycle safety program
state motorcycle safety, motorcycle safety program, motorcycle license: The Basic RiderCourse is the best way to become licensed. You are making a wise choice. you can find a course that is most convenient to you by visiting the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program website at the link below. http://www.nysmsp.org/ Good...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: getting a sit up bike to crank., kawasaki ninja 250, 2006 kawasaki ninja 250
kawasaki ninja 250, 2006 kawasaki ninja 250, service attempts: I am not a technical person but do service my own motorcycles. It sounds as though you have performed all of the things I would try myself. I do have a couple suggestions. It sounds as though the battery may have run down during service attempts. I would...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1983 Honda CM450E Seat, oem honda parts, honda cm450e
oem honda parts, honda cm450e, ebay: I do not have a manual for your CM450 so I cannot check the original configuration. The loose seat can be dangerous to ride so I encourage you to find out as soon as possible whether a part is missing. One easy way to check is to locate an online dealer that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Children as Passengers, child, passenger
child, passenger: My opinion is that kids need to be at least 10 years old to ride as passengers. The law in your jurisdiction may have other requirements, such as the child s height, protective gear, etc. Little kids just don t understand enough about driving to make good...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New rider, msf instructor, baby steps
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New rider, msf instructor, baby steps, sportster

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inspection stations in Baltimore,Maryland, tom wright, good advice
tom wright, good advice, baltimore maryland: I m sorry but I m in New Jersey and don t have any knowledge of the inspection shops in Maryland. I suggest putting out a post on a forum that covers your type of bike or one of the big forums like ADVrider.com they have people from all over and mostly you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New rider, big, bike
big, bike, tip: Starting out at 60+ with a Gold Wing as a first bike is going to be a challenge. (The bike you re lusting after is almost always NOT the best bike to learn on.) The difference between riding a big bike and a small bike is similar to the difference between...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Safety Ratings, protective gear, motorcycle
protective gear, motorcycle, helmet: The Kawasaki Vulcan Mean Streak is a nice bike! I m guessing that your fiance is a new rider? Has he ridden scooters or smaller engined bikes before? There aren t safety ratings for bikes in the same way there are for cars, as most car safety ratings are...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: a thin helmet, dot approval, wind resistance
dot approval, wind resistance, chinstrap: I m sorry I don t know of one that I could recommend. I have recently heard of one company that makes thinner helmets that had their DOT approval revoked. I suggest visiting several dealerships and trying on the helmets they have available. Make sure the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: what did I do wrong?!, gear, speed
gear, speed, turn: Doesn t sound like you did anything too terribly wrong. You were just in too high of a gear for the speed you were traveling. The gear you choose should be appropriate for the speed of the bike, not the turn--you can take the same turn at a variety of speeds,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: license plate location in Michigan, plate, mount
plate, mount, license: Last I knew the law in Mich. says this: Plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which the plate is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The plate shall be attached at a height of not less than...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: looking for a starter bike, motorcycle racer, starter bike
motorcycle racer, starter bike, t claim: Kris, What kind of bike are you looking for? I don t claim to be a pro by any means, but I have been around bikes for the last 23 years and have ridden every different class there is out there. Be honest with yourself and find what s comfortable to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Street Legal Conversion for DRZ 400 E, convert, conversion
convert, conversion, off: Hi Chris, It is no longer so easy. DVS rules changed and now require the manufacturer to sign off on the bike as well. Here is a recent reply to a customer from DVS to a rider hoping to do the same thing: Your motorcycle was manufactured for off...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 2nd bike needed, heather heather, size bikes
heather heather, size bikes, heritage models: Heather, You didn t mention your height but one of the most important things in selecting a bike is how it fits and feels to you. You are correct in saying that some bikes don t feel comfortable to you given their weight and how comfortable the seated position...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Front end handel Bar position, worst case scenario, degree position
worst case scenario, degree position, head frame: This will take a little sleuthing on your part. The best possible scenario is that the handlebars are merely bent. That s just a matter of buying new bars (there are about 1,000,000 different ones available, so happy shopping!) To test this, see if you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Scooter for camping, wheel camper, 50cc scooter
wheel camper, 50cc scooter, motorcycle riders: A scooter is a great piece of camping equipment! The 150 should have the grunt you need to haul two people around. The 125 would be fine, too, if there s a difference in price that would make it worth it to you. (I regularly put that much weight on a 50cc...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle riding in the city/London, advancedbiker, advanced
advancedbiker, advanced, motorycle: Hello Iain Tried this morning to answer your query, but lost the tinternet. Here goes again. If I am right NW 9 is not a bad area for runs out into Hertfordshire, where I have been doing some work, good roads. Filtering and riding in London is a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New To Riding - Bike Too Big?, dyna lowrider, recommended path
dyna lowrider, recommended path, saddle time: There are several points that you bring up in your question each point is worth addressing. First, welcome to riding and congratulations for choosing to take the MSF course. It sounds like you are taking the right approach to riding a motorcycle. It...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Riding Comfortably as a Passenger (sportsbike), couple tips, lean angle
couple tips, lean angle, abrupt changes: Megan, As you discovered sportbikes aren t the most comfortable bikes for the passenger. I do have a couple tips for you. The way you are holding on sounds like it is a good method to feel secure on the bike. That s a good thing. As far as bumping helmets,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Thinking of A trike, trike, 3W
trike, 3W, three: There are some general differences you should be aware of, but with your experience, none of these issues should be too much for you to handle: Trikes and Sidecars They re heaver so it takes more braking effort to stop Much more weight on the rear, so...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 2003 honda shadow VT1100c3, shop, manual
shop, manual, owner: The Honda factory service manual would be the best one, but also the most expensive. It s a good buy if you plan to do all your own work on your bike. If Clymer s makes a manual for your bike, that would be a good one too, and probably half the price. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Braking Distance for Motorcycle, stop, distance
stop, distance, time: Hi Dan, I am sorry to hear about your crash. I m also a bit incensed that the law would decide you were at fault, when someone else violated your right of way and caused a crash situation. I m not skilled in reconstruction, so I can t tell you whether...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Cornering, corner, line
corner, line, outside: Thanks for reading my book! I offered the inside line as a preferable alternative to the standard outside-inside-outside path of travel. It s okay to practice both (you should be familiar with both, at least) and it s also okay to skip straight to it. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: neck pain, yamaha fazer, cbr 600
yamaha fazer, cbr 600, helment: Hi Sherry, When I first started riding I found this as well. It went away when I got a Yamaha Fazer as before I was riding a CBR 600. Leaning over gave me really bad neck and back pain but the slightly more upright riding position of the Fazer really helped....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: street legal, motor vehicle department, paperwork requirements
motor vehicle department, paperwork requirements, department of motor vehicles: Larry, I can speak mostly about the requirements in New Jersey but I would guess that some of the information is universal. First, I d suggest contacting your state s Motor Vehicle Department for specifics. Usually you will need receipts for all...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike Choice, two, three
two, three, wheel: For a novice, three wheels will always be safer than two because it removes some of the balance/stability factors from the equation, which can confound a new rider when disaster strikes. However, you re just as vulnerable in a crash on the Spyder as the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Rolled my bike; not sure how/why, straightforward explanation, fishtails
straightforward explanation, fishtails, mike thanks: Mike, Thanks for the question. You don t mention the make or model of motorcycle you were riding. Some bikes can be a little for sensitive to cold tires, such as sportbikes with tires that are made for very good traction when they are warm but can be especially...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: wide front tyre, honda shadow vt600, tyre sizes
honda shadow vt600, tyre sizes, tight circles: Emilio, There are two forces that are causing the front end to respond sluggishly. First, the motorcycle turn is initiated by the leaning of the front tire onto the side which is smaller diameter width) than the center of the tire. Since you not have...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Brake failures in Vehicles - Mechanism for Prevention., http www google, degree celsius
http www google, degree celsius, audible alarms: Sure, it s possible. Whether it s marketable is another story. Generally, the only overheated hydraulics you ll find on a motorcycle will be either 1) in very poor repair/neglect (old waterlogged fluid) or 2) on a racebike. Riders who don t care for their...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Brake failures in Vehicles - Mechanism for Prevention., http www google, degree celsius
http www google, degree celsius, homework research: Although this looks like a homework/research question I will give a quick answer. Ford, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Pagani, Bugatti, Audi and VW are among the many manufacturers who already fit such a device to their high end vehicles e.g....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: buying a motorcycle, suzuki bandit 600, kawasaki zrx1200
suzuki bandit 600, kawasaki zrx1200, yamaha xjr 1300: Welcome to North America, man. We don t always get the coolest bikes here, and the XJR is one of them we ll probably never see. As far as I know, it didn t come to either US or Canada. Best bet is to buy one in the UK or Japan and bring it over. If you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: The power of a 600cc bike, 600, sport
600, sport, bike: Sorry that it s taken me so long to reply. This is my busiest time of year! Think of a 600cc motorcycle like a handgun. It s just a hunk of metal. It has no mind of its own. It does what you tell it to do. In the hands of someone who respects its power...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: What size engine?, honda cbr600 rr, motorcycle licence
honda cbr600 rr, motorcycle licence, ktms: J -- Glad you asked. My standard recommendation for a new rider is a 4 cyl bike no larger than 500cc or a 2 cyl bike no larger than 650cc. The 600cc sportbikes are a couple-three years away yet for you. You need to spend some time on a more manageable...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Safety equipment free suggestion, safety belts, steering wheels
safety belts, steering wheels, seatbacks: In my view, this is not even a question. It seems to be a way of promoting an idea, although well intentioned as it may be a way to improve safety. Systems like this have been proposed by many manufacturers in the past, from Morgan in the UK to BMW and Honda....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 125cc Licence Requirement, motorcycle practical test, 125cc scooter
motorcycle practical test, 125cc scooter, motorcycle license: Ari, as far as I am aware, your car license entitlement (I assume that s what you refer to) allows you to continue to ride a 125cc scooter as long as it is less than 11Kw in power output. It does depend though on what size and power of machine you used for...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Dad, Mum and toddler, passenger footrests, safety helmet
passenger footrests, safety helmet, pillion passenger: They must be big enough to reach the footpegs. Pillion Law Without going through all the road traffic acts, here s a brief synopsis: 1) You must hold a full licence for the machine you re riding, wear a safety helmet etc. 2) Your bike must be...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda or Kawasaki 250 sportbikes, kawasaki 250, honda kawasaki
kawasaki 250, honda kawasaki, kawasaki dealer: Adam, The 250cc sportbikes have a lot of power for their size and can make a great first bike. Depending on your intended use of it some people chose to stay with a 250cc bike and others move up gradually to a 500cc or 600cc, or 650cc sportbike. I strongly...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: linked brakes..., linked, brake
linked, brake, low: Pat you are correct. Linked brakes limit our ability to use the rear brake for low speed control. I was taking a course once, a civilian police motor course where we learn that cool low speed stuff, and they kept encouraging us to drag the rear brake for...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Starter Dirt bike, expert profiles, dirt bike
expert profiles, dirt bike, tank size: Chris, I don t have enough recent dirt bike riding experience to give you a qualified response on a specific make or model. But you are correct that trying several and determining which one fits you physically and also for your intended use. I will suggest...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Safety Expert, pat hahn, court deposition
pat hahn, court deposition, state highway patrol: I don t know anyone personally in that area. I would consider doing it (have done so before) but have no time to spare until about a year from now. My boss, however, Steve Garets, does this sort of thing all the time. He s based in Oregon and a nationally-recognized...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: those pesky linked brakes, police version, tight turn
police version, tight turn, gold wing: Good questions. I don t know if Mark was using the rear brake or not, or whether or not that model had linked brakes. It was a borrowed bike. I recommend you ask him what technique he uses/used: motomark1@nc.rr.com Certainly, a degree of rear brake use...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Seeking advice on improving mileage, safety tips for new rider
safety tips for new rider: Mileage: read the owners manual and find out what specific fuel should be used. Some motorcycles prefer high octane, some low octane, some nonoxygenated, some oxygenated. Keep your speeds reasonable, shift and accelerate smoothly to increase mileage. Safety...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Harley Davidson Iron 883 1st bike, msf course, harley davidson
msf course, harley davidson, 500cc: It s not bad. A little heavy and a little on the large side for a beginner, but not bad. I generally recommend 4 cyls no larger than 500cc or 2 cyls no larger than 650. However, if you re a bigger person the 883 should be quite manageable. And I always...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Speedometer cables, speedometer cable, wd 40
speedometer cable, wd 40, generic safety: A speedometer cable, if cared for (i.e. bike is not left outdoors uncovered for long periods of time without being ridden) should last at least the life of the motorcycle. Once you start moving them from bike to bike, you never know how many miles its got,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 125 bikes, cagiva 125, apprillia
cagiva 125, apprillia, height weight: Both are appropriate starter bikes, especially if your objective is to commute. However, make sure you ride them first before you buy. You may find that they re simply too small for your physical height/weight. In general, for a first bike, my advice is...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: laying down a motorcycle to avoid collision, accident avoidance, crescent wrench
accident avoidance, crescent wrench, motorcycle safety: It is difficult if not impossible to say how many feet it would have taken to swerve. It relies on the attentiveness of the rider, the skill of the rider, the amount of lateral movement required to clear the hazard, the degree to which the rider applies pressure...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Storage mechanism for Two Wheelers - Tyre/s - Bikes, storage of personal belongings, tyre puncture
storage of personal belongings, tyre puncture, rear tyre: From what I observe it is not often necessary enough to be practical. Only the most hard-core off-road (Paris-Dakar) or endurance (Iron Butt) types carry a spare. The added weight and bulk offsets the benefit. A tire will still need to be mounted on the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Storage mechanism for Two Wheelers - Tyre/s - Bikes, tyre, puncture
tyre, puncture, spare: Prashant, Forgive me if I m wrong but I can only assume that you are not a motorcyclist? Many of todays bikers, especially those who go for long distance touring, (by that I mean the length of Africa, across the USA etc.) will have changed the wheels of their...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Storage mechanism for Two Wheelers - Tyre/s - Bikes, tyre puncture, rear tyre
tyre puncture, rear tyre, circle radius: Prashant, If I were a designer and placed more emphasis on utility versus aesthetics I would place the spare tires as low as possible in order to disrupt the balance of the motorcycle as little as possible. It would be most advantageous to keep the extra...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: U-Turn in the road and stalling, friction zone, clutch control
friction zone, clutch control, wet clutch: U-turns can be a problem for even some of the best riders. They aren t easy and require frequent and ongoing practice. Clutch control can also be a problem for otherwise proficient riders. And you won t be surprised to find that the two problems can...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: trike, motorcycle endorsement, license endorsement
motorcycle endorsement, license endorsement, motorcycle license: The answers to both questions depend on where you live. Each state, country, province has requirements. In general, though, it doesn t matter which side your plate is on, though my guess is you d be okay to mount it in the center -- that s where it goes...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: is it head on or sideswipe, car dents, pet tank
car dents, pet tank, cold weather: I would suggest that a loss of pressure in the tyres is the least of your worries. The tyres could lose pressure for any number of reasons in that situation. They could have been low to begin with in the cold weather, losing pressure as they warmed up as...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Mileage speed, model motorcycle, gear bike
model motorcycle, gear bike, tom wright: Hello Dave, I am not familiar with that motorcycle. I suggest that you locate an internet forum or discussion group that is dedicated to the TVS Sport. It has been my experience that taking part in discussion groups about a certain model motorcycle can...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycles, honda cbr 250, kawasaki ninja 250
honda cbr 250, kawasaki ninja 250, motorcycle endorsement: Austin, First, let me congratulate you on doing this research so you can make informed decisions regarding motorcycling. You didn t mention whether you have ever ridden a motorcycle previously. In any case, I highly recommend that you take the MSF Basic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Tires, kz1100, fair weather
kz1100, fair weather, cold weather: Experts would recommend replacing the tires on that type of bike when they re four years old. For other types of bikes the recommendations are two or three years. However, I understand that few riders are eager to shell out $200-400 for new tires when the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: i get fear riding my bike, honda cbr125, motorcycle roadcraft
honda cbr125, motorcycle roadcraft, time practice: Marie, It is very wise of you to seek advice at this point. The Honda CBR125 is a reasonable bike to begin your riding on streets. One of the things we tell our students when they complete the Basic Rider Course in the US is that the skills they have learned...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: mopeds/scooters, vespa piaggio, buddy ruckus
vespa piaggio, buddy ruckus, starter bike: Any big-name (Honda, Vespa, Piaggio, etc.) 125cc 4-stroke scooter will be a good starter bike: look at the Zuma, Vino, Buddy, Ruckus, and pick the one that really makes your heart skip. The smaller name ones and the cheap southeast Asian import bikes are functional...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: reliable cruiser, honda vfr 800, honda st1300
honda vfr 800, honda st1300, honda st1100: Ryan, The Honda Magna you mentioned is commonly considered one of the smoothest cruiser type bikes. But it does have some criticism for the size of the fuel tank. I personally prefer V4 motorcycles. The engine seems to be the perfect combination of smoothness...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1st street bike, riding dirt bikes, honda cbr600rr
riding dirt bikes, honda cbr600rr, ninja zx: Street bikes are totally different than dirt, and the 600 fours are a handful, even for experienced riders. Having twostroke 125 experience helps, but there s still no comparison. You could probably safely start with a Ninja 250 or 500, or even a Suzuki...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Best Of The 3., honda cbr1100xx blackbird, honda cbr 1100xx
honda cbr1100xx blackbird, honda cbr 1100xx, susuki gsxr: Noel, The choice of a motorcycle is a decision that I believe carries equal parts of emotion and utility. I m not certain how unbiased I can be since one of the bikes you included is one that I always had on my wanted list. All three have earned great...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Highway riding with Nighthawk 250, grass strip, west deer
grass strip, west deer, farm roads: Hi Lee, It is sometimes hard to answer these very personal questions. 1. Your best bet, until you get some experience, is to take the route that is most familiar to you, where you ll be best at predicting the hazards you encounter. It sounds like that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new tires and tubes, harley davidson dealer, competent mechanic
harley davidson dealer, competent mechanic, harley dealer: Rick, I can t answer your questions definitively since I cannot see the tube and I am also not an expert in tire changing. Based on your description of the events it certainly does sound as though the installation may not have been performed correctly....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Yamaha R15 V2 engine vibration, engine vibration, wind shield
engine vibration, wind shield, engine configuration: It could be anything. As engines break in from new, their parts wear -- particularly between new and the time of first service. Theres so much wear the first 600 km or so we change the oil right away, to get all that excess metal out of the lubrication system....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Heat Cycling, competition tires, motorcycle tires
competition tires, motorcycle tires, road tires: John, I am not an expert in motorcycle tires. Like you, I have read and tried to educate myself on these things. I have read extensively that different brands of tires will heat up and increase grip differently than some other brands and even models within...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: high rpm in top gear, suzuki intruder 800, internet user group
suzuki intruder 800, internet user group, intruder owners: Brett, I do not have firsthand experience with the Suzuki Intruder 800. However, I do know from past experience that many motorcycles will sound and feel as though they could use another top gear. I notice your model is a 5 speed. In 1995 4 and 5 speed...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Tire pressure, tyre pressures, air pressures
tyre pressures, air pressures, tire pressure: Joseph, It shouldn t make any difference at all as to whether your bike is on the mainstand or sidestand. If you think about it, if you were checking the air pressures on your car tyres, would you jack it up? The important thing to remember is b always...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Buying used bikes, harley davidson motorcycles, salvage motorcycle
harley davidson motorcycles, salvage motorcycle, salvage auctions: I looked at the motorcycles in the link you provided. I do not have any first hand experience buying a motorcycle from a salvage auction. The prices do appear to be attractive. And whether it is a good deal for you would depend on the motorcycle you choose...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: first time bike, classic bikes, paint quality
classic bikes, paint quality, bike makers: Hi Sam, sorry for the delay in answering your question. First bikes are always a matter of personal choice but I would suggest that you find a friendly local dealer who won t mind you sitting on a few bikes to try them for size. I would recommend that any...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1996 zfr600, turn signals, hazard lights
turn signals, hazard lights, tom wright: Ryan, I apologize for the delay in responding. I did some research of some Yamaha forums and as far as I can tell the 1996 model year did not have hazard lights. Pressing to cancel the turn signals is the function intended for the press of the signal button....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fit, kawasaki klr 250, suzuki dr200
kawasaki klr 250, suzuki dr200, yamaha tw200: Chris, If you haven t taken the MSF Basic Rider Course yet, I highly suggest that you take advantage of that course both for the valuable training and the experience of riding a motorcycle. It is my experience that many new riders enter the riding class...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle limits, honda goldwing, motorcycle market
honda goldwing, motorcycle market, motorcycle dealership: Mark, This is a difficult question to answer without knowing some additional information. For example, a motorcycle that would have a carrying capacity of 350kg would be a significant size motorcycle. You didn t mention the level of riding experience you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Automated Halt Mechanism on Brakes Failure, honda pan european, jeep truck
honda pan european, jeep truck, reply thanks: Such a system already exists on the Honda Pan European and Deauville. BMW, Kawasaki, Triumph and Suzuki also have a similar system on their touring machines. The main problem is the fact that many riders and drivers have the legal right to control their own...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Death Wobble, death wobble, tank slapper
death wobble, tank slapper, steering damper: Jackie, Thank you for the question. First and absolutely the most important part of my response is to get training and practice to do everything you can to avoid getting into the position of causing the motorcycle to develop a death wobble, tank slapper,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Touring, honda crf 250, motorcycle cruiser
honda crf 250, motorcycle cruiser, motorcycle trip: William, I am back from my trip and can hopefully provide you with some advice on how to prepare for your trip. First, it is a very ambitious plan and preparation is essential in having a safe and enjoyable adventure. I ll take one subject at a time. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 16 year old motorcycle endorsment, colorado division of motor vehicles, division of motor vehicles
colorado division of motor vehicles, division of motor vehicles, parental guardian: Luke, I am not familiar with the licensing requirements in Colorado. Every states has different requirements and qualifications such as age, course mandates, and limitations on practice riding. I searched the internet and found this website for the Colorado...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Earplugs, state motorcycle laws, foam ear plugs
state motorcycle laws, foam ear plugs, ama website: John, I also wear earplugs at all times when riding my motorcycles. I have searched for the Florida laws on this and can only find a reference that helmet speakers are allowed. Here is a link to the AMA website for state motorcycle laws. http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx?stateid=9...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: handling tips on my motorcycle, suzuki boulevard, proficient motorcycling
suzuki boulevard, proficient motorcycling, david hough: Brigitte, Thank you for the question. I hope I can provide some valuable advice. First, let me suggest some reading material. There is a book called Proficient Motorcycling, by David Hough. I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of it and read the scenarios...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycling in Spain
First of all, please accept my apologies for the late reply as I have been away for a few days on Church duties. As far as I can ascertain from the regulations, you should be ok but I have included the relevant sections for you to double check. I am hoping...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: correct tire pressure of motorcycle, Tyres, tyre size
Tyres, tyre size: First of all, you should b never /b change the size of a tyre profile without checking with the bike maker first that it is safe to do so. The narrower profile may slip from the rim and a larger profile can cause a flatter profile making cornering unstable....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: alternator
Pierre, Thank you for the question. I am not an expert in motorcycle electrical systems. I suggest that you look on a forum dedicated to the Honda Shadow 1100. It has been my experience that the forums dedicated to a specific make and model motorcycle have...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Road Traffic Rule for Driving Age Upper Limit.
Prashant, Thank you for the question. As a current motorcycle safety trainer and former head of driver testing for the state licensing department I see people of a variety of ages riding motorcycles. It is my observation that there is not a certain age...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Two Wheeler Motorcycle Training Schools.
Prashant, I apologize for the delay in responding. I did not see your follow up questions. I am not familiar with the brands and models of motorcycles and scooters you reference but since the basic principles are found on riding you could use the basic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Two Wheeler Motorcycle Training Schools.
There is a large number of motorcycle training centres in the UK, many are listed in the yellow pages. As for other countries, I am not certain why there should be a shortage as it is very advisable to take such training. However, I seem to be getting a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Illinois Motorcycle skills test
Tyler, I have found a couple references to measurements for the motorcycle skills test. It appears that Illinois uses the Alt MOST Test developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Here is a link to a website that gives a very good description of the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: effect on bike performance when its rear tyre gaze changes
Amol, I m sorry I do not have any experience making the change in tyre size that you are contemplating. I suggest you ask a dealer or knowledgeable person who owns the same type of motorcycle and has made that change. You are correct in checking with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Helmet in HI
Chris, I ve looked around the internet at various government and motorcycle related websites to try to find the definitive answer to this. As I read it, helmets are optional for riders over 18 years of age. And unless the motorcycle is equipped with a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: going to a 250 from a 125, apples and oranges, talking dirt
apples and oranges, talking dirt, dirt bikes: I assume you re talking dirt bikes. I have no experience with them, but I can try to help. Valentino Rossi, arguably the greatest roadracer in the world, started on a 125, and didn t move up to 250 until he mastered the 125. From there, he stayed on the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 5 yr old on motorcycle, rear foot, footrests
rear foot, footrests, traffic laws: Which country are you in? I can only answer in respect of UK and Hong Kong law. In UK, anyone can be carried as a passenger on a motorcycle provided they can reach the footrests, so this means old enough to have legs long enough to reach the rear foot...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 750 Katana, regulator rectifier, using a voltmeter
regulator rectifier, using a voltmeter, battery connection: Could be a loose battery connection. Even just something not rock solid tight could cause this. Just because a battery has a charge doesn t mean it can hold it or use it to start the bike. It could be the battery is shot, it also could be your regulator/rectifier...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: PUTTING '79 KAWASAKI ON ROAD, kawasaki kz 1000, worst case scenario
kawasaki kz 1000, worst case scenario, shaft drive: George, Thanks for the question, sorry to hear about your wife. You didn t say how the bike was stored, so I ll give you the worst-case scenario. If you did not drain the gas from the carbs when the bike was last run, you will need to have the carbs...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 80 Honda CM400T, clutch control, cm series
clutch control, cm series, purring: We ve had CMs as training bikes and they ve always been reliable and safe. Definitely have character. There s something called the Honda thunk that s part of the way the motorcycle works, especially when shifting into first from neutral. As long as...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 82 Yamaha Maxim XJ 550, motorcycle repairs, wet salt
motorcycle repairs, wet salt, xj 550: Christian, Thanks for the question. Sounds to me like you have some really dirty, really plugged up carburetors. Your bike won t start because most of the small fuel passages and metering orifices (commonly called jets ) are plugged up either with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 883 Sportster - too much bike?, beginner bike, power delivery
beginner bike, power delivery, additional power: Nice to hear from you again, Anil. For a rider with your experience, I don t think the 883 would be too much for you to handle. In fact, you ll probably give your confidence a real boost when you learn that it s not much more difficult than your 160! ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: ABS or Not, free powerpoints, wheel rim
free powerpoints, wheel rim, anti lock braking system: Sorry for taking longer than normal to answer your question, it got lost in the filter. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system. They work by having a device on the wheel rim and a sensor that detects when the wheel has locked up. The device then momentarily...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: ATV, quadsport z400, polaris scrambler
quadsport z400, polaris scrambler, yamaha banshee: Cody, I remember your question. I knew about the two previous ATV s you asked about (because the engines were from bikes), but I m sorry to say I do not know enough about the other models you are asking about to give you good information. I m pretty much...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Availability of Hi-Viz Running Lights?, yellow bulbs, fog lamps
yellow bulbs, fog lamps, motorcycle products: I think PIAA (Pacific NW, USA) and Hella (Germany?) are the two major players for running/fog lamps. Here s a site that shows some of the different offerings: http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/DrivingLights.html PIAA is a familiar name for motorcycle...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: age wise for bikes, 125cc dirt bike, professional rider
125cc dirt bike, professional rider, seat height: It really depends on the rider. Is he/she able to comfortable control the bike? Will they undertake a professional rider instruction course? What previous riding experience do they have? These are the questions which need to looked at to make the decision....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Not sure if this is your area.., knowlage, licensing authority
knowlage, licensing authority, drivers license: It depends on what country you live in, and what state. If you re outside the US, I don t know. I think you need to have a full license and training to operate a moped. In the US, generally, mopeds (less than 50cc) are treated as bicycles with engines....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: armour all, strong one, armour
strong one, armour, armor: Armor All will wear off eventually, fortunately it s not a permanent coat. I d try the hard file to see if it gets you back to bare rubber. If you re not satisfied with that, literally remove the wheel and drag it across some rough concrete on the slippery...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: auction sold bikes, waste of money, new bike
waste of money, new bike, msf: Tim, Thanks for the questions. Sorry to tell you there are no easy ways or shortcuts to safe riding in traffic. The best way to prepare yourself is to take a class in basic riding skills from the MSF. You don t need a bike to take the class, they...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: auto vs. manual, honda silverwing, honda helix
honda silverwing, honda helix, auto transmissions: Mike, Thanks for the question. The asnwer is no - sort of. In the 1970 s Honda made a couple of models with automatic transmissions, but they are very hard to find now, and well, they are bikes from the 70 s, with crappy brakes and funky aesthetics...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: automatic transmissions, honda 400, safety perspective
honda 400, safety perspective, automatic transmissions: From a safety perspective, you have one less thing to think about with an automatic transmission, so your mind is freer to keep an eye on the road. On the other hand, only two gears might limit your options if you need to accelerate quickly, perhaps to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Ballpark repair costs, fork seals, honda shop
fork seals, honda shop, bikebandit com: Hi, The prices can vary depending upon where you are. For example, I find prices in England much higher than in the US, and prices in Singapore to be almost the best anywhere (Oddly). I would suggest doing this work yourself, and it is not difficult. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Basic Riding & repair, kawasaki vulcan 750, bar clamps
kawasaki vulcan 750, bar clamps, learning time: Hi Jody, Thanks for the question. Without seeing you actually ride the bike and not knowing how the bike is set up (type of handlebars, etc), it s hard for to say exactly what you are doing wrong. But it could be a few things. First off: Adjust the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Beginner Motorcycle, custom paint job, hd sportster
custom paint job, hd sportster, sportster 883 custom: Hi Brett, Thanks for the question. Riding a Harley is certainly the cool thing to do these days (if you want a cruiser), and while Japanese (or “metric”) cruisers are certainly capable rides, it s still not the same as owning an honest American-made...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Beginner rider, motorcycle license, beginner rider
motorcycle license, beginner rider, shift pattern: Tim, Thanks for the question. I am not familiar with the Suzuki E250 , but I can say that a 250 is good choice for a beginner. It s fast enough to get you where you want to go, but small enough to learn the basics of control. You will need proper basic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: A Beginners question?, motorcycle section, sturdy boots
motorcycle section, sturdy boots, beginner bike: Hi Sara, Thanks for the questions. First off, you can learn to ride WITHOUT buying a bike by taking an MSF Beginners course. They will supply the bike (a small Honda, usually). You should bring a sturdy water-resistant jacket (course is held rain or...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Best of both worlds, honda vfr800fi, bmw k1200r
honda vfr800fi, bmw k1200r, honda v4: The Honda VFR800FI Interceptor and the ST1300 (or older ST1100) are probably what you re looking for. You get the Honda V4 smoothness and power (the VFR uses basically the same engine as the Magna) in a comfortable, nimble package. And mechanically, they re...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Better motorcycle to improve riding skills., suzuki gsx r 750, better motorcycle
suzuki gsx r 750, better motorcycle, gsx r 750: Personally, I d go with the Gixxer, but neither of those bikes will make you a better rider. Only YOU can make you a better rider. If that s your goal, here s what you need to do: 1) ride more (I m talking 5-7 days a week during the riding season) 2) learn...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: BIKE SIZE, dyna low rider, inch inseam
dyna low rider, inch inseam, 1200c sportster: Erik, Thanks for the question. I m six-foot tall and 33-inch inseam, and I recently sat on a Sportster Custom and thought it was plenty roomy for me. The Dyna Low Rider is a bit bigger still (larger engine so a bit bigger frame), so it should be very...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bicycle choice & overall economic advisability, honda silverwing 500, suzuki burgman 650
honda silverwing 500, suzuki burgman 650, msf class: Steve, Your question reads: When I read bicycle for sale ads... , but I am going to assume you meant motorbike. HAve you looked into other large-displacement scooters like the Suzuki Burgman 650, Honda Silverwing 500 and the Aprilia Atlantic? These...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Big Ruckus 250, honda ruckus 250, honda motor
honda ruckus 250, honda motor, bike design: I don t know, but based on the engine size and bike design/tires, I m guessing it s probably in the 65-75 mph range. You can probably find exact specification about the Ruckus at the Honda Motor Corp Web site or by calling a local Honda dealer. Pa...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike choice., horsepower advantage, cam chains
horsepower advantage, cam chains, power torque: Jim, Thanks for the questions. My feeling on the 2-stroke/4-stroke issue is that the future belongs to 4-strokes. It used to be that 2-strokes had such a huge horsepower advantage that there was no real comparison. But 4-stroke design has matured and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike clueless, notch mountain, cross tires
notch mountain, cross tires, bike mechanic: Hi Heather, Thanks for the question, although I had to chuckle a bit when I read it as I m an expert in the MOTORCYCLE part of allexperts.com, rather than the bicycle department. But fear not! I m also an avid cyclist (I have three; a mountain bike,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike dumps when turning left, honda hurricane, throttle cable
honda hurricane, throttle cable, smooth as glass: This could be two things: the bike, or you. There is no reason why the bike should fall down on left turns and not right turns. It s probably more psychological than anything else--the same thing would probably happen to you on a different bike! Think of it...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike dumps when turning left, honda hurricane, speed technique
honda hurricane, speed technique, walking speed: Hi Laurence, Thanks for the question. It s hard to diagnose your problem without some more information. How slow is slow ? Is your bike damaged from past accidents? How long have you been riding? Is this your first bike? Depending on these answers, I can...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike dumps when turning left, honda hurricane, slow speed
honda hurricane, slow speed, anil: Hi Laurence, Thanks for your question. I d like a little more info please - is this behaviour restricted to just left turns? Or is it a generl turnng behaviour? At the moment, it ooks like you hav a fork/handlebar problem. They may be bent/misalgined....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike stalls while riding it, suzuki katana, carb tuning
suzuki katana, carb tuning, 5k miles: I m not much of a mechanic but it sounds like a fuel problem or ignition problem. You probably need your carbs cleaned and tuned. It could be your pilot jets are clogged due to bad fuel, old fuel, or no fuel filter. Is the choke mechanism stuck on? If...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Getting a Bike, msf class, death traps
msf class, death traps, dear mr: Harrison, Thanks for sending the question. It is an important question. Probably the best way to approach your dad is to get him involved. Would he be willing to get a bike so you could ride together? This accomplishes two things: you get to learn from...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: BMW Motorcycles, bmw motorcycles, bmw seats
bmw motorcycles, bmw seats, bmw motorcycle: Hi Dan, Thanks for the question. Basically, bigger will be better for you. I m sure that s obvious. You ll probably not fit well on their FS650 Enduro. As for finding a large-size BMW for under $3500, that s going to be a challenge. BMW s are well known...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: BMW track day, gateway drug, great time
gateway drug, great time, bmw: Yes there are. I encourage you to sign up ASAP, we re going to have a great time and learn lots. The sooner the better, as I need a head count to order stuff like T-shirts and lunch. Welcome! Pat PS Beware, it s not a track day (because the facility...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: JUST BOUGHT BIKE, DON'T KNOW HOW TO START?, honda cb 750, neutral place
honda cb 750, neutral place, engine cutoff: I can t tell if the starter is cranking and the engine won t start or if it won t even crank over. Generic starting procedure is FINE-C. F: Fuel. Make sure the fuel valve (usually on left side of the bike near the carb) is turned on. I: Ignition....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: What Brand, sport bikes, luck steve
sport bikes, luck steve, old bike: Hi Brandon Difficult question because everybody will give you a different answer. For me, resale value is important. I say this because one does not own a bike for more than 2 or 3 years before you upgrade. Therefore it is important to get a good price...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Break in service, skilled mechanic, proper manuals
skilled mechanic, proper manuals, oil change: Adam, Thanks for the question, but I need a bit more info, such as, what bike do you have? It make a difference. Some bikes require very little service besides and oil change and so forth (like a Honda), while others are much more involved, (like a Ducati)....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Burt monroe 1967 land speed record, land speed record, custom bodywork
land speed record, custom bodywork, gsxr 1300: Eric, People have been trying to beat that record for years. An R1 would have a chance if modified to the gills. I d bet the new GSXR 1300 (1400?) would be a better choice. I think the biggest factor is wind resistance. (Even Nicky Hayden on the $500K...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Buying and maintaining a motorcycle, gearbox oil, japanese bikes
gearbox oil, japanese bikes, time signs: Bryan, I ve always liked the Yamaha and Suzuki 125 s myself, but truth be told, all the Japanese bikes are very close in terms of performance, durability, and price. I d just pick the bike you like best. As for adjusting the suspension, that s not something...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bad new bike trouble, friction zone, independent mechanic
friction zone, independent mechanic, yamaha virago 750: Sounds like a lot to handle for a newer rider! I m unfortunately not much of a mechanic, but it sounds like you ve got an electrical problem or short that, among other things, is cutting power to one of your cyclinders. (For example, if you took a perfectly...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bad new bike trouble, friction zone, independent mechanic
friction zone, independent mechanic, yamaha virago 750: Tony, Thanks for the question. It sucks when your new bike won t run right. It really sounds like you either have some bad or contaminated gas, water in the gas, or some kind of blockage in the fuel system. It s not terribly uncommon, and your symtoms...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: best bike for kids, better bikes, pollution concerns
better bikes, pollution concerns, stroke engine: Chris, Thanks for the question. I think the PW80 is going to be fine for now for both boys. Your 8-year old will take longer to grow out of it, of course. Your 10-year old will probably be ready for something bigger when he is 12, maybe sooner depending...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: which is better? cruisers..., virago 920, crotch rockets
virago 920, crotch rockets, curvy roads: Tony, Thanks for the question. There is no yes or no answer to your question. Both types of bikes have advantages and disadvantages. Cruisers are comfortable, good for touring, easy to ride, and sound good (usually). But in general, they are not...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: biginner motorcyclist, suzuki dr400, suzuki gs500
suzuki dr400, suzuki gs500, level bike: I don t know if PA has any size restrictions, that is a question for your local licensing agent/authority. My recommendation is you find a bike with an engine size no larger than 500cc for a 4-cyl or 650cc for a 2-cyl. As far as bike size goes, your...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bike, kawasaki eliminator 125, honda rebel 250
kawasaki eliminator 125, honda rebel 250, 650 yamaha xs: Start small. Even the smallest H-D is too much bike for a beginner. As a rule, you want a bike no more than 500cc if it is a 4-cylinder engine, and no more than 700cc if it is a 2-cylinder engine. Here is a list of bikes in the cruiser style that are more...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: which bike?, honda kawasaki, cc range
honda kawasaki, cc range, suitable models: Please forgive me for the late reply. My wife and I just had our first baby so I m a little outnumbered these days! First, before you do anything else, go take the MSF BRC course. Call 800-446-9227 to find a course near you. Don t get on a bike before you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bike choice: Suzuki Katana 600, suzuki katana 600, 2004 suzuki katana 600
suzuki katana 600, 2004 suzuki katana 600, true beginners: Jeremy, The Katana 600 is a quality bike and highly reliable. It uses a detuned version of the older GSXR-600 motor and all the bugs have been worked out. It s heavier and more comfortable than the GSXR, and is good for sport riding and light sport touring...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bike prices, safe bikes, mechanical website, japanese bikes
mechanical website, japanese bikes, cbr 1000: Hi Dane, Thanks for the question. I ve been buying and selling bikes on ebay for almost ten years. Most people list their bike on ebay with a low starting price. If they are selling the bike in the auction format (where buyers must place a bid),...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bike for small person, kawasaki vulcan 500, honda shadow vlx
kawasaki vulcan 500, honda shadow vlx, sbl faq: I m afraid I can t help with suggestions for any particular model but this list will be most useful to you, if you haven t yet found it: http://www.nebcom.com/noemi/moto/sbl.faq.html All the best in developing your riding. Regards Alec www.alecgore.co...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Which bike to start on, mid life crisis, holistic perspective
mid life crisis, holistic perspective, rule of thumb: Linda, Please forgive my late reply. My wife and I just had our first baby and I m a little scattered. Rule of thumb: for a first bike, select something that appeals to you stylewise with these criteria: if it has four cyclinders, get a bike no larger...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: about bike, rear brake lever, ur mail
rear brake lever, ur mail, motorbooks international: I don t exactly know what you re asking, this question is unbelievably vague, but I ll take a guess. Take the MSF BRC course. You ll learn everything you need to know in that course. Do not try to learn all this on the street without good instruction. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bikes, suzuki gs 500, honda cbr600
suzuki gs 500, honda cbr600, virago 535: Hi Bek, If you don t have a specific brand in mind (Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, etc) then the best action that I could recommend is to take a day and visit all the motorcycle dealers in your area. Otherwise, without knowing your size, shape and riding style...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: bmw suspension, bmw suspension, bmw riders
bmw suspension, bmw riders, rear shock: Hi Scott I m sorry but this is a very bike/model-specific question. I suggest that you leave a question on a technical bullitin board for BMW riders. Try www.bmwmotorrad.co.za where someone will be able to help you. Regards Steve www.FlamesOnMyTank.co.za...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: brakes, 150cc scooter, hazard detection
150cc scooter, hazard detection, brain power: Absolutely. My general 500-650 recommendation is a compromise between a small bike (like a 150) and the typical American wish-list bike like an 1100. In Europe, a 350 is considered a big bike. I think the Passport is a great bike to learn on. You ll develop...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: brakes, honda cbr 1100, brake cylinder
honda cbr 1100, brake cylinder, local shop: Hi Robin, Sorry but I did not get your question in my email until today (March 2). Yes, you need to refill the brakes with fluid. But since the system has been empty of fluid for a while, you re going to have a problem getting the air out of it. If there...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: break in service, yamaha yzf r6, maximum longevity
yamaha yzf r6, maximum longevity, maximum performance: Jon, Thanks for the question. You should follow Yamaha s service schedule pretty closely in order to break in your bike correctly so you get maximum performance and maximum longevity out of it. Going 180 miles over the first service is not terrible,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Car Tire on a Motorcycle, vtx 1300, dirt bikes
vtx 1300, dirt bikes, slick conditions: Please forgive my late reply. Holidays! Rear-wheel steering is done with the throttle. It is more of a perceived control or default steering control than what its name (steering) actually implies. The simplest use of this is in any well-executed corner:...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Car tire on a motorcycle, honda goldwings, guy nuts
honda goldwings, guy nuts, motorcycle suspension: Polite but what a load of crap. Inaccurate physics regarding 2 shocks and bad information about handling characteristics of the tire in curves. Yes, I do in fact ride a CT. This is what you mean by any input would be appreciated ? Maybe I should...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Carb Linkage, linkage area, linkage problem
linkage area, linkage problem, wd 40: Hal, Thanks for the question. I had a 76 Yamaha 650 twin in college, it was a neat bike, lots of torque, good sound, decent if not stellar handling. The girls seemed to like it! The most likely problem is that if there is rust on the outside, there s...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Carborator cleaning/rebuild, yamaha virago xv 535, virago xv 535
yamaha virago xv 535, virago xv 535, dual carbs: Keith, Thanks for the question. It is not unusual for a bike to have a bit of a cough and hesitation while it is warming up. In fact, this is very common for V-twin engines. I have a 920 Virago that is in perfect tune and it does the same thing. So...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Chain adjustment, left hand thread, honda shadow vt750
left hand thread, honda shadow vt750, crescent wrench: Tony, The threads turn in the normal directions. Use a high-quality box wrench (not a crescent wrench) to turn them. Use an exact matching size. If you round the adjusting nuts (strip them), a service dealer will have to remove them, so be careful. Threads...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Chain & Brake adjustment, left hand thread, 101 sportbike performance projects
left hand thread, 101 sportbike performance projects, honda shadow vt750: Tony, sorry about the delay...holiday weekend and all. Neither of these jobs is particularly tricky, but the first time is always the hardest. You should get a shop manual with instructions to do this stuff, as all bikes are a little different. One...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Children passengers, attention span, footpegs
attention span, footpegs, passenger seat: I don t know. You might try the NYS Dept of Public Safety or Motor Vehicles, whichever enforces the laws regarding motorcycle operation. Most states require children to be big enough to sit on the passenger seat of the bike and have their feet planted securely...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing the best bike, v strom 650, 750 honda
v strom 650, 750 honda, honda 450: Hi Dan, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I was gone on vacation. I think the V-Star is going to be too small for distance riding. In the 1970 s, people would go coast to coast on Honda 450 s and all I can say is Thank God those days are behind...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing bike, stock pipes, honda 1100
stock pipes, honda 1100, stock bike: Hi Jim, Thanks for the question. The power difference between the 750 and 1100 is substantial. For the kind of riding you are considering (mostly in regards to the combined weight of your wife, yourself and whatever you decide to bring along), an 1100...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing a bike, motor cross bikes, kawasaki kz650
motor cross bikes, kawasaki kz650, sport tourer: Jeremy, Thanks for the question. Sorry for the long delay in getting you an answer, but I only got an email today (Oct. 11) that your query was pending. AllExperts can be that way sometimes. Anyway, you are on the right track with the SV650. It s an...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing a cycle, kawasaki ninja 250, 1979 honda cx500
kawasaki ninja 250, 1979 honda cx500, honda cb 1: Hi Terrence, Thanks for the question. My general guideline for highway travel is that the bike should be a minimum of 500cc. You want to be able to do more than just keep up with traffic. Since you are basically unprotected (compared to being in a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing a motorcycle, ninja 250, little ninja
ninja 250, little ninja, pound linebacker: Steven, Thanks for the question. I think you are on the right track with the Ninja 250. You have good skills already so that s not a problem. The little Ninja has a lot going for it: Good engine, good brakes, easy to ride, easy (and cheap) to care for....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing the right Harley, kawasaki ltd 550, sportster custom 1200
kawasaki ltd 550, sportster custom 1200, dyna low rider: Hi Lisa, Thanks for the question- not an easy one! Basically, you have enough riding experience to make a good transition to either bike. And truthfully, your dealer is correct, there is a LARGE market for used Sportsters because a lot of people do trade...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing, kawasaki klr250, second hand bike
kawasaki klr250, second hand bike, portland oregon usa: Hi Mat, Greetings from your friend in Portland, Oregon, USA. Thanks for your question. I ll need just a bit more information to really give you a good recommendation. How tall are you? How old are you? What do you weigh? Do you have any riding experience...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Common Laydown Problems, tipover, stupid move
tipover, stupid move, low speed: I am not sure I understand your question. Do you mean besides losing control, crashing, and getting hurt? A very low speed laydown would be more like a tipover. A low speed laydown usually involves a poor surface (wet, sandy, etc.) I see it happen...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Comparing Bikes, dirt bikes, reliability problems
dirt bikes, reliability problems, chinese manufacturers: Hey Nagy, Well, good luck with the Chinese bikes. A friend of mine bought one because it was so cheap and ended up with a broken motor in just under two months. Personally, I still think they need to cook for five more years as they have been unreliable,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Corner braking, riding bikes, smart street
riding bikes, smart street, government shutdown: Paul, please forgive me for being so late in this reply. Due to a partial state government shutdown, I was unable to access my email here (which is how I communicate with Allexperts). Corner braking. Hmmm. There are two schools of thought: street riding,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Crf 250, bolts and nuts, ms word format
bolts and nuts, ms word format, loose bolts: I forgot to mention, I have a general maintenance check-sheet available in MS Word format. Email me at pauljeeves@telus.net and I ll be happy to send you a copy. Hi Barron, Assuming that you are primarily riding off-road, the first thing...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Crotch rockets, kawasaki zx 12r, triumph rocket iii
kawasaki zx 12r, triumph rocket iii, honda cbr1000rr: Ry, Your question is titled crotch rockets , but your question is what bike is the largest made, so I ll give you too answers. The largest crotch rocket (or, sportbike) you can buy is the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa. It has a 1299cc engine (1.3 liters)....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Curious, honda 550, carbs
honda 550, carbs, anil: Hi R, Thanks for writing to me. Being a 1978 bike, it s not fuel-injected, which is good news - carbs are easy to repair/replace. About bikes being different from cars, well, a 1978 bike sure is! Largely uncomplicated technology makes them easy to work on,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: carrying capacity, displacement engine, chassis design
displacement engine, chassis design, highway speeds: Hi Gary, Thanks for the question. Load capacity for a motorcycle is determined by several factors including displacement (engine size and by extension, power), chassis design, tire and suspension, and how it s designed . For instance, for a while,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: center stand, honda cb750, custom honda
honda cb750, custom honda, honda parts: Hi Bill, The internet, obviously, is going to be the best place to START looking. After that, it s time to call used bike parts houses that don t have their items listed online. Look in the back of Cycle World and other magazines (especially Classic Bike)...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: changing headlight bulb, honda hurricane, clymer manual
honda hurricane, clymer manual, affl: Joe, Yeah, Honda didn t make it easy for owners to get at the bulb. Best advice I can give is to get a Clymer manual for your bike. They have a good section with photos on how to get at it. Still not easy, though. Set aside an hour or so. http://clymerbooks.com/cgi-bin/ccp51/cp-app.cgi?usr=51F3303222&rnd=8403320&rrc=N&affl=&cip=&act=&aff=&pg=prod&ref=M439&cat=clymermotorcyclehondafour&catstr=HOME:clymermotorcycle:clymermotorcyclehonda:clymermotorcyclehondafour...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: chest protectors, chest protector, dirt bike
chest protector, dirt bike, chest protectors: Hi Darren I am not an expert in this area so please get some further input. As far as I know the chest protector is not surposed to go down too low. It is exactly that i.e. a chest protector. Therefore the protector needs to protect the sternum and therefore...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: chest protectos, chest protector, chest protectors
chest protector, chest protectors, torso: Hi Darren, Thanks for writing to me. Coming to the question, chest protectors are generally rather large - they really should be called torso protectors! Although it varies from person to preson, most protectors reach down to about 3 inches BELOW the ribs....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choose the wright bike, suzuki dl650 v strom, honda nighthawk 700s
suzuki dl650 v strom, honda nighthawk 700s, 1985 honda nighthawk: Andrea, Grazie for the questions. The 1985 Honda Nighthawk 700S is a great motorcycle for city and short rides. The shaft drive and automatic valves are really great. There really isn t a bike like it anymore, and that is too bad. But new bikes offer a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choosing a bike, triple clamps, trail bikes
triple clamps, trail bikes, feet touch the ground: James, That is a tough problem. The easiest solution, of course, is to get a dirt bike with electric starting. They are out there, but I don t think there are any in the 125cc range. I know KTM makes a 250 with electric start, I d check the other makers...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choosing a dirt bike, dual sport bikes, suzuki drz400
dual sport bikes, suzuki drz400, size bikes: Mike, Thanks for the question. My experience is mostly with road bikes, but I can help you with this question. Due to your size, I d most likely pass on the 125. It is certainly smaller and lighter than the 250, but I think the problem you ll have is...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choosing a dirtbike, honda cr 125, xt yamaha
honda cr 125, xt yamaha, great bikes: Pat, Thanks for the question. Those old XT Yamaha s are great bikes, but they sure don t have the great legs modern bikes do. I d probably go with the 400 since you are tall, and it will be a better woods bike than the smaller 125. Yes, the 125 will...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: About choosing a motorcycle., mileage motorcycles, best gas mileage
mileage motorcycles, best gas mileage, better mileage: Vivek, You should check and see how big the engine is, how much horsepower it produces, and how heavy the bike is. A large, heavy bike with a large engine may be able to go very fast, but it will not get good gas mileage. A smaller bike that is lighter...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: chopper driveability, custom chopper bikes, head angle
custom chopper bikes, head angle, maneuverability: I ve never ridden one so I really should not comment. A longer wheelbase will make the bike more stable but harder to turn. A long steering head angle like that will do the same thing. So my guess is they re a bitch at low speeds, but handle about as well...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: clutch, dirt bike, clutch
dirt bike, clutch, gears: You do not need to use the clutch if you get the revs right either going up a gear, or going down a gear. However without a clutch it will it make it very difficult to select a gear when starting of, or stopping. My advice, get it fixed, much more safe...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the correct way, clutch system, pulser
clutch system, pulser, bajaj: Hi Sam The idea of gears is to allow the bike to go faster and faster without the engine screaming. The sound of the engine should always be comfortable on your ears. For this reason you must not change gears too early or too late. If you change too early...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the correct way, portland oregon usa, tire air pressure
portland oregon usa, tire air pressure, proper clothes: hi.. i am from mumbai..i recently got a new bajaj eliminator..a 175 cc bike with a typical one down rest up gears.. i am use to riding other bikes before like splendor, pulser and stuff.. can you tell me the correct way to ride a bike ? i mean when...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the correct way, pulser, bajaj
pulser, bajaj, splendor: Hi Sameer, Thanks for writing to me. Yeah, you re right - lots of riders don t know the right technique. I suggest you ask me specific questions - riding is too broad an area to give general tips. However, as regards the gear shifting, people generally ride...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: counter steering, countersteering, ural 750
countersteering, ural 750, bonnieville: The thing with countersteering is that you always do it, whether you realize it or not. Even long ago when you thought you were throwing it into the turn, you were also countersteering. At any speed over about 3 mph, countersteering always leans the bike...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: crotch rockets and back problems, crotch rockets, wild mustang
crotch rockets, wild mustang, yamaha r1: I am first going to answer the question you didn t ask but should have. Then I will answer the question you asked. The fact that you even asked this question tells me you are not ready for an R1, or any other kind of superbike. Please do not buy a superbike....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: cycle tires, rear tires, concrete answer
rear tires, concrete answer, absolute limit: Not a dumb question at all. I only wish I had a concrete answer for you! While they may look similar, front and rear tires are presumably designed for different functions, and so in theory a front should not be used on a rear, and vice versa. The front...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: DEBRIS ON FREEWAY, motorcycle safety foundation, mark teague
motorcycle safety foundation, mark teague, cause accidents: Mark, I can help. I have your email address and will respond to you directly in a day or two when I am back in the office. In the meantime, the best source of motorcycle safety information is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in Irvine. Call them at 949-727-3227...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Displacement, harley sportster 883, virago line
harley sportster 883, virago line, yamaha virago 750: Tony, Thanks for the question. Actually, the engine in the 750 is SIMILAR to the 1100, but has enough differences that making that kind of major modification will probably require so much time and expense, along with an unknown outcome, that you may...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Downshifting, style preference, msf course
style preference, msf course, how to ride a motorcycle: This is mostly a style/preference issue. Either way is acceptable, though technically, it s best for the bike to keep the clutch squeezed as you downshift to a stop. There are also those who argue that when you engine brake, technically, the engine and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Drag pipes for VTX 1800, vtx 1800, power waves
vtx 1800, power waves, airbox: Scott, Thanks for the question. Essentially, you ve gone and changed the airflow through the engine so much that the stock fuel injection maps can t cope with it. A power commander will most likely be the best solution. You did not specify how you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Drivablity, diagnostic specialist, new bikes
diagnostic specialist, new bikes, hot weather: I am not much of a diagnostic specialist, but I ll try to help. Surging is caused by either intake, carburetor, ignition, or chain problems. If your bike has a chain drive, there may be tight spots on it that cause this. A new chain and sprockets would...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Driveability, honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk 650
honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk: First take a look at the wheels. One of them could be bent, particularly the front. Also take a look at the brake discs for bending. If it s neither of those, make sure the forks are in alignment: they re both at the same height in the triple clamp, and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Driving Test, motorcycle test, car licence
motorcycle test, car licence, road signs: Hi Max First, I left HK in 2004 so things may have changed, but I doubt it. The official information can be found here (cut & paste to use): http://www.td.gov.hk/public_services/licences_and_permits/driving_test/driving_test_of_noncommercial_vehicles_/index.htm...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Dunlop tire safety, lean angles, dunlop tire
lean angles, dunlop tire, motorcycle applications: As a rule, it s best to use the manufacturer s recommendation for tire size. Using anything else may affect the handling of the bike in a way the engineers didn t intend. However specifically tires are designed for motorcycle applications, you do need to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: DWI..., lisense, due time
lisense, due time, dmv: James, It depends on which state you live in as to whether you can ride a bike instead of a car, so check with the DMV. You may have to check with the police as well. Depending on your conviction (if you hit someone, etc), you can usually get your regular...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: different size wheels, size wheels, motorcycles
size wheels, motorcycles, wheel: Not all motorcycles have a larger wheel up front. Some have smaller wheels up front. It is primarily a stylistic thing, though the larger wheel will have more stability and will turn in less quickly...that may be where the idea came from in the first place,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: dirt bike, suzuki rm 125, dirt bike
suzuki rm 125, dirt bike, slime: Scott, Thanks for the question. Slime works pretty well for a lot of things, but it s not foolproof. Some things like nails or other sharp metal things can still give you flats. Also, slime can get your tires out of balance if you don t follow the install...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: dirtbikes, yamaha ttr 225, dirt bikes
yamaha ttr 225, dirt bikes, william roberson: Darren, Thanks for the question. All I know about the Yamaha TTR-225 is that it is a well-regarded trail/enduro bike and should not be too small for you. Even though it s only a 225cc bike, it s plenty big enough -and powerful enough- for a beginner...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: disc breaking, drum brake, ballance
drum brake, ballance, brake lever: Use a disc brake the same way you d use a drum brake. Squeeze and stop. Most (75-90%) of the braking comes from the front wheel. Squeeze the brake lever firmly and progressively (i.e., starting with light pressure and increasing pressure smoothly) until...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: downshifting harley, harley davidson sportster, msf class
harley davidson sportster, msf class, how to ride a motorcycle: Whether to downshift or not from 55 to 45 depends on the bike. Your goal with gear selection is to match engine speed to road speed. You want to keep the rpms in a range where you have plenty of torque. When downshifting, yes, you should open the throttle...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: downshifting, vfr800, 5th gear
vfr800, 5th gear, stoplight: Ha ha ha you re asking the wrong guy. I never know WHAT gear I m in unless I m in 1st or 6th. ;-) Seriously, this is the sort of thing that takes lots of riding and experience. The idea is you get used to what gear you usually ride in at a given speed or...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: driveability, harley softail standard, heritage front
harley softail standard, heritage front, inverse relationship: Most likely what you ve done is put a bigger front tire on the bike. There is an inverse relationship between the size of the tire(s) and the ease or lightness of the steering input needed to turn it. The easiest way to return to normal is to replace...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: driver education, motorcycle safety center, minnesota motorcycle safety center
motorcycle safety center, minnesota motorcycle safety center, motorcycle safety foundation: EXCELLENT question. I can already tell you ll be a good rider just from the fact that you re asking it! First: read How to Ride a Motorcycle; A Rider s Guide to Strategy, Safety, and Skill Development. This is my second book. I lay out strategies and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: dry sump verse wet sump, wet sump, traffic law
wet sump, traffic law, road safety: I must apologise for not replying sooner, my PC has been down for a while. I m sorry but my area of expertise is with road safety and traffic law. If I come across any information I will of course forward it to you. Sorry I couldn t help you this time...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: ducati, piston rings, combustion chamber
piston rings, combustion chamber, exhaust pipes: Lindsay, Thanks for the question. Any time you leave a motorcycle outside under a cover for an extended period of time, there are major problems that can occur. The worst enemy is moisture. Temperature fluctations and cold are not so terrible. The...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Emergency Braking and downshifting, speed focus, downshift
speed focus, downshift, clutch: If my book was not clear, I apologize. In an emergency, your best option is nearly always going to be to reduce speed. Focus on braking, shifting is secondary. Obviously, it s critical to practice the technique using simultaneous braking and downshifting...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Engine Braking, clutch plates, rear brakes
clutch plates, rear brakes, engine components: It is totally okay to coast to a stop using just the brakes instead of engine braking. Most experts would agree, for two reasons: 1) engine braking doesn t illuminate the tail light, and 2) brake pads are easier to replace than clutch plates and engine...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Engine Vibration, suzuki katana 600, engine vibration
suzuki katana 600, engine vibration, aluminum bat: Good question. Every bike/motor has its quirks and you seem to have yourself an interesting one. The vibration you re feeling is some resonance that peaks at 6000-7500 rpm. It has to do with the rate of vibration of the spinning motor synching up with the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: elect.shorts, sportster 883, professional dealer
sportster 883, professional dealer, crazy reason: James, Thanks for the question. It s a bit out of my league technically, but you obviously have a very bad electrical problem. I suspect it s in the ignition somewhere rather than in the wiring, since somewhere the juice is being allowed to flow. The...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: electrical, vf750 magna, honda vf750
vf750 magna, honda vf750, jumper box: AJ, Thanks for the question. You don t have an electrical problem , you have an electrical disaster. Sounds to me like you definitely have a blown voltage regulator, a fried turn signal solenoid (the thing that makes them blink), and perhaps a damaged...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: engine dosent rev quickly, capacitive discharge ignition, digital cdi
capacitive discharge ignition, digital cdi, capacitor discharge: Hi Chandan, Ignition curve refers to how your bikes sparking behaviour changes as you rev. Since the spark takes some finite time to travel between the electrods of the plug, and the flame has it s own propogation time, we need to spark a little before the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Final Drive Breather Cap broke - problem?, honda vt500, spot welder
honda vt500, spot welder, shaft drive: Yes, break down and spend the 10 bucks or so and replace it. Shaft drive is very complicated and even more expensive to replace,on top this it is a sealed system and does not take kindly to foreign contaminants. Consider it cheap insurance. Worse you can do...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: First bike for BIG dude?, bmw 650 gs, honda st1300
bmw 650 gs, honda st1300, dirt bikes: Take a hard look at the BMW 650 GS as a starter bike. It s tall and a ton of fun--an adventure-tourer. Once you ve got a few years of experience, all the bigger sport-tourers (Honda ST1300, Yam FJR, BMW 1150 GS, et al) will fit you even better and are something...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: First bilke/Mn laws, how to ride a motorcycle, honda shadow
how to ride a motorcycle, honda shadow, size bike: Hi Justin. I am a Minnesotan as well, and enjoying (NOT) the snow this morning. Considering your size, you will be very unhappy with a 250 Rebel within a week or two of purchasing it. It is too small and too slow for what you intend. But you are wise to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: First Motorcycle, yamaha virago, weekend pleasure
yamaha virago, weekend pleasure, starter bike: Jeff, Thanks for the question. You are right, $10K for a first bike is a lot of dough, and it will be especially painful to pay that much and then go out and crash your bike. Hate to say it, but most beginning riders put their bike on the ground at...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Foot Tingling, Nerve Pain., suzuki gsxr 750, pins and needles
suzuki gsxr 750, pins and needles, nerve pain: I have the same problem. It s not as common on my VFR as it is on my SV650 race bike, but it happens on both. My right foot essentially falls asleep. It s way worse on the SV, which has a lowered seat and deep rearset pegs. I don t know what causes this....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Forward Controls, japanese cruisers, foot pegs
japanese cruisers, foot pegs, shift levers: Hi Rick, I recently sold a bike with highway pegs (the kind on the engine guard) and one guy got all upset with me because he thought my ad said forward controls . I said, no, it said highway pegs . He says well, that s the same thing as forward...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Forward controls, harley sportster 1200, 2004 harley sportster
harley sportster 1200, 2004 harley sportster, dual sport bikes: Keith, You ask some very good questions and are also requesting a judgement. I ll do what I can on the questions and probably cop out on the judgement. Hopefully, though, I ll give you the ammunition that you need to make that judgement yourself... 1....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Frame sliders, suzuki katana, frame sliders
suzuki katana, frame sliders, holes: I wish I could tell you, but I don t know. I think it would be okay. I believe I have seen both riders and racers attach sliders by drilling through the frame, but I m not 100% sure. It could be the holes are already there? I doubt it. Either way, I...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Freeway driving/lane splitting, freeway systems, freeway driving
freeway systems, freeway driving, freeway system: Good questions. Easy one first: 42/38 is probably the best setup for handling and tire life on the Interceptor. I ve been running 40/36 on mine because it feels like it grips better and doesn t make a huge difference in tire wear. Still, on a long trip...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Freeway Riding, motorcycle safety course, motorcycle crashes
motorcycle safety course, motorcycle crashes, buell blast: Deborah, you pose a good question. The answers are fairly complicated. Easy answer: you have to have a good imagination. Junk flies off vehicles all the time: lumber, sheetrock, cardboard, tire tread, etc. and you rarely have sufficient time to deal with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Fuel requirements, honda trail 90, gasoline and water
honda trail 90, gasoline and water, fuel requirements: Loretta, Back in 1976, gasoline and water were almost interchangeable, so anything that comes out of a gas station today will run your Honda 90. I d use plain regular unleaded (the cheap stuff), 87 octane, since anything with a higher octane is going to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Fuel Stabilizer, suzuki dl650 v strom, fuel stabilizers
suzuki dl650 v strom, fuel stabilizers, new suzuki: Normally, we look at Fuel Stabilizers when we are planning to store the bike for more than 90 days. This is also inline with many Fuel Stabilizers recommondations. I think riding the bike one a month can safely eliminate the need for a fuel stabilizers....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Fuel, honda shadow sabre, 2004 honda shadow sabre
honda shadow sabre, 2004 honda shadow sabre, octane gas: Ivan, Thanks for the question. Like most motors, your Shadow Sabre will perform best with the best juice you can put in it (Premium, or 92 octane). However, it will also run OK on lower grade gas. If you have to ride up a lot of hills, I d stick to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 110cc X-18 R-Nitro Super Bike
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 110cc X-18 R-Nitro Super Bike

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1981 Honda CB750C electrical question, cb750c, exact issue
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1981 Honda CB750C electrical question, cb750c, exact issue

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1985 yamaha, vin number, second gear
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1985 yamaha, vin number, second gear, full bore

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1988 zx10, load settings, rebound
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 1988 zx10, load settings, rebound, cockpit fairing

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 2004 kawasaki KX250F, radiators, radiator
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 2004 kawasaki KX250F, radiators, radiator, overflow

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 82 Yamaha Maxim XJ 550, needle nose pliers, drain plugs
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: 82 Yamaha Maxim XJ 550, needle nose pliers, drain plugs, needle valve

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Big Ruckus 250, ruckus, flat ground
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Big Ruckus 250, ruckus, flat ground, big ruckus for sale

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike dumps when turning left, honda hurricane, respectable job
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Bike dumps when turning left, honda hurricane, respectable job, old bike

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Burt monroe 1967 land speed record, closer look, nitrogen dioxide
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Burt monroe 1967 land speed record, closer look, nitrogen dioxide, gsxr 1300

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Car tire on a motorcycle, casey stoner, proper tires
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Car tire on a motorcycle, casey stoner, proper tires, car tires

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Children passengers, child safety seat, personal preference
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Children passengers, child safety seat, personal preference, v twin

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing the best bike, strugis, drive shaft
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Choosing the best bike, strugis, drive shaft, vtx1800

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Comparing Bikes, chinese junk, fuel cap
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Comparing Bikes, chinese junk, fuel cap, ebay

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Corner braking, motorcycle safety foundation, motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Corner braking, motorcycle safety foundation, motorcycle accidents, poor judgement

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Crotch rockets
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Crotch rockets

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: carrying capacity, rocket science, sidecar
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: carrying capacity, rocket science, sidecar, carrying capacity

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choosing a dirt bike, yamaha 125cc, yz 125
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: choosing a dirt bike, yamaha 125cc, yz 125, suzuki 350

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: chopper driveability, turning radius, center of gravity
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: chopper driveability, turning radius, center of gravity, chopper

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: counter steering, handgrip, curve
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: counter steering, handgrip, curve, rear brake

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Drag pipes for VTX 1800, crb, snorkel
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Drag pipes for VTX 1800, crb, snorkel, jets

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Engine Vibration, suzuki gsf600, definite increase
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Engine Vibration, suzuki gsf600, definite increase, cars boats

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Forward controls, sportsters, finess
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Forward controls, sportsters, finess, dual front

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Freeway Riding, fatal crashes, lane roads
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Freeway Riding, fatal crashes, lane roads, freeways

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: first bike suggestions..., honda xr 100, dirt bikes
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: first bike suggestions..., honda xr 100, dirt bikes, shear joy

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gravel in corners, fjr1300, lockup
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gravel in corners, fjr1300, lockup, acceleration

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: gear layout for the transmission on LS650, suzuki savage, speed transmission
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: gear layout for the transmission on LS650, suzuki savage, speed transmission, motorcycle

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Harley Davidson Sporster 883 and 1200, twin cam 88, weight advantage
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Harley Davidson Sporster 883 and 1200, twin cam 88, weight advantage, lb weight

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow exhaust, bike sound, muffler
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow exhaust, bike sound, muffler

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow VT600 VLX Dlx, exhaust pipes, chrome exhaust
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow VT600 VLX Dlx, exhaust pipes, chrome exhaust, fuel supply

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harley davidson's
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harley davidson's

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harleys, vrod harley, harley dealer
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harleys, vrod harley, harley dealer, japanese motorcycles

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, kawasaki 750, twin cylinders
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, kawasaki 750, twin cylinders, production bikes

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, 1985 kawasaki eliminator, zl900 eliminator
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, 1985 kawasaki eliminator, zl900 eliminator, zl1000

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube failure expert, sudden deflation, tubeless tyre
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube failure expert, sudden deflation, tubeless tyre, inner tube

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube installation, tube manufacturers, inner tube
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube installation, tube manufacturers, inner tube, rim

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: initial pick, no doubt, acceleration
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: initial pick, no doubt, acceleration, torque

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: isle of man tt, ellan vannin, tourist trophy
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: isle of man tt, ellan vannin, tourist trophy, isle of mann

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kawasaki KX 125 Starting problems, compresion, thier
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kawasaki KX 125 Starting problems, compresion, thier

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kickstarting, dual plugs, welding shop
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kickstarting, dual plugs, welding shop, pimp daddy

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Leaning into turns, gixxer 750, figure 8
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Leaning into turns, gixxer 750, figure 8, left turn

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: license plate placement laws, california license plates, registration plate
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: license plate placement laws, california license plates, registration plate, upper edge

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Repair, key code, virago
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Repair, key code, virago, locksmith

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Stopping Distance, hey guys, tailgate
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Stopping Distance, hey guys, tailgate, bikes

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Tipover, voice of experience, touring bike
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Tipover, voice of experience, touring bike, superman

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped in HK, canada
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped in HK, canada

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped/motor bike, motorcycle drivers, traffic lane
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped/motor bike, motorcycle drivers, traffic lane, bicycle

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle laws, brake horsepower, three wheels
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle laws, brake horsepower, three wheels, motorcycle endorsement

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Novice Riding Fear, oregon training, intense fear
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Novice Riding Fear, oregon training, intense fear, motorcycle school

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new coils, ballast resistor, resistors
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new coils, ballast resistor, resistors, ignition coils

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: nitrogen vs. air, proper inflation, rear tire
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: nitrogen vs. air, proper inflation, rear tire, tire rubber

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Physics of Riding Position, center of gravity, footpegs
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Physics of Riding Position, center of gravity, footpegs, dirt bikes

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the pros ans cons, speed accidents, helmet laws
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the pros ans cons, speed accidents, helmet laws, brain injuries

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Riding Fear
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Riding Fear

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Selecting a First Motorcycle, motorcycle experience, manual transmissions
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Selecting a First Motorcycle, motorcycle experience, manual transmissions, msf class

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Slime sealant, drz400 supermoto, offroad tires
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Slime sealant, drz400 supermoto, offroad tires, speed applications

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Smallest Safe Motorcycle w/ Pull Behind Trailer, chassis, shaft
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Smallest Safe Motorcycle w/ Pull Behind Trailer, chassis, shaft, ural motorcycle

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: SPORT BIKE SAFETY, good mother, sport bike
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: SPORT BIKE SAFETY, good mother, sport bike, bikes

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Sport-tourers better on the back?, kawasaki voyager, center of gravity
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Sport-tourers better on the back?, kawasaki voyager, center of gravity, best bike

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Starter Bike, personal preferance, kawasakis
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Starter Bike, personal preferance, kawasakis, sport bike

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Stopping while in a turn, buffer space, blind spot
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Stopping while in a turn, buffer space, blind spot, track position

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Suzuki M109R mechanical problems, accident 2, trottle
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Suzuki M109R mechanical problems, accident 2, trottle, oil leaks

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: stall while riding it, vlx 600, oil light
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: stall while riding it, vlx 600, oil light, clutch

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Tire Change, bike shop, rim
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Tire Change, bike shop, rim, several times

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Toddler on a motorcycle, proper safety precautions, harley davidson electra
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Toddler on a motorcycle, proper safety precautions, harley davidson electra, helmet straps

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: After tires replaced rear brake feels spongy, muscle memory, stopping power
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: After tires replaced rear brake feels spongy, muscle memory, stopping power, brakes

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: tires..., dunlop elite, vulcan 1500
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: tires..., dunlop elite, vulcan 1500, elite 3

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Upshifting, downshift
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Upshifting, downshift

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Worried Wife, msf course
Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Worried Wife, msf course

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fatality comparisons/ safety, public safety articles, mid life crisis
public safety articles, mid life crisis, crotch rockets: Hello Frank I would love to be able to answer the question, but I am based in the United Kingdom, where we have the data available. Over here it is the middle aged rider on a sports bike. They call it mid life crisis, when the family have grown up, money...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: filtering, grey area, motorways
grey area, motorways, alec: Before I can answer accurately, I need to know where in the world you are riding. In many US states it is apparently not legal. In the UK it is not specifically legislated against (except possibly on motorways), although you could find yourself being done...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: where to find a part?, lawnmower shop, riding lawnmower
lawnmower shop, riding lawnmower, centrifugal clutch: Leland, Thanks for the question. Admittedly, I am not an expert on centrifugal clutch parts. However, I d go somewhere where they are commonly used: a riding lawnmower shop or service center. If they can t help you directly, they probably know someone who...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: first bike suggestions..., suzuki sv 650, suzuki gs500
suzuki sv 650, suzuki gs500, yamaha 600r: The Ninja 500 is a terrific first bike, the Yamaha 600 is not. I highly recommend the Ninja. My general rule of thumb is no more than 650 cc if it is a two-cylinder bike; no more than 500 cc if it is a four cylinder bike. For your size, also consider...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: my first time hasnt happened yet, countersteering, center of gravity
countersteering, center of gravity, steady speed: Trick is to not think about it too much at first. Try this: take your bike (trailer it or have a friend ride it if need be) to a big, open space like a parking lot. Make sure you have lots of room ahead and to the sides, as much as possible. Ride the bike...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fixing a flat tire, fixing a flat tire, road surface
fixing a flat tire, road surface, tyre: Hello Kenny It is possible to plug tyres and it all depends where the hole is. Is it one in the side wall, or the area which has the most contact with the road surface. I have tyres plugged in the past, by going to a motorcycle tyre fitter. They should...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fixing a flat tire, fixing a flat tire, highway speeds
fixing a flat tire, highway speeds, road surface: I would only use a plug to get me to the new tire! And then I would do it - the ride to the new tire - very, very carefully. The various cords within your tires do more than simply hold the air inside. Aside from the structural integrity of the tire,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Front forks, suzuki gsxr 600, 1998 suzuki gsxr 600
suzuki gsxr 600, 1998 suzuki gsxr 600, best bet: If the bike handles okay, it shouldn t be a problem. Lots of racers, looking to make their machines better, use parts from other bikes. Your best bet is to find out why the forks were changed, and how they made the bike handle differently afterward. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: a friendlier fuel, honda ct90, octane fuels
honda ct90, octane fuels, octane rating: I don t know if different octane fuels emit more or less emissions. I don t think they do--I think as a rule they re all the same fuel, what s different is the rate at which they burn. So let s start with that--there s no difference between 87 and 89 and 91....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fuel tank, old tanks, tank valve
old tanks, tank valve, suzuki dealer: Crowbar, Your Gixxer tank has a vacuum controlled fuel tank valve. In order for the engine to get gas, it has to be running. It does not work on gravity like old tanks used to. If the lines are not hooked up properly, you coud end up with gas all over...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: fuel tank, old tanks, tank valve
old tanks, tank valve, suzuki dealer: Crowbar, Your Gixxer tank has a vacuum controlled fuel tank valve. In order for the engine to get gas, it has to be running. It does not work on gravity like old tanks used to. If the lines are not hooked up properly, you coud end up with gas all over...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gas Milage, and Light Question, gas milage, gas mileage
gas milage, gas mileage, novelty toy: Inspection rules vary by state and how the rules are enforced varies from inspector to inspector. As long as the head light works and is not excessively dim i don t see a problem. The bike is actually 10 years older then i am so gas mileage i am unsure...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gears, cbr 600rr, msf course
cbr 600rr, msf course, bick: Chris, you need to go take the basic MSF course. Call 800-446-9227 to find a course near you. I recommend you do not ride the bike until you ve completed the course. A Honda won t start if it s in gear with the sidestand down. You could try taking a look...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Good Bike/Price?, kawasaki ninja 500r, exhaust pipes
kawasaki ninja 500r, exhaust pipes, starter bike: Arman, Thanks for the question. I received your question today, Sunday, so I am going to assume you have now taken the class. I hope you enjoyed it and learned a lot. It is the smartest first step you can take in the world of motorcycling. As for your...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Good for a first time rider?, decent shape, powerwise
decent shape, powerwise, decent deal: I don t think the XS would be too much bike powerwise, though it might be kind of heavy and tall. If you re not a small person and are physically strong, I think it would be an okay bike to learn on. Not sure how 600CND translates into US dollars, but I d...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: GPZ750 Ignition, kawasaki gpz750, wiring switches
kawasaki gpz750, wiring switches, electronics engineer: Patrick, As you say, it s probably the EI unit, not the coils. The coils on the GPz bikes were very reliable, but the early EI units not so much. I d locate a used one that s been tested (ebay or findmypart.com) and try that first. If you replace the EI...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gps, harley davidson road king, garmin gps v
harley davidson road king, garmin gps v, visual truth: The voice command volume will rely on whatever sound system you have set up already. If you don t have one, factor that into your budget, as well. I don t know of too many people who rely on the voice commands--it s also visual. Truth is, even if you have...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Gravel in corners, doc wong, construction dust
doc wong, construction dust, dusty brown: Thanks for buying my book! Winter s a better time for reading anyway. I wish there was a silver bullet. I ve now sparked off a heated debate on another forum about the best technique, some saying leaning in (weighting the inside peg) and some say counterweighting....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: gear layout for the transmission on LS650, ls650, msf basic rider course
ls650, msf basic rider course, gears: First is all the way at the bottom. Fifth is all the way at the top. Almost every motorcycle works the same way. Neutral is between first and second. It sounds as if you are new. I highly recommend taking the MSF basic rider course before you try to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: general info, motorcycle safety course, motorcycle learner
motorcycle safety course, motorcycle learner, learning how to ride a motorcycle: Chris Thanks for your questions. ------------------------------------------------------------ In Virgina this is the law for a motorcycle liceanse and age Obtaining a Motorcycle License Class M Designation If you already hold a valid Virginia driver...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: good first bike? yamaha fzr600, kawasaki ninja 250, suzuki gs500
kawasaki ninja 250, suzuki gs500, honda vt250: Generally, 600cc sport bikes are not good beginner bikes. Older ones like the 89 FZR are not as bad as the newer crop of 600 sportbikes (YZF R6, CBR, ZX6, et al.) but they re still a lot to handle for a beginner. I am not sure what $2500 Canadian equates...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: is this a good first bike?, kawasaki ninja zx, dirt bikes
kawasaki ninja zx, dirt bikes, suzuki rf: Joshua, Since you ve ridden the ZX-6 and liked it, you should be good with the RF900R. The Katana is propbably not the best bike for a pure beginner (with no riding experience). But since you do have dirt riding experience (the best kind) and at least...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Handlebars Bent, 2000 suzuki sv650, clutch assembly
2000 suzuki sv650, clutch assembly, gas tank: You can either bend them back or replace them. The best would be to replace the stock bars; this is a good opportunity to upgrade. I d switch to clip-ons. I ve always just used brute force to bend back bent handlebars, rather than spend the money on new...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Hanlebars, medium distances, harley dealer
medium distances, harley dealer, metric cruisers: Hi Steven, Thanks for the question. You need a compromise between the stock bars and flat bars. Fortunately, there are lots of choices. I think the easiest way to find a good pair of bars is to go to a Harley dealer and sit on some bikes with other...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Harley Davidson Sporster 883 and 1200, harley davidson sporster, sporster 883
harley davidson sporster, sporster 883, sportster models: Hi Herman, Thanks for the question. It took me a bit of time to get ahold of the information, especially concerningthe new Sportsters. Basically it breaks down like this: The ONLY difference between the 1200 and 883 Sportster models (both custom and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Harley, harley dealer, forward controls
harley dealer, forward controls, legroom: Jim, Thanks for the question. You definitely need a large Harley, like a Road King, Fat Boy or Dyna Low Rider. Basically, you need a bike with forward controls , that is, the shifter and brake pedal are located on mounts in front of the engine, so...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: HD 883 Sportster, gear changes, plenty of power
gear changes, plenty of power, great vacation: Anil, You should be able to handle a Sportster. It s easy to ride, and not terribly powerful. You have enough experience to make the transition. Just take it VERY easy in the early going. The things you will notice most are the weight and power of the bike....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: HELP.. FELL IN LOVE WITH USED VALKERIE FOR 1ST BIKE, holistic perspective, valkerie
holistic perspective, valkerie, how to ride a motorcycle: You re in luck. To quote from my book How to Ride a Motorcycle, The bike you re lusting after is almost always NOT the best bike to start on. This is especially true of a 53 year old newbie and a Valkyrie! Let me quote a passage from the book about...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Height and weight, fz 6, steel braided brake lines
fz 6, steel braided brake lines, braided brake lines: Check out a used FZ-6 or older VFR if you have some prior street time. If not just sit around on diffent bikes and see what suits you. Remember fuel injection=bad,steel braided brake lines=bad Nothing 600ccs or over made in the last 7 years. Its a personal...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Helmets, blunt force trauma, snell standards
blunt force trauma, snell standards, novelty helmets: R, Thanks for the question. In regards to novelty helmets, which usually refers to beanie type or just small, more form-fitting helmets, I will refer you to the old saying: Got a $10 head? Then get a $10 helmet. Beyond witty sayisms, there...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Helmets, novelty helmet, novelty helmets
novelty helmet, novelty helmets, concrete sidewalk: I doubt you know as much about the DOT standards as you think, to ask such a question. But I ll try to help. I m sure novelty helmets offers some level of protection, maybe from small objects (eggs, cicadas, walnuts) falling out of the sky and landing directly...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda CB250 Nighthawk, honda cb250, jumper cables
honda cb250, jumper cables, brightest thing: Sounds like you just ran the battery down. Pull the battery and charge it on a charger or by hooking it up with jumper cables to a running car for a half hour or so. (DON T jump start the bike with the car!) Should start right up. Might need some fresh gas....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda handling problems, wheel bearing, two planes
wheel bearing, two planes, knackered: I ll have a go at this, although the information you have given poses as many questions as it asks! Remember first that this bike is over 30 years old and any number of it s components could be well passed their. best performance. What do you know of the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow exhaust, torque curve, inch holes
torque curve, inch holes, motorcycle owners: Hi Jim, Thanks for the question. I m glad to see you recognize the silly machismo of a loud exhaust. But lets just be guys about it and recognize that a nice bike with a solid exhaust note is a thing of beauty and enjoyment (that way I can also rationalize...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow VT600 Engine Problem basics?, honda shadow vt600, slow circles
honda shadow vt600, slow circles, cirlces: Hi James, A VT600 should not be burnng that much oil. Clean oil does get dirty in a hurry- that s normal. But you should not be losing it so quickly. Most likely it is going out the tailpipes a tiny bit at a time. It sounds like your bike is very out of...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Shadow VT600 VLX Dlx, honda shadow vt600, new spark
honda shadow vt600, new spark, everyday use: Forgive me but mechanics are not my specialty. You may want a second opinion, but here s what I d recommend: A warped rotor such as you describe is not a major problem, but it does compromise your braking performance and will continue to get worse. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Honda Silverwing ABS Scooter, honda silverwing scooter, motorcycle safety foundation
honda silverwing scooter, motorcycle safety foundation, honda silverwing abs: Hi Michael, Thanks for the questions. I am going to assume you are in the United States (I get questions from all over the world). Because of the engine size, you will need a motorcycle endorsement to legally ride a Honda Silverwing scooter. You need...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: handle change on harley fxstc, worst case scenario, buckhorns
worst case scenario, buckhorns, drag bars: Robert, If you re changing the bars because the bike doesn t fit you properly, you already know what shape you want the bars to be. If you re trying to change the look of the bike, then you probably already know what you want the bars to look like. Ultimately,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: handling, inexperienced riders, oncoming traffic
inexperienced riders, oncoming traffic, redline: I m presuming in my answer that when you say the bike drifts you mean it follows a line out of the corner that is wider than you intended. This would bring the risk of taking you off the road on one side, or putting you into the lane of oncoming traffic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: hard shifting, 2006 suzuki gsx, gixxer 600
2006 suzuki gsx, gixxer 600, sport bikes: Second question first: yes it s okay to skip gears, and to just squeeze in the clutch and downshift without releasing the clutch. First question: it is my experience that bikes, especially sport bikes, are reluctant to shift unless you re accelerating,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harley davidson's, ben bostrom, harley davidson
ben bostrom, harley davidson, jsp: Not anymore, to my knowledge. They had an AMA class from about 1990-1997 for the 883 (was how Ben Bostrom made a name for himself). Some clubs may still have an 883 class, and I d imagine there are some H-Ds still running flat track racing. Here is some...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: harleys, harley owner, electrical components
harley owner, electrical components, suspension components: I am not a Harley owner or expert, so I don t know firsthand. But from what I have heard, the answer is no. There are quite a few parts on stock H-Ds that come from foreign countries, I believe the suspension components are a major one, also some electrical...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: head light bulb, dim bulb, light bulb
dim bulb, light bulb, bulbs: If I understand you correctly, one of your bulbs is fine and the other dim. Replace the dim bulb with one identical to the one that s working well. You might even ask the shop what are the most powerful bulbs that will fit your bike. The headlight does...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: the height and weight u need, yamaha fzr400, ex500
yamaha fzr400, ex500, height and weight: The 600s are pretty tall. You ll have to sit on an R6 to really see if the fit is right. You may decide you re better off with a different 600, or a smaller bike--a Yamaha FZR400 might be the ticket, or an older CBR600. The GS500, EX500, and SV650 all are...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: helmet laws, blunt force trauma, full face helmet
blunt force trauma, full face helmet, full face helmets: Rod, Thanks for the question. The helmet question has been one of the most devisive and controversial issues in the history of motorcycling. Some riders refuse to ride with a helmet, others won t ride without one. Some think they are the single most...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: how should i hold myself up on a sportbike?, suzuki gsxr, grab rails
suzuki gsxr, grab rails, sport bikes: Unfortunately there is no correct way. On a sportbike, generally I agree with what you re doing--holding yourself up by the gas tank. This is especially good when sport riding (as opposed to just putzing around). But like anything, getting used to it is...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: honda electrical, vf750 magna, honda vf750
vf750 magna, honda vf750, jumper box: Ari, Honestly when you start getting problems like that you usually have to look into a whole new elictrical system. You might be able to find a guy selling a 94 VF750. Otherwise, you might be able to look around at local shops because usually you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: honda goldwing, motorcycle makers, national corporations
motorcycle makers, national corporations, japanese bike: Thanks for the question. Most likely, the engine was built in Japan, then shipped to Ohio for insertion into the bike. This is common practice for both foreign carmakers and motorcycle makers. I also know that some engine sub sets or subsystems ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: honda, honda h100s, wiring loom
honda h100s, wiring loom, fly wheel: I am sorry, I cannot tell you how to connect the wires on your bike. You need to find a shop manual that contains electrical diagrams and work from that, or take it to a mechanic. My apologies. I m more of a safety expert than electrical wiring expert....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, cylinder bikes, cruiser motorcycles
cylinder bikes, cruiser motorcycles, v twins: Not to my knowledge. All the money in manufacturing cruiser motorcycles is in copying H-D these days. There s probably a reason for it--the V2 has a good range of torque, whereas the I4 has quite a peaky powerband. I think it comes down to how the rider...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, 1985 kawasaki eliminator, honda magnas
1985 kawasaki eliminator, honda magnas, yamaha v max: Joe, Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, there are no more inline-4 cruisers being offered from any major bike maker. While you and probably many other riders would like a good inline-4 cruiser, there is just not enough demand for them to warrant the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inline 4-cylinder cruisers, cylinder bikes, v twins
cylinder bikes, v twins, max hi: Hi Joe, Interesting point you have there. You re right - somewhere in the 80s, the market for 4-cylinder inlines dwindled, and with it the manufacturers stopped their development efforts in this direction. There are lots of good 4-cyl sports and sports tourers...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube failure expert, tire blowouts, tube failure
tire blowouts, tube failure, motorcycle tire: I apologize in advance for being presumptuous: I d give it up before this guy wastes too much of your time. If you re going after the tube company, you re going to lose. The guy who said it was a tube failure was probably the guy who installed it. Catastrophic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Inner tube installation, motorcycle repair shops, quarter ounce
motorcycle repair shops, quarter ounce, tubeless tires: I am an aficionado of radial tubeless tires, so I don t have much experience with tubes. If I recall, there is no nut used inside the tube. It is a rubber stopper around the base of the stem. The outer nut is used to pull the stopper up against the inside...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Insurance, insurance estimates, ninja 250
insurance estimates, ninja 250, sport bikes: You are required to have liability insurance on all street vehicles in Minnesota. I don t know what a CRD 600 is...I assume you mean a CBR600. When I was 20, I wanted to buy one, and the insurance estimates were $2500-4000 a year. You d best start looking...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: ignition switch, wd 40, salvage yards
wd 40, salvage yards, cb900c: Hi Bill, Thanks for the question. Could be a couple of things. The ignition switch where you put the key in may be dirty on the inside, or the key may be worn, or both. Also, the inside of the ignition could be worn as well. It is 25 years old, after...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: importance of experience and training in avoiding m/c accidents?, internet correspondence, zone unknown
internet correspondence, zone unknown, new bikes: This is a complex question that may require more than Internet correspondence. (If you want to talk in person, feel free to look up my work phone number at www.motorcyclesafety.org under contact us .) Overall, no matter how stupid the rider was (there...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: inexpensive to make street legal?, kawasaki kdx 200, honda crf 250
kawasaki kdx 200, honda crf 250, conversion cost: The rules and costs for different states vary, but I can give you some general advice: The cost to buy the street kit is pretty minimal: $75-150 for the lights, horn, whatever is involved. If you put it all together yourself, there is of course no cost,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: initial pick, two stroke engines, fastest bikes
two stroke engines, fastest bikes, hiyabusa: My recommendation is to read up on the bikes you re interested in purchasing in motorcycle magazines and online. You ll find good stats and comparisons at webbikeworld.com, totalmotorcycle.com, and various forums. Generally, the bigger the engine, the faster...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: insurance, etc., motorcycle license, skill test
motorcycle license, skill test, learning curve: These are tough questions to answer. There are many, many variables to consider. I m not familiar with California laws, but you may very well need a license for the scooter. Generally, anything above 50 cc or 2 hp or can go more than 30 mph is considered...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: isle of man tt, tourist trophy, isle of man tt
tourist trophy, isle of man tt, trophy race: ML, Thanks for the question. TT (or, correctly: T.T.) stands for Tourist Trophy . In England, Tourist Trophy is a fancy way of saying race . Kind of like Gran Prix or GP in Spanish, which is where we get the MotoGP racing series. If...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: jacks, kawasaki vulcan 1600, kawasaki vulcan 1600 classic
kawasaki vulcan 1600, kawasaki vulcan 1600 classic, vulcan 1600 classic: Hi, I would recommend a bike lift or stand; you can buy one online or at most bigger bike shops. If you’re good with a welder, you could fashion a set of your own too. Most simple lifts will lift either the front or rear wheel, or both. Never lift against...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Another Katana Question, suzuki katana 600, suzuki motorcycles
suzuki katana 600, suzuki motorcycles, import motorcycle: Kat, Yes, I remember your first question. The old nickname for the Katana that I remember was can-a-tuna . It had nothing to do with disrespecting the bike. Most bikes (especially from Japan) have nicknames. The GSXR Suzukis are commonly called Gixxers...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kawasaki KX 125 Starting problems, kawasaki kx 125, stator
kawasaki kx 125, stator, kawi: Hi James, Sounds to me like you need to have the carburetor taken apart and either cleaned or rebuilt. If no one has started the bike or drained the carb of gas since you last saw it, those few months that went by allowed the gas in the carb to evaporate,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Kickstarting, tae quon, mr hahn
tae quon, mr hahn, pimp daddy: This sounds like a case of biting off more than you re ready to chew! The big twins have always been notoriously tough to kick over (I ve heard of people breaking ankles when they get it wrong!) though I think the more modern versions are a little easier,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: kickstart problems, harley evo, compression issue
harley evo, compression issue, custom harley: Remi, Since the engine is turning freely with no compression, sounds like a definite problem in the valve train. I thought maybe the kickstart linkage might have been the problem, but since you say the open primary is turning, that is not it. Again,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: knee-down, racing leathers, kent larson
racing leathers, kent larson, talented rider: Buy a good set of racing leathers (one piece) with knee pucks. Buy the best pair of boots you can afford. Buy the best pair of gloves you can afford. Buy a new helmet, back protector, and about 24 bottles of water. Buy the stickiest street tires you can find...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: knowing how to ride safely a wild horse, vacuum effect, yamaha xs
vacuum effect, yamaha xs, petcock: Ric, Don t ever run your bike in the PRI position. That stands for prime , and it s only used when the carburetor is empty after storage. It allows the free-flow of gas into the carb and if left parked in the prime position it will fill your engine with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: L.E.D. Lights, kawasaki zzr, auxiliary lamps
kawasaki zzr, auxiliary lamps, spot lamps: Ok from what I have found technically it is not a law if you have them. It would however be against the law if the lights were flashing. The smart thing to do in my opinion is to call your local law enforcment and just ask them about it. I do know that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Leaning Fear, suzuki katana 600, design geometry
suzuki katana 600, design geometry, bt 020: Hi Tom, Leaning a bike is something that you need to work up to in order to build confidence. There are many ways to look at these questions. Technically accurate answers: A bike at the limit is on a knife edge of traction--only experts (such as roadracers...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Leaning into turns, target fixation, self consciousness
target fixation, self consciousness, mental barriers: That s a tough one. Psychological/mental barriers (fears) can be hard to identify and even harder to correct. I have trouble with left handers too. I have not yet figured out exactly how to solve it. I think it has to do with the fact that the edge/shoulder...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Leathers, spidi leathers, dainese leathers
spidi leathers, dainese leathers, motorcycle leathers: Hello Ben I have found this link: http://www99.epinions.com/auto-Motorsports-Accessories-All-Spidi_Factory_Jacket I favour Alpinestars and Revit, but if Spidi leathers fit, go with them. Here is there site : http://www.spidi.com/ Good Luck Nigel...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Licence, motorcycle endorsement, states in the usa
motorcycle endorsement, states in the usa, wes: Wes, In most states in the USA, if the bike is over 50cc, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your license in order to ride a bike legally. Check with your local DMV to see what the specific rules are for where you live. Riding without a license...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Little and new, wrong bike, decent shape
wrong bike, decent shape, msf class: Pamela, Thanks for the question, and yes I do get it a lot, but it is by far the most important question I get. Let me say first that you are doing all the correct things to get started, both from a safety point of view and from a financial one. Many...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Loss of traction, wet pavement, slippery surfaces
wet pavement, slippery surfaces, downshifting: The most efficient braking is a combination of about 75/25 front/rear brake. On slippery surfaces it may be more like 50/50. It sounds like you did the right thing, kept steering into the skid and allowing your bike to recover. When it s wet, you need to plan...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: late fees, honda dealership, vehicle inspections
honda dealership, vehicle inspections, types of vehicles: Every state has different policies regarding vehicle inspections. (In my state, we don t even have them!) Many states do have different policies for different types of vehicles (passenger car, semi truck, motorcycle, et al.) so it wouldn t surprise me if the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: law, safety helmet, police motorcycle
safety helmet, police motorcycle, motorcycle training: Hello Ian. The minimum recommended age for a pillion passenger is around 7yrs old. Although there is currently no minimum legal age for a person to ride pillion, it is strongly advised that they have parental consent, wear a properly fitting and specially...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: license plate placement laws, pennsylvania motorcycle, motorcycle safety
pennsylvania motorcycle, motorcycle safety, www pamsp com: I m not even sure I could answer that question for Minnesota, and that s where I live! I m sorry but I can t possibly know every law for every state. I m more of a motorcycle safety guy--general stuff, not statutes for states 1000 miles away from me. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: lower highway rpms, rear sprocket, great shape
rear sprocket, great shape, speed limits: Lox- Well you know this is something that I am not to sharp on but I will give you my best answer anyways. You know smaller engines in a sense are made to run at higher RPM s. So somtimes if the engine is running at lower RPMs is can bog down. The only...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Making my Softail a Hardtail, mid eighties, softail frame
mid eighties, softail frame, motorcycle forums: The softail frame is probably strong enough for it, but it was designed for suspension components, and subjecting it to the hardtail stresses might cause other problems, especially in handling. A good source for information like this is online motorcycle...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Max size tire, kawasaki vulcan 800, size tire
kawasaki vulcan 800, size tire, google: There shouldn t be any safety issues with fitting a larger tire on the rear. I can t tell you whether it would fit or not. My recommendation is to find an Internet forum of Vulcan 800 enthusiasts and see what other people are running. Google search: Kawasaki...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Mileage, correct tyre pressure, fuel air mixture
correct tyre pressure, fuel air mixture, better mileage: Hi Biju, Thanks for writing to me. The fuel efficiency you re getting is not too bad for an RXG. However, you can try and get a few more kmpl (maybe 38 - 40 kmpl.). 1) Get your carburetor tuned for fuel efficiency. This is done by making the fuel-air mixture...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Minor Repair, suzuki volusia 800, pickle fork
suzuki volusia 800, pickle fork, rubber mallet: Craig, Thanks for the question. Sounds like you ve pinched the brake pedal onto the post. Normally, once you remove the nut on the collar, the pedal should slide of easily. However, if the bike went over and hit the pedal, it could warp the clasp area and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: MOTOCYCLE, swingarm bearings, engine gaskets
swingarm bearings, engine gaskets, police bikes: Ron, Thanks for the questions. How long a bike lasts depends on several factors: how it s used, who made it, how it s been cared for and what size it is. Obviously, bikes that are abused don t last long. But for the most part (and this is very generalized),...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Moped license??, moped scooter, rising gas prices
moped scooter, rising gas prices, motorcycle license: Nick, Thanks for the email. In most states, you can ride a moped (or scooter) 49cc or smaller with a regular driver s license. IF the moped/scooter is larger than that, you will need to get an endorsement. Things to look for in a moped/scooter include...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Mopeds??, wear eye protection, motorcycle license
wear eye protection, motorcycle license, rising gas prices: A moped or a motorcycle is a great idea to beat the high cost of gas. In Wisconsin a Class D license will suffice for a moped, but the definition of a moped is 50cc or less and capable of no more than 30mph. When buying, watch out--there are lots of vehicles...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Mopeds, license endorsement, motorcycle companies
license endorsement, motorcycle companies, speed traffic: Mike, Thanks for the question. I ll be very honest with you: since you are uninterested in getting training or a license endorsement for riding a motorcycle and think helmets are stupid, I must for your safety recommend you do not get a motorcycle of...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motocross choice, midrange torque, choice bill
midrange torque, choice bill, motocross bike: Jim, Thanks for the question. For the most part, manufacturers don t have guidelines as to what size people should ride which bikes. My thinking on the matter is that you are probably at the top of the scale weight-wise for the 125 class, and would...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motocross, motorcycle forums, road motorcycle
motorcycle forums, road motorcycle, 125cc: Sorry, I can t answer your question. I don t know enough about you or off road motorcycling to be of much help. My recommendation is that you jump online and find motocross or off-road motorcycle forums where people share stories and information. There...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Which Motorcycle for me?, suzuki dr125, msf course
suzuki dr125, msf course, sport style: Take the MSF course first, before you do anything. After that, find a place to practice away from traffic and pedestrians. It takes a good six to twelve months to get used to a new bike, and to get used to riding. A college offers lots of distraction that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: What Motorcycle Brand, jap bikes, motorcycle brand
jap bikes, motorcycle brand, quality sports: Hi Brandom, Thanks for writing to me. The scope of your question is very large....what class of bike are you looking at? How big do you want your engine to be? New or used? Very broadly speaking, Jap bikes offer good value-for-money, and perform well....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle control, ape hangers, yamaha fzr1000
ape hangers, yamaha fzr1000, inexperienced rider: The FZR is a race-replica sportbike with what we call a dedicated riding position. The low, clip-on handlebars are the best for racebikes. On the street they require a bit of compromise. However, the problem is not necessarily the handlebars, but the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle conversion, trike conversions, fltc
trike conversions, fltc, undue stress: William, I don t have much experience with three-wheelers, conversions, or the Safe Stop device, so I will put it this way: Trikes drive like a car, but are more dangerous than cars because you re still vulnerable as a motorcyclist. The Safe Stop...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Differences, engine coolant, yamaha v star
engine coolant, yamaha v star, shaft drive: Erin, Thanks for the question. Truthfully, as a beginning rider, either the Honda Shadow VLX 650 or the Yamaha V-Star Custom will work fine as a first bike. The differences between the two are small and inconsequential. They are identical in layout and...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle hire in Arizona, highway 89a, motorcycle hire
highway 89a, motorcycle hire, motorcycle license: I cannot say for sure, but knowing this country, if you can fog a mirror they ll hire you out a couple of bikes. I would guess as long as you have a motorcycle license or instruction permit and the $$$ to make it happen you ll get the bikes. Best to check...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle ignition key will not turn to on, suzuki bandit, new bike
suzuki bandit, new bike, motorcycle: Is the steering locked? If yes, try to force the steering to the LOCKED side, then turn the key. If that doesn t help... Did the key ever turn since you had the bike? If yes, does the bike have more than one key? If yes, did you try to other...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle insurance in CA, personal injury protection, motorcycle community
personal injury protection, motorcycle community, motorcycle insurance: There are very few, if any, states that do not require at least liability coverage for any vehicle in use on public roads. I have never heard of California not requiring insurance for motorcycles...that would be kind of a big deal in the motorcycle community....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Japanese Huyabusa, suzuki hayabusa gsx1300r, kawasaki zx 12r
suzuki hayabusa gsx1300r, kawasaki zx 12r, fastest production bike: D, Thanks for the question. The Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R began production in 1997. The name Hayabusa is Japanese for falcon or bird of prey . When the bike came out, not everyone was hot on the curvy organic style, but some people thought...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle license, motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle licenses
motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle licenses, motorcycle license: Nick, it varies from state to state. You d want to ask that question of the licensing authority in your state. If that s Minnesota, I can help, but if it s not, I can t. Generally, the process for the license is a knowledge test for an instruction permit,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle lifespan /expectancy, average lifespan, honda vfr
average lifespan, honda vfr, gold wings: I don t have access to data so I can only give you my impression. I think the biggest determinant of how long a bike lasts is how well it s maintained, but a close second is literally the price of the bike. Expensive touring bikes seem to last longer. The...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle lifespan, gas guzzler, cost benefit analysis
gas guzzler, cost benefit analysis, bmw motorcycles: For most older motorcycles, 10K miles is about the equivalent of 50K miles on a car. As you probably know, many Japanese-made cars regularly achieve 150K miles, or even twice that, with proper care and maintenance. Japanese motorcycles, therefore, should expect...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Repair, yamaha v star 650, yamaha v star
yamaha v star 650, yamaha v star, yamaha dealer: Drew, Thanks for the question. Sorry you lost your key. Go look on at the ignition on your bike. Where the key goes in, there my be some numbers printed right near the keyhole. Write them down exactly as they appear. Take your bike title to a Yamaha...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Safety, motorcycle safety, chinstrap
motorcycle safety, chinstrap, emt: Please forgive me for the late reply. I was on vacation but couldn t seem to change my away time on the allexperts administration pages before I left. Never tried it or heard of it, but it seems like a great idea to have it right on the chinstrap, especially...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Size, suzuki dr 400, bmw 650cs
suzuki dr 400, bmw 650cs, suzuki sv650: Find yourself a used Suzuki SV650 (twin). More generically, find a two-cylinder motorcycle 700cc or less, or a four-cylinder motorcycle 500cc or less. If money is no object, consider a BMW 650CS (city sport) one-cylinder bike. Very tall, freaky fun....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Stopping Distance, motorcycle safety course, bike brakes
motorcycle safety course, bike brakes, debate rages: Ah, the debate rages on. It was probably true in 1980. And it is probably true that bikes can stop faster than cars today...BUT. Modern bike brakes are fantastic. But modern car brakes, especially with the advent of antilock braking systems, are fantastic...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle safety rating, displacement problem, italian bikes
displacement problem, italian bikes, british bikes: Hello Gary. Sorry to hear about your accident, I hope you can still manage with all that you want. I too had a major accident many years ago and damaged my spine. I have to be careful about how bikes are balanced at low speed and at rest. With regard to your...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle selection, motor cross bikes, kawasaki kz650
motor cross bikes, kawasaki kz650, sport tourer: Jeremy, you ve made a wise choice in taking the safety course first. That s the best way to start again in your motorcycle career. As much as I would love to pro and con all the naked bikes out there, there simply is not a better one available than the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle size, honda nighthawk 650, kawasaki zephyr
honda nighthawk 650, kawasaki zephyr, motorcycle size: If you were able to safely handle the Nighthawk, felt confident on it, and had at least a couple years of experience on it, I believe you would be okay on the Zephyr. Bear in mind it will take upwards of 6 months to get used to it--to become familiar with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle Tipover, concise answer, how to ride a motorcycle
concise answer, how to ride a motorcycle, tipover: Mike, I wish I had a concise answer for this. Since I don t, I m going to give you a few things to think about. Rule #1: Don t put yourself into a position in which you have to stop while leaning. This may seem overly simple, but if you always make it a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle tire pressure, motorcycle tire, factory construction
motorcycle tire, factory construction, tire pressures: Those tire pressures were for the original tires that came on the bike from the factory. Construction was far different back then. I cannot imagine being able to control that LTD (what is it, like 850 pounds?) on pressures that low. Pressure is very much...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycle, honda cb450, harley sportster
honda cb450, harley sportster, royal enfield: Tony, Thanks for the question. Generally, the current offerings from Royal Enfield are considered to be a curious mix of qualities. Essentially a modern classic but lacking in the modern , it s still the same bike you could buy in India (which is...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycles, suzuki vx 800, suzuki service
suzuki vx 800, suzuki service, motorcycle engine: John, Thanks for the question. I always liked the VX800, it was a great idea and everyone I ve known that owns one refuses to part with it. It was ahead of it s time for sure. It doesn t sound like it s a huge problem, and the little tipover probably...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycles for 5 year olds, riding dirt bikes, valentino rossi
riding dirt bikes, valentino rossi, proper insurance: Where are you in the world? If you can t answer your own query in Google, I ll see what I can dig up for you. Valentino Rossi started when he was 3. If your son is motivated and already balances a bicycle well, go for it. Yes, motorcycling is a relatively...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Motorcycles, salvage title, perfect alignment
salvage title, perfect alignment, insure one: Jon, Thanks for the question. It s a pretty easy answer: NEVER buy a motorcycle with a salvage title. Motorcyles are not like cars. If a car has been crashed and repaired, you can come pretty close to the original alignment and the car is perfectly drivable....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: I'm new at this, suzuki sv650, suzuki bikes
suzuki sv650, suzuki bikes, hilly area: Hi Sam You are not alone when it comes to choosing a suitable motorbike, due to your build. Do want to go for a custom or street bike. I have taught a number of women and they seem very happy with the Suzuki SV650. It has the power and has a good seat...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: machanical, fuel injection system, money effort
fuel injection system, money effort, fi system: Most carbed bikes produced within the last 15 or so years are very good at what they do and don t require much work to be kept running well. Only thing aside from maybe synching the carbs when needed is to ride the bike. As long as the bike doesn t sit for...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: mantinence, home mechanic, operational life
home mechanic, operational life, driveline: Each type has its own pros and cons. Chain-Pro Easy to maintain Cheap and easy to replace Properly maintained I ve had them last 23k miles and still going strong Cons Can be a bit louder then other methods,especially when nearing end of operational life....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: how many miles a bike can cover in a single day, endurance riders, good weather
endurance riders, good weather, good roads: This depends on many things: you, the bike, the type of roads, the weather, and the time of year. Endurance riders can ride 1000 miles a day. I, personally, have gone up to 700 miles in a day on an 800cc bike. A 100cc bike can probably cover up to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped in HK, honda mopeds, suzuski
honda mopeds, suzuski, country roads: Hello Jason, I am intimatly familiar the Hong Kong Moped environment. One simple rule exists - if you want dependability, buy a Honda. Lifespan? I ve seen some Honda mopeds in Vietnam what have over 1,000,000K and they are still going strong. Shabby...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped/motor bike, cosmetic design, mike thanks
cosmetic design, mike thanks, city traffic: Mike, Thanks for the question. I typically do not recommend anyone get a moped, you are safer riding a bicycle. They are too small, too underpowered, and the brakes are too weak. They are also hard to see. Please don t get one. If you wrote moped...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: moped and travel, 250cc scooter, moped scooter
250cc scooter, moped scooter, high mileage: I guess that depends on what you mean by travel. A small scooter is not a bad choice for day trips, but it s carrying capacity is probably lacking when it comes to multi-day, high mileage trips. A small scooter is not good for Interstate highway...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle, japanese bikes, indian motorcycles
japanese bikes, indian motorcycles, heavy maintenance: Hi William, Thanks for the question, and congrats on your retirement. I ll have to warn you away from Indian motorcycles, unfortunately. Nice bikes to be sure, but since the company went out business (yet again) last year, if you were to have a problem,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle classes, motorcycle courses, motorcycle classes
motorcycle courses, motorcycle classes, state entity: The state program runs moped and basic and advanced motorcycle courses from April through September at about 30 different locations across Minnesota. See www.motorcyclesafety.org or call 800-407-6677 for a course near you. Riders Edge and CSS offer courses...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle and dog, motorcycle with sidecar, lab puppy
motorcycle with sidecar, lab puppy, minnesota winter: I ve heard great things about the Ural. At motorbyte.com in the MMM section, there s a recent article somewhere in which the editor expounds on how great it is and how he rode it all through the Minnesota winter last year. I know personally of at least...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle exhaust, suzuki intruder 1500 lc, intruder 1500 lc
suzuki intruder 1500 lc, intruder 1500 lc, suzuki intruder 1500: Not really my expertise to answer questions about modifications but I can tell you that D.I.Y. alterations such as drilling holes and removing baffles from the exhaust is not only illegal but will also severely affect the performance of the machine. You want...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle helmets, open face helmet, full face helmet
open face helmet, full face helmet, vn1500 drifter: Laure, This is a tough question since there are many different styles and types of helmets. As a motorcycle safety expert, I can tell you the following: 1. The BEST protection is afforded by a full-face helmet. The chinbar prevent serious facial damage...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle help, motorcycle safety foundation, car mileage
motorcycle safety foundation, car mileage, 500cc: Sébastien, Thanks for the question. Before you buy a bike, you need to get some basic rider training. I m not sure where it is you live, but I m pretty sure it s not the U.S. Here, we have a program call the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and they offer...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle laws, ohio dept of public safety, motorcycle endorsement
ohio dept of public safety, motorcycle endorsement, law enforcers: It s not common for law enforcement, or even the DMV/DOT/DPS employees to know stuff like this. Motorcycles are only about 3% of all the vehicles on the road, and 3-wheelers only a fraction of that. This sort of question is not often asked. For complete...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle operation, motorcycle rider safety, msf course
motorcycle rider safety, msf course, safety circuit: Chris, Thanks for the question. I am amazed (and a little sad) that you could take and pass the MSF course yet still not have this skill. Never the less, I ll give you some pointers. It sounds like you already understand how to use the clutch when...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle problem, suzuki gsxr 750, carborator
suzuki gsxr 750, carborator, oil cap: Gasoline doesn t stay fresh very long. It gets old (within a couple months!), its chemical properties deteriorate, and it evaporates, leaving behind a gummy residue that interferes with the carb assemblies, which are very finely tuned and need to be perfectly...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: two motorcycle problems, sudden jolts, kawasaki 440
sudden jolts, kawasaki 440, grounding wire: It is hard to say, but the problems are probably related. Even one loose or grounding wire somewhere can cause all sorts of wierd electrical problems. My guess is the problem is with the charging system. Have the battery tested to make sure it isn t bad, then...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle racing, aaron yates, motorcycle racing
aaron yates, motorcycle racing, wera: Yes they do, in AMA, WSB, MotoGP, and clubs like CCS, WERA, CRA, etc. etc. etc. There are so many riders I couldn t possibly name them all. John Hopkins rides for Suzuki in MotoGP, he s probably the biggest name for them. I know Loris Capirossi just signed...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle racing - reply, casey stoner, motorcycle race
casey stoner, motorcycle race, motorcycle racing: Hello Adam I would love to answer this question, but it is too open ended. What race, which category, which country. For instance Moto GP, the last race at Philip Island in Australia was Casey Stoner on his Ducati. Can you see where I am coming from...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle repair, optimum safety, v rod
optimum safety, v rod, escape routes: I can only answer the question so far as it relates to how you did the off ; I have no expertise on insurance claims. Sorry you went down, but for future reference you may like to consider some advanced training in techniques that would give you a better...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle riding, stroke motorcycles, stroke bikes
stroke motorcycles, stroke bikes, circular structure: Abdul, please forgive me for being so late in this reply. Due to a partial state government shutdown, I was unable to access my email here (which is how I communicate with Allexperts). To answer your first question, adding a passenger doubles the amount...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle safety, adverse camber, british bikes
adverse camber, british bikes, hong kong police: From an advanced riding perspective, the less rigidity in the rules you give riders to ride by the better. It encourages riders to think for themselves and adapt what they do to the circumstances. Newer riders often prefer rules to follow! Recall that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle safety, yamaha venture royale, disc rotor
yamaha venture royale, disc rotor, dear sirs: For routine maintenance replacing the pads and bleeding out any air should be sufficient. However, if the brake had been binding, i.e. the pads dragging on the disc (rotor), you should check the operation of the pistons and the condition of the seals. ...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle suggestions, 2005 suzuki sv650s, triumph street triple 675
2005 suzuki sv650s, triumph street triple 675, gsx r1000: You are really tall enough to ride most bikes and particularly lucky in that a lot of your height is in your legs. Many people don t make enough use of the height they have. You only need to put one foot down positively. This is better than tip-toeing about...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: when motorcycle is tipping, speed technique, msf course
speed technique, msf course, mark thanks: Mark, Thanks for the question. If you feel the bike is going to go over, definitely get AWAY from the bike as it goes over. Get your feet off the pegs and hop off. You will get injured (probably in the leg) if you try to remain on the bike and save...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle tire pressures, correct tire pressure, motorcycle owner
correct tire pressure, motorcycle owner, motorcycle tire: Tire pressure is as individual a choice as oil, choice of tire, choice of riding gear, whether or not to wear a helmet, etc. If you want to set it and forget it, go with what your motorcycle owner s manual says. It s also probably on the bike somewhere....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycle, kelly blue book, motorcycle news
kelly blue book, motorcycle news, euro model: Richard, Thanks for the question. Kelly Blue Book does have a section for motorcycles. You can access it online at www.kbb.com. It s a sub-heading on the lower left. Works just like the car section! As for reviews of older bikes, I d check out www.motorcycledaily.com...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: motorcycles, traffic condition, gear lever
traffic condition, gear lever, road speed: Apologies for the delay in replying. I ve been moving home. Principle first: gears are for going; brakes are for stopping. Although you may change down to a gear that is appropriate for a particular speed or traffic condition, you should not use the gears...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Bike, yamaha yzf, new bike
yamaha yzf, new bike, r600: Hi Amandeep, Thanks for your question....although dealers may be a little expensive for a used bike, it definitely is better than buying a used bike online. Dealrer bikes are generally more reliable. Alernatively, you could get a mechanic to look at a...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Bike, kawasaki eliminator 125, kawasaki ninja 250
kawasaki eliminator 125, kawasaki ninja 250, kawasaki ke 100: Hi Elizabeth, Congrats! A whole new world is about to open up to you! Bikes come in four general categories: a standard, dual sport, cruiser, or sport bike. For a first bike, limit the size to 650cc for a 2-cylinder, 500cc for a 4-cylinder. Here are...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Bike, yamaha yzf, yzf600
yamaha yzf, yzf600, sportbikes: Andy, Thanks for the question. When shopping for a bike, it s best to use all resources at hand. You ll probably find the best price for a bike online (watch the fine print, though). The best place to check out how a bike really looks and fits you is at...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New bike - Try a HARLEY, harley davidson 883, honda 250
harley davidson 883, honda 250, night hawk: Hello David I am doing a course at present with a lady who is new to motorcycling who thought by having a small capacity motorcycle, it would help her riding. In England there are some restrictions and she couldn t ride anything more then 33bhp, so she...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New bike, better bikes, honda shadow
better bikes, honda shadow, best bike: Comfortwise, an 1100 will be a much better cruiser. But because you re a newer rider, you need to start with something smaller. Fortunately, most of the smaller cruisers are also very comfortable. I recommend buying a cruiser 650-800cc maximum, and plan...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Rider, suzuki katana 600, protection gloves
suzuki katana 600, protection gloves, how to ride a motorcycle: Before you ever get on a bike, take the MSF Basic Rider Course. Call 800-446-9227. Sign up now, there is often a wait. Next: buy and read the book How to Ride a Motorcycle: A Rider s Guide to Strategy, Safety, and Skill Development. That will tell you...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Rider & A 1994 VFR, suzuki gse 500, concrete light poles
suzuki gse 500, concrete light poles, honda vfr: Hi Mike, Thanks for the question. The easy answer to this question is “heck, if you feel comfortable on the bike and like to sport tour, then get it!” However, things are rarely that simple. The fact that you have taken two riding courses and are...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Rider, sportster, curves
sportster, curves, xl: The XL is too much motorcycle for a beginner. I wouldn t say it s too powerful, but the weight of the bike can be a lot to manage. A much better choice would be a bike in the 250-650cc range. Spend a couple years learning to ride on a smaller bike, then...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Rider, yamaha virago 250, 125cc scooter
yamaha virago 250, 125cc scooter, ninja 250: For your age and size, I recommend something like a Yamaha Virago 250, Nighthawk 250, or Ninja 250, depending on the style of motorcycle you want. Also consider a 125cc scooter. There are about a million models to choose from, they re cheap, insurance is...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New Rider!!, gravel surfaces, honda aero
gravel surfaces, honda aero, gravel road: Don t make the mistake of expecting too much of yourself. It is great that you took the BRC and passed, but that s only the beginning. It will take months--years--to get good at riding a larger street bike. And low speed turning maneuvers like U-turns are...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New rider, fender benders, honda 550
fender benders, honda 550, msf course: If I were to ever buy an H-D, it d be a Road King. However, anything bigger than the Sportster is too much motorcycle for you to start with. I generally recommend that new riders go no larger than a 650 (2-cyl) or 500 (4-cyl) for a first bike. Too many...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: New rider. 50/50 on bike size for first bike, holistic perspective, mini bikes
holistic perspective, mini bikes, art machine: What People Say and What People Mean #2: “Start Small” If you’re going approach motorcycling from a holistic perspective, your first real act of intelligence will be what you choose for your first bike. When experienced riders tell you to start small,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Novice Riding Fear, honda goldwing 1800, motorcycle course
honda goldwing 1800, motorcycle course, positio: Hi Walt, I am glad you asked this question. There are too many riders in exactly your position falling down and getting hurt these days. My advice: Sign up for the Basic RiderCourse class pronto, even if it means you have to wait until September....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: neck pain, kawasaki vulcan 1500, long periods of time
kawasaki vulcan 1500, long periods of time, stretching exercises: For whatever reason, your body positioning is causing you to put undue strain on your neck. Aches and pains are common to riding for long periods of time. It also has to do with your level of physical fitness and flexibility. Every year, when the snow...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: One-down (or up) from neutral - why, old bikes, clutch cable
old bikes, clutch cable, race bikes: Harry, Thanks for the question. I m not really sure why or how neutral ended up between 1st and 2nd, and my research failed to provide a good answer. Most likely, engineers found that gearboxes were breaking when riders were gearing down (engine braking)...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new bike, harley 883, harley dealer
harley 883, harley dealer, rear shocks: Hi Kathy, OK, $15,000 is more like it! I was wondering if that was a typo... I ll stick with my original recommendation for the Harley 883 Hugger. However, since you now have more money to spend (ha ha), keep in mind that if there is another Harley that...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new coils, honda cb550, volt line
honda cb550, volt line, thinking caps: I d love to help but I ain t no electrician! But let s put our thinking caps on. Wire is designed to carry a certain amount of current. If the current is too strong, the wire will overheat and start on fire. So fuses are placed between the wire and the...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new rider,,, first bike, kawasaki eliminator 250, suzuki savage 650
kawasaki eliminator 250, suzuki savage 650, honda shadow vlx: Either bike would be okay, you d learn a lot faster and develop confidence quicker with the Rebel, which is very light and easy to manage. The Shadow is rather long and heavy and would be harder to learn on. You should also take a look at the Yamaha Virago...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new tires for my bike., tire profiles, sized tires
tire profiles, sized tires, google: When in doubt, throw em out. Regardless of the tread left, if they re more than three years old they should be replaced. They get hard, cracked, and blue, and they re what connects you to the road and keeps you upright. It is not uncommon to have...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: new tires, lean angles, heat cycles
lean angles, heat cycles, little at a time: The precautions are pretty simple--tires are slippery for the first 80 miles or so. You ll want to heat cycle them: warm them up (by riding on them for at least 20 minutes) and let them cool down (at least two hours) three or four times before they re...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: newbie, 1977 honda cb750, dirt bikes
1977 honda cb750, dirt bikes, proficient motorcycling: Hi Chad, Thanks for writing to me. TO start off with, I want to make one thing very clear - it IS possible to ride a motorcycle safely. All it requires is the right technique, maturity, and respect for the road. Having said this, getting you fully confident...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: nitrogen vs. air, kawasaki vulcan, yamaha maxim
kawasaki vulcan, yamaha maxim, wheel rim: Brian, Thanks for the question. You are correct- to a point. Nitrogen does absorb heat better and it does not bleed from tires as fast, so you win the bet. But in reality, the differences are tiny, so much so that you d need scientific instruments to...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Oil Change, suzuki intruder, internet discussion forum
suzuki intruder, internet discussion forum, street bikes: Greets Sherwin, I can give you general advice, but for specifics you re going to need to refer to your owner s manual or a service manual. Engine oil (and the filter) needs to be changed every 3000 miles or so. Use motorcycle-specific oil (more $$$...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Oil levels... manuals for Suzuki GN250, oil levels, auto oil
oil levels, auto oil, dipstick: There s no dipstick on the GN250, however, there is an oil sight window on the right side of the crankcase to measure oil. 10w40 is fine. I recommend you use motorcycle-specific oil and not automotive oil, because the engine and transmission share a crankcase...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Old Gas, fuel stabilizer, gasoline additive
fuel stabilizer, gasoline additive, recycling center: If you didn t use a fuel stabilizer when they were stored, I would not try to run them with the current fuel, additive or no additive. Dump the tanks, empty all the lines as best you can, and start with fresh gas. Please be sure to dispose of the old gas properly...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Old Retread, bmw r 50, honda crv
bmw r 50, honda crv, triumph thunderbird: Ed, Good idea. The more the merrier, and when seasoned individuals such as yourself take up motorcycling again, it gives us all just a little more credibility! I would take a hard look at Suzuki s SV650. Great all around bike, and they can be adapted...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: oem v.s. aftermarket, honda vfr800fi, suzuki sv650
honda vfr800fi, suzuki sv650, exhaust pipes: With the exception of known design flaws, the bike doesn t care whether its parts are OEM or aftermarket. Aftermarket parts are more about style and performance--if they suit you, go for it. Even if I had all the money in the world, I wouldn t categorically...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: oil change ?, seal gasket, honda 600 vlx
seal gasket, honda 600 vlx, dip stick: Hi Andrew, An oil change is pretty straight-forward. First, have the oil, oil filter and a new drain plug seal/gasket on hand before you start. Remove the drain plug and then drain the oil and remove the filter. Buy the oil and other parts from...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: oil, oil filler cap, xvs 1100
oil filler cap, xvs 1100, variable weight: The type of oil you use is a very personal decision. There are many correct answers. Personally, I would use a motorcycle-specific variable-weight (10/40, 20/50, etc.) synthetic or synthetic blend like Castrol or Amsoil. I don t know how to check the oil...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Passenger etiquette, textbook answer, center of gravity
textbook answer, center of gravity, question thanks: Hi Tammy. The textbook answer is that you lean with the bike in the turns. Leaning away from the turn (or sitting bolt upright) means the bike has to lean farther into the turn, which reduces ground clearance and uses additional traction. That said,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Passenger, center of gravity, passenger safety
center of gravity, passenger safety, backrest: Greets Jesse, Riding two-up is a great way to share your passion. In a nutshell, just remember that your bike will behave differently because you re adding weight and changing the center of gravity. It will feel quite unstable, especially at low speeds,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Passengers on Sport Bikes, honda cbr f2, ninja zx6
honda cbr f2, ninja zx6, suzuki gs550: Passenger accommodations on sport bikes are scarce. The seats are generally small and the passenger has to lean quite a bit forward to hold on to the rider, and oftentimes this can crowd the rider. Due to the relatively high center of gravity, a passenger...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: MY Phyisics Assignment, whole nine yards, bmw motorcycles
whole nine yards, bmw motorcycles, physics dynamics: There s a lot more to this than I can answer in the time I have. The basic design of motorcycles has remained the same (two wheels, frame, handlebars, engine, transmission, brakes, etc.) What has changed is the quality and efficiency of the technology. Everything...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Physics of Riding Position, shock absorbers, arms and legs
shock absorbers, arms and legs, riding position: I am not a physicist so I can t give you the detail you seek, but I think I can get you started. Standing up allows the bike to lean more independently of the rider, so it does so more quickly--there is less weight to move, so it requires less effort. Standing...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Picking a econ. bike for commutes, honda nighthawk, good mileage
honda nighthawk, good mileage, honda 50: Hi Lynch, Thanks for writing to me. Offhand, I suggest the Honda Nighthawk. You have both 250 and 750cc options. Both are good bikes in their own class, and are found to be particularly useful for born-again riders. The 250 shoudl suit you perfectly - believe...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Picking lane positions, dmv tests, other vehicles
dmv tests, other vehicles, lane position: There is no one correct answer for lane position. The best position changes constantly with road and traffic conditions. Your goal is 1) to see, 2) to be seen, and 3) to avoid surface hazards, in that order. I try to always have equal space left and right...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Possible interest in purchasing a motorcycle, death traps, sound judgment
death traps, sound judgment, laws of physics: Hi Mike, Thanks for the question. Ever so slowly, public opinion about motorcycles is shifting from “they re motorized death traps” to “they re motorized death traps ridden by people who are saving gas and lessoning traffic”. But the truth is thus:...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Post Test Trainers Register, diploma holders, mike waite
diploma holders, mike waite, police instructor: Hi Nigel You old cynic ;0) DSA have a money-making scam? Personally, I don t know of anyone who is going for this. RoSPA Diploma holders (like me) were guaranteed grandfather rights, but then they went and included RoSPA Golds as well - no instructor...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Potenial new rider, bike crash, risk activity
bike crash, risk activity, stupid thanks: Hi Elli, Sorry for the delay in getting you an answer, I just got an email today (Tuesday) that your question was posted. I wish I could send you to a site or recommend a book that would alleviate your mom s and boyfriend s concerns. I really don t know...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Preparing for Class 5 Test, riding dirt bikes, yamaha tw200
riding dirt bikes, yamaha tw200, motorcycle course: Stacey, Thanks for the question. If you have a lot of experience riding dirt bikes, you should be pretty set to take the test on the TW200, which is just a small, fat-tired dirt bike. It s docile, easy to ride and low to the ground, so it should be easy....

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Preventing injury when falling off a motorcycle, giant marshmallow, fluffy pillows
giant marshmallow, fluffy pillows, feet legs: I have a hard time answering this question without being at least a little cheeky and sarcastic. Please forgive me in advance. There is no good way to fall off a bike, unfortunately. If you re riding without protective gear, your best bet is to leap...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Proper Exhast, exhast, yamaha 650
exhast, yamaha 650, ebay: Steve, Because of it s age, that s going to be a tough one. Best place to happen across a set would be eBay of course, or the parts section on cycletrader.com. I place I ve found a lot of vintage parts is: http://www.cmsnl.com/ But be warned,...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: Proper Startup and rpm?, long periods of time, startup procedure
long periods of time, startup procedure, honda cbr 600f3: The choke is a helper to getting the bike started and warmed up, but it s not necessarily required. Use it if you have to, only as long as you have to. Every bike will be a little different, even two identical F3s, and the need for the choke varies with...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: to park or not to park..., stablizer, spring hope
stablizer, spring hope, gas leak: I ve never heard that. In general, I wouldn t worry about it. With modern bikes, any slope on which you can park the motorcycle safely (so it won t tip over) would probably not cause any damage due to fluids seeping in to or out of places they shouldn...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: passenger on sportbikes, yamaha yzf 600, yamaha r1
yamaha yzf 600, yamaha r1, tour bikes: R.T., The best sportbikes out there that allow some kind of passenger comfort yet are still sporty are sport-tour bikes like the Honda VFR pr the Yamaha YZF 600. Both are good choices. On the bigger end, Ducati ST models are still good sportbikes but...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: peugeot elyseo 125, peugeot elyseo 125, cv carb
peugeot elyseo 125, cv carb, haynes manual: Hi. I m not surprised about the Haynes manual. They re great for dismantling components, but not so great when it comes to “Where does this pipe (or wire) go, etc”? Although I’m not an expert with the “Peugeot Elyseo 125”, the fuel systems on these scooters...

Motorcycle Safety & Driveability: picking a bike, yamaha fzr 400, kawasaki ninja 250
yamaha fzr 400, kawasaki ninja 250, suzuki gs 500: Before you do anything, sign up for the MSF basic rider course. Call 800-407-6677 to find a course near you. Even before you do that, buy and read the book How to Ride a Motorcycle; A Rider s Guide to Strategy, Safety, and Skill Development. Everything...