Motorcycle Workshop Tips

  1. VIDEO: 10 way how NOT to load your motorcycle!

    It's never good to giggle at someone else's misfortune but sometimes it's just too funny.

    Here's a compilation of some ways NOT to load your motorcycle - enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2EfBPgwi8E

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  2. 11 must have motorcycle tools

    Years of turning a few spanners and breaking a bunch of bikes has brought to this list of 10 awesome items that every motorcycle toolkit should contain.

    These are the type of motorcycle tools that you'll wonder how you ever maintained your motorcycle without.

    1. The cheapy chain breaker - guard it with your life

    chain breaker

    Here's a fact: I've used a chain breaker a handful of times (on my own bikes) but I must have bought about 20 over the years. If ever there was a highly stolen tool (or one that people break on you) then this is it.

    Massively handy but you need to know how to use it. A motorcycle chain has 2 pins in every link. To NOT break that chain breaker

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  3. Motorcycle Chains Explained

    Ever wondered what size drive chain your motorcycle needs?

    motorcycle chain

    What way do motorcycle chain sizes work?

    Generally sizes are described as 'pitch by length'.

    For example 520-118 - this has a pitch of 520 and is 118 links long.

    What does 'pitch' mean in relation to a drive chain?

    It's actually the distance between the chain pins.

    motorcycle chain pitch

    How many different motorcycle chain pitches are there?

    Loads, but commonly used there are the following:

    • 420
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  4. Mechanics Tips - How to adjust your MX bike throttle cable

    It's worth knowing that two stroke bikes will have 2 throttle cables and a two stroke will have one

    On a fourstroke you can also adjust the 'return' (sometimes called push cable) cable. This is normally done at the carb rather than on the throttle assembly (handlebars).

    [youtube="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pcnMKkWe6E"]

     

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  5. Air Filter Maintenance for Motocross and Enduro Bikes

    Motocross Air Filter

    This guide should help you understanding how to maintain your motocross air filter.

    [youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlNttK6yDW8"]

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  6. VRT explained - How to register a motorcycle in Ireland.

    Registering a Motorcycle in Ireland

    So, I picked up a 2007 Fireblade for the Summer and it had a Northern Irish registration. Then I thought to myself.....ermmm, how do I register a motorcycle in Ireland again? ....it had been so long since I hade done it.

    I've registered literally hundreds of motorcycles in the past (a murky past in importing containers from Tokyo!) but the setup has changed recently.

    So what's different about the new Vehicle Registration setup in Ireland?

    Well, firstly the old VRO (Vehicle Registration Offices) offices aren't what they used to be. In the past they were the hangout spot for motor trade dealers, gossiping outside, smoking 'JPs' and also for confused foreigners dealing with equally confused 'state' registration officers.

    Nowadays you just book an appointment

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  7. Mechanic Tips - How To Fit Your Motorcycle Rear Sprocket

    This in one tip that I constantly see people getting wrong.

    5 tips for installing a rear motorcycle sprocket

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  8. Mechanic Tips - How To Clean Your Motocross Frame

    A ton of people always ask me "How can I clean my frame so it looks like new again?". Well it's a bit of a mystery but actually really simple. You'll need:

    • WD40
    • Scotchbrite Pad (available from any hardware or car parts shop)
    • some scrubbing skills!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x62CBFtPwlw

    Before you start killing your bike by scotch pad just read these guidelines:

    • don't touch the clutch cover
    • don't touch the plastics
    • don't do the radiators
    • rims...never touch the rims with this tip
    • do scrub the swingarm
    • do scrub the linkage
    • do scrub the crankcase

     

    motocross frame
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  9. Mechanic Tip - Rin N Roll Motocross Goggles Explained

    What is the point of Rip N Roll Motocross Goggles?

    Motocross Goggles - for anyone that is serious about racing you need a set of RipNRoll kit installed to your motocross goggles in your gear bag.

    If you plan on racing you really only have 2 options: tear offs or Rip N Roll.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmS_cr7ZmqE

     

    3 reasons why are Rip N Rolls better than tear offs?

    motocross gogglesYou have a huge amount of film when using roll offs. You have up to 50 changes of your vision which is miles better than tear offs. Most people only like to carry 7-8 tear offs maximun which will run

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  10. Mechanics Tips - Motocross Sprockets Explained

    What motocross sprockets will make my bike faster?

    This short video should help the one question I hear every day - how does the sprocket gearing affect the power of my bike?

    If you need the parts that we're looking at you can find the talon front sprockets HERE, the cool race rear talon sprockets HERE and the standard steel rear sprockets here.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irIcxCvyi9w

     

    How do I make my motocross bike feel more powerful by changing the sprockets?

    You need to reduce the size of the front sprocket and/or increase the size of the rear sprocket. Doing this will give your off road bike more acceleration ou

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