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Updated Articles and Resources

By John Glimmerveen

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Motorcycle Mechanics - Wheel Bearing Replacement Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Replacing motorcycle wheel bearings sounds scary, but to the competent home mechanic, it is a relatively straightforward job.
    • Disc Valve Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Description of a Disc Valve. Classic Motorcycles.
    • Pin Striping on Classic Motorcycles Created: Saturday, February 05, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      For classic motorcycle restorers, repainting and then pin striping a classic motorcycle is the last part of many weeks of work preparing the various parts. But is this a job the hobbyist can undert...
    • Disc Brakes Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Description of a disc brake. Classic Motorcycles.
    • Motorcycle Front Forks, Replacing the Seals Created: Sunday, November 25, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      In the vast majority of fork designs, the oils seal are located in the legs. They are typically held in place with a circlip or snap-ring and protected from dust and road dirt by a rubber cover. Re...
    • Honda CBX Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The Honda CBX six can trace its heritage back to the works’ racers of the sixties and project engineer Shoichiro Irimajiri. An early example (1979) in excellent condition is valued at around ...
    • Bultaco Created: Saturday, August 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Motor Company SA (CEMOTO), with the trade name Bultaco, was launched in 1958. The company was formed after Bultaco founder, Francisco Xavier Bulto, had a dispute with his colleagues at Montesa.
    • Royal Enfield Created: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Established in England in the late 1800s, the name Royal Enfield is still used today on motorcycles made in India. The company can rightly claim to have one of the longest running production runs o...
    • Motorcycle Engine Disassembly (in the Frame) Created: Saturday, August 11, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Disassembling a motorcycle engine can seem a daunting task, but with careful preparation, this is a relatively easy job.
    • Inheriting a Classic Motorcycle Created: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Becoming the owner of a classic motorcycle can have its good and bad points. While it is good to receive something of value and history, it can be difficult to know what to do with it. Not everyone...
    • Right or Left Side Gear Change Levers Created: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Learning to ride a motorcycle with the gear change on the opposite side to what a rider is used to takes time and practice. However, once mastered, it will allow the rider to transition from one sy...
    • Five Classics for Less than $5,000 Created: Sunday, April 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.
    • Military Classic Motorcycles Created: Saturday, February 11, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Motorcycles have been used in combat from the beginning. Classic motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a reasonably priced classic, with a plentiful supply of parts, should consider ex-military motorc...
    • Dresda Created: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Dave Degens started producing frames under the Dresda name in the 60s. Returning to their roots, the company now makes Dresda Tritons for the booming café racer market.
    • Motorcycle Chrome Plating Created: Friday, August 27, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      With a few exceptions, all parts on a motorcycle have undergone some painting or plating process; the most well known of plating processes is, of course, chromium plating. The highly reflective bri...
    • V-Twin Engine Design Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Designing an engine is not simple, designing an engine that will be in competition with Harley Davidson is even harder. But one company - S & S Motorcycles - did just that, and successfully too.
    • Motorcycle Mechanics Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Removing and refitting motorcycle wheels is a relatively easy process as long as some basic guidelines are followed.
    • Identifying a Thread Created: Saturday, May 29, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Identifying left or right handed threads on bolts or nuts is easy when you follow these tips.
    • Drilled Rotors Created: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Although drilling rotors will often make a classic motorcycle look period correct, the owner must consider the safety implications if the bike is to be ridden on a regular basis.
    • Motorcycle Units of Measurement Created: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Component parts for motorcycles use a number of measurement units. In some instances, both SI and metric units are used to dimension a single unit, such as a tire.
    • Classic Motorcycle Workshop Hand-Tools Created: Sunday, September 12, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      A good set of tools can make working on a motorcycle much easier, as the old saying goes: "proper tools, proper job."
    • Shaft Drive or Chain Drive? Created: Thursday, March 25, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      If the final deciding factor on buying a classic motorcycle was whether it was chain or shaft driven, which way would you go? Both final drive systems have advantages and disadvantages.
    • Motorcycle carburation – Rich and Lean Mixtures Created: Sunday, June 27, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      For an internal combustion engine to run properly it needs three things: gasoline, air (compressed), and a spark. However, having the gasoline/air mixture ratio right is very important for performance: too rich or too lean will affect the performance.
    • Classic Motorcycle Oil Change – Replacing the Seal Created: Thursday, September 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Many Japanese classic motorcycles have oil drain plugs that are dual purpose. Besides making draining the oil possible, they also carry the gear change drum detent plunger and spring. As such the washer or seal must be of the correct type and thickness.
    • Motorcycle Service – Mechanical Created: Monday, September 13, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Although each classic motorcycle will have different specific items to service (see owner's manuals where available), they will all need some general service. For instance:
    • Replacing Spark Plugs Created: Friday, August 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Changing a spark plug is probably the easiest job on a motorcycle, but if you've never done it before, a little guidance is always welcome.
    • How to Adjust a Chain Created: Thursday, May 13, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      To ensure safety and longevity, motorcycle chains must be correctly tensioned and lubricated. For most classic bike owners, this is a simple task. But there are some important aspects to consider. ...
    • Replacing a Broken Brake Bleed Nipple Created: Sunday, October 10, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      The design of brake bleed nipples makes them prone to seizing and braking, particularly in older motorcycles. Luckily, removing a broken brake bleed nipple is relatively simple.
    • Making a Motorcycle Lighter Created: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Building a bobber or a cafe racer is a good time to remove some weight from a motorcycle. Less weight will improve any motorcycle's performance.
    • Motorcycle Mechanics – Removing Fairings, Fuel Tanks and Seats Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Before doing maintenance or repairs on motorcycles, it is sometimes necessary to remove fairings, tanks, and seats. Although removing these is relatively simple, for the beginner, there are some important does and don'ts.
    • Motorcycle Fairings Created: Friday, April 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Regardless of the type or style of fairing being fitted to a motorcycle, the same basic rules apply.
    • Why Buy a Classic Motorcycle? Created: Sunday, May 23, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      There are many good reasons to buy a motorcycle, buying a classic adds the possibility of it rising in value too!

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