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John Glimmerveen

Updated Articles and Resources

By John Glimmerveen

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • 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!
    • Motorcycle Riding in Cold and Wet Weather Created: Friday, October 08, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Riding in wet or cold weather can be very challenging for motorcycle riders. The different grip levels on hot dry days compared to wet days is enormous. Keeping safe is often down to common sense does and don'ts.
    • Fire Extinguishers for a Classic Motorcycle Workshop Created: Sunday, September 12, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      As fire is the biggest threat to both property and human life, it makes sense to have an appropriate extinguisher in a classic motorcycle workshop.
    • Harley Davidson Knucklehead 1936 Created: Sunday, August 22, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      One of the defining models to come from Harley Davidson was definitely the OHV (overhead valve) engined bikes in 1936. This design was to become known as the Knucklehead, as the engine shape resemb...
    • Part Out, or Buy Another? Created: Sunday, September 05, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      There sometimes comes a day when we have to conclude that a bike is beyond (economic) restoration. There are two options at this point: part it out, or buy another and make one good bike from two.
    • To Restore or Not to Restore a Motorcycle? Created: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Maintaining a classic in original condition may also preserve the value. Restoration does not always increase a machines value.
    • Transporting In Gear or Out? Created: Sunday, May 16, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      There are many ways of transporting a classic motorcycle, but the main priority is to safeguard the bike during the road trip. Some owners transport their bikes on a trailer with first gear engaged, but will this damage the gearbox?
    • J.A.P. Engines Created: Friday, October 12, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      John Alfred Prestwich is famous for a number of designs including cinematography equipment. But he is best known for his motorcycle engines known as J.A.P. engines.
    • Transporting Your Classic Bike Created: Friday, May 14, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      There are many ways of transporting a classic motorcycle, but the main priority is to safeguard the bike during the road trip.
    • Prepping Bikes for Racing Created: Sunday, April 04, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Meticulous preparation is an enjoyable part of the racing process for most owners; checking or setting every component part is every bit as challenging as racing itself.
    • Triumph Motorcycles Created: Sunday, March 28, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Follow the history of Triumph motorcycles from its foundation in 1902. Famous for their sporting background, the company was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world during the 1960s.
    • How to Fix a Motorcycle Carburetor Created: Sunday, March 28, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Fixing a motorcycle carburetor need not be a daunting task to any reasonably competent mechanic. By following some basic guidelines the bike can be up and running again in no time.
    • Disc Valve Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Description of a Disc Valve. Classic Motorcycles.
    • Disc Brakes Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Description of a disc brake. Classic Motorcycles.
    • Motorcycle Front Forks, Replacing the Seals Created: Sunday, November 25, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 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: Thursday, July 10, 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: Thursday, July 10, 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: Thursday, July 10, 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...

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