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Updated Articles and Resources

By John Glimmerveen

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Reboring a Motorcycle Cylinder Created: Saturday, January 12, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The first indication that a motorcycle engine requires a rebore, and/or new rings, is when the rider or mechanic notices the engine emitting smoke. This applies primarily to 4-strokes. On 2-strokes...
    • Yamaha Virago Created: Friday, July 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Yamaha Virago was the first Japanese V-twin cruiser. Model code XV, the Virago was a serious attempt by Yamaha to claim some of the market share of Harley Davidson." it-#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -->...
    • Motorcycle Tires, for Vintage and Classics Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Motorcycle tires for newer bikes are easy to find, but older bikes - classic and vintage - it can be a challenge. Luckily there are a few dedicated suppliers that help to keep the wheels turning on some of the oldest bikes.
    • Motorcycle Front Forks, Replacing the Seals Created: Sunday, November 25, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 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...
    • Disc Valve Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Description of a Disc Valve. Classic Motorcycles.
    • Honda CBX Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 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, April 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, April 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...
    • Inheriting a Classic Motorcycle Created: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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: Thursday, April 10, 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: Thursday, April 10, 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: Thursday, April 10, 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...
    • Ignition Timing Created: Sunday, December 19, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Early Japanese 4-cylinder 4-strokes were equipped with contact points. These points systems controlled the ignition timing. Although setting the points gap and the ignition timing are critical to t...
    • Pin Striping on Classic Motorcycles Created: Saturday, February 05, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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...
    • Power Jet Carbs Created: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      One of the simplest, and most effective, updates to stock competition motorcycle carburetors were the fitting of a power jet. Mikuni introduced this design primarily for their TZ350 in 1979.
    • Painting Motorcycle Parts Created: Saturday, January 05, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Many motorcycle parts are painted. Owners may want to repaint them for restoration, but inexperienced mechanics should follow basic rules of spray painting.
    • Classic Motorcycles for Sale Created: Friday, April 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      There are many considerations when buying a classic motorcycle, we take a look at some of the most important.
    • How to Diagnose Carburetor Problems Created: Friday, March 26, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Carburetor problems generally fall into three areas: rich mixture, lean mixture, and incorrect adjustment. Diagnosing carburetor problems is relatively easy and follows some telltale symptoms."
    • Motorcycle Handling Problems and Suspension Set-Up Created: Sunday, May 06, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      For most street riders, the handling of their motorcycle rarely comes into question unless something is worn or broken. However, occasionally the suspension settings will need adjustment.
    • Racing Motorcycle Jetting, 2-Strokes Created: Monday, July 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      It is essential to get the jetting correct on a 2-stroke racing motorcycle for performance and safe running conditions. Evaluating the plug color will give a reasonably accurate indication of the r...
    • Replacing Motorcycle Disc Brake Pads Created: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Although replacing brake pads is a relatively straightforward job, it is imperative that the mechanic conforms to all safety related issues.
    • Suzuki GT500 (Titan) Created: Friday, March 28, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Mention large capacity 2-strokes and most people think of the GT750 Suzuki, but its little brother the GT500 or Titan, made a reputation for itself for having a good all round performance with an excellent reliability record.
    • Classic Suzuki Racer Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Taking a stock T500 Suzuki twin from a garden (where it had stood for ten years), to 2nd place in a classic race at the Nürburgring is a major accomplishment, but that's what one Dutchman did.
    • Motorcycle Wiring Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014
      Rewiring a motorcycle is a relatively simple task as long as some basic guidelines are followed.
    • Motorcycle Electrics Created: Saturday, March 22, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014
      Sooner or later a classic or vintage motorcycle will need its wiring harness or wiring loom replacing. For the home based mechanic this is not a particularly difficult job as long as he or she follows some basic guidelines.
    • Indian Motorcycles Created: Saturday, December 10, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      The early 1900s saw an outbreak of new motorcycle companies. In the US, a company whose name would reflect and embody the country’s history was also established. The Indian Motorcycle entered...
    • Burt Munro's Indian Created: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      How did Burt Munro get 190 mph out of a 55 mph street bike? We take a look at the engineering behind Burt Munro's incredible Indian Scout.
    • Indian World Record Created: Sunday, March 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      In the annals of motorcycle record setting, one man stands out for his sheer determination: Burt Munro. Munro managed to set world land speed records on a machine that started out with a top speed of 55 mph when new!
    • Classic Motorcycles for Commuters Created: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      Finding a cheap reliable way of commuting is an ongoing challenge. Happily, classic motorcycles offer an affordable and fun way to travel.
    • Classic 2-Stroke Racers Created: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      Chris Barton is a well-known British motorcycle racer. Since starting racing in 1977, Chris has ridden most of the popular 2-strokes on both road courses and many European race tracks.
    • Inspecting a Classic Bike Created: Saturday, March 27, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      For enthusiasts thinking of buying their first classic, it is important to know what signs to look for in order to head off dangerous curves ahead. Most classic motorcycles have one thing in common...
    • Starting a Barn Find Classic Motorcycle – Does and Don’ts Created: Sunday, February 27, 2011 Updated: Sunday, March 09, 2014
      For the new owner of a barn find classic motorcycle, there is a great temptation to put fresh gas in and attempt to start it. However, considerable damage can be done to an engine without some basic checks being done first.

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