How Do You Check A Motorcycle’s Oil Level?

How Do You Check A Motorcycle’s Oil Level?

Modern motorcycles are incredibly reliable, but they still require you to check a few things in order to keep them running at full potential. The engine oil is one of those items you should never neglect. After all, you don’t want to run your high-revving, manufactured-to-aerospace-tolerances, and extremely-expensive-to-replace engine without the proper lubricant, do you? Additionally, an engine’s oil can reveal a good bit of information about the condition of its internals to even a…

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Emissions Regulation Targets Are Defeat Devices, Motorcycles, Not Racing

Emissions Regulation Targets Are Defeat Devices, Motorcycles, Not Racing

Last week, the internet was up in arms after the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) put out a press release stating that a proposed EPA emissions regulation was targeting racing. At the time we reported that the EPA had said the regulation is aimed at closing an exception for “nonroad engines” for vehicles such as off-road… High Gear Media Network Feed

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How to properly check your motorcycle’s tire pressure

How to properly check your motorcycle’s tire pressure

OK, I know, checking a motorcycle’s tire pressure is super easy. All you do is take out your handy tire gauge and apply it correctly to the wheel’s valve stem. Well, yes…and no. Tire manufacturers recommend that you check your bike’s air pressure when the rubber is cold – meaning at ambient temperature. If you’ve ridden your bike in the last few hours or have parked it in the sun, where the tires can absorb…

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Ducati North America Sold Over 12,000 Motorcycles In 2015, Breaking Previous Record

Ducati North America Sold Over 12,000 Motorcycles In 2015, Breaking Previous Record

Ducati North America had a record sales year in 2015, selling 12,132 total motorcycles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This represents a 14.1% increase over the year prior. All three countries reached historical sales levels, with the United States at 9,674 units sold (up +10%) and northern neighbor Canada at 1,458 bikes (up +12%).  Mexico, thanks to the addition of new exclusive Ducati dealers, experienced significant increases, with 1,003 motorcycles sold – a…

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Suzuki Recalls 68,344 Motorcycles for Battery Charging Issue

Suzuki Recalls 68,344 Motorcycles for Battery Charging Issue

Suzuki is recalling 68,344 motorcycles and scooters, affecting 11 different models from model years 2008 to 2012 because of a problem with their circuit boards that may prevent their batteries from charging properly. The recall supersedes a previous recall from 2011 that affected 73,426 motorcycles. The new recall affects the following models: 2008-2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 2008-2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 2008-2009 Suzuki Bandit GSF1250S 2008-2010 Suzuki GSX-R600 2008-2010 Suzuki GSX-R750 2008 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BK 2008-2012…

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Victory Motorcycles Releases Octane Teaser Video And Unveiling Date

Victory Motorcycles Releases Octane Teaser Video And Unveiling Date

Though the video is only eight seconds long, Victory Motorcycles expects it to raise our pulse rates. How could it not? We hear a potent 1200cc V-Twin and see black and white flashes of imagery of a bike that could only come from Victory. Beginning with a round headlight and a bit of a bikini fairing, we move to a tank badge and the familiar Victory tank shape. Following this, brief, out-of-focus details of items like a…

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Riding Motorcycles In France: How the French Roll

Riding Motorcycles In France: How the French Roll

The best country for motorcyclists? That question could generate a vigorous debate. But if you’ve not ridden in France, and should you have the chance, you should. While we U.S. riders can boast of our expansive spaces, and the broad varieties of geography herein, and cheap gas, we’re well behind the curve in terms of status on the international transportation scale. When bikes were all but eclipsed by cars in the States, about 100 years…

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BMW Motorrad USA Sold Over 16,000 Motorcycles In 2015, A New Record

With 16,330 units sold in 2015, BMW set a new all-time year-end sales record and bettered the 2014 total – 14,945 – by 9.3%. BMW lists the S1000RR supersport machine as its best-selling model, accounting for 13.3% of total 2015 volume. Next were the R1200GS Adventure (12.2%) and R1200GS (11.5%). According to BMW, “The classic customizable R nineT was one of the top performing models in December with 138 units delivered, and in combination with…

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Ducati Announces Record of 54,800 Motorcycles Sold in 2015

Ducati is celebrating its best ever year with a record 54,800 motorcycles sold through 2015, a 22% increase over 2014. The U.S. remains Ducati’s largest market, with sales up increasing by 14% compared to 2014. The Italian brand also declared significant sales increases across Europe including a 53% increase in its home market, a 37% increase in the U.K., a 24% increase in Germany and a 22% increase in France. Sales were also up 14%…

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AJP Motorcycles For 2016

If you’re unfamiliar with AJP motorcycles you’re not alone, so are most folks. The company set up shop in September of 2014, in Vermont, under the leadership of Scott Armstrong, “a 10 year veteran in the motorcycle industry whose background includes – motorcycle racing champion, dealer principal, and former importer/distributor of European motorcycle apparel & accessories.” According to the About AJP page on the company’s website, AJP was founded circa 1987 in Portugal by Antonio J. Pinto (AJP) – a seven-time Portuguese…

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