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Steering Head

I thought I would discuss a very important but often neglected part of the motorcycle in this tech column, namely the steering head.  Without a proper working steering head, the motorcycle simply wouldn’t function as we know it.  Yes, motorcycles once under way turn by leaning, but this lean is instigated, controlled and then corrected…

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Shopping for a New Bike?

One afternoon a few summers ago, Mark Orchard and I were sitting astride two new bikes on a sunny afternoon.  We were discussing their pros and cons having just ridden them for the better part of two days. I was helping Mark with another Inside Motorcycles shootout when we started discussing riding comfort and it’s…

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The History of the Motorcycle, Then As Now

The motorcycle as we know it is always in a state of progression.  The manufacturers update their premium sport bikes typically every three to four years when the global economy is poor, but as often as every other year in a strong sales economy.  The top sport bike is quite often one of the most…

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Bike Lowering

I receive many inquiries about lowering motorcycles from people that wish to purchase or have purchased motorcycles that are taller than they are. Riders, both beginner and experienced, gain huge amounts of confidence in their abilities when they can comfortably touch both feet on the ground when coming to a stop. Unfortunately, I see so…

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January Tools and Tips

With the January bike shows behind us, we are now among the ‘glass half full’ crowd. Even though we haven’t pulled out of the winter snows, not by a long shot, spring is now officially closer than fall! I thought this month we would take up some column space and discuss working on the bike a…

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Diesels and Turning  

I had a question posed a couple weeks ago by a close friend asking why we don’t see Diesel powered motorcycles?  The idea is not new, as I have seen a few diesel powered project bikes in the past, but the idea never really caught on.  Let’s look at some of the possible reasons why:…

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June Canadian Musings

I am celebrating our 150th Canadian Celebration in my column by taking a holiday from the Tech side of things…  Graeme asked us to consider Canada day in our scribing and it got me thinking about some of the thoughts and memories I have that are quintessentially unique to Canadian riders. I am not sure…

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