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The Motorcycle Slipper Clutch: How They Work and Why They're Awesome | MC GARAGE
Like inverted forks and radial brakes, slipper clutches are a feature most riders think of as pretty premium. But what does a slipper clutch do, how does it work, and how can it benefit your riding? In this video from the MC Garage, Motorcyclist magazine’s Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning explains it all.
Views: 491524 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Properly Lubricate Your Chain | MC GARAGE TECH TIPS
Chain maintenance—riders rarely do it as frequently as they should, and often don’t do it right. In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll show you how to determine when your chain needs lubing and then demonstrate the easiest and most effective way to clean and lubricate your chain. Also in this video: The inner workings of the modern “sealed” motorcycle chain, and an explanation of why it only takes a little chain lube (applied to the right area!) to keep your drivetrain happy.
Views: 619503 Motorcyclist Magazine
Gromkhana: The Grom Escape
Honda Groms + gymkhana = GROMKHANA in this fun short from Motorcyclist magazine. Road Test Editor Ari Henning and Associate Editor Zack Courts suit up and slide around on two Yoshimura Groms. CLICK HERE http://mtrcycl.st/16P9Zb for more Grom Fever on our website! Check out GROMKHANA II - https://youtu.be/Zb1JS4DljYo
Views: 1401286 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Tell If Your Tires Are Toast | MC GARAGE
Your tires are the only things connecting your motorcycle to the road, so it’s critical that they’re in good condition. Do you know what factors determine when a tire is toast? In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning will explain the three main reasons your tires might need to be replaced.
Views: 420904 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Clean A Motorcycle Carburetor | MC GARAGE
Got an old bike that’s not running right? The carburetor may very well need a cleaning. In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning takes you through the process of cleaning a carburetor. It’s not terribly complicated and it doesn’t take any specialized tools, but it does take attention to detail! So put on your safety glasses and rubber gloves and get to it.
Views: 407221 Motorcyclist Magazine
The Lowdown On Motor Oil: Mineral vs. Synthetic | MC GARAGE
Looking for a strong opinion? Ask a motorcyclist what oil they use. Is mineral oil good enough, or is synthetic the only way to go? In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll discuss the differences.
Views: 233611 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Plug A Tubeless Tire | MC GARAGE
Nails, screws, and glass—there’s lots of stuff lurking on the street just waiting to stab a hole in your tire Thankfully, most modern motorcycles are equipped with tubeless tires that are actually pretty easy to plug. That’s why it’s important to carry a quality tire-repair kit with you when you ride, and just as importantly, know how to use it! In this video from the MC Garage, Ari Henning gives step-by-step instruction for using a rope plug and C02 inflators to fix a flat.
Views: 166640 Motorcyclist Magazine
How A Motorcycle Clutch Works | MC GARAGE
At the root of it, the clutch serves to engage and disengage the engine from the rear wheel. Without a clutch to couple and decouple the crankshaft and the transmission, you’d have a really hard time starting, stopping, and shifting your bike, so let’s have a look at how it works.
Views: 242667 Motorcyclist Magazine
Steering Dampers Explained—Do You Need One on Your Bike? | MC Garage
Lots of sportbikes come with a steering damper from the factory, and for those that don’t, plenty of people add them as an accessory. But what do steering dampers do, and do you need one on your motorcycle? I’ll explain in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 591825 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Service Your Motorcycle Cooling System | MC GARAGE
Summer heat isn’t just hard on you as a rider; it’s also hard on your engine. Make it a little easier by performing a cooling-system service. Most owner’s manuals recommend replacing the coolant every two years. In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll show you how. And for more tips and trending motorcycle news, head over to www.MotorcyclistOnline.com.
Views: 174024 Motorcyclist Magazine
The Truth About Clutchless Shifting | MC Garage
If you’re like a lot of riders, you use the clutch every time you shift gears. But you’ve probably heard of clutchless shifting. What is it, how does it work, and is it going to hurt your bike? We explain in this video from the MC Garage. This is where the survey link woulda been if you'd checked sooner... We got flooded with responses and closed the lines after about two weeks. Sorry, but you're too late!
Views: 594760 Motorcyclist Magazine
How a Motorcycle Transmission Works | MC GARAGE
Why is first gear down, second gear up, and neutral between them? And how does a transmission work, anyway? We break it down for you in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 474437 Motorcyclist Magazine
Will WD-40 Destroy Your Motorcycle Chain O-Rings? | MC GARAGE
Whether or not WD-40 will keep your chain’s O-rings happy or ruin them is one of the most controversial topics in motorcycle maintenance. Will WD-40 destroy your chain’s O-rings, displace the grease, and ruin your chain? To find out, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning donned his lab coat, marched down to the MC garage, and performed some compatibility experiments. Watch the video to see the results!
Views: 803970 Motorcyclist Magazine
Wet Clutch vs. Dry Clutch - What’s the Difference? | MC GARAGE
If you’ve ever been stopped at a light and heard a sportbike clattering like it’s about to explode, then you’re familiar with the iconic sound of a dry clutch. Dry clutches used to be fairly common—Ducati famously used them for decades—but today the vast majority of motorcycles being made employ wet clutch packs. What’s the difference, why would a manufacturer or a rider choose one over the other, and why are dry clutches going out of style? We explain in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 752261 Motorcyclist Magazine
The Right Way To Wash Your Motorcycle | MC Garage
Dirt and grime not only look bad on your bike, they’re bad for your motorcycle’s finishes. We’ll show you the proper way to deep-clean your bike in this video from the MC Garage. Support the companies that support MC Garage. Motion Pro speciality tools: www.motionpro.com Bel-Ray lubricants: www.belray.com HMC Industries motorcycle lifts: http://www.hmcindustries.com -
Views: 346046 Motorcyclist Magazine
Suspension Tech: How To Check Motorcycle Suspension Sag | MC GARAGE TIPS
The First Step In Setting Up Your Suspension Measuring and adjusting suspension sag are the first steps in setting up any bike’s suspension. An easy way to think of sag is as a measure of how much suspension travel is available to extend down into dips like potholes. Having the proper amount of sag is important for many reasons, including ride quality and handling. Do you know how to check suspension sag? In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll walk you through the process and provide tips for determining if the spring rates in your bike are right for your weight. Watch the video and then head over to MotorcyclistOnline.com for the latest features and more tech tips.
Views: 294977 Motorcyclist Magazine
5 Tools Every Motorcyclist Should Carry | MC GARAGE
Keep From Getting Stranded With These Essential Tools   Besides crashing, the three most common reasons for getting sidelined during a ride are running out of gas, getting a flat tire, or having a part rattle loose. In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning discusses the 5 items every motorcyclist should carry to keep from getting stranded. Want to avoid problems altogether? Make sure to watch our Pre-Ride Safety Check video so you know how to inspect your bike before you ride.
Views: 368062 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Check and Adjust Your Motorcycle Chain | MC GARAGE
Checking and adjusting chain tension is a fundamental bit of maintenance, right up there with checking your oil and tire pressures. Very basic, pretty easy, and also really important! Run your chain too loose and it’ll slap around and may jump off the sprocket and throw you on your head. Run it too tight and you’ll wear out your chain and sprockets and inhibit rear suspension action. In this video from the MC Garage, Ari shows you how to check and adjust that chain for optimal performance and longevity. Link to Motion Pro Slack Setter tool used in vid: http://mtrcycl.st/slacksetter
Views: 471208 Motorcyclist Magazine
The Lowdown On Lithium Batteries | MC GARAGE
Lead-acid batteries are cheap and durable and have served us well for more than a century, but these heavy, poison-filled devices are giving way to more energy-dense, non-toxic lithium-ion units. Lithium-ion technology offers a lot of advantages over old-school lead-acid tech, but there are some drawbacks as well. In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning touches on the pros and cons of lithium-ion batteries so you can decide if lithium-ion is right for you.
Views: 151464 Motorcyclist Magazine
3 Reasons You Need to Break In New Motorcycle Tires | MC Garage
Any time you spoon on new rubber it’s important to avoid sudden acceleration, maximum braking, and hard cornering for somewhere between 10 and 100 miles. Those gentle, initial miles you ride on your new tires is known as the break-in period, and it’s a good idea for a few reasons. We’ll separate the tire break-in facts from the old-school myths in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 751644 Motorcyclist Magazine
The Single Most Common Carburetor Problem (Clogged Pilot Jets) and How To Fix It | MC GARAGE
There are a LOT of things that can go wrong with carburetors, but more often than not running issues (like hard starting, bogging off idle, or a hanging idle) are caused by the same issue: the pilot jet. This video isn’t a comprehensive troubleshooting guide (that would be an hour-long episode), but it does address the single most common carb issue. Hopefully it helps you.
Views: 382092 Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcycle Tech Tips On Helmet Size and Fit | MC GARAGE
Do you know what the single most important piece of safety equipment is? Of course every piece of gear that you wear is important but if you answered ‘helmet’ then you are 100 percent correct. So how many of you have ever measured your head to ensure that you choose the correct size? And once you find the right sized lid, do you know how to slip your head into it and check for proper fit? Not all helmets are created equal. Sizes and shell shapes can vary greatly between manufacturers and it’s important for you to select the right one. In this video from the MC Garage, Road Test Editor Ari Henning offers some helpful advice along with a few do’s and don’ts to remember when checking that fit.
Views: 250433 Motorcyclist Magazine
Right-Side Up vs. Upside Down – Why Are Inverted Forks So Good? | MC GARAGE
Look at any lineup of bikes and you’ll likely see two different fork setups. Some forks have the skinnier, shiny portion at the top (conventional, or right-side up forks), while others have the chromed part at the top (upside-down, or USD forks). The general consensus is that upside-down forks are better, but how? Ari Henning explains in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 670631 Motorcyclist Magazine
Brake Pad Options Explained | MC GARAGE
Organic, semi-metallic, or sintered—which brake pads are right for your motorcycle? We’ll break it down for you in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 190969 Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcycle Tech Tips: How To Lube Control Cables | MC GARAGE
In this MC Garage Video: Two slick ways to lubricate your control cables. If your bike’s clutch, throttle, or brakes are feeling sticky, it’s likely time to give them some TLC. Lubricating your control cables is easy and it helps prolong the life of the parts. In this video from the MC Garage, Motorcyclist Magazine's Ari Henning shows you two ways to tend to your cables. The first method is the “old school way” that anyone can do with supplies they already have in their garage. The second method utilizes Motion Pro’s Cable Luber, a simple device that allows you to inject lubricant into the cable housings with the cable still installed on the bike.
Views: 155299 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Replace Your Motorcycle Clutch Pack | MC GARAGE
Your bike’s clutch has a tough job to do. The clutch is responsible for coupling and decoupling your engine from the rear wheel so you can start, stopping, and shifting smoothly. But the clutch’s friction plates are consumable parts that will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Fortunately, replacing your clutch is easier than it looks. In this video from MC Garage we’ll show you how it’s done.
Views: 199046 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Change Your Oil and Filter | MC GARAGE
Oil is your engine’s lifeblood. It lubricates, cools, and protects your engine’s internal parts. Regular oil changes are the single easiest way to keep your engine happy and healthy, and the procedure is the cornerstone of DIY maintenance. In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll walk you through the process.
Views: 171561 Motorcyclist Magazine
4 Ways To Revitalize Your Ride | MC GARAGE
Is your motorcycle feeling a little shabby? Tempted to spring for a new bike? Don't take out a loan just yet, because I've got four easy ways to breath new life into your old ride. I’m not talking about silly accessories here, but stuff that will result in your bike looking, riding, and performing better.
Views: 260545 Motorcyclist Magazine
Are Frame Sliders Good Or Bad? | MC Garage
Nobody wants anything bad to happen to their motorcycle, which is why lots of us consider bolting frame sliders to our bikes. But will frame sliders save your bacon, or could they actually cause more damage in a crash? We’ll investigate in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 328601 Motorcyclist Magazine
Honda's Grom has stirred up lots of interest in motorcycles since it was introduced, from veterans who remember the joy of minibikes to new riders looking for a friendly entrance to the fraternity. Groms get stunted, raced, stretched and ridden all over the world (search "Grom Fever" on www.MotorcyclistOnline.com) And now, just in time to quell the back-to-school blues, Ari and Zack are breaking out of reality for another Grom adventure. Add us to the list of people who find this modern incarnate of the play bike one of the best ways to connect to the most rudimentary feeling in all of motorcycling: fun. Grom on!
Views: 204672 Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcycle Gearing Changes Explained | MC Garage
Want more acceleration or better fuel mileage from your motorcycle? It might be as easy as swapping out a sprocket. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about changing the final-drive ratio on your bike in this video from the MC Garage. Support the companies that support MC Garage. Motion Pro speciality tools: https://www.motionpro.com/ Bel-Ray lubricants: http://www.belray.com/ HMC Industries motorcycle lifts: http://www.hmcindustries.com/ SuperSprox sprockets: https://www.supersproxusa.com/
Views: 184253 Motorcyclist Magazine
Streetbike Tire Categories Explained | MC GARAGE
When it comes to tires, you have a lot of choices. So many that it can be confusing! Which buns are right for you depends on what you ride, where you ride it, and how your ride it. To help you make sense of the many tire options out there, I’ll explain the five main tire categories. And to really drive home the differences, I’m going to compare them to shoes.
Views: 445861 Motorcyclist Magazine
KTM RC390 Racebike Sets Lightweight Twin Lap Record At Sonoma Raceway | ONBOARD GOPRO VIDEO
How much horsepower does it take to haul ass? Evidently 43 hp is plenty! In this video from Sonoma Raceway, Motorcyclist magazine’s Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning takes his KTM RC390 project bike from a fourth-row start to first place, and sets a track record for the Lightweight Twins class in the process. To learn more about this bike’s journey from daily commuter to championship-winning racebike, visit www.motorcyclistonline.com.
Views: 123527 Motorcyclist Magazine
Carburetors vs. Electronic Fuel Injection—What’s Better? | MC Garage
Your motorcycle is either being fed fuel through a carburetor with jets, or via a throttle body with an injector. What happens when these two systems face off? We’ll find out in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 1587739 Motorcyclist Magazine
How to Winterize Your Motorcycle | MC Garage
Parking your bike for the winter is a drag, but a little prep work now means your motorcycle will be ready to ride when the weather warms up. Here’s what to do. Need a bike cover? Check out Nelson Rigg: http://mtrcycl.st/lqTfQf Bel-Ray's All-In-One stabilizer: http://mtrcycl.st/2uIoE9
Views: 202290 Motorcyclist Magazine
What's With Tire Width? | MC GARAGE
You guys asked for it, so here it is: A discussion of tire width, and more importantly, why fitting a wider-than-stock tire to the back of your bike probably isn't a good idea! It's a high-level video on what might be one of the most complicated topics in motorcycling, but hopefully you learn something!
Views: 615207 Motorcyclist Magazine
Are Wheelies Bad For Your Motorcycle? | MC Garage
Okay, so everyone knows that wheelies are one of the purest forms of joy known to humanity, but could they be bad for your bike? That depends. In this video from the MC Garage, Ari explains the mechanical risks of ripping wheelies. Get more tech and tips in the MC Garage section at www.MotorcyclistOnline.com.
Views: 545756 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Replace Your Motorcycle Chain & Sprockets | MC GARAGE
Your bike's chain and sprockets have a tough job to do, and it's not like they get to work in a very clean environment. So even if you're diligent about cleaning and lubricating your chain as outlined in our last MC Garage video (How To Properly Lubricate Your Chain), your chain and sprockets will eventually wear out. When your drivechain wears out you can pay a shop to replace the parts or you can invest in a chain breaking and riveting tool like Motion Pro's PBR tool and tackle the job yourself. In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning will show you how to replace an endless sealed chain and front and rear sprockets. Included in this video are tips on replacing the sometimes difficult-to-remove countershaft sprocket as well as advice on master-link choice and how to properly rivet a new master link.
Views: 395056 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Check And Adjust Your Motorcycle Steering Head Bearings  | MC GARAGE
Loose, tight, or worn steering head bearings are going to impact your bike’s steering and handling, and NOT in a good way. Thankfully, checking and adjusting steering-head bearings is pretty easy. Here’s how you do it.
Views: 252778 Motorcyclist Magazine
Pre-Ride Safety Check | MC GARAGE
Expert Tips For a Trouble=Free & Safe Ride Is your bike ready to ride? You probably think so, but when was the last time you gave it a safety check? Performing a quick preflight bike inspection is an easy way to avoid frustration out on the road. In this video from the MC Garage, Motorcyclist magazine Road Test Editor Ari Henning will show you the steps to take to help stay trouble-free on your next ride. And all you need is a tire gauge and a few minutes time.
Views: 93338 Motorcyclist Magazine
2017 KTM RC390 - Favorites & Fails
When you ride as many different motorcycles as we do it gives you good perspective on a given bike’s strengths and weaknesses. And whether you’re shopping for your next bike or just want to be in the know, it’s helpful to get an experienced rider’s opinion. So as a quick way to convey the highs and lows of the bikes we’ve been riding we came up with this new video series. Favorites & Fails is exactly what the name suggests, a concise list of the good and bad for the bikes we’re riding. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive evaluation or road test, but rather a candid snapshot, delivered with the same sincerity and honesty we’d show to a friend that wanted our opinion on a given bike. Hopefully you find it helpful or at least informative. Don’t agree with us, or have a motorcycle you want us to put through the F&F wringer? Feel free to chime in below in the comments section. This bike by the numbers: Price as Tested: $5,499 Displacement: 373cc Measured wet Weight: 371 lb. (168kg) Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gal. (9.8L) Measured power: 42.5 hp @ 10250 rpm Measured torque: 24.4 lb.-ft. @ 8300 rpm
Views: 229356 Motorcyclist Magazine
Busting The Engine Break In Myth | MC Garage
How to break-in a new engine is an extremely contentious topic. In this video from the MC Garage we bust the engine break-in myth by building up two engines, breaking them in using drastically different methods, and then tearing them down and comparing the components at the heart of the discussion. Engine Break-In Specs Engine 1, “By The Book Break-In” Installed at 1,828 miles, removed at 2,861 miles Break-In Notes: Ridden gently. Didn’t exceed 50% throttle or 5,000 rpm for the first 600 miles, and didn’t exceed 75% throttle or 7,000 rpm until 1,000 miles. Didn’t experience WOT until 1,000 miles was accumulated. Ridden with constantly varying engine speed and load, no easy task on a slow bike in a busy, urban environment! Oil and filter changed at 600 miles. Piston OD: 2.9910” at install, 2.9910” after 1,000 miles Cylinder ID: 2.9925” at install, 2.9930” after 1,000 miles Top Ring End Gap: 0.0130” at install, 0.0145” after 1,000 miles Compression: 235 psi hot after 1,000 miles Leak Down: 4% hot after 1,000 miles Engine 2, “Brutal Break-In” Installed at 2,861 miles, removed at 3,890 miles Break-In Notes: Went to WOT within moments of first starting up, and was ridden hard for 1,000 miles. Did everything we’re told not to—lots of throttle and high-speed droning at steady throttle. Oil and filter changed at 600 miles. Piston OD: 2.9910” at install, 2.9910” after 1,000 miles Cylinder ID: 2.9925” at install, 2.9930” after 1,000 miles Top Ring End Gap: 0.0130” at install, 0.0150” after 1,000 miles Compression: 235 psi hot after 1,000 miles Leak Down: 4% hot after 1,000 miles Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoU6dUN9DZfNlMeEK5i8wOA?sub_confirmation=1 On Two Wheels Shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/motorcyclist
Views: 308497 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Make Sure Your Riding Jacket Fits! | MC GARAGE TIPS
Besides your helmet, your jacket is your most important piece of protective apparel. It’s designed to protect you from impact and abrasion if you have a get off, but it can’t do its job unless it fits right. Does your jacket fit properly? In this video from the MC Garage we’ll show you what to look for when assessing a jacket’s fit and also explain why a too-big or too-small jacket is a bad idea.
Views: 114760 Motorcyclist Magazine
Quickshifters Explained | MC Garage
Imagine seamless upshifts without using the clutch or rolling off the throttle. Sounds fun, right? Well that’s exactly what quickshifters allow you to do, and we’re going to explain how they work in this video from the MC Garage. Bazzaz has plug-and-play quickshifter kits for most bikes: http://www.bazzaz.net/
Views: 215045 Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcycle Tire Pressure and Why It’s Important! | MC GARAGE
Back to basics! Checking tire pressures is the most fundamental of maintenance items, yet most riders fail to do it as often as they should. (Hint: You should be doing it at least every other week!) In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning explains the importance of properly inflated tires as well as where to look to find the recommended pressures for your bike.
Views: 159638 Motorcyclist Magazine
CHAIN vs BELT vs SHAFT - Which System is Best? | MC GARAGE
Chain, belt, drive shaft. Each setup has it’s own pros and cons, but which system is best? In this video from the MC Garage we’ll discuss the three forms of final drive so you can decide for yourself.
Views: 726335 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Check Your Wheel Alignment | MC Garage
If your bike’s wheels aren’t properly aligned you might experience handling issues, uneven tire and drivetrain wear, and other problems. In this video from the MC Garage we'll show you several ways to verify that your wheels are tracking true, plus check to see if those reference marks on your swingarm are accurate or not. Link to Motion Pro alignment tool: http://mtrcycl.st/QSkmWO
Views: 216747 Motorcyclist Magazine
3 Tips For Becoming A Better Motorcycle Mechanic | MC GARAGE
Most motorcyclists like the idea of working on their bikes, but taking a wrench to your pride and joy can be intimidating. To take the fear out of fixing your bike, we’ve assembled these three simple tips which will help you be better informed before you dive into a project, better organized while you’re working, and better prepared to put everything back together when you’re done!
Views: 185836 Motorcyclist Magazine
How To Check Motorcycle Wheel Bearings | MC GARAGE
It’s rare that a wheel bearing fails, but when they do, it can be ugly! For that reason it’s important to inspect your wheel bearings—with every oil change or tire replacement is a good rule of thumb, though more frequent inspections are recommended if you frequently ride in the rain or in dusty conditions. Thankfully, checking your wheel bearings only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it.
Views: 74671 Motorcyclist Magazine
Brake Fluid Basics: DOT 3, 4, 5, and 5.1 Explained | MC GARAGE
Brake fluid comes in a lot of flavors. You've got your DOT 3, 4, 5, and 5.1. What's the difference, and which flavor does your bike like best? We'll break it down for you in this video from the MC Garage.
Views: 209019 Motorcyclist Magazine

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