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Pre-Season Snowmobile Maintenance

Posted on 08 Nov 2017 in Powersports, Snowmobile | 0 comments

With the first flakes flying around the Snowbelt, our favorite time of year is fast approaching.  The riding season will be here before you know it (hopefully) and you need to be ready to take advantage of the first solid snowfall.  That means, get out in the garage and get your sled ready to rip.  If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to get all of your pre-season snowmobile maintenance done. Check out the list below and start ticking off boxes so your sled can be at its best for the season. Grease Everything A snowmobile is made up of a lot of moving parts.  And those parts need to be lubed and greased to be able to operate properly.  Fortunately, greasing the rear […]

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New Motorcycle Jackets for Fall Riding ‘17

Posted on 06 Oct 2017 in Powersports | 0 comments

Fall. Is there a better time of year to go riding? Of course, the changing foliage makes for some of the most scenic views. But the average temperatures are what really makes it great. You no longer have to melt your skin as you race from one stop to another to escape the summer sun. And you don’t have to weigh the consequences of choosing between breeze on your skin versus the protection of a motorcycle jacket. Fall is also when many brands drop new jackets, right in time for the great riding weather.   Here’s a look at some of the standouts from this fall’s class of fall cruiser jackets.   Icon 1000 Squalborn Jacket   The 1000 line of gear from Icon has become a […]

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Double The S&S Power for the Price of One

Posted on 18 Aug 2017 in Powersports | 0 comments

S&S Sturgis Special- Expires 8/31/2017 The 2017 Sturgis Rally may have ended last week, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t benefit from it.  Every year, many of the top aftermarket parts manufacturers set up specific deals just for the rally.  This year, the best one may be from S&S Cycle.  And the best part is that this sale is still going on until the end of the month. Through the end of the month (8/31/17), you can get a smoking deal on a Stage 1 upgrade.  When you buy their highly praised MK45 Slip-Ons, you will get the Stealth Air Cleaner Kit with it for FREE!  Check out the S&S Deals. The MK45 mufflers were introduced last year and have been standouts for Harley Touring bikes.  […]

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Watch Your Six with Better Fitting Motorcycle Mirrors

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 in Motorcycle, Powersports | 0 comments

Who has your back when you’re out riding?  Unfortunately, the answer is not really anyone.  Motorcycle riders need to have a heightened sense of awareness, especially with today’s distracted riders.  Knowing what’s around you at all times is crucial in keeping the rubber side down.  That includes what’s coming up behind as well.  But with the wrong mirrors, you could be oblivious to what is actually back there.  By choosing mirrors that best fit you and your bike, you can better watch your six to be able to get the hell out of Dodge if you need to. Motorcycle mirrors aren’t always at the top of everyone’s aftermarket list.  And many stock mirrors are chosen to best fit the “average” rider.  You’re not average, though, are you?  […]

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How to Change Wet Motorcycle Clutch Plates

Posted on 13 Jun 2017 in Motorcycle, Powersports | 2 comments

Your clutch.  You often don’t have to think about what’s going on down there.  Simply pull the lever, shift gears, and you’re on your merry way.  But when the clutch plates start to wear out, you will begin to take notice and wonder what really is happening under the clutch cover. Fortunately, fixing a wet clutch, found on many motorcycles and dirt bikes, is not too difficult of a task to complete on your own.  With the use of some common hand tools and a small part of an afternoon, you can have your clutch pack swapped out with a new one.  No need to have your bike sit in a shop and accrue those high rates that can eat into your gas money and riding time. So how do you know when it’s time […]

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How to Teach Others to Ride a Motorcycle

Posted on 05 May 2017 in Motorcycle | 1 comment

We all know that riding is a great way to get out by yourself and clear your mind.  But it can also be a rewarding social activity as well.  There’s a reason why there are so many group rides throughout the country.  Being able to share a ride with someone else is special.  But what do you do if no one close to you rides?  You teach them! Teaching someone to ride a motorcycle can be one of the most satisfying activities in the sport.  On the flip side, it can also be one of the most frustrating.  There is an art to good instruction.  If approached in the wrong manner, your student could become disenfranchised with riding and left with a bad taste in their mouth for […]

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