Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance
This is the directory of all wBW
articles on motorcycle repair and maintenance. It includes
repair tips and information on installing motorcycle accessories,
parts, lighting, brake lights, LED lights and more.
This list also contains reviews of products for BMW motorcycles,
Ducati motorcycles, Moto Guzzi motorcycles and Triumph motorcycles.
However, this information is also useful for owners of any type
or make of motorcycle.
Suspension and Steering
SuperBrace Fork Brace Stabilizer review.
Ducati Multistrada chain adjustment
Ducati GT 1000 chain adjustment
Motorcycle chain adjustment basics
Installing Progressive Fork Springs on a BMW R65
risers installation on a Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport (Convertibars)
a motorcycle chain with Motul Chain Clean, Motorex Chain
Clean 611 and kerosene; a comparison.
Raising the fork tubes changes the geometry of the motorcycle's
front end and can quicken the steering.
Changing the Chain and Sprockets is a necessary maintenance
task and there are many tips and tricks to consider.
Fork Oil Change article shows you how to perform this maintenance
Installation is not that difficult, but here are a couple
of tips here that can help make the job easier.
Progressive Suspension 420 shock absorber installation.
Converting high to low handlebars on a BMW K75 or K100 from
the standard to the lower "C" bars.
Fork gaiters can extend the life of fork seals by preventing
dirt and pitting on fork tubes.
Wheels and Tires
Adventures in Re-Spoking Motorcycle Wheels by Chris B.
and Lacing Spoked Wheels by Texas Joe
Rod Neff's balancer is highly accurate, well-made and easy-to-use;
you can do it yourself and save $$!
Motorcycle tire bead breaker costs less than $5.00 and works
as well as anything we've tried.
Body and Paint
Fuel Tank Sealer
Ducati Hand Guards and Manic Salamander bar end weights installation
CRG Bar End Mirror Installation
BMW K75S windscreen adjustment system.
protection film is easy to install and can be reused.
Carbon fiber parts are relatively easy to make, believe
it or not! This article shows you how.
Installing the SheerMask pre-cut paint protection film kit
to protect your bike's paint and finish.
3M Scotchcal paint protection film can be purchased in bulk
and cut to fit your motorcycle.
Rusted steel parts can be easily fixed with this special
Bar End Mirrors installation article points out a few modifications
and some more information on where to get the parts; it's based
Gavin's great instructions on installing Napoleon bar end
BMW K75 Low to High Seat Conversion with information on
converting the "low rider" seat on a K75/100 to the
standard height seat.
BMW K75 and K100 standard windscreen buffeting problems
can be partially solved.
Krista LED Driving Lights
Clearwater Glenda LED Visibility Lights
LED Light Installation
Multistrada LED Brake Light Installation
Hyper-Strips LED Accent lights can really show off your
LED brake light or tail light complete conversion to replace
the bulb with LED lights for ultra-visibility!
LED Bulb Replacement by LEDTronics: is it worth the cost?
LED Brake Light Bar by Signal Dynamics: installation information.
Flexible LED accent lights can be installed as auxiliary
directionals or just for fun!
LED brake light bulb LED cluster can replace the standard
1157 brake/tail light bulb.
RiderLight LED Wireless brake light for helmets, saddlebags
LED Wireless helmet brake light - the Signalfly unit fits
on the back of a helmet!
Lighting, Brake Lights, Tail Lights
LED Bulb Comparison and Video
Replacing the GT1000 brake and tail light bulb
Motorcycle Headlight Upgrade Ducati Designs upgrade
for the BMW K1200LT.
Yellow headlight bulbs for motorcycles? Comparison
with standard white H4 bulbs.
Install an HID motorcycle headlight for more power and visibility
Install headlight protection film to protect expensive headlights
from stone damage.
Designs headlight upgrade for ST2 and ST4.
Using turn signals as brake lights - good idea or not?
Brake Light/Tail Light Bulbs discusses the best light bulb
to use for your combination brake/taillight. Covers 21/5W, 2057,
1034, 1157, 2397 and 2357 type bulbs.
Brake Light Flasher installation and review of the Comagination
Turn signal relay replacement on a BMW. Applicable
to other makes.
Improving Brake Light Visibility how to brighten up your
Halogen brake light replacement bulb by DesignTech: Too
hot to handle?
Installing a Comagination dual headlight modulator and a
modulator with solid-state headlight relay
Modulator Regulations for the U.S.A. also the
regulations in English and
Headlight modulator installation and review of the Comagination
Kisan headlight modulator review and installation.
Installing Stainless Steel Brake Lines (Redux)
Bleeding motorcycle brakes is easy with the Actron vacuum
Harrison Billet Mini-6 brake caliper installation can improve
Installing stainless steel brake lines can improve brake
feel and performance.
Carburetion, Fueling and Fuel Injection
Tamer smooths out the initial throttle and it is available
for many different brands of motorcycles.
Booster Plug fuel injection fix for BMWs and Triumphs
K&N Air Filter
review and replacement on a BMW R1150GS
Fat Duc O2 Sensor Replacement
Ducati GT 1000 ECU replacement
Installing a G2 Throttle Cam to change the throttle opening
Ducati GT 1000, Multistrada and Monster throttle cable adjustment
Ducati evaporative emissions canister maintenance and inspection
Man's Carb Adjustment": a story for cheapskates.
carburetor and fuel system cleaner.
Bing carburetor replacement silicone gaskets last the life
of the engine.
Air filter replacement can be easy or difficult, like on
Air injection system removal for post-1980 BMW Airheads.
Change the fuel filter on a Moto Guzzi V11 Bassa with this
article by Rich Arimoto.
Engine and Transmission
Oil and Filter Change
Ducati Multistrada 620 oil and filter replacement tips and
substitute oil filters for Ducatis
Ducati 1000DS engine oil and filter change
Ducati engine case guard protects against damage from broken
Oil change problems to avoid; oil types to use; sources
for replacement oil drain plugs.
Valve adjustment on a modern Triumph also has useful information
for other makes.
Valve Adjustment Tips and some performance improvement tips
from wBW Visitor "J.B."
Coolant Change - How to perform a coolant change.
Spline Lube - 1986 BMW R65 Monoshock spline lube with photos.
Moto Guzzi valves with this step-by-step approach by Steve
DR400 Clock Repair - A possible fix for an inoperative
DR400 clock in the electronic display.
HealTech GIpro with ATRE
GT Alternator Replacement
1: Motorcycle Ignition Coil Replacement (Thunderbird Sport)
Part II: Ignition Coil Replacement on a Triumph Trophy
Install a speaker
on a Garmin i3 or i5 GPS unit.
Posi-Lock connectors are a fantastic way to splice wires
on your motorcycle!
How to install a horn relay to get full power to those Freeway
Installing a headlight relay can make your headlight burn
Sealed Batteries - Installing a WestCo sealed battery is
easy! Instructions and photos
Electronic ignition module maintenance - applying heat sink
Install a tachometer on a Moto Guzzi Jackal with instructions
by Steve Saady.
Tires and Wheels
Dymag carbon fiber wheels are light weight and expensive!
Portable motorcycle tire balancer is very accurate and can
fit in a tank bag.
tire bead breaker - make your own in a matter of seconds!
Tire sizes can be confusing; read this interesting article
regarding tire widths.
Motorcycle tire information on sizes, conversions between
numbering systems, speed ratings and more.
Motorcycle tire and wheel balancing with Rod Neff's tire
Go Cruise Throttle
Control Installation and Review
eSystem Installation on a BMW F 800 GS
Installation on a BMW F 800 GS
Ducati GT1000 Loose Fuel Tank Problem Fixed
a Thread File to Repair Threads
to Install Pazzo Adjustable Motorcycle Levers
Motorcycle Cruise Control and Installation
Cleaning and Polishing Chrome Wheels With Noxon and S100 Polishing
Installing Ducati GT1000 saddlebags
Motorcycle Helmet Visors Are Made
Ducati GT1000 Fuel Line Recall Fix and Fuel Filter Replacement
is a relatively easy project.
page has links to our tool reviews and other interesting items
Installing a Throttlemeister Cruise Control
Information on the
Ducati GT1000 and Sportclassics fuel pump and fuel line problems
a plastic fuel tank on a Triumph Tiger. These tips
are applicable to most any motorcycle.
Installing a Talon Motorcycle Alarm; includes information
on adding a custom LED indicator light.
Make your own custom aluminum dashboard. Includes
instructions and CAD drawings for download.
Motofx garage door opener opens your garage door when the
high beams are flashed.
These valve caps are real metal with rubber gaskets! Sweet
- and very inexpensive. Also information on where to find
a metric thread pitch gauge
Here are some tips, gleaned from various email lists, on
making repairs to ABS bags.
Here's how to make a small, lightweight air pump that can
fit in your tankbag for less than $10.00!
Cleaning aluminum engine cases tips and tricks.
Interesting drawings from 1931 of an old "T" flathead
side valve engine illustrating the four stroke engine cycle.