Welcome to the wBW Motorcycle Maintenance and Motorcycle Repair page! This page is a compilation of interesting articles to help you maintain your motorcycle.
wBWMaintenance and Repair Articles: Index of all wBW Repair and Maintenance Articles, with detailed information and photos on repairing BMW, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, and for articles on installing motorcycle LED lights, brake lights, modulators and more!
Motorcycle Repair DVD:wBW review of the Sportbike How-to Motorcycle Repair DVD set with 100 different maintenance and repair tasks described
Motorcycle Service Repair Shop Manuals: Cyclepedia has a selection of motorcycle repair manuals for different makes and models available for download; they write the manuals themselves and take their own photos | Big database of free online service and shop manuals at Carl Salter’s website
The Four-Stroke Cycle: Illustration from 1931: Check this out — a high-efficiency “T” head engine from the 1920’s; I scanned this illustration from Chapter V, “The Otto Cycle In Practice”, Internal Combustion Engines; Their Principles and Application to Automobile, Aircraft and Marine Purposes, by the Officers of the Department of engineering and Aeronautics, The United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, Copyright 1925, 1929, 1931.
Cleaning and Re-finishing Aluminum Parts and Engine Cases:Alumin-nu is a product that some users claim can really help restore aluminum engine cases; one caution though: this product contains hydrofluoric acid, which is highly toxic — use all precautions and read the label! | BrightWorks, Inc. has all sorts of polishing and buffing tools; they also have an instructional video on re-finishing | Short article with photos on aluminum polishing (s) | Other polishing secrets – use at your own risk! Try Orange Pumice Gojo; reported to work on chrome and other metals – but remember that after the pumice it’s still unpolished. Plus, the bare metal is now exposed to air and can discolor quickly. Try Wenol, Simichrome (no website, here’s a source), or Mother’s metal polish to give it a final finish | More information on aluminum and metal polishes in theMotorcycle Polish section of the wBWMotorcycle Products and Accessories page
Motorcycle Painting: Cycle Color has some information on painting, blending and other painting techniques
Doctorate of Motorcycling Theory and Technology: Ah, if only I was young (and smart) again… No, you don’t get this from riding Deal’s Gap in <10 minutes; The University of Padua is the only place in the world that offers this degree; see their library of highly technical articles about motorcycle dynamics – if you can understand these, you don’t need the degree after all! YES!! This site is back in operation!! Definitely check it out! (NOTE: This site seems to go up and down; if it’s not up, try again some other time, it’s worth it!)
Tony Foale Designs: Tony Foale has written many articles on motorcycle design, especially in the area of chassis design; visit his website; it has links to other technical articles and information; it also contains some of his articles available for viewing and information on his book
English to Metric Horsepower and Torque Calculator: “Convert” (Windows) is a small but powerful freeware executable application that easily performs all sorts of conversions; very handy, especially if you’re not online and need to do a conversion
Metric Nuts, Bolts, Screws, Hardware, Thread Identification: There seem to be very few online retailers who sell nuts and bolts directly, much less in small lot sizes | The Bolt Depot has a decent selection of metric fasteners and small quantities can be purchased online | Metric titanium nuts and bolts available through Aerotec Special Fasteners | Fastenal used to sell small lots of metric and inch fasteners, but their website seems to be down, are they still in business? | Here’s a nice site at Maryland Metrics with complete information on how to identify metric threads of all types | Metric Specialties has a huge assortment of metric nuts, bolts and fastener hardware; unfortunately, the lot size for orders is $20.00, but their site is a good resource for learning what types of metric fasteners are (or should be) available at your local hardware store | Coburn-Myers has a nice listing of specifications for nuts, bolts and washers; a good metric section also | Desmoparts has a selection of stainless steel hardware parts for Aprilia, BMW, Ducati and more | Nylon and plastic nuts and bolts at Plastic Nuts and Bolts
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gasoline: A four-part article written in FAQ style with scads of info on gasoline. Try Part 3 for starters
Water Wetter: Read Redline’s technical article on Water Wetter; but remember, Water Wetter is no miracle cure – used in recommended dosages with a 50/50 water/glycol mix, it only reduces temperatures about 8 degrees F – according to the back of the bottle! Be careful reading Redline’s technical writeup on the product – it’s difficult to tell the amount of Water Wetter they are using when they are comparing it to straight water or water/glycol