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Welcome to the wBW Motorcycle Maintenance and Motorcycle Repair page! This page is a compilation of interesting articles to help you maintain your motorcycle. wBW Maintenance 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 …

BMW Motorcycle Certificate of Origin:  See the BMW Motorcycle History page for more info on ordering “birth certificates” for your Beemer; also parts information for every BMW BMW R Bikes – Airheads:  Join the Airheads!  A great group of BMW Airhead owners with a fantastic email list and owners willing to share  |  A really nice collection of late ’70’s BMW …

Re-Learning to Ride With the California Superbike School Maybe you’re a fairly new street rider or maybe you’ve been riding for some time. Perhaps you took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner’s Rider’s Course and even the Experienced Rider’s Course once or twice to help keep those skills updated. You’ve also read every book you can …

The Alternate Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (Alternate MOST) There you are standing in the blazing sunlight among a dozen other riders as you stare at a group of orange cones positioned at crazy angles. Three months ago you got your learner’s permit and bought your bike which you’ve been riding every weekend. Slowly a knot …

 Y2K Ducati Women’s Team A Season Full of Success for the Y1K Ducati Women’s Motorcycle Racing Team After two successful years on the national and international circuits with riders Paola Cazzola andChiara Valentini, the Official Ducati Women’s Team is preparing to continue its tradition of excellent riding and high technical standards that fans have come to expect. …

Discovering a new, unique and interesting motorcycle-related product is always a thrill, and this LED motorcycle sign definitely meets that criteria. I learned about them purely by chance in a motorcycle forum thread that just happened to catch my eye. The signs are made in Quebec by Rene Wollin, who also runs Wolltech, a manufacturing company …

A Survey of Motorcycle Toll-Tag Holders They’re known as “highway toll-collection transponders”. They are the used in highway transportation systems throughout the world. These include systems such as eFlow in Ireland, Telepass in Italy, and others found throughout the world. In the U.S., there is the TxTag in Texas,FasTrak in California and others. Here in New York State, where I live, we …

NICB Reports Small Decline in Motorcycle Thefts in 2012 Nov. 25, 2013 – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report onmotorcycle thefts in the United States for 2012 (.pdf report). The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2012. A total of 46,061 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2012 …

Here’s something you’re supposed to do about once every millenium or so on your trusty BMW Airhead – apply heat sink compound to the underside of the electronic ignition module. Thanks to Matt Parkhouse and Bob “Snowbum” Fleischer for the inspiration for this article.  Visit the Airheads website for more information and join the Airheads! Several esteemed Master …

Motorcycle Tank Pad I visited the Motografix motorcycle tank pad booth at the recent motorcycle Dealer Expo this spring in Indianapolis.  The Dealer Expo is the single largest show for U.S. motorcycle dealers to see new products, clothing and accessories and to place their orders for the big spring rush. Motografix specializes in motorcycle tank …

About Cary Martynuik Hello! My name is Cary Martynuik and I am a 28-year-old motorcycle junkie who has been riding for a total of about 6 years now.  My first bike was a HONDA CBR 600F2, which I purchased from new. I enjoyed that bike so much that a few years later I bought the next-generation …

Motorcycle Art Guenevere Schwien is a young artist bursting with talent and potential. She has a keen eye for composition and a technical ability that allows her to achieve extreme realism in her oil paintings. Her latest endeavor, a nine foot tall and six foot wide image of the tail end of a red Ducati …

How about an insider’s look at World Superbike racing with the Foggy Petronas race team? Moto GP and World Superbike race meetings offer an experience you do not forget and one that you talk about for weeks, months and years later with your friends.  Of course, along with millions of others, most of us only …

2016 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Schedule If you love old motorcycles and the people and activities that make them great, circle July 8-10, 2016, on your calendar. That’s the date for next year’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycling: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. “A new generation is realizing …

One Man’s Island DVD by Hoffworks Productions Directed by Peter Riddihough 100 minutes, color, stereo, standard aspect ratio All regions compatible More:  2005 Isle of Man TT impressions Just how serious a motorcyclist are you?  How committed are you to the sport…or to your passions? Maybe you’ve spent thousands on a dedicated track day bike.  Perhaps you’re …

Motorcycle Postage Stamps From Around the World Check this out: photos of postage stamps from around the world! On this page: First, motorcycle stamps from Viet Nam.  Then some motorcycle stamps from the UK from 2005. At the bottom of the page are the 2007 Isle of Man TT commemorative stamps.  Enjoy! If you have …

The Suzuki DRZ-400S on the Trans-America Trail Glen and I returned safely from our adventure ride on the western portion of Trans-America Trail. We successfully completed the trip, reaching Port Orford, Oregon on September 4, 2013 around 4:30 pm, after 13 days on the trail. So, how did the mighty 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S (blog), which I …

Motorcycle Extended Warranty Motorcycle extended warranty providers offer long-term warranty protection to owners of new or used motorcycles. If you have information on motorcycle extended warranty programs, please let us know. Also, if you have a service related comment regarding one of the warranty underwriters, please send it to us for posting so others can learn …

How to Buy International Motorcycle Insurance We often receive emails asking about temporary motorcycle insurance for visitors to the U.S.A. and also for Americans who wish to travel to other countries. The visitors or tourists are usually renting a motorcycle but they sometimes bring their own bike on tour. Motorcycle Services wrote this article for us …

KTM Announces 2006 Motorcycle World Championship Plans Austrian Manufacturer KTM will field two teams in next year’s 125-cc-Motorcycle-World Championship. Apart from the official works team with Mika Kallio (Finland) and Julian Simon (Spain), KTM will also field a Junior Team: Stefan Bradl, son of former German 250-cc-star Helmut Bradl, and Austrian Michael Ranseder will be …

Here’s how to remove the air injection system on a BMW Airhead. From Clymer’s BMW R Series: 1970-1994:  “The air injection system injects fresh air into the exhaust port in each cylinder head adjacent to the exhaust valve. This oxygen-rich fresh air helps burn the hydrocarbons that still remain in the exhaust gases. The fresh air …

Welcome to the wBW Vintage, Classic and Antique Motorcycles Page! Information on restoring vintage and classic motorcycles, vintage motorcycle parts, tires for classic motorcycles, vintage and classic motorcycle clubs and more!  Vintage Motorcycle News: 2015 Yamaha SR400 Photos and Specifications  |  2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Announced!  |  Custom Café Racers at the 2013 AIMExpo Vintage Motorcycle Events:  Now on the wBW Vintage …

Mike’s Triumph and British Bike Paint Shop Mike restores Triumph and British motorcycles. He can reproduce any of the Triumph or British bike paint schemes and colors. That includes new decals, pinstripes or custom designs. fenders, fuel tanks, side covers, oil tanks, frames and more. Mike says: “You get one man to work on your …

Triumph Announces Thruxton Cup Challenge Champion Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. announced that Cumming, Georgia’s Ted “Cannonball” Cobb, won the inaugural Triumph Thruxton Cup Challenge with a victory at Pueblo Motorsports Park in Colorado on September 11, 2005. Throughout the entire season, consistency was the name of the game, as Cobb racked up seven wins out …

Did you ever wonder how a motorcycle wheel is straightened?  I didn’t even realize that they could be straightened. Mark Moran owns M.C. Wheel, in Gilsum, New Hampshire.  Mark can straighten most (over 95%) of the wheels they receive, and all their work is guaranteed. M.C. Wheel has straightened over 15,000 wheels over the last 10 years or …

2013 American International Motorcycle Expo Live Report More AIMExpo ▪ 2014 AIMExpo Live Report! October 16-17, 2014. ▪ 2014 Schuberth Helmet Colors and my last report from the 2013 AIMExpo. ▪ More Photos From the 2013 AIMExpo. One more report on Schuberth for 2014 coming and that will wrap it up. ▪ News: Bering (FR) and Segura (ES) motorcycle clothing will …

Live Report From the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo Thursday, October 15 ▪ Quick Look Slide Show of some of the motorcycles on display at the 2015 AIMExpo. ▪ Sena Smart Helmet Preview! Active noise cancellation! ▪ BMW Retro Concept Video ▪ BMW Concept 101 Slide Show Friday, October 16 ▪ UClear HBC Remote Works with HBC100 and HBC200 intercoms. ▪ Custom Bikes at …

Triumph Thunderbird Sport Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local Triumph Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : Triumph Model : Thunderbird Sport Year : 1999 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 99V083000 Recall Date : April 15, 1999 Component: Engine and Engine Cooling: Engine Potential Number Of …

Triumph Tiger From the Triumph Motorcycles Limited description of the 2006 Tiger: “The horizon is the Tiger’s destination, vast expanses its home.  It thrives on challenge and lives for the journey and, no matter the task in hand, performs as only a bike with its depth can. And it’s tauter, sharper and more usable than …

Photos From the 2008 European Stunt Riding Championships No Hands, One Handed Crossover, Candybar, Fender Grab, Touchdown, Look Back, Coaster, Combos, Circles, One-handed Circles…and these are just the wheelies! Then you have stoppies and strange names like Nac Nac, X-over, One Handed, Can Can, Kiss, One-eighty! Maybe you could simply summarize them using one generic …

Installing a Tachometer on a Moto Guzzi Jackal For starters, I believe the V11 Jackal Tachometer kit will give you the same set up and components as the V11 Bassa or V11 EV, and probably the V11 Sport and Centauro. I do not know about the Quota, but I bet it is the same. So …

BMW Scooter Safety Recalls The BMW scooter has already undergone a recall in the U.S.A. Let’s hope there aren’t more, but just in case, I started this page to list any safety recalls as I learn about them. [UPDATE: More recalls added below!] In the U.S.A., vehicle owners can report issues directly to the National …

Ducati GT 1000 Throttle Cable Adjustment I’ve been noodling on the possible reasons for the GT1000’s super-sensitive throttle.  It could be anything from a too-light flywheel to fuel injection and probably is amplified by the abundance of torque from the 1000DS engine at low RPMs. But something Chris told me about similar problems with the …

A Season on the 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Here in the Northeast, it’s just about the time that I add fuel stabilizer to the tank, run the bike for a few minutes, and call it a season. The now-motionless bike in my garage is a Victory Cross Country Tour, and the season in question …

BMW K1200LT & R1200GS Named Motorcycles of the Year The BMW K 1200 LT and the R 1200 GS have been named two of the top ten motorcycles for 2004 by Cycle World magazine. The annual awards, featured in the July issue of Cycle World magazine, recognize the top ten motorcycles in ten different classes. …

BMW K – R Series Motorcycle Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make / Models :           Model/Build Years:     BMW / K SERIES 2001-2004 BMW / R SERIES 2000-2002 2004 NHTSA CAMPAIGN …

BMW R1100RT-P Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : BMW Models : R1100RT-P Years: 1998-2001 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 01V198000 Recall Date : MAY 22, 2001 Component: TIRES:SIDEWALL Potential Number Of Units Affected : 990 Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: …

BMW K1200RS Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Make : BMW Models : K1200RS Years: 1998-2000 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 00V264000 Recall Date : SEP 08, 2000 Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE Potential Number Of Units Affected : 2368 …

BMW F650GS Dakar Recall NOTE:  These recalls are presented as a public safety resource.  For more information, visit your local BMW Motorcycle dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. BMW Model : F650GS DAKAR Year : 2001 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 00V267000 Recall Date : SEP 08, 2000 Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY Potential Number Of Units Affected : …