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Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Articles and Reviews 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, …

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 …

I probably should have spent the money in the beginning to buy the K1200RS I really wanted — it seems like I’ve spent enough on this K75 to buy two K12’s by now!  I haven’t been pleased with the riding position of the K75 standard; the pegs seem like they’re too far forward, and the …

Ducati Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Desmodromic Valve Adjustment: Ducati Desmoquattro Valve Adjustment at Ducati Tech  |  Pictorial guide to adjusting desmodromic valves  |  All sorts of examples of desmo engines from the “desmodromology” site by Henk Cloosterman; check out the list of all sorts of engines(with photos) using desmodromic technology  |  Desmo for Dummies; on the Ducati site  |  History of Desmodromic Timing; …

Ducati 750GT Bevelhead Alternator Replacement Not too long ago I completed a custovation* of my bevelhead 1974 Ducati 750GT.  In every way, this is a marvelous example of early Italian sport bike engineering — except for the battery charging system. It’s weak and does a poor job of charging the battery.  The main fault is the …

Motorcycle Tire Bead Breaker Review The “Poor Man’s” motorcycle tire bead breaker works like a charm! Here it is: the world’s cheapest (and most effective) motorcycle tire bead breaker! This method has not failed me yet; it works on bias or radial ply tires, old or new style rims, spoke or cast wheels. The only …

Adjusting Hinckley Triumph Valves Adjusting the valves on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport, Trophy, Daytona, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Speed Triple, Legend or Adventurer Motorcycle. My Triumph Thunderbird Sport had about 9,000 miles on it when I purchased it. The motorcycle was in beautiful condition, and the previous owner said that he had brought it in for …

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 …

Modern and Vintage Motorcycles For Sale Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles For Sale:  Vech has World class restorations of antique BMW’s – BMW motorcycles; pre-1970 parts; antique, vintage and classic R50, R60, R69S, R51, R26, R27, R25  |  Chrome Classics vintage motorcycles and restorations  |  Garage Company vintage motorcycles and memorabilia  |  J. Wood & Co. vintage and antique motorcycles and motorcycle …

2010 AMA Superbike Championship – Mid-Ohio – Photographs Here’s another special treat! Photographs taken at the July 17-18, 2010 AMA Superbike race at the Mid-Ohio Race Course in Lexington, Ohio. Photographs by Geoffrey Siehr for webBikeWorld.com. Enjoy! More: 2010 AMA Superbike Race Photos from Road America

2010 AMA Superbike Championship at Road America – Photographs Photographs taken at the June 5-6, 2010 AMA Superbike race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Photographs by Geoffrey Siehr for webBikeWorld.com. Enjoy! More: 2010 AMA Superbike Race Photos from Mid-Ohio

The Motorcycle Art of Greg Inkmann Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something like these amazing works of motorcycle art. Or is it sculpture?  We honestly didn’t know where or how to classify this article, but we thought our readers would enjoy learning more about Greg Inkmann’s interesting works. Greg sent …

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 …

Installing Progressive Fork Springs on a BMW R65 After installing the Progressive Suspension 420-Series rear shock absorber on our 1986 BMW R65, we wanted to also revitalize the front end with a set of Progressive Fork Springs. The new-found control at the rear accentuated the front end’s slightly vague feeling, so we checked the Progressive online product lookup …

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 …

Triumph Motorcycles has announced the 2007 Triumph Tiger. Here are the specifications, information and photos of the new 2007 Tiger. More:  Triumph Tiger Page  |  Triumph Motorcycles Page  |  2007 Triumph Motorcycles Information and Pricing Brand new for 2007, the Triumph Tiger 1050 is set to revolutionize the motorcycle market with look that demands attention. The angular lines …

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 …

1931 “T” Head Side Valve Here’s a copy of lithograph images (below the video) of the four-stroke cycle from Chapter V, “The Otto Cycle In Practice”, Internal Combustion Engines; Their Principles and Application to Automobile, Aircraft and Marine Purposes. It’s by the Officers of the Department of engineering and Aeronautics, The United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, …

Repairing ABS Motorcycle Bags Here are some tips on repairing ABS motorcycle saddle bags (aka panniers). This information was gleaned from various email newsgroups. I don’t know who posted this info; let me know and I’ll give you credit! In the meantime, thanks for helping your fellow motorcyclists! Repairing Motorcycle ABS Saddlebags There is a …

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 …

Adjusting the Valves on a Moto Guzzi V-twin Adjusting Moto Guzzi valves is a fairly easy job.  Here’s what you have to do for a basic valve adjustment: 1. Make sure the engine is cold; best to do this first thing in the morning after the bike has been sitting all night. 2. Place the bike …

Installing Fork Gaiters on a 1994 BMW K75 Fork gaiters are a curious motorcycle accessory. Somehow, the accordion-shaped tubes made a motorcycle look instantly old-fashioned to me. Compared to the old Earle’s forks, which look like they could hold up the front end on a tank, the spindly tubes on the later /2 model BMW’s of …

The Budget Adventure Tourer I purchased this slightly used 2009 Suzuki DR650SE in the winter of 2011 for the Budget Adventure Touring series and as the next webBikeWorld.com project bike. Winter isn’t the best time to buy a new motorcycle, of course, and the weather just didn’t cooperate. But when the snow finally melted, it was time …

More:  wBW Moto Guzzi Page has a downloadable sound file of the Moto Guzzi V8 in action!  |  Lots of photos on the V8 at MG Cycle including a photo of the V8 engine Here’s a photo of a beautiful illustration of a print created by Stephen Handley of the Moto Guzzi V8 motorcycle.  Steve has just a couple more of these …

More:  Home  |  Moto Guzzi Page  |  Larry Hubbard’s Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100  |  Mondial Piega The Ghezzi & Brian factory race team as pictured in the garage pits at Daytona Speedway 2003. The group hails from various parts of Texas including Dallas, Houston & Austin. The 4 valve Supertwin was built to compete in Pro-Thunder competition ,and in this case, the 750 …

Moto Guzzi Repair and Maintenance wBW Moto Guzzi Repair – Maintenance:  Make a custom Jackal dashboard by Vin Heron  |  Also see the complete listing of all wBW Technical and Maintenance Articles  Moto Guzzi Repair and Maintenance Articles:  Carburetor jets – carburetor jetting tips for a Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000; by Godfrey DiGiorgi  |  The Guzzitech pages have tons of visitor-supplied information …

BMW Scooter Owners Report Stalling Problem I have received reports from owners of a stalling problem on their BMW scooter. This is apparently a major issue, so I’ll add any reports I receive to this page and we’ll see what happens. In the U.S.A., report all safety issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here. …

Installation Instructions 1. Unscrew the plastic nuts located on the front side of the windscreen that attach it to the upper mounting arms. 2. There is about 40mm of flex in the windscreen due to the flexibility of the rubber gaskets on the bottom attachment points. I have tried various sizes of spacers, and the 50 mm …

Ducati announces the Ducati 3D Extreme and Ducati 2Extreme mobile phone video games! New releases of the best-selling 3D mobile motorcycle racing game capture the action and thrills of the famous Ducati motorcycles. The games are now available for mobile phones.  Producted by Vir2L Studios LLC and Superscape Group PLC, global publishers and developers of …

Ducati and MV Agusta Photos I went to the Duc Pond Motorsports Ducati open house during the summer and took some photos, and finally got around to posting them here.  Duc Pond sells Ducati and is also the newest MV Agusta dealer in the area. You’ll notice the photo of the black Multistrada 620; this is where I …

Custom Moto Guzzi V11 Sport The story: I received these photos one day from Jeff W. in a mysterious email: “Please let Guzzi people see these.”  I opened the .jpg’s to find what’s got to be the hottest V11 Sport around. So here are the photos of Jeff’s custom Moto Guzzi V11 Sport and some info …

A new generation of touring bikes is here from Moto Guzzi. The Breva V 1100 is a completely redesigned 90º V-Twin with a new, larger alternator positioned between the cylinder heads, new oil sump design, and lighter pistons to reduce crankcase inertia and reduce vibration. The most significant technological innovation is Moto Guzzi’s patented “cardano …

BMW has been busy this year!  They have also just announced the K 1200 GT, a sport-touring version of theK 1200 S super-sport bike. The motorcycle has a larger fairing and small saddlebags and it looks like a fun ride. More information will be posted when available. UPDATE:  July 2007 – The BMW K 1200 GT …

DesignTech 50 Watt Halogen 1156 Brake Light Bulb I blow through a lot of money on webBikeWorld reviews!  Here we go with brake lights again…. Maybe I have a fixation.  I’m looking for thHalogen Brakee perfect brake light: low watts, low heat, lasts forever with no damage from vibration, lights up in nanoseconds, and is so …

1157 and 1156 Motorcycle Light Bulbs There are several motorcycle tail light and brake light bulb types which are interchangeable. Note that these are bulbs that have a low/high filament; i.e., one filament is “on” all the time as the running light, and the other filament comes on as the brake light. If your motorcycle …

Installing a Signal Dynamics LED Brake Light Bar: Triumph Thunderbird Sport Information about the Signal Dynamics LED Brake Light Bar was covered in a previous webBikeWorld article “Improving Brake Light Visibility on a BMW K75“.  This article addresses the installation of that same unit on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport.  There were a few tricks to this …

The Signal Dynamics LED Motorcycle Brake Light Bar Improving the brake light visibility of motorcycle brake lights is important. I recently installed a “Signal Dynamics” LED motorcycle brake light bar on my BMW K75. And I also added a pair of “Life Brite” LED motorcycle brake light flashers above the license plate at the rear. …

Motorcycle Fork Oil Change I had some problems with my Triumph Thunderbird Sport motorcycle front suspension. These problems are described in “Part I” of this saga: “Motorcycle Front Tire Change – Triumph Thunderbird Sport“. To recap, I noticed that the front end of the motorcycle had a repetitive bouncing motion that I just couldn’t get rid …

TBS Oil Change Notes I’ve changed the oil in may motorcycles, but the first oil change in the Triumph Thunderbird Sport was a real adventure! I felt like a rookie again. Changing the oil and filter in a motorcycle shouldn’t be this hard. Here are some observations and tips that may help owners of the …

Adventures in Motorcycle Wheel Re-Spoking With a Suzuki DRZ400S This is not intended as a complete “how to” article on re-spoking a motorcycle wheel. Instead, the intention is to relate the problems I encountered along the way when I recently re-spoked a set of wheels for a Suzuki DRZ400S. Perhaps some webBikeWorld readers will benefit …