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Triumph motorcycles have always had a place in motorcycle history. Celebrities from Clint Eastwood to Steve Mcqueen have publicly owned triumph motorcycles. Triumph motorcycles have always had this sense of style, performance, and coolness. This culture is still present in their current line-up of motorcycles, such as the very rare 2016 Street Triple Rx.
The design of this bike Just grabs attention of onlookers everywhere. Equipped with special seat cowl, belly pan, and a fly screen it give it a distinct look that sets it apart other Street Triples.
Street triples have also been known for their performance. This Powerful engine outputs 105 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque. Designed out the factory to have a well placed center of gravity [...]
Comments Off on Motorcycle Comparison: Honda CB500F vs Honda CBR500R vs Honda CB500X
Honda is one of the most prestigious manufacturers of motorcycles. Their versatility as a maker of motorcycles is what makes them unique and might be a reason for their continued success. This is best showcased in their 500cc motorcycles, namely the CB500F, CB500R, and the CBR500R. Although all motorcycles have the same power plant they all behave like different animals.
This beauty is the honda CB500F. Design as a standard bike but this bike is built for all purpose fun. The CB500X has a classic upright position and wide handlebars give you that confortable ride. Designed with a 26.5 degree rake and with forks that allow 5.5 inches of travel you can expect this motorcycle to have the softest suspension among the three. This Motorcycle would be perfect for anyone [...]
Comments Off on Motorcycle Spotlight: Yamaha FZ-09
There is a pleasure that comes from riding a motorcycle due largely to the complete stimulation of the senses. You feel the thrust of air, see the world blur in front of you, hear the howl of wind, smell the ever changing environment, and taste exhilaration. The Yamaha understood that and developed the FZ-09
Equipped with a 3 cylinder 847cc engine that produces 115 hp and is mated with a 6 speed transmission, this motorcycle is versatile. When you push it, it doesn’t push back, it actually asks for more. As you travel through the power band of the engine you feel your heart beat in line with the increasing RPMs and that’s is what triggers the complete stimulation of the senses.
it with a semi upright riding position and a [...]
Introduced in 2015 the Yamaha YZF-R3 has made an impression in the beginner bike market, our impression is that this bike isn’t solely for beginners. Addressing the elephant in the room: this bike will not outperform any of the bigger bikes in the market, but not everything is a race and that is not to say that this bike isn’t enjoyable.
The Yamaha R3 weighs in at 368lbs and is paired with a 320cc engine that puts out 42HP and 21lbs of torque. The end result is a motorcycle that can handle it’s own and won’t easily be outgrown by novice riders. The R3 delivers a surprising punch north of the 5k rpm range which can be sure to give you a smile. The R3 shouldn’t be overlooked just because it isn’t a marquee sports bike, there is [...]
Riding a motorcycle provides us with joy and pleasure, however we must not forget that operating a motorcycle comes with responsibilities. One of the most important parts of safe operation is the tires and it is our responsibility as riders to inspect our tires before every ride. Regular inspection can can ensure maximum lifespan of your tires and sustain ride safety. The following should help you monitor your tires throughout their lifespan.
1. Check pressure before you ride: Doing so ensures that your wheels are provide the best performance. Under inflated tires can wear out considerably faster, thus hurting your wallet and your chance of staying upright. Consider investing in an air pump and a tire pressure gauge. Inflate tires in the temperature you plan to ride, to put it simply, do no inflate tires in a warm garage if you plan to ride in cold weather and vise-versa. Refer to the tire manufacturer as pressure can [...]
Comments Off on Motorcycle attire: Dress for the slide.
Some people know squids as Cephalopods that are consumed as calamari, to others squids are a careless motorcycle riders. Real life squids are known to have short lifespans and for this reason experienced motorcyclist refer to careless riders as squids.
let us observe a squid in it’s natural habitat
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Here we see a motorcyclist who isn’t equipped with adequate protection, is not focused on the road, and is improperly operating their motorcycle as he only has one arm in on the handlebars. This is a squid, DON’T BE A SQUID. There is no conceivable reason to operate a motorcycle this way, this will result to in harm to yourself and those that love you. While squids may think that they look better/cooler without proper motorcycle attire, seasoned riders think [...]
Residents of the bay area tend to be a little spoiled, but in a good way. The bay area is known for it’s outstanding food, diversity of cultures, great weather (here commuting on a motorcycle is an actual possibility), and the beauty of nature that’s within it. Exploring everything that the bay area has to offer takes a lot of effort but it is rewarding. The perks of riding a motorcycle (fuel consumption and maneuverability) combined with the thrill of the experience make exploring the bay area such a pleasant experience. Get on your two wheels and this is an example of what could be explored in the bay starting from San Jose.
Ride Pacific Coast Highway through Montara and enjoy the scenic beauty.
And while LA is known for movie industry, the bay area’s theater can’t be beat. Why not catch a show [...]
The charging system is one of the most important factors in keeping a motorcycle running. Not only does it provide the electricity to operate our accessories but it also provides the spark required for the combustion process. Bottom line a faulty electrical system can leave riders stranded on the side of the road. Checking the charging system regularly can
Here at AK motors we inspect every bike to ensure reliable operation and customer satisfaction. Here we test the charging system of this beautiful Suzuki GSXR600
First locate the battery (usually found under the seat but varying models will differ)
With the use of a multi-meter, the voltage of the charging system can be measured. 1.) turn on motorcycle and the high beams
How many times has it happened that we set out to a bright and sunny morning only to encounter this later in the day.
As the holidays are approaching so is the cold, wet weather. Riding through the rain can be a daunting challenge especially to inexperienced riders but worry not there is somewhat of a science to it.
First of all a motorcycle should be in proper working order. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to keep your motorcycle functioning properly. Failure from the suspension, brakes, tires or engine can be catastrophic in regular weather. The way a motorcycle performs in the rain is significantly different as water reduces friction in brakes and grip on the tires.