What’s the deal with those heat blankets wrapped around the tires on racebikes at the track and on TV? What are they for and what do they do? Do you need a set? In this episode of Motorcyclist magazine’s MC Garage, we discuss motorcycle tire warmers and if you need them. Subscribe: http://mtrcycl.st/ysC1wp Motorcyclist Shirts: […]
Your tires are the only things connecting your motorcycle to the road, so it’s critical that they’re in good condition. Do you know what factors determine when a tire is toast? In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning will explain the three main reasons your tires might need to […]
There’s a lot rolling on your motorcycle’s tires, but do you know what’s beneath the tread rubber, or what the difference is between a bias-ply and a radial tire? We’ll explain in this video from the MC Garage. Support the companies that support MC Garage. Motion Pro speciality tools: https://www.motionpro.com/ Bel-Ray lubricants: http://www.belray.com/ HMC Industries […]
Nails, screws, and glass—there’s lots of stuff lurking on the street just waiting to stab a hole in your tire Thankfully, most modern motorcycles are equipped with tubeless tires that are actually pretty easy to plug. That’s why it’s important to carry a quality tire-repair kit with you when you ride, and just as importantly, […]
If your bike’s wheels aren’t properly aligned you might experience handling issues, uneven tire and drivetrain wear, and other problems. In this video from the MC Garage we’ll show you several ways to verify that your wheels are tracking true, plus check to see if those reference marks on your swingarm are accurate or not. […]
Chain, belt, drive shaft. Each setup has it’s own pros and cons, but which system is best? In this video from the MC Garage we’ll discuss the three forms of final drive so you can decide for yourself.
Lots of sportbikes come with a steering damper from the factory, and for those that don’t, plenty of people add them as an accessory. But what do steering dampers do, and do you need one on your motorcycle? I’ll explain in this video from the MC Garage.
What’s with single-sided swingarms? Like forks, clutches, front brakes, and other major components on motorcycles, there’s some variation when it comes to how things are done, in this case, how the rear wheel is attached to the bike. In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the SSSA setup.
An aftermarket exhaust is at the top of most rider’s mod list, but what can you really expect from that fancy pipe, and are stock exhausts all just junk anyway? Ari explains in this video from the MC Garage.
Came out to get the bike ready for work today, ran through the usual pre-ride safety checks…and found a handy nail in the back tyre….20 minutes to go before leaving…plenty of time to fix it….Enjoy.
Looking for a strong opinion? Ask a motorcyclist what oil they use. Is mineral oil good enough, or is synthetic the only way to go? In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll discuss the differences.
Lead-acid batteries are cheap and durable and have served us well for more than a century, but these heavy, poison-filled devices are giving way to more energy-dense, non-toxic lithium-ion units. Lithium-ion technology offers a lot of advantages over old-school lead-acid tech, but there are some drawbacks as well. In this video from the MC Garage, […]
Here’s another technology matchup from the MC Garage: Old-school wire-spoked wheels versus modern one-piece alloy wheels. What’s the difference, and which design is better? That all depends…
Back to basics! Checking tire pressures is the most fundamental of maintenance items, yet most riders fail to do it as often as they should. (Hint: You should be doing it at least every other week!) In this video from the MC Garage, Senior Road Test Editor Ari Henning explains the importance of properly inflated […]
Watch this vid and you’ll be busting beads like a pro! Tired of paying someone else to mount and balance your tires? With a few basic tools and a little technique you can get your tubeless tires swapped out in about an hour. In this video from the MC Garage we’ll guide you through the […]
Any time you spoon on new rubber it’s important to avoid sudden acceleration, maximum braking, and hard cornering for somewhere between 10 and 100 miles. Those gentle, initial miles you ride on your new tires is known as the break-in period, and it’s a good idea for a few reasons. We’ll separate the tire break-in […]
You guys asked for it, so here it is: A discussion of tire width, and more importantly, why fitting a wider-than-stock tire to the back of your bike probably isn’t a good idea! It’s a high-level video on what might be one of the most complicated topics in motorcycling, but hopefully you learn something!
When it comes to tires, you have a lot of choices. So many that it can be confusing! Which buns are right for you depends on what you ride, where you ride it, and how your ride it. To help you make sense of the many tire options out there, I’ll explain the five main […]
Today I review Griot’s Garage Heavy Duty Wheel Cleaner! This video was shot back in April 2017. My wheels were pretty filthy from the winter months. I thought this would be a great time to do a Griot’s Garage Heavy Duty Wheel Cleaner review. Hopefully you like this product as much as I do. It’s […]
Custom High Performance Wheels. Made in America! Alan Peltier, president of custom manufacturer HRE Wheels, gives Jay a lesson in wheels, from motorsports to vintage to street performance. » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.ly/JLGOfficialSite THE BEST OF JAY LENO’S GARAGE » Exclusive First Looks: http://bit.ly/JLGExclusives » Ultra Rare Supercars: http://bit.ly/JLGSupercars » Jay’s […]
Small-bore sportbikes like KTM’s new RC390 and Yamaha’s R3 are making a big splash, and tire manufacturers are taking notice. Michelin, Bridgestone, and Shinko have all recently released rubber in 110 front section widths and 140 and 150 rear section widths suitable for small-displacement sportbikes. That’s adding to existing options from Pirelli and IRC, which […]