Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tyre Pressure

The only thing between the hard unforgiving pavement and you is your tires. Best that you know, understand, respect and learn how to treat them well.

Under inflation may also: 
-Damage the tire leading to tire failure
-Adversely affect vehicle cornering
-Reduce tire life -Increase fuel consumption
-Fatigue cracking 

Over inflation may also:

-Cut, puncture, or broken by sudden impact
-serious personal injury or death could result.

Do not exceed the pressure indicated on the tire sidewall. Consult your owners manual for the recommended inflation and other tire information. 

Always check your tire pressure before you ride, and always know your load limit. Check the tire sidewalls for signs of cracking-indicators that it could be time for replacements. Never apply tire sidewall treatments or dressings, which can actually accelerate tire cracking.

It's especially important to be aware that worn tires decrease the ability to dissipate water. Be sure to check several points around the tire, including the centre tread as this portion of the tire is especially vital for water evacuation. 

Heat is the enemy of tires, so in the heat of the summer it is especially important to check tire pressures frequently to ensure proper inflation. under inflated tires generate additional heat by flexing more than they should, while a properly inflated tire runs cooler. 

Pre- ride checklist

Fluids. Make sure all your oil and fluids are topped off with the correct fluids. 

Harley Davidson motorcycle battery
Battery. Make sure both the connections are tight. If your motorcycle battery is not a sealed type, make sure the cells are full of fluid. Be sure to check for cracks and leaks and that the vent hose is not plugged.

Drive belt or chain. If you have a chain, make sure it's properly lubed and has the correct tension.

drive chain

Cables. Make sure all cables are 
adjusted correctly and that they 
have been properly lubed.
Nothing will leave you sitting on the 
side of the road faster than a 
broken throttle cable

Tires. Make sure your tire pressure is correct, that there is proper tread depth, and that there is no weather checking on the sidewalks.

Lights and turn signals. This seems obvious, but check to make sure all lights are operational, including the hi-lo beam, turn signals, tail light/ brake light, license plate light, and even your speedo lights.

Brake system. Make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in your break lines. Be sure to check your break pads because running thin pads can ruin your rotors and will end up 
costing you a lot more than what a new set of pads would 
have cost you.

Filters. Check your air filter, especially if it hasn't been cleaned or replaced lately. A dirty air filter damages your engine and can greatly affect performance and make your ride not nearly as enjoyable as you want it to be.

Nuts and bolts. Complete a visual/ physical check of hardware throughout your bike.

Spokes. If your bike has spokes, be sure to do a quick check to make sure your spokes are tight. As you do, adjust according to the manual, and if you're not comfortable with doing this yourself, take your motorcycle to a shop and have the spoke checked by a professional. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

GoPro: Babes Ride Out - A Motorcycle Story

There are places in the mind that host memories in time.

Of love, laughter and all the good rides.

Up mountains, up rocks, through deserts of heat,

Through valleys of rivers, with air clean and sweet,

The twist of a throttle, the shift of a gear

Where the soul is devoured, and the mind becomes clear.

Up on two wheels, I want to be there.