Monthly Archive: October 2015

Storing your Motorcycle

Lower Mainland riders are able to ride almost all year long due to moderate seasonal temperatures, but just in case you need to store your motorcycle… here’s some tips…

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These general storage tips that go with your specific model information from your Owner’s Manual and or Service/Technical Manual to maintain the highest level of safety and preparedness to preserve the value of your investment.

Cleaning
Thoroughly wash and dry the motorcycle, dirt and bug remains retain water and can be acidic and cause corrosion to alloys. Polish and wax all chrome and painted surfaces. Spray unpainted castings with S100R Corrosion Protectant. Always refer to your Owner’s Manual as to the specific cleaning needs of your motorcycle.

Oil Changes
It is recommended that the engine oil and filter be changed prior to long periods of inactivity. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations on oil viscosity and type as well as an O.E.M. oil filter. Once the oil has been changed, start and run the engine to allow the clean oil to circulate throughout the engine for approximately three minutes. If the motorcycle will be stored for longer than 6 months, drain and replace all other oils such as, gearbox, driveshaft, rear differential, fork oil. Run the motorcycle for approximately three minutes, using several gears to ensure proper oil coverage in transmission and rear drive. This will reduce the risk of any moisture or contaminants damaging vital internal components.

Brake and Clutch Fluid
Review your motorcycle’s brake and clutch fluid requirement for renewal and if these fluids are overdue or close to their renewal, it is advisable to change these fluids since contaminated fluid will cause corrosion and deterioration to the hydraulic systems for clutch and brakes. The fluids should be clear and amber in colour, dark or cloudy fluids should be flushed and the renewed.

Drive Chain
If your motorcycle has a drive chain, it is recommended that a specifically formulated spray cleaner be used such as Motul Chain Cleaner be used. Gasoline, Varsol and WD40 are not recommended to clean drive chains with o-rings in them. Do not clean the chain with the motorcycle running. Spray washing a drive chain is also not recommended. A soft brush or cloth may be used to wipe excess lubricant and cleaner off the chain. A specifically formulated quality chain lubricant is recommended.

Fuel Tank
Drain the fuel tank to remove any moisture or contaminants from the fuel tank. Refill the fuel tank with fresh fuel to prevent rusting. Fresh fuel in a large quantity remains more stable than in small quantities. Should a fuel stabilizer be considered, ensure that any fuel stabilizer products are approved by the manufacturer prior to use.

Carburetors
Drain the carburetor float bowls of fuel prior to storage. Smaller quantities of fuel are less stable and tend to break down over time, draining the float bowls will prevent build up of fuel deposits in the carburetor circuits, jets and needle and seat assemblies.

Battery
The greatest cause of battery failure is insufficient battery care during storage periods, which can be recognized by cell sulfation. Review your Owner s Manual on all Warnings and safe procedures when handing the battery prior to doing so! Batteries should be removed and stored in a warm, dry place but not on concrete. Maintain the proper electrolyte level, adding distilled water as necessary, Ensure that the battery case and terminals are clean, Follow the owner’s manual to recharge the battery periodically, generally for 10 hours every 2-3 weeks with a maximum output of 2 amps, Consider installing a Battery Tender with quick connections for ease of charging if the battery is left in the motorcycle.

Tires
Park the motorcycle on the centre stand for the storage period to remove all weight on the tires. In lieu of a centre stand, blocks of wood can be used to support the motorcycle. Inflate the tires to the recommended tire pressures. Remove all gravel, dirt and other road contaminants from the tire treads. Now is the best time to measure your tire depths to see if new tires should be on your gift list!

Chassis
Lubricate the side and centre stand pivots with grease if grease fittings exist. Where no grease fittings are available, lubricate with CRC5556 or WD40 – clutch and brake lever pivots, rear brake pedal and linkage pivots, throttle body or carburetor linkage, stand pivots, seat hinges and all lock mechanisms in the ignition, steering lock, fuel cap, seat and saddlebags. Spray lubricant into the handlebar switches and operate them with the ignition off. Allow the excess lube to drain and/or evaporate prior to operating with the ignition on.

Storage

Use a vented cover that allows moisture to escape Remove any motorcycle cover while charging the battery in a motorcycle to avoid accumulation of explosive gasses Select a storage area that is free from dampness and high humidity Do not store the motorcycle in direct sunlight. Ensure adequate ventilation and do not store near open flames or sparks. Always refer to your Owner’s Manual for the specific needs of storing your Motorcycle!

Coolant
Many of today’s modern BMW motorcycles are air and water cooled. When we say that an engine is water cooled what that really means is that it is actually cooled with combination air, water, and antifreeze. As coolant goes through the heat cycling process it looses its ability to carry and shed heat as effectively. It also collects sediments from within the cooling system that are formed during the heat cycling process. It is important to the life of the engine to always have the system working at its maximum efficiency. This means that the cooling system should be flushed periodically.

BMW’s recommendation varies from model to model. However we feel that you should perform this service every other year as a minimum. This will keep your engine’s cooling system working at its optimum efficiency at all times. Always be sure to use a coolant that is formulated for motorcycles and is mixed at the proper ratio. Contrary to popular belief coolant actually works better mixed with distilled water than it will if used straight! We recommend BMW coolant always be in your motorcycle to ensure the correct type. Some automotive type coolants will have silicates added to help clean the cooling system. This type of coolant is NEVER to be used in a motorcycle as it will cause damage to the seals in the system.

Valve Stems
Valve stem caps are more important than you think. Frequently we see motorcycles come in for service with missing valve stem caps. This is potentially dangerous if you are a fast rider, as at very high speeds you can lose air from the valve stem valve unless you have the valve stem cap in place. You do NOT want to experience a deflation at triple digit speeds because you neglected to replace a missing valve stem cap. (We have seen it happen, this is no laughing matter…)

Battery Charging
It is a good idea to use a battery charger occasionally, especially with LT’s & RT’s with radio-stereo systems. Even if you ride your bike often, you will have longer battery life and avoid the chance of being stranded with a low battery. The right method is to use either a battery charger for a limited time (12 hours or so) or use a “battery tender”, which is regulated and cannot overcharge the battery, and can be left on indefinitely. Remember that no matter how often you ride, charging your battery will insure long life. And if you ride your LT infrequently, and for short rides, it is absolutely essential that you get a battery tender and use it to keep your battery in a fully charged state, as there is more drain on the battery from radio & alarm than with other bikes.

How To Buy A Motorcycle

How do I intend to ride?

The kind of riding you’re interested in fairly well dictates the type of bike you should shop for. Conversely, the kind of bike you ride largely defines your motorcycling world and lifestyle. So, besides selecting the motorcycle based on its mechanical and performance attributes, consider what circles you’ll likely be riding in—so to speak. If you don’t think of yourself as a racer or a biker in the Wild One vein, and you would be comfortable at, say, an Eagles reunion concert, consider a traditional bike. People attracted to sportbikes, on the other hand, tend to indulge in extreme activities—think The Fast and the Furious, only on two wheels. If you want to hang with the hip-hop crowd, maybe you’re a sportbike candidate. Folks who enjoy the touring lifestyle tend to be older—often they’re retirees—and are in no kind of hurry when they watch the scenery go by on all sides. If an RV lifestyle or dinner theater appeals to you, so might a touring bike. But if you want to put some adventure into a long daily commute, you may be cruiser-bike material.

How much should I spend?

It’s a discretionary purchase—the mortgage comes first, okay? Depending on the type of motorcycle you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere from under $5000 to $25,000 for a new bike. Motorcycle dealers, like auto dealers, will do what they can to help you with financing options, and many offer used bikes as well.

Do I really need a new bike?

For many riders, a used motorcycle is a better option. Besides being more affordable than a new bike, a used one is a sensible transitional machine. You may find that the bike you bought to get you back in the game is somehow lacking after you’ve spent some serious time on it. And the reality is, sooner or later your first motorcycle is going to hit the pavement. There’s no reason that the bike you ding up needs to be an expensive one right out of the crate. Give yourself a few months to get comfortable—then you’ll be more than ready for a new set of wheels.

Is this the bike for me?

As you shop, consider your body type: If you cannot put both feet flat on the ground when the bike is upright, it’s too tall for you, period. Also, if this is your first bike, or you’ve never ridden anything scarily fast, don’t even look at a high-performance bike.

That said, if you see yourself using the bike primarily as daily transportation, consider a standard, or traditional, bike. If you used to ride years ago, these will look familiar, but feel better thanks to electric starters, fuel injection and disc brakes. If your commute is a long one, you typically do it with a passenger and you want a bit more style, the next logical choice is a cruiser. If you intend to spend many hours and miles in the saddle with a passenger sitting behind you, you need a touring bike. For a little more performance in a touring bike, there’s a subset called sport/touring. If you primarily want to straighten curvy roads, your needs will be best met with a sportbike. If you want a basic commuter that can keep going when the pavement doesn’t, look at a dual-purpose bike: a standard bike with extra ground clearance and knobby tires.

21 Insanely Clever Tricks To Vastly Improve Your Car

1. Hand sanitizer is a fast way to unlock a frozen car door.

2. Use a shoe organizer to keep important items nearby.

3. Or go ~crazy~ and make a whole series of organizers.

4. A cereal container makes for a portable (and close-able) trash can.

5. Invest in a swivel tray for all your fine-dining needs.

6. Dryer sheets help keep the air/you smelling fresh.

7. A hanging tennis ball will help prevent bumping into the garage wall.

8. And half a pool noodle will protect the side of your car.

9. If you’re driving an unfamiliar vehicle, the little arrow on the gas gauge usually points to the side where the tank is located.

10. Paint or use reflective tape inside your car door so it’s more noticeable to passing traffic.

11. Rig up a screwdriver-key to make it look like you’ve stolen your own car.

12. Make a trash bag holder from an empty canister.

13. And a coffee cup can become a tissue holder.

14. Harness the power of the sun to help defrost your windshield.

15. Use a shower caddy as a stuff-holder-slash-seat-divider.

16. Toothpaste helps get rid of scuffs.

17. Make a carseat hammock that your dog won’t fall out of.

18. Use an empty gum container to keep loose change not so loose.

19. Make a go-anywhere cup holder from a tape roll.

20. Give your car a $100 brand-new paint job.

21. Maybe leave the important stuff to the professionals?

19 Insanely Cool Car Tricks You Should Try Out

Your trusty car has taken you on a lot of journeys, so check out these smart hacks that will make your car owner experience even better:

#1. Use toothpaste to shine your headlights.
This surprising household staple is very effective in shining headlights. Simply buff the headlight with toothpaste smeared on a soft cloth, and it’ll look brand new in minutes!

#2. Cool a car down instantly without turning on the A/C.
Your car can feel like an oven on a hot day, particularly if you don’t park in shaded areas. There’s a trick to cooling it down quickly: Roll down one window, and open and close the door on the other side five to six times. The hot air escapes through the door you’re opening and closing, while the cool air enters through the window on the other side. What’s great about this trick is that you’re not wasting any gas by blasting the A/C.

#3. Use a rubber band to hold your phone up.
Thread a rubber band through your A/C vent for a makeshift phone holder.

#4. Put your car key fob on your chin to increase range.
If you can’t find your car, place the car key fob on your chin to increase the range of the car-retrieval signal. The fluids in your head turn it into an adequate conductor.

#5. Paint your windshield cracks with nail polish.
To slow the cracking of your windshield while you’re taking it to the repair shop, paint over the crack with clear nail polish on both sides of the glass.

#6. Look at the gas gauge to figure out which side to fill your gas.
If you’re driving a new car or a rental, there is usually an arrow on the gas gauge that will point to the side of the car the gas tank is on.

#7. Take a photo of where you parked.
You know you need to do this. Instead of trying to remember your parking spot, make it easier on yourself by taking a photo of where you parked your car with your cell phone.

#8. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat.
Store your stuff in a shoe organizer — great for road trips.

#9. Remove dents with a plunger.
Use a plunger to suck out dents. It’s best for medium-sized dents, according to Lifehacker.

#10. Buff your car with conditioner.
Wax your car with hair conditioner to give it an extra shine and prevent water streaks from forming.

#11. Clean the interior with a coffee filter.
Dab the coffee filter with a little bit of olive oil to clean your car. If you don’t want to use the oils, feel free to go without it, or use another cleaning solution instead. The filters are much better as cleaners than dryer sheets, which are often recommended as well. (That’s because dryer sheets can contain a lot of chemicals.)

#12. Keep food hot with a seat warmer.
Taking home some pizza? Place it on a seat with the seat warmer on, so it won’t cool off on your way home.

#13. Use the tennis ball trick to avoid banging your car against the garage wall.
Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling so you’ll know exactly when to stop backing up.

#14. Melt the ice on your car with a vinegar-water mixture.
Spray your car with a 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water mixture to melt ice instead of scraping it off.

#15. De-ice a frozen lock.
Add hand sanitizer to your key when trying to get at a frozen car lock. The alcohol on the key will melt the ice.

#16. Use a cereal container as a trash can.
Convert a cereal container into a useful trash can for your car.

#17. Unlock a car door with shoelaces.
If you locked yourself out of your car, this YouTube video shows how you can get in with the help of a shoelace.

#18. Open a key ring with a staple remover.
You won’t hurt your fingers if you use a staple remover to help you add more keys to your car key ring.

#19. Store your quarters in a pill bottle.
Upcycle an old pill bottle into a container to store your quarters in.