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Blog Posts by: Jerry Smith  

  1. Launch Pads | MC Garage

    New brake pads need to be broken in properly if they’re going to deliver all the performance you paid for. It’s not enough to jam them into the caliper, button everything up, and head out for a long ride expecting your bike to have brick-wall stopping power. If you think ...    Read more

  2. Stop Tech | MC GARAGE

    Photo: Milagro As good as they are, stock brakes can often be better. And considering their life-saving responsibilities, there’s no shame in wanting the best. When your pads wear out and you replace both of them and the brake fluid—which you should do unless your bike’s service manual specifies replacing the ...    Read more

  3. Antenna Tread | Answers

    Q: I have Bridgestone BT023 tires on my bike. Recently, I discovered something that worries me. I was adjusting the chain when I noticed a thin line around the circumference of the rear tire, right in the middle of the tread. The line was a little bit darker than the ...    Read more

  4. 2000-2007 Honda Shadow Sabre | Smart Money

    Most riders look for the same thing in a potential cruiser buy: a big V-twin, a kicked-out fork, and a kick-ass look. The VT1100C2 Shadow Sabre has all of that and more, with punchy acceleration, maintenance-free hydraulic valve adjusters, and a massive front wheel. It was in Honda’s Shadow lineup ...    Read more

  5. Bolt Custom Build-Off Winner Chosen

    Part of the fun of owning a motorcycle is making it your own with personal touches to make it stand out from the crowd. The folks at Star Motorcycles decided it would be even more fun to see what professional customizers could do with the Star Bolt, so they sent ...    Read more

  6. 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera | FIRST LOOK

    We’re always looking to get more for our money, but in some cases we want less, especially when it comes to the weight of our motorcycles. Ducati has just unveiled the perfect superbike for the less-is-more crowd, the 2014 1199 Superleggera, which tips the scales at a claimed dry weight ...    Read more

  7. First New Husqvarna Rolls Off The Assembly Line

    The hills are alive with the sound of Huskies. The hills of Austria, that is, where the first Husqvarnas rolled off the assembly line of the upgraded Mattighofen production site on October 7. Husqvarna was recently acquired by KTM AG, and the members of the board of KTM were on hand ...    Read more

  8. Ducati And Aprilia Sign On New Racing Bosses

    You think it’s hard keeping track of which riders are with which teams from season to season? Try wrapping your head around the shifts in the corporate side of racing. Ducati has signed Luigi Dall’Igna, formerly the racing honcho at Aprilia, as the new General Manager of Ducati Corse. Ducati ...    Read more

  9. Ural Gaucho Rambler Gets Wild And Wooly

    From the Seriously, We’re Not Kidding file comes the latest special-edition Ural sidecar, the Gaucho Rambler, which was created in collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills to celebrate the “the cowboys of the Americas” who “rambled through the country, living off the land, taking each day as it came, and always ...    Read more

  10. 2014 Husqvarnas | FIRST LOOK

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  11. 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure | FIRST LOOK

    From the Shocking News Flash Desk come the following alerts: Fire Is Hot, Water Is Wet, BMW To Offer Adventure Version of New R1200GS as a 2014 model. While the sheer inevitability of an updated Adventure model was pretty much a done deal from the moment the WasserBoxer was announced, the ...    Read more

  12. Triumph Upgrades Its Classics For 2014

    The defining characteristic of a classic motorcycle is that it’s fixed in time, and doesn’t ever change. While that’s true for older Triumphs, it doesn’t apply to the latest generation of Bonnevilles, T100s, Thruxtons, and Scramblers, all of which are getting upgrades for 2014. The Bonneville is up first, with redesigned ...    Read more

  13. Dainese Free Back Protector Offer Extended

    Whether you’re riding in heavy traffic, or dragging pegs through the canyons, it’s good to know someone has your back. In this case it’s Dainese, which is offering a free back protector to buyers of any Dainese D-Dry and Gore-Tex jacket through November 17, 2013. Buy your jacket through a participating ...    Read more

  14. Michael Jordan Motorsports To Race World Superbike At Laguna Seca

    Michael Jordan Motorsports has announced it will compete in the FIM World Superbike Championship event at Laguna Seca on September 27-28. MJM riders Roger Hayden and Danny Eslick will be wild-card entries in the double-header aboard Suzuki GSX-R1000s. The final round of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship also ...    Read more

  15. Ducati North America Launches Ducati Financial Services

    While we all waited to see what new owner Audi's influence on Ducati would be, this snuck in: financing. Ducati North America now has a retail financing program for new and used bikes in the U.S. And it's supported by VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of ...    Read more

  16. Vega F117 Stealth Helmet

    If you want to go from A to B quickly without attracting attention you can’t do much better than an F117 stealth fighter. The new F117 Stealth helmet from Vega has the A-to-B-quickly part down, but as far as not attracting attention goes, it’s a bust, thanks to its European ...    Read more

  17. Buell To Unveil New American Sportbike At AIMExpo in Orlando

    Why is this man smiling? Because he knows something you don’t. Actually, he knows a lot of things you don’t, but there’s one in particular you’re probably most interested in. He’s Erik Buell, and his company, EBR, is going to introduce the new 1190RX at the American International Motorcycle Exposition ...    Read more

  18. Garmin Zumo 390LM With Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor

    It used to be that sometimes when you got lost you found a good road by accident. Now, with GPS, it’s almost impossible to get lost. But that doesn’t mean an end to the curvy stuff. Garmin’s new zumo 390LM GPS for motorcycles will not only keep you from getting ...    Read more

  19. Harley-Davidson 500cc World Bike In Final Stages Of Development

    There’s no question Harley-Davidson motorcycles have one foot––sorry, one wheel in the past, what with their slavish devotion to nostalgic styling and the big-inch, bright-chrome profile that made H-Ds the kings of the road for much of the company’s existence. But it’s a new world out there, full of potential ...    Read more

  20. 2014 Kawasaki Motorcycles | FIRST LOOK

    Some riders fill the long winter months wondering which new bike to next year. But why wait? Kawasaki’s 2014 bike line is out now. We’ve already covered the Ninja 1000 ABS, but in case you missed it, there’s no non-ABS version in 2014. ...    Read more

  21. Broc Glover’s Breathe Easy Ride-In Sign-ups Open Now

    Next time you pull off the road for a break, open your helmet, and breathe the fresh air, spare a thought for those who can barely breathe at all. Then go home and sign up for the 2013 Breathe Easy Ride-In to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, hosted by six-time AMA ...    Read more

  22. Returning Honda Favorites Hold the Price Line in 2014

    The applause for the introduction of Honda’s 2014 model line might be dying down, but the show’s not over yet as some key cast members take the stage for their turn in the spotlight. Most are unchanged from last year, or at best will be available in new colors. In the ...    Read more

  23. Malcolm Smith Tells All In New Autobiography

    You’ve watched On Any Sunday for the 40th time and once again you’re fantasizing about sitting around the campfire with a motorcycling legend like Malcolm Smith and hearing all about his life and adventures. Honestly, that’s probably not going to happen, but this might be the next best thing: Smith ...    Read more

  24. Schuberth Offers New Helmet Accessories

    When you ride a lot, your helmet starts to feel like a small apartment where your head lives. Now you can add some cool new furniture to your C3 Pro, C3 Pro Women, S2 full-face, and C3/C3W Schuberth helmets. Based on requests from customers, Schuberth is adding these accessories to ...    Read more

  25. Race Tech Launches Rider Support And R&D Programs

    It’s never too early to get ready for the next race, so Race Tech is already ramping up its R&D program for the 2014 season. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Race Tech will strengthen its Rider Support program and create special R&D programs. If you’re a local, regional, or ...    Read more

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