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Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Dirty Lowdown on Buying Motorcycle Insurance – Some Tips and Tricks

What are some of the more common questions we get here at We thought we’d give you a little rundown of those to help out when it comes time to buy insurance for your bike. What is the average cost for motorcycle insurance? Tough one. It’s a lot like asking, “what’s the average cost […]

Bad Weather Is The Least of Your Worries When You Ride Your Bike

The recent bad weather around these parts always served to reminded me that riding is a dangerous proposition and bikers are even more vulnerable at night. Throw in a little rain – particularly if you live in an urban area and commute by motorcycle – and you’ve got a recipe for road rash. When are […]

You Ride It, Now Wrench It – Motorcycle Repair Tips and Links

Part of the fun of owning and riding a motorcycle is putting your own personal stamp on your machine, and to do that, you need to know a little about how it works and what it needs in the way of maintenance. With the cost of even the most simple maintenance items – oil changes, […]

He Didn't Quite Make the Finish Line Himself, But Ken Burt's Metal Work Did

Artist Ken Burt won’t be at ArtPrize 2011 to see his work receive the accolades it so richly deserves, but Burt’s work will be represented at the show. Burt’s ArtPrize piece, “Aluminum Spiral Vase,” is on display in Grand Rapids, MI at the Federal Square Building downtown. Sadly, the expert metalshaping artist from Dundas, Ontario, […]

The Anatomy of a Motorcycle – Headers and Exhaust Pipes – Part Two

Read Part One Given a particular amount of exhaust pressure at an exhaust valve, a smaller diameter header tube provides higher flow velocity than a larger diameter tube. The paradox is that the laws of physics don’t allow a small diameter tube to transfer sufficient volume to make maximum potential power at the higher RPM […]

The Anatomy of A Motorcycle – Headers and Exhaust Pipes Part One

Kicking Out the Gas No combination of header and exhaust pipe systems is the perfect solution for all applications, so you’re facing a dilemma when you choose one or build it yourself. Depending on the design and purpose intended, all exhaust systems are a compromise. You give some in one arena to get some in another, […]