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By RunThaCity — 4 years ago
Before even hopping on a motorcycle, it’s a smart decision to ride about the mechanics of the machine and familiarize yourself with key concepts. Having an idea in your head is going to come in handy when you’re faced with common beginner problems or later on when you’re on the road.
That’s how you really get a handle on the motorcycle. Let’s get started.
Motorcycle Basic Controls
Most motorcycles have the same controls; but you should always check the owner’s manual since the locations and shapes of some features will vary between makes and models.
Motorcycle basic parts:
- Electric start button – usually yellow or white.
- Engine cut-off switch – above the electric start button. Usually red.
- Above the right throttle is the front brake lever.
- Indicators (blinkers)
- Headlight dip switch (high beams/low)
- Clutch lever.
Between the handlebars, you find the ignition key. Ahead of the handlebars, you will also see the speedometer, odometer, and the tachometer.
Older Styles and Off-Road Bikes
Here’s some special considerations if you are on an older model or have an off-road bike:
Fuel petcock – these are usually attached to the left near the carburetor. You can lean down to switch the gas tank when the fuel is getting low and you need to get to the gas station ASAP.
Kick starter – off-road bikes have kick starters more commonly than street bikes. The kick starter works when you push down on the lever, turning the engine crank and causing the pistons to put pressure against the spark plug. Fuel ignites to start the engine.
What To Check Before Your Ride Every Time
Professional schools throughout the country use the acronym T-CLOCs to help you remember what you should check before heading on your bike. These checks should be done at least once a year, depending on how often you are riding your bike. If you ride every single day, you will have to use T-CLOCs much more often.
- T – Tires
- C – (Main) Controls
- L – Lights & other controls
- O – Oil & other fluids
- C – Chassis
- S – Stands
Check the air pressure and look at the condition of the tires. Are they worn down? Cracking? What is the condition of the spokes? Do you note any air leakage?
Next, look at the rims, bearings, seals, and casts. Does each brake work as it should? Does the bike fight you when turning or slowing down?
The main controls include the handlebars, cables, hoses, levels, pedals, and throttle. Make sure the condition of the hoses is good and that everything is properly lubricated. The bars should be straight, and the throttle should move without resistance. Ensure the hoses aren’t cut or leaking. Any bulges, chafing, cracks or fraying of control cables needs to be repaired.
Lights & Other Controls
This includes the battery, wiring, tail and signal lights, switches, blinkers, headlight, and reflectors. Is everything illuminating? Do the blinkers flash right? Is fraying or kinks in the wiring? Are the beams strong enough in the dark?
Oil & Other Fluids
Check the gaskets and seals for any leaks. Ensure the oil level is good, along with other fluid levels. Check for sediment in the coolant reservoir.
The chassis is made up of the frame, suspension, chains, belts, and fasteners. Nothing should rattle. Nothing should be frayed, cracking, peeling, or chipping. Ensure that everything is tight and that there is tension in the belts and chains.
Check for cracks or bends in the stands. Springs should hold their position without looseness.
Basic Mechanics of a Motorcycle
Being that a motorcycle rides on two wheels, it is designed to lean to either side. Through balance and input from the ride, the motorcycle maintains an upright position. Many beginners are afraid that the bike is going to fall over if they lean too far, but that’s not the case. Through the forces of physics, such as friction, momentum, and gravity, it’s nearly impossible for a bike that’s going to straight to fall over.
Another reason the motorcycle stays upright is the force of the pistons in the engine. These pistons move up and down, creating a force that helps the moving bike maintain it’s upward position.
The tires of motorcycles are designed to be rounded, ensuring that as the bike rounds a corner, the same surface area of the tire remains on the ground.
For the beginner, all you need to know about the chassis is how to sit properly. When positioned properly on the bike, your wrists, knees, and back will be comfortable. You should also be able to engage your core and thigh muscles when using your body to maneuver.
Most bikes are manual transmission. The clutch keeps the bike moving but also controls the speed by using friction. Clutches are usually bathed in the same oiled the engine uses, so if you ride the clutch for a while, you won’t cause damage. However, some bikes are different, so refer to the owner’s manual.
Wrapping It Up
For the new rider, your focus should be memorizing where the controls are and what certain parts of the bike do. By learning the general location, you can drive much more safely (and not while staring at the handlebars).
Remember, the everything takes practice. In the same way you learned to ride a bicycle, you need some patience with riding a motorcycle. With that, you’re ready to begin!
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By RunThaCity — 8 months ago
Riding a sportbike is a thrilling experience, but even the most advanced models can benefit from performance upgrades. Whether you’re a competitive racer or simply enjoy the thrill of high-speed riding, there are several modifications you can make to enhance the performance of your sportbike.
Upgrade Your Exhaust System: Unlock Hidden Power with an Exhaust System Upgrade
An exhaust system is an essential component of any engine, as it controls the flow of gases generated during combustion. The stock exhaust system on most sportbikes is designed to meet noise and emissions regulations, which can limit the performance of the engine.
However, aftermarket exhaust systems can offer improved airflow, allowing the engine to breathe more easily and increasing horsepower. An aftermarket exhaust system can be made from materials that are lighter and stronger than the stock system, reducing weight and improving performance. Additionally, aftermarket exhaust systems often feature larger-diameter pipes, which allow for greater airflow and improved power output.
If you’re looking for the greatest gains in performance, consider a full exhaust system replacement, including headers and muffler. The headers are the tubes that carry the exhaust gases from the engine to the muffler, and an aftermarket set can be designed with a larger diameter and improved shape to reduce backpressure and increase horsepower. The muffler is responsible for controlling noise levels, and an aftermarket muffler can offer improved sound and performance while still meeting noise regulations.
Upgrading your sportbike’s exhaust system can unlock hidden power and enhance its performance. While the stock exhaust system may meet noise and emissions regulations, it can limit the engine’s ability to breathe and generate power. An aftermarket exhaust system, including headers and muffler, can improve airflow and increase horsepower, allowing you to get the most out of your sportbike.
Enhance Your Air Intake: Breath Easy with an Air Intake Upgrade
The air intake system is responsible for delivering air to the engine, and it can play a crucial role in determining the performance of the engine. The stock air intake system on most sportbikes is designed to meet emissions regulations, which can restrict the airflow to the engine and reduce performance.
Upgrading to a high-flow air filter or a cold air intake can increase the amount of air entering the engine, providing a noticeable improvement in horsepower. High-flow air filters allow for a greater volume of air to enter the engine, providing a more oxygen-rich mixture that can improve combustion and increase horsepower. Cold air intakes work by relocating the air filter to a location outside the engine bay, where it can draw in cooler, denser air. This increased airflow can provide a noticeable improvement in horsepower.
Enhancing your air intake system can provide a noticeable improvement in horsepower and performance. The stock air intake system on most sportbikes is designed to meet emissions regulations, which can restrict airflow to the engine and reduce performance. Upgrading to a high-flow air filter or a cold air intake can increase the amount of air entering the engine, providing a more oxygen-rich mixture and a noticeable improvement in horsepower.
Fine-Tune Your Engine Management System: Re-Map Your Engine or Install a Power Commander
The engine management system is responsible for controlling the fuel and air mixture delivered to the engine, and it plays a critical role in determining the performance of the engine. The stock engine management system on most sportbikes is designed to meet emissions regulations, which can be restrictive and limit performance.
Installing a Power Commander or having the engine management system re-mapped can improve throttle response and power delivery, allowing the engine to operate more efficiently. A Power Commander is an aftermarket device that allows you to fine-tune the engine management system by adjusting the fuel and air mixture delivered to the engine. This can provide improved throttle response and increased power output, allowing you to get the most out of your sportbike.
Re-mapping the engine management system involves modifying the software that controls the fuel and air mixture delivered to the engine. This can provide improved throttle response and increased power output, allowing the engine to operate more efficiently.
Fine-tuning your engine management system can provide noticeable improvements in throttle response and power delivery. The stock engine management system on most sportbikes is designed to meet emissions regulations, which can be restrictive and limit performance. Installing a Power Commander or having the engine management system re-mapped can provide improved throttle response and increased power output, allowing you to get the most out of your sportbike.
Get the Ultimate Ride with a Suspension Upgrade: Suspension Upgrade
The suspension on a sportbike is one of the most important components in determining handling and stability. The stock suspension components on most sportbikes are designed to provide a balance between comfort and performance, but they may not meet the demands of all riders.
Upgrading to aftermarket suspension components, such as forks, shocks, and springs, can offer improved handling and a more comfortable ride. Suspension upgrades can also allow riders to fine-tune the suspension settings to suit their individual riding style and track conditions. High-performance suspension components can offer improved responsiveness and stability, allowing you to get the most out of your sportbike.
Forks and shocks are two of the most important suspension components, and upgrading them can offer a noticeable improvement in handling and stability. Upgraded forks can provide improved responsiveness, allowing you to negotiate turns with greater ease. Upgraded shocks can provide improved damping, allowing the rear tire to remain in contact with the road, even under hard acceleration or braking.
A suspension upgrade can provide a noticeable improvement in handling and stability, as well as a more comfortable ride. The stock suspension components on most sportbikes are designed to provide a balance between comfort and performance, but they may not meet the demands of all riders. Upgrading to aftermarket suspension components, such as forks, shocks, and springs, can allow riders to fine-tune the suspension settings to suit their individual riding style and track conditions.
Stop on a Dime with a Brake Upgrade: Brake Upgrade
Braking performance is critical for riders who like to push the limits of their sportbike’s performance. The stock brake components on most sportbikes are designed to provide a balance between performance and affordability, but they may not meet the demands of all riders.
Upgrading to high-performance brake pads and larger rotors can provide a noticeable improvement in braking performance, helping riders feel more confident on the track or road. High-performance brake pads can offer improved bite and modulation, allowing you to stop quickly and smoothly. Larger rotors can provide improved heat dissipation and stopping power, allowing you to slow down faster and with greater confidence.
Upgrading your brake components can provide a noticeable improvement in braking performance, helping riders feel more confident on the track or road. The stock brake components on most sportbikes are designed to provide a balance between performance and affordability, but they may not meet the demands of all riders. Upgrading to high-performance brake pads and larger rotors can provide improved bite and modulation, as well as increased stopping power, allowing you to stop quickly and confidently.
In conclusion, upgrading your sportbike can significantly enhance its performance and make it even more enjoyable to ride. These modifications can improve power delivery, handling, braking, and overall ride quality. However, it’s important to choose upgrades that are compatible with your bike and to have them installed by a professional to ensure optimal performance and safety. Whether you’re looking for a competitive edge or simply want to improve your riding experience, there are many options available for maximizing the performance of your sportbike.Post Views: 536
By RunThaCity — 6 years ago
The Sena 3S Bluetooth Headset can best be described as simple but good, a tiny, light headset that weighs about the same as a few coins. Not only is it light, but it is also very easy to use with just two buttons used to control the headset. The headset is available in two versions – the 3S-B with a boom mic or the 3S-W with a Lilliputian mic.
The Sena 3S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset
The Sena 3S Bluetooth Headset is the next generation of the Nexx SXCOM, the first self-contained motorcycle system which was a joint venture of Sena and Nexx. The headset was introduced at the 2014 AIMExpo Show in Orlando, Florida. The 3S is smaller and lighter than the SX-COM, containing a pair of speakers and a microphone. It is self-contained and uses a Bluetooth stereo headset and intercom. For a cheap motorcycle Bluetooth headset, the 3S has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Using the Sena 3S
Early motorcycle headsets were extremely difficult to use. Some were so complicated, you needed to tape instructions to the gas tank to remember what sequence of buttons to press. They had very limited range and it was sometimes impossible to talk to passengers through the headsets. Included with the headset is a four-page “Quick Start” booklet or you can download a .pdf form of the leaflet from Sena here. The headset powers up using a quick press of the + and – buttons. Even better, these two buttons control the entire system, whether you want to change the volume, use your phone or pair a GPS or MP3.
SMH3 Sound Quality
The speakers on the Sena 3S are a little bulky, but not any worse than other types of motorcycle headsets. The sound is good and can be heard easily over the sound of the bike. The microphones are sensitive so the mouthpiece does not need to be pressed to your mouth like other systems. In fact, if the mic is too close and the volume to high, the speakers are overwhelmed. Music quality is good as well and you can distinguish bass sounds easily. For a cheap motorcycle Bluetooth headset, the sound is outstanding, however.
Should I Choose the Boom or Wired Version?
Whether to choose the boom or wired version of the 3S depends on several factors. The boom version is designed for open-face helmets due to the location of the operating buttons. The + and – buttons are located along the top end of the microphone and, although you can reach under the face shield to press them, this can be difficult. If you are also wearing thick gloves or have a large face shield, accessing the buttons on the boom mic is not easy. However, the wired version doesn’t work as well in full-face helmets, especially if there is a large chin vent. In those cases, wind noise can affect microphone performance.
Sena 3S Features
- Two-buttons on the control pad on the mic or the external mount control all features.
- Bluetooth intercom up to 200 meters (220 yards) in open terrain.
- Bluetooth pairing for mobile phones (can connect dual mobile phones).
- Voice prompts.
- Bluetooth stereo headset with A2DP.
- Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP: play, pause, track forward and track back.
- Integrated audio booster.
- Up to 8 hours talk time, 7 days stand-by time.
- Individual volume control for each audio source.
- Firmware upgradeable.
In the Box
- Bluetooth Built-in Speaker-microphone Unit
- USB Power & Data Cable (Micro USB Type)
- Microphone Sponges
- Male Velcro Pads for Speakers
- Female Velcro Pads for Speakers
Sena 3S Specifications
- Talk time: 8 hours.
- Stand-by time: 7 days.
- Working distance (intercom): up to 200 meters (220 yards) in open terrain.
- Operating temperature: -10˚C ~ 55˚C (14°F ~ 131°F).
- Speaker: 39.9 mm x 39.9 mm x 11.3 mm ( 1.6 in x 1.6 in x 0.4 in )
- Boom microphone length: 180.0 mm ( 7.1 in )
Headset: 59 g ( 2.08 oz. )
- Profile: Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video. Remote Control Profile (AVRCP).
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Built-in SBC Codec
- Noise cancellation
- Wind noise reduction
- Wide volume control
- Sample rate: 48kHz (DAC)
- Charging time: 2.5 hours
- Type: Lithium polymer battery
As a cheap motorcycle Bluetooth headset, the Sena 3S appeals to several types of riders. It is perfect for those who want to try a Bluetooth intercom set or those who need an easy-to-use system that isn’t expensive. To learn more about the Sena 3S Motorcycle Bluetooth headset and other accessories for your bike, visit check out my YouTube channel.Post Views: 11,360