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Category Archives: Automotive

All about Motorcycle Parts

Motorcycle GPS

When you hop on your motorbike, it’s important that you know where you are headed, and this new gadget can help get you there. There are now multiple GPS devices that are specifically designed to be used by motorcyclists on the road. These gadgets are compact, waterproof, and some even have integrated headset connectivity so you can hear the spoken directions inside your helmet. In this new age of technology where it is rare to find someone using an actual paper map, this might be the most obvious investment to improve your riding experience.

Handlebar Warmers

When it’s cold outside, riding your bike might not seem like the most appealing mode of transportation, but if it happens to be your only option, handlebar warmers can make your ride much more enjoyable. This gadget attaches to your handlebars and the heating wires slide right under the grip so you don’t have to worry about keeping them in place or ruining the aesthetic of your motorcycle. These can be used on any bike with any type of handlebars, but they may not be compatible with foam grips.

Motorcycle Cameras

Have you ever been riding your bike along a beautiful coastline and thought, “I wish I could capture this moment?” Well, now you can. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are now cameras made specifically for motorcycles that can mount just about anywhere as well as get rid of excess noise and vibrations to ensure you have a clear picture when you’re playing it back for your friends. These cameras are user-friendly and virtually indestructible so you won’t have to worry about them getting ruined outside in harsh climates. All you have to do is attach it, turn it on, and capture the stunning view.

Compact Battery Chargers

Even if you buy all of the cool gadgets and motorcycle parts in the world, you can’t put them to use if your motorcycle battery isn’t charged. That’s why keeping a compact battery charger with you at all times can be a great asset. These compact chargers have short cords and small cases so they are easy to store and can give you a full charge without fear of overcharging your battery once it’s full. You should never let a lack of battery charge keep you from a great ride, so make sure you pick up one of these chargers so you can take advantage of all the other motorcycle parts you have.

Take Care Of Motorbike

Motorbike tires

Motorbike tires not only determine how well you handle the motorbike, they also affect fuel consumption of the bike. When the tires are worn out you have a hard time controlling the bike. You also tend to consume more fuel. To be safe and consume less fuel, you should regularly check the tires for wear and tear. If they are badly worn out you should replace them.

Motorbike chain

If your motorbike has a chain you know how important it is. Since it’s always rotating you should regularly lubricate it. According to experts, a chain that isn’t properly lubricated gets easily damaged due to excess heat. The heat damages the separate links making the chain loose.

This can be dangerous as the chain can fall off while you are riding at high speed. To be safe you should regularly lubricate the chain with high-quality lubricants. It’s also wise that you regularly take your motorbike to a mechanic for chain inspection and tightening. The mechanic will also help you know when it’s time to replace the chain.


Many people ignore the horn as they deem it to be a simple part that has no impact. The truth is that the horn is of great impact as can save your life. You should take good care of the horn by regularly using it. When pressing it, avoid doing it for long periods of time. You should also ask the mechanic to inspect the horn when you are at the garage. It’s good to note that its common for the horn to get spoilt from time to time. When it happens you should replace it as soon as possible. This is to ensure that you have it when you need it.


As a motorbike owner, the benefits of motorbike brakes can’t be overemphasized. There is nothing as dangerous as riding a motorbike without brakes. To be safe you should ensure that the brake pads aren’t worn out to dangerous levels. The cool thing is that you can inspect the pads by yourself where you need to look at them and ensure that they are at least 3 mm in width. If they are less than that size have them replaced.

Performance Engine Building

Replace the Camshafts

If fuel is the lifeblood of an engine, the camshaft is the heart. Therefore, giving your machine a stronger will help determine the amount of power your engine produces. The camshaft also affects where within the RPM range the maximum power will be achieved. Replacing the camshafts with higher-quality parts is generally the easiest and least expensive way to increase an engine’s performance, though it can become more costly if you replace other parts and do a little machining along the way.

Increase Compression

Increasing the compression ratio in your engine involves changing the ratio of the maximum piston volume to the minimum compressed volume of the fuel and air mixture in your engine. As a result of the increased compression, the fuel and air burn faster. In turn, this increases both horsepower and torque across the entire RPM range. As a secondary benefit, it also helps your engine burn more cleanly and efficiently. Some methods for increasing compression include surfacing the head, installing a thinner head or base gasket, decking the cylinder or using pistons with a different profile. When raising compression, the goal should be to increase it to the point just before detonation. Keep in mind that you may need to raise the octane of your fuel after increasing compression.

Install Titanium Valves

If your engine came with steel valves, you can increase red line by upgrading to titanium. Not only are titanium valves stronger, but they are also more lightweight. When it comes to increasing performance, reducing weight is always beneficial.

Reduce Friction

Reducing friction within your engine will help your engine achieve its full horsepower potential. To reduce friction, use ceramic bearings and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coatings. Ceramic bearings are also available for front and rear wheel bearings.

Maintenance For Dirt Bike Winter Season

If your bike has a carburetor, drain the tank, fuel lines, and carburetor bowl. To do this right, keep the gas cap off completely for 24 hours to dry everything out. If you don’t, there will be some leftover fuel. This usually turns tacky and just ends up blocking the jets which, of course, can affect the running efficiency or performance of your motorbike.

Remove old oil. Over time, a running engine’s oil changes from a clean, gold-colored fluid to dirty, black sludge. In just a few months’ time, the contaminants in old oil can corrode into some engine parts and do some serious damage. As such, don’t forget to change the oil and filter plug before storing your ride this winter season to avoid a troublesome situation later on.

Consider running the bike for a few minutes every week. By following this tip, you will prevent fuel from “sleeping,” and if you rev the bike up several times a week, fuel would course through the jets and this will keep the jets clean throughout the winter.

Look after the bike’s tires. If possible, store your bike with the tires off the ground. This is because taking the weight off your wheels is the best way to avoid flat spots or uneven wear. If this is not, possible, fill your tires to the maximum recommended volume, put your ride on its center stand, and rotate the front tire once a week to keep the flat spots away.

Wash, dry, and wax your dirt bike before storing it. In general, the metal on your motorcycle tends to accumulate moisture, which can easily cause rust if your dirt bike is left unattended for a long period of time. Washing, painstakingly drying, and waxing your dirt bike before putting it away for the winter will help prevent corrosion and other damage.

DeFrosting Car Windows

Use a de-icer – perhaps the easiest thing you can do is to purchase a commercial de-icer. These specially formulated de-icing fluids are largely available throughout the winter, and they do a decent job at removing accumulated ice on your car windows. But you can also make your solution, as it is not that hard. You just need to use rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dish soap. Use a spray bottle and invert several times to mix the solution well. Spray it on the frosted parts of the window and wait. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes for the solution to work. Finally, use a scraper to remove the softened ice. If any areas are giving you trouble, apply more de-icer.

Use a credit card – if you lack a de-icer, you can resort to more basic methods that involve tools at hand. A credit card naturally comes as a suitable solution, because of its shape. However, don’t expect miracles and try to aid yourself as much as possible by starting your car and turning the defroster. Leave it running and get to work. Grab a credit card you know it’s safe to use and isn’t laminated. Hold the long edge of the card against some angle and push the ice firmly. Try not to bend the card. What you can also do is stack a few more cards to double the scraping strength. Once enough ice has been removed, use the wipers to clear away the mush.

Use hand warmers or warmed ice packets – get a microwave-safe bag and warm rice for 30 seconds. Get the rice to your car and press it on the inside of the frosted window. The warming effect will quickly melt the ice. The main advantage of this method is that it warms up the glass so that it doesn’t freeze as you drive. It also warms up the interior or your car nicely. However, do keep in mind that keeping a warmer in one place for too long can stress the glass. Keep it only for as long as needed to melt the ice a little bit and finish off with the wipers.

Pay for Emergency Car Repairs

1. Be Prepared

The best way to avoid an emergency is to be prepared for an emergency. If you can set aside a little bit of money each month in case of any emergency (be it medical, automotive, or accident), then you will be able to manage any unexpected situations. However, if the time has come and you haven’t planned ahead, there are still some ways that you can get money.

2. Stay Calm

One of the most common mistakes that is made during emergencies is to lose your cool. If you lose your cool, you might forget to use common sense. Use your common sense to shop around. Even if you need a tow right now, consider calling a few places for quotes before having them send someone over. The ten minutes that it takes you to make some comparisons might save you twenty dollars or more. That makes the use of time well worth your money. Remember, you will be late anyway, so take your time in getting there.

When the tow truck driver arrives, be sure that you know where you want to have your car towed. You should also do some comparison shopping for this. You can even call a friend and have them make some of your phone calls for you. If you don’t know what is wrong with your car, have it taken to a mechanic or dealership that you trust. They will tell you what’s wrong, and you then be able to decide how much (it might be all) of the work you want to have done.

3. Review your Options

When you buy a car, you often get a warranty. You might be signed up for AAA or CAA. Your insurance company might cover some of the repairs needed for your car. Before you go about paying for all of the repairs out of pocket, find out what repairs are covered. Then get approval from the institution that will help you pay. It is easier to get them to pay upfront than to get them to reimburse you.

Consider keeping a membership for CAA or AAA. This means that you will have free towing if you are ever in an accident or if you ever have a breakdown. There is an annual fee, so you would have to weigh the pros and cons of membership. I, personally, find that I have gotten a lot back from my membership, including a peace of mind knowing that I am covered while I travel.

4. What NOT to do

If you need to pay for your emergency repairs, do not get a pay day loan. Pay day loans have exorbitant interest rates and will make it hard for you to get back on top of your debt.

5. Get the best interest

Find out where you will be able to get the best interest rates for the money that you will have to spend. If you take out a loan, then you will be able to pay it back in small pieces throughout the year, rather than taking an upfront loss. This also works if you cannot pay for your car.

If you put the car repairs on your credit card, remember that you will probably be paying a higher interest rate than if you got a car repair loan, or if you went to a bank or credit union. Check the interest rates that varying places offer, including at the dealership if you are having your car repaired there.

About Headlight Repair Made Simple

Not only does this make it difficult for you to see, but it also makes it difficult for other drivers to see you. This greatly multiplies the risks of an accident and is just not safe. Cars or trucks with bad headlights in need of repair are simply down right dangerous. These same headlights can easily be fixed with a little headlight repair. This same headlight repair can also help avoid numerous accs and make for greater driving safety.

How does one go about headlight repair for their car? First off and the easiest of the repairs is to restore cloudy headlights. 90% of cars have some degree of cloudiness and damage to the lenses which will diminish light output. This can easily be fixed with a headlight repair kit. The headlight repair kit has been proven so effective that it is backed by numerous government agencies and it even earned a federal patent. It is a very economical alternative to replacing the headlights which can cost as much as $300 each. “Clean the headlights or have them professionally restored and repaired (our department uses headlight repair on all our police cruisers and department vehicles. Dirty headlights will decrease visibility by as much as 90%,” New York Police Traffic Division’s Traffic Safety Team. Headlight repair works to restore your cloudy headlights to new again and will increase your safety at the same time.

A second important item is to have your headlights properly aimed. Headlights that are improperly aimed can throw off depth perception, make it harder to see, and increase night time glare. Glare from oncoming cars is also a big factor in night time crashes. Even if your lenses are only slightly off the mark it can still greatly reduce your ability to see and greatly increase night time glare. A quick inspection can reveal whether your lenses are correctly aimed or not. For a small fee they can quickly calibrate and correct your lenses. Proper aiming and calibration of your headlights is an essential part of headlight repair.

Brighter bulbs should be made standard on all cars and an essential part of headlight repair. After removing the cloudiness and correctly aiming your lenses, you should look into some of the brighter replacement bulbs that have greater illumination fields and have higher light output. With recent advances, xeon bulbs and similar are not very expensive and can greatly increase your field of vision and your safety at night. They normally start at around $5-$10 a piece and will increase your light brightness by as much as 35% or more. Brighter bulbs add a nice finishing touch to a proper headlight repair. It not only looks better but will be that much safer.

Road Tripping

before embarking on a trip like this. Give your entire ride a solid once-over to save yourself some trouble on the road. Make sure fluid levels are correct, be it the coolant, the oil, or the brake fluid. Inflate the tires properly if needed, and make sure the elements of the chassis are in their best working order as well as the controls. It’s also a good idea, small as it is, to make sure the stand isn’t bent or cracked and is solid enough to support the bike. By making sure all these bases are covered before embarking on your journey, you could potentially save yourself a lot of unnecessary hardships while you’re out on the road.

Get Your Gear Right

If you’ve got a touring bike, you have the advantage of having built-in storage on your side whether or not it’s one of your new or used motorcycles. If this isn’t you, however, you’ll soon find that a simple backpack won’t cut it for storing everything you will want to have in terms of supplies. Saddlebags and tank bags are great options to ensure you have everything you need in one convenient place. These come in hard and soft options, and while hard bags are definitely a bit more costly they have the advantage of being more durable against the elements. This can be particularly valuable if you’re planning a trip in winter or somewhere known for having a lot of rain. To that end, portable weather radios are a great investment. These typically run about $20, and keep you apprised of what’s ahead on the road before you even get there. You’ll also want to consider a touring suit for protection from the weather and the strife of the road.

Have A Clear Plan

Long trips can get away from you if you don’t have an idea what you want to do beforehand. Consider having an envelope for each day of the trip for what you want to see and do and where you want to stop. This will keep you organized on the road, and is a good way to ensure you see everything you want to see. It’s also a great way to map out the routes where gas stations are most plentiful, so you can refuel and stretch your legs as needed. Of course, plans are made to be broken so if something catches your eye on the way, feel free to stop and take it in! Above all else, be realistic about what you can and can’t do in the space of a day. This will prevent road fatigue, and help you enjoy the sights and sounds more.

Compare Bikes Suited for You

What are the first few things you would have to add to your list and more importantly, how would you decide before you even start a bike comparison? When you compare bikes, you need to ace out the top few things you feel would be most important for you as a user. What features you would want to get onto the list of the most important features?

Engine capacity: This is without doubt the first thing you add because it means you have the basic and most important part of your bike decided – the engine. You would want to base this on the kind of person you are. Do you want a really super powered bike that is going to fill your need for speed or do you compare two wheelers completely on design? That pretty much defines so much of what you think is perfect for yourself. When you have a bike comparison with the engine capacity right on top, you are keeping yourself as grounded as it gets. If you are looking for use in a city, you want a bike that is not really powerful but enough to get you through the traffic and jams. So something below 400cc at all times makes perfect logic. Anything more and you might be asking for too much.

Design and styling: No way you can keep this out of any two wheeler comparison, but if you have a good looking bike – you are bound to have heads turning. Any bike enthusiast would have this right on the top of the list because you need it to look good and keep the feel on the road. Depending on the kind of person you are, decide between sporty, placid and cruiser. These are the top three to choose from.

Costing and fuel efficiency: This is completely on the kind of wallet you have and how much you are willing to splurge on. If you have a deep pocket that is willing to go the distance, you can be spending anywhere close to 1.5L on a good bike and any bike comparison India will give you a decent list out of that lot. Make sure you are looking at healthy mileages because you do not want to spend excessively on a bike’s fuel. Compare bike options that gives you similar mileage for the closest comparisons.

Info ofDifference in Motorcycle Parts

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a term used to mean a replacement made by the original manufacturer of the component, not by the builder of the motorcycle. For example: your battery was built by a different company than the one that built your motorcycle. So, if you replace your battery from the same company that made the original, you’re buying an OEM part. This is true whether you’re buying a carburetor or shock absorbers. OEM items are usually more expensive. When you take your motorcycle to a dealership, you know you are getting an OEM component.

OEM Standards

When you buy a part from a national retailer, the OEM displayed on the piece may be followed by the phrase “meets OEM standards.” The original maker does not produce these parts. The company making the piece is claiming to have made the product to the original specifications and standards used by the original company. These items usually cost less than the original.

Aftermarket Parts

The original manufacturer does not make these units. Some companies make these items to function the same as the originals, or in some cases, to work better than the original. There are hundreds of companies that make aftermarket items.

Custom Motorcycle Parts

Custom parts are always more expensive. Whichever part you are replacing, a custom part will enhance the look of your bike. Whether it is a set of rims, a custom tank or seat, or even your engine, you will spend more money.