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A Short History of Motorcycle Antilock Brakes

Photo: Raniel Diaz CCMotorcycling purists rolled their eyes. Racers thought wasting almost 25 pounds on it was silly. The year was 1988. It was the end of an era in motocross and Eddie Lawson stole the Grand Prix Championship title from Wayne Gardner. The Cold War was about to end and BMW released the very first motorcycle equipped with antilock brakes. Not on MY bike Back then, the idea of strapping 25 pounds of dead weight to a bike in the name of "safety" was anathema to motorcycling ... Read more

Deciding Between Motorcycle Repair & Replacement

If your bike is not eligible for a motorcycle repair, you are entitled to the cost of a replacement motorcycle, including accessories. Often, there is a dispute because the motorcycle has more financing owed that it has value. Another source of dispute is that, after using the motorcycle, it has a depreciated value. Insurance companies are often difficult to deal with, because they don’t understand the intricacies and many models of motorcycles. They value them based on insurance databa... Read more

Muth Signal Mirrors

Inattentive drivers seem like the greatest avoidable threat to motorcycle riders, but no one seems to have a real solution. I have always liked the Muth rear view mirrors that incorporate a turn signal into the mirror, so that the mirror itself contains red turn arrows.  Particularly at night, these are very visible, and unusual enough to demand attention. Finally, these mirrors are available for motorcycle use.  Unfortunately, only the BMW LT and Honda Goldwing gets them for now. The... Read more

Harley to Get ABS Brake Systems

Just got back from 3,000 or so miles from the Bay Area to Spearfish South Dakota, then back to the West Coast.  Great ride.  Saw lots of bikes, terrific roads, met lots of folks. It is always an eye opener to see what people are riding when the touring season starts.  By far the greatest number of bikes were the Harley Glides. An Electra Glide or Road King makes a comfortable long distance machine, perfect for looking at scenery, and capable of carrying a lot in the bags.  The big fair... Read more

New Battery Design Announced

Discovery Channel's featured motorcycle designer Matt Hotch has a video you can find through TekBattery that demonstrates a Lithium Ion design which appears to be a major improvement in motorcycle batteries. Similar to the technology in your cell phone, the batteries are said to be free of memory problems, and pack a big punch for the size. Also similar to your cell phone battery, they cost a lot more than similar sized but less powerful traditional batteries. Of course, size is a major ad... Read more