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Fork Buyer’s Guide
Feb 18, 2015 - 7:07 PM - by Motorcycle.com

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I honestly thought Yamaha’s 1993 GTS1000 heralded the beginning of the end of telescopic fork front suspension. Yet here we are, 22 years later and besides BMW’s Telelever and Duolever technology (and the Bimota Tesi… -Ed.), the telescopic fork remains de rigueur for motorcycle front ends.

Depending on who you ask, the telescopic fork made its first appearance in undamped fashion circa 1908 on a Scott motorcycle. The experiment didn’t last, as later models used the more contemporary girder suspension. BMW and/or Nimbus, circa 1934, are credited with producing the first motorcycles with a hydraulically damped telescopic fork. Using that date as an anchor, hydraulically damped telescopic forks have been in development for 81 years.
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Suspension Buyer’s Guide
Feb 06, 2015 - 3:59 PM - by Motorcycle.com

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If ever a thing deserved the description 'black art,' motorcycle suspension is it. Your bike’s suspension needs to suck up bumps, control fore and aft pitch, steer the front wheel, create traction at the rear … and do it all from straight up and down to leaned all the way over on the tires’ edges.

The basic concepts are easy enough: coil springs and compression damping determine how your suspension compresses. Rebound damping (and the same coil springs) determine how it uncompresses. The rates at which those two things happen and under what conditions is the complicated part. All I know is that when your suspension is right, it’s good, and when it’s not, it’s often uncertain what is exactly to blame.

Paul Thede of Race Tech, a big suspension player, used to say 'the best you’ve ridden is the best you know,' and that’s exactly true. Some late-model bikes come really close right out of the box, I noted as I watched the shadow of myself rolling down a bumpy dirt road in Death Valley a couple of weeks ago: the KTM 1190 Adventure’s tires were churning up and down like crazy, but you could barely tell from the saddle. If you’re trying to make that happen on an older machine, you might need a little help, and the fastest, cheapest way to get there in the end is to consult a specialist in the beginning. You might get there eventually on your own, but there’s something to be said for having a big database.
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Top 10 Vehicles Powered By Motorcycle Engines
Jan 30, 2015 - 12:02 PM - by Motorcycle.com

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The history of motorcycle engines powering other vehicles goes back a long way. Look at the original Morgan 3 Wheeler, for example. Almost a century ago, J.A.P. bike engines were plunked onto the front of a strange piece of machinery with two wheels in front and one in the back. It proved to be popular and a rather high-performing vehicle in its time. For this Top 10 list we take a look at other applications for motorcycle engines. As you can imagine with a list like this, there are a wide variety of vehicles. Some are production cars, while others are one-offs or boutique items. And yes, even though this is Motorcycle.com, I want to get behind the wheel of every single one of these! So, if you’re a rep from one of the below companies (or are simply a kind soul who owns one), give me a jingle and let’s make it happen!
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Waterproof Winter Jackets/Pants/Suits Buyer’s Guide
Jan 20, 2015 - 1:38 PM - by Motorcycle.com

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Winter riding means different things to different people, but we can all agree riding in the winter means chilly temperatures and a high possibility for rain. So, for this week’s winter buyer’s guide, we’re bringing you jackets and pants, all built to keep you dry and warm when the elements conspire against you. We’ve thrown in one-piece over-suits, too, for good measure.

For this guide, we stuck with gear that doesn’t require electricity to keep you warm and specifically sought out waterproof – not water repellent or resistant – items. Keeping to this criteria, we still found a staggering 246 items, for both men and women, ranging in price from a couple hundred bucks a piece to well over four digits. And odds are good we still missed a few as well. Instead of clogging the internet with everything we found, this guide will bring you 10 items (or combination of items) that span the collection.
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50 Tips For Riding A Motorcycle Across America
Jan 19, 2015 - 6:09 PM - by Motorcycle.com

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Riding across America is the dream of many motorcyclists. The notion of traversing the U.S.A. on two wheels has a certain romantic aspect; 4000 miles unspooling before you like reels of an old, epic film. A lone rider and his/her machine, dusty and stoic, sharing tales of the road with strangers at every stop but never lingering in one place for more than a meal or a night’s sleep.

Unlike some things in life, the dream is not let down by the reality of actually doing it. Every ride across America is special – I’ve done it four times, and each trip provided unforgettable moments, the types of peak experiences we all long for when we get on a motorcycle. Still, there’s a lot to consider when planning a coast to coast trip: Do you use your own bike or rent one? How will you get your motorcycle back home when the ride’s done? What are the essential items to bring? How much time should you allocate, and what route should you take?
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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Specs
MSRP $7990
Engine Capacity 847cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 78.0 x 59.1mm
Compression 11.5:1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Frame Aluminum frame with externally mounted swingarm
Front Suspension 41mm fork; adjustable preload and rebound damping, 5.4-in travel
Rear Suspension Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in travel
Front Brakes Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Rear Brakes Single hydraulic disc, 245mm
Front Tire 120/70-ZR17
Rear Tire 18055-ZR17
Seat Height 32.1 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in
Curb Weight 414 lb
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Electronics Ride-by-Wire, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle, D-Modes
Colors Rapid Red, Liquid Graphite
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