Listen in as we build our route to the Missouri Ozarks, perfect daily destinations and itemize camping gear … Read More
Alright. I’m going to give it to you straight. This post is about more than just cleaning a chain. It’s about facing the mess that eventually builds up underneath your front sprocket cover until things cease to operate, well … smoothly. If you don’t get to it eventually, you might find yourself documenting a much more efficient method for replacing your hydraulic clutch/brake fluid when really the problem sits elsewhere. Not that I’m naming names or anything (er, um).
Yes, I’m going to provide an easy and effective how-to on the topic of cleaning your motorcycle chain and yes, I’m going to provide images and video but your interest in what is quite the simple process is my opportunity to warn you about something that, over time, can run amuck. Get it? See what I did there? I took the word “muck” (because dirty chain) and used it with … ah never mind.
Chains fling lubricant. Sure, the better chain lubes on the market (PJ1 Blue, Maxima, Lucas) aim to suppress this but none completely deter it. In fact, the eventual loss of your preferred lubricant helps to ensure harmful grit doesn’t over collect and eventually harm the links.Read More ...
In an effort to escape Chicago’s harsh winters, my wife and I have begun exploring southern states that appeal to our sensibilities. Our goal is to migrate to milder conditions each year, extending our riding season without completely abandoning the white stuff (we ski). Tennessee definitely caught our attention and even more so now that we’ve ridden from it’s western border to the east.
On May 21st of 2016, we set out for “the beehive state” on our 2003 Suzuki Bandit 1200 with the streamlined packing list of an experienced sport touring couple. Our plan to stay with family, friends and AirBnB locations simplified things greatly. It would seem we’ve gotten pretty good at this kind of travel. That doesn’t change the fact that getting there can be fatiguing. Our solution: dedicate day one to arriving halfway to Memphis, staying one night with relatives in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Come Sunday, it’s onto Memphis where the true start of our trip awaits. Friends local to this barbecued pork capital of the world are currently traveling elsewhere, so this marks our first experience with AirBnB. Homemade pizza at Midtown Crossing for dinner and we’re zonked (zzzzz).Read More ...
Many moons ago, Sena released new firmware for their helmet communicator modules including the best-selling SMH-10. I didn’t even know about said update until recently and am now going through the motions to install what looks to be a feature-rich upgrade. Universal compatibility, music sharing and sidetone access are just a few of the options I’m anxious to implement.
The update process is tedious at best, however. Let’s face it … Sena manufactures electronic devices, not peripheral software for the garden variety desktop computer. Unfortunately, we need their janky software to get this job done, so I’m typing up this guide, complete with pitfalls. It’s important to note that I’m on a Mac. Windows users are likely to face a completely different opportunity for hiccups. For you PC types out there, I recommend watching this video before continuing to read below.
Now, I’ve already done this once. My wife and I bought our communicators as a pre-packaged pair and my own component has already received the update. Believe me … it’s better that I compile this information having gone through each step rather than leaving you with a jumbled crossword puzzle of “instructions” complete with arrhythmically positioned swear words.Read More ...