Sidestand

Honey, yesterday I left the motorcycle upright!

Hehe, I remembered Monika’s situation from a few months ago. 😀 In short – she had to replace the clutch lever after leaving motorcycle overnight on the grass. In the morning it turned out that the soft soil is not strong enough to support Suzuki Bandit weight left on its side stand and the bike fell to the side. A simple plate, a large stone, a bit of flat wood or even a jar lid placed under the foot would give the surface big enough to hold the bike upright. Subject well known by us, but on this day forgotten. (more…)

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Rocker arms update

The new rocker arms do the job – they push the valves 😀 , the rollers turn flawlessly, I could not find any unnecessary play when checked them. Like in the sweetest dream. I will not say a bad word, although I am aware that their durability will not allow us to ride through the world without the need to have them replaced along the way. (more…)

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Podgrzewane manetki Oxford na KTM 690 Enduro - Oxford heated grips on KTM 690 Enduro - 2

Heated grips

Africa in my gloves

One of the “gadgets” I’ve always cherished on a motorcycle are the heated grips. Those who ride on colder days know perfectly well that it is hard to use clutch or brake lever with frozen hands. (more…)

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Fuel tank update

The fuel tanks finally found their place on motorcycles after months of lying on the garage floor. Few weeks before leaving on KTMs from the UK, I installed tanks so during next several trips we were able to get used to the new character of riding with the added weight in front. (more…)

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Motorcycle seats

Medicine for pain in the arse

No more suffering! Our motorcycle seats are modified so at the thought of jumping on the motorcycle, we do not look for further excuses not to ride or dream of a comfortable sofa in the living room of our house. (more…)

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Steering damper

Power steering

The steering damper was not our priority. Honestly, we did not focus on buying it at all. We have been riding motorcycles for a few years and so far we have not had a situation when our skills were not enough to get out of trouble in the situation of uncontrolled handlebar movements, called shimmy. The fact is that we have never experienced real, cruel shimmy… (more…)

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Scottoiler – motorcycle chain oiler

Extending chain lifespan

This accessory does not have to be presented to anyone who has contact with the world of motorcycles. For those, who do not know what I talk about: Scottoiler is a company that makes motorcycle chain oilers among other things. The device is responsible (as name shows) for keeping the drive chain and sprockets oiled, to extend their lifespan. (more…)

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Kouba link KTM8-2

Kouba Link

Lowering the bike – Monia can finally reach the ground

Sometimes what seems to be a very good solution for one person turns out to be a punishment for the other. That’s what happened in the case of the height of the motorcycle seat, which fits my needs. Unfortunately, Monika did not fully share my optimistic opinion. With her 171 cm height and seating point at 935 mm, the situation was a little complicated. In fact, she barely reached the ground with the tips of her boots, while I was more confident in putting my foot on the tarmac. This caused several bike drops when riding in the terrain, as she could not reach the ground. Wham! Every now and again KTM landed on its side. Fortunately, Monika usually avoided being crushed by a motorcycle, by jumping off to the side. (more…)

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Trail stand

The light version of a centre stand

In the life of every motorcycle traveller, there will be a moment when he will have to face a punctured tyre problem. This may be pretty easy with tubeless tyres. All he needs to do is use a repair kit like pressurised tyre sealant or plug special rubber strip into the hole. Then get to the nearest tyre fitter, where he can make a professional repair. However, in motorcycles with inner tubes, the situation gets a little more complicated. (more…)

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