The Motorcycle Helmet Sizing Guide; How to Choose the Perfect Helmet Size.

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In this motorcycle helmet sizing guide, we will help you in picking up the fittest motorcycle helmet on the market. The motorcycle helmet is your insurance policy against unpleasant events while riding, so it's better to take all the time that you need before making your purchase.

We've talked earlier about the main features of the best motorcycle helmet on the market, and we made it clear that the helmet with the best fitment is one of the safest choices. You can invest a fortune in a premium motorcycle helmet with superior outer shell quality, outstanding ventilation system, and a distinctive closure mechanism.

However, when things get a little bit messy, a motorcycle helmet that actually fits your head size can either protect you or be the reason behind fatal injuries. Here are the size-related points that you need to keep in mind while you are at the motorcycle shop.

The Motorcycle Helmet Sizing Guide.

Pay Close Attention to the Shape.

Motorcycle helmet manufacturers usually categorize the helmet shapes into three main categories;  long oval, intermediate Oval, and round oval shaped helmets. Let's take a closer look at each of them.

Long oval shape: This shape fits riders we have a longer front to back than side to side head shape.

Intermediate oval shape: If your head has a slightly longer front to back side then the ear to ear one, then this is most probably your best option.

Round oval shape: As you can guess, this shape fits your head if it's nearly symmetrical.

Nearly all motorcycle helmet manufacturers state the helmet shape clearly on their products, so don't worry about having a hard time trying to figure out the helmet's shape.

Measuring your Head Size (The Right Way) & Using Size Charts.

We're pretty sure that you panicked the moment you heard front to back, and side to side proportions. Please don't! In this part of our motorcycle helmet sizing guide, we'll teach you how to measure your head size the right way.

You'll be needing those measurements not only to decide your motorcycle helmet shape but also to choose the right helmet size from the manufacturers' sizing charts. Take a look at the detailed infographic below.

The Motorcycle Helmet Sizing Guide

Infographic notes:
Wrap a flexible measuring tape around the fullest part of your head; this part is usually just above your ears and about half an inch above your eyebrows. It's recommended to take multiple measurements and to have a second person as a helping hand.
It's preferable to use a specific motorcycle manufacturer sizing chart rather than universal ones (after getting your accurate measurements) for best results.

Motorcycle Helmet Fitment.

This part acts as a double check procedure for the previously mentioned steps. After you decided your motorcycle helmet shape, choose your size, and wore your helmet for the first time, those are the things that you need to take notes of.

Are there any Pressure Points on your Head?

If so, then most probably you need a larger size or a different helmet shape.

How's your visibility doing?

The helmet’s eye port upper side should be sitting above your eyebrows at all times. If there's anything that blocks your vision then you should try another size.

The Finger Fit Rule.

If you can easily fit a finger between the interior and your head, then most probably you should go for a smaller size and vice versa.

Hopefully, our comprehensive motorcycle helmet sizing guide added value to your knowledge database. Make sure to wear your motorcycle protective gear at all times, and enjoy your rides!

 

Why install a motorcycle power commander?

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Motorcycle tuning is a contagious addiction that most motorcyclists get infected with; once you hop on your first two wheels, the first thing that crosses your mind is let’s pump this machine up. There are so many ways to tune up your beloved machine, and if you have been riding for a while, we are pretty sure that you have heard the Power Commander term.

In this article, we decided to discuss why you should install a motorcycle power commander, and reveal its exact effectiveness on your motorcycle’s overall performance.

What is the Power Commander?

If the tuning process was a tree, we can clearly state that tuning categories are its branches. You can modify parts regarding the ignition & fuel, exhaust, fairings, and drivetrain systems. It all depends on the tweaks that you are willing to apply on your motorbike.

Installing a Power Commander is considered to be an ignition & fuel system upgrade. So what does this magical fist-size tool brings to the table? Carry on reading to find out…..

The Power Commander kit basically moderates the fuel with air combustion, bringing more power to your motorcycle by increasing its efficiency (that’s the simple way to say it). This kit is installed between the main ECU and your fuel system to do its job.

This magical kit will give you access to tools that can either turn your motorcycle into a stoppable beast, or a dying one (in case you are clueless about what you are doing regarding the setup).

Don’t panic, it’s not rocket science, and we will be talking later about how to install and tune your power commander in details (according to its model).

But for now, let’s talk briefly about the basics.

How to Install your Motorcycle Power Commander Device.

The process is not complicated by any means. The kit has a cable that it directly connected to the ECU unit to override the connection. The kit itself can be placed in your backseat storage unit. For more understanding on the installation process, feel free to check this video.

It’s a piece of cake if you know your motorcycle’s “anatomy”. Some motorcycles are easier when it comes to a power commander installation than others due to the ease of access to its ECU and fuel system (cruisers, for example, are easier than racers since the engine is more exposed and it’s not covered by fairings). However, this isn’t a general rule for sure.

If you don’t feel comfortable with installing the kit itself, it’s better to visit the nearest motorcycle repair shop and get it done there.

Power Commander Models.

The most popular two are the Power Commander 3 USB and the Power Commander 5. Each of the previously mentioned ones fit a specific motorcycle model and has its own features.

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Power Commander 3 USB
Power Commander 5
Power Commander 5

Tuning your Power Commander.

Well, that’s the tricky part. This subject needs detailed explanation as you don’t really want to mess up your engine by flooding it with fuel or whatever wrong tuning technique. You can feel free to check our motorcycle power commander tuning and mapping guide anytime to get the full knowledge (or at least the important ones) about this issue.


How to Ride a Motorcycle Part 1 (Beginners’ Guide).

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The motorcycle manufacturing industry is experiencing a remarkable boom! You don’t need to be a business analyst in order to figure this out and translate it, but this means that new riders are joining the motorcyclists’ community each and every day.
We decided to release the series of How to ride a motorcycle in order to give our beloved riders some useful tips (regardless for how long have you been riding) to help them enjoy their rides more and crash less.
The first part of this series will be dedicated to the new motorcycle riders. Riding motorcycles is a passion only a few can understand. However, there some safety riding tips that you need to stick to, in order to enjoy your rides (and live longer).

Admit that you are a Beginner (It’s OK being called the New Fish!).

Seriously, there is nothing wrong about it. Every Pro was once a beginner. Even Valentino Rossi was once an amateur (we love to think so). The faster you admit it, the less reckless you will be and the safer your rides will be accordingly.

 

Do your Research (About Beginner Motorcycles).

Reading about different motorcycle brands and safety gears is your very first step. Many newbies just rush into purchasing a certain model because some folks recommend it, or because it’s a well-established brand.
Well, here in the How to ride a motorcycle guide, we strongly encourage you to do a research before buying your first ride and safety gear. There different riding styles when it comes to motorcycles and even more options when it comes to the gear. Each and every rider has different preferences, capabilities, and budget.
Make sure to read a lot about different brands of motorcycles and gears before heading to the motorcycle dealer or store. It’s even better to test drive a few motorcycles if it’s possible.

 

Join a Motorcycle Riding School (no, it’s not lame).

 

 

Join a riding school with your new motorcycle (that you are anxious to hit the road with we know) before going on the streets. You will not only learn the basics; such as cornering, braking and accelerating, but you will receive some useful safety riding tips. This can also be a soft kickoff for you as a rider to get to know your new babe a little better (weight, power, handling,….etc.).

 

 

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See? It’s not that bad!

 

 

 

Try to join a Motorcycle Group.

 

 

This part is beneficial on so many levels; the most important one is the exchange of experience. Hearing other (more professional) riders talking about their crashes, motorcycle breakdowns and maintenance, will give you outlines about the Dos and Don’ts during riding. Also, it will improve your sense of ownership to this community and nourish your passion.
Just make sure to join the right group where you can get along with!

 

 

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Looking good huh?!

 

 

 

Forget about Stunting and hitting the 300KM/Hr speed limit.

 

 

So now, you have made your research about the most suitable motorcycle, purchased it, and joined a motorcycle group (or chose to ride solo). Please! Just Please! Don’t head back home, start watching YouTube Videos about Stunting Championship or the Isle of Mann and decide to give it a try.

 

 

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Let’s agree on keeping both wheels on the road for now, OK?

 

 

 

As we said earlier, those people are professionals who are racing in a closed and safe environment. Also, stay away from street racing videos. We know it’s tempting. But, just leave it for the time being.

 

Hopefully, this beginners’ guide for the How to Ride a Motorcycle series has added value to you. For more safety tips during riding, please feel free to check the intermediate guide. Welcome to the Two-Wheelers community and we wish you safe and enjoyable rides! (click here to check intermediate guide).

How to Ride a Motorcycle Part 2 (Useful riding tips for Intermediate Riders)

Last time we talked about the How to ride a motorcycle “Starter pack” in the beginners’ guide. We made sure to provide you with some useful riding tips to stay as long as possible on your motorcycle and avoid crashing.
If you are reading this now, then most probably you made some progress with your motorcycle and are looking further to receive further useful riding tips. We managed to make a shortlist of the things to keep in mind if you want to enjoy your rides safely. Here are some of them:

Pre-Ride Check.

This is an underestimated part that even some professional riders skip. It is crucial to perform a quick safety check (emphasizing on the word quick) before your ride. The to check list should include the following.
– You head and tail lights.
– Your brakes (pads, caliper and hoses)
– Your brake lights and turning signals.
– Your tire pressure to ensure that you are getting the desired grip while riding (just a simple thumb press to feel the tire air pressure).
– Check for any leaks under your motorcycle and identify the source (oil and water leaks).
Now after making sure that each and aspect passed your quick check before riding. There are further useful riding tips that you should memorize when you are on your motorcycle for the very first few minutes.

 

Give your babe all the time she needs.

You don’t just hop onto your beloved motorcycle once you make sure that everything is fine and start riding with high RPM and act like Marc Marquez while cornering. It’s really important to warm up your tires and engines before speeding things up.
Give your motorcycle the time to heat up for the oil to pass through the valves and lubricate the pistons.

 

 

You will actually feel the “unease of your babe” once you start pushing her while she is not ready yet. You will actually feel it with the poor acceleration when it comes to the performance.
Another useful riding tip is warming up your tires (especially if you ride in cold weather). You see, you changed moved from four wheels safe riding to two wheels were grip and tire friction really matters. Your tire grip can save your life during cornering regardless your riding style or the type of motorcycle.

 

 

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Know Your Limits.

This is a fatal issue for intermediate riders; overconfidence will simply cause you nothing but fractured bones (if you are lucky enough). We totally understand the joy and amusement that an intermediate rider can feel after improving his/her riding skills. However, pushing it far beyond your skills may result in unpleasant consequences.

 

Defensive Riding is the Magic Word.

Two Wheelers don’t get the enough respect for sharing roads with automobiles. That’s a fact and the sooner you accept it, the safer you will be. Sure there are hundreds of awareness campaigns that are initiated for this cause. On the other hand, there are still a few who pays attention at Two Wheelers on the road.

Once your babe comes in between your legs (no pun intended) you have to get into the mindset of being defensive. Each and every driver on the road is trying to kill you and your babe. Expect the unexpected. Even those water puddles are just lying in there around the corner waiting for its next motorcycle prey to give him/her an unforgettable skidding experience.

Basically, keep your eyes on other drivers and pay close attention to your surroundings while riding. That’s one of the most useful riding tips that anyone can give to a motorcycle rider.
Ahh, one last thing, if a driver crossed your lane or acted as an idiot (which happens a lot). Avoid starting a fight with him/her at any cost. Remember all that it takes is a slight turn with the car’s steering wheel and you are gone for good. Please don’t act heroic!

Hopefully, we reading this brief guide added some useful riding tips to your riding knowledge. We will publish the last part of the How to Ride a Motorcycle series very soon. The last part will be targeting Pros who are looking forward to taking their riding skills to the next level safely (click here to check it)
We wish you joyful and safe rides! Happy Riding!

How to Ride Like a Pro! “How to Ride a Motorcycle” Part 3.

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We are pretty sure that you have spent some time riding by now and there first thing that is going to cross your mind is It’s time to ride like a pro!. Therefore, we decided to release the 3rd (and last part) of the “How to ride a motorcycle” guide in order to share with you some useful safety tips to achieve that.

 
The most common things that professional riders do (and you will probably air for) are the wheelies, cornering, and hitting high-speed milestones. Here in this guide, we will take you through some tips that you need to follow if you are planning on not ending up in the hospital.

 

Ride Like a Pro while Performing Wheelies.

The moment you master riding on two wheels, the first thing that crosses your mind is driving on a single one (the rear one for starters). Whether you are looking forward to impressing other folks by showing off your skills or you just enjoy the adrenaline rush, you should keep the following in mind.
Power Wheelies or Clutch Ones?
There are two main ways to pop off your front wheel riding. The first is by simply squeezing the throttle hard enough to “take off”. Even though this method is way easier than using the clutch, however, it’s more aggressive and gives the rider instant power.
It’s recommended to study your motorcycle power and your weight thoroughly before going for the power wheelies. Usually, motorcycles with more powerful engines and high torque can perform that type of wheelies.
On the other hand, clutch wheelies are relatively safer. You get more control during the “take off” over your bike and somehow can limit the pop off the height of the front wheel. You simply hold down the clutch while riding, squeeze the throttle a little, pop off the clutch and squeeze the throttle more (viola your front wheel is in the sky).

 

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That’s it! Nice and Easy!

Keep in mind that the previously mentioned steps should take place in a matter of milliseconds. Don’t push it too far with the clutch to keep your motorcycle engine running smoothly.
Both wheelies need squeezing the throttle while riding at the correct gear and RPM. There isn’t a specific rule (gear or RPM number) where you should pop your people, as motorcycles and riders’ features are different. Yet, avoid popping the wheelie with low gear/high RPM (you will probably flip over) and a high gear/ Low RPM won’t make the wheel pop (unless you are that good!).
The “Take Off”.
If you are planning to ride like a pro, then you need to know your limits. While popping a wheelie there is a balance point that you should never overcome while lifting your nose. This is the point where you will either flip back or will keep things balanced.
It’s interesting to say that some Pro bikers are able to cross the balance point while raising the nose (sometimes hitting the 90 degrees) and succeed in making their way down with a smooth landing. Yet, if you are not willing to join the stunt championship we recommend keeping it below the balance point.
The “Landing”.
This is the part that differentiates the amateurs from others who ride like a pro; nearly everyone can life their front wheel, but not everyone can land it smoothly and safely. Again depending on your motorcycle weight (and yours of course) you should give your babe a little speed while landing.
Removing your hand off the throttle suddenly and leaving your motorcycle to land under its own weight will probably lead to an unfortunate crash. If you are lucky enough to overcome the crash than you are literally torturing your front motorcycle suspension.
Treat your babe nicely my friend. Give your motorcycle a little throttle squeeze while landing to keep things smooth and safe!
Moving on to the next Pro Biker’s move, the cornering.

 

 

Corner like a Boss!

 

 

Similarly, as the wheelies, there are two types of cornering, depending on your motorcycle riding style. You can either go under your bike while leaning (Sup racers and street fighters?!) or you can stay still and lean your motorcycle itself (depend on more on the counter steering).
The leaning under your motorcycle style while allow you to corner at high speeds. This method screams “I can ride like a pro”! On the other hand, it’s more dangerous since you’re literally grabbing knees to the road and almost of your motorcycle.
What should I do to make this safer?
First of all, make sure you are approaching the curve with the right speed. Excessive speed will make you go off track (or outside the cornering imaginary line that you are following) and low speed will make you simply fall off your motorcycle (and look like a complete jerk!).
A Pro biker will enter the curve with an imaginary drawn line for cornering to follow and the correct speed. But, since unexpected situations may happen, you may need to brake while cornering or follow another cornering line while leaning.
In that case, make sure to use both brakes (front and rear) slightly to reach the desired speed or avoid a crash. Keep the balance while pressing the brakes as hard rear braking will result in skidding and front ones may result in an unpleasant rollover.
If you ride like a pro then we are pretty sure that you have also heard about accelerating (rationally) while going out of the curve to increase the grip and handling.
Don’t Chicken Out!
We do understand the fear of getting close to the ground (and under your motorcycle) at high speeds while cornering. Yet, if you do chicken out while doing so, there’s a 200% possibility to crash at the corner.
Make sure to be in the right position while leaning and nothing will go wrong (we hope so). Both feet tips are on the foot pegs, the inner knee (and elbow) is pointed outside towards the road (hopefully looking forward to spark) and the other is pushed tight against the motorcycle tank.
Also, you should place your hips a little off the seat towards the corner and ALWAYS look to where you want to go (following the imaginary line) and not through the motorcycle visor. Your helmet should be near the side mirror totally outside the motorcycle itself.

 

 

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Don’t expect to be that good!

Now, let’s talk more about how to ride at high speeds (safely).

 

 

How to Ride like a Pro on High Speeds.

 

 

You want to get the adrenaline rush of the high speed, we get it. But, you need to do it as safely as possible. Every Pro biker crash, that’s a fact. Yet, crashing at high speeds is usually fatal. That’s why you need to memorize the following tips by heart .

 
Know Your Motorcycle Limit!

 
It’s weight, braking power, maneuvering agility, top speed and many others. Yes, it’s really cool trying to intimidate an online video for a Kawasaki H2 (click here to check it) hitting the 400 KM/Hr. But you shouldn’t try to aim for that with your 600 cc motorcycle. If you are planning to go full speed, be rational while doing so.

 
Draw Multiple Exit Scenarios.

 
Assess each and every vehicle while overtaking it. Draw multiple exit scenarios for unexpected situations and make sure you have the time to perform your maneuver. If a driver changed lanes suddenly without using the turn signals, it’s his fault, but you’re the one who is going to pay for it.

 

 

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Take it easy bro!

Response Time and Visibility.

 
Your response time (for breaking and maneuvering) will be lowered the higher your speed is. Identifying the threat, deciding to break (or maneuver), then taking an action while you are riding at 60 KM/ Hr is not the same at 200 KM/Hr.
You can reach a point where your visibility will be nothing but a small clear focal point and the rest of the road is totally blurred due to high speed. Always keep those two factors in mind while riding at high speeds.

 
Maintenance Check!
Before going on a full speed ride, always check your motorcycle. The brakes, suspension, tires, fairings, the engines,…etc. If you are willing to ride at high speeds, then you better make sure that your babe is in its prime condition.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking about right now, we missed talking about the Stoppies. No, we didn’t we just decided to talk about this one separately as it needs getting into more details, and it needs some very special skills.
Hopefully, this article was beneficial and we wish that it added value. The Two Wheelers Team always encourages its readers to follow their local traffic laws, to ride safely and enjoy their rides!


Disclaimer: All riders should follow the rules of regulations of their country. This guide is to make sure you perform this acts safely if they are allowed in your country, or if you wish to do them in a safe and closed track.
Cheers,

How to Wash a Motorcycle (Dos and Don’ts).

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Hello, Fellas! So last time we talked about the importance using a motorcycle cover to keep it all clean and protected (click here to check the article). However, you need to ride your babe at some point and enjoy her/his company. We decided to publish a How to wash a motorcycle guide to restore your motorcycle like a brand new one after an adventurous ride (or just to keep it clean!).

 
Here are some of the most important tips that you need to know:

 
Unmount Any Extra Attachments (Obviously).

 
Yes, we realize it’s an obvious step. Yet, we need to mention it just in case. Unmount any extra attachments that your motorcycle is loaded with; saddlebags, GPS, external audio system,…etc. We feel sorry for our beloved ADV and touring friends, though. They have a lot of work to do to get ready for the wash.

 
Cool Down my Friend.

 
The very first step that you need to follow in our How to Wash a Motorcycle guide is to give your motorbike a break before washing. Seriously, as a rider, you can hear your loud breath once you take off your helmet and can feel your fastened heartbeats. Your motorcycle is not so different.

 
If you are planning to give your motorcycle a wash, then you have to give it time to cool down (especially after aggressive rides). Feel free to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the dirt that is all over your precious partner in crime. You can even take advantage of this cooling time and take multiple pictures to do the before and after thingy.

 
Exposing a hot engine to cool water is a frank way of telling your motorcycle that you hate it and you are seeking to damage it by every possible means (That’s harsh!).

 

 

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Spoil your babe the right way!

 
Choose the Right Timing & Location.

 

 
As we mentioned earlier, try to avoid having a bike wash party straight after your ride. You may also consider throwing the party in the afternoon where there is no direct sunlight. Why? Simply, because this will dry out the cleaning detergents before rinsing them off your beloved machine.

 
Also, our How to Wash a Motorcycle guide cares about you (believe it or not). Washing your bike should be a fun process for both of you. No need to drown in your own sweat during the process.Before washing your babe, make sure it’s in a place with very good drainage, distant from high traffic and of course away from direct sunlight.

 
No Pressure.

 
After giving her/him some time to cool down. Don’t surprise your babe with a high-pressure water hose (damn, we do think about starting a relationship advice magazine). High-pressure water will damage your electronics and fluid hoses, especially exposed ones as those of the brakes.

 
We do realize that you may have a lot of mud and dirt stuck on your motorcycle (Cheers to dirt and enduro bikers). However, spend extra effort in cleaning with a medium pressure water hose, rather than spending a fortune (and more effort) fixing your motorcycle.

 
The same “no pressure” applies to the air. Some riders prefer using pressured air to dry their motorcycles after the wash. It’s preferable to use a soft, clean cloth to dry your babe as it’s safer and you will not get to miss a spot while doing so.

 
Choose Your Weapons Wisely.

 
If you need to know how to clean a motorcycle like a pro, then you need to pay attention to this part. It’s recommended to use specified motorcycle cleaning detergents for the party. Don’t just rush and purchase the most expensive and “reputable” one of the shelf.

 
The perfect cleaner is the one with the suitable PH. By suitable, we mean a PH between six and eight. You don’t want to throw a motorcycle wash party with acidic or alkaline showers. This will definitely ruin your paint and can be dangerously corrosive (to both your hands and the motorcycle).

 
Also, try to use soft sponges during the wash and soft cloths for drying. Make sure that whatever you are using is completely clean and has no dirt particles over it what so ever. You don’t want scratch marks all over your paintwork.

 
Using lubricants is essential. But, using lubricants the right way is even more important. Don’t get us wrong WD-40 is an amazing product, but just not for the motorcycle chain lubrication (maybe cleaning even though some riders complain about collecting dirt). We will release another article for this part in specific, explaining how to maintain your motorcycle chain effectively (click here to check it).

 

 

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Choose your outfit wisely too 😉

 
Protect Your Machine.

 
After drying your motorcycle. Feel free to use a bike polish to keep your motorcycle shining and protected. If you have chrome on your babe, then you still got a lot of work to do my friend. We made sure to include this part in our How to Clean a Motorcycle guide as it’s usually overlooked or is thought of as a luxury. Keeping your paint fresh is essential.
We also advise you to cover unprotected parts (engine and transmission) with clear protective layers (using the right sprays) to keep them running safely and clean.

 

 

Keep it Running for a While.

 
You have made a great job. Now, it’s time to lay back, reward yourself with a refreshing drink, turn on your motorcycle for a while and admire your effort. This step is not for reflection purposes only; it’s crucial to make sure that your motorcycle is running perfectly after the bike wash.

 
Pay close attention to leaks or unusual sounds. Sometimes vapor may show up at your headlights (even though normally it shouldn’t if it’s sealed the right way) but don’t panic. It will go away once you turn on your lights for some time.

 
What’s Next?

 
There are a few things that you should keep in mind during and after washing your motorcycle.

 
– Make sure to keep a longer safe breaking distance while riding straight after the bike wash party, as breaks may need some time to get back to their usual performance.

 
– Using tire cleaning detergents is great, but don’t be so generous while applying them (especially to the contact surface part) as you may experience joyful skids in return. Two Wheelers always appreciate the grip (and pray for it). So take it easy while cornering after a bike wash.

 
– Don’t apply direct water or air to the exhaust opening.

 
– Don’t use vinyl or leather cleaner for your motorcycle seat as it will be slippery (you don’t want that).

 
– Make sure to take an “After Picture” to your motorcycle, upload it on social media and brag about your effort (you deserve this).

 
Hopefully, our How to clean a motorcycle guide added few useful tips to your knowledge and helped you in throwing better “bike wash” parties for your babes.

 
As usual, we wish you nothing but joyful and safe rides, full of adrenaline and unforgettable moments. Happy Riding Two Wheelers!

How to Clean the Bike Chain? (and Adjust it).

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Sup Two Wheelers! Last time we had a little chit-chat about how to wash your motorcycle (click here to check the article) the right way. Now, it’s time to take a closer look on how to clean the bike chain (also, the right way).
Riders always don’t pay enough attention to this crucial part when it comes to maintenance.

 

 

We do understand that looking after your brakes, engine, transmission and suspension are of great importance. But, what about the element that transfers the engine power to your rear wheels? We guess it deserves a little more respect!
Learning how to clean the bike chain won’t only assist you in optimizing your motorcycle’s performance, but it will increase your motorcycle’s chain lifetime and improve your riding safety factor.
Now, enough with the talk. Here are a few tips that would help you in cleaning the bike chain (regardless the type).

 

The Tools Needed for Cleaning a Bike Chain.
Go to your beloved toolbox and make sure to bring the following tools and keep them next to you. If you don’t have them, feel free to pay your closest depot store a visit.

 
– A wire brush (some people prefer a smooth one instead).

 
– Motorcycle Chain Lube.

 
– Rags.

 
– A Tape Measure (if you are not that good with approximate eye measures).

 
– Rear Wheel Stand (you will need this tool with nearly any sort of maintenance, so it’s better to have one).

 
– Wrenches (size will depend on your motorcycle model).

 
Now, those were the main ingredients for our recipe. Let’s take a closer look at the “cooking” procedures.
Checking Your Motorcycle Chain.
Well, first of all, you need to lift the rear wheel using the stand. It will make your life way easier than moving your babe back and forth while maintenance. Find the midpoint of the motorcycle chain between the front and rear wheels and check its displacement. If it’s within a 0.75 to 1 inch, then you are cool to go.
It’s worth to mention that you will need to repeat the previous step several times. You will need to move the rear wheel (hence the chain) and take different measurements for the displacement. The worst case scenario is having a loose bike chain that needs some tightening. How will you do that? Carry on with the reading and we will guide you through.
Adjusting Your Motorcycle Chain.
All that you need to do is to start moving the rear wheel axle, either forward or backward (whether you are looking forward to fastening or loosing the chain). Most of the motorcycles have an index marked as an indication of axle position.
Also, it’ very important to make sure that the axle is aligned correctly at both ends. This serves the safety of both,yourself and your sprockets while riding (this is where the role of the wrench comes).
Guess what? Now is the time to know how to clean the bike chain.

 

 

 

How to Clean the Bike Chain?

 

 

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The very first step is to wash the chain thoroughly and make sure to remove any dirt, grease or any other stuck particles in the chain. You should do that using the wire brush.Moving on, you need to lubricate your motorcycle chain using a bike chain lube. Please! Don’t just go for the WD-40. We mentioned this earlier in a previous article (at least not as a lubricant).The WD-40 is outstanding as a cleaner, but not as a lubricant. Always make sure to apply some bike chain lubricant after cleaning.
You will need to spray the motorcycle chain lube on the chain while moving the rear wheel. Make sure that you have covered the whole chain. It’s also important to remove any extra lube that falls off on the sprockets using the rag to avoid collecting any undesired dirt particles.
That’s it, You Are Ready To Hit the Road!
You may find out that you need to replace your current motorcycle chain, after performing the inspection that was mentioned earlier. We will discuss the different types of motorcycle chains and how to replace them yourself in a separate article.(click here to check it)
Hopefully, this simple guide was beneficial. We always do our very best to add knowledge and useful tips to our beloved Two Wheelers’ audience.
Enjoy your rides, and ride safely until we meet again. Cheers!