Shortcuts, time savers, and the occasional good idea to improve your overall riding experience.

Dual Sport Alchemy’s Cursory Coolant Class

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Good morning boys and girls! Welcome to DSA’s coolant class, where we explore the exciting world of motorcycle engine coolant by combining frivolous technical jargon with rudimentary mathematics. Let’s dive right in with a word problem, shall we? If Johnny spends $735 on a 26 year-old Honda XR250 and then rides 5 … [Read more...]

The Morton Method of Replacing a Broken Dual Sport Motorcycle Rim

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CONTRIBUTING WRITER: FRANK MORTON A recurring shoulder has limited my riding time, but clearly has not dampened my ability to damage my bike! Think I did this by running too fast through a rocky area with too little tire pressure. When I spotted this damage I was overwhelmed with questions: Do I buy a new wheel? Do I … [Read more...]

Tip: Easy Way to Reduce Wind Noise on a Contour Helmet Camera

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Helmet cameras offer a great way to document your dual sport excursions through the serenity of nature. They also provide a fantastic opportunity to televise your happenstance near-death experiences in the dirt for entertainment. Before GoPro came along and crushed the competition with an incessantly dominant marketing … [Read more...]

Novice Tip: Avoiding Motorcycle Target Fixation

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Target fixation is something that I’ve been familiar with for a long time. Back during the drunken years (my early to late twenties) when I wore whiskey goggles instead of motorcycle goggles, I would often fixate on some ‘attractive’ girl from across the bar and find myself helplessly drawn to her. Inevitably, I … [Read more...]

Upgrading Frank’s 2012 Yamaha WR250R (Part 1)

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CONTRIBUTING WRITER – FRANK MORTON I’ve got over 8,000 dirty miles on my 2012 Yamaha WR250R and I’ve spent a lot of them thinking about upgrading the performance of this small bore bike. I’ve even wondered if I should have let loose an extra four grand for the ‘race ready’ KTM 350. In talking it over with … [Read more...]

Something to SHOUT About: A Cheap and Easy Way to Keep Your Dual Sport Clean!

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Here’s the thing about riding a dual sport in the dirt: it tends to get your bike all dirty. This is really only problematic for those of us with OCD tendencies – and whoever has to repair or maintain the bike. Personally, I’ve always been inclined to regard any piece of machinery I own anthropomorphically … [Read more...]

Five Fundamentals for the DIY Dual Sport Mechanic

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It’s often said that mechanics make horrible racers. They’re simply too concerned about damaging the machine to have a viable career on the track. Using this line of reasoning I suppose it could also be argued that people who favor the right side of their brain would make horrible mechanics, as they’re more … [Read more...]

Tip: How to Apply Dual Sport Motorcycle Graphics without getting Hypertension

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I’ve long believed the ninth circle of hell is a lake of fire where the damned are forced to assemble cheap furniture for all eternity. Without instructions of course. If there were a tenth circle of hell, I suspect it would be where people are forced to apply motorcycle graphics for all eternity. In the past … [Read more...]

Tip: Setting Rear Suspension Sag on a Dual Sport Motorcycle

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During my stint as a fluffer at the Cripple Croaked Assisted Living Facility, I was constantly reminded about sag. But as a Dual Sport rider suspension sag is something I only thought about once – when I originally purchased my bike. For most novice riders its easy to assume that once sag is set it will not change. … [Read more...]

KTM Fork Protector Modification for the DRZ400

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If you own a DRZ400 and are looking to swap your conventional fork boots in favor of something a little more avant-garde, there’s not a lot of choices. Neoprene protectors such as Seal Savers or Dirt Skins are available in a Skittle colored palate and can work well to guard seals, but offer only minimal protection … [Read more...]