Motorcycle/Motorscooter Repairs

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Motorcycle Tires – What You Really Need to Know – Video Guide: Tip of the Week

Welcome to this week’s Cruiser Customizing tip of the week where we’re going to be talking about tires. In general, tires are a mystery for the motorcycle consumer. We take our bikes to the shop and tell the shop people to put tires on. But what do we really need to know? So today we’re going to take a little of time, we’re going to explain what the “sidewall” means.

So here we have a Metzler 180/55 ZR18. The “180” is the tire width in millimeters. The “55” would be the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio of this tire is the relationship of this tire’s cross-section height to the cross-section width. In this particular tire, with an aspect ratio of 55, for example, height is about 55% of the tire width. The next marking on the sidewall is the ZR. The Z tells you what speed the tire is rated at and the R simply means (more…)

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Motorcycle Seat Cover Install

In this video, we’ll demonstrate how to properly install a seat cover onto your motorcycle or ATV seat.

You’ll need a couple of standard tools such as a flat-blade screwdriver and a pair of pliers. It’s always a good idea to have a pair of safety glasses as well. You’ll also need a staple gun with some quarter inch staples.

We’ve found that both the mechanical and pneumatic staplers work for this job.

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