Motorcycle How Tos and Riding Tips

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How To: Remove and Install Motocross Grips

With a few basic tools and a couple of tricks from JC you can remove and install motocross grips with ease. Hopefully this video will save you from throwing tools across the garage by giving you some useful insight.

How To Install Dirt Bike Graphics
Ready to install that fresh set of dirt bike graphics? Whether it is your first time installing dirt bike graphics or if you're looking for new tips you're at the right place. In this video we will show you the process of a full dirt bike graphics install from start to finish.Watch Video

5 STEPS TO STORE BIKE FOR WINTER
So, it’s time to face reality and figure out where you will store your motorcycle. But, before it can go into peaceful hibernation, there’s a few must-do’s if you want it to wake up happy in the spring. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as throwing a cover over it if you want your motorcycle to remain in top condition. READ MORE

PRE SEASON BIKE PREP AND MAINTENANCE

Before you take off on your first ride of the year, give your bike a much deserved once-over to make things are in working order. We go over the key areas for you to inspect, adjust or possible replace to ensure a smooth and long season of riding! Read our Pre-Season Bike Prep & Maintenance Check

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SURVIVING STURGIS

Planning a first time trip to Sturgis this year? Here are 10 tips for a hassle-free rally. READ MORE

ARE WOMEN'S MOTORCYCLE HELMETS REALLY FOR WOMEN?

Women’s motorcycle gear has come a long way over the years. What was once low end gear with disproportional sizes is now high end protective gear that actually fits. Even though the selection of women’s motorcycle gear has dramatically increased, the most important piece of safety gear has been left out. Read more

HOW TO: INSTALL A FOUR STROKE DIRT BIKE EXHAUST

Learn how to easily install your new aftermarket exhaust system in your garage in under an hour! We installed a brand new FMF 4.1 full system on a 2015 KTM 350 SX-F, follow our step-by-step instructions and watch our install video! Watch Video

PRE-RACE BIKE & RIDER CHECKLIST

Jimmy Albertson goes over his pre-race check list to make sure he's geared up and his bike is ready for the gate drop. Before you head to the track, here's a quick run down on everything you need from top to bottom. Read List

HOW TO: BLEED MOTORCYCLE BRAKES

Weak motorcycle brakes can often be cured by flushing your brake system with fresh fluids and eliminating air bubbles in the line. Watch as we go step-by-step and show you the tools and supplies you need to properly bleed your brakes. Watch Video

HOW TO: REPACK YOUR MUFFLER

Repacking your muffler should be on your “to do” list this season. Not only is it easy to replace, there are some surprising benefits that come along with fresh packing. Contrary to popular belief, a loud pipe isn’t the most powerful. Exhaust packing actually adds power and improves throttle response. Gregg Albertson takes you through the process. Watch Video

HOW TO: 4 STROKE TOP END REBUILD

Changing the piston, AKA top end, on your modern four stroke motocross bike is easier than you think. With the right tools and a bit of know how (thanks to Gregg Albertson) you’ll be able to get the job done in your garage at home! While there’s no hard answer as to when you should replace your tired piston and rings, being proactive can save you from major engine damage in the future. Watch Video

RIDING TIPS: BLITZING WHOOPS WITH JIMMY ALBERTSON

Supercross whoops, or just whoops and general are easily the trickiest section on the track. Jimmy Albertson demonstrates how to blitz your next set of whoops and how to avoid any "whoops" moments. From body positioning to selecting the proper gear, Jimmy gives you the down-low on how to stay on top of motocross whoops. Watch all team Motorcycle Superstore Racing Videos

HOW TO: PROPERLY WASH A DIRT BIKE

Every wonder how the factory teams get their bikes so sparkly clean? Motorcycle Superstore Racing's crew chief Gregg Albertson walks you through the steps for achieving that factory sheen. So break out the hose and soap and get washing! Watch all team Motorcycle Superstore Racing Videos

RIDER’S GUIDE TO RAIN AND WET WEATHER RIDING

No matter how prepared you are or how much you try to avoid riding in it, in the end: Rain happens. You need not fear it, or run for cover at the first sight of little dark clouds. But you should respect how rain changes the game and adjust your riding accordingly. While it’s no fun riding through the wet sometimes you just get stuck in it. The best thing to do is slow down, pay attention and be safe. Read Complete Article

RIDER HACKS: ANTI-SEIZE CHAIN ADJUSTER BOLTS TO PREVENT DISASTER

A dab of anti-seize on your chain adjuster bolts is an easy and effective way to prevent major headaches down the road. No more worrying about seized bolts and even more worry about how you're going to safely get them out! READ RIDER HACK

RIDER HACKS: EMERGENCY REPAIR KIT MUST HAVES FOR EVERY RIDER

This week’s weekly Rider Hack has helped us get out of more pinches than we can even begin to count. We’re talking, of course, about a light tool bag or emergency kit with various tools and supplies necessary to get you back on the road. The goal is to pack as light as possible, but still have enough tools to remedy common road side repairs. Not sure which tools or supplies you’ll need? No worries, we’ve got a list of items we feel are the most useful for quick repairs. Read List

RIDER HACKS: LUBING THOSE STIFF FEELING CABLES

Lubing your cables with tools like the Motion Pro cable Luber is an easy and inexpensive way to return the smooth and easy lever pull that your bike had when it was new. As time goes by and more miles get ridden, your cables start to dry out and collect dirt and grime. This is what makes those clutch leavers feel like an arcade strength tester found at your local dive bar. We've tried many methods of lubing cables, but really, nothing comes close to the Motion Pro tool. READ HACK

HOW TO CHANGE A DIRT BIKE TIRE

Want to save time and money? Want to be a dirt bike badass? Then change your own freakin' tires.
Motorcycle Superstore's front man walks you through his preferred technique for changing a rear tire. JC covers the tools necessary and explains why he prefers specific ones. He demonstrates how to perform the work and talks through the reasons for each step. Watch video

PRE RIDE TIRE INSPECTION

We all know motorcycle tires wear out-now recognizing when or where a tire is overly worn isn't as common of knowledge. Understand what to look for, and some easy steps you can take to making sure your tires are in good enough shape to hit the road safely. Check It Out

PLAYING THE ANGLES: HOW RAKE AND TRIAL WORK

Bogie and Bacall, Lennon and McCartney, bacon and eggs, appealing on their own, as combinations they’re just about unbeatable. And so it is with Rake and Trail. While most of us are conversant with the terms, obtaining a complete and coherent explanation is sometimes difficult. What follows should help you understand what they mean, how they work and why you should care. Read Article

HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR BIKE

For any number of reasons a lot of us park our motorcycles for the winter and there’s nothing wrong with that. The majority of us ride because it’s fun and in my experience riding through the winter isn’t especially entertaining. Read More

TOP 10 URBAN RIDING TIPS

Top 10 Habits for Taming the Mean Streets: While the higher speeds of freeway riding may appear to be more dangerous, in fact, there are far fewer variables to contend with than when riding on surface streets. READ MORE

PROPER LANE POSITIONING

What's complicated about riding in between the solid white and dashed yellow lines? Turns out, there's more to it than you think and techniques you can follow to ride safer! Read the Guide

PRE-TRACK DAY BIKE INSPECTION CHECK LIST

Our first “tech” piece is going to talk about how to conduct a general inspection and preparation of your motorcycle as part of your periodic maintenance. Read More

WHAT IS A TRACK DAY?

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts participate in track day events across the United States each year and their reasons are as varied as the motorcycles they ride. Track day participants range from new motorcycle riders all the way on to accomplished local or national level racers. Some participants ride street motorcycles, adventure bikes or they might have dedicated track bikes. Read Complete Article

STARTERS GUIDE FOR ADVENTURE TOURING RIDING

There's a good reason the adventure touring segment is one of the fastest growing genre in the sport of motorcycling. The allure of travelling off the beaten path to locations few people have ever seen is inspirational to say the least. After logging thousands of miles and meeting adventure riders from all walks of life, we feel obliged to encourage aspiring ADV riders to climb aboard and experience the adventure touring first hand. Read Complete Article

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR FIRST TRACK DAY?

Track days continue to be one of the most popular activities for sport bike riding enthusiasts across the United States so if you haven’t been to one, please come join us for a day of dragging your knee on the track. Read Complete Article

DESERT BIKE PREPARATION GUIDE

Preparation is key to surviving a long desert ride but as any desert rat will tell you: In the desert, nothing goes as planned. Since you will be riding in the most inhospitable environment known to man, you can get lost, bikes can break and injuries can happen. This Desert Ride Preparation Guide is intended as a good starting point to set-up your bike, along-with a few riding and survival tips we have found helpful over the years. Read Complete Article

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ATV OR UTV FOR THE RIDING SEASON

Rise and shine ladies and gentlemen, riding season is upon us and your old friend in the garage could use a little TLC before you plan to hit the trail. Although there are a few regions where you can ride year-round off-road, the majority of us live in climates that require us to store our toys for a few months through the winter. Unfortunately, some bad things can happen to our beloved four-wheelers when they are left unattended. Read Complete Article

RIDER SAFETY CHECK LIST

For our first Riding Tip we are going to discuss the most important factor while riding a motorcycle and that is Riding Safety.Read Checklist

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR MOTORCYCLE CHAIN & BELT

Getting the power to the rear wheel has been a challenge for motorcycle designers since the very first motor driven cycle rolled out of the garage back in the early 1900s. Some used shaft drives, others literally used leather belts. Of course metal chains were popular too because bicycles were often the base technology for early motorcycle designs. Watch video