Category Archives: maintenance

There Are Tires and There Are Tires

Earlier this spring, a friend rode his Suzuki TU250X from Santa Fe to the west coast and back. On the way back, he got hammered by winds that were almost enough to exhaust that little single-cylinder 250 into a low … Continue reading

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#104 A Good Beginner’s Bike

All Rights Reserved © 2008 Thomas W. Day August 2022: Another old one that didn’t find its way into this blog. This is a 2008 Geezer column that was inspired by the zillionth time someone asked me about a “beginner’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Craftsman’s Legacy

A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning is one more book by someone who left the corporate world for the world of making expensive garage sale bait for the 1% and a few fools who want … Continue reading

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Seat of the Pants Performance Comparisons

A few years ago, when I was still capable of riding half-quickly and competently off-road, I was riding with a group of Twin Cities Dual Purpose guys north of the Cities. The “route” was a convoluted collection of gravel and … Continue reading

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Dirt Skins Fork Protectors

All Rights Reserved © 2007 Thomas W. Day Dirt Skins installed on my Suzuki DL-650 V-Strom. Adventure touring is tough on motorcycle parts; chains and sprockets, wheels, and suspension parts wear quickly when exposed to dirt, grit, and clay. One … Continue reading

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Product Review: Scottoiler Mark 7 Universal Kit Automatic Motorcycle Chain Lubrication System

All Rights Reserved © 2007 Thomas W. Day I initially installed the oiler’s reservoir under the seat, which was neat, clean, and would be difficult to service once I loaded up the bike. So, I moved the reservoir to the … Continue reading

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Glad We Aren’t Them

A few years ago, I wrote a rant about the dumbasses who spend thousands on bicycles (“My Kind of Market”). I was clearly reminded of that this week when I went shopping with the idea of replacing my 25+ year-old … Continue reading

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