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    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Remove the Kickstand from your YZF-R3

    An easy mod that will reduce the weight of your bike by approximately 3 pounds. This is one of the first modifications that you will want to do if you plan on converting your bike to a track-only machine. You will need to have a bike stand or wheel chock to do this work. Removal of the front sprocket cover and the bodywork (i.e. left fairing) will also be required. Removal of the kickstand is not simply a mechanical operation, you will have to bypass the kickstand switch by either buying a bypass connector or cutting 2 wires and connecting them securely together. If you don’t feel comfortable with splicing…

  • FastFrank- Captive Caliper Bracket
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Install a FastFrank Rear Caliper Bracket on your R3

    The Fast Frank Racing Rear Caliper Bracket Kit will greatly simplify the process of changing the rear wheel on your Yamaha R3. With this modification, you will no longer need to get an extra pair of hands or some zip ties to hold the rear caliper in place while you try to slide the wheel in place. The captive bracket kit from FastFrank will ensure that the caliper remains in place while you mount your rear wheel. The installation process is not very complex, but you need to be confident in your abilities to re-assemble the rear caliper. Since filming this video, I have had the opportunity to disassemble and…

  • Ohlins steering damper
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Install an Öhlins Steering Damper on a Yamaha R3

    Yes! I am replacing my beloved GPR stabilizer for the Öhlins SD001 steering damper! Many of you have asked if a steering damper is necessary on a small bike like the R3. My take is that I’d rather be safe than sorry, hence my decision to have a damper. Some race organizations also mandate that all bikes have a steering stabilizer. The installation process was a lot simpler than I expected. The Graves damper mount kit (available here: https://www.gravesport.com/products/yamaha-r3-steering-damper-mount-kit.html) is definitely a must for this installation. It took me approximately 1.5 hours to install this unit. To complete the work, you will need to remove the front/upper fairing. The Öhlins…

  • 848 Oil Change
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    HOW-TO: Oil Change for a Ducati 848 EVO

    This quick video documents the process of changing the engine oil on my Ducati 848 EVO. Changing the oil on your Ducati 848 should be done at least once per year (or every 12,000 km or 7500 miles). The overall process is very simple and can be completed in less than one hour. Material needed: Engine Oil (recommended viscosity for most climates is SAE 15W-50) Oil Filter (HIFLO FILTRO HF153 or K&N part # KN-153) New crush washer for the drain bolt Paper towels or shop towels Gloves (optional) Tools needed: 5mm Internal (Allen) wrench to remove drain bolt Channellock 209 – 9″ oil filter pliers wrench (or equivalent tool)…

  • Change the Spark Plugs on your R3
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Spark Plugs replacement on your Yamaha R3

    Changing the spark plugs on your motorcycle is vital to the overall service routine and should be done regularly. Yamaha recommends replacing the plugs at 7000 mi (11,000 km) and subsequently every 6000mi/10,000km). Since I am on the racetrack quite often in the summer months, I chose to replace my sparks at least once a season. If you are riding the bike on the street only, you can most likely get away with changing the sparks at the suggested mileage intervals (vs. yearly)  The manufacturer model for the spark plug is NGK CR8E, and the recommended spark plug gap is 0.7 to 0.8mm (0.028-0.031 in). When installing the plugs, the…

  • Brake and Clutch Fluid Flush
    Bikes

    Easy Brake & Clutch Fluid Flush for your Ducati 848

    I was initially planning on recording a 10 minutes video documenting the process of doing a brake fluid flush on my 2012 Ducati 848 EVO, but I got carried away and also documented the process of flushing the clutch fluid as well. I am a big fan of the Speed Bleeder valves products. They are drastically simplifying the process of doing a fluid flush on your bike. It’s even more interesting with the 848 since the bike has a hydraulic clutch, and you can use some Speed Bleeder valves to replace your OEM valve, and your next fluid flush will be s much easier (and faster). This is a simple…

  • Febur Secondary Radiator
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Install a Febur Auxiliary Radiator for the Yamaha R3

    In this video, I am documenting the process of installing a Febur secondary radiator for my 2018 Yamaha R3. The installation process is not overly complicated and upon completion, your bike should be running a little bit cooler. When the engine gets too hot, it loses power and causes accelerated engine wear. This auxiliary radiator from Febur should, according to Febur, reduce the operating temperature by a few degrees and will hence improve the performance of the bike. The Febur radiator comes with all the necessary material to complete the job. It includes the hoses required to connect the OEM radiator to the Febur unit and to also route coolant…

  • Rear Brake Delete
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Install a Rear Brake Delete Kit

    This video is documenting the process of installing a rear brake fluid reservoir delete kit (aka Superbike Rear Brake Reservoir). The installation process is relatively easy and can be done in less than 60 minutes. This is a very inexpensive modification that will certainly improve the look of your bike. Changing your brake fluid will require a bit more time with this modification, but it shouldn’t have a big impact on the overall serviceability of the motorcycle. Parts needed for the work: Honda Breather Tube Plug – part #: 17370-419-700 Tygon 2375 tubing Spring band type clamps (or hose clamps)