Geek during the day, wine and cigar aficionado in the evening. You can find me on a race track in the summer time and wrenching on motorcycles during the winter months.

  • 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
    Bikes,  Tools

    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)

  • Bikes

    HOW-TO: R&G Radiator Guard Installation on a Yamaha R6

    This video is documenting the process of installing the R&G Radiator Guard on my 2009 Yamaha R6. The process will be the same for the YZF-R6 from 2006 to 2016. The installation process is fairly easy and can be done in approximately 60-90 minutes (time will vary based on the type of fairings). This is a very inexpensive mod that will protect your radiator from flying debris.

  • Bikes

    Reveal of my Race Ready Yamaha R3

    This is the unveiling of my Race Ready Yamaha YZF-R3. I’ve spent the last few months converting this R3 from it’s stock state to the final product that you will see in this short video. Here’s a list of items that have been added/modified: Bodywork and Cosmetics——————————————-Bodywork: SharkSkinzFasteners: DZUS ProFront fairing stay bracket: SharkSkinzSeat Pad: GravesWindshiled: PuigCustom number platesDecal kits: Moto XPStompgrip tank padsGYTR tank protectorCustom brackets for lower fairing Wheels & Tires————————-Set 1:GaleSpeed GP1STires: Michelin Power Cup EVOBridgeport valve stems Set 2:OEM WheelsTires: Pirelli Diablo RainSpears Enterprise captive wheel spacers Suspension——————–Rear: Ohlins YA967 Norton Racing Race SpecFront: Ohlins NIX22 CartridgesSteering Damper: GPR V5 Controls—————Motion Pro quick throttle Motion Pro…