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.

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    Rebuild and Install a GPR Stabilizer

    I currently own 3 GPR V4 stabilizers and just received a new V5 unit. I love these steering dampers! You can mount them without drilling, and they can be adjusted on the fly while you are ridding, and most importantly, you can service them yourself. If you live in the United States, it’s an easy process to ship your steering damper back to GPR for servicing, but it’s a bit more complicated for everyone else. Therefore, having the option to service the steering damper yourself is a big bonus. It’s also nice to have a unit that can be ported to a different bike when or if needed. You simply…

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    Simplify Your Life with SpeedBleeder Valves

    Replacing your brake bleeder valves with SpeedBleeder valves is one of my favorite upgrades for a motorcycle. It won’t make you faster on the race track, but this modification will significantly simplify the process of flushing and replacing your brake fluid. This modification is also advantageous even if you are not racing or doing track days. In this video, I am documenting the process of replacing the bleeder valves on a Yamaha R3. In my case, I have a stock caliper on the rear wheel and an aftermarket Brembo P4 caliper in front with a Brembo RCS-15 master cylinder. The process will be very similar if you still have the…

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    Installing a Norton Racing Soft Pull Throttle Return Spring on your R3

    In this video, I am replacing the Throttle return spring on my Yamaha R3 with a Norton Racing Soft Pull Throttle Return Spring. This Spring is softer than the OEM spring and provides a much lighter, easier pull on the throttle when a race throttle system is installed. As a result you will need less force to twist your throttle resulting in a more “gentle” throttle and offering better throttle feel and control. This small change will make a big difference when spending long hours/days on the track. This is a fairly easy modification and shouldn’t take much time to complete. You will be able to feel a BIG difference…

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    HOW-TO: Install NIX-22 Öhlins Fork Cartridge Kit on your Yamaha R3

    In this video I am upgrading the OEM front suspension by installing the NIX-22 Öhlins Fork Cartridge Kit (FKS 203) on my 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3. These cartridges features compression damping in the left leg and rebound damping in the right leg. These adjustments and the preload are all done via the top caps. Based on my weight and riding style, I selected the Öhlins springs with a spring rate of 7.5 N/mm (Öhlins Part number 08428-75). My initial setup is the following: Compression adjustment: 8 clicks Rebound adjustment: 12 clicks Oil level: 130 mm Height (amount of chrome above the top triple bracket): 25 mm Pre-load: 7mm For this project,…

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    Installing the Ohlins Double Adjustable Rear Shock (YA967) on my YZF-R3

    In this video, I am installing the Ohlins Double Adjustable Rear Shock (YA967) – Norton Race Spec on my 2018 Yamaha R3. I’ll show you how to remove the OEM shock, install the YA-967 unit, and I’ll talk about the overall geometry settings for the bike. I am also replacing the lower bolt holding the shock in place with a Titanium bolt/nut. The overall process is relatively easy; I’d consider this to be a two on a scale of 1 to 5. You will need approximately 2-3 hours total to complete the work. I am using the Pit Bull jack stands to support the bike and to allow the swingarm to move freely,…

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    Getting the GaleSpeed Wheels ready for the R3

    I am so excited about these GaleSpeed wheels. These aluminium forge wheels are super light compared to the OEM wheels, and they look very sharp. The wheels are impressive, but you also need a few other components before installing them on your bike. In my case, I chose the following parts:  Galfer World Superbike Wave® Rotor for the front wheel  Norton Motorsport rear rotor  B&C Express 415 Sprocket  BRIDGEPORT 2nd Generation 83° Aluminum Racing Angled Valve Stems  Michelin Power Cup EVO tires  Since the Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD) and the center hole for the sprocket are different than the OEM wheel, it was a bit more challenging to find some 415 sprockets. The folks at B&C Express were fantastic and were able to deliver exactly what…

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    Finalizing Bodywork and more…

    I finally completed the bodywork on my R3. I installed the SharkSkinz fairings in a previous video, but I still had some minor challenges to secure the upper fairing properly. I tried to install the fairing stay brackets from Norton Motorsports but didn’t have a lot of success. Watch the video to see what I did to resolve the problem.   I also modified the seat bracket from SharkSkinz to support a DZUS Pro fastener instead of the small screw that came with the connector. Using the quick-release fastener will significantly simplify the installation and disassembly of the race tail/race seat.   I am also showing how I fixed the alignment problem I encountered when I initially tried to connect the lower and upper fairings with larger fasteners.   And finally, I’ll show you how I modified my Puig windscreen to fit in between the upper fairing stay while remaining flush against the inside…

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    The Best Quick Release Fasteners for your Race Fairings

    Work has been busy this week, and I ended up spending a lot of time on what I thought was going to be a series of quick and easy modifications on the R3 (more on this topic next week). So, I will keep this blog post shorter than usual since most of the content I want to cover is in the video.   I am sharing my quick fasteners (mis-) adventures, and hopefully, you will benefit from my findings. I’ve tested six different types of quick-release D-ring fasteners. I will reveal the best and most reliable option for your motorcycle fairings. I am talking (and comparing) the following quarter-turn fasteners in…