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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…

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    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…

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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
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    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…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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…

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    Review & Installation of the RS1 Hit-Air Wearable Airbag Vest

    In this short video, I am explaining how the Hit-Air RS1 airbag vest works and I am also documenting the process of attaching the coiled wire to the frame of the bike. This is a new installation of the coiled wired on my R3 project bike. However, I have been using this airbag system for the last four years. I used this vest with all my race bikes, and I am convinced that this is the optimal setup for track days. I specifically chose this model because you don’t need to charge any batteries. You can re-pack the system yourself in case of an incident (as long as the airbag…