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2015 Royal Enfield Continental GT Maintenance

 Royal Enfield pitches its retro-inspired motorcycles as simple, down-to-earth machines. Powered by an overhead valve, single-cylinder engine and designed to appeal to novice and experienced riders alike, they promise ease of riding and maintenance thanks to their straight-forward ...

Replace Honda CB175 Camshaft Bearing Blocks

Honda's 174cc overhead cam twin is a great engine but can suffer from camshaft bearing wear.In 1968, Honda introduced a new series of engines to replace its earlier forward-canted overhead cam twins. First seen in the U.S. in 174cc and 325cc versions, the new twins promised efficient power and ...

Rebuild a Norton Commando Disc Brake Caliper

 Old versus new: A 1974 Norton Commando 850 disc brake caliper stripped bare with old parts on left, new on right. Although some people today criticize the front disc brake fitted to the Norton Commando starting in 1972 (earlier models used a twin-leading-shoe drum) for a lack of bite, they ...

Replace Ignition Coils on Any Seventies Honda Four

When it comes to motorcycle repair, most of us prefer to stay away from electrical problems — and for good reason. Without the benefit of proper diagnostic tools and experience, tracing electrical shorts and other electrical equipment problems can be difficult. But that shouldn't stop you ...

Apply an Epoxy Sealer on a Leaking Gas Tank

I have never been a fan of using tank sealers, but sometimes you don't have a choice. Recently, the tank on my 1964 Triumph T100SC started seeping at a spot weld under the right side strut securing the tank kneepad. I didn't want to repaint the tank, so the easiest fix was to epoxy coat the ...

Install a Headlamp Relay

 In the March/April 2013 issue, we showed you how to install relay-switched horns on a 1980 Honda GL1100. While we replaced the GL's original horns, the thrust of that How-To was installing a relay to operate the horns. That's because your horns will work better powered and switched by a ...

Honda GL1100 Water Pump Replacement

When the new-for-1975 Honda GL1000 was introduced, it was the world's first mass production water-cooled, shaft-driven flat-four motorcycle. Evolutionary and revolutionary, it employed proven practices in an entirely new package.One of those practices was water cooling, up to then seen on only ...

Norton Upgrade: MkIII Head Steady

In the late 1960s, Norton was struggling. Faced with the dilemma of keeping its outdated big twin, the 750cc Atlas, viable in a rapidly changing market, the cash-poor company needed to do something but couldn't afford a clean-sheet approach. Fortunately, that something came when Dr. Stefan ...

Install Switched Relay Dual Horns

If the horns on your vintage bike are like most blasters installed back in the day, chances are they don't put out much more than a feeble beep when you hit the horn button. While the main culprit might be the horns themselves, a contributing factor to poor horn performance is often the simple ...

Install a Ventura Bike Pack System on a Norton

The Ventura Bike Pack System installed on a 1974 Norton 850 Commando.We’ve wanted to check out a Ventura Bike Pack System ever since we first heard about it a few years ago. While the majority of riders do their motorcycle touring on newer machines, there are still plenty of owners and riders ...

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