Category Archives: Motorcycle Facts and Topics

Motorcycle Clutch – How They Work

Motorcycle Clutch Components Seperated

The Modern, Manual Motorcycle Clutch does a lot more than the textbook definition of this word Clutch suggest. While the definition is “to Grasp, Seize, Clench, and Hold”, we think of them as quite the opposite. Mention Clutch and most of us will describe the Slipping Action that allows us to control engagement and movement from a dead stop as well as give the pause in the transmission of power for sequential Gear Changes.
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Yamaha Super Tenere TPMS Tire Presure Monitor System Installation

Orange Electronic TPMS Display On Our Cucstomer's Yamaha Super Tenere

In this segment, we’re installing our Orange Electronic motorcycle TPMS onto a Yamaha Super Tenere. Our tire pressure monitor and warning system will provide the owner of Yamaha’s very capable Dual Sport with critically important safety information before and during the ride. Our Orange-Electronic M203 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) is an essential tool that should be a part of every motorcycle’s On-board Information System. These are designed to mount inside your Tubeless Tires.

Orange Electronic TPMS Display Mount Option

The M203 TPMS Display is easily installed on your dash, fairing, handlebar, brake reservoir, and many other convenient locations. The sensors replace your valve stems and go inside your rim like the millions installed on today’s automobiles.

Internal mounting of the sensor keeps it protected from the elements plus gives it the unique ability to Monitor and Warn you should either Pressure or Temperature threaten your Front or Rear Tire. Those other Cap-type, screw-on sensors rely on air that must come through the Schrader valve and actually compromises the valve’s seal.

Motorcycle TPMS Sensor Installed

The Cap-types have limited space and function due to their smaller size. Smaller batteries, smaller transmitters, and they can’t accurately measure the temperatures of your tires. If you’ve ever wondered why every automobile manufacturer puts them inside the rim and not on the stem, you know it – so don’t compromise. Get one of our Orange Electronic TPMSystems for your bike

The Installation on the Super Tenere did require one small modification to the rear rim. As shown in these images, the U Shaped relief for the stock, rubber valve stem is not wide enough for our M203 Sensor’s metal valve stem. We used a small file to add a few millimeters of clearance for the lock nut and socket that we used to apply the required 35 inch pounds of tightening torque.

Yamaha Super Tenere Rear Rim Needed Modification

Yamaha Super Tenere Rear Rim Modification Completed


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Display, all you need is 12 Volts to power the Digital Display and operate the receiver. You’ll want the source to be switched so the the display monitor operates only when the ignition key is switched On or to Accessory Mode. To make those connections, you can tap in with the supplied taps or make your own “plug-n-play” connection using Hitachi connectors like the ones shown. These are available at www.vintageconnections.com and many other wiring specialty stores.

Our New M203 TPMSystem Gives You

Hitachi Connector Kits Make Plug-N-Play Easy

• Tire Pressure Readings Front and Rear Simultaneously Range 0~74 PSI, 508 kPa, 5.1 Bar (programmable PSI, kPa, Bar display and accurate to 1 PSI)

• Tire Pressure Warnings – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you Immediately if/when Pressures drop below your Preset limits

• Tire Temperature Readings Front and Rear Simultaneously (programmable F/C and accurate to within 4 Degrees)

• Tire Temperature Warning – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you Immediately if/when Temperatures exceed your Preset Limits

• Motorcycle Battery Voltage – Display Shows Motorcycle Voltage Allowing You to Check Your Bike’s Battery and Charging System’s Heath at a Glance

• Motorcycle Battery System Warning – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you immediately if/when the Bike’s Voltage drops below 11 Volts

• TPMS Sensors Voltage – Display Shows you the Voltage of Front and Rear Each Tire Sensor’s 3-Year Battery

• Safe and Secure In-Tire Sensor Mounting

• Quick, Easy Display Mounting using the Supplied 3M Velcro Pads

• 12 Months Warranty and No Fuss Replacement standard. Register on our Site and get an additional 12 Months Warranty.

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Motorcycle Tire Facts – Rubber Around The Rim

Tires. Wow.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve read hundreds of pages researching tire technology and more specifically, the Laws of Physics that explain the What and the Why tires work – or don’t. This research will help prepare me for the bike shows and events that I’ll be attending this year. I enjoy talking with customers about my products and being able to give the science behind the solutions, so the research is both necessary and fun. The images were done using Paint on my laptop.

Why this Tire Stuff? It’s important. I started RRR because I wanted to make a difference – to build, sell, and market what is the best Roadside/Trailside tool roll kit available. An abbreviation for Repair, Roll (roll your tools), and Ride, RRR Tool Solutions still makes and distributes it’s core product – the 46 Piece Adventure Tool Roll Kit, but we’ve got a lot more. Read on and let’s get into what I know about Tire Maintenance and TPMS. When you’re done reading, have a look at our other pages, products, articles, facts, stories, and send your comments.
Car and Motorcycle Tire DifferencesWhile motorcycle tires have the same job as those on your car or truck, they do it very differently. Our motorcycles lean to turn thereby moving the center of gravity inward so the weight and inertia are transferred to the road at an angle, or “Camber Force”. Your car/truck tire supports the weight downward and the inertia to the side with “Lateral Force“. The job and method are as different as the shape of the two tires.
Motorcycle Tires Have a Larger Center Than the Sides

Rounded Shape of the Motorcycle TireThe rounded shape of the motorcycle tire serves two important functions –
First it is designed for the lean – keeping it’s contact patch and shape constant throughout changing lean angles.
Second is the movement right and left that a tire leaned over is going to give. I used one of my 170/60/17 tires to demonstrate. Measured at the very center of the tire, the measurement around this tire was 78.6″. So in one revolution, the bike would move 78.6″. Now, measured at the sides, the same tire has a measurement of 66″ -a full 12.6″ difference. Looking at the ice cream cone, we know that when rolled on a table or countertop, the cone will move sharply left or right depending on which way we roll it. Let’s get on the bike now and get it leaned sharply into a right-handed turn – the center of the tire is 78.6″ and the edge of the tire is 66″, so our entire bike is going to move right with every turn. The round shape of the motorcycle tire is what makes this side movement front and rear possible and unlike our car/truck tire that has to point and roll in the direction of the turn.

How do we insure that our tires keep their shape?

Correct Tire Pressure. How do we monitor and assure ourselves that our tires can do their job? TPMS

This roundness is great, right? Well for turning, Yes. For mileage and longevity, No. Because our motorcycle tire is rounded, the amount of tire in contact with the road is relatively small when going straight as compared to a car/truck tire of the same total width.
Ok, so we learned why the shapes are different and now realize that the smaller running surface of the motorcycle tire is why our mileage is less. It doesn’t stop here though. The rubber compounds used in motorcycle tires are often much softer/stickier than those of cars/trucks. Softer/stickier tires raise the coefficient of drag by increasing the amount of surface contact. They do this by deforming to the road surface irregularities easier, faster, and with less force required than harder rubber. The downside is that softer rubber tears and shreds itself away as it moves across those road surfaces. The more friction, the more tearing and shredding of the rubber.

Heat and Soft Rubber also have a direct relationship. Cold rubber will be harder, less sticky, and less willing to conform to the road surface irregularities thus less grip. Hot rubber is too soft and looses it’s ability to hold onto road surfaces as it should and must do. Tire Flex is the major source of heat in a tire used in normal conditions. The flexing will generate heat through the carcass movements. Tire manufacturing companies have spent years developing and testing different tire compounds and construction methods. These tires are made and designed to work at very precise pressures.

What can we do to check and maintain our tires?

TPMS. How do we monitor our pressure and tire temperatures? TPMS

Rubber is an organic substance so a tire starts decomposing the day it’s made. Time, Sunlight, and Heat all take their toll on our tires. Whether they’re on the motorcycle or in storage, the moisture naturally present in the rubber when new out-gases and the tire turns drier, harder, and closer to compost every day. As they dry and age, tires become brittle and less able to handle the stresses of flexing and use. Be aware of this and look at the dates carefully before you jump on that great close-out pricing. Fresh Rubber, proper sizing, and proper inflation are key to safely enjoying our sport.

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Honda Gold Wing TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System Installation

TPMS Installed On Our Gold Wing

We install our new Motorcycle TPMS on a Honda Gold Wing. Come follow us along as we add this important, convenient, and informative safety system to this owner’s ultimate Touring Bike, the Honda Gold Wing. Our Orange-Electronic M203 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) is an essential tool that should be a part of every motorcycle’s On-board Information System. These are designed to mount inside your Tubeless Tires.

Installed TPMS Sensor

TPMS Sensor Installed


The M203 TPMS Display is easily installed on your dash, fairing, handlebar, brake reservoir, and many other convenient locations. The sensors replace your valve stems and go inside your rim like the millions installed on today’s automobiles.

TPMS Sender Sensor Installed In Our Gold Wing Rear

This keeps the sensor inside and protected from the elements plus gives it the unique ability to Monitor and Warn you should either Pressure or Temperature threaten your Front or Rear Tires. Those other Cap-type, screw-on sensors rely on air that must come through the Schrader valve and actually compromises the valve’s seal. The Cap-types have much smaller batteries, smaller transmitters, and they can’t accurately measure the temperatures of your tires. You know why every automobile manufacturer puts them inside the rim and not on the stem so don’t compromise. Get one of our TPM Systems today.

Factory Accessory Connector on the Holda Gold Wing


The Gold Wing’s factory accessory harness is just below the left glove box. The box liner is held in place by plastic, reusable rivets and easily removed to reveal the rubber boot and the Red male Hitachi connector. The Green/Black wire is POS 12V and the solid Green is NEG/Ground. This is a Switched 12V source which is necessary so the system comes on every time the key is on. Hitachi connectors like the ones shown are available at www.vintageconnections.com and many other wiring specialty stores. Here you see that we installed a female Hitachi connector to power the unit for a plug-n-play feed. Simply pull the factory rubber boot down over the connectors and you have the same water resistant wiring the factory intended.

Hitachi Connector Kits Make Plug-N-Play Easy


This owner wanted the display located just above his left vent. With the Gold Wing, you’ve got dozens of great locations to install one on your bike. There is no drilling and the display uses the highest quality 3M Velcro pads to locate your display in your preferred location.

Our New M203 TPMSystem Gives You
• Tire Pressure Readings Front and Rear Simultaneously Range 0~74 PSI, 508 kPa, 5.1 Bar (programmable PSI, kPa, Bar display and accurate to 1 PSI)
• Tire Pressure Warnings – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you Immediately if/when Pressures drop below your Preset limits
• Tire Temperature Readings Front and Rear Simultaneously (programmable F/C and accurate to within 4 Degrees)
• Tire Temperature Warning – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you Immediately if/when Temperatures exceed your Preset Limits
• Motorcycle Battery Voltage – Display Shows Motorcycle Voltage Allowing You to Check Your Bike’s Battery and Charging System’s Heath at a Glance
• Motorcycle Battery System Warning – Display Screen turns Red to Alert you immediately if/when the Bike’s Voltage drops below 11 Volts
• TPMS Sensors Voltage – Display Shows you the Voltage of Front and Rear Each Tire Sensor’s 3-Year Battery
• Safe and Secure In-Tire Sensor Mounting
• Quick, Easy Display Mounting using the Supplied Velcro or 3M Extreme Environment Double Sided Tape
• 12 Months Warranty and No Fuss Replacement standard. Register on our Site and get an additional 12 Months Warranty.

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Quality 2nd To None. This is Our Valve Stem and Cap


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Motorcycle TPMS Tire Pressure Monitor System – What and Why

Ready To Ride

It’s Simple. We love riding motorcycles.;
While we don’t talk about or say the word Safety very often, our constant efforts towards maintenance, carefully selection of gear, and focused attention to riding conditions are done so that we can and do have a safe ride. Tire pressure and tire temperature are just as important to tire condition as thread. We all need a reliable TPMS / Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
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Motorcycle Camping and Travel Preparation

Touring On Motorcycles

The Rules of Motorcycle Travel defy the old saying “You Can’t Take It With You”. At RRR, we specialize in the design, manufacture, and packaging of Motorcycle Tools and Motorcycle Tool Kits specifically for those dreaded roadside and trailside breakdowns. Our Axle Nut Socket Set, Motorcycle Axle Drivers, and Motorcycle Tool Roll Kits are essential for repairs, adjustments, and recovery steps to get you back on your route.
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Motorcycle Brakes Understanding Disc and Drum Performance


Dual Disc From 1985 Kawasaki GPZ750E

1985 Kawasaki GPZ750E Turbo Featured Dual Disc and Anti-Dive Technology

Motorcycle Brakes are the 2nd most important control system that we have on a bike. Second only to our Tires, Braking Performance can make riding a blast and in the extreme – be the difference between Life and Death. Sure, we’ve all seen the “Speedway Bikes” running in circles at full lock without any brakes (those guys are crazy!), but our real-world experiences have us wanting and needing great performing brake systems. Let’s talk through the science of those Brake Systems so we understand what’s going on a little better.
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Adjustable Handlebar Riser System


Handlebar Adjustable Riser System

The RRR Adjustable Handlebar Riser System Is Here!

We’re bringing you an innovative solution to handlebar adjustments that allow you to change your bike’s riding attitude in just seconds. Down for Highway, Up for Off-Roading. Riding any motorcycle for several hours a day is challenging, but doing it on a Dual Sport while sliding in the mud, soft sand, and rutted fire roads takes that challenge to new levels. Do it for more than one day and each day’s discomfort is compounded by the previous day’s residual aches and pains.
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Motorcycle Tools for Roadside Repairs


RRR Tool Solutions Motorcycle Tool Roll Kit

There are many reasons why the RRR Tool Solutions 46 Piece Adventure Tool Roll Kit is the best you can buy. Let us explain –

First, our tools are made to fit Metric Motorcycles, ATV’s and Snowmobiles. Second, they are the most complete assortment of tools that you’ll need for your Roadside or Trailside Repairs. Third, they are compact and all fit into our exclusive RRR Tool Solutions Textile Tool Roll. The tools are made for the Roll, the Roll is made for the tools. We added two additional slots and a zippered pocket into our roll for those favorite items that you might want to add.
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Gasoline Facts About Using and Storing Gasoline – Ethanol Blends

Ethanol and Gasoline Blends are Everywhere

Gasoline / Ethanol Blends Are Everywhere

I have a thing for motorized machines. 99% of my toys and recreational equipment has a Gasoline Engine bolted onto or inside! Whether it’s a boat, motorcycle, ATV, truck, or car – I’m hooked on the combustion process and have been for 5 decades. I recently did research into some of the problems that I and others were having with Gasoline Use and Storage. My goal was to find a way to Live with Ethanol. I can’t stop it, I only hope that I can continue to find outlets for Non-Ethanol Gasoline, but I fear the day will come when Gasoline/Ethanol Blends are the Only choice.

Let me share some of what I learned to help us understand what and how we can Live with the Blend. As the advertising director of a national magazine, I was able to interview and make exchanges with the Technical Management of two of the largest suppliers of Fuel Conditioners. With their help, I had a much better understanding of the problem and the survival.
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