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Motorcycle Troubleshooting Tactics: What To Do When Your Bike Won’t Start...

You step outside into the warm sun, and you’re all geared up and ready to feel the wind on your face. You sit on your bike and adjust your weight until you are comfortable and balanced. Then, you hit the switch, but nothing happens. Your motorcycle won’t start. As your heart sinks in anticipation of not being able to hit the road on your bike, you start wondering if the problem is something you can quickly and easily fix yourself. There is a good chance you can still salvage the day when you follow these troubleshooting tactics: 1. Verify The Starting Drill Without trying to sound condescending, the first thing you should do is make sure you followed the right procedure to start the engine. Every motorcycle has its own starting drill. Sometimes you have to hold the clutch in, whether the bike is in gear or not. Some bikes need to be in neutral when their engines are turned on. So the first thing you should do is dig out your motorcycle’s owner manual and make sure you are doing the right things in the proper order to start the bike successfully. If this isn’t the problem, keep reading. 2. Check The Battery One of the most common reasons why a motorcycle won’t start is that it has a bum battery or something is preventing the battery from doing its job. Look for dim lights, slow or no starter activity, and a weak horn. These are all signs of a dead or low battery. If this seems to be the problem, you’ll need to recharge or replace the battery on your machine or bring it to a motorcycle repair shop for them to do it for you. Also look at the battery connections. A terminal could be loose or corroded. If this is the case, a good cleaning and/or tightening is all you need to do to get your bike running again. After you clean and/or tighten the terminals, grab a voltmeter to read the battery terminals. If it reads less than 12.5 volts without any load, or 10.5 volts with the lights on, you’ll need to recharge the battery. You can recharge your battery by jump-starting your bike from a buddy’s bike or your car. 3. Examine The Trouble Spots If the motorcycle’s battery is in good order, then you may be looking at an issue with one of several common motorcycle trouble spots. These include: Malfunctioning clutch/starter interlock switch – Take it to the professionals for repair. Blown fuse – Replace it with a new fuse of the...

5 Ways To Choose Motocross Boot Designs For A Gift

Motocross boots are great for riding dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles. These boots are durable, offer easy control, and can last for many years. Whether you’re shopping for Gaerne boots or something similar, you have a lot of options to choose from. Instead of just purchasing a gift card, you can make the present special by giving them the boots in person with an order you made yourself. To keep it a surprise, there are five different ways you can order boot styles and designs. The ultimate choice you make will depend on the person you are purchasing for. Basic Colors When browsing through boots for sale, there are two basic colors you can purchase: black and white. These colors are easy to match gear with, universally popular, and can be personalized a number of different ways. One of the easiest ways to offer personalization with the boot is by purchasing decals to go with it. Decals look great on black or white motocross boots. These decals can reflect a variety of companies that the rider uses. Additional decal options include themes like superheroes. For example, a black boot with a yellow Batman decal would turn the boot into a great Batman dedication. The decals can be placed on the boots before you gift them or just as a side accessory. Custom Boots If you have a specific boot in mind, you can easily create that by compiling an order for a custom boot. By purchasing a variety of accessories, you have the ability to create all types of design and color combinations. Boot Straps: Order replacement boot straps in a variety of colors to match the color you are looking for. These straps can easily be installed on the boot before you give the gift. Boot Buckles: Along with the strap, a buckle can be purchased in a matching color or contrasting color. Sports Colors If the person you are buying boots for has a favorite sports team, then you can represent that team with the boots that you purchase. A wide range of colors are available for motocross boots, so it’s easy to find a pair that matches a team. Follow team color guides to select the appropriate colors from multiple leagues including the NHL, NFL, and MLB. Team decals can also be purchased so the rider can enhance their boots even more. Vehicle Colors A lot of motocross riders like to match their gear with the equipment that they ride. Use the colors of their dirt bike or ATV to find a matching pair...