Episode 17: Valve Adjustments


Episode 17: Valve Adjustments

Let’s talk about valves. Well, listen to the start of the episode…not valves exactly, but valve adjustments! This is a critical maintenance item that often gets overlooked or put off, because you don’t know how to do it. To a newer rider/home mechanic, valves and valve adjustments can often seem like black magic.  However, it just takes a little bit of understanding how the system works, and why they need adjustment to get up the courage to attack this job yourself.  Make sure to listen all the way through, and refer to this post for the examples we mention.  I’ll post all our notes from the episode, so you can easily follow along.

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Episode 16: All About Triumphs

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Episode 16: All About Triumphs

NOTE: Massive apology to Trophy Motorcycles in San Diego about the confusion caused in this episode. This episode now has a section edited out consisting of a rant by Evan (after a few beers) about a bad experience years ago at a local shop, mistaking their name with the amazing Trophy Motorcycles.  Evan & Motorbike Mondays has nothing but  great things to say about Trophy, and highly recommend them. The original comments have been removed from the episode, as they are really irrelevant to the Triumph discussion at hand. Sorry guys, it can be very easy to say dumb things with a microphone in your face, please accept this humble apology!

Hey MM’ers, whats going on!? We’ve got an awesome episode for you this week.  You all know we normally focus on Japanese bikes. We figured it was time to get some details on Triumphs, so we invited some friends over to help.  Episode 16 features Jon & Dom from Close Fabrication.  Both guys have extensive knowledge of vintage Triumphs, and we go into some detail learning about the models, engines, frames and more. If you’ve been looking to learn more about Triumphs, you don’t want to miss this episode!  Post up any comments or questions you have about Triumphs here and we will have Jon & Dom answer them for you.

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Carrizo Gorge Railway – Goat Canyon Trestle – KLR Ride


Carrizo Gorge Railway ride to Goat Canyon Trestle on KLR650’s

Check out my brother Ian’s detailed Ride Report on ADVrider here:


Hey guys! I figured I’d post up some pics and info on an amazing ride I did last weekend. After hearing about the old Carrizo Gorge Railway, and the massive wooden Goat Canyon Trestle out in Anza Borrego desert recently, my twin brother Ian (guest on Episode #15: Regular Maintenance, and author of Tech & Tonic) decided to check it out.  Being a freeway & dirt ride, we took our Kawasaki KLR650’s. Best bikes for this kind of stuff. Anyways, I won’t go into too much history, but the old Carrizo Gorge Railway is now mostly abandoned I guess, and is an awesome rail line running from San Diego to Plaster City/Ocotillo I guess.

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Evan’s 1975 Yamaha RS100 Project

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Evan’s 1975 Yamaha RS100 Project

Hi guys, Evan here.  If you haven’t noticed, I’m a bad writer. Horrible really. I’m an Engineer, and I’m very good at technical writing, instructions, etc. However, I’m embarrassingly bad at writing anything else, especially my own commentary on things. At least it feels that way. Anyways, I’m going to give it a try, and attempt to blog on here my low budget 1975 Yamaha RS100 project.  This will mostly be me rambling and making notes on what I’m doing, so don’t expect anything impressive. However, the pictures should be interesting!  Lets start off with some pics of the bike as I found her:

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How to build a Cafe Racer Guide PDF by Jim March


MM listener Roberto sent us an email with this really interesting PDF file “How to build a Cafe Racer” guide. I’ve looked through it and it’s pretty interesting. I figured I’d post it up here. Take a look through it and let us know what you think? Good ideas? Ridiculous? Let’s talk.


Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: Ryca Motors CS-1


Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: Ryca Motors CS-1

OK we’ve got an interesting one here. Maybe you’ve never heard of Ryca Motors, or their cafe racer kits. The CS-1 is the Ryca Cafe Racer kit. It’s built off of a Suzuki Savage 650cc bike. You used to be able to pick these up fairly cheap, but I don’t see the Savages for sale very often any more.  It’s a $1000 bike in running condition. The Ryca CS-1 kit is $2750.  Overall, you end up with a pretty cool package and a nice looking cafe style bike. However, is it worth $5500?  Here is the sellers info, and you can see the ad here:

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Episode 13: How Carburetors Work

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Episode 13: How Carburetors Work

Yo! We’re back with Episode 13, all about how carburetors work.   This is part one of our series on carburetors. Once you know how they work, we can get into tuning them to get your bike running properly and at peak performance. Now, while we all understand the basics of carbs, we’re not carburetor scientists.  Hopefully listening to this podcast will bring you much closer to understanding them, or at least getting the courage up to take yours apart. After you can recognize each of the basic pieces on all carbs, you can take apart/clean and inspect pretty much any of them.  Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions!

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