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Classic Motorcycle Resources

There's a great satisfaction from keeping an old motorcycle from becoming a parts donor, or worse (scrap metal). Bringing a dead machine back to life is a feeling like no other.

Read: Motorcycle Project Choices

Triumph Trident Build

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AGM batteries are sealed, spill-free, and maintenance-free. They have a much lower discharge rate than a conventional battery, making them a great choice for motorcycles that are not ridden every day.

AGM battery for motorcycle

Read: AGM Motorcycle Battery Review


A few years back, I bought a cheap aftermarket motorcycle tank. I primed it and painted it, mounted it to the bike, filled it with gas, and it leaked out the bottom. So now I check new tanks for leaks before painting and installing.

prep motorcycle gas tank

Read: Prep Motorcycle Gas Tank


We all know that one front caliper with one big rotor will out-brake two front calipers with two small rotors. But back in the seventies, they were the best brakes Harley had, and they sure looked cool.

Harley Cafe Racer with dual disc brakes

Read: Rebuild Harley Dual Calipers

This article explains how to rebuild 1977 through 1983 Harley dual front calipers.

To rebuild 1973 through 1977 Harley single front calipers click here.


When a motorcycle sits for a long time, all kinds of bad things can happen.

stuck brake piston removal

Read: Remove Stuck Brake Piston


Essential to any successful engine build are quality measuring tools, which of course include a caliper. Here's an overview of vernier, dial, and digital calipers, along with recommendations for the best digital caliper.

digital caliper for engine building

Read: Best Digital Caliper For Engine Building


Not only is fabricating your own tools fun, it saves you money.

DIY motorcycle tools

DIY Motorcycle Tools


This article shows how to build a Harley Big-Twin/Flathead engine stand.

DIY motorcycle engine stand

Read: DIY Harley Engine Stand


There are dozens of products to seal engine cases, and the ones that are sold at automotive parts stores are almost always wrong for your motorcycle.

best sealant for engine cases

Read: Anaerobic Gasket Sealer Review


Harley-Davidson Shovelhead history

Read: Kick-Starting An Old Motorcycle


There's not too many 40 year-old aluminum engine cases that don't have a stripped thread or two.

repair stripped threads in aluminum

Read: Repair Stripped Threads In Aluminum


Before I had rolling garage chair, I was kneeling or squatting to get into work position. Now I can sit and be comfortable.

rolling garage chair review

Read: Rolling Garage Chair Review


Polishing aluminum engine parts can be done by hand, but a buffing wheel is much faster.

how to polish aluminum valve covers

Read: How To Polish Aluminum Engine Parts


Classic Motorcycle Resources

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Modern motorcycle helmets are strong, lightweight, and comfortable. In the event of a crash, no matter how fast or slow you're going, a helmet may very well save your life.

best motorcycle helmet for classic bike riders

Read: Rider's Guide To Motorcycle Helmets


I've worn my Bell Qualifier DLX through five winters and five summers. Even after two-hour rides, I've found it to be comfortable.

 Bell Qualifier DLX review

Read: Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet Review


Falling off a classic bike will hurt just as bad as falling off a modern bike! When I ride with proper safety gear, I enjoy the ride better.

Read: Motorcycle Safety Gear


Motorcycle Accident Legal Help - Approximately two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles. Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles, and drivers that do not have motorcycle awareness will not be on the lookout for motorcycles. Motorcycle usage is increasing, and having motorcycle awareness can save lives.


Ride Safe - Always Look Twice


None of us have enough time or space for our garage projects, so we need to organize our work-space as effectively as possible. From making a simple workbench to utilizing high ceilings for overhead garage storage, this article covers best practices for getting more work done in your garage workshop.

set up garage workshop

Read: Set Up Garage Workshop


The best way to ensure every ride you take will be safe and enjoyable is to perform motorcycle maintenance at the recommended intervals.


MotorMouthRadio - If you like cars and like to laugh, dial in Chris and Ray's automotive talk show, live Sundays from noon to one. Listen Livestream or download the shows and listen to them anytime! (WHPC 90.3 FM Garden City, Long Island)

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MotorMouth Radio co-host Ray Guarino


Over the last few decades, vintage mini-bikes and scooters have become increasingly sought-after by both collectors and enthusiasts. If you like restoring old motorcycles, you'll love restoring on old minibike.

Read: Classic Mini-Bikes

old school minibike resources

Read: Vintage Small Engines


If you store your bike over the winter, untreated fuel may go bad in as little as six months. Longer than that, a fuel system cleaning is recommended. In order to prevent damage from corrosion and inactivity, follow these storage tips.

motorcycle cover for classic bike

Read: Motorcycle Storage Tips

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I had five plastic gas jugs in my garage and they were all different sizes and different brands. And they all leaked gas whenever I poured them. I decided to spend the money and upgrade to gas containers that don't leak.

Read: Gas Cans That Don't Leak

gas containers that don't leak

Read: Best Metal Gas Can


Getting tired of crouching down on your hands and knees while working on your classic bike? Having a motorcycle lift stand saves you time and space, and makes working on your old scoot more enjoyable.

air-powered motorcycle lift stand

Read: Best Motorcycle Lift Table