Tyler Gagnon

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Why Bigger Air-Cooled Engines Become Harder To Cool

We’ve seen steady growth in displacement of traditional air-cooled engines from makers such as BMW and Harley-Davidson. With that growth has come a …

(Almost) Everything You Need To Know About Motorcycle Tire Pressures

Tires for road and other high-speed vehicles are inflated with air because of one basic fact about rubber: Flexing it generates heat, and the more …

McLaren fires up new Renault engine for the first time

McLaren's new partnership with Renault is officially underway after the team fired up its French engine for the first time at its factory in …

Roman Roads

The long straight roads built by the Romans wherever they conquered have, in many cases, become just as famous names in history as their greatest …

Ancient History

Will Breakthroughs In Motorcycling Occur Because We Want Them To?

The prediction of rapid change soon to come can create a buzz of expectation that outruns what is actually happening. I remember this well from the …

Natural Gas

Dig team stumble across thousands of pristine artefacts at ancient Vindolanda garrison site in Northumberland<p>Archaeologists are likening the discovery to winning the lottery. A Roman cavalry barracks has been unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall, complete with extraordinary military and personal …

Archaeology

Motorcycles And Motorcycle Racing In A College Town In 1966

How does a sleepy college town become cool? For that matter, what is cool? Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts had been, just a short time …

What Are Vitrified Motorcycle Brake Pads?

The first reference I found to brake pad vitrification related to World Superbike racing, in which metal rather than carbon discs are required by …

Remembering The Good Old Days Of Doing The Right Thing In Motorcycle Shops

Our dealership opened April Fool’s Day, 1969, with two brands, Kawasaki and Triumph. Triumph was still referred-to by its location as "Meriden," not …

Learning About Motorcycle Brakes

Not knowing any better, in the early spring of 1972 I put the 250mm Fontana four-shoe drum brake from our 500cc <b>Kawasaki</b> H1R on the front of our …

Race Bike, Street Bike

Long-serving Mercedes race team manager Alfred Neubauer in the 1950s wrote that Grand Prix cars had become so very different from production …

FAMILIAR OBJECTS: The Ball Bearing

When I was a small boy and first had a ball bearing in my hands, I was defeated by its method of assembly. How did they do it? I finally had to …

Process of Refinement

In the Imola paddock, 1978, Bud Aksland said to me, “I want you to see this. I’m taking one of Kenny’s Monoshocks apart.” Kenny Roberts was in …

What is Octane?

Octane, like the word fragment “turbo,” is frequently used to imply something especially powerful or impressive. But what is octane?<p>Octane is a …

Looking For Electricity Info

Back when I was in my wide-eyed twenties I read an exciting book about technology, and in it was a section devoted to electricity production. It …

Cooling the “Authentic” Way

At the moment, old is good. Old is authentic. Modern water-cooled stuff is plastic and marketing hype. Get with what’s true and pure. Pass me that …

Why Some Engines Smoke and Some Don’t

One of my favorite things to do is roll along in my little car, sipping coffee. A week ago I did just that to arrive at Thompson Speedway in …

Abstract Motorcycles

When, one fine day in 1976, we took our two KR-750 roadracers to beautiful New England Dragway, Dave Peters was able to make 10-second runs on them. …

Two-Strokes Live On

During the 1970s some motorcyclists wanted to make a moral issue of how many piston strokes an engine needed to complete its power-producing …

When in Doubt, Use Common Sense

Drag racing measures your work by giving you a time slip. As you learn to make your bike work better and ride it more effectively, the time slips …

Motorcycle Custom-Building Gone Wrong

One day in the fall of 1970 a “get-running” repair order dropped into the box in our shop. One of the mechanics picked it up and stepped out to the …

What Motorcycles Have to Teach Us

In 1942 George W. Patchett designed the 9mm Sterling sub-machine gun, whose developed design replaced Britain’s crude-but-effective Sten (4.6 million …

Motorcycles

Small But Frequent Changes Add Up To Quicker Maneuverability

One of my sons just bought a 35-year-old <b>Honda</b> CB900F and got it running by the predictable means – clean carburetors, a starter that engages when …

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