Tinker Talk

Tinker Talk – December 2019: Hack Attack 2: Shop Tricks

By Justin James Let me start this one by saying thank you to all the staff, advertisers, readers and followers of Quick Throttle. What started out as an experiment has turned into a bit of a mainstay, and here we are a couple years later putting out Tinker Talk for the 20th time! For this occasion, I feel compelled to ...

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Tinker Talk – October 2019: Tire Inspection

By Justin James Tires are one of the hardest working components on a motorcycle or any vehicle really.  Questionable tire conditions can place limits on your riding ability, experience and safety. A good tire inspection only takes a few minutes. If you are unsure of what to look for, feel free to use this edition of Tinker Talk to guide ...

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Tinker Talk – September 2019: Gimme a brake

By Justin James The moment a soccer mom all jacked up on wine and prescription meds whips into your lane is not the best time to test your brakes. A soft or spongy feel at the lever is a clear indication that your brakes will not react or grab at full power in a moment of need. Depending on the ...

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Tinker Talk: 5 and 6 Speed H-D Big Twin Clutch Adjustment

By Justin James In last month’s Tinker Talk we went over how to adjust the clutch in a 5 speed H-D Sportster. This edition will highlight the clutch adjustment process as it applies to H-D Big Twin 5 and 6 speeds that Evo, Twin Cam and Milwaukee 8 models are equipped with. Take note of the fact that Evo and ...

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Tinker Talk: Sportster Clutch Adjustment

By Justin James Riding a bike with an improperly functioning clutch can be a pain. You may have trouble shifting or experience some clutch slip or drag. This can often be caused by improper adjustment. Luckily the process to properly set it is not a very tough task. In this edition of Tinker Talk I will demonstrate how to properly ...

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Tinker Talk – June 2019: Broken Carburetor Fuel Inlet Replacement

By Justin James Nearly all OEM H-D Keihin carburetors from 1970 to 2006, and many other large bore Keihin carburetors, are equipped with a plastic/brass fuel inlet. This piece of junk will eventually leak or break. Unfortunately, many people fail when trying to repair or replace the inlet and end up replacing the entire carb. Over the years I have ...

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Tinker Talk – May 2019

By Justin James An engine’s spark plugs are a small component tasked with a big job. Being able to understand them can turn out to be useful. In this edition of Tinker Talk we will go over the basics of spark plug electrode material, heat range and inspection. Inspection: Spark plugs should be inspected at the specified service intervals or ...

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TINKER TALK: Assault On The Battery Round 2

Some of you may remember my May 2018 edition of Tinker Talk where I went over testing a motorcycle battery. While at Run-a-mucca Motorcycle & Music Festival last year I was approached by a gentleman who read that one and suggested that I also do one on battery replacement. Ask and you shall receive, my friend. Obviously, every bike is ...

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