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Inaugural Kentucky Kick Down Rumbles to Life

Vintage and custom bike shows can be must-do events for motorcycle enthusiasts. Shows like Mods vs Rockers Chicago and Rockerbox in Milwaukee regularly draw thousands of riders and their bikes to join in the fun. Unfortunately, CheapCycleParts.com’s hometown of Louisville, KY hasn’t had a major bike show like this to call their own…until now.

 


The first edition of the Kentucky Kick Down vintage motorcycle show roared to life on Saturday, September 14, pulling in vintage and Kentucky Kick Down bike enthusiasts, vendors and media from around the region and the country. With sunny skies and temps in the low 70’s, nearly a thousand attendees and their bikes rolled in to check out the Kick Down, where over one hundred bikes from local and regional owners were entered for judging in various custom and vintage categories.  The winners went home with some sick custom trophies and lots of swag from show sponsors.

 


But the Kick Down had more than just bikes. Tasty grub was provided by local food trucks Lil’ Cheezers, Holy Mole and French Indo-Canada. Host bars The Barret Bar and Monkey Wrench not only kept the refreshments flowing, they also featured motorcycle-themed art shows, a pool tourney and absolutely killer music from Louisville's seriously talented local bands. Show sponsors, including CCP, showed their love with prizes and goodies for the crowd, making sure everyone went home happy. All in all, the inaugural Kentucky Kick Down couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
So while this may have been the first year for the Kentucky Kick Down, considering its success, it certainly won’t be the last. We at CCP can’t wait until next year. See you at Kick Down 2014!

 











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How to: Install Vance & Hines Dresser Duals Exhaust on a 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King

Part of the fun of owning a cruiser, and especially a Harley, is dressing it up. Whether you go for chromed bling or blacked-out beauty, cruisers make as an excellent platform for custom accessories. For this How-To video, we looked to replace a cracked OEM exhaust system on a 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King with a shiny new set of Vance & Hines killer Dresser Duals headers. Check it out…



To get started, we removed the factory mufflers (a little Bel-Ray 6-In-1 Lubricant was needed here to pry the mufflers from their header pipes). Once the various heat shields were removed, we were able to remove the stock headers. Now we were ready to mount up the new pipes.

A few things to note first: This particular model of Harley does not run O2 sensors, a plug kit from Biker’s Choice was needed to make sure everything was buttoned up properly once mounted. Also, the Vance & Hines system does not come supplied with exhaust collars, so you’ll need to re-use the ones from your OEM pipes. Finally, as with most header installations, the stock exhaust gaskets were toast, so we ordered replacements to do the job right. Moving on…

Once we mounted up the OEM collars to the new headers, we moved on to replacing the rear mounting bracket with the replacement unit supplied by Vance & Hines. Next up, ensure that the barrel clamp and heat shield are mounted onto the rear header. Once ready, the new headers are ready for installation. Finish up this portion of the job by installing the front header heat shield.

Moving to the back of the bike, we installed the new t-clamps onto the mufflers and mounted them both onto the new header pipes. Once everything is mounted up and torqued down, we removed the protective film and got busy shining it all up, making sure to remove any marks our grease-monkey paws had left during the install.

The end result gave a bike that looked, and sounded, just a like a Harley-Davidson should. We’re definitely pleased with the finished product.



 



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At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



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How to: Install A Front Sprocket on a Kawasaki ZX-14R

Want a “faster” bike without spending a ton of money? Hands down, the easiest and most cost-efficient way to a quicker accelerating motorcycle is to adjust your final drive gearing. By adding a smaller front sprocket or a larger rear sprocket to your bike’s final drive ratio, you can essentially “tune” the bike’s power band to be more accessible at lower RPM levels. Sure, you’re giving up some top speed, but how often do you really hit the rev limiter in top gear?



Take, for example, our test mule: the mighty Kawasaki ZX-14R. With a top speed easily north of 180mph, it’s safe to say riders of this beast can’t legally access its upper limits on any public road in the good ol’ U.S. of A. So why not add a little more grunt to the biggest Ninja’s already prodigious bottom end? Why not, indeed.

For this How-To installment, we’ll be dropping a one-tooth smaller JT front sprocket onto the 14’s final drive. To get started, we’ll remove the lower fairing to gain access to the sprocket cover and other bits packed around it. Next up, we’ll move to the side the clutch slave cylinder (careful moving this to avoid any kinks in your cables), the Ninja’s speed sensor and the primary sprocket cover.

Once the workspace is opened up, mounting the new sprocket was a simple affair. First, you’ll remove the sprocket nut and lock washer (be sure to get a have a new replacement washer ready for remounting, as these washers need to be bent upon mounting). Once the nut and washer up are removed, loosen the rear axle nut so you can move wheel forward, loosening the chain enough to move it off of the sprockets. With the chain tension removed, simply remove the chain fully from the front sprocket and ease the sprocket off of its shaft.

Installation of the new sprocket is equally simple. Just follow everything up this point in reverse. Mount up the new sprocket on the drive shaft (make sure to mount the sprocket numbers-side out), remount your chain to both front and rear sprockets, then get some tension back on the chain by backing out the rear wheel chain blocks. Before tightening the rear axle nut back down, be sure to line up the swingarm wheel marks to ensure proper rear wheel alignment. Tighten up both front and rear sprockets to spec, and bend the front locking washer to hold the sprocket in place. Finish things up by remounting the sprocket cover, speed sensor, clutch slave cylinder and lower fairing. All done!

Once mounted, we were curious about the Ninja’s newly altered power curve. TO see how much effect the smaller front sprocket had made, we headed down to the CCPowersports Louisville location for a quick spin on the dyno. Much to the delight of our power-addled brains, we found a jump of 5-15 usable horsepower between 40-100mph. The trade-off? A loss of around 10mph on the top end. A fair trade, we thinks.



 



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At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



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ATV & UTV Storage and Hunting

It’s still hot outside and Fall seems so far away but deer season will be here before you know it. If your ATV or UTV is ridden year round it should be fine with an oil change and a quick inspection. If you only use your ATV or UTV for hunting season you might want to drag it out of the garage, knock off the cobwebs, and give it a once over now so you don’t have to rush at this last minute.



There are few things that ruin a vehicle faster than long periods of unattended storage. Batteries go dead, tires dry rot & go flat, and gas turns into carb clogging molasses. The storage war can be won using a few inexpensive products and a little attention while while your deer hauler is in hibernation.

To keep the battery alive you can use a Battery Tender. They make a few models for single and multi vehicle charging and provide cheap insurance for those expensive batteries.

 



 

When tires go flat during storage the sidewalls are creased and cause the tire to split and crack prematurely. This can be prevented by checking the tires weekly using a low pressure tire gauge (0-20 psi) and adding a little air when necessary.

 



 

Every year we sell countless carburetors and carb rebuild kits for bikes that have been stored only a few months. Today's gasoline has a very short shelf life and when it starts to varnish it can wreak havoc on your fuel system clogging jets, and small carb passages. To combat this you can use a few different fuel treatments like Star Tron or Sta-Bil which prevents sludge build up and removes water that causes corrosion.



For Riders. By Riders


At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



If there's a product you’d like to see us review or if you have a Cheap Tip of your own, contact us on our Facebook page or shoot us an email at social@cheapcycleparts.com and let us know!





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Red Light Blues? Try the Green Light Trigger!

We’ve all been there. You’re stuck at an intersection waiting through traffic lights because your bike is too light to trip the sensor. Unless you live in a state that allows motorcycles to run a red light, you can waste valuable riding time waiting for a cager to come to the rescue and trip the sensor.

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What if there was a way to make the light sensors think that your bike is an SUV? Good news…there is! The folks at Green Light Trigger have developed the cager and cager, which provide an inexpensive and easy-to-install answers to the red light blues.

The installation is a breeze and requires no wiring; just attach it to the lowest portion of the frame using the supplied cager or double side adhesive. The unit fools the red light sensor by creating a magnetic field that simulates the presence of a large car or SUV. Being compact and universal the cager also works on cager, bicycles, mopeds and lightweight micro-cars.

Every once in a while we run into a “Why Didn’t We Think Of This?” products. This is definitely one of those times. The cager is cheap, effective and legal, making it a no-brainer for any in-town riders.



For Riders. By Riders


At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



If there's a product you’d like to see us review or if you have a Cheap Tip of your own, contact us on our Facebook page or shoot us an email at social@cheapcycleparts.com and let us know!





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How-To: Install A Brake Light Switch on a Honda CRF230

Today’s How-To finds us with a sweet Honda CRF230f that’s been fitted for street-legal dual sport duty. Problem is, its owner just discovered that it has a faulty brake light switch. No problem! Installing a universal brake switch is easy for even novice garage mechanics. Here’s how you do it:


First up, as always, is prepping the bike to gain needed access. For this job, that entails removing select body panels, the seat and the tank. Trust us, though. This sounds much worse than it is. The whole tear-down took less than 10 minutes.

The switch we’re using here is a Drag Specialties Universal Brake Light Switch. It’s a super simple, easy-to-install item that will add brake light functionality to nearly any bike. Oh, and it’s really affordable, too. What’s not to like?

With everything out of the way, the next step is to choose proper routing for the switch wiring. For this particular install, we’ll be connecting both the front and the rear brakes to the switch. This is accomplished by splicing the front brake line into the rear brake-mounted switch. At this point, it’s a good idea to check your switch-to-battery wiring with a multimeter to make sure you’re wiring is good.

Once you have your wires routed and secured, connect the wires to the switch, completing the circuit. Believe it or not, that’s it. We’re done. It’s always a good idea to test your handiwork before reinstalling all bodywork, just to be sure everything is tip top and the switch is activiating the brake light. If so, get it buttoned up and go show off that dual sport…legally!





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At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



If there's a product you’d like to see us review or if you have a Cheap Tip of your own, contact us on our Facebook page or shoot us an email at social@cheapcycleparts.com and let us know!





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Tested: Burly MX Style Footpegs

Customizing a bike to reflect your personal style plays a huge role in the appeal of motorcycling. Your bike is a testament to your particular riding style and creativity. Some upgrades are purely cosmetic, while others are purely functional. It’s great when your aesthetic upgrades also happen to provide an additional function you never realized your bike was missing. Case in point: these Burly MX Styled Footpegs.



The Burly pegs are a throwback to the 70’s era motocross bear trap style pegs, constructed from steel, with adjustable angle mounts and a hidden bottle opener on the bottom. Wait….what? Yep. A bottle opener is built right into peg. Ok, you may be thinking the same thing as me: “I don’t want to open my drink with the same footpeg my dirty boots just spent the last 500 miles on.” And the reality is most drinks have twist tops, so this feature will probably rarely get any use. But, the cool factor is still there. I guarantee you anyone rockin these pegs will mention the bottle opener at every bike night they attend.

Beyond the hidden bottle opener, the Burly pegs offer a wider, more stable platform for much improved bike control. And mounting is easy. Overall, a terrific addition to your off road mount. I also find that telling the wife I bought a bottle opener goes a bit smoother than telling her I bought a new part for my bike.

 



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At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



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Get A Grip on Aftermarket Levers

It’s the little improvements you make to your bike that can make the biggest difference to your riding enjoyment. Take your brake and clutch levers. These two parts probably get used more than any other component, but too few riders realize how much better aftermarket levers can be than the stock units. The feel, adjust-ability and protection they provide are beneficial to every ride.



To be fair, adjustable levers are already common on most of today’s sportbikes. These stock levers usually have a cam-style adjuster that allows the rider to make incremental changes to the lever’s angle. The problem is they are hard to adjust on the fly. To fix this, many aftermarket companies like CRG, Gilles, Vortex and Yana Shiki have adopted a lever or wheel-style adjuster to make adjustments more convenient.

Even more annoyingly, most stock-style adjusters require you to push the lever forward in order to change position, making it nearly impossible to do while operating the bike. The aftermarket lever and wheel-style adjusters allow the rider to make changes with one hand. These adjustments are important to counteract the effects of brake fade during aggressive riding. If a rider does not have the ability increase the angle of the lever, full braking power would not be accessible when the brakes are hot as the lever will bottom out against the handlebar.

Many aftermarket levers also have a folding feature that greatly reduces the chance of breakage during a spill, something that would normally put an instant end to your track day. Some companies also offer levers in different lengths, bends and colors to match your bike and preference. If you are looking for your next upgrade, keep a set of adjustable levers in mind. They are loaded with benefits that can make riding safer and add a bit of bling factor in the process.

 



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At CheapCycleParts.com we strive to bring you cheap prices on all the motorcycle parts, ATV parts, UTV parts, OEM parts, aftermarket parts, riding gear, and apparel you need to keep you and your bike looking and riding like new. Anybody can offer cheap prices on parts but CheapCycleparts.com is a true One-Stop Shop covering all your powersports needs.





  • We are riders and we use the products we sell and we know what works (and what doesn't)

  • We have product review videos and a top-flight customer service staff to help you select the right part the first time.

  • Product install videos to use as a reference when installing your new parts.

  • Cheap Tips to keep your ride running smooth and money in your pocket.

  • A blog that covers the gambit of all things powersports including product reviews, installs, cheap tips, Motorcycle and ATV related news and ride/race reports.



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Product Review: CrampBuster Cruise Assist Throttle Grips

As much as we love riding, we can’t ignore some of motorcycling’s inherent limitations. One perfect example is cruise control. While some high-end touring bikes come standard with this feature, most bikes don't have any way to comfortably and safely rest your throttle hand during long freeway drones. Thankfully, the aftermarket has produced various add-ons that help the dreaded throttle hand cramps we’ve all experienced.



One of the cheapest and easiest ways to add throttle hand comfort to your bike is with a CrampBuster Throttle Grip. While definitely not a new product (these have been around for years), its popularity with long-distance riders is a testament to just how effective it is.

Available in either standard or oversized versions, the CrampBuster is insanely easy to install. It actually took me longer to write this sentence than it did to add the CrampBuster to our Suzuki V-Strom. Simply slide the clamp end around your throttle grip at the desired location, then rotate upwards to get to your ideal palm height. Done. That’s it.

So how does it work? Pretty darn well, actually, considering its cost and ease of installation. During longer rides, the CrampBuster provided a stable platform to rest my palm while letting my throttle hand digits take a breather. Maintaining steady throttle was easily done, as well. We did test both the oversized and standard widths, and have to admit that we preferred the standard size. It allows for easier placement and isn’t as obtrusive during every day riding.

Overall, we’re impressed with this simple and effective piece of kit. It adds a much-needed benefit when tackling longer rides, and doesn’t drain your wallet in the process. The best part? Because it’s so easily removable, it can quickly be added to any bike in your stable. Very cool.

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How-To: Install a Throttle Governor on a Honda CRF70

Riding dirt bikes is great, but riding dirt bikes with your kids is even better. It’s a terrific way to get outdoors and share a mutual activity with your little bundles of energy. That’s not to say you should just throw your kids onto their first dirt bike without a little training first. Teaching them their way around the bike, the balance required and the patience to get back up when they fall down is all part of the learning, and teaching, process. And that process can go a lot smoother when you limit the speed of the bike they’re riding.



For this CheapCycleParts.com How-To, we’re going to install a cheap but effective throttle governor on a Honda CRF70 (the same process can be copied on many makes and models). To do this, we’ll be installing a small section of fuel hose onto the throttle slide, thereby limiting its movement. It’s an easy, cheap and effective way to keep your kids safe and under control when learning to ride.

And when we say this job is easy, we mean it. First, start by opening the carb up at the throttle cable entry. Once inside, simply remove the throttle spring and install a small length of appropriately sized tubing over the cable, ahead of the spring, to limit the movement of the cable when throttle is applied at the grip.

Once the tubing is in place, test the throttle movement to see if you have the desired limitation. If it’s too little, try a slightly longer piece of tubing. If it’s too much, try a shorter tube. Once you have the throttle limitation you were looking for, simply button everything back up and you’re done. You can now relax knowing that your kid’s ride will only go as fast as you wanted it to.

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