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Using Nitrogen In Motorcycle Tires

NitrogenUsing Nitrogen in Motorcycle tires is nothing new. In fact, the practice has been around for a long time and is considered to be a better and safer alternative to using compressed air.

Nitrogen is already abundant in the air we breathe (about 78%) with Oxygen making up most of the rest (about 21%). However, there are several other components including Argon (1%) and Carbon Dioxide (.03%) and trace amounts (measured in parts per million) of others including Neon, Methane, Helium, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide, Ozone, and Xenon.

Nitrogen reduces permeation

Oxygen permeates through the rubber walls of tires 3-4 times faster than Nitrogen. The water vapor contained in air migrates through the tire wall at a rate of up to 250 times faster than Nitrogen resulting in pressure losses that can be up to 1 pound or more per month. Read more »

Economy, Politics Take Toll On Motorcycling: Events & Industry

By: Pete Crusoe

Motorcycle enthusiasts will be saying goodbye to some long-time events this year and the future of some other big events is still hanging in the balance. Read more »

The Wabasha Saga: I Wanna Ride B…. – On The Back!

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Zumbro River

Reader submitted article

I wanna ride b…. – on the back!

My buddy was confused as I shouted my blasphemous confession over the bass duet of our v-twins. My quirky follow-up was the result of my nearly running off the pavement several times. Read more »

Motorcycles, Pickup Trucks, and Flying Garbage…

By: Pete CrusoeMotorcycle Cruiser Links - Recycle Image

It was a sunny, warm, & beautiful spring day – a great day for a motorcycle ride. It was also a day that left me slightly puzzled and wondering if a pickup truck driver was being reckless or just polite. Read more »

Scooter Sales Rising With Gas Prices

By: Pete Crusoe

Vectrix Electric Scooter

While high gas prices have seriously hurt automakers, the scooter segment of the motorcycling industry, has benefited significantly.

Nationwide, scooter sales were up about 66 percent in the first half of 2008 and these machines are appealing to older riders as well with the median age of a scooter buyer rising from 26 in 1990 to 46 in 2003, according to The Motorcycle Industry Council.

Averaging between 70 and 90 miles per gallon and at today’s average price of $4.02 a gallon, gas scooters can save the average driver upwards of $65.00* a week in fuel costs. Read more »

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