About me

I am 21 years old and have been riding since age 13. I went to YTI in York Pennsylvania to take their Motorcycle Technology program. I completed the campus program and moved onto my 3 month unpaid externship at a dealership. I graduated in November of 2007. My externship turned into a Full-time job. I have been working for a little over 2 years now at that same dealership. While I don't claim to be the best or know everything, I am here to help you diagnose problems you may have with your motorcycle, atv,or scooter. I am Yamaha 5 star, bronze, and silver certified, have a diploma from YTI, and have attended various yamaha and suzuki updates and courses.
I am also an avid motorcyclist. I own a 2004 Suzuki SV1000s. Other bikes that I have owned are 1991 GSXR750, 2004 Vstar650, 1997 Kdx200, 1999 Yamaha Blaster, 1988 CR125, 1996 RT180, and a 1980 Dt175. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Best air filter cleaner and degreaser -Maxima CleanUp

Through my experiance working in a dealership I have found Maxima CleanUp to be my all time favorite cleaner and degreaser. You can use this stuff on just about anything. I always use it to clean air filters. It leaves no residue or suds like soap will. I also use it when detailing a used bike. It takes off grease and grime around chains and swingarms,motors,forks, and brake discs. Just spray it on, let it sit and spray it off with a stream of water. It costs about 8 dollars a can. I highly recommend it!!!
Here is a description I found on 
      Maxima CleanUp is a heavy duty, multi-purpose degreaser ideal for motorcycle, ATV, personal watercraft & automotive maintenance. 
  • Grease, oil, And Road Tar removal
  • Breaks down dirt
  • Pre-soak for grease/oil stains on clothing
  • Foam Air Filter Cleaner 
  • Safe For Use On Alloy Wheels, Plastic, And Fiberglass
  • Contains Rust And Corrosion Inhibitors

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flat tire today/Bad day for the bike

Riding to work this morning I ran over something. It wasn't just a nail it had something connected to it and it stayed in my tire for a while. It tore up my tirehugger pretty bad. Then at the end of the day I was in a hurry and was putting my bike on a race stand to plug my tire, and I dropped my bike. The stand was bent and it was half way holding the bike up when I noticed it was going to scratch my swingarm. So, I was letting it down and it went completely down, then I went to lay it on the side stand and it must have only been half way down and the bike fell. I damaged my mirror, and left pipe, and broke the end off my clutch lever.  Currently I am making a custom shorty lever. Feels nice actually and don't think I'm gonna buy another one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

reBlog from Torch: Midlife Motorcycle Madness Motorcycle Blog

I found this fascinating quote today:

I have compiled a list of a few things I’ve learned while commuting back and forth to work and taking several longer trips in the short amount of time I have been riding. Not in any particular order;Torch, Midlife Motorcycle Madness Motorcycle Blog, Oct 2009

You should read the whole article.

My Top 5 Favorite Bikes (that I have actually rode)

  1. Bimota SB8R
  2. Suzuki SV1000
  3. Yamaha R1
  4. Yamaha Roadstar Warrior
  5. SV650 (naked)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pics from Carlisle Bikefest 2009

I only got to stay for a few hours, but managed to get some awesome pictures!!

Ride to Johnstown PA 10/19/09

Here is a pic of my bike from todays ride to Johnstown PA. 85 miles total roundtrip on Rt.30 and 271. It was a bit chilly but still fun. These roads are great and I highly recommend if you come to western pennsylvania to ride them.  Lots of curves and awesome scenery!

10 tools every mechanic should own

  1. A good quality Multi-meter (Fluke,Snap-on,Craftsman)
  2. A Spring loaded center punch
  3. An assortment of large metric and standard impact sockets(22mm-36mm)
  4. Tap and Die set (the more the better)
  5. Damaged bolt removers (Craftsman/Snap-on or even Harbor Freight)
  6. Motorcycle scissor jack
  7. Crescent Wrench ( always comes in handy as a last resort)
  8. An assortment of Large metric and standard wrenches (22mm-36mm)
  9. Assortment of different sized C-clamps 
  10. Air compressor and air tools   
All these tools have saved my butt at least a few times. As far as brands go I recommend Craftsman for the quality and convenience.