Crazy Al has always made the smallest, lightest and lowest profile motorcycle helmets on the market. Adding to their traditional Dull and Gloss Black beanie helmets with and without visors, Crazy Al’s Biker Helmets now include some killer graphics for the ladies and gents. For male riders, the “Skull Nation” skid lid is just waiting to be worn on-top of a bad ass biker riding on his equally bad ass cruiser. And not being one to forget the ladies, Crazy Al has added two lines of graphic beanie helmets, aptly named “Passion Purple” and “Pretty in Pink”.
Winter isn’t quite here yet, and that means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how to winterize your bike. It’s something that no avid rider looks forward to—it means no more rides, no more fun until the ground thaws out. But if you want to protect your bike and prevent corrosion that harsh winter weather is sure to bring on, here’s how to make sure you get that motorcycle properly winterized.
- Don’t put it off just because you don’t want to do it. Unless you’re a daredevil on par with Evel Knievel, you probably aren’t going to be riding once the roads start icing over. You want your bike winterized before that starts. Don’t wait until the flakes are falling to start worrying about your bike. Your winterizing can be reluctant—as long as it happens.
- Get rid of any moisture. How? Start by starting the bike and warming up the engine. Moisture is what’s going to rust and corrode away your engine. Warm it up, and then turn it off. Take out your spark plugs and then use a turkey baster (preferably after it’s been used for Thanksgiving, and not before—just make sure it’s clean), and draw up some of the engine oil, squirting it into the spark plug holes. Make sure each hole is thoroughly coated and then put the plugs back in and drain the oil from the crankcase.
- Put fresh oil in the crankcase. Use the old filter, but put in new oil. You’ll replace the old filter and the oil in the spring, so the old one is fine for winterizing. This will make sure that there is no moisture accumulation that could damage your engine.
- Fill the tank all the way. Preferably, use a fuel that has fuel stabilizer. If your bike isn’t fuel injected, drain the float bowls, as fuel in this area will just congeal and clog up your bike come spring.
- Keep your battery charge. Like any vehicle battery, it’s naturally going to discharge as it is not in use over the winter. You can keep it charged by purchasing a Batter Tender.
- Cover it up or Get it off the ground. Store your bike in a garage or at the very least cover it and try if possible to get your bike off the ground. The goal being to keep your bike out of the harsh winter elements as much as possible.
The Ducati Monster 821 personifies every bit of advancement motorcycles have seen in the last two decades. This edition has an output of 112 break horse power is significantly improved from that of the M900. In actuality this bike is a sleeker version of the recent Monster 1200 – thanks in no small part to the smaller 821cc engine seen in the Hypermotard that was introduced last year. The 821cc engine is much more responsive than the older versions at both low and high revs.
Aside from a new clutch that allows for the easing of down-shifts – The dohc, liquid-cooled V-twin is identical from a mechanical standpoint. The airbox is larger, and a retooled exhaust system gives the Monster 821 a small performance boost. Of equal importance is that the exhaust utilizes a valve that allows the Monster 821 to pass all emissions tests – despite the bravura V-twin exhaust bark that’s comparable to the 1200’s.
The comparisons to the 1200 don’t stop there. The Ducati Monster 821 could pass off as its twin brother – despite the omission of the flagship colorful HUD in the digital instrument panel. The Urban mode is very unobtrusive – and maintains a smooth ride no matter what the traffic patterns may be. The burning of the fuel allows for a steady, smooth acceleration. The speed tops off at around 140 mph, thanks in part to the lack of wind protection.
The 821 and 1200 share most of the same features in its chassis. The tubular steel frame is similar, but the 821 has a shorter, dual-sided swing-arm as opposed to the single-sided one found in the 1200. The wheelbase aids have been reduced – add that to a slightly lighter weight and narrower rear tire – we get improved maneuverability for the 821.
Riders may be happy to know that the upright, wide-handlebarred riding position is the same. The Ducati Monster 821 is a stable, agile bike that rides pleasantly. The suspension isn’t complex, but the quality of the handle and the ride itself is good. The braking (featuring Brembo Manobloc) is outstanding.
Overall, the Ducati Monster 821’s mix of style, utility, performance, and agility makes for a very attractive bike. This bike is reminiscent of the recently released 899 Panigale sports bike – and offers most of the perks of riding a bike with a larger engine – at a great and affordable price.
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