Saturday February 21, 2004
That Synching Feeling

Joshua in Indianapolis writes:

"I'm in need of a carb sync tool and am leaning toward the TwinMax - I thought I saw somewhere that you use one. Could you quickly walk me through the synch process on a Royal? Do you synch the carbs in a particular order? Do I need anything other than the TwinMax to do it? I don't have a tach and I keep reading that I might need one. Bear in mind money is tight - can a good carb sync happen without a tach?"

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Friday December 26, 2003
Burnout 101

Every now and then, a little voice starts mumbling in the back of your head, insisting you must do something to relieve the boredom, blow off some steam, impress the cagers, reinforce the negative image of bikers everywhere, and in general, be a public nuisance. Well, bucko, itís your lucky day! The following are step by step instructions for the perfect burnout.

Come on, ya know ya want to ...

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Wednesday December 3, 2003
Death by Bernoulli

Paul in Oklahoma writes:

Let's see if you've had THIS one happen. Yesterday, I was riding at 60-70 mph into a strong headwind (20+ mph, I estimate). I have OEM engine guards on my '96 Royal with Aeromach highway pegs mounted to them. I also have an OEM windshield without lowers. When I put both my feet up on the highway pegs, the engine began to immediately lose power acting like it was running out of fuel. The moment I moved either foot back to the boards, full power came right back! I tried this again several times with exactly the same result. At slower speeds (< 50 mph) there was no effect. It appears that I was choking the engine with my leg position by creating a vacuum under the airbox.

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Tuesday April 22, 2003
Forking Fantastic

Contrary to popular opinion, changing your fork oil is relatively easy. You don't need to tear down or remove the forks to change the oil. You will need to prop the front wheel off the ground to remove tension on the springs. Most normal people use a bike jack - me, I use a chain hoist.

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Sunday March 2, 2003
Synthetic Oil

Beware of synthetic oil, it can do terrible things to you and your beloved motorcycle. It will not only leak out of your engine faster than you can put it in, but it will also cause your oil filter to clog and implode, dumping debris and dirt into your lubrication system. It also will make every part of your bike permanently slippery because of its linear molecular chain dispersion action. Then it will leak onto your kickstand causing it to retract automatically, dropping your bike on the ground! But that's not all...

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Saturday February 15, 2003
Bike Mechanic's Toolchest

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the lids of old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as the name implies, to round off Phillips screw heads.

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Sunday February 9, 2003
The Big Three

Notes from the novice mechanic:

"I want to install the D3k and from what I'm reading it is a pretty basic install. My question is what else do I need to do, or what other things do I need to be concerned about if this is the only thing I do for now and what kind of added performance can I expect? I'd like to do the baron BAK and the Vmax differential but any hands on by me for this is way out of my league. Also I've read that changing out the cam with a venture cam is something I may need to consider. I also understand I need to have a different exhaust system to make the combination of everything else gel. I guess what I'm looking for is the list of things I can do initially, the parts I need and any recommndation as to what I can expect for a price if I have a shop do the work. I have inquired locally and they came up with about $4000. with their parts and labor. This price doesn't include the rear end and they figured labor at a $1000. plus. Is this a fair price or are they way out of line? "

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Saturday December 28, 2002
Stealth Air Horns I like to make noise. Even better, I like to be heard when I toot the horns on the bike. The stock unit, and that wimpy meep Ö meep Ö what were they thinking?? Aftermarket horns are a popular item on the Royal, and I figured air horns were the only way to go. Never did like the look of em, but the sound is awesome. So, where to put them ?? MORE...
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Friday December 27, 2002
Dyna 3000 (D3K) Report

The Dyna 3000 Digital Performance Ignition System (D3K) is an aftermarket module that replaces the stock unit on the Royal Star. It has 8 selectable advance curves, 8 selectable rev limits, and status LEDs for power-up, pickups, TPS operation, and MAP sensor operation. If you're feeling radical, the unit also includes a retard mode for nitrous or blower applications. It uses the stock coils and wiring harness, and is a simple plug and play installation once you dig your way down to the mounting location.

So, is it worth it ??

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Saturday December 21, 2002
VMax Gear Swap

Vmax final drive gearing for Royal Stars and Ventures is available on an exchange basis at www.RMSportMax.com.

(saves BIG money over buying a new VMAX rear, and swapping the gears into a RS housing...) Gives more passing/pulling power for 5th gear, especially in 2 up/loaded with gear/trailer/sidecar/any combo thereof/ situations.

So, what all is involved in making this magic happen ??

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Sunday December 15, 2002
I'm Outa Gas !!

The yellow reserve light comes on, but there should still be plenty of fuel. Either that or the light comes on, and there's no reserve fuel available. These suckers are just wayyyyyyyy too heavy to push. So what's the deal ??

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Tuesday December 10, 2002
Valves & Cams 101

The little buggers are in. What a story. First and foremost if your going to do this mod, READ DA MANUAL, THINK about it, READ it again, put the manual in your bathroom and when your spending a little "quiet time" with yourself READ IT SOME MORE".

Kudos and a hat's off to Mike King (StarHubby) for submitting this article ...

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