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Retracing Steve McQueen's Los Angeles in his Jaguar XKSS

Retracing Steve McQueen's Los Angeles in his Jaguar XKSS
Williamson moved here from Boston, where he ran Williamson Coachworks for the last 14 years, specializing in split-window Corvettes, Triumph and BSA motorcycles and — well, anything worth preserving. When a long weekend opened up, he made the …
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Mazda MX-5: The First 25-Year Phase
But the most important element is the use of perfectly balanced engine parts for optimum performance. It goes … All his life, Hall had driven British cars (MG, Lotus and Triumph) and, lamenting their poor quality, he decided to put his idea down onto …
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Rack and Ruin: The Grace and Violence of A Demolition Derby
They all protrude with rusted engine parts, and proudly wear faded sponsors decals like Scout merit badges. We meet one of the drivers, Ryan Nichols, who we're …. He gets out and holds up his arms in triumph. Some of the other drivers are standing on …
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OEM Versus Aftermarket Motorcycle Parts

There are a lot of differing opinions in the discussion of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vs. Aftermarket motorcycle parts, when deciding what you need for your bike. One opinion that is frequently stated is that OEM parts are better than aftermarket motorcycle parts. This argument stems from the fact that if the company that made the motorcycle is also making the parts then the parts must be better for the bike than something that’s made by someone else. Of course the most important part in the choice is what you, the buyer, are most comfortable with. Here’s a quick comparison of the two types of parts.

Aftermarket Motorcycle Parts In order to reproduce a part for a motorcycle, the manufacturer must first apply for the rights to produce the part. The manufacturers then operate under stringent guidelines, and need to be very precise in their design and production.   Well produced aftermarket motorcycle parts are sometimes hard to distinguish from the original parts. In fact manufacturers usually have the flexibility to actually improve on the design and quality of an original part, and aftermarket parts are generally less expensive than OEM parts. A potential problem for riders who choose to use aftermarket parts is if they are installed by a technician that isn’t certified, it may affect the warranty. OEM Motorcycle Parts An OEM part is theoretically made by the same manufacturer that produced the part for the original vehicle. However, this isn’t always the case, as auto and motorcycle manufacturers many times don’t make the parts themselves, but outsource the work to a separate company. Quality Aftermarket Parts There is a wide variety in the look and quality of aftermarket parts.

The best ways for a consumer to gather information is to research manufacturers online, talk to parts dealers that they trust, read reviews, and become active in forums.   Some of the more common users of aftermarket parts are:

Custom motorcycle builders often use aftermarket parts so they can put together bikes that have a unique design and look. 

The wide variety of parts available makes it pretty easy for even a novice rider to take advantage of many customizable parts.
People with bikes that are older may use aftermarket parts because the design or function of the part may be improved from the original version.
Insurance companies frequently choose aftermarket parts to replaced damaged parts after an accident.    

The bottom line when deciding between an OEM and an aftermarket part for your motorcycle is to familiarize yourself with the differences between the parts, and make a good decision based on your own needs.

Jim Buchanan is a writer for Honda Parts House, which has a wide range of both Honda OEM parts and Honda Aftermarket parts. For more information please visit

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Last race: Defending series champion Matt Crafton won the rain-delayed race at Martinsville on March 30 for his fourth career victory. … Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division, Sweden's Jimmy Alund topped the Pro Stock field to become the first …
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The Tough One Enduro, Supercross Update, Leatt Give Away, And OMA Action
Instead, David Knight turned in a gritty performance to claim a come-from-behind victory at the race, giving Sherco its first-ever Hard Enduro victory. Marking the 10th …. After suffering through a disappointing injury-shortened 2013, N-Fab/AmPro …
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Girl power on display at O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals in Houston
Houston has seen female success before in Funny Car with Ashley Force Hood taking the victory in 2009. Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer are both multi-time winners of the event. Force Hood is the only female driver to win a …


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Latest Kawasaki Motorcycle Parts News

Updated Kawasaki Ninja 650R reaches showrooms, price remains unchanged
Kawasaki has quietly introduced a revised and updated paint scheme on the Ninja 650R sold in India. This middle-weight motorcycle was first launched way back in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the best selling bikes in the Rs 5-7 lac segment …

At Long Last…ALASKA! | Epic Rides
The walls of MotoQuest's headquarters in Anchorage (population 300,000) are covered in thank-you notes, maps, spectacularly worn-out parts, and other mementos from epic rides. Cold drizzle fell on the 20-odd participants as we packed Pelican cases and …
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Motorcycle Parts and Accessories

Riding a motorcycle is a great feeling, as long as you are warm and dry while doing it. As the weather turns from summer to fall and settles into winter, you are going to need to acquire some winter riding accessories to keep you warm while riding.

The best place to start in your journey to a warmer ride is as close to your body as possible. Having a good base layer is one of the more important aspects of keeping warm while riding in cold weather, because it’s the final layer of protection you have against the cold and biting winter winds you’ll face. A base layer can be anything from basic cotton long johns to more advanced fleece underwear. You want something that’ll not only keep you warm, but also will feel good against your skin as you put in the miles. One of the best ways to protect you from the wind is to avoid it as much as possible. An easy way of doing that is to install a windshield on your bike. There are a variety of windshields and fairings available at most motorcycle parts retailers, with a style and color to accommodate most styles and models of motorcycles.

Another important motorcycle accessory for cold weather riding is a full motorcycle helmet. While the full helmet is going to keep the heat from your head trapped and thus keep you warmer, the face screen will also protect you from the harsh winter winds you’ll be riding through. A full selection of helmets and other motorcycle accessories can be purchased at any of your local motorcycle parts stores.

The two most critical items involved in keeping your feet warm are a quality pair of boots and some close fitting and comfortable socks.

When shopping for a good pair of boots, make sure that they are wind and waterproof to keep all that cold air and rain away from your feet. In addition, it is absolutely vital that they fit properly and are comfortable; after some long miles you don’t want sore feet when you’re walking around the restaurants and rest stops along your journey.

Socks should be wool to keep your toes and feet very warm inside your boots. Also, you can layer a couple of pairs of socks if you want to guarantee that your feet will stay warm, dry, and comfortable, letting you concentrate on being both safe and comfortable as you cruise the open road. Both socks and boots that are designed for cold weather motorcycle riding can be purchased from either online or brick and mortar motorcycle parts and accessories retailers. The prices and quality of these motorcycle accessories can vary significantly, so it pays to do some research and comparison shopping before purchasing the motorcycle parts or motorcycle accessories such as boots, gloves, helmets and undergarments.

The author of this article has expertise in Motorcycle Parts. The articles on Motorcycle Parts reveals the author’s knowledge on the same. The author has written many articles on Motorcycle Accessories as well.

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