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Mr know-it-all

BETA LEAK FIX: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My thermostat is leaking on my 2019 Beta 390RRS, and the bike is out of warranty. I’m not sure if I should replace the part or buy a hose kit to eliminate it altogether. Can you feed me your thoughts on my dilemma? Ryan Sternman via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com We’ve seen these housings leak, […]

NO-SCRATCH TIRE CHANGES: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

SCRATCH THE ITCH Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’d love to go riding this weekend. I have a new set of tires for my bike, but I’ve never changed my own tires. I attempted to do so, but only managed to get one side of the tire off and pull the tube out. I can’t seem to […]

MISSING HUSKY MAP SWITCH: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I recently purchased a 2020 Husqvarna TE300i, but I didn’t receive the map switch that is supposed to come with the bike. I took the bike anyway, knowing my dealer would send me the part when it came in. My question is, where on earth does this plug in? The wiring harness […]

INSTALLING NEW BRAKE PADS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

GIVE ME A BRAKE Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I went to install new brake pads on my CRF450R, and when I put the new brake pads in, I couldn’t get my disc to go back into the caliper. Are these new brake pads the wrong ones or too thick? Is that even possible? Miserable Mike mrknowitall@hi-torque.com […]

EASIER TIRE CHANGES: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m looking to make my tire changes at home easier, so I don’t always have to take them to a shop. I struggle holding the bead of the tire down in one place and end up chasing it around the rim while I’m installing a new tire or doing a tube change. […]

STUD REPLACEMENT: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I recently replaced the cylinder on my 2002 KX125 with a new one from Kawasaki when I deducted that mine was worn out. I removed the (head) studs with a stud puller and am ready to install them into the new cylinder. I’m curious about the procedure for installing them into the […]

ARE DOT KNOBBIES ANY GOOD? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

WHY RUN A DOT TIRE? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Now that I’ve got myself a KTM 500EXC, I want to put the best tires for off-road on the scoot. My riding will consist of about 10-percent street and the rest technical off-road—mostly singletrack and desert. I know they make full-on knobby tires like the Kenda K760 […]

FLAT-TIRE ADVICE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

ROTTEN LUCK Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I was just on a big off-road ride, and one of the guys in our group got a flat. Most of the guys are running foam inserts, so they don’t have to worry about flats, but this guy had a spare tube, tire irons and a pump with him. After […]

CHECKING & ADJUSTING VALVE CLEARANCE: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Mr. Know-it-all, I’m a converted two-stroke guy and hate to admit it, but I’ve never adjusted the valves on my YZ250F. I look at the O.E. manual and get intimidated. Is there a more plain English procedure on-line that you can recommend? Buster Morgan via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com Checking and adjusting valves is no more difficult than […]

BLEEDING A HYDRAULIC CLUTCH THE EASY WAY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

A REAL BLEEDER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2019 KTM 300 TPI. I have a sibling in the motorcycle industry but am afraid to ask him for assistance. He can be a real Richard. Here’s what happened: I punctured my line going to the clutch master cylinder. I bought a new one and tried […]

BRAKE FLUID LIFE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

BLEED IT OUT Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Hello, sir. I have a Yamaha YZ250 that I ride in the woods. I love this bike and can find few flaws in its character, as it does everything I want a bike to do on the trail.  Lately, though, my rear brake feels weird. The pedal gets spongy […]

FLAT TIRE REMEDIES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

DEFLATED Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I must have stolen money out of a blind homeless person’s cup in a former life, because I’m flatting every time I go riding. What am I doing wrong? Afraid to give my name. Via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com There are several possibilities here. First, you’re a Myron and ride with the grace of […]