Fuel For Thought
by Rod Morris
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Welcome To Fuel For Thought
Written by: Rod Morris
Glossary of terms and abbreviations:
MSM - Multisurface Motorcycles/Motorcyclist
MMP - Multisurface Motorcycle Products
TGMP - Top Gun Motorcycle Products
MSM Weight Classifications:
Lightweight (LW) - up to 250lbs
Middleweight (MW) - 251lbs - 300lbs
Light-Heavyweight (LHW) - 301lbs - 350lbs
Heavyweight (HW) - 351lbs - 400lbs
Beware Aftermarket Parts Fitment
by Elden Carl
Over the years I have seen lots of poor fitting aftermarket parts. Many of them did not
contribute to rider safety and in fact some negatively affected handling and performance.
The internet has accelerated this “dumb” idea syndrome; Rotella truck oil, raising links
and 16/43 gearing for KLR’s comes immediately to mind.
On a recent mountain ride I came upon a parked P/U truck with the rear gate down and
M/C ramps installed. As I often do I stopped to help two guys load a 2012 BMW
S1000RR sport bike into the truck bed.
I asked the owner how such a top of the line BMW could need to be hauled back to town
so early in its life. He replied that the oil filler cap had come out and oil had soaked his
right leg and the right side of the near new motorcycle. He went on to say, “since I didn’t
know how much oil was missing and I didn’t have extra oil and another filler cap, I had no
choice but to haul it away”. When I replied that I’d never heard of such a thing happening
to anyone before; he went on to say that he had purchased and installed a beautiful,
fancy, aftermarket oil filler cap when the bike was brand new. Of all the aftermarket
fitment nightmares I’ve seen or heard of, this took the cake. Before leaving I glanced at
the BMW’s oil window which showed no presence of oil and I thought, wouldn’t it be a
shame if this approximately twenty grand machine ended its life so early because of a
poor fitting aftermarket oil cap?
Even if an aftermarket part appears to fit properly, it could end up becoming an attractive
nuisance if it loosens or disappears leaving (in the case of an oil filter cover or oil filler
cap), a leaking hole in your engine.