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Techs & Bike Builds

The Garage is where we work on a wide range of tech tips including articles on tools and performance.

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World’s Simplest Starter Tech

New! NASH "PUSH" Button Starter Plunger Assembly

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
It’s the shit for reliability, clean bars, reduced wiring and the chopper spirit. So recently, I built a Panhead with a ’69 right case (kidney) and a ’79 left, alternator case. It was a crazy engine deal but turned out to be the perfect system to build something reliable, yet vintage. This bike need the NASH motorcycle starter button.
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The UL File Is Now Open, Episode 1

Purchase, Pegs and Paint

By Bandit with photos from the Redhead
It all started in the center of an odd South Dakota winter, 2022 and a hunt for a running Knucklehead engine. I found myself talking to several knowledgeable brothers in the industry and the price for Knucklehead engines climbed spectacularly. Hell, shit, piss, way beyond spectacular.
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Bikernet 2015 UNDERHANDED Sturgis Run

Behind the First 2014 Indian Motorcycle Cross-Country Blast

By Bandit with photos by Wrench, Michael Lichter, 2Wheelers Donna, Rich Worley, Tyler Ludlow, and more
It’s all the fault of the Smoke Out Producer, Commander Edge, a slippery character who worked in Army Intelligence for 20 years and came out slightly polluted. I attend the Smoke Out every year, even through blistering temps and tropical humidity. It’s still the event of events, a rider’s event and a builder’s event. So, came the Bikernet 2015 Sturgis Underhanded Run, by Edge.
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THE MOTORCYCLE BATTERY FILES

Lowbrow Battery Line-Up and J&P about Testing

By Bandit, the Lowbrow Team and Anthony Todd J&P with a couple of images from Sam Burns
We found ourselves in the battery market again recently. We ran into a couple of issues. First, trying to fit a battery into an almost stock 1948 center oil tank. Lowbrow has an option, but it involved a very small anti-gravity lithium battery.
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ULTIMATE SPORTSTER TECH OF THE DAY

It’s evil April 5th, 2022, on the Streets of Long Beach, Califa

By Bandit with photos from Zack
A brother from Long Beach, California can’t leave his 1950 Chevy truck alone and somehow it involved a Sportster gas tank. On top of that he’s been helping other Sportster riders with their clutch lever pulls.
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BARN FIND PROJECT

Where to Start

Kyle Smith from Hagerty Media with some Bandit touches and Sam Burns images
What you would do if you opened that random garage door and found a 1928 first year of the Harley Flathead 45 or a racing OHV Peashooter? Where does one even start in bringing a project like that back to life?
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Eight Tools to Up Your Home Shop

Essentials to flip into high gears inside your Garage

by Kyle Smith from Hagerty.com
We all started somewhere, and for most of us garage-dwellers, it was a set of sockets and screwdrivers. Then progressively we added tools to complete new tasks & projects. Your tools can be a key deciding factor on your ability to take on a project. We took a look around the garage and rounded up these eight tools that we recommend for a budding DIY enthusiast.
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Motorcycle vs. Car Tires

What are the Differences?

By Isabella Brown with images from Sam and Berry
When most people think about tires, they think about the rubber that sits underneath their car or motorcycle. They might not give a lot of thought to the different types of tires available on the market
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