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Getting a temporary sticker for a vehicle in a different province

I moved to Montreal last year, but my motorcycle is still in Toronto. I hope to remedy that this weekend. The bike has been off the road for a while though and the license plate sticker is expired. If I go to renew the sticker at an office in Ontario on Friday, will they ask me for my driver's license or some other proof of address? And, if so, will a Quebec license be a problem? Do I go get a new plate here before then instead?
posted by 256 on Jun 21, 2016 - 3 answers

How/where do I sell a motorcycle?

I do not know how to drive a motorcycle yet I am the owner of a super cool 1976 BMW R75/6. What is the best venue for selling it and how do I make that happen as a non-driver? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Roy G Biv on May 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Motorcycle Leathers - Alterations in Los Angeles?

I live in LA and need some alterations made on a new set of motorcycle leathers. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer on Mar 9, 2016 - 2 answers

Naked sportbike ID

Can you help me ID this smallish white naked bike? I thought it would be an easy find online or I would have taken a much better picture. I'm either not looking at the right bike, or it's got enough aftermarket parts to make it hard to ID. Thank you in advance!
posted by ftm on Nov 29, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I hook up this kind of chip?

I bought a few of these for a motorcycle project. I need to hook it up to a little arduino, but i'm used to breadboards, how does one hook this up? Do I need to solder these little connections? Btw, the project is to make custom signals tail lights for a motorcycle. I bought these hoping they would convert the 12v of the bike to 5v for the arduino.
posted by jonclegg on Oct 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Does the Oregon Lemon Law cover motorcycles?

I purchased a 2014 Genuine Stella Automatic last fall, and it has been in and out of the shop ever since. I'm trying to figure out if I have any recourse for getting a refund or a replacement. [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

My nocturnal neighbor has the loudest motorcycle ever.

Here's the short version: My neighbor has the loudest motorcycle I have ever heard. This thing is a serious chopper monster. I live in a pretty residential part of LA (Albeit, rapidly gentrifying and so this whole thing has weird classist overtones. I am the furthest thing from a NIMBY-ite, but this bike is insane) and it's become a complete terror. The police don't care very much- What're our options? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Apr 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Motorcycle Camping in North-Western Mexico

I am looking for a quiet place to pitch a tent and do nothing for a few days preferably by the beach. I have gear and am familiar with travelling in Mexico.
posted by sunslice on Jul 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Partners of motorcyclists - how do you manage your anxiety?

My boyfriend has had a motorcycle for years, since before we met. I've always known he loves motorcycles and will always want to have one. I've always had some anxiety about his safety on the bike - not because I don't think he's a cautious and experienced rider (he is very much so) but because, well, they can be quite dangerous, especially in the city. We live together now and I'm more aware of his comings and goings than I used to be, so I find myself feeling more and more fearful of something happening to him while riding. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jun 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Virginia speeding ticket: asking for leniency? (72 in a 55)

Motorcycle speeding ticket in VA (72 in a 55). I'm not contesting it per se, but is it worth asking for leniency? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by austere on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Buying a used motorbike on Craigslist with the title to be mailed after?

I'm considering purchasing a used motorcycle from a Craigslist seller (in Virginia/Washington DC). There is a lien on the title which he is to pay off after purchase. Am I being naive? [more inside]
posted by austere on May 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Am I being totally unreasonable?

Looking for feedback from others regarding a dispute with a mechanic over charges he made for repairs on my motorcycle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 19 answers

I need a title!

Many moons ago, my ex and I bought a motorcycle, which was kept in my garage. Before we split, and unbeknownst to me, she took many things from my house, including the title to said motorcycle. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Places to eat during motorcycle trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway

A group of us are going to do a motorcycle trip from Guelph, Ontario, Canada to Asheville, NC. I'm hoping I could get some good restaurant stops along the way (vegetation options welcomed!). [more inside]
posted by alvin545 on May 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Retroreflective motorcycle

Say I think retroreflective tape looks great and provides awesome visibility. If I were to cover a motorcycle (e.g. the flat painted surfaces) with this tape, would I need to be concerned that it would reflect too much light and blind other drivers?
posted by mcav on Mar 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Motorcycles, Death and the DMV

Background: I was in the middle of doing a mild restoration on my little brother's bike two years ago (2000 ZX-7R) when he died very unexpectedly. I don't know what to do with it now and just realized that it hasn't been registered since 2008. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Motorcycle on LA Freeways

So I've just moved to LA (awesome) and am thinking of getting a motorcycle as my primary mode of transport. Thing is, when I mention this to my friends (most of which aren't licensed to ride a motorcycle), I get incredulous looks and/or stern warnings as to how silly and dangerous a proposition this is. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer on Feb 16, 2014 - 34 answers

Vintage Honda motorcycle manuals?

Incredibly-specific-gift-filter: What is/where can I get the best manual for 1977 Honda CB750Fs? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Dec 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Motorcycle Racing - Why Don't The Bikes Tip Over On The Corners?

Just curious why the motorcycles don't completely tip over when they corner in the motocycle races? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Oct 28, 2013 - 32 answers

Riding a motorbike in the UK on a US license: What are the rules?

I moved to the UK earlier this year for work, and have recently bought a Vespa scooter. I had an unrestricted motorcycle license in the US (Illinois, specifically). I'm in the process of getting the Vespa insured, and am applying for my provisional license (with the aim, of course, of taking CBT and getting a full license down the road.) As I understand it, I'm technically allowed to ride on my US license for the first 12 months I'm here. I also understand that, were I a British citizen acquiring his first motorcycle license, I would not be allowed to carry a passenger until I'd passed the test for a full (not provisional) license. Does that rule apply to me as well? Also, do the 'L' plate restrictions change at all for my situation? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Oct 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Please help me make a decision about my motorcycle

I made what I believe was a mistake in purchasing a used (90s) cruiser motorcycle on CL. It starts very inconsistently and frequently dies at stoplights. I need help determining the best course of action. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Give me your best drive in movie tips!

I need your best drive in movie tips! Difficulty level: motorcycle. [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me with my LED Light Motorcycle Jacket Project (in California)

I'm planning a project to put strips of LED lights on my jacket to increase my day-time visibility in heavy LA traffic, which I commute through every day. So far, I have a general plan, but I'm a little unsure of California laws regarding lights, and I have never actually worked with LEDs before so I'm looking for tips/tricks/suggestions to make it work. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Place to find information on Motorcycles

After reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance some time ago I started being interested into motocycles. So I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some websites or resources where I could find more information on them. Both to learn about the actual motorcycles that are being sold and information in general. Also, can anyone identify this bike for me? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Jul 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there a gender-inclusive replacement for the word "fraternity"?

I flashed the biker wave on my ride home tonight, and as I was thinking some warm fuzzy thoughts about the "motorcycling fraternity", I noticed that the other rider was a woman. Is there a word which represents this concept in a gender-inclusive way? If "fraternity" has to do with brothers and "sorority" has to do with sisters, what word has to do with "siblings"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jul 11, 2013 - 26 answers

Motorcycle filter: Will I ruin my bike if I ride it with these problems?

I just paid $650 to have the carbs cleaned out on my 4-cylinder Honda Magna (94). They also found rust in the tank so they said they fixed that. I picked it up tonight and it's running terribly. It feels like it has the wrong gas type in it. One (or more... all?) of the cylinders is kind of knocking or just being loud, it feels like it can't hold an idle, when I shift into gear it feels like I'm lugging the engine. I have to give it way too much throttle to even get it into gear. I don't know what they did to mess it up, and I intend to have a word with them when they open again on Tuesday. (I mean, did they even test it after they put it back together?) In the mean time, tomorrow is Monday and I need to get to work. Could I potentially break things or mess things up further if I try to ride in? And what is the protocol on bike repairs. My feeling is that they've messed it up--I paid them $100/hr for the work because I trusted that they'd do a really great job. They didn't, so they should take responsibility and fix whatever they broke for free. Am I wrong on that?
posted by brenton on Jun 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Whats the deal with those motorcycles in SE Asia?

What are those super popular kinds motorcycles in SE called? I've rented one in Thailand, Cambodia and the Phillipines. They were different makes but they all sort of work and look the same. They have 5 gears, but no clutch. You just let up on the gas then use a foot peddle to change gears. We could get them up to about 100km/h but that was about it. Do they sell them in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Iax on Jun 16, 2013 - 19 answers

What do you wish you'd known before you got your first motorcycle?

Inspired by the apartment thread, i realized this would be a great place to ask. I recently decided that i was actually going to follow through with one of my longtime dreams and get a bike... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jun 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Need help choosing a rad pattern for a motorcycle seat.

I own a Kawasaki ZX-6 that I have done some moderate cosmetic customization to, including removing most of the fairings, reshaping the remaining fairings, removing the windshield, replacing the coolant tank and passenger pegs, and stickering the gas tank. The result is a street-fightery look that I'm quite proud of. Now I'm looking to get some custom vinyl printed and use it to recover the seats. I need help choosing a pattern. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Need to park a motorcycle for 2 weeks (continuously) this July in NYC.

Hello. I acquired a '91 Honda Nighthawk CB250 last summer, and now I need to leave town (Manhattan) for 2 weeks in July. Help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by jacobdezoet on Jun 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Tight torx?

I need a tool to loosen torx screws (T27) in a space that has about an inch of clearance. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom on Jun 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Import motorcycle from US to UK?

A friend may be moving to the UK for a year this summer. He's wondering how he would go about bringing his beloved Ducati with him? It's fully compliant in the US and is less than 10 years old. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Apr 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Anyone sell a low-emissions small motorcycle in the US?

Does anyone sell a low-emissions (Euro 3 or better) under-800 cc motorcycle or scooter in the US? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 23, 2013 - 7 answers

I dreamed a dream of supermoto...

After a few years break from motorcycling, I’m finally in a position where I have the time and finances to get back into it. I have a junky old sportbike that I’m looking to upgrade sometime in the next 6 months. Last night, I had an incredibly vivid dream about a supermoto bike. I woke up wondering if this kind of bike would actually make more sense for me than a sportbike. Supermotos are light, tough, and everywhere I hear they're tons of fun. I don’t need the top speed of a sportbike, nor do I want the fragile, expensive plastics. I’ll be using the bike mostly for urban commuting. Your thoughts on making the switch? Which models should I be looking for in the used bike market? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Apr 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Short-to-medium term transportation options in Houston?

Asking for a friend: I'm leaving graduate school for a job in Houston, TX in a few weeks and I'm looking for the best short-term transportation situation - apparently there is no public transportation whatsoever going to my job, and I'd like to be able to, you know, get to work. The hitch is that while I'm leaving in 2 weeks, my wife is leaving in 3 months, and she needs our car to get to work. I've got a motorcycle, but it's cheapest to ship that in the moving truck when we move our stuff in 3 months (not to mention I'm not sure how quickly I can arrange for it to be moved out there, and if it gets there too late, it's not worth doing anyway). [more inside]
posted by abcde on Mar 30, 2013 - 16 answers

So... Can I get one in my size?

Is there a motorcycle that's safe for me ride? If so, which one(s)? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Mar 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Some next, but cautious, steps for beginner scooterists?

What are some helpful tips in buying a scooter and then practicing driving it within a major urban center? Snowflake details below [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Mar 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Later questions to follow about zen.

What commuter motorcycle should I buy? Complications: I'm 5'0" and received my driver's licence motocycle endorsement this week. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Motorcycle message boards?

What are the best motorcycle forums? Too many hits from a Google search, so I'd love some specific recommendations. Looking for active members, friendly to relative newby questions. General is good, but some specifics about me: In the Northeast US, recreational rider (not racing), grown-up, older "standard" bike, very interested in riding safely with proper gear. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman on Oct 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I consider purchasing this 1991 Honda Nighthawk?

Is this 1991 Honda Nighthawk 250 worth considering as a beginner's biker? [more inside]
posted by jacobdezoet on Oct 12, 2012 - 15 answers

I want to lust after some 'cycles.

Can you recommend a nice motorcycle coffee table book? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Oct 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

How and where do I buy a motorcycle in NYC? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Aug 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Best bike to bobber for a girl?

Best motorcycle to convert into bobber for small female? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jul 19, 2012 - 20 answers

Hidden costs of building/driving a modified motorcycle in SoCal?

I want to fix/build/restore/modify a motorcycle and put it on the road in Los Angeles, California. Think a 600cc cafe racer or something similar. I can do all my own work, have a welder, mill, and all necessary tools. What are the hidden costs and problems? Any idea what this will cost (time, $$) to take it from Craigslist to city streets? [more inside]
posted by fake on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Hard headed?

You're a motorcycle rider in a state without mandatory helmet laws. You often or always choose not to wear a helmet. Why?
posted by the foreground on Jun 13, 2012 - 19 answers

How do I convince my younger brother NOT to buy a motorcycle?

How do I convince my younger brother NOT to buy a motorcycle due to safety and other reasons. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Jun 12, 2012 - 32 answers

Which motorcycle is in this music video?

Can anyone identify the motorcycle at the very beginning of Lana Del Ray's "Video Games?" It appears from approximately 0:05-0:10. Also, are there mainstream models that resemble that particular make and model??
posted by geoff. on May 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Motofilter: how do you rate Hyosung as a manufacturer of motorcycles?

How does Hyosung compare to other motorcycle brands? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

I want effective, not-dumb-looking motorcycle armor

Where can I find a full suit of motorcycle body armor that doesn't look like some teenager's idea of motorcycle body armor? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on May 2, 2012 - 10 answers

How do motorcyclists and cyclists around the world greet each other?

What kinds of different greetings do motorcyclists and cyclists in different parts of the world have for each other when they pass on the road? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Apr 19, 2012 - 25 answers

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