How to Remove Rust From a Motorcycle Gas Tank

One of the benefits of being to able to work on motorcycles is that you can generally find them pretty cheap when work on them is required. Typically, a bike that needs work has been sitting for a while, usually with the tank empty. This means over time that rust has taken over, as was the case with a 1981 Honda CB650 that I had acquired. To say that this thing had rust in it was an understatement; it had chunks of rust. Luckily though, the tank had no pin hole leaks or anything and was completely solid. Now to the fun part! I will explain the process of removing rust from a motorcycle gas tank. As I stated, this was done on a 81′ CB650, so it’s tailored to that, but I’m sure it’ll work on most other bikes.

What you’ll need:

  • Acetone
  • Distilled water (it’s important that you only use distilled water)
  • Two stroke oil
  • A length of chain 4 to 6 feet long
  • Rags
  • Something to plug the fuel outlet (I used a small piece of hose a small rag and a piece of black tape)

IMPORTANT NOTE: ACETONE AND RUBBER DO NOT MIX! If you use rubber to seal the fuel output replace it every time you drain the acetone mix as the acetone will eat away at it.

At this point I’m going to assume that you have the gas tank off the bike and that it’s empty. Here is a step by step.

  1. Plug the fuel output and make sure it is sealed
  2. Fill the tank about ½ full of acetone and let it sit turning occasionally
  3. Wait overnight
  4. Shake the tank and empty the acetone/rust mixture into a bucket
  5. Fill the tank ½ way again with acetone and this time drop the chain in
  6. Shake the tank often and vigorously. The chain will knock remaining rust off
  7. Empty the acetone/rust mixture into the bucket
  8. Fill the tank up with distilled water and empty it out. Do this until only fairly clean water comes out and no rust can be heard rattling around. I put a hairdryer in the fuel hole and dried it out immediately after
  9. Fill the tank about ¼ with two stroke oil and shake it around then empty it
  10. Please dispose of the acetone and other nasty chemicals properly

I highly suggest installing an inline fuel filter on the fuel line in between the tank and carburetor. It will filter out any small particles and keep them out of the fuel system. This system worked for me, my CB650 ran like a dream after cleaning the tank like this! The next step is to give the carb a good cleaning.

Top 6 Advantages of Riding an Electric Scooter

Top 6 Advantages of Riding an Electric Scooter

An electric scooter is a two-wheeler vehicle that drives without any use of fuels. One can charge it using the electricity. Plug the charger in and get your scooter charged without any hassle. There are no problems of standing in the long queues to fill the tanks. Just sip your tea while the vehicle gets charged.

Talking about the merits of using it, the top six are given below.

1. Eco-friendly

An electric scooter does not produce any pollution be it air pollution or noise pollution, and thus is eco-friendly. Apart from saving our valuable resources, like petrol, it keeps the environment clean and healthy.

2. Cheap

This is a very useful option for you to save money. These scooters need electricity for the charging and thus saves your huge amount of money spent on petrol and other fuels. While saving the prices of fuel, the scooter itself is cheap to purchase as compared to the other scooters available in the market.

Also, there are low maintenance costs of using it. Therefore, even the low-income earners can afford it and can make their life easier with this very useful invention.

3. The Portable vehicle

There is no hassle of waiting in long queues to fill your petrol tanks. Just carry your charger of the scooter along with you and charge it whenever the battery runs out. Plug in your charger, and charge your scooter while using your precious time anywhere else. Also, these scooters come in different colours and designs to suit your personality. And, one can use it to set the trend in the market by showing off its amazing colours without spending a huge amount.

4. Comfortable

An electric scooter is very easy to handle and girls and women can use them without any difficulty due to its lightweight properties. Even if it breaks down, a girl can alone push it towards a nearby safe and shady place to park it. Besides, many of them are with adjustable seats too. No matter whether you’re short or tall, you can adjust the seat, according to your own comfort.

5. Park anywhere

The greatest advantage of having this electric scooter is that you can park it anywhere. As we can see that the urban cities are already very crowded, this scooter saves space. It doesn’t require a large place like a car or any other vehicle. Hence, one can park it in their verandah as well to keep it safe at your place.

6. The perfect gift

Due to its great advantages, this can be the perfect gift for your loved ones. Be it your young daughter or an elderly person, this turns out to be very useful for everyone. One can gift them to their children, especially daughters so that they can travel easily and that too safely with their own vehicle as they are very light in weight and easy to use.

Conclusion

Do not think so much and just go and buy this very functional and helpful technology to serve yourself and your dear ones. Make your life easier and trendy with these electric scooters and ride your way out.

But, do not forget to wear helmets. Being safe and healthy is all that we want today.

Thinking If You Should Buy an Electric Scooter? Here Are Some Pros

Thinking If You Should Buy an Electric Scooter? Here Are Some Pros

In a world that’s grappling with the depletion of fossil fuels, buying an electric scooter might be a great idea. There are a bunch of options available now, and these don’t have to cost a fortune. Electric scooters use a battery, which must be charged, and electricity, as we all know, can come from renewable and sustainable sources, as well. Below are some quick advantages, or pros, at a glance.

1. Great on the go. If you are looking for an alternative means of transport, this is by far the best choice. An affordable electric vehicle can be easy on the pocket, and while these are not fast as one of the regular cars, these are great for smaller distances. For example, if you are moving to the grocery shop, you wouldn’t want to call a cab for such a short distance.

2. Tired of licensing requirements for a new car or motorcycle? This isn’t the case with the electric ones, which are slow and low on speed. These are also great for old and young alike. You can buy one for your mom, get one for the kid or can even ride one to all the nearest town. An electric scooter is just ideal to be included for any home.

3. Safety and portability are great features to have. If your electric scooter ran into trouble in the middle of the road, you don’t need a loader to take it to the repair shop. Most of the better designs are actually very light, and therefore, you can easily take it along. Safety features have been considered by some of the better brands, and you may even get a light, or even other proprietary elements.

4. No more pollution. Electric scooters use a motor that runs on the chain, and therefore, there is no noise or smoke pollution. This can be a big plus if people in the cities and crowded places start using these, because we can simply do away with some of the honking. As mentioned at the start, you are using a product that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, and by now, we all know that it is important to reduce dependency on these fuels.

5. Budget friendly. Okay, electric scooters are cheap, and what’s even better is the fact that you don’t have to spend a lot on maintenance. Just choose a brand or manufacturer you can rely on, and you should be good. Repair needs are not frequent, and you don’t have to spend a lot on the parts either, should there be a requirement for replacement.

All in all, electric scooters are ideal for most people. If you are trying to buy something expensive, go for an electronic cargo vehicle, which is short, compact and can be used in a number of ways. Also, take your time to evaluate the features and make sure that the product is a known one. After all, you wouldn’t want to replace it soon.

I am a marketing representative of Priority Electric Transportation. Priority Electric Transportation, LLC “PET” opened in 2013. We are a team of veteran electric vehicle professionals with a combined 32+ years of experience working for companies like Jonway, ZAP, GGT Electric, and more.

How to Care for Two Wheeler Batteries

How to Care for Two Wheeler Batteries

Headlight getting dim and horn not working? Slow and struggling movement of the starter? And clicking sounds while trying to start the bike?

Well, these are some tell-tale signs indicating that your battery’s health is not in proper order and requires servicing.

A bike battery is a critical element that puts your bike in the starting mode and provides energy to other parts. While a bike battery is what keeps your bike in proper health, it is equally important to ensure that the battery’s health is properly taken care of.

Here are some helpful automotive battery tips to improve your bike’s battery life:

Visual Inspection:

A visual inspection of your 2 wheeler battery once in every three months is a must-do practice. (Set reminders if you tend to forget) Look for any loose or broken terminals that could lead to dangerous short circuits. Also, check the exterior for any unsafe crack, leakage, bulge or split as it rings a warning bell that your bike is asking for a battery replacement.

Top up at Regular Intervals (Only in case of 2 wheeler conventional batteries)

If you’re using regular conventional motorcycle batteries, check and ensure that the electrolyte cells are topped up with distilled water. The electrolyte levels are best kept within the upper and lower limit marked on the container of conventional lead-based batteries. Use only distilled water, simply because it has no impurities and helps the bike batteries last longer. Batteries with VRLA technology don’t need any Top-Up.

Clean the Terminals:

The battery terminals and nearby areas should be properly cleaned to prevent corrosion which can cause problems while starting the bike. Keep them in a dry condition always. Cleaning regularly helps prevent the buildup of dirt and sediments which in turn increases the automobile battery’s life in the long run.

Regular charging:

Even during long periods of non-use, any automobile battery should be regularly charged. Discharging the battery in an idle state is harmful to the battery; therefore, keep charging the battery every month even if it is not used for a long time.

Keep the battery Grime-free:

Over a period of time tiny dust particles, grime and small pollutants tend to accumulate on the battery. These should be cleaned off using a clamp brush and battery cleaner. To prevent the cleaner from entering the cells, make sure the vent caps are tight. Clean wipe the bike battery with a wet towel and then with another dry towel.

The Best Electric Scooters and Hoverboards – Is the World Finally Ready to Accept Them?

The Best Electric Scooters and Hoverboards – Is the World Finally Ready to Accept Them?

2018 it is deemed to be a lucky year for technology and for hoverboards in particular. After the boom in the past year, the popularity of this electric scooter is destined to grow more and more and to thrill adults and children.

Hoverboards can be considered both an entertainment device and a powerful way to move around the city.

In any case, model after model, the quality of the materials and the level of technology are progressing to being more advanced and with functionality always on the increase. Let’s see in detail the most relevant features of the electric scooter.

How and where you can ride an Hoverboard scooter?

Although it is seen more and more frequently, the electric scooter is not recognized today in the Highway Code and this will mean that it can only be used in private or urban contexts, as in shopping centers or inside of parks.

In any case, it is important to buy electric hoverboards that ensure the necessary safety for the user who uses it.

As happens now on any electronic instrument, even the electric scooter undergoes not a few imitations (especially of Chinese mold) and this can lead to the purchase of an instrument that presents a price of lower levels, but that could also go to the expense of safety and quality of manufacture.

Therefore, regardless of where a hoverboard is used, it is important that this is an approved instrument, that is, the UL2272 certification valid for Europe and the United States.

Even if you prefer to buy a used scooter, always check that it is approved and that it is not of Chinese brands.

But how do you use a hoverboard? Simple, it’s all about balance! Just lean forward to proceed and retract backwards to stop the instrument.

To be able to maneuver instead, just move the weight on the right foot or on the left depending on the desired direction.

This is possible thanks to the weight sensors positioned below the footrest. In case of difficulty then, on the web there are numerous videos and tutorials that can be very helpful.

Although the electric scooter is very popular with children, it is recommended for users aged 12 and over and under adult supervision.

How a mono electric skate is structured.

The description of a hoverboard focuses on two fundamental aspects: structure and technology. The scooter is composed of a central platform, on which to rest the feet, and two parallel wheels that can be of different sizes depending on the model.

It is important that the materials of the structure and of the parallel wheels are of good quality: the platform, for example, must have a suitable anti-slip coating and the body must be strong enough to withstand knocks and wear.

Some models of electric scooter have bigger wheels, so they can also be used on non-smooth roads and thus guarantee greater stability.

Regardless of the materials used for the construction, however, a single skid must also be light enough to be able to transport it without particular effort.

Generally the weight of electric hoverboards is around 10/12 Kg and has a speed that is around 10-20 Km per hour.

In addition to materials, other relevant aspects are batteries and engines. Generally an electric scooter consists of about 20 batteries, which are recharged in varying times (from an hour and a half to 3 hours) and that give an autonomy of 10/20 Km.

Even the autonomy can vary depending on the type of road you travel and the user’s weight. In fact, the maximum weight that an electric scooter can bear is for some 100 Kg, for another 120 Kg.

As for the engine, there are basically two that guarantee from 500W to 1000W of power. Of course, a scooter with 1000W engine is presented as a more professional tool and with a higher speed, less indicated then for do-it-yourself use.

Further features of the best electric scooter.

The technology is always evolving and the electric scooters, in addition to being a good invention in itself, are always enriched with new features.

For example, there are models that have some nice LED lights integrated, which intervene to illuminate the road in the evening but also to give a striking appearance to the walk.

Other additional elements can be the Bluetooth function, the speaker for listening to music and a comfortable backpack to make the transport lighter.