Hawkeye Rider News

  • Benefits of Fuel Injection and Why the Carburetor is going extinct

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Kayla Pitchford

    When it comes to fuel systems, the carburetor is the analog option compared to cutting-edge electronic fuel injection (EFI). Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but EFI is a more popular option for newer vehicles.

    Now a days, carburetors are usually found on older vehicles or small ones, like scooters. They're cheaper to make than EFI systems and help keep unit prices low. Known for their affordability, parts are usually easier to get a hold of. Carb systems rely on the intake vacuum. It's a strictly mechanical process which requires no electricity. While that might sound like a benefit, it can make it difficult to start in the cold, or at high elevations.

    On the other hand, EFI is more complicated. The throttle body is filled with circuit boards and sensors. It's unaffected by the air temperature or atmospheric pressure. Instead, the EFI creates its own pressure to deliver the right ratio of fuel and air. With this sophisticated system, the cost of making vehicles with EFI is higher than those with carburated systems.

    Overall, EFIs are more reliable and precise in creating the right ratio of fuel and air. You don't have to worry with a choke or leaking fuel lever. There is less maintenance to do on the EFI system. On a carburetor, you must keep constant attention to it, which can be time-consuming. EFIs have taken over simply for their convenience factor and more fuel efficient ways. Strict environmental regulations have also made it difficult for manufactures to produce carburated vehicles. Unfortunately, it looks like the carburetor is going the way of the dinosaurs.

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  • Battery Storage

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Kayla Pitchford


        As seasons change, it's important not to forget your battery when preparing your vehicle for storage.

        For the best results when storing a battery, remove it from your vehicle before storage. Store the battery in a well-ventilated location. We also recommend using a trickle charger, as they can be used for long periods of time without damaging the battery. A battery will discharge regardless of temperature or storage location. This method will keep the battery in a good condition, as long as it had full health at time of storage. For more information, talk to one of our knowledgeable service techs at 563-391-9009.

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  • The Difference between an OEM and Aftermarket Oil Filter

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | Kayla Pitchford

    When it comes to the maintenance of your bike, it's important not to skimp on the quality of your oil filter. It's an essential component for the long-term health of your engine. Oil filters come in many different shapes and sizes. Plus, there are a lot of manufacturers to choose from. So, what's the difference between OEM and aftermarket oil filters?

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