Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Meet the Winner of Russ Brown's 2016 Indian Chief Bike Giveaway!

Special Report from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys:
May 22, 2017              By Erika Brown

If you've been following Russ Brown for any amount of time, you'll be familiar with our penchant for giving away bikes. Several times throughout the year, we give new BAM members the opportunity to win a new ride, just for signing up for our roadside assistance program. Earlier this fall, we had a new winner "first." 
When Chuck Koro pulled Diana Reyes' name to be the winner of a spankin' new 2016 Indian Chief, we discovered that she would be our third lucky female rider, but the first ever winner from California!

When we initially crossed paths with Diana and her all-female club, The Lost Girls, it was at the Hollister Independence Rally last summer. Started in 2005 under the impetus to “empower and encourage female riders,” every year The Lost Girls ride to raise money for their local hospital to help pay for mammograms and breast cancer care needs for the uninsured. 

Months later we were able to present Diana with her new bike onstage at the Dave Mann Chopperfest in Ventura. 
If you ask Diana, she’ll say “It was the Best Day ever and I will be telling this story forever. Thank you Russ Brown...

Currently, we are giving away a 2017 Victory Octane, so to be our next winner sign up for 
BAM or if you’re already a BAM member, email to update your information and you will be entered to win! S
ign up today!

Monday, May 08, 2017

10 of This Year's Must-Have Moto Accessories

10 of This Year's Must-Have Moto Accessories

No matter your age, gender, or what type of motorcycle you ride, there’s one thing you can be sure of - accessories are sometimes what makes or breaks the riding experience. We’ve compiled our list of the top ten accessories to keep your eyes on this year, covering the features that make them unique, and just why they are so worthy of high ratings and popularity.


This lightweight helmet from Bell is not only seek and straightforward, but also comes with an adjustable flow ventilation system. The wind collar is padded for comfort, and the shield has a commendable ability to resist UV rays and scratching. Also providing anti-fog features, this specific helmet model has been recommended for years, and for good reason- it works.
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amazon sunglasses.PNGIt seems far too often that motorcyclists buy eyewear for riding, but jip themselves by settling for low-quality shades. It’s important to remember that with a good, quality pair of sunglasses, you won’t have to be repurchasing new ones every couple of months- they’ll be good for years.

These Torege glasses block 100% of UVA/UVB rays and are not only light resistant, but also scratch and water resistant, all the while remaining noticeably lightweight. A bonus? They come in countless different colors and designs, making them fitting for any rider’s style.

  1. Navigation Systems: Garmin Zumo 590LM

garmin zumo.jpgOftentimes, riders seem to think they’ll be able to get away with simply using an app on their phones to navigate and utilize maps. However, nav systems that fit properly into a your console are both safer and much more efficient when it comes to bringing you what you truly want and need: a system that provides both the best travel routes and tips to better your riding experience (i.e., finding the most enjoyable, twisting roads).

This particular Garmin system is completely sunlight readable and one of the most durable we’ve seen, with a water rating of IPX7. Click here to view our recent post on the top 3 rated motorcycle navigation systems for 2017.

No matter what time of year it is, you can never go wrong having a go-to, classic jacket on hand. This Joe Rocket Classic 92’ is exactly that, too -- a classic. The collar is neoprene-lined, and the cuffs are fully adjustable. The design comes with six pockets for storage in total, as well as a zip-in liner that you can easily apply during the colder months.

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Made of full sheepskin leather and with protective ‘knuckle armor,’ these gloves are touchscreen reactive, enabling you to access and utilize your nav systems without the extra hassle of removing their gloves. Expandable with a number of closures to provide personalized comfort and tightness, perforations in the fingertips allow for heightened airflow, keeping your hands remain cool and comfortable.

tourmaster boots.jpgThese durable, sleek boots truly live up to their ‘epic’ name, manufactured with everything a rider could want in a boot and more. Tested to support high densities, resist oil and petrol, and fight water damage with breathable fabrics, the leather these kicks are made with is incredibly abrasion-resistant. Even available in wide-sizing, we highly recommend you at least give these a try, no matter what your shoe size or go-to style.

  1. Tires:
While a number of different types of tires should be considered when shopping for your bike, we found two sets in particular that we thought incredibly important to note when it comes to continued praiseworthiness. We’ve separated them by front and rear tires:

sportec.jpgThis Sportec tire provides the ultimate ride for sportbike riders. Thriving in all temperatures and weather conditions, this tire’s longitudinal grooves make for not only enhanced stability on varied terrain, but also increase acceleration thrust. No matter what environment you’re trying to ride through, these tires enable them to truly feel the road, no matter what the surface conditions- all in all maintaining the utmost balance and control.                  

Intended for the utmost superbike lovers, these tires were designed with the Pirelli technology used in the World Superbike Championship, these tires provide full grip on mid-lean angles. The footprint area is substantial, garnering the ultimate experience in balance. If you’re looking for tires that merge full power experiences with heightened control, it shouldn’t take much to show you that these are the tires you need to stock up on.

pack talk.pngThis bluetooth system provides the ultimate experience for rider group communication- or, as they call it, ‘Pack Talk.’ Up to 15 riders can connect and communicate at a range of up to 5 miles, and the uits are able to connect to phones, MP3, FM radio, and more. Due to this gadget’s brilliant capabilities, it’s sure to be one of your next must-haves.

  1. Graphics Kits: Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Pro Team Graphics Kits

roost.jpgIf you’re into dirt biking (or are even just a big CTRRY team fan), then these packs could transform your ride. The kits cover everything from rear fenders to fork guards, and are completely personalizable to your liking as a rider.

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We couldn’t forget our female riders! MotoChic, a company that makes a number of products for female bikers, has designed a functional, attractive carrying bag for women to wear and take with them when they ride. This bag in particular, called “The Lauren,” can be worn as a backpack or a tote, and comes with a number of organizational pockets. Reflective panels on the item provide visibility on dark rides, and weather resistant materials make this bag marketable to any woman, no matter what your style is.

Friday, April 28, 2017

RideApart Presents: The 5 Best Touring Motorcycles

With the summer riding season just around the corner you're probably daydreaming about big two-wheeled road trips (we are!). But which bike is the perfect tool for the job? The team at RideApart has put together a list of five bikes it thinks are best for long hauls, along with five more affordable alternatives.

Check it out on the RideApart website by clicking here - you won't regret it!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some Seriously Insane Coverage of Seattle SX

Did you catch the coverage of Seattle SX earlier this month?

Marvin Musquin showed up the competition in truly dominating fashion, while Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey ended the series all tied up in points.

Which highlight was your favorite?
Did your favorite racer perform well?
Comment and let us know!

Motorcycle Laws You Didn’t Know Existed

It’s common for drivers to occasionally come across driving laws they’ve never heard, but did you know that there are a number of bizarre laws for motorcyclists, too? We’ve compiled a list of the most eyebrow-raising legislation out there so you will be in the know when you get on the road.

Motorcyclists may not wear costumes while riding. 

Well, more specifically - masks. In Virginia, motorcyclists are prohibited to wear masks, but you aren’t necessarily banned from wearing a costume that only covers your body, leaving your face uncovered. So if want to dress up like Batman, more power to you- perhaps just leave the Batmask for another time.

Motorcyclists have the ability to run red lights - legally. 

In Illinois, for example, if a municipality has less than 2 million residents, motorcyclists are permitted to treat the stoplight as more of a stop sign- yielding to other traffic before proceeding through the red light.

A motorcycle’s headlight must always be turned on- even at 12 in the afternoon. 

If you’re in Connecticut and your bike was manufactured within the past 30-something years, the light must always be illuminated- even if it’s the middle of the day. The reason for this law may be to help riders remember to be safe not only at night but all the time, since their lights will already be on when ride at night or in poor weather.
If you’re a student in a motorcycle learning or endorsement program, you must always wear pants. 

The state of Minnesota wants to keep students safe when it comes to their choice of garb - since shorts, shirts without longsleeves or riding without gloves don’t provide the proper amount of protection. Also, it’s important to note that this is specifically intended to have to do with students’ outfits while riding- not all the time.
Pop wheelies on the regular? You may want to think twice - in some locations, you’re technically considered a criminal. 

While laws about wheelies are generally pretty common, there are a number of variations can be found across different municipalities -- mostly having to do with the safety of bystanders and other riders or drivers in the area. If you’d like an example, the state of Maine has a great one with very detailed wording for clarification purposes. 

Which of these laws do you think is the most surprising? Comment and let us know.

Also, check out this other information about interesting motorcycle laws from some of our partners.
  • To see more bizarre and interesting motorcycle laws, visit Rocky Mountain ATV/MC for an even more substantive, detailed list.
  • Be sure to check out AMA’s motorcycle laws database to keep up to date with rider legislation in your state by clicking here: AMA State Laws Database

Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha 2017 Pro Team Graphics Kits Available for Purchase

Are you a huge Rock River Yamaha Race Team fan? Do you wish you had the chance to race with the pros on one of their decked out bikes? While racing with these athletes may be a dream, having a bike that looks like one of their custom beauties doesn’t have to be.


Roost Motocross Graphics has introduced several new decal designs for your bike, completely customizable to the make, size, and model of your dirt bike.

The kits cover everything from rear fenders to fork guards, and come equipped with the most durable vinyl to protect your bike’s designs from wear and tear. Each kit is available for both motocross and supercross bikes, and are able to be fully personalized to your style and preferences, with 9 background and number color options and three optional add-on Radiator Louver graphics.

The best part? You can even add a 2017 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Pro Team T-Shirt to your order for under 8 bucks.

Use the coupon code CT15 at checkout, and receive 25% off your graphics purchase!

Get your bike styled up for this race season, and you’ll be repping the Rock River team like no other.

Top 10 Biker Bars: California Edition

No matter where your motorcycle journeys take you, bikers often want to know find where they can find the best bars for bikers and restaurants that are “motorcycle friendly.”

This is the first edition of our new series bringing you the ultimate guide to the best bars and food stops in each and every state. This month, we’re starting with the great state of California.

Without further adieu, our picks for the top 10 biker bars in the Golden State:

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Image source: Johnny’s Bar & Grill

Affectionately coined “The Birthplace of the American Biker,” Johnny’s is known as a tough - but friendly - place for motorcyclists to gather, eat, drink, and be merry. Between karaoke on Thursday and Friday nights with one of the best MC’s in the area and amazing food- including  Sunday brunch- the restaurant and bar is an all-around knockout when it comes to climbing to the top spot in our top ten list. Rallies are happening around Johnny’s regularly, so if you want a place to stop and meet tons of other bikers, this is the place for you.

2. Ethel’s Old Corral - Bakersfield

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If you’re looking for a traditional western restaurant and bar, Ethel’s is the place. You’ll never pass by and not see bikes in the lot, and the bands that perform there are known for their unique sound in a casual environment. With weekly specials including Taco Tuesdays and Chicken Fried Steak, the Corral is the epitome of what it means to be an old-fashioned restaurant out west.


Known for as an open-air “garden” style drink stop, live music plays weekly at this constantly hopping locale. A great place to get away from it all and kick up your heels with friendly company and a good drink, Temecula also hosts parties for any gathering you could imagine. Nestled in Old Town, it’s a relaxed but fun place for both locals and traveling riders to meet up.

4. California Club - Auburn
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Locally owned with an outdoor patio and pool tables, California Club is one of those places known as ‘where the locals go.” Drawing a healthy crowd on the weekends with music and dancing, the friendly service and enjoyable ambiance makes for an experience like no other, regardless of whether you’re new to the area or just stopping by on your way through

2. Cold Spring Tavern - Santa Barbara

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With historic buildings and miles of incredible countryside to admire around this bar, Cold Spring Tavern is known for their historic environment and friendly vibes. The location was actually once a stagecoach stop, and both tourists and locals love to stop in for both special occasions and impromptu nights out. A wide variety of musicians play here very regularly, and the spot has been a favorite of a number of stars over the years. The quality food and warm ambiance has also made it a top destination for a romantic night out for biker couples, no matter what time of year it is.

2. Alice's Restaurant - Woodside

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A number of Yelp reviewers have said they could spend hours at Alice’s -- spending half the time checking out the incredible cars and unique bikes, and the other half drinking and eating some of the best food in the area. According to their famed slogan, “You Can Get Anything You Want at Alice’s,” the restaurant serves up anything from pasta to seafood to American grub and more. If you get too cold on a chilly fall or winter ride, be sure to stop in- they have hot apple cider waiting for you. A their mixture of quaint relaxation and a friendly staff, this location is one we’re sure you’ll love, no matter what brings you through the Woodside area.

7. Mountain House Bar - Tracey
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One of the most laid-back bars around, Mountain House has a great outdoor entertainment section where live music is played by local bands. The location has a Biergarten feel, with swings and horseshoes to keep you entertained. Their outdoor space is also available to rent, so if your group wants to schedule a biker grand gathering, this might be a great place for you. Plus, don’t forget to stop by for Taco Night on Thursdays, where you’ll get tacos for just a buck.

8. Cook’s Corner - Trabuco Canyon
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If any place is known for having hundreds of bikes out front throughout the year, it’s this place! Actually founded before prohibition laws were set in stone, Cook’s Corner didn’t become a full-fledged bar until 1933. Having thrived as a mess hall through the wars across the years, a motorcycle enthusiast from Santa Ana bought the bar in 1970, eventually making it what it is today: a good ole’ fashioned roadhouse style biker bar. Be sure to check out their events and specials, and be prepared to meet tons of other bikers when you stop by this classic bar!

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Image source: Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill

Founded in 2012, the 150+ year old, western-style building that houses The Crazy Horse Saloon has actually been around since the turn of the 19th century. Now famed for the incredible live music, the bar is equal parts relaxed and lively, mixing old-fashioned nostalgia with revamped nightclub vibes. The restaurant is also the only place close by showing the NFL Sunday ticket in season. While good drinks and dancing are a constant, you’d be amiss if you didn’t stop for a minute to try their renowned burgers. With ten different varieties of filler (from beef to salmon to veggies), you’ll be sure to find a bite that fits your palate. If you’re a biker ready for a night on the town with a bit of rough and tough western flair, Crazy Horse is where you need to go.

10. Tumbleweeds - Huntington Beach

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With live music every weekend, Tumbleweeds is lovingly referred to as “stumbleweeds” by many of the locals, hinting at the restaurant’s infamous ability to provide their customers with incredibly strong, but inexpensive cocktails and beer. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere is relaxed, casual, and friendly during the day, but has a packed dance floor and exciting energy at night. It’s definitely an ideal spot for weary riders to stop in and take a break from their travels.

Cali riders, are these your favorites? Is your top biker bar not listed? Comment and let us know!