Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE FOR THE KIDS: 250,000 miles. 3 Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors. One bold and determined cause.



As one of the biggest motorcycle classifieds sites in the country, Cycle Trader is incredibly proud to announce that we've partnered with Rever and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF)

Sample REVER tracking map
Cycle Trader’s Challenge for the Kids encourages riders to get out on the road and log their traveled miles in Rever, a newly launched app that brings motorcycle enthusiasts together in the simplest yet most incredible way. Similar to other map-based mobile apps that track an individual's covered distance (i.e., MapMyRun), Rever enables motorcycle enthusiasts to plan and record their rides, all while raising money for Ride for Kids.

The challenge will run throughout the month of September, and our goal is to reach 250,000 total miles logged by motorcyclists in the app by the end of the month.  If this challenge is met, Cycle Trader will provide funding for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to award college scholarships to three children who survived pediatric brain tumors.


“The PBTF is honored to be a recipient of this generous challenge,” said Tiffany Armstrong, VP of Campaign Development for Ride for Kids.  “Cycle Trader has been a wonderful partner in promoting our Ride for Kids program, the longest running charity motorcycle event in the country, and their further investment in our scholarship program is deeply appreciated.”

Justin Bradshaw, Co-Founder of Rever, was just as enthusiastic. "We could not be more excited about working with Cycle Trader and Ride for Kids…this is an incredible opportunity to engage with a global community of motorcycle riders, and to focus on a common cause that has a huge impact on kids’ lives."


"That's a powerful thing, and something we are proud to be a part of." Justin Bradshaw, Rever Co-Founder



With millions of riders on our site each month, we encourage our Cycle Trader fans to join the challenge and really help make a difference in the lives of these children.  The app is a great tool for keeping track of rides and logging miles, all while simultaneously supporting an incredible cause. 




We strongly encourage you to get out on the road, start logging those miles, and join the challenge, starting Sept. 1stDownload the Rever app on Google Play or Apple today! 

Special Partner Feature: Lane splitting is officially legal in California...and now the fine tuning begins

Read the full article on the Russ Brown blog today!
Lane splitting, long legal in California, is now “officially” recognized as such.  
Let the fine tuning begin!
After years of being an accepted practice in California, “lane splitting” officially became legal in the state as of Aug. 19 when Governor Jerry Brown signed in it into law. The lane splitting bill, commonly referred to as Assembly Bill 51 or AB 51, slowly worked its way through Assembly and Senate hearings with little opposition over the past several months. As with any new legislative act, there are few rough edges to smooth over. This bill is no different in that there is some ambiguity in the wording and how it will be applied to motorcyclists– particularly when it comes to guidelines set forth by the California Highway Patrol and most importantly, how the insurance industry addresses collisions involving a rider who is splitting lanes.
The catalyst for the “official” recognition of lane splitting as legal occurred when a citizen threatened action against the CHP for posting helpful safety guidelines about the practice on their website. The complaint was that CHP was not authorized to draft legislation and that, by posting guidelines on an activity that hadn’t been specifically designated as legal by the State, the CHP was running afoul of their authority.
To avoid fueling the legal challenge, the CHP voluntarily opted to remove the guidelines from their website. Soon afterward, Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) drafted AB 51 at a time when the momentum was on the side of motorcyclists to get the bill approved. “I have spent over a year working on AB 51 and now have support from law enforcement, motorcycle groups, and the insurance industry,” said Quirk.
A strong factor in the passing of AB 51 was a study published by the UC Berkley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center in the spring of 2015 in which they concluded that lane splitting is “relatively safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less”.
AB 51 also shared the support of the Motorcycle Industry Council, American Motorcyclist Association, the California chapter of ABATE, Liberty Mutual Insurance, as well as several law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Assn, the Fraternal Order of Police in California, the Santa Ana Police Officers Assn, and the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs Assn to name a few.
With the signing of AB 51, one section of the verbiage has brought up immediate questions and that is identifying which “motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety” will be the one that CHP consults with when drafting guidelines. “AB 51 defines lane splitting and allows the California Highway Patrol to develop educational safety guidelines regarding the practice,” said CHP spokesman Officer Martis. “The CHP will evaluate the best approach to take to develop guidelines that will benefit traffic/public safety in the best possible way. This will be a deliberative process in consultation with other agencies and organizations concerned with roadway safety, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Traffic Safety and the Department of Transportation, among others. At this time, it is unknown which motorcycle safety group the CHP will consult during this deliberative process.”
Officer Martis confirmed that there is no estimated timeline for CHP to produce the guidelines.
To develop the guidelines, CHP will be working with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety, and the yet to be identified “motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.” Logically, riders would assume that ABATE of California would be that designated organization; however, this appears to be an unknown answer at this time. “We are happy that we have guidelines and we are interested to learn how CHP is going to work with the motorcycle groups,” said Chuck Pedersen, Legislative Director for ABATE of California. “AB 51 states that CHP will ‘consult with this group’; however, it doesn’t mean that they have to listen to us. We feel it’s important that the actual riders have a strong voice in best practices guidelines that CHP draft.”
In fact, ABATE is also focused on is how the insurance companies will view any collisions involving a rider who is lane splitting. “Before lane splitting was legalized, if someone cut in front of a rider, the insurance companies would say it’s an unsafe practice so it becomes the rider’s fault or no fault where both the driver and rider are both at fault and their respective insurance companies handle their own damages,” said Pedersen.  “I hope the insurance companies will re-evaluate how they view lane splitting and our liability. If a rider is legally following the guidelines that CHP sets forth, then they should not be held liable if a driver cuts them off and causes a collision.”
Chuck Koro, Managing Partner of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys (Brown, Koro & Romag, LLP) says, “Our entire practice is dedicated to injured riders, the vast majority of whom are not at-fault.  The most important reminder for all motorcyclists is to drive defensively and at a safe speed relative to conditions, especially when splitting lanes.”
By legalizing lane splitting – also known as lane filtering or lane sharing – California becomes the first state in the America to allow a practice that is common place in many countries around the world. Motorcycle rights organizations around the country have been watching the progress of AB 51 and are now working to enact legislation so that riders in their own states have this option.
Assembly Bill No. 51 reads as follow:
Existing law requires, whenever a roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, that a vehicle be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and not be moved from the lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety.
This bill would define “lane splitting” as driving a motorcycle, that has 2 wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, as specified. The bill would authorize the Department of the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist, drivers, and passengers, as specified. The bill would require the department, in developing these guidelines, to consult with specified agencies and organizations with an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1.
Section 21658.1 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21658.1.
(a) For the purposes of this section, “lane splitting” means driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.
(b) The Department of the California Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.
(c) In developing guidelines pursuant to this section, the department shall consult with agencies and organizations with an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The Department of Motor Vehicles.
(2) The Department of Transportation.
(3) The Office of Traffic Safety.
(4) A motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.




Monday, August 29, 2016

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress – First Ride Review

By Andrew Cherney, Rider Magazine
The new-for-2017 MGX-21 Flying Fortress is Moto Guzzi’s bold entry into the middleweight bagger segment. (Photography by Kevin Wing)
The new-for-2017 MGX-21 Flying Fortress is Moto Guzzi’s bold entry into the middleweight bagger segment. (Photography by Kevin Wing)
An endless crackling of unmuffled pipes fills the air, and the bitter stench of abused clutches is unmistakable. If it’s early August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, then this must be Sturgis—and the onslaught of tens of thousands of baggers into this most American of bike rallies.
This year, there’s a new player vying for a place in that V-twin-biased motorcycle segment—Moto Guzzi is officially appearing for the first time at the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And the Italians have come to the party with a secret weapon: the new MGX-21 Flying Fortress bagger.


2017 MOTO GUZZI MGX-21: SPECS

Base Price: $21,990
Website: motoguzzi-us.com
Unlike the reverence for tradition on the California and Eldorado, the MGX-21 embraces a sleek and head-turning modern aesthetic, backing it up with grunt and tech.
Engine Type: Air and oil-cooled, transverse 90-degree V-twin, 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,380cc
Bore x Stroke: 
104.0 x 81.2mm
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated 
dry clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 66.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 32 deg., 7.4 in.
Seat Height: 29.1 in.
Claimed Wet Weight: 
752 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.4 gals.
MPG: NA



















Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Believe it: The Most Expensive Bikes in the World

Ever wonder how much the most expensive bike on Earth actually is?

We've researched them. We've found them. And your mind just might be blown.




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$34k:

Ducati Panigale R

$40k:

MV Augusta F4 RC

$40.3k:

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra
          Topspeed

$50k:

Kawasaki Ninja H2R


       Kawasaki UK

$68k:

Energica EGO45


$77k:

Tron Light Cycle


   Collider

$92.5k:

Confederate B120 Wraith


$103k:

Vyrus 987 C34V

$120k:

Coventry Eagle


$120k:

MV Augusta F4CC


   LA Times

$130k:

UCR MHTT (Mike Hailwood)


$130k:

Harley-Davidson Rocker


$145k:

Harley-Davidson Hubless


$172k:

Icon Sheene

      The James List

$175k:

MMT Turbine Streetfighter



$225k:

DUCATI Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept



$232.5k:

Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16



$300k:

Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX



$300k:

Legendary British Vintage Black



$555k:

Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike



$1.5m

Jack Armstrong's Million Dollar Harley
(Cosmic Starship)


  NDTV

$3.5m:

Hildebrand & Wolfmuller

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$3.6m:

Ecosse ES1 Spirit


$3mil:

Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper


           TopSpeed.com

$7mil:

1949 E90 AJS Porcupine
      MotoSecrets.com


And finally, we're just gonna leave this here...


$11mil:

Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter


   PPCORN

So, if you suddenly became a millionaire,  which would you buy? 
A bundle of a few of these?
Just that Neiman Marcus beast?
Comment and let us know!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Five myths of adventure travel and motorcycling: Guest feature courtesy of ADVMOTO!


Have you got the itch for adventure? Are you worried it's unsafe, too expensive or even simply impossible? ADVMoto asked some of the most traveled globe riders about five common myths of adventuring around the world. Men, women, couples and solo travelers alike can learn something from the tremendous experience of ADVMoto's five panelists with over 40 years of combined travel, covering hundreds of thousands of overland miles, through every continent, in some of the most remote regions of the Earth.

Is adventure travel safe? Do you need a lot of money to start an adventure? Are people around the planet fundamentally good or bad? Find out from the people who know at Adventure Motorcycle!




Wednesday, August 03, 2016

6 tips for the social rider’s Laguna Seca experience (Cycle Trader Partner Feature)

Partner Content Feature: 
Alicia Mariah Elving, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Racers have been making history on the Laguna Seca International Raceway since 1957. Nestled just east of Monterey Bay in Northern California, half the reason to make the trek is for the gorgeous scenery and roads leading to the area. So, if you’re a newbie like I am, what can you expect from such a trip, and what exactly should you remember to keep in mind?
1. Ride up Highway 1
Having never been to this track or international races, I was beckoned to the road! Opting to take Highway 1 as much as I could from Los Angeles, I was constantly cooing about the beautiful cliffs and bright blue ocean views climbing up through Big Sur’s perfectly twisted roads. Leave yourself some extra adventure time— there are too many lookout points and restaurants to just blast through in one day like I did. If you want to camp in the area, reserve space ahead of time… they go fast.
2. Camp at Big Sur

My road trip was very last minute, so I arrived at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Campground around 7pm to meet up with friends, who had thankfully secured a space the night before. Campfires are not allowed in the majority of California because of the prominent danger of wildfire, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a big fire pit and grill set up next to a heavy duty picnic table. The campground has a lodge/hotel, convenience store, pay showers, and “real” bathrooms, all while sitting on the Big Sur river surrounded by beautiful hiking opportunities on the edge of the Redwood Forest.
3. Camp at the Track
Friday morning we excitedly popped out of bed, stuffed some food in our faces, packed up camp, and headed north to Monterey (a little over 30 miles up breathtaking coastline roads). This is where you need to gas up and get ice, food, snacks, beer… the works. From Monterey, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track is twenty minutes east into the hills. We rolled in some time around 4pm, asked who we needed to talk to about available camping spaces, and were sent to turn 11 on a treasure hunt. A short while later we had secured two camping spots, got our tents set up, and started off to wander the grounds to watch warm-up laps and qualifiers. Having planned nothing, everything went so smoothly... it seemed almost too easy!
The best part about camping at the track is that you wake up to the incredible sounds of performance motorcycles, surrounded by like-minded race fans excited to watch history be made. There’s an indescribable buzz created by people's passion for motorcycles, as well as the speed machines circling the track… instant and constant goosebumps! If you choose to camp on track, prepare to walk 10-20 miles throughout the weekend. Mini bikes, bicycles, or even your motorcycle will help you get around more quickly (and avoid blisters).
4. Check out the Corkscrew
One of the biggest draws of the Laguna Seca track is the infamous Corkscrew— a series of turns starting with a blind crest in a big left hander, dropping 59 feet (that’s almost six stories) in just 450 feet of track, before changing directions completely. Libations and carnival style food are available atop the dusty hill, where you’ll find most of the race watchers planted. From one side of the Corkscrew hill you can watch riders blast through one of the most exciting corners in the world, and from the other side you can see every other turn on the track. There’s no actual structured seating up there, so bring a blanket or a folding chair to avoid stickers from the dry grass.
Navigate the Sea of Booths!
Down below you’ll find hundreds of booths and kiosks peddling their wares, with steep discounts and tax breaks— everything from the top new motorcycle technology to $5 t-shirts and figurines. Every major manufacturer (and some smaller ones, too) rolls out their model line-ups for display and demo rides. There are plenty of booths offering free services and contests to enter, like the kings of motorcycle law: Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. Join BAM, their free breakdown & legal assistance program, and you’re automatically entered to win a 2016 Indian Dark Horse. It’s a win-win!
6. Experience the Races
You get to see one-of-a-kind race bikes up close and in person, talk to racers, watch them spray each other with champagne on the podium… the list goes on and on. No matter where you’re standing, when the racing starts, you’re in for a treat. The sound echoing off golden ridges encompassing the 2.238 mile, 11 turn track can make a race fan a little emotional. It’s a visceral experience that can only be understood by doing.
     So, whether you’re located in California or New York, 
add Laguna Seca racing to your list of must-see motorcycle events. 

Three days of beautiful scenery and amazing motorcycles, exciting racing and a historical element that feeds the overall energy and wonder of the weekend. 

You won’t regret it.





Friday, July 29, 2016

Americade Rally 2016

By K. Hogge


Dozens of featured motorcycles lined Americade’s presentation road, with Cycle Trader’s banner
archway standing proudly as their backdrop.

As a sponsor of Americade and their 2016 Rally, Cycle Trader is incredibly proud to announce that the event was a massive success! Though an official attendance count has not yet been released, some thousands of biking enthusiasts attended the rally regardless of overcast skies anda largely rainy weekly forecast. Many attendeeswere eager to view the rally's vintage motorcycle lineup at Fort William Henry Resort, with countless antique features presented at the showcase - including a 1932 Indian Scout. This year, Americade also introduced its new adventure biking offshoot rally, 'DirtDaze.' This new event undoubtedly enticed crowds and quenched these niche bikers' thirst for thrills. It's far more than likely that the event will return again next year.

Additionally, Director Christian Dutcher told a local news source that their Support the Troops Cruise on Lake George proved heartwarming and unifying for all in attendance, as veterans and current members of the military were proudly greeted by a local motorcycle group, Patriot Guard. Dutcher explained his experience of the event to Sun Community News' Thom Randall with a grateful smile: "My job is like planning and putting on a huge party. If everybody's had a good time, you really feel good afterwards."

It goes without saying that Americade’s next rally in 2017 will be just as enthusiastically anticipated as it was this year - if not much more!


From all of us at Cycle Trader, congratulations to the Americade team for putting on an incredibly impressive 2016 rally and showcase!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vintage Icons: History's 10 most legendary bikes


From 1931 to 1969, a definitive list of some of the most legendary bikes whose wheels ever graced both highways and backroads.

Read to the end to see who won the title of our readers' favorite!