Thursday, June 01, 2017

5 Awesome Motocross Races to Check Out This Summer

Maybe you’re already a huge motocross fan, or maybe you’re looking to check it out for the first time this summer. Regardless, we’ve picked out our top 5 favorite races of the summer to help you decide what races you want to check out. 

1. Thunder Valley National - Lakewood, Colorado 6/3

Thunder Valley opened around 18 years ago just a few miles south of Denver, and has rapidly grown in popularity over the years. Originally planned to avoid excessively hot temperatures high enough to make the fuel in the motorcycles boil, this track was the very first to ever host an AMA Pro Motocross National at night, creating an entirely new experience for American MX enthusiasts. The track is lit up with countless lights, created an illuminated race that will bring thrills to any motocross fan. The faces are also typically streamed live via TV and internet, allowing long-distance audiences to enjoy the race as well. Scheduled for the beginning of June each year, Thunder Valley National is the first of our list and is coming up this weekend; if you’re a Colorado native or plan to attend, check it out and let us know what you think! 

2. RedBud National - Buchanan, Michigan 7/1

By far one of our favorite races, RedBud occurs every year over the 4th of July holiday weekend. In addition to this famed national, the RedBud track is known for hosting TORC series truck racing, ATV National Motocross, AHRMA Vintage Motocross, AMA Amateur Motocross Championship qualifier, and more. The location is renowned for its great atmosphere for growing amateur racers, and regularly scheduled daily events, so there’s never a boring day at RedBud, even when there isn’t a race going on. Along with an animated atmosphere on the patriotic race weekend, there’s also a patriotic RedBud holiday festival and fireworks at the end of the day… what more can you ask for when it comes to an all-American weekend?

3. Unadilla National - New Berlin, New York 8/12

For nearly 50 years, Unadilla has been a go-to for motocross enthusiasts all over the country. Over 160 races have commenced here, and the number of riders that have competed at this location exceeds 80,000. The location not only showcases motocross nationals, but also ATV nationals, a vintage racing weekend, and the GNCC series. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to visiting this New York racetrack. On your break to pick up food or a refreshment from one of the stadium’s vendors, take a walk in the interactive sponsorship village to check out the various sponsors of different riders participating in that day’s race!

4. Budds Creek National - Mechanicsville, Maryland 8/19

Scheduled each year toward the end of August, Budds Creek is one race you definitely don’t want to miss. The stadium offers free parking for motorcycles and a place to check your gear and helmet, so riding to the race instead of driving is a great idea. Located only about 30 minutes outside of the nation’s capital, the Maryland track brings refreshing breezes and mild temps from the not-so-far-off Chesapeake Bay. Races are typically pretty tight, with winners being the riders who can make most powerful jumps or turn the sharpest corner with the sharpest technique. All in all, this is a great summer race with numerous viewing and camping options available.

5. Ironman National - Crawfordsville, Indiana 8/26

A truly all-American race, the Ironman National takes place in the small town of Crawfordsville, just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. The almost completely flat terrain of the land surrounding the course can be misleading at first, but don’t let it fool you- the course itself presents with numerous elevation changes and some of the most rough and challenging obstacles of all motocross courses, including the infamous ‘Godzilla,’ an enormous uphill jump. Seating at this event is open-air and festival style, and the majority of the track is viewable from nearly every angle around the course. Onsite camping is allowed, and ‘Super Ticket VIPs’ gain the opportunity to enter catered areas with live scoring and recounts of race sequences. Ironman is by far one of the best race tracks we could think of to end an incredible motocross season!

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Top Coastal Roads to Ride this Summer

On a long weekend or just a warm summer afternoon, there’s nothing better than finding a new route with incredible views and winding paths. 

Check out these 9 coastal roads that are just begging for you to ride down — and if you’re near them this summer, give ‘em a whirl and stop in for some of the greatest attractions along the way.

Top 10 Must-See Stops and Attractions:

Famous beach strips: Laguna, Newport, Huntington

     Photo: Breezy Point Cabins on Lake Superior

Top 10 Must-See Stops and Attractions:

What are some of your favorite routes to take on weekend rides during the summer? 

Comment and let us know - and don’t forget to post pictures of your favorite motorcycle destinations to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #cycletradernation - 

you might just get the chance to be featured on our page!

In Case You Missed It: May Moto News

You come to Cycle Trader to buy your next bike, sell your current one - why not come to us as your ultimate resource on all other things motorcycle?

To help keep you up-to-date with industry news, product launches, model reviews — we’re recapping the most significant cycle news stories in the month of May — just in case you hadn’t yet read about any of these interesting snippets in the moto world yet. Check them out and see which story do you think was the highlight of this month.

Struck by a car after a collision while bicycling on Italy’s Rimini Coastline, “The Kentucky Kid” passed away from significant cerebral injuries sustained in the accident. The sport has lost a legend.

According to a recent report from MCN, the country has made it illegal for children to ride pillion unless their size enables them to fit a number of requirements, such as their arms being long enough to wrap around the driver.

After presenting the new animal-friendly suit, the company was awarded with PETA’s Proggy Award for supporting animal rights. 

Erik Buell Racing, an American superbike manufacturer, will be closing its doors after continued business struggles and liquidating inventory beginning June 7th.

It’s been half a decade since Burt Monroe took his “Fastest Indian” to Bonneville. Now, Indian’s remaking a new “Fastest” for Monroe’s nephew, Lee Munro.

Image: MotoFire

The new plant has been noted as a good move for Harley, capitalizing on the potential of the Southeast Asian market.

The first phase of the restoration has been revealed by Suzuki, 
and you’ve got to see the results — they are incredible.

Details from a press release have confirmed the success of the model.

5 new color options have also been added to its repertoire.

Two friends — one a scientist, one a designer — have formulated an algae-based oil for fuel to power this unique, sustainable ride. 

Check it out.

With looks similar to those of a scrambler, 
the teaser has the Internet exploding, wondering whether or not MV Augusta should go down the tracker-path, 
as many other manufacturers have.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Insane MX Tricks You've Got to See to Believe...

They say seeing is believing,
and these trial tricks through the Red Bull factory have us doing double takes... 
Check it out! Can you believe this?

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! Sign 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.