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.



Ducati Panigale R


MV Augusta F4 RC


Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra


Kawasaki Ninja H2R

       Kawasaki UK


Energica EGO45


Tron Light Cycle



Confederate B120 Wraith


Vyrus 987 C34V


Coventry Eagle


MV Augusta F4CC

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UCR MHTT (Mike Hailwood)


Harley-Davidson Rocker


Harley-Davidson Hubless


Icon Sheene

      The James List


MMT Turbine Streetfighter


DUCATI Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept


Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16


Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX


Legendary British Vintage Black


Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike


Jack Armstrong's Million Dollar Harley
(Cosmic Starship)



Hildebrand & Wolfmuller

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Ecosse ES1 Spirit


Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper



1949 E90 AJS Porcupine

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


Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter


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!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cruising through Laconia

The city of Laconia, New Hampshire is home to the oldest motorcycle rally in America- it also has more motorcyclists per capita than any other city in the Nation. In fact Laconia’s slogan is “We Ride,” and it’s true. Every city official, old-timer, new timer, and even the unsuspecting grandma at the local grocery store spends their summer months with the wind in their hair and bugs in their teeth.
The state’s motto “Live Free or Die,” could also have a hand in their sense of adventure as well. People from New Hampshire are cut from a different cloth; they are kind but determined, stubborn at times, proud and understand the meaning of freedom- a word synonymous with riding.
From the mountains to oceanside, the state offers much to the motorcycle enthusiast. It’s rocky and hilly, densely wooded, boasts 1,300 lakes and ponds, is blessed with a small but beautiful 13 miles long Atlantic coastline, and has a slew of unique roadside bars, breweries, Inns, and kitschy general stores.
I had never ridden in Laconia, but this year the Iron Lilies (an all women all Harley riding group I’m part of), was invited to lead and participate in ten days of charity rides and events. We went with the expectation of putting at least 1,000 miles on our bikes before we left and had no problem reaching that halfway through the rally. We had already ridden over 1,500 miles just to get there and only stole a few hours sleep before starting the Rally’s first morning ride. All of the riding was equally beautiful but there are a few routes that can’t be missed if you ever make it to the area. Below are a few of my favorites.
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Kancamagus aka “The Kanc”: Everyone told me that one of the roads I have to do while I’m in town is the Kancamagus (Hwy 112), a 37 mile twisty road through the White Mountains. This road is favorite with the V-twin crowd and it’s easy to see why. This scenic byway has quite a few twisties, a lot of sweepers, a hairpin turn or two, and it climbs almost 3,000 feet up to the peak of Mount Kancamagus on a 10% grade. The pull-offs along the Kanc become impromptu gatherings of riders and the pace of the curves invites a leisurely low-revving lope.
Because New Hampshire has unpredictable weather along with harsh winters the road has some rough patches along the way. There are a few areas of holes, bumps, and broken pavement that can make for a rougher ride and throw you off your line if you lean too far in a curve. I have a slammed suspension, and my back definitely felt every bump. It wasn’t anything too concerning, just something to be aware of.
One other factor to be cautious of while on the road are Moose. The North Eastern part of the USA is Moose country and they are everywhere (especially at dusk), so plan your ride during the earlier part of the day unless you want to make friends with this giant beast.
Another reason why I like the Kanc is because it’s customizable. There are a couple of roads that break off from it and can make it a totally different experience if you wanted to change it up a bit. While you’re on the Kanc you will pass a small cut through road called “Bear Notch”, a narrow two-lane road that provides tighter curves, winding through an unmolested forest and comes out at the base of Mt. Washington.
The Kanc is 50 miles north of Laconia and there are many options for where to start so I just listed the Kanc on the map and you can plan your route from there. All roads that lead to it are almost equally amazing and you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them. Depending on where you start there’s the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, a historic building that serves locally crafted beers and a homemade meatloaf that will beat your Mom’s.
Even though the Kanc itself is relatively short, remember that there’s no gas (or town) until Lincoln, so go with a full tank and enjoy the ride.
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Mt. Washington Auto Road: The road itself is a little under eight miles but the route to get to it is an 80-mile winding back road that cuts through waterfalls, covered bridges, and riverbeds.
To ride the Auto Road is a badge of honor, just like saying you have done an official Iron Butt ride… and it’s totally worth the sticker you get at the base of the mountain. They say the best way to overcome a fear is to just do what it is you’re afraid of- and this road will definitely challenge a lot of fears. What I like most about this road is that when you’re on it, there’s no turning back- you have to commit.
This twisty ride to the sky is closed twice a year to automobiles, allowing motorcyclists to have free range on the narrow and steep climb. The mountain road grade ranges from 12% to 22% up and back down, has a couple of hairpin turns, is a combination of tarmac and dirt, and has no guard rails. The mountain is home to the world’s worst weather, with the highest recorded winds in the world (231 mph), and a place where they say that “fate is decided.”
As intimidating as all that sounds keep in mind that motorcycles have been traveling this road for over 100 years and on the day I went I was joined by 4,000 others on every kind of bike imaginable, all with the same look of determination in their eyes. None of us crashed or died.
At the top you’re at 6,288 feet above sea level and when you reach it there’s no greater sense of accomplishment. No matter how long you’ve been riding, this mountain will leave you in shock and awe.
There’s a summit up top enclosed in glass so while you’re celebrating and warming up over coffee you can look past the surrounding mountain tops and your bike and gloat at what you’ve just done. It’s totally fine to brag about it there too, as everyone else is doing the same thing! Be a tourist and get your pic with the sign at the highest point, it’s not everyday you climb a mountain like this. Then get ready for the ride back down, and just remember to use low gears and engine brake most of the way… or pull off at one of the many lookouts to cool down your brakes and enjoy more to the scenery.
Coastal Ride to Bentley’s: If you’re this far North in America, you might as well go to Maine along the coast for a 70 mile ride to Bentley’s Saloon and Campground. This place has become a staple of Bike Week, but it’s also a great place to hang out the rest of the year too.
Owned by legendary super-modified race car driver Bentley Warren, this New England destination is known for its unique atmosphere filled with racing memorabilia and vintage motorcycles hanging from the rafters. They have live music almost every day, buckets of lobsters, and ice-cold beers. It’s a great place to wet your whistle and talk shop with the many other motorcyclists that gather there on a regular basis.
From Laconia you head southeast along Lake Winnipesaukee, make a few turns until you hit US-1 North. There you will go along the coast for a short but breathtaking ride until you hit some back roads again and make it to Bentley’s. I added this ride because it includes more of a chance to hang out and visit another state while you’re in the area. The people are friendly, helpful, and filled with suggestions on where you should ride next. That’s what makes this stop a must if you have more time to explore- as you will leave with a ton of options and motorcycle routes.
Article & Photos Courtesy of Leticia Cline
Feature sourced from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys blog

Go Pros & Smart Helmets: Good, Or Bad? A Russ Brown Feature

May 19th, 2016      RUSS BROWN FEATURE      Written by BAM Contributor
Almost everyone at this point has seen a viral video taken by a motorcyclist’s GoPro catching the close calls and challenges encountered by riders on a daily basis. We live in a world now where everyone is shooting videos of everything.  Footage of just about every subject matter is all over TV and the internet. It is often used in criminal cases to convict or exonerate the accused.  In the motorcycle community, GoPros have become especially popular. Motorcyclists don’t always get a fair shake when they are cited or when they are involved in an accident, and riders are using GoPros to document their rides. Footage like this finally gives the world a firsthand account of the prejudice and difficulties motorcycle enthusiasts face when they go for a ride. Generally, capturing the events on tape is clear evidence of what happened. If you are accused of causing an accident or violating the vehicle code, footage of the events, if favorable, will help make your case.
It can be very effective if you make an insurance claim because the insurance company will not compensate you without proof that their insured was at fault. The investigation can go on for weeks or months. A GoPro, or any other footage depicting the accident will prove invaluable if it supports your rendition of the events. Of course, on the other hand, if it doesn’t, the opposite is true but, in general, we believe that a GoPro is a net plus in helping motorcyclists establish the truth-as long as its use isn’t a distraction to the rider.
Motorcycle helmet companies are catching on to this new trend. Despite the continued popularity of the GoPro, Bell Helmets and 360FLY recently announced a line of smart motorcycle helmets featuring a 360-degree video camera scheduled to release later this year. Motorcycle helmets have been known to minimize rider visibility, making it even harder to assess and respond to potential dangers on the road. It is for this very reason the helmet company Skully developed the AR-1 Helmet with a 180 degree blind spot camera built in. The AR-1 claims to be the first “augmented reality” helmet featuring a built-in 180 degree blind spot camera and a heads up display (HUD). This technology allows the user to see peripherally and directly behind them, increasing situational awareness while simultaneously recording footage in the unfortunate case of an accident.

Here are some smart helmet technologies and camera systems that might interest you:
– The 360 Fly-Panoramic HD Video Camera featured in the new Bell helmets is available now and includes an action camera adapter allowing the user to integrate any existing 3 prong mount. The 360 Fly camera retails for $399 and is available for purchase at retailers like Best Buy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Top Roads To Ride In Kentucky

Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State. It’s also home to the Kentucky Derby, corvettes, Fort Knox gold and Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace. We’ve got Bourbon so delicious that it’s started wars and barbecue that’s so good that it’s ended them. Daniel Boone called Kentucky a “second paradise,” and I like to call it home.
I was born and raised in the rural area of south-central Kentucky, just 5 miles from the border of Mammoth Cave National Park and the beginning of over 100 miles of unspoiled back roads begging for exploration and beckoning to motorcycle riders.
Like so many of the other roads in KY, the news about how great they are really haven’t spread far past the Kentucky borders, until now. You’ve got the twisties in eastern Kentucky, scenic routes in northern Kentucky with sweeping curves along the Ohio River, and the rolling hills of Western Kentucky that are great for wide-open cruising.
Below is a list of my top 3 bluegrass seeing, bourbon slinging adventure filled rides along with the must do things to get the true Kentucky experience.
Kentucky Body (Mamoth Cave)
Mammoth Cave National Park Ride
2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and we have three great ones located here in Kentucky so it only seemed fitting to include one of them on this journey. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world at over 400 discovered miles in length and over 300 feet deep. The cave sits underneath over 52,000 acres of woods, rivers, bluffs, valleys and a long and winding road to go through it all. It’s also known as my backyard. I grew up five miles outside the park border and know these roads like the back of my hand and can assure you that it’s still a well kept secret. You can find long stretches of unpopulated open road to explore. The only thing you need to watch out for is wildlife, better know around those parts as “critters”. Fall is the best time of year to ride here since the trees are doing their magical color turning tricks and the kids are in school meaning that tourists are at a minimum.
HWY 70 leads right into Mammoth Cave National Park at the Historic entrance. You can take this throughout the park but I like to explore and there are a lot of options on this map to do so. This route starts out fairly easy but when you make it towards the entrance of the cave the number of curves increase to about 10 to 15 curves per mile. This route does turn into a very twisty and shaded back road overlooking cliffs with no shoulder. The best thing is that it gets out of the park border which means the speed limit is increased and you can open it up. However, depending on your skill level you may want to stay on the main road or take it very slow. It’s only about 55 miles’ roundtrip but depending on your stops it can take most of the day to do this ride. You’ll go through 5 small towns all with a dinner to grab a cup of joe but if you’re wanting a cold one you have to head to the town of Cave City for that. It’s the only “wet” city on this trip. The town is small, and the options are limited but there is a legit Mexican restaurant called “El Mazatlan” ( ) that can serve up a great taco and the best Michelada north of the border. If you have too many you can crash in a teepee just two miles up the road at the Wigwam Village ( ).
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Land Between the Lakes
Western Kentucky is home to the largest inland peninsula in the United States yet its one of the national parks best kept secrets. Over 170 thousand acres of untouched land, rich with wildlife, sits between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake just north of Nashville, TN and south of Paducah, KY.
The route is roughly 50 miles one way and takes about an hour and a half to 3 hours depending on how many stops and how fast you want to ride. From this route you can choose to go 40 more miles to Nashville and be at the beginning of the 444 mile Historic Natchez Trace, another great motorcycle road.
I’m starting this ride on KY-453 S at Grand Rivers, KY. From there you basically take it south the entire way until you hit Tennessee and it turns into TN-49 E.
Before you head out you have to fill up your stomach at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement ( ) since it’s the best food in three counties; there’s no other food stops along the way. I suggest her famous Sawdust Pie but just share it because you may want to nap after instead of ride. Don’t forget to gas up your bike or take gas with you if you venture off on side roads. There are very few to no gas stops until you get to Tennessee on this trip.
There’s a couple of traffic lights on this route but there’s also rolling hills, sweeping curves and lots of rural farmland and lakeside scenery. It feels like a back country road but with really good pavement and makes for optimal riding conditions. The best times to ride it are the usual suspects, Spring, Summer and Fall; it’s just up to personal preference.
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Bourbon Trail
There’s 4 major things you must do when you come to KY; besides basketball and horse racing the other two involve drinking. Moonshine can be found pretty much anywhere but Bourbon is made in certain regions in beautiful historic distilleries set far back on untouched countryside. There are ten distilleries ( ) you could stop at on this map just keep in mind that each tour is over an hour long and includes a lot of tastings. These aren’t like wine tastings, you get to try the new batch they are experimenting with and most of the time it’s “cask strength” which means its one-step down from moonshine proof and not the best for riding after. The two you have to go visit are Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark. Makers because it’s the most known and the story of how it got started is interesting. Woodford though is not only the oldest Kentucky distillery (200+ years) and a National Landmark, but it’s also the most beautiful and the road to it is as well. On this map I included the Old Talbott Tavern ( ), the oldest stone tavern in America. You can’t pass through Bardstown and not stop to have a shot at their bar that is ridden with bullets from Jess James’ gun and if you happen too have to much to drink then you can stumble upstairs to the Presidential suite and sleep in the same bed that Lincoln once slept in. I could go on for days about the history in these parts but instead I’ll leave a little work up to you and suggest you do your research on the area before you go ride, so you can get the most of it. The route is 125 miles and should be broken into 2 days since the stops are worth staying for a while. The road is covered in farmland, old barns, winding tree-covered roads and a few straight aways with no lights where you can get on the gas a little bit if you choose to.
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There are so many wonderful riding roads in Kentucky I could list here but a lot of those you can find online. These are the routes I do every time I’m home and in the 20 plus years of riding them I still find them just as exciting as the first trip I took. I may be biased being from the area and all but I think Kentucky has some of this country’s best motorcycle riding. Riding is more than just being on a bike – we use it to also take us places, not just physical but mental as well. In Kentucky you can hit the reset button very easily since most of the land is the same as it was thousands of years ago. Getting away from the monotony of society is just a twist of the throttle and a Kentucky minute away.