Monday, November 27, 2006

Pack up your bike the right way - Pick the right luggage system

Planning to take a trip on your motorcycle soon? Do you have lots of gear you intend to bring? Whatever you bring, you do not want it falling off your bike and harming you or other riders and drivers you share the road with.

No matter how mighty your bike is, you need take care when packing your motorcycle for a trip. The Toronto Star features a story offering advice on how to pack your bike.

Bikers have the option of using hard cases that bolt on the bike frame, or using leather saddlebags that can carry your stuff and make you look sharp.

Do you travel long distances on your cycle? Have any advice on how to pack safely? Leave a comment and share your story!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Custom bike builder creates woman-shaped motorcycle

Inspiration for custom bikes has come from everything from comic book heroes to jet aircraft. The imagination of custom bike designers know no limits.

One such designer, profiled on PalmBeachPost.com, is Jerry Graves of Graves Custom Cycles. Graves has over 20 years experience designing custom bikes.

For one of his latest design, Graves is building a rounded bike inspired by the shape of a woman.

Sorry, we don’t have pictures, but there is a link to the Graves Custom Cycles homepage in the article.

Monday, November 20, 2006

100,000th Buell bike rolls of the assembly line

Buell Motorbikes is getting ready to celebrated the production of their 100,000th motorcycle. Roadracing world.com features a story on Buell and the history of the innovative bike maker founded in 1983.

The only American manufacturer of sport bikes, Buell was founded by Erik Buell and started their production with racing bikes. Buell later took their experience with race bikes to create high performance street bikes.A special ceremony will mark when the 100,000 Buell bike rolls of the assembly line.

Want to take your own Buell for a ride? Check out the selection of Buell bikes on CycleTrader.com.

Monday, November 13, 2006

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Custom chopper class trains young cycle artists in Arizona


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The custom chopper above was built by professionals. Now high school students in Arizona are getting a chance to build their own custom bikes too.

Skyline Technical High School in Arizona is offering training in custom motorcycle design for students.

The new class, profiled on azcentral.com, gives high school students a chance follow in the footsteps of the custom chopper builders on American Chopper and Monster Garage.

"Choppers" get their name from the method used to create the custom motorcycles. Motorcycles frames are cut and modified, then decorated with exotic paint and accessories. The results are motorcycles that demand attention with their loud colors and flashy styles.

If building custom bikes was not thrilling enough, the chopper building students had their designs reviewed by custom bike builder Jesse Rooke, who appears on Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off.

Looking for you own custom bike? You don't have to build it from scratch. Check out the selection of custom choppers on Cycle Trader.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Trikes offer an easier way to ride motorcycles

For some motorcycle riders, long hours on the back of a bike can be too much. Some baby boomers are not as spry as they used to be, making a motorcycle a challenge to ride.

For those bikers who find a traditional motorcycle uncomfortable, a trike offers an easy to ride alternative. Trikes are converted motorcycles that have three wheels instead of two.

The Juneau County Star Times features a profile of Charlie Anderson, a trike owner who rides a converted Harley-Davidson. A motorcycle rider since the age of 16, Anderson is now 78 and finds his trike allows him to continue riding across the country.

Do you own a trike? Tell us about it! Leave a comment below. Want your own trike? Check out the selection of trikes on Cycle Trader.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Motorcycle safety classes - After you buy the bike of your dreams, learn how to ride it

If you are a new motorcycle buyer, you might want to read the Houston Chronicle's article about how one novice rider fared during his motorcycle safety class.

According to the Chronicle, 1.1 million new bikes were sold in 2005. After buying the shiny new bike and the cool leather jacket, learning to actually ride that new bike safely is the tricky next step.

If you learned how to ride bicycle when you were a kid, you probably skinned a knee or two. Falling off a moving motorcyle can be a little more painful. It is best to start with a class before taking off on the open road.

Classes can help new riders build up their skills and pass the written exams to obtain their state licences.