Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Motorcycles and lane splitting - Is it legal?

NBCSanDiego.com features a story and video on how some motorcycle riders use the practice of "lane splitting" to move through car traffic.

If car traffic is stopped or moving slowly, some motorcycle riders ride between cars or ride on the side of the road to get by.

Is this legal? It is in California under certain conditions and with caution. Laws may differ from state to state.

Do you use your motorcycle to lane split? Leave a comment and tell us your story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

CycleTrader.com now features section for women motorcycle riders

The CycleTrader.com resources section now features a section dedicated to women motorcycle riders.

The Women Riders section is for women who love motorcycles and dedicated to dedicated to bringing the best in news, events, and resources to help women riders enjoy riding.

One of the articles featured on the CycleTrader.com Women Riders section is What motorcycles do women love to ride? CycleTrader.com asked hundreds of women riders, dealers, and motorcycle enthusiasts online about what bikes best suited their needs and why women picked certain bikes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The average motorcycle rider is over 40

According to a story on RoadKing.com, the average motorcycle rider is getting older, with 41 as the median age of a rider.

Not content to slow down in their older years, many boomers are finding the fountain of youth is found on the back of a motorcycle.

Back in 1980, more than half of motorcycle riders were 24 or younger. That has now dropped to 4%.

Monday, February 19, 2007

New signs in Texas could tell car drivers to "Share the Road" with motorcycles

Would road signs make car drivers more aware that they need to share the road with motorcycle riders?

A story in TheFacts.com of Brazoria County, Texas concerns the city of Richwood, Texas, and the proposal of new signs with the picture of a motorcycle and message "Share the Road".

Texas Motorcycle Rights Association II proposed the signs to the Richwood city council. City officials like the idea of the signs, but need more information before making a decision. There are already 49 signs placed in eight cities across Texas.

Do you think the signs would make a difference? Do you think they should be placed on all roads? Leave a comment and tell us your opinion.

Friday, February 16, 2007

World's biggest motorcycle project causes controversy

The Fairview Post reports on the controversy over plans to build the world's largest motorcycle in Fairview, Canada.

Building the world's largest motorcycle was proposed to promote tourism and celebrate Fairview as the home of a Canada's leading motorcycle training facility.

While the mayor of Fairview supports the idea of the motorcycle project, other residents are not as enthusiastic and concerned over the $150.000 price tag.

For now, Greg Dunham's 15 foot high record holder listed in the Guinness Book of World Records retains the title for the world's biggest motorcycle.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Shelby Motorcycle fuses the power of legendary cars and custom bikes


Here are some pictures of the high performance Shelby motorcycle, developed in partnership between the Carroll Shelby International Inc. and Rucker Performance: a leading designer and manufacturer of custom American muscle production motorcycles.

The Shelby motorcycle rivals the power to weight ratio of the famed Shelby Cobra 427 S/C.

How did this combination of automotive power and custom bike come together? Here's some information sent to us from Rucker Performance.

“It’s no secret that stuffing a powerful American motor into a lightweight chassis has been my formula for success,” noted Carroll Shelby, CEO of Shelby Automobiles. “Working with Bill Rucker and his team, we’ve taken this same approach on the new Shelby motorcycle. My team at Shelby Automobiles has worked closely with Rucker Performance to create a motorcycle that offers the same thrill as driving my Cobra.”

Fellow Texan Bill Rucker is famous for building spectacular two wheeled motorcycles that are among the most exciting vehicles in the world. He is Founder and CEO of Rucker Performance, a manufacturer of high performance American muscle and chopper motorcycles.



“We built the ultimate American high performance motorcycle,” said Bill Rucker, President of Rucker Performance. “From the initial design to the innovation of new parts, every aspect of this motorcycle was created with that goal in mind. It’s a lightweight, fire-breathing ride that’s as inspiring as the four wheeled vehicles that wear the Shelby name.”

You can read more about the Shelby Motorcycle on the Rucker Performance site.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

How to ride your motorycle in winter weather

Rhino, a contributor to MotorcycleBloggers.com, has posted a four-part series on winter riding tips.

Many bikers pack away their cycles for the winter months, but you can continue to ride in colder weather if you dress warm and make sure your facesheild does not get fogged up.

Read Part 1 of Winter Riding.

Read Part 2 of Winter Riding.

Read Part 3 of Winter Riding.

Read Part 4 of Winter Riding.

Do you have your own winter riding tips to share? Post a comment below and tell us about it!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mystery customers surveys give cycle dealers high marks

Have you been to a motorcycle showroom lately? How did you feel about the service you received?

A new survey by Pied Piper LLC indicates that motorcycle dealers are offering outstanding service, generating a positive image of their brands.

According to MediaPost's Marketing Daily, 130,000 professional mystery customers visited motorcycle showrooms of brands like Harley-Davidson, Ducati, BMW, Suzuki, and Victory, then rated their experiences.

The motorcycle brands performed strongly, with Harley-Davidson as the leader overall. Other brands scored strongly in areas like financing and the sale of accessories.

The survey revealed room for improvement for motorcycle dealers when it comes to cultivating dealer/customer relationships.

While many cycle salespeople are riding enthusiasts, they could use more skills in turning browsing customers into buyers. While no one likes a pushy saleperson, some customers felt that cycle dealers were a too hesitant to offer assistance and encourage a sale.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Can-Am Spyder Roadster opens the road

Here are some pictures of the 2008 Can-Am Spyder Roadster, built by Bombardier Recreational Products under the Can-Am brand.

Bombardier is famous for their ATVs, but their latest creation is meant for the open road. The Spyder Roadster features a low center of gravity to enhance stablity and handling, a BRP Rotax 990 V-twin liquid cooled engine, and double overhead cams.

Can-Am Spyder Roadster

Can-Am Spyder Roadster

Can-Am Spyder RoadsterYou can find out more about the Spyder Roadster at www.opentheroad.com

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Controversy in Virginia over motorcycle helmet law

Should laws demand that bikers wear a helmet? The debate over helmet laws is a hot topic in several states, such as Texas and Arizona.

WTKR.com reports The Commonwealth of Virginia is also dealing with the issue of helmets. House Bill 3077 in The Virginia House of Delegates decriminalizes riding a motorcycle without a helmet, lowering fines and demerits on a biker's driver license.

Bikers who ride without helmets are subject to a fine of up to $250. The new bill would drop the fine to $25.

What do you think? Should bikers have to wear a helmet or not? Is freedom the issue...or safety? Leave a comment below.