Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Gold Wing tour bikers ride the road in comfort

The Gazette-Times reports on the Gold Wing Touring Association and luxury bikes they ride.

Goldwings are known for their comfort features, from heated seats, ample cargo room, and even airbags.

The GWTA has over 9,500 members who love to roam the roads on their customized bikes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Easy Rider actor to star in new motorcycle epic

If you ask anyone to name a movie featuring motorcycles, the most common answer will be Easy Rider, directed by and starring Dennis Hopper.

Dennis Hopper has acted in other films, ranging from Hoosiers to Apocalypse Now, but his role in Easy Rider is still his most famous.

Director Quentin Tarantino of Pulp Fiction fame wants to make a new motorcycle movie with Hopper called Hell Ride.

The project is described as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on motorcycles.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Bringing old motorcycles back to life

While some motorcycles are treated as prized possessions and collectibles, other cycles are sitting unused in dusty old garages.

With fuel prices climbing, those cobweb-covered bikes are getting pulled out of storage and repaired as an alternative to driving a car.

How do you resuscitate a motorcycle after decades of use? The Arizona Star features a story on reviving old cycles.

Some motorcycles just need a few parts and some elbow grease to get running again, while others require more money and effort.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Making off-road bikes street legal

NCtimes.com features a story on how making off-road motorcycles street legal became a business for one rider.

Alan Roach, an off-road bike enthusiast, developed a kit that adds lights and turn signals to off-road bikes. Not all states welcome "dual-sport" bikes as street bikes. California has strict laws limiting off-road bikes.

Roach made the first conversion kit for his own bike, eventually turning his garage business into a company called Baja Designs.

Friday, May 18, 2007

As fuel prices climb, so do motorcycle sales

As the price of gas gets higher, some commuters are deciding that two wheels are better than four.

KCCI 8 in Des Moines, Iowa, reports on the surge in Motorcycle sales at local dealerships. Many of the motorcycle purchases are by first time buyers looking for a break on gas costs.

According to the story, even the bigger bikes offered by motorcycle dealerships can get get close to 60 miles to the gallon.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oregon declares Motorcycle Awareness Month

Salem-News.com reports that Governor of Oregon has declared May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Oregon is joining with law enforcement to raise awareness of motorcycle riders who share the road with other drivers.

Oregon has reduced motorcycle fatalities by over fifty percent through driver awareness programs and efforts by motorcycle rider organizations.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Indian Motorcycle makes a comeback in Fall 2007

After a long absence, Indian motorcycle is about to hit the road again. One of the original American manufacturers of classic motorcycycles, Indian is making a comeback in Fall 2007.

What does Indian have in store for its comeback? Will Indian make it this time or fade into the past again?

MotorcycleUSA.com interviews Stephen Julius, the Chairman of Indian Motorcycles, for what bikers can expect.

Monday, May 14, 2007

How should you break in a new motorcycle?

What is the proper way to break in a new motorcycle? Should you follow the advice of the manual and keep the RPMs down...or should you be more aggressive?

The Helmet Hair blog profiles a story that deals with motorcycle break in. This particular guide says that running the engine hard is the way to go. This is contrary to what many motorcycle manuals say.

What do you think is the proper way to break in a motorcycle? We want to know what works best for you. Leave a comment and tell us your story.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

New riders should be aware of motorcycle safety

Have you recently purchased a new motorcycle? Read to hit the open road for the first time?

You might want to check out a story on abc7.com in Los Angeles on motorcycle safety. Spring is when experienced riders bring their motorcycles out of storage after months of cold weather, and when beginning riders try out their bikes.

The story offers some helpful tips for safe riding.

Friday, May 11, 2007

The custom cycle with a heart...literally

Biker News Online features a story on a custom bike built by Paul Yaffe for the founder and medical director of the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix.

The bike is called The Heart Bike because the gas tank looks like a human heart, right down the texture of the muscles and the color of the blood vessels.

The one of a kind bike took nearly two years to complete.

You can see pictures of The Heart Bike on Biker News Online's site, but a word of caution, the detail is VERY realistic.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Rucker Performance's Gauntlet Chopper

Here are images of Rucker Performance's Gauntlet Chopper.


According to Rucker Performance...

Rucker Performance has incorporated new design queues on the Gauntlet to emphasize its long, lean lines and a more hand formed, custom fabricated look. The Gauntlet features a hand-fabricated drop seat design, providing a low center of gravity and better handling, stability, comfort and ergonomics.

In addition to comfort and ergonomics, it is scary-looking too.


Making a cool chopper is more than just painting some skulls on the body. Here are some technical details.

Maintaining the strong performance and technology that Rucker Performance represents, the company has converted the final drive to a 133 tooth belt drive. Boasting a 300 series tire, the Gauntlet has 54 mm inverted forks, right side drive, fully polished 124 cubic inch S&S engine and six-speed transmission.

You can read more about the Gauntlet Chopper at http://www.ruckerperformance.com/gauntlet.php