Friday, April 28, 2017

RideApart Presents: The 5 Best Touring Motorcycles



With the summer riding season just around the corner you're probably daydreaming about big two-wheeled road trips (we are!). But which bike is the perfect tool for the job? The team at RideApart has put together a list of five bikes it thinks are best for long hauls, along with five more affordable alternatives.

Check it out on the RideApart website by clicking here - you won't regret it!



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some Seriously Insane Coverage of Seattle SX







Did you catch the coverage of Seattle SX earlier this month?

Marvin Musquin showed up the competition in truly dominating fashion, while Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey ended the series all tied up in points.

Which highlight was your favorite?
Did your favorite racer perform well?
Comment and let us know!
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Motorcycle Laws You Didn’t Know Existed




It’s common for drivers to occasionally come across driving laws they’ve never heard, but did you know that there are a number of bizarre laws for motorcyclists, too? We’ve compiled a list of the most eyebrow-raising legislation out there so you will be in the know when you get on the road.



Motorcyclists may not wear costumes while riding. 

Well, more specifically - masks. In Virginia, motorcyclists are prohibited to wear masks, but you aren’t necessarily banned from wearing a costume that only covers your body, leaving your face uncovered. So if want to dress up like Batman, more power to you- perhaps just leave the Batmask for another time.

Motorcyclists have the ability to run red lights - legally. 

In Illinois, for example, if a municipality has less than 2 million residents, motorcyclists are permitted to treat the stoplight as more of a stop sign- yielding to other traffic before proceeding through the red light.

A motorcycle’s headlight must always be turned on- even at 12 in the afternoon. 

If you’re in Connecticut and your bike was manufactured within the past 30-something years, the light must always be illuminated- even if it’s the middle of the day. The reason for this law may be to help riders remember to be safe not only at night but all the time, since their lights will already be on when ride at night or in poor weather.
If you’re a student in a motorcycle learning or endorsement program, you must always wear pants. 

The state of Minnesota wants to keep students safe when it comes to their choice of garb - since shorts, shirts without longsleeves or riding without gloves don’t provide the proper amount of protection. Also, it’s important to note that this is specifically intended to have to do with students’ outfits while riding- not all the time.
Pop wheelies on the regular? You may want to think twice - in some locations, you’re technically considered a criminal. 

While laws about wheelies are generally pretty common, there are a number of variations can be found across different municipalities -- mostly having to do with the safety of bystanders and other riders or drivers in the area. If you’d like an example, the state of Maine has a great one with very detailed wording for clarification purposes. 


Which of these laws do you think is the most surprising? Comment and let us know.

Also, check out this other information about interesting motorcycle laws from some of our partners.
  • To see more bizarre and interesting motorcycle laws, visit Rocky Mountain ATV/MC for an even more substantive, detailed list.
  • Be sure to check out AMA’s motorcycle laws database to keep up to date with rider legislation in your state by clicking here: AMA State Laws Database
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Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha 2017 Pro Team Graphics Kits Available for Purchase





















Are you a huge Rock River Yamaha Race Team fan? Do you wish you had the chance to race with the pros on one of their decked out bikes? While racing with these athletes may be a dream, having a bike that looks like one of their custom beauties doesn’t have to be.

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Roost Motocross Graphics has introduced several new decal designs for your bike, completely customizable to the make, size, and model of your dirt bike.

The kits cover everything from rear fenders to fork guards, and come equipped with the most durable vinyl to protect your bike’s designs from wear and tear. Each kit is available for both motocross and supercross bikes, and are able to be fully personalized to your style and preferences, with 9 background and number color options and three optional add-on Radiator Louver graphics.
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The best part? You can even add a 2017 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Pro Team T-Shirt to your order for under 8 bucks.

Use the coupon code CT15 at checkout, and receive 25% off your graphics purchase!

Get your bike styled up for this race season, and you’ll be repping the Rock River team like no other.
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Top 10 Biker Bars: California Edition



No matter where your motorcycle journeys take you, bikers often want to know find where they can find the best bars for bikers and restaurants that are “motorcycle friendly.”

This is the first edition of our new series bringing you the ultimate guide to the best bars and food stops in each and every state. This month, we’re starting with the great state of California.

Without further adieu, our picks for the top 10 biker bars in the Golden State:


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Image source: Johnny’s Bar & Grill

Affectionately coined “The Birthplace of the American Biker,” Johnny’s is known as a tough - but friendly - place for motorcyclists to gather, eat, drink, and be merry. Between karaoke on Thursday and Friday nights with one of the best MC’s in the area and amazing food- including  Sunday brunch- the restaurant and bar is an all-around knockout when it comes to climbing to the top spot in our top ten list. Rallies are happening around Johnny’s regularly, so if you want a place to stop and meet tons of other bikers, this is the place for you.



2. Ethel’s Old Corral - Bakersfield

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If you’re looking for a traditional western restaurant and bar, Ethel’s is the place. You’ll never pass by and not see bikes in the lot, and the bands that perform there are known for their unique sound in a casual environment. With weekly specials including Taco Tuesdays and Chicken Fried Steak, the Corral is the epitome of what it means to be an old-fashioned restaurant out west.




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Known for as an open-air “garden” style drink stop, live music plays weekly at this constantly hopping locale. A great place to get away from it all and kick up your heels with friendly company and a good drink, Temecula also hosts parties for any gathering you could imagine. Nestled in Old Town, it’s a relaxed but fun place for both locals and traveling riders to meet up.

4. California Club - Auburn
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Locally owned with an outdoor patio and pool tables, California Club is one of those places known as ‘where the locals go.” Drawing a healthy crowd on the weekends with music and dancing, the friendly service and enjoyable ambiance makes for an experience like no other, regardless of whether you’re new to the area or just stopping by on your way through



2. Cold Spring Tavern - Santa Barbara

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With historic buildings and miles of incredible countryside to admire around this bar, Cold Spring Tavern is known for their historic environment and friendly vibes. The location was actually once a stagecoach stop, and both tourists and locals love to stop in for both special occasions and impromptu nights out. A wide variety of musicians play here very regularly, and the spot has been a favorite of a number of stars over the years. The quality food and warm ambiance has also made it a top destination for a romantic night out for biker couples, no matter what time of year it is.



2. Alice's Restaurant - Woodside

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A number of Yelp reviewers have said they could spend hours at Alice’s -- spending half the time checking out the incredible cars and unique bikes, and the other half drinking and eating some of the best food in the area. According to their famed slogan, “You Can Get Anything You Want at Alice’s,” the restaurant serves up anything from pasta to seafood to American grub and more. If you get too cold on a chilly fall or winter ride, be sure to stop in- they have hot apple cider waiting for you. A their mixture of quaint relaxation and a friendly staff, this location is one we’re sure you’ll love, no matter what brings you through the Woodside area.

7. Mountain House Bar - Tracey
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One of the most laid-back bars around, Mountain House has a great outdoor entertainment section where live music is played by local bands. The location has a Biergarten feel, with swings and horseshoes to keep you entertained. Their outdoor space is also available to rent, so if your group wants to schedule a biker grand gathering, this might be a great place for you. Plus, don’t forget to stop by for Taco Night on Thursdays, where you’ll get tacos for just a buck.

8. Cook’s Corner - Trabuco Canyon
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If any place is known for having hundreds of bikes out front throughout the year, it’s this place! Actually founded before prohibition laws were set in stone, Cook’s Corner didn’t become a full-fledged bar until 1933. Having thrived as a mess hall through the wars across the years, a motorcycle enthusiast from Santa Ana bought the bar in 1970, eventually making it what it is today: a good ole’ fashioned roadhouse style biker bar. Be sure to check out their events and specials, and be prepared to meet tons of other bikers when you stop by this classic bar!


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Image source: Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill

Founded in 2012, the 150+ year old, western-style building that houses The Crazy Horse Saloon has actually been around since the turn of the 19th century. Now famed for the incredible live music, the bar is equal parts relaxed and lively, mixing old-fashioned nostalgia with revamped nightclub vibes. The restaurant is also the only place close by showing the NFL Sunday ticket in season. While good drinks and dancing are a constant, you’d be amiss if you didn’t stop for a minute to try their renowned burgers. With ten different varieties of filler (from beef to salmon to veggies), you’ll be sure to find a bite that fits your palate. If you’re a biker ready for a night on the town with a bit of rough and tough western flair, Crazy Horse is where you need to go.

10. Tumbleweeds - Huntington Beach

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With live music every weekend, Tumbleweeds is lovingly referred to as “stumbleweeds” by many of the locals, hinting at the restaurant’s infamous ability to provide their customers with incredibly strong, but inexpensive cocktails and beer. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere is relaxed, casual, and friendly during the day, but has a packed dance floor and exciting energy at night. It’s definitely an ideal spot for weary riders to stop in and take a break from their travels.


Cali riders, are these your favorites? Is your top biker bar not listed? Comment and let us know!














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The Best Motorcycle Navigation Systems to Use This Year




Of all the accessories you can purchase for your motorcycle, the navigation system is the most crucial. Yet, with so many options on the market, how do you decide which is best for you? We’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of the top three systems for you to choose from.

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    • With a glove-compatible touchscreen, this GPS comes with backlighting that makes it completely sunlight readable. The spoken control feature makes the entire system virtually hands-free so you can dictate not only navigation updates, but also phone calls, music control, and more. It’s known to be incredibly durable and can hold its own in all types of weather, fighting UV rays and water damage with an H20 rating of IPX7.






    • BMW motorrad.jpgWith up to 64GB of microSD, the personalization factor behind the Navigator V makes it incredibly functional. However, what this model is probably most well-known for is its range of over 60,000 colors - making it all the more easy to distinguish road markings, landmarks, and changes in terrain. The device also comes with Bluetooth compatibility for your helmet.








    • tomtom.jpgOne of the sturdiest GPS devices on the market, the 400LM is not only known for its distinct ability to fight wear and tear and also has a battery life of up to 6 hours. What it seems riders love this model the most for, though, is its ability to recommend winding roads to riders looking for a more exciting journey. The particular device is also relatively small and compact compared to other designs on the market, so its simplistic design and straightforward nature will get you where you need to go without any extra hassle.


While these GPS systems have made our top rankings, there are hundreds of choices for you to pick from. Which navigation system do you currently use? Would you consider buying one of these? If so, comment below and let us know which one.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Meet the WolfPack Mobile App





There’s a new App in the motorcycle sphere, and it’s poised to transform the way groups of motorcyclists ride together. The WolfPack™ Mobile App is designed to make group rides safer and facilitate the communication between riders in a group setting. With features such as turn-by-turn navigation, easy-to-access pre-canned group messages and the ability to see where the other riders in your pack are, the WolfPack Mobile App is a terrific way to keep your group intact.

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There will be a direct link inside the WolfPack Mobile App where riders can one-touch access Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys’ BAM (Breakdown Assistance for Motorcyclists) program for free emergency roadside assistance. “We are excited to support WolfPack’s request to add a BAM button to their App because Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys is dedicated to motorcycle safety.  WolfPack has designed an innovative App that has the potential to help group rides become safer, and more organized,” said Shawn Mahoney, Director, Marketing & Business Development at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys created BAM to help keep motorcyclists across the country safe and protected on the road. BAM is an excellent resource for free legal advice, and roadside assistance in case of a flat tire, running out of gas, or even a motorcycle accident. With the WolfPack Mobile App partnership, Bam Members will not have to look up the 1-800-4-BIKERS BAM network number; they will be automatically connected through the App.
Riding motorcycles with a group can be a fun experience. The chance to meet new people, make new friends and discover new roads holds quite an appeal. But the group riding experience isn’t always an intuitive one, unless you’re riding with your regular buddies. People have different agendas, and different makes and models of motorcycles require fuel at varying times.  Sometimes a machine requires roadside service.

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Jonathan Chashper, CEO of WolfPack, is the brains behind the brilliant idea. A serial entrepreneur who started riding six years ago, Chashper was the sweep rider on a group motorcycle ride when the idea for the App came to him. At one point the group tightened up and they realized that two of the riders had gotten disconnected from the group. They didn’t know what to do, and the stress level rose as the remaining riders tried to decide how to proceed.
At that moment, the idea was born. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Northwestern, Chashper was excited to combine the areas of passion in his life. “It’s a very unique situation that we have here, where my hobby passion ties into my professional passion – my passion for bikes, ties into my passion for technology. My education, together with my hobby, allowed us to create WolfPack. It’s the perfect storm of my personal life hobby and my professional capabilities.  I love that,” said Chashper.
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The basic version of the WolfPack App is free and includes turn-by-turn navigation, group communications, group positioning, group management and the ability to plan and schedule routes for you and your pack. WolfPack Premium is available for $1.99 per month (or $19.99 for the full year) and offers Premium users the ability to create unlimited rides, set up to eight waypoints, navigate directly to a waypoint, capture interesting places along the ride, utilize an integrated chat system and even share pictures within your group.
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“Enjoyment is going to go up significantly using the WolfPack app because the stress level goes down. You don’t need to keep looking for your buddies, you don’t need to worry about them, wondering whether they know where you’re going and you don’t have to keep looking for them,” said Chashper. “The stress level goes down significantly and your ability to enjoy group riding goes up–because you don’t need to worry about losing people or telling everyone you need a pit stop.”
WolfPack’s goal is to give their users the best group riding experience possible.

Here’s a brief video showing how WolfPack works:


You can click on https://youtu.be/UZKH_qT4hBo to see all the advanced features and click HERE to download your own version of WolfPack. Every Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys BAM member will have full use of the basic WolfPack App in this exclusive opportunity.
Now that’s something to howl at!









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