Friday, August 07, 2020

Your Motorcycle News Fix (August 2020)


Summer is flying by and, as always, we’re here to provide you with the motorcycle news you need to know. This month, we’re covering everything from new models to motorcycle TV shows. Kick up your feet and stay awhile, we’re diving into all things moto. Check out the latest headlines below.

Long Way Up Streaming on Apple TV This Fall - Long Way Up is a new TV series airing in September featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s journey as they travel from Argentina to Mexico on Harley-Davidson LiveWires. It’s been over a decade since the pair have teamed up for an adventure, but now they’re at it again. They’ve done two similar shows called Long Way Round and Long Way Down, but instead of riding BMW bikes, they opted for Harley’s newest electric bike, the LiveWire. The pair will cover 13,000 miles in the 100-day series. We'll be tuning in when the show launches to Apple TV users on September 18. Will you? Read More.

Tarform Creates a Bike That’s Lighter on the Environment - Electric bikes are becoming more prevalent in the motorcycle industry, but Tarform Motorcycle is taking sustainability even further with their new bike concept. Their motorcycle is designed to revolutionize eco-friendly transportation and many components of their bike will be made out of biodegradable and recycled materials. But don’t worry, this bike isn’t flimsy. The elements they use provide high performance while not compromising environmental safety. The body of the bike includes flaxseed fibers and the ‘leather’ parts of the bike are all biodegradable and vegan. We’re excited to see Tarform’s bike out on the road. If you’re interested in this eco-friendly bike, it can be yours for a cool $24,000. Read More.

KTM 250 Adventure Spotted Testing in India - The KTM 250 Adventure might be in the works as some publications have spotted the model being tested in India. This bike would hit the market as a smaller, lower-priced adventure bike. If/when launched, the KTM 250 design will be very similar to the 390 Adventure model including the overall ergonomics, high seating position, and wide handlebars but at a lower price point. The cost-saving features would sub the LED headlamp with a halogen unit and eliminates the Metzeler dual-purpose tires available on 390 Adventure with a more cost-effective rubber. We’ll keep an eye out for any future sightings of this new model and will keep you posted when the unit (hopefully) goes to market. Read More.

Triumph Partners With Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - Triumph Motorcycles will once again support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as the event’s main sponsor on September 27th. Triumph and the Movember Foundation are joining forces again to support and fundraise for men’s physical health and mental health. Thousands of individuals worldwide are encouraged to wear their finest attire and ride solo to fundraise in support of the research against prostate cancer and for mental health support. Due to COVID-19, the organization is encouraging bikers to “ride solo - together.” This new setup will allow riders to comply with social distancing regulations, while sharing their love for motorcycles and still contributing to the Movember cause and spreading awareness through social media platforms. Interested in participating? Find more information here: www.gentlemansride.com

Have a favorite story from this month’s roundup? Let us know in the comment section below.

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How to Ride in Extreme Heat


Clear summer weather makes this time of year a great opportunity to get outside and take a ride. However, the extreme heat that often occurs in the peak of summer can create risks for those taking their bike out for a spin. Here are our summer tips for riding in extreme heat:

Keep Yourself Hydrated
Dehydration is not only bad for your health, it can also make you drowsy and inattentive while riding a motorcycle, putting you at risk for injury. You should drink around 2 liters of water every day, and the hotter it is, the more you need to stay hydrated. Make sure you have enough water available to you for any longer rides, and avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine, or sugar, as they contribute to dehydration.

Avoid the Hottest Hours
To the extent that you can, minimize your riding during peak heat hours in the summer (typically between 11AM and 5PM). Riding for long periods of time in direct sunlight during these hours can take a toll on your body.

Wear the Right Gear
In this day and age, there are so many pieces of gear that can help you stay cool. From head covers to breathable jackets and gloves - we cover it all in our article covering “Top Summer Riding Gear.”

Store in the Shade
When you’re done riding, avoid leaving your bike out in the heat. The sun can fade your paint and cause parts of your bike to become brittle, peel, and, in some cases, crack.

Give Yourself Breaks
When you can, be sure to give yourself time in the shade. You can take brief stops inside or even under a tree to drink your water, and give your skin a break from the sun. These pitstops can be key to preventing your body from overheating. When planning your day, schedule specific times for those breaks if you’re taking a long ride.

Protect Your Skin
Consistent exposure to UV rays can put you at risk for melanoma. Even if you are outfitted with gear, those rays can still reach you, especially on your face. Frequently apply sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF — the higher the better.

Protect Your Vision
The summer sun also contributes to increased sun glare when outside. Find yourself a quality pair of polarized sunglasses or a helmet with a face shield that can keep the sun out of your eyes. Wearing polarized sunglasses can help you to avoid eye fatigue while riding.

Prepare for Extreme Weather
With summer comes thunderstorms, flooding, heatwaves, and hurricanes. Be ready for whatever comes your way by downloading a weather app and turning on its notifications. Check out our article on riding during storms.

Look for Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Watch for signs that you have overheated while riding outdoors. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

Heat Exhaustion 
  • Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, flushed skin, goosebumps, a rapid pulse, weakness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, and/or headaches.
  • If you or a fellow rider show signs of heat exhaustion, immediately pull over, get out of the heat, and find ways to hydrate and cool down.
Heat Stroke
  • Signs of heatstroke include lack of sweating, high body temperature, slurred speech, headache, rapid pulse, chills, confusion, nausea, or vomiting.
  • If you or a fellow rider show signs of heatstroke, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
We hope these tips can help you keep comfortable and safe while riding outside during the warmer months. And if you’re looking for your next motorcycle, be sure to check out our wide selection of bikes at CycleTrader.com

Friday, July 10, 2020

When Motorcycle Rallies Return, Will You Be Ready?


Your Motorcycle News Fix - July 2020


Warmer months are upon us and motorcycle news is heating up. There’s no doubt life has slowed down a bit in recent months, but the motorcycle industry is charging forward with new bikes and so much more. So if you’re not about to head out for a ride, pull up a chair and stay awhile. As always, we’re here to fill you in on the latest motorcycle news you need to know. Check out the top headlines below.

Top Summer Riding Gear


We all know how important it is to have the right gear on the road, but does your gear keep you cool in the summer months? Let’s face it - it’s HOT out there. All over the country, temps are through the roof, but we hope that’s not deterring you from taking your bike out. Check out our list of top summer riding gear that will keep you comfortable in the heat and give you no excuse to skip out on a summer ride.

Friday, June 05, 2020

A Guide to Riding During COVID-19

By: Wade Thiel

You likely have seen the memes on social media encouraging you to get out and ride during the COVID-19 pandemic, but is that really a good idea? How do you do it safely and in accordance with local ordinances and laws? The true answer is it varies from place to place. 

What to Inspect Before Buying a Used Motorcycle: Tires and Wheels

Words by: Will Steenrod
Photos by: Julia LaPalme

Inspecting a used motorcycle for potential purchase can be a daunting task, especially considering you’re probably doing it in a parking lot or driveway. There are many checklist articles out there that tell you what to look at but rarely give you specifics on what to look for. This series of articles will give you a thorough look at each component you should inspect in that parking lot before you ride off on your new iron horse.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Tips for Buying a Motorcycle Online


COVID-19 has the majority of the country staying at home. If you had been interested in buying a motorcycle, the quarantine might have put a damper on your plans - but in today’s world, it really doesn’t have to. With all of the technology we have access to, buying a motorcycle is still possible with minimal in-person contact. So, are you still looking to buy? Despite the stay at home orders - it’s still possible with these easy tips.

Zero XP Brings us the Future Now - Hugo Eccles’ Custom Electric Motorcycle


Words by Julia LaPalme
Photos by Julia LaPalme

There’s a distinct difference between a concept vehicle and an experimental vehicle, according to Hugo Eccles, co-owner and design director of Untitled Motorcycles. A concept vehicle is not seen as a real thing, doesn’t usually work, but is simply beautiful to look at. First glance at the Zero XP, the latest creation to come out of Untitled’s San Francisco studio, might give the impression that this futuristic motorcycle fits that description perfectly. As if plucked from a scene from Bladerunner, this unique electric motorcycle features angular lines and bodywork, bright distinctive LED lighting from tip to tail, and integrated displays in the top triple clamp and what would otherwise be referred to as the “fuel tank.” But the XP is no concept bike. XP stands for “Experimental Platform,” which is better than a concept vehicle. “This is a road registered bike that works,” Eccles insists proudly. “And you can ride it.”

Your May Motorcycle News Fix



Life might have slowed down in recent months, but motorcycle news definitely hasn’t. Luckily, in our industry, we’re consistently pushing forward and there’s always an exciting new headline to report. As always, we’re here to fill you in on the latest news coming out of the motorcycle industry. So relax, stay awhile, and check out the motorcycle news you need to know for the month of May.

Friday, April 03, 2020

10 Best Motorcycles for New Riders

By: Wade Thiel of Wind Burned Eyes

New beginner motorcycles come out each year. They get better technology, they are easier to ride, and easier to maintain. Today’s modern crop of motorcycles for new riders is full of variety. There are so many smaller displacement (the size of the engine, also referred to as CCs) machines these days that the new rider can take his or her pick.

At Home Maintenance: Bleeding Your Brakes



By: Will Steenrod
Photos By: Julia LaPalme

Now that we’re all cooped up at home, it’s the perfect occasion to spend some time in the garage conducting basic bike maintenance. Bleeding brakes is something often left undone until you can’t stop as quickly as you should. So whether you are on top of your maintenance schedule or this is the first you’re hearing about it, this is a step by step guide bleeding your brakes.

Your Motorcycle News Fix: Good News Edition



I think it’s safe to say that we all could use a little good news in the midst of these unprecedented times. So, as always, we are here to fill you in on the latest motorcycle headlines you need to know. But this month, we are specifically highlighting motorcycle-related stories that are inspiring, fun, and lighthearted - let’s dive in.

Things to Do if You Can’t Ride



Coronavirus has impacted pretty much all aspects of our lives and that definitely includes motorcycling. Many of us across the country have been encouraged to stay inside and to only go out for essentials, which means limited riding time. While this is a bummer - we totally understand the precautions. But that still leaves room for getting a little stir crazy on occasion. Lucky for you, there are plenty of motorcycle-related activities to do that don’t require leaving your house. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.