Friday, July 13, 2018

West Coast Rides You Should Know About


Riding season is in full swing and we’re pretty pumped about it. There are tons of great rides to take this summer and since we’ve already highlighted some of our favorite East Coast rides here, we thought it was time to give the West Coast a little love. Check out our top picks for best West Coast rides.

Pacific Coast Highway, California - We have all heard the hype about taking a Pacific Coast cruise, and we are here to tell you the hype is real. The terrain is unlike anything you’ve seen before with miles of coastline, tons of curves, and unreal views along the entire highway. No matter where you start or end your ride you’ll be in for a treat. If you ride the the length of Pacific Coast highway, you’ll see lighthouses, redwoods, mountains, lush valleys, and a variety of wildlife. The highway is a whopping 655 miles long, so whether you choose to ride for just a portion of the highway, or the entire length, there will be an ideal option for you.

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Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, Oregon - Oregon is full of scenic motorcycle roads and the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is one of the best. This 145 mile stretch of road travels through ranching communities, forests, and mountains - all which make for a beautiful ride. The byway is a paved, two-lane road crossing the Morrow and Umatilla counties in northeast Oregon. During the ride, you’ll also pass through the Umatilla National Forest, which offers a variety of scenery, historical sites, and ample wildlife. It’s important to note that the byway is not accessible year-round due to snowfall at the higher elevations. As for road quality, there are tons of twists and turns - get ready for a fun ride.

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North Cascade Highway 20, Washington - This highway is often said to be one of the best rides and one of the most beautiful mountain highways in the state of Washington. The highway offers travelers incredible scenery and is the state’s longest highway at 436 miles. The speed limit is 60 mph, but there are numerous pull-offs and overlooks to take in the views. If you ride through the highway during summer months and pass through North Cascade National Park, you’ll see many waterfalls as snow melts off of the mountains. We strongly recommend pulling over to look at the turquoise waters of the Diablo Lake.

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Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, California - Most people wouldn’t think of Los Angeles as having epic motorcycle riding, but we’re here to prove you wrong. Angeles Crest is just a short drive from Los Angeles and offers riders incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys. Along the ride, you’ll have access to the Mt. Wilson observatory and - on a rare clear day - you might get to see awesome views of Los Angeles. The roads are wide and winding and will take you into a national forest with unreal views. Newcombs Ranch is a popular biker destination on the ride, so be sure to stop in.

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There you have it - our favorite West Coast rides you shouldn’t miss out on this summer. Are you planning a West Coast trip or have any favorite rides in mind? Drop us a line in the comments below - we want to hear from you.












Top Summer Riding Gear


We all know how important it is to have the right gear on the road, but is your gear keeping 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. 

Harley Davidson Men’s Performance Tee - This shirt will keep you cool on the hottest riding days with its coldback technology. This short sleeved shirt is engineered with a protective coldback finish that works as a sun reflector and UV protector. The shirt was designed to keep you up to 9 degrees cooler in the sun.

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REV'IT! Eclipse Jacket - This jacket is simple, yet effective for keeping you cool and protected when temperatures rise. The impact areas of the jacket are made with abrasion-resistant polyester, but the front, back, and inner sleeves are made with breathable mesh to keep you cool while riding. The jacket has adjustable straps allowing you to get the perfect fit. The REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket comes in three colors: black, silver, and brown. 

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Fly CoolPro II Gloves - We all know sweaty palms can be a pain while riding, but the Fly CoolPro II Gloves are made out of mesh to keep your hands cool on the road. The gloves have a silicone pattern on the palm for added grip and one of the coolest features (no pun intended) is that if you need to pull over to use your mobile device or smartphone, you don’t need to take them off - they are touchscreen compatible. The gloves come in four colors: black, red, gunmetal, and blue. 
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REV'IT! Liquid Cooling Vest - The REV’IT! Liquid Cooling Vest is a game changer while taking a ride on a hot day. The vest uses Hyperkewl technology by absorbing and storing water, and then releasing it over time. This particular vest is designed to be used with a mesh or highly ventilated jacket, and will stay active for six hours (yeah, you heard that right). Six hours of beating the heat sounds good to us. 

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Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants - The Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants are an ideal choice on a hot summer day. These riding pants are made out of Armor-Link mesh and allow tons of airflow to keep your legs cool on your bike. These pants are waterproof, windproof, and have a three position knee armor alignment system that will keep the pants comfortable for riders of all shapes and sizes. 

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Don’t let a little heat keep you from riding. Pick up one or two of these items and you’ll be sure to stay cool on your next summer trip. Let us know your favorite summer riding gear in the comments below.

In Case You Missed It: July Moto News


It’s hard to believe we’re not even halfway through July, but motorcycle news keeps pouring in - and we’ve got it all. Check out the latest motorcycle-related headlines you need to know about this month.

Yamaha Three-Wheeled Bike Coming to America - We covered the news of the new Yamaha NIKEN big reveal here, but the manufacturer has more news to share about the crazy looking bike. Yamaha has just confirmed the new NIKEN will be available in the U.S. this September - coming in at a price tag of $15,999. The NIKEN is a Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) motorcycle, meaning the bike has two front wheels and allows riders to lean deeper into curves for a more “sporty” ride. But slow your roll, you can’t get this bike at your average dealership. To buy one of these coveted bikes you’ll have to reserve one on the Yamaha website and they will begin distribution of the NIKEN on a first-come-first-serve basis. We can’t wait to see this baby on the road, considering we have never seen anything like it before. Read More.

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Indian Motorcycle Considering Moving Production Overseas - While this story broke in late June, we still think you should know about Indian Motorcycle potentially following in Harley-Davidson’s footsteps by moving production overseas. Indian’s reason for the potential move was identical to Harley’s - the new tariffs on American-made motorcycles coming into the E.U. Although Indian is still toying with the idea, we are interested to see if any other manufacturers will decide to move their production overseas as well. Will this trend grow? Looks like we will find out soon. Read More

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'Option 719' Paint Schemes Added to BMW R nineT Line - The BMW R nineT line of heritage motorcycles recently announced new paint schemes called “Option 719”. These bikes have been insanely popular and now have an even cooler look. Option 719 refers to parts made by the BMW Motorrad Spezial customization department. These parts are specially milled to give your BMW a more “exclusive” look and now they have paint jobs to match. Check out these awesome color schemes. Read More

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Harley-Davidson Celebrates 115th Anniversary in Prague - Harley kicked off their 115th anniversary celebration with a bang, or should we say roar. Tens of thousands of Harleys rolled into Prague on July 1, 2018 to celebrate the moto giants anniversary. Prague is home to the oldest Harley-Davidson club in the world and more than 60,000 riders were in attendance. A similar party is set in Harley’s U.S. base of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August. We’re excited to the future parties and celebrations Harley has planned. Read More

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You’re officially caught up on the latest moto news you should be aware of this month. What are your favorite stories? Have any interesting stories of your own? Let us know in the comments below.









Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Do You Have the Updated Cycle Trader App?


If you haven’t downloaded the Cycle Trader app, what are you waiting for? Our app gives you the power to access our content wherever you go - and the best part? It’s even better than before.

The newly updated Cycle Trader app features a brand new look. The modern design is faster and the updated user interface elevates your experience, allowing you to navigate through hundreds of thousands of listings with precision and ease. We have also added recommendations on the home screen that are based on your previous search, just another way our new app was designed with you in mind. In the app, you have the option to filter your listing search by type, location, year, make, price, mileage, and so much more - taking the hassle out of finding your new ride. You can also search for the nearest dealer and their current inventory so you can take that all important test drive.

Once you create and login to your My Trader account, saving a listing you like or might be interested just takes a click. The app saves your searches and syncs them with your desktop account, so you can easily access your prefered listings on any device. You also have the option of setting up price drop alerts on the app that will notify you via push notifications and email when a unit’s price has dropped, helping to make sure you get the best deal on your new bike.

In the coming months, we’ll give you the opportunity to easily sell your bike through our mobile app without having to access our website. You’ll be able to take photos through the app, post, and sell your unit fast. We'll also be looking to add functionality around buying bikes directly through our app with Apple Pay and Google Pay - so stay tuned.

To download the updated Cycle Trader app, visit the iTunes App Store today.

In Case You Missed It: June Moto News


Need the latest motorcycle industry news and updates? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Check out the latest headlines that piqued our interest this month.

Honda Announces American Debut of Monkey and Super Cub Motorcycles - Honda recently announced that their line of retro-style motorcycles will debut in the U.S. later this year. The new line was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017 and could be available as early as October of this year. The Monkey is a 125cc- powered retro-style bike with smaller dimensions, making it easier to ride. It comes in two colors, banana yellow and pearl nebula red. The Super Cub will be offered in just one color, pearl niltava blue, and aims to be a utilitarian motorcycle that riders can enjoy in a variety of settings. We love seeing retro-styled bikes come back with updated features, so we are pumped to see these two models released and out on the road. Read More.

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Yamaha Releases All-New Adventure Pro GPS - The Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan, is their recently released advanced off-road and mobile GPS tablet device for all of you powersports folks out there. The device is aimed to give more confidence to off-roaders and includes thousands of OHV routes from forest to public lands. You can access a community trail database and even share your trips on social media through the device. The GPS also has the ability to provide the diagnostics of your vehicle to make sure it’s in top condition for your next off-road experience. This thing does it all. Read More.

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The 2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 Offers Riders New Updates - Royal Enfield has announced new updates to their best-selling Classic 500 model. The 2018 Classic 500 comes with new color schemes, along with mechanical upgrades including anti-lock brakes, rear disc brakes, and a passenger pillion. The company is aiming to keep their models competitive within the motorcycle industry and we think updating an already best-selling model is a smart move on their part. Read More.

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Dockless Electric Scooters Launched for Pittsburgh Commuters - Pittsburgh is offering its residents a new way to get around the city. Scoobi, an on-demand mobility service, has introduced Pittsburgh’s first dockless electric scooter fleet, which includes around 100 scooters. So how does it work? Riders can find these scooters using Scoobi’s app, which shows available scooters throughout the city, and holds the selected vehicle for 10 minutes. The app also shows the battery life for each scooter, enables the vehicle to start, plus provides access to two different-sized helmets upon unlocking the scooter’s trunk. We’re excited to see how the city of Pittsburgh uses these scooters and whether or not the idea will expand to other cities. Read More.

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Harley-Davidson Partners With Men’s Grooming Brand American Crew - Harley has announced a partnership with American Crew, a men’s grooming brand, to craft unique experiences and events for consumers all over the world. Their new campaign, Style for the Road, will feature these ads (as seen below) in salons and barber shops around the world. The two brands will come together in several social media activations and public relations initiatives over the course of the partnership, including Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration this August. We have to admit, when we first read this headline, we scratched our heads. But we’re definitely interested to see more of this partnership once the campaign launches in July. Read More.

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There you have it - the latest June moto news. Comment below with your opinions and thoughts on these headlines.

Journey to No Man’s Land


Women, motorcycles, and camping - what more could you ask for? Over the past five years, all-female motorcycle rallies have grown in popularity and in number. These events provide a community for women to come together to share their love of two-wheeled riding, camping, and a good time with fellow moto babes. For the media socialites, the events also provide unique insta moments for everyone’s liking.

In 2015, East Coasters Jamie Sheard, Abby Whisenant, and Kari King set out for the California desert to camp with a thousand girls from all over the world at Babes Ride Out. The desert experience left a lasting impression on Jamie, Abby, and Kari, and it wasn’t long before they started planning their own East Coast event: “We talked about how it would be awesome to do something similar, on a more intimate scale, in the Southeast,” said Sheard. Between Jamie, Abby, and Kari, they knew members of the Lady Fingers (Atlanta, Georgia), the Litas (Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina), the Hellcats (Nashville, Tennessee), and the Vagabroads (Chattanooga, Tennessee). In June of 2016, after loads of planning and discussions over beverages, 50 babes from these clubs converged on a campground in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina… and just like that, No Man’s Land was born.


What sets No Man’s Land apart from other moto camping rallies? For one, it’s its migrating location: “The idea to move it around evolved as we were working through the plans for the 2016 event. It occurred to us that some groups would have to travel farther than others every year if we kept it in the same spot,” remarked Sheard. Not only does moving the location around amongst the clubs’ home states allow participants to see different parts of the Southeast, it also spreads out the responsibility of planning and organizing the event to the host club. The other thing that sets No Man’s Land apart from other rallies is the intimacy. Over the course of of 3 days and 2 nights, can you really get to know hundreds of people? Perhaps, if you’re the Flash. Based on my ordinary non-superhero experience, spending a long weekend with 50 ladies was refreshingly personal. We cruised on winding roads, we swapped stories, we laughed, we swam, and some of us sang. The intimate setting is why I keep coming back. On this third year, my club (the Litas of Richmond, Virginia) is hosting. As we finalize ride routes and checklists, we look forward to catching up with our moto sisters and showing them a turn or two on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Let’s hope the bugs are kept at bay.


No Man’s Land runs from June 22-24. For more information click here.

Written by: Therese Thomas
Photos by: Kate Lamb/Wild In Love Photography

Friday, May 11, 2018

Packing Tips for Long Rides


Are you planning on setting out on a longer road trip this riding season? Since most of us have been cooped up in the cold, anxiously waiting to get back on our bikes, we’re thinking your answer is probably yes. But before you head out for a longer ride, we want to help you prepare when it comes to packing. Check out a few of our tips on how to pack for long distance travel.
  • Only Pack the Necessities - We realize necessities might look different for each rider depending on the type of trip you’re taking, but one thing you’ve got to understand - less is more on a motorcycle. When prepping for your trip, lay out all of the items you plan on packing and make a point to eliminate any non-essentials from there. You don’t want to have items weighing your bike down that you aren’t going to use. Wearing the same clothes more than once is going to be your reality on certain trips - and that’s okay - there’s bound to be a laundromat somewhere along your route if you really need it. 
  • Check the Weather - We know checking the weather seems obvious, but when you’re going on longer trips the weather can change fast. Check the upcoming forecast for each day of your trip and keep weather updates on your phone. Knowing the temperature of where you’re headed each day can help you tremendously when packing. Leave room in your bags should the weather change and you need to load up your jacket, rain gear, etc. It’s also a good idea to have trash bags handy if your bags aren’t waterproof. Trust us, rain can hit out of nowhere. 
  • Pick the Right Bags for Your Trip - The length of your trip, the quantity of items, and whether or not you have a passenger on board should all go into picking the right bag for your ride. There are tons of great options on motorcycle bags from saddlebags to tank bags to backpacks (we actually checked out some awesome motorcycle backpacks here, if you’re interested). If you pack light and stay organized you might be able to fit everything in one or two of those options, but if you need more space you do have the option of adding a motorcycle luggage rack. Safety is a top priority, so make sure everything is strapped on tight and that no luggage items/bags are blocking the airflow to the engine.
  • Take a Test Drive - Before setting out on your ride it’s a good idea to take a quick test drive with all of your packed items on board to see how they feel on your bike. Are you feeling too weighed down? You might need to take a look at your “essentials” and make a change, eliminate items, or make a few tweaks in bag positioning. You want to make sure everything feels perfect on your test drive so you can sit back and enjoy the open road. 
There you have it - the packing tips you need to know for taking those longer rides. We are excited to get out on the road and hope these tips have helped you realize less is more when it comes to packing on a motorcycle. What are some of your tricks for packing for long distance travel on your bike? Do you have any longer trips coming up? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Case You Missed It: May Moto News


There’s always something new to catch you up on in the motorcycle industry. This month, we’ve picked 5 stories you don’t want to miss. Check out the latest May headlines below.
  • Harley Announces Plan to Hire Interns to Ride Across America - Harley-Davidson recently announced their plan to hire a few lucky interns to ride across America as a part of their #FindYourFreedom internship. Harley will teach each intern how to ride a motorcycle with their H-D Riding Academy course. The chosen few will then collaborate with Harley’s marketing team to create unique social media content while they are out on the road to help Harley with their goal of growing and raising awareness for motorcycling. And get this - each intern gets to keep the Harley they’ve been riding for FREE (yeah, you read that right). Read More
  • Indian and Carey Hart to Celebrate Armed Forces Day With Troops - Indian Motorcycle and freestyle motocross rider, Carey Hart have teamed up to take Hart’s “Good Ride” fundraising platform overseas to soldiers based out of U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Stuttgart in Germany. “Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart” will honor U.S. military soldiers with an Armed Forces Day ride and barbeque celebration on May 20th. To support the ride, Indian Motorcycle will donate up to $30,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation from test rides completed at Indian Motorcycle dealerships during the month of May. It’s always awesome when the motorcycle industry gives back. Read More
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Hosts Open House Events at Select Dealers - Select Ducati dealers recently hosted events across the U.S. and Canada to celebrate and introduce the new Scrambler 1100 to the public. Consumers had the opportunity to test the new model which is available in three distinct variants, the standard Scrambler Icon, the Scrambler 1100 Special, and the Sport version. We are excited to see these bad boys out on the road. Read More. 
  • Harley Debuts New Retro-Inspired Helmets - In other Harley news, the manufacturer recently released a line of helmets that have old-school style and modern protection in a continuing effort to attract new riders. There are three helmets in the line, each complete with modern functionality and a retro look. These helmets are available at over 750 authorized Harley-Davidson Riding Gear & Apparel retailers across the U.S. Time will tell if these helmets will help the effort to gain new riders, but we’re feeling their look. Read More
  • And for all your powersports folks out there… Polaris Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the RANGER - For the past 20 years, Polaris’ RANGER has been one of the top selling utility side-by-sides, and the company plans on celebrating this milestone. Polaris is calling upon RANGER owners to share their stories about their unit for the chance to win one of three ultimate RANGER experiences. The winner will pick from an all-expense paid ultimate rodeo, fishing, or hunting adventure hosted by professionals for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read More
Which stories interested you this month? Let us know your opinions and thoughts in the comments below. 

Top Motorcycle Podcasts You Need to Listen To


We are into podcasts and we are REALLY into motorcycles (if you haven’t noticed). So if you’re looking to add to your playlist, you’re in luck - we’ve got five motorcycle-related podcasts to share with you. Check out our favorites below.
  • Motorcycles & Misfits - Motorcycles & Misfits is presented by Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz whose mission is to get old motorcycles back on the road and teach people how to fix them. Their podcast has been on the airwaves since 2013 and has a rotating cast of characters sharing stories, knowledge, and experiences all related to motorcycles. 
  • Moterrific - Moterrific is a podcast run by two women who’ve been riding for years. They thought the motorcycle podcast world lacked a certain opinion - women’s. The first and only all-female motorcycle podcast covers everything from daily riding to racing to adventure riding, news, current events, and more. 
  • Adventure Rider Radio - The Adventure Rider Radio is a podcast dedicated to telling interesting motorcycle stories, providing helpful tips on travel, tech, and more. Guests frequent the show and the podcast is the most popular adventure motorcycle podcast in the world. It’ll definitely encourage you to get out there. 
  • Law Abiding Biker - The Law Abiding Biker podcast is the no. 1 listened to motorcycle podcast in the world and is a one-stop shop for all things motorcycling. You’ll hear motorcycle news, reviews, information on motorcycle clubs, laws, ride reviews, and tons more. 
  • Throttled - Throttled is a podcast that will keep you up-to-date on the latest motorcycle news you need to know and you’ll hear advice as well as ride updates from each of the hosts. Throttled frequently brings on guests to share stories and opinions. This podcast is an overall winner for all things motorcycling. 
So if for some reason you can’t take your bike out today, or you just want something new to listen to, check out these podcasts and let us know what you think. Do you have any favorites we should know about? Share in the comments below.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Harley Offers Up Free Bikes - But You Have to Work for Them


Remember your first internship? Most consisted of making coffee runs and copies, but Harley-Davidson has something a bit different in mind. The manufacturer recently announced their plan to hire interns to ride across America this summer as a part of their #FindYourFreedom internship - does it get any better than that?

Why yes, yes it does. 

The lucky interns will not only get paid to discover motorcycle culture, but at the end of the 12-week internship they’ll be able to keep the bike they’ve been riding all summer at no cost. Yeah, you read that right - for FREE.

Considering one of the company’s goals is to attract a new generation riders - we think they are definitely on the right track with this program. To start the internship, Harley will teach each intern how to safely ride a motorcycle with their H-D Riding Academy course. The chosen few will then collaborate with Harley’s marketing team to create unique social media content while they are out on the road to help Harley with their goal of growing and raising awareness for motorcycling. The group of interns will also attend company events and represent Harley as brand enthusiasts.

To apply for a coveted internship spot, applicants are required to show Harley what freedom means to them through the creation of a video, essay, collage, or any other type of creative medium. To learn more and to apply click here.

Serious props to their creativity on this one, we can’t wait to see the content this batch of lucky interns comes up with.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

So, You’ve Caught the Riding Bug - Now What?




You’ve taken the classes, received your motorcycle license, and you’re ready to commit to the riding lifestyle - well it’s about time. Jokes aside, we’re pumped you’ve finally joined us, and now it’s time for the fun part - finding the perfect ride. It’s not always easy picking out your first bike, but we’ve got your back. Check out our advice on steps to take and what to look for when choosing your first motorcycle.

1. Ask yourself what kind of riding will you be doing? It’s important to take some time to consider the type of rides you want to take on your new bike. Are you planning on taking long distance trips? Are you looking for speed? Are you riding as your daily commute? There are tons of different bikes out there, so it’s crucial to know upfront what you want from your new bike. Trust us, it’ll make the process of choosing a bike type a lot easier.

2. Consider motorcycle type - After you decide what types of rides you’ll be taking, it’s time to consider what type of bike you want. Remember you’re a new rider, so it might not be the best decision to get an insanely expensive bike right off the bat, but at the same time you do want a bike you can grow into and ride for years to come. Let’s break down a few of the more common motorcycle options and what they are typically used for:

  • Cruisers - When most people think of cruisers, they think of Harley Davidson, and rightfully so. But Harley isn’t the only brand embracing this style, other major manufacturers have cruisers in their lineups as well. Cruisers are designed for laid-back, relaxed riding. They have low seats, often in a reclined position with feet forward riding. 
  • Adventure/Touring Dual Sports - Adventure/touring bikes usually have large fuel tanks that can provide plenty of range on a long distance ride. These bikes are super comfortable with their upright posture and comfortable seats. They have both on-road and off-road capabilities as well as long suspension travel. 
  • Choppers - Some common characteristics of choppers are extended forks, low reclined seats, and longer front ends. Choppers stand out from the crowd and usually look different from typical factory models. These bikes favor personality over comfort and are usually chromed out and customized. 
  • Scooters - Scooters are like small motorcycles with a step-through frame. Drivers can sit with their legs together and their feet on a floorboard. Vespa is one of the most common and widely known scooter brands. Scooters are an economical option for riders and have engines that range from 50 to 250 cc. 
  • Sport Bikes - Sport Bikes are less focused on comfort - they’re made for speed, acceleration, and thrill. These high-performance motorcycles have higher foot pegs and seating that pushes the rider forward, over the tank. 
  • Standard - Standard motorcycles or “naked motorcycles” are known for their upright riding position. Their handlebars and foot pegs are positioned so riders can be comfortable without having to reach too far forward. These bikes have a retro feel and mid-ranged engine sizes - a great option for new riders. 
  • Touring Bikes - A touring bike is for - you guessed it - touring. These bikes are designed for long-distance rides with their big fuel tanks and comfortable seats and backrests. They usually come with built-in windshields and navigation systems. 


3. New or Used? Another factor to consider when buying your first bike is whether you want a brand spanking new bike, or if you would consider a used option. First off, you’ll need to empty out that piggy bank and see the type of budget you’re working with. If you are on a fixed budget, buying used might be the way to go, and believe us when we say there are some awesome used bikes out there. Before buying used, you’ll want to make sure you get all the information on the bike’s current condition, any maintenance required, and a full report of the bike’s service records. And on the other hand, if you’re working with a more flexible budget, there’s nothing like riding off the lot with a brand new ride - plus, these typically come with warranties and maybe even some service perks built in to the purchase price. New or used - there are tons of killer options out there.

4. Take a look online - Once you’ve figured out the type of bike you want, do your research and scope out bikes that are for sale near you. And here’s a not so shameless plug - CycleTrader.com has more bikes for sale than any other site, so that’s definitely a good place to start - and we’re not just saying that because we work here. On the site, you’ll have the option to search by make, model, type, new or used - with thousands of bikes for sale, you’ll find the right bike for you. If you like to take your time when searching for your new ride, you have the option to star your favorite bikes and get similar listings sent to you.

5. Take a test drive - As a new rider, taking a test drive before buying is extremely important. Before you shell out the cash you want to make sure the ride is perfect for you and your needs. By actually going for a ride, you can determine if you like the bike’s control, style, comfort, weight, etc. Make sure to take it slow on your first ride - this is your opportunity to really feel out the bike. While you’re at the dealership it’s also a good idea to take a walk around of the unit to make sure the bike is in the exact condition you expected.

It might take some time, but once you find the perfect bike for you, you’re going to love the new sense of freedom riding gives you - there’s really nothing like it. So, welcome to the club - we’ll see you out there.

In Case You Missed It: April Moto News


As you know, the moto industry is always changing so there’s always something new to report. This month, we’ve selected 5 motorcycle-related stories we think are too interesting to miss. Check out the latest April headlines below. 

Honda Reveals New Two New 2019 Units - Honda recently revealed two new units to the U.S market. These units will be an addition to their lineup of small-displacement, user-friendly models. The entry-level CB300R Neo Cafe motorcycle will be available in July and boasts increased performance and embodies motorcycle culture and urban fun - aiming to appeal to a younger generation of riders. The PCX150 scooter, with a revised engine and a premium look, will also be available in July. We can’t wait to see these new models out on the road. Read More.

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BMW's Top Designer Joins Indian Motorcycles - Ola Stenegärd, BMW’s former Head of Vehicle Design, has joined the Polaris owned, Indian Motorcycles. Stenegärd plans on developing Indian’s range of cruisers and flat-trackers in his new role as Director of Product Design. Despite having a strong background in sport bikes, his real passion is American muscle. We’re excited to see how he plans to shake up Indian’s current lineup. Read More.

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22 Year Old Set to Ride Around the World - Henry Crew of the UK has set off on an epic motorcycle ride across the world. During his trip, he’ll ride 35,000 miles that will span 6 continents and 35 countries over the next year. Crew is riding for the Movember Foundation, which focuses on men’s health issues. He’s hoping to fundraise for each mile he rides and we are all for it. Good luck, Henry. Read More 

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Polaris Recalls Model Year 2015-2018 Slingshot Models - If you’re a Slingshot rider listen up. Polaris released a statement saying a small number of Slingshot vehicles may have been manufactured with improper seat base frame welds, that could increase injury in a crash along with other concerns. This recall affects Slingshot S, SL, SLR, and Grand Touring models. Be sure to check and see if your model was included and stay safe out there. Read More.

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AGV Releases First Full Carbon Fiber Modular Helmet - AGV is a household name in the world of motorcycle racing. Their helmets have been used for decades, but they haven’t slowed down one bit. AGV recently unveiled a new helmet, the AGV SPORTMODULAR. This new helmet combines their top-notch racing model features with an everyday modular lid just under 3 pounds. This helmet is for riders who want a sporty design with comfort, and safety. We think it’s going to be a popular choice. Read More.

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There you have it -  five April motorcycle stories you needed. Let us know your opinions and thoughts on these stories in the comments below. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

East Coast Rides You Don't Want to Miss


Are you ready to get your bike out of storage and get back on the road? We definitely are. Lucky for both of us, there are tons of great rides to take as the weather gets nicer and we’ve done the dirty work for you. Check out our list of East Coast rides that will get you amped to get back on your bike after this never-ending cold season.

Coastal Route One (Maine) - Let’s start from the top (literally). If you’re ready to get the full-on New England experience - this ride’s for you. The smell and taste of saltwater will hit you right off the bat, considering most of this highway is bordered by coastline. You should take the Brunswick to Machias route which is a two-lane, 167-mile ride full of seaside towns, lighthouses, and beaches galore - you couldn't be bored if you tried. You’ll want to bring a jacket because the ocean breeze can be cool, even in spring and summer months. Don’t forget to grab a lobster roll at one of the many shacks along the way - trust us - they’re worth stopping for.

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Route 6 (Pennsylvania) - Northern Pennsylvania has a lot to offer riders, including Route 6. This route will make you feel like you have gone back in time - as you pass small towns, local diners, and coal mines. The trip also offers great scenery and includes long rolling hills and sweeping turns - ideal for riders. One of the major highlights of the trip is The Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The Gorge is 50 miles long and over 1,000 feet deep with awesome views you can see while riding the rim of the canyon. Keep in mind, this is a longer ride that might require a few days depending how many stops you plan on making.

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Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia & North Carolina) - The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the top riding areas in the country, with thousands of riders visiting each year. The parkway is home to 469 miles of winding roads surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll experience tight curves and steep hills on this exciting ride and to top it off, killer views. You can’t be too much of a speed demon on this road considering the speed limit doesn’t exceed 45 mph - but trust us, with all the twists and turns you’ll feel like you’re flying the whole ride. This is another ride that can take a few days, but will give you tons of time to really soak in the sights.

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Tail of the Dragon, Deal's Gap (North Carolina) - The Tail of the Dragon is a well known “ride” in North Carolina that we couldn’t leave off our list. This top motorcycle destination is a quick 11 mile stretch on US 129 at the Tennessee/North Carolina line, and is home to a whopping 318 tight curves. It might not be a long ride, but it’s sure to leave your heart pumping. Are you ready to tame the beast?

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The Florida Keys Scenic Highway (Florida) - The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is a 110 mile stretch of road that has that summertime vibe and weather all year round. The ride starts at Mile Marker 110, down to Mile Marker 0 in Old Town Key West. During this ride you’ll be surrounded by palm trees and the blue waters of the keys, not to mention awesome beach bars and restaurants on nearly every block. The highway finishes with a 5 mile stretch of road where you’ll see nothing but clear water on each side of the highway. You can’t beat a warm weather ride, and to top it off you’ll beat your buddies to that summer base tan in no time.

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So, pack up your saddle bags and check out one, two, or even all five of these awesome East Coast rides. What are some of your “can’t miss” rides to take this upcoming riding season?