Friday, April 12, 2019

Taking a Look Back Part 2 - Top Motorcycle Manufacturers



We’ve covered a few of the top motorcycle manufacturers back in November (catch up here) and we’ve heard you wanted more. There are so many manufacturers that started from small beginnings and it’s awesome to see where they have ended up. Let’s take a look back at four more of the most popular moto giants in the world and how they got their starts.

First up, Ducati.

Image: Ducati

Ducati - Ducati was founded back in 1926 in the northern Italian town of Bologna. When the company first began, they didn’t make motorcycles or engines at all. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons founded a company named Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati where they made radio parts. The company became extremely successful, so much so that they were able to begin construction of a new factory in Borgo Panigale. During the same time period, at a small firm called SIATA (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie), Aldo Farinelli began developing a small pushrod engine to mount on bicycles. These engines were named Cucciolos, and after more than 200,000 were sold, the Ducati firm collaborated with SIATA and offered a Cucciolo-based motorcycle. The first 48 cc bike weighed 98 pounds, had a top speed of 40 mph, and had a 15 mm carburetor producing just under 200 mpg. Since those early days, Ducati (now owned by Volkswagon) has grown into a well-loved moto giant, known for sportbikes and street bikes using L-Twin engines.


Suzuki - In 1909, Michio Suzuki opened Suzuki Loom Works in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. This particular factory made weaving looms for Japan’s growing cotton industry. For 30 years the company focused on building these machines, and although these looms were wildly successful, Suzuki thought that the company needed to diversify and expand to other products. They began producing prototype cars, but with the onset of World War II, Suzuki's plans for vehicles came to a close when the government declared civilian passenger cars a "non-essential commodity." The family went back to creating looms until the cotton crash in 1951 when they turned back to motorized vehicles. They saw the trend of "clip-on" gas-powered engines that were being attached to bicycles and began creating one of their own. Their first bike was called the Power Free which had a unique double-sprocket gear system that allowed the rider to pedal without engine assistance or with engine assistance. By 1954, Suzuki was producing 6,000 motorcycles each month and officially changed their name to Suzuki Motor Co. - the manufacturer we know and love today. Since then, Suzuki is known as being a top choice for sportbike riders and their models are known for incredible agility and performance.

Image: Telegraph UK

Triumph - Before creating their first motorcycle, the Triumph company imported sewing machines and sold bicycles. They moved on to motorcycles shortly after and produced their first motorcycle in 1902 which consisted of a 2.2 horsepower single-cylinder Belgian Minerva engine that was attached to a bicycle frame. The company began creating and using their own engines in 1905 - and by 1907, they were producing roughly 1,000 motorcycles per year and were well on their way to making a name for themselves in the competitive motorcycle racing world. Over the next thirty years, the company grew and created more models, many that were used during WWI and WWII, and introduced some of their most popular models -the Bonneville and Tiger. In 1983, the Triumph factory closed its doors and the future of the company was unknown. A wealthy developer decided to save the manufacturer by purchasing the Triumph name and all manufacturing rights - and the company was back in action. Despite all the changes, Triumph is still considered the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and bikes are still being produced in England.

Image: It Still Runs

Kawasaki - The Kawasaki Company was founded by Shozo Kawasak who established Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo in 1878 as a shipyard. In the beginning, they produced marine steam turbines, locomotives, freight cars, passenger carriages, and bridge girders. They also created aircrafts and in 1954, Kawasaki moved on, creating their first motorcycle called the Meihatsu. Kawasaki really took off when they purchased Meguro Motorcycles, one of the leading motorcycles manufacturing companies in Japan. They continued to grow and create many models we know and ride today. The Ninja is one of Kawasaki’s most popular bikes and they are known for great handling and a sporty look.

Those are just a few of the motorcycle manufacturers that are now the world-renowned brands we love to ride today. What brand do you ride? Why did you choose that specific manufacturer? Let us know in the comments below.

Tips for Riding in Spring Storms


Spring has officially sprung and that means riding season is in full swing. It also means that no matter how much you check the weather reports, spring rainstorms can hit out of nowhere. Ever wonder what you’re supposed to do in that situation? Let’s dive into some rainy weather riding tips to make sure you're ready for anything when you hit the road this spring and summer.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time - We suggest planning your route in advance so that you already know alternate routes ahead of time and can avoid high traffic areas if a road is too flooded to ride through. No matter what, you want to know where to go.

Have the Right Gear - As we mentioned earlier, storms can come out of nowhere. For that reason, we recommend investing in some waterproof/all-weather gear so you can be ready when those pelts of rain come down. Waterproof jackets, pants, gloves, and boots are all great staples to have in your riding wardrobe. When looking for waterproof gear, you’ll want to make sure that the seams overlap as opposed to aligning so water doesn’t find its way underneath to your clothes. Investing in a pair of goggles (if your helmet doesn’t have a shield, yellow or orange tinted goggles provide some of the best contract in low visibility) is also important so you see clearly while riding in the rain - don’t forget to add an anti-fog treatment. Lastly, if you have room on your bike, bringing a pair of extra dry clothes is always a good idea. We’re all trying to enjoy the ride after all - and being cold and wet quite frankly...sucks. Always carry a few plastic bags with you to store wet clothes and you’ll be good to go.

Find a Dry Line (if possible) - This might seem like a no brainer, but traction is everything when riding. While riding in the rain, or just after a rainstorm, we recommend finding the dryest line in the road where car’s tire tracks have been, and staying off the painted lines as they present a slicker surface.

Check Your Tires - We hope you’re following the TCLOCS method before each ride, but this is particularly important when it comes to rainy-weather riding. You’ll want to double check to make sure your tires aren’t worn down and have proper traction so they can easily grip the road during slippery conditions. And for you riders near desert locations, you might want to stay off the road entirely due to roads becoming oil slicks during rainy weather.

Braking Distance is Crucial - Having enough space to brake is important during any ride, but this is especially vital when it comes to rainy weather riding. Traction and visibility are limited when it rains, so it’s crucial to make sure you put some extra distance between your bike and other cars or riders when riding. We know it’s hard to take it slow sometimes, but don’t forget safety is the #1 priority.

Watch Out for Puddles - A lot of us enjoy riding in the rain, especially if you’re in proper gear. And sometimes those puddles look splash-worthy and exciting, but we recommend avoiding them - sorry to be a buzzkill. It’s hard to determine how deep a puddle and it’s important to keep in mind, a puddle could actually be a pothole. If you can’t avoid a puddle we suggest taking it slow and steady.

Thunder and Lightning is a No Go - We can work with rainy weather, but as soon as you see or hear thunder or lighting it’s time to get off the road ASAP. Find a pit stop and take the opportunity to wait it out, dry off, or grab a meal. Taking cover under a bridge or overpass might be a quick fix if absolutely necessary, but when lightning is around, we recommend finding the nearest rest stop, gas station, diner, or coffee shop to take cover in. It’s always best to be inside in those situations. Remember, your bike is metal...you don’t want to risk it.

We hope your spring is full of sunny, perfect riding weather - but if it’s not, now you know what to do. Just remember to take it slow and enjoy the ride.

Your Motorcycle News Fix



From new models to motorcycle exhibits - we’re back with the motorcycle news you need to know this month and we've got it all. Kick up your feet and stay awhile - we’ll catch you up on the latest motorcycle headlines.

Image: The Drive

Henry Crew Will Be the Youngest Person to Circle the World by Motorcycle - Henry Crew is from London, England and he’s on his way to becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. Crew is only 22 years old and the current record holder, Kane Avellano, completed the ride in 2017 when he was 24 years old. Crew rides a Ducati Desert Sled and is currently traveling up the East Coast to hit New York, then he will board a plane (with his bike) to Spain. We wish him the best of luck in this exciting endeavor. Check out his interview with The Drive here.

Image: Motorcycle Cruiser (Harley-Davidson's Electric Model) 

World’s First Exhibit Featuring Only Electric Motorcycles Is Open in LA - An electric revolution is coming . . . well it’s actually already here. Harley-Davidson and the Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF) teamed up to bring Electric Revolution to LA., which is the first museum exhibit in the world to exclusively feature electric motorcycles. The show is supported by Harley-Davidson, while the MAF curated the collection of motorcycles. The exhibit explores the history of electric models and where the future of this industry is headed. If you’re in LA, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Read More.

Image: Motorcycle Cruiser 

GuzziTech Unveils GTM02 - Todd Eagan had a Moto Guzzi back in 1999, and after putting thousands of miles on the bike, transformed it, making it better in both aesthetics and performance. Eagan wants to do the same for you. His company, GuzziTech will transform your bike, but only if it’s a single-sided swingarm Guzzi manufactured from 2006–2017. After paying Eagan a pretty penny ($17,500), he’ll build you a base GTM02. The first group of GTM02s are already ready to ride at the GuzziTech shop in Los Angeles and we’re eager to see these bad boys out on the road. Looks like a lot is happening in LA - might be time to take a ride to the west coast. If you decide to head that way, check out our list of Top West Coast rides. Read More.

Image: Motorcycle News

Honda Reveals CR-E MX Concept Electric Bike- Honda has just unveiled a concept version of their CRF electric off-road bike at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show - which is the first murmur of electrics from this manufacturer. We haven’t heard specifics on power or torque yet, but we do know this new model will have multiple power modes. We also aren’t sure if Honda will commit to actually producing this model - but we can only hope because electric models have started to take the world by storm. We’ll keep you posted on further details from Honda as we hear more. Read More

Motorcycle news just doesn’t quit - and we love the industry for that. We’ll keep you updated on any breaking cycle stories in the next edition of our news roundup. Do you have any favorite headlines or stories? Drop us a line in the comments below.



Friday, March 15, 2019

Prepping Your Bike for Riding Season


If you live in a warmer climate all year round, consider us jealous. Spring is right around the corner for the rest of us and you know what that means - riding season is officially upon us. We are PUMPED to brush the dust off of our bikes and say goodbye to winter. But before you roll your bike out of the garage, it’s important to make sure it’s fully ready for that first epic ride of the season. If you prepped your bike properly for winter storage, you might not have a lot of work to do before taking your first ride, but there are a few things everyone still needs to check. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prep your bike for riding season below.
  • Make it Shine - First and foremost, we recommend bringing your beauty back to life with a detailed wash/cleaning. Brush all the dust off and make sure your bike wasn’t the home to any rodents or nests during the colder months. Make sure to give your bike a fresh coat of wax so it’s protected from the elements during the riding months.
  • Take a Look at Your Tires - Tires are obviously a crucial component of a motorcycle, so make sure yours are in the good condition before taking your bike for a spin. You’ll want to look for any cracks, punctures, examine the tread condition, and the general wear and tear in both tires. If you see any issues, you might want to consider buying some new wheels for the upcoming season. If you don’t see any red flags, you’ll still want to make sure you check your tire pressure before hitting the road.
  • Check Your Fluids - You’ll want to start by taking look at your fuel. If you used a fuel stabilizer during your winter storage prep, your fuel should be in fairly good shape. Check to make sure there’s no gunk or grime when you open the filler cap. We also recommend taking a look at your oil level before riding. It might be a good idea to change your oil and filter (depending on condition) considering your bike has been stagnant for a while. 
  • How’s Your Battery? If you used a trickle charger during the winter months, your battery will probably be in good shape. If you didn’t, you’ll want to make sure your battery is fully charged before taking a ride. If you see any corrosion, make sure to clean it properly. You’ll also want to check that the battery water level is full, if not, make sure to top it off.
  • Check for Leaks and Examine All the Nuts and Bolts - Take a walk around your bike and make sure there has been no leakage during storage. We also suggest checking that all nuts and bolts are tightened on your unit.
  • Test Your Brakes - It’s a no brainer that brakes are pretty important while riding, so make sure yours are in good condition. Don’t forget to examine your brake pads and brake-fuel levels before riding.
  • Lubrication - It’s a good idea to make sure all of the moving parts on your bike are well-lubricated before you ride. Grab the proper grease for your motorcycle (check the owner’s manual) and get to work.
  • Check All Electrics - Test your lights and signals before every ride. No one wants to be stranded on a night ride with a headlight out.
  • Are You Ready to Roll? If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden your bike remember - it’s okay to take it slow for the first couple of rides (even though it might be hard). Take some time to reacquaint yourself with your bike and it’s ergonomics, and if you’re feeling a bit rusty, we recommend continuing your biker education by taking a motorcycle safety course.
  • Check Your Other Gear - Now that you’ve checked out the entirety of your bike, it’s a good time to take a look at the quality of your other motorcycle gear. Make sure your helmet and protective gear are all in good shape (no cracks or tearing). If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it might be a good time for an upgrade or replacement. 
Anyone else stoked for riding season? Our hands are up. But before you rev your engines this year, make sure your bike is prepped and ready to hit that pavement. Do you have any spring bike prep tricks you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.



Are You Following the T-CLOCS Method Before Each Ride?


If you’re a rider you’ve probably heard of the T-CLOCS checklist, but if you’re new to motorcycling or need a quick refresher, we’ve got your back. The T-CLOCS method was coined and created by our friends over at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). This checklist should be followed before every ride to make sure your bike is in good working order and is safe to take out on the road. To help you remember what to check on your bike, the MSF came up with an acronym to help you out - T-CLOCS. Let’s break down what each letter stands for and what you should keep an eye out for before you take your next ride.

Make sure to check your...

T - Tires and Wheels
You’ll want to take a good look at both your tires and wheels to make sure they are in good condition before taking your motorcycle for a ride. Make sure your tires are in tip-top shape, paying special attention to any wear, weathering, bulges, and embedded objects. Don’t forget to check your air pressure as well, keeping in mind that you might need to make adjustments in colder weather. As for the wheels themselves, check the spokes, cast, rims, bearings, and seals; and last but not least, take a look at your brakes to determine function and condition.

C - Controls
Now it’s time to check the controls thoroughly. Examine the handlebars for any bending, and make sure your levers and pedals are in good condition and lubricated. Take a quick look at your cables to make sure there’s no fraying. You’ll also want to make sure your hoses are cut and crack free, and that your throttle moves freely.

L - Lights and Electrics
Examining your lights and electrics is a crucial part of the inspection. You should check your battery condition and the vent tube to make sure it isn’t kinked or routed incorrectly. Inspect your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals as these are all important components for safe driving. Don’t forget to also take a look at your switches, mirrors, and reflectors. You want to be seen out on the road, that’s why checking your lighting is so critical.

O - Oil and Other Fluids
To avoid being stranded out on the road, check your gas and oil levels before each ride. When you’re walking around your bike, we also suggest taking a good look for any leaks that your motorcycle might have.

C - Chassis
Make sure your bike feels just right before you ride. This means checking to see if your suspension feels normal. You’ll also need to examine the frame of your bike as well as the chain/belt, and make sure all nuts and bolts are properly tightened.

S - Stand
Last but not least, inspect your center stand or side stand for any cracks or bending and make sure the springs are sturdy to keep your motorcycle in place.

While it might seem like a lot to take on before each ride, checking your bike doesn’t have to take long if you do it on a regular basis. Once you know what to look for, spotting a problem should be easy, and we hope the solution will be easy as well. Once you conduct your T-CLOCS inspection you should be good to go and ready to ride. To print off your own detailed T-CLOCS checklist, click here.

The Motorcycle News You Need to Know


It’s that time again. We’re here to hit you with the motorcycle news you need to know. We’ve got all the manufacturer news this month - from new models to test drives. So sit back and relax - check out the latest motorcycle headlines below.

Indian Collaborates with Jack Daniel’s, Klock Werks for Limited-Edition Motorcycle - Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s recently unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse. This bad-ass bike has premium design features that give the motorcycle an exclusive look. The design inspiration came from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select and the entire bike is hand-painted by specialized Indian Motorcycle craftsmen. The bike is two-tone Heavy Metal Crystal & Thunder Black Vivid Crystal and has Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel badging throughout. The limited-edition bike features a 116 cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine with an estimated 127 ft-lbs of torque - talk about power. To top it all off, the motorcycle includes 2-inch mid-rise ape-hanger handlebars, quick release tinted flare windscreen, custom precision machined wheels, end-to-end LED lighting, and premium gloss black finishes throughout. You’ll want to see this model for yourself. Read More.

In Other Indian News… The Manufacturer Reveals 2019 Roadmaster Elite - Indian doesn’t seem to be slowing down with their new releases and we are here for it. The manufacturer has announced its latest ultra-premium touring motorcycle, the 2019 Roadmaster Elite. This bike is also a limited edition and every Roadmaster Elite features Wildfire Red Candy over Black Crystal paint with real 24-karat gold leaf badging, taking more than 30 hours to paint - now that’s a true custom job. The Elite has upgraded to a 600-watt PowerBand Audio Plus system providing exceptional sound quality throughout the bike. It also includes leather passenger armrests, spacious billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards, a premium touring console, billet aluminum pinnacle mirrors, and chrome bumpers. Check it Out.

Zero launches all-new SR/F - Zero Motorcycles has introduced their new SR/F, coined as their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet. The new street fighter electric model boasts 140 ft-lbs of torque and 110 horsepower. The bike is powered by Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. A single charge delivers up to a 200-mile range with the addition of Zero’s Power Tank (available fall 2019). The SR/F is the first fully “smart” motorcycle due to its Cypher III operating system. The system gives the rider the ability to monitor the bike in four main areas: Bike Status and Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing, and System Upgrades and Updates. We are excited to see more electric model offerings on the market and we’re eager to see how they continue to improve and expand in the coming years. Read More.

Slingshot Offering $50 Credit for Test Ride - Polaris’ Slingshot has just announced a new program called “Rev-n-Roll”, allowing consumers to test drive one of their units (at specified Slingshot dealerships) to receive a $50 Live Event Credit Voucher. This program will run through April 30th and the voucher can be used for sporting events, concerts, theater shows, and more. This deal from Slingshot sounds almost too good to be true, but the company says with spring approaching, they want to give more consumers the opportunity to experience all that Slingshot models have to offer riders. We love these units and we’re interested to see the participation in this program and how it will potentially increase sales. Read More.

There you have it. The top motorcycle-related stories you needed to know this month. Stay tuned for more motorcycle news roundups in the near future. Did you have a favorite story this month? Drop us a line in the comments below.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Check Out Harley's Newest Electric Scooter


It’s no secret that new riders have been hard to come by in recent years - the whole industry has felt it. But Harley isn’t sitting back and waiting for the market to change - they have a plan. You might remember the strategy the manufacturer released for attracting new riders back in 2018. But the question is - are they following through with that strategy? From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like Harley is heading in the right direction. They announced the release of their first electric motorcycle (LiveWire) a few months back, but now they’ve got a few more tricks up their sleeves to reach a more modern rider.

Harley recently unveiled the latest concepts for their new electric scooter at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. According to the Harley, electric is the future and we’re curious to see if that’s really the case. These scooters are going to be targeted towards urban and city dwellers in the hopes of reaching a younger demographic and those who might not typically hop on a motorcycle. They are hoping the affordability (as compared to their electric motorcycle), accessibility, and eco-friendliness will inspire a new generation of riders and millennials to get on a bike. One of the major benefits of Harley’s new electric scooter is that riders don’t need a motorcycle license to operate the vehicle, and “fueling up” is as simple as plugging the scooter into a wall socket. 

Image: Harley-Davidson

The new electric scooter has a more rugged look that will ideally differentiate it from the other thousands of electric scooters on the market today. The new Harley scooter pleasantly surprised the crowd at the X Games, so we’re curious to see how that translates to the rest of the world - only time will tell.

But wait there’s more - Harley didn’t stop at an electric scooter. They also released the latest concepts for their new electric “mountain/dirt bike”. According to those who tested the bike at the recent X Games, it comes packed with plenty of power and torque. This new electric model doesn’t have a name quite yet, but considering it’s on the lighter side, the model may qualify as more of an electric mountain bike rather than a dirt bike. See it for yourself.

Image: Harley-Davidson

Harley seems to be following through with their plans of trying to reach new riders, but do you think their recent electric efforts will help them reach their goals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

For more details on these new electric bike concepts, click here.






Your Motorcycle News Roundup is Here


The time has come to hit you with the latest motorcycle news. A LOT has happened in the last few months in the motorcycle industry and we’re here to fill you in. So sit back, relax, and check out the recent headlines below in your moto news roundup.
  • Twice as Many Women Are Riding Motorcycles Today - The Motorcycle Industry Council recently released a survey that shows more than 19% of motorcycle riders are women - as compared to 2009 where the same survey showed that women only made up 10% of the rider population. This means over the past decade female motorcycle ridership has nearly doubled. We’re pumped to hear these stats and would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in riding to get their license and get out there - man or woman. We are craving more diversity in motorcycling, and it looks like we are heading in the right direction. Read More. 
  • Harley Releases Pricing for First Electric Motorcycle - Harley has recently released pricing for their new electric motorcycle, LiveWire. The hype was real when we first heard that an electric motorcycle was in the works from Harley - and now pre-ordering is officially available, but it will cost you. LiveWire will come in at a whopping $29,799, but we think its features could be worth it. The new motorcycle’s acceleration is killer, going from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. With its electric power, LiveWire requires no clutch and no gear shifting - perfect for riders who are just getting started. LiveWire is a significant part of Harley’s mission to gain new riders, and with pre-order available, we’re excited to see how sales go for the manufacturer. Read More.
  • Futuristic Helmet Features Built-in Cameras and Augmented Reality - Apparently Kickstarter is the place to go to make dreams a reality, and a new brand called Jarvis is testing out those waters. The company recently created a Kickstarter page that has raised more than $500,000 for their “smart helmet”. They claim that this could be the smartest motorcycle helmet ever made - a bold statement. The model has all the standard helmet requirements, but takes tech to the next level by including Alexa and Siri, Bluetooth, and a fancy display built into the helmet that has a clean interface showing information like speed, weather, and details from your phone. The helmet also includes two cameras (front and back), as well as augmented reality features. A helmet with awesome tech plus some fancy safety features sounds like a win-win to us. Read More
  • 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 Models Now Available For Pre-Order- The Moto Guzzi V85 was recently unveiled at IMS Long Beach and has received a lot of buzz since the show. The V85 is now available for pre-order and will come to market in two versions, V85 TT, and V85 TT Adventure. Buyers will be able to choose from a number of available colors and Moto Guzzi will offer a range of optional accessories. The new models combine style features of the golden age of motorcycle adventures with the functionality of a modern touring enduro. To top off the pre-order announcement, all pre-orders qualify for a $250 accessory credit. Sounds good to us. Read More
Congrats, you’re officially caught up on all things motorcycle. Did you have a favorite story this month? Drop us a line in the comments below and stay tuned for more motorcycle news next month.

Safety Tips All New Riders Need to Know


Safety is the number one priority when it comes to riding a motorcycle - there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. We all love the freedom and excitement that comes with riding, but it’s important to be responsible and cautious on the road, especially if you are new to riding. Here are a few of our safety tips that all new riders, heck any rider, should know before getting on a bike. 
  • ALWAYS Wear a Helmet - This may sound like a no brainer (no pun intended), but wearing a helmet is crucial when riding a motorcycle. Helmets can protect you from serious head injuries in the event of a collision. No matter your state laws, we highly recommend investing in a high-quality helmet to protect that noggin while riding. 
  • Wear Proper Gear - Along with a helmet, we suggest purchasing motorcycle safety gear. A few staples are neck and back protectors, armored motorcycle jackets, protective eyewear, and boots. Check out our blog post on safety gear here
  • Take a Safety Course - Whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned veteran, it’s a great idea to take a motorcycle safety course. There are always new things to learn, so don’t make the mistake of thinking you know it all. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers great classes for both new and veteran riders to learn new skills or sharpen the skills you already have. 
  • Invest in Anti-Lock Brakes - Anti-lock brakes are available on a wide variety of models and can help you retain steering control in the event of an emergency stop. They are also a great feature to have while riding in slippery conditions. 
  • Know Your Personal Riding Skill and Ability Level - If you’re new on the road, take it slow and know the routes you’re taking. Tight turns can be fun for advanced riders, but you’ll want to adjust your speed and routes depending on your ability level. Keep it simple and don’t bite off more than you can chew as you get going. 
  • Get Regular Inspections - Before each ride, you’ll want to walk the perimeter of your bike to make sure everything is in good working order; and don’t forget, you still need to take your bike in for regular inspections and maintenance to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. 
  • Check the Weather Before You Ride - Before every ride we suggest checking the weather report. Rain reduces visibility and makes for slippery conditions while riding - something you want to avoid. 
  • Know the Rules of the Road and Respect Them - Take notice of speed limits, and make sure to follow them. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with any local traffic laws in your area so nothing comes as a surprise to you down the road. If you’re riding out of your local area, check out state motorcycle laws wherever you plan on traveling; we’re always surprised how much they can change state-to-state. 
  • Never Drive Under the Influence - This should go without saying, but we’re going to say it - NEVER drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The last thing you want is to hurt others or yourself while riding. 
  • Ride Defensively - As much as we’d like them to, cars don’t always look twice before making a turn or switching lanes - so, as a motorcyclist, it’s important to ride defensively. Make your presence known to other drivers by turning on your headlights and avoiding being in anyone’s blind spots as much as possible. 
Let’s be clear, riding a motorcycle is one of the best feelings in the world and we welcome new riders with open arms. But at the same time, we want to make sure you’re being safe out on the road. We hope you’ll think about these safety tips the next time you take your bike for a ride. Do you have any safety tips you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Compiled List of Motorcycle Basics


There’s a lot of information out there if you are just getting into riding and it can be hard to decide what to listen to. So, we’ve put together a list of our top resources to help get you started.

Step #1: Figure out what you want to ride

If you’ve never been on a bike before, it can be hard to decide what you want - so take your time and check out all your options. These three articles should give you a good place to start - and then once you have your license, you can actually go test ride some of these bad boys.


Step #2: Keep your noggin covered - and find other gear you’ll need

While some of this other gear might be optional - helmets definitely aren’t. They also aren’t cheap. So pick one you like and plan to be happy with for a while. Web Bike World’s reviews are thorough - but if you are looking for other gear - gloves, pants, etc. - you can’t go wrong with the article from Best Beginning Motorcycles.


Step #3: Get trained & learn the laws

Motorcycle laws are different in every state (and there are some strange ones that exist) - and you’ll want to be educated when you head out on the road. Study up and take a course to make sure you feel comfortable.


Step #4: Check out local clubs

Once you’re educated and outfitted - find other riders in your area. The dealership you purchased your ride from may have some groups, but if not - look for local meetups to help you get going in the community.


We hope this helps get you started - and cuts out some of the noise of the Internet. You can’t go wrong learning how to ride. It actually IS as fun as it’s cracked up to be.

Southern Rides

I hope it’s a long winter this year … said no biker ever.

But seriously, it’s starting to get cold and no one hates winter more than someone who has a bike sitting in the garage. Click on the Pinterest board below to check out a few interesting southern rides to help you thaw out and stay sane this winter:




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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Top Notch Backpacks


It’s no shocker that bikes don’t have tons of storage - even if you’ve added some saddlebags on your ride - so having a backpack that is reliable and sturdy is crucial. But - let’s be honest - sometimes wearing a backpack makes you feel like you’re back in school. Well - not these backpacks. These are sleek and definitely worthy of a spot on your ride… or should we say back?


This bag comes in a variety of color options - although we’re fans of the dark grey. It’s got plenty of room inside to hold your gear - and two conveniently placed outer pockets for things you need to get to more easily. We like the security the outer flap provides - so you’re sure the the stuff in those outside pockets is going to stay put. 


Any bag that can hold all of our stuff and our helmet is an automatic win in our book. And this guy comes at a great price point. It’s got a sporty feel to it and plenty of room inside. Another perk - because this is made by a brand catering to the needs of bikers - this pack has reflective piping to help you stand out at night. 


This backpack is surprisingly large - bragging it can hold somewhere between three to five days worth of travel goods - and it has the ability to charge your phone. So if you like to take your bike out for several days at a time, this could be the one for you. It also says that it’s an “anti-theft” backpack - although we couldn’t tell exactly why - but our best guess is because of where the zipper is placed - if someone tried to get in there, you would definitely feel it. 


No matter your style - this backpack has you covered. Looking for something bright and bold? They’ve got it. Prefer to go with all black? They’ve got that too. These bags have a drawstring top and are plenty long - so you can shove stuff deep in there. Also - the flap that closes over the top has storage for things like your wallet and phone and allows you use that for additional outside storage - maybe even your helmet. 


This is the most fashionable and high-design backpack we included - but we like that it can go from “day-to-night” or “bike-to-business” pretty easily. So maybe you use this as your backpack during the week - and then switch to one of the other options during the weekend? Just a thought. This guy also still has plenty of storage and will be comfortable to have on your back while you ride.

So there you have it. These bags should give you a little extra storage while you ride - so you can easily take everything you need with you while you’re out and about.





Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tips for Taking Great Listing Photos


The buying process for nearly everything has changed over the past few decades. With the consistent growth and evolution of technology, online research has become increasingly important to buyers when they make a purchase - large or small. Having top-notch photos is crucial to get more eyes on your listings. Check out these 8 easy tips that will make sure your photos paint a clear picture for potential buyers.

1. Make it Shine - Make sure the bike you're selling is clean. Buyers want to see their potential bike in tip-top condition, so make sure you give the unit a detailed wash before taking photos. Sponges and brushes are great for the intricate details of a bike, and they remove dirt and grime with ease.



2. Use the Right Camera - Are you using a camera that produces high-quality photos? If not, you’ll want to make sure your camera is fairly recent so your photos are clear and not grainy. Most smartphones have amazing cameras, which is a great option that won’t require you to purchase a new camera, but if you’re wanting to take your photos to the next level, consider investing in a new point and shoot model. Most newer point and shoots are very easy to use and take crystal clear photos.

3. Shoot at the Right Time of Day - Lighting is important when it comes to taking photos, so you’ll want to keep in mind the time of day you choose to shoot. Avoid taking listing photos midday when the lighting is harsh, and instead, opt to take photos in the morning or late afternoon where the lighting is “warmer” and less likely to wash out your photos. Cloudy days can also be great photoshoot days, but make sure it’s not too dark and avoid taking photos at night where flash would be required.


4. Keep in Mind Positioning and Location - When taking listing photos, you’ll want to keep in mind where you’re positioning the bike. It’s important that the bike you are trying to sell is the focal point of your shot.

5. Take a Few Test Photos - It’s important to take your time while shooting your listing photos, as they are a crucial part of your entire listing. Take a few test photos of your unit to make sure the lighting is right, the camera is clear, and that you are satisfied with the outcome. If you aren’t pleased with the photos you can take a step back and see what might need to change to enhance your photo (positioning, lighting, etc.).

6. Have a Variety of Photos - We cannot stress this enough - take a lot of photos. Buyers want to see every angle of the bike before walking into the dealership so they can visually picture themselves on a new ride. Take a few full shots (showing the whole bike) as well as detailed, close-up shots. We suggest having a full bike shot as your main listing photo to grab the buyer's attention right off the bat, then they can explore more photo options as desired.


7. Be Honest and Authentic - Don’t hide the imperfections of the bike you are trying to sell. If the unit has a few dings or scratches,  your potential buyer deserves to know - they really don’t want to be surprised when they come to view the unit in-person. As for new units, it’s also a good idea to stay away from using stock photos - authenticity is key.

8. Highlight Special Features - Does the bike you’re selling have any special features? Make sure you are highlighting them in both your listing photos AND descriptions.

We hope that these 8 tips have helped you realize taking listing photos doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting the right photo takes some practice, but it will be worth it in the end - trust us.

Chic Clothes For Motorcycle Chicks


Let’s just say it - shopping for women’s clothes can be hard, even if you are one. And since the holidays are right around the corner, we want to help you out with some suggestions for women who ride  - whether you need them now, or in the future. We’ve picked items from stores you might not frequent all the time - check them out.

Let’s start with the all important jacket. A motorcycle jacket has to be multi-functional - and we think all of these options meet that mark. You could easily ride in them and then head out to a nice dinner afterwards. While we know black leather is a favorite, we threw in some varying color and texture options, just in case.

Clean lines. Super chic.

An alternative to the traditional leather options.


We like that this grey isn’t pushy - nice and subtle.

Now onto the boot options. We wanted to give you a tall, medium, and small option - so you’re covered no matter what type of booth the recipient might already have. Again - all three of these choices give off a high-fashion flare that could go from bike to night out seamlessly.


The braided detail on these.

A little heel hight never hurt anyone.

The grommets give these regular boots just a little more.

Since riding around pantless isn’t encouraged - we’ve included some options in that department for you. Some that are very simple, some that have a little more flare - but all that would be comfortable for riding, but again and fit our theme of being easily worn out and about.

The ribbed detail mixed with the leather will be a crowd pleaser.


Simple, but comfortable. We're really into the stud detail.


We love the detail in the rips.

And last - but not least - accessories because it’s winter time and staying warm is important in extending the riding season. Bundle up with these and head out.


Mixing textures for the win.


These gloves make a statement and leave finger wiggle room to work the gears.

There you have it - a full outfit. Now, we wish you the best of luck on your hunt for the perfect moto-friendly ensemble.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Prepping Your Bike for Storage


We’re bummed to say it, but colder weather is officially upon many of us, and for some, that may mean the end of riding season. Hopefully we’ll still have some great riding weather before winter fully hits, but in the meantime, it is crucial to know what you need to do when it comes to prepping your bike for storage. We’ll give you some tips to keep your bike in great shape as we ride out the winter.
  • Enjoy One Last Ride - This may sound like a no-brainer, but putting the bike away for the season sucks - yeah, we said it. Enjoy one last long ride of the season and savor every moment. 
  • Prep the Exterior - Before storing your bike, you’ll want to make sure it has had a detailed cleaning. That means breaking out the brushes and sponges to get into those hard-to-reach areas of the bike. You don’t want mud, or who knows what else, to tarnish or corrode the finish. When you’re finished washing your bike, you’ll also want to make sure that you dry the bike thoroughly, and throw on a fresh coat of wax so you can avoid rusting. 
  • Fill Up Those Fluids - You’ll want to make sure after your last ride of the season you’ve filled up your gas tank completely. A half-empty tank can cause major issues in the long run - including rusting. You’ll also want to treat your fuel with a good fuel stabilizer before storage as well. Last but not least, make sure to check your antifreeze levels. 
  • Change the Oil - Even if your winter season doesn’t last very long, it’s still important to change your oil before any type of storage. Dirty oil can increase your chance of corrosion, which can lead to engine wear. So, run your bike until the engine warms, then drain the old oil, change the filter, and refill it with fresh oil. Once spring rolls around, you’ll already be ready for your first ride. 
  • Lubricate Moving Parts - Keep the moving parts of your bike lubricated during the winter months to avoid rusting or binding. Any basic chain lubricant from PepBoys or somewhere similar should do the trick. 
  • Battery Protection - We recommend removing your battery before winter storage to avoid any damage the cold could cause. We also suggest investing in a trickle charger that will provide a low, steady stream of electricity to your battery which will allow it to stay charged during long periods of inactivity.
  • Don’t Forget Your Tires - Tires can be easy to forget when it comes to storage, but they are important to protect through the winter. Grab a motorcycle stand to put your bike on so you can keep your tires off of the ground to avoid flat spots. If you can’t invest in a motorcycle stand, we suggest rolling your bike around slightly every couple of weeks. 
  • Cover Your Ride or Find Shelter - If at all possible, the ideal place to put your bike in hibernation is in a heated garage or storage facility. If that’s not an option, an unheated garage or shed will work. Avoid leaving your bike out in the elements if you can, but if this is unavoidable and you have to park in the street, invest in a high-quality cover for your bike - you won’t regret it. 
We’re obviously sad the season has come to an end, but if you follow these winter prepping tips, your bike should be in great condition when warmer weather hits. Until then, we’ll be anxiously counting the down the days until spring.

Taking a Look Back - Top Motorcycle Manufacturers


There are a lot of motorcycle manufacturers out there, and we all have a favorite, but did you ever wonder how these moto giants got their start? Let’s take a look back at a few of the most popular manufacturers, their history, and where they’re headed.

Harley-Davidson - Harley-Davidson is one of the most well known and popular motorcycle American manufacturers. The company started out of a small shed in 1903 by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the company’s inception, Harley-Davidson has remained a staple in the motorcycle community and is often considered to as an American classic. The company is known for producing cruiser-styled motorcycles, but they have also rolled out street models, racing models, and most recently they’ve come out with brand new models (including an all-electric bike) in the hopes of attracting new riders. 

Image: Harley-Davidson

Indian Motorcycles - Indian is America’s oldest motorcycle brand. They got their start in 1897 when George M. Hendee founded a bicycle production company called the Hendee Manufacturing Company. At the time, they had bikes like Silver King, Silver Queen, and American Indian. American Indian was then shortened to just “Indian” and the name has stuck ever since. In 1901, Hendee hired a man named Oscar Hedstrom to build gasoline engine-powered bikes to help pace bicycle races - and soon after, Indian Motorcycle sales began. Indian has had some ups and downs throughout their history, but in 2014 Polaris bought the manufacturer and they have been growing nonstop ever since. The company is known for its famous Scout, Chief, and Spirit models and they plan on consistently expanding their bike selection in the future to attract new riders. 

Image: Indian Motorcycle

Honda Motor Corp. - Honda Motor Corp was founded in 1946 by Soichiro Honda as Japan struggled to rebuild following the Second World War. Soichiro Honda saw the need for affordable transportation in Japan during this time period and began attaching two-stroke motors on to bicycles, and thus began Honda Motor Co. Since then, Honda has grown into one of the top motorcycle manufacturers in the world and has produced iconic models like the Super Cub, Honda CB, and many more. They continue to add to their lineup with innovative, technologically-advanced models, and remain a staple in the motorcycle community. 

Image: Honda

BMW - BMW formed in 1916 and began by producing truck and aircraft engines for Germany during WWI. After the war, the Treaty of Versailles banned the manufacturing of aircraft engines, so BMW steered their focus to motorcycles. BMW Motorrad, BMW’s two-wheel division, rolled out the first motorcycle under its name in 1923 - the R32. The R32 has two traits BMW bikes still have to this day - a shaft drive and the iconic Boxer powerplant. The model became the foundation for all future boxer-powered motorcycles. Since then, BMW has grown into an increasingly popular motorcycle brand and has recently come out with a self-balancing motorcycle and an electric scooter. 

Image: BMW

Yamaha - Yamaha was founded In 1955 when Genichi Kawakami acquired equipment used in the production of metal airline propellers to develop the first Yamaha motorcycle. Yamaha's first product was the YA-1, a 125 cc two-cycle, single cylinder motorcycle. The YA-1 was a successful racing motorcycle and competed internationally. Yamaha is still well known for their racing models, as well as touring and street models, and they remain one of the most famous Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. 

Image: Yamaha 

We’ve covered just a few of the top motorcycle manufacturers and it’s fascinating to see how far they have come in such little time. Each manufacturer started small and have since grown into world-renowned brands that we all know, respect, and love to ride today.