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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

In Case You Missed It - November Motorcycle News


We’re early into November, but the motorcycle industry hasn’t slowed down. We’re here to catch you up on the motorcycle news you need to know this month. Check out the most recent headlines below.

Ducati Releases 2019 Motorcycle Lineup - Ducati recently presented their new 2019 motorcycle lineup that will be featured at EICMA 2018 in Milan, Italy. The new lineup will include a complete overhaul of their iconic Scrambler, and a renewal of the Diavel and Hypermotard models. Another exciting 2019 bike included in this lineup is the new Multistrada 950 S. This model is a major upgrade of the smallest Ducati ‘multi bike’, which includes state of the art technology that will boost safety and rider enjoyment. We can’t wait to hear more about these models from the manufacturer. Read More.

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Indian Announces Accessory Kits For FTR 1200 - America’s oldest motorcycle brand has some exciting news to report. Indian Motorcycles just announced new accessory kits for their FTR 1200 after just recently announcing the new model itself. The FTR 1200 includes a powerful liquid-cooled engine, aggressive styling and ergonomics, and a flat-track racing-style. This bike is getting riders excited to say the least. Indian announced four - you read that right, four - new accessory kits for the model that will transform the FTR 1200 for specific types of riding: Rally, Touring, Sport, and Tracker. You’ll want to see this model and new kits for yourself - trust us on this one. Read More.

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Curtiss Unveils Production-Bound Zeus Electric Motorcycle - This motorcycle is INSANE looking - and we mean that in the best way possible. Curtiss Motorcycles is joining other manufacturers on the trend of electric models by introducing the Zeus, an electric motorcycle that could become the fastest in the world. They are developing a new battery, motor, and control system technologies that will enable the company to deliver a clean and modern-styled motorcycle. Once production begins, the Zeus is set to compete with other electric motorcycles like Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire. Read More.

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Speaking of the LiveWire...Harley-Davidson Gives Us a Closer Look at the Model - The company showed off what their all-electric motorcycle will actually look like at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. Harley showed off the final production prototype of LiveWire and we think it looks pretty badass. Many people doubted if sales of the LiveWire would actually begin in 2019, and the company is putting those doubts to bed with this reveal. You’ll want to take a look for yourself. Read More.

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There you have it - the November moto news you couldn’t live without. Stay tuned for our December edition of “In Case You Missed It” and let us know your favorite headline in the comments below.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

BMW's Riderless Motorcycle


A self-driving motorcycle sounds - if we’re being blunt - insane. But lucky for all of us, BMW’s new riderless motorcycle isn’t designed to hit public streets. This creepy looking model has been created solely for safety research, and we’re all for that.

BMW’s motorcycle division recently showed off their self-driving prototype (a converted BMW R 1200 GS) and the model can accelerate, navigate curves, and brake all on its own. BMW’s team has been working on the prototype for more than two years, and their efforts are not going unnoticed. Safety is, and will always be, a major concern in the motorcycle industry - which is why, we imagine, the manufacturer has stepped up to the plate to help tackle major safety issues. The self-driving model was designed to test out technology that will help motorcycles have more stability in critical riding situations. Just as modern vehicles are incorporating automatic braking and lane keep - BMW is trying to figure out if similar features could work on motorcycles. Adding these car-like features could be a challenge, because as we know, braking suddenly on a motorcycle is a lot different than braking in a vehicle.

BMW’s main goal for the prototype isn’t to create a fully automated motorcycle, because what’s the point in that? They are aiming to study the bike and to integrate what they learn into safety and driving systems for human-driven bikes. It seems like there’s a long way to go when it comes to the prototype, but we are interested to see the research that comes from this fascinating bike.

Check out a video of the prototype in action below.


Motorcycle Superstitions Explained


With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to cover the most common motorcycle superstitions and myths. We’ve covered the Legend of the Bell, but there are a ton of interesting superstitions you should know, especially if you’re new to riding. We’ll hit you with a few of the more common ones below.

Green Motorcycles - Supposedly green motorcycles are bad luck - but why is green so unlucky? There are two sides to the story. The origin goes all the way back to WWII. Army green painted Harley-Davidson WLAs were used in the war and some say those riding the bikes were sitting ducks and easy targets for sharpshooters. Others say these green-painted Harleys were sold after coming back from overseas and broke down incredibly easily. The color green in general usually gets a bad wrap, but would you still take a green motorcycle for a ride?

Riding With Your Rear Pegs Down - Many bikers avoid riding with their rear pegs down if they don’t have a second rider because they think that will invite evil spirits or motorcycle gremlins to come along for their ride. One of the exceptions to this superstition is if you’re riding in a funeral procession for a rider that has passed away. Some bikers will put their rear pegs down so the fallen rider can have their last ride.

Don’t Drop Your Helmet - In the riding world dropping your helmet is considered to be very unlucky, and this is a superstition we can get behind. Helmets are so crucial while riding, so it’s kind of a no-brainer that dropping one would be considered unlucky, but accidents happen. Some follow the tradition of if you drop it, buy a new one. We think that might be a bit unrealistic at times if it’s not a destructive drop - but to each their own.

No Hand Me Downs - As legend goes, it is apparently bad luck to ride a motorcycle that has belonged to someone who has passed away. The thought behind this myth/superstition is that when a biker passes his/her spirit still clings to the bike and they might knock the current rider off.

So, do you believe in any of these motorcycle superstitions? Do you have any superstitions or rituals you do before taking a ride? We’re curious. Leave us a note in the comment section below.

In Case You Missed It: October Moto News


October is here and that means it’s time to hit you with this month’s top motorcycle-related headlines. There were a ton of interesting stories this month, so get ready for an action-packed edition of “In Case You Missed It”.

Suzuki Unveils KATANA and Additional 2019 Street Models - Suzuki recently revealed their KATANA model at the INTERMOT Motorcycle Expo in Cologne, Germany, and also announced the other models that will be included in their 2019 street model lineup. The new models are ideal for riders of all skill sets and experience levels. Many of the new models have classic looks with a twist, and of course, awesome updated features. You’ll want to see these new models for yourself. Read More.

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Ducati Presents New Color Scheme for XDiavel- Ducati has announced that they are revealing a new lineup of models for 2019 at Intermot and EICMA AND they will preview an all-new color scheme for the XDiavel, and trust us - it’s bad ass. The new color is Matt Liquid Concrete Grey that pairs perfectly with the model’s black chassis and engine. This new color scheme will be available in Ducati stores in November. Read More

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Miami Police Brings “Batmobile” to Life - The Miami Police Department has added a new set of wheels to their fleet - a white and black three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot “autocycle” that’s equipped with police lights and a siren to be exact. Polaris Slingshot donated the model to the police department and the Slingshot slightly resembles the Batmobile. The model will be used as a promotional tool in the community, and will ideally be an icebreaker for police officers to interactive with the public in a new way. We are huge fans of this idea and wonder if it will spread to other police departments. Read More

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Indian Motorcycle debuts FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S - Indian Motorcycle recently revealed the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S. The models were inspired by Indian’s history and success in flat-track racing, and the style and design sprout from the championship-winning FTR750 race bike that has dominated American Flat Track. Both models have updated technology and we can’t wait to see them on the road in the spring of 2019. Read More

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We are in the thick of show season, so expect more new model updates in the next edition of “In Case You Missed It”, and you’re attending AIMExpo in Las Vegas, make sure to stop by our Cycle Trader booth (booth #1008 from Oct. 13-14). Let us know your thoughts on the stories above in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Harley Is Attempting to Grow New Riders


Harley is celebrating their 115 anniversary this year and from what we’ve seen so far - it looks like they are on a mission in 2018. It’s no secret that the motorcycle industry as a whole is continually trying to gain new riders, but Harley has caught our interest with their recent plans. Back in July, Harley announced their accelerated strategy to build the next generation of riders globally - they’re calling it, “More Roads to Harley-Davidson”. The plan has three main points - introduce new products, give customers broader access, and create stronger dealers. Let’s unpack this new strategy and see what Harley is up to.

New Products
With a new plan in place, Harley has revealed that they are rolling out new bikes to customers and are extending their leadership in heavyweight motorcycles. The company plans on developing more technology that will interest new riders and keep existing Harley riders engaged and riding longer. They also plan to break into Asia’s emerging motorcycle market by creating an easily-accessible, smaller displacement bike. Last but not least on the new product front, Harley plans on rolling out their first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, which has been recently unveiled - coming in 2019. But Harley isn’t stopping there, they also plan to add lighter, smaller, and more accessible electric models through 2022. We are eager to see how Harley’s dedicated fan-base reacts to the new electric models, and we are also interested to see if all of the additional new models attract more riders. 

Broader Access 
As a part of this new plan, Harley also announced that they will advance their market delivery approach to meet today’s customer needs. How will they do that? Glad you asked. The company plans to give consumers broader access in three ways: creating high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels, establishing strategic alliances with global leading e-commerce providers, and forming new retail formats including smaller, more urban storefronts. We can definitely see how this would successfully target a younger generation of riders and we hope it works. 

Stronger Dealers
Last, but not least - Harley plans to implement a performance framework that will significantly enhance the strength of their dealer network and the customer service they provide. Harley’s dealer network is crucial to the company’s overall success and we think it’s a wise choice to invest in them. 

Harley’s plans sound strong - and we’re all for growing the motorcycle industry as well as new riders, so we hope this new strategy is a huge success for the company. We’re curious to see if other manufacturers will unveil new game plans - only time will tell. Do you think Harley’s revamped strategy will work? Drop us a line in the comments below.

Theft Protection 101


We’re bummed to say it, but motorcycle theft happens a lot more than we’d care to admit. And trust us when we say, we don’t want your bike to be next. Lucky for all of us, there are plenty of tips and awesome bike accessories to help prevent motorcycle theft. So let’s start with a few basic tips to keep your bike protected.
  • Keep it stored or covered - Your bike will be a lot less tempting if criminals can’t see what they might want to steal. If you have a garage we suggest keeping your bike in it, and if you don’t, we suggest investing in a bike cover. Storing and covering your bike will not only keep thieves at bay, but it’s just all-around good practice to keep your bike in top shape. 
  • Add a security alarm - We do not recommend relying solely on an alarm, but they can deter thieves. Many companies are creating motorcycle security alarms, just like the ones you see on cars. Check out Gorilla’s Automotive 9100 Motorcycle Alarm with 2-Way Paging System
  • Lock your ignition and remove the key - Many bike thefts occur when the motorcycle’s ignition is turned off but not locked - so be smart and take the extra minute to lock your ignition. 
  • Use your kill switch - If you use your kill switch, your engine won’t start until your key signals the bike which disables the kill switch. If for some reason your bike doesn’t have a kill switch we highly recommend installing one. You also have the option of installing a hidden kill switch (if your bike doesn’t already have one), which can further enhance your motorcycle’s security. 
  • Lock your bike to a stationary object - Locking your bike to an object that cannot be moved is always a good idea. We suggest getting a heavy-duty cable or chain lock from Kryptonite. Thieves are likely to be deterred from stealing because they would need to cut through the cable, giving them more time to get caught in the act. If riding with friends, it’s also a good idea to lock all of your bikes together. 
  • Invest in a disc lock - A disc lock is a widely used anti-theft device that uses the holes in your bike’s brake disc. It blocks the bike from being moved in either direction and can deter thieves. They are usually portable and small - check out the MysBiker Disc Brake Lock
  • Park near security cameras - If possible, it’s a good idea to park your bike near a security camera. If your bike is stolen, you could have the chance to get a description of the individual that stole your bike. 
  • Get a GPS tracker - Although a GPS tracker cannot prevent your bike from being stolen, it can come in handy if the unfortunate event should ever occur. A tracker is great if you want to track your bike’s movements, so you can contact the police and get your bike returned quickly. Check out the Spy Tec STI GL300
Let’s face it - thieves are out there. But if you follow even just one or two of these tips you’re off to a good start on keeping your bike protected. Do you have any tips or tricks for motorcycle theft protection? Let’s hear them. Share your thoughts in the comments below.









In Case You Missed It: September Moto News


No matter the month, there’s always interesting moto news to share. So get ready for our September roundup of the top motorcycle-related stories you won’t want miss, including some awesome new models. Check out the headlines below.

Indian Introduces Redesigned 2019 Chieftain Lineup - Last week, Indian Motorcycles announced a redesign of their Chieftain lineup. The Chieftain first debuted in 2013 and has always been known for its power, handling, and comfort. But the new 2019 models - the Indian Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, and Chieftain Limited - all feature more streamlined, aggressive styling. If you’re a diehard Indian rider - don’t worry, the Indian Chieftain Classic will continue to feature its traditional fairing and iconic balanced front fender. The new models feature a trimmed and slimmed design, full LED lighting, and new fork guards. The feature we are most excited about is how the bike will let riders choose between three rider modes (Tour, Standard, or Sport) for an enhanced and customizable riding experience. The new models will also feature new paint options including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke, and Thunder Black Smoke. We’re excited to see these bikes on the road and love how Indian is always spicing it up with their new releases. Read More. 

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Honda Announces Additional 2019 Street Models -Honda has recently revealed a number of 2019 carry-over on-road models in a variety of styles: touring, supersport, cruisers, and dual sport. The six new models are the Goldwing, the Rebel, the CBR600RR, the Fury, the Shadow Phantom, and the XR650L. Honda stated that all new Gold Wing models will come with two SmartKeys and will have navigation system software updates for improved performance. The models come in a variety of colors and have a wide range of price ranges to fit most budgets. Check out the lineup. Check out the lineup


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Suzuki Teases New Motorcycle - Videos are rolling out ahead of October's Intermot International Motorcycle Expo in Cologne, Germany, teasing new models. Suzuki released a 22-second mysterious teaser, that simply says “Feel the Edge”. There are no motorcycles featured in the video, but it does show a sword which is making a lot of people think that this could mean the return of the legendary Katana nameplate. The Katana bike was introduced in the 1980s and put emphasis on aerodynamics to improve stability at high speeds. Before the show in Cologne, Suzuki plans to reveal four additional teasers - what do you think it could be? Read More. 

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Moose Utility Releases New RZR Rear Bumper- This piece of news is for our UTV lovers out there. Moose Utility Division has introduced the all-new RZR Rear Bumper. This new bumper is all about providing protection to the rear of the vehicle as it’s made from a 1 ¾” thick tube steel. It comes with a durable, long-lasting powder coat finish and comes in at the reasonable price tag of just $289.95. The color options available are OE black, blue, and red. Read More

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Stay tuned for the October edition of In Case You Missed It. In the meantime, have you heard any newsworthy motorcycle headlines? Let us know in the comments below. 

Las Vegas BikeFest Is Almost Here


Are you ready for four days of all things motorcycle? Well you’re in luck - Las Vegas BikeFest is almost here. The 18th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, the premier West Coast Motorcycle Rally, has moved to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center this year which will create a bigger and better Vegas-style experience for vendors, riders, and attendees. The exciting event will be held from October 11-14 as a part of Powersports Industry week in Las Vegas which includes AIMExpo at Mandalay Bay and the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium. So if you’re into motorcycles, Vegas is the place to be in October.

Motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over the world to attend Las Vegas BikeFest to experience epic entertainment, custom bike shows, contests, shopping, and so much more. Speaking of entertainment, Friday night will feature headliner Puddle of Mudd and Foghat is scheduled to perform on Saturday night - two can’t miss concerts. All BikeFest passes include entry to both concerts and Party, Ultimate, and VIP pass holders will be eligible to win one of two Motorcycle Giveaways and $5,000 in shopping sprees. 



Other activities at BikeFest include four bike shows, poker runs, poker walks, tons of amazing vendors, and the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame Ceremony. The purpose of the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes, and people who put their interest above and beyond for the motorcycle community. These people have touched Las Vegas in a unique way and we want to celebrate, illuminate, and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. This year’s inductees include: Terry Roorda, former Editor-in-chief for Thunder Press Magazine and longtime member of the Las Vegas BikeFest Advisory Council, and Marilyn Stemp, Editor of IronTraderNews.com and longtime member of the Las Vegas BikeFest Advisory Council. The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 13 at 6:00pm at Rally Central at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

With so much to do - you won’t want to miss this year’s BikeFest. So get packing, and let’s head to Vegas. For more information and to register for Las Vegas BikeFest, go to www.LasVegasBikeFest.com.



DETAILS:Thurs-Sat 11AM-10PM /Sun 10AM-5PM
Ticket Prices: $25 - $70 (Prices increase on site)
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center – 200 S. Third Street
October 11-14, 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Top Midwest Rides


We’ve hit you with our lists of the top East Coast and West Coast rides and now it’s time to give the Midwest a little love. Yes, America’s Heartland is filled with expansive farmland and agriculture, but that’s not all it offers. The Midwest also offers bikers winding roads that seem to go on forever, quaint pit stops, and stunning scenery - sounds like a perfect day for any rider. Check out some of our favorite spots to take a ride in the Midwest.

Tunnel of Trees (Michigan) - The Great Lake state is home to amazing routes for riders and the M-119 AKA the Tunnel of Trees is no exception. On this iconic route, you can expect to see coastline, small towns, and abundant forests. The narrow 16-mile road begins in Harbor Springs and ends in Cross Village. This ride is stunning during every season, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. This route is rated among one of the most scenic in the nation. There are a few sharp turns near Devil’s Elbow on this road so keep that in mind while riding. Along the way there are many places to make a pit stop to enjoy a meal or just to take in the views.


The Triple Nickel (Ohio) - The Triple Nickel is a part of Athen’s County “Windy 9” Driving and Riding Trails located on Route 555. The Triple Nickel has famous curves full of rolling hills, farmland, and you’ll even pass through a portion of Wayne National Forest. There are many challenging twists and turns on this road which is great for sport or sport touring bikes. There is occasionally loose gravel on the ride and a few blind turns so take your time and keep a watchful eye.

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Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway (South Dakota) - This 18-mile loop will excite any rider who wants to see some amazing wildlife. Take this ride in the morning and you are bound to see buffalo, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and so much more. Many travel through this park by car, so be mindful of where the animals are in proximity to your bike and be careful not to spook them. Make sure to slow down and enjoy the sights, as the views on this route aren’t something you see every day. You will need a state park pass to go through this route or you will need to pay a small entrance fee. We feel the fee is well worth the ride - don’t forget your camera. 

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Shawnee National Forest (Illinois) - The Shawnee National Forest is located in Southeastern Illinois and provides riders with incredible scenery including numerous caves, lakes, and cypress swamps. The area is referred to as the Illinois Ozarks and comes complete with winding twists and turns perfect for riding. You will want to watch for waterfalls that are near the roads in the springtime. For the most part Illinois is known to be very flat, with a lot of farmland but in the forest there are many incredible rock formations that you won’t want to miss in an area of the park called Garden of the Gods. 

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North Shore Tour (Minnesota) - Minnesota’s North Shore Tour is a 154-mile ride perfect for those looking to connect with nature. This ride begins in Duluth and you just take US Highway 61 North until you reach the U.S. / Canadian border. You’ll pass beautiful shoreline scenery along with rivers and waterfalls. This route has gentle curves great for beginners or anyone who is looking for a calm ride. This trip is best taken in July, August, or early September before the cold hits Minnesota. There are tons of great stops to take on this route so you’re sure to be entertained.

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In our opinion, the Midwest shouldn’t just be considered the “fly over states” - we think they have some pretty awesome rides for motorcyclists that should be explored. Are you planning on taking a ride in the Midwest sometime soon? What are you favorite routes. Let us know below.

In Case You Missed It: August Moto News


We’re back again to hit you with the motorcycle news you need to know this month, and although we’re early into August - a lot has happened in the motorcycle industry. So sit back and relax and we’ll catch you up on the latest cycle headlines.

Slingshot Introduces New 2019 Lineup - On August 2nd, Slingshot unveiled their new 2019 models, highlighted by the popular Grand Touring model. The Grand Touring model comes with features and accessories right from the factory. The model has quilted comfortable seats, a tall wind deflector, and Ride Command with navigation. The Grand Touring starts at $29,499, and comes complete with a Black Crystal/White Pearl metallic paint job. The other models in the line up include the entry-level Slingshot S, the SL model, and last but not least, the top-of-the-line SLR. These new units deliver a unique “fun-factor” with an elevated product experience. You’ll want to see this new line up for yourself. Read More.

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Harley-Davidson Announces Release Date for Their New Electric Motorcycle - Harley recently unveiled plans for a new electric model that will soon join their line up. The long-awaited battery-electric motorcycle, LiveWire, will go on sale in August 2019. The production of this model started back in 2014, and the dream is finally becoming a reality. Adding new models is just one way Harley is aiming to attract new riders to the industry and we cannot wait to see what else the manufacturer has up their sleeves as they continue celebrating their 115th anniversary this year. Read More.

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Indian Motorcycle’s The Wrench Custom Scout Bobbers Revealed at Sturgis - Three months back, Indian Motorcycles unveiled a Scout Bobber build-off competition where they invited bike builders to create their own custom Bobbers. The three finalists of the competition were just revealed at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and now they have a chance to win $10,000, but they need your votes. Trust us when we say these custom Bobbers are pretty sweet. Christian Newman, Alfredo Juarez, PJ Grakauskas are the three lucky finalists and you can check out their custom creations here. Read More

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Honda Super Cub Gets Electric Treatment - Honda recently announced the return of their Super Cub model to America. However, interestingly enough this model has been around for 60 years and has already been a staple bike in many countries, including China. One shop in Shanghai is even offering buyers the opportunity to get hands-on and convert their Super Cub to electric power. China is encouraging cleaner alternatives and for riders to trade petrol engines for electric ones. Shanghai Customs came up with the eCub project as a result, which offers new buyers the fully electric Super Cub, and also offers a conversion kit to riders who already owned a Super Cub. We’re interested to see if this idea will spread to our market as electric bikes become more popular. Read More

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There you have it - you’re officially all caught up on the moto news you need to know this month. Keep an eye out for our next installment of “In Case You Missed It” in September. Heard of any interesting stories we should know about? Drop us a line in the comments below.

Safety Gear 101


We all know how important it is to stay safe while riding, but are you actively taking steps to ensure that safety? Sure you love the freedom riding gives you (don’t we all), but protecting yourself with the right gear is crucial while on the road. We’ve got an awesome list of safety gear you should consider adding to your line up. Check out a few of our top picks below.

Arai Corsair X Helmet - Protecting your head is vital in the event of a collision making helmets essential. Corsair has taken protection to the next level with their Arai Corsair X Helmet. The helmet not only guards against direct impact, but it also redirects impact energy rather than absorbing it at one location. The helmet shell is constructed with Super Fiber specifically designed to create strong bonds with less weight.
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HIT Air Motorcycle Airbag Vest & Jacket - The Hit Air jacket uses CE armor to protect shoulders, elbows, and the spine. The jacket also uses an air cushion system - hence the name. In the event of an accident where a rider is thrown off their motorcycle, the air cushion inflates in an instant (.25 seconds or less) for protection. A wire is attached to the rider and the jacket and once a rider is separated from the bike, the wire pulls a key out of the gas release system which activates the air cushion. This amazing jacket also offers comfort, style, and is fairly light-weight so you can still look cool while being protected. 
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Alpinestars BNS Tech Carbon Neck Support -
 A helmet can only do so much in a crash - that’s where a neck protector comes in. The Alpinestars BNS distributes the force of impact from your neck onto the neck support device, then the device pushes the impact to other parts of the body - saving your neck. You don’t have to worry about weight since the device comes in at just a pound and a half. It’s also super simple to put on. The device opens in the front and hinges at the rear so you can easily place it around your neck.  
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REV’IT! Seesoft RV Back Protector - A back protector should definitely be included in your safety gear line up and the Seesoft back protector by REV’IT is flexible and contours the spine for optimum protection. It is also fully ventilated and the CE-Level 2 back protector insert is designed to absorb impact while still being comfortable. The insert disperses impact over a larger surface area minimizing direct impact on the spine.  
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Reax Alta Mesh Jacket - If you’re trying to look stylish while still being protected, this could be the perfect riding jack for you. The Reax Mesh Jacket is also super affordable for the quality you’re getting, coming in at just $219. The jacket comes with SAS-TEC CE Level 2 rated armor in the shoulders and elbows. That type of armor is required when you are on a race track and comes standard on this jacket. The Reax jacket also has a pocket specifically designed for a back protector (sold separately). While riding this jacket is light, comfortable, and extremely breathable for being so protective. 
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We love how the motorcycle industry is consistently promoting the importance of safety gear, because safety is a huge concern for riders. We encourage you to take a look at your current gear to see if you need to step up your safety game. Do you have a piece of safety gear you won’t ride without? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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.