Friday, June 05, 2020

A Guide to Riding During COVID-19

By: Wade Thiel

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

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

Words by: Will Steenrod
Photos by: Julia LaPalme

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

Friday, May 08, 2020

Tips for Buying a Motorcycle Online


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

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


Words by Julia LaPalme
Photos by Julia LaPalme

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

Your May Motorcycle News Fix



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

Friday, April 03, 2020

10 Best Motorcycles for New Riders

By: Wade Thiel of Wind Burned Eyes

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

At Home Maintenance: Bleeding Your Brakes



By: Will Steenrod
Photos By: Julia LaPalme

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

Your Motorcycle News Fix: Good News Edition



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

Things to Do if You Can’t Ride



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

Friday, March 06, 2020

2020 Indian FTR 1200 Rally First Ride Review - Just as Fun as I Remember


By: Julia LaPalme
Photos by: Indian Motorcycle

It’s been 4 months since I last threw a leg over a street bike. Recovery from a motorcycle accident isn’t just a physical process, but a mental one as well. When I got the invitation to ride the new Indian FTR 1200 Rally, I knew I was ready to get back on two wheels and get back on the pavement. It was the weekend of the One Moto Show in Portland, OR, and the weather had been very Portland-y: wet, cold, and rainy. But the day I got the keys to the FTR Rally, the sun broke through the clouds, and the asphalt was drying just enough to be encouraging. Could I get back on the horse without getting in my head? Would the FTR be just as amazing as it was the first time I rode the base and S models over a year ago? It was time to find out.

Your March Motorcycle News Fix


The year is flying by which means warmer weather and riding season are almost upon us. But before you head out for your next ride, we’re here to fill you in on the latest motorcycle news stories. Check out the latest headlines below.

The One Motorcycle Show: The Best Collection of Motos, Art, and Racing


Article & Photos by: Julia LaPalme

There is a buzz around the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, literally and figuratively. The sound of motorcycle engines firing up and the stream of people rolling their bikes through the roll up door is enough to make any motorcycle-lover salivate. From sparkly paint jobs to uniquely shaped exhaust pipes to machines that look like futuristic sculptures on wheels, the bikes rolling into The One Motorcycle Show are exhibitions of amazing builders’ talents, and excite almost all the senses.

Friday, February 07, 2020

The Right Motorcycle to Take You Off the Beaten Path


Freedom. Independence. Exhilaration. Peace. There are many reasons why people start and enjoy riding. In today’s fast paced world full of the constant noise of cell phones, the news, the Internet, etc. motorcycles can be an oasis of contentment. With today’s motorcycle’s capabilities, that experience is being sought in the dirt as well as on the street. However, the wrong choice of motorcycle can turn a great experience into an unpleasant one.

Your February Motorcycle News Fix


We’re back with the latest motorcycle news you need to know this month. Our industry never slows down, and as always, we’re here to fill you in on all things cycle. From new models to electric trikes - don’t miss your motorcycle news fix. Check out the latest headlines below.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Winter Riding Tips


Winter is in full swing but there’s no need to pack up your bike for the season if you don’t want to. One of the best parts about riding is that you have the freedom to make your own rules - that means if you like riding in the cold, you should. Check out a few of our quick tips for winter riding that will help keep you warm and safe wherever you ride.

Top Tips For Selling Your Motorcycle


Online research is crucial to many buyers today, and if selling your bike is a top priority for you, posting it on Cycle Trader is a great place to start to reach in-market buyers. We have millions of visitors actively looking for their next motorcycle on our site each month - so you’re sure to get plenty of eager eyes on your unit. Wondering how to sell your bike fast on our site? Check out our top tips for making sure your Cycle Trader listing stands out from the rest.

Your January Motorcycle News Fix



A new year means new motorcycle headlines. We’ll catch you up on all the latest and greatest news from some of your favorite motorcycle manufacturers. From new models to cutting edge safety news - we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

13 Tips for Avoiding Scams When Buying Online


As the leading online marketplace for buying and selling motorcycles, Cycle Trader understands just how useful the Internet can be in finding your next ride. However, it is essential that online shoppers always be on the lookout for scams. Spikes in scams occur around the holidays in retail, but they can happen all year round. Because we always want our customers to be safe, we’ve put together a list of 13 tips for avoiding scams when buying online.