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.

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.

Image: Powersports Business

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.

Image: Cruiser 

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.

Image: The Drive

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.

Image: Electreck

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.