Thursday, December 28, 2006

Running a custom motorcyle shop is not for the weak

If you are a fan of the show American Chopper, you may think that running a custom motorcycle shop is a dream job. It might be a dream job, but it is not easy.

Street Chopper Magazine's website features an inside perspective of building custom bikes from Sara Liberte, a bike builder at North Hills Cycle in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sara and her partners love building custom bikes, but the job also means long hours, demanding customers, and the day-to-day headaches of running a business. Even dedicated bike builders have days where they want to throw a wrench across the shop in frustration. You think you can handle it?

Do you build custom bikes? Do you run your own shop or plan to open one? Give us your perspective the business of building custom bikes and leave a comment below. We want to hear your story. Don't be afraid to brag.
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Snowmobiles have trouble with lack of snow

Snowmobiles need more than just fuel and a rider to get going. They need snow.

The Rapid City Journal reports that a lack of snow in the Black Hills of South Dakota is putting the damper on snowmobile riding.

There is snow on the ground in some areas, but patches of open green space make the ride difficult. As the ground stays green, rental snowmobiles are sitting idle under their covers.

Are you a snowmobile rider? Do you have enough snow to ride on where you live? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Monday, December 25, 2006

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Give your bike a hoilday season checkup

If your motorcycle has treated you well with hours of smooth riding, return the favor and take care of your motorcyle. Motorcycle USA's website features tips on giving your motorcycle a some basic maintenance.

This article applies to mostly to dirtbikes, which take a lot of abuse and get exposed to heavy ammounts of dirt, but the maintenance tips could probably apply to your standard bike too.

When was the last time you checked your bikes tires for wear? Have you check the belts? No matter what type of bike you ride, checking up on your bike's health is a wise idea.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Picking the right motorcycle cover for your bike

Your motorcycle has enemies. Unless you store your ride in a garage, the enemies of rain and sun can damage your bike, and do not forget the birds looking for target practice.

Putting a cover on your bike to protect it sounds easy enough, but which one is best? features a comparison of different bike covers and suggestions on choosing the right type for you.

Not all bike covers are the same. Pick a poorly made cover and you could end up damaging your bike instead of protecting it. A bike cover can also serve as barrier against cycle thieves.

Do you have suggestions for picking a bike cover? Do you have any suggestions on keeping your bike safe and clean from the elements? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Chinese city bans all motorcycles

Chinese city bans all motorcyclesThe city of Guangzhou, China, has a unique and effective solution to curb the problem of motorcycle traffic.

All motorcycles are now banned.

According to The Seattle Times, the solution imposed by the city government goes into effect January 1 of next year. All 260,000 motorcycles in the city are to be off the roads.

This is a tough break for cycle riders in Guangzhou, especially if they depended on their motorcycle to make a living.

The reason for a tough ban? City leaders blame motorcycles for the increasing number of traffic accidents and thickening air pollution.

Some residents suspect that the ban might be a heavy-handed way to encourage more car sales. Car sales are growing in China, thanks to a booming economy.

We can imagine what motorcycle riders anywhere in the world would feel about this, and have to say about it. Tell us what you think. Leave a comment below.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Motorcycle thief bit by Bobcat

Don't get bit by a bad bobcat!If you have read the Trader Online Security site you might be familiar with the warning about bad bobcats. Ads for Bobcat skid-steers are sometimes used by scam-artists looking for a quick buck.

A story on the Gillette News Record features a bad Bobcat of a different sort. A would-be motorcycle thief had his escaped blocked by a driver of a Bobcat skid-steer.

The thief escaped and is currently being sought by the police.
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Motorcycle safety in 10 simple steps features an article by Walter Kern on 10 ways to be safe on a motorcycle.

Kern's recommendations are probably familiar to veteran bikers, but they are still worth reviewing.

While most of the ten tips concern safe driving habits, others focus on the rider's attitude. Road rage and driver inexperience can be just as dangerous as heavy traffic or a darkened road.

The 10 ways article has become so popular that it is available as a mousepad.

What do you think of the 10 rules? Do you have any rules you would like to add? Tell us what you think and leave a comment below.
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Motorcycle noise law in Arizona causes controversy

The Arizona Republic features a story on how the town of Carefree, Arizona is cracking down on motorcycle noise.

Signs are being posted warning bikers that if they break the 80 decibel limit with their engine, they could face a fine of $750.

The issue is causing tension in Carefree. A recent town council meeting over the noise issue was marked by heated talk. While bikers and citizens both agree that there should be respect for noise limits, many feel the fine for breaking the noise law is too steep.

How do you feel about the noise law? Do you have ideas about what should be done? Post a comment and tell us what you think.
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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Texas motorcycle rider transports bikes with care

Moving a motorcycle can be a stressful chore for a devoted bike owner. After spending all that money and time on a custom bike, you do not trust just anyone to pack it up and ship it.

Professional bike mover Scott Harris, profiled in The Dallas Morning News, understands how a motorcycle lover feels. That is why he operates his own bike-moving business.

Harris is a biker who once moved motorcycles for rock stars. He saw how some shippers treated beloved motorcycles with less than tender loving care, so he decided to start his own business in Texas to move bikes right.

Need your bike moved by pros? Check out the selection of bike transporters on
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Monday, December 04, 2006

Bluetooth headsets allow bikers to talk and ride

No one would advise using a cell phone while riding a motorcycle. Now with Bluetooth enabled headsets, bikers can talk and even make calls on their cell phones while they ride.

The Dallas Morning News features an article on Bluetooth headsets that attach to biker’s helmets, allowing a biker to keep both hands on the handlebars and use their phone.

The headset lets riders hear calls and talk through a wired microphone and speaker that attaches inside the helmet. A windscreen on the headset keeps your voice clear, even as you speed down the road.

For those unfamiliar with wireless technology, Bluetooth is a standard used by electronics manufacturers for devices ranging from cell phones to video game controllers.

If your phone cell phone has a special feature, you can use your headset to dial and answer calls with your voice alone.

Just make sure your boss does not have your cell phone number if you ditch work to ride.
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Indian Motorcycle plans a comeback in 2007

Indian Motorcycle company was revived in 1999, only to vanish again in 2003. According to, there are new owners of the Indian name, aiming to have new bikes rolling by late 2007.

Indian motorcycle was founded in 1901, two years before Harley Davidson started making bikes. Indian established a reputation for making solid cruising bikes, but fell on hard times and closed down in 1953. Investors attempted a revival in the 1990s that lasted till 2003.

Indian might have better luck this time thanks to previous experience of the new owners: two Harvard Business school grads who successfully revived the famous Chris Craft boat company.

Is 2007 too long to wait? Want to buy an Indian now? Find one today on Cycle Trader.

Do you own an Indian bike? Do you think you might buy one of the new Indians? Tell us your story and post a comment.
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Monday, November 27, 2006

Pack up your bike the right way - Pick the right luggage system

Planning to take a trip on your motorcycle soon? Do you have lots of gear you intend to bring? Whatever you bring, you do not want it falling off your bike and harming you or other riders and drivers you share the road with.

No matter how mighty your bike is, you need take care when packing your motorcycle for a trip. The Toronto Star features a story offering advice on how to pack your bike.

Bikers have the option of using hard cases that bolt on the bike frame, or using leather saddlebags that can carry your stuff and make you look sharp.

Do you travel long distances on your cycle? Have any advice on how to pack safely? Leave a comment and share your story!
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Friday, November 24, 2006

Custom bike builder creates woman-shaped motorcycle

Inspiration for custom bikes has come from everything from comic book heroes to jet aircraft. The imagination of custom bike designers know no limits.

One such designer, profiled on, is Jerry Graves of Graves Custom Cycles. Graves has over 20 years experience designing custom bikes.

For one of his latest design, Graves is building a rounded bike inspired by the shape of a woman.

Sorry, we don’t have pictures, but there is a link to the Graves Custom Cycles homepage in the article.
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Monday, November 20, 2006

100,000th Buell bike rolls of the assembly line

Buell Motorbikes is getting ready to celebrated the production of their 100,000th motorcycle. Roadracing features a story on Buell and the history of the innovative bike maker founded in 1983.

The only American manufacturer of sport bikes, Buell was founded by Erik Buell and started their production with racing bikes. Buell later took their experience with race bikes to create high performance street bikes.A special ceremony will mark when the 100,000 Buell bike rolls of the assembly line.

Want to take your own Buell for a ride? Check out the selection of Buell bikes on
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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Custom chopper class trains young cycle artists in Arizona

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The custom chopper above was built by professionals. Now high school students in Arizona are getting a chance to build their own custom bikes too.

Skyline Technical High School in Arizona is offering training in custom motorcycle design for students.

The new class, profiled on, gives high school students a chance follow in the footsteps of the custom chopper builders on American Chopper and Monster Garage.

"Choppers" get their name from the method used to create the custom motorcycles. Motorcycles frames are cut and modified, then decorated with exotic paint and accessories. The results are motorcycles that demand attention with their loud colors and flashy styles.

If building custom bikes was not thrilling enough, the chopper building students had their designs reviewed by custom bike builder Jesse Rooke, who appears on Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off.

Looking for you own custom bike? You don't have to build it from scratch. Check out the selection of custom choppers on Cycle Trader.
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Monday, November 06, 2006

Trikes offer an easier way to ride motorcycles

For some motorcycle riders, long hours on the back of a bike can be too much. Some baby boomers are not as spry as they used to be, making a motorcycle a challenge to ride.

For those bikers who find a traditional motorcycle uncomfortable, a trike offers an easy to ride alternative. Trikes are converted motorcycles that have three wheels instead of two.

The Juneau County Star Times features a profile of Charlie Anderson, a trike owner who rides a converted Harley-Davidson. A motorcycle rider since the age of 16, Anderson is now 78 and finds his trike allows him to continue riding across the country.

Do you own a trike? Tell us about it! Leave a comment below. Want your own trike? Check out the selection of trikes on Cycle Trader.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Motorcycle safety classes - After you buy the bike of your dreams, learn how to ride it

If you are a new motorcycle buyer, you might want to read the Houston Chronicle's article about how one novice rider fared during his motorcycle safety class.

According to the Chronicle, 1.1 million new bikes were sold in 2005. After buying the shiny new bike and the cool leather jacket, learning to actually ride that new bike safely is the tricky next step.

If you learned how to ride bicycle when you were a kid, you probably skinned a knee or two. Falling off a moving motorcyle can be a little more painful. It is best to start with a class before taking off on the open road.

Classes can help new riders build up their skills and pass the written exams to obtain their state licences.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Airbags on motorcycles? Would you buy a bike with one?

Airbags in cars have been a standard feature for years, saving lives in auto accidents.

What about a motorcycle with an airbag?

It might sound strange, but according to Times Herald-Record writer Donna Kessler, the 2007 1832cc Honda Gold Wing will be equipped with one. She also explores how this new feature might shape the debate over driver responsibility and cycle safety.

For some bikers, riding with a helmet is a no-brainer (no pun intended) and should be enforced by law. Other bikers see it as choice that should be up to rider.

What do you think of a motorcycle with an airbag? Would you buy a particular cycle with an airbag over a model without one? Should airbags come standard on motorcycles?

Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
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Friday, October 27, 2006

Riding a unique Russian motorcycle on the streets of LA

The Ural is not the sleekest bike on the road, but it does have the charm of having a sidecar and unique history. Originally built in giant factory Russia, where everything from the bolts to the paint were manufactured, the Ural is looks like military surplus leftover from a World War II adventure movie.

The LA Times features a story about a Ural rider and his adventures riding the streets of the City of Angels.

The Ural is a challenge to drive, requiring an experienced driver to keep it in check. What the the Ural lacks in beauty and handling it makes up for in attention and comments. Even non-bikers can enjoy a ride on a Ural, in the handy sidecar.

If you want to have your own Ural to show off? Find one on Cycle Trader! Go to our search page and do a keyword search for "Ural" to see our selection.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cycle Trader Insider is here!

Cycle Trader Insider is starting up its engine and roaring out on to the open road of the Internet. As we roar down the highway, we would like to tell you about who we are, why we have a cycle blog, and how you can help us make this blog part of the online cycle community.

What is a blog?

A “blog” is an online diary or journal written by a “blogger” to inform others about a particular subject. “Blogging” is when a person uses a blog to share their thoughts and ideas. Businesses use blogs to inform their customers about their services and official news. Others use blogs to create online communities, where individuals with a common interest come together to communicate. The “Blogosphere” refers to the world of all bloggers, or bloggers in a particular community or subject, like sports, politics, or pop culture.

What is Cycle Trader Insider?

Cycle Trader Insider is the official cycle blog of Cycle Trader. is owned and operated by Trader Publishing Company. Formed in 1991, Trader Publishing Company is the nation's leading publisher of specialty classified advertising publications. Cycle Trader serves private parties wanting to buy and sell used motorcycles, yet also serves as a forum for dealers and brokers to advertise their vehicles for sale.

Trader's print magazines, like Cycle Trader, are distributed through hundreds of thousands of distribution points in most of the United States.

What does Cycle Trader Insider do?

Cycle Trader Insider seeks to inform and create an online community for cycle buyers and sellers, motorcycle riders from all walks of life, and all who are interested in motorcycles.

We seek out news and information related to motorcycles from all over the World Wide Web to inform our readers. We hope our readers will use Cycle Trader’s services to buy and sell cycles, but we also wish to contribute to the online cycle community through sharing news and information, not just about Cycle Trader, but the entire world of motorcycles.

If you are a cycle buyer, seller, motorcycle rider or own a business that sells or supports motorcycles, we want you to read our cycle blog and offer your comments and feedback.

What do we blog about at Cycle Trader Insider?

We seek out news and information about motorcycles from all over the World Wide Web. We try to find the latest trends in cycle technology. More people, of all ages and walks of life, are taking to the road on their own motorcycle. We try to reach out to all types of riders and cycle enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter if you are first time rider just starting out, or if you have been on the road for years. We welcome all those who love to ride.

You can help Cycle Trader Insider!

Do you like our stories? Do you have ideas for cycle blog stories? Are you a motorcycle rider who has a blog? There are other motorcycle bloggers out there! We want to hear from you!

You can click on the little speech balloon under each story on our blog and leave a comment. Please be polite and write a comment related to the story.

You can also contact us at Send us your story ideas and comments.

If you have a motorcycle-related blog, let us know about it! We want to know who is writing about cycles in the blogosphere. Even if you don’t have a blog, if you find an interesting motorcycle related site or news story, send us a link. We need your help and contributions to keep this blog rolling.

If you have a motorcycle blog, feel free to link to us! We can’t promise that we will link back, but if you find your blog informative and complies with our standards, chances are strong we’ll return the favor.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

There can be no doubt--the best place to buy or sell a used motorcycle is or one of the many regional Cycle Trader magazines. So, check it out!
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