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.












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Top Summer Riding Gear



We all know how important it is to have the right gear on the road, but is your gear keeping you cool in the summer months? Let’s face it - it’s HOT out there. All over the country, temps are through the roof but we hope that’s not deterring you from taking your bike out. Check out our list of top summer riding gear that will keep you comfortable in the heat and give you no excuse to skip out on a summer ride. 

Harley Davidson Men’s Performance Tee - This shirt will keep you cool on the hottest riding days with its coldback technology. This short sleeved shirt is engineered with a protective coldback finish that works as a sun reflector and UV protector. The shirt was designed to keep you up to 9 degrees cooler in the sun.

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REV'IT! Eclipse Jacket - This jacket is simple, yet effective for keeping you cool and protected when temperatures rise. The impact areas of the jacket are made with abrasion-resistant polyester, but the front, back, and inner sleeves are made with breathable mesh to keep you cool while riding. The jacket has adjustable straps allowing you to get the perfect fit. The REV’IT! Eclipse Jacket comes in three colors: black, silver, and brown. 

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Fly CoolPro II Gloves - We all know sweaty palms can be a pain while riding, but the Fly CoolPro II Gloves are made out of mesh to keep your hands cool on the road. The gloves have a silicone pattern on the palm for added grip and one of the coolest features (no pun intended) is that if you need to pull over to use your mobile device or smartphone, you don’t need to take them off - they are touchscreen compatible. The gloves come in four colors: black, red, gunmetal, and blue. 
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REV'IT! Liquid Cooling Vest - The REV’IT! Liquid Cooling Vest is a game changer while taking a ride on a hot day. The vest uses Hyperkewl technology by absorbing and storing water, and then releasing it over time. This particular vest is designed to be used with a mesh or highly ventilated jacket, and will stay active for six hours (yeah, you heard that right). Six hours of beating the heat sounds good to us. 

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Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants - The Tour Master Venture Air 2.0 Pants are an ideal choice on a hot summer day. These riding pants are made out of Armor-Link mesh and allow tons of airflow to keep your legs cool on your bike. These pants are waterproof, windproof, and have a three position knee armor alignment system that will keep the pants comfortable for riders of all shapes and sizes. 

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Don’t let a little heat keep you from riding. Pick up one or two of these items and you’ll be sure to stay cool on your next summer trip. Let us know your favorite summer riding gear in the comments below.
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In Case You Missed It: July Moto News



It’s hard to believe we’re not even halfway through July, but motorcycle news keeps pouring in - and we’ve got it all. Check out the latest motorcycle-related headlines you need to know about this month.

Yamaha Three-Wheeled Bike Coming to America - We covered the news of the new Yamaha NIKEN big reveal here, but the manufacturer has more news to share about the crazy looking bike. Yamaha has just confirmed the new NIKEN will be available in the U.S. this September - coming in at a price tag of $15,999. The NIKEN is a Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) motorcycle, meaning the bike has two front wheels and allows riders to lean deeper into curves for a more “sporty” ride. But slow your roll, you can’t get this bike at your average dealership. To buy one of these coveted bikes you’ll have to reserve one on the Yamaha website and they will begin distribution of the NIKEN on a first-come-first-serve basis. We can’t wait to see this baby on the road, considering we have never seen anything like it before. Read More.

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Indian Motorcycle Considering Moving Production Overseas - While this story broke in late June, we still think you should know about Indian Motorcycle potentially following in Harley-Davidson’s footsteps by moving production overseas. Indian’s reason for the potential move was identical to Harley’s - the new tariffs on American-made motorcycles coming into the E.U. Although Indian is still toying with the idea, we are interested to see if any other manufacturers will decide to move their production overseas as well. Will this trend grow? Looks like we will find out soon. Read More

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'Option 719' Paint Schemes Added to BMW R nineT Line - The BMW R nineT line of heritage motorcycles recently announced new paint schemes called “Option 719”. These bikes have been insanely popular and now have an even cooler look. Option 719 refers to parts made by the BMW Motorrad Spezial customization department. These parts are specially milled to give your BMW a more “exclusive” look and now they have paint jobs to match. Check out these awesome color schemes. Read More

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Harley-Davidson Celebrates 115th Anniversary in Prague - Harley kicked off their 115th anniversary celebration with a bang, or should we say roar. Tens of thousands of Harleys rolled into Prague on July 1, 2018 to celebrate the moto giants anniversary. Prague is home to the oldest Harley-Davidson club in the world and more than 60,000 riders were in attendance. A similar party is set in Harley’s U.S. base of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August. We’re excited to the future parties and celebrations Harley has planned. Read More

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You’re officially caught up on the latest moto news you should be aware of this month. What are your favorite stories? Have any interesting stories of your own? Let us know in the comments below.









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