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.





Trader Online Web Developer

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.

Trader Online Web Developer

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.

Trader Online Web Developer