Friday, July 12, 2019

Motorcycle Museums Worth Making a Pit Stop For



We love motorcycles - shocker, huh? But really - every bike has a story and taking a look back at how motorcycles have evolved over the years can bring out the warm fuzzies of even the toughest rider. Lucky for us history buffs, there are a ton of museums around the United States that will gladly transport you back in time and show you just how far we’ve come in the motorcycle industry. If you’re riding through or around any of the areas we mention below, you’re going to want to make a pit stop. Check out our list of the top five motorcycle museums you need to visit below.

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Alabama - This museum is really a motorcyclist’s dream and you need to add it to your bucket list ASAP. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located in Birmingham, AL and is considered the world’s largest motorcycle museum. The museum’s founder, George H. Barber, had a love for racing and restoring cars and thought about opening a car museum but soon shifted gears when he noticed that’s already been done before. Barber set his sights on creating something new - the world’s best motorcycle museum, and he did just that. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has more than 1,400 bikes on display, with new ones arriving frequently, including a 1920s Harley-Davidson thought to be one of only eight in the world. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs considering the museum is 144,000 square feet and the exhibit space spans five floors. The bikes on display showcase over 100 years of production, and with 200 different manufacturers represented from over 20 countries, you are sure to see a few of your favorites.

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Wheels Through Time, North Carolina - Another motorcycle museum that we recommend visiting is Wheels Through Time located in Maggie Valley, NC - just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 38,000 square foot museum houses 300+ rare motorcycles and various exhibits, photos, and memorabilia. Wheels Through Time features one of the world’s premier collections of Vintage American Transportation. This facility opened its doors on July 4th, 2012 and has a mission of guiding visitors through the evolution of American motorcycling and automotive history. There are bikes here that you won’t see anywhere else like a 1941 Harley Davidson Shaft-Driven Knucklehead Servi-Car, one of only 19 in the world. One of the coolest parts of Wheels Through Time is that their entire collection is actually operable and they’ll even gas up some of the bikes from time to time. Wheels Through Time is a true walk through nostalgia and when you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re checking out your buddy’s garage - ok, your buddy’s really really awesome garage.

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National Motorcycle Museum, Iowa - The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in 1989 by people who live and breathe all things motorcycle (we know the feeling). You’ll find this museum a bit off the beaten path, tucked away, surrounded by cornfields - but it’s worth the trip. This facility is a non-profit museum located in Anamosa, Iowa and has a mission of maintaining the experience of bikes from past and present. The National Motorcycle Museum houses motorcycle memorabilia, documents, and vintage bikes from as far back as 1903. When you visit this museum, you’ll take a two-wheeled trip through history starting from some of the first-ever bikes on the market to present-day favorites. The facility is home to more than 450 motorcycles and many of them are on loan from private collectors from around the world. Their newest and permanent exhibit, “Barn Find” shows off motorcycles, agricultural and automotive iron you might find in an old American barn. There are a variety of manufacturers on display including American, Japanese, British, and other European motorcycles.

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Harley-Davidson Museum, Wisconsin - Harley-Davidson is one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the world so, of course, they have their own museum. You can visit the Harley-Davidson Museum for yourself in Milwaukee, WI and if you have a Harley or just appreciate the brand, you won’t want to miss this museum. The Harley-Davidson Museum is open 363 days a year and is fun for the whole family. The 130,000-square-foot facility encompasses a three-building complex that takes up 20 acres of land and is located along the scenic Menomonee Riverbank. If you’re hungry during your visit, the Harley museum even has its own restaurant you can try (we recommend the brisket nachos). The museum has over 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts and memorabilia spanning the lifetime of the iconic brand we know and love today. The exhibits in the Harley museum are vast and include a motorcycle gallery where a procession of motorcycles are lined up on the upper level running down the length of the building. They also have exhibits featuring Harley’s history, culture, design and more. Fun fact: the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle in existence is housed here. Stamped inside the engine casing of this motorcycle is the number one. If you’re ready to geek out about all things Harley-Davidson, this is the place to do it.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, Ohio - Last but not least is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame located in Pickerington, OH. This museum has it all - from an Evil Knievel display to the Terminator police bike to stories of early riders - a must-see for any motorcycle enthusiast. Although this particular museum is on the smaller side, especially compared to the 20,000 acres for the Harley-Davidson Museum, it is packed with history and one-of-a-kind bikes. The tours are self-guided at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame so you can take as much time as you’d like taking in each display and uncovering the history of motorcycle’s past.

It’s important to take a look back to appreciate how far we’ve come in the motorcycle industry. Seeing the progress we have made over the years makes us proud to be riders and we encourage you to visit and support these museums because they are preserving an important part of our nation’s history. Have you been to any of the motorcycle museums we mentioned above? Let us know your favorite in the comments below.
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The Most Famous Motorcycle Rides in the World



If you’re creating a riding bucket list, you’ll need to add these roads/routes to yours ASAP. There are destinations all over the world that have epic riding and we want you to experience them. Sorry in advance because this post is going to give you some serious wanderlust. Check out our list of some of the most famous motorcycle rides in the world and get ready to buy a plane ticket to check them out for yourself.

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The Great Ocean Road, Australia - We’re taking you down under for this first bucket list ride. The Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest motorcycling roads in the world that’s full of hillside roads, twisty turns, and epic bends. This ride is just under 130 miles and many bikers can complete the route in one day. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or more of a rookie, there’s something for every rider on the Great Ocean Road. The majority of the ride is located along the coast so get ready for insane coastal views and refreshing sea breezes. There are also many Australian landmarks along the route such as Great Otway National Park - we suggest making a pit stop there if time permits. We also reccomend checking out Twelve Apostles, a collection of eight limestone formations created by erosion over millions of years - they are truly a sight to behold. The Twelve Apostles Attracts over 1.2 million visitors annually and the lookout locations are open year-round.

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Los Caracoles Pass, Chile - Alright new riders, you might need to steer clear of Los Caracoles until you consider yourself an expert. Los Caracoles translates to “the snails”, which is due to the vehicles crawling like snails pace along this 50-mile stretch of road, considered to be one of the top 10 most most dangerous roads in the world. It includes switchbacks, 29 sharp hairpin turns, and steep inclines. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this ride is for you. There are no guard rails on the road and snow covers the route most months of the year. This will not be the fastest you will ever ride, so why ride here? Well, it might be dangerous, but Los Caracoles is considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world with magnificent views. It is also great for anyone perfecting the rolling of the throttle through corners. See the photos for yourself. Bring your passport, as this ride crosses the border into Argentina.

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Tail of the Dragon, Deal's Gap, North Carolina - The Tail of the Dragon is a well known “ride” in North Carolina that we couldn’t leave off our list. This top motorcycle destination is a quick 11 mile stretch on US 129 following the southwest border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Tennessee/North Carolina line, and is home to a whopping 318 tight curves. It might not be a long ride, but there are no intersecting roads or drives to interfere with your ride, so it’s sure to leave your heart pumping. If 11 miles is not nearly enough, nearby the Cherohala Skyway and Indian Lakes Scenic Byway offer more curves. At the start in Deal’s Gap is a favorite motorcyclist hangout, Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort and their Tree of Shame, a shrine that showcases those who have been bitten by the Dragon”. Are you ready to tame the beast?

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Trollstigen, Norway - This 66-mile route is tucked away in the mountains of the western coast of Norway and is one of the most popular attractions in the country. The dangerous ride is known for its 11 hairpin turns that are sure to take your breath away and might tighten your grip. This one-lane road is narrow and twists and turns throughout mountainous terrain - new riders, sit this one out. Trollstigen (“Troll’s Ladder”) is closed during late fall and winter and is typically up and running between mid-May to October due to weather conditions. Along the route, you’ll be surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see and there are many opportunities to pull over to snap photos or feel the mist of the ride’s nearby waterfall, Stigfossen.

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Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, Abu Dhabi - Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road is located 90 minutes from the heart of Abu Dhabi and is a 7.3-mile stretch of racetrack quality asphalt. This road is every motorcyclists playground and includes 60 sharp corners and a 4,000 ft. climb that offers riders an epic view of the city. This road is considered one of the best drives in the entire UAE and on your way, you’ll likely see a variety of wildlife, including some of the country’s vast bird population, which includes 119 species. While on the ride, keep an eye out for fine sand as it accumilates on windy days. At the top of the ride, there is a cafe you can take a pit stop at to grab a quick refreshment.

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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 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. Just make sure to check the traffic advisories for any road closures while planning your trip as landslides can take out portions of the road for quite some time.

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Amalfi Drive, Italy - There’s no doubt that southern Italy is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, so the Almafi Coast had to make our list. This ride will give you an up-close and personal look at Itay’s most amazing, quaint seaside towns. The ride hugs rugged coastline and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way - take your time. The roads in this area were built by the Romans so the road is quite literally carved into the rock face. There can be narrow areas of the route but the majority of the ride consists of two lanes. Enjoy the sea breezes along the way and make sure to stop for Spaghetti alle Vongole - pasta with clams - or Cuppitello di Pesce - a cone of fresh fried fisha.

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Hana Highway, Maui - If you want to feel like you’ve been transported into another world, take a ride on the Hana Highway in Maui, HI. This 60-mile stretch of road runs across the northern half of Maui and offers riders stunning views of the coastline and lush greenery for miles. Hana Highway is famous for many reasons including its 600+ curves, dozens of single-lane bridges, and stunning scenic overlooks. Be sure to keep an eye out for drivers who are busy focused on the scenery and not on the road as this is a tourist’s delight with shrines - there are plenty of places to pull over if you want to take in the views. Stop by the Halfway to Hana Stand at Mile Marker 17 for the best banana bread around and bring you bathing suit to take a plunge into the Seven Sacred Pools of Hana or ‘Ohe’o Gulch at Mile Marker 42. 

In our opinion, there’s no better way to see the world than on a motorcycle. Buy a ticket, rent or bring your bike, and enjoy the ride. Have you ridden along any of these famous routes? Let us know some of your tips, tricks, and favorite pit stops in the comments below.

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Your Motorcycle News Fix



Hope everyone got to ride over the holiday weekend - we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our freedom than hitting the road. If you need a break from the hotdogs and burgers, relax and stay awhile - we’ll catch you up on all the motorcycle headlines you need to know. Check out the latest moto news below.

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Indian Launches FTR 1200 Artist Series Tank Covers - Indian recently announced its FTR 1200 Artist Series. This series is a collaboration with five well-known artists on a limited-edition line of tank covers for Indian’s all-new FTR 1200. The five artists in the series are: Steve Caballero, D*Face, Adam Turman, ThankYouX, and RISK. These popular artists each have extremely distinct styles and will appeal to a wide variety of consumers.“Art and motorcycles share a common thread of self-expression, and for motorcycles, customization is where self-expression truly comes to life,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director of Marketing and Product for Indian Motorcycle. Only 100 tank covers of each design will be produced and will be available to select Indian dealers for $699. Meet the Artists.

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Husqvarna Launches its First Electric Motorcycle, the EE 5 Electric Dirt Bike - Husqvarna just announced plans to launch their first electric motorcycle model, the EE 5 electric dirt bike. This dirt bike is designed for younger, beginner riders and will feature a 5 kW peak mid-drive electric motor. The new bike also includes six different ride modes to allow riders to select the proper setting for their skill level. The EE 5 will allow up to two hours of run time, but can also charge very quickly (around 70 minutes) from a high-powered off-board charger. This bike also “grows” with the rider, meaning the height can adjust to match the rider as they get taller. The manufacturer is joining a crowded field of electric dirt bikes and we are eager to see how this model stacks up against the competition. Read More.

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Lego’s New Mini Harley-Davidson Brings Out the Kid in Us All- Here’s your dose of nostalgia. Lego’s Creator Line offers a variety of life-like automotive recreations and now they are breaking into the motorcycle space with their newest edition, a Harley-Davidson Fatboy. The 1,023 piece set is $99 dollars and when you’re done putting together those plastic bricks, you’ll find a 7 inches high, 7 inches wide and 12 inches long Fatboy in front of you. The set includes a Milwaukee-Eight two-cylinder engine with moving pistons, a handlebar that turns the front wheel, and a functional kickstand. We don’t care how old you are - legos are always fun and we love this collaboration. Buy Here.

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Yamaha to Launch Electric Scooter in Taiwan with Gogoro Partnership - Yamaha announced they will launch the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan on August 1. The manufacturer’s goal is to reduce CO₂ emissions from its products by 50% by 2050 compared to 2010 levels, and are promoting the electrically-powered products as one method for tackling this issue. This new model is the fifth electric motorcycle launched by Yamaha Motor, and they plan to launch additional models in the near future. Read More. 

You are officially caught up on all the latest and greatest motorcycle headlines. Hear of an interesting story we didn’t cover? Share it with us in the comments below and stay tuned for the next edition of “Your Motorcycle News Fix” coming this August.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Top Apps For Riders



A lot of us ride to get away from it all, including our phones - but there are great apps out there that can be incredibly beneficial for riders. Check out 5 apps every biker should download below.

EatSleepRIDE (Free) -
One of our favorite apps is EatSleepRIDE because it truly has it all. This app was designed specifically for motorcycle enthusiasts and allows you to track unlimited rides, explore the best motorcycle routes, create rider groups, and share rides. Plus, if you’re looking to build a rider community, this app is for you. You can keep track of your friend’s rides and discover new rides with the help of other bikers.

Gas Buddy (Free) - Gas Buddy is helpful no matter what you drive because it helps you find the cheapest gas in your area - making pit stops quick and painless. You can even refine your search by price, location, brand, and other amenities like restaurants and restrooms - super helpful after a long ride. This app loves, and rewards, user participation by encouraging you to report prices and leave reviews for the chance to win giveaways. You can even pay for your gas within the app and receive additional discounts.

Dark Sky ($3.99) - While we hope your riding weather is always perfect, storms do play a role in deciding if you should hit the road or wait it out. Dark Sky is one of our favorite weather apps because it gives you up-to-the-minute weather data and is considered the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With this app, you’ll know the latest forecasts so you can be prepared for anything while out on the road. While there are other great weather apps out there, in our opinion, Dark Sky surpasses them all and is worth the $3.99 investment. It’s rare to find an app that lets users report on the latest weather, but Dark Sky does just that. No one likes getting stuck in the rain, and with this app, you won’t have to.

Cycle Trader (Free) - Alright, this might seem like a shameless plug, but our recently updated Cycle Trader app really is the best tool out there to help you find your next bike or sell your current one. Whether you’re actively searching or just browsing for fun, our app has over 200,000+ bikes for you to look through. In the app, you have the option to filter your listing search by type, location, year, make, price, mileage, and so much more - taking the hassle out of finding your new ride. You can also easily save your searches and can quickly calculate payments for the bike of your dreams. If you’re looking to sell your bike, our app also gives you easy access to post a listing on our site.

Waze (free) - Waze is a GPS navigation app that suggests you the multiples routes, provides turn-by-turn directions, route details, and travel times. But this isn’t your average GPS app. It takes navigation to the next level by letting other motorists share information on traffic, police presence, and potential hazards along your route - and as a user, you can share that same information with others along the way.

There’s always room in your smartphone for new apps. Why not make them useful for your motorcycle lifestyle? Check out these apps in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play, today. Do you have any apps you swear by? Share a few of your favorites in the comments below.
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Your Motorcycle News Fix



Keeping you in the know about the latest motorcycle headlines is important to us. We’ve scoured the news and are here to fill you in on the newest models and a few other top headlines from this past month. Check out them out below.

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BMW Motorrad Reveals Concept R18 Cruiser - BMW Motorrad recently drew back the curtain on their Concept R18 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy at the end of May. They’ve taken a historical motorcycle design and have given it more of a custom and modern flare. This new bike is still instantly recognizable as a BMW with its boxer engine, cradle frame, and exposed universal shaft. “This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off. But when you get off it again, you don’t just put it in the garage and walk away – you turn around again and give it a final parting glance”, said Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design. Check out this new bike for yourself. Read More.

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KTM Launches 2020 Off-Road, Dual Sport Models - KTM just launches their 2020 lineup, including the new KTM 150 XC-W TPI, KTM 250 XC-W TPI and KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes, and the new offroad-only KTM 350 XCF-W and KTM 500 XCF-W 4-strokes. They didn’t forget about dual sports, adding the KTM 350 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F to their lineup as well. Each new model boasts the latest in innovation, featuring high-performance engines, a new chassis including WP XPLOR suspension, updated handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems. Is that enough new for you? These bikes will be coming to North American dealers this summer so stay tuned. Read More. 

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Motorcycle Group Announces Charity Ride to the Arctic Circle - The journey has begun. On May, 25th, the Moto.Men, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts based out of/from all over the country, set off on an adventure that covers the entire United States. The trip, called Project’19, will take roughly 35-40 days and will take the Moto.Men riding along the East and West coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic Ocean. During the course of their trip, Project’19 plans to ride 16,000 miles and will make stops for those in need and will raise funds for various organizations supporting disabled veterans, military service dogs, and cancer victims. During their stops, they will deliver four individual endowments to cancer survivors and disabled veterans totaling over $10,000. We are excited to follow their journey and wish them the best of luck during their ride. Read More.

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Honda Unveils 4-Seat Talon Side-by-Sides - This story is for all of you side-by-side lovers out there. During the start of Power Lab 2019, a Honda dealer event, the manufacturer revealed two new four-seat sport side-by-side models - the Talon 1000X-4 and the Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve. These new four-seater models give riders the opportunity to share the offroading experience with additional family and friends. Honda has other Talon two-seater models, but their riders were requesting the ability to fit more passengers and Honda is making the request a reality. The new Talons are packed with features and come in at a variety of price points that you’ll want to see for yourself. Read More. 

Motocross Legend Carey Hart Creates Custom Indian Motorcycle - Motocross legend Carey Hart has some serious custom bike building skills and he’s put them to good use. Hart recently brought together a team of friends and professionals to “reimagine a modern Indian motorcycle back to its original race track roots.” The bike they’ve created was built for the One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon and the team took home the Red, White & Blue award for “Best American Build.” Check out their award winning bike. Read More.

You’re officially all caught up on the latest motorcycle news. Feels good to be in the know, right? Stay tuned for next month’s motorcycle news roundup and let us know your favorite stories in the comments below.
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Top Motorcycle Tech



Motorcycle tech is what really takes riding to the next level - and across the board, what’s available in the motorcycle space is only getting more advanced. We’ll breakdown the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos that will help make your ride even better this summer. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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Tech-Savvy Helmet - There are tons of great helmets on the market, but none quite like the Jarvish X-AR. This helmet has all the basics you’d expect, including carbon fiber shell, cooling vents, and an excellent safety rating, but the over-the-top technology included is what makes it stands out. It includes an integrated Heads Up display, Alexa compatibility, and 360-degree cameras (front and rear). It also includes an advanced Augmented Reality feature that displays your speed, weather, direction, navigation, and a number of other stats and figures. All of these stats are included on The Heads Up display, located directly on the helmet’s face shield so you won’t have to look elsewhere while riding. The helmet is due to be released in September and we can’t wait for the big debut.

Promising Review: “It is not a Helmet! JARVISH is a new way to understand motorcycle riding.” - JOSE MARIA PUJOL Smart Solutions Business Unit Director at IDNEO Technologies, SLU, Barcelona (Spain) 


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Phone Mount - We’ll say it time and time again - we do NOT recommend using your phone while operating your bike, but there is one exception. Navigation is important while riding, especially if you’re crossing into new territory - you need to know where to go, plain and simple. Today, smartphones are often used as GPS systems, but holding your phone while riding is unrealistic and extremely dangerous. Check out the RAM Mounts X-Grip Fork Stem Kit ($61.99). This kit allows you to attach your phone to your bike securely without scratching it. This kit can fit a variety of phone models (15+ to be exact), including the latest iPhoneX. While your phone is in the mount, you won’t have to worry about it dropping or falling off your bike.

Promising Review: “Love my RAM mount. Extremely easy to install and finished product on bike looks sleek and simple all while being extremely useful. (iPhoneX) - Travis M.

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Bluetooth System - A Bluetooth headset is a must while riding. It allows you to make calls hands-free, listen to music or GPS instructions, and have intercom conversations with a passenger or fellow riders. We’re all about the latest hands-free technology and we recommend the Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset ($140.88) as a top option. This model gives you 12 hours of talk time and is designed specifically for motorcycle riders. The sound quality on the Sena is pristine and it includes a 4-way conference intercom so if there’s a detour or pothole ahead, you can warn fellow riders in your group.

Promising Review: “You can't go wrong with the SMH-10 if you are getting into the Bluetooth helmet game. It was extremely easy to install & paired up with my phone. I recommend it to any new or even experienced riders that want a great unit that is easy to use and set up.” - Andres

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Mountable Camera - We’re willing to bet you go on some pretty epic rides, and it can be hard to capture all the scenery you take in along the way when you’re leaning into that curve. That’s where the GoPro Hero 7 Black ($329.00) can help. GoPro has long been a go-to for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies - just like you, and their new action camera is perfect for riders. One of our favorite features of the new model is its hyper smooth video stabilization. The camera can predict your movements, minimize camera shake, and delivers insanely smooth video footage. The Hero 7 Black is rugged and waterproof, so no need to worry if you get caught in a sudden rainstorm, and also has voice control allowing you to take photos and videos hands-free during your ride.

Promising Review: “Outstanding. Everything that has been advertised met my expectations by far. Image stabilization is amazing, and live features are great. Best GoPro yet!” - Antonio

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Mobile Tire Inflator - We’ve all had a flat or a tire that’s looking a bit low on air while out on the road. For that very reason, it’s important to have a mobile tire inflator with you if you don’t have access to a compressor. We suggest the Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator ($41.32), which has been coined as the “world’s most versatile compact air compressor.” This air compressor is truly compact - measuring in at 3.875” W x 4.75” H - and will easily fit in just about any saddlebag. The model is capable of airing up a standard car tire in just 10-minutes and includes a convenient carrying case as well as interchangeable connectors that can adapt to any 12-volt power source.

Promising Review: “Very compact and easily fits in my saddlebag. I have used this many times on trips to keep my tires properly inflated. My Fatboy's tires like to slowly lose air sometimes. Have used it to top off tires as well as refill other peoples flat tires to get them back on the road. I also keep one on my Yamaha Grizzly 700 and it has been a lifesaver more than once.” - J. Hines


We’re lucky to live in a time where technology is all around us and we are always stoked when new motorcycle tech comes out. What are some of your favorite motorcycle-specific gadgets? Let us know some of your top picks in the comments below.
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Friday, May 10, 2019



Slow your roll - just because you’ve bought a motorcycle, doesn’t mean you’re a true biker yet. All of us have to go through the various motorcycle rites of passage before you can be considered an experienced rider. Some of them are fun, some are not so fun. But if you ride - you’ll know what we’re talking about. Check out a few of the good, bad, and ugly “rides” of passage that all bikers go through.

Buying Your First Bike - This is the ultimate rite of passage. Once you’ve taken your courses and received your motorcycle license, there’s nothing like buying your first bike. It doesn’t matter if it’s new or used, cruising away on your first ride on your own bike is an exhilarating feeling. If you’re unsure of what type of bike to get, check out our tips on buying your first motorcycle.

Eating a bug/having a bug splatter on your helmet -
You’re taking a long ride, the wind is blowing in your face, and you’re feeling free - then splat. One of the not so glamorous aspects of riding is the bugs we deal with on the road. Just laugh (or curse), wipe it off, and keep riding. There’s nothing else to do. Plus if you are on the latest Paleo or Keto diet, bugs are high protein and on your diet.

Getting stuck in the rain at least once - You can check the weather all you want, but rain can come out of nowhere. If you get stuck in the rain, know that we’ve all been there before. Check out a few of our tips, like stashing some rain gear or finding a dry line, on what to do when the rain hits.

Dropping Your Bike - Whether you care to admit it or not, just about every rider has dropped their bike at least once - these things are heavy. When it happens to you, just pick your bike back up (if it’s too heavy, you’ll need to ask for help), assess the damage, start your bike, and continue your ride. Scuffs and scrapes are going to happen to every bike - it’s a bummer, but you’ve got to move on.

Acknowledging others on the road - Waving to fellow riders is a motorcycle tradition and proper etiquette among bikers. There’s nothing like giving and receiving your first wave to a fellow rider - it feels like you’re finally part of the club. You’ll get so used to it that you might even attempt to throw up the peace sign to a biker when you’re driving a car.

Running out of gas - Alright, this one is kind of embarrassing, but it happens a lot in the early stages of riding because most bikes don’t have fuel gauges. Make sure to know your fuel range before heading out for a ride, and bring your fully-charged phone in case you need to call for roadside help. There are also awesome companies out there that will come fill up your tank for a fee should you run out of gas while riding. Check out Filld or Try Booster.

Going on a long distance ride - We’re all about hitting the open road any chance we get, but there’s really nothing like going on your first long distance ride. Whether you’re riding solo or with a group, the freedom and confidence you feel on a long ride is unexplainable.

Riding with someone on the back - After you feel extremely comfortable on your bike, taking another person for a ride for the first time is the ultimate confidence booster. You feel in control and sharing your newfound passion is always a huge bonus.

The 6th Sense - Once you’ve been riding for a while, you’ll start to get a 6th sense about what other cars will do on the road. It’s an odd feeling to know what a car is about to do before they do it - but if you ride, you’ll start to know. It’s not just being an attentive rider (though you should be), we’re talking about a gut feeling here. This developed gift is golden while riding - always listen to your gut.

Making biker friends - Being a part of the biker community itself is one of the best parts of riding. Making biker friends is one of our favorite rites of passage because we’re all about building the riding community and welcoming other people into the motorcycle lifestyle.

Have you completed any of these rites of passage? Did you have any of your own when you started riding? If you’re looking to complete a few of these rites of passage and buy a motorcycle or upgrade your current model, check out Cycle Trader. With thousands of bikes on our site, you’ll be sure to find one that checks off all your boxes.
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Is Group Riding For You?



Group riding can either be a great bonding experience or a nightmare depending on the group you’re with and how you like to ride. Many people enjoy riding solo, but there are other riders who like to experience the open road with a crew. When done right, riding in a group can be awesome. To help you unlock the thrill of a group ride, here are a few tips to make sure the next ride with your old buddies or new friends is smooth sailing.

Get Ready to Roll - Before you set out for any ride, we recommend giving your bike a thorough once over - especially before a group trip; because let’s be honest, you don’t want to be the one that breaks down in front of the entire group. Use the TCLOCS method to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Double check that your bike is fueled up and don’t forget to pack sunscreen, rain gear, water to stay hydrated, or anything else you might need during the length of your ride.

Have a Quick Meeting
- Having a meeting before you start riding ensures a smoother ride. We suggest you go over your planned route, the length of the ride, and determine any designated stopping points along the way. Make sure you are aligned on any basic hand signals so everyone is aware of them during the ride.

Select a Leader - During your initial meeting, it’s a good idea to select a leader for the group. This biker should be one of the most experienced and confident riders in the pack. They should know the route like the back of their hand and should know how to respond to other drivers and be able to guide the group safely to the end destination.

Set Some Ground Rules - There are a lot of do’s and don’ts to group riding so make sure to go over specific rules with your group. Here are a few rules we recommend the following:
  • Staggered Formation is Key - When riding on straight roads in a group, get your riders familiar with staggard formation. This is when the leader of the group drives on the left side of the lane and the second rider drives on the right side of the lane, two or more seconds behind the leader. The third rider would drive on the left side of the lane and so forth - don’t forget to leave enough distance between you and the other bikers. This ensures that you are not riding alongside each other, but still staying together as a unit.
  • No Passing in the Group - Avoid passing each other inside the group. If you need to pass by a car legally (as a group), be sure to pass one motorcycle at a time.
  • Don’t Fixate on the Bike in Front of You - You need to stay alert and focused while riding, making sure you can see what’s ahead of you. If you’re focused on the rider in front of you, you might forget to look well through the turns. Keep your eyes ahead while riding.
  • Newer Riders to the Middle - Obviously a newer rider won’t be your group leader, but they shouldn’t be alone in the back either. Make sure they are placed towards the front-middle of your lineup.
Riding with friends and family can be a great experience if you follow the rules above. What are your thoughts on group riding? Love it? Hate it? We’ve come to learn it’s all about personal preference. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Your Motorcycle News Fix



As always, we’re here to hit you with the motorcycle news you need to know for the month of May. A lot has happened in the industry this month, from new models to rare motorcycle collections - so keep reading for our list of the top motorcycle headlines.

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Fuell Releases an All-Electric Motorcycle and Bicycle - Legendary biker Erik Buell has launched a new electric motorcycle and bicycle company called Fuell. Buell and his partners’ main goal is to create a stylish path to urban mobility. The company’s first product is an all-electric bicycle called Fluid that’s powered by a 980kW battery pack. The other product Fuell has created is an electric motorcycle very similar to Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire, called Flow. This motorcycle has a 125-mile range and can use either use a 10kW or 35kW battery pack allowing the bike to connect to a fast charger that takes just 30-minutes to gain full range. The main selling point of this model is that it’s roughly $20,000 cheaper than Harley’s electric model - yeah you read that right. The Flow comes in at just $10,995 - which is why we have a feeling that this new model might give Harley’s LiveWire a run for its money. Read More.

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Rare Motorcycle Collection Discovery Includes 1938 Vincent Series A - A rare collection of Vincent and Grigg motorcycles was recently discovered after the passing of their original owner. The collection had been hidden away for decades and includes six Vincent Motorcycles, a one-of-a-kind Grigg Motorcycle, and a lifetime collection of rare parts. The most exciting find was a 1938 Vincent HRD Series A Twin - known to many as one of the rarest and most collectible motorcycles in the world. These bikes are currently in the possession of Liquid Asset Partners - but they are accepting offers. Time to empty out that piggy bank. Read More. 

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Zac Brown Collaborates With Indian Motorcycle to Create Custom Bike - Love motorcycles and country music? Well, then this story is for you. Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band recently collaborated with Indian Motorcycles to create a completely custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. The motorcycle boasts many one-of-a-kind modifications including a custom paint job incorporating charcoal flake and 24kt gold leaf. The bike will be raffled with all proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, Zac Brown’s non-profit organization that was created in support of our veterans and military families. Read More.

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Triumph reveals limited edition Rocket 3 TFC -
This motorcycle has been much anticipated and includes a new 2,500cc engine, increased technology, stunning features and the highest level of premium specification equipment. This model is extremely exclusive, with North American production limited to just 225 units and there will be a total of 750 bikes worldwide. This is the most powerful Triumph to date with a peak power of more than 168 HP and a peak torque of more than 163 LB-FT. Orders are already being taken for the motorcycle, priced at $29,000, and it will be available in December of 2019. We can’t wait to see this bike out on the road. Read More.

You’re officially all caught up on the motorcycle news you need to know this month. We know the stories will still come rolling in so be sure to stay tuned for our June news recap. Which story sparked your interest this month? Have you heard any headlines you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Taking a Look Back Part 2 - Top Motorcycle Manufacturers




We’ve covered a few of the top motorcycle manufacturers back in November (catch up here) and we’ve heard you wanted more. There are so many manufacturers that started from small beginnings and it’s awesome to see where they have ended up. Let’s take a look back at four more of the most popular moto giants in the world and how they got their starts.

First up, Ducati.

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Ducati - Ducati was founded back in 1926 in the northern Italian town of Bologna. When the company first began, they didn’t make motorcycles or engines at all. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons founded a company named Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati where they made radio parts. The company became extremely successful, so much so that they were able to begin construction of a new factory in Borgo Panigale. During the same time period, at a small firm called SIATA (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie), Aldo Farinelli began developing a small pushrod engine to mount on bicycles. These engines were named Cucciolos, and after more than 200,000 were sold, the Ducati firm collaborated with SIATA and offered a Cucciolo-based motorcycle. The first 48 cc bike weighed 98 pounds, had a top speed of 40 mph, and had a 15 mm carburetor producing just under 200 mpg. Since those early days, Ducati (now owned by Volkswagon) has grown into a well-loved moto giant, known for sportbikes and street bikes using L-Twin engines.


Suzuki - In 1909, Michio Suzuki opened Suzuki Loom Works in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. This particular factory made weaving looms for Japan’s growing cotton industry. For 30 years the company focused on building these machines, and although these looms were wildly successful, Suzuki thought that the company needed to diversify and expand to other products. They began producing prototype cars, but with the onset of World War II, Suzuki's plans for vehicles came to a close when the government declared civilian passenger cars a "non-essential commodity." The family went back to creating looms until the cotton crash in 1951 when they turned back to motorized vehicles. They saw the trend of "clip-on" gas-powered engines that were being attached to bicycles and began creating one of their own. Their first bike was called the Power Free which had a unique double-sprocket gear system that allowed the rider to pedal without engine assistance or with engine assistance. By 1954, Suzuki was producing 6,000 motorcycles each month and officially changed their name to Suzuki Motor Co. - the manufacturer we know and love today. Since then, Suzuki is known as being a top choice for sportbike riders and their models are known for incredible agility and performance.

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Triumph - Before creating their first motorcycle, the Triumph company imported sewing machines and sold bicycles. They moved on to motorcycles shortly after and produced their first motorcycle in 1902 which consisted of a 2.2 horsepower single-cylinder Belgian Minerva engine that was attached to a bicycle frame. The company began creating and using their own engines in 1905 - and by 1907, they were producing roughly 1,000 motorcycles per year and were well on their way to making a name for themselves in the competitive motorcycle racing world. Over the next thirty years, the company grew and created more models, many that were used during WWI and WWII, and introduced some of their most popular models -the Bonneville and Tiger. In 1983, the Triumph factory closed its doors and the future of the company was unknown. A wealthy developer decided to save the manufacturer by purchasing the Triumph name and all manufacturing rights - and the company was back in action. Despite all the changes, Triumph is still considered the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and bikes are still being produced in England.

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Kawasaki - The Kawasaki Company was founded by Shozo Kawasak who established Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo in 1878 as a shipyard. In the beginning, they produced marine steam turbines, locomotives, freight cars, passenger carriages, and bridge girders. They also created aircrafts and in 1954, Kawasaki moved on, creating their first motorcycle called the Meihatsu. Kawasaki really took off when they purchased Meguro Motorcycles, one of the leading motorcycles manufacturing companies in Japan. They continued to grow and create many models we know and ride today. The Ninja is one of Kawasaki’s most popular bikes and they are known for great handling and a sporty look.

Those are just a few of the motorcycle manufacturers that are now the world-renowned brands we love to ride today. What brand do you ride? Why did you choose that specific manufacturer? Let us know in the comments below.
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Tips for Riding in Spring Storms



Spring has officially sprung and that means riding season is in full swing. It also means that no matter how much you check the weather reports, spring rainstorms can hit out of nowhere. Ever wonder what you’re supposed to do in that situation? Let’s dive into some rainy weather riding tips to make sure you're ready for anything when you hit the road this spring and summer.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time - We suggest planning your route in advance so that you already know alternate routes ahead of time and can avoid high traffic areas if a road is too flooded to ride through. No matter what, you want to know where to go.

Have the Right Gear - As we mentioned earlier, storms can come out of nowhere. For that reason, we recommend investing in some waterproof/all-weather gear so you can be ready when those pelts of rain come down. Waterproof jackets, pants, gloves, and boots are all great staples to have in your riding wardrobe. When looking for waterproof gear, you’ll want to make sure that the seams overlap as opposed to aligning so water doesn’t find its way underneath to your clothes. Investing in a pair of goggles (if your helmet doesn’t have a shield, yellow or orange tinted goggles provide some of the best contract in low visibility) is also important so you see clearly while riding in the rain - don’t forget to add an anti-fog treatment. Lastly, if you have room on your bike, bringing a pair of extra dry clothes is always a good idea. We’re all trying to enjoy the ride after all - and being cold and wet quite frankly...sucks. Always carry a few plastic bags with you to store wet clothes and you’ll be good to go.

Find a Dry Line (if possible) - This might seem like a no brainer, but traction is everything when riding. While riding in the rain, or just after a rainstorm, we recommend finding the dryest line in the road where car’s tire tracks have been, and staying off the painted lines as they present a slicker surface.

Check Your Tires - We hope you’re following the TCLOCS method before each ride, but this is particularly important when it comes to rainy-weather riding. You’ll want to double check to make sure your tires aren’t worn down and have proper traction so they can easily grip the road during slippery conditions. And for you riders near desert locations, you might want to stay off the road entirely due to roads becoming oil slicks during rainy weather.

Braking Distance is Crucial - Having enough space to brake is important during any ride, but this is especially vital when it comes to rainy weather riding. Traction and visibility are limited when it rains, so it’s crucial to make sure you put some extra distance between your bike and other cars or riders when riding. We know it’s hard to take it slow sometimes, but don’t forget safety is the #1 priority.

Watch Out for Puddles - A lot of us enjoy riding in the rain, especially if you’re in proper gear. And sometimes those puddles look splash-worthy and exciting, but we recommend avoiding them - sorry to be a buzzkill. It’s hard to determine how deep a puddle and it’s important to keep in mind, a puddle could actually be a pothole. If you can’t avoid a puddle we suggest taking it slow and steady.

Thunder and Lightning is a No Go - We can work with rainy weather, but as soon as you see or hear thunder or lighting it’s time to get off the road ASAP. Find a pit stop and take the opportunity to wait it out, dry off, or grab a meal. Taking cover under a bridge or overpass might be a quick fix if absolutely necessary, but when lightning is around, we recommend finding the nearest rest stop, gas station, diner, or coffee shop to take cover in. It’s always best to be inside in those situations. Remember, your bike is metal...you don’t want to risk it.

We hope your spring is full of sunny, perfect riding weather - but if it’s not, now you know what to do. Just remember to take it slow and enjoy the ride.
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Your Motorcycle News Fix




From new models to motorcycle exhibits - we’re back with the motorcycle news you need to know this month and we've got it all. Kick up your feet and stay awhile - we’ll catch you up on the latest motorcycle headlines.

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Henry Crew Will Be the Youngest Person to Circle the World by Motorcycle - Henry Crew is from London, England and he’s on his way to becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. Crew is only 22 years old and the current record holder, Kane Avellano, completed the ride in 2017 when he was 24 years old. Crew rides a Ducati Desert Sled and is currently traveling up the East Coast to hit New York, then he will board a plane (with his bike) to Spain. We wish him the best of luck in this exciting endeavor. Check out his interview with The Drive here.

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World’s First Exhibit Featuring Only Electric Motorcycles Is Open in LA - An electric revolution is coming . . . well it’s actually already here. Harley-Davidson and the Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF) teamed up to bring Electric Revolution to LA., which is the first museum exhibit in the world to exclusively feature electric motorcycles. The show is supported by Harley-Davidson, while the MAF curated the collection of motorcycles. The exhibit explores the history of electric models and where the future of this industry is headed. If you’re in LA, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Read More.

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GuzziTech Unveils GTM02 - Todd Eagan had a Moto Guzzi back in 1999, and after putting thousands of miles on the bike, transformed it, making it better in both aesthetics and performance. Eagan wants to do the same for you. His company, GuzziTech will transform your bike, but only if it’s a single-sided swingarm Guzzi manufactured from 2006–2017. After paying Eagan a pretty penny ($17,500), he’ll build you a base GTM02. The first group of GTM02s are already ready to ride at the GuzziTech shop in Los Angeles and we’re eager to see these bad boys out on the road. Looks like a lot is happening in LA - might be time to take a ride to the west coast. If you decide to head that way, check out our list of Top West Coast rides. Read More.

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Honda Reveals CR-E MX Concept Electric Bike- Honda has just unveiled a concept version of their CRF electric off-road bike at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show - which is the first murmur of electrics from this manufacturer. We haven’t heard specifics on power or torque yet, but we do know this new model will have multiple power modes. We also aren’t sure if Honda will commit to actually producing this model - but we can only hope because electric models have started to take the world by storm. We’ll keep you posted on further details from Honda as we hear more. Read More

Motorcycle news just doesn’t quit - and we love the industry for that. We’ll keep you updated on any breaking cycle stories in the next edition of our news roundup. Do you have any favorite headlines or stories? Drop us a line in the comments below.



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