Friday, March 15, 2019

Prepping Your Bike for Riding Season



If you live in a warmer climate all year round, consider us jealous. Spring is right around the corner for the rest of us and you know what that means - riding season is officially upon us. We are PUMPED to brush the dust off of our bikes and say goodbye to winter. But before you roll your bike out of the garage, it’s important to make sure it’s fully ready for that first epic ride of the season. If you prepped your bike properly for winter storage, you might not have a lot of work to do before taking your first ride, but there are a few things everyone still needs to check. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prep your bike for riding season below.
  • Make it Shine - First and foremost, we recommend bringing your beauty back to life with a detailed wash/cleaning. Brush all the dust off and make sure your bike wasn’t the home to any rodents or nests during the colder months. Make sure to give your bike a fresh coat of wax so it’s protected from the elements during the riding months.
  • Take a Look at Your Tires - Tires are obviously a crucial component of a motorcycle, so make sure yours are in the good condition before taking your bike for a spin. You’ll want to look for any cracks, punctures, examine the tread condition, and the general wear and tear in both tires. If you see any issues, you might want to consider buying some new wheels for the upcoming season. If you don’t see any red flags, you’ll still want to make sure you check your tire pressure before hitting the road.
  • Check Your Fluids - You’ll want to start by taking look at your fuel. If you used a fuel stabilizer during your winter storage prep, your fuel should be in fairly good shape. Check to make sure there’s no gunk or grime when you open the filler cap. We also recommend taking a look at your oil level before riding. It might be a good idea to change your oil and filter (depending on condition) considering your bike has been stagnant for a while. 
  • How’s Your Battery? If you used a trickle charger during the winter months, your battery will probably be in good shape. If you didn’t, you’ll want to make sure your battery is fully charged before taking a ride. If you see any corrosion, make sure to clean it properly. You’ll also want to check that the battery water level is full, if not, make sure to top it off.
  • Check for Leaks and Examine All the Nuts and Bolts - Take a walk around your bike and make sure there has been no leakage during storage. We also suggest checking that all nuts and bolts are tightened on your unit.
  • Test Your Brakes - It’s a no brainer that brakes are pretty important while riding, so make sure yours are in good condition. Don’t forget to examine your brake pads and brake-fuel levels before riding.
  • Lubrication - It’s a good idea to make sure all of the moving parts on your bike are well-lubricated before you ride. Grab the proper grease for your motorcycle (check the owner’s manual) and get to work.
  • Check All Electrics - Test your lights and signals before every ride. No one wants to be stranded on a night ride with a headlight out.
  • Are You Ready to Roll? If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden your bike remember - it’s okay to take it slow for the first couple of rides (even though it might be hard). Take some time to reacquaint yourself with your bike and it’s ergonomics, and if you’re feeling a bit rusty, we recommend continuing your biker education by taking a motorcycle safety course.
  • Check Your Other Gear - Now that you’ve checked out the entirety of your bike, it’s a good time to take a look at the quality of your other motorcycle gear. Make sure your helmet and protective gear are all in good shape (no cracks or tearing). If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it might be a good time for an upgrade or replacement. 
Anyone else stoked for riding season? Our hands are up. But before you rev your engines this year, make sure your bike is prepped and ready to hit that pavement. Do you have any spring bike prep tricks you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.



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Are You Following the T-CLOCS Method Before Each Ride?



If you’re a rider you’ve probably heard of the T-CLOCS checklist, but if you’re new to motorcycling or need a quick refresher, we’ve got your back. The T-CLOCS method was coined and created by our friends over at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). This checklist should be followed before every ride to make sure your bike is in good working order and is safe to take out on the road. To help you remember what to check on your bike, the MSF came up with an acronym to help you out - T-CLOCS. Let’s break down what each letter stands for and what you should keep an eye out for before you take your next ride.

Make sure to check your...

T - Tires and Wheels
You’ll want to take a good look at both your tires and wheels to make sure they are in good condition before taking your motorcycle for a ride. Make sure your tires are in tip-top shape, paying special attention to any wear, weathering, bulges, and embedded objects. Don’t forget to check your air pressure as well, keeping in mind that you might need to make adjustments in colder weather. As for the wheels themselves, check the spokes, cast, rims, bearings, and seals; and last but not least, take a look at your brakes to determine function and condition.

C - Controls
Now it’s time to check the controls thoroughly. Examine the handlebars for any bending, and make sure your levers and pedals are in good condition and lubricated. Take a quick look at your cables to make sure there’s no fraying. You’ll also want to make sure your hoses are cut and crack free, and that your throttle moves freely.

L - Lights and Electrics
Examining your lights and electrics is a crucial part of the inspection. You should check your battery condition and the vent tube to make sure it isn’t kinked or routed incorrectly. Inspect your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals as these are all important components for safe driving. Don’t forget to also take a look at your switches, mirrors, and reflectors. You want to be seen out on the road, that’s why checking your lighting is so critical.

O - Oil and Other Fluids
To avoid being stranded out on the road, check your gas and oil levels before each ride. When you’re walking around your bike, we also suggest taking a good look for any leaks that your motorcycle might have.

C - Chassis
Make sure your bike feels just right before you ride. This means checking to see if your suspension feels normal. You’ll also need to examine the frame of your bike as well as the chain/belt, and make sure all nuts and bolts are properly tightened.

S - Stand
Last but not least, inspect your center stand or side stand for any cracks or bending and make sure the springs are sturdy to keep your motorcycle in place.

While it might seem like a lot to take on before each ride, checking your bike doesn’t have to take long if you do it on a regular basis. Once you know what to look for, spotting a problem should be easy, and we hope the solution will be easy as well. Once you conduct your T-CLOCS inspection you should be good to go and ready to ride. To print off your own detailed T-CLOCS checklist, click here.
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The Motorcycle News You Need to Know



It’s that time again. We’re here to hit you with the motorcycle news you need to know. We’ve got all the manufacturer news this month - from new models to test drives. So sit back and relax - check out the latest motorcycle headlines below.

Indian Collaborates with Jack Daniel’s, Klock Werks for Limited-Edition Motorcycle - Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s recently unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse. This bad-ass bike has premium design features that give the motorcycle an exclusive look. The design inspiration came from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select and the entire bike is hand-painted by specialized Indian Motorcycle craftsmen. The bike is two-tone Heavy Metal Crystal & Thunder Black Vivid Crystal and has Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel badging throughout. The limited-edition bike features a 116 cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine with an estimated 127 ft-lbs of torque - talk about power. To top it all off, the motorcycle includes 2-inch mid-rise ape-hanger handlebars, quick release tinted flare windscreen, custom precision machined wheels, end-to-end LED lighting, and premium gloss black finishes throughout. You’ll want to see this model for yourself. Read More.

In Other Indian News… The Manufacturer Reveals 2019 Roadmaster Elite - Indian doesn’t seem to be slowing down with their new releases and we are here for it. The manufacturer has announced its latest ultra-premium touring motorcycle, the 2019 Roadmaster Elite. This bike is also a limited edition and every Roadmaster Elite features Wildfire Red Candy over Black Crystal paint with real 24-karat gold leaf badging, taking more than 30 hours to paint - now that’s a true custom job. The Elite has upgraded to a 600-watt PowerBand Audio Plus system providing exceptional sound quality throughout the bike. It also includes leather passenger armrests, spacious billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards, a premium touring console, billet aluminum pinnacle mirrors, and chrome bumpers. Check it Out.

Zero launches all-new SR/F - Zero Motorcycles has introduced their new SR/F, coined as their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet. The new street fighter electric model boasts 140 ft-lbs of torque and 110 horsepower. The bike is powered by Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. A single charge delivers up to a 200-mile range with the addition of Zero’s Power Tank (available fall 2019). The SR/F is the first fully “smart” motorcycle due to its Cypher III operating system. The system gives the rider the ability to monitor the bike in four main areas: Bike Status and Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing, and System Upgrades and Updates. We are excited to see more electric model offerings on the market and we’re eager to see how they continue to improve and expand in the coming years. Read More.

Slingshot Offering $50 Credit for Test Ride - Polaris’ Slingshot has just announced a new program called “Rev-n-Roll”, allowing consumers to test drive one of their units (at specified Slingshot dealerships) to receive a $50 Live Event Credit Voucher. This program will run through April 30th and the voucher can be used for sporting events, concerts, theater shows, and more. This deal from Slingshot sounds almost too good to be true, but the company says with spring approaching, they want to give more consumers the opportunity to experience all that Slingshot models have to offer riders. We love these units and we’re interested to see the participation in this program and how it will potentially increase sales. Read More.

There you have it. The top motorcycle-related stories you needed to know this month. Stay tuned for more motorcycle news roundups in the near future. Did you have a favorite story this month? Drop us a line in the comments below.
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Friday, February 08, 2019

Check Out Harley's Newest Electric Scooter



It’s no secret that new riders have been hard to come by in recent years - the whole industry has felt it. But Harley isn’t sitting back and waiting for the market to change - they have a plan. You might remember the strategy the manufacturer released for attracting new riders back in 2018. But the question is - are they following through with that strategy? From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like Harley is heading in the right direction. They announced the release of their first electric motorcycle (LiveWire) a few months back, but now they’ve got a few more tricks up their sleeves to reach a more modern rider.

Harley recently unveiled the latest concepts for their new electric scooter at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. According to the Harley, electric is the future and we’re curious to see if that’s really the case. These scooters are going to be targeted towards urban and city dwellers in the hopes of reaching a younger demographic and those who might not typically hop on a motorcycle. They are hoping the affordability (as compared to their electric motorcycle), accessibility, and eco-friendliness will inspire a new generation of riders and millennials to get on a bike. One of the major benefits of Harley’s new electric scooter is that riders don’t need a motorcycle license to operate the vehicle, and “fueling up” is as simple as plugging the scooter into a wall socket. 

Image: Harley-Davidson

The new electric scooter has a more rugged look that will ideally differentiate it from the other thousands of electric scooters on the market today. The new Harley scooter pleasantly surprised the crowd at the X Games, so we’re curious to see how that translates to the rest of the world - only time will tell.

But wait there’s more - Harley didn’t stop at an electric scooter. They also released the latest concepts for their new electric “mountain/dirt bike”. According to those who tested the bike at the recent X Games, it comes packed with plenty of power and torque. This new electric model doesn’t have a name quite yet, but considering it’s on the lighter side, the model may qualify as more of an electric mountain bike rather than a dirt bike. See it for yourself.

Image: Harley-Davidson

Harley seems to be following through with their plans of trying to reach new riders, but do you think their recent electric efforts will help them reach their goals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

For more details on these new electric bike concepts, click here.






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Your Motorcycle News Roundup is Here



The time has come to hit you with the latest motorcycle news. A LOT has happened in the last few months in the motorcycle industry and we’re here to fill you in. So sit back, relax, and check out the recent headlines below in your moto news roundup.
  • Twice as Many Women Are Riding Motorcycles Today - The Motorcycle Industry Council recently released a survey that shows more than 19% of motorcycle riders are women - as compared to 2009 where the same survey showed that women only made up 10% of the rider population. This means over the past decade female motorcycle ridership has nearly doubled. We’re pumped to hear these stats and would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in riding to get their license and get out there - man or woman. We are craving more diversity in motorcycling, and it looks like we are heading in the right direction. Read More. 
  • Harley Releases Pricing for First Electric Motorcycle - Harley has recently released pricing for their new electric motorcycle, LiveWire. The hype was real when we first heard that an electric motorcycle was in the works from Harley - and now pre-ordering is officially available, but it will cost you. LiveWire will come in at a whopping $29,799, but we think its features could be worth it. The new motorcycle’s acceleration is killer, going from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. With its electric power, LiveWire requires no clutch and no gear shifting - perfect for riders who are just getting started. LiveWire is a significant part of Harley’s mission to gain new riders, and with pre-order available, we’re excited to see how sales go for the manufacturer. Read More.
  • Futuristic Helmet Features Built-in Cameras and Augmented Reality - Apparently Kickstarter is the place to go to make dreams a reality, and a new brand called Jarvis is testing out those waters. The company recently created a Kickstarter page that has raised more than $500,000 for their “smart helmet”. They claim that this could be the smartest motorcycle helmet ever made - a bold statement. The model has all the standard helmet requirements, but takes tech to the next level by including Alexa and Siri, Bluetooth, and a fancy display built into the helmet that has a clean interface showing information like speed, weather, and details from your phone. The helmet also includes two cameras (front and back), as well as augmented reality features. A helmet with awesome tech plus some fancy safety features sounds like a win-win to us. Read More
  • 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 Models Now Available For Pre-Order- The Moto Guzzi V85 was recently unveiled at IMS Long Beach and has received a lot of buzz since the show. The V85 is now available for pre-order and will come to market in two versions, V85 TT, and V85 TT Adventure. Buyers will be able to choose from a number of available colors and Moto Guzzi will offer a range of optional accessories. The new models combine style features of the golden age of motorcycle adventures with the functionality of a modern touring enduro. To top off the pre-order announcement, all pre-orders qualify for a $250 accessory credit. Sounds good to us. Read More
Congrats, you’re officially caught up on all things motorcycle. Did you have a favorite story this month? Drop us a line in the comments below and stay tuned for more motorcycle news next month.
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Safety Tips All New Riders Need to Know



Safety is the number one priority when it comes to riding a motorcycle - there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. We all love the freedom and excitement that comes with riding, but it’s important to be responsible and cautious on the road, especially if you are new to riding. Here are a few of our safety tips that all new riders, heck any rider, should know before getting on a bike. 
  • ALWAYS Wear a Helmet - This may sound like a no brainer (no pun intended), but wearing a helmet is crucial when riding a motorcycle. Helmets can protect you from serious head injuries in the event of a collision. No matter your state laws, we highly recommend investing in a high-quality helmet to protect that noggin while riding. 
  • Wear Proper Gear - Along with a helmet, we suggest purchasing motorcycle safety gear. A few staples are neck and back protectors, armored motorcycle jackets, protective eyewear, and boots. Check out our blog post on safety gear here
  • Take a Safety Course - Whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned veteran, it’s a great idea to take a motorcycle safety course. There are always new things to learn, so don’t make the mistake of thinking you know it all. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers great classes for both new and veteran riders to learn new skills or sharpen the skills you already have. 
  • Invest in Anti-Lock Brakes - Anti-lock brakes are available on a wide variety of models and can help you retain steering control in the event of an emergency stop. They are also a great feature to have while riding in slippery conditions. 
  • Know Your Personal Riding Skill and Ability Level - If you’re new on the road, take it slow and know the routes you’re taking. Tight turns can be fun for advanced riders, but you’ll want to adjust your speed and routes depending on your ability level. Keep it simple and don’t bite off more than you can chew as you get going. 
  • Get Regular Inspections - Before each ride, you’ll want to walk the perimeter of your bike to make sure everything is in good working order; and don’t forget, you still need to take your bike in for regular inspections and maintenance to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. 
  • Check the Weather Before You Ride - Before every ride we suggest checking the weather report. Rain reduces visibility and makes for slippery conditions while riding - something you want to avoid. 
  • Know the Rules of the Road and Respect Them - Take notice of speed limits, and make sure to follow them. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with any local traffic laws in your area so nothing comes as a surprise to you down the road. If you’re riding out of your local area, check out state motorcycle laws wherever you plan on traveling; we’re always surprised how much they can change state-to-state. 
  • Never Drive Under the Influence - This should go without saying, but we’re going to say it - NEVER drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The last thing you want is to hurt others or yourself while riding. 
  • Ride Defensively - As much as we’d like them to, cars don’t always look twice before making a turn or switching lanes - so, as a motorcyclist, it’s important to ride defensively. Make your presence known to other drivers by turning on your headlights and avoiding being in anyone’s blind spots as much as possible. 
Let’s be clear, riding a motorcycle is one of the best feelings in the world and we welcome new riders with open arms. But at the same time, we want to make sure you’re being safe out on the road. We hope you’ll think about these safety tips the next time you take your bike for a ride. Do you have any safety tips you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Compiled List of Motorcycle Basics



There’s a lot of information out there if you are just getting into riding and it can be hard to decide what to listen to. So, we’ve put together a list of our top resources to help get you started.

Step #1: Figure out what you want to ride

If you’ve never been on a bike before, it can be hard to decide what you want - so take your time and check out all your options. These three articles should give you a good place to start - and then once you have your license, you can actually go test ride some of these bad boys.


Step #2: Keep your noggin covered - and find other gear you’ll need

While some of this other gear might be optional - helmets definitely aren’t. They also aren’t cheap. So pick one you like and plan to be happy with for a while. Web Bike World’s reviews are thorough - but if you are looking for other gear - gloves, pants, etc. - you can’t go wrong with the article from Best Beginning Motorcycles.


Step #3: Get trained & learn the laws

Motorcycle laws are different in every state (and there are some strange ones that exist) - and you’ll want to be educated when you head out on the road. Study up and take a course to make sure you feel comfortable.


Step #4: Check out local clubs

Once you’re educated and outfitted - find other riders in your area. The dealership you purchased your ride from may have some groups, but if not - look for local meetups to help you get going in the community.


We hope this helps get you started - and cuts out some of the noise of the Internet. You can’t go wrong learning how to ride. It actually IS as fun as it’s cracked up to be.
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Southern Rides


I hope it’s a long winter this year … said no biker ever.

But seriously, it’s starting to get cold and no one hates winter more than someone who has a bike sitting in the garage. Click on the Pinterest board below to check out a few interesting southern rides to help you thaw out and stay sane this winter:




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Top Motorcycle Podcasts You Need to Listen To



We are into podcasts and we are REALLY into motorcycles (if you haven’t noticed). So if you’re looking to add to your playlist, you’re in luck - we’ve got five motorcycle-related podcasts to share with you. Check out our favorites below.
  • Motorcycles & Misfits - Motorcycles & Misfits is presented by Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz whose mission is to get old motorcycles back on the road and teach people how to fix them. Their podcast has been on the airwaves since 2013 and has a rotating cast of characters sharing stories, knowledge, and experiences all related to motorcycles. 
  • Moterrific - Moterrific is a podcast run by two women who’ve been riding for years. They thought the motorcycle podcast world lacked a certain opinion - women’s. The first and only all-female motorcycle podcast covers everything from daily riding to racing to adventure riding, news, current events, and more. 
  • Adventure Rider Radio - The Adventure Rider Radio is a podcast dedicated to telling interesting motorcycle stories, providing helpful tips on travel, tech, and more. Guests frequent the show and the podcast is the most popular adventure motorcycle podcast in the world. It’ll definitely encourage you to get out there. 
  • Law Abiding Biker - The Law Abiding Biker podcast is the no. 1 listened to motorcycle podcast in the world and is a one-stop shop for all things motorcycling. You’ll hear motorcycle news, reviews, information on motorcycle clubs, laws, ride reviews, and tons more. 
  • Throttled - Throttled is a podcast that will keep you up-to-date on the latest motorcycle news you need to know and you’ll hear advice as well as ride updates from each of the hosts. Throttled frequently brings on guests to share stories and opinions. This podcast is an overall winner for all things motorcycling. 
So if for some reason you can’t take your bike out today, or you just want something new to listen to, check out these podcasts and let us know what you think. Do you have any favorites we should know about? Share in the comments below.
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