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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