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.

Want to impress your friends with a new bike on your next group ride? Check out some of our newest listings on Cycle Trader.
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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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