Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Virus Buster Run is Twisting the Throttle on the Economy



Planet Chopper is a motorcycle tour business founded by father and son Mark and Ben Van Leewarden from New Zealand. The company operates in The United States, New Zealand and India. Their motorcycle fleets include custom motorcycles, Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs, and Japanese cruisers. Annual tours run to Sturgis, Route 66, and from the North to the South Island of New Zealand.

Planet Chopper has canceled their 2020 tours due to COVID-19, but has taken the situation in New Zealand and turned it into a positive by organizing the "Virus Buster Run" in 2021. They have pre-selected bars in 10 locations throughout New Zealand for riders to meet as they make their way to The Burt Munro Challenge, the world's southernmost motorcycle rally.


People are free to join for the entire trip or meet at the nominated bars. This 'Gypsy Run' style means that riders from anywhere in the country can join in. It's not just for motorcycle riders though, everyone is welcome to come to the bars.

Planet Chopper will sell raffle tickets at each location and sell custom-made t-shirts (designed by Jeremy Bennett, Art Director of the Lord of The Rings trilogy) to generate donations for the Salvation Army's Foodbank Project. The winner will be announced on stage at the Burt Munro Challenge.

The purpose of this run is to "twist the throttle on the economy" by bringing business to New Zealand's hard-hit hospitality and tourism sectors.


Given that international travel is not currently an option in New Zealand, this tour gives the motorcycle community something to look forward to, bringing riders together in a new and meaningful way. The company is looking to roll out a similar model in the USA towards the end of the year, which will start and end at their Roadhouse in Woodlawn, Virginia.

The event takes place February 6-18, 2021. For more information, please visit: https://www.planetchopper.world/virus-buster-run

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Your Motorcycle News Fix (August 2020)



Summer is flying by and, as always, we’re here to provide you with the motorcycle news you need to know. This month, we’re covering everything from new models to motorcycle TV shows. Kick up your feet and stay awhile, we’re diving into all things moto. Check out the latest headlines below.

Long Way Up Streaming on Apple TV This Fall - Long Way Up is a new TV series airing in September featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s journey as they travel from Argentina to Mexico on Harley-Davidson LiveWires. It’s been over a decade since the pair have teamed up for an adventure, but now they’re at it again. They’ve done two similar shows called Long Way Round and Long Way Down, but instead of riding BMW bikes, they opted for Harley’s newest electric bike, the LiveWire. The pair will cover 13,000 miles in the 100-day series. We'll be tuning in when the show launches to Apple TV users on September 18. Will you? Read More.

Tarform Creates a Bike That’s Lighter on the Environment - Electric bikes are becoming more prevalent in the motorcycle industry, but Tarform Motorcycle is taking sustainability even further with their new bike concept. Their motorcycle is designed to revolutionize eco-friendly transportation and many components of their bike will be made out of biodegradable and recycled materials. But don’t worry, this bike isn’t flimsy. The elements they use provide high performance while not compromising environmental safety. The body of the bike includes flaxseed fibers and the ‘leather’ parts of the bike are all biodegradable and vegan. We’re excited to see Tarform’s bike out on the road. If you’re interested in this eco-friendly bike, it can be yours for a cool $24,000. Read More.

KTM 250 Adventure Spotted Testing in India - The KTM 250 Adventure might be in the works as some publications have spotted the model being tested in India. This bike would hit the market as a smaller, lower-priced adventure bike. If/when launched, the KTM 250 design will be very similar to the 390 Adventure model including the overall ergonomics, high seating position, and wide handlebars but at a lower price point. The cost-saving features would sub the LED headlamp with a halogen unit and eliminates the Metzeler dual-purpose tires available on 390 Adventure with a more cost-effective rubber. We’ll keep an eye out for any future sightings of this new model and will keep you posted when the unit (hopefully) goes to market. Read More.

Triumph Partners With Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - Triumph Motorcycles will once again support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as the event’s main sponsor on September 27th. Triumph and the Movember Foundation are joining forces again to support and fundraise for men’s physical health and mental health. Thousands of individuals worldwide are encouraged to wear their finest attire and ride solo to fundraise in support of the research against prostate cancer and for mental health support. Due to COVID-19, the organization is encouraging bikers to “ride solo - together.” This new setup will allow riders to comply with social distancing regulations, while sharing their love for motorcycles and still contributing to the Movember cause and spreading awareness through social media platforms. Interested in participating? Find more information here: www.gentlemansride.com

Have a favorite story from this month’s roundup? Let us know in the comment section below.

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How to Ride in Extreme Heat



Clear summer weather makes this time of year a great opportunity to get outside and take a ride. However, the extreme heat that often occurs in the peak of summer can create risks for those taking their bike out for a spin. Here are our summer tips for riding in extreme heat:

Keep Yourself Hydrated
Dehydration is not only bad for your health, it can also make you drowsy and inattentive while riding a motorcycle, putting you at risk for injury. You should drink around 2 liters of water every day, and the hotter it is, the more you need to stay hydrated. Make sure you have enough water available to you for any longer rides, and avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine, or sugar, as they contribute to dehydration.

Avoid the Hottest Hours
To the extent that you can, minimize your riding during peak heat hours in the summer (typically between 11AM and 5PM). Riding for long periods of time in direct sunlight during these hours can take a toll on your body.

Wear the Right Gear
In this day and age, there are so many pieces of gear that can help you stay cool. From head covers to breathable jackets and gloves - we cover it all in our article covering “Top Summer Riding Gear.”

Store in the Shade
When you’re done riding, avoid leaving your bike out in the heat. The sun can fade your paint and cause parts of your bike to become brittle, peel, and, in some cases, crack.

Give Yourself Breaks
When you can, be sure to give yourself time in the shade. You can take brief stops inside or even under a tree to drink your water, and give your skin a break from the sun. These pitstops can be key to preventing your body from overheating. When planning your day, schedule specific times for those breaks if you’re taking a long ride.

Protect Your Skin
Consistent exposure to UV rays can put you at risk for melanoma. Even if you are outfitted with gear, those rays can still reach you, especially on your face. Frequently apply sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF — the higher the better.

Protect Your Vision
The summer sun also contributes to increased sun glare when outside. Find yourself a quality pair of polarized sunglasses or a helmet with a face shield that can keep the sun out of your eyes. Wearing polarized sunglasses can help you to avoid eye fatigue while riding.

Prepare for Extreme Weather
With summer comes thunderstorms, flooding, heatwaves, and hurricanes. Be ready for whatever comes your way by downloading a weather app and turning on its notifications. Check out our article on riding during storms.

Look for Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Watch for signs that you have overheated while riding outdoors. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

Heat Exhaustion 
  • Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, flushed skin, goosebumps, a rapid pulse, weakness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, and/or headaches.
  • If you or a fellow rider show signs of heat exhaustion, immediately pull over, get out of the heat, and find ways to hydrate and cool down.
Heat Stroke
  • Signs of heatstroke include lack of sweating, high body temperature, slurred speech, headache, rapid pulse, chills, confusion, nausea, or vomiting.
  • If you or a fellow rider show signs of heatstroke, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
We hope these tips can help you keep comfortable and safe while riding outside during the warmer months. And if you’re looking for your next motorcycle, be sure to check out our wide selection of bikes at CycleTrader.com
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