Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Top Fall Motorcycle Rides



We’re temporarily saying, "Goodbye!" to the sweltering heat of summer and saying, "Hello!" to the epic fall riding weather we know and love. The cool breeze in the air is unbeatable and there’s no better view of fall foliage than on the back of a bike. Are you ready to ride this autumn? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite seasonal rides you won’t want to miss.

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  • Tunnel of Trees, Michigan- We've covered the Tunnel of Trees in the past, but there’s no denying it had to make our fall list. The Great Lake state is home to amazing routes for riders and the M-119 AKA the Tunnel of Trees is no exception. On this iconic route, you can expect to see coastline, small towns, and abundant forests. The narrow 16-mile road begins in Harbor Springs and ends in Cross Village. This ride is stunning during every season, especially when the leaves are changing to vibrant oranges and reds. This route is rated among one of the most scenic in the nation. There are a few sharp turns near Devil’s Elbow on this road so keep that in mind while riding. Along the way, there are many places to make a pit stop to enjoy a meal or just to take in the views.
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  • Skyline Drive, Virginia - Fall is the perfect time to enjoy Skyline Drive, as the leaves change color all along your route. This 105-mile scenic ride rolls through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and features views sure to take your breath away. Remember to be safe as the speed limit on most of Skyline Drive is 35mph. You will be tempted to reach speeds up to 50mph, but be careful - Skyline Drive is known for its abundant wildlife. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the roads. If you’re looking to take a scenic pit stop during this ride, you’ll most definitely cross paths with the Appalachian Trail, a marked hiking trail over 2,200 miles long that begins in Maine, winds along the Appalachian Mountain Range, and finally ends in Georgia. 
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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country, and for good reason. With over 100 species of trees and over 1,600 species of flowering plants, you know the fall colors are going to be vibrant at this park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the North Carolina/Tennessee border, and is home to hundreds of miles of nearby roads perfect for fall riding. The park is so large that there’s a stretch of road ideal for every rider, no matter their experience level. A few rides we recommend in the area are The Tail of the Dragon (experienced riders only), The Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway, and Cherohala Skyway Loop. If you decide to visit this area, there are stunning mountain views at every turn and quaint towns to visit along every route.
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  • San Juan Mountain Skyway, Colorado - Ready for more mountain views and breathtaking fall foliage? Look no further than San Juan Mountain Skyway in Colorado. This 230+ mile loop boasts incredible views of the Rocky Mountains and you’ll pass by historic mining towns, alpine trees, national parks, hot springs, and so much more. During the loop, you’ll even encounter a 25-mile section between Ouray and Silverton called “The Million Dollar Highway” named for its breathtaking views. While your eyes will be glued to the scenery, make sure you also focus on the road ahead as there are many hairpin turns and switchbacks on this ride. Many riders claim this is one of the most beautiful routes in the United States. Ready to see it for yourself?
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  • Pig Trail Scenic Byway, Arkansas - Last, but certainly not least, to make our list is the Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Arkansas. Although it’s a shorter ride (just 19-miles along Arkansas State Route 23 ) this ride is known for its canopy of trees and beautiful views, especially in the fall season. The ride is full of curves, inclines, and hills passing through Ozark National Forest that make for an exciting ride that’s sure to keep you entertained. Although this ride is on the shorter side, there are plenty of jumping-off points along this route to fill your day.
Are you ready to ride this fall? We hope our list has inspired you to get out and enjoy the amazing weather that this season brings to many of us across the country. Do you have a favorite fall ride? Let us know in the comments below.

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Your Motorcycle News Fix (Oct. 2020)



Fall is here and so are the latest and greatest motorcycle headlines! This month was jam-packed with model upgrades and new bikes from Honda to KTM. We’ve got all of the industry updates you won’t want to miss. Let’s get into it.

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The BMW G 310 GS Has Gotten an Upgrade - The smallest model in BMW’s lineup has gotten some big upgrades. The ‘baby’ BMW recently received a new ‘electronic throttle grip’ that makes for a sportier reaction time and also boasts a new self-boosting anti-hop clutch. The exterior remains largely the same, but now includes a new LED headlight arrangement at the front and rear now and LED flashing turn indicators. BMW has also added new color options including metallic titanium grey and a new Kyanit blue, red and white for a sportier look. Read More.

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Indian Motorcycles Reveals First eFTR Electric Motorcycle - Indian recently announced the launch of their first eFTR electric motorcycle for smaller riders. Yep, you read that right -for kids. This electric bike is modeled off of the legendary Indian Motorcycle FTR750 meaning the bike has a fake gas tank and exhaust pipes. The bike has two and a half hours of run time in low mode and over one hour in high mode with the included 36V battery. The new bike is available at Indian dealerships and comes in at $749.99. It’s definitely interesting to see that Indian’s first electric bike would be targeted for children, but could this inspire an adult-sized model in the future? Only time will tell. Read More.

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The Honda CB650R Gets a Refresh - Honda has just announced the newest features for the 2021 CB650R. The bike will include a fresh color scheme of Pearl Smoke Gray and will also feature smaller side panels and a new steel mudguard. One of the largest changes for this model is the upgraded Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF BP) forks. The CB650R also includes new and improved LED lights, an updated display with negative backlight to improve readability, and USB-C outlet under the seat to charge your phone and other accessories. We can’t wait to see the updates for ourselves. Read More.

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KTM Announces New Adventure Models - Are you ready to #AdventureHarder? KTM is making it possible with the release of their new 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY and KTM 890 ADVENTURE R. The new pair are based on a LC8c parallel-twin engine, including a 90cc increase in displacement from 799c to the 889cc. The KTM Adventure R boasts more power and torque, improved ABS and traction control, updated shifting, new suspension settings, and more. The limited-edition KTM Adventure R RALLY features an updated engine and electronics and WP XPLOR Pro Components Suspension. These new bikes should be arriving to dealerships November 2020 so keep your eyes peeled. Read More.

We weren’t kidding that there were A LOT of new models in this month’s roundup. We love to see the innovation that these manufacturers provide to the motorcycle industry and can’t wait to see these new and improved features for ourselves. Did you have a favorite story this month? Let us know in the comments below.

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Thursday, October 01, 2020

5 Things All Bikers Should Be Thankful For



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