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How to Successfully Sell Your Motorcycle Online

Motorcycle February 14, 2017

Harley For Sale

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Your motorcycle is really so much more than just transportation. It’s your pride and joy. It’s about going for a long ride on a pretty day with the warmth of the sun’s rays beating down on you, a feeling of freedom and adventure that non-riders will never know or understand. It’s about feeling alive and enjoying the camaraderie of friends who also enjoy riding. It’s a lifestyle.

As much affection as motorcycle enthusiasts often feel for their two-wheeled rides, there comes a time – typically after a few years of ownership – when it’s time to sell. Maybe a new model has caught your eye. Or perhaps you want to upgrade to a more powerful bike. Whatever the reason, you need to sell your current ride before you can buy a new one.

List Your Bike Online For Maximum Exposure

When selling your bike, your options for getting the word out are usually limited to one of three things: word of mouth, listing in a local publication, and listing online. Word of mouth will only get you so far. If you already have someone in mind who might be interested in buying your bike, then great. Buying a listing in a local publication is definitely better, but the number of eyes that will see your listing are still somewhat limited.

What if there was a way for people all across the nation – even around the world – to see your listing? What if buying a listing with such exposure was as inexpensive as listing your ad in a local publication? Think that might be worth checking out?

The third option for selling your bike – listing online – is absolutely the best way to ensure a quick sale. By placing an ad for your bike on a site like Motorcycle Trading Post, it will be seen by thousands of people who are interested in buying a used motorcycle. Maybe yours will be exactly what they are looking for.

There are some things you should consider, however, to ensure your listing is appealing to potential buyers. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. A well-written listing that is visually appealing will draw people in. On the other hand, many will skip over a hastily written listing with bad images.

Take Great Pictures

The pictures you include in your listing are critical. You want to portray you motorcycle in the best light, and to do this you need to capture some great images of your pride and joy.

First, you want to make sure your bike is ready for the camera. And this means giving it a good wash. You might also want to consider waxing some of the painted parts, like the tank, fenders, and other areas. Don’t forget to polish the chrome!

When taking pictures of your bike, be sure you do so on a sunny day. This will ensure the images are bright and all of the bike’s details are visible. You will also want to take several pictures of your bike from different angles. If your bike has any damage, like a dent in the gas tank, take a closeup of the damage and include it in your listing.

Write a Great Description

Aside from having some great pictures, one of the best things you can do for your listing is to write a description that grabs people’s attention and draws them in. Don’t just write about the basic features. Tell people all about your bike. Tell them about why your bike is special. You can even tell the story of an amazing trip you once took on the bike. This is the key to making your listing stand out from all the others.

Price Your Motorcycle Competitively

It’s so hard to put a dollar amount on something that has brought so much joy to your life over the years. While all of those cross country trips you took are essentially priceless, it’s the bike you’re selling, not the memories you made with the bike.

To make sure your bike finds a willing buyer, you need to price your bike to sell. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to accept any less than what it’s worth, but it does mean you have to be competitive in your pricing, being careful not to overprice.

Finding the right price for your bike isn’t hard. You can simply do a search online for the make, model, and year of your bike. The price you choose should reflect the condition of the bike as well as any accessories you are including. Be sure to include a little “wiggle room” in your pricing for negotiations.

Always Meet Potential Buyers in Person

Don’t sell your motorcycle to anyone without that person seeing and inspecting it in person. Selling a bike to someone who has not checked it out is a recipe for disaster. You want to give potential buyers the opportunity to listen to the engine running and to visually inspect everything to ensure there are no surprises.

When you meet potential buyers, always meet them in a public place during the day for safety. Public parking lots of big box stores and grocery stores are usually good places. Avoid meeting at any place where there are few people around.

Only Accept a Cashier’s Check

Never accept a personal check from someone who wants to buy your motorcycle. You have no way of knowing whether the buyer’s bank account contains sufficient funds. The only type of payment you should accept is a cashier’s check for the full amount. No partial payments with promises to pay later, either.

You also don’t want to accept any form of online payment or wire transfers. There’s simply too many things that can go wrong. Someone offering to wire the money to your bank account, for example, may not even really want to buy your bike. That person may just be a scammer who is mainly interested in obtaining your bank account information. Scammers aren’t interested in putting money into your account. They only want to make withdrawals.

Happy Transactions

Selling your motorcycle online is definitely something you can do. A well-written listing with great images posted on a website like Motorcycle Trading Post may not guarantee that your bike will sell, but it will guarantee that your listing will be seen by thousands of potential buyers.

Bio:

The author is a freelance writer and motorcycle aficionado. Although Indians are his preferred ride, he’s never seen a bike he didn’t like.

www.cyrusvanover.com

Big Bore Kits: What’s Really Involved?

Motorcycle Mods December 18, 2016

Big Bore KitIt seems like big bore kits are all the rage lately, and for good reason. A big bore kit is the single easiest way to add power to your bike and the old adage still holds true, “There is no replacement for displacement.” For those who don’t know, a big bore kit replaces, or over bores, your jugs which increases the displacement of the engine. Think of an engine as a big air pump. The more air it can flow, the more power it is going to produce. Following this train of thought you can see why increasing your displacement from, say 883cc on a Harley Iron to 1250cc will give you a significant power boost, but it is not as simple as just installing the kit. In this article I am going to cover the other steps you will need to take to get the most out of your kit.

Breathe Easy

The first thing you will need is an upgraded air intake. While this is not 100% necessary you are going to be artificially limiting your bike without it since the bigger engine is now going to struggle to draw in enough air through a restrictive stock intake. Most stock intakes are going to be an enclosed system similar to what you would find on a car. While this is fine for stock applications it is usually already restrictive for emissions purposes. To get around this you will need to either purchase a system specifically for your bike, such as the Screamin’ Eagle kit for the Iron, or, if you have a carbureted bike especially, you can use pod filters. The advantage of pod filters is that they are fairly cheap and offer plenty of flow. The downside is that they are universal, so some fabrication or rigging may be needed. They also don’t protect from the elements like a stock filter will, so they can cause issues in the rain.

The second thing you will need is a better flowing exhaust. Most riders will want to replace this anyway, but once you start getting into big bore territory it is no longer optional. It doesn’t matter how much your bike can breathe in if it can’t exhale fast enough. Remember, this is a big air pump we are working with and all of the parts need to work together for maximum performance. Stock exhaust systems will generally be restrictive for noise control reasons, but this extra baffling also causes bottlenecks in the system. Unlike air filters, however, there isn’t really a universal exhaust solution unless you are planning to cut and weld it together yourself or have a shop make one for you. The cheapest, and usually best, option is to buy one from one of the big manufacturers.

That’s my Tune

The last thing you will need, other than your kit itself, is a tuner. This only applies to fuel injected bikes, but most newer bikes are fuel injected, so it is worth mentioning. There are several tuners out there for different model bikes. The one I use is the Vance and Hines Fuelpak, but this tuner is only available on a limited number of bikes. Some others are Harley’s own street and pro tuners, but I don’t recommend these as the interface and support are lacking at best. This is one area where the aftermarket definitely outshines the OEMs. There are dozens of tuners out there and it is not possible to cover them all. Be sure to crawl the forums and find the best tuner for your bike.

If you have a carbureted bike then you won’t need a tuner, but you will need a bigger carburetor. Depending on the increase in displacement you may be able to get away with rejetting, but it is usually going to be better to replace the carburetor. If you are doing a big bore upgrade with a carbureted bike be sure to ask the manufacturer what they recommend. If they aren’t willing to help you pick out a carburetor when you are buying a $1000+ kit from them then they don’t deserve your business and you should find another company to work with.

Size Does Matter

OK, we are finally at the meat of the article, what big bore kit should you look for? There are a couple of different options here. First, most kits are exactly that, a kit that comes with everything you need. This means you get new jugs, new pistons, and new pins, everything you need to do the swap all at once without having to ship any parts. If you are looking for a project you can finish in a weekend and a six pack this is the way to go.

On the other hand, having your current jugs bored out can save you a bit of money, but will require you to ship your jugs to a machine shop which could have a turnaround time of over a month depending on their workload. This option is also limited by the sleeve thickness of stock jugs since they can only be bored so far before you risk destroying the jug. As a rule, I would advise against going this route if you can. The cost savings just doesn’t justify the extra time investment and lower displacement in my opinion. On top of that it can also decrease the life of the engine. Since the sleeve is being bored into it can wear out much faster than a stock bike or new jugs and, if the engine needs to be overhauled later the jugs will have to be replaced since they can’t be over bored anymore and wouldn’t be able to be trued up.

Conclusion

As you can see a big bore kit is not a small investment, but it is also going to give you more power for your money than any other upgrade. At the same time, the other upgrades can be done prior to installing the kit, so there is no reason you can’t upgrade your intake and exhaust as the money is available, then get a big bore kit.

How much power can you gain? Let me give you an example, my Iron 883, stock, had about 45 horsepower. It was pretty quick because it is a light bike, but now with all of the upgrades I have closer to 80 horsepower. No, it is not all from the kit, but it definitely provided the lion’s share of that increase.

Lastly, don’t forget to keep your tire pressure up, your motorcycle oil clean, and your chain in top-notch condition. It’s the little things that are often forgotten that are both cheap, and make quite a difference together.

Author Bio: Aaron is one of the writers for www.TheRevver.com, a website dedicated to providing all sorts of motorcycle related information. He has owned more vehicles than most, and loves getting his hands dirty. Aaron is our number one gearhead, and all techy questions get answered by him.

Adventure Rides With TUbliss Tires

Motorcycle Tires November 6, 2016

To begin with personal experience, as a rider I am fond of adventure riding in the woods, hills and other grounds in general. But when it comes to riding on rocky roads and hard terrain tracks, my experience has been a little unpleasant due to the trouble I have with inner tubes. Lately, I have found TUbliss tire and I have had it over a year now. Lets move categorically to explain how the mechanism of TUbliss tire works.

Tubliss Tire Adventure Rides

TUbliss replaces your regular 21″, 19″, or 18″ inner tube with a red bead lock liner and high pressure miniature inner tube. What this combination does is to create an air chamber that is separated from the wheel by the red line. It also creates a 360 degree bead lock that clamps the sidewalls of the tire to the rim. Moreover the high pressure inner tube and stiff red bead lock liner forms a sort of buffer or bump stop at 100 psi that generates an impact against the rim.

What Are The Main Benefits?

  1. Better traction – TUbliss allows the rider to have a safe ride or run on much lower tire pressure because dropping the pressure increases the contact patch which eventually and instantly increases the traction.
  2. No pinch flats – No tube, means no pinch flats – this allows you to safely run lower tire pressures without the risk of the dreaded pinch flat.
  3. Better rim protection – It provides not only 100 psi protection against rim damage but also helps to stabilize the tire closer to the rim. This allows the sidewall to absorb more of the impact before it gets to the rim.
  4. Save weight – Experts opine that saving a pound of rotating weight in the wheels is equivalent to saving 6-10 pounds of weight off the bike. This translates into improved acceleration, braking & handling.

The Critical Part of TUbliss Tire

Installation is a crucial task of TUbliss tire and if carried out professionally does wonders and renders the riders all the above mentioned benefits. Failing to do so, the struggle might get on your nerves. So to initialize the necessary installation, take your time and follow the instructions to avoid unnecessary and ill surprises. When installing TUbliss or even changing tires, it is absolutely critical that you do not nick or hook the red inner liner. This is one of the problems that people encounter during the installation. Besides that there are two versions to the liner.

  • Older version being much thinner and easier to damage.
  • Newer version (replaced the older version last winter) being at least 2x more durable than the old liner. You will know if you have a new liner if the underside is orange vs black.

Which Tire Is The Best Match With TUbliss

In view of my personal experience, the best match with TUbliss tire so far is either Maxxis or Bridgestone. This is fundamentally due to stiffer tire collars which allow the riding to be more stable, comfortable and have extra traction in the corners. Read more about Tubliss and matching tires.

Author Bio: Martin has been motocross rider since he was 4 years old. For the first 12 years he did the sport professionally, after that he has been focused on business. He still enjoy’s riding and one of his passions is writing unbiased and trustworthy reviews on dirt bike gear and parts www.motocrossadvice.com.

 

5 Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bike Faster

Motorcycle, Uncategorized November 1, 2016

Each person has their reasons for riding a bike. But the most common motivating factor riders share is the desire for freedom. When cruising down the open road, you can feel the wind in your face – and in that moment – nothing else matters. If the end-game is to make your motorcycle even faster without spending a lot of money, you might be wondering where to start in order to reach your goal.

Here’s some good news: there are several methods to increase the speed of your bike that won’t force you into bankruptcy. The performance of a bike can be optimized with these low-cost ways, therefore, allowing you to enjoy the sensation of adventure even more.

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No. 1: New Tires

When it comes to increasing a bike’s performance, many riders picture upgrading the engine components. It’s imperative to think outside the box in order to get the most from your bike without spending a fortune. Although, tire quality may not enhance the speed at which motorcycles can travel, reliable tires work wonders for acceleration.

A new set of tires will provide impressive traction, allowing the bike to grip the road with ease. If it’s been a while since changing your tires, it will be a shock by how much this small modification improves performance and maneuverability. As a bonus, the right set of tires makes the bike much safer to ride.

No. 2: Tire Pressure

Although purchasing a new set of tires is a great start, it’s not enough to make the bike faster. In addition, check tire pressure if you want to ensure tires will adequately function. When tires have the right amount of air, they will easily grip the road each time you pull the throttle.

Furthermore, air temperature can also impact tire pressure. For each 10-degree increase, expect an additional 1 pound per square inch. The exact amount of pressure needed depends on several factors. Information is printed on the side of tires for additional and helpful reference.

No. 3 Suspension

Adding an adjustable suspension to your bike will go a long way when it comes to enhancing speed and handling. This action is something many bikers overlook, which results in repressing the motorcycle’s ultimate performance. The ability to adjust suspension for your weight and driving style will take your riding experience to the next level.

You will enjoy even more control during joyrides because the bike will respond to input with astonishing precision. When first replacing your suspension, you might need to experiment with different settings until you discover what works the best for you.

No. 4: New Exhaust

If the standard exhaust is still installed on your bike, then it might be slowing you down unexpectedly. When the mission is to make your motorcycle as fast as possible, consider a lighter exhaust system. Having less weight means lesser resistance that holds you back. For the next-level step, try altering the fuel mapping. The right adjustments will contribute to a perfect performance.

No. 5: Sprockets & Chains

Drop teeth on your front sprocket and add teeth to your rear sprocket. It changes the gear ratio to give your bike a huge increase in acceleration. Also, a new chain is generally required when you change the new sprockets. If you’re using aluminum, you will also lighten the rotational mass and further improve performance. Most 600 sport bikes will opt for a 520 conversion as well.

Final Thoughts

In spite of popular belief, increasing the speed of your bike does not need to be expensive, and anyone can make the needed changes regardless of budget. Rather than investing in all the upgrades at once, you can make small enhancements over time. After you start making these small and inexpensive changes, you will feel the enhanced power and performance each time you ride.

You have just made one of the greatest pleasures in life – riding a motorcycle – even more enjoyable. It’s electrifying feeling the rush of adrenaline as the engine roars. But as you increase the speed of your bike, always prioritize safety.

Author Bio

Trevor is a writer and entrepreneur whose passions include cars, engines, bikes and riding. He writes for Solo Moto Parts where they sell motorcycle parts, accessories and gear.

Five of the Priciest Street Bikes of 2016

Motorcycle August 31, 2016

In 2016, just as with every other year, many affordable street bikes were released to the public for sale. This year has also brought forth quite a few very pricey street bikes and narrowing the list down to the top five is not an easy task to undertake. The typical price of a new motorcycle usually runs anywhere from $13,000 to just over $20,000 depending on the manufacturer as well as accessories that the rider may want to have included. Some of the priciest bikes can be found for just double the average cost while others have far more extreme prices and while some of these bikes may be unattainable for most of the biker population, they are most definitely worth checking out.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

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Starting at just over $40K, the Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra is a sleek bike that comes with a wide array of options and custom exteriors. This is an aggressive bike with a V-Twin engine and plenty of power to get you where you need to be with ease. Whether you plan to take a quick trip downtown or even from coast to coast, this powerhouse will get you where you want to go in true comfort and style as only a Harley can. Included with this bike is a twin cooled twin cam 110 engine, new LED front signal lights, reflex linked brakes and added security with a new locking fob. It’s easy to see bike issues, speed and even play a few tunes during a ride on the 6.5-inch full color display that you will have right in front of your eyes at all times.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R

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The bike that comes in at number two on the list of pricey bikes in 2016 is the Kawasaki Ninja H2R with a price tag that starts at $50K. The new ninja reaches a top speed of more than 200 mph. That’s a hefty speed for a motorcycle and one that is sure to bring plenty of joy to thrill seekers all across the country.

Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter

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Priced at around $114K for a white and $120K for a black and this bike is one of the most powerful bikes ever engineered by the Confederate company in Alabama. This bike has an S&S engine and is fully built from aerospace billet aluminum.

Honda RC213V-S

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While this bike was engineered to ride on the streets, it was inspired by the Honda MotoGP racing bike and is actually fully built with the same precise standards as the race bike. The Honda RC213V-S is equipped with a parking stand and a starter motor and has a price tag of nearly $185K straight off the assembly line.

Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX

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Nothing says elegance quite like the Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX which was designed and built by Ecosse Moto Works and is the second behind the Ecosse Titanium Series RR in a series of motorcycles dubbed the heretic series. This bike soared to the top spot on the list of pricey streets with its $300K price tag. The company designed and built this bike with a 225hp engine and grade 9 titanium pipes. Not only is the bike made from exquisite materials but when you purchase one you also receive a free ultra-expensive watch to wear during your ride or when lounging around. While this bike is presently the most expensive street bike in the world, it will soon be replaced with the next in the Heretic series, the ES1, which is touted to have a purchase price of a little over $350K.

Riders worldwide dream of owning a pricey bike like one of these and while many will never do so, dreaming is always a nice way to spend an afternoon. If you have plans to purchase your own dream bike, whether it is one of these elite models or another that you have had your eye on for a while, be sure to take time to really learn as much about the bike before you make the purchase. If it is listed from a seller out of state or even out of country, get to know the seller by checking reviews online and digging around to make sure they have satisfied customers. If you need to hire a motorcycle shipper, be sure that it is a company with a quality reputation that has been in business for no less than five years and check to see that their insurance and licensing is up to date before you hire them.

With the street bikes that made the list of the priciest on the market for 2016, one has to wonder what 2017 will bring when it comes to elite new bikes for the coming year.

Author Bio: Jason Mueller is an entrepreneur with a passion for riding bikes of all kinds. Visit Jason’s website The Company is dedicated to helping motorcycle owner’s transport their ride safely.

Safety On The Road: Essential Motorcycle Gear

Safety Gear August 30, 2016

Essential Motorcycle Accessories To Ensure Your Safety

Introduction

Putting on the right gear is just as vital as having a bike that is properly serviced and knowing how to ride it. The right safety gear could be the difference between sustaining life-threatening injuries and getting a few bruises and bumps. In this guide, we explain the most important motorcycle safety gears. Continue reading to learn more.

Helmets

A helmet is, without a doubt, the most important protective gear for a motorbike rider. Choosing the right helmet could be the difference between life and death if you are involved in an accident. It is important that the helmet you choose fits correctly. A helmet won’t give you the protection you need in a crash if it doesn’t fit snugly around your head. Below are the most important things to consider when buying a helmet.

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Fit
Make sure that you try a helmet first before you buy.

Comfort
A helmet shouldn’t have pressure points or tight spots. Try it on for several minutes before you buy so that you don’t have to return it back after making a purchase

Low noise
The danger of a noisy helmet is that it can lead to fatigue which will naturally affect your concentration. There are many things that influence the noise of a helmet, and these include your riding position and the helmet’s fit. To buy the best model, talk to your dealer, fellow motorists or even go online to read reviews about what people are saying.

Gloves

In any crash, you will instinctively want to put your hands down so as to protect yourself. Sadly, though, wrists and fingers are fragile and can easily sustain damage. It only takes a second or two after your hand makes contact with the ground for the skin of your hands to come out. It is therefore very important that you always ride with specialist motorcycling gloves. The majority of bike stores stock bike gloves for both summertime and winter. With these, you can be sure to be protected all year round.

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Boots

According to research, 19% of injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents involve broken bones, especially in the lower leg. This means that the lower leg is the part of your body that’s most likely to become injured in a crash.
It is therefore very important to protect your feet and ankles when riding. Here is what you need to consider when shopping for the best motorcycle boots:

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Perfect fit
It is very important that the boots you purchase fit properly. If they are too tight, they are likely to make your feet numb and if they are too loose, you won’t have easy time maintaining control over brake and gear lever.

Flexibility
Too rigid boots will be uncomfortable. Test the flexibility of the boots by physically manipulating them.

Safe zips
In case the boots are zipped up, make sure that the flap under the zip is large enough. This is to ensure that the zip doesn’t allow water or directly rub on the ankle.

Jacket and Trousers

A small slide on a tarmac road, even at just 30 mph, will shred through your clothes and catch your skin in no time. You shouldn’t ride in your usual clothes because this puts you t great risk. You need to find clothing that shields you from abrasion and impact.

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You may want to consider buying a suit made from a material that is highly waterproof, for instance, Cordura. Such suits have thermal linings that can be removed during summer or spring. They are adjustable with fitted cuffs and Velcro belts to form waterproof seals in the arms and at the neck.

Back Protectors

The work of back protectors is to absorb energy from impacts, and also help in preventing spine and rib damage. It also protects internal organs spleen and liver, all of which can be harmed by heavy external blow.

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It is important that a back protector is of the right size. If the back protector is too small, it is not going to protect the delicate lumbar region, and if it’s too big, it will not fit under the riding gear. Label sizes normally refer to the length of the torso, which can be pretty confusing.

Conclusion

Other important safety accessories for motorcycle riders include kidney belts, ear plugs and back protectors. These can help protect you during a crash. While accidents do happen, we can prevent the extent of injuries. This is through wearing protective gear like boots, jackets and the right helmet.

The author Lucas Knight has 15 years of on-road experience. He cares to share his knowledge and experience in motorcycling with other riders.

Should You Ship or Ride Across the Country?

Cross Country May 24, 2016

There is just something adventurous yet romantic about barreling down the interstate with the wind against your face while traveling on two wheels. Thanks to movies like Easy Rider, Biker Boyz and even Mad Max, cruising across the country on a motorcycle is the ultimate dream for many bike owners. Unlike in the movies however, planning a trip across the country with a motorcycle takes quite a bit of careful planning to ensure that everything will be handled safely. You will need to figure out which route to take, what you need to bring with you, how long everything will take and also, whether you should ride both ways or make plans to ship the bike at least part of the way. There are pros and cons to both riding, and shipping your bike.

Ship or Ride Across the Country

Riding the Bike

  • Riding Pros: Riding your bike across the country can have quite a few excellent advantages. If you are an avid rider, you know how your bike handles the road when you ride it. You most likely feel safe when you are riding and it’s unlikely that you’ll have anything that will unnecessarily shock you during the ride. Riding your bike is a great way to keep your cross country or vacation budget as low as possible. After all, it doesn’t take a lot of gas to fuel up a bike.
  • Riding Cons: If you are planning to travel across the country either for fun or for a vacation, you will have to make sure you pace your time accordingly. Most people have anywhere from 3-7 days for a vacation and riding the bike the entire way can really take a bite out of the time you have allotted for fun and sightseeing once you arrive at your destination. Another issue you need to consider is the wear and tear on your motorcycle. Long rides mean more oil and possibly even wearing your tires out and added mileage that can really cut your bikes value down. One more thing to keep in mind is the terrain you will be traveling on. You need to make sure your bike is appropriate for the journey and that you won’t have issues due to the type of motorcycle you have. Some bikes are great for coastal travel while others are geared more towards the highways, mountains or other types of travel passages.

Before you even leave on a long distance trip across the country you need to make sure you have the bike properly maintenance to ensure that things like the oil, tires and battery are serviced and in excellent shape for a long ride. You will also want to make sure you have the space for a few extra tools as well as your regular gear, clothing for your trip and other accessories you may need once you arrive at your destination. Something you may want to have on the bike in case of an emergency is a CB radio. If your travels will take you through areas that are remote or may have no cell service, a CD radio can be a lifesaver.

If the trip will be a long one, you may want to consider the number of hours you will have to spend riding. Riding can be rough on the body after sitting for many hours and if you travel more than 1000 miles to reach your destination, you need to consider the time you will spend riding through town, through the mountains or by the sea once you get to where you plan to go. On top of that, you will have to factor in the long trip back home and how many hours that will take. If you only have a week or less to take your cross country trip, you may want to consider having your motorcycle shipped at least part of the way so you will have time to really enjoy the vacation.

Shipping the Bike

  • Shipping Pros: Planning a cross country trip can be really exciting and most people want to enjoy as much as possible about the vacation spot they are visiting. One of the best ways to guarantee that you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery while also being able to have fun with your motorcycle is to make plans to either ship the bike ahead of you or have it shipped back before you finish the vacation. This way, you can rest on a plane, boat or other travel option and then enjoy the bike during your stay. If you won’t want to rush to the area or rush to get back home, shipping the bike can be a great way to ensure that you enjoy the trip all the way around. A good motorcycle transport company will be able to offer a safe and secure option to get your bike delivered to or from the spot you choose to travel to or even both ways so you can make the most of your time.
  • Shipping Cons: Shipping a motorcycle can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand. This will depend on the distance the bike is being shipped as well as the weight of the bike and the amount of insurance coverage. The other major con of shipping will be that you will need to ship the bike before you plan to leave so it will arrive in time for you to ride while on vacation or during your cross country travel adventure. In order to do this, you will find that you will not be able to ride your motorcycle for possibly two weeks before the trip if you choose to ship the bike ahead.

Keep in mind that vacations are short and planning ahead of time will help ensure that you get the best of your trip as well as the maximum fun out of your motorcycle. Have you always wanted to ride your bike down the coastline but never felt you had enough time to ride all the way across the country and still be able to find enough time to really get the most out of sightseeing and enjoying your stay? Shipping the bike can provide plenty of time for you to truly enjoy exploring the scenery and have lots of fun in the new area. No matter which way you choose to travel cross country, keep in mind that traveling safe and keeping your bike in well-maintained condition will go a far way to maximizing your cross country motorcycle adventures and making sure the memories are happy.

About The Author: Jason Mueller is an expat from Canada currently living in Costa Rica and diligently working for A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast that spends his free time riding along the beautiful Costa Rica coastline as well as other adventure sports.

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Preparing For The Season’s First Motorcycle Ride

Motorcycle March 16, 2016

By Matt Rhoney

Spring is nearly here, and it’s about time to get your bike out and ride. Your first motorcycle ride of the year is always great. The highway is dry, the sun is back up, and you can return to your natural speeds.

What should every biker know about getting prepared for that initial venture back onto the road? Motorcycling is a complicated thing, and you have been out of practice for months. Here are a few things you should do as you prepare for the year’s first ride.

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Check Your Bike 

You can’t do much without a tuned up bike. Before you fly down the highway at sixty-five miles per hour without the protection of a car’s interior, you need to make sure your motorcycle is in fine and working condition. Review every component of your bike, especially the following:

  • Fluids: Make sure your brake fluid is good, your oil is changed and clean, and your tank is full. Good fluids will help you drive safely and will add years to your bike’s life.
  • Air Filters: Air filters keep your bike’s insides from getting gunked up with all the grime in air outside. Make sure they’re clean, and that no little critters have crawled in and made it their home over the winter.
  • Tires: Make sure they are in good condition and full of air. You can check the depth of your treads using a penny. If your tires need replacing, don’t wait. Good tires are absolutely essential for your highway safety, not to mention everyone else’s safety. A motorcycle accident can lead to severe personal injury.

Check Your Gear

Your gear needs to be in good shape, too. Every biker needs solid equipment to reduce the likelihood of accidents and to decrease the dangers of an accident in case it does happen. You’ll need these:

  • Jacket: Make sure your jackets hasn’t worn down. Heavy leather could be the one thing stopping your skin from being brutally abraded by nasty gravel or broken glass. Watch out for holes and worn down spots.
  • Helmet: Motorcycle helmets save lives. It’s a fact. And just having a helmet is not enough. You need a helmet in working condition. Make sure your helmet is solid and still fits. Your visor needs to be solid, and any smears needs to be cleaned off completely.
  • Boots and leggings: Like your jacket, your boots and legging need to be heavy enough to protect you from harsh scrapes against the ground and other vehicles. Make sure they’re not full of holes or are worn down in any way. Make sure they still fit. If you need anything new, don’t hesitate to buy it.

Check Your Skills

Review your skills. It’s easy to forget the basics over the winter. Look at safety tips online. Check local Department of Transportation websites to see if there are any new changes in the law for the year.

And when you do hit the road, start slowly. Getting back into your highway groove will take a little while, and the other bikers on the road are going through the same thing. Be especially careful when you take your first ride of the year.

Classifieds Scam Alert

Scam Watch January 26, 2015

Classifieds Scam Alert!

In dealing with anything, it is always wise to be cautious about scams and scam artists especially when buying or selling online. Classified ads have become a favorite target for scammers, even motorcycle ads.

There are various ways that con artists use to try to steal your money when buying or selling a motorcycle and you truly need to become knowledgeable about these ways. This knowledge can protect you and your wallet. For this reason I have included a link to the Scam Watch page of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission which explains in good detail what a classified scam is. It also gives warning signs to look for when trying to identify a possible scam, and gives ways to protect yourself.

I am also including a link to an article from the office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. This article gives some actual examples of how people are scammed and gives insights into Advance Fee Scams. The Advance Fee Scam is a favorite among scam artists and is one of the most common scams you will encounter with classified ad sites. The article also gives great insight on how to identify a possible scam and how to protect yourself against these thieves.

When you are contacted about the item you have for sale, be wary of people who say they cannot pick up the item in person and who request that you help by sending money to pay for shipment. This article is from the Federal Trade Commission and explains in great detail how scammers issue fake checks to you in an amount over the purchase price and then ask you to use the remaining amount to pay for shipping or other fake costs (Advance Fee Scam).

It is usually good to trust your instincts, so if you get the feeling that something seems not quite right then perhaps something isn’t right. Educate yourself by reading the above mentioned articles and any other articles you can find about scams and ways to protect yourself from them.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Motorcycle Lane Splitting November 16, 2014

Should Motorcycle Lane Splitting Be Legal Throughout The United States?

There are some states in the United States in which motorcycle lane splitting is not explicitly forbidden. However, California is currently the only state where it is officially legal. While there are both pros and cons to this practice, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

What Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting?

This practice involves a motorcycle sharing a lane with other vehicles that are on the roadway. The motorcyclist drives between the other vehicles, rather than behind or in front of the other vehicles.

The Benefits Of Motorcycle Lane Splitting

The primary benefits of lane sharing are the safety aspects of this practice. One of the most important examples is the way lane sharing increases the visibility of both motorcycle riders and other drivers. This aspect alone can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

First, the motorcycle rider can clearly see what is in front of, behind, and around him. His ability to see is not impaired by vehicles that may block his vision. This can result in sensible safety precautions, and safer riding. The rider has the opportunity to react quickly and appropriately to situations he encounters.

Second, lane sharing also makes it easier for other drivers to see motorcycles on the roadways. When motorcyclists must drive behind or in front of cars and trucks, the cars and trucks themselves can prevent the drivers from seeing the motorcycles. Whether a motorcycle is moving ahead, turning, or stopped, the driver of a car or truck may not see it until an accident has occurred.

Although safety for all drivers is the main factor, there is also the issue of highway congestion. Motorcyclists who do not have the option of sharing lanes can take up a considerable amount of space on the roadways. In areas where traffic is dense, this can result in inconvenience for all drivers. When drivers are impatient, this can increase the risk of accidents and road rage.

The Drawbacks Of Motorcycle Lane Splitting

While there are few drawbacks, some drawbacks do exist that must be noted.

One example is the driver of a car or truck who does not realize this practice is valid. If a driver does not know a motorcyclist can split lanes, he may react improperly. He may cause an accident that is unintentional, or even intentional.

A second drawback involves motorcyclists who are irresponsible with their driving. This can include new drivers, as well as longtime motorcyclists who do not understand the need to drive responsibly. Motorcyclists who are too confident in their abilities often take unnecessary risks. Not only can this put their own safety in danger, but the safety of everyone on the roadway as well.

What Is The Best Solution?

Many people who ride motorcycles believe sharing lanes should be legal throughout the United States, including the states where they live. The practice can make motorcycle riding easier, safer, and more convenient. The increased visibility, ease in stopping, and ability to arrive at a destination on time show why riders favor this practice. The benefits of splitting extend to every driver on the highway.

Education is the way to make it the best solution. If the practice is legalized, it must be incorporated into every motorcycle safety course. Drivers of cars and trucks must be educated about their own rights and responsibilities, in addition to the rights and responsibilities of motorcyclists.

Ease and convenience are important to every driver, regardless of the particular vehicle he or she operates. However, the most important benefit of motorcycle lane splitting is that it can prevent accidents and save lives. It is a practice that should be legal everywhere.

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Basic Motorcycle Maintenance

Basic Motorcycle Maintenance October 31, 2014

Owning a motorcycle is a great deal of fun but every owner should know how to perform basic motorcycle maintenance. I’m not talking about taking the bike half apart and replacing gaskets or anything like that. But every rider should be able to perform a few basic inspections and be able to maintain his bike and do simple repairs. Changing the oil, inspecting the tires, and lubricating the chain are some of the more common areas of interest in basic motorcycle maintenance.

One of the most important aspects of basic motorcycle maintenance is changing the oil on a regular basis. You should consult your owner’s manual as to how often to change your engine oil. Changing the oil and oil filter on a regular basis will keep your engine running great for many years to come. What happens if you don’t change the oil when you’re supposed to? If the oil remains in the engine for a period longer than it was designed to, the oil will begin to break down. When the oil breaks down it no longer offers the best protection for your engine and can eventually damage it.

Why do you need to change the oil at all? In addition to oil breaking down over time, it can become contaminated in your engine. Contaminents can wreak havoc on an engine. Some contaminents may include metal particles produced from metal on metal contact, condensation, and even debris that may have fallen in from the last oil change. All of these issues can cause corrosion and maybe the death of your motorcycle. I have heard of people changing the oil but never changing the oil filter. This is a big mistake. Make sure to always change the oil filter when you do change the oil. The oil filter is what catches any debris or contaminents in the oil. If you never change the oil filter, then over time the filter will lose its ability to do the job it was intended to do.

Basic motorcycle maintenance also includes cleaning and lubricating the chain. Proper cleaning and lubricating the chain is very important. A chain that is not lubricated on a regular basis can stretch over time due to over heating. If a chain stretches it becomes weaker and weaker. It can become so weak that it will actually break and shear off from the bike. When this happens you can almost guarantee that this will end with you sliding down the pavement. Just take a cloth and wipe all of the old gunk off of the chain and apply a high quality lubricant.

Check your tire pressure regularly. Whenever the pressure gets low be sure to inflate to the recommended tire pressure. Inspect the tires for cracks, flat spots, and bulges. Whenever you begin seeing these things it is probably time to invest in some new tires. Also, check the tread of your tires. When the tread starts wearing down you need to replace the tire. It can be disastrous for a motorcyclist to have a tire blowout.

Checking the battery is also a part of basic motorcycle maintenance. Check the electrolyte levels and, if they are low, add distilled water to bring the levels up. Make sure the battery is completely charged. A low battery can result in difficulty starting the engine or very dim headlights. If you are experiencing a sluggish ride and dim lights, then chances are your battery is not completely charged.

Every motorcyclist should know how to change the fuel filter on a motorcycle when performing basic motorcycle maintenance. It isn’t difficult and can keep your motorbike running like a champion. Check the fuel filter for clogs. If it is clogged or isn’t performing like it should, then change it. On average, fuel filters should be changed every couple of years. Check all of the fuel lines for cracking and extreme weathering. Replace any lines as soon as possible if any damage is found.

Basic motorcycle maintenance doesn’t have to be performed after every ride. But it is good practice to just give your bike a quick inspection at least once a month and address issues as you find them. And always refer to your owner’s manual before performing any basic motorcycle maintenance. It will tell you what types of fluids are required for your particular motorcycle, proper tire pressures, and any part numbers you may need in repairing your motorbike.

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Motorcycle Battery Maintenance

Motorcycle Battery Maintenance October 31, 2014

Motorcycle Battery Maintenance

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Motorcycle battery maintenance is one of the least performed areas of maintenance by motorcycle owners. Due to the placement of the battery on the motorcycle, it can be hard to get to so it is often overlooked. An inspection of the battery should be performed at least once a month. Why should we check the battery so often? Batteries can quickly lose their charge if they aren’t used on an everyday basis. Most of the motorcyclists that I know ride only on the weekends so there are often several days between rides in which the battery is not in use. The majority of motorcycle breakdowns can be attributed to a poorly maintained battery.

What should we check when doing motorcycle battery maintenance? First, check the voltage to determine what kind of charge the battery has. A fully charged battery will draw about 12.6 volts. If you check the battery and it is reading at around 12 volts, then your battery is most likely depleted or on it’s last legs. If your battery is testing low then try charging the battery. If it is an old battery and has been dangerously low several times before, then it may not charge at all and you will have to replace the battery.

One aspect of motorcycle battery maintenance that is often overlooked is the electrolyte level. Low electrolyte levels can cause your battery to lose it’s charge or lose it’s charge faster than normal. Remove the cover and fill the cells with distilled water only. There should be a level indicator inside the battery that will tell you where to fill it to. Be certain to do this in a well ventilated area and to wear gloves. Remember, you are dealing with dangerous fumes and acid.

Check the terminals for any corrosion or buildup. Removing corrosion on the terminals and clamps will create a better contact. Poor performance can often be attributed to buildup and grime on the battery terminals. This buildup can impede the flow of electricity resulting in slow starts or sluggish behavior in the engine. Cleaning the terminals should always be included when performing motorcycle battery maintenance.

Make sure the exhaust tube is clear and free of any debris and watch for any kinking of the exhaust tube as well. If the exhaust tube is clogged or kinked, then gas may accumulate and build to such a high pressure that the battery will burst. It is a rare occasion that a battery bursts open but it can happen. While performing motorcycle battery maintenance, be sure to take the time to examine the exhaust tube.

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Motorcycle Chain Maintenance

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance October 30, 2014

So you’ve had a motorcycle for a couple of months now and are beginning to wonder when it’s time to clean your chain. Motorcycle chain maintenance is really very simple, especially cleaning and lubricating the chain. Today’s chains are very well made and will last for years with the proper maintenance. The first thing you need to determine about your motorcycle chain is what type of chain you have. There are two main types of chains in use today, O-ring chains and non- sealed chains.

O-ring chains contain O-rings within the chain that hold the lubricant in place so that you do not need to lubricate the chain as often. Non-sealed chains contain no O-rings and require more cleaning and lubricating. Chances are your motorcycle has an O-ring chain so special care should be taken when cleaning the chain. It is recommended to clean and lubricate your motorcycle chain as often as every 400-500 miles. It isn’t a difficult task and should only take a few minutes.

Why is motorcycle chain maintenance important? Motorcycle chains will wear out over time and if they are not properly cleaned and lubricated periodically, then the chain may actually begin to heat up and stretch over time. The chain may even break while riding the motorcycle causing damage to the motorbike and even causing you harm. Never take motorcycle chain maintenance lightly.

If your motorcycle has an O-ring chain, then you will need a soft brush like a toothbrush and some kind of degreasing agent. Many people just remove the entire chain and soak it in a bath of kerosene to remove the grime and build up. If you clean the chain on a regular basis then you shouldn’t have to remove the chain. Place the bike on some kind of lift and put the transmission in neutral so you can freely spin the rear wheel. You can pour a little kerosene into a spray bottle and spray the chain down with the kerosene. The kerosene will break down the buildup and grime. Allow the kerosene to work it’s magic for a few minutes and then use an old rag to wipe off the chain. If there is a lot of build up inside the chain then you can use the soft brush to remove it. Wipe the chain down again with a rag and allow to dry. Non-sealed chains may require a stiffer brush to remove the grime.

What type of lubricant should be used when performing your motorcycle chain maintenance? There are many types of chain oils available today and it’s hard to know which is the best to use. One of the best lubricants I have found to use is DuPont Teflon Multi-Use Dry Wax Lubricant. This is a fabulous lubricant that goes on wet, then dries. It isn’t like using chain oil because it doesn’t hold dirt and grime like oil based products. It also helps to reduce noise coming from the chain and it is easily found at most hardware stores. Whichever lubricant you use for your motorcycle chain maintenance should do a good job as long as you regularly clean your chain and lubricate it.

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Motorcycle Winter Storage

Motorcycle Storage October 29, 2014

Motorcycle Winter Storage

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When winter is fast approaching, that means it’s almost time to put our motorcycles up for the season. But we can’t just park our motorcycles in the garage and forget about them until spring rolls around. We have a few things we need to do to our motorbikes before we can go inside and sip some hot chocolate. That’s right, it’s time to institute proper motorcycle winter storage procedures.

Although it takes a little time, it’s important to properly prepare your motorcycle for a long period of storage. Why is it important to do all of these tasks? Long periods of storage can result in damage to the motorcycle. Rust, damage to the engine, and even damage to the tires can result from improper storing techniques. In this article we will take a look at what we can do to ensure that our motorcycles are ready to ride on that first warm spring day.

What’s the first thing we should do for motorcycle winter storage? Wash it. It is important to wash all of the mud, debris, and especially bird droppings from the finish of the motorcycle. There are many things that can get on a paint finish that if left on may eat away at the paint. Bird droppings, berries from a tree, and even leaves can result in damage to the motorbike’s finish. After it has dried, go ahead and give it a good waxing. Chances are you have been too busy riding it all summer and haven’t had the time to wax it. A nice layer of wax goes a long way in helping to protect that paint job and remember that if you go down the lead paint road, make sure it has the right lead paint certification associated. This is also a good time to go ahead and polish all of that shiny metal.

One of the most important things to do for proper motorcycle winter storage is to change the oil. Chances are you have been riding for some time knowing you have been needing to change it. Changing the oil can help prevent condensation from building up in the engine. Any kind of contamination from old oil may start to actually damage the engine if the motorcycle is stored for more than 3 months. It’s a good practice to change the oil and the oil filter before any periods of long time storage. If you are planning on storing the motorcycle for longer than 3 or 4 months, I would also suggest draining the carbs.

The next step for proper motorcycle winter storage should be to fill up the gas tank. I know it sounds strange. Won’t the gasoline go bad? Yes, gasoline by itself will go bad given enough time. What you will need to do is add a fuel stabilizer. The stabilizer keeps the gas from going bad, and a full tank keeps rust from forming inside the gas tank. Rust particles can wreak havoc on an engine. Fill your tank about half full of gas, add the fuel stabilizer, then top off the tank with gas. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to allow the fuel stabilizer to mix and fill all of the lines.

While preparing for motorcycle winter storage, you should also check all of the fluids in your motorcycle. Check the engine coolant level, brake, and clutch fluids. Most of these fluids are required to be changed every couple of years. Check your maintenance log to see the last time you changed them. If it’s long overdue for a change, then now is the best time to change them.

Motorcycle winter storage isn’t complete without spray fogging oil in the cylinders. Just remove the spark plugs and put a little fresh engine oil or spray fogging oil in each cylinder. During long periods of storage the oil will have drained from the walls of the cylinder, leaving it unprotected, which can result in rust and corrosion. This can also lead to piston damage.

After you have completed all of the steps above, it’s time to remove the battery. Batteries should always be removed during any long periods of storage. Even though the motorcycle is turned off, the battery will still discharge a small current over time and result in a dead battery. Remove the battery and place it in on a trickle charger. The trickle charger will send a small current to the battery that will keep it charged and ready to go.

Spray the motorcycle exhaust and mufflers with WD-40. The exhaust and mufflers may rust if they go for long periods of time without being used. Be certain to spray into the muffler ends and any holes that you can see that might hold moisture or condensation. It is also a good practice to cover the exhaust and mufflers with plastic bags or even garbage bags. This will help keep moisture and condensation from getting in. Many people tend to skip this step in their motorcycle winter storage preparation and have wound up with a rusting exhaust.

Proper motorcycle winter storage would not be complete without checking the tire pressure. Be sure to fill the tires to the recommended pressure. If tires get low and they sit for long periods of time, they can develop flat spots. An even better way to protect the tires is to use a motorcycle lift. A lift will raise the entire motorcycle off the ground and relieve all pressure from the tires. Last, but not least, cover the motorcycle. A good motorcycle cover will protect it from the elements such as rain and snow. Motorcycle winter storage takes time, but it will help your motorbike last for years to come.

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Motorcycle Security System

motorcycle security system October 28, 2014

Motorcycle theft is on the rise and there is no better way of deterring a would be thief than with a motorcycle security system in place. There are many high-tech security systems available today designed to stop thieves in their tracks. Which systems work the best to protect your motorcycle? We will examine some of the best motorcycle security systems and even some of the tried and true low-tech motorcycle security system alternatives.

One of the best motorcycle security systems I have found so far is a disc brake lock with an alarm. Disc brake locks by themselves are a great deterrent because they are attached through the brake rotor and will not allow the rear wheel to turn past the brake caliper or the swing arm. Disc brake locks with an alarm are an even better way of protecting your motorbike. Depending on the model you purchase, even the slightest touch on any part of the motorcycle will cause the alarm to go off. Some alarms are more sensitive than others and sometimes even a slight breeze can activate it. Luckily most motorcycle security system alarms reset themselves after only a few seconds so you won’t have to go out to your bike and manually shut it off. Disc brake locks with alarms vary in price. I would suggest going for one of the higher end models.

GPS locators work great for finding your motorcycle if it has been stolen. There are many models available that work using web enabled tracking or cellular tracking. Most models use cellular tracking through many of the larger cell phone carriers. This type of system allows you to keep the police informed of the location of your motorcycle. There is one motorcycle security system that works directly with the police in the event that your motorbike has been stolen. This service is LoJack and it informs you via phone, e-mail, or text message if your motorcycle has been moved. After you have confirmed that your motorbike has been stolen, you should immediately contact the police to file a report and tell them you have LoJack installed on your bike. They will then use the LoJack computer system to track and locate your stolen motorcycle. The cost of these systems varies by manufacturer. You can expect monthly fees or a one time up front fee.

Most motorcycles have a built in steering lock that is activated by turning the steering all the way to one side or the other and locking it in that position. If this is the only motorcycle security system you have, it is probably not enough to protect your bike from theft. This may be enough to deter the average person from taking off on your bike but professional thieves can easily defeat the steering lock.

One of the more affordable motorcycle security system options is to use a U lock and a chain. The U lock or disk brake lock keeps the rear wheel from turning. It can be defeated but it is a timely project. Adding a thick security chain and attaching it to a secure object such as fence railing or a lamp post offers even better protection. The thicker the chain the better. A 14mm hardened steel chain is very difficult to defeat. It would take a very impressive and costly bolt cutter to get through it. Using both a U lock and a chain will deter most thieves from even attempting to steal your motorcycle.

One of the best free motorcycle security system options is to simply remove the main fuse when you are finished riding. Without the main fuse the motorbike will not start. Another no-cost security option is to keep a screw driver with you on the bike and simply remove the clutch lever. It isn’t hard to do and you can simply carry the lever in your back pocket until you are ready to ride again.

In my opinion every motorcycle security system should include a hidden kill switch. This is so that in order to start the motorcycle you will have to press and hold the kill switch and start your bike at the same time. Even if someone has the keys and tries to start the bike, it won’t start unless they know about and use the hidden kill switch. But, of course, many thieves know about kill switches and are wise enough to look for them. So, a kill switch coupled with a U lock and a chain is a great way to ensure that your motorcycle is safe from the chop shop.

For added security, remember to park in areas that are well lit, where there are lots of people around, or in areas that have security cameras. If you are able to, it is also a good idea to cover your motorbike so potential thieves can’t make out what type of bike it is. Some bikes are more desirable to steal than others and if you own an expensive bike chances are that it will become a target. Be certain your motorcycle security system is in place.

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Fastest Electric Motorcycle

Motorcycle October 28, 2014

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Electric motorcycles are now leading the industry in speed. What is the fastest electric motorcycle? I know for certain that the fastest production electric motorcycle is the Lightening LS-218. This thing is scary fast. It’s top speed is a smoking 218 mph and generates 200 horsepower. Not only is it the fastest electric motorcycle, it is the fastest production motorcycle period. Lightening Motorcycles builds the LS-218 to your specs and the starting price is a whopping $38,888.

The LS-218 can travel anywhere from 100 to 180 miles on a single charge depending on the size of the battery pack. On top of all that power, the battery can be fully charged in as little as 30 minutes if you have a quick charger. It will take around two hours if you use a level 2 charger. The builders of this superbike spared no expense in the components that make up this motorcycle.

For those of us who can’t afford 40 grand for the fastest electric motorcycle there are other options available. Zero Motorcycles has a line of very nice electric motorcycles with a much more affordable price tag. They may not be considered the fastest electric motorcycles but they still pack a punch and get you where you need to go in style. The 2015 Zero SR is an exceptional electric motorcycle. This motorbike has a range of around 185 miles in the city and around 94 on the highway. This bike tops out at around 102 mph with its 67 hp motor. No special charging equipment is needed either. Just plug it into any standard outlet.

The Zero SR is fairly easy on the wallet as well. Starting price for this model is $17,345. Not too bad for an all electric bike. Zero Motorcycles has other models available with even more affordable starting prices. The Zero FX has a starting price of only $9,845. It’s top speed is around 85 mph and has a range of around 70 miles before you have to charge it up again. Don’t be fooled by the 27 hp motor though. This bike can go from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds.

Brammo MotorcyclesBrammo Motorcycles also makes one of the fastest electric motorcycle productions around. The Brammo Empulse R is one of these and it is an exceptional electric motorcycle. The Empulse R has a top speed of 110 mph and boasts an amazing 438 MPGe (MPG electric equivalency). This motorbike can be charged at any standard nationwide charging infrastructure or at home using any standard wall outlet.

The new Empulse R is also affordable with a starting price of just $13,995 and is one of the fastest electric motorcycles available today. And Brammo has less powerful motorcycles available with even lower starting prices. Imagine the money you will save on not having to buy gas, oil changes, and routine maintenance. Electric motorcycles actually require less maintenance than standard gasoline engines. An electric motor will also easily out live a gasoline motor by thousands of miles.

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Best Motorcycle Trailer

Motorcycle October 27, 2014

Looking for the best motorcycle trailer that will last for years? Choosing the best motorcycle trailer can be a difficult task. There are many different models and brands available that all say they are the best but how do you know which is the best? What specific aspects of the trailer should you examine before making your final decision? In this article we will discuss some of the more important things to consider about a trailer.

Things to consider when choosing the best motorcycle trailer for your needs include how the trailer is made, how smooth the trailer rides, size, and whether or not you need an enclosed trailer or an open trailer. It may seem like a lot to consider but remember you will have this trailer for a long time and this is the time to make sure you get what you really need. Most people have only one motorcycle so a small trailer may seem right for you at this time. But what if you decide to get a second bike or another member of the family decides to get one, too? Then a larger trailer may be needed. You may even consider getting a trailer large enough to haul other items besides the motorcycles. There are a lot of things to consider.

After you have chosen the size of the trailer that fits your needs, it is time to examine how the trailer is made. A well built trailer may be constructed of aluminum tubing or L channel beams. Check to see that all of the aluminum is well braced and that the welds have been properly executed. If you see some shoddy welds or even spot welds, then I would stay away from that trailer. Many manufacturers try to cut corners by only welding the joints enough to pass inspection. Only the best motorcycle trailer will have plenty of braces and a nice clean welding job.

Another thing to consider when choosing the best motorcycle trailer is how smooth the trailer rides. The suspension of the trailer should be able to support the weight of the motorcycle and offer a smooth ride over rough surfaces. Be sure to ask the dealer about suspension alternatives. Many times the trailers can be modified with a better suspension that can hold more weight and offer a better rider in general. You don’t want your motorcycle bouncing around on long trips. This can lead to damage to both the bike and the trailer.

Should you choose an enclosed trailer or an open trailer? This all depends on how much you are willing to spend and what level of protection you are needing. If you are only planning on transporting your motorcycle on short trips, then an open trailer will more than suffice. But if you are planning to take longer trips, then I would advise purchasing an enclosed trailer. This will offer the best protection from road debris and weather. There is also the added benefit of being able to lock your trailer at night when stopping at a hotel or when leaving the trailer unattended.

I hope this information helps you to find the motorcycle trailer that fits your needs.

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Best Motorcycle GPS

GPS Systems October 26, 2014

There are many GPS systems available today that claim to be the best. The majority of these systems work great in cars and trucks but what about motorcycles? Which systems work the best? In this article we will examine the best motorcycle GPS systems.

When you think of using a GPS unit in your car there really isn’t much to consider. Just plug it in and you’re off. But when it comes to motorcycles we have to consider a few additional factors such as road noise, screen visibility, and ease of use. Some key points to consider before purchasing a GPS unit for your motorcycle include the size of the screen, bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen, and mountability.

Road noise is a major drawback to standard GPS units. The best motorcycle GPS systems have built-in bluetooth connectivity so the rider can connect his headphones directly to the GPS system. This increases the rider’s ability to hear the directions without interference from the sound of the engine or other outside noise.

The size of the screen is another important factor to consider before purchasing a GPS system. The best motorcycle GPS systems include a large screen which makes directions easier to see and read. A small screen means the rider will have to take his eyes off of the road for longer periods of time while trying to get a closer look at the map. More time spent looking away from the road increases the rider’s chances of getting into an accident. The bigger the screen the better.

The best motorcycle GPS systems should have a very easy to use display. The rider should be able to input a destination with just a few touches of the screen. Some GPS units are difficult to use while wearing gloves so be sure to try out any new GPS unit while wearing your motorcycle gloves to make certain it is user friendly. Remember, you can always return it later if it doesn’t work the way you would like it to.

The GPS unit should be easy to mount to the motorcycle. Some units come with a mounting bracket made just for motorcycles. If the unit you would like to use doesn’t have a mounting bracket included, you can buy a universal mounting bracket that fits most major brands of GPS systems. The mounting brackets normally attach to the handle bars but I have seen other types of brackets that mount elsewhere. The handlebar mounting bracket is somewhat easier to use in my opinion. Once you have mounted the bracket, make sure you adjust it so that you have the best angle of view.

One last thing to consider is whether or not the unit you have chosen is weatherproof. Some of the best motorcycle GPS units are waterproof or water resistant. Some units can even be dropped in a pool of water and will be safe up to a certain depth. If you plan on riding in less than perfect weather conditions, then a standard GPS unit just won’t do.

Which GPS systems do I recommend? Here is a list of the best motorcycle GPS units I have found.

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Motorbike Accident Claim

Uncategorized October 23, 2014

Motorbike Accident Claim

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Accidents involving a motorcycle happen everyday. So what do you do when you have been involved in an accident while riding your bike? The first thing to do is to assess the situation. Is everyone involved in the accident okay? If anyone is seriously injured get emergency medical personnel to the scene as soon as possible. Call the police to report the accident. Try to remain calm. It is easy to become emotional after an accident. Do not scream and yell at the other person even if it was their fault. This can only make matters worse and can even escalate the situation into a full blown physical altercation.

Become your own investigator. While at the scene of the accident, gather as much information as possible about what just transpired. Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved. Write down their names, phone numbers, and insurance information. Document the location of the accident. Street names, location of intersection, witness names and contact information are essential in your defense. All of this information is important when you contact your insurance company to process a motorbike accident claim.

Take pictures of the accident scene. Use your cell phone to get as much photographic evidence as possible of the accident. Remember the old saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Insurance companies can use photos to gain a better understanding of how the accident transpired. All of the information you have collected can easily be submitted for your motorbike accident claim via fax or e-mail. If a police report is filed, it may indicate to the insurance company that you were not at fault for the accident. In the case that fault isn’t easily determined, then all of the information you have collected will greatly benefit you in getting the insurance company to see it your way.

Be sure to submit your claim as soon as possible. Call your insurance company to file your motorbike accident claim. Give them all of the information you were able to gather at the scene. Give them the insurance information of the other person involved in the accident and the police report number. Tell them to the best of your ability what happened without saying it was your fault. Remember, it is up to the police and the insurance company to determine who is at fault.

After the motorbike accident claim has been filed, the insurance company may send an adjuster to determine the amount of damage done to the motorcycle. If the motorbike is deemed to be unrepairable, you will normally receive payment of what the bike was worth before the accident.

If it is determined that the other person involved in the accident was at fault, then your insurance company will work closely with the other person’s insurance to make sure they pay for any damages to your motorcycle and any related medical expenses. Every motorbike accident claim is different so be sure to send as much information as you possibly can to your insurance company so you can get a favorable outcome.

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Motorcycle Mechanic Training

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Working in the motorcycle industry can be a rewarding career. Finding the right motorcycle mechanic training is the hard part. In order to land a great job as a motorcycle repair technician with companies like BMW or Harley Davidson. you need the right training. Which schools offer affordable and comprehensive training?

The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute offers one of the best programs in the industry. This program offers manufacturer training. This means you are trained on the latest models, tools, and equipment supplied by the top motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The institute has two campuses, one in Orlando, FL and the other in Phoenix, AZ, and financial aid programs are available to those who qualify. These come in the form of grants, scholarships, and student loans. MMI offers different programs that range from 48 weeks to 102 weeks. You can really maximize your starting salary by completing the 102 week program.

Wyotech is a great technical institution with one of the country’s best motorcycle mechanic training programs. The program at Wyotech offers hands-on instruction and training with suspension, brake systems, engines, electrical systems, fuel systems, and service. Graduates of this program can find careers as a dealership motorcycle technician, performance shop technician, or specialty shop repair technician. The motorcycle mechanic training program offers students the ability to specialize in a certain area of technical training. Concentrations include Applied Service Management, Asian Concentration, European Concentration, Harley Davidson Concentration, and Off-road Concentration. Wyotech is an excellent institution that gives the students the training they need to succeed in the motorcycle industry.

YTI Career Institute Motorcycle Technology Center in York, PA. is among the top rated motorcycle mechanic training institutes in the nation. YTI’s motorsports technology program can be completed in as few as 9 months. Classes include motorcycle maintenance, brake systems, engines, transmissions, suspension, dynamometer, electronics, and diagnostics. The Motorcycle Technolgy Center is equipped with state of the art tools and equipment including a fully stocked parts department and a Dynojet dynamometer. All courses include hands-on training and graduates of the program have started careers with companies such as Harley Davidson and Roberts York County Choppers.

Penn Foster Career School offers an online motorcycle mechanic training program for those who work full time and are unable to attend a full time repair technician program. The program costs only $575 dollars and can be completed in as few as 3 months. Course work includes clutches, brakes, wheel assemblies, tires, electronics, maintenance, and trouble shooting. This is a great program for starting out in the field of motorcycle repair technician.

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