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How to Successfully Sell Your Motorcycle Online

Motorcycle February 14, 2017

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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.

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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.

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.

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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Motorcycle Mechanic Training

Motorcycle October 23, 2014

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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Sell Your Motorcycle

Motorcycle October 22, 2014

Having thoughts of selling your motorcycle? Thinking about where to sell your motorcycle? For many people there comes a time in their lives when they feel it might be time to part with their motorbike. Let’s face it. Things happen and situations arise when we have to sell our bikes. Some of the more common reasons motorcycles are sold include the birth of a first child, financial concerns, or just needing the extra space in the garage. Many people will buy a motorbike only to find they don’t really enjoy riding it after owning it only a few short months.

How do you get the most for your used motorcycle? Keep it clean. If you want to get top dollar when you sell your motorcycle, then it needs to look as clean and pristine as you can possibly make it. Any parts that can be removed and examined easily by a potential buyer need to sparkle. If you have a storage compartment under your seat, then make it shine. If you have an interested buyer coming over to inspect the motorbike, then make sure the battery is charged and it fires up the first time. There is nothing more embarrassing than having someone stop by to check out your bike and it won’t start because of a dead battery. Laugh now, but it happens all of the time.

If you have your bike regularly serviced at a dealership, then have all of the maintenance records on hand. This will show the potential buyer that you have taken great care in maintaining the bike. If you have an older model motorbike, a few simple upgrades can go a long way in sealing the deal. Replacing worn tires can add serious value to the potential buyer and your wallet. Anything extra that the buyer feels he may have to do to get the motorcycle in a safe and acceptable working condition generally lessens the value of the bike you are trying to sell, even if you think it is worth twice what it actually is worth.

Want to sell your motorcycle fast? Need to get it sold tomorrow? Do all of the steps above and do some research online. Find sites where people are advertising their motorcycles for sale and find one just like yours. Same year, same model. Try to find the average asking price for all the bikes you find just like yours. Now here is the hard part. Price it for a little less than what your motorcycle is actually worth. Sometimes when we really need the money it’s best just to bite the bullet and get what you can get when you can get it.

Where can you sell your motorcycle without having to pay advertising fees? There are many resources available that allow you to sell your motorcycle without having to pay costly advertising fees. Many people just put a for sale sign on it and park it in the front yard. This is a cheap method but it comes with many drawbacks. For one, it’s sitting in your front yard where anyone could easily steal it. Second, if you don’t live on a busy street then not that many people will see it. One of the best options I have found to sell your motorcycle is the internet. There are many sites available where you can list your motorcycle for free but, it gets buried under the featured ads where people actually pay extra to be listed in this category.

Only a few sites offer 100% free ad listings where you can add photos and a very detailed description of the motorbike you wish to sell. One such site is the one you are on right now. At motorcycletradingpost.com you can add photos, add a very detailed description, and simply sell your motorcycle. No strings attached. Get it sold.

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Motorcycle Training Class

Motorcycle October 21, 2014

Where can I find a motorcycle training class? If you would like to learn how to operate a motorcycle, then there are many classes and courses available in just about every city. I highly advise against trying to teach yourself the fundamentals of motorcycle riding and enrolling in a certified beginners course. The first place I would look is with your state’s department of motor vehicles. Many states offer beginner and intermediate motorcycle safety classes that will teach everything you need to know about operating your motorbike, although some states require that you already know how to drive a motorcycle before enrolling in a safety course. When that is the case, you can rest assured there are other avenues to learn how to operate that new bike.

One of the best places I have found that offer a beginner motorcycle training class is at a Harley Davidson Dealership. They will teach you everything you need to know to get you on the road and enjoying that bad new ride. They call it the Harley Davidson Boot Camp. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any push ups or run 10 miles a day. They will, however, go into great detail about every aspect of the motorcycle you will ever need to know. They may also try to get you interested in buying one of their bikes as well.

Another place to consider searching for a motorcycle training class is your local community college. Believe it or not many community colleges offer this as an elective to their students. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be enrolled as a full time student to take advantage of this great learning opportunity. Most community colleges allow anyone to take one or two classes without being considered a full time student and having to apply for admission. Just call your local college and ask if they offer a training class or stop by and speak to someone in the admissions office or the registrar’s office.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is another great way to find a motorcycle training class in your area. This foundation pretty much wrote the book on motorcycle safety programs and they have certified trainers in locations throughout the country. They have an outstanding website where you can enter your city and state and get a listing of qualified locations that offer their courses. And they have many courses to choose from, too.

Courses offered through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation include Basic Rider Course, Basic Bike-Bonding Course, Street Rider Course, Street Rider Course II, Ultimate Bike Bonding Course, and Introductory Motorcycle Experience. Check out their website to get more information on the motorcycle training classes offered and the location of a training center near you.

For the more advanced rider, CLASS Motorcycle Schools offers one of the best advanced motorcycle training classes. This isn’t any normal motorcycle training class. This class is geared more towards those interested in street bikes and racing. In this class you will learn how to better control a high performance motorbike. You will also learn proper techniques for handling the bike and gain more confidence in your overall skills. Check out their website for more details.

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Cost of Motorcycle Insurance

Motorcycle October 20, 2014

Evaluating the cost of motorcycle insurance is probably the second biggest decision you will make when purchasing a new or used motorbike. A good insurance policy can protect you financially in the event of an accident. Not only will you be able to find coverage to fix or replace your motorbike in the event of an accident, you will also be able to find coverage that can take care of medical expenses if you are injured.

Motorcycle insurance is not required in every state if you can believe that. Even if the state you live in does not require riders to be insured, it is always in your best interest to make sure you are covered. Anything can happen on the road and if it does you will want to know that you are covered for any accident. Without insurance you could be liable for any damage done to other vehicles, injuries related to the accident, and damage to your own motorbike.

So how is the cost of motorcycle insurance determined by the insurance company? Insurance companies look at several factors to determine the cost of the insurance policy. Your age, the type of motorbike you wish to insure, your driving record, and even where you live is a determining factor in the cost of your policy.

If you plan to insure a motorcycle such as a brand new Indian RoadMaster, then you can expect higher than normal premiums as compared to insuring a 2000 Honda Goldwing. Even the size of the engine is a determining factor. Basically, the faster the bike the more you are going to pay.

Insurance companies also pay close attention to your driving record. Even if you have never owned a motorcycle before, they still check how good or how bad of a driver you are behind the wheel of a car. They check for accidents, speeding tickets, and any type of moving violation you might have had. The cleaner your record, the better your chances are of finding a relatively low insurance policy.

Luckily, many insurance companies offer discounts for those individuals who have completed certain motorcycle safety training courses. Many state motor vehicle departments offer these courses for a small fee. Check your state motor vehicle department website for more information on motorcycle safety courses.

The cost of motorcycle insurance can be best determined by getting quotes from as many companies as you can find. Many insurance companies offer online quotes that only require you to fill out a short form. But sometimes you can get a discount with the insurance company you are already with. If you already have your home, car, and other insurance through a certain company, they may be able to offer you  a discount.

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    by on October 27, 2014 - 0 Comments

    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 […]

  • Classifieds Scam Alert

    by on January 26, 2015 - 0 Comments

    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 […]

  • Best Motorcycle GPS

    by on October 26, 2014 - 0 Comments

    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 […]

  • Motorcycle Winter Storage

    by on October 29, 2014 - 0 Comments

    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 […]

  • Fastest Electric Motorcycle

    by on October 28, 2014 - 0 Comments

    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 […]