Sharing the thrill of a ride with a motorcycle passenger is one of life’s greatest joys. Before you pat your seat and invite a pal to hop on, however, make sure you’re seasoned in motorcycle safety. Sharing your bike with a companion is much different from solo riding, and definitely isn’t for beginners.
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Motorcycle manufacturers started out the 2014 release year strong with some new twists on the classics. Keep your eyes open for these four new cruisers from some of the most popular manufacturers. Each one has something unique to offer that will set you apart from the other riders you meet on the road.
1. Indian Chief Classic
Indian Motorcycles revives its iconic look for 2014 with three new bikes that draw inspiration from models first designed by the company over 100 years ago. The new lineup includes the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, and Chieftain. The Chief Classic will satisfy the performance, nostalgia, and price craved by most motorcycle enthusiasts. continue reading…
Motorcycles start out with a safety disadvantage out on the road because of their size and their ability to change speeds so rapidly. For drivers, these factors make them more difficult to see and to accurately judge distances from. These little rockets are particularly difficult to properly see on the road when they are of a darker color. Being seen on the road, even for a fraction of a second, can literally mean the difference between life and death for motorcyclists. Therefore, color is an important safety issue to consider when selecting a motorcycle.
Shopping for an affordable motorcycle is easier than ever, with top manufacturers creating lines that can fit in anyone’s budget. If you are looking to add a high-quality bike to your garage, but don’t want to break the bank, here are some of the best options.
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Before you go out and buy yourself a chopper, you might want to check this out. Owning a motorcycle can bring on a lot of unexpected challenges and circumstances, some you’ve probably never heard of or maybe haven’t considered. If you want to join the club, there are a few facts you might want to know first.
1. Nature is Against You
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If you’re new to motorcycling, or you’ve never really gone on an epic road trip before, it’s good to gain some essential skills before you head out onto the open road. People don’t tell you of all the struggles of owning and riding a motorcycle. As rewarding as it feels, you must have a decent amount of know-how or you’ll end up looking like a fool, or worse, getting into a wreck. Check out the following for some essential skills to have before riding your motorcycle.
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Have a motorcycle wish list? In any dream lineup, the criteria includes design, price, and of course, performance. With that in mind, here are four models that top the charts as “must ride” motos.
1. Feature Friendly Cruiser: Moto Guzzi California 1400
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Many people think motorcycles are only for men, but women have been riding motorcycles for decades, breaking records and shattering preconceived notions about gender and bikes. Last year CBS reported that more women than ever are riding, about 7.2 million women total in 2009! Because of this, more gear has been manufactured to fit female frames, and many female-only clubs are popping up for women riders. Women on motorcycles have a long history, and starting with the 1930s, here are four noteworthy pioneers.
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Grand Theft Auto has been wildly popular since its first release with Rockstar Games in 1997. There is something to love about every game in the collection and for many fans, it’s all about the cars. Given its title, a term that refers to motor vehicle theft, you can bet this game is going to have plenty of vehicles you wish you could drive in real life.
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If you’re looking for a scenic motorcycle drive to clear your mind and take you away from the hustle of everyday life, you have many choices throughout the United States. Whether you’re looking for towering mountains or oceans as far as you can see, there’s a route to take you away from it all and give you a striking new appreciation for the sights this country has to offer.
Seward Highway – Majestic Views of Alaska
Devoid of billboards, gaudy towns, and other disruptions, Seward Highway’s 125 miles allows you to immerse yourself in natural beauty. Beginning in Anchorage, the road takes you along a stunning curve between cliffs and ocean. Get a glimpse of flashing silver salmon as you pass Bird Creek. Enjoy pastoral views of Dall sheep in the meadows along Bird Point. Mount Alyeska offers colorful wildflowers at the foot and snowy glaciers at the peak. Complete your trek in Resurrection Bay, home to sea lions, humpback whales, orcas, and harbor seals.
US-550 – The Million Dollar Highway
The “Million Dollar Highway” moniker belongs to just 25 miles of this 110-mile road. Every inch of US-550 has something worth seeing. The 25 miles between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. earned their fame for the heart-pounding twists and turns you’ll find here. A granite monument to fallen snowplow drivers along this stretch is a clear indicator of the dangers here. However, with an elevation of over 11,000 feet at Red Mountain Pass, and a stunning view of Ouray from Lookout Point, this is worth the ride so long as you travel carefully.