Polaris Is Shutting Down Victory Motorcycles

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January 9, 2017 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

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Polaris Industries Inc. announced today that it will begin shutting down the Victory Motorcycles brand.

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After struggling to be successful while faced with the pressures of a challenging motorcycle market, Victory has admitted defeat. During the process of winding down Victory, Polaris will provide assistance to dealers to sell through existing inventories. Polaris will additionally continue to supply parts to dealers for 10 years while also continuing to provide service and warranty coverage.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, … Continue Reading

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Motorcycles in the U.S. Military

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November 10, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver

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The military has always used modern advancements in technology to gain the advantage. In the early 1900’s, America was leading the world in motorcycle technology. So, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Military has taken advantage of the speed and agility of our favorite two-wheel machines throughout history in wartime efforts.

Motorcycles were first utilized during the Mexican Revolution. During the “Border War,” Pancho Villa and his troops were on the run on horseback along the border. The U.S. Military, under the leadership of General “Blackjack” Pershing, sent troops on Harley-Davidson motorcycles to run them down.

World War I brought about the first wide scale use of motorcycles in the … Continue Reading

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The Most Amazing Stories Of People Who Have Been Around The World On A Motorcycle

October 26, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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When it comes to riding, no two journeys are the same. The road appears a little different each time a long trip is made. Some riders experience torrential downpours and crosswinds while others ride in bright sunshine with clear blue skies as the backdrop. Some roads are under construction (making for some fun debris fields to dodge) while others ride on the freshly repaired, smooth road.

No two stories are the same, but every story has its own charm to it. Here are three amusing and amazing stories of people who have been around the world on a motorcycle.

  1. The Great Divorce Escape

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One of the perks to riding the … Continue Reading

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7 Things to Consider When Owning a Bike Near the Beach

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October 26, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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Congratulations! You’ve found a stunning place to live. The scenery is postcard worthy year round and you get to take it all in on the back of your bike.

Still, beach living isn’t all surf and sunshine. There are a few things you need to take into consideration when living near the beach and owning a motorcycle. Here are seven.

  1. Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

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All the salt water air might feel good on your lungs but it can wreak serious havoc on your bike if you don’t clean it regularly. Neglecting your regular washings will do more than hide your beautiful motorcycle. It could also cause scratching and corrosion.… Continue Reading

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Bridgestone Breaks Into the American Cruiser Market with the Battlecruise H50

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October 24, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver

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When choosing tires for your cruiser, you quickly learn that there’s only a few brands in the market to choose from. Bridgestone is now giving American V-twin riders more options with the launch of their Battlecruise H50. Whether you ride a Harley-Davidson, Indian, or Victory motorcycle, the Bridgestone H50 is a great choice for an aftermarket tire.

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I read about the science and specs put into the tire a few weeks ago. It looked promising, but I’m not one to believe everything I read. So, I flew down to Orlando, Florida to test ride the tire for myself.

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I’ve run Michelin, Dunlop, Pirelli, and Avon tires on my Harley, and … Continue Reading

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Road Hazards to Avoid on a Motorcycle

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October 24, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver

 

When you are riding on two wheels, you have to be more aware of your surroundings than if you are driving a car. There are many hazards to look out for that could cause damage to you and your bike.

1. Gravel

One of the most common road hazards is gravel. Loose rocks and dirt can easily make you slide out and lose control, especially when you are leaning into a turn. Pay close attention for gravel around construction sites, intersections, and around turns.

2. Litter

Littering isn’t just bad for the environment, but it can also cause dangerous debris for motorcycle riders. A crushed soda can at an … Continue Reading

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Everything You Need to Bike Through the Desert

October 21, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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Ah, the desert. For nine months out of the year, it offers ideal weather free from rain (most of the time), snow (most of the time), and harsh cold temperatures. As idyllic as it sounds, riding your bike through the desert also comes with its own set of requirements.

Here’s everything you need to know to prepare yourself for a ride through the hot, arid open road.

Be Ready for Any Kind of Weather

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In the desert, the weather can change in an instant. One minute you’re riding through sunshine and the next you’re in the midst of a monsoon downpour and surrounded by lightning.

The desert is tricky when … Continue Reading

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North of the Border With the Wandering Sparrow

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October 4, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

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Having personally traversed the 45th parallel all across the United States it was a real treat for me to visit the first monument ever dedicated to it in America. It was installed in the late 1800s and is about as far east as you can be in the states without getting your feet wet.

With little extra time off between the motorcycle rally’s that I work at its always a question for me of what to do and how to kill time between jobs. After 21 days straight working in Sturgis, South Dakota at the J&P Cycles retail store and 2 days of rest camping in the Black Hills National … Continue Reading

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Hot Bike Tour 2016

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October 3, 2016 | By: Pauly White

Go, No-Go, for Launch…

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about how awesome the Hot Bike tour is. I’ve wanted to go since I heard of the first one, but it just never worked out. This year I put a lot of prep into making sure I got to go. It was the night before I planned to leave. I just finished getting my Dyna dialed in and was about to pull back in the shop to bolt the saddlebags on, when I heard a noise. It was that tell-tale sound of a blown head gasket. My heart sunk. I had invested a good bit of time and … Continue Reading

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Top Five Places to Visit at Biketoberfest

September 22, 2016 | By: Pauly White

 

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Biketoberfest has always been one of my favorite rallies, for a few reasons. I like to call it “Bike Week Light,” simply because there are fewer people there during the four day run. This makes getting around to all the events easier and the events themselves more enjoyable. Another reason is because it is only four days. This makes it a quick getaway, and most people can stay for the entire rally. Lastly, the weather is usually amazing. With the Spring Rally, you never know if it’s going to be cold, moderate, or hot. The fall rally however, typically offers nice riding weather that is neither too hot or … Continue Reading

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