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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Biltwell Lane Splitter Road Test

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October 27, 2016 | By: Pauly White

The Hype

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Lane Splitter helmet from Biltwell since I first heard about it. I tried one on at Born Free 8 and really dug the look and how it fit. When I got the chance to do a road test on one I jumped at it.

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First Impression

When I got the new helmet the first thing I noticed was how light weight it was. I remembered it being light, but after riding in my Bell Revolver earlier that morning, the difference was more noticeable. Then I noticed how nice the opening was allowing for great peripheral vision. Double checking the lane … 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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Winterizing Your Motorcycle

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October 25, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver

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If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who lives in a climate where you can ride year round, you will need to store your motorcycle for the winter. You want to make sure your bike will be ready for that first spring ride, so don’t just park your bike for a few months without proper preparation. Follow these simple steps to give your motorcycle the care it needs for winterizing.

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1. WASH AND WAX

Start by giving the bike a good wash and wax (bikini girls optional, but recommended). Remove any road grime or dirt that might trap water and cause corrosion. You want to protect the finish. 

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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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Popular Styles for Cold Weather Riding Gear

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October 12, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver

It’s a change of season, and you don’t want to get caught out in the cold without proper gear. Riding your motorcycle in cold or wet weather can be an enjoyable or miserable experience, and it all depends on your gear.

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Here’s a list of our most popular products for the season.

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Allstate Leather Inc. Men’s Black Buffalo Leather Motorcycle Jacket

The Allstate Buffalo Leather Jacket is a classic-style motorcycle jacket featuring premium buffalo leather with 3 front zippered outside pockets, 1 snap outside pocket, 2 inside pockets, zippered sleeves, and a sewn in quilted lining. It includes a half belt with buckle to adjust to your fit comfort. The … Continue Reading

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J.W. Speaker Adaptive Headlight

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October 4, 2016 | By: Pauly White

 

Let There Be Light

I recently upgraded my Roadking with the J.W Speaker adaptive LED Headlight and LED Spot Lights. I’ve had them installed now for a few hundred miles and so far, so good. Installation was easy and the lights had a feel of quality to them. Since my bike is older and uses the screw in wiring on the spot lights, I had to add terminals to the wires. But, that was simple. The headlight requires a mounting kit for 1994-2014 models. With my bike being 20 years old, I was happy to use the kit, which replaced my old stripped out mounting bracket. Once the … Continue Reading

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