September 20, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Autumn is my favorite season to ride, hands down. There is something indescribably romantic about the cool, crisp air and the colorful trees. The combination of the wind in your face, the smells of fall, and the roar from your exhaust stimulate your senses. You can almost feel the electricity in the air as the season changes.
Every fall, I look forward to layering on my new riding gear. The heat of the summer has passed, and it’s now comfortable to ride in full face helmets, leathers, gloves, and boots. There’s no better time to ride than when you can be safe and comfortable at the same time.
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September 15, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Congratulations! You’ve decided to try something new – motorcycle riding.
Getting on a brand new bike is one of the most exhilarating things you’ll do. But, there are a few things novice riders must know before hitting the streets.
About the Bike
The more you ride, the more in tune you’ll become one with your bike. Here are a few tips to help you get there faster so you can have a safer, more enjoyable ride.
- Don’t make your dream bike your first bike.
As tempting as it is to go big with the bike of your dreams on day one, you will probably regret spending all that … Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
I am on the younger side of the new generation of Harley riders. This weekend, I got to tag along on a ride with some old school bikers. It was really awesome to experience riding with guys who grew up when chopper culture was in its prime.
I met the guys at East Bay American Cycles in Ennis, Texas. It’s a small shop in a country town about an hour south of Dallas. I just moved to Dallas a month ago, and I’ve been really missing the mountain roads of Utah and Northern California. Urban riding in Dallas just isn’t the same. The city is congested with 4-5 lane highways … Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Whether you’re ready for a fixer upper bike, or you need to clear out space in your garage for your next chopper, selling a motorcycle can seem like a daunting experience up front.
What should you say when you list it? Where should you list it? How much should you sell it for? Will anyone buy it at a fair price?
There is a lot going through your mind as you prepare your bike for sale. We’re here to help. Here are the top 10 things you must do before and during the sale of your old warrior.
- Head to the Car Wash Bays
Selling anything becomes a lot … Continue Reading
September 12, 2016 | By: Joe Peek
Are you a rider who continues to use OEM brake pads? Have you given much thought about the two primary types of brake pads available?
OEM brake pads aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Motorcycle manufacturers have good reasons for choosing a specific brake pad. However, based on your riding style, this may not be the best brake pad for you.
It’s important to make informed choices about your motorcycle maintenance. When it comes to brake pads, that means understanding the differences between sintered and organic brake pads. Here’s what you should know about each.
Sintered Brake Pads
Sintered brake pads are used by most manufacturers on newer motorcycles. Popular for … Continue Reading
Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Leah Misch from LaCrosse, WI. Leah was selected among over 63 entries to this years contest from the story and photo she submitted.
Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 9th 2016. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Leah … Continue Reading
September 7, 2016 | By: Joe Peek
For many riders throughout the country, Labor Day signifies a change in our riding habits. Granted, the really cold weather is still a few weeks or months out. It’s not too early, though, to consider how to prepare for those changes.
Here are seven ways you can ride more comfortably, and safely, during the coming colder months.
1. Start with a Good Base Layer
A good base layer is one of the most effective ways to stay warm while riding. Your base layer should draw moisture off your skin. For this reason, cotton is not a good choice. You’ll be better off with a synthetic material offering good wicking … Continue Reading
September 1, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Upgrading to an aftermarket motorcycle horn is an absolute necessity. There have been multiple occasions when I have needed to use my horn in traffic for safety. Distracted drivers will sit through green lights, back into me in parking lots, and merge into my lane without looking. I’ve tried getting their attention with my stock horn, but they just don’t hear it.
Let’s face it – riding a motorcycle is getting scary these days. Every day I ride on the freeway, and it seems like everywhere I look drivers are glued to their phones. Tech companies continue to pump out more and more apps to keep users addicted to staring … Continue Reading
August 30, 2016 | By: Joe Peek
There is no shortage of great roads for motorcycle riding. While everyone has their favorite, we put together our list of ten great rides from coast to coast. Starting with the Pacific Coast Highway and ending in the Catskill Mountains, here’s a look at what this great country has to offer.
Pacific Coast Highway
Whether you ride the full 655 miles or smaller segments, California State Route 1 is a ride you don’t want to miss. Also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, this route is designated as an All-American Road and is a major attraction for riders and tourists alike.
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Riding the … Continue Reading
August 29, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
It’s what keeps motorcycle owners up at night – theft.
The idea of having your bike stolen is heart wrenching. Not only would you miss riding the open road for a few months, but you’d lose the motorcycle you’ve invested so much into. The hassle and pain of reporting the theft only adds insult to the injury.
What can you do?
Here are a few tips to prevent your motorcycle from getting stolen, and what to do if you’re a victim of theft.
Preventing Your Motorcycle from Theft
Motorcycles are hot on the list of what to steal. Thieves can get a lot of money for the right parts or … Continue Reading