Stories Behind Christmas Carols and Traditions & 12 Days of Biker X’mas

The holidays are upon us and Christmas is just around the corner 12 days to be exact and today is our tradition of starting the Christmas 12 days of Christmas and (we do a few at a time) and telling you exactly what the 12 days of Christmas actually are and some of the traditions that go with them. This year AMERiders will be giving you the Stories behind Christmas Carols and Traditions, as well as the 12 days of Biker Christmas and our usual closing out with our Night before Christmas Biker Style.

History of Christmas Carols

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.

Christmas CarolsEarly Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. In 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called “Angel’s Hymn” should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Another famous early Christmas Hymn was written in 760, by Comas of Jerusalem, for the Greek Orthodox Church. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write ‘Christmas carols’. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn’t understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether.

This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The people in the plays sang songs or ‘canticles’ that told the story during the plays. The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany, and other European countries. The earliest carol, like this, was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carol that changed like this is ‘I Saw Three Ships’.

When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times when two men called William Sandys and Davis Gilbert collected lots of old Christmas music from villages in England.

Christmas Carols
Photo by Pat Barcas

Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular. Many new carols, such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, were also written in the Victorian period.

New carols services were created and became popular, as did the custom of singing carols in the streets. Both of these traditions are still popular today! One of the most popular types of Christmas Carols services is Carols by Candlelight services. At this service, the church is only lit by candlelight and it feels very Christmassy! Carols by Candlelight services are held in countries all over the world.

The most famous type of Carol Service might be a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, where carols and Bible readings tell the Christmas Story.

And now we know the story behind Christmas Carols.

The 12 Days of Christmas are now most famous as a song about someone receiving lots of presents from their ‘true love’. However, to get to the song there had to be the days to start with!

The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

The 12 Days each traditionally celebrate a feast day for a saint and/or have different celebrations. Since some of us don’t celebrate it that way or haven’t known about it like that and only knew the lyrics to the song we usually have just played with it starting on the 12th and going to the 24th so we will do that as we do every year. And as usual, we will do it Biker style.

12 days of Christmas Biker Style (1st section)
2019 HD Street 500

On the first day of Christmas, my Old Lady gave to me: The gift of a new bike key. 

(Isn’t that 2019 Street 500 Harely a beaut? Who wouldn’t want that on Christmas Morning?)

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Heavy Duty Full Finger Riding Gloves

On the second day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me: Two Pairs of Gloves and the gift of a new bike key.

(Who doesn’t always need an extra couple pairs of gloves one for each season. I know I do.)

Christmas Carols

On the third day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me: Three pairs of Sunglasses, two pairs of gloves, and the gift of a new bike key.

( I am always, losing, sitting on scratching dropping my glasses or something… need a new pair every month or so… yeah this would be great.)

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Why is Buying Quality Kids Riding Gear Hard? It Shouldn’t Be!

How do you buy good quality kids riding gear that is not junk or made for motocross? Buying Quality Kids Riding Gear is hard and It Shouldn’t Be! AMERiders gives you a bit a show of how it hard it is. of We talked about ladies gear before, and how 19% of them of all riders are women. Now we need to talk about our children and how to keep our tikes safe when they ride with us and they do.

With the Holidays around the corner buying quality kids riding gear for riding with us or by themselves on a motocross bike is important. How do you find good riding gear for an eight-year-old that’s not motocross stuff or cheap novelty junk with not protective qualities? It’s hard to do. Yeah, I know what the title says but the cheap motocross stuff isn’t what you want when looking for kids riding gear you want the quality stuff if that is how they ride. I have also thrown in pics of our gear throughout the story to show you our gear.

Being limited to motocross gear and novelty items sucks and here’s why

Here is a story from someone about him and his daughter looking for gear (It is a true story but we are leaving out who it is, and were they went as to not have that store feel like they don’t help anyone that has kids. No it is not us and we have changed names as well.) Just for a note, we have kids riding gear that fits in our store. We will tell you about it after the story.

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Measure Twice Fit Once

2018 has been a big year for my eldest daughter. She turned eight, started karate, made her first trip unaccompanied to the corner store with money and a list (and did very well I might add), and even did her first stint home alone for a few minutes while I ran her sister to camp. That’s some serious big-girl stuff right there. It’s also the year that she gets to ride a motorcycle for the first time. Well, in a sidecar anyway, but the point stands, and since she needs some kid-sized gear to ride in that sidecar, we set off to find something safe and relatively stylish (and fun) that would fit a pocket-sized eight-year-old.

Guys, shopping for kids’ gear is infuriating. Our day started with a drive down to a local and relatively new bike shop down in the city that sells quality riding gear and does a little bike customization on the side. That was opened late last year in an effort to serve the woefully underserved motorcycling communities in the city, and so far John’s done a hell of a job. I’ve been talking to him on and off for a while now about kids riding gear but hadn’t really come up with anything I liked for the kid.

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M&M Licensed Red Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

It was all either motocross stuff—which I think is all ugly as day-old sin and not appropriate for street riding—or no-name Chinesium helmets and novelty lids. None of this would do for my angel, so I figured we’d try on the smallest adult gear we could find and see what happened. Since she didn’t have camp today and I had some time off from work, the kid and I headed off to try on some gear.

Once we got there and told John what the story was, we got right to work finding something for the kid. We started off by measuring her head. As we suspected, she’s got a small melon. Smaller than a typical small or XS adult helmet, but we were not deterred. After talking about options for a bit, John let the kid try on some new helmets.

First, we tried a Custom 500 three-quarter for the size. The Custom 500 in small was just too big for her, which was a pleasant surprise. It wobbled a bit too much when she shook her head, but she couldn’t pull it off over her head with the strap cinched up so that was a good start. Then we tried a sparkly silver in small to see how she dealt with full-face lids. It fit pretty much the same as the Custom 500 and she was fine thankfully, no freaking out or claustrophobia or anything. Since the Small helmets mostly fit her, we figured an extra small would do the trick. What helmet to get, though?

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Kids Leather Jacket

After some hemming and hawing, we settled on an adults size extra-small helmet. Not a bad looking helmet, safe enough, and pretty affordable for something she’s going to grow out of in less than a year. After we settled on the helmet, we went for jackets. Much like the helmet situation, there aren’t any good options for kids that aren’t motocross stuff or junk made out of garment leather.

After a bunch of pawing through stock, we found the smallest jacket John had in stock—an extra-small Warrior Princess by First Mfg. The jacket looked fantastic, was made really well, and even had spots for add-on armor, but it was sadly way too big for the kid. Well, shoot. It was worth a try though.

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Kids Leather Chaps With Front Pockets

John and I spent another twenty minutes or so going through catalogs looking for something, anything, that might both fit her and meet our needs. No luck. Any company that has a “youth” line is making motocross stuff, and we don’t want that. Anything else that’s not motocross is hot garbage with no protective qualities whatsoever. In the end, I had to get her the smallest adult helmet we could find and it’s still not a hundred percent. You know what? That sucks.

Why is this so hard? Why isn’t there any good kids gear for street riding?  I mean, we did get a helmet, but we’re still sans jacket and gloves. We have time since the Ural thing is still a few weeks off, but I shouldn’t have to scour the Earth for a good jacket for my kid. Also, yes, I know that there’s all sorts of stuff I could have found online and I could have driven out to hell’s half acre the far suburbs to go to other, bigger bike shops, but I’d rather shop small and local.

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Kids Brown Leather Vest with Side Laces

Where and how I choose to shop is beside the point, especially since John was able to order me what he could. The point is that If we want kids to ride and we want them to be safe, gear companies need to give parents more options. There’s plenty of opportunities here for both branded and non-branded gear for the grade school set. I shouldn’t have to by extra-small adult sizes and force them to fit my kids just to get the kind of protection I like and the styles they like. Gear companies need to get on it, man. There’s an untapped gold mine out there for, say, Batman-themed helmets and legit Hello Kitty jackets. Come on guys, get with the program.”


Many of us got the first taste of riding in our systems riding on a bike with one of our parents, or even maybe a small street bike. Regardless it got in our blood and since then we want to ensure that our children start off with the right gear. Which is why at AMERiders, we have top of the line Motorcycle Apparel For Kids that will make your little one look like a true biker they are. We have amazing leather Jackets, Vests, and Chaps for your little one, to help keep them protected while riding.

We expect this category to grow with more items as interest in children’s motorcycle apparel grows.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Women Riders Make up More of a Percentage of Riders Than You Think

We women riders are riding more and more are on our own these days. We are taking up motorcycling for ourselves more than ever, rather than being content to sit on the back with our men. AMERiders does want you to remember, however, that if we are to make sure our ladies look good and we do want to increase that number we need to buy them great gifts for the holidays.

According to a Motorcycle Industry Council survey, the number of woman riders has doubled over the past decade, from one in ten in 2009 to one in five today, making the percentage of lady bikers about 19%.

Notably, the vast majority of this increase comes from the younger end of the spectrum—you know, the millennials that are supposedly killing motorcycling. Among Generation X, 22 percent of riders are women, while that number increases to 26 percent in GenY.

Another factor is that Baby Boomers are aging out of motorcycling in greater numbers. Back in the day, motorcycling was considered strictly a man’s activity. As bikers from that era stop riding, women from generations where it was more acceptable are filling in the ranks. Today, a full 66 percent of women riders say their family and friends have a positive attitude toward motorcycles and scooters.

Manufacturers should take note of this demographic change. According to the survey, women motorcycle owners spend, on average, $574 a year on tires, routine repairs, maintenance, replacement parts, and accessories and modifying equipment, compared with $497 by men. Some might say this is because men are more likely to get their hands dirty and work on their own bikes than women. I know women who are far more capable with a wrench than some men, though. Companies should be chomping at the bit to get into this rapidly growing market, and indeed some are by offering riding gear designed specifically for female body types.

women ridersAlong those lines, booth babes and other pretty models who know nothing about bikes are an outdated marketing technique, particularly among this demographic. Contrast this with Harley-Davidson’s highly female-positive demonstration of picking up a dropped bike at IMS, where a woman taught everyone, men and women alike, the proper technique for getting your bike off the ground and back on two wheels. Harley gets it. This is the direction motorcycle companies need to be going to attract, or at least not alienate, a rapidly growing group of potential customers.

AMERiders Anti Gift Guide for Your Motorcycle Friends or Family

Last year and this year, we here at AMERiders have provided you with some great suggestions for gifts to buy the motorcyclist in your life. Today, however – in a selfish move for those of us that do ride – we’ve put together a list of what we motorcyclists call an anti gift guide and don’t want. Here are the gifts we and some of our friends and family that ride are tired of getting from relatives, co-workers, and in-laws. If by some odd chance you and those riders you know actually do want some of this stuff, we’ll provide links as well.

Ugly Sweaters

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Jolly to the Bone Ugly Christmas Sweater at Jet 

There seems to be a whole industry dedicated to making motorcycle themed items that have nothing to do with actually riding. The Christmas sweater is just one example, but at least that might keep you warm when worn under actual motorcycle gear. And Motorcycle themed Christmas sweaters made it to our Anti Gift Guide.

Gift Baskets

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He’s A Motorcycle Man Gift Basket from Hayneedle

Sure, we all love snacking on cheese and crackers, summer sausage, and flavored popcorn, and you get a coffee mug and a ceramic motorcycle-shaped picture frame, too.

But at $90, I think most riders would rather you just load up a cart at the nearest grocery store and forego the useless basket and theme. (which is another reason this made our anti gift guide) Even if this contains the fanciest of treats, it easily has a 100-percent markup because it is in a basket. Also, it contains Harley-Davidson cheese, made with only a hint of gear oil.

Cuckoo Clock

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Freedom Choppers Motorcycle Garage Cuckoo Clock at Bradford Exchange

Can you even fathom who would want this, and where they would hang it? It’s a bit too twee and fancy to hang in your garage, but do you really want a clock that makes chopper revving sounds every hour in your living room? The only place for is then is a room that is “biker themed,” or possibly the assisted-living room of someone too old to ride who needs to be reminded what bikes sound like every hour. And one big reason that we added it to our anti gift guide.

Perhaps the worst thing about this is that it is not an officially licensed Harley-Davidson product. H-D knockoff items may be the worst thing you can give a person. Bradford Exchange has more than 100 bad ideas for the bikers on your list (and a few cool things, like a 1:6 scale 1920 Indian Scout).

Biker Couple Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Biker Couple Salt and Pepper Shaker at Christmas Tree Hill

Sure we all need salt and pepper on our food, and though it makes economic sense stealing packets from the local fast food place does get old. These seem like they belong on the kitchen table of whoever has the cuckoo clock above. I don’t know that person.

Ugly Sweater Themed T-Shirts

I sort of understand the absurd, ironic enjoyment of ugly Christmas sweaters (like the one at the top), but why anyone would want a Christmas-sweater-themed T-shirt is beyond me.

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Biker T-shirts by TeeMazing and Spreadshirt

It isn’t really a sweater, it is just a strange mashup of 8-bit graphics, Christmas colors, and motorcycle related imagery. Some of them even say “braaap!” yet have pictures of sports bikes (not shown), meaning they could only have been designed by Hollywood sound effects guys. Yeah met our Anti gift guide easily.

Harley-Davidson Cutting Board

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Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Cutting Board at Amazon

An H-D branded cutting board, made of some sort of flexible material, that can be packed into a saddlebag for cooking on the road wouldn’t be a bad idea. This is not that. This is a tempered glass cutting board for your kitchen with “Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” printed on it – twice, in different fonts – and riveted metal handles on the side to collect bacteria and a spot in our our anti gift guide.

Motorcycle Gear

Last in our reason that we added it to our anti gift guide list is Gear. Motorcycle riders are very particular about their gear. Some only like certain brands, some only like a certain style (and there are lots of styles, three of them pictured above). That said, people who ride certainly do want and need gear though, so a gift card to a big multi-line local dealer or a chain, or one of the many online retailers is a great idea. Unless you really know the person well, say it is your husband or your wife or your surprising them with a bike and want to add a jacket with it. I would stay away from this and go for the gift card.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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A Guide to Heated Bike Gear: ‘Cause We’re Not All Built for the Cold

When it’s wet and cold and windy, the last thing you want to worry about is being cold, but some of us wanna keep on keepin’ on, even when the weather gets a wee frightful. However, nothing ruins a good road trip much more than chattering teeth and frozen fingers so AMERiders wants to review our guide to heated bike gear, ’cause we all know we’re are not built for the cold.

Choosing what heated bike gear you need

Before we get to official gear, remember that the best way to start the warming trend is to layer up. Thin technical base layers can be purchased at outdoor outfitters, and that includes technical socks. If you are dedicated to enjoying the ride, even when it gets icy, start by investing in what’s closest to your skin. Wool, cashmere, and silk are dependable natural fibers that stay warm even when they’re wet. Then there are synthetic solutions that wick moisture away. Cotton might feel nice at first, but it neither wicks nor stays toasty when temperatures drop.

Heated bike GearAlso, if you didn’t realize just how cold it was but are determined to keep going, you should be able to pop into just about any store along your way and buy disposable warmers. They are now designed to fit not just inside pocket of all kinds but can be comfortably installed in boots, gloves, backs (that works nicely). You could probably stick them inside your helmet, although warning, that can be surprisingly hot.


If you thought of it ahead of time, there are also rechargeable pocket warmers. They aren’t as versatile but they last a lot longer and have temperature control.


Heated bike GearKeeping your core warm will go a long way to circulating heat out to your extremities, so let’s start here for our heated bike Gear.

A heated vest will add less bulk but, well, your arms are on their own. If you tend to overheat, this layered over a thermal shirt and covered over with a windbreaker, might be sufficient. If not, get the fully heated jacket. Most importantly, you’ll want to make sure that the jacket comes up nice and high so that the wind doesn’t sneak in past your neck.


Heated bike GearThe main concern when it comes to your hands is that you need to be able to feel the controls and not lose too much in the way of protection. It’s the reason that heated grips might be the best choice for you, although opinions are equal on both sides. Many riders mention that heated gloves do more to keep the entire hand warm than heated grips, but your mileage may vary.

Honorable mention goes to bark busters for your hands and, for the rest of you, windscreens and full fairings. Anything that protects you from the bone-chilling wind is good, but that’s another article, so let’s get back to the electric clothes.


Heated bike GearYour legs tend to stay quite still when you ride and they’re farther away from your core. Keeping them (and your feet) warm takes pressure off your heart to circulate heated blood around. Heated pants will definitely do the trick, but a couple layers and windbreakers will go a long way, especially if you’ve got heated soles and a radiating middle-section.


Heated bike GearYou’ve got options: heated socks, heated soles, and heated boots. Like all the other gear, it’s good to find out if its water “proof” or resistant—especially the socks. It might seem like a great idea to get cheaper heated bike Gear of any kind until you find out that it might electrocute you in a heavy downpour, or you can’t ever wash it. Which leads us into the last part of this discussion. 


There are advantages and disadvantages to each system. If you’re commuting shorter distances, battery-powered gear might be a nice idea, since you might be wearing the gear off your bike as well, and might enjoy the added heat source.   If you’re going the distance, gear that’s hooked up to your bike might make more sense.

Heated bike GearBattery-operated power sources need to be recharged, have a shorter “life”, and don’t get as warm. Additionally, the elements that are wound into your gear are necessarily smaller. Also, remember that the battery pack will be taking up a pocket or adding bulk somewhere.

When you hook your clothes into your bike’s charging system they’ll deliver unlimited heating, offer larger heating elements, and the potential to hook up various elements to the same charging unit. However, they do require advance set-up and, once you’re off the bike, you’ll need to find another source of warmth. That said, there ARE dual-powered options


Variable controllers allow the rider to maintain your various parts at different levels of warmth, and some versions use come with Bluetooth control through your phone.


Though it takes extra effort and additional investment to ride in the colder months, the advantages are many. Fewer tourists, less traffic, no bugs, spectacular sunsets, and kaleidoscopes of colorful leaves are just a sampling of reasons why it is worth gearing up and getting out, even when the going gets tricky.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Black Friday and 2018 Motorcycle Gift Idea List to make your Biker happy

Although It is Black Friday today have you noticed that AMERiders doesn’t have sales today? We have sales throughout the year and tell you what great Motorcycle Gift Ideas for some holidays are but here is why we don’t do those black Friday sales.

Motorcycle Gift IdeasBesides wanting to keep you out of the hospital, our Men’s Classic Motorcycle Jacket with Zip-Out Lining featuring a full, zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves, epaulets on the shoulders, a full panel on the back to add your clubs’ colors and awards, a fold-down collar with button snaps, side laces, and a sturdy, front zip-up closure… The jacket is just $84.99 that is a great price. Our prices are the lowest around well the lowest I have seen anyway.

On to Motorcycle Gift Ideas.

Motorcycle Gift IdeasYou can throw your Halloween decorations at me and cover your ears pretending not to hear me, but the matter of the fact is: the Holidays are coming. Whether you live south of the country where the sun always shines or the wintery North, you assuredly know a rider and/or motorcycle enthusiast your care for or love deserving of a little something special from Santa.

Considering Santa needs a teensy bit of help from his elves, you sometimes have to do the shopping yourself but what do you offer someone itching to get back in the saddle as soon as the sun is out and who dreams in cubic centimeters? I and my elves in leather dug out some useful, and some silly Motorcycle Gift Ideas for 2018 that are easy to place under the tree and that will get your two-wheel friends and loved one’s hearts purring like a v-twin.

Multitool – $18.25

Motorcycle Gift IdeasThis is the kind of item you should always have close at hand. A multitool is a basic piece of equipment that serves, as the name suggests, a number of purposes. This type of tool usually includes a series of screwdriver heads, a blade, a file, a bottle opener, and, of course, pliers.

The handles fold, which makes the tool compact and easy to keep in your big when you hit the road. Though it might not have the tools you need should the bike require more serious maintenance, this multitool provides you with the essentials, eliminating the need to carry each of the tools separately, which makes it a great Motorcycle Gift Idea.

Motorcycle Rental – $79

Motorcycle Gift IdeasYou might be stuck in a wintery state, forced to leave your ride under a tarp, plugged in like a hospital patient waiting for recovery. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a getaway somewhere the sun always shines! Why not consider offering someone a motorcycle rental in a warm place like Miami or Vegas a great Motorcycle Gift Idea to go with you?

Eagle Rider offers a 50-percent Black Friday discount on US motorcycle rentals, now only $79 a day for a new Harley-Davidson model. The company even offers tours to fit all budgets. Escape the winter, or help plan your next trip away without having to worry about getting your own bike there.

Lego BMW R 1200 GS – $79.99

Motorcycle Gift IdeasFor the newly nostalgic of BMW’s 1,200-cc mill, replaced in 2019 but an all-new 1,250, this is a great gift to proudly display an R-series aficionado’s allegiance. Plus, come on, it’s Lego! Who doesn’t like Lego? We don’t trust you if you don’t or if the person gifting doesn’t and this Motorcycle Gift Idea isn’t for them.

This 603-piece 3-D puzzle is an 11-inch long replica of BMW’s best seller. Once completed, you can either take it apart and make the fun last by rebuilding it or it will nicely sit on a shelf for all to see or even complement the daydreams of young future adventure riders. From the R series’ quirky “winking” headlight all the way to the aluminum panniers, all the details are there for you to enjoy your very own BMW R 1200 GS.

Smartphone mount – $13.49

Motorcycle Gift IdeasSo, when’s the last time you’ve gone somewhere you’re not familiar with without using your smartphone for navigation? Now if you’re a rider, you know that navigating on a motorcycle isn’t exactly as easy unless you’ve already treated yourself to a shiny new 2019 model fitted with a fancy TFT display with smartphone connectivity.

For those among us less pompous about our choices of motorcycles, most of the time, we have to fend for ourselves, trying to remember the way like in the good old pre-Internet days. You can try to leave your phone in the transparent top pocket of your tank bag—which we don’t recommend because it’s dangerous and stupid; you might have also have tried the good old’ earphone trick to listen to the directions, deafened by wind noise. Or you simply stop at a gas station to look at the map every so often. This mount can help keep stupidity and inconvenience at bay by safely positioning your smartphone in such a way that makes it easy to peek at the directions when you need to know what the next turn is. So help keep your loved one or friend from getting lost and give them this great Motorcycle Gift Idea.

Leather care gift set – $34.95

Motorcycle Gift IdeasLeather and motorcycles go hand in hand. Whether it’s the saddle or the gear, there’s bound to be somewhere. As badass-looking as a leather riding jacket is, it eventually loses its luster. A few scratches here, a few scuffs here and boom, after only one season of riding, your leather is showing its battle scars. This leather care kit cleans, restores, and protects leathers. It can be used on any natural surface, including jackets, gloves, boots, bags, saddles, spouse (that last one’s a joke people).

The cream conditions the leather—yes, like those tasty-smelling stuff girls put in their hair and some guys—and the beeswax helps weatherproof the hide. Before storing your gear away, show your appreciation for another season well protected and give your leather gear some love it is a great Motorcycle Gift Idea.

Motorcycle fan – $56.45

Motorcycle Gift IdeasIs this motorcycle-shaped fan very useful? Probably not. Is it tacky? Absolutely and that’s what makes it fabulous. For those who have to spend the day in an office sometimes too cold, sometimes too hot, this is a fantastic conversation piece that also keeps you cool.

Any motorcycle owner likes to talk about his or her bike, so this is a good way to start the conversation and proudly show the colleagues who haven’t seen you flaunt your gear in the morning this colorful side of your personality. It’s small, easy to carry and will even fit in your top case so that you’ll bring the cool wherever you go.

Harley-Davidson patent art print – Starts at $5.00

Motorcycle Gift IdeasThis is just so cool and a little different. If you’re looking something to put on a wall, this print should be on your list. This is a reproduction of a 1924 Harley-Davidson motorcycle patent filing with the technical drawings—patent documents haven’t changed much in a century apparently.

This will tickle the artistic side of any rider and whether you’re a devoted Harlista or not, this is still a pretty cool print to own.

Books – $34.00

Motorcycle Gift IdeasFor the geekier riders, consider buying a book (or many). The cool thing about motorcycle riders is that there is generally a genuine interest in the ride and a respect for its history. There are thousands of books that have been written about motorcycles, so it might be hard to choose, but a historical overlook of the evolution of motorcycles is always a good place to start.

Plus, when the photography is a pleasure for the eye, it enhances the whole experience. Learn a thing or two or ten about your pony and its history—you’d be surprised how fascinating early riding really was. There are three or four generations of enthusiasts who have paved the way for us to ride the sexy beasts we get to nowadays.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Winter Storage, Santa Claus, and a Bike in the Water this Holiday

Winter Storage, Santa Claus, and a Bike in the Water this Holiday sounds like a bad title for a book but that is what AMERiders is bringing you today. Information about Storing your bike for winter, Santa Claus on wheels, and You guessed it a Bike found in the water all things that are happening or have happened so far this holiday season.

First up Winter Storage and what to do

We all know that a big part of getting ready for the holiday season is Winter preparation, and it is a highly contentious subject, almost as much as what kind of oil you should use. We’ve written about this before, and we may contradict much of this advice, mostly because we are lazy and this is what we do for our own bikes.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have big garages with room for all of our bikes and cars. This takes care of keeping the bikes out of the weather and the worst of the cold. To us, the most important thing to do is add fuel stabilizer such as Sta-Bil to the gas tank, especially on bikes with carburetors. Modern gas is full of ethanol (unless you’re lucky enough to find ethanol-free where you live), which breaks down and gunks up all those little jets and ports. Standard Sta-Bil is fine, but we like the marine grade because it’s even better at soaking up moisture in the tank. It’s cheap enough that we’d recommend using it on fuel injected bikes as well, just to be safe. Otherwise, come spring, your bike may run poorly and you’ll find yourself cleaning or replacing parts instead of enjoying those first warm days on the road.

That’s all we do. Most of us also plug our bikes into a battery tender, which keeps the bike charged up through the winter months. If you have power in your garage this is smart to do, and battery tenders are cheap. You might also consider disconnecting the battery to avoid any chance of the bike slowly draining it over the winter.

If you don’t have an indoor place to park your bike, definitely remove the battery and take it inside. Cold kills batteries. Some garages aren’t heated like mine isn’t like ours so we use a battery tender. If the bike is outside and suffers the full wrath of winter, bring the battery inside or else you’ll be buying a new one in the spring. You can use a tender with the battery out of the bike if you want to.

You’ll want to cover the bike as well. Cheap bike covers will self-destruct under the weight of snow, even if you clear it off as soon as the storm is over, so buy a good one. You can also use a tarp, but it may flap in the wind and damage your paint. Either way, make sure what you use to cover your bike is tightly secured and doesn’t flap.

Some recommend overinflating your tires or putting the bike on a stand to avoid flat spots. There’s nothing wrong with this, but we’ve never had a problem. Similarly, some say to change your oil at the beginning and end of winter.

As we said this is only what we do, and don’t do. We don’t claim this to be “The One Right Way” to prepare your bike for winter. It’s just what works for some of us.

There’s a new bearded crusader in town and his name’s Claus. Santa Claus.

Like most adults nowadays, you probably don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore, but this holiday video could be about to change that. In what could only be described as footage worthy of a Holiday-themed Fast and Furious, we discover the good deeds of an anonymous French Santa Claus on two wheels who made sure a hit-and-run perpetrator landed on his naughty list. The ending is a healthy dose of karma and milk.

The video begins as the jolly rider clad in Santa Claus attire hits the streets with what seems to be the sole mission of spreading the Holiday cheers. Turns out his cookie run is about to become a whole lot more exciting. As he makes a right at an intersection, the camera mounted to his helmet captures a small black Renault hatchback apparently running a red light, and hitting a pedestrian crossing the street. Instead of stopping as etiquette and even law states, the driver carries on.

Except, nobody’s serving hit-and-runs on Santa’s watch. Without a second thought, the festive crusader follows the driver and catches up to him, trying to bar his way with his bike to get him to stop, as he should. Turns out the driver is having none of it. He drives around the rider and follows traffic as nothing happened.

Follows a slow-speed chase in the streets of the French town—traffic keeps the pace down—in which Riding Santa tries to get the driver to stop. The rider finally spots two officers on motorcycles and swiftly exposes the situation to one of them, identifying the culprit. The latter tries to make a run for it, but dense traffic halts his run. The officers easily catch up to him and proceed to arrest the perpetrator with the full guns and shackles.

(Although this is a year old it is still funny and it is why we put it in this post)

And in the news in my area, today would like to post this little bit….

You would think that were your bike going missing, it’s the kind of thing you would notice, right? Especially when the bike is a red, $22,000 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. There’s a sad owner out there who’s short 20 grand and doesn’t have a bike to show for it because the police just pulled a Road Glide out of a canal and it’s the weirdest thing you’ll see today.

While a few mob jokes come to mind looking at this story, the circumstances of this story are actually bizarre. The police in Gulf Shores, Alabama found a sunken vessel in the Intercoastal Canal except this one isn’t a Spanish galleon filled with lost treasures—unless the rig itself is considered the treasure. In fact, an orange H-D Road Glide was dug out from the bottom of the canal.

The ride has been sitting in the water of a little while, at least long enough to end up covered in mud. Wait, it gets weirder: the VIN has been tampered with, which makes the bike unidentifiable. Whoever dumped the bike apparently didn’t want to be found. The police are trying to find the owner of the pretty expensive bike and at this point, if the Sopranos and Fargo have taught us anything, we hope this is only a really, really expensive prank.

Bitter ex? Terrible prankster friends you shouldn’t hang out with anymore? The ex’s new boyfriend? Or maybe just an owner miffed at Harley for wanting to send part of its production abroad? Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to figuring out the line of events that lead to the Road Glide finding its resting place at the bottom of the water. At this point, if the owner is indeed found, it could be as expensive to restore the bike than it will be to buy a new one so hopefully, that person has a good insurance.

We hope you have a wonderful and Happy Holiday eat lots and

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Fantastic and Iconic Cartoon Motorcycles to Remember from Childhood

You guys know what’s awesome? Motorcycles. You know what else is awesome? Cartoons. It stands to reason then that cartoons about or featuring motorcycles are even more awesome. As a young nerd and budding gearheads in the 80s and early-90s, most of us here at AMERiders grew up watching, reading and playing fantastic depictions of motorcycles in our media. Those were the high days of both a cartoon as ads for toy lines and the prime time super vehicle show, and we were surrounded by futuristic motorcycles everywhere we looked. It was, in fact, a golden age.

Today—because AMERiders likes bikes and cartoons and geek arguments—We are going to outline what are, in our opinion, five of the best bikes ever captured on celluloid and one honorable mention. These are in no particular order of in best to worst just listed as the ones we liked.

M.A.S.K Condor

cartoonBack in the 80s, American cartoons—especially Saturday morning cartoons—were basically just thirty-minute ad spots for various toy lines by Hasbro, Kenner, et al. Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man—all broadcast to sell little plastic men to kids. Kids just like me. Hell, there was even a Rubik’s Cube cartoon on Saturday Mornings! One of our favorites to come out of that mess of sketchy animation and questionable writing was M.A.S.K.

The Highway Star

cartoonBubblegum Crisis is one of my favorite anime series, and one of my favorite pieces of cyberpunk media – second only to William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy. It also has some of the raddest bike action this side of Lupin III. The series takes place in future MegaTokyo and revolves around the Knight Sabers, four mysterious vigilantes in powered suits who fight a rising tide of advanced, nearly unkillable androids called Boomers.

Kaneda’s Bike

cartoonYet another iconic anime bike, Kaneda’s bike is probably the least surprising entry on this list. For those of you who don’t know, Akira is a ground-breaking feature-length anime that came out in 1988. Based on a manga series of the same name, Akira takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Tokyo after an Earth-shattering psychic phenomenon triggered world war III. Our hero, so to speak, is Kaneda, a young motorcycle hoodlum who runs a bosozoku gang with his bestie Tetsuo. All these dudes and their buddies want to do is to ride their weird futuristic motorcycles around, battle other gangs, and generally have a good time. Unfortunately for them, life has a different plan for them.


Now this, this, is our favorite bike on this list. Friends, let us introduce you to the MOSPEADA Ride Armor from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. GCM is a 25-episode anime series that ran from 1983 to 1984. It followed a band of young freedom fighters traveling through North and South America on their way to destroy Reflex Point, the base of a group of aliens that had invaded Earth and largely destroyed it. A few years after its debut, MOSPEADA was combined with two other famous anime series – Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross (no relation) – to create the American cartoon Robotech. Any of you who recognize this bike probably know it as the Cyclone from Robotech. Note: From here on out, even though I’m talking about MOSPEADA, I’m going to call this thing the Cyclone because we love that name.


cartoonBack in 1986—before anyone had even heard of Michael Bay—Transformers the Movie hit American theaters and it was the biggest, greatest joke ever played on the American moviegoing public. Millions of nerdy kids, including yours truly, pestered their parents for months leading up to the premier to take them to the theater. We all filed in expecting 90-minutes of the usual fun, light-hearted, mildly corny weekday afternoon claptrap with a side order of the old hard sell for some new toys.

Honorable Mention: Light Cycle

cartoonSo, yeah. Tron isn’t technically a cartoon, but most of it is heavily computer animated so we’re going to give it a pass here. As you may remember, Tron is one of those early-80s movies, like The Black Cauldron and The Black Hole, that Disney made during their post-Walt attempt at being all grim and dark and adult. Unlike Black Cauldron and Black Hole though, Tron is actually good and, thirty-some years later, is considered both groundbreaking and a cast-iron classic.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~








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Harley-Davidson Superhero Bikes and the Passing of the Great One.

The grandmaster of comic books geekery, superheroes aficionados, and Marvel cameos enthusiasts has left this world: at 95 years old, everybody’s favorite guy in shades Stan Lee has kicked the tesseract and found his place among the stars. The father of Marvel, The great one will be sorely missed, but he left us with a rich legacy of inspiring superheroes to remember him by. AMERiders also loves superhero bikes so we are going to look at those today too.

H-D and Superhero Bikes

Harley-Davidson, another American icon, has been closely associated with the Marvel universe since the movie franchise’s early days. We got to see some of our favorite superheroes ride on Harleys, including Captain America’s 1942 WWII military rig in Captain America: The First Avenger and Black Widow’s race against the clock on a LiveWire in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Two years ago, Harley solidified its association with the Marvel universe by coming out with a collection of 25 customized Marvel hero bikes.

Because themed bikes are always cool to check out (when they’re well done) and to honor Stan Lee’s memory, we thought we’d have a look back at when Harley built superhero bikes. Here are 10 favorite great superhero bikes.

Captain America – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Freedom”


We like Steve Rogers’ 1942 H-D better, but the Freedom Street Glide isn’t too bad a ride for the most American superhero of them all. Bad guys would definitely get a fair warning watching the bright blue bike ride their way!

The nation-pride red, white, and blue paint scheme is nicely contrasted by the blacked out engine block and brown leather saddle and saddlebags. Here’s something the Captain can proudly ride to battle on.

Iron Man – Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle “Boldness”


This bike has (had) as big a personality as Tony Stark does (did?). The terms loud and proud apply to both character and motorcycle, so this was an appropriate pairing. Harley has been a little tamer with the special paint job emulating the bold philanthropist.

The blacked out components are highlighted by a metallic red paint job on the tank and tail, and a subtle set of golden exhaust pipes and wheels complete the famed super suit’s color scheme.

Thor – Harley-Davidson Breakout “Fearless”


We guess the expression “reach for the sky” applies here with those impressive ape hangers. After all, the God of thunder does come from “up there” whether you read the Norse mythology and the Marvel comic books.

This is one of the more heavily modified models from the super-lineup, including the asymmetrical wheels, the exhaust tips, and of course, the stretched out handlebar. The subtle lighting and helmet paint and beautifully carved saddle complete the subdued yet impactful look.

Black Widow – Harley-Davidson Iron 883 “Solitary”


The Iron 883 makes a combat as the base for Natasha Romanov’s ride. The assassin needs a stealth ride and this custom 883 is just what she needs.

Clad in black with only a few subtle red accents to suggest to Black Widow spider’s most recognizable feature, the 883 “Solitary” is the closest H-D has gotten to creating a café racer style motorcycle. The clip on and cantilever saddle are the most prominent features hinting at the more retro-cool look, not a bad choice for the character.

The Hulk – Harley-Davidson Fat Boy “Strength”


This was an appropriate model chosen to represent the biggest, angriest, and greenest Avenger. The clever tank design suggested the underlying mean green hidden under the surface. The dual exhaust pipe looks like it’s been twisted around the engine block, something Bruce Banner’s angry alter ego wouldn’t have any problem accomplishing.

Spiderman – Harley-Davidson Iron 883 “Agility”


Likely inspired by Spiderman’s youth and, as the custom’s name indicates it, his agility, Harley opted for one of its smaller, most affordable models. The company painted the bike in a very obvious and slightly tacky paint job with “Spiderman” badges rather than the usual spiderweb motif we tend to see.

The bike has been fitted with a skid plate and knobby tires and though we wouldn’t recommend tossing it in the dust, it does look like it can go anywhere—even up a wall.

Groot – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Big-Hearted”


The happy dancing twig busting a move to the sound of the Jackson 5 in his little pot warmed everybody’s heart at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Though afflicted with a limited understandable vocabulary, Groot showed it’s valor when he committed the ultimate sacrifice to save his team of misfits.

The specially prepared Street Glide receives a cosmic camo treatment, covered all over in a bark motif inspired by the tree-like alien, complete with black-brown accents.

Black Panther – Harley-Davidson Breakout “Pride”


King T’Challa of Wakanda needs a ride worthy of his rank but also of his alter ego, the Black Panther. The intricate ribbing of the supersuit have been reproduced on the gas tank of this customized Breakout fitted with a massive oversized front wheel.

The pipes have been modified as well as the saddle, positioning the rider on top of the back wheel.

Thanos – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Voracious”


Thanos broke millions of hearts at the end of Infinity War and broke the Hollywood mold of happy endings—though we all know some magic should operate in the movie’s second part. As the king of all supervillains, Thanos deserved its own special edition bike (we guess Harley didn’t want to anger him).

The “Voracious” Street Glide gets a stellar paint job complete with the Infinity gauntlet complete with chrome galore.

Ultron – Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special “Intelligence”


The Night Rod Special is a blacked out twist on the standard V-Rod, a good way to represent Marvel’s supervillain (something something Dark Side). There wouldn’t be superheroes if there weren’t supervillains, so why not create a tribute to the ultimate bad guy (after Thanos) to measure up to the fleet of Avengers?

This Night Rod is fitted with ape hangers and receives a grungy silver paint job with red accents, hinting at the automaton’s armor.

I said on my personal Facebook page the day it happened that he gave us some of our heroes and heroines, and another of the great ones is gone. I thank him for our heroes and for being our hero. I stand by this.

AMERiders would like to have a moment of silence for the great Stan Lee.


~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~







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This year marks the 100th Veteran’s Day we’ll explain why

First of all, AMERiders wants you to Thank a Veteran This Veterans Day for Their Sacrifice and Service to our Country. Show them how appreciated they are. Sunday is Veterans Day. This annual event often gets overlooked on the calendar in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the December holidays. But this Veterans Day is special. It’s the 100th anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I.

A Bit about Veteran’s Day

The actual peace treaty wasn’t signed until later, but November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — is when a truce called an armistice (pronounced ARM-iss-tiss) was signed and the fighting stopped.

One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day. Other countries did the same, some calling it Remembrance Day. In this country, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

World War I was one of history’s largest wars. Most of the fighting was in Europe, but 30-plus countries took part, including the United States. More than 29 million soldiers worldwide died or were wounded, and an estimated 13 million civilians died — a horrific toll that led to it being branded “the war to end all wars.”

A poster for all

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Adam Grimm’s design won this year’s poster competition. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Each year, a U.S. competition is held to design a poster for Veterans Day. The winning entry appears on pins and on the cover of the program for a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

This year’s theme, “The War to End All Wars,” drew about 80 entries. Adam Grimm, whose design won, kept it simple. His poster has a large red poppy, the worldwide symbol for remembering World War I (see box); barbed wire to show the brutality of the war; and the pink hue of a rising or setting sun, showing the passage of time.

Two holidays of honor

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A way to remember the difference Memorial has the same as Memory in it, Memorial=Memory which is to remember.

Many Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, another U.S. holiday related to the military.

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the 1860s following the Civil War. After World War I, its meaning changed. It honors U.S. military who died in any conflict, and it is observed on the last Monday in May.

Veterans Day also reflects a new meaning from the original Armistice Day, which honored all who served in World War I, but especially those who died. By 1954, the United States had fought in World War II and the Korean War. Lawmakers decided to rename the day to honor all American military, past and present, whether they served in war or peace.

In the 1970s, Veterans Day was observed on the fourth Monday in October so workers could have a three-day weekend. But it was an unpopular change. Many people liked the holiday’s connection to the armistice signing. So, since 1978, U.S. veterans have been officially honored on November 11.

I personally look at it this way someone can use this little helper to use it as a way to remember the difference between the two Memorial has the same as Memory in it, Memorial=Memory which is to remember.   

So make sure to honor and thank a vet on this 100th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day

The poppies of Flanders

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Military officers and artist Paul Cummings, far right, place the last ceramic poppy in the moat of Tower of London to mark Armistice Day, on November 11, 2014, in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row . . .

In 1915, a Canadian doctor and soldier, mourning a friend’s death in battle in the Flanders region of Belgium, wrote a poem noting how quickly poppies grew around the soldiers’ graves. The bright red wildflowers were a sign of life in a bleak landscape.

The poem “In Flanders Fields” (the opening lines are printed above) became very popular, and the red poppy became a sign of remembrance. People started wearing silk poppies to honor the war dead. To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, 888,000 ceramic poppies filled the moat at the Tower of London in 2014.

Arlington remembers

Arlington National Cemetery hosts a free public ceremony every Veterans Day. It starts at 11 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Shuttle buses begin running at 8 a.m.

Three unidentified Americans from different wars are buried at the site. A large marble box rests atop the grave of the World War I Unknown. There used to be four graves, but because of advances in medicine and science, the Vietnam Unknown was identified in 1998 and reburied elsewhere.

Here is a way you can commemorate the 100th anniversary

in school we have all been taught and learned about the many millions of soldiers and civilians that were killed in World War I, a global conflict so devastating that, at the time, it was known as “the war to end war.” On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of its end — the fighting stopped at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — and the day will be commemorated around Washington with exhibits, tours, and events. Here is a selection of some you can attend if you are in the area:

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington has many ties to World War I, including the Tomb of the Unknowns, which was erected to hold the remains of a soldier from World War I; the Argonne Cross Memorial, dedicated to Americans buried in France; and memorials to chaplains and nurses who served in the war. On Veterans Day, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a program in the Memorial Amphitheater. Sunday at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Dr., Arlington. Gates open at 8 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to get there by 9:30 a.m. Free.

Library of Congress

“Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences in World War I” is a hefty multimedia exhibition that tells the story of the war on both sides of the Atlantic through restored film footage, vintage maps, and photographs, soldiers’ letters home and the diaries of Gen. John J. Pershing. Through Jan. 21, 2019, at the Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free. Note: The library is closed on Sundays, including Veterans Day. On Saturday, the library will host a symposium, “The Road Back: Veterans and Literary Writing,” which includes tours, a panel discussion and a film screening.

National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s major commemoration of the Great War is a day-long event that will include reenactors; 15-minute “lightning talks” on how the war changed American society; displays of historic objects that are usually kept in storage; and hands-on family activities. The museum’s theater will screen veteran-related films all weekend, and there are multiple World War I exhibits, including “Uniformed Women in the Great War” and “Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I.” Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free, except for the film screenings.

Pershing Park

It might come as a surprise to visitors to Washington that there’s no national memorial to World War I: The temple-like shrine on the Mall is dedicated only to veterans who hailed from the District of Columbia. Plans are afoot, however, to turn Pershing Park — which features a statue of General of the Armies John J. Pershing — into a national memorial. Organizers will be hosting a “first look” preview in Pershing Park, with discussions about the roles Native Americans, women, and minorities played in the war; live music; and a World War I film festival. Through Monday at Pershing Park , 15th and E streets NW. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events are free, but some require reservations.

Woodrow Wilson House

When World War I broke out, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson was determined to keep America neutral; his successful 1916 reelection campaign even used the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War.” (Five months later, however, he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.) Wilson purchased a house in Kalorama after leaving office, which is now a museum and memorial. On Veterans Day, tours of the house will be offered every hour on the hour. Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. Adults $5-$10, children younger than 12 free. Admission is free for veterans and their families on Sunday.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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