As a Short Rider These Motorcycles Will Serve You Well

Height is a major problem for some motorcycle riders. Tall seats and wide saddles are the enemies of the short-legged and many bikes require an above average height simply to swing a leg over. AMERiders decided to put together a list of some great bikes that are great to ride, these are truly the best motorcycles As a Short Rider that Will Serve You Well.


If you’ve ever watched a motorcycle race, regardless of discipline, then you’ll have noticed the broad range in rider sizes. And that’s one of the great things about motorcycling — short or tall, it’s accessible to everyone.

But there are bikes that are better than others for smaller riders, particularly if you happen to be new to biking and aren’t super-confident, especially at low speeds and whilst negotiating traffic where a steadying foot on the tarmac can make all the difference.

The good news is that while commuter bikes or small-capacity entry-level machines are ideal for smaller riders, you’re not limited to them — there’s a vast choice out there and four of the major manufacturers design and build their bikes in Japan where the average male height is 5’ 7” — a good two inches shorter than the average British bloke.

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The obvious starting point when checking the tech specs is the seat height but don’t let this be the limiting factor — for example, single- and twin-cylinder bikes are often much narrower than four-cylinder machines so for a given seat height they can feel very different as the legs aren’t splayed so much.

Weight might also be a consideration but again, many bikes that look heavy on paper carry their weight well, with low centers of gravity that make them easy to ride, even at low speeds. The bottom line as with all these guides is that they are just that — guides. The only way you’ll know for sure which bike is for you is to get out there and try a few — you may just find that superbike you’ve been hankering after but had all but ruled out is actually a perfect fit…

Customising your bike to suit

Modifications to make bikes better suited to a Short Rider range from logical to dangerous. We’ve seen some smart alterations such as having the seat pad remade with less foam and we’ve even seen subframes dropped down slightly with lowering plates to make that dream sports bike a reality.

However, you do need to be careful. Some bikes —especially sports bikes — are often lowered by way of sliding the forks through the yokes and having a modification made to either the rear shock or the shock linkages. While this will achieve a lower seat height it will also reduce cornering clearance and will invariably compromise the handling. The extent of this compromise depends on how well the suspension has been adjusted to compensate for the change in chassis geometry. You will need to advise your insurance company of any major changes too, so you are better off finding a bike that fits you with the bike set up as the manufacturer intended. Here are a few that we’d heartily recommend…

Harley-Davidson Sportster

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Sportster Iron 883

Harley-Davidson isn’t known for making small and lightweight bikes, however, Harley’s Sportster has been around since the late Fifties and is widely accepted as the entry point to the Harley-Davidson range, both in terms of price and ease of use for new riders. The Iron 883 is one of the more recent Sportsters and we think the Black Denim version is one of the coolest to date with its stealthy matt black looks and detailing.

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Harley Davidson Street 500

The engine is soft and tractable with that trademark Harley exhaust note. The riding position is more conventional than many cruisers, with ‘mid controls’ rather than ‘forward controls’ so your feet are more in line with your knees rather than stretched out in front, making it far more manageable for a Short Rider be it a guy or gal.

Also, their Street 500 makes an excellent bike for a Short Rider with a low, low 28-inch seat height. It’s also surprisingly light and has a low center of gravity to make it easier to get off the kickstand.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

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Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Moto Guzzi’s V7 Stone is a very light bike with a 22-liter fuel tank and a 780mm seat height, making it an easy bike for a Short Rider to handle.

Other bikes in the classic collection that are in competition with the Guzzi are the Triumph Bonneville and the Kawasaki W800, and neither of these should be overlooked.  A full 100lbs lighter than a Triumph Bonneville, equal quality and reliability, better handling and an optional 30.7-inch seat height make this thing a winner.

The best way to decide if the motorbike you choose is right for you is to try it on for size and ride it. Safety and comfort depend on the rider so the motorbike has to fit you correctly to enable you to gain the best experience in your riding career. This Moto Guzzi has the Italian looks and character you want, too.

Ducati Monster / Ducati Monster 796

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Ducati Monster 796

The latest contemporary Monsters that benefit from technology filtered down from the Bologna-based brand’s exotic sports bikes. The range is quite baffling but engine sizes vary from 696 all the way up to 1200cc meaning there’s something to suit most riders even a Short Rider.

A slim, V-twin engine helps make this Monster one of the most accessible Ducatis, making the 31.5-inch high seat very narrow. That new, 803cc motor gives it great performance too, with 87 bhp and 58 lb.-ft. of torque. A stylish, fun, easy-to-ride performance bike.


Suzuki SV650/S and the Suzuki TU250X

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Suzuki SV650/S

The smaller sibling of the cult classic TL1000, the SV has long since gained an admiring following of its own — and with good cause. The V-twin motor is flexible enough to be tamed by novice riders or tormented by the more experienced while the handling is so good it spawned a whole genre of racing when it kickstarted the Minitwins class at the start of the century.

Available as a faired (S) or naked machine, there’s an SV for everyone, with good early models as cheap as a few hundred quid up to the later, more angular model. Suzuki stopped making the SV and launched the Gladius in 2009. The Gladius went far better than it looked but didn’t prove as popular as the SV prompting Suzuki to bring back the SV last year. So, if you’re after a new or used street bike or Sportster, with its low and narrow seat, the SV is a top choice for the a Short Rider.

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Suzuki TU250X

However, its brother the Suzuki TU250X is simple, light and low Factors which also happen to describe this little Suzuki perfectly. The 30.3-inch seat is made slim by the single-cylinder motor and an all-up curb weight of just 326lbs makes it exceptionally manageable. Classic styling rounds things out, making this a great choice for both short and new riders. You’ll be reading more about this one in the near future.

And our last bit of information for you.

Top Tips for Shorter People Wanting to Ride a Motorbike:

  • Shorter riders need to accept that more often than not, your heels won’t ever touch the ground fully when you are sat on your motorbike. Using the rest of your feet for support (without heels) is usually sufficient enough. Being able to steady your motorbike without being flat-footed will get easier for you as you gain confidence in yourself and in your motorbike.
  • When parking, get off your motorbike and push it into the parking space. Although this doesn’t look as good as the riders that can paddle their motorbike into space, it’s definitely better than trying to reach the floor fully – and accidentally slipping and falling off!
  • In windy conditions and when stopping, turn your motorbike to the left, as this will lean your motorbike enabling you to get your foot closer and more firmly on the ground.
  • When braking, use your brakes gradually to slow down, as well as your down gear, to try and avoid stopping completely. Look ahead and plan your stopping distance in plenty of time.
  • Generally lookout for anything that can cause your foot to slip, for example, white lines, gravel, mud, water, and any debris. Also, remember that it is not against the law to stop next to a curb so you can put your foot on it for support.
  • And last but by no means least; make sure you have adequate motorbike insurance to ensure peace of mind for yourself, as well as your bike.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Biggest Risks to Motorcyclists on the Road to Watch out For

Riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, but it’s also dangerous. A lot of it has to do with inexperience, but it’s not always inexperienced riders who end up in the hospital. Just last week, a friend of mine who has been riding for ten years without incident found out the hard way that it’s not a matter of if you wreck but how long it will be until you wreck your bike. You can’t avoid every accident, but keeping your eyes up and paying attention to the road will help you spot threats and make better decisions no matter what is happening. AMERiders wants to make sure that you as riders, make sure you’re focusing on these Biggest Risks to your own safety.

1. Oncoming traffic

Biggest Risks Maybe a driver is texting on his cell phone. Maybe a driver is eating a burrito. Maybe a driver is just daydreaming. It doesn’t matter what causes it, but all it takes to cause a serious wreck is for one driver to drift into the other lane and is one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety.

A driver doesn’t even need to hit a rider directly since even being clipped by an oncoming car can knock a rider from his bike. Sadly, keeping a constant eye on traffic and riding like everybody is out to kill you is the only way to minimize your risk of colliding with oncoming traffic.

2. Cars waiting to turn

Biggest RisksIntersections are about and is one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety as it gets, and part of that has to do with drivers making careless left turns. Motorcyclists all have stories about narrowly avoiding a collision with a car pulling out in front of them, and sadly, far too many have stories about actually being hit by those cars.

Drivers need to put down their cell phones and pay better attention to what’s going on around them, but riders need to also pay extra attention while riding through intersections. That added vigilance could save a life.

3. Panic stops

Biggest RisksThere’s always a potential for a wreck when someone has to slam on the brakes, but it’s always more dangerous when you’re on a motorcycle. Since your front brake provides 70% of your stopping power, you have to use it, but if you grab the brake too hard, locking up your front wheel and throwing yourself off the bike are always risks.

Buying a bike with anti-lock brakes will help mitigate this problem, but if you don’t have ABS, it’s even more important to learn how your bike handles under heavy braking. That way you’ll be ready the next time you have to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front of you and lower one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety.

4. Gravel on the road

Biggest RisksMotorcycles are very good at going around corners in normal situations on normal roads, but when you start throwing obstacles into their path, that’s when things get tricky. Sticks, dirt, and even roadkill can be difficult to handle, but the worst road obstacle is gravel.

Gravel kills your grip, causing your bike to behave unpredictably and easily causing a wreck as well as being one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety. If you’re going to go down, a low-side fall is about as good as it gets. Unfortunately, riders trying to recover from hitting gravel can easily high-side as well, which is much more dangerous.

5. Too much speed through a corner

Biggest RisksOne of the best things about motorcycles is that they’re fast. For the cost of a new Honda Civic, you can buy a bike that will hold its own against quarter-million-dollar supercars. Experiencing raw, unbridled speed for the first time is intoxicating, but it’s also dangerous.

In a straight line, most riders don’t get themselves in too much trouble, but learning to take a corner is much more difficult. New riders are especially at risk of taking a corner too fast, but even experienced riders occasionally make mistakes and can this is a reason it is one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety.

6. Opening car doors

Biggest RisksThis isn’t usually a problem once you’re out on an open road since drivers rarely open their doors while moving, but in cities, riders have to be on the lookout for people opening their car doors. Cyclists have dealt with this problem for years, but it’s even more dangerous for motorcycle riders who often travel at faster speeds than bicycles.

Riders in California also have to be on the lookout for jealous drivers who don’t like that lane splitting is legal. Despite the fact that they’re putting someone else’s life at risk, those drivers have no problem opening their doors to prevent riders from splitting lanes. So watch out for those car doors they are one of the Biggest Risks to your own safety.

7. Cars changing lanes

You would think drivers would care more about not murdering people, but despite the increasing number of motorcyclists on the roads and cars with blind spot monitoring systems, drivers still routinely attempt to change lanes without looking or paying attention. Unfortunately, two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. When a car hits a motorcycle while changing lanes, it’s the rider, not the driver who loses every time.

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At highway speeds, that can easily be deadly even if a rider is wearing proper gear. On a crowded highway, it’s even more dangerous. Not all drivers signal their intentions before changing lanes, but most do. Paying attention to which cars are beginning to drift over can help you spot a dangerous lane change before it happens.

8. Other drivers behind you

Riding through an intersection is dangerous, but so is being stopped at one. Drivers who aren’t paying attention have a habit of rear-ending other vehicles, and in most cases, it’s unfortunate, but at least cars have crumple zones and seatbelts. When a distracted driver rear-ends a motorcycle, there isn’t much to protect the rider even in a low-speed crash.

Even when you’re not stopped at an intersection, other drivers can still be a threat. Slow-moving traffic may even be more dangerous than stopped traffic. Vehicles are bunched much more closely in that kind of situation, and all it takes is a driver getting distracted for a second to knock a rider off her bike and into traffic.

9. Inclement weather

Biggest RisksRiding a motorcycle in rain is pretty miserable. You usually get soaked, other drivers splash water on you, and the large puddles that collect at the bottom of hills may as well be rivers that you have to drive through. The roads get slicker, visibility is reduced, and drivers rarely adjust their speed, making the road a dangerous place for motorcycle riders.

There’s also a reason for riding in winter is not advised. Yes, proper equipment can keep you warm, but snow and ice are about as dangerous as it gets. Even if you’re not riding in an area with snow on the ground, you still need to be careful on long rides, because you never know what could be down the road a few hundred miles.

10. Drinking and riding

Biggest RisksUnlike cars, motorcycles offer riders the illusion that they’re safe to ride even while intoxicated. At speed, they’re self-stabilizing, and with so much room in the lane, a little swerving seems like it will probably go unnoticed by law enforcement. Mix that with the drinking culture that surrounds motorcycles, and you have a recipe for trouble.

No matter how safe it feels at the time, alcohol slows your reaction time, impairs your judgment, and is a factor in an unnecessarily-large number of wrecks. Simply not drinking and riding reduces your risk of wrecking drastically. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Only ride sober.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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BMW’s Self-Driving Bike Could Give Us Some Advanced Safety Features

We’ve all seen the video of BMW’s Self-Driving Bike on Facebook or the Internet somewhere if not we will show it to you here in this article. Here at AMERiders wanted to give you a bit more facts on the interesting bike that could give us some advanced safety features.

Motorcycle riders die at a rate 28 times higher than that of people behind the wheel of a car. It’s safe to say, then, that motorcycles theoretically stand to benefit from the recent boom in the development of driver assistance technology. There are unique challenges, to be sure, but the application looks more possible than ever, thanks to a new video of a self-driving motorcycle released by BMW Motorrad, the company’s two-wheeler division.

Look what I can do!

Self-Driving BikeBMW Motorrad says it’s been working on the technology for more than two years, and the effort shows. The Self-Driving Bike in the video leans in the bends, takes off, accelerates, and even flips the kickstand out when it’s done.

It’s alive! Say hello to BMW’s latest creation: the robotic R 1200 GS. Pushing its curiosity for motorcycle dynamics, the company created the self-riding R to help further its understanding of the motorcycle’s behavior and how it could eventually receive rider-assist technologies.

The Machines aren’t taking over YET!

The plan here, thankfully, isn’t to take over the role of the rider completely so don’t bank on seeing autonomous BMW motorcycles on the market anytime soon. However, whatever additional knowledge the autonomous R will bring will eventually lead to such systems as adaptive cruise control or automatic braking assist. The bike would become able to analyze whether a rider is at risk and, like in a car, warn or intervene to avoid a crash.

Self-Driving BikeThere is still ways to go before motorcycle safety technologies catch up to the ones already offered in cars—that is if you’re the kind of rider who would welcome these systems with open arms. Who knows? There could eventually be a demand for self-riding bikes—though I don’t see the purpose—but something urban mobility. I guess it’s bound to happen one day, but for now, I’ll still enjoy the purest experience of a non-autonomous bike while watching the mesmerizing video of the autonomous Terminator-Beemer.

Here is the Self-Driving Bike Video we promised.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Eight Skills That Every New Rider Should Learn and Perfect

Regardless if the weather is soggy in your corner of the world or amazing, and I hope it’s been good wherever you are and that you are making the most of every opportunity to get out and ride. If you’re new to riding, that’s awesome. Hopefully, you are loving it. At AMERiders we look back on our own experiences and remember those early days, weeks, and months as pretty stressful. we enjoyed being out on the road, free to wander wherever we wanted even if we didn’t know where we wanted to go, but we often felt overwhelmed by our lack of skill. If you’re feeling something similar, it’s good to give yourself a kind of task list—things to address and to work on—so the job of becoming a proficient rider doesn’t feel so overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of eight skills we feel are important to work on as a new or returning rider. Though, to be honest, they’re skills that riders of all levels should be working to keep sharp.

Even experienced riders need to work on their skills.


Riding a motorcycle requires a different and arguably higher level of concentration than driving a car, and using your brain can actually be pretty tiring. New or out-of-practice riders will find they lose concentration quickly. And that’s when you start doing dumb stuff. If you’re lucky, your lapses in concentration will only result in bad shifting or dropping your bike at a stop. If you’re unlucky, you might end up pulling one of those only-do-it-once mistakes (i.e, mistakes you won’t live through to do again).

But let’s not focus on the negative, let’s focus on focus. Our advice is to structure lots of breaks into your ride. When plotting things out on Google Maps, look at the estimated journey time and double it. No, really—give yourself that time. And then actually use it; don’t shy away from hitting a planned stop even if you’re OK. We mean, the worst case scenario here is that you end up getting to enjoy some tasty tea and cake, and you arrive at your destination alert and capable of doing more than just sitting there rubbing your face.

Don’t do an Iron Butt unless you gotta

Stopping is good especially when frozen custard is involved.

Equally, don’t feel that you have to achieve some sort of magic number in terms of how long you can stay on a bike for any given stretch. If you’re like us and literally half the population, you may suffer from some form of attention deficit disorder (is it really a disorder, though, if half the population has it?), so you’ll never really be able to match some of those hardcore Iron Butt guys. We’ve ridden thousands upon thousands of miles and still prefer to break our riding into stretches of no more than 90 minutes if at all possible.

Road Knowledge and Awareness

pay attention to the road

This is kind of a no-brainer, but make sure you know the rules of the road. Being really familiar with highway laws, codes, statutes, and such will inherently help you navigate the world around you if not simply because you’ll be more confident in what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

That said, don’t be surprised or upset if no one else seems to know the rules. And don’t be one of those asshats who tries to will everyone into doing things the “right” way. There’s a difference between what should be and what is. Yes, people should be indicating their turns, but most people don’t. Yelling at them—or worse yet, placing yourself in a situation where you’re all but guaranteed some kind of confrontation—is a waste of time and energy. Again it is a skill set that should be in your back pocket.

and road signs

To that end, learn to read the overall environment of where you’re riding. Start with the actual road, of course, try to observe how one condition leads to another (i.e., if there’s a corner at the bottom of a hill it’s a good bet that corner will have gravel in it), then begin to expand your observations to consider how environmental factors may affect your situation. For example, if it’s 5 pm on sunny Friday afternoon you can be pretty sure people aren’t paying much attention—they just want to get home. So, you need to adjust your riding accordingly.


This one is so obvious we almost didn’t include it. Being able to stop is important, and being able to stop well is an even more important skill. This means occasionally taking the time to practice emergency braking in parking lots, but also paying attention to how you’re braking in real-world situations.

Some of this blends into the above skill of road knowledge and awareness. How alert you are to your surroundings and the potential surprises they might throw at you will have an effect on how aggressively you need to apply the whoa.  It also helps to note that we have this in as on our list of skills as it helps with your passenger able brake well helps to avoid the great crashing of helmets.

Staying Focused on the road ahead will help you avoid making emergency stops


U-Turns are in Our skills list because it really is important to be able to wheel your bike around in a reasonable amount of space. To a broader extent, being able to do U-turns is an extension of your skill and comfort with maneuvering a bike. If you can change direction within a 24-foot (7.5-meter) space (like in the space allotted in the UK’s Mod 1 riding exam) with relative ease, you’ll find it a hell of a lot easier to navigate parking lots and do things like lane split.

Even ginormous bikes can be maneuvered in relatively tight spaces it just takes practice

You don’t want to be that guy who can’t control his bike. It’s not a good look.

From a practical standpoint, it’s incredibly useful to have a good U-turn game when out touring because the odds are pretty high that you’re going to get lost and need to turn around at some point. You’ll get a lot less frustrated if turning around doesn’t require riding in the wrong direction until you find a nice, big parking lot in which to paddle around.

Clutch and Throttle Control

These two skills—quite literally—go hand in hand and play into your ability to master all the other skills here. Learning the art of just enough clutch and just enough throttle is particularly important when it comes to slow-speed maneuvers—the aforementioned, U-turn, of course, but also in the simple act of making your way around in tight spaces. Additionally, you’ll find you use these skills A LOT if you decide to try riding off road.

Steady Right-hand makes for good riding

Getting the clutch/throttle dance right is equally important for smooth shifting. At some point down the road, you may want to expose a passenger to the joys of riding. Being able to do so without the great crashing of helmets that comes from sloppy gear changes will go a long way toward encouraging said passenger to join you on future adventures.

Beyond the trick of balancing it with clutch use, quality throttle control is important when it comes to riding corners smoothly, you want to maintain a gentle amount of power all the way through. This can be pretty tricky, even for folks who have done a fair bit of riding, so don’t get discouraged. Some still find themselves trying to improve every time they head out.


The art of downshifting involves getting your clutch and throttle right, as well as your revs so you can quickly drop down a gear when riding enthusiastically. It’s an important skill to have because keeping a bike in its powerband sweet spot helps you maintain control on curvy roads.

The presence of slipper clutches on even “affordable” bikes like the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 means that many people can forget how to do downshift well and get caught out when riding a bike that lacks the feature. It’s always a part of the learning curve when they first hop on a Harley that they accidentally make the rear tire chirp. It’s embarrassing, but also potentially dangerous. Having your back wheel come out from under you is definitely not something you want when hustling along a mountain road.

Riding in the Wet

Notice how each of the above skills tie in with the others? Getting one right lends itself to success with the other. And they all come into play when water starts falling from the sky.

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the road is wet

Many riders—looking at you, Southern Californians—simply stay at home when there’s a threat of precipitation. I think this is a bad call. Not only will you miss out on adventures (Many of us at AMERiders love to ride in the rain there is nothing wrong with it, it can be fun), you’ll also be unprepared when the rain gods eventually catch you by surprise. Additionally, getting comfortable with your bike in the wet will make you an even better rider in the dry. Plus it takes “skills” to ride in the wet.

We’ve written before about how to ride in the rain, but the basic advice is to stay calm. Rain seems to initiate a kind of panic in all road users, even those who are nice and dry in their metal boxes. You need to be patient and alert to be able to deal with all the challenges around you, and getting worked up only saps your mental energy.

Riding in a Group

A lot of people also avoid riding in groups, but unlike our attitude toward riding in the rain, we don’t fault them for doing so. It’s easy to get lost in the mindset of blindly following the person in front of you; this is why you’ll often see videos of motorcyclists running into the back of each other.

Riding in a Motorcycle Group

Another negative effect of group riding is that in some cases it can induce an overall negative mindset. A pack of riders may behave and interact with other road users in a dramatically different way than they might on their own—less friendly, less considerate—and that can ultimately have a negative effect on motorcycling as a whole.

But some people enjoy the camaraderie of riding with a group, or may want to take part in good causes like BarbersRide or the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. And I’ll admit that when things are going right—i.e., everyone’s on their best behavior—it can be a lot of fun to roll around in a big mass of two wheelers. You feel like two-wheelers parade. And who doesn’t love a parade? In that case, it’s again a matter of applying all your skills—especially those related to focus and awareness. Remember to assess each situation for yourself. Sure, that truck may have stopped for 30 other guys, but will it stay stopped for you?

We hope that this has helped you let us know.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~








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Ending of our Guide and Death of a Legend!

As promised here is AMERiders continuance of our Big Guide Motorcycle Categories, and it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to the legend that is The “Bandit” Burt Reynolds.

How will that Coors ever get to Atlanta now?

I am going to start off by saying let’s have a moment of silence for one of the greats. Burt Reynolds…… Most known for his role as Bo “Bandit” Darville in Smokey and the Bandit. He was the smiling, extremely charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, Boogie Nights, and The Last Movie Star.

While he won truckloads of well-deserved awards for his dramatic acting chops in those films, gearheads and grease monkeys all over the world love him for his comedic roles as Bo “Bandit” Darville in Smokey and the Bandit and as JJ McClure in The Cannonball Run. 

While he had his ups and downs—Academy Awards and ugly divorces, even a stint on television during a particularly rocky time in the 90s—Reynolds remained a busy actor throughout his career. He was even the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood for a five-year stint in the late-70s/early-80s. His last film—2017’s aptly named The Last Movie Star directed by Adam Rifkin—was another dramatic role in which Reynolds played an aging actor coming to terms with his fading star power. Pretty prescient.

So, what does Burt Reynolds have to do with motorcycles and motorcycling? Not much, really. He starred in a couple films where his character rode, including the execrable Cop and a Half, and he owned some Harleys on and off, but he wasn’t known as a big motorcycle guy like, say, Steve McQueen.Is there a reason to post him as a tie to motorcycles?  Not really. He was a hell of an actor and a cool guy and he made a lot of movies that I—and millions of gearheads like me—love dearly. Motorcycle-related or not, that is enough for me.

So rest in peace, Bandit. We’ll never see the likes of you again.

Now let’s get back to our guide

Off-Road Guide of our Motorcycle Categories

Want to get dirty? Want to explore places that are off the beaten path? If that’s you, you need an off-road bike. Some of these machines—enduros and supermotos especially—can easily be converted to street-legal use. Most, however, are purpose-built bikes designed for specific uses—climbing up walls, say, or jumping over huge dirt berms. So now we explore the dirty side of our Bike Guide Motorcycle Categories.

Enduro Bikes

KTM 690 Enduro

Enduros are beefed up dirt bikes designed for riding cross-country over long distances. Designed to race in timed, off-road endurance races, enduros are built to take a pounding. They tend to have big fuel tanks, stout suspensions, sturdy frames, and bulletproof drivetrains, and all manner of protective gear to keep them running while out in the back of beyond.

Who rides enduros? Masochists, amateur and professional endurance racers, high-speed low-drag operators, and anyone who wants to take a nice, leisurely ride from, say, Paris to Dakar.


Kawasaki KX450F

Motocross bikes are probably the most common kind of dirt bike. Chances are you have one in your garage or barn right now, and if you don’t you probably will soon enough. Designed to run through arduous, off-road obstacle courses as fast as possible while not shaking themselves into a million pieces, motocrossers are simple and lightweight machines with lots of suspension travel and powerful, well-built drivetrains.

Each of the Big Four—Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki—builds motocrossers, and there are still old soldiers from Bultaco, Greeves, and ton of other old-school marques kicking around. There are even electric motocrossers nowadays built by companies like Alta Motors. Who rides Motocross Bikes? Freestylers, stunts, kids, old guys, and anyone who likes to play in the dirt.


Suzuki DR-Z400SM

Along with enduros, supermoto bikes are the off-road bikes most commonly converted to street use. Like most things that are good and beautiful—OG Japanese superbikes, Yamaha’s XS-series triples, Saturday Night Live, New Hollywood, Star Wars, Serpico, our Managing Editor Jason—supermotos were born in the 70s. Well, supermoto racing was at any rate.

At the time, bikes used in supermoto were simply two-stroke open class motocrossers or enduros converted to race on supermoto’s three types of track—tarmac, hard-packed dirt, and motocross tracks. It wasn’t until the 90s—with the release of Gilera’s Nordwest, the first OEM produced supermoto—that actually dedicated supermoto bikes were built. Modern supermotos are primarily four-stroke machines with smallish wheels, stiff suspensions, and are equally at home on the dirt as on the street. Who rides supermotos? Racers, people who want the capability of an enduro but don’t want to tour, and anyone who needs a versatile, go anywhere, do anything kind of bike.

Trail Bikes

Yamaha TT-R230

The difference between motocross bikes and trail bikes is academic at best. The look the same and do many of the same things, but have a number of small differences under the hood, as it were. Trail bikes tend to be heavier than motocrossers, with torquier engines, shorter gearing, and softer suspension.

Some even have amenities like headlights, kickstands, and skid plates, things you’d never see on a motocrosser. Instead of screaming at redline through a bunch of obstacles, trail bikes are designed to tackle difficult, technically-challenging backcountry trails full of twists, turns, hills, dips, and natural obstacles like trees, rocks, and bears. Who rides trail bikes? Backcountry explorers, adventurers, the occasional zombie hunter, and people who want a motocrosser but prefer something a little lower-strung.

Trials Bikes

Beta 300 2t

Trials bikes are super lightweight, stripped-down, no-frills small-displacement bikes with no seats and short suspensions. They were designed to be ridden—which is a strong word to use here since you “ride” a trials bike standing up which is why they have no seats—in motorcycle trials competitions.

Motorcycle trials are competitions in which riders must navigate ridiculously hard obstacle courses without touching the ground with their feet. That kind of thing requires excellent balance, fine throttle control, and a certain amount of oneness with your machine. Who rides trials bikes? Trials competitors mostly, no one else is crazy enough.

Step-Throughs and Minibikes Guide of our Motorcycle Categories

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Step-throughs and minibikes are an odd bunch, a combination of scooters, tiny little pit bikes, bicycle hybrids, and anything else with two wheels and an engine that doesn’t fall into another category.

These machines are primarily used for commuting, short-range riding, and simple utility work like running errands or moving around campgrounds, racing pits, and bike festivals with ease.

And there you have it our Bike Guide to Motorcycle Categories.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Use Our Guide to Find out the Difference Between a Bagger & a Touring Bike.

Know the difference between a bagger and a touring bike? Just what is an ADV anyway? We answer these questions and more in this guide to bike types.

For someone just getting into motorcycles—or, hell, even for some of us bitter vets—motorcycle classification can be pretty confusing. What’s the difference between a sports tourer and an ADV bike? Is a bagger a touring bike? Is the bike I want a cruiser or is it a standard? Is this all academic? Well, kinda. While motorcycle categories are helpful in grouping bikes with similar features together, there are countless variations within those categories. For example, while the Ninja 400 and the Suzuki Hayabusa are both sports bikes, the gulf between them in terms of performance, use, and riding style is vast indeed. So we here at AMERiders are going to give you our Big Guide to Motorcycle Categories.

Cruiser? Standard? Scooter? What does it all mean?

For this bike guide, we’re going to break bikes down into three super-broad categories—Street Bikes, Off-Road Bikes, and Step Throughs. Each category will have subcategories—Cruiser, Moped, Super Moto, etc.—where we’ll lay out the different kinds of bikes. So let’s get started, shall we?

Street Bike Guide

Like it says on the tin, street bikes are motorcycles designed for riding on the street. They run the gamut from dirt-flinging Adventure bikes to laid-back cruisers to long-legged touring machines complete with heated seats and six-speaker stereo systems.

ADV Bikes

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The motorcycles formerly known as dual sports, adventure bikes—ADV bikes to the properly initiated—are the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. Built for both asphalt and dirt, these machines tend to have tall suspensions, aggressive tires, and protective bars like dirt bikes but have bigger engines and street bike ergonomics.

Adventure bikes can typically be fitted out with all sorts of accessories like skid plates, hard luggage, more comfortable seats, handguard—stuff to improve their on and off-road performance and touring ability. BMW, KTM, and Honda make the most famous ADV bikes, but you can find a decent ADV hiding in just about every company’s lineup. Even Harley is promising one soon! Who rides ADV bikes? Street riders who like to play in the dirt and crazy people who do things like sell all their belongings and ride all around the world for fun.


Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Bob

Cruisers are the quintessential American bike and were perfected on America’s open roads. Low, slow—except when they’re not and those are Power Cruisers—and laid back, cruisers are built to get you where you’re going in style rather than in a hurry. They typically have low seats, soft suspension, forward controls, big, powerful V-twin engines, and are mostly at home on short rides through town to bike night rather than on the open road.

That said, like most bikes cruisers can be fitted out for long-distance riding and some—like Harley-Davidson’s Softail Heritage Classic and Indian’s Chief—are remarkably well suited to long stretches in the saddle. Who rides cruisers? Cool dudes, weekend warriors, fans of Easy Rider, and people with a yen for classic, mid-century American iron.

Kawasaki Ninja 400

Kawasaki Ninja 400

Want to go really fast? Get a sportbike. Descended from racing motorcycles, sportbikes are high-strung, high-performance machines with loads of style, speed, and agility. They come in all sorts of wild colors and have engines that displace anywhere from the low hundreds to over 1,000 cubic centimeters.

Usually fantastic at the track, sportbikes also make respectable commuters and city bikes. They’re pretty bad at touring though, so if you plan to see the world you don’t want to buy, say, a Hayabusa or a Ninja. Who rides sportbikes? Speed freaks, gixxer bros, amateur, and pro racers, and anyone who has an appreciation for speed and style.

Touring Bikes and Baggers

Yamaha Star Venture

As this category’s name suggests, there are two flavors of a bike built for eating up the miles—touring bikes and baggers. Touring bikes—the most famous of which is probably Honda’s venerable Gold Wing—are massive beasts with huge engines loaded down with luggage, protective fairings, and car-like amenities such as touchscreen infotainment systems, heated seats, onboard communication systems, even traction control, and ABS.

Some are so massive that they even have a reverse gear to help riders park them. They’re extremely comfortable and, despite their size, often very easy to ride. Baggers are stripped-down touring bikes like the Indian Springfield, Harley’s Road King, or the BMW K 1600 B. They’re typically built on touring bike frames and have touring bike suspensions, but are short on the techno-wizardry, fairings, and luggage. Where a touring bike is essentially a car on two wheels, baggers typically make do with a big windshield and a pair of hard saddlebags. Who rides touring bikes and baggers? Long-distance travelers, bike campers, and people who like to be comfortable in the saddle.

Note: You will find that many sections in this guide will have more riders fall into it than others.

Sport Touring Bike Guide

BMW R 1200 RT

Sports tourers are what you get when a touring bike and a sports bike love each other very much. They combine speed, style, comfort, agility, and long legs into very capable packages for those who want to take a long ride but want to go very fast while doing so. They tend to have stiffer, sportier suspensions and their carrying capacity isn’t as large as a heavy touring bike, but they can still haul gear, haul a passenger, and haul ass with equal aplomb.

Who rides Sports Tourers? Europeans, people who want to tour where the roads are technically challenging, and sportbike riders who want to go on vacation.

Standard and Naked

Ducati Monster 1200

It used to be, up until maybe 40 or 50 years ago, that all bikes were both standard and naked. Well, except for Harleys and Indians. Standard and Naked bikes are the cloth from which all other bikes are cut. They’re usually very simple, often handsome machines with upright riding positions and pleasant ergonomics.

They can be ultra-modern like the Ducati  Monster or a throwback to earlier times like the Kawasaki Z900RS or the Triumph  Bonneville and are built with general-purpose fun in mind rather than a specific job. Who rides standard and naked bikes? Rockers, riders who like simplicity or retro styling, old guys who fondly remember the CB750 and the Z1000, and anyone looking for a good, all-around, easy to live with a motorcycle.

Since this is getting a bit long I thought that I would give you a bit of a break and continue this guide on Friday Starting with the Off Roaders.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Labor Day Weekend, Pain, and Motorcycles Oh My!

Labor Day Weekend, Pain, and Motorcycles Oh My! Sounds like the name of a funny movie, doesn’t it? Well, it sorta is, the movie of my life. for the past two days, I have been in a serious amount of pain in my left jaw, and ear which is why you didn’t hear from me on Wednesday, I couldn’t see to type straight. I hadn’t slept all night. Come to find out it is a gland and a tooth go figure. But enough about me! This weekend is Labor Day weekend and we all come here to talk about Motorcycles so let’s talk about motorcycles, shall we?

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day is set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

It’s Origin

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. In the United States, a September holiday called Labor Day was first proposed in the early 1880s. Alternate stories of the event’s origination exist.

labor dayAccording to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

P. J. McGuire

P. J. McGuire, Vice President of the American Federation of Labor, is frequently credited as the father of Labor Day in the United States.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day is set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”.

According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire, he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays.

Labor Day picnics and other public gatherings frequently featured speeches by prominent labor leaders.

Motorcycles and Labor Day

But what about Motorcycles what is going on this weekend or what do we do, well there are various rallies that pop up in and around you, you just have to search for them. More than likely you already know about them. But here is some big news…..

Harley-Davidson is celebrating 115 years

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This Labor Day weekend, Harley-Davidson is celebrating 115 years of riding with the biggest free party in town, featuring new events that bring the thrill, freedom, and fun of motorcycles front-and-center. From Aug. 29 to Sep. 2, anyone with an adventurous spirit and a love for the freedom of two wheels should make plans to attend.

Most activities will be free and open to the public, but for those looking to maximize the fun, Harley-Davidson has designed special anniversary rally packs that include exclusive experiences and limited-edition merchandise. Packs start at $50 and include dozens of specials — such as early access to factory tours, private lounge access and behind the scenes tours of Juneau Avenue HQ — and free souvenirs including artwork, headphones, cameras, clothing, and glassware.

Here are a couple things you can do while your there, check out the Harley Davidson Anniversary Page to learn more of what can be done while your celebrating the anniversary. Here are two things that we chose that looked cool to us.

The Harley-Davidson Museum
Consider the Harley-Davidson Museum the epicenter of all the anniversary activities and a must-attend feature of the weekend. With entertainment on two stages, motorcycle field games, a custom bike show, tattoo artists, local food and exclusive exhibits spread across several acres, it’s a museum experience unlike any other. Paid admission is required to enter the museum, but most of the activities on the museum campus are free. Additionally, all Harley Owners Group members will enjoy complimentary admission.

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Enjoy acres of free outdoor activities all weekend long at the 115th Central Rally Point where H-D history and custom culture come to life. (Photo: Harley-Davidson)

115th & HOG 35th Moto-Carnival
The Harley Owners Group (HOG) is one of the largest and longest-running motorcycle groups in existence, and as Harley-Davidson celebrates its 115th, HOG rings in 35 years. To celebrate both, a free five-day moto-carnival kicks off on Wednesday as riders roll into Veterans Park. All weekend long, the Full Throttle Saloon will serve up high-wire motorcycle thrill shows, the Wall of Death and more. It’s the perfect environment for cold drinks and good friends, with a celebration of — what else — all things motorcycle.

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Commencing on the shores of Lake Michigan, this free party is serving up high wire motorcycle thrill shows, Wall of Death, music, drinks, and more. (Photo: Harley-Davidson)
So explore Labor Day Weekend

So explore the weekend if you don’t go explore the 115th anniversary which you have a few days to do. Take a chance and have fun with your friends and family kick back and pop open a cold one, bbq some food and chill. Forget about the pain, (I know I am gonna try too, lol) and have some fun. Just remember to be safe and think before you hop on the scoot. Ride safe, and Dress for the Ride as well.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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From all of us here at AMERiders Happy Labor Day.

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Famous Motorcycles Selling for Mind Boggling Amounts

On Wednesday here at AMERiders, we told you that an auction for 74 Historical Bikes was fixing to take place soon with McQueen’s Husky 400 from the “On Any Sunday” documentary being one of them. Today we let you know of a few more that have either sold or are being sold. From the Mini Bike from Dumb and Dumber to the Harley-Davidson Used In Terminator 2, Famous Motorcycles are Selling for Mind-Boggling Amounts. Plus we all know that Hollywood’s connection with motorcycles is long, slightly twisted, and legendary.

Mini Bike from Dumb and Dumber Sells for $50K

The 1994’s cult classic Dumb and Dumber was up for auction on eBay In February. Within 48-hour of the auction going live, bidding had already jumped up to around $30,000. In the days that followed, bidding continued and the mini’s price steadily climbed until Sunday afternoon when the 100th bid for $50,029.99 was placed and won. That’s 30 bucks more than the MSRP on a brand new Kawasaki Ninja H2R. Sheesh really, I have no words for one the price of the 1st of our Famous Motorcycles listed here.

While it probably wouldn’t reach anywhere near the six-figure range that some of the iconic machines that have sold for in the past have, a minibike from the Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels comedy did sell for 50K. According to the seller; the mini two-wheeler that was for sale was one of two used in the movie, both of which were made by Sydney J. Bartholomew who also designed the film’s famous “Mutt Cutt’s” Van.

John Lennon’s Mini-Bike Sells for Record-Breaking $80K

With the mini from Dumb and Dumber selling for $50K, it wasn’t hard to see this one coming. Following in March, the Honda Monkey-Trail Z50A that once belonged to Beatles co-founder and pop icon, John Lennon, sold at a UK auction for a whopping £57,500 which translates to just shy of $80,000 USD. The Honda went up on the auction block at the National Motorcycle Museum in Bickenhill, Solihull where it was expected to sell for a little over $40K, but bidding quickly rose far beyond the figure that valuation experts had calculated.

“Naturally we were thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance. So to achieve this price is hugely satisfying,” stated Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for H Classics Motorcycle Department following the auction.

We get it that it was owned by John Lennon, but we can’t shake the thought that someone just paid $80K…for a half-century old mini bike. Famous Motorcycles can go for mind boggling of money don’t you think.

Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy, Fonzie’s Triumph sells for record $179K

In 1974, Garry Marshall created Happy Days, a nostalgic look at 1950s teenage America. To complete the look, a cliched and lovable bad boy was needed for the cast. Enter Henry Winkler playing the pompadoured, leather-jacketed greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. Fonzie was known for his roguish charm, his big heart, his ability to get machines to work just by hitting them, and his catchphrase, “Ayyyyyyyy.” He was also known for tear-assing around 1950s Milwaukee on a selection of fine antique Triumphs, one of which has just sold at auction in June for an incredible sum.

With the show in full production, the producers needed a running bike knocked together in just a few days. “We made it up from parts and things lying around.” Ekins once stated in a Classic Bike interview from 1990. It proved to be the perfect choice, light enough for Winlker to handle and truly representative of what a 1950s teenager could afford.

Fonzie’s TR5 rolled across TV screens for years until difficult starting and a sort of run down appearance caused the show’s producers to switch to a custom 1964 Triumph T100ss. It wasn’t just a different bike, it was even a different color. Never mind the continuity error—it also changed color throughout some episodes—no one cared. Pre-unit Triumphs like Fonzie’s TR5 have long since hit 5 digit prices, but the Hollywood connection is worth something, in this case, quite a lot.

The Jackson 5’s Custom Honda Three-Wheeler up for Auction

This ATC is gonna sell as easy as 1-2-3

Way, way back in 1970, Honda began production of the ATC line of off-road trikes. That first model, the legendary, fat-tired ATC90, sold like gangbusters and gave birth to today’s billion-dollar ATV industry. Why are we talking about this today? Well, it seems that a very special ATC is coming up for auction soon—one built by Honda specifically for the Jackson 5.

This particular trike—a 1973 ATC70—was built for the famous family by American Honda and delivered to Motowon Records/The Jackson 5 on April 3, 1973. The delivery receipt, which is included in the auction, declares that the unit is ATC70 SN 1002534 and was designated “Promotional” material. It’s all original (apparently), and features a custom paint job and copious amounts of chrome applied by Honda before being delivered. It comes with an old school blue and yellow California plate that reads “Jackson 5” and a registration tag that expired in August of 1973 (we should note that Michael Jackson’s birthday was in August, so maybe this was his personal trike? We’re not sure).

Aside from the cosmetic work, this trike seems pretty stock. It still has the 70cc, overhead-cam four-stroke single it was born with and the stock suspension—i.e. none. The auction is being handled by Julien’s, and bidding officially started on May 19, 2018. Despite that, there were two bids on the trike and Julien’s estimated that would eventually go for $10,000 to $12,000. That’s, uh, that’s pretty steep for a small, 45-year old Honda trike, to be honest. It is a piece of music history, however, and probably worth that just as a conversation piece. If you’re interested, you can find the Julien’s listing here. Which as you can see closed as unsold.

Harley-Davidson Used In Terminator 2 Hits Auction Block

Ahhnold’s Fat Boy was estimated to bring in more than $250,000 when it went up on the auction block. 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a smash box office success, raking in more than $500M in ticket sales and cementing its place as a classic in movie history. One of the most iconic props was the Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy that Arnold Schwarzenegger rode while being chased through the Los Angeles River by Robert Patrick’s T1000 in a stolen heavy tow truck—a sequence coordinated by stunt legend Gary Davis. Well, that famous Fat Boy that hit the auction block at “Icons Legends of Hollywood Auction” held by auction house Profiles in History.

The use of new generation computer graphics, combining live action with virtual reality and over an above the scene in which Arnold beating up bar patrons to secure a motorcycle – the Harley Davidson Fat Boy – However it did fetch a massive $480,000 (almost 3.28 crore) despite requiring some work to make it a road legal motorcycle.

The odometer reading during the auction was 392 miles and the bike was acquired from Carolco Pictures that produced the film. Profile in History also had confirmed before the auction that the motorcycle has some minor dents and scratches to the front and rear fenders and the saddle bag has three tears in the black vinyl side. To make it running on city roads again the buyer will also have to put on the side mirrors and the engine was not tested by the company.  (It is also worth noting that The ‘punk’ jacket used by Arnold on the motorcycle was also auctioned for $24,000.)

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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74 Historical Racers up for Grabs, a Dream Auction for a Motorcyclist

This auction is the epitome of awesome!

It’s always a little sad when an owner has to part with their bike, but their loss is often someone’s gain. Now imagine having to part with an entire collection of bikes, at AMERiders we can’t even imagine that it gives us shivers. However it is very real and sad, but also exciting, right? Well, exciting for buyers at least. Speaking of, one very exciting bike collection is going up for auction this year and were blown away by this collection of old and race racing machines.

Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

The auction firm Bonhams has announced that it will have quite the lineup of bikes up on the stage at the MCN Ally Pally Bike Show on September 22 and 23 in London, UK. Bonhams has had quite the impressive lineup of collector’s items to auction off, including McQueen’s Husky 400 from the “On Any Sunday” documentary.

This time, there’s no Hollywood celebrity names attached to the collection up for grabs, but rather decades of motorsport history. A collection of 74 vintage bikes is being let go of by a single owner—probably a heartbroken one.

Among this crazy collection, we find some amazing rarities, including a 1973 MV Agusta 500/3 Grand Prix that has allegedly been raced by Giacomo “Ago” Agostini himself. That bike alone has an estimated value of around £250,000 ($320,000).

The 500/3 is only one of the eight MV Agustas in the lineup. Other bikes include a 1971 MV Agusta 750S, a 1977 MV Agusta 750S America, as well as a rare 2000 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro. Only 300 units of the Serie Oro were produced in 1999.

The Brits are also well represented within the collection that counts a total of twelve Triumphs. The 1953 Triumph T100C and 1961 Triumph T120C Bonneville Scrambler are definitely worth a look. The owner of the collection also managed to get his hands on a 1961 Beart-Norton 350cc Manx, modified by famed British tuner Francis Beart.

Of course, a good motorcycle collection wouldn’t be complete without at least one early-days Honda CB of some sort. In this case, the collector opted for a 1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast.

That’s only a tenth of all the treasures the collection holds. Anybody in London in September should totally check it out and send us pictures. You know. For science.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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And as always don’t forget to send us your stories, pictures, and events for posting to GALLERY.AMERIDERS @ GMAIL.COM  and we will post them for you. The more people that know about your event the better and we are offering free advertising. We would also love to hear about your rides and love to see those bikes so send those stories and pictures.

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Sturgis Is Done! What Crazy Things Have Happened or Were Lost?

Well, another year of Sturgis is over, and the long wait for another year of fun, music, food, and frolicking hs started. Wait, there is something that some left behind that they might need to go back and get. Or there may be a few things that happened they might want to remember forever or just forget happened all together. We are going to list some of the crazy weird things that were lost over the years and some of the cool things that happened and some of the weird, wild and memorable ones as well. For those of you that this has happened too, you did or that experienced these give us at AMERiders a virtual hand raise in the comments below or even on Facebook in the comments.

Crazy Things lost at Sturgis

People bring in all sorts of strange things to add to the experience, and every year lots of those items surface after the party is over. While many are lucky enough to get reunited with their valuables at the Buffalo Chip lost and found, nearly just as many move on without them. Some of the remaining items were so strange, it’s no wonder they were left behind! Check out all the weird and wonderful stuff the Chip found over the years after last call.

This was definitely a weird one why would anyone want to do this to a mannequin? check out what the Chip said about it.

1 IDK WTF this is, but if unclaimed, it will be sold to the highest bidder.

Ok, we know weird things happen and are lost at Sturgis cause people are having a good time with their friends but really people a blow up sheep?

1 Inflatable Sheep (Sheep don’t tell?)

And we still can’t figure this out the only thing we can figure out is that this person might not have made it home from Sturgis for one reason or another.

…and still no winner to this left behind 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide

However, some things are hard to take back with you when they are “made at Sturgis” Like this bridge.

This bridge a group of campers built so their buddy in a wheelchair could come to drink coffee with them every morning.

Not to mention the usual things they say they get like multitudes of Keys, Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, Air mattresses, Tents, cell phones, wallets, ids, and credit cards, and various clothing items. What crazy and weird things have you left at Sturgis? Or were any of the above yours?

Crazy and weird moments in Sturgis History!

Throwing a nine-day party every August for nearly four decades requires shaking things up. A willingness to try new things is vital to keeping things fresh, so having an open mind is key. While judging people is against everything Sturgis stands for, sometimes it’s hard not to look back at some of the events and the resulting odd moments that have taken place over the years and go, “uhh… wut?!” Check out some of the Crazy and weirdest moments that have ever taken place at Sturgis and be assured that your mental health is still in good standing. (pictures courtesy of Buffalo Chip)

Biker Wedding with Kangaroo Best Man


Any wedding at the Buffalo Chip is guaranteed not to be your usual stuffy traditional affair, but Midget Bowling enforcer Lady Victoria kicked things up a notch in 2009 when her wedding featured a marsupial as the best man. After Jack escorted her up the aisle, he was rewarded for his service with a BreathSavers mint.

 Big Woody’s Panty Party

One hundred eighty-two bikers donned their most dashing pair of drawers and their brightest smiles on Aug. 5, 2015 to be part of one of the rally’s most outrageous world-record-breaking attempts – the most people in one place wearing only underwear! While the group did not manage to break the record, they did manage to have one hell of a time.

Pee-wee Herman’s “Tequila Dance” on the Wolfman Jack Stage


When Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-wee Herman, came to the Buffalo Chip in 2010, nobody was really sure what to expect other than the unexpected. Consequently, when he zip-lined onto the stage and proceeded to recreate the classic  “Tequila dance” scene from his film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” alongside the 2010 Miss Buffalo Chip contestants, the expectations that something outrageous was going to happen were met.


So, What was the crazy or weird thing that you left at Sturgis this year or was it just a fun experience for you? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook comments.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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