No Limit Custom Makes the H-D Limited Softail Look Intimidating & Tough

Generally described as a type of motorcycle boasting the rear suspension concealed under the frame, the term Softail is literally tied to Harley-Davidson. The American bike maker even has some rights for the name, ever since the FXST hit the market in 1984. However, The moniker is deceiving, at least on a superficial level, as there are no soft traits in these bikes. No Limit Custom has modified an H-D Limited Softail to look Intimidating and Tough, AMERiders gives you the skinny on this pretty lady.

The family, which presently includes the Softail, Fat Boy, and Low Rider, among others, are known to be able to take a beating in stock form, but also survive hard customization work performed in shops around the world. What you’re looking at now was once a member of the Softail family, and for all intents and purposes, it still is. Only it has been modified by the German custom bike shop to such a degree that it now looks like a hard, cold piece of threatening metal on two custom wheels.

Called Limited in the shop’s books, the motorcycle was gifted with a sharp-looking fuel tank. What you’re looking at is not a custom piece, but something NLC calls a shell, which is glued on top of the original piece of hardware to give it whatever new shape the owner desires.

The two-wheeler also received a new short rear fender, a so-called engine spoiler meant to make the entire build more aggressive, custom CNC-milled hand levers, and various covers. The most expensive hardware that went into this build is the swingarm kit, worth around $4,400 according to NLC.

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The changes made to the two-wheeler are successful enough to convey a message of toughness, but only for those who can afford it. Combined, the parts used on this build are worth around 6,000 euros, which is roughly $7,000 at today’s exchange rates. That’s not including the man-hours, paint scheme, and of course the bike itself.

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Thunderbike’s Silver White Is Impressive With Its 26-Inch Front Wheel

It’s incredible at times to see just how much a motorcycle can change from its stock appearance using the right amount of parts, strategically fitted from front to end. Thunderbike’s Silver White is definitely an impressive bike with its 26-inch front wheel. We at AMERiders are amazed at how beautiful it is.

The bike is the work of a German shop by the name Thunderbike, a group that has been in the business of remaking Harleys for close to three decades now. It’s called Silver White in their books, because of the colors used on it, of course.

There are plenty of changes to go around on this build (some 20 new pieces of hardware were added), but the most obvious one, it seems, is the 26-inch front wheel from the Daytona series. The rear one measures 18 inches, and the difference between the two only adds to the visual drama of the build.

The front wheel was fitted under a custom fender and is enhanced by a bolt-on rake kit that provides 40 degrees of rake and allows for the re-utilization of most of the bike’s original hardware.

But those are not the only changes made to the once common Street Glide. As said, there are about 20 new pieces of hardware, ranging from mostly visual ones, like the various covers, to the more functional-in-nature exhaust system, supplied by Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde.

The entire bike is wrapped in just three (non) colors, black for the engine, silver for parts of the gas tank and various other body panels, and pure white to hold them together.

Thunderbike does not say how much the build cost to make, but the parts used on the Silver White alone are worth about 12,000 euros, which is roughly $14,000 at today’s exchange rates. That’s just $8,000 shy of the price of a brand new, stock Street Glide.

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Kiyonaga’s Galaxy Is a Custom With 3 Bored-Out Honda CB750 Motors

LAND SPEED RACING has a way of inspiring outrageous engineering. The most common motivation is a relentless pursuit of outright speed. Other times, it’s driven by a desire to build something that’s truly out of this world. Shoving three bored-out Honda CB750 motors into one land speed racer is probably a little bit of both.

This, in all of its 12-cylinder, 2,508cc glory, is The Galaxy. It’s the creation of California-based custom motorcycle builder and mad genius, Mitsuhiro “Kiyo” Kiyonaga, and his childhood dream brought to life..

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Kiyonaga-san opened Kiyo’s Garage in Los Angeles in 2013. Around the same time, he built ‘Cherry Blossom,’ a stretched land speed racer with a turbocharged Honda CB750 motor in a scratch-built frame. A few years later ‘Gekko’ followed—another 1970s top fuel-style bike, except this one had two CB motors.

The Galaxy continues Kiyo’s obsession with this theme. “The concept common to all three is a land speed racer with the beauty of a show bike, which can actually run,” he explains.

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“There is a culture called ‘Kacho Fugetsu’ in Japan, which translates literally as flower, bird, wind, moon. But its meaning is the traditional beauty of nature in Japanese aesthetics, and the rhyme of nature. Some write poetry, some sing songs, and some express it in pictures. I want to express Kacho Fugetsu in our machines.”

Kiyo had dreamt of building The Galaxy for a long time, but the project only materialized when he visited the Haas Moto Museum to discuss their acquisition of Cherry Blossom and Gekko. While there, Kiyo also presented owner Bobby Haas and director Stacey Mayfield with sketches of his three-engined concept. Bobby was hesitant at first but eventually reached across the table, shook Kiyo’s hand, and commissioned the project.

Even though Kiyo already had a twin-engined bike under his belt, the step up to three was daunting. “I was skeptical about whether it was possible or not,” he confesses. “However, when I started making it, that anxiety disappeared, and I was able to complete a mechanism that was surprisingly efficient, simple, and fully functional.”

The Galaxy’s four-cylinder power plants are all 1978 Honda CB750 units with F2 large port heads. Each motor has been bored out to 836 cc, and fully rebuilt with lightened and balanced crankshafts, heavy-duty connecting rods, performance cams and oversized stainless steel valves. Extra care was taken to make sure each motor’s internals conformed to the exact same spec.

The motors are each fed by four Keihin FCR 35 mm carbs, with significant work to the intake manifolds to help them run optimally. All three carb sets are linked via a rod-and-heim joint setup, to make it easier to synchronize the throttle slider. But rejetting is still a chore, given that there are 12 carbs to fettle. The entire setup breathes out through twelve custom-made exhausts.

One big challenge was splitting the number one and two engines’ transmissions—a process Kiyo nonchalantly refers to as “simply cutting off unnecessary transmission parts.” The rebuild included fabricating new covers, relocating the oil pumps to sit externally, and working out a custom-built system to circulate oil through all three motors sufficiently.

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A three-piece chassis holds the trio of motors together: a tubular upper frame, and two large engine mounting plates that double up as a rigid ‘swingarm.’ Together with the extensive drillium on the rear plates, it’s part of the design language that defines Kiyo’s trilogy of land speeders.

The front half of The Galaxy’s bodywork is integrated with the frame, and hides the fuel tank and pump, battery, and everything else it needs to run. The tailpiece is a hand-hammered aluminum piece, which also carries the 2.5 gallons of oil that the three Honda engines require. The tiny port sticking out at the back is actually an outlet for the engine breather hose.

Aluminum spun wheels bookend the machine, with holes cut into the front to reduce the effect of crosswinds at speed. The influence of 70s top fuel dragsters is unmistakable in the silhouette, and in the stretched-out ergonomics. The ‘rider triangle’ was carefully judged, offering massive control and knee grip when pinning it across salt flats.

Everything on The Galaxy was handmade, without the aid of CAD software or CNC machines—just the way Kiyo likes it.

“I am more attracted to the warmth unique to handmade products,” he says, “such as roughness, unevenness, and left-right asymmetry, which is finished by hitting, bending, and shaving, rather than an accurate and unrivaled mechanical finish. That is the big joy of creating one with my own hands.”

When it came to the paint job though, Kiyo took his hands off, giving total creative freedom to the same artist that painted the previous two bikes: Gen Katsuragawa at Love Ear Art. The overall effect is surprisingly whimsical, belying just how potent this machine actually is.

The Galaxy has now taken up residence in the Haas Moto Museum alongside its siblings, but Kiyo doesn’t consider it complete. Before he ticks that box, he has one more challenge to face: racing it at Bonneville.

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Origin8or’s Custom Classic Honda CB900F Looks Fast Standing Still

The two-wheeled showstopper you’re looking at here is the work of Origin8or’s Rob Chappell, an ambitious graphic designer who goes about his daily business in Toronto, Canada. As you might’ve already guessed, this solo craftsman shares our deep passion for custom motorcycles of all sorts, and the project featured today is among the tastiest undertakings in his portfolio. No matter what Origin8or’s custom classic Honda CB900F looks fast standing still, at least that is what we here at AMERiders think.

Prior to landing in Chappell’s hands, this mechanical titan was an ordinary 1981 Honda CB900F. In stock form, the Japanese superstar is powered by an air-cooled DOHC inline-four mill that packs sixteen valves and a sizeable displacement of 901cc. At optimal rpm, the four-stroke samurai will gladly summon up to 95 feral horses and 57 pound-feet (77 Nm) of vicious twist.

Although this bad boy may not have been as popular as the almighty CB750, it’s quite safe to say that it was a force to be reckoned with. Now that we’ve reminded ourselves about its powertrain characteristics let’s see how Canada’s Origin8or managed to transform an undistinguished ‘81 CB900F into something truly outstanding.

Chappell’s stunning makeover began at the rear end, where he cut the machine’s stock subframe to make way for a bespoke counterpart. The twin shock absorbers were discarded in favor of a 2008 Yamaha R6’s monoshock and swingarm unit, while a Suzuki GSX-R750’s high-grade forks handle front suspension duties.

After sculpting cafe racer-style knee dents on either side, Rob honored the standard gas tank with a flip-up filler cap. On the other end, you will spot a Kawasaki KZ1000’s repurposed tail section and one gorgeous custom saddle, along with rear-mounted footpegs. Upfront, the CB900F wears clip-on handlebars, an aftermarket top clamp from Cognito Moto, and a Harley-Davidson V-Rod’s unmistakable headlight module.

Stopping power is taken good care of by braided brake lines and wave rotors on both ends. The beast crawls on a set of Carrozzeria V-Track forged aluminum wheels, enveloped in high-performance Dunlop GP-A tires. Besides increasing the inline-four’s displacement to a healthy 985cc, Origin8or’s mastermind also installed Keihin CR31 carburetors and a complete Cycle-X exhaust system for good measure.

Lastly, the bike’s electrics were treated to a state-of-the-art Dynatek ignition, fresh coils, and an antigravity battery. The finishing touches come in the form of bar-end turn signals and digital gauges, as well as an LED taillight with integrated turn signals.

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The Triumph “Bullet” by Alo’s Cafe is a Tribute to Swiss Watchmakers

The aftermarket surgeons over at Alo’s Cafe go about their daily business in Massa, a small town located near Pisa, Italy. Not only does this firm specialize in retailing Triumph’s mechanical spartans, but it has also built many custom entities since birth. For a clear demonstration of the shop’s abilities, we’ll take a minute to examine a project commissioned by a Swiss watchmaking brand named Meccaniche Veloci. The “bullet” is a tribute to Swiss Watchmakers AMERiders explains.

At its core, the unique two-wheeled machine you see here is a Triumph Thruxton 1200 R. In stock guise, this bad boy is brought to life by a liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine packing four valves per cylinder and a gargantuan displacement of 1,200cc. At 6,750 rpm, the four-stroke predator produces 96 ponies, while a torque output of 83 pound-feet (112 Nm) is generated at 4,950 revs.

A six-speed transmission is tasked with channeling the engine’s oomph to the rear wheel via a chain final drive, allowing the Thruxton to achieve a healthy top speed of 135 mph (217 kph). When this vicious warrior landed on Alo’s doorstep, the team wasted no time working their magic to transform it into something truly sensational.

For starters, they went about fabricating a curvy exhaust system in-house. It wears a pair of top-shelf mufflers from Zard’s inventory, topped with unique alloy inserts on their tips. As soon as the new pipes were installed, the Italian craftsmen proceeded to invest over 100 hours into manufacturing a complete aluminum outfit, consisting of a retro-style half fairing, one-off side panels, and a tiny front fender.

Additionally, you will spot a flawless black leather saddle that looks absolutely bonkers. It is appropriately complemented by fresh leather grips on the creature’s handlebars. Last but not least, the beast has been dubbed “The Bullet,” and a brushed finish was chosen for its bespoke bodywork modules.

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This Classic Triumph Trophy TR6C Will Leave You at a Loss for Words

When it comes to spectacular one-off builds and flawless restorations, Vintage Steele’s moto surgeons aren’t messing around. Since its birth, Josh Steele’s Vermont-based enterprise has amazed gearheads with the fascinating pieces of two-wheeled machinery brewed under its roof. AMERiders thinks that this Classic Triumph Trophy TR6C Will Leave You at a Loss for Words.

Needless to say, there’s some genuine talent at work on this workshop’s premises, and the bike you see here does a great job at supporting that claim. This was once a weary ’72 model from Triumph’s Trophy TR6C lineup, but it regained its former youth after receiving Steele’s comprehensive restoration treatment. Let’s take a second to examine this timeless classic, shall we?

Back in the day, the TR6C was a force to be reckoned with. Its four-stroke 649cc parallel-twin powerplant delivers up to 48 ponies at approximately 6,700 rpm, with the air-cooled brute feeding its oomph to a chain final drive by means of a four-speed constant mesh transmission.

Now, the owner of this retro gem wasn’t seeking to customize his mechanical companion in any way, shape, or form. Instead, the fellow was interested in having his Trophy restored back to its former glory, and the experts over at Vintage Steele were more than happy to oblige. When it landed on their doorstep, the process began with a complete overhaul of its aging electrical components.

As such, you will find a new rectifier from PODtronics, a Wassell stator, and a state-of-the-art Pazon electronic ignition setup. With these items installed, the crew went about refurbishing the TR6C’s parallel-twin mill and gearbox to ensure optimum performance. Given the fact that its exhaust system was in a sad state, Brattleboro’s architects proceeded to outsource a fresh module that looks identical.

After enveloping the Trophy’s stock hoops in top-grade Michelin Pilot Active tires, Steele’s team treated its fuel tank to a layer of matte black paintwork, while the frame has been powder-coated from head to toe. Sure enough, we absolutely dig this tastefully restored machine.

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World Supersport & TVS Motors Welcome New Leadership Appointments

Both World Supersport and TVS motors welcome new leadership appointments as Norton Motorcycles and parent company TVS Motor Company announced that they’re pleased to welcome a new Chairman of TVS’ Board of Directors as of January 2023. While As of March 2021, Ana Carrasco’s former aide Carla Grau Pi will be Provec Racing’s team manager. 

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Norton Motorcycles and parent company TVS Motor Company announced that they’re pleased to welcome a new Chairman of TVS’ Board of Directors as of January 2023. His name is Sir Ralf Speth, and he’ll bring decades of auto industry experience to his new appointment.  

Speth has a strong engineering background, which helped him lead Jaguar Land Rover for 11 years as its CEO. Under his leadership, the company brought the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric performance SUV from an idea into a fully engineered and designed reality.  

Prior to his work with Jaguar Land Rover, Sir Ralf spent time with Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group, as well as BMW, which is where he first began his career. He has also served on the Tata Motors Board, as well as the Supervisory Board of Tata Sons Limited.  

Thanks to his outstanding leadership skills and service to science, Sir Ralf has been recognized in multiple ways. According to his Royal Society biography, he has so far been twice honored by the British Empire for his services. In 2015, Sir Ralf was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire. Just four years later, in 2019, he was made an Additional Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has also been a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2014 and is also a professor at the University of Warwick. 

This appointment comes as Norton Motorcycles, which is wholly owned by TVS Motor Company, continues construction on its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Solihull. It is currently scheduled to open by the end of Q2 of 2021, and will form the central base from which all Norton Motorcycles operations occur.  

“We are truly delighted to welcome Sir Ralf to the TVS Motor Company family,” said Norton Motorcycles interim CEO John Russell, in a statement.  

“We know that Sir Ralf is a tremendous leader and his accomplishments in the automotive industry speak volumes. This excellent appointment comes at a time when the Norton Motorcycles business is on a very positive trajectory, but still with much work to do. We will soon be settled in our state-of-the-art new manufacturing base and the guidance of Sir Ralf will be important for us as a growing British business that has a strong legacy,” he concluded. 

Carla Grau Pi

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In February 2021, we first heard the great news that World Supersport champ Ana Carrasco was cleared to get back on the bike after a spinal injury in 2020. Throughout this entire process, though, Carrasco hasn’t been alone. As of March 2021, her former aid Carla Grau Pi will be Provec Racing’s team manager. 

As Provec Racing WSSP300’s team manager, Carla Grau Pi is currently the only female team manager in the World Superbike paddock. She herself has been riding motorcycles since she was five years of age, in addition to being a former Spanish champion Alpine skier and ski instructor. Originally from Bellaterra, Spain, Grau Pi is working toward completion of a Sports Management course at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. At just 22 years of age, Grau Pi represents the future-facing nature of the World Supersport 300 series.  

“I am very happy with this opportunity that Provec Racing and Kawasaki are giving me and to continue being part of this project for the coming year. The team is back after not being able to complete 2020 due to Ana’s injury, and we are eager and excited to be able to help her as much as possible to achieve good results in 2021,” Grau Pi said in a statement. 

“I am delighted to continue working and learning from this group of professionals who have so much experience in the WorldSBK Championship, and we are all looking forward to the start of the season,” she concluded. 

“Carla is eager to learn and she has so much experience to call on inside the pitbox and also amongst all the Provec staff,” Provec KRT World Superbike team manager Guim Roda said in a statement. 

“Of course, our goal is to regain the WWSP300 title with Ana Carrasco, and the whole Provec structure is focused on this. We wish Carla success and hope this appointment will be seen as another positive step for women in the WorldSBK paddock,” he concluded. 

He’s not the only one, and we look forward to seeing one of our favorite motorsport series continue its excitement and growth in the coming seasons and wish Carla all the best with her new leadership role. 

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What Does Your Motorcycle Riders Bucket List Look Like?

What does your motorcycle riders bucket list look like? Well if it is looking a little slim AMERiders will give you a few suggestions to help fill up your bucket list a bit more. We have a nice list that we think you might like, some of these places to ride we have mentioned before but felt they are worth mentioning again.

First off for those of you that don’t know what a Bucket List is and who doesn’t really it is a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. Let’s face it for us bikers there’s no experience quite like the feel of the open road whipping beneath the rubber. You become a part of nature itself, a feeling, unlike anything you find in the restrictive interior of a car. Which is why more than likely there are several great rides we would like to take on our bucket list. So if you don’t have any good ideas on any yet we have got some great suggestions for you here.

RIDING A SPEED ROCKET AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

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In the world of motorsports, there’s one particular place you go if you want to go straight and really really fast (we’re talking record speed fast), and that place is the Bonneville Salt Flats. Located in northwestern Utah along Interstate 80, the Salt Flats as many people call them have their own mystique. A natural wonder and attraction for tourists, the compacted, salty, and flat terrain of the Bonneville Speedway has been a draw for speed freaks for more than a century. This is the place where world records are made and dreams are achieved.

The Salt Flats are world renown as the place to go if you want to etch your name into the annals of speed. Back in the ’60s, the Flats drew an unknown New Zealander by the name of Burt Monroe and his 1920 Indian Scout where he set three records, one of which was set when he was 67-years-old and still stands to this day. If you’re determined to set a land speed record at Bonneville the good news is there are multiple events such as Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and Speed Week. The even better news is that there are numerous categories and classes so you can take a strategic approach and go for a record that looks attainable to you (just make sure your motorcycle tires are up to snuff). The bad news is, since this an all-natural “drag strip” weather, track, and environmental conditions don’t always work out and can result in the cancellation of events from year-to-year.

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

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The Pacific Coast Highway is 656 miles of pure California coastline and unmatched views. Spanning nearly the entire length of the state, the highway begins near Leggett, CA, and ends just past Los Angeles. You’ll see epic waves and steep cliffs as you wind your way down the coast. The stretch of road running through Big Sur is the highlight of the trip, where you’ll encounter pristine beaches and marine wildlife. From seals to whales, keep your eyes peeled as you meander through the sand and waves to the cultural hub of Southern California, Los Angeles. Let’s face it this is how the Pacific Ocean was meant to be seen.

RIDING THE EAST COAST DURING THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS

Spring and summer are typically when you see the most motorcycle riders on the road, but Fall is definitely where it’s at. Not only are the temperatures cooler and more ideal for riding, but it’s all about the colors man, the colors! We might not experience it much here in California (especially southern California), but a trip up through the east coast when the leaves begin to turn can be a life changing experience. A leisure motorcycle cruise down a desolate country road surrounded with various shades of red, brown, orange, and green can bring great inner peace and help you mentally prepare for the forthcoming winter hibernation.

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“The hills are alive with the sound of mo-tor-cycles…” Okay, so you might not be a fan of musicals, but nothing can be more pleasing to the ear than the hum of your motorcycle as you weave through the breathtaking Alps of Austria and Germany. Book a trip with Edelweiss Bike Travel and you’ll be treated to 10,000-foot tall mountain ascents and descending into lush valleys surrounded by pristine lakes aboard the bike of your choice. Almost better than the riding itself is snacking on schnitzel and sipping the finest beers of the region as you reminisce about the day’s highlights with your group. This would be a perfect addition to your bucket list.

TAIL OF THE DRAGON/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY– APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS

photographer: Kevin Stephenson from Florence, AL, USA

Europe might have the Alps but we have the Apps-the Appalachian Mountains that is. So if staying stateside is your thing but want a winding mountain adventure with jaw-dropping views then head to the Appalachian Mountains and Smokey Mountains. These two regions are home to two of the most desirable roadways for motorcyclists, the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and the Tail of the Dragon (TOTD).

Covering 470 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Scenic Byway and All American Road that runs through North Carolina and Virginia. Distant valley views, dense tree-lined canopies, and meandering mountains are just a few if the sights that draw riders to the BRP, what you won’t find are stop lights, billboards, or other obnoxious distractions. Leisure cruising isn’t a suggestion it’s the law, as the speed limit for the majority of the parkway is 45mph.

The Tail of the Dragon starts at Deals Gap at the North Carolina/Tennessee border and then zig-zags into Tennessee along the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Why is this part of US 129 so popular amongst motorcyclists? Because it has 318 of motorcyclists’ favorite things packed into an 11 mile stretch. We’re talking about curves baby! That’s right more than 300 zig-zags of varying bends in just over ten miles. If there was ever a way to put a motorcycle on a roller coaster this is it. Even though there are no intersecting roads to worry about incoming traffic, you do have to worry about oncoming traffic. This is not a road for sightseeing or picture taking (leave that to Killboy), The Dragon requires your undivided attention at all times, otherwise your bike could end up in the Tree of Shame and you could end up worse.

The cool thing is if you give yourself about three days you can cover 650 miles of the most picturesque scenery in the country making a big loop and hit both the BRP and TOTD. Actually, if you’re heavy-handed with the camera you might need to add another day or two because you’ll be making plenty of stops with all the photo ops.

ROUTE 66

Route 66 has many names, The Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway, and Main Street of America. Established in 1926 as one of the main thoroughfares to lead Midwest motorists seeking sun and opportunity on the west coast, Route 66 has become an iconic piece of US history giving travelers a slice of Americana as it rolls through small-town middle America. The original route covered nearly 2,500 miles crossing eight states, starting in Chicago, Illinois to the east and ending in Santa Monica, California to the west. Unfortunately, many portions of the original highway have been realigned or the signage has been taken down when the highway was decommissioned. You can still make the trek from east to west of vice-versa but it may take a little rerouting and map studying to actually cover the original route. Even though there has been mass construction and infrastructure added since it was created, you can still see plenty of great sites, cruise through small towns, and get a good glimpse of what middle America is all about.

PAN-AMERICAN HIGHWAY

If you’re a glutton for punishment then a stroll up or down the 30,000-mile-long Pan-American Highway (PAH) is the trip for you. Before you start packing your motorcycle luggage, however, there are a couple of things you may want to do. First of all, you might want to make sure you have plenty of vacation time-we’re talking like more than a month’s worth-as the record for the fastest trip along the route on a motorcycle is 34 days. The other thing you’ll want to do is make sure you brush up on your French and Spanish; besides Alaska and the lower 48, you’ll be traveling through Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The PAH is comprised of a mix of official and unofficial roadways leaving you varied options for travel in certain sections. The north end starts at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and the southern end finishes up at Ushuaia, Argentina. Packing for this trip will be a feat in itself as you’ll need all-weather gear to handle every climate and terrain imaginable from iced-over roads, lush forests, and 10,000-foot mountain peaks, to scorching deserts, and dense jungles. Fuel management will also be an issue as there are a few stretches with no services for more than 200 miles-so you’ll want to outfit your motorcycle with an oversize gas tank and bring along a couple of Fuel Packs. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the Darien Gap. While it’s only 60 miles wide, it’s a treacherous and sluggish stretch of travel that’s a mix of marshes, swamps, and rivers and definitely isn’t for the weak willed-it’s highly suggested you opt-out and rely on a fairy for a quicker and more relaxed, less stressful crossing.

This is the first ten on our Ultimate Motorcycle Bucket List. Be sure to check out part two and let us know what you think of this list and what’s on your list.

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AMERiders Gives You a List of the Best Motorcycles for Women for 2021

I am sure that many people would like to know what the best motorcycles for women riders are. So we here at AMERiders are giving you a great list of them for 2021. Even though some still think that riding a motorcycle is a masculine endeavor, it is not entirely the case any longer. The number of women motorcycle riders has doubled over this last decade. 20% of motorcycle riders are women, betcha didn’t know that and if you did you on your way to being a bit cooler in my book. It is exciting to know that more strong women are taking onto the roads with their motorcycles riding over all those stereotypes that women cannot do it right. You go, girl!

Motorcycles: these vehicles are unisex in general. However, it is a fact that several designs would suit more to a woman’s demeanor, making bike riding more comfortable and simpler for them. So, if you have come looking for the perfect bike to buy, wait no more because below is a list of the top motorcycles for women. But before that, let’s highlight some features that you can consider while buying a bike.

Specifications to Consider:

1. Weight

Your riding experience depends a lot on how heavy your bike is. If you are a beginner, you would prefer buying a bike that is not too heavy. Being lightweight makes it easy to navigate the bike, especially on wet roads or around sharp corners.

➢ Dry weight vs. wet weight

Dry weight is the weight of your new bike. Add petrol, water, and coolant in it, and it becomes a wet weight. Therefore, when checking the weight of a new bike, remember that it is the dry weight only, and the bike will be heavier when you ride it.

2. Seat Height

The second most important feature to be careful about is the height of your bike and its seat. Remember, when you sit on the bike, your feet should lay flat on the ground.

This posture is essential for you to have control over the motorcycle. Also, if you like a bike a lot, you can ask the manufacturer if a lowering kit is available to adjust seat height.

3. Engine Size and Horsepower

You should always try different engine sizes to know what horsepower you can handle best. If you are a beginner, a 250cc to 500cc engine is ideal for you.

If you have learned the skill now, go for a 600cc to 750cc bike, and if you consider riding a cruiser, you can go up to 1000cc.

4. Price

When you are buying, a significant feature to consider is whether the bike’s price fits your budget or not. It is best always to start looking for bikes that cost within your budget and then go looking for those a little higher in cost. You never know, there may be a great offer waiting for you.

5. Design

Design is always the first thing that attracts the eye. However, be careful. Do not let a pretty design lure you away from more important features. At the same time, do pick a bike that you like, so you enjoy riding it.

Ask yourself, what do I plan to do with the bike? Decide if you will use the bike to commute to work. You may need it for occasional getaways only.

Bikes with advanced technology will be good for you if you are good with tools and maintenance. Finally, think about which brands you like, if any. Also, if that brand suits your budget or not. All these factors help you narrow down your bike options.

If you are already a biker, you can skip the next section, and if you are new to the game, the key will help you become aware of the standard motorcycle terms.

Key Features

● Cruiser

A cruiser is low to the ground with an upright seat position and low center of gravity that increases balance and stability. Thus, it is great for commute and touring.

● Standard

Similar to the cruiser, the standard has a higher center of gravity and slightly higher reach. With simple design and technology, this one is simple to use.

● Sportbike

A sportbike is generally top-heavy and feels lightweight due to a higher center of gravity. Designed with race technology, this one has an adjustable seat and a snappy performance with fantastic braking.

● Dual-Purpose

The Dual-purpose suits both on and off-road and is often more massive with a higher center of gravity. It is easy to navigate and is generally taller.

● Sport Touring

This one comes in the cruiser, dual-purpose, and sports designs and is specially designed for tours and long distances. For this, it has a larger engine, more storage space, and comfort features; therefore, it is heavier too.

● Motocross

The off-road/motocross is not ideal for the road. Lightweight, this one has tires specialized for dirt riding and are not suited to roads.

● Scooter

A scooter’s engine size can vary from 50 cc to 800 cc, which makes it great for both tours and commutes. With a step-through style, this one has an automatic transmission and can come in either big or small tires.

Key Features

● Cruiser

A cruiser is low to the ground with an upright seat position and low center of gravity that increases balance and stability. Thus, it is great for commute and touring.

● Standard

Similar to the cruiser, the standard has a higher center of gravity and slightly higher reach. With simple design and technology, this one is simple to use.

● Sportbike

A sportbike is generally top-heavy and feels lightweight due to a higher center of gravity. Designed with race technology, this one has an adjustable seat and a snappy performance with fantastic braking.

● Dual-Purpose

The Dual-purpose suits both on and off-road and is often more massive with a higher center of gravity. It is easy to navigate and is generally taller.

● Sport Touring

This one comes in the cruiser, dual-purpose, and sports designs and is specially designed for tours and long distances. For this, it has a larger engine, more storage space, and comfort features; therefore, it is heavier too.

● Motocross

The off-road/motocross is not ideal for the road. Lightweight, this one has tires specialized for dirt riding and are not suited to roads.

● Scooter

A scooter’s engine size can vary from 50 cc to 800 cc, which makes it great for both tours and commutes. With a step-through style, this one has an automatic transmission and can come in either big or small tires.

Now that you know what type of bike will suit you best and what should you check before you bring it home, let’s dig into our filtered list of the top motorcycles for women.

First…. In reality there aren’t any motorcycles made specifically for women, nor is there a list of the best motorcycles for women, but there are motorcycles that are more popular than others among the majority of women riders—and that’s what people are really interested in knowing so that is what we came up with.

1. Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 SuperLow

Motorcycles for Women

The Sportster 883 is the number one choice among female riders. This light-weight bike boasts an 883cc Air-Cooled Evolution V-Twin engine with a top speed of 105mph. It has a chrome staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflers that creates a thunderous rumble. The 883 is low-set, with an upright seating position and mid-mounted foot controls. It’s low center of gravity creates a perfect balance for complete control as you weave through traffic. The bike also comes in three color varieties: vivid black, barracuda silver, and river rock grey. The Sportster 883 is one of the most affordable models as well, with prices starting at $8,900.

Harley-Davidson introduced the Sportster 883 SuperLow in 2011 with a model designation of XL 883L. This model replaced the previous XL 883L, which was called the Sportster XL 883L—the L is for low. Both are hugely popular among women. These motorcycles have long been Harley’s entry-level model, and since Harley dominates female market share, and women are the fastest-growing segment of new riders, it makes sense that Harley-Davidson’s entry-level model would be the most popular motorcycle ridden by women today.

2.Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Motorcycles for Women
MY19 XL1200C 1200 Custom. Sportster.

Harley-Davidson has produced several different versions of the Sportster 1200 over last few years. While many women ride the 1200 Custom, many are also riding the 1200L from years back. With Harley being the leading brand among women, it’s not surprising the Sportster 1200 would be near the top of the list. 

The Sportster 1200 Custom is all about attitude and style. While maintaining the durability and comfort of the 883, this bike is a bold statement to anyone who sees you riding it. Packing a 1200cc Air-Cooled Evolution V-Twin engine and pullback bars, this sleek beast tops out around 118mph. The 1200 has an aggressive riding style with an upright seating position and features a closed-loop exhaust system that makes a roar that’ll soothe your soul. Perfect for the city streets, this bike responds to your every touch.  Available colors are midnight blue, river rock grey, vivid black, and billiard red. Prices start at $10,900.

3. Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Motorcycles for Women

The Softail Deluxe is the first bike in our Top 10 Motorcycles for Women list that’s considered a “heavyweight,” and it’s the model women are choosing to ride the most among Harley-Davidson’s “big twin” line up. Big twin means motorcycles that are powered by Harley’s bigger V-twin engine of 1690cc, or 103 cubic-inches as you’ll see it also referred to. It’s no coincidence that the Softail Deluxe is the most popular “bigger” bike in our list—its extremely low seat height of 24.5 inches and its low center of gravity give experienced women riders the opportunity to handle a more powerful motorcycle that can easily and comfortably tackle long days of touring.

The Softail Deluxe is the perfect blend of vintage and modern. This bike has a Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine that will have you cruising at speeds close to 125mph. This cruiser has a comfortable relaxed riding position and floorboards for added control. The Softail has the vintage look of the Harley’s from the 50’s that’ll turn heads and has the modern technology to keep you going. This bike is designed for city riding and not for long-distance so, keep that in mind. Colors include vivid black, midnight blue, stone-washed white pearl, billiard red, and scorched orange, and prices start at $21,900.

4.Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Motorcycles for Women
MY20 FLHX Street Glide. Touring.

While most women tend to prefer light-weight bikes, the Street Glide has been at the top of list for both men and women for years. This bike is built for the highway and features a Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine with batwing fairing. Comfort and luxury come first with a built-in infotainment system, passenger seat, and floorboards. The bike also comes fitted with saddlebags for long-distance trips and comes with a state-of-the-art Reflex Linked Brembo brake system. This powerful machine is for riders of any level and makes road trips worth taking. Available colors are vivid black, black denim, midnight blue, barracuda silver, stiletto red, and Tahitian teal. The Street Glide is one of the more expensive models, with prices starting at $21,999.

While the large majority of women riders are riding middleweight motorcycles, it’s not a surprise to see the number one selling motorcycle for the last five years make it into our top 10 list. The Harley-Davidson Street Glide has been the most popular motorcycle among all riders since its introduction in 2006. It inspired the custom bagger craze with its low-slung, sleek styling. Once women realized it was low enough (or could be easily lowered through seat and suspension modifications) the experienced riders among us wanted all of this motorcycle’s comfort and coolness too, including yours truly.

5.TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE BOBBER

The Bonneville Bobber is by far and away the most fun bike to ride on the road. The classic bobtail seat gives you the appearance and feel of hovering gracefully over the pavement and puts you directly in the middle of the action. Boasting a Liquid-Cooled 8 valve parallel V-Twin engine, this bike zips along at top speeds of 96mph. Ideal for the urban streets, it has an aggressive riding style, and precision foot controls giving you complete freedom over the bike. It can almost be described as an extension of yourself. Available colors are jet black, morello-red, khaki green, and kerosi red. The bobber is also very affordable, with prices starting at $11,950.

6.Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2

The Honda model featured in the Top 10 List of Motorcycles for Women is, not surprisingly, one of the Shadow models. This venerable platform has been hugely popular among women riders for decades. I even started my motorcycling life on a Shadow, so I can can vouch for its accessibility for women riders. The Shadow Spirit 750 C2 does a great job of bridging the gap between the new rider and experienced rider, which is why so many intermediate motorcyclists love this comfortable cruiser with its low seat height. 

Of course, these are all just recommendations based on averages- every rider is unique! Some things to consider as a female rider are weight, height, riding style and riding prowess. We recommend the above based on an entry-level rider looking for a place to start. Do you want the best advice we can give? Go try one out! The showroom at your favored local Motorcycle dealer which both have friendly and knowledgeable staff that are trained to find the bike for you is the best we can suggest.

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This Custom Lowrider Is a Royal Enfield Classic 350 by xLnc Customs

You know that we here at AMERiders like our custom builds, and have done many posts over the past year about them. Besides Harley, Royal Enfields have become one of the favorite choices of custom bike builders when it comes to the platforms for custom builds. Out of the box, Royal Enfield’s motorcycles already look pretty gorgeous thanks to their simplicity and retro flair. Perhaps this is where Royal Enfield’s appeal rests the most—whether you’re one who keeps things stock, or customizes to the ends of the earth, there’s an Enfield for you. This custom bike build is a sweet Royal Enfield lowrider.

It’s no surprise that no matter which corner of the globe you look, you’re bound to find a stunning custom build out of a Royal Enfield. This is exactly the case with this custom lowrider which started life as a Royal Enfield Classic 350. Built by xLnc Customs in India, this badass, low-slung cruiser no longer bears any similarities with the bike it once was. In fact, it’s hard to even tell that this bike was once a standard Classic 350. 

lowrider

Looking at the overall design of this rad custom, it’s clear to see that this bike draws inspiration from the custom lowriders from Harley-Davidson, Indian, and the now-defunct Victory Motorcycles. Employing an all-black color scheme, this custom cruiser has been redesigned from head to tail. For starters, the stock wire-spoke wheels have been replaced with alloy wheels wrapped in meaty tires. The suspension has also been revised to give the bike a lower ride height, while a custom tank, seat, and tail section has been fabricated to fit the overall styling. 

To give the bike a more low-slung appearance, the folks at xLnc Customs extended the Royal Enfield’s swing arm, and redesigned the rear suspension. To top things all off, a round LED headlight, as well as a slew of other bolt-on accessories made the bike both functional and stylish. The Royal Enfield 350cc single-cylinder engine was left untouched for the most part, save for a custom exhaust which features blacked-out headers, and a stainless-steel tip. 

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