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The 77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week Starts in Two Weeks

The 77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week Starts in just Two Weeks we hope that you are getting packed and are on your way. Because we will have some information coming your way. AMERiders is gonna give you a bit more information on what is going to be going on at bike week as well as some tips that will help you. However, this year we are going to start off a bit more solemnly.

Harley-Davidson Gas and Oil Artist Leaves Legacy and Family Behind

77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week“Mathew Hintz, the Official Artist of Daytona Bike Week, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 41 on December 30, leaving a wife and four children ages 6 – 13. His 2018 Daytona Bike Week painting was the last piece of artwork he completed before his death. Mathew Hintz spent more than 20 years of his life perfecting his craft, which graced the posters for the 74th, 75th, and 76th anniversaries of Bike Week making this year’s poster the fourth and final in a series of amazing work. Be sure to pick up your limited-edition collector poster at the Official Welcome Center on Beach Street.

Specializing in “gas and oil” subjects and the drama of professional sports, Hintz worked professionally for more than 20 years to develop the techniques behind his distinctive sculptural layered-paint portraits and rugged charcoal drawings. He captured the passion of his clients through impressionistic painting. Hintz created more than 60 paintings and gritty charcoal drawings, many of which were larger scale at 40″ x 60″.

77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike WeekHintz worked as a contract artist to the Harley-Davidson Styling and Creative Services Departments, working closely with Willie G. Davidson and others to create motorcycle paint designs, helmet graphics, and tank medallions. In addition to Harley-Davidson images, Hintz worked with Ford Images and also created sports art for Steiner Sports, painting athletes like Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, and Mike Tyson.

Why help? It’s personal. If you attended Daytona Bike Week from 2015 to 2018, you may be wearing the artwork of Mathew Hintz on a patch or T-shirt right now. Hintz’ artwork was featured on the Official Daytona Bike Week poster for the Daytona Chamber of Commerce from 2015 to 2018. Hintz’ artwork was also on the cover of the official Daytona Bike Week guide for 2017 & 2018.” 

Read more of the article here.

Now to liven things up a bit…..

Official Motorcycle of Bike Week 2018

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American Iron Magazine and Chaos Cycle Present the Official Bike of 2018 Daytona Bike Week, a completely customized 2010 Harley-Davidson Super Glide.

77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike WeekThis year marks the 77th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, which means there is another opportunity for one lucky rider to win a custom Harley-Davidson, bought, built, and presented by American Iron Magazine. The Daytona Chamber of Commerce once again approached AIM to build and promote the official Harley-Davidson of Bike Week, hoping to continue the success of 2017’s fully customized 2010 Ultra built by Street Stuff in Norwich, Connecticut. This year, American Iron partnered with Chaos Cycle, owned and operated by George Sinsman in Long Island, New York, and the results are nothing short of tremendous.

 You do not need to be present to win.

2018 Official Bike Week Motorcycle – Not only is this a great bike, but it’s also A ONE OF A KIND.

Only 4500 Tickets available, so the odds of winning are great!  Go to this page to see more information.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week

 

 

 

 

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date with information on the 77th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week.

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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The Worlds Largest Motorcycle Event Is Coming! Are You Ready?

AMERiders knows it’s that time of the year again the 77th Annual Daytona Bike Week starts on Friday, 3/9/2018 and that is just around the corner. What we want to know is! Are You Ready? AMERIders is and we have pulled up a bit of information about this year’s festivities and a bit more for you. will be giving you a Pre-Bike week next 2 weeks. Today AMERiders is going to give you some background info on The Worlds Largest Motorcycle Event.

Why is Bike week the Worlds Largest Motorcycles Events

Worlds Largest Motorcycles EventSimilar to its northern counterpart (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally), Daytona Bike Week has been running for almost 70 consecutive years. The event was first created in 1937 as a motorcycle race – one which occurred over a sand and road course. This tradition lasted until 1942 when the American Motorcycle Association canceled the event due to World War II, the Daytona Chamber of Commerce’s website says.

Although the race was canned, people still showed up for an unofficial party that became Daytona Bike Week. Currently, the rally attracts 500,000 bikers over a 10-day stretch and includes a number of parties, various forms of entertainment, camping and even weddings.

With warm weather and close proximity to tourist attractions like the Kennedy Space Center, Silver Springs state park and themed water parks, Daytona Bike Week provides an avenue of entertainment for every biker in town, making it The Worlds Largest Motorcycle Event.

What goes on during Bike week?

Worlds Largest Motorcycles EventEverything you can think of …. well maybe not but close. Swapmeets, Bands, Fun, Food, Bike Shows, and Competitions. Not to mention meeting up with friends you may not have seen in a while or even see all the time to party hard into the wee hours of the night. here are just a few things happening during bike week. We will have a full list as it gets closer so you can plan your week.

77th Anniversary of Bike Week 2018 March 09, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Bobby Friss at Dirty Harry’s Pub March 09, 2018 to March 10, 201
Cabbage Patch  March 09, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Cacklebery Campground Bike Week 2018 March 09, 2018 to March 09, 2018
Crush performed at Full Moon Saloon March 09, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Daytona Bike Week Swapmeet 40th Annual March 09, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Dirty Harry’s 2018 Bike Week Event March 09, 2018 to March 18, 2018
So don’t forget to try and book your room or campground plot if any are left. You may have to find one in an surrounding county and drive in, as we said it is the Worlds Largest Motorcycles Event.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date with information on the Worlds Largest Motorcycles Event.

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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Happy Valentine’s Day to All Our AMERiders Friends and Family

Happy Valentine’s Day to All Our AMERiders Friends and Family, we hope you have or are having a good one today! We thought we would give you a little background and some interesting info to think about. What does Valentine’s Day mean, where did it come from and what do some bikers do on it.

The Origination/Background

Happy Valentine's DayValentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14 are presented in martyrologies, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).

Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of HieromartyrValentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).

Bikers and Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's DayEverybody has their own way of celebrating the Valentine’s Day. Those who have dates, be they men or women or teenage girls or boys, go on their dates to enjoy themselves to their fullest and to confess their feeling for their loved ones. Those who don’t have any dates go to the places with their friends. Love is in the air on the Valentine’s Day and everybody just goes with it. Bikers do the same but sometimes we go a different route.

We make take our girls on a sweet bike ride to a wonderful, interesting, or even romantic place for dinner or lunch. Some like this year will gather with other couple and get married. The Daytona Beach News-Journal posted an article about part is below.

“In Daytona, Florida this year Clerk’s offices in Volusia and Flagler counties are put on group weddings on today.

Cupid, aka Volusia County Clerk of the Circuit Court Laura Roth, will preside over two ceremonies in Daytona Beach and DeLand, while Flagler County Clerk Tom Bexley will conduct one ceremony in Flagler. “It’s a perfect day to get married,” Roth said.

Roth will first conduct a group wedding at 11 a.m. on Valentine’s Day at the pavilion on the Halifax River at City Island Park, 125 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach. Afterward, she will drive west to perform another group wedding at 3 p.m. in the rotunda of the historic Volusia County Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand.”

See rest of the article by Daytona Beach News-Journal Here.

Coming up

Getting married on Valentine’s Day In Daytona? Why not it’s a perfect time since the 77th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week is coming up in a couple weeks starting on March 9 – 18, 2018. We will give you more information on that next week.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Happy Valentine's Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders says Happy Valentine’s Day and we’ll give you info soon on 77th Daytona Bike week.

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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Bad Ass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-Ons to Give Your Helmet Style

A motorcycle helmet is the best and last line of defense for every biker, and when you were your helmet you want to make it look fabulous and show off your own style. Which is why we at AMERiders have a large selection of Badass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-ons for you to choose from.

Motorcycle Helmet Mohawks

Motorcycle AccessoryThere are a few different types of Mohawks available: The easiest to install would be known as the “Sawblade” or “Warhawk” accessory. This is a flexible rubber strip with 3M adhesive on the back that peels off and simple sticks down to any flat surface. In our use case, a motorcycle helmet. There are a couple different variations of this, but they are pretty similar minus some small design changes.

Helmet Spikes & Spike Strips

Motorcycle AccessoryAdding a couple of these spikes to the top of your lid turns your helmet into a make-shift weapon in the zombie apocalypse.

One big one right on the tippy top of your lid should do the trick. Adding them to a crystal/gem pattern turns out pretty cool too.

Because this is a screw on accessory, you are obviously going to need to drill a hole through your helmet to screw it down from the inside out.

So they are really not limited to helmets. You can screw them into anywhere that you can get to both sides of the material, like a rat rod bike or your sweet 80’s shoulder pads.

You can also get spikes in full strips just like a mohawk, as some Bad Ass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-Ons.

Motorcycle Helmet Bows

Motorcycle AccessoryLadies can have Bad Ass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-Ons, and Bows are a fancy way to jazz up your favorite helmet too. There are a multitude of colors and patterns to choose from that will match up with your helmet. Pink, White, Blue, red, are our choices. Our Bows are peel and stick to your helmet surface.

The peel and stick does a pretty nice job at speeds of 130MPH. Check out our bows and you will defiantly find one that you are just going to love!

Motorcycle Helmet Horns

Motorcycle AccessoryThese cool little suction cup horns are easily added to any smooth surface. They do stick down to matte paint, but not very well. Glossy surfaces are recommended.

While 2 up in the front is the most common pattern, think outside the norm just a little and come up with some other uses for them too! They can be lined up like a mohawk, turn downwards or added to the chin-bar, and even just add a single one to the center on the top of the helmet like a unicorn.

Our customers like Robert Briggs (his helmet is featured below) even use our horns on either side of a Mohawk strip, he truly uses some Bad Ass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-Ons.Motorcycle Accessory

Motorcycle Helmet Pigtails & Ponytails

Pigtails: Now these can get pretty fun to customize! The dual pigtails come in many color choices. At 12′ long these can be braided, straightened, or curled to your liking. Motorcycle Accessory

Motorcycle Helmet Visor Decals and Stickers

Motorcycle AccessoryThese motorcycle helmet face shield decals are extremely easy to install on your helmet’s shield and protects you from the stray ultraviolet rays of the sun. Visor Decals are a great way to dress up your full face helmet on the cheap if you don’t want to foot the bill for a full custom airbrush paint job.

Motorcycle AccessoryMotorcycle helmet stickers and decals are another easy way to customize your favorite helmet. And some of them get pretty raunchy! Check out our collection.

Bottom Line = Your ride, your style.

So, there you have it! These are some of best motorcycle helmet accessories that will make you look pretty darn cool and should definitely be a part of your riding gear.

Motorcycle accessories are not only sleek and cool to look at, but can also be the difference between life and death if you happen to do some impromptu body surfing across the asphalt while riding down the interstate.

In the end, we would just like to say, as a friend to all those riders out there, “Prepare for the crash, dress for the ride.”  Wearing the proper riding gear does not have to mean suiting up in full body armor, but it does mean you should wear heavy clothes, like jeans and a jacket, and I would also recommend a good helmet and some of these accessories mentioned above, but then again, you already knew that.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders help you find some Bad Ass Motorcycle Helmet Accessory Add-Ons to Give Your Helmet Style.

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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Harley Davidson Plans Production on Electric Motorcycles to Engage Younger Riders

Project Livewire was Harley’s first chance to dip its toe into electric motorcycling. Now the company has announced plans to bring Electric Motorcycles to market within the next 18 months. AMERiders gives you the scoop on the story.

Harley-Davidson is hurting. The company released its full-year results for 2017 on last week, showing a worldwide sales drop of 6.7 percent against 2016, broken down into an 8.5 percent slide in US sales and a 3.9 percent drop elsewhere.

This isn’t just a Harley-Davidson issue. Large capacity motorcycle manufacturers across the board are struggling with some basic facts: the average new bike buyer keeps getting older and older, for one, and the kids underneath them just don’t seem to be as interested, preferring the blue glow of their smartphone screens and the taste of Tide pods to a throbbing motor and a smile full of bugs. Such is life.

H-D plans to address the slide by aggressively targeting younger riders, “redefining its product in traditional spaces and expanding into new spaces.” One of those new spaces will be electric, with the company announcing that it’ll have an electric Harley on sale within 18 months – though at this stage we don’t know what it will look like or how much it will cost.

Electric MotorcyclesThis shouldn’t come as a surprise after the worldwide press, hearts & minds campaign surrounding Project Livewire, an EV technology demonstrator with an underwhelming 7 kWh battery and funky looks that was wheeled out for short test rides all over the place, and even ended up making a cameo as Scarlett Johannsen’s zero-emissions steed in the latest Avengers movie.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it still does to anyone who’s grown up with a very fixed image of what Harley-Davidsons are all about: outlaws, choppers, carefree big-bore dinosaur burners that never moved with the times because they never had to.

Matt Levatich, H-D President and CEO, summed up his company’s view thus: “The EV motorcycle market is in its infancy today, but we believe premium Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles will help drive excitement and participation in the sport globally. As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business.”

So it seems the company sees an opportunity for somebody to step in and become the Tesla of electric motorcycles, playing on prestige as well as performance, and piggybacking on a network of charging stations that the EV pioneers have built out.

Electric MotorcyclesPerhaps H-D could play that role; it’s got brand awareness, style and street cred that a company like Zero Motorcycles can’t match. Harley customers are used to paying the kinds of prices electrics necessitate. They won’t have the range or OG EV cred of a Zero, or the performance of a Lightning, or presumably the out-there design factor of whatever Curtiss is working on, but they have a powerful global dealer network and a brand so strong that people buy the clothes without ever having ridden a motorcycle.

Whether it can pull off this kind of transformation without burning its existing (and highly tribal) customer base down to the ground will be fascinating to watch. I can’t remember a technological innovation since the Evolution engine that Harley’s true believers didn’t fight tooth and nail. The brand is built on heritage, history and a riding experience that hasn’t changed with fashion. We can imagine what the average person with a Harley logo tattoo will have to say about an electric.

But ultimately this is a microcosm of what the rest of the industry is going through. The kinds of bikes my father’s generation loved are different to what my generation is into, and nobody seems to have any idea what’s going to get the kids to dig into their famously shallow pockets if it can’t be squashed onto a piece of toast. And if they don’t have the dollars for gas bikes, will they really flock to more expensive electrics?

Gives you a bit of something to think about doesn’t it?

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date on Harley-Davidsons Plans for production of their Electric Motorcycles.

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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Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle That You Will Love

We’re a month or so into 2018, but I’m of the mind that a new year doesn’t really begin until you buy a new wall calendar. If you still haven’t made a New Year’s resolutions, which some people decided not too, Allow us to suggest one: Make this year the one in which you finally get a motorcycle. Or, the year in which you convince someone else to get one.To assist in this, at AMERiders we’ve listed some Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle.

1. Riding A Motorcycle Makes You Cool

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Generally, we like to hide this fact. But, in many ways, it’s at the heart of all other reasons: In some way or another motorcycling will make you cooler than everyone else. And deep in their hearts, everyone else will know it. No, it’s not very cool to admit such a thing—indeed, part of coolness comes from respectfulness toward those who lack the good fortune of being you— but, that makes it no less true.

You don’t have to look like Beckham on a Bonneville to achieve this coolness. It happens naturally with all motorized two-wheeled conveyances. As someone once told me: “When you see someone on a motorcycle, it doesn’t matter what kind, you think: ‘Oh, that person is on an adventure! I wonder where they’re going.'”, “You don’t think that about someone in a car,” they said. “You just think: ‘That person is stuck in traffic.'”

2. You’ll Find Your Zen

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Part of being cool as a motorcyclist comes when you stop worrying about “embarrassing” things like helmet hair or walking into restaurants wearing base layers; you don’t get upset when it’s hot or cold or raining or windy. Ride regularly (and intelligently) for long enough and you’ll even be less enraged by other road users’ negligence. Because you know centering your anger on one person or thing only results in lost awareness.

On the road, the constant monitoring of your situation—speed, angle, body posture, road condition, lane position, possible hazards, etc.—serves as a meditation that clears your mind of the unnecessary. Helping to clear your mind of stress while riding. On a bike, you find mindfulness and inner peace, some of which will stay with you off the bike, which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle.

3. Commuting is Easier and More Fun

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It seems a lot of people suffer a mental block when it comes to honestly considering motorcycles as viable everyday transportation, but the fact is, they make a lot of sense.

If you live in one of the majorities of places in the world that allow lane splitting, riding a motorcycle means you will get to work sooner and with less frustration. If you don’t live in one of those places, you should be writing your representatives and throwing eggs at ABATE members in an effort to get things changed. But there’s still plenty of advantage to getting to work on two wheels.

There’s the nominal financial benefit: Bikes can be pretty fuel efficient. A good 250cc machine will give you upward of 85 mpg. And since doing basic maintenance (e.g., oil changes) is easier with a motorcycle, you can save some cash there too. It’s not unheard of for motorcyclists to encounter lower costs at toll booths and parking lots, but even if your area isn’t that progressive, finding a place to park is still generally easier.

We used the word “nominal” in the above paragraph because often when someone evangelizes the financial benefits of motorcycling he or she conveniently overlooks the cost of gear. Good gear is important for happy commuting and it doesn’t come cheap. But I’m still willing to bet that the motorcyclist comes out slightly ahead at the end of the year, which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle.

4. Mother Earth Will Thank You

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If you love to help the environment then this which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle. As a knock-on effect of fuel efficiency, motorcycles are a greener choice for transportation. Maybe not so much if you’re still thrashing around on a two-stroke, but any modern bike will have to meet increasingly strict environmental standards.

If you’re lane splitting on the way to work, you’re also decreasing your environmental impact by not sitting at idle for long stretches. If your engine is running for less time, it spends less time putting crap in the air. If you go electric, of course, you can ride around feeling smug (assuming you are conscientious enough to ensure your energy supplier uses sustainable resources).

5. You’re Less of a Drain on the System

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Along with putting fewer pollutants into the air they breathe, you’re helping out your fellow citizens by placing less stress on the roads their taxes pay for. Because you and the bike weigh less than someone else and a car, you’re causing less strain. That means the road lasts longer, and that also means the need for repair is less frequent. Henceforth, feel free to shout “You’re welcome!” at everyone you pass.

6. A Motorcycle Can’t be Hacked (yet)

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One of the more terrifying Skynet-like things to happen last year was hackers remotely controlling a Jeep Cherokee. Last I checked, this sort of thing isn’t yet—yet—possible with a motorcycle. Though, considering Ducati (and most electric bikes) offer the ability to make adjustments via smartphone, it probably won’t belong. If you’re truly concerned about the machines taking over though, a motorcycle remains a good bet. Especially if you choose a Royal-Enfield or Ural.

7. More Humans Are Involved

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Related to the above, it’s generally the case that far more human hands will have been involved in the making of your motorcycle than in the average car. This is especially true if you buy boutique motorcycles, like the Ariel Ace, and obviously with any custom. But even with major manufacturers like Honda, people play an important role, performing tricky tasks a robot simply can’t manage.

8. Your Health Will Improve

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When motorcycle proponents are scraping the barrel they drag out the claim that motorcycles help you lose weight. Ostensibly this is true: A 180-pound man will burn 40 more calories in an hour riding a motorcycle than he will be driving a car. If he sings the whole time he’ll scorch an additional 100 calories. But take a gander at those attending Sturgis or Daytona rallies and it’s clear riding a bike isn’t a miracle weight-loss technique, which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle

It is, however, incredibly good for your brain. The aforementioned zen state mixes with the endorphins that come from spirited riding, or simply being outside does wonders for your mental health. It pains me to give ammunition to trolls here, but I’m someone who has struggled a lot with mental health over the years. Since returning to riding, however, I’ve found things gradually improving. I’m calmer, more confident, kinder, and generally happier.

And it’s a simple truth that improved mental health leads to improved physical health, if not simply because it gives you the right attitude.

9. You Meet the Nicest People

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Using terms like “brotherhood” or “sisterhood” in applying the connection between motorcyclists quickly sends one down the rabbit hole of self-aggrandizing BS. The idea of there being a special bond between the purchasers of a mass-produced item is silly. I am no more spiritually linked to other motorcyclists than I am other consumers of Kraft macaroni and cheese. And yet, and yet… there is something.

Depending on the country, you’ll be greeted by waves or nods or extended feet when you pass other riders. Motorcycling induces a small town friendliness among its participants, no matter where they are in the world. Showing up somewhere on a bike means people will go out of their way to talk to you, to share stories. If you’re open to this, you’ll find yourself meeting people with whom you might otherwise never have had an opportunity to interact—people from outside your socioeconomic/religious/racial circles. And you will be better for it, and you will love it as the one of the Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle

10. Because Freedom

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“Freedom” is such an overused word I sometimes question whether anyone really knows what it means. But I can’t think of a better one to use in describing the sense of self-sufficiency and independence that comes from the simple act of getting on a bike and twisting the throttle.

We live in a jittery world; there are so many demands for our attention. If you are a person in a relationship with kids, a family, a job and ambitions, it may at times feel that everything you do is at the service of someone or something else; that every action you take is directed by something external.

On a motorcycle, it’s just your little head inside that helmet. You are in control of you, totally and completely. You feel the immediacy of your actions and decisions. The zen state pushes away anxiety about deadlines and bills to pay, and whether that girl at Starbucks was flirting when she told you to have a nice day.

It’s not selfishness, but simply the realization of the fullness of yourself. On a bike, you feel like a complete human being, not an insignificant part of something else. And with this knowledge you’ll find your interactions with your partner, kids, family, job, ambitions and so on, will improve.

11. Connection to the World Around You

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The freedom you gain from riding a motorcycle helps you appreciate the things in your life because you’ll know you are free to be a part of them—not obligated. The people and things you care about are things you’ve chosen to care about. But beyond that you will find an even greater connection to your surroundings, one that can be difficult to articulate.

I’m of the mind that swimming in a river is inherently better than staring at a picture of that river. Life is better when lived. But our cars are so climate controlled and infotainment loaded that the experience of driving somewhere is almost indistinguishable from the experience of watching the same drive unfold on a television screen. In the modern world we spend a shocking amount of time blocking that world out and which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle.

On a motorcycle you climb out of the “cave” of Plato’s famous allegory. You’re no longer looking at shadows, but seeing the true objects of the world, experiencing them with all your senses. Admittedly, this isn’t always fantastic (when you’re riding through a hail storm or behind a pungent cattle truck, for example), but soon you find you’re willing to tolerate the occasional negative for the sake of being able to fully experience the positives.

12. It can be Damned Exciting

Great Reasons

I’m slightly averse to hyping the thrill aspect of motorcycling because too often it gets phrased in terms of fear and risk. In and of themselves, I’m not the sort of person who likes those things, and I suspect there are plenty of people who would be put off by them. I mean, imagine trying to sell the idea of motorcycling to your mother: “It’s great, Mom, because there’s an increased probability of your dying in horrible ways.”

Nope. That doesn’t work for me. But I will admit that there is an adrenaline aspect. When I push the bike above the speed limit, or swoop through a section of corners, or again make an unsuccessful attempt at a wheelie, there is that rush of buzzing happiness and giggling laughter. That is, without question, one of the reasons I ride. For some people, it is the only reason they ride.

Regardless of your attitude toward risk (remember, because you are free on a motorcycle you are equally free to make decisions that mitigate risk), there’s no denying that motorcycling is fun, which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle

What did I Miss?

Despite the fact this article is really long, we feel we’ve forgotten one or two other which adds to the other Great Reasons to Ride a Motorcycle. If you’re one of the people who’ve taken the time to read the above (thank you), rather than skipping straight to the comments to complain about a list, we’d appreciate your adding to it. What did we miss? If you were trying to convince someone to take up riding, what would you tell them?

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Don’t Be in the Dog House Grab Her Something Nice for Valentine’s Day

No guy wants to be the one in the Dog House because he didn’t get his old lady something nice or forgot totally about Valentine’s Day, let AMEriders help you out with something Nice for Valentine’s Day. We recently gave you a few Ideas to Help Convince Your Woman to Ride a Motorcycle so here are a few extra gifts you can use as well.

Pretty Noggin Protector

A motorcycle helmet is the best and last line of defense for every biker, and that includes your lady. Protecting her noggin is important so, find her a good helmet. In doing so you can also make sure it’s a pretty one too. We have a huge selection of SNELL and DOT approved biker helmets from top brands. We have full face helmets, as well as modular, open face, and even half shell helmets for your lady in plenty of styles she will like that will keep you out of the Dog House.

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Ladies Black Lady Rider Shorty

Like this DOT Vented Ladies Black Lady Rider Shorty Series DOT Motorcycle Beanie Helmet which is one of the lightest and smallest in the market.  It sports beautiful graphics of skulls, roses, and the lady rider ribbon on a glossy black vented helmet. There are no other helmets on the market that vent like this one. The Black Lady Rider Vented Motorcycle Helmets are tested and keep you 20 Degrees cooler when opened.

This Motorcycle Helmet weighs approximately 30 oz and measures 8.5 inches from ear to ear and 10.5 inches from front to back.This has a new EPS liner which is only 1 inch thick compared to 1.5 to 2 inches you will find in other similar helmets.

Dress her in style

When you two set off on your next ride, make sure she is wearing quality biker apparel that offers both protection and style. We carry premium motorcycle apparel that helps protect from nasty spills and the outside elements. Our selection of motorcycle boots and biker jackets are essential for any rider to complete that classic biker look. We also carry rain suits to repel water and keep you dry, plus genuine leather motorcycle chaps to protect your legs from the hazards of the road. Don’t forget about our selection of top-rated biker gloves for every type of rider.

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Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves
Keep her hands soft and protected.

Ladies love to look good and show off their style, which is why at we have a wide selection of Women’s Motorcycle Gloves to choose from. We have many stylish, and functional pairs of Ladies Natural Leather Gloves regardless of her riding style we have gloves to fit her particular needs, plus they will keep you out of the Dog House.

Like our beautiful Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves which are made from genuine leather and feature an eagle stitched on the cuff.

Denim Shirts she’ll Love
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Women’s Purple Denim Sleeveless Shirt With Buttons

Denim is a big part of a bikers clothing selection, and we are happy to offer a large selection of Women’s Denim Clothing in many colors and styles to fit her needs. Regardless of whether you are looking for a denim vest or a sleeveless shirt, we have something that will fit her style. A Rainbow of colors to match, her bike or favorite color we have it all. Plus it will make sure to keep you out of the Dog House.

Like Our Women’s Purple Denim Sleeveless Shirt With Buttons is a great shirt for anytime you are trying to relax! This style comes in a variety of colors as well.

Jackets and Pants
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Women’s Brown Butter Soft Jacket With Studs On Front and Back

Ladies are bikers too, and we love to look amazing while riding our bikes or with our men. Our Jackets and Pants are not only stylish but comfortable as well. We carry many styles and colors of women’s leather chaps and pants, Jackets. We also have a large selection of Women’s Apparel apparel. While you are gazing at all our gorgeous women’s clothing don’t forget to look at our amazing rose collection as well.

Our Women S Brown Butter Soft Jacket With Studs On Front Back is a gorgeous brown leather jacket that is soft to the touch. Featuring multiple pockets inside and out. It also has a great pair of matching Pants too.

We’ll give you more ideas in the coming weeks, keep a look out.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders keep you out of the Dog House this year on Valentine’s Day.

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All-New 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

The Bonneville Bobber puts on its big boy pants and becomes a worthy successor to the old Speedmaster

AMERiders decided to talk about Triumph’s all-new Bonneville Speedmaster today But first, we need to spend a few moments thinking about the Bonneville Bobber. It’s hard to argue with the Bobber. You sort of know exactly where you stand with it. It does it for you, or it doesn’t. With a single seat, hardly any luggage capacity, and pegs that touch the black stuff without much persuasion, it has a rather myopic take on life. It’s probably not any good for track days, nor the best weapon for touring, but it’s fantastic for a Sunday ride.

It’s easy to see that the Bobber hit the mark for more people than it didn’t. It hit for so many people that it caused Triumph to have to double the factory’s output for the UK market alone. The exhaust note and torquey engine tune sound great, it handles far better than it has any right to, the build quality is decent, and the packaging super clever. About the only thing, you could moan about was the compromised tank range, somewhat crashy rear suspension, and a front brake that required a fist full of digits to perform adequately. The looks speak for themselves to the point where some can fully believe a lot of Bobbers are being sold on visuals alone.

Bonneville Speedmaster

It comes as no real surprise then that Triumph reckoned it could use the Bobber’s platform to breathe new life into the Speedmaster. You’d have to believe that a good number of potential customers out there loved the Bobber’s looks, specification, and performance, but ultimately couldn’t sign on the dotted line due to its compromises. The Bobber-based Speedmaster is here to address those compromises, and it does so wonderfully.

A Bobber in a different outfit?

This is all rather curious because at the Bobber’s launch in Madrid Triumph said that the platform was designed for one seat only. Due to the (admittedly clever) packaging of the shock and its accompanying small amount of travel, modifying the chassis to accommodate two seats would be, quote, “hard to achieve”. Yet, here’s the Speedmaster with two seats! Apparently, all Triumph had to do make it possible was to fit a sub-frame to the back of the chassis and swap out the rear shock for one with a dual-spring rate and top-out spring. Therefore the Speedmaster has 73mm of rear suspension travel, and the new shock unit is pre-load adjustable too. At the front, the non-adjustable forks are fitted with cartridge internals making them higher-spec than the Bobber’s, but with the same 41mm diameter and 90mm of travel.

Bonneville SpeedmasterThe Bonneville Speedmaster’s engine is the 1200cc T120 mill from the Bobber and Bobber Black in ‘High Torque’ tune, which trades more useful low down torque for top-end power. That means a healthy 78 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM and 76 HP at 6,100 RPM available to your right hand through a 6-speed gearbox with identical ratios to the Bobber. That’s an impressive 42 percent more torque and 25 percent more power than the outgoing Speedmaster.

To slow all this new power down, the Bonneville Speedmaster borrows the front brake and wheel setup from the Bobber Black. It has a 16-inch front wheel – down three inches from the Bobber Black’s 19-inch unit – with a pair of 310mm rotors and floating two-piston Brembo calipers. The rear brake setup consists of a Nissin floating caliper gripping a single 255mm rotor. Anti-lock braking is, of course, standard, and the rubber is courtesy of Avon Tires.

Other Changes

In an effort to transform the riding position into more cruising oriented duties, the Bonneville Speedmaster was fitted with beach bars, fat grips, and foot pegs relocated forward of the crankshaft. The tank is different too, with an increased capacity of just over three gallons. This makes the tank visually a bit bigger, and Triumph claims that those three or so gallons are enough for a 174-mile range.

Lastly, a number of visual changes complete the Bobber to Speedmaster transformation. Lots of chrome where matte finishes once sat, a nacelle for the LED headlight, a grab bar over the rear fender for a passenger or luggage to hold on to, and three new paint schemes – Jet Black, Cranberry Red, and Fusion White Phantom Black with some gold and black pinstriping. Whichever you pick, it’s only ever the tank that changes color.

Bonneville Speedmaster

Overall, is the Bonneville Speedmaster just a Bobber in slightly different trim? Yes, it definitely is. Armed with Triumph’s accessory catalog, you can almost turn a Speedmaster into a Bobber and vice versa. The only thing you can’t do is fit the Bobber Black’s 49mm forks to the Speedmaster (or the original Bobber for that matter) due to slight differences in rake and trail. There are a couple of “Inspiration Kits” available too, which add a pre-chosen set of options to the Speedmaster. One’s called the Maverick, which amusingly does away with the swept-back bars and pillion seat (basically forming a Bobber with forward foot pegs). The other, the Highway, adds panniers, a big screen, and a backrest for your passenger.

Bonneville Speedmaster

Californian Cruising

Triumph clearly sees the U.S. as the biggest market for the Bonneville Speedmaster, and accordingly, it chose San Diego as the location for the press launch. With the Pacific Coast Highway to test its cruising ability and mountain roads to make good use of, it seemed the perfect location. The test bikes were completely standard, although we were lucky enough to have an extra day’s test where we stole a quick ride on a Speedmaster in “Maverick” trim. The seat’s a very friendly 27.7 inches tall –  about half an inch taller than the Bobber’s – and the ignition switch is in the same place as the Bobber’s down under your right thigh.

The reach to the wide beach bars is short, and the angle your wrists sit at when holding on is very natural. Feet out in front, a person of average 5’9″ stature, the ride will be comfy – not too far forward as to suffer hamstring discomfort nor too close to feel wrong. Everything seemed to make sense, and brake and clutch levers are adjustable as standard. Note that unlike the Bobber, the rider’s seat can’t be moved forwards or backward.

Bonneville Speedmaster

Anyway, turn off the coastal road, hit the highways and life’s still good. The T120 HT motor is nearly vibration free between 2,500-3,000 RPM. This is good for cruising at 50-75MPH in fifth and sixth gear, and only rarely will you need to shift down to find enough power to squirt past slower moving traffic. The beefy front brake setup doesn’t disappoint either, and two digits are all that’s required to stop as swiftly and sharply as you like. There’s plenty of power in the rear brake too. When asked why Triumph fit Brembo to the front and Nissan to the back, a rep commented that it was simply the combination that worked the best for them during testing. Make of that what you will, but some personally prefer a Brembo caliper on the back as well. At highway speeds the new tank is big enough to remove one of the Bobber’s common complaints – it reduces air flowing to your gentlemanly bits, and as a result that department is left warmer and much more comfortable at speed (or in colder weather). All-day comfort? You bet.

The standard issue cruise control is brilliantly executed as well. It works in third gear or above between 30 and 100 MPH and is dead simple to use. Press once to wake the system up, press again to activate. Press again to lower your speed in one mile-per-hour increment, and touch any control (brakes, throttle, clutch) to deactivate. While we’re talking electronics, the Speedmaster has rain and road mode which delivers the same power via an altered throttle response, as well as switchable ABS and traction control.

Of course, if you want to find out if the Bonneville Speedmaster can come up with the goods in the twisties, especially given the more relaxed fork rake and trail. It should not surprise you that the Speedmaster did a great job, even if it weighs slightly more than the Bobber at 540 lbs dry. Hero blobs were swiftly scraped away on the asphalt, and the wider front tire doesn’t seem to have affected turn-in ability whatsoever. Compared to Harley-Davidson’s Fat Bob with its similarly fat front tire, there’s no hesitancy at all as you nudge the bars to get the Speedmaster pointed in the right direction.

Bonneville Speedmaster

If you were blown away by how well the Bobber handled, it appears the Bonneville Speedmaster has inherited all of its ability. Second and third gear are the gears of choice in the twisties, with the engine anywhere between 4,000 and 6,000 RPM enabling swift progress between sharp corners. At these elevated RPMs you can definitely feel the two 270 degree offset pistons dancing up and down. Spend long enough in these gears while riding enthusiastically and some slight numbness will work its way into your hands through the handlebars. We don’t think many Speedmaster riders will be doing much of that though. That is the kind of aggressive riding that ends up with not only pegs being ground away but the exhausts too. Oops!

On a 150-mile ride, the fuel warning light illuminated at the 100-mile mark and the onboard computer indicates the rider has a further 35 miles of range left at an average of 59.5MPG so far. Therefore, using the power of math we’d happily say that Triumph’s stated 174-mile range seems rather optimistic. 150 miles is more realistic for highway use, and 130 miles for combined use.

Bonneville Speedmaster

 

Conclusion

Is this new Bonneville Speedmaster a worthy replacement for the outgoing model? Definitely. Take an already very good bike – both technically and visually – make it a bit comfier, give it the ability to carry a pillion, brake harder, and travel further and you’ve got yet another winning formula from the boys and girls in Hinckley, England. The price isn’t too unreasonable either, starting at $13,150 for the Jet Black model – $1,250 more than the standard Bobber – rising to $13,400 for the Cranberry Red, and finally $13,650 for Fusion White. It’ll be in showrooms by early March, and you’ve got 10,000 miles from there to your first service.

Overall, the Bobber just grew up a little. If you were considering a Bobber but were put off by its characteristics, or none of the competition float your boat, then perhaps the Speedmaster is the bike for you.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Motorcycling Can Teach You Some Awesome Things

When Spring and Summer arrive in the Northern Hemisphere, two-wheeled folk come out in droves. Many of those hitting the roads will be novices and the experiences they accumulate will help determine whether motorcycling is a passing fancy or a lifetime obsession. Here at AMERiders, of course, we’re hoping you’ll stick with it. Motorcycling will change your life.

If you’re just starting out it can be hard to imagine what sort of things are coming your way, so, to give you some encouragement, we’ve put together a quick list of things that motorcycling has taught us over the years.

1 – Having a kid wave at you is awesome.

In the eyes of a child, you’re a person on a loud bicycle wearing a costume. And that’s generally the sort of thing that kids can support; they get where you’re coming from and see a kindred spirit. But at the same time, they look up to you because you are representing the sort of thing they want to grow up to be. Own it.

2 – You never stop learning.

motorcyclingAll that dumb stuff you had to do in your MSF or rider training course? The U-turns and emergency stops and figure 8s? Yeah, don’t stop doing that. Every once in awhile, find an empty parking lot and dedicate a little time to remembering the basics – especially if it’s been more than a few weeks since you were last in the saddle. Yeah, it feels silly, but it feels less silly than dropping your bike at a stop light because you’ve forgotten how to control it properly.

3 – Dropping your bike is a thing that happens.

Motorcycling

Having just said that maintaining your skills will help you avoid dumb mistakes, it’s pretty likely that at some point that precious machine of yours is still going down. Like death and taxes, it happens to everyone. Fate usually arranges it that you will drop your bike in front of a large group of people. The good news is that after they finish laughing at you, other motorcyclists will quietly sympathize with your plight.

4 – You may crash.

There’s an old adage that there are only two kinds of riders: those who have crashed, and those who will. I dislike the fatalistic cynicism inherent in that line of thinking but will admit that I have personally failed to disprove its veracity. Bad stuff happens, and sometimes that bad stuff involves your sliding down the road. I don’t think it’s one of those inevitabilities you should just accept with open arms, like Jax Teller meandering into the path of an oncoming truck – indeed, I encourage you to do what you can to prove the old adage wrong – but it’s probably a good idea to dress for a worst-case scenario.  (we’ll go into crashing at a future blog)

5 – Hold on to your zen.

Motorcycling

This stuff about bike dropping and crashing is an acknowledgment that, like all facets of life, motorcycling has its negatives. Sometimes those negatives are caused by other road users, i.e., car drivers. Early on in your riding career, the actions of car drivers will cause you interminable rage, but eventually, you’ll come to realize that kicking doors only hurts your foot and makes you the bad guy. You’ll accept that it’s better to simply acknowledge and move on, rather than chase someone down to tell them how wrong they are, regardless of how right you are. Admittedly though, even as an experienced rider, you’ll have your bad days; it’s something you’ll have to always be working on.

6 – People are generally good.

As an offshoot of the whole “finding your zen” thing, you’ll find that the vast majority of the people with whom you share this planet are actually OK. Truth is: despite safety “advice” urging you to think otherwise, no one is really out to get you. Yes, there will be bad moments, but there will also be far more of the aforementioned kids who wave, the folks who roll down their windows to chat at stoplights, the drivers who move out of the way to let you pass, and so on.

7 – Baby wipes are your friend.

You’ll pick up a lot of life hacks as a motorcyclist: using baby wipes to clean just about everything – your helmet, your gear, yourself – is just one of them. Others include wrapping yourself in the newspaper for warmth and using plastic shopping bags to help you put on waterproofs easier. With each little trick that you pick up or develop, you will feel more and more like a life-winning genius.

8 – Stopping makes for better going.

Motorcycling

Learn the value of taking breaks. Even if you don’t think you’re tired you should regularly stop, turn off the bike, and have a coffee; listen to the world for a few minutes. When you get back on the road you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are.

9 – You are the captain of your soul.

Invictus, man; you are the master of your fate. In other words, it’s just you on that bike and it’s OK to ride your own ride. This can be a hard truth to hold on to if you happen to be among a pack of really good riders, feeling as if you’re slowing them down. But you’ll definitely spoil the atmosphere if you end up sailing into a ravine. And eventually, people will respect you for your ability to be true to yourself. The most seasoned, most knowledgeable, most genuine, most likable riders I’ve met are folks who will not be pushed. This self-confidence stays with them off the bike, as well.

10 – Cold tires can be slippery.

Tires need to warm up. That’s not just mumbo-jumbo that old dudes tell you. Be alert to the fact that in the first several minutes of Motorcycling, its tires may not be ready to handle the full brunt of your enthusiasm.

11 – It’s gonna rain.

Motorcycle Riding

As the Blue Oyster Cult so sagely pointed out 40 years ago: “History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men.” In their case, they were talking about the possibility of being attacked by a skyscraper-sized lizard, but the statement equally applies to the likelihood of encountering precipitation while out on a ride. Sometimes, regardless of what the weather forecast said, you will get caught in a downpour. More broadly, inclement weather of all types will disrupt your plans. Each of us deals with this reality in a different way; some soldier on regardless, some insist upon carrying the most expensive of high-tech gear (Save me, Rukka Jesus!), some take it as an opportunity to spend a little more time savoring that cup of coffee and flirting with a barista. The key is to accept that, like dropping your bike, it’s inevitable.

12 – You don’t need nearly as much stuff as you think you need.

You pick this one up by traveling on a bike. It’s a mindset that comes after several trips, with the size and weight of your bags growing less and less with each consecutive adventure. Make enough long-distance journeys and you’ll discover that all you really need fits into a single Sissybar Bag. The best part is that this decluttered mindset will also make its way into your non-riding life, and you’ll be much better off as a result (“Hey, I think I can get rid of this T-shirt that my ninth grade girlfriend gave me…”).

13 – Where you live is pretty cool.

As a motorcyclist, you’ll frequently be happy to use the flimsiest of excuses to get out and ride. Need milk? Better pop to the grocery store… in the next town. And as a result of this, you’ll get to know your town/city/county better than most. You’ll know the best place to get ice cream, the most attractive houses, the most scenic views, the curviest roads, and so on. Over time – sometimes, as in my case, in spite of yourself – you’ll develop a fondness for your little part of the world and start to realize that you’re pretty happy there.

14 – Fast Food and Diner is freakin’ delicious.

Motorcycling burns a nominal amount of additional calories over driving a car, which suggests that you shouldn’t really be that much more hungry after a long ride. Yet, you will be. This is why so many long-time riders have such adequate belly insulation. Partially what’s in play here is the “campout effect,” where being outdoors and doing something you enjoy makes food taste so much better.

15 – Everything is an adventure.

There seem to be a lot of people these days Motorcycling to faraway exotic locations. Those stories are awesome and inspiring but some folks may feel a pang of envy when reading such tales, feeling that their own lives don’t measure up. I mean, yeesh, you’re just some guy in Nebraska, right? But while it’s true that you’re unlikely to end up spending a week living in some family’s garage as the result of a broken chain in Bingham it doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to a life of drudgery. Viewing the world from two wheels makes it far more exciting and gives you a greater sense of freedom to explore and interact with the world around you. Truth is: there’s adventure to be had every time you fire up the engine.
~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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SWM To Launch Four New V-Twins for Global Markets

SWM Motorcycles is headed upmarket with a roster of V-twin engines in 350, 550, 850, and 1200cc displacements. The V-twins are a first for the Italian company, which has been building street and enduro-style singles with Husqvarna and Shineray engines, and we at AMERiders thought we would give you a sneak peak with some information.

For those unfamiliar with the marque, SWM was founded in Milan in 1971 by Piero Sironi and Fausto Vergani. The company built trials, enduro, and off-road machines using Sachs and Rotax engines. The original firm expired in 1984 and was reformed in 2014 with investment from the Chinese company Shineray and engines from Husqvarna. This new iteration was led by engineer Ampelio Macchi, who had worked with Cagiva, Aprilia, and Husqvarna.

V-Twins

According to a report on DriveSpark.com, Shineray presented examples of the new V-twins at a recent event in China marking the company’s 20th anniversary. The prototypes shown wore both SWM and Shineray logos, and while no production schedule was announced, company officials said the engines would be available soon. Observers presumed that the 350 and 550cc engines would be the first in production, aimed primarily at the Indian and Asian markets. The photos indicate that all of the V-twin range will be liquid-cooled, DOHC engines.

V-Twins

The report also noted that SWM has reached an agreement with Kinetic MotoRoyale, which brought the MV Agusta and the Norton brands to India, and will launch the SWM Superdual adventure motorcycle. The presumption is that this engine will be based on the 600cc Husqvarna design, although there has been speculation on the possibility of the smaller displacement V-twins being used in adventure models.

The 350/500cc market in India has been dominated for decades by Royal Enfield, but given the recent proliferation of interest by manufacturers from other countries, the picture may be changing.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders bring you information about SWM Launch of Four New V-Twins for Global Markets.

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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