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Riding in Gravel How to Safely Do It on Your Street Motorcycle

Tips for riding when your traction is reduced!

We all face riding in gravel on our street motorcycle at one point or another in the history of riding our bikes, AMERiders offers our brothers and sisters these tips to ride safely in reduced traction areas. Roads that are not paved, and under construction are some of the most likely places you will find loose rocks, dirt as well as sand. Gravel happens, and although we street bike riders often choose to not ride in gravel there are times when it is unavoidable.

Seasoned riders understant that riding in gravel can be unavoidable at times. Learning to ride on reduced traction surfaces is important.
Riding in gravel can be unavoidable at times

Riding in gravel and making it safely to your destination is important. (Rider tip: when making reservations, it is important to always ask if there is any gravel on which you must travel to get there.) Regardless of whether it is gravel, dirt, sand, grass, or any slick surface, the same rules apply. Minimizing the motorcycle’s lean and abstaining from any sudden input such as braking, accelerating, or swerving is crucial.

Tip: Minimize the motorcycle’s lean and abstain from any sudden input such as braking, accelerating, or swerving when riding in gravel or reduced traction areas.
There are many types of conditions you will come across when Riding gravel, hard Packed gravel is best and loose sand is the worst.
There are many types of riding conditions you may face.

When traction is lost the tire loses its grip on the road, it is easy to lose control of the bike. However, it is important to remember to keep a cool head and not freak out as you might want to do. When the bike is already in motion and a patch of gravel appears, there’s no need to panic. Gradually slow down, while keeping up momentum, as well as keeping slight pressure applied to both brakes. Motorcycle tires can slide easily on light gravel, so breaking too hard or too fast you will more than likely skid, lose control and possibly drop the bike.

Riding in Gravel like this can be deceiving. It’s mostly packed dirt and sand.
Terrain like this can be deceiving. It’s mostly packed dirt and sand.

If the road ahead promises miles of gravel, you can either turn around and take another route or utilize these techniques to continue your ride. Doing so can help you get to the other side without incident and injury.

Physically:
  • Keep your body relaxed, and steer the bike without fighting against it.
  • Use a gradual throttle roll-on to accelerate and maintain a slow constant speed. Try not to stop. But if you have to, start by using very light, gradual acceleration, so your tires don’t spin out.
  • Keep the motorcycle as straight up as possible, this minimizes lean, which may mean turning wide and using more of the road than usual.
  • Keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles to allow yourself a lot of extra room to gradually slow down to a stop.
  • Remember the rule that you go where you’re looking, so avoid looking down.
  • Stay focused whole riding on gravel, but continually scanning, checking the road surface conditions so you’re aware of any big rocks or potholes to avoid.
  • Breathe slowly with controlled breaths to keep your body calm so you don’t tense up.
When Riding in Gravel Be confident in yourself and your motorcycle and you'll be fine.
Be confident in yourself and your motorcycle and you’ll be fine.
Mentally:
  • Tell yourself you can and will get through this.
  • Listen to your inner voice. If you’re feeling confident then go for it, if not then don’t.
  • Don’t think negative thoughts like how bad it is to ride through gravel or that you will fall.

Using these tips can help you get through the most daunting gravel, dirt, sand, grass, or other slick surfaces while you ride. But above all when riding in gravel be confident in yourself and your bike and you’ll be fine. Also always remember when riding in gravel or any other reduced traction surface to wear a great pair of gloves, as well as boots with great traction.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Riding in Gravel

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders offers our brothers and sisters these tips to ride on gravel safely as well as any other road surface.

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Dark Movement and Heritage Revival Movement Add Depth to Bikes!

The Dark Movement & The Heritage Revival Movement both add depth to bikes as they revolve in and around each other. We at AMERiders love Dark Bikes with a rich heritage, as they have more char than normal. The “Dark Movement” (black minimalist machines) has been embraced and delved into by almost all motorcycle manufacturers from Harley-Davidson to Indian and beyond you will see these dark machines all over the place. But is the Dark Custom Movement Evolving further Into The Heritage Revival Movement? It could very well be.

The HD Iron 883 is a Dark Movement Motorcycle
HD Iron 883

The Dark Movement is a new way for bikers to profess their rebel soul and motorcycling roots. However, the “Heritage Revival Movement” adds to this by taking modern custom motorcycles and modeling them after legendary racing motorcycles or bikes their grandparent’s road in the “good old days”.  This also leads into new modern but vintage inspired motorcycles that help to tell a story about the fast pace of our times.

The Black Baron is another Dark Movement Machine
The “Black Baron” BMW R100RS

These custom bikes need retro style parts to ensure their heritage/vintage looks which lead to a new market of classically designed parts that meet up to performance standards. New retro bolt-on parts that only need simple garage tools and bare minimum knowledge to install. These new vintage parts will have any rider customizing their ride in a couple of weekends. This can help fulfill the desire for self-expression we all have inside.

Dark Horse is another Dark Movement machine
Indian Chief Dark Horse

This trend is growing, and will benefit the whole motorcycle industry including the custom motorcycle industry as well. This will also influence designs in new factory models that will be released in the future. However, on the pro custom building side, a new wave  of young American builders cab be expected to be working on street motorcycles of all brands as well as creating affordable retro-styled bikes from bobbers to trackers to desert sleds to resto-mods, and more.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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AMERiders sees the Dark Movement and Heritage Revival Movement Adding Depth to our Bikes!

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.

It’s Not About How Tall You Are, but HOW You Ride.

Being tall and having a long inseam makes it easier to ride a motorcycle, however, anyone under 5’8 can have issues when riding. It is important to remember that it’s not about how tall you are, but HOW you ride. At AMERiders, we understand how important riding is to our readers and want them to remember not to limit themselves to a motorcycle that matches their inseam. We ladies are often shorter than men and this can make it more difficult for us.

How to rideYou may never flat foot both feet on a motorcycle except maybe a dirtbike or some other short bike. But don’t let that stop you from riding what you want to ride! Keep riding, learning and growing from your motorcycle(s). We have compiled a list of tips to help our shorter brothers and sisters ride bigger and better bikes. This will take some time to learn and master, so please don’t hurry this process.

So, on to our tips for riding those awesome bigger and better bikes when you’re not on the tall side.

Tips for short riders:
  1. Start out Small (displacement) – practice on a smaller, lighter bike until you gain enough riding experience to manage these weights, heights and dimensions.
  2. Tall and Light beats Low and Heavy. IF your aspirations are to ride taller, heavier bikes. We recommend starting with something lighter and taller because it will force you to get used to something that you can’t flat foot.
  3. Braking. Perfect your braking skills! The better you brake the easier it’ll be to handle the 400lbs+beneath you. Also, get used to just using your left foot and keep that right foot on the rear brake.
  4. Boots. An investment in an excellent pair of riding boots will give you an edge. Having that Extra Traction is critically important.
  5. Don’t Lower Your Bike, Increase Your Height. With lift insoles like these from Kalevel, You can add 1-2 inches in the heel. So, when you put your foot down, most of it will be touching the ground. These inserts are made in both ladies and gents styles.
These lifts can help when you learn HOW to Ride when short
Kalevel Adjustable Breathable Lifts Shoe Pads

short riders 2As far as lowering a motorcycle, why keep limiting yourself to a low bike, how will you ever move up to something larger or different? Learn to ride a motorcycle that you think will fit you and your style, and always from a professional instructor for motorcycle riding. But also remember to make the commitment to learn, figure things out that work for you at your own pace, not someone else’s.

We also have a small list of bikes that will work for short riders, this list varies for different types of riders and their riding styles. Of course, this list can change and there are probably more out there but this is a great starting list. Remember how you ride is what is important not how short the bike is.

10 Bikes for short riders.
  1. Honda CTX700-  seat height only 28.3 inches from the ground
  2. Kawasaki Ninja 300- seat height only 30.9 inches from the ground
  3. Suzuki SFV650 – seat height only 30.9 inches from the ground
  4. Zero XU – seat height only 29.1 inches from the ground
  5. Star V Star 1300 Deluxe – seat height only 27.2 inches from the ground
  6. Triumph America – seat height only 29.1 inches from the ground
  7. Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo – seat height only 26.5 inches from the ground
  8. BMW G650 – seat height only 30.3 inches from the ground
  9. Honda Fury – seat height only 26.9 inches from the ground
  10. Ducati Monster 696 – seat height only 30.3 inches from the ground

Something you might want to also consider is that your controls and maybe other items can be adjusted to your height at your local dealership. So, whether you are looking for that sweet Harley-Davidson or something sportier there is a bike out there for you. You just need to look and try them on for size, but above all make sure you learn to ride what is comfortable for you.

Don’t forget as well that  June 20, 2016, National Ride to Work Day so hop on those motorcycles and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

How to ride

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders It’s Not About How Tall You Are, but HOW You Ride!

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.

Silent Motorcycles for Our Silent Professionals

America’s Special Operations Forces or the “Silent Professionals” as they have been nicknamed prepare battles behind and around the frontlines. They are known for executing complex, lightning-fast raids and silently penetrating remote areas which means they need to move extremely silently without loud noises giving them away, such as loud engines or machines. So when AMERiders found out about the Silent Motorcycles that are being built for our amazing Silent Professionals we were tickled pink as we support our troops and veterans in all they do.

The Silent Hawk is one of the Silent Motorcycles DARPA is looking at for our SpecOps Division
Logos Silent Hawk Hybrid Motorcycle

So what are our Special Forces looking for in a new cutting edge motorcycle?  One that is fast, stealthy and silent that will help to give our men and women in uniform an advantage behind the lines. In 2014 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s futuristic research wing launched a competition to design a special forces motorcycle. This year at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL it came down to two bikes the Logos Silent Hawk [left] and the LSA Autonomy Nightmare [below].

This project will equip our US special forces with a hybrid, all-terrain bikes that don’t sound like a train bearing down on you at 100 miles an hour. The US pours a lot of money into military research, and DARPA uses those funds to provide superior technology like drones, advanced software, and these bikes to the military. These bikes feature cutting-edge hybrid multi-fuel engines that can burn a variety of combustibles fuels like JP-8, Jet A-1, gasoline, propane, etc.. “If it’s gasoline, tell it it’s gasoline, tell it it’s something else. It will figure it out,” said Alex Dzwill, and engineer with Logos. Could you run it on lipids, olive oil? “Theoretically, yeah,” said Dzwill.

The Autonomy Nightmare is one of the Silent Motorcycles DARPA is looking at for our SpecOps Division
LSA Autonomy Nightmare

The bikes don’t have to be quiet all the time so when they are running on fuel they will reach 80 decibels somewhere around the loudness of a vacuum cleaner and a garbage disposal, but when they run on the electric power they will run low as an office which is around 55 decibels. When they are silent they are stealthy allowing our Special Forces to travel virtually unheard provided there is any other ambient sound at all. While they won’t be riding into battle or doing spec ops missions on these silent motorcycles tomorrow, we here at AMERiders are sure that it will be sooner rather than later, and we are all for that.

We would also like to remind you that June 20, 2016 is National Ride to Work Day so hop on your bike and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Silent Motorcycles

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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 AMERiders supports our troops as well as the idea of them having silent 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.

Keep Cool While You Ride in Hot Weather with These Tips!

Most motorcycle enthusiasts will ride year round especially the ones that consider themselves hardcore biker and even some of the ones that just love to ride no matter what the weather is. Keeping cool while you ride in hot weather is extremely important to your health and wellbeing, which is why we at AMERiders want to give you these tips for staying cool while riding in hot weather. Following these simple tips will help you not to feel like you and your bike are going to burst into flames like the Ghost Rider on a hot summers day.

Feeling like the Ghost Rider in Hot Weather
Nickolas Cage as Ghost Rider

We all know that riding in the blazing heat can be excruciating at times and if you don’t stay properly hydrated then heatstroke and dehydration can occur. But why do we feel so much hotter when riding, of course, we have a big engine propped right underneath us with little to no buffer between us and it. Couple that with the burning sun and you have a big heat bubble going on. However, there is more science going on than just that big heat bubble going on. Thus, you may feel as I said before like you and your bike are going to burst into flames like the Ghost Rider.

Sweating cools you off in Hot Weather
Sweating cools the body

Sweat, what is that all about? Your body has to find a way to regulate the heat and it does so by sweating. As it is released from the body landing on your skin it evaporates thus cooling your body. Evaporation is the main method that sweat uses to cool the body. It works on the principle of “latent heat of vaporization.” Latent heat is the amount of heat absorbed or released when a substance, like water, changes state, such as from liquid to vapor. Thus, as it vaporizes, it pulls heat out of the body, cooling you down.

Light Textile Jacket for Hot weather
Men’s Green And Black Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

Warm weather riding gear is important especially if you ride with full protective gear, or ATGATT (all the gear all the time), which is always the best option for safety. Warm weather riding gear is made specifically for riding in warmer weather as it has vents to help you stay cooler. However, no matter how much venting it has when you stop at a red light and are idling in traffic you will begin to sweat no matter what, but once you are moving again that sweat will turn cool and you will be thankful for it. A Light Jacket made from a textile material with venting is great for riding just like the one to the left that we sell at AMERiders.

Balancing Body Heat in Hot Weather
Balancing Body Heat

The reason behind this is simple it is a process called convection. Convection is the transfer of energy by means of moving air that surrounds the body. When the air and the skin are at different temperatures, heat transfer occurs from the place of higher temperature toward the place of lower temperature. This means that when heat is removed from the body during sweating it warms the around it, the wind pulls this air away replacing it with cooler air. this is commonly known as wind chill. When the air temperature is higher than the skin temperature, you will see the opposite effect a sort of reverse wind chill. Traveling at high speeds in high heat, the amount of heat entering the body through convection drastically increases. You might think that wearing more clothes in such heat would be a bad idea, however, the opposite is true. The amount of heat that has to be lost through evaporation, or sweat, also must increase.

Wetting down can help in Hot Weather
wetting down can help

When wearing any type of wind breaking material the amount of heat inflicted on the body through convection is dramatically reduced. Thus reducing the amount of heat that your body must lose through evaporation (sweating). See The image above of Balancing body heat to see three scenarios of sweating at high temperatures (103°F).

So for your Tips to keeping cool wear a long-sleeved, and if possible an item that is made from a moisture-wicking material. The moisture-wicking material draws sweat away from the body to be evaporated through the shirt, aiding the cooling process. Conventional materials can simply trap sweat next to the skin, will limit evaporation. The key is airflow. If there is no air movement over the material, then the shirt will become over-saturated, and sweat will not evaporate.

Drink Plenty of water in Hot Weather
Drink Plenty of water

Wetting down can drastically help when the reverse wind chill has kicked in, Some techniques for wetting down include neck bandannas (particularly those with water-absorbing crystals), wetting down a regular cotton t-shirt, or even pouring water directly into your helmet, or over your head.

Ensure that you are always drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated when riding in hot weather. As covered in the above graphic (balancing body heat), the difference between covering up or not is about 20 oz./hour and 40 oz./hour, respectively. Ensure you either wear a camel-back-type water bag or carry extra cooled water bottles in your pack. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which cause you to urinate and lose more water. When it’s hot, steer clear of sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. Also, never drink alcohol directly before or during your ride.

Watch out for tar snakes in hot weather
Watch out for tar snakes

One last tip: Tar snakes are a hazard for both motorized and pedaled two-wheeled vehicles and their riders. Many states use a tar-like material to fill in cracks on the roads; these can become quite slippery when it’s hot. Avoid them if possible. Treat them the same as railroad tracks by crossing them at 90 degrees and in an upright position.

Keep calm in hot weather
Keep calm in hot weather

Riding in really hot weather is not bad when you’re prepared for it, ensuring you are hydrated, your skin is covered and you avoid hazards are key and you will have a great ride. Hot weather usually means lots of sun exposure, so investing in some good sunglasses or a darkened visor can help to prevent headaches caused by sun glare. Most importantly and we can’t stress this enough don’t forget to put sunblock on the back of your neck where your riding gear leaves the skin exposed.

Remember above all else to reduce the effects of convection, through covering up and wetting down, and this will reduce the amount of heat that your body must deal with through evaporation. Covering up in the heat will keep you cool although it may not seem like it to your brain, your body will thank you later.

Don’t forget that June 20, 2016, is National Ride to Work Day hop on your bike and rid into work proudly. 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders be your stop for tips and information on riding in hot weather.

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.

Motorcycle Retro-Vintage New Trend or New Motorcycle Design Idea?

Little did we know when we wrote the post about Indian’s Limited Edition Jack Daniels Motorcycles did we know that we were writing about a growing trend that is starting in the motorcycle world. From cafe racer builds on 1970s Japanese bikes to brand new factory bikes with throwback styling, vintage bike style is everywhere you look. AMERiders takes a look at this growing trend and wonders is Retro-Vintage a new trend or a new motorcycle design idea?

Vintage is born on this Indian Chief Motorcycle
Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle – Photo courtesy of St. Paul Business Journal
Vintage looking 3/4 Black Helmet From AMERiders.com
Black Race 3/4 Shell Motorcycle Helmet

From L.A. to London and everywhere in between you can see the subculture of motorcycle enthusiasts around you, emerging from that is another subculture a retro-vintage type of look that is not only seen in the bike but on the rider themselves. This subculture has an affinity for odd styles however, one thing this trendy bunch has gravitated towards that can be appreciated by any motorcyclist is a fascination with old motorcycles or old looking motorcycles. It is not just the motorcycles themselves but they are also dressing the part looking like they stepped through time almost with 3/4 helmets and vintage motorcycle apparel that can be found everywhere, we at AMERiders even sell some like the helmet shown here.

Brooklyn Vintage Motorcycles Photo by Josh Kurpius
Brooklyn Vintage Motorcycles Photo by Josh Kurpius

To truly have that retro-vintage look the rider has to have two things besides the bike, the 3/4 helmet and their ray-bans to complete the look. Many have joined the retro scene just to look cool or because they have seen the look in a catalogue, or on Pinterest or Instagram. Once they have they are hooked and learn the nuances of motorcycling as they get into it and end up becoming serious riders, tinkerers, and builders.

Vintage Yamaha Cafe Racer
Yamaha Cafe Racer

However, there are more and more custom bikes being built that are using these beautiful vintage machines as a foundation for their builds. While the big custom chopper builds are fading a bit the custom bike build era is still growing strong, just in a different direction. The new style is minimalist, compact and vintage looking, and with as little bling and shine as possible.

We all know that styles change and what is old becomes new again eventually and then becomes old what a vicious cycle. What was it my mother always said? “Don’t throw it out it will come back in style eventually.” She was right on a couple of occasions about a few articles of clothing that are in my closet, too bad my figure won’t allow me to wear them anymore. The passion for motorcycles and the lifestyle that surrounds is vast and more people are choosing to indulge in it, whether it is as the hardcore biker we are used to seeing or the hipster vintage bikers that are trending today. So think about it what is your style?

We at AMERiders would like to remind our brothers and sisters that it is National Ride to Work Day on June 20, 2016, so grab your helmet and hop on your motorcycle and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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AMERiders Loves Vintage Motorcycles and Apparel Just as Much as Our Readers Do.

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.

Haven’t Learned How to Ride Yet? 2016 Is Your Year to Learn!

AMERiders understands if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet? So why not make 2016 the Year You Do and find out what true freedom feels like! If you have never ridden on a motorcycle, even as a passenger then the comprehension of someone telling you it feels like true freedom can’t be fully understood. It’s time to stop the talking about it, you have said for years you were going to learn and this year it is time to do it.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleGo get your permit from the DMV and go to your local recognized training provider, Harley-Davidson has courses for new riders to help get them certified. Taking a safety course is important because it will help you get cheaper rates on your insurance, and give you well-rounded knowledge on how to handle yourself on the roads. Another reason is that these classes will help you to meet other riders in your area so you don’t have to ride alone. Often these classes can help you obtain the license if it is held by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation itself.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleWhat are some other reasons to learn how to ride? A motorcycle makes you look cool to the ladies and sexy to the guys. While riding a motorcycle the stress just melts away and your worries and cares do too. When you commute it makes it more fun and they are even greener than cars are.

Motorcycles can even help to improve your health believe it or not, as a man that weighs 180 lbs will burn 40 more calories and hour riding a motorcycle than driving a car.  Still giving excuses as to why you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet? Well chew on this, you will meet the nicest people on motorcycles, riding down the interstate and highways on a motorcycle and passing other riders you will see waves or nods or extended feet when you pass them almost consistently. You may not know them from Adam’s housecat but they are going to extend a greeting of some sort, and if you are broke down on your motorcycle, you may have one of them stop to help you.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleThe connection to the world around you is what is amazing and nothing can beat it, there is not a way to describe it. I once heard someone say once that you’re no longer looking at shadows, but seeing the true objects of the world, experiencing them with all your senses. This is so true, so if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet, make 2016 the Year You Do and find out what true freedom feels like!

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Learned to Ride a Motorcycle

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders wants you to get out there and learn to ride if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet.

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.

Women Motorcyclists: A new fast growing trend!

Women Motorcyclists is quickly becoming a fast growing trend, and we at AMERiders think this is amazing. Mothers, sisters, daughters, entrepreneurs and businesswomen all taking up motorcycle riding like so many ladies before them. According to the online magazine Women Riders Now between 2003 and 2009, the estimated number of women motorcyclists increased 67 percent, and the estimated number of women motorcycle owners increased 37 percent.

Women Motorcyclists
Effie and Avis Hotchkiss

This isn’t a new thing, Women Motorcyclists have been around for many years, you can find out about two of the first women of motorcycling at the Harley-Davidson Museum. On May 2, 1915, Effie Hotchkiss and her mother Avis left Brooklyn, New York on the adventure of a lifetime. The mother and daughter duo were bound for San Francisco, California on a new 1915 Harley-Davidson V-twin that Effie had recently bought. After arriving in the City by the Bay in August, the pair became the first women to ride cross-country on a motorcycle. Soon afterward, Effie and Avis headed back East and arrived in New York City in October after having covered a grand total of nine thousand miles on the trip.

Women Motorcyclists
Never know who’s under the helmet

Motorcycle clubs founded by women are sprouting up all over the U.S. and in May, the first Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit was held in Denver Colorado. Women such as Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, a retired Air Force master sergeant who founded PinkBikerChic.com, and Joan Krenning, a Harley-Davidson rider who is CEO of DesignWraps Brands were featured.

Women Motorcyclists
Courtesy Denver Post

Women Motorcyclists will tell you that it makes them feel strong, independent, free and that if you’ve had a bad day or bad week that wind therapy, which some call it, will help you melt away your stress. It is a mental freedom that only those that have felt it can understand.

Women Motorcyclists
Women’s 10″ Side Pocket Boot Black

It is definitely a good thing for the motorcycle industry as not only have motorcycle sales increased, but so has apparel and gear as well. Gear and apparel specifically tailored to women are now becoming more apparent when you walk into a motorcycle apparel store as not only men’s apparel is showcased but so is ladies apparel.  From sexy tailored leather jackets to amazing graphics for a ladies helmet. Ladies are getting more and more of a selection for protective wear when they hop on their motorcycles to ride.

So, when your riding and look over at the rider that pulls up next to you don’t be surprised if it is a lady wave back at the sister riding next to you, you never know who is under the helmet.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Women Motorcyclists

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders celebrates all Women Motorcyclists and encourages all of our sisters to keep riding.

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.

Some information and pictures were taken from an article in the Denver Post about Women Riders and an article at The Old Motor website about women motorcyclists. 

Gear up, Strap in and Jump On! A Road Trip Is in Order!

Gear up your bike, Strap into your favorite protective gear and Jump On your bike! It’s warm and a Road Trip Is in Order! At AMERiders.com, we say let’s take a ride to somewhere fun, and spectacular!  Vacations and Road Trips are always fun, but when you hop on a motorcycle it just amps up the fun dial even more. We decided since we recently showed you new bikes that are coming out like the Harley-Davidson 2016 Models, the Indian Springfield, and Indian Darkhorse plus we’ve given you tips on how to gear up for riding this summer, as well as Packing for Road Trips. We would give you some ideas on where to go for your vacations on your motorcycle this summer.

Road Trip
Harley-Davidson Museum

So the first place we would like to suggest is the birthplace of Harley-Davidson itself Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Lots of things to see and do that a motorcycle enthusiast will love. Such as the Harley-Davidson Museum which is newly opened. During the summer, it is very easy to find things to do along the lake and the city has many cultural events to attend as well. Milwaukee is also known for the world-famous Milwaukee Mile Speedway where the annual Milwaukee Rally is held late July.

Road Trip
Winter Park Colorado

Another great place to go take your Road Trip is Colorado.  Located in Colorado’s Northern Rockies, Winter Park is a popular winter destination drawing visitors to its large ski hill, however, not only is Winter Park a popular winter destination, but it also draws visitors during the summer with its Zephyr Mountain Express Chairlift. Which  takes sightseers and mountain bikers to the summit of Winter Park Mountain, for a stunning view of the Continental Divide. Winter Park is also known for the Salute to American Veterans Rally, formerly held in Cripple Creek. A POW/MIA rally, the Salute to American Veterans Rally is also one of the best Colorado motorcycle rallies. Held in August, the ride to the new home of the POW/MIA Salute in Winter Park takes you and your bike through the beautiful Colorado Rockies, culminating with a huge POW/MIA parade, a POW/MIA Recognition Ride, motorcycle rodeo, a ride in bike show, live music, poker run, wet T-shirt contest, and a military fighter plane flyover.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Of course,there is also the Black Hills of South Dakota for Sturgis one of the world’s oldest, largest and greatest rallies, held each year in August. This year it is being held from the 8th to the 14th for its 76th annual rally. Besides the unique combination of unique scenery of surrounding granite peaks and creek-carved canyons, with outstanding touring roads ribboning out across the landscape, and adding in the music and non-stop party action on famous Sturgis Main Street. Sturgis offers a dream Road Trip or vacation for any biker.

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HISTORIC ROUTE 66

These are just a few of the great places that you can go when taking a Road Trip this summer. There is also the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Ohio, and of course don’t forget HISTORIC ROUTE 66 also as it can be an experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventurers, desperados and dreamers. Officially Route 66 no longer exists, however, a great deal of it remains to be driven and enjoyed.

We hope this gives you some idea of a few places to ride this summer. There are more to be found all over the net, and by even asking some of your brothers and sisters of some wonderful, exciting, and beautiful places they may have ridden. Don’t hesitate to ask around when planning a trip you never know what you may find.

Road TripAMERiders would like to wish all our brothers and sisters a safe and happy Memorial Day. Please remember that this weekend is not about BBQ’s and long rides. It is about remembering those that gave their lives in service to our country.

 

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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AMERiders wants to remind you to be safe and have fun on your Road Trip where ever it may take you.

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.

Harley-Davidson to add new 2016 Motorcycle Models

Harley-Davidson is rolling out some new models in 2016 and we at AMERiders thought we would give you the scoop on what they are. There will be 8 new models coming for Harley lovers to drool and fawn over and even go to their local dealership and snatch up. They have also rolled out a campaign called “Live your Legend” in which they say “If you wait to live your dreams, your kids will miss the lesson. Set the example by living yours, today.”

So what are these 8 new models that Harley-Davidson has in store for us? They are listed below with you information from what Harley is saying about them.

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2016 HD Forty-Eight

Forty-Eight® – This iconic motorcycle has been reborn. Everything that was great about it has been cranked up to a more intense level. Better seat. Better suspension. New lightweight mag wheels. Awesome brakes. And now the tank is sporting 70’s inspired graphics. Welcome to the next page of history is written in Dark Custom™ iron.”

 

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2016 HD Iron 883

Iron 883™– was one of the early Dark Custom™ motorcycles. A dark pioneer of raw, blacked-out, stripped-down custom aggression.So the question was: how do you make something that good better? Here’s the answer. You build on it. All new suspension. A new rolled leather seat. Jaw-dropping new pipes and wheels. All the details dialed in tight. The all-new Iron 883™ motorcycle. Welcome to the state of the Dark Custom™ motorcycle art.

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2016 HD Heritage Softail Classic

Heritage Softail® Classic -This gorgeous baby drips with the nostalgia of days gone by, but that’s only half of the equation for the rider of today. The hidden suspension gives you the authentic look without the bone-shaking ride of an old Hardtail. You get the comfort of cruise control for those long stretches of pavement. A redesigned seat and redesigned leather saddlebags. And best of all, a new High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. We’re not about to re-invent this look. But we never stop re-inventing the ride.

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2016 HD Road Glide Ultra

Road Glide® Ultra – This beauty combines the most wind-cheating fairing ever devised with the full complement of Harley-Davidson Project RUSHMORE touring features. You get a Tour-Pak® luggage carrier and saddlebags that open with one hand. The top of the line Project RUSHMORE infotainment system. A Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 103™ engine. And mind-blowingly comfortable ride for your passenger. All built around the aggressive look of the Road Glide. Call the house sitter.

 

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2016 HD Superlow

SuperLow® – This is about falling in love with the ride. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time, or if you’re a veteran of countless miles on the pavement. When you throw a leg over the SuperLow® model, every feeling you get will be a good one. From the new saddle and new suspension to the low center of gravity and light, easy-handling frame, this machine is built to make any rider one with the road. Does it get any better than that?

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2016 HD Superlow 1200T

SuperLow® 1200T – If ever a motorcycle could turn a trip to the corner store into a cross-country trek, the SuperLow® 1200T model is the one. You’ve got a light, nimble frame for easy handling. Detachable windshield and lockable saddlebags for the open road. A new seat for all-day comfort. And a low center of gravity coupled with an all-new suspension that lets you eat tight city traffic and twisting miles of highway with equal ease. Fire it up. See where it takes you.

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2016 HD Softail Slim S

Softail Slim®– Everything that was great about the Softail Slim® and added a little more. For starters, we’ve added power with a Screamin’ Eagle® Air-Cooled Twin Cam 110B™ engine. We’ve taken the military theme even further with an awesome Olive Gold Denim paint option and made the rest black to the core. Black triple clamp and riser, gloss black headlamp ring, fork slider covers, and lower forks. Black brake levers, mirrors and black over/under shotgun exhaust with slash cut muffler. Every inch is modern power with old-iron attitude.

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2016 HD Fat Boy S

Fat Boy® S– Takes dark to a new level. A powerful one. New gloss black Screamin’ Eagle® Air-Cooled Twin Cam 110B™ engine, gloss black lower forks, axle nut covers, handlebar and riser. Black brake lever and hydraulic clutch assembly. Black over/under shotgun exhaust with slash cut mufflers. Take our word for it, it is blacked out from front to back and head to toe in attitude.

 

And that is not all there are a few other changes to be made such as :At public request, the Street 750 and 500 models get upgraded Brembo brakes.

1.At public request, the Street 750 and 500 models get upgraded Brembo brakes.
2.All the members of the Softail family feature for the first time electronic throttle and cruise control as standard.
3.The 2016 Heritage Softail Classic enjoys refreshed styling and a new engine, the air-cooled High Output Twin Cam 103.
4.The High Output Twin Cam 103 is as of 2015 the standard engine for all Dyna models – although for some reason the Street Bob is excluded from this update.

So there you are, the new Harley-Davidson 2016 models and some updates to boot! What do you think pretty snazzy huh? If you decided to buy a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle don’t hesitate to send us a picture of you and your new bike we would love to see it.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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