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The 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas AMERiders Style

We know the original 12 days of Christmas song by heart and sing it every year, At AMERiders I even did 12 posts about the song last year(one for each day). But have you heard the rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas, sung Biker style? Of course, many places change them and put in their own things and verses but the premise is still the same. Bikers let’s get you ready to rock this holiday season! We decided to give you The 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas AMERiders Style.

The 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my Old Lady gave to me:

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Harley Davidson Street 500

The gift of a new bike key.

(Of course who wouldn’t want a new bike, and with the new models Harley is putting out like this 2018 Street 500. A new bike is one gift I would love to get from my Ole man or Ole Lady depending on who the rider is in the family.)

On the second day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me:

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Men’s Denim Black Skull Sleeveless

Two Denim shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

( Who doesn’t need great denim shirts, especially one with a skull on it? Or maybe some in different colors wear one or the other depending on your mood.)

 

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Goggles Set With Carrying Case Changeable Lens

On the third day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me:

 

Three pairs of goggles, two denim shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

(Of course, everyone knows that it is important to protect your eyes while riding and goggles are a great way to do so.The pair to the left comes with its own carrying case and change out lenses. That is a pretty sweet gift there we tell you what.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me:

Four icy cold ones in a new bike cooler, Three pairs of goggles, two denim shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

( Who doesn’t need Icy cold ones in a sweet Motorcycle Trunk/Cooler Bag with Skull Medallion now i can take my cold drinks with me… I didn’t say it was 4 beers. I just said it was icy cold ones… )

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me:

Five dancing strippers, Four icy cold ones in a new bike cooler, Three pairs of goggles, two denim shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

(ok not really dancing strippers, and will keep the computer a bit pg around the kids. but if yours wants to give you real strippers too that is fine we were told of these and had to look ourselves and yep it’s a think USB pole dancers roflmao)

 On the sixth day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me:

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Flaming Crossbones Doo Rag Flydanna

Six colorful Doo Rags, Five dancing strippers, Four icy cold ones in a new bike cooler, Three pairs of goggles, two denim shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

(We all need a way to keep our Doo’s looking great and why not do it colorfully with these great doo rags like this Flaming Crossbones Doo Rag Flydanna  Comfy and cozy keeps the sweat outta your eyes and your doo looking sweet as well.)

……. (crickets chirping)

Oh, don’t worry you will get the last half of the song on Friday. We just didn’t want you laughing too hard. at our The 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas so you will get the last half on Friday so stay tuned for more The 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas AMERiders Style.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let us keep you jolly with our 12 Days Of A Biker Christmas AMERiders Style.

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Christmas Is Coming, Can You Hear the Gremlin Bell on Your Friends Bike?

The Holiday season is upon us, and Each year we like to showcase items for gifts. But there are some items we showcase that bikers use or wear which have stories behind them like the Guardian Bell. They are called many different things (Guardian Bell, Ride Bell, Motorcycle Bell, Gremlin Bell) I think I even heard someone say Luck Bell once. Whatever they are called the premise is the same. A biker Bell is used for the same reason.

Gremlin Bells
USAFlag_Guardian Bell

Guardian Bells are a time-honored tradition for bikers everywhere. In a nutshell, A motorcycle bell is supposed to ward off bad luck and evil spirits and are often called “Road Gremlins,” by many bikers. According to the legend, Gremlin Bells are most effective when received from a friend or a loved one and hung at the lowest spot on your motorcycle. The sound of the Motorcycle bells is supposed to deter bad luck and misfortune from sabotaging your trip and keep, safe from road hazards, mechanical failure, and spills. But how did this story get started or what is the actual story? There are several stories going around but we’ll give you what we know.

My boss was going through his desk cleaning it out… I persuade him to do it at the end of each year in case he has lost something we needed, and we didn’t know it. This is something he found crumpled up. I scanned it and cleaned it up a bit for you.

bell

Now, whenever you see a biker with a bell you’ll know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in life love or friendship from a fellow biker or a loved one.Bell

The magic of the bell will still work if you buy the bell yourself, however, if the bell is received as a gift from a friend or a loved one the magic is doubled because out there somewhere you have a friend looking out for you.

NEVER! Steal a Gremlin Bell from a biker, If you do, you steal all the gremlins and the evil that comes with them. It is ill-advised that you steal a bell, the consequences could be dire.

They are more of a tradition than a superstition amongst many bikers… which means they make a great gift for the rider in your life! Check out our Biker bells that are Hand-sculpted from 100% lead-free pewter. At AMERiders‘  we have a large selection of bells that come in a variety of designs ranging from patriotic symbols of the armed forces to animals such as dragons, butterflies, and much more.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Gremlin Bell

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Give a fellow biker good luck With a Gremlin Bell From AMERiders.com

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Important Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time – a Big List Part B

Last week we started this line of posts with Important Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time – a Big List Part A and promised you that we would work on the conclusion of that post this week. So without any more hesitation here is more of that post as AMERiders gives you more Important Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time, with our Big List Part B. We left off telling you about the F-Head engine, so let’s continue on with the next paragraph that we have ready for you which starts to actually tell you about the list of motorcycles.

Sport Model

Big List Part B

Years: 1919-1923

Engine Offerings: 580cc/37ci

Known Suffixes:  Model 19W

Reasons to Love: The Model 19W introduced new technology into the lineup and eventually evolved into the famous Army motorcycle, the W-Series.

Model W: Also known as the Sports Twin, the Model 19W was built as a middleweight-sized bike and an entry-level model with the purpose of enticing new riders and increasing the motorcycling market of the day. The Sport featured Harley’s first flat-twin engine and a trailing-link front fork suspension.

The Sports Twin set speed records on runs across the country. Although, like many models of the time, poor American sales led to the end of production after only four years. Not to be confused with the later W-Series, which featured the now famous 45ci flathead.

D-Series – “45” Solo

D-Series - “45” Solo

Years: 1929-1932

Engine Offerings: 45ci

Known Suffixes: DL, D, Model 29D, Model 29FD, Model 30D, Model 30DL, Model 30DLD, Model 31D, Model 31DL, Model 31DLD, Model 32D, Model 32DL, Model 32DLD, Model 32D, Model 32DLD, Model 32DL, Model 33D, Model 33DL, Model 33DLD,

Reasons to Love: Built as the entry-level, lightweight model to compete with the Indian Scout.

The year after Harley introduced the two-cam engine, Harley built the D-Series to compete with the Indian Scout. The motorcycle introduced the side valve 45ci V-twin known as the “45” and later nicknamed the flathead. Introduced in the WR racing bike, it proved to be solid and reliable and Harley settled into consistent production and models. Flathead v-twins were also available in 61ci and 74ci displacements throughout the same model years. The 45ci bikes looked very similar to their larger displacement siblings, but the easiest way to tell them apart is that the “45” has the final drive chain on the right instead of the left like a modern Sportster. Which is why we added it to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

R-Series “45” Solo

Big List Part B

Years: 1932-1936

Engine Offerings: 45ci

Known  Suffixes: R, RL, RLD; Model 34RL, Model 34R, Model 34RLD, Model 35RL, Model 35R, Model 35RS, Model 35RLD, Model 36R, Model 36RLDE, Model 36RS, Model 36R

Reasons to Love: New styling that made Harley a staple of Americana. Perseverance through the Great Depression.

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A replacement for the D-Series, the R series was a step in the evolution from the D to the W. No major technical changes were introduced for the R, but it was a significant motorcycle for Harley as it helped the company survive the Great Depression. Styling changes like Art Deco style badging and paint helped sales.

W-Series

Big List Part B

Years: 1929-1973 (according to Harley, variations of the engine were sold until 1973, primarily in the Servi-Car trike).

Engine Offerings: 45ci

Known Suffixes:  Model W “45” solo, Model WL sport solo, Model WLD “45” solo, WR, Model 37WL, Model 37WLD, Modwl 37WLDR, Model 37W, Model 37WS, Model 38WLD, Model 38WL, Model 38WLDR.

Reasons to Love: After the war, thousands of WLAs were sold off in surplus, which helped start the chopper movement since they were plentiful and cheap.

This was the final model to receive the 45 (minus the H-D Servi-Car which we’re not talking about here). A high compression option was available at the time. During war production, the WLA was built for military use and was essentially the only version built. Close to 60,000 units were produced for U.S. military use and for export through the Lend-Lease program during the War.

The UL

Big List Part B

Years: 1937-1941

Engine Offerings: 74ci, 80ci

Model Suffix: U, UL, ULH, UH, UHS, US,

Reasons to Love: While these side valve/flathead engines were still being used in the UL for a while after the introduction of the Knucklehead, they did bring with them some updated technology like a recirculating oiling system, a good reason to add them to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

In 1937 Harley introduced the UL model with available in 74ci and 80ci V-twins. The previous models featured total-loss oiling systems, ran hot, and mostly miserable and unreliable. The 45ci introduced a smoother running engine and more reliability, but it wasn’t until the big-twins of the UL, which used a dry sump lubrication system, that real reliability and cooler operating temps were now common.

The new UL also featured a four-speed transmission and forged aluminum heads with deeper cooling fins. Brass spark plug inserts were added to address the former engines’ problems of stripping threads. Customers could also opt for optional silicon aluminum heads. These big twins were popular, but when the war broke out production stopped on civilian models and focused instead on WLA models for the military efforts.

The Modern Era – Knuckles, Pans, Shovels, and Sportsters

The EL

Big List Part B

Years: 1936-1952

Model Suffix: E, EL

Engine: 61ci, 74ci

Reasons to Love: The EL-series is not only beautiful, but it marked the birth of Harley’s modern era with the introduction of the Knucklehead, the company’s first overhead-valve V-twin.

Introduction of the first overhead-valve (ohv) V-twin from Harley-Davidson brought Harley-Davidson into the modern era of motorcycle design and engineering. While the first EL was good, Harley constantly tinkered with it over the years to improve power and performance. According to some historians, almost every part on the EL-series was changed between its first year to its last.

In 1941, the EL got bigger with the introduction of a 74ci version of the Knucklehead along with more engineering improvements across the line. Like other models, the outbreak of WWII meant new civilian EL models became very scarce, which is why we added them to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

K-Model Sportster

Big List Part B

Years Built: 1952-1956

Engine Offerings: 45ci, 750cc, 888cc

Known Suffixes: K, KK, KR, KH, KGK, KRTT, KHRTT,

Reasons to Love: Just like the very first Harley-Davidson, the first K-Model was built with the essence of a race bike. Also, Elvis.

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In an effort to stay competitive in the face of stiff competition from the Brits, Harley-Davidson needed something lighter and sportier than their heavy 45ci flatheads and even heavier EL-models. Starting with the bottom end of a 45ci flathead engine, Harley engineers designed a case to house the transmission for a lighter weight and more condensed package. This was similar to the unit construction power plants of the Triumphs and BSAs that were all the rage with the kids. (Remember, Marlon Brando’s Johnny rode a Triumph in The Wild One -Ed.) The company added aluminum heads with fins for cooling to their new engine, then built a lightweight, narrow chassis around it all. The engine performed well and the bike was lightweight, narrow, and easy to ride. It was also the first Harley-Davidson to feature suspension on both wheels – Hydraulic forks on the front and exposed shocks on a swingarm in the rear. Good enough for Elvis? Good enough for our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

With all this engineering, Harley-Davidson birthed not just a sporty street cruiser but its next race bike as well. The K-model became the platform for flat tracker and road racers of the era and evolved into the XR bikes of later years.

Sportster XL

Big List Part B

Years Built: 1957-current

Engine Offerings: 750cc, 883cc, 1000cc, 1200cc

Known Suffixes: XL, XL883, XL883C, XL 883L, XL883R, XL1100, XL1200, XL1200C, XL1200R, XL1200S, XLCH, XLCR, XLH, XLH883, XLH883R, XLH1200, XLH1200S. XLS, XLX, XR1000, XLRTT,

Reasons to Love: Economical, easy to maneuver (for a Harley), and the basis for many factory built race bikes like XR flat trackers, road racers and the cool cafe model (XLCR). Economical is a great reason to add this to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

Big List Part B

If you’ve ever heard, “Oh yeah, my friend just bought a Harley, way cool, it’s a… I can’t remember,” chances are it’s a Sportster. Considered Harley-Davidson’s entry-level bike, the Sportster line has always been kind of in its own world within the Harley family. A separate engine line that’s visually similar to that of its bigger brothers, but a unique tightly packaged drivetrain nonetheless. The XL Sportster has put countless new riders on Harley’s and has produced some of the coolest, most eye-catching customs the company ever produced. Which is why we are adding it to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

Big List Part B

Years Built: 1971-2017

Engine Offerings: 1200cc, 80ci, 1310cc, 1,340cc, 1,450cc, 1,584cc, 1,690cc,

Known Suffixes: FX, FXE, FXD, FXD35, FXS, FXDL, FXEF, FXDF, FXWG, FXDWG, FXDWGI, FXB, FXDC, FXDG, FXDS-CON, FXDX, FXDXT, FXLR, FXS, FXSB, FXR, FXRT, FXRP

Reasons to Love:  Marketed as Harley’s first factory custom to capture the growing Chopper movement. A solid mid-range line with the power of a big twin and the handling of a Sportster. (Also, a super sweet boattail rear end and swingin’ red, white, and blue paint job -Ed.)

Designed by Willie G. Davidson, the idea behind the FX-series seems so simple in retrospect: take the light handling front end from a Sportster and mount it on a full size touring bike frame. Enter the Superglide. FX was short for Factory Experimental, as the bike was a response to the wild late-60s custom scene. Introduced only a few years after Billy and Captain America stormed on to the big screen in Easy Rider, the FX Superglide was a huge and instant success. Cap inspired? Yep we are adding this one to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

Big List Part B

If the Sportster is a Miata in terms of avoidable performance in the H-D realm, then the Superglide was a Corvette. This simple action of stripping down a touring bike introduced a new category of motorcycle and probably attracted as many new riders as the Sportster. The FX platform evolved constantly over three decades until it was axed for 2018, and was arguably one of the most constantly updated models in the Harley-Davidson lineup. The Superglide finally brought Harley into the good graces of new motorcycle reviewers and meant real competition against the Japanese brands.

The Superglide name came and went over the years, but the FX prefix for the line remained. The FX Superglide was eventually replaced by the FXR, the one-percenter club member’s bike of choice. The Superglide remained alongside the FXR for a few years, gaining a small, single tank and dropping the two-piece tank and dash combo.

The Superglide was eventually discontinued due to the introduction of the Evolution engine in 1984. The Dyna platform then replaced the FXR, in 1991, and while all three motorcycles have very different engineering and designing features, they all share the FX prefix and DNA. It’s pretty and sleek to another reason to add it to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

FX/FL Softail

Big List Part B

Years: 1984 to current.

Engines: 1200cc, 80ci, 1310cc, 1,340cc, 1,450cc, 1,584cc, 1,690cc,

Known Suffixes: FXCW, FXCWC, FXST, FXSTB, FXSTBI, FXSTC, FXSTD, FXSTS, FXWG, FLST, FLSTC, FLSTF, FLSTFI, FLSTN, FLSTS, FLSTSB, FLSTSC

Reasons to Love: Comfortable, classically styled, and offered in a huge variety of styles. Hardtail looks with modern performance.

The looks of a hardtail with the ride and comfort of a modern motorcycle, the Softail platform was a revelation in 1984. Built to look like Harleys from the 40s and 50s, the Softails’ rear suspension featured hidden shocks underneath the bike mounted to a triangular-shaped swingarm and fat hydraulic forks up front. Softail engines were hard mounted to the frame – unlike the FX/Dyna series where the engine was isolated from the frame by rubber vibration dampers – and the bikes had a reputation of being slow and rattly.

Despite this rough-riding reputation, Softails steadily grew into one of the most popular and diverse of Harley’s lines. They inhabited a middle ground in the big twin family between the performance-minded FX/Dyna line and the comfortable road going couches of the FL touring line. Throughout the Softail’s original 32-year run, the line produced some of Harley’s most iconic modern bikes such as the Fat Boy, the Heritage Softail Classic, and the Deuce. Iconic means it gets added to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

FL Touring

Big List Part B

Years: 1941-present

Engines: 1200cc, 80ci, 1310cc, 1,340cc, 1,450cc, 1,584cc, 1,690cc, 61ci, 74ci,

Known Suffixes: FL, FLH, FLHX, FLHRS, FLHPI, FLHR, FLHRCI, FLHS, FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTK, FLHTCSE, FLHTPI, FLHTCUI, FLHTCUSE, FLHXXX, FLT, FLTC, FLTCU, FLHTCUTG, FLTR, FLTRI, FLTRX, FLTRSEI

Reasons to Love: The Harley-Davidson FL Touring models have been comfortable touring cruisers and the most quintessential Harley of the modern era.

Harley-Davidson has used the FL name since 1941. FL’s were much the same as their EL, U, and UL siblings, and were powered by the Knucklehead ohv v-twin. The FL series remained largely unchanged until 1948 when the Panhead engine was released. In 1949, just a year after getting the Panhead upgrade, the FL series’ old-timey leading link springer front end was replaced by a set of modern hydraulic forks, thus giving birth to the famous Hydra-Glide.

Big List Part B

In 1958, the FL Hydra-Glide got a radical redesign that introduced a rear suspension consisting of a swingarm and twin shocks. The name was changed from Hydra Glide to Duo Glide (Duo, two, two suspensions…get it?) and a legend was born. A few years later in 1965, the Duo Glide was replaced with the Electra Glide, which featured the first electric starter (again, get it? Eh?) on a Harley-Davidson big twin bike. Harley’s iconic batwing fairing was introduced as an option for the Electra Glide in 1969 and was initially easily removable, unlike today’s permanently affixed fairings. FLs got a front disc brake in 1972, and over the next few decades went through a number of transmission, engine, and electrical system upgrades.

Today, the FL lineup consists of Harley’s big-time baggers and touring models. From the stylish Road King bagger to the unique Road Glide (My personal favorite Harley tourer -JM) to the high-end, eye-watering expensive Ultra Limited, Harley’s touring bikes carry on the proud tradition of powerful and comfortable FL tourers. This tasty one gets added to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

VRSC – V-ROD

Big List Part B

Years: 2002-2017

Engine Offerings: 69ci water-cooled Revolution v-twin, 76ci water-cooled Revolution v-twin.

Known Suffixes: VRSC1 VRSCA, VRSCAW, VRSCB, VRSCD, VRSCDX, VRSCF, VRSCSE, VRSCSE2, VRSCR, VRSCX, VRXSE

Reasons to Love: Harley made a great attempt at producing a modern, well-engineered V-twin. The V-Rod is reminiscent of the beginning days when Harley thought of racing first. Also, Porsche DNA.

Ah, the V-Rod. Developed in the late-90s/early-aughts to compete against ever faster muscle bikes like Yamaha’s savage V-Max, the V-Rod was always an oddity in the Harley-Davidson family. Developed around the newly built, Porsche-designed Revolution engine, the V-Rod was initially a major success and received high marks from the motorcycling press. The Revolution was a 60-degree, water-cooled v-twin that performed, unlike anything Harley had ever produced. The design included a hydro-formed frame and under seat fuel tank for a low center of gravity. It performed well, but it was sadly discontinued (along with its Dyna cousins) with the introduction of Harley’s new 2018 models. Its a beauty and will be missed which is why it gets added to our Important Harley Davidson Big List Part B.

Big List Part B

XG StreetBig List Part B

Years: 2014-present

Engine Offerings: 500cc, 750cc

Known Suffixes: XG, XG750R, XG750G, XG750

Reasons to Love: The XG is Harley-Davidson’s modern attempt at capturing the youth market with a sporty, small displacement bike. The XG harkens back to the K-model in that it’s an inexpensive, nimble, and fun motorcycle that exists largely outside of Harley’s established lines. Like the K-model, it’s also the base for the company’s modern flat track race bike.

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When it was released, the XG was Harley-Davidson’s first all-new model in 13 years, the first sub-1000cc production engine in decades, and the least expensive offering in the lineup. Originally the Street was built for the Indian and European markets, where the 500cc or 750cc motorcycle sales have been booming for over a decade. Eventually, the 500cc model was brought to The States and was first introduced as the go-to bike for Harley’s in-house riding school. Once established in the Learn to Ride program, the XG was then made available to moto-journalists and the public. Soon thereafter, the 750 model appeared in American showrooms and the rest is history.

In Conclusion

Whew, that’s a lot of bikes. As you can see, Harley’s model history is kind of convoluted. That’s to be expected in a company with such a long history and so many fantastic bikes in its portfolio. If we missed anything or you think we left out, leave us a comment here or even on facebook.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Important Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time – a Big List Part A

Founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson is America’s oldest and most popular motorcycle marque. Throughout its 114 years of production, Harley has made countless iconic bikes and constantly evolved to meet evolving tastes and markets while maintaining its essential Harleyness. The company survived multiple wars and depressions, two world wars, stiff competition by both the British and the Japanese, and outlived all of its original competitors save Indian. In doing so, Harley helped shape motorcycle culture and gave birth to a big slice of Americana. I thought that it would be fun to let AMERiders readers know about the Important Harley-Davidsons there were Throughout Time. We will do this in a few post so here is what we call the Big List Part A.

What you will find out

The following list includes significant motorcycles in Harley-Davidson history, those bikes that represented the next step in motorcycle evolution or set the standard for an entire bike segment. Although it’s pretty exhaustive, this list excludes unique or short-lived models like the Aermacchi/Harley Sprints, Servi-Cars, most military models, and one-off items like scooters or snowmobiles since they’re largely outside the scope of this article. Also, honestly, each of those categories deserves their own book and, since they’re so rare, weird, or exclusive, existing information about them is largely nonexistent.

So let’s get down to business, shall we? For the purposes of this our Big List Part A of Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time, we’ve separated the bikes into two broad eras – pre-Big List Part AKnucklehead and post-Knucklehead – which I’ve called “The Beginning” and “The Modern Era”. As you may know, the legendary Knucklehead was Harley’s first overhead-valve engine. Its introduction brought Harley into the modern era, and every modern big twin – Dynas, Softails, and touring models – can trace its lineage straight back to the old Knuck.

No one is perfect, so if you know of anything we missed in our information, please let us know. For instance, we believe we’ve caught all of the known model codes for the models listed, but there are always special edition or one-off models that sometimes change the code. It’s possible we’ve missed a few, but to the best of our efforts, this is a complete list of every Harley-Davidson models today.

Also, if you’re looking for more depth in the subject a great resource for true-HD enthusiasts is the Big Book.We aren’t gonna give you a long post today as you know we don’t like to make you read for too long so we will just give you a tad bit and then continue one with the information next week.

The Beginning

 

Big List Part A
Walter Davidson with one of the company’s early endurance race bikes. Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson.

Years: 1903-1929

Engine Offerings: 405cc, 439cc, 495cc, 800cc, 1,000cc, 565cc, 810cc

Known Suffixes: 1905, Model 1; 1908, Model 4; 1909, Model 5, Model 5A, Model 5C, Model 5D; 1910, Model 6, Model 6A, Model 6B, Model 6C, Model 6D; 1911, Model 7, Model 7A, Model 7B, Model 7C, Model 7D; 1912, Model 8, Model X8, Model 8A, Model X8A, Model 8D, Model X8D, Model X8E; 1913, Model 9A, Model 9B; 1914, Model 10A, Model 10B, Model 10C; 1915, Model 11B, Model 11C; 1916, Model 16B, Model 16C; 1917, Model 17B, Model 17C; 1918, Model 18B. Model 18C, Model 18E, Model 18F, Model 18J; 1919, Model 19F, Model 19J; 1920, Model 20F, Model 20J; 1921, Model 21F, Model 21FD, Model 21J, Model 21JD; 1922, Model 22F, Model 22FD, Model 22J, Model 22JD; 1923, Model 23F, Model 23FD, Model 23J, Model 23JD; 1924, Model 24FE, Model 24FD, Model 24FDCA, Model FDCB, Model FDCB, Model 24JE, Model 24JD, Model 24JDCA, Model 24JDCB, Model 24JDCB; 1925, Model 25FE, Model 25FDCB, Model 25JE, Model 25JDCB; 1926/1927, Model 26F, Model 26FD, Model 26J, Model 26JD, Model A, Model AA, Model B, Model BA; 1927, Model 27F, Model 27D, Model 27J, Model 27JD; 1928, Model 28A, Model 28AA, Model 28B, Model 28BA, Model 28F, Model 28FD, Model 28J, Model 28JD, Model 28JXL, Model 28JDXL, Model 28JH, Model 28JDH; 1929, Model 29A, Model 29AA, Model 29B, Model 29BA, Model 29D, Model 29F, Model 29FD, Model 29J, Model 29JD, Model 29JXL, Model 29JDXL, Model 29JH, Model 29JDH

Reasons to Love: 

In the beginning, Harley-Davidson built motorcycles to race. The early years featured a huge variety of models, from singles, V-twins, and opposed twins in a variety of frames. Engineering development was in full swing, and the American-made racing scene was a beautiful drama. During these years, Harley-Davidson was in a frenzy of engineering and development. New models,  engines, and chassis configurations seemed to change every year or so as new breakthroughs were made and new ideas were tested.

Pre-Knucklehead: 

In 1901, William S. Harley completed a blueprint drawing of an engine in a bicycle frame. He partnered with longtime friend Arthur Davidson and, after two years of woodshedding in mutual friend Henry Melk’s garage, rolled out their first bike in 1903 and immediately went racing, thus Starting our first in our Big List Part A of Harley-Davidsons Throughout Time.. With the paint still wet on the 1903 bike, Mssrs. Harley and Davidson got to work on a new, more modern motorcycle with a bigger and better engine single-cylinder engine.

Completed in September of 1904, this bike rolled out of Melk’s garage and went straight to the track just like its 1903 predecessor. The engine was a 24.74 cubic inch, inlet-over-exhaust single with a single-speed transmission and a leather belt drive with backup pedal assist. The entire thing weighed less than 200 pounds and had a top speed of around 40 miles-per-hour. It took fourth place with rider Ed Hildebrand in the saddle, not bad at all for what was essentially a one-off prototype.

In 1905, Harley-Davidson released the first true Harley – the Model 1. Basically a production model of the 1904 prototype/racer, the Model 1 was nearly identical to its predecessors.

It wasn’t until 1909 that Harley-Davidson released its first V-twin powered motorcycle – the 49.5 cubic inch Model 5-D. Around this time, Harley-Davidson became America’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, eclipsing arch-rival Indian and completely dominating smaller outfits like Thor, Henderson, Excelsior, and Pierce. The F-Head engine in the 5-D was a flop for a number of reasons which are, once again, outside the scope of this article, and was replaced a year later with a better engine.

Big List Part A

Conclusion for Big List Part A

And we are gonna leave you here for Big List Part A and get more in-depth with the list next week for you, Kinda like a book with a cliff hanger. Leave you guessing a bit.

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Evel Knievel: America’s Greatest Daredevil a Detailed Look

Thanksgiving is over and after Black Friday you may feel as though you have done a few jumps like Evel Knievel. With that thought, I thought that it would be appropriate for AMERiders to give you a detailed look into Evel Knievel, America’s Greatest Daredevil Although this Legendary rider is no longer with us he continues to be an inspiration to motorcyclists and motorcycling culture today.

Evel Knievel the Man, the Myth, the Legend.

It’s been more than 40 years since Evel Knievel made his last jump and even though his name is still synonymous with motorcycle stunt riding, the details of his career have started to blur over the convening years. Nowadays you are more likely to hear things like “Didn’t he break every bone in his body?” or “Did he ever successfully land a single jump?” rather than any true facts about his career. As someone who had such a profound influence on motorcycling and was a true American legend, we owe it to Evel to get the facts straight about his extraordinary career.

The Man

Evel KnievelKnievel was born on October 17, 1938, in the mining community of Butte, Montana, to Robert and Ann Knievel. Named after his father, Evel’s real name was Robert Craig Knievel.  Growing up in a rough mining town gave Knievel plenty of opportunities for getting into mischief and his actions eventually led to several run-ins with the local police. One such incident, involving a high-speed motorcycle chase and crash, landed him behind bars where the jailer jokingly referred to him has “Evil Knievel” – a moniker that would stick with him for years to come.

He was also known around town as an incredible athlete, participating in rodeos, ski jumping, and pole vaulting, and he played for two semi-professional hockey teams.

As a young man, Evel Knievel tried several careers before he stumbled upon the idea of being a “professional daredevil.” Like everyone in Butte, he had a stint working a variety of jobs related to the mines before branching out into other fields. Throughout his 20s, he tried his hand at being a hunting guide, a motorcycle racer, an insurance salesman, and even opened his own Honda motorcycle dealership.

Daredevil Debut

Evel KnievelNone of these jobs stuck and in 1965 he decided to put on a motorcycle stunt show based on the automobile stunt shows performed by Joie Chitwood. His first stunt show consisted of one jump over a 20-foot box of rattlesnakes and two mountain lions (I guess in the 60s you could just rent rattlesnakes and lions for such events).  The jump was successful and Knievel quickly realized that if he found a sponsor and a few more performers he might be able to make some real money.

Lots of Broken Bones

 

Evel KnievelIn 1966, Evel Knievel and his Band of Daredevils debuted at the National Date Festival in California.  The first show was a big success and for their next show, Knievel decided to mix things up with a new stunt where he jumped spread eagle over a speeding motorcycle. This turned out to be an epic failure as the motorcycle struck him square in the testicles and tossed him 15 feet (guys, just let that sink in for a few seconds). A lengthy hospital stay was enough to break up the fledgling stunt team and from there on out, Knievel became a solo act.

Evel KnievelRight from the beginning, Evel Knievel’s claim to fame was jumping vehicles. While other stunt riders were playing it safe and jumping over pools of water or semi-soft animals, Knievel was jumping a much more unforgiving selection of cars, trucks, and vans.

Just a few months after his “spread eagle” incident, a jump consisting of 12 cars and a van sent him back to the hospital with a broken arm and several broken ribs. The following year, another crash left him with a serious concussion, but he kept performing and with each jump, his popularity grew. It also became obvious that his failures were even more popular than his successes as there seemed to be a morbid fascination with this unstoppable force of nature whose resilience bordered on being superhuman.

Becoming Famous

Evel KnievelWith his star on the rise, Evel Knievel successfully negotiated a deal to jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on December 31, 1967. Although he wanted to have the event aired live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, he had to settle for a low-budget film which he paid for out of his own pocket. The jump itself was one of Knievel’s biggest failures as a daredevil and the injuries he sustained seemed unsurvivable. When it was all said and done, he left Caesars Palace with a crushed pelvis and a crushed femur along with a fractured hip and fractures to both wrists and ankles. He also remained in a coma for 29 days due to the severity of the concussion he received upon impact after the failed jump.

As you can guess, even this wasn’t enough to slow Knievel down and in less than six months he was back to jumping (and crashing). Although it is the crashes everyone remembers, his success rate was actually fairly high. The early 1970s saw the most Knievel performances and his records for those years showed that he was an extraordinary rider. In a three-year period from 1971 to 1973, Knievel made an incredible 87 jumps, of which 82 were successful. It is also important to note that on December 12, 1970, Knievel switched from riding various British motorcycles to exclusively riding a Harley-Davidson XR-750, which arguably was a better platform for the type of abuse Knievel was heaping on his motorcycles.

Not just jumps on Motorcycles! What?

Evel KnievelWhile almost all of Knievel’s jumps involved lines of cars, buses, etc, he also gained much notoriety in his attempt to jump the Grand Canyon and later the Snake River Canyon.  Starting in 1968, Knievel began floating the idea of making a jump across the Grand Canyon probably as a publicity stunt more than anything else. Surprisingly the major stumbling block had nothing to do with the actual mechanics of making such a long jump, but with the U.S. government. Even after hiring an attorney to take the battle to court, Knievel was never able to get the US Department of the Interior to grant him permission to use the airspace over the canyon for a jump.  Not one to give up, Knievel leased some private land on the Snake River Canyon and started developing a plan for jumping that 1-mile-wide canyon instead.

Evel KnievelObviously, his Harley-Davidson XR-750 was not up to the challenge of such a long jump, so a special machine had to be developed to clear the canyon. The result was the Skycycle X-2, a two-wheeled, steam-powered rocket complete with a fully enclosed cockpit and a parachute to simplify the landing. The amount of time and money put into this stunt far outweighed anything Knievel had previously attempted, and many feel it would have been successful had the design of the parachute system not been faulty, causing it to deploy prematurely. The result was that Knievel cleared the canyon, but the prevailing winds caught the parachute and blew it back across the canyon where it crashed down next to the river.

Evel Knievel

The failure at Snake River Canyon really seemed to “take the wind out of his sails” and Knievel only attempted six more jumps before announcing his retirement (for the final time) in January of 1977.  Of these six attempts, three resulted in crashes. One of those crashes, however, was – in a strange way – one of his greatest successes. The crash at Wembley Stadium in London still ranks as the all-time highest rated episode of ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

The Later Years

His final crash occurred during a practice run for a jump over a 90-foot shark tank. It left Knievel with two broken arms and the guilt of a cameraman blinded in one eye. Injuring a bystander deeply upset Knievel and although he continued to make regular appearances for the next couple years he only did so as a speaker, saying he had “jumped far enough.”

Evel KnievelAlways a brilliant self-promoter, Knievel was in and out of the public eye for the remainder of his life. Ironically, while he certainly suffered from having broken 35 bones during his career, his death was due to a rare and incurable lung disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died on November 30, 2007, due to complications of the disease and was laid to rest in his hometown, Butte. In true showman style, Knievel arrived at his funeral laid out in his iconic red white and blue leathers under a rain of fireworks. The eulogy was given by actor Matthew McConaughey who eloquently stated:  “He’s forever in flight now. He doesn’t have to come back down; he doesn’t have to land.”

Evel KnievelThis year also marks a new chapter in the legacy of Knievel with the opening of the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas.  The museum’s soft opening was on 26 May – 42 years to the day after the failed jump at Wembley Stadium. The grand opening was on June 30, to coincide with the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Evel KnievelYou will find Static displays showing off some of Knievel’s motorcycles and memorabilia, and a number of interactive displays, too. What may be the most popular exhibit is the virtual reality jump simulator, in which you actually sit on a replica Knievel motorcycle while wearing virtual reality goggles and get to experience what it is like to do a jump. There is also an interactive jump planner which allows up to four users to plan out a stunt, including everything from selecting the obstacles, the speed, the ramp angle and other factors.  Luckily for those that fail, they can simply walk away from the exhibit without any broken bones…

Evel KnievelWhether you grew up eating out of an Evel Knievel lunch box or you’ve just watched his jumps on YouTube it is hard not be a fan. His larger than life persona and “extreme courage” are traits to be admired if not emulated. Through his actions, he not only encouraged a generation of kids to jump their bicycles off makeshift ramps, but more importantly, he taught the value of hard work, commitment, and determination.

He rose to popularity at a time when all Americans were in need of not just entertainment but a hero. Between the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal, the late 60s and early 70s were a tumultuous period for this country and Evel Knievel was someone we could all root for. On the surface, he may have just been jumping a motorcycle over a line of cars, but deeper down, he truly embodied the American spirit and still serves as an inspiration today.

In Conclusion

Although our beloved hero is no longer with us, if he was younger and riding today he would more than likely tell us this. Make sure that you ride in protective gear. It will help you stay alive a bit longer than riding in just jeans and a t-shirt. With that said we do have plenty of riding gear at AMERiders to fit your style from Helmets to Boots and everything in between. Check us out.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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How Do You Choose The Best Chaps And Boots?

Thanksgiving is over and Friends and Family are packing up for their long drives home and we are saying goodbye. In some parts of the country and even the world, it is still just warm enough to ride. If you realize that your leathers may be a little tight from all the good eats we can help with that. If you need replacement boots for next year we have you covered as well. But there is the question. How Do You Choose The Best Chaps And Boots? Well, we have a few pointers for you.

Tips for choosing the Boots for you.
Chaps and Boots
Women’s 11″ Fashion Harness Boot Black

We have covered this before in a previous blog as we are big on safety for our customers. As we’ve said before The first step in finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear is to decide on what you want out your boots. There are many requirements a rider can want from his/her boots such as comfort, ventilation, and to be waterproof among many others. In listing our previous post we had a list of main issues that riders may require out of their boots. These tips are just a helpful starting guideline. Finding that perfect pair of boots is difficult and when you do find them make sure you grab an extra pair. You never know when that manufacturer won’t make them anymore and when yours wear out you will have to start looking for another pair of perfect boots again.

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Men’s 12″ Shifter Pad Engineer Boot Black

Whether you’re a man or a woman choosing a pair of motorcycle boots is not easy, however, men may have it a bit easier since most are not as style conscious as some women are. Besides the requirements above it is also important to think about the rider’s height, and the type of motorcycle, he/she rides as well as the type of riding they do as well. All of this will help factor into a perfect pair of boots that will make you comfortable for many rides to come.

For those of us, that ride cruiser bikes, it may be practical to wear a more classic style boot, (ie a harness boot or other classic style), however, if the rider frequently rides for long distances they may want to think about a waterproof boot, not just rain boot covers.  It is also a good idea to think about choosing a boot that has a steel toe as that can give extra protection to your feet, during a fall or accident.

Always make sure that your boots have soles that give the proper amount of grip for the riding that you are doing. Oil Resistant soles are important to have especially when riding on the street, as oil is a riders downfall (literally) when riding in wet conditions if their boots don’t have oil resistant soles.

You also want to make sure that your footwear not only fits you but fits your bike. You want to make sure that the toe is not too thick where you can’t put your foot in between the foot control and gear shifter, or that your heel is too thick or big as it may make it harder for you to move your foot where it needs to be quickly.

Finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear may seem like it could be a simple thing to do, however, it isn’t and a lot of effort and time goes into finding that perfect pair of boots. The biggest thing is to choose a boot that will allow you to control your motorcycle well and without much of a hassle. You can never own too many pairs of boots so when you find a pair that fits you well and works for what you need, buy a second pair as a backup. You never know when your favorite pair of boots may not be made anymore and you will at least have a backup pair on hand.

Check out all of our Women’s boots like this pair of Women’s 11″ Fashion Harness Boot Black or our men’s boots like this pair of Men’s 12″ Shifter Pad Engineer Boot Black both are great pairs of boots and will protect your feet well.

Chaps

First up why wear Chaps? Well

Motorcycle chaps are actually an important part of protective clothing when it comes to riding a motorcycle safely. Their function is to prevent the dreaded road rashes or abrasion wounds in case of (knock on chrome) you get a road crash. They can be made of many materials, but you definitely want to use leather – that’s the one which will provide the best protection all over. They allow you to wear your regular jeans while giving the protection of full leather pants which some people find horrible to use.

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Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes

Unlike the leather pants, they actually let you keep your mobility and flexibility, which are important when you’re riding. You don’t wanna get stuck when you’re trying to put your leg down, do ya? The fact that they’re comfortable to use (especially when compared to leather pants) will also help you ride for longer periods of time, without squirming around in your seat while you ride.

One more thing about comfort – they ain’t as damn hot as those damn leather pants. I mean, you ride a bike. You know what “swamp ass” is. You do NOT wanna have swamp ass on leather pants, TRUST US on this one. Finally, good chaps also come with pockets and sometimes even with concealed pockets where you can store all of your stuff and keep it handy when needed.

This how-to is not only good for chaps it is also good for Jackets and if you want the pants them as well. First, you will need to know your

Chaps and Boots
Men’s Distressed Brown Leather Motorcycle Chaps

measurements take these with a measuring tape. NOTE: DO NOT EXPECT CHAPS TO MATCH YOUR NORMAL PANTS SIZE. THE MOST IMPORTANT MEASUREMENT IS THAT OF YOUR THIGHS.Be sure you take these measurements while wearing jeans! Chaps are sized by your thigh measurement about 4″ down from your crotch.

Remember, Chaps fit over the pants and will need to allow appropriate room.Measure the thigh 3″-4″ below the crotch, around the leg while sitting, for maximum comfort. Round to the nearest whole inch and go to the next size up. Measure the waist (which is adjustable on the chaps) at or below the belt. We also suggest measuring to the top of the boot as well. You wouldn’t want to have them hemmed unless you find the perfect pair of chaps and don’t see another pair that matches your length.

When shopping for a new motorcycle jacket, chaps, or pants it is important to understand how the stores grade the quality of their leather. Check the tag on your jacket, chats, or pants before buying them.  Look for:

  1. Economy Grade: This is patched leather that is only suitable for children or adults who don’t do a lot of riding. This is not a good quality of leather to protect you from the elements or an accident.
  2. Top Grain Leather: This is a strong cowhide leather that will protect you from the elements and an accident. This is a nice grade of leather that wears nicely and looks better as it ages.
  3. Premium or Naked Leather: This is the top quality of leather on the market and an excellent choice for all motorcycle jackets, chaps, and pants. The leather is extra thick and it is designed to protect you and wear longer. The price of quality leather is always three times more expensive than economy leather.

We have a great selection of Men’s and Women’s Chaps and Pants to choose from to keep you protected while you ride like this sweet pair of Men’s Distressed Brown Leather Motorcycle Chaps or our Pretty Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes. Plus many more, to keep you not only looking stylish but protected while you ride as well.

In Conclusion 

Anyone who rides a motorcycle needs to wear a Chaps And Boots for protection. It is important to buy top quality leather products to protect yourself from the elements and an accident. Therefore, next time you shop for your leather riding gear be sure to read the tag. Look for premium or naked leather if you are looking for protection in your chaps. Plus make sure your Boots fit the exact way you want them too.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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AMERiders Thanksgiving Note to Our Customers

2017 is almost over and Thanksgiving is tomorrow and everyone will be sitting around the table saying what they are thankful for, so we thought we would give you our AMERiders Thanksgiving note to our customers for this year.

While the table is being set for all the family and friends for dinner with the best china, crystal, and gorgeous centerpieces.

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And while Ladies of the house cook the Turkey.AMERiders Thanksgiving

And delicious side dishes.

AMERiders Thanksgiving

As we sit around watching gorgeous parades, great football and catching up with friends and family. All the while getting hungrier by the moment.Till the food is done.

AMERiders Thanksgiving

Once it is we will sit around the table toasting friends and family and eating good food. Remember that Thanksgiving is a day to remember the things we are thankful for Friends, Family, house, and home. As well as Health, and Life and so much more. Think about all of what you are thankful for because you don’t know what you have till it’s gone as the song says.

We here at AMERiders, thankful for all of our customers because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be who we are, or were we are now. We Thank you for being here for us and hope you continue to do so. Our customers always come first for us. So Thank you and have a wonderful and warm Happy Thanksgiving.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Remember our 2017s AMERiders Thanksgiving Note to Our Customers

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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Motorcycle Riding Tips and Tricks You May Not Know Yet

AMERiders always thinks of safety first which is why we thought we would give you some Motorcycle Tips and Tricks You May Not Know Yet today. We looked over the net and found you a few little motorcycle riding tips and tricks that will make your ride you smoother, safer and, in some cases, faster. They’ll work on any bike, anytime, whether you’re cruising, tearing up a mountain road or heading out around the world.

Blip The Throttle To Make Downshifts Smoother

Motorcycle Riding Tips The First of our Motorcycle Riding Tips is Grab a lower gear as you’re braking, let the clutch out quickly, and revs temporarily spike as the engine struggles to catch up to the rear tire’s speed. Downshift too quickly and you’ll lock up the rear tire due to the engine’s compression. This limits how hot you can come into a corner since you need to manage decreased rear wheel traction as you begin to turn. The solution? Rev matching. By blipping revs to match rear wheel speed, the engine doesn’t need to catch up all of a sudden.

Simple to explain, but takes some practice to get right because it’s all about timing and feel. You’re braking with two fingers, right? Good, use the others to quickly blip the throttle after you pull in the clutch and downshift, spiking revs to where you think they’ll be in the lower gear. If you get that right, you can just let that clutch spring back out to seamlessly engage that lower gear. You should be able to maintain consistent brake force while blipping. That, plus knowing the amount of throttle to apply and the right revs to reach is where the practice comes in. So go do that and you’ll be rewarded with smoother riding, everywhere, but especially when flying into corners.

Trail Brake For Faster, Safer Cornering

Another one of our Great Motorcycle Riding Tips is to Trail Brake For Faster, Safer Cornering.  Whoa, whoa, whoa? You mean you brake in a corner? Yep, and it’ll make you both faster and safer. Here’s how and why.Applying a motorcycle’s front brake will slow you down. Of course. And, in doing so, it’ll compress the front suspension and shift the weight onto the front tire, expanding its contact patch and increasing its grip. That has the dual effect of making the bike steer quicker and making it so you can push the front end harder. Together, that adds miles per hour.

Motorcycle Riding TipsYou should really learn how to do this in the safe environment of a race track, where there are no cars around, where vision is good and where falling down won’t necessarily kill you.

Just brake a little later into a corner so you’ll still be on the brakes a little as you begin to turn. Feel good? Brake a little later the next time and a little later after that. Eventually, after much practice, you’ll get to the point where you’re hitting the apex at pace, just as you let go of the last little bit of front brake and begin to apply a little throttle. That’s right, no coasting, you swap brake for throttle at the apex.

Later braking means more time spent accelerating on the straights means faster lap times.

It also helps with safety. Because the front suspension will already be compressed, the front tire’s contact patch already maximized, you’ll be able to use that brake lever to tighten or widen your line, without upsetting the bike. That pays huge dividends on the road, where you often come around a blind corner to spot a patch of gravel or similar. Trail braking will help you avoid that obstacle in a safe, fluid, smooth manner.

Be aware of the grip a tire has available. Leaning and braking both require grip from the same, finite source. The more you lean, the less you can brake and vice versa. As you near max lean, you near max grip. As you near max brake, you also near max grip. Cross the two and you’ll be laying on the ground, watching your bike cartwheel through a gravel trap.

 

Steer Left To Go Right

Countersteering. It is one of our great Motorcycle Riding Tips and It’s the most often misunderstood, but most commonly practiced riding skill out there. If you ride a motorcycle or bicycle you already do it.

It’s way more simple than its counterintuitive nature sounds. Go out to your bike, sit on it with both legs firmly on the ground. Now, turn the bars to the left. Which way does the bike want to fall? Yes, to the right. Look at the front wheel, you’re creating a point, with it on one side and the bike’s main body on the other. The bike wants to fall towards that point.

Out on the road, if you’re successfully managing to not bounce off every tree, car and building, you’re already doing it, just subconsciously. Consciously practicing it will enhance your control over the bike and the speed at which you’re able to turn.

To do it, go practice in a big, empty parking lot. Ride along at 25 mph or so and give the bar on the inside of the direction you want to turn a little nudge. You’ll turn. Next time, nudge it a little harder. Then go out on the road and start incorporating that into your riding. There you go, you’ve mastered the art of the countersteer.

Works on a bicycle, too, so feel free to practice it there first.’

Look Where You Want To Go

Car veering into your lane? Tight corner catch you out? An obstacle in the road? Lane splitting? Look at the gap, where you want to be, the spot on the track you want to reach, not at the hazard or car or obstruction. Your body and the bike will follow. Consciously think about this, force yourself to do it if necessary, it works. Practice doing it, this will save your life.

Save Your Balls, Use Your Knees

This is one of our Motorcycle Riding Tips that is mainly for our gents. You’ve likely heard or read somewhere that, for better control, you should keep your weight off your hands while riding. But, when you’re braking heavily, it can be hard to keep that weight off your hands. The solution? Grip the tank firmly between your knees, then relax your upper body. Stomp Grip or a similar product that gives your legs better purchase on the tank can be a huge help here. Bonus: no more crushed testicles.

Brake! Right.

The front brake is the most powerful component of your motorcycle. It’s capable of altering your bike’s velocity far quicker than the engine. It’s a far sharper tool than that found in even the most expensive performance cars and, as such, is also more difficult to use. Name one Porsche or Ferrari that can loop itself over its front wheels with an accidental brush of the brake pedal.

The sheer power of the front brake on performance motorcycles is one of the main reasons we advise new riders to begin on something small and light; mastering a motorcycle’s brakes takes years of experience. Here’s a short cut:

  1. Use two fingers only; your index and middle finger. Keep the others wrapped around the throttle.
  2. Any time you may need to brake in a hurry, such as riding through traffic, rest those two fingers on the lever, ready to go. This is called “covering” the brake. Doing so will help you actuate it smoothly and respond more quickly.
  3. Load the front tire to increase grip. To give yourself the maximum possible braking ability, you need to maximize the front tire’s grip. Anytime you start braking, even in a panic situation, start by gently pulling in the lever, compressing the front suspension and pushing the front tire into the ground. Only once that tire’s had a chance to compress and spread out, increasing its contact patch and accepting the bike’s weight, can you begin to apply full braking force.
  4. Progressively squeeze harder and harder, until you’ve achieved the desired level of deceleration. Once the rear wheel starts coming off the ground, or you feel the front tire beginning to lose traction, you’ve reached the maximum possible amount of braking for those conditions. Hold lever pressure steady or back off slightly to a level you’re comfortable with.

Above all, be smooth and progressive with your inputs. Grabbing a fist full of brake will just make you crash.

Rear brake? It’s great for low-speed control, but on non-chopper-style motorcycles, contributes little to outright braking power; under heavy deceleration, the rear tire becomes unweighted, and one of our best Motorcycle Riding Tips.

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So there you go some great Motorcycle Riding Tips and Tricks You May Not have known Yet. I am sure there are many out there but these are just a few that we thought were interesting.

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We want to remind you that Thanksgiving is around the corner and it is that time that we all gather with friends, family and loved ones. Gathering for to watch gorgeous parades, watch great football, and have some good eats. Not only that it is also the time to be thankful for all that we have. So we ask that you think about who and what you are thankful for, because you don’t know what you have till it’s gone as the song says.

Here at AMERiders, we are thankful for all of our customers because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be who we are and we Thank you for being here for us.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

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Sylvester Roper the Inventor of the Motorcycle &1st man to die on one.

Mr. Roper is not just the name of a character on Three’s Company, he is also the person that invented the motorcycle. Today AMERiders gives you information Sylvester Roper the Inventor of the Motorcycle. Not only was he the inventor of the motorcycle he was also the first man to die on one as well as an American Hero. He is most aptly known as an American inventor and transportation pioneer who built a steam-powered motorcycle in 1869. We figured this would be great post riding on the coattails of some our Veterans Day posts.

Who was Sylvester Roper

Sylvester RoperBorn in Boston in 1823, Sylvester Roper proved himself to be a gifted mechanic and inventor from a very young age. When most kids of his era were pushing iron hoops down the road with sticks or boiling paraffin or telegraph-tweeting or whatever the hell kids did back then for fun. He was building steam engines and inventing new types of sewing machines.

Eventually, he turned his attention to steam-powered vehicles, and while he wasn’t the 1st, he did have a working, drivable steam carriage as early as 1863. Just think about that for a moment. When our country was still in the middle of a war trying to decide if certain groups of people were property or not, this guy was out, driving around in a car.

It seems that being an incredible badass with a car 50 or so years before everyone else would catch on wasn’t enough for Roper, so he decided to start experimenting with two-wheeled steam vehicles, perhaps out of a desire to head to the California Territory where he could lane-split.

The first Motorcycle

Sylvester RoperBy 1867, Roper had built his first steam velocipede, and he was hooked. Built on what is likely a purpose-built frame (there’s some contention on that), Roper’s machine hung the boiler right below the rider’s junk (not a worry if you were Roper, who seemed to have balls made of the finest forged steel), with the twin pistons flanking the frame to either side. The water tank was saddle-shaped and used as a seat, and the wheels were solid iron. Oh, and true to its future progeny, there was a nice big steam pipe exiting behind the driver, hopefully, chromed.

To operate the motorcycle, Roper came up with the twist-grip method we know and love today, though a bit different: the whole handlebar twisted as a unit, forward giving throttle, and backward applying the not-too-effective spoon brake. It’s a pretty intuitive interface if you think about it.

Sylvester RoperThere was so much about this 328cc steam motorcycle that sets the template for the future: a pressure gauge right where we expect the instruments on a modern motorcycle, an engine-powered water pump, spring suspension of the drivetrain—it’s a truly ingenious machine.

We should mention that there are some people who don’t consider Roper’s machine to be the first motorcycle because it wasn’t gas-powered. and say that’s insane. You put a motor between your legs on a bike frame, and that’s a motheradoring motorcycle, period. So shuddup, you.

From this beginning, Roper kept developing, culminating in his safety-bike-framed version that he’d been refining from 1884 until he died on it in 1896. It was described at the time as being about 8 HP, and the whole assembly only weighed about 150 lbs, with coal and water, which is damned impressive.

Die doing what you love!

Sylvester RoperSylvester Roper did many exhibitions and shows involving his carriage and motorcycle, and from all accounts seemed to genuinely enjoy riding the motorcycle. He died doing what he loved in 1896 when while riding on Boston’s Charles River bicycle track, he was hauling iron ass at 40 MP when his bike appeared to wobble, and then crash.

The cause of death was found to be a heart attack, though whether it was the cause or the effect of the loss of control isn’t really known. A Boston Globe obituary suggested that Roper had cut off the steam prior to crashing, indicating that he knew something was wrong.

We’ll never really know, and, in the end, it doesn’t matter. Sylvester Roper was one of those incredible combinations of brains and balls (or ovaries, as the case may be) that are the driving force behind so much of what’s good in the world.

So, raise your tepid beers to the sky and give some thanks to old Sylvester, the American hero.

Before we go

We want to remind you that Thanksgiving is around the corner and it is that time that we all gather with friends, family and loved ones. Gathering for to watch gorgeous parades, watch great football, and have some good eats. Not only that it is also the time to be thankful for all that we have. So we ask that you think about who and what you are thankful for, because you don’t know what you have till it’s gone as the song says.

Here at AMERiders, we are thankful for all of our customers because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be who we are and we Thank you for being here for us.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Sylvester Roper

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders give you all kinds of information including info about Sylvester Roper.

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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Celebrating our Military Veterans and the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps

AMERiders wants to Celebrate Our Military Veterans all weekend as well as say Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps today. Veterans Day is tomorrow, and as usual, we at AMERiders always send out a heartfelt personal thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the Military Veterans for their service. We gave you a bit of background on Wednesday about Veterans Day. However, today is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Happy 242nd birthday to The United States Marine Corps

Military VeteransThe United States Marine Corps celebrates its 242nd birthday on today. The day marks the anniversary of the approval of two Marine battalions to join the American Revolution, and today marks the occasion served as a “yearly reminder of the brave spirit that has compelled young men and women to defend our nation and its interests for more than two centuries,” according to Marines.com.

As of 2016, there are about 183,594 active members of the Marines serving. Their members are younger on average than the Air Force, Army, and Navy, according to the Marine Corps Community Services. Celebrate the day by thanking a Marine in your life for their service. (this information was found from a news station search)

Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday

On Military.com they had an article about the Marine corps birthday that explained information on what it meant to be a Marine Veteran on Veterans day you can read the article here but we have an excerpt for you below, written by Justin Sloan (USMC Veteran), Military.com

“Every year on Nov. 10, Marine Corps veterans receive emails, calls and Facebook messages wishing them a happy birthday. There are times throughout the year when we remember what it means to be a veteran when we honor our fallen comrades on Memorial Day or celebrate veterans on Veterans Day.

However, the Marine Corps birthday brings leathernecks back to a time surrounded by our brothers and sisters.
For me, it serves as more of a nostalgic day that reflects both Memorial Day and Veterans Day — it’s a time where Marines focus on their brothers in arms, remembering the good, and staring off into the distance as sorrow washes over them for all of their fellow Devil Dogs who gave their lives for our freedom.”

So if you are telling wishing any Marines you know Happy Birthday today don’t forget to thank them for their service as well if they are a Military Veterans.

Veterans Day and things not to say to Service Members or Veterans.

Military VeteransEarly November is a magical time of year. The Halloween decorations are finally starting to be put away and cardboard cutouts of turkeys in Pilgrim hats are taking their place. People begin to stop enjoying the number of unseasonably warm days and start worrying about how hard winter’s going to hit when it finally does.

It also marks the time of a very special holiday, one that typically involves a great deal of drinking, loud hooting, and fistfights. But one day after the Marine Corps birthday (Happy 242th, Devil Dogs!) comes Veterans Day, an important and much more dignified day of remembrance. All across America, parades and ceremonies are held to honor those who have served in the armed forces. It puts veterans and the military as a whole in the limelight and gives people, particularly those who may not interact with our kind as regularly as others, the opportunity to express their gratitude. It also gives them a chance to say or ask stuff that just annoys the hell out of Military Veterans. Here are some winners that are most irritating and should be avoided.

“I was going to/could have joined the military, but…”

Nope. Stop right there. While the end of that sentence is occasionally a reasonable explanation — “I’m completely blind and not in a Daredevil kind of way” or “I had to take care of a sick family member” or “I lost my genitals while fighting a bear” —  usually it’s more along the lines of “my parents would have, like, totes killed me for realsies” or “I had just gotten onto the semi-pro erotic sandcastle building tour.” They really don’t care, so keep walking.

“Did you know there’s a parade? You should go to the parade.”

Yes. Believe it or not, Military Veterans do know that there is a parade going on. The ones who want to be there are already there. The ones who want to get a sandwich or read a book or something in peace are not. And the ones who have to work that day can’t do a damn thing about it. Leave them alone and you go to the parade.

“You know, Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, celebrating when all the guns of World War I went silent at 11 am on November 11th, 1918. I think that’s way more meaningful to celebrate than Veteran’s Day.”

Good for you, you can paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, but since he’s (unfortunately) dead, I’ll have to ask you this question: why? What makes that war more special than the Second World War, or the soldiers who suffered through it more worthy of a day honoring them than those who lived through Vietnam or Iraq? What’s so wrong with honoring all Military Veterans together? The World War I vets certainly didn’t complain when Armistice Day became Veterans Day in 1954. So why does it bug you now? Obviously, you’re entitled to your opinion, just as veterans are entitled to finding it annoying. And they definitely don’t want to hear about it on Veterans Day.

There are exceedingly more

Come on people think before you speak to someone… as mom used to say don’t let your mouth overload your brain. Least that is what mine used to say. Thank our Military Veterans for their service and for the sacrifice they made, and also as our parents also said. If you can’t say anything nice. don’t say anything at all. It might hurt someone’s feelings. Today and Tommorrow is their day let them have a special one for once.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Military Veterans

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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 AMERiders Wishes the US Marine Corps Happy Birthday and Thanks our Military Veterans for their service.

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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