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If There Are New Model Bikes Every Year, so What Really Changes?

You have to wonder… What is typically improved or changed when a motorcycle has a new model every year? For example, the Honda CBR300R has had a new model come out every year since 2015. AMERiders decided to do a bit of research and find out.

The definitive answer is: It depends.
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Suzuki Hayabusa

When we think of a new model, we generally think of one that has substantially changed from the model it’s replacing. For example, a new Suzuki Hayabusa would be an all-new bike. The old one couldn’t meet Euro 4 safety and emission standards, which is why it was discontinued in most of the world (fortunately, not here in doing a bit of research).

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

To meet these standards, or possibly Euro 5 standards going into effect in 2020, would mean a significant redesign of the bike. Performance would likely be improved as well to go after the Kawasaki Ninja H2.

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Yamaha MT-07

Sometimes, though, so-called new models simply get the BNG treatment. BNG is an acronym for “Bold New Graphics.” Offer some new colors, and maybe change the name as in the case of the Yamaha MT-07, -09, and -10, and some people will jump all over them because they think they’re new. These are great bikes, but despite the new lipstick, they’re exactly the same bikes as last year.

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Ducati Panigale V4

Sometimes you get a situation like the Ducati Panigale V4. It suffered not one, not two, but five recalls in 2018. Affected bikes need to be fixed, as well as any bikes built in the future. The next Panigale V4 may be essentially the same as the current model, but it can be considered “new” in that it won’t have faulty brakes or leak oil all over the back tire—a vast improvement, I’d say.

In fact, even the 2015 Honda CBR300R you describe is not, strictly speaking, a new bike. It is merely an evolution of the CBR250R, with a larger engine that justifies the higher number in its name. That’s definitely a significant change, but the rest of the bike is quite similar to the previous version with the smaller engine. It was simply good enough to handle the engine upgrade without other major changes.

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Honda CBR300R

The true answer to the question depends on what makes a new bike new to you. Perhaps the CBR300R’s engine upgrade is enough to justify it being a new model in your mind. Do your research, read all the specs, and apply some critical thinking to what manufacturers and even publications like ours tell you about the changes to any new bike. Decide where you draw the line, then determine for yourself which side of that line a so-called new model falls upon.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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You Don’t Want to Overlook These Benefits to Owning a Motorcycle

Motorcycle ownership can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person’s life. The thrill of barreling down the open road on top of a steel horse is impossible to replicate, and perfectly encapsulates the freedom associated with motorcycle riding. The benefits of owning a motorcycle are often overlooked.

Even if you’re a total beginner, you probably already have a solid idea of the obvious benefits associated with motorcycle riding. Freedom, adrenaline, and fun are perks that you get to enjoy straight away. However, once you’ve been riding for a decent stretch of time your eyes begin to open to a whole slew of benefits that may not have even crossed your mind when you first began your journey. Check out AMERiders list of overlooked benefits to owning a motorcycle.

You’re Forced To Live In The Moment

benefitsSure “live in the moment” can sound a bit cliche at this point in our culture, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t real truth behind it. So much of our day consists of worrying about the past or stressing over the future. In a society that is constantly demanding that we be “on” at all times, it can be extremely difficult to find time to clear our heads and just be.

For a lucky few, that’s where motorcycles come in. Once you leave your driveway, the road demands your full attention at all times. Suddenly all that you have to think about is what’s right there in front of you, and nothing else in the world matters. Letting all of your negative thoughts fall by the roadside and not concentrating on anything else can make riding your motorcycle a sort of moving meditation. So when you need to check out for a bit and get away from life’s stress, your bike is there ready to take you away for a few hours of sweet relief.

You Can Start Tackling Your Bucket List

benefitsIf purchasing a motorcycle was on the top of your list, congratulations on crossing it off! Now it’s on to the next one. Maybe there’s a famous landmark you’ve always wanted to see or a road trip you’re dying to take. “Freedom” is one of the quintessential allures of motorcycle culture. Being able to hop on a bike and take off in any direction you choose has to be one of the ultimate examples of unparalleled freedom. Once you’ve got your motorcycle, why not use it as a gateway to accomplish your other life goals.

For example, you can:

  • Go see the Grand Canyon
  • Ride your way through the national parks
  • Hit up the Las Vegas strip
  • Take a cross-country road trip
  • Make the trek to Sturgis, Daytona, or another large motorcycle rally

Whatever it is that you want to do, your bike can take you there and help make your experience truly unforgettable.

You’re Learning A Skill

benefitsNo matter what age or stage of life you’re in, it’s essential for your health that you keep both your body and mind active. Learning or improving upon a skill set is an excellent way to help keep your mind sharp. It doesn’t matter if you’re pulling out of the lot for the first time, or if you’ve been at it for over thirty years, you’re always learning when it comes to riding your motorcycle. The process of learning to ride a motorcycle is a rewarding experience that challenges you mentally and physically.

Even if you are already an old pro, there will always be a new challenge on the horizon. The key is to embrace the challenges and push yourself to become a better rider than you were yesterday.

You Become Part Of A Community

benefitsEven those who aren’t motorcycle enthusiasts know of the “motorcycle wave”. That flash of acknowledgment between two riders crossing paths on the road is a simple gesture, but it contains a great deal of meaning. It turns the act of simply riding a motorcycle into a way to make an instant connection with a total stranger. This gesture exemplifies the bonds that bikers have amongst themselves. It’s why there are motorcycle rallies across the country that bring in tens of thousands of people every year. Motorcycles bring people together who otherwise would never meet. It’s truly a one of a kind community.

Whether it’s joining a group to ride with on the weekends or convincing a good friend to join you on the road, riding a motorcycle can be the perfect way to connect and bring people together. Finding your passion is electrifying, finding others who share that passion is indescribable.

You Keep Yourself Active

benefitsJust because you’re sitting the majority of the time while riding your motorcycle, doesn’t mean that you’re not getting a decent workout. In fact, riding a motorcycle is a pretty physical endeavor that works for several large muscle groups in your neck, core, and legs. Sitting in an upright position while wearing a helmet can help strengthen and tone the muscles in the neck, which can do wonders for your posture. You’re constantly utilizing the muscles in your core to remain upright and keep the bike stable throughout your ride. Riding also requires you to constantly use your legs, so the muscles in your thighs strengthen which in turn strengthens your knees. Think of it as a more exciting version of physical therapy!

Regardless of your age and fitness level, motorcycle riding can help boost your overall physical well-being. Besides, who wants to spend all day on the couch when there’s a motorcycle in the garage ready to take you anywhere you want to go?

Conclusion

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, the benefits to owning and riding your own motorcycle are nearly limitless. Comment below to share your favorite part about being a motorcycle owner!

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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 AMERiders Says You Don’t Want to Overlook These Benefits to Owning a Motorcycle.

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16 New Year’s Bikers Resolutions You Should Attempt in 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Saying goodbye to 2018, and welcoming new adventures in 2019, whatever they may be. While it’s great to come up with lifestyle resolutions, your list can look a little different if you’re a biker. Whether you’ve been neglecting your bike or looking for a new challenge. AMERiders has thought up some New Year’s biker resolutions, to help you ride smoothly through 2019.

1. Ride three or four times a week.

If you’re looking back at 2018 and thinking, “I should have ridden more,” then definitely put this on your list. Once you start riding more often for a month or two, it will become part of your routine.

2. Attend a bike rally this year.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsIf you’ve never experienced one, this is something you don’t want to miss. The community-like atmosphere and getting the chance to meet fellow bikers are two good reasons to find a rally near you in 2019. Plan to go, but if you can’t, follow the action at Daytona, Americade, Laconia, Rolling Thunder, and Sturgis on their Facebook pages.

3. Plan a road trip with other bikers.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsYou may go on longer rides here and there, but there’s nothing like experiencing the freedom and joy of riding cross-country. If it’s in your budget, plan a long road trip with your friends and see the beautiful mountains, lakes, and rippling wheat fields the country has to offer. Enjoy the oceans at either end. You won’t regret this one for your New Year’s biker resolutions.

4. Clock at least 5,000km on road trips

Most times we get so caught up with everyday problems and routines that the only time we spend on a motorcycle is when we fight our way through traffic to get to work and back home, so add this to your New Year’s biker resolutions. In all of this mayhem, we forget that being on a motorcycle is all about the outdoors – being one with your surroundings. Driving in a car through a scenic road may be fun, but riding your bike on the same route is way more involving.

resolutionsIf you haven’t been on a proper road trip on your motorcycle yet, you’re missing out on something heavenly. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a short distance out of town to a weekend hangout or a multi-day journey to nowhere – gear up, tank up and head out.

Make those numbers on the odometer count for something. Resolve to ride out regularly and clock at least 5,000km on road trips in the year, no matter which way you break those up. Whether it’s 200 at a time or the complete 5,000 in one go, every one of those kilometers will have their own unique story to tell.

5. Inspect your motorcycle regularly.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsDoing regular maintenance on your bike is essential for your safety. You can look at your manual to get more familiar with your motorcycle, and if you have any questions, talk to your local mechanic. Plus, there’s plenty of instructional videos you can watch online. This is essential to add to your New Year’s biker resolutions.

6. Always wear a helmet.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsThis seems obvious, but not all states have helmet laws. When you wear one, not only does it protect your head, but it reinforces that you are a responsible and experienced rider.

7. Teach a friend how to ride.

If you have a friend that’s shown interest in riding and put off teaching them, now is the time to start! It will be a bonding experience and if they fall in love with it, you’ve gained yourself a new riding buddy. This is a definate good one to add to your New Year’s biker resolutions.

8. Keep your motorcycle clean.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsThis is an area of opportunity for most riders. It’s not the most exciting part of owning a motorcycle, but it’s one of the more important ones. If you clean and polish it on a regular basis, it will not only look better – but run more smoothly for you.

9. Take a safety course.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsEveryone took the proper training to get a driver’s license, but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on some of the safety courses. You’ll only learn more about motorcycles, and your state’s regulations for bikers, and is a good idea for your New Year’s biker resolutions.

10. Go camping with your motorcycle

Regular road trips are OK, but the epitome of being one with nature is to spend the night beneath the stars, out in the open with nothing but your tent to shelter you and a bonfire to keep you warm. Add a motorcycle to that equation, and you’ve achieved nirvana.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsSo add a night under the stars to your New Year’s biker resolutions, make sure you experience this at least once. Strap your luggage on the rear seat, stack your tent and sleeping bag, pack some snacks and head out on your bike – ride to a camping site, like the countless ones in California or even visit Jellystone yes it is real, or any other such destination wherever you are.

Spend the night under a starlit sky – alone or even with your buddies and you’ll bond not only with Mother Earth but also with your motorcycle – the only two entities that will ever matter for the rest of your life.

11. Appreciate good drivers

Just because you’re on a motorcycle doesn’t mean all the people driving cars are a**holes. There are many who actually drive well and in a sea full of drivers and people on motorcycles that flout basic traffic rules, the good ones need to be appreciated.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsAll it takes is a wave or a thumbs up. So from now on, when you do spot someone who gives you way at the flash of your headlight or slows down to let you cut in front of them or even simply sticks to their own lane, wave out – let them know that they are appreciated.

It will only encourage them to keep doing it and it may even inspire others to drive and ride better every day. In the end, it all adds up, makes our roads safer and that’s a win for everybody. Make that one of your New Year’s biker resolutions.

12. Make at least one practical modification

Personalization is a basic human trait – we like to customize things we own to our tastes and needs. When we buy a house, we make sure we get the kind of furniture that suits our needs and it’s the same with motorcycles. Personalize your bike this New Year – and I’m not talking about some stickers here and there – I’m talking about adding at least one accessory that is practical in helping you with the way you ride. Add a luggage rack to help with your out-of-town trips, add a GPS device, holder (like these from our store) or even a simple USB charging port. Because everyday problems shouldn’t come in the way of riding your motorcycle! Your bike will thank you for adding this to your New Year’s biker resolutions.

13. Get a Second Motorcycle

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsAre you an admirer of multiple brands and want to try something different? Do you own a sports bike and always thought of transitioning to a cruiser? If you have the budget then why not have both? Owning two cuts down on the wear and tear for both of them – the only added expense is the license plates and extra insurance. If you can find a good insurer who offers dual bike insurance, all the better. Make sure to spend an equal amount of time maintaining them even if you ride one more than the other. Two is better than one!

14. Do an Overseas bike tour

We know most of you have done a lot of tours in the country, why not plan a bike trip abroad instead. It takes a lot of time and attention to meticulous details, but if you get your research right, it shouldn’t be a problem.

A friend just back-packed and went on a solo bike trip in Vietnam; rough terrains and unknown territory didn’t stop him and neither should it stop you. These tips will help you pack like a pro for your next trip.

15. Participate In A Group Ride

What better way to make 2019 a year to remember than by attending a group motorcycle event? These occasions are a must-do for every biker at least once in their life. Getting out there and riding with a bunch of fellow bikers cannot be overstated.

New Year’s Bikers ResolutionsWhether it’s a short local ride or a huge rally (yes i have said rally already this is different), there’s no shortage of motorcycle events to choose from. With hundreds, if not thousands of these events taking place throughout the year, you have a ton of options.

From fundraisers to holiday rides, you can be sure to find at least one event that appeals to you. From the iconic rallies like Sturgis and Daytona to the more eclectic local gatherings, you’re sure to have a blast spending the day with other riders. If you’ve never been to one, you should definitely put it on your 2019 list.

16. Spread the cheer

Ask any real biker and they will tell you that the most happiness they’ve ever had in their lives has been on a motorcycle. The only way to multiply that happiness is to share it with everyone around you. Be a model citizen – spread the joy. This New Year show the world that motorcycle riders are truly the best people that ever existed.

resolutionsRide out to support a cause, like any of the Veteran’s Rides, any Children’s like ROLLING THUNDER RIDE FOR FREEDOM XXX and Bikers Against Child Abuse Help out people you see who are in need. Respect the road and respect its rules, stop at traffic lights – even if there’s no one else around you who’s stopping. People observe, and they learn so make them learn from you and your motorcycle.

Give way – especially to pedestrians. Make space for Ambulances. Don’t park like schmucks. Inspire people with the way you behave – both on and off your bike. Donate blood – it may just save a fellow biker’s life. Refrain from road rage. And most importantly, talk about the joys of motorcycling.

Happy New Year folks, and Merry Motorcycling from all of us at AMERiders

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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The New 2019 Motorcycles We Are Excited to Be Seeing

Once all the new models have been unwrapped at EICMA and Intermot, it’s time to start looking forward to another year of testing, riding and comparing. Right now, they’re all good motorcycles fresh off their press releases from last year. But as the year unfolded and rolled into this year, we saw which ones lived up to the hype, and which ones shined beyond their spec sheets. Of course, these 10 models are just our ideas of for 2019 and what WE are at AMERiders are excited to see. Drop us your favorites in the comments below and let us know yours. For now, let’s look at what we believe are the most compelling New 2019 Motorcycles.

2019 KTM 690 SMC R

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Your license has met its match. The KTM 690 SMC R is coming back to the United States. Courtesy of KTM

For 2019, KTM is bringing the 690 SMC R back to the United States, wheelie fiends rejoice. It comes packing much of the componentry we enjoy in the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. The engine is the same double-balancer 692cc liquid-cooled single found in the 701 Supermoto and Enduro, and we’d bet our lunch money that output is identical as well as a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque.

With the new motor, there’s also the inclusion of the up/down Quickshifter +, Sport and Street ride modes, cornering-sensitive motorcycle traction control (MTC), and cornering ABS with Supermoto mode. However, it’s not just a twin to the 701, the 690 SMC R is packing an all-new WP Apex suspension

Small changes aside, it’s always awesome to have more factory supermoto options and welcome a return for a bike that helped define the segment. What would you like to see from a review of this bike?

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

Not much is known about the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. The Motor Company previewed a (“production-ready” LiveWire at Milan’s EICMA Show, and confirmed again it will be released in 2019 as a 2020 model. It is also the same model ridden at their 115th Anniversary Celebration.

Power, range, weight, and price are all still mysteries, but we did learn the LiveWire will be packing some serious componentry. It appears to be Level 2 charging capable, has the latest Showa suspension, 300mm Brembo brakes, cornering ABS system, traction control, and a TFT dash. All signs point to a premium, and tempting, electric option—and one of, if not the best-looking electric motorcycle to date.

This is on the list as not only an exciting electric motorcycle to ride but an exciting motorcycle, period. What are you looking for from the Harley-Davidson LiveWire?

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

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The Ninja H2 SX SE+ rounds out Kawasaki’s hypersport family.
Courtesy of Kawasaki

We really could have put the entire Kawasaki H2 lineup in this listing. For 2019, Kawasaki threw a treasure chest of tech at its hypersport offerings and expanded the lineup with more models than ever, but it’s the H2 SX SE+ that has us most intrigued.

It’s the sport-tourer out of the lineup, but Kawasaki added more componentry for curves, not just straight-line slaying. The Ninja H2 SX SE+ now has Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), a 43mm inverted Showa cartridge fork, and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. Along with integration with their Rideology app, riding modes, and self-healing paint.

In Kawasaki’s opinion, this new model offers, “an unrivaled level of performance and comfort, with agile handling akin to its superbike counterparts.” We say we can’t wait to find out.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

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Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen adds street tracker steeze to the neo-retro lineup.
Courtesy of Husqvarna

2018, Husqvarna nearly made the list with its neo-retro café, the 701 Vitpilen. However, Husky is now firmly on the board with its flat-track-inspired Svartpilen 701.

The two have most of the same components, but the ride will be quite different. The chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame is identical. The engine is the same double-balancer 692cc liquid-cooled single found throughout the lineup, and still outputs a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque. The WP suspension is the same, as are the Brembo brakes. But the addition of bars and more rugged look make this a more attractive option, at least initially.

With a revised tail section, headlight mask, Pirelli MT 60 RS tires, and a more upright riding position, the Svartpilen looks like a proper street brawler, and one rowdy commuter that won’t be uncomfortable in the process. Does this bike have you excited as much as we are?

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R
Courtesy of Ducati

It’s shaping up to be an incredible year if you’re in the market for the ultimate in superbike performance, and the Ducati Panigale V4 R may be the most premier of the lot. For one, this is Ducati’s homologation special to go toe to toe in World SBK and bring a championship back to Italy. So it’s got a pretty big mission ahead of it.

To accomplish this, it features a 998cc version of the 90 degree V-4 that generates a staggering 221 hp at 15,250 rpm, and 234 hp with the optional Akrapovic racing exhaust system. It’s equipped with non-electronic Öhlins suspension and Brembo Stylema brakes, along with the full suite of Ducati electronics. And, of course, MotoGP-derived winglets on the fairings.

The price tag is just shy of $40,000 dollars, but this is the razor edge of superbike performance, and a truly staggering package available from a dealership floor. Can’t wait to ride this one.

BMW S1000RR

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The ground-up redesign for the S1000RR could catapult BMW to the pointy end of the literbike class.
Courtesy of BMW

The other superbike at EICMA should not be ignored, however. The BMW S1000RR is a confirmed ground-up redesign for 2019 and is looking to take both the attention, and podiums away from its Italian and Japanese rivals.

Power is touted as 205 hp from an all-new, ShiftCam-equipped 999cc inline-four (up 6 hp from the previous iteration) and 84 pound-feet of torque—with BMW promising peerless throttle response and tons of midrange punch. The whole motorcycle is slimmer, lighter, and features semi-active suspension in a package that is sure to be more exploitable than ever before.

The BMW S1000RR moved the goalposts for the Superbike class upon its debut, and the impact of this bike has us excited for a full test, and we’re sure it has its rivals worried. Will it have enough power to satiate the spec-racers among us?

2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R

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2019 KTM 790 Adventure
Courtesy of KTM

KTM took the oxygen out of the room with the announcement of the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R. These middleweight ADV entries will have a crowded field to navigate, but unlike the other bikes on this list, we’ve already gotten a peek at what’s in store—and like it.

They come ready to rumble with the LC8c powerplant out of the 790 Duke, premier WP suspension components (fully adjustable on the R), and a bevy of tech. Lean-sensitive traction control, four adjustable riding modes of Street, Off-road, Rain, and Rally, Motorcycle Slip Regulation (MSR)—all standard.

It’s a competitive segment, and KTM looks to be continuing its assault on the off-road space with a total package of the 790 Adventure and Adventure R. However, we’ll have to wait for a full test to see if they live up to the hype.

Indian FTR 1200

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Indian FTR 1200
Courtesy of Indian

Some have already briefly ridden the FTR 1200, but all eyes are on the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S for a comprehensive road test. With flat-track-derived looks and heavily revised Scout motor belting out a claimed 120 hp, Indian Motorcycle is looking to capture hearts and sales from Harley-Davidson with its new street tracker.

During an initial ride, some remarked that the FTR 1200 is dripping in its own model-specific parts and components to create a machine wholly different from the Indian Motorcycle lineup. At EICMA, Indian debuted an extensive lineup of accessories and curated them into four unique packages for the FTR, showing the flexibility and individuality of the platform. And, yes, it showed that you will be able to get high pipes for the FTR.

It’s a performance, American standard motorcycle, with seemingly few corners cut to get there. We’re excited to ride not only the standard models but also take the accessory packages for a spin. What will the FTR 1200 and 1200 S have to do to live up to the hype in your opinion?

2019 Honda CB650R

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2019 Honda CB650R
Courtesy of Honda

This is the sleeper hit of EICMA. The CB650R replaces the competent but dowdy-looking CB650F. With the transition, the CB650R transforms into a neo-retro stunner, with sharp lines, upgraded components, refined quality, and a clear relationship between its larger CB1000R and smaller CB300R siblings.

Underneath its looks are a revised 650cc inline-four powerplant with 5 percent more power, an inverted 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF), a lighter and stronger frame, and a keen eye have taken toward engineering evocative engine sounds.

In a field that has largely abandoned the four-cylinder engine, Honda now finds itself with a unique engine option in a field of twins. The components are upgraded, and there’s a fair amount of electronics as well. This may be a surprising hit among riders and fans.

2019 Yamaha Niken GT

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Niken GT
Courtesy of Yamaha

Why would a three-wheeler make it on this list? Well, for one, it’s classified as a motorcycle. Secondly, hearing about an initial ride on the Niken from someone, we found out that it offered a riding experience unlike any other, and can still do wheelies to boot. With the Niken GT, we’re intrigued to see how slight changes to make it more touring ready can enhance the motorcycle.

The Niken GT takes the stated aim of the Niken and adds content to make it more touring friendly. Namely, the Niken GT adds a wider and taller touring windscreen, heated grips, specifically designed comfort seat, and quick-release 25-liter ABS side cases. For added convenience, the rear of the carrier base features integrated passenger grips.

Yamaha added largely tweaks and features to its existing lineup for EICMA 2018, but the Niken GT is an interesting take for the expanding sport-touring class.

BONUS: Top Disappointment

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2021 Yamaha 700 Ténéré
Courtesy of Yamaha

Yamaha made more news for what’s not happening in 2019 than what is happening. Instead of giving us the middleweight contender of our dreams this year, Yamaha announced the 700 Ténéré would be making its debut in, wait for it, 2020—as a 2021 model.

Release date aside, the production version underwhelmed on the spec sheet, with an LCD dash and not much mention of any electronic gadgetry. However, the wheelie-happy and torque-laden MT-07-derived motor is still there, and the looks are seemingly ripped right off Yamaha’s rally racers, which is a good thing.

However, the disappointment was palpable and left adventure fans scratching their heads as Yamaha’s competitors clinked glasses of champagne in celebration. What’s it going to take for the 700 Ténéré to not underwhelm on its debut, and is the lack of technology potentially a good thing for the ADV space?

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date on The New 2019 Motorcycles We Are Excited about.

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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What To Do About Numb Hands When Riding?

Your hands take a good beating on a motorcycle, huh? Cold, vibrations, too much weight, poor ergonomics; pretty much anything your bike gets wrong hurts your hands first. AMERiders has some tips of things you can do about numb hands while riding for you.

Let’s look at the aspects of riding that can cause numbness and address each individually.

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Motorcycle Riding Gloves With Liner

Your hands are literally freezing; this a common problem riders face even when temperatures are above the freezing point and even while wearing insulated gloves.

Block the wind: A set of handguards or deflectors will keep the wind off your hands, dramatically reducing windchill. This is a simple, static, bolt-on solution that’ll perform double duty protecting your levers off-road, through traffic or in a crash.

Keep your core warm: Your hands get cold first because your body prioritizes your organs and focuses the heat at your core as temperatures drop. This is why a heated vest can have knock-on effects to your periphery, turning your torso into a radiator that then pumps warm blood to your arms, legs, hands, and feet.

Warm up your hands: Heated grips do exactly what their name says, but can be a minor hassle to install. Man, they’re nice to have though, mostly because you fit them on and can just forget about them. Unexpectedly caught out on a cold night? Just flip a switch and voilà, your hands are toasty. In extreme cold, they may not be enough as the top of your hands is left exposed. For that reason, they work best when paired with deflectors.

Warm up your hands 2.0: Your heated vest or jacket is not enough? Starting with one of those items, you can easily add a set of heated gloves to your outfit. This is the warmest solution as your entire hand is covered. While some solutions require to be plugged directly onto the motorcycle’s battery. The above will help with numb hands.

Vibrations
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Full Finger Motorcycle Gloves With Gel

Even inline-fours can sometimes transmit an unwelcome amount of vibrations to your appendages. Luckily, it’s such a common problem that solutions abound.

Bar ends: Experiment with different weight bar ends until you find ones that effectively dampen the vibrations. This is a low cost, simple solution.

Grips: A variety of neoprene and rubber grips exist in an array of thicknesses, all designed to tailor comfort to your personal needs. Installing new grips is easy and effective.

Throttle lock: Your hands go numb after hours cruising on the highway? If your bike doesn’t already come with a fancy cruise control system, then one of these simple “mechanical” solutions can allow you to take a break from holding the throttle open for hours on end. Please be smart about when and how you use the lock.

Rubber bar mounts: Some bikes come with these as standard equipment or you can find them in the aftermarket. They’re very effective and installing new clamp and bars is easy. As an added bonus, doing so allows you to tailor your ergonomics.

Ergonomics

You get numb hands because you have a fascination with café racers or supersports that end up putting too much weight on them? There’s a fix for that too!

Stock adjustment: Experiment with angles and rotation of your stock clip-ons or handlebar to see if you can find a better fitting first. It’s easy and, mostly, it’s free!

Bar risers: Heli-Bars or similar raised clip-on solutions are a universal fix for any ergonomically compromised sportbike. On a naked or ADV bike with a flat bar, the options for bar location are endless.

Aftermarket bars: You can alter the angle at which your hands meet the grips, their height, and/or the distance of your reach simply and easily thanks to aftermarket parts. Handlebars come in a variety of widths, heights, angles, and sweeps; with some trial and error, you’ll find a solution that works for you.

Quick Fixes

Squeeze the knees: Take the weight off your hands, wrists, and arms by tucking and squeezing the knees on your tank and engaging your core to hold your body instead of your arms and wrists.

Shake it off: While stopped, put the bike in neutral and shake your hands out like Vegas showgirl. The idea is to get the blood flowing again, so just shake your hands, stretch your wrists, and wiggles your fingers for as long as that light stays red.

Glove liners: The cold is making you numb? You’ll be amazed at how effective a pair of silk glove liners can be. Keep a pair under your seat. If you didn’t plan ahead, grab a pair of the free plastic gloves gas stations have at the diesel pumps.

Duct tape: Build up the thickness of the grips by wrapping them up in duct tape. This can temporarily change the way you grip them, temporarily fix some comfort issues or even kill some vibrations. To avoid residual glue on your grips, add a kleenex or a piece of plastic bag underneath.

Do you suffer from numb hands? What have you done to fix them?

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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How to Spend Your Christmas Moola Biker Style

Santa has come and gone, and hopefully, you found your stocking full of crispy hundreds and not a lump of coal. If that’s the case, and you’re itching to spend a little something on yourself now that the Holidays are done, here are a few ideas from AMERiders of how you can spend that wonderful moola.

Learning Curve(s)

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One of the best gifts a motorcyclist can give themselves is a day spent on a motorbike alongside better riders. Instruction is the fastest way to go faster, so if Santa slipped a little moola in your stocking we suggest spending some of it on a riding school. Like So-Cal Supermoto, where you’ll master how to hustle around a race track on either a TTR 125 or one of their many race-ready DRZ 400 SMs.

So, what do you get for your Christmas cash at a place like So-Cal? You learn to ride on both pavement and dirt, how to see through a corner, when to stay on the pipe and when to get off the gas, how to back a bike into a corner, and all sorts of useful skills. There are lots of other awesome schools out there, offering lessons for all flavors of motorcyclist – Hit “the google” Type in Motorcycle Rider School. You don’t have to do one in your city or Even your state… I just picked one at random for this article that one was across the U.S. from Me. Just choose one that looks like fun.

Proper Pants

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Having had friends that have had off-bike experiences while wearing a pair of 16.5oz raw denim jeans, I can attest to the need for wearing something more serious south of the waistline.

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Textile Motorcycle Pants

Motorcyclists have a tendency to take everything up top to the right level – helmet, gloves, a jacket with armor – but for whatever reason, we often opt for Levis and little leather boots over something more substantial. I too love my jeans, which don’t give me much protection and I need to fix that soon.

However, Men’s options are abundant, especially in the premium riding jeans or leather pants category, but I’ve been keen on new leather trousers or chaps which would save me more than my regular pair of blue jeans will. A good pair of riding jeans is worth its weight in gold (and will save you money in skin grafts should you have a get-off), and new riding gear is always a good way to spend your money.

Maps and Apps

moolaAn affordable navigation or map option might motivate you to hit the road, help you find the best roads and trails, or just navigate to your office a little faster in the new year. Our favorite classic option, Butler Maps, offers both on and off-road options plus a line of Backcountry Discovery Route maps.

They’ve also teamed up with REVER, a mobile app available on iTunes and in the Google Play store, that lets you plan, track, and share your rides. Sign up for their Premium Subscription, and you’ll have access to a digital version of Butler Maps’ rated roads. Another app we’re into, which also happens to be free, is WAZE. They recently added a ‘motorcycle’ option and integrated it into their navigation software – think Google Maps only more intuitive and aimed at motorcyclists. It’s about time!

Straight Trippin’

moolaTreat yourself! One of the best ways to beat the winter blues and to spend that holiday moola is to put something – a motorcycle trip you’ve been daydreaming about or a ride you’ve put off for years – on the books for spring or summer. Better yet, book a trip south of the border into Baja with the gang from EagleRider.

A Friend took one of their guided tours last year and loved it. Let them handle the hard stuff – logistics, lodging, etc. – while you enjoy what you came to do: ride. Another great option is to rent a bike from MotoQuest and hit the road using the maps and apps we recommended above. International options are more expensive, so that’ll depend on how much cash versus coal was inside your stocking. If you do go international, a friend recommends riding in Northern Thailand. They spent the month of July exploring the area with some other friends and said it was phenomenal, and I tend to believe them when they say something is fun or fantastic it usually is.

Races in Places

moolaWhile we don’t have an ever-present motorsport culture like they do in Europe and elsewhere around the world, Americans are lucky to host some pretty amazing series here at home. You could, for example, take that moola and head to Texas in April for the Moto GP race, or cruise along the west coast to catch the World Superbike (WSBK) round at Laguna Seca.

There are also a variety of dirt-oriented racing events that move around the country all year. AMA Supercross will hold 17 rounds in 2018, while the newly renovated EnduroCross series will get going again in August. Or don’t forget the X-games either. We’ve got at least one friend that has attended one or more of the above, and although we can’t recommend one more than another we can say that you should definitely plan to watch one or all of these races in the New Year.

Wrapping it up… Like a present, get it?

I didn’t want this to be a buyer’s guide. The internet is inundated with those ahead of the holidays, and besides, it’s a little late for buyer’s guides anyway. Instead, I hope to inspire you to spend your post-holiday moola on something more substantial than the latest this or that. Instead, we suggest that you take that money and use it to learn to be a better motorcyclist, protect yourself—from top to bottom—when you ride, find new routes and roads that’ll inspire you to sit on a motorcycle instead of a couch, go somewhere you’ve always wanted to, or spend some time watching talented young men and women thrash bikes around race tracks. Merry Holidays, Y’all!

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Twas the Night Before Biker Christmas

As we do each year AMERiders gives you the Night before Before Christmas Biker Style, and wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Biker Style)

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, And not until Spring,
Would an engine be running, not even a Wing.
The bikes are all sleeping, They’re covered and warm
Batteries are tended, nylon covers their form.

My Bros were all nestled snug in their beds,
While visions of new chrome danced in their heads.
And I in my doo-rag, bike jacket, and boots,
Out shoveling snow, and dreaming of scoots.

Then from the horizon, there came such a clatter,
My shovel I dropped, what could be the matter?
Away up the hill, I slogged through the snow,
Looked up at the sky; where’d all that noise go?

A throb from the heavens like straight pipes so hearty,
Gave Summers’ good thoughts, a loud bikers’ party.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Hog Ultra Classic, Red trailer in rear.

With a little old rider, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than Crotchies his Ultra came on,
And he whistled, and shouted, and sang out this song;

“Now, Harley! Now, Big Dog! On Honda and Beamer!
Now Vulcan! Now Injun! On Vict’ry and Trumpet!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now RIDE away! RIDE away! RIDE away all!”

As small bikes that from the semis do fly,
When they meet with the air blast, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top that Ultra it flew,
With a trailer of goodies, and ole’ St. Nick too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The rumble and thunder of pipes that gave proof.
I ran to the house, boots thumping around,
And in came St. Nick all bearded and round.

Dressed all in black leather, from do-rag to boot,
His chaps were all tarnished with road grime and soot.
A T-bag of goodies he’d flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His shades — how they twinkled! his do-rag how scary!
With chains intertwined, through skulls that were cherry!
His droll little mouth had done many a row,
So the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
The smoke had a strange smell; it gave him relief!
He had a broad face and a large fat beer belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was tattooed and plump, a right jolly old rider,
So I offered a cold Bud, thought what could be righter?
A wink of his eye as he downed that cold beer,
Gave me to know I had nothing to fear.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to my ride,
And fixed it with Chrome, Horsepower, and Pride!
And giving the peace sign with bikers’ good cheer,
Took off for his Ultra rumbling near.

He sprang on the saddle, his gloves on the bars,
A wheelie he threw then off towards the stars!
I heard him exclaim, as my chest swelled with pride…
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good ride!

 

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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AMERiders hopes you like our Twas the Night Before Biker Christmas each year.

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Is It Merry or Happy Christmas? We Go over the Big Question.

With it being just a few days left till Christmas AMERiders has been asked and has pondered which they prefer to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or even Happy Christmas. Well, there is a story behind each we will give it to you.

We wish people a ‘Happy Birthday’, and if you’re in the USA in November and December you might say ‘Happy Holidays’, so why do we say ‘Merry Christmas’ more often than ‘Happy Christmas’?!

Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ rather than ‘Happy Christmas’ seems to go back several hundred years. It’s first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher (an English Catholic Bishop in the 1500s) wrote it in a Christmas letter to Thomas Cromwell: “And this our Lord God send you a mery Christmas, and a comfortable, to your heart’s desire.”

There’s also the carol “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” which dates back to the 16th century in England. It comes from the West Country in England and it was first published in the form we know it today in 1760.

In the English language of the time, the phrase ‘Rest You Merry’ didn’t mean simply to be happy; ‘rest’ meant “to keep, cause to continue to remain” and ‘merry’ could mean “pleasant, bountiful, prosperous”. So you could write the first line as “[May] God keep you and continue to make you successful and prosperous, Gentlemen” but that would be hard to sing!

The comma in the phrase should be AFTER the ‘merry’ not BEFORE it! But it’s often put after the merry which changes the meaning to make ‘merry Gentleman’ and so a ‘Merry Christmas’!

The term ‘Merry Christmas’ might well have been made very popular in 1843 from two different sources.

The first Christmas Card, sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, had this wording on it: “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”.

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“Firstchristmascard” Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was also published in 1843 and the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ appears 21 times in the book! Charles Dickens also quoted “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” in A Christmas Carol, but changed it to: “God bless you, merry gentleman! May nothing you dismay!” moving the comma to before the merry!

However…. there is the war on Christmas about Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays…

So, consider this a primer to help all of us ‘just get along’ during this ‘holiday season.’

chistmasLet’s start with the fact that there are several holidays that fall during December including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and the newly minted secular HumanLight. They all would like and deserve to be acknowledged and respected.

For example, during the month of Ramadan, I say to my Muslim friends ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ because it shows them that I acknowledge their tradition and wish them well as they observe the holy time in their calendar. This courtesy and respect should be part of what it means to live in a pluralistic society and it is easy for all of us to offer to those to whom we are close.

christmasHowever, if you don’t know the spiritual tradition of a co-worker, friend, or stranger in the elevator but wish to offer them a ‘Season’s greeting’ — a simple ‘Happy Holiday’ is not at all an insult or denigration of Christmas or any other tradition. It is an appropriate and inclusive salutation that recognizes that there are many ways that people are observing the season and you don’t know enough to be specific.

That is the very reason that many stores use Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas because they want to be inclusive and welcome as many dollars, ahem, people, into their stores as possible. So, using Happy Holidays is not anti-Christmas, it is pro-business, and we don’t want to be anti-business do we?

ChristmasSo, let a thousand flowers bloom — let’s have Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs; Kwanzaa lessons, HumanLight celebrations, and Pagan solstice rituals — let’s do it all. It’s so much more fun to cast a wide net where all can celebrate our traditions together rather than strip everything away to protect the delicate sensibilities of some very prickly few.

ChristmasAnd now a special note to my fellow Christians who talk so much about the war on Christmas. I get it, for a long, long time Christianity was dominant in the United States and represented the civic religion of the country. But America is about the people who are here now, and that is a much more diverse group. And that’s good! It is time to stop insisting that everything revolves around us. Instead, let’s join the wider circle of the many traditions that make up our country. Besides, any Christian knows that Christmas is not about displays in shopping malls, or capitols, or schools, it is about a spiritual event that we honor most in our families and our homes.

So, Merry Christmas, Christians; Happy Hanukkah, Jews; Super Solstice, Pagans; Hurray, Human Light Humanists; Joyous Kwanzaa to African Diaspora and to everyone all together — Happy Holidays. See you at the party!

,and now as I promised the last part of our

Biker 12 days of Christmas.

12 days of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me: A 2-bedroom, 8-car garage house in downtown Sturgis!!!, 9 bachelor parties, $8,000 to pay for her own boob job!!, seven leather jackets, six Kamikazes, five dancing strippers, four icy cold ones, three pairs of goggles, two “Bitch Fell Off” shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me: Eleven big old fatties! (not that kind of fatty dude cough, cough, cough, cough) a 2-bedroom, 8-car garage house in downtown Sturgis!!!, 9 bachelor parties, $8,000 to pay for her own boob job!!, seven leather jackets, six Kamikazes, five dancing strippers, four icy cold ones, three pairs of goggles, two “Bitch Fell Off” shirts, and the gift of a new bike key.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Old Lady sent to me: The greatest gift of all, a promise from the Old Lady, when I ask to go riding, all I’ll hear are two words – “Have Fun!”, eleven big old fatties!, a 2-bedroom, 8-car garage house in downtown Sturgis!!!, 9 bachelor parties, $8,000 to pay for her own boob job!!, seven leather jackets, six Kamikazes, five dancing strippers, four icy cold ones, three pairs of goggles, two “Bitch Fell Off” shirts…

And the Gift of a New Bike Key!!

 

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders give you information on the big question Is It Merry or Happy Christmas?

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