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Tips to Riding a Motorcycle with A Passenger Safely

It’s sometimes more fun to ride with someone than by yourself, we at AMERiders love riding a Motorcycle with A Passenger and offer up some safety tips to help make the ride safe and enjoyable for the both of you. Riding a motorcycle solo requires balance and control. Riding a motorcycle with a passenger means you’ll master those skills. Generally, as a woman rider, your passenger’s weight will more than likely be greater than your own. If you’re already operating a heavier motorcycle such as the Harley-Davidson CVO Streetglide, you’ll need to be entirely confident in your abilities before taking a passenger. However, giving friends and family members rides on your motorcycle can be rewarding and fun as well. Some motorcycles such as sportbikes are not comfortable or designed well to carry passengers. And many motorcyclists simply never bother to develop the good skills needed to host a passenger.

Tips to Help You Succeed

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Ensure that your passenger is geared correctly.

First Time Passenger Must be a Motorcycle Rider: It is the best practice to ensure your first passenger is an experienced motorcycle rider. So ask your friend/family member to meet you in a large parking lot (don’t head out on a busy city street with your first time passenger) to help you practice. Your first few miles with a passenger will likely be sloppy as you try to balance the additional weight and inputs at slow speeds. An experienced motorcycle rider as a passenger can anticipate your moves and knows already about the protocol a good passenger makes.

First Step Pre-Ride Passenger Briefing: Before your passenger climbs onto your motorcycle, ensure they understand the importance of the gear you have helped them to acquire if you haven’t already. Gear such as a certified full face helmet (or helmet with visor) which fits; sturdy jacket made of leather; gloves, sturdy pants/ thick jeans; sturdy boots covering the ankle and protective eyewear against the sun. Make sure they are dressed for comfort no matter what conditions you’ll be riding in. Do not take a passenger without this gear – their safety is in your hands every time you ride.

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Brief your passenger on riding motorcycle.

Brief Your Passenger on the Following:

  • While they are on your motorcycle, if they want to slow down or stop for any reason, you’ll do so. Devise a signal such as a tap on your right shoulder in the case you might not hear them. As the pilot, you control the bike and your passenger controls you. Explain that you have no intention to frighten them while riding with you but in fact, you want them to have the best experience possible.
  • Climbing on or off. Ensure your passenger agrees to the following: They agree to get on and off the bike only at your permission, and only while you are on the bike, and when you say “ready” or give the “ok” nod. The same is practiced when you are ready for them to dismount.
  • When riding/under-way …explain that they can talk to you if they want (if you have a communication system instruct its use) but ideally when moving have them pretend to be a sack of potatoes-relaxed. They can move about just not suddenly.
  • They need not help you through the turns such as not leaning in anticipation or when you’re in a turn.
  • Inform them that you but that no matter what happens while moving, their feet are to stay on the passenger foot pegs (or floorboards) and never try to touch the ground with their feet to try to hold up the motorcycle. Inform them that in an emergency situation and hard braking their weight will come into yours and that is A-OK and normal. You are prepared for that to happen.
  • Instruct them to sit close to you and that this is best for the motorcycle too.
  • Inform your passenger that a motorcycle leans to turn. If they’re confused about this or often scared, just have them focus their eyes at the center of the back of your helmet. This will keep their body position upright and in line with yours.
  • Inform them they can also use their knees to hang on to you by squeezing them/the thighs against yours (if applicable per your motorcycle make/model). Just not too tightly
  • Instruct them where to hang on and to hang on at all times to you.
  • Inform that they are welcome to wave to oncoming motorcyclists but may not signal.
Your Preparation for the Passenger:  

You may have to adjust your motorcycle shocks and your tire pressure for load, the same as you would when carrying cargo. Refer to your motorcycle owner’s manual and make the necessary changes.

Follow These Good Practices :

  • Deploy the usually hidden passenger’s footrests/pegs; show the passenger this is where their feet will be positioned.
  • Get on your motorcycle and raise the kickstand (if the kickstand is down, when the passenger mounts, their weight will compress the shocks causing the side stand to possibly dig into the ground and/or may push the bike to the right causing upset in balance)
  • Do not turn on the motorcycle (added safety) but do have it in neutral.
  • Ensure both your feet are on the ground and you have a good grasp on the handlebars.
  • Pull on the front brake and keep it applied as the passenger climbs on to ensure the bike doesn’t move or shift.
  • Once the passenger is on, check/adjust their sitting position to ensure not too far to the back of the bike; closer to you will optimize your balance/control.
  • Once underway, expect that as you slow the motorcycle to a stop, this will be the time the passenger moves around and makes adjustments. This will challenge your slow speed control, skills, and help you to master, them!

Motorcycle with A PassengerYour Job as Passenger Host:  Your task isn’t to give your passenger the ‘ride of their life’, it  is to be responsible and ensure that your passenger and your motorcycle is as safe and that they feel safe and as pleased as possible with the riding experience.

As rider, your challenges are:

  • Ensure your Gear shifts are smooth to the point of the passenger does not even sense the shift has occurred. If their helmet is knocking into the back of yours, you’re not shifting smoothly.
  • When you move off from a stop aim for such smoothness that the passenger’s never quite sure that we have started to move. The same for a stop. Smoothness all around.
  • Practice in a Parking Lot

The following are the areas for practice and ensure you’re comfortable before you take out your real first-time non-motorcycle experienced passenger.
During the practice you will a likely experience awkward jerky movements including balancing wobbles – don’t sweat it – it’s all part of developing the skill.

-Passenger mounting and dismounting
-Taking off.
-Stopping the motorcycle both normal and emergency / quick-stop
-Backing (with the engine off) – important practice required for parking situations.
-Slow speed turns especially right turns.
-Although riding with a passenger can change your solo riding experience, it is something you will truly enjoy sharing with a friend or family member.

Have fun and remember, don’t take a passenger on your motorcycle unless you feel you are absolutely ready.

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Simple Motorcycle Tips to Save Your Life, and the Life of Your Passenger

Safety is important and AMERiders wants to give you these Simple Motorcycle Tips to Save Your Life, and the Life of Your Passenger. When riding either by yourself or with a passenger it is always important to always stay alert and know what is going on. However, there are other simple motorcycle tips that can help ensure yours and your passenger’s safety. We offer these to you just in case the unthinkable happens and you (in the words of so many car drivers) “just come out of nowhere”, and can help to avoid serious issues or at least save you and your passenger from a few broken bones. An experienced rider will see some of these as obvious but it’s always worth reminding yourself of the dangers out there.

Wear Your Gear

This should be a no-brainer, however, it’s not just about wearing the gear; it’s about wearing the right gear all the time. This is what you need and some reasons why you need it. We sell all types of safety gear so check the links in each section to get your new piece or set of gear.

Helmet
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DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet

helmet that conforms to safety standards (DOT/SNELL) is what you want protecting your head, not something bought second hand at all. It is important to note that, many helmets lose their protective integrity after one impact. Helmets can be expensive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Buy new and always wear your own, as you may not know the history of the helmet. A good helmet is a key element of yours and your passenger’s safety.

Jacket and Trouser
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Jacket and Trousers can save your skin

There are many different kinds of jacket and trouser  gear out there; some riders wear leather, but some prefer Kevlar. Regardless of what you choose always remember, your skin can only survive a slide so far before muscle tissue and bone start to show. It may sound horrible but a quick Google search can show you the damage no gear can cause unprotected skin!

Gloves
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Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

When in a fall (crash or even just dropping your bike) your hands always instinctively reach out to break your fall. If you’re not wearing good gloves, your hands are going to suffer for it. Gloves are often forgotten; even if you’re wearing the rest of the gear – don’t forget your gloves. Skinned hands take forever to heal. Not only that they make everyday tasks a complete nightmare. Walking away from a crash may seem like a win but having to get someone else to help undo your zipper for the bathroom isn’t fun.

Boots
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Women’s 10″ Side Pocket Boot Black

Everyone has seen the images of riders riding bike scooters and small dirt bikes with flip-flops on; now search for the images of when things don’t go to plan. We have all heard the horror stories and that should be reason enough not to do it. The long and short of it is, you’re riding a large engine on two-wheels with little space between your feet and the floor. Durable, sturdy, thick boots are always recommended. You want something that can protect your ankles, and feet as well as stop a bike from squashing them and survive a slide along the floor. Most importantly stay on if you do crash.

Using Your Eyes is paramount
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Keep your eyes open and scanning all the time

We all know that you need to look where you want to go.  Scan for potholes and other hazards and be aware of the traffic. You should also assume that every other vehicle on the road is driven by a moron and above all don’t assume they know what they are doing. How many times have you seen the unbelievable first-hand? How often have you thought ‘they’re definitely not going to attempt that…No way, they’re actually doing it’? Surprisingly it happens so often that the answer is yes.

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These Bobster Sunglasses are great for protecting your peepers

It’s important to keep your eyes open; use your mirrors, over-shoulder checks and above all keep an eye on the traffic too. Look around and analyze every potential hazard; your mind should do this automatically as you ride but it’s always good to keep your eyes out for danger.  This is especially important when a passenger is riding with you. Don’t forget to wear a great pair of glasses to help protect your peepers if you are not wearing a full face or visor on your helmet.

Avoid Debris in the road and in your path
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If you can’t avoid debris, make sure you approach slowly, with your bike upright.

If your eyes are open, you should be able to avoid any sand, gravel or other debris that may be lying across the road. When riding with one or more other bikes, it’s just polite to point it out to whoever is behind you, So that they can make preparations to tackle it or avoid it. If you can not avoid the debris, make sure you approach it slowly, with your bike upright. Off-road tires can handle the debris but still keep the bike upright.  If you’re armed with road tires, make sure that you cross the patch slowly, don’t aggressively brake or accelerate while you’re going over it.
If you’re in a corner and don’t have time to get upright before entering then you’re more than likely going to take a tumble. You were going too fast in the first place or didn’t look far enough ahead and consider the danger. It has been known to happen.

Smart braking is important
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Braking too hard can cause accidents

One of the most important of our simple motorcycle tips is smart braking. Braking too rapidly can cause an accident, however,so can braking too slowly. To prevent slow braking, ensure that your brakes are in tip-top condition and adjusted to the way you like them. You should also be aware of the state of your tires too. Make sure they have the correct amount of tread of them, cause a tire blow our or bad tread can also cause serious accidents.

Braking rapidly can be because you’re too close to a hazard. Always leave as much room as possible between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Consider your braking routine as weight distribution rather than slowing down; some riders say they never use the front brake first while others swear by it. Using the front brake does shift all of your weight to the front of the bike but you can counter any potential lock up by applying the back brake, smoothening out your weight distribution.

When riding with a passenger you should expect that as you slow the motorcycle to a stop, this will be the time the passenger moves around or makes adjustments. This will challenge your slow speed control, skills and help you master them! Practice your braking as often as you can with and without a passenger. Knowing how to brake appropriately in any situation could save both your lives!

Educate Yourself

When thinking of simple motorcycle tips this one stood out most. All of the skills you need to improve your riding can be learned on an advanced riding course. These courses are designed to help you re-learn the basics, lose bad habits and take your riding to the next level. It’s interesting to go and try the new testing requirements and you may be surprised to find gaps in your knowledge. By taking a course or booking time with an instructor, you can fill in all the blanks and re-acquaint yourself with the rules of the road. You might think it’s a waste of time now but you’ll feel differently afterward!

It is also very important to know how to ride with a passenger as well, we will cover more on this in our next post. We should also make note that taking an advanced rider course can lower the cost of your insurance.

Last words for thought
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Braking with a passenger is different than by yourself

Some last few quick simple motorcycle tips for thought. When riding with a passenger ensure that your gear shifts are smooth to the point of the passenger not even sensing the shift has occurred. If their helmet is knocking into the back of yours, you’re not smooth enough yet. Smoothness in your stopping and starting is important. When you move off from a stop aim for such smoothness that the passenger is not quite sure that you have started to move. This goes the same for a stop,  smoothness all around.

Also, the extra weight of your passenger will increase the stopping power of your rear brake. You’ll need greater clutch finesse and more throttle when starting from a stop. If your passenger is heavy, it will take longer to turn, slow down, or speed up on your motorcycle. Avoid traveling at extreme speeds.

We hope that these simple motorcycle tips have helped you to adapt your riding and maybe even given you something to think about that you don’t already do.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Are You a Biker Newb? Tips to Know and Prevent Noobishness!

Are You a Biker Newb? AMERiders is happy to give you some tips to let you know if you are a Biker Noob and how to prevent newbishness in the future. A motorcycle is only as good as its rider, and being a newb is something that we have all dealt with at one time or another in many aspects of our life. However, there are sometimes that riders continue to do newbish stuff without realizing they are. We wanted to provide a list to our brothers and sisters to get them in the know of the newbishness and how to prevent themselves from looking that way.

Sun’s out guns out.
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Sun comes out, temp rises, here come the newbies!

When the temperature starts to rise above 65 degrees bikers love to ride, if they aren’t already. However more often than not many will drop wearing their protective gear such as Jackets, and Chaps for T-shirts and maybe even a sleeveless vest. Some will go as far as to even wear shorts, and flip flops too, thinking You’re only going 40 mph, nothing bad can happen (how wrong they are). So if you are Riding down the road, squeezing the handlebars so your triceps flex, looking around to try and catch people watching you. You might want to re-think what you’re doing. It is a bit newbish.

You choose your gear based on the motorcycle you are riding.
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Wait, you chose to wear a neon colored helmet?

We all have been guilty of this at one point or another but who wouldn’t want to make sure that they wear Harley-Davidson gear with their Sweet Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle bike? Or Indian gear with an Indian Chieftain? It just makes sense! However, dressing like a racer because you are riding a Japanese bike doesn’t make sense. Neither does wearing a full-face helmet, only while riding a Honda CBR600RR, otherwise it’s your favorite custom half helmet, no matter the riding conditions, when riding your Harley. Sure, the full-face is more comfortable and far safer, but what will people think?

You think 600cc sports bikes are for girls and new riders.

Surely, you will outgrow that puny engine as soon as you get comfortable with operating the clutch. The power is just so limiting, you actually have to be able to turn to keep up with your buddies and can’t just catch them in the next straight. Also, absolutely no one is impressed when you say it makes 125 hp.

Your style of riding is the best version of motorcycling; everyone else is doing it wrong.
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Basically, yeah

Those sportbike guys dress like idiots in their onesies and their bikes look like transformers. Those Harley guys look like pirates and ride bikes that are too heavy, too loud, too chrome, and too obnoxious. Those café dudes are posers who ride uncomfortable bikes just so people will think they look like Steve McQueen. Those dirt bike dudes, in their lifted trucks, flat bill hats, and Monster-fueled blood – have to actually truck their bikes places to ride. Those adventure guys just sit on their bikes, wearing brightly colored snowsuits, while miles accumulate underneath them; those things would be miserable to ride downtown. If you think any of this while riding your own bike take a look at the pic on the left, and think to yourself  “I am a newb”.

Doing the Secret Motorcycle like a Geek.

Those of us who ride motorcycles will know exactly what I’m talking about. Those of you who don’t – Well you’re a newb, and might learn something. We are referring to that secret “wave” that oncoming bikers may or may not flash each other as they pass on the highway. Oh sure, it seems customary enough – two fellow riders politely saying “hi” to each other as they approach… but is it? Is it really that simple? Actually, it isn’t. A Rider could be sending you a very intentional message, here is how to know!

The Big Five

When a fellow biker is approaching, their left arm and hand will tell the story. Whether they are the initiator or the replier, the signals are the same. Following are the five main hand gestures you may encounter:

Biker Newb1. The Nothing – This is the “default” hand position of most cross-encounters. Simply leaving his left hand on the handlebar can mean anything from “not paying attention to the fact you’re approaching” to “I see you but I’m not interested in exchanging a greeting” – to the harsher, “I see you but since we don’t enjoy any ‘equity,’ I’m not going to acknowledge your existence.” Of course, since no words are ever exchanged to clarify, all the rider can do is simply speculate.

Biker Newb2. The Two-finger Flip – The most casual AND most common acknowledgment. Left hand still on the handgrip, but the index and middle fingers raised briefly. This one simply says “dude, how’s it going?” Most of the time the receiver will respond just out of courtesy. Of course the whole issue of who goes first really boils down to nothing more than a game of greeting chicken – or whoever’s in the better mood at the time.

Biker Newb3. The Big One – This is the granddaddy of all greetings. Left hand down off of the handlebar and out to the side. Fingers may either show a “peace” sign or be spread open palm side out. Here, the initiator is sending a clear signal that he acknowledges you. Not replying to this blatant plea for hospitality may be considered rude – and could possibly be interpreted as a strong message of inequity.

Biker Newb4. The Dis – Left hand down and resting on the thigh. This could be viewed as a request to treat the opposing party as a hostile witness – ESPECIALLY if it is moved there while you are approaching. Dating back to the days when rival motorcycle gangs roamed the streets, this signal indicated disrespect to the other rider(s) and was clearly meant as negative and often times led to a confrontation. Today, however, the old cultural significance has been lost, and could simply just mean your arm is tired and resting on your leg.

Biker Newb5. The Geek – Left hand raised high in the air as if to say, “Hi mom!” This one is specifically reserved for the new rider, who is “SO excited to be one of the gang!” Also, may be seen being used by Moped or scooter riders. Recommendation: Just don’t it definitely shows off the newb.

And lastly……

If you don’t rev your bike at idle, it might die.

Biker NewbDoesn’t matter if you’re on a 600cc sportbike or a bobber, any time your bike isn’t in gear you give the throttle a few good twists just to let the world know you’re a bad ass who’d be doing 100 mph if you weren’t stuck at that light. When asked why, you mumble something about it being good for the engine, it being important to let people know you’re there for safety reasons, or that it’s just a habit and you, “don’t realize you are doing it.” However, there is no conclusive proof that it is good for the engine, and it just is annoying to most everyone.

Offended? We didn’t try too! These are just a few things that might show you might just be a Biker Newb! There are plenty more we just picked out our favorite few.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders help you figure out if you are a Biker Newb or not.

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Little Known Facts About Motorcycle Riding – And Why They Matter

There Are a Few Little Known Facts, Myths, and Misconceptions About Motorcycle Riding. AMERiders wants to give you the heads up on them and Why They Matter. Motorcycling by its very nature is a dangerous pastime; sadly, the danger is caused mainly by motorists not being observant rather than rider faults. From the safety of four wheels, it’s often easy to see motorcyclists as speed-crazed rule breakers, however, that is not always the case.

For non-riders, motorcyclists and motorcycle riding are two things that tend to be very misunderstood, and there are plenty of misconceptions swirling around about them. However, the biggest misconceptions and myths about riding come from riders themselves!  When science meets urban legend and imperfect logic, some “facts” motorcyclists think they “know” about motorcycle safety, crashes, and riding turn out to be dangerous myths and misconceptions. Check out the some of the dumbest myths some riders perpetuate and get learn why they are just.

Gear Myths
1) Wearing gear is pointless because riding is so dangerous, you’re gonna die if you crash anyway, so you may as well be comfortable while you’re riding.
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More than likely a motorcyclist will look like this instead of pushing up daisies after a motorcycle wreck. So maybe try wearing some gear?

Among a lot of the non-riding public, motorcycles have a reputation for being some kind of lethal two-wheeled time bombs just waiting to blast the riders into the afterlife. Most of us riders know that’s a bit far-fetched, but that’s the perception a lot of people have of motorcycles – and that fear keeps them far away from them as a result.

But there are some people who believe that motorcycles really are that dangerous and still ride them anyway. They boast about how dangerous it is and the fact that they still ride because of it. This plays up how “badass” and fearless they think they are. Often riding in t-shirts and shorts because “if they go down, they’re dead anyway.” A comment that makes some of us serious riders want to slap ’em in the back of the head and tell them how stupid they are but you will hear it quite a bit.

Statistics show that riders are actually more unlikely to die in a motorcycle accident; NHTSA statistics show that even unhelmeted riders only have a 39% chance of dying in a motorcycle accident, meaning there’s a 61% chance they’ll live through the ordeal, suffering from road rash, broken bones, reconstructive surgery, and if they’re really lucky, permanent brain damage. I guess if riding without gear isn’t “comfortable” enough for them, maybe 45 days in a hospital bed on morphine while their skin grafts heal will be.

Fact: Motorcycle Riding is dangerous, however, they are much more likely to injure you than kill you. Wearing gear, especially helmets, will dramatically reduce both the extent and severity of that injury.

2) Helmets cause more accidents than they prevent because they block your vision and hearing.

We promote “ATGATT” (all the gear, all the time) not only because we sell motorcycle gear, but because we know it works. However, many riders that don’t wear it all the time. Opting to wear reinforced jeans instead of armored pants for commuting, or ditching the jacket on a short ride on a sunny day. It’s a measured risk and a personal choice that every rider needs to make before every ride.

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A full-faced helmet takes the brunt of the elements, and squishy bugs, riders encounter on the road

But when it comes to helmets, extensive research shows that helmets improve the chance of survival in a motorcycle crash by a whopping 37%. While also dramatically reduces other things like the severity of head injuries, medical treatments and more. Unhelmeted riders are 3 times more likely to sustain traumatic brain injury in an accident than helmeted riders.

However, some will say that the risk of crashing itself is higher when wearing a helmet because helmets cut down on their ability to see and hear threats, to begin with. The claim seems like it could have merit – except it’s totally untrue.

Another study by the NHTSA compared the effects on vision and hearing between helmeted and non-helmeted riders and found, no measurable reduction in hearing ability.  In cases where peripheral vision was hampered by the helmet, riders compensated by simply turning their heads more. Yup, turning your head a couple more degrees is apparently all it takes to debunk this argument – sounds like a small price to pay for a huge increase in safety, doesn’t it?

Fact: There is no evidence that use of a helmet increases the likelihood of getting into an accident, but there is plenty of evidence showing that using one will help you survive one.

3) Using loud pipes makes you safer when riding on the street.
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So, Basically This

I know I’ll receive a lot of flak for this and people will say a loud pipe saved their life, but there is no empirical evidence to prove it. In fact, many modern drivers have the windows wound up and stereo blasting in their air-conditioned cars. So they can’t even hear an emergency service siren pointed at them, let alone an exhaust pipe that is facing away from them! However, This claim has some anecdotal merit – many riders (including myself) claim to get into fewer “close calls” with loud exhausts on their bikes. Loud pipes annoy many, but there is some merit to the claim that they are harder to miss.

Thing is, the statistics actually don’t support that claim. Some Motorcycle accident studies show there is no difference in representation between motorcycles with loud aftermarket and stock quiet exhausts. The numbers show that you are just as likely to crash with loud pipes as with quiet ones. So what’s going on?

The best explanation is that running loud pipes creates a false margin of safety the rider ends up relying on. They assume that with loud pipes they are easier to notice, and become more lax about relying on fundamentals. IE (riding defensively and practicing evasive maneuvers and emergency braking)

Fact: Loud pipes may get you noticed more, but statistically, they do not make you safer – practicing good riding habits, increasing your skills, and gearing up, does.

4) Bikers Only Wear Leather Because It Looks Cool
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A Great Leather Jacket will help protect you.

Not exactly,  although we do think that our gear makes us look cool. We don’t all wear leather and when we do it isn’t always to look cool (though, admittedly, leather has never gone out of fashion). Leather has great protective properties such as; extreme resistance to abrasion, protecting against scrapes and cuts, and it’s a great insulator, to help keep us warm against wind chill.

The leather jacket has been part of the rider’s uniform since clothing designer Irving Schott popularized his windproof Perfecto starting in the 1920s. They’ve evolved to include protective pads for shoulders, elbows, and back for extra safety. Leather gloves, vests, and boots are also common among riders’ wardrobes; and these are typically made from cowhide, which is considered superior to pigskin and buffalo hide alternatives.

Fact: Leather will help to protect against not only the elements but from road rash, and other cuts and abrasions as well while Motorcycle Riding as well.

5 Essential Elements For motorcycle gear

There may be all types of gear but there are specific pieces that any rider should have in his/her wardrobe they are:

Helmet – Although most states have a law obligating motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets, this is the most important safety gear when riding a motorcycle.
Jackets and pants – Clothes, especially those which are made of durable material like leather, can provide some measure of protection in case of a crash. It can protect the skin of rider’s against abrasions so as much as possible, both jackets, shirts, and trousers should cover the skin completely.
Goggles, Glasses, Face Shields – Given that most riders have to wear a helmet, many underestimate the importance of wearing eye protection. Moving at a high rate of speed can cause your eyes to tear and blur which can impair your driving. So goggles, glasses, and face shields are recommended for safe riding.
Gloves – While gloves can be used to protect the rider’s hands from injuries or burns, there are also non-slip types that can help keep the rider have a firm grip on the controls.
Footwear – Leather boots are recommended when riding a bike because it can protect the rider’s feet, ankles, and lower parts of the leg during a crash. Anything that has dangling laces should be avoided as these may get caught in the wheel.

 

Extra piece of gear to add
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Jim Rasmussen shows some of his gear he wears while riding.

We recently saw an article about man’s life being saved by his gear. Not just the above gear but one singular piece of gear that we would like to share with you, A Helite airbag vest. In reading the article and looking at what happened to this gentleman I am inclined to save up (they are pricey) and get some for my family as well.

What is up with this vest and why mention it? A Helite vest provides a rigid neck brace, as well as firm support to the spine and back, chest, rib and kidneys and also provides hip and pelvic protection. The vest can be tethered to the handlebars of a motorcycle. Upon activation, a spring-loaded piston pierces the CO2 cartridge on the front of the vest and rapidly inflates the airbag around the neck and body. The air chambers are designed to stabilize the neck, spine, and torso, reducing the impact to vital organs. Once the vest is deployed, it stays inflated for about 15 TO 20 seconds, then deflates. Once the used CO2 cartridge is replaced with a new one, the vest is ready to be used again.

We don’t always put up stories like that but that one merited mentioning because it is a piece of gear that actually responsible for saving his life while he was Motorcycle Riding. If you have any stories that you have heard or know of about myths and misconceptions or gear that has saved lives Please send us a message to the link below and we will post them.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Motorcycle Riding

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date on Facts, Myths, and Misconceptions About Motorcycle Riding.

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Harley-Davidson New Model Reveal Pre-Party of 2017 Motorcyles

AMERiders attended the Harley-Davidson New Model Reveal Pre-Party of 2017 Motorcycles at Harley-Davidson of Pensacola, Florida to see the bikes and new Milwaukee Eight engine on Sept 1, 2017. They debuted the 2017 lineup along with the sweet new engine as well.

New 2017 Motorcycle Models
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Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight engine

The new 2017 Motorcycle Models will feature the Milwaukee Eight engine the ninth engine in Harley-Davidson history, and the name “Eight” should be a dead giveaway as it denotes the engine will sport eight valves. Much like the board track racers of early last century. Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight engine is a clean-sheet design that aims to combine the classic look, sound and feel of Harley-Davidson Big Twin engines with improvements in every aspect of engine performance.

Harley-Davidson_Milwaukee-Eight_engine“The Milwaukee-Eight engine carries the legacy of Harley-Davidson Big Twins into the future,” said Alex Bozmoski, Harley-Davidson Chief Powertrain Engineer, who led the development team. “While respecting the essential Big Twin character, we’ve created an all-new motor. Every aspect of performance, durability, and styling has been improved as a direct response to the voice of Harley-Davidson customers around the world.”

Milwaukee Eight engine information
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Bruce(HD Sales Manager)& and the 2017 models Milwaukee Eight Engine Debuts

Retaining the classic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle, the Milwaukee-Eight engine produces 10 percent more torque than previous year models. Furthermore, it features four-valve cylinder heads that offer 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow capacity. The Milwaukee-Eight engine is counter-balanced to cancel 75 percent of primary vibration at idle, retaining the feel of a Harley® V-Twin while being very smooth at highway speeds. A new heat management strategy for all Milwaukee-Eight engines improves rider and passenger comfort.

Milwaukee-Eight engines are offered in two displacements:
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Jaynie(HD Marketing Manager)(left)&Christine(AMERiders Manager)(right)

Milwaukee-Eight engines are offered in two displacements oil and liquid cooled.

Milwaukee-Eight 107 (107 CID, 1750cc)

This features precision oil-cooled cylinder heads for the Street Glide®/Street Glide® Special, Road Glide®/Road Glide Special®, Electra Glide® Ultra Classic®, Road King® and Freewheeler® models.

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Bruce(HD Sales Manager)(right)&Christine(AMERiders Manager)(left)
Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight 107 (107 CID, 1750cc)

This features liquid-cooled cylinder heads for the Ultra Limited/Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide® Ultra and Tri Glide® Ultra models.

Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 (114 CID, 1870cc)
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Harley-Davidson of Pensacola Sales Floor and all the Pretty Bikes

This features liquid-cooled cylinder heads for the CVO™ Limited, and CVO™ Street Glide® models.

Other information.

The 2017 touring line has a new feel, with the extra power of the Milwaukee-eight engine. They have also refined the suspension system for the new touring bikes as well as given them better performance, a new front and rear suspension and  more comfort and control in handling. For more information on these sweet bikes read more here.

2017 Motorcyles
Full Throttle Magazines Covergirl Signing Autographs

We would like to thank Harley-Davidson of Pensacola for allowing us to take a few pictures of their gorgeous bikes and with a few of their staff alongside our AMERiders Manager. We were proud to have our picture taken by a representative of Full Throttle Magazine while we were there as well, and were told that the picture would be in next months magazine (we are thrilled about this).

If you were in the area and you took pictures as well send us some of them to the link below as well as letting us know what you thought of the new bikes and engine. We would love to see the pictures and hear your thoughts.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

2017 Motorcyles

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders be your spot for information on all the new 2017 Motorcyles.

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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A-Well-A, Bird, Bird, Bird, Your Comfort Is the Word!

♪”Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word, A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, the bird is the wordA-Well-A, Bird, Bird, Bird, Your Comfort Is the Word.”♪  You are probably cursing me right now and I don’t blame you. I will take credit for helping stick that silly little song in your head, but that is because it got stuck in mine by an old Family Guy episode I ran across (see below). But never fear, AMERiders will tell you why we think “comfort” is the “word”.

All Motorcycle Apparel/Gear stores whether online or walk-in harp protection and with good reason when you ride a motorcycle it is good to be protected in case of fall, crash, and inclement weather. But very few talk about the comfort consistently.

Comfort over Protection
comfort
Men’s Green And Black Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

Don’t ever put one over the other these should always be on equal footing. You do not want to sacrifice comfort to ensure you have protective gear. On the other hand, you don’t want to sacrifice the safety of your protective gear for comfort either. Finding the perfect riding gear that has both is important. Such as Our Men’s Green And Black Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket that is a comfortable and safe jacket for riding in as it has many safety features including its CE armor and reflective striping. It has removable foam based Certified Armor and is made from a lightweight material and has many other comfort features as well.

Comfort will help keep you alive

Wait, did you just said it would help keep me alive? Yes, that is exactly what we said. If you are uncomfortable in your gear. For example, it’s bunching, extremely hot, heavy and keeps you from paying attention to the road consistently, then you may not notice the car next to you is coming over into your lane and they don’t see you. This is when you need to be paying attention and not tugging, adjusting and moving your gear around. We have all been a victim of tight, loose, and uncomfortable gear. Making sure it fits and is comfortable can help you keep an eye on the road and your surroundings and possibly help save your life and that of your passenger if you have one.

Leather is a bikers fashion statement
comfort
Women’s Light Weight Motorcycle Jacket

Leather may sometimes seem like a fashion statement, but quality leathers are an important first layer of defense between rider and road. Mainly, Leather doesn’t “grab” like other materials, so a rider wearing leathers in an accident may be more likely to slide, instead of tumbling head over heel, an advantage which can greatly reduce the chance of serious injuries. However, leather can be heavy and hot there are some leathers that are made to be light but when buying these ensure that it is leather and not “pleather or PVC”.  Our Women’s Light Weight Motorcycle Jacket is one example of this. It is a Lightweight high-quality leather jacket cut to complement the female figure, heavy duty stitching, soft leather, and sleek collar make this jacket simple and sweet.

Comfort, for your feet, is very important
comfort
Comfy feet

Having comfortable feet is very important because they are the base for riding. You have to put your feet down when riding to stop, idle, and help keep you balanced. Boots are a very important part of your protective gear and as such should definitely be on your comfort radar.  This helps with not only the material but how it is comfortable as well.

Material

The best boots protect both your feet and your legs. While the majority of boots are made of leather, the best boots are also reinforced in critical areas—shin, ankle, and calf—with a stronger material like Kevlar. Often called “ankle armor,” these reinforcements can protect you from flying debris while you’re moving and can actually protect you from leg injuries in a crash.

Comfort in your boots

Choosing comfortable boots is vital. Boots that fit properly are snug enough to stay on if you wreck, but loose enough to allow proper circulation. Quality boots also help your feet stay dry and cool. Look for water-proof or water-resistant materials, as well as a ventilation system that lets your feet breathe.

Last words

I hope that we have given you a bit of information to chew on and just in case you forgot about our little joke at the top here is a reminder….

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help find your Comfort Zone with our Men’s, Women’s and Children’s apparel and gear.

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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Discovery Channel and Harley Davidson Partner up about Harley’s History

Discovery Channel and Harley-Davidson Partner up About Harley’s History. A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana. We at AMERiders want to give you a bit of information about the show that is to air starting Monday, September 5th continuing to September 7th. Th2-hourur installments and will tell the story of the birth of the iconic Harley-Davidson brand that launched in 1903 by two friends from Milwaukee, William Harley, and Arthur Davidson.

Here’s an exclusive first look at the miniseries, which offers a harrowing look at an old-school motorcycle race:

Who will be starring in the show?

Harley and the Davidsons will star Actor Gabe Luna in the role of Eddie Hasha, nicknamed the “Texas Cyclone,” a notable American motorcycle racer. Luna is known for his roles as El Rey Network’s “Matador.” , ABC’s “Wicked City,” and a recurring character in HBO’s “True Detective.” Luna has appeared in multiple films, including Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” and starred in “Transpecos,” which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.

Harley's History
Daniel Coonan, Annie-Read, and Essa O’Shea are just 3 of the Actors in the Show

Alex Shaffer has been cast as Shrimp Burns, one of the top dirt and board track motorcycle racers in the early 20th century. Shaffer is known for many film roles with his feature film debut opposite Paul Giamatti in “Win Win,” which premiered at both Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals. Also starred in “The Lifeguard” opposite Kristen Bell and the 2015 film “We Are Your Friends” featuring Zac Efron.

Playing the role of Walt, Jr. is Sean Scully who has appeared in several TV and film projects.

These actors join a cast that includes Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Robert Aramayo (“Game of Thrones”), Bug Hall (“The Little Rascals”) and Stephen Rider (“Daredevil”), Jessica Camacho (“Sleepy Hollow”), Daniel Coonan (“EastEnders”), Annie Read (“Awkward”) and Essa O’Shea.

What will the story do?

Harley's HistoryWith this all-star cast, the series will take America back to Milwaukee during the early 1900’s an era of innovation. Where young William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson engineered the motorcycles and later the company. During a time of great social and technological change the series tells an epic story of crashes, family feuds, and American legends.

Challenges of the Series
Harley's History
The production team built Harleys by hand from the original blueprints

The Production team had a challenge when helping to tell Harley’s History. They built working bikes from scratch based on Bill Harleys’ original drawings. “Michiel Huisman who plays Walter Davidson commented,” It was one of the coolest and best parts of this shoot to ride these amazing bikes.”

We at AMERiders love knowing how our bikes were engineered and how they came into being and plan on watching this when it premiers. We hope you will as well.
And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Harley's History

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders be your information guide on Discovery Channel and Harley Davidson and Harley’s History

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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PVC vs Leather: Which is one gives better protection while riding?

AMERiders knows that there is a growing question of PVC vs Leather and which is one gives better protection while riding? We will try to help figure that out so that you can make an informed decision for your next gear purchase. We have already covered Leather vs Textile a few posts back so it is only right to extend on that with explaining what PVC is and comparing it to leather.

There is a huge difference in cost and the physical properties of genuine leather and faux leather. It is imperative to know what you are getting, and not getting. It is also important to know which will protect you better

What is PVC Leather exactly?
PVC vs Leather
PVC Motorcycle Saddlebag With Studs

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) leather is a type of faux leather that is made by covering a base of natural or synthetic material with vinyl, made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers. It has no hair follicles (pores) which make it virtually waterproof, but may become unbreathable in hot temperatures. In some rain suit and waterproof garment descriptions, you will notice the acronym PVC. This is a rubberized coating that is laminated to the nylon to make it waterproof. There are many pieces of motorcycle gear made from PVC material not just apparel, saddlebags, tool bags, and other gear for the bike as well.

 

Leather in comparison to PVC
 PVC vs Leather
Armor adds and extra layer of protection

Leather, however, is more abrasion resistant than PVC, and resists tearing. Oe of the drawbacks to leather is that in order to provide proper abrasion protection, it can be heavy, especially if made from cowhide. Another drawback is wearing leather while riding in tropical or semi-tropical conditions is that it can become very hot, especially in urban traffic.

Alternatives to both Leather and PVC
 PVC vs Leather
WOMENS TEXTILE RACER JACKET WITH MULTI POCKETS

An alternative to this would be a mesh or textile jacket that includes proper protective inserts or foam pads at the elbows, shoulders, and back. Most Mesh jackets also have the advantage of being light and washable. It is best to find a textile jacket that has a combination of many different types of textile. This helps to ensure that it gives overall protection not sure on what they are, check out our article here for some. A good example would be a jacket with an outer shell of at least 500-denier Cordura, with 20% or less polyurethane coating, a Gore-Tex or Aero-Tex membrane, a taffeta lining, and CE-approved armor, and a little PVC thrown in for waterproof.

Have we helped your understanding of PVC vs Leather?

Think you’ve made your choice on the debate of PVC vs Leather? You can find the reasonable prices and great styled jackets with us. Going with a textile combination? Check out our great selection of textile motorcycle jackets for men or women. Or have you Decided on classic leather? Shop the highest quality leather motorcycle jackets for men or women at the best prices on the web with AMERiders.

In the end, what matters is your comfort and protection, ensuring that you have both is important when you ride. We hope we have helped you to make your decision on the PVC vs Leather discussion.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

 PVC vs Leather

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you decide between
PVC vs Leather for your next piece of gear.

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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Weird Things That Are Lost or Left Behind at the Annual Sturgis Rally

There are many weird things that are lost or left behind at the Annual Sturgis Rally each year, either intentionally or by accident if you are one of these people AMERiders can help you replace these some of these items. You may be thinking that it just may be small things like bandannas, lighters, and maybe a jacket or other items that get lost or left at Sturgis, well that is just not true. Each August for the past 74 years, save for a couple during World War II, bikers from around the globe have motored to the mecca of motorcycling – the Sturgis motorcycle rally in the Black Hills.

These rally goers tour the scenic highways, stop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, cruise past the free-roaming herds of bison in Custer State Park, and speed by the towering waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon. At night, rally-goers test the taps at many a Sturgis saloon and sway to the tunes of top-name musical acts at several entertainment venues, and leave a trail of items in their wake. The Buffalo Chip Saloon even has posted some of the weirdest things that have been left behind. Here are just a few items of what they have listed before.

Weird and Wonderful things left behind at Sturgis

Some of these things are typical things you would find left behind after a rally others well you have to wonder what the heck were they thinking? Maybe I just don’t want to pack it up, or I’ll buy a new one when I get home.

Air Mattresses
Tents
Cell Phones
1 tube of Super Poligrip (1 report of missing teeth/0 teeth found)
Tarps
Propane grills
Wallets
Harley Davidson’s – How can you just leave your Harley at a Rally? 
Id’s and credit/debit cards

These the Chip also had pictures of, and we thought it would be fun to post them here for reference as to the weird things that can get left.

Left Behind
So many Keys!!!

Tons of keys — now you would think that if you just drove your motorcycle to the rally all you would have is your bike keys. How do you start your bike without its keys, or the car or motorhome for that matter?

 

 

Left Behind
A bottle of STURGIZZ??

A bottle of STURGIZZ?? — Ok, we don’t know what this is and the Chip didn’t elaborate either. However, if you are gonna name it, don’t leave it behind lol. On the other hand, We had ideas on what it might be but we will leave that to your imagination.

 

 

 Left Behind
Apartment furniture

Apartment furniture — We guess that Sturgis is as good a place as any to build your home. However, what we would like to know is where are the 4 walls, floor, and ceiling? Not to mention the plumbing and lighting that you would need as well. If it is to be an outdoor apartment still there are items missing you might need.

 

This item just overwhelmed us as it did the Buffalo Chip hence their comment. “IDK WTF this is”
Left Behind
They didn’t know what this was and were quite shocked by it, but stated if it went unclaimed, it would be sold to the highest bidder.
Help with replacing lost or left items

If you left anything at the rally either intentionally or by accident then we can help you replace it. We have a large selection of Motorcycle Apparel and Gear available at reasonable prices. Now we can’t help replace items like the ones above but we do have a list of items that we can replace and much more.

Helmet
 Left Behind
DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet

We would hope that one would not leave their helmet behind especially since there are some states that have helmet laws. AMERiders has a huge selection of SNELL and DOT approved biker helmets from top brands. We have full face helmets, as well as modular, open face, and even half shell helmets for every biker including motocross helmets and youth helmets as well. Helmets like this DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet seen to the left. So if you lost or left your helmet behind let us help you replace it.

Eyewear
Left Behind
Colorado Sunglasses

We know that sunglasses are easy to lose, and are usually the first thing to go at a rally. Let us help keep your vision clear and free from hazardous debris while taking on the open road.We feature a selection of top rated motorcycle goggles and sunglasses in different styles to accommodate every type of rider. Whether you’re a die-hard biker or a motocross enthusiast, get the right eyewear that gets the job done. Grab a pair of our COLORADO/SMOKED LENSE Biker Sunglasses to replace your old ones

Apparel
Left Behind
Women’s Motorcycle Jacket

Whether it was your leathers, a pair of gloves, Headwear or another piece of biker apparel we have you covered. AMERiders carries premium motorcycle apparel for men, women, and kids to help protect from nasty spills and the outside elements. Lose your favorite chaps? We have you covered as we have a large selection to choose from for men and women.

For the Bike
Left Behind
PVC Motorcycle Saddlebag With Studs

Did you lose a saddle bag? Tool bag or Cupholder go missing? Regardless of the gGear, your bike left Sturgis without we can help replace it. AMERiders gives bikers a variety of motorcycle luggage, bags, and other accessories to add some style to your bike.

If you lost it check and see if we have it

If you lost something at Sturgis or left it there on purpose, check and see if we have it an item that will help replace it for you.  We are always ready and waiting to help our brothers and sisters.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Left Behind

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you replace anything that was Left Behind at Sturgis.

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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Sturgis May Be Over but There Are 354 Days Till the 77th Sturgis Rally

This year’s Sturgis Rally may be over but there are 354 days till the 77th Sturgis Rally, not like we are counting. AMERiders hopes that everyone that went had an awesome time and arrived back home safely and in one piece. It is time to go back to our normal lives, wait we are normal? Yeah, we know normal is just a saying and most motorcycle riders are far from normal. But who are we kidding anyone that has been to Sturgis once, counts the days till the next Sturgis Rally Starts.

77th Sturgis Rally Logo Unveiled
77th Sturgis Rally
77th Sturgis Rally Logo Unveiled

If you are wondering exactly when the next Sturgis Rally is going to be so you can plan ahead then you can check the Sturgis Website for Future Dates and the 77th Sturgis Rally dates are going to be from August 7-13, 2017. This past week during the 76th Rally the logo for next year was unveiled.  Many people gathered around the east photo tower to see the new logo look for next year. The logo is designed by Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. and is the only official logo for the Rally each year. The new logo gives vendors plenty of time to get merchandise ready for the 77th.

 

2016 Safest Rally Year So Far
77th Sturgis Rally
76th Annual Sturgis Rally Safest Year So Far

This year’s rally was known as one of the safer ones as there were fewer deaths and total accidents than there were in 2015. Last year, a record 15 people were killed on area roads during the 75th-anniversary rally. This year’s 3 deaths is lower than the previous record of 4, in both 2011 and 2014. Wildlife collisions were a major issue this year, although only one fatality was related to them.

Wildlife is not the only reason for accidents either, geography also plays a part in the deaths as the Black Hills and other areas are challenging rides. Age and alcohol have also been factors as Sturgis bikers tend to be middle-aged or older, and of course, alcohol is part of the Sturgis experience most will say. Combining riding with knocking back a few beers or bourbons is also a recipe for disaster. However, the most common element among the fatal wrecks is that about three-quarters of the fatal wrecks involved a rider without a helmet.

 77th Sturgis Rally will be here before you know it

Although this year’s rally has ended next year’s rally is just around the corner. Did we mention it’s 354 days away? Not like we are counting, awe who are we kidding we are definitely counting. As you get back into the groove we hope that you all made it home safe and sound and if you have any great pictures and stories don’t hesitate to let us know by sending them to the address below. We are looking forward to the 77th Sturgis Rally and hope to see you there.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

77th Sturgis Rally

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders is looking forward to the 77th Sturgis Rally and hopes to see you there.

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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