Gone in 3 Minutes:Royal Enfield Pegasus Sells Fast

Back in June, we here at AMERiders gave you information on the Royal Enfield Flying Flea. This article is about another World War II-inspired motorcycle announcement that Royal Enfield made that it was releasing a super limited edition version of the Bullet called the Pegasus 500. Only 1,000 units of this motorcycle have been produced. For North America, you might think. Nope, for the entire world! 250 of these units have already been sold… in under 3 minutes.

That is quick!

178 seconds—or 2 minutes and 58 seconds—that’s the time it took for all 250 Pegasus opened up for the Indian market to find a home. That’s faster than eating a sandwich or taking a shower. Understandably, the flash sale set a new record. The expression “You snooze, you lose” has never had a more accurate meaning.

“The sale for Pegasus motorcycles has shown the tremendous aspiration to own brand Royal Enfield once again,” said Enfield’s president Rudratej Singh. “Beyond all expectations, the sale of 250 limited edition Pegasus motorcycles was concluded online in a record time of only 178 seconds! I congratulate all the customers who are now proud owners of the Classic Pegasus limited edition motorcycle and thank them for their support and patronage.”

Pegasus

The Pegasus is an homage to the British Army’s Flying Flea and has been designed in close collaboration with the Parachute Regiment. The frozen-in-time company is playing up its vintage aesthetics hard and it’s working.

Pegasus
Each bike will wear the Pegasus emblem on the fuel tank and get military-style panniers
Here are a few interesting facts.

The Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition has been built in official association with the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. The Pegasus recreates some of the aesthetic elements from original motorcycles of the era with the special service brown color scheme, blacked out components, Pegasus emblem on the fuel tank with stenciled numbering and the period correct RE brand logo. You also get military-style canvas panniers, brown handlebar grips, and a blacked out exhaust muffler as part of the changes.

Power on the Pegasus Edition comes from the stock 499 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine tuned to produce 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of peak torque, mated with a 5-speed gearbox. While the Pegasus edition is certainly exclusive and will be a rare sight on the roads, the standard Classic 500 is very much on sale and can be bought via any of the Royal Enfield dealerships across the country.

The remaining 750 Pegasus units will be sold in North America, Australia, and in the UK—we can assume we’ll each get an equal share. How fast will these coveted 500s go in the US? Think we can sell faster?

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Sturgis Wind Down, BMW, Music and Burgers …. Its a Motorcycle Rally I Tell Ya!

AMERiders gives you the Sturgis Wind Down a bit about BMW who are there, some more on the Music concerts and the Burger Throwdown …. Its a Motorcycle Rally I Tell Ya! Like we have been doing all week we are bringing you the information on the 78th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this is the last 3 days on it. We hope everyone has had a great time. So here is the last bit of information for you.

BMW Offers Free Demo Rides

Ze Chermans are invading Sturgis this year, and that means you can get your hands on all the Beemers

Going to a dealership can sometimes be torture: all these bikes you can only dream of, put on display, that you don’t get to try, besides the one you’re actually interested in buying. That’s when demo rides allow you to check a few items off your list: you get to ride. All. The things. If you plan on attending this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happening from August 3 to the 12, it will be your chance to knock one or ten things off your motorcycle bucket list.

Beemers? At Sturgis? Really? Yes, really! Despite being commonly associated with Harleys (and Indians) BMW will offer demo rides of its entire lineup From August 4 to 12 at CrossRoads at Buffalo Chip. The demo rides will run for the duration of Sturgis from 9 am to 5 pm. This is your chance to get sitting time on models you wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to drive, including models from the R nineT range, the K 1600 tourers, and even the new single-cylinder G 310 GS. Sign-ups will open at 8 am every day.’

Sturgis Burger Battle

Motorcycle RallyThe Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally is in a worldwide search to find the best hamburger grillers in the universe!

Every chef, backyard baron, and restaurant thinks that they’ve got the best burger in their hometown. This is your chance to prove it!

The Sturgis Burger Battle will be a burger cookoff where 12 incredible teams will compete for a chance to be in the Grand Finale Burger Cookoff at the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally and the winner will move on to the compete in the World Food Championships in November.

The event will send a winner from its 2018 competition to battle against the World Food Championships roster of Golden Ticket contestants. The Sturgis Burger Battle competition has been elevated to Preferred Qualifier status by guaranteeing that its winner’s registration fees are paid and other assistance is provided to compete in Orange Beach.

All names of cook-off participants, age, birth date, and address, along with a typed copy of the entry’s recipe, should be submitted to the cook-off official by May 15th, 2018.

Motorcycle RallyTeams must attend the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally from Tuesday, August 7th through Friday, August 10th. There will be three qualifying rounds of four contestants each held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the Rally. The three winners plus a judge’s favorite will move into the finals which will be held on Friday, August 10th.

Teams will be chosen by filling out the entry form and entering their best-grilled hamburger recipe along with a picture of the finished product. Entries will be judged by a panel of chefs and from these entries twelve (12) teams and four alternates will be picked to grill live on stage at the 2018 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.

2018 Official Rules and Regulations

• The judges’ decisions and interpretations are final.
• Teams must be available to cook any time between Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and Friday, August 10, 2018
• Teams may not have more than 2 persons on a team.
• Each team must fill out the entry form completely.
• Each team will be assigned a day and cooking space for the preliminary round. Preliminary rounds will be held August 7-9 at 11:00 a.m. and Championship round will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 10th.
• One (1) team from each preliminary round will be chosen to move on into the Championship round on August 10th. Teams not chosen to move into the finals will become part of the People’s Choice Award on the final day of competition.
• Grills, utensils pots pans, and food will be provided.
• Contestants can bring and use one food item of their choosing. All other food and spice items must be chosen from the on-stage pantry.
• All seasoning and cooking of product shall be done within the assigned cooking space.
• Serving trays for Judge’s plates will be furnished.
• The bun can have the works on it. NO garnish is allowed in the tray.
• Contestants will draw for their cooking space. 1-4
• All entries will be judged in the order of starting time.
• Each team will have 60 minutes to complete their burger and one side dish.
• Each team will be allowed five (5) minutes after the 60-minute time limit to plate their dishes and take it to the judges table. A 5-point penalty will be issued to anyone that is late.
• There will be a secret ingredient each day of the competition. Each team must use the secret ingredient in their burger and side dish.

Motorcycle RallyAll entries will be evaluated on:

• Presentation (1-5 pts)
• Taste (1-10 pts)
• Originality (1-5 pts)
• Bonus opportunity (1-5 pts) Use of secret ingredient.

The following cleanliness and safety rules will apply:

• No use of any tobacco products while handling food.
• Cleanliness of the cook, assistant cooks, cooking device(s) and the team’s assigned cooking space is required.
• Shirt and shoes are required to be worn.
• Sanitizing of work area should be implemented with the use of the sanitizing cloth at each station.
• After cooking, all meat: must be held at 140 degrees or above.
• All contestants will use gloves provided when handling food.

Motorcycle RallyCAUSES FOR DISQUALIFICATION & EVICTION (of a team, its members and/or guests):

• Serving food samples to the general public.
• Use of alcoholic beverages.
• Use of controlled substances.
• Foul, abusive or unacceptable language.
• Unsanitary food handling of any kind.

• Only contestants, judges and event officials will be allowed in the judging area during the judging process. No other activities are permitted in the judging area, during the judging process.)
• TWO pounds of Ground Beef will be given to each team at the start of each competition to make 5 burgers.
• Judges’ decisions are final.
• If a contest or competition winner is unable to accept the invitation and participate in the Sturgis Burger Battle, invitations will be extended to an alternate selection.

PRIZES

• Over $10,000 in prizes given away to winners!

Last 2 days of Music

Sturgis 2018 Weekend

Here are some of the bands left to play at 78the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on the 10th and 11th we couldn’t find any left to play on the 12th if there are then you may be able to find them on listed here on the Sturgis FB page on the day of the concert.

date band venue
8/10 John Kay & Steppenwolf Buffalo Chip Campground
Joe Santanna The Knuckle Saloon
Jasmine Cain
Dueling Pianos
Ric Todd Loud American Roadhouse
Judd Hoos
Eskimo Brothers
Chancey Williams & Younger Brothers Band
Dirty Word
Insane Clown Posse Ironhorse Saloon
Tim Laroche Deadwood Mountain Grand
Elle Carpenter Firehouse Brewing Co.
8/11 Queensrÿche Buffalo Chip Campground
Jack Daniels The Knuckle Saloon
Jasmine Cain
Ric Todd Loud American Roadhouse
Chancey Williams & Younger Brothers Band
Dirty Word
Gina and the Eastern Block Ironhorse Saloon
Little Miss Nasty
Tim Montana
Tech N9ne Full Throttle Saloon
8/10 Lead Mountain Nights blackhillsbadlands.com

After you leave the 78the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and get home and realize you left something or something just needs to be replaced from wear and tear. Remember AMERiders has what you need. From safety gear to saddlebags we have it all.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Here Is the Calendar of Events for The Sturgis 2018 Weekend Have a Good One!

AMERiders always tries to give you as much information as we can when Sturgis or Bikeweek or heck when any of the rallies come around but especially Sturgis… But at this moment it’s Sturgis, and so without further ado, we give you some of the events on the  Calendar of Events for The Sturgis 2018 Weekend coming up we hope everyone that is there is having or will have an excellent weekend. For those that aren’t there we still hope you have an excellent weekend but make plans to go to Sturgis in the future will ya!

Sturgis Rally Jack Daniels Tasting

Sturgis 2018 WeekendFrom 2 PM – 5 PM MDT today the Jack Daniels Tasting will be going on, and who doesn’t like a good tasting of some Jack Daniels? I know I do. The Jack Daniel’s Tasting is being held at the Baymont Inn & Suites Convention Center in the mouth of Boulder Canyon in Sturgis. Hosted by Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.

Tasting includes:

Tastings of:
– Jack Daniel’s Loud American Single Barrel
– Jack Daniel’s Gentlemen Jack
– Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire
– Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
– Jack Daniel’s Old #7
– Jack Daniel’s Rye
– Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select
• Jack Daniel’s Gift Bag with the Loud American Single Barrel
• Entry for the Door Prizes
• Jack Daniel’s Barrel Sample Glass
• Instruction Led by Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett
• 2 Free Drinks Prior to the Tasting

Music happening this weekend

Sturgis 2018 Weekend

We haven’t put all the bands in for the next few days just a few and most of them for today but we did pinpoint the big ones for you on the 9th, 10th and 11th that stood out to us for the Sturgis 2018 Weekend. Here is a full list of the music line-up.

date band venue
8/8 Cole Allen Shade Valley Camp Resort
Rolling Thunder
Earthmother
Eric Church Buffalo Chip Campground
Reverend Horton Heat
Black Heart Saints Beaver Bar
Jack Daniels The Knuckle Saloon
Jade Monkey
Harley & the V-Twins
Garage Boys
Saving Abel
Dueling Pianos
32 Below Loud American Roadhouse
Dirty Word
Judd Hoos
DJ Club Music
Tripwire
David Allen Coe Ironhorse Saloon
Molly Hatchet Full Throttle Saloon
Tim Laroche Deadwood Mountain Grand
8/9 Kid Rock Buffalo Chip Campground
Lita Ford Buffalo Chip Campground
8/10 John Kay & Steppenwolf Buffalo Chip Campground
8/11 Queensrÿche Buffalo Chip Campground

We caught this from the Buffalo chip looks like it is gonna be a blast.

We hope you have a great weekend and don’t forget if you need to replace items that you lost or just got worn out from the trip AMERiders can help you with that From safety gear to saddlebags we have it all.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Sturgis 2018 Weekend

 

 

 

 

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The 78th Sturgis Rally Starts Today Are You Ready for 10 Days of Fun and Music?

The 78th Sturgis Rally Starts Today Are You Ready for 10 Days of Fun and Music? AMERiders gives you a bit of info of what is going on there. We all love food and music and fun don’t we? That is just what Sturgis is so without further ado lets give you a bit of what the 78th Sturgis Rally is going to have for you starting today.

MEDIA UPDATE

Daily media briefings will take place at 1:00 in the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle. Parking passes for media are available at the same location where you pick up Media passes.

All press releases are posted on the City Website Media page.

Today

Opening Ceremonies will take place at 4:00 PM at Harley-Davidson Rally Point.

Dana Bowman will do his first parachute jump into Sturgis at 4:00 as part of the Opening Ceremonies. Press Release.

Interviews and other information – If you would like to schedule an interview with any of the City staff, they will be available following the daily press conference. If you need additional information about events taking place in the City, please call or text 605-347-1331.

Street Food Throwdown

78th Sturgis Rally

Everybody has to eat, right? With more than 500,000 people coming together during the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ every year, it takes a lot of dedicated and talented folks to make that much food and we’ve got ‘em! More than 100 food vendors will be on hand during the Sturgis Rally to help feed the masses!

Click here for more info on the throwdown

Music Lineup

Sturgis 77th Anniversary Motorcycle Rally

The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is home to 10 days and nights of some of the best music in the country. From local, home-grown bands to up-and-coming regional acts to full-blown, national concerts, we’ve got it all and we want to share it all with you! From The Full Throttle Saloon to Buffalo Chip and all of the venues in between you will get a ton of great bands to rock too. Below are just a few to choose from.

We hope that this information was helpful to you and have fun.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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Sturgis Rally 2018 Starts Tomorrow Are You Ready, and Harley-Davidson News!

We at AMERiders like to bring you all the information we can and today we want to do it twice first by reminding you that Sturgis Rally 2018 starts tomorrow, so are you ready? As well as to bring you some Harley-Davidson news. Our news with Harley is double time with their 115th anniversary and new bikes, and we will give you a few more pieces of information on what will happen with Sturgis starting tomorrow in just under 48 hours.

Friday, August 3 Proclaimed Neil Hultman Day in Sturgis

Sturgis Rally 2018Sturgis resident Neil Hultman was the first official Road Captain for the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. In 1947, he and Pappy Hoel, worked hand in hand leading motorcycle tours through the Black Hills, promoting the Sturgis Hill Climb, and the Half-Mile racing events. Over the years, those events grew into what is now known as the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.

Mr. Hultman proudly served in an M.A.S.H. unit during the Korean War and furthered his commitment to our nation by working another 35-years at the Ft. Meade VA medical facility In honor of Mr. Hultman’s commitment to the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ and the sport of motorcycling as a whole.

Friday, August 3 will be proclaimed Neil Hultman Day in Sturgis South Dakota. A reception for Mr. Hultman and his wife Ramona will take place on Friday, August 3 at 10:00 AM at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis, 2130 Main Street in Sturgis. Special guests, media, and the public are invited to attend and meet one of the founding fathers of the Sturgis® Motorcycle
Rally™.

Tattoo Tuesday: August 7th, 2018 

Sturgis Rally 2018Come on down to Rally Point on Harley-Davidson Way and Legendary Main Street on Tuesday, August 7 to register for the SMR inaugural tattoo contest, for your chance to win cash, prizes and more! Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and judging at 6:00 p.m. Come on down and earn your bragging rights!

Anyone with a tattoo can enter any class there is a charge of $10.00 entry fee per categories once you have been admitted to the show.  Once a class has started judging there will be no late entries.

Categories:

Best Black & Grey: Black with shades of gray

Best Fresh Tattoo: Show off the Tattoo you got yesterday or today

Best Color: Yup, you get the idea

Best Tribal:  Characterized by an all-black design

Win a category and be entered in a chance to win Best of Show

Prizes include Cash, Gift Certificates, VIP Meal tickets and others fabulous prizes.   You have to be there to win!

Beard & Mustache Contest!

Sturgis Rally 2018We all know that the motorcycle culture brings out the guys with the beards and mustaches.  Think you’ve got a great beard or mustache? Are you going to be at the Sturgis Rally 2018?  Well if you do and you are, we want you! Come on down to Harley-Davidson Rally Point on the legendary Sturgis Main Street Wednesday, August 8th. Registration starts at 5:00pm, the competition starts at 6:00pm. See how your beard compares to your buddies!  Just $10 to register!

Don’t even think about not coming.  You owe it to yourself to be part of this outstanding competition. 

Categories:

Papa Beard (Full Beard over 6 inches)
The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The mustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom! No styling aids permitted.

Baby Beard (Full Beard 6 inches and under)
The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The mustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom! No styling aids permitted.

Double Dapper (Full Beard with Styled Mustache)
Full beard, any length, with a distinct styled stache. Styling aids are permitted. The beard appears as it grows and left natural, the more natural the better and of course no styling aids in those beards.

Beer Soakin’ Mustache (Natural Mustache)
Mustache as it grows and left natural. The more natural the better. No closed curls. The mustache may be maintained but without styling aids. No styling aids permitted.

Dapper Stache (Styled Mustache)
Like to “do up” your stache? Then this category is for you! Styling aids are permitted.

Whiskerina (For the ladies)
This is for the ladies. Show what the good lord neglected to give you and show us what could have been. Pick a theme for your beard or mustache – creativity is key. Judges will look at the craftsmanship, creativity, and overall appearance when voting on the best Whiskerina competitors.

YOU CAN SIGN UP AT THE RALLY!

Important notes:

  1. Styling aids include, for example, mustache/hair wax, hair spray, hair lacquer, hair gel, styling foam, etc. – Hair dye is absolutely prohibited in the natural categories.
  2. Natural beards shall be and shall look natural. The more natural the better.
  3. The beard also should be distinct from the head hair and not integrated with it.

Prizes:
There will be prizes for the overall winner of each category.  We always have the best prizes!

Tons more events

And there are tons more events at Sturgis Rally 2018 just check out their events page here for 10 days of exciting fun to be had.

Harley-Davidson News

Now we give you our Harley-Davidson News Not only are they having their 115th anniversary of producing motorcycles, They have announced 4 new bikes arriving from 2019 to 2021.

115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson

.Harley Davidson has this to say about their 115th anniversary.

 

MY18 Key Features. FLHTKSE ANV.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS BECAUSE, FOR OUR 115TH ANNIVERSARY, WE’RE THROWING PARTIES FOR THE PEOPLE. CELEBRATIONS ALL ABOUT RIDING, RACING, MEETING NEW FRIENDS, AND CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO SHARE A PASSION FOR THE FREEDOM OF TWO WHEELS, THOSE WITH THE SIMPLE PURSUIT OF CHASING THEIR OWN HORIZONS, AND FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS, SO NO MATTER WHAT YOU RIDE, OR EVEN IF
YOU HAVEN’T STARTED YET, ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN.

They are having a MILWAUKEE ANNIVERSARY EVENT AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 find the information on the event here.

Livewire

In 2019 the Livewire will be the first of these new Harleys… per the website here is what Harley has to say about it….

rallyTHE LIVEWIRE™ MODEL IS AN AUTHENTIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON EXPRESSION OF INDIVIDUALITY, ICONIC STYLE AND PERFORMANCE THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE ELECTRIC. IT WILL PROVIDE A VISCERAL RIDING EXPERIENCE WITH INSTANT TORQUE AND THRILLING ACCELERATION – NO-CLUTCH, JUST “TWIST AND GO.”

This new, powerful-yet-easy-to-ride premium motorcycle takes its cues from Project LiveWire™, the prototype motorcycle tested by thousands of riders around the world to inform what a true Harley-Davidson® electric motorcycle should be.

Like every Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, LiveWire™ is an exciting motorcycle to ride and has a look, sound and feel that is authentic and original.

In 2020 There will be two new bikes the PanAmerica and the Streetfighter

Pan America

rallyLaunching in 2020 is the first Harley-Davidson® adventure touring motorcycle, the Pan America™ 1250cc. The commanding riding position allows the rider to see the world from another point of view. Travel coast-to-coast. On road or off. All while experiencing your own adventures.

Streetfighter

Expanding our line of middleweight models is the first Harley-Davidson® streetfighter motorcycle that is planned for 2020. Unapologetic modern style with enough performance and agility to carve through city streets.

And last but not least dropping coming in 2021 is the new custom model

Custom Model

rallyThe all-new custom motorcycle with a muscular stance, aggressive, stripped-down styling and 1250cc of pure performance.

We at AMERiders are tickled pink to see these new bikes and can’t wait to see them up close and maybe take them out for a spin.

Again we hope that you have everything that you need while your at Sturgis and when you leave and get home and realize you left something or something just needs to be replaced. Remember AMERiders has what you need. From safety gear to saddlebags we have it all.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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Countdown Has Begun and Sturgis 2018 Begins in 6 Days and 12 Hours

The Countdown has begun and Sturgis 2018 Begins in Under 6 days and 12 Hours, people are already on their way to have lots of fun. If you are not, then make sure you put it on your bucket list as something to do in the future. AMERiders wants to remind you that we have everything to help make your Sturgis week easier. Saddlebags, riding apparel for men and women. and much more.

During Sturgis 2018 Opening Ceremonies

Sturgis 2018Sergeant First Class (Retired) Dana Bowman 

Friday, August 3, 2018 -Opening Ceremonies – H-D Way & Main – 4:00 pm

• 82nd Airborne, 307 Engineers/618th Co.
• 3/7 Special Forces, Ranger, HALO, Scuba, Sniper
• Golden Knights Parachute Team

In 1994, while serving as a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, The Golden Knights, a mid-air collision cost Dana both of his legs. His determination in the Army, and now the civilian world, has earned him worldwide recognition as a motivational speaker and skydive demonstrator. Traveling the world, Dana spreads his message, “It’s Not the Disability, It’s the Ability! Never Quit.” Dana’s message is tailored to the audience and is and is not soon forgotten.

Dana will be doing several parachute jumps during the 78th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ and will be speaking at the Theater inside at the Harley-Davidson Activation downtown Sturgis.

Don’t miss him!

Below is his schedule after opening ceremonies

date venue time
Mon, 8/6 Fairgrounds – 1802 Ballpark Rd 4:00 pm
Tues, 8/7 Military Appreciation Day – 1401 Lazelle St 1:30 pm

Don’t forget your Rally Coin

Sturgis 2018This Coin Can’t Be Bought! But it can be yours!

The Rally Coin from the Sturgis 2018 Motorcycle Rally™ is in its second year and going strong.  They printed 2,000 of these last year and they flew out the door.  This Rally Coin will be around for a long time and you need to start your collection! You don’t want to get left out this year. The only way to get a coin is to be at Sturgis and participate in one of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ “Official” events during the 78th Rally.

Only 2000 numbered coins minted, you don’t want to miss out!

Make sure you have what you need

sturgis 2018While your headed out to Sturgis 2018 make sure you have all you need like extra pairs of jeans and t-shirts… what better way to store them in a brand new saddle bags like these beauties.

Our PVC Motorcycle Saddlebag With Studs features a zip-off bag with Heavy Duty Velcro Cover and Lock, is universally fitting to most bikes, Includes a hard sheet inside the box with 4 pockets, a Heavy Duty Quick Release , is 100% Waterproof , is UV protected and it will not turn white in extreme heat and will Hold its Shape, 4 Tie down ribbons on each side for extra security. Please note that this is Not a cooler bag, and Not intended to be used with water & ice.

Full of things to do

There is going to be plenty of fun things to do and see at Sturgis 2018 this year you will have the usual Pub Crawls, Beard and Moustache Contest, the Legendary 5k and the Street Food Throw Down as usual plus many other things as well. Don’t forget to check out the events page here to see what all is going on and when. We will try to keep you up to date on a few here and there just before they are supposed to happen.

Music of the ages

Sturgis 2018

We all know that The Sturgis is home to some of the best music in the country. From local, home-grown bands to up-and-coming regional acts to full-blown, national concerts. AMERiders was looking over the schedule of bands and noticed a few that we went wow with and thought we would share with you. You can check the music calendar here to find out when they are playing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So get ready to rock and roll all night people!!! Don’t forget if you need new saddle bags if you loose your chaps we have replacements for you at AMERiders

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Are you Ready for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018 Starting Next Weekend?

Are you Ready for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018 Starting Next Weekend? We hope so if not you have a week to get ready it starts on August 3rd and runs through August 12th this year 10 days of fun and excitement. AMERiders will not only give you some of the highlights and let you know what is going to be going on, but we can help you get ready as well. We supply real bikers like you with the gear you need for the Sturgis road. From apparel, motorcycle accessories, and more. All of our motorcycle helmets are DOT and SNELL approved for safety and our selection includes everything from open face helmets, to modular helmets for bikers, motocross riders, and even snowboarders. We also have a selection of motorcycle accessories to customize your ride including quality durable luggage options.

Mayors Ride

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018

We are going to start off by letting you know the one pf the first things happening at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018 is the Mayor’s Ride that will be on 8/6 it only allows for 150 bikes so get registered now.

The ride was started in 2003 by former Mayor Mark Ziegler and has been carried on by the late Mayor Maury Larue and currently by Mayor Mark Carstensen. It was started with a route stopping at Mt. Rushmore for a group picture but has also enjoyed the beauty of Crazy Horse Memorial and the Center of the Nation Visitor Center in Belle Fourche.

Enjoy a beautiful ride through the Black Hills led by Sturgis Mayor Carstensen along with the Rally’s Grand Marshall (TBD).  We will end our ride at the amazing Crazy Horse Memorial for a luncheon and presentation with Mayor Carstensen.  A group photo with the memorial in the background will also be taken.  At the conclusion, participants are encouraged to visit the theaters, the museums and visitor center.

Participants will receive a souvenir pack including a limited edition decanter signed by the Mayor, a 2018 Challenge Coin, T-shirt (size not guaranteed after June 6) and other collectibles provided by our sponsors. Please register today to guarantee your spot; only 150 bikes permitted.  Must be 21 or older to participate.

Luggage

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018Luggage is necessary when riding for a long distance you may not need many pieces if it is just one of you but when there are two of you, it takes a bit more. We have many Luggage Sets available in a varying number of pieces for you to choose from or to mix and match such as this 6pc Heavy-Duty Waterproof Motorcycle Bag Set This gorgeous set features a windshield bag, sissy bar bag, tool bag, barrel bag, and a pair of 14-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ x 7-5/8″ saddle bags. They are a universal fit for most bikes and have not only chrome studs but quick release buckles as well. We also have other Luggage items that are lockable which are a good thing for Sturgis unless you have someone driving with you in a motorhome that has a spot to lock up your bike. Now that is what we call class.

Concerts

Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ 2018 is home to 10 days and nights of some of the best music in the country. From local, home-grown bands to up-and-coming regional acts to full-blown, national concerts, They’ve got it all and want to share it all with you! Here are just a few that you will see on the 3rd and the whole list is
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8/3 Trucker Radio Kickstands
Damien Gunn
Revisit the Legend of Steppenwolf
Creed Fisher
Double Bills Shade Valley Camp Resort
Loaded Dice
Pop Evil Buffalo Chip Campground
American Hitmen The Knuckle Saloon
Garage Boys
Judd Hoos Loud American Roadhouse
DJ Club Music
Eskimo Brothers
Brandon Jones
Dirty Word
Miss Intent Ironhorse Saloon
Blacktop Mojo
Dirty Sexy Riot
Black Stone Cherry
Them Vibes 1337 Stage
Tim Laroche Deadwood Mountain Grand
Emily Lloyd Firehouse Wine Cellars
Hell Raisers & Beer Drinkers Spearfish, SD
Heavens to Murgatroyed Lucky’s 13
Barnyard Stompers Mangy Moose, Hill City SD

We will have more for you come Friday don’t forget to go to AMERiders for all your apparel and bike needs.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Don’t Let the Weather Rain on on Your Parade: How to Ride in the Rain Redux

Don’t let a little sprinkle keep you off the road, hit those soggy twisties like a pro, let AMERiders give you our How to Ride in the Rain Redux. You might be aware that I live in Florida and if there’s one thing everyone knows about Florida, is that it can have large bouts of rain. These usually segway into hurricanes, now we don’t ride in hurricane weather that is just stupid and well someone that does has a death wish.  However, the people that ride in normal rainy weather consistently here can become unintentional experts when it comes to riding in the rain. My husband and I like to ride year-round when we can, so I thought I’d share a few tips we’ve picked up along the way.

It Starts With Good Tires

Tires aren’t terribly sexy things to talk about, and on sunny days most road riders pay little or no attention to the spinning bits of rubber beneath them. It turns out those rubber bits are more than just rubber though. They are complicated things made up of various compounds that—along with tread pattern—are tweaked by tire companies depending on desired performance.

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Deathtrap or challenge? Depends.

Unless you have a very specific desired performance (eg, exclusively off road, or racing track), my advice is to seek out tires that offer good wet weather handling. I’m partial to the Michelin Road series—almost always throwing Pilot Road 4s on my bike and eagerly looking forward to this summer when the new Road 5 will be available in sizes that fit a Triumph Tiger Explorer—but, truth is, you’ll find decent tires from a number of manufacturers like Pirelli, Bridgestone, Metzeler, and Avon.

Unfortunately, the type of bike you ride will affect the type of tires to which you have access. Longtime readers may know my greatest complaint about cruisers and heavy tourers is the fact they tend not to have very good tire options. This is because the traditional cruiser rider is an American who only rides on sunny days and cares more about longevity than wet weather performance. This is changing as Harley and Indian focus more and more attention on the European market, but it may still be a while before the options are as good as with other street bikes.

No matter what bike you ride, my personal rule of thumb is that you should opt for the best wet weather tires you can afford, even if that means sacrificing somewhat in the areas of longevity or dry weather performance.

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Wear the Right Gear

Biker Rain Gear
2 Piece Rain Suit Gear

Once you’ve got your tires ready for water from the sky, you’ll need to make sure your body is ready, too. This means investing in decent rain gear. Spending money sucks I know, but being wet on a bike sucks more. Being wet on a bike usually leads quickly to being cold on a bike, which can be downright dangerous. When you’re cold, your physical and mental abilities are diminished. We always say that you need to make sure you are geared up for your ride… and we have written a ride in the rain article previously, and about rain gear.

Most bikers hate to get caught or even ride in the rain regardless of how hard it is raining, as we all know some drivers of vehicles get a bit stupid when it starts to rain. If you are Riding in the Rain, it sucks to be wet and uncomfortable. Our Biker Rain Gear will help you stay warm and comfortable. Let’s face it if you are not riding in the rain you are not really riding, as most bikers will ride in any type of weather. Rain or Shine we love to ride.

Tea and Cake Are Your Friends

You’ll spot a theme running through the remaining advice in this article: slow down. Foul weather can cause us to think, “I just want to get where I’m going,” but you’re more likely to arrive in one piece if you adjust your riding mindset. In fact, you should even be open to the idea of stopping.

If you live somewhere other than the Pacific Northwest or the British Isles, it can be a good idea to hit the nearest cafe or coffee shop as soon as the rain starts to fall. This is because oil and road grime will have built up on the road surface and the first bit of rainfall sees roads at their slickest—oil and water don’t mix, of course. Grab a coffee or something and give the rain 30 minutes or so to wash away the worst of it.

The roads are very rarely dry for several days in a row in Blighty, so this sort of oil buildup is less likely. The advice to seek shelter is still worth taking, especially if you’ve got a long journey planned. Even when wearing the best of gear rain has a way of wearing you down. Take the time to stop, warm up, dry off, and mentally reset.

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A quick stop for hot tea or coffee will do you good on a rainy day.

Avoid the Slippy

Rain won’t wash away all oil and grime, so be on the lookout for that which remains. Do your best to avoid the telltale rainbow puddles that show up at intersections and roundabouts. Now, having said that, don’t swerve erratically to avoid them. If you didn’t spot an oil patch in enough time to have moved away in a controlled manner, don’t panic and definitely don’t hit the brakes: just ride through it as upright and steady as possible.

I often use the off-road puddle-splashing technique of pulling in the clutch to ensure I don’t put too much power to the wheel. This may be overkill however; I’m sure most people would tell you that all you need to do is maintain calm, steady throttle.

The same applies for the dreaded manhole covers, bridge expansion joints, railroad tracks, road markings, crosswalks, and other hazards that get slick when moisture is added. Avoid them when you can, ride over them calmly when you can’t.

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Sometimes rain isn’t the worst thing on the road on a wet day.

Get Physical

Some day, I may write an article about why it’s a good idea to take an off-road riding course even though I generally don’t give a damn about riding off road. One of the things I’d mention in that article is that doing a bit of off road work helps develop techniques for dealing with less-than-perfect surfaces.

One of the very first things you learn in such courses is the importance of moving your body around to help ensure weight is in the right place. More often than not, “the right place” is low to the ground, or as close to it as you can get. This can be as simple as lowering your torso closer toward the tank, or getting your ADV on and putting weight onto the pegs.

However, don’t alter your style so much that it affects negatively on your riding—generally a rainstorm isn’t the best place to try new things—you simply want to remember that how and where you place your body can assist in your maneuvering the bike. Most importantly, you don’t want to be rigid or bolt upright. Nerves may make you want to tense up, but try not to let them get the better of you.

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Get your body in motion, but not like a fit or a commotion.

Keep it Smooth

Just as you want to keep your body fluid and natural, so too should your riding be as smooth as possible. Do your best to avoid erratic movements and sudden stops. The key to accomplishing this is looking well ahead, doing your best to anticipate challenges, and coming up with means of dealing with them. In other words, ride like a RoSPA nerd (for those of you playing along outside the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents—RoSPA—is one of several UK organizations that teach safe riding techniques).

The decreased visibility inherent to riding in the rain can make it difficult to scan too far ahead, so once again the advice is to slow down. Don’t ride faster than you can react. The most obvious application of this advice is to increase your following distance. Doing so actually has a double benefit: not only will it improve your chances of being able to respond to something ahead, it will also get you out of the immediate spray of the car in front of you.

Go Where the Wet Ain’t

If bikes perform better on dry surfaces it’s a no-brainer that you should seek out those surfaces. When rain isn’t actively falling, the movement of cars will start to dry out the road. Depending on a number of factors, you’ll find dry spots open up either in the tire tracks of cars, or in the middle of the lane. More often than not you’ll find that the slow lane of a multi-lane highway/motorway will dry out first because of the air being displaced by big trucks.

However, keep in mind that trucks throw a lot of spray, so don’t ride too close. Be particularly cautious when passing a big truck. The spray coming of those ginormous wheels can be downright blinding.

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Riding in the wet requires you to be even more attentive than usual.

Keep Calm and Carry On

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when riding in the rain will be the presence of other people. Even in always-squelchy Britain drivers go a little nuts when when it rains, becoming far less observant and far more unpredictable. When I lived in Southern California, rain caused people to drive as if they were trapped in their cars with a swarm of angry hornets and cocaine-addled vipers.

As a motorcyclist stuck out in the elements, you will have an overwhelming desire to communicate to these people what idiots they are. I assure you: it is a waste of time. It is also a waste of your mental energy.

By and large, the reason people drive so poorly in wet weather is that such conditions pull the driver’s perspective into the car. He or she is paying attention to the task of finding the wiper switch, or trying to figure out why the defogger isn’t working, or searching the radio for weather updates, or just focusing on the fact their shoulders hurt from tensing up so much. When you start focusing on how much these boneheads piss you off, you’re effectively doing the same thing as them—bringing yourself into your helmet, rather than focusing on the road.

Over time I have come to accept that the people around me are stressed and my best course of action is to just stay alert and not get angry when something dumb happens. Give yourself plenty of time to react to a situation, but don’t overreact.

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Never let a little rain get in the way of a good ride.

The last thing and one funny thing we should mention is that you should expect to see steam. The front tire will kick water on your exhaust, or the rain will trickle down from up top. There may be times when you are riding in the rain and end up at a stop sign, that you will get a concerned motorist yelling at you: DUDE, YOUR BIKE IS ON FIRE! RUN AWAY FROM IT. After a quick explanation, they understand its just steam. The first time its funny. After the 7th, not so much.

Once you learn where the grip is, how to stay as visible as possible, get your riding smooth as silk, and get a more rain oriented tire, riding in the rain almost becomes fun! we enjoy doing it simply for the look people get on their faces when they see a bike toughing it out. A little damp, yes, But look at it this way: free bike wash!

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Things You Are Not Told About Riding a Motorcycle and Their Dose of Reality

Riding a motorcycle is a fabulous experience, but it doesn’t come without its dose of reality. Everyone who’s walked around wearing riding gear has lived this at least once: people being curious, asking questions, making small motorcycle-related talk. Admit it, you feel undeniably cool! We’re a fairly rare species and I don’t know about you, but I enjoy answering people’s questions about riding and giving advice to new riders. It’s also during these conversations that you realize how romanticized riding a motorcycle really is. AMERiders wants to give you a few Things You Are Not Told About Riding a Motorcycle and Their Dose of Reality

Warm and sunny really isn’t that great

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Looks nice, doesn’t it? It also looks hot and dusty and sweaty.

 

Granted, it is better to ride under the sun than in the rain. As most riders wear full gear (or at least should) whether the weather is nice or not, pool-party weather actually kind of sucks. Imagine having to wear a full jacket, a hat, and gloves in 85-degree weather. Sweaty right?

You can open up all the air intakes on the helmet, remove your jacket inner layer, choose a pair of lighter mesh gloves; there’s no escaping it, you end up slow cooking in your gear. Plus, when the sun hits hard, everything gets hot, especially if you’re sitting in rush hour traffic with not even the shade of a lamp post to give you a break. The sun heats up the asphalt as well which then radiates so you end up being like in an oven with heat coming from above and heat rising from below. Who smells bacon?

It’s almost a complete workout

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Riding a motorcycle is nothing like an advertisement for men’s body wash.

Do people assume that because you own a motorcycle, you enjoy going stupidly fast on the highway? Obviously, that’s because these people haven’t actually done it. Riding can be quite the workout. Wind pressure makes the bodywork hard at highway speeds, especially on a model fitted with a smaller shield. The rider is pretty much holding on while managing the throttle and maneuvering the vehicle. You also tend to be ultra-focused and the faster you go, the more attention your actions require, which is equally draining. So no, we don’t all enjoy going 100 mph. Even those of us that ride with our spouses get a workout, at least I feel I do, I want a nap at the end of a ride.

It gets complicated

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You try switching bags every time you go outside and see how you like it.

Many of us have been through this conversation. when we show up somewhere “Oh! It’s a beautiful day, I bet you came on your bike!”. Except we didn’t. And then we may feel bad like we need to justify ourselves for not enjoying the few decent days of summer on two wheels. Truth is… it sometimes gets stupidly complicated. If you’re in a rush, forget it: it’s faster to jump in the car then to pack everything in a motorcycle-friendly bag, dress in a motorcycle-friendly way, gather all the gear, put it all on, and finally make your way out the door. You won’t leave for a good 5 to 10 minutes.

Especially as a lady rider, you have to transfer half of the contents of your purse into a bag which means you sometimes leave important things behind and even losing things all together. It doesn’t end there, either. Once you get to your destination, most of the time you’re stuck carrying or wearing your gear unless, unlike some of us, you have a pair of convenient saddlebags that will keep your personal items safe for you.

Oh! Right. And if the forecast calls for some rain, you’ll also want to add the rain gear to the list. And if you have an impatient spouse with you then it gets even worse.

Itches left unscratched

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There’s nothing worse than an itch you can’t scratch.

You know that itchy feeling that sneaks up on you and temporarily disables you until you get a good scratch? Does don’t stop happening because you’re riding. Imagine feeling the sudden urgency to scratch yourself under the foot while said foot is in a boot, resting on a foot peg. You can’t exactly drop everything you’re doing to reach down your boot or else you might end up with bigger problems than an itch. That’s when you have to master your inner Jedi and not let that itch define you.

Oh yeah, and beware of sneezes! Goes for your passenger too.

Stuff hurts

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Hitting a bee at speed is like getting shot with a BB gun at close range.

Another advantage of wearing proper gear is that most of the time, you won’t realize that you are constantly bombarded with everything while riding. Try riding without a proper pair of pants on just once and tell me how you like your free microdermabrasion. Dust lifted by the cars in front of you actually stings the skin. Pebbles and small rocks feel like needles poking. And bees? Ugh, don’t get me started on bees. Even while wearing a jacket you can feel those tiny striped rockets smash into your shoulder, so imagine on bare skin. Think paintball, minus the tactical fun.

Sure, it sounds like I’m complaining a little about the reality of riding. Truthfully, it’s those little quirks that make riding so special. These small issues are only a speck on the grander scheme of riding. You become part of a big family and, you get to feel pretty darn cool answering people’s questions.

Sometimes you have to figure out how to word it in a way that doesn’t scare off the new riders or people that want to ride. Hope this has been enlightening with a dose of reality.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Rehash and Update to Our Previous : How to Wash Your Motorcycle Properly

Cleaning your bike is more than just spraying it down with a hose and parking it in the garage. Now that it’s July and we’ve put a few miles on our rides, it’s probably time to scrape off the bugs, buff out the paint, and make ’em shine again. We’ve updated this previous AMERiders article to help your Mid-summer bike wash. Enjoy!

Your bike looks like it’s been ridden through an insect abattoir. Blood, guts, and body parts are smeared across the chrome and plastic alike. There are months of road grime occluding your paint and every nook and cranny is packed with dirt. Is it possible to get it looking new again without spending a ton of time and money?

To find out, we visited a few vehicle product companies online. With the info we found, we’ve put together this basic guide to wash your motorcycle. It may sound sort of obvious, but there are some fundamentally right ways to clean a motorcycle and some things you definitely shouldn’t do.

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There’s a ton of information and advice out there. Some of it is personal preferences, where people are happy with following the same routine and using the same products; it works for them. But, there’s a huge range of different washes, compounds, waxes and even tools you can choose from. Understandably, that can be a little confusing. You might not know where to begin. My advice: keep it simple.”

The first questions are: how much time do you really have available to clean your motorcycle. How much do you know about cleaning bikes and what tools do you have on hand?

If you want to spend 10 hours cleaning your bike every time you ride, that’s absolutely fine, but most people just want to make the job as efficient and as short as possible, with good results.

Another important thing to consider is the age and condition of the motorcycle. Is it new, old or just plain trashed? This will determine your method and tools.

You also need to understand what materials are used in your bike’s construction. Is there anodized aluminum, bare aluminum or chrome? Each requires a unique cleaner. Get the wrong one and it could permanently damage the surface.

What sort of paint do you have? Is it matte or gloss? If your bike is newer, odds are it has a layer of clear coat over the actual paint. Or, maybe it’s old school and only has a single layer of paint. Both require different approaches.

The fundamental thing to remember, when buying a product to clean your bike, is to read the instruction on the packaging before you buy. Look at what the manufacturer tells you about the product. What it’s designed for and make absolutely sure it’s right for your bike and the job you have in mind.

Also, think about what your goals are with cleaning your bike. Do you just want to keep it clean and tidy, or do you want to make it look like a show bike? That’s going to affect how much you spend in time, money and effort.

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To get started, some professionals suggest a three-step method:

  1. Evaluate the situation. What do you want your bike to look like and how old is it? What condition is it in?
  2. Choose the right products.
  3. Use the right cleaning techniques.

Unlike cars, motorcycles have a huge array of exposed materials and components that all get dirty and need regular cleaning.

Never wash a motorcycle while the engine is hot. It’s ok to wash if it’s cool enough that you can touch the engine without burning yourself, but you’d ideally clean it when the bike is completely cold.

Always clean a bike in the shade too, for the same reason. Contaminants in water, such as mineral deposits, become much more aggressive when warm and, if water is sprayed onto a hot bike, those water spots then become much more difficult to remove.

People think they have to use a special water with low mineral content to stop watermarks. But that’s not the case, Just make sure your bike is not hot and that it’s not in direct sunlight, Cool surfaces are much, much easier to work with.

We suggest three types of products to achieve a nice, clean finish:

1. A good wash. Ideally, it should have a pH balance of between six and eight, so it’s neither too acidic nor too alkaline, either could damage your paint. Check it’s safe to use on all paint types.

2. Compound. If you have swirls or scuff marks on the paintwork, use a reputable compound to take them off. Use compounds designed for modern paint finishes and never use a compound on a matte finish; it’ll damage the paint.

3. Wax. It works like sunscreen and leaves a UV barrier to protect your paint. Wax needs to be reapplied regularly to provide this protection.

You can use a polish between the wash and wax stages. Some people like it, but it doesn’t remove paint swirls and doesn’t add any protection. On darker colors, polish gives a deeper, darker finish.

Another good option, on an ongoing basis, is to use a spray detailer. Basically, it’s a wax lubricant that will remove dust and some dirt. It’s a quick and easy way to smarten up your bike. But, the bike has to be reasonably clean in the first place, and the spray detailer won’t remove scuffs. You simply wipe spray detailer on and then wipe it off. It cleans and waxes and does a little bit of everything. Its biggest advantage is time-saving.

Ready to get started? This is what some professionals suggest you do:
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Getting the right supplies together is the first step to cleaning your motorcycle.

Get two buckets for this first stage of the wash. One buck as the wash solution and water in it, while the other has just clean water. Use a premium quality microfiber cloth or lamb’s wool mitt to wipe the bike down from top to bottom.

You need the two buckets as, between washing the bike down, you should rinse your cloth in the clean water. Otherwise, all you are doing is putting the dirt you have taken off, straight back on the bike.

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Careful where you spray, you could do more harm than good.

If your bike is really dirty, you can use a pressure washer to get the worst of the grime off. But, be careful. Motorcycles are water resistant, not waterproof. Use high-pressure water for the wheel rims and under the fenders, but be careful around the engine, where the electronics are. Pressure washers are great, but just be smart about how you use them.

Keep high-pressure water away from the electrics, cockpit, any and all bearings, the chain, and other such components.

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Detail brushes are the key to getting into hard-to-reach areas.

In addition to the cloth or mitt, it is also suggested that a detail brush is used to help you get inside all the motorcycle’s nooks an crannies. It adds time and effort but also hits those hard-to-reach places around levers and cables and fairing parts.

wasFor stubborn marks like squished bugs, we recommend a plastic cleaner. But take care that the chemicals aren’t too aggressive. The key is to soak the bugs in the cleaning solution then, when they’re re-hydrated, lift them off with a cloth. Never rub or grind them, as this will damage your paint, screen or other such parts.

Special attention also needs to be paid to the wheels. Some wheel cleaners are so harsh, they can actually damage paint or corrode the metal.

The problem is, some wheel cleaners may look like they take brake dust and road grime off in one shake of a can, but they could also be doing a lot of damage. It’s much better to use a less acidic or alkaline cleaner and put some effort in by hand. The results will be just as good. It’s also worth using a separate cloth, just for the wheels, so you don’t transfer highly abrasive brake dust back onto your bike.

The final step is to dry the bike. You can do this by hand with a soft, microfiber cloth. But, if you want to speed things up, consider using compressed air, a leaf blower or one of those small, inexpensive household vacuums that can blow as well as suck.

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Compressed air makes for a quick and thorough dry.

At a motorcycle dealer, air is your friend. It prevents water spots from forming and you can get into all the tight spaces to make sure it’s absolutely. Once the bike’s dry, you can then assess whether you want to do anything about paint swirls or scuff marks. Again, quality is king, so buy a good compound that is designed for clear coat paint.

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Apply it to a small area of paint, then buff with a soft cloth by hand. You can also buy inexpensive buffer pads that fit a standard power drill. Those speed up the process.

The final step is to apply a coat of wax to add luster and help protect the bike’s paintwork. If you get wax on any matte finishes or bare plastic parts, remember to wipe it off immediately, or it’ll leave white marks.

If you follow all these steps, I think you should be able to get a great result in less than an hour. Take your time though, on your first attempt, and use the right products for the job. Always read the instructions!

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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