Silent Motorcycles for Our Silent Professionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweating cools you off in Hot Weather
Sweating cools the body

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

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

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

Balancing Body Heat in Hot Weather
Balancing Body Heat

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

Wetting down can help in Hot Weather
wetting down can help

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

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

Drink Plenty of water in Hot Weather
Drink Plenty of water

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

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

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

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

Keep calm in hot weather
Keep calm in hot weather

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage Yamaha Cafe Racer
Yamaha Cafe Racer

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Learned to Ride a Motorcycle

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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

Women Motorcyclists: A new fast growing trend!

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

Women Motorcyclists
Effie and Avis Hotchkiss

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

Women Motorcyclists
Never know who’s under the helmet

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

Women Motorcyclists
Courtesy Denver Post

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

Women Motorcyclists
Women’s 10″ Side Pocket Boot Black

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

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

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

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

Road Trip
Harley-Davidson Museum

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

Road Trip
Winter Park Colorado

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

Road Trip
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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

Road Trip
HISTORIC ROUTE 66

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

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

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

 

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

Harley-Davidson to add new 2016 Motorcycle Models

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

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

Live your Legend
2016 HD Forty-Eight

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

 

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2016 HD Iron 883

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

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2016 HD Heritage Softail Classic

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

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2016 HD Road Glide Ultra

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

 

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2016 HD Superlow

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

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2016 HD Superlow 1200T

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

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2016 HD Softail Slim S

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

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2016 HD Fat Boy S

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

 

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders be your source for news on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and let us gear you up with our premium motorcycle apparel and more.

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.

How Dark Is Your Darkest Side? Is It Blackout Dark?

AmeRiders wants to see your Darkest Side! Check out the Dark Horse Blackout Event and check out the all-new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® on 5/28/16 at your local dealer! Indian®, America’s first motorcycle company, is presenting its most exciting member of the Indian® Chief® line-up and its first 2016 model — the Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®.

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

This gorgeous dark beauty is your basic Chief Classic which has been blacked-out from warbonnet to the rear fender. Even its Thunder Stroke 111 air/oil-cooled 49-degree V-twin & its sweet six-speed transmission have had their chrome acreage drastically reduced. Indian states that “it gives an unpolished and raw approach while maintaining the legendary Indian Cheif style.”

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

There there are around 40 accessories designed with the bike. Most obvious in the photos are the black ape-hanger bars air filter. There is also a blacked-out exhaust/heat shield available as well.

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

The Dark Horse is now the lightest Chief by virtue of elimination of parts and by use of cast wheels weighing in at 751 pounds. as the standard 2015 Chief is 778 pounds dry. Still it is a gorgeous bike by any standards and for those of us, that like to show off our Darkest Side this is one way to do so.

Here are just a few of the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Specs more can be found here.

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111
Engine Type – 49° V-Twin
Transmission – 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Bore x Stroke – 3.976 in. x 4.449 in. (101 mm x 113 mm)
Clutch – Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio – 9.5 : 1
Cooling – Air / Oil
Displacement – 111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust – Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive – Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity – 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System – Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore, w/ cruise control
Oil Capacity – 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive – Gear drive wet clutch
Torque – 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm / 138.9 N m at 2600 rpm

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension – Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in / 119 mm travel
Rear Suspension – Single shock 3.7 in / 94 mm travel, adjustable

CHASSIS
Dry Weight (claimed) – 751 lbs / 341 kg
Ground Clearance – 5.5 in / 140 mm
GVWR – 1,260 lbs / 573 kg
Length – 103.5 in / 2630 mm
Rake/Trail – 29° / 6.1 in / 155 mm
Seat Height – 26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase – 68.1 in / 1730 mm

BRAKES
Brake System Type – Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front – Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear – Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire – Dunlop American Elite 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel – Cast 16 in. x 3.5 in.
Rear Tire – Dunlop American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Rear Wheel Cast 16 in. x 5.0 in.

Darkest Side
Chieftain Dark Horse low-ball glass

Visit your local Indian Motorcycle dealership on Saturday, May 28th for the Dark Horse Blackout Event and check out the all-new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®. Test ride any bike and get a free limited edition Chieftain Dark Horse low ball glass while supplies last. Show everyone your Darkest Side with this gorgeous blacked-out bike from Indian®.

We would also like to remind our brothers and sisters that it is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as such here is a reminder of how important wearing protective gear is.

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Helmet after crash

One of our brothers went down this week and was lucky to be wearing his protective gear. He was going around 45 mph with a group of brothers and sisters when the front brakes on the bike he was riding locked up causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle, land in the roadway and roll about 30 times.

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Jacket after crash

We are so glad he is okay and came out of it with only abrasions and bruising. We are including a picture of his helmet and his jacket to show you how much protective gear helps.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Show AMERiders your Darkest Side during the Dark Horse Blackout Event.

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

Share the Road and Be Aware of Everyone and Everything!

Since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month there is an appeal by several organizations including the AMA, to share the road with each other and to be extra aware of everyone and everything around them, and we at AMERiders want to encourage this as well. Making yourself more visible to other drivers is important so that they not only see you but notice you as well (and yes, these are two different things).

AMERiders wanted to put this blog post out not only to our brothers and sisters but to our friendly drivers that follow us as well. It is important for EVERYONE to look out for each other as what some drivers may not realize is what can be a small crash to them can be life threatening to a motorcyclist. It is very dangerous for a motorcyclist to not pay attention to their surroundings as oil, pedestrians, and even a stray animal can be fatal to them. So please pay careful attention when riding and driving and share the road.

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Can you see the rider

During the winter months, drivers don’t see motorcycles as much as they do during spring and summer months, and without seeing us on a daily basis, it is easy for drivers to forget about those of us on two wheels motorized or not.

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Watch your mirrors

It is important to check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and, especially, to watch for motorcyclists, bike riders, and even pedestrians. As they are not as easy to see as other larger vehicles are. As AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman, states “The warmer weather in May brings out the riders who have been unable to ride all winter, so it presents an excellent opportunity for us to educate the non-riding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we roll out of our driveways or onto a trail.”   

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Remember to Share the road

Drivers can avoid a crash with a motorcycle by and looking twice to spot motorcycles in traffic, and even more carefully at intersections, respecting a motorcyclists’ riding space by not following too closely, Which should not be done with any vehicle anyway. Not all bikers are bad drivers which some drivers have a preconceived notion about, we don’t all race and go in between traffic and weave around, in reality, a lot of us are safe motorcycle riders.

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Share the road with everyone

Even though May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month it is important to share the road with everyone, and everything that does not have 4 or more wheels to it. It is crucial to pay attention to everything and everyone around us so as to ensure that there are no accidents or fatalities. So remember to share the road with everyone and everything that has less than 4 wheels, 2 or even 4 legs. We want everyone and everything to be safe.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

AMERiders encourages all riders and drivers to share the road and be aware!

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.

Riding in the Rain? We have Tips on Staying Dry with Biker Rain Gear!

If you are Riding in the Rain, it sucks to be wet and uncomfortable. Stay Dry and comfortable with AMERiders Biker Rain Gearplus we have a few extra tips to help as well. 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 they love to ride and so do we.

Biker Rain Gear
Women’s 11″ Comfort Biker Boot Black

So let’s start off by saying that wet and cold weather are always going to be a part of motorcycle riding and it is up to us to stay dry and warm in inclement weather. Luckily with the great technology that comes with clothing and footwear manufacturing, there are plenty of waterproof options to help keep you dry during those cloudy or chilly days in the saddle. For those of us that have ever ridden in the rain with chaps, we all know where that rain goes and that is no fun.

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Motorcycle Rain Boot Covers With Rubber Outer Sole RainGuard Legs

Boots come in all shapes, sizes and styles but we like to give boots that are waterproof top billing as they come in handy when riding. You never know when you will need a boot to keep your feet dry, and warm as well. Even if the rain has stopped the road is still wet and there are puddles and water standing everywhere. Even if you have found that perfect set of boots and they are not waterproof find a great pair of waterproof rain covers for your boots like these Motorcycle Rain Boot Covers With Rubber Outer Sole RainGuard Legs   they not only will help to keep your feet dry and warm but they have soles for good traction as well.

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2 Piece Rain Suit Gear

Riding Pants and Jackets can either be waterproof or water resistant, and can be bought separately or together. Our 2 Piece Rain Suit Gear not only is waterproof and windproof, it is made from a breathable fabric and has pockets as well. Two-piece rain suits give the advantage to let you be prepared for many situations. If the roads are wet and it is not raining any longer, then just pants may be the only part of your suit needed. Ensure when looking for a 2-piece suit that they can attach or seal off to prevent water, moisture or air seeping in between the jacket and the pants.

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1 Piece Rain Suit

However, some riders prefer a 1 Piece Rain Suit when riding for maximum all over protection from the elements. These suits usually have Strategically placed venting and other rider-friendly features. A one-piece rain suit also offers the advantage of preventing the chance of air seeping into the jacket as well as full weather coverage.

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Long Raincover Gauntlet Gloves

Another great addition to our Biker Rain Gear our hands are always in motion, braking, shifting, twisting the throttle, etc. They are always exposed, out in the open, getting pounded on by the rain. Ensuring that your hands stay dry and warm, is not an easy task, however, there are many choices of waterproof riding gloves available, so choose wisely. Our Long Raincover Gauntlet Gloves are a great example of a rain glove that you can use when riding.

Other tips are to ensure you have great tires for riding in the rain, watch for rainbows on the ground that is usually a clear sign of oil, give yourself more space than usual to stop, and for emergency maneuvers if necessary. There are many more great tips these are just our top few that we use when riding. We at AMERiders hope that this information on wearing Biker Rain Gear helps to keep you safe, warm and dry while riding.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you stay comfortable and dry with Biker Rain 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.