Winter Storage, Santa Claus, and a Bike in the Water this Holiday

Winter Storage, Santa Claus, and a Bike in the Water this Holiday sounds like a bad title for a book but that is what AMERiders is bringing you today. Information about Storing your bike for winter, Santa Claus on wheels, and You guessed it a Bike found in the water all things that are happening or have happened so far this holiday season.

First up Winter Storage and what to do

We all know that a big part of getting ready for the holiday season is Winter preparation, and it is a highly contentious subject, almost as much as what kind of oil you should use. We’ve written about this before, and we may contradict much of this advice, mostly because we are lazy and this is what we do for our own bikes.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have big garages with room for all of our bikes and cars. This takes care of keeping the bikes out of the weather and the worst of the cold. To us, the most important thing to do is add fuel stabilizer such as Sta-Bil to the gas tank, especially on bikes with carburetors. Modern gas is full of ethanol (unless you’re lucky enough to find ethanol-free where you live), which breaks down and gunks up all those little jets and ports. Standard Sta-Bil is fine, but we like the marine grade because it’s even better at soaking up moisture in the tank. It’s cheap enough that we’d recommend using it on fuel injected bikes as well, just to be safe. Otherwise, come spring, your bike may run poorly and you’ll find yourself cleaning or replacing parts instead of enjoying those first warm days on the road.

That’s all we do. Most of us also plug our bikes into a battery tender, which keeps the bike charged up through the winter months. If you have power in your garage this is smart to do, and battery tenders are cheap. You might also consider disconnecting the battery to avoid any chance of the bike slowly draining it over the winter.

If you don’t have an indoor place to park your bike, definitely remove the battery and take it inside. Cold kills batteries. Some garages aren’t heated like mine isn’t like ours so we use a battery tender. If the bike is outside and suffers the full wrath of winter, bring the battery inside or else you’ll be buying a new one in the spring. You can use a tender with the battery out of the bike if you want to.

You’ll want to cover the bike as well. Cheap bike covers will self-destruct under the weight of snow, even if you clear it off as soon as the storm is over, so buy a good one. You can also use a tarp, but it may flap in the wind and damage your paint. Either way, make sure what you use to cover your bike is tightly secured and doesn’t flap.

Some recommend overinflating your tires or putting the bike on a stand to avoid flat spots. There’s nothing wrong with this, but we’ve never had a problem. Similarly, some say to change your oil at the beginning and end of winter.

As we said this is only what we do, and don’t do. We don’t claim this to be “The One Right Way” to prepare your bike for winter. It’s just what works for some of us.

There’s a new bearded crusader in town and his name’s Claus. Santa Claus.

Like most adults nowadays, you probably don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore, but this holiday video could be about to change that. In what could only be described as footage worthy of a Holiday-themed Fast and Furious, we discover the good deeds of an anonymous French Santa Claus on two wheels who made sure a hit-and-run perpetrator landed on his naughty list. The ending is a healthy dose of karma and milk.

The video begins as the jolly rider clad in Santa Claus attire hits the streets with what seems to be the sole mission of spreading the Holiday cheers. Turns out his cookie run is about to become a whole lot more exciting. As he makes a right at an intersection, the camera mounted to his helmet captures a small black Renault hatchback apparently running a red light, and hitting a pedestrian crossing the street. Instead of stopping as etiquette and even law states, the driver carries on.

Except, nobody’s serving hit-and-runs on Santa’s watch. Without a second thought, the festive crusader follows the driver and catches up to him, trying to bar his way with his bike to get him to stop, as he should. Turns out the driver is having none of it. He drives around the rider and follows traffic as nothing happened.

Follows a slow-speed chase in the streets of the French town—traffic keeps the pace down—in which Riding Santa tries to get the driver to stop. The rider finally spots two officers on motorcycles and swiftly exposes the situation to one of them, identifying the culprit. The latter tries to make a run for it, but dense traffic halts his run. The officers easily catch up to him and proceed to arrest the perpetrator with the full guns and shackles.

(Although this is a year old it is still funny and it is why we put it in this post)

And in the news in my area, today would like to post this little bit….

You would think that were your bike going missing, it’s the kind of thing you would notice, right? Especially when the bike is a red, $22,000 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. There’s a sad owner out there who’s short 20 grand and doesn’t have a bike to show for it because the police just pulled a Road Glide out of a canal and it’s the weirdest thing you’ll see today.

While a few mob jokes come to mind looking at this story, the circumstances of this story are actually bizarre. The police in Gulf Shores, Alabama found a sunken vessel in the Intercoastal Canal except this one isn’t a Spanish galleon filled with lost treasures—unless the rig itself is considered the treasure. In fact, an orange H-D Road Glide was dug out from the bottom of the canal.

The ride has been sitting in the water of a little while, at least long enough to end up covered in mud. Wait, it gets weirder: the VIN has been tampered with, which makes the bike unidentifiable. Whoever dumped the bike apparently didn’t want to be found. The police are trying to find the owner of the pretty expensive bike and at this point, if the Sopranos and Fargo have taught us anything, we hope this is only a really, really expensive prank.

Bitter ex? Terrible prankster friends you shouldn’t hang out with anymore? The ex’s new boyfriend? Or maybe just an owner miffed at Harley for wanting to send part of its production abroad? Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to figuring out the line of events that lead to the Road Glide finding its resting place at the bottom of the water. At this point, if the owner is indeed found, it could be as expensive to restore the bike than it will be to buy a new one so hopefully, that person has a good insurance.

We hope you have a wonderful and Happy Holiday eat lots and

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Fantastic and Iconic Cartoon Motorcycles to Remember from Childhood

You guys know what’s awesome? Motorcycles. You know what else is awesome? Cartoons. It stands to reason then that cartoons about or featuring motorcycles are even more awesome. As a young nerd and budding gearheads in the 80s and early-90s, most of us here at AMERiders grew up watching, reading and playing fantastic depictions of motorcycles in our media. Those were the high days of both a cartoon as ads for toy lines and the prime time super vehicle show, and we were surrounded by futuristic motorcycles everywhere we looked. It was, in fact, a golden age.

Today—because AMERiders likes bikes and cartoons and geek arguments—We are going to outline what are, in our opinion, five of the best bikes ever captured on celluloid and one honorable mention. These are in no particular order of in best to worst just listed as the ones we liked.

M.A.S.K Condor

cartoonBack in the 80s, American cartoons—especially Saturday morning cartoons—were basically just thirty-minute ad spots for various toy lines by Hasbro, Kenner, et al. Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man—all broadcast to sell little plastic men to kids. Kids just like me. Hell, there was even a Rubik’s Cube cartoon on Saturday Mornings! One of our favorites to come out of that mess of sketchy animation and questionable writing was M.A.S.K.

The Highway Star

cartoonBubblegum Crisis is one of my favorite anime series, and one of my favorite pieces of cyberpunk media – second only to William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy. It also has some of the raddest bike action this side of Lupin III. The series takes place in future MegaTokyo and revolves around the Knight Sabers, four mysterious vigilantes in powered suits who fight a rising tide of advanced, nearly unkillable androids called Boomers.

Kaneda’s Bike

cartoonYet another iconic anime bike, Kaneda’s bike is probably the least surprising entry on this list. For those of you who don’t know, Akira is a ground-breaking feature-length anime that came out in 1988. Based on a manga series of the same name, Akira takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Tokyo after an Earth-shattering psychic phenomenon triggered world war III. Our hero, so to speak, is Kaneda, a young motorcycle hoodlum who runs a bosozoku gang with his bestie Tetsuo. All these dudes and their buddies want to do is to ride their weird futuristic motorcycles around, battle other gangs, and generally have a good time. Unfortunately for them, life has a different plan for them.

MOSPEADA Ride Armor

Now this, this, is our favorite bike on this list. Friends, let us introduce you to the MOSPEADA Ride Armor from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. GCM is a 25-episode anime series that ran from 1983 to 1984. It followed a band of young freedom fighters traveling through North and South America on their way to destroy Reflex Point, the base of a group of aliens that had invaded Earth and largely destroyed it. A few years after its debut, MOSPEADA was combined with two other famous anime series – Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross (no relation) – to create the American cartoon Robotech. Any of you who recognize this bike probably know it as the Cyclone from Robotech. Note: From here on out, even though I’m talking about MOSPEADA, I’m going to call this thing the Cyclone because we love that name.

Wreck-Gar

cartoonBack in 1986—before anyone had even heard of Michael Bay—Transformers the Movie hit American theaters and it was the biggest, greatest joke ever played on the American moviegoing public. Millions of nerdy kids, including yours truly, pestered their parents for months leading up to the premier to take them to the theater. We all filed in expecting 90-minutes of the usual fun, light-hearted, mildly corny weekday afternoon claptrap with a side order of the old hard sell for some new toys.

Honorable Mention: Light Cycle

cartoonSo, yeah. Tron isn’t technically a cartoon, but most of it is heavily computer animated so we’re going to give it a pass here. As you may remember, Tron is one of those early-80s movies, like The Black Cauldron and The Black Hole, that Disney made during their post-Walt attempt at being all grim and dark and adult. Unlike Black Cauldron and Black Hole though, Tron is actually good and, thirty-some years later, is considered both groundbreaking and a cast-iron classic.

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Harley-Davidson Superhero Bikes and the Passing of the Great One.

The grandmaster of comic books geekery, superheroes aficionados, and Marvel cameos enthusiasts has left this world: at 95 years old, everybody’s favorite guy in shades Stan Lee has kicked the tesseract and found his place among the stars. The father of Marvel, The great one will be sorely missed, but he left us with a rich legacy of inspiring superheroes to remember him by. AMERiders also loves superhero bikes so we are going to look at those today too.

H-D and Superhero Bikes

Harley-Davidson, another American icon, has been closely associated with the Marvel universe since the movie franchise’s early days. We got to see some of our favorite superheroes ride on Harleys, including Captain America’s 1942 WWII military rig in Captain America: The First Avenger and Black Widow’s race against the clock on a LiveWire in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Two years ago, Harley solidified its association with the Marvel universe by coming out with a collection of 25 customized Marvel hero bikes.

Because themed bikes are always cool to check out (when they’re well done) and to honor Stan Lee’s memory, we thought we’d have a look back at when Harley built superhero bikes. Here are 10 favorite great superhero bikes.

Captain America – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Freedom”

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We like Steve Rogers’ 1942 H-D better, but the Freedom Street Glide isn’t too bad a ride for the most American superhero of them all. Bad guys would definitely get a fair warning watching the bright blue bike ride their way!

The nation-pride red, white, and blue paint scheme is nicely contrasted by the blacked out engine block and brown leather saddle and saddlebags. Here’s something the Captain can proudly ride to battle on.

Iron Man – Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle “Boldness”

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This bike has (had) as big a personality as Tony Stark does (did?). The terms loud and proud apply to both character and motorcycle, so this was an appropriate pairing. Harley has been a little tamer with the special paint job emulating the bold philanthropist.

The blacked out components are highlighted by a metallic red paint job on the tank and tail, and a subtle set of golden exhaust pipes and wheels complete the famed super suit’s color scheme.

Thor – Harley-Davidson Breakout “Fearless”

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We guess the expression “reach for the sky” applies here with those impressive ape hangers. After all, the God of thunder does come from “up there” whether you read the Norse mythology and the Marvel comic books.

This is one of the more heavily modified models from the super-lineup, including the asymmetrical wheels, the exhaust tips, and of course, the stretched out handlebar. The subtle lighting and helmet paint and beautifully carved saddle complete the subdued yet impactful look.

Black Widow – Harley-Davidson Iron 883 “Solitary”

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The Iron 883 makes a combat as the base for Natasha Romanov’s ride. The assassin needs a stealth ride and this custom 883 is just what she needs.

Clad in black with only a few subtle red accents to suggest to Black Widow spider’s most recognizable feature, the 883 “Solitary” is the closest H-D has gotten to creating a café racer style motorcycle. The clip on and cantilever saddle are the most prominent features hinting at the more retro-cool look, not a bad choice for the character.

The Hulk – Harley-Davidson Fat Boy “Strength”

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This was an appropriate model chosen to represent the biggest, angriest, and greenest Avenger. The clever tank design suggested the underlying mean green hidden under the surface. The dual exhaust pipe looks like it’s been twisted around the engine block, something Bruce Banner’s angry alter ego wouldn’t have any problem accomplishing.

Spiderman – Harley-Davidson Iron 883 “Agility”

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Likely inspired by Spiderman’s youth and, as the custom’s name indicates it, his agility, Harley opted for one of its smaller, most affordable models. The company painted the bike in a very obvious and slightly tacky paint job with “Spiderman” badges rather than the usual spiderweb motif we tend to see.

The bike has been fitted with a skid plate and knobby tires and though we wouldn’t recommend tossing it in the dust, it does look like it can go anywhere—even up a wall.

Groot – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Big-Hearted”

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The happy dancing twig busting a move to the sound of the Jackson 5 in his little pot warmed everybody’s heart at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Though afflicted with a limited understandable vocabulary, Groot showed it’s valor when he committed the ultimate sacrifice to save his team of misfits.

The specially prepared Street Glide receives a cosmic camo treatment, covered all over in a bark motif inspired by the tree-like alien, complete with black-brown accents.

Black Panther – Harley-Davidson Breakout “Pride”

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King T’Challa of Wakanda needs a ride worthy of his rank but also of his alter ego, the Black Panther. The intricate ribbing of the supersuit have been reproduced on the gas tank of this customized Breakout fitted with a massive oversized front wheel.

The pipes have been modified as well as the saddle, positioning the rider on top of the back wheel.

Thanos – Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special “Voracious”

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Thanos broke millions of hearts at the end of Infinity War and broke the Hollywood mold of happy endings—though we all know some magic should operate in the movie’s second part. As the king of all supervillains, Thanos deserved its own special edition bike (we guess Harley didn’t want to anger him).

The “Voracious” Street Glide gets a stellar paint job complete with the Infinity gauntlet complete with chrome galore.

Ultron – Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special “Intelligence”

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The Night Rod Special is a blacked out twist on the standard V-Rod, a good way to represent Marvel’s supervillain (something something Dark Side). There wouldn’t be superheroes if there weren’t supervillains, so why not create a tribute to the ultimate bad guy (after Thanos) to measure up to the fleet of Avengers?

This Night Rod is fitted with ape hangers and receives a grungy silver paint job with red accents, hinting at the automaton’s armor.

I said on my personal Facebook page the day it happened that he gave us some of our heroes and heroines, and another of the great ones is gone. I thank him for our heroes and for being our hero. I stand by this.

AMERiders would like to have a moment of silence for the great Stan Lee.

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This year marks the 100th Veteran’s Day we’ll explain why

First of all, AMERiders wants you to Thank a Veteran This Veterans Day for Their Sacrifice and Service to our Country. Show them how appreciated they are. Sunday is Veterans Day. This annual event often gets overlooked on the calendar in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the December holidays. But this Veterans Day is special. It’s the 100th anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I.

A Bit about Veteran’s Day

The actual peace treaty wasn’t signed until later, but November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — is when a truce called an armistice (pronounced ARM-iss-tiss) was signed and the fighting stopped.

One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day. Other countries did the same, some calling it Remembrance Day. In this country, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

World War I was one of history’s largest wars. Most of the fighting was in Europe, but 30-plus countries took part, including the United States. More than 29 million soldiers worldwide died or were wounded, and an estimated 13 million civilians died — a horrific toll that led to it being branded “the war to end all wars.”

A poster for all

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Adam Grimm’s design won this year’s poster competition. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Each year, a U.S. competition is held to design a poster for Veterans Day. The winning entry appears on pins and on the cover of the program for a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

This year’s theme, “The War to End All Wars,” drew about 80 entries. Adam Grimm, whose design won, kept it simple. His poster has a large red poppy, the worldwide symbol for remembering World War I (see box); barbed wire to show the brutality of the war; and the pink hue of a rising or setting sun, showing the passage of time.

Two holidays of honor

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A way to remember the difference Memorial has the same as Memory in it, Memorial=Memory which is to remember.

Many Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, another U.S. holiday related to the military.

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the 1860s following the Civil War. After World War I, its meaning changed. It honors U.S. military who died in any conflict, and it is observed on the last Monday in May.

Veterans Day also reflects a new meaning from the original Armistice Day, which honored all who served in World War I, but especially those who died. By 1954, the United States had fought in World War II and the Korean War. Lawmakers decided to rename the day to honor all American military, past and present, whether they served in war or peace.

In the 1970s, Veterans Day was observed on the fourth Monday in October so workers could have a three-day weekend. But it was an unpopular change. Many people liked the holiday’s connection to the armistice signing. So, since 1978, U.S. veterans have been officially honored on November 11.

I personally look at it this way someone can use this little helper to use it as a way to remember the difference between the two Memorial has the same as Memory in it, Memorial=Memory which is to remember.   

So make sure to honor and thank a vet on this 100th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day

The poppies of Flanders

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Military officers and artist Paul Cummings, far right, place the last ceramic poppy in the moat of Tower of London to mark Armistice Day, on November 11, 2014, in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row . . .

In 1915, a Canadian doctor and soldier, mourning a friend’s death in battle in the Flanders region of Belgium, wrote a poem noting how quickly poppies grew around the soldiers’ graves. The bright red wildflowers were a sign of life in a bleak landscape.

The poem “In Flanders Fields” (the opening lines are printed above) became very popular, and the red poppy became a sign of remembrance. People started wearing silk poppies to honor the war dead. To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, 888,000 ceramic poppies filled the moat at the Tower of London in 2014.

Arlington remembers

Arlington National Cemetery hosts a free public ceremony every Veterans Day. It starts at 11 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Shuttle buses begin running at 8 a.m.

Three unidentified Americans from different wars are buried at the site. A large marble box rests atop the grave of the World War I Unknown. There used to be four graves, but because of advances in medicine and science, the Vietnam Unknown was identified in 1998 and reburied elsewhere.

Here is a way you can commemorate the 100th anniversary

in school we have all been taught and learned about the many millions of soldiers and civilians that were killed in World War I, a global conflict so devastating that, at the time, it was known as “the war to end war.” On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of its end — the fighting stopped at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — and the day will be commemorated around Washington with exhibits, tours, and events. Here is a selection of some you can attend if you are in the area:

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington has many ties to World War I, including the Tomb of the Unknowns, which was erected to hold the remains of a soldier from World War I; the Argonne Cross Memorial, dedicated to Americans buried in France; and memorials to chaplains and nurses who served in the war. On Veterans Day, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a program in the Memorial Amphitheater. Sunday at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Dr., Arlington. Gates open at 8 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to get there by 9:30 a.m. Free.

Library of Congress

“Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences in World War I” is a hefty multimedia exhibition that tells the story of the war on both sides of the Atlantic through restored film footage, vintage maps, and photographs, soldiers’ letters home and the diaries of Gen. John J. Pershing. Through Jan. 21, 2019, at the Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free. Note: The library is closed on Sundays, including Veterans Day. On Saturday, the library will host a symposium, “The Road Back: Veterans and Literary Writing,” which includes tours, a panel discussion and a film screening.

National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s major commemoration of the Great War is a day-long event that will include reenactors; 15-minute “lightning talks” on how the war changed American society; displays of historic objects that are usually kept in storage; and hands-on family activities. The museum’s theater will screen veteran-related films all weekend, and there are multiple World War I exhibits, including “Uniformed Women in the Great War” and “Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I.” Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free, except for the film screenings.

Pershing Park

It might come as a surprise to visitors to Washington that there’s no national memorial to World War I: The temple-like shrine on the Mall is dedicated only to veterans who hailed from the District of Columbia. Plans are afoot, however, to turn Pershing Park — which features a statue of General of the Armies John J. Pershing — into a national memorial. Organizers will be hosting a “first look” preview in Pershing Park, with discussions about the roles Native Americans, women, and minorities played in the war; live music; and a World War I film festival. Through Monday at Pershing Park , 15th and E streets NW. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events are free, but some require reservations.

Woodrow Wilson House

When World War I broke out, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson was determined to keep America neutral; his successful 1916 reelection campaign even used the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War.” (Five months later, however, he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.) Wilson purchased a house in Kalorama after leaving office, which is now a museum and memorial. On Veterans Day, tours of the house will be offered every hour on the hour. Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. Adults $5-$10, children younger than 12 free. Admission is free for veterans and their families on Sunday.

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Harley-Davidson’s Electric Lady the LiveWire Debuts in Italy

This past Labour Day weekend, at the company’s 115th-anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson unveiled the production prototype of its first electric lady, the LiveWire. Since then, Harley fans and detractors have been eagerly awaiting more information about this all-new innovation from the all-American motorbike manufacturer. EICMA was set to be the platform for the model’s official debut and we were excited to learn more about the long-awaited e-bike. The press release did reveal more. Well, sort of. Mostly, it’s about the wording. We here at AMERiders are here to give you a bit of information on the pretty lady and even a sound clip too.

In a bid to spread their wings and expand their demographic, “Harley-Davidson intends to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and is aggressively, but wisely, investing in electric vehicle technology.”  ‘Aggressive but wise.’ Let’s just leave that there, shall we?

The LiveWire will boast incredible torque—available immediately. Since there’s no clutch or gear-shifting, a simple twist of the throttle connects bike and rider with instant acceleration from the “permanent magnet electric motor” which is also purposely situated at a lower center of gravity to improve agile handling. Like, really low.

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The stiffer chassis makes for a more responsive ride and the adjustable suspension will improve control. Add to that Brembo front brakes, ABS, traction control and some fancy tires for increased confidence.

If you’re thinking that the aforementioned “features” sound familiar, you’re right. So let’s move on.

Included on the “color touchscreen TFT (thin-film-transistor) display” are 7 selectable riding modes. Yup, you read that right: four stock, three custom. Someone will need to fill this writer in on how many different, identifiable riding situations require this much attention to detail. After all, we are still riding a Harley here.

In keeping with a strict tradition, Harley has made sure all eyes are drawn to the motor. “Its bright case and mechanical, the muscular shape is meant to convey the power it contains,” they brag. That said, it’s a good-looking machine and very different from its gas-consuming relatives. Much more café than a cruiser, this sporty little bike is clearly looking for attention from a different crowd.

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No word on how much the LiveWire will weigh nor how much weight it will lift from your wallet, though suspicions abound that they will both be high. Oh, and the sound? Rumor has it, that in 2015, the prototype model that was making the rounds sounded a bit like a jet engine. Harley words it differently: “The gear set between the motor and the drive belt has been designed to produce a tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed, producing an exciting aural response to speed and acceleration.” Again: “exciting aural response.”

They revealed a bit more at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The bike on display at the show sports the same modern sporty design of the concept, with a trellis frame, mono-shock rear suspension and a low-slung electric motor painted silver to draw attention to it. Power and range still haven’t been announced, but the LiveWire will be compatible with Level 3 DC fast chargers, which should be able to recharge its battery pack in just a few minutes.

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The bike rides on adjustable Showa shock absorbers and uses Brembo front brakes. It has a digital instrument cluster and seven drive modes to modify its performance, with four fixed settings and three that are customizable. Harley-Davidson did not detail what characteristics they affect, but the motorcycle does feature traction control and anti-lock brakes.

And while most electric vehicles strive to be as silent as possible, Harley-Davidson has reconfirmed that the belt-driven LiveWire will have a signature sound. It won’t be very loud, or the “potato-potato” that its famous twins are known for, but “a tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed.” Here’s a taste:

I am sorry but with the way it sounds, you know someone is gonna say… ” I want one in Tron Blue”

Full specifications and pricing for the LiveWire are expected to be announced in January. Harley-Davidson plans to follow it up with a line of smaller electric motorcycles.

~And as always…

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How to Read Motorcycle Tire Wear and Tire Date Codes

When it comes to motorcycle safety, AMERiders knows that the tires you use are an integral part of keeping your bike on the road. Everything from the type of tire and the tread can affect its ability to stay on the road, and its age plays a role as well. The rule of thumb is to replace tires when they are 6 years old, even if they appear to be in good condition. This is because the rubber can develop dry rot and other structural damage that you may not be able to see. This article is to help you to know How to Read Motorcycle Tire Wear and Tire Date Codes.

Let’s start with How to Read Motorcycle Tire Wear

Motorcycle Tire WearNo matter what kind of motorcycle you ride, you should always pay attention to the quality of your tires. Whether you’re using slicks, off-road tires or those made for street bikes, you should know how to spot signs of wear. Tires are made of rubber, so every time you ride on the pavement, dirt or other surfaces, the friction erodes the material a bit. Eventually, the tires can grow bald, meaning there is no tread, which may make riding dangerous. This is why it is so important to keep an eye on your motorcycle tire health.

You will want to carefully examine the entire surface of the tire, from the areas that come into contact with the road to the sidewalls.

Treadwear indicator

The first thing you should check is the tire wear indicator (TWI), which is a triangle imprinted on the side of the tire. It points to a line of rubber that is built into the tire that runs across the tread. If you notice this line is level with the top of the tread grooves, you will need to replace the tire.

Other types of wear

Motorcycle Tire Wear can indicate a number of issues. For instance, if the center of the tire is more worn than the edges, the tires may be overinflated. Conversely, underinflated tires will have worn edges. When your tires are underinflated, make sure to keep an eye on the pressure when you refill them. If it drops quickly, you may be dealing with a leak.

When the front tire has more wear than the rear, you may be braking too hard. If the front Motorcycle Tire Wear is mainly on the edges, try to take it easy on the curves, as cornering too hard can put added pressure on this section of the tire.

Tears and cupping, or scallop-like indentations, are other issues you should watch out for. They can be caused by the improper air pressure as well as shock springs or rebound that has been adjusted incorrectly.

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Where to find the tire code

So how can you tell when your motorcycle tires reach their sixth birthday? You don’t have to play guessing games to figure it out – the information is all right in front of you, on the sidewall of each tire. Look on the outer sidewall for the acronym “DOT,” which should be followed by a series of numbers. The last four digits are what you need to determine when the tire was manufactured. The first two numbers represent the week, and the second pair indicates the year.

Deciphering the numbers

Motorcycle Tire WearYou may need to grab a calculator to figure out the age of a tire. For example, a tire with the digits 2510 was made in the 25th week of 2010. Instead of grabbing a calendar and counting out the weeks to determine the month, you can simply divide the number of weeks by 4.3. In this case, the tire would have been made in June 2010. To determine the age, you can subtract the manufacture date from the current date, which would make this particular tire 2 years and 7 months old.

When you purchase tires from a dealer, you can expect that they will be between 18 months and 5 years old, so make a note of it to remind yourself when you’ll definitely need to replace them. The sidewall also contains information pertaining to the tire’s width and height as well as the size of the rim, making it easy to find a replacement that will fit.

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Have an Electrifying and Spooktakular Halloween as You Boogy down the Road

AMERiders wants you to Have an Electrifying and Spooktakular Halloween as You Boogy down the Road on your Motorcycle to your favorite Haunt for that spooky party tonight. Please make sure to watch out for other ghouls and goblins in their ghoul and spook mobiles as well. We figured we would take a break and give you some tips for trick or treaters, and show off some wacky costumes for Motorcyclists.

Careful of the trick or treaters

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All the little ghouls, goblins, princes, princesses, and other freaky things will be out looking for tricks and treats tonight so make sure you look exceptionally carefully as you ride tonight, moreso than you already do. If you are wanting to keep your trick or treaters safe as well here are a few tips. Some you could even adopt yourself for your own costumes.

-Use face makeup instead of masks. Masks can make it hard to see.
-Give kids a flashlight to light their way.
-Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
-Have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
-Use flame-resistant costumes
-Plan the trick-or-treat route in advance – make sure adults know where their children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door in neighborhoods.
-It’s not only vampires and monsters people have to look out for. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
-Walk, don’t run.
-Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
-Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street.
-If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
-Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
-Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
-Don’t cross between parked cars.

Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.

For those planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to their homes, follow these safety steps:

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-Light the area well so young visitors can see.
-Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
-Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.

Motorcyclist Costumes

Some people choose to celebrate Halloween by dressing up, others guzzle copious amounts of candy and/or booze with or without a costume. Others dress up their motorcycles. Here are some of the best and the worst biker and motorcycle Halloween costumes we have seen documented on the net.

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Spiderman… this guy went all out.

This guy better be a chief or something, because otherwise, he’s going to get pelted (pun intended) by politically-correct white folk. He doesn’t realize he’s being chiefly offensive. (Oh and where are his pants?

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Ironman rides a yellow bike… and can’t see through his helmet.

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You could even fashion your own Storm Trooper suit… or any Star Wars character for that matter. Instantly nerdelicious.

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Perhaps the Easter bunny is arriving early this year? Although He won’t get far on that little thing…halloween

Or maybe you’d prefer that your motorcycle wears the bunny costume.

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Slap on a skeleton mask and boom, costume. A veil over your chicks face, ta-daaaa she’s the corpse bride. halloweenPerhaps you’ve not yet found your motorcycle-soul-mate and prefer to go as the night in shining armor on your incredibly chromed out Harley? This would so work on any motorcycle…

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You just might wanna watch out for the cops and that polearm though… Wouldn’t quite know how to explain that one… There might not be a carry permit for it either. lol.

And there you have it maybe a few bits to give you an idea on a costume if you didn’t have one already. Please stay safe and Have a Happy Halloween.

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A Full Informational Guide to Motorcycle Tires That’ll Come in Handy

Last week we started a Full Informational Guide to Motorcycle Tires here is part two of that guide as promised. For a recap….. Motorcycle tires are more than just simple black rubber hoops that keep your wheels from grinding against the trail or road surface. We break them down and give you more information on them, so let’s continue with our A Full Informational Guide to Motorcycle Tires That’ll Come in Handy.

On tubeless tires, it’s also a good practice to replace the valve assemblies, as the rubber deteriorates. Tire pressure monitoring system sending units in the wheels of some high-end, modern bikes should also be checked and their batteries replaced as needed.

Tire Markings Explained

First part of this Guide That’ll Come in Handy is to explain Tire Markings. Older model motorcycles often came with inch-denominated tire sizes, such as a 3.25 x 19 front and a 4.00 x 18 rear. The first number is the tire width in inches (3.25 meaning 3 ¼ inch) and the last number indicates the rim diameter at the bead mounting surface, in inches. Most modern motorcycles use a mixture of metric and inch sizing. With these, the first number indicates the section width in millimeters, the second number indicates the aspect ratio expressed as a percentage, and the last number is the rim diameter in inches. For example, with a 120/60-ZR17 the 120 is the width, the 60 is the aspect ratio, the Z is the speed rating and the R indicates radial.

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Another tire sizing method is the alphanumeric system. These are often found on cruiser tires. Every alphanumeric motorcycle tire will start with an “M.” For example, with an MT90-16 the T indicates the width (which is 130mm, the 90 represents the aspect ratio (aspect ratio is the height of the sidewall expressed as a percentage of the tire’s width) and the wheel diameter (16) is shown in inches. With a radial, there would be a letter “R” between aspect ratio and rim size. Since there is none, this is a bias-ply tire. Were this a bias-belted tire (with additional, stiffening layers over body plies), a letter “B” would be between the aspect ratio and wheel size. Tire width charts are widely available in tire catalogs and online if you need them, but stick with what you have. You have to admit having that information is pretty Handy.

READ MORE: AMERiders Answers the Question: How To Change a Motorcycle Tire?

Load Ratings

Some motorcycle tires are available in a choice of load ratings for a given size. Typically this is the case with rear tires for some of the larger sport-touring machines. Make sure you choose the right tire for your bike, load, and use. Replace your tires with ones that have a load rating at least as high as the old ones for safety.

Tire Dating Explained

The next part of this Guide That’ll Come in Handy is Tire Dating and its explanation. Sorry, there is no such thing as TiresOnly.com (not the type we are talking about anyway because there is a tires only.com) so if you are a single tire, you might want to try the Craigslist Personals… Of course, we’re kidding! When tires are manufactured they have a date stamped into the sidewall. This code is a four-digit number following “DOT” on the sidewall. The first two digits indicate the week the tire was made, and the last two digits indicate the year. For example, 0414 would indicate the fourth week of 2014.Handy

This is important because tires harden and the rubber deteriorates over time, even faster when tires are left out in the sun and weather. Most manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced when they are about six years old. However, tires should also be replaced if any significant sidewall cracks form, even if that is sooner.

Tires and/or bikes should also be stored indoors in a cool, dry place where water cannot collect on the important components and they are protected from the sun. Tires should be stored away from electric generators and motors (because ozone damages rubber) and sources of heat such as hot pipes.

Break-in Period

In order for new tires to provide optimum performance, they should be ridden cautiously for about the first 100 miles in order for the tread surface to be “scuffed-In” and work properly. Immediately after new tires are mounted, sudden acceleration, maximum braking, and hard cornering should be avoided. This will allow the rider to adjust to the feel and handling characteristics of the new tire and for the new tire to be “scuffed-In” correctly in order to achieve optimum grip level. Track riders will scoff at this notion, but we are making this recommendation that you err on the side of caution.

As you can see, tires are more than just round loops of rubber. Not only are they the connection between your motorcycle and the road but they are the difference between having a great day riding and a day you would not soon forget. Take care of your tires and choose your tires styles wisely and if possible, don’t skimp on them. Usually, you get what you pay for.

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AMERiders Full Informational Guide to Motorcycle Tires

Curious about those round rubber things attached to your wheels? AMERiders Gives you our Full Informational Guide to Motorcycle Tires. Motorcycle tires are more than just simple black rubber hoops that keep your wheels from grinding against the trail or road surface. We will break them down and give you more information on them.

These are state of the art traction providing technology that continues to get better every year, even though the basic concept remains the same as it always has. Tires work so well by providing a cushion of air between your machine and the ground, which give tire its shape, allows them to conform to the surfaces and soak up bumps.

How did Motorcycle Tires come about?

The first part of our Informational Guide is to tell you how they came about. Back in 1887, John Dunlop developed what is considered to be the first practical pneumatic tire for a tricycle, and he received a patent for it on December 7, 1888. Commercial tire production started shortly thereafter in 1890 in Belfast, Ireland. Mr. Dunlop partnered with William DuCros, forming what later became Dunlop Rubber Company. This basic design has remained in use throughout the world for more than a century. Originally, tires were made from natural rubber, and these days virtually all tires today are made from synthetic rubber which is a blend of petroleum, along with chemicals such as sulfur, carbon black and silicone. Tires are built up in stages, starting with the assembly of the cord and belting structure, and after that, rubber is applied and molded, then vulcanized with extreme heat to join it all together and prepare them for use on our favorite motorcycle.

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What Motorcycle Tires Do

The next part of our Informational Guide is to tell you what they do. Tires not only provide traction for accelerating, braking and turning but also serve as a part of the suspension. Like we mentioned earlier, the tires soak-up the first part of the impact from bumps, before the fork and shock even begin to work. They are also called upon to perform well in a wide variety of conditions, including extreme heat, cold, and wet.

You actually bet your life on your tires, so aren’t they worth taking a little time and attention for their care and condition? Pay close attention to what your tires are telling you while you’re riding. If steering seems odd or mushy, or if cornering and braking response feels heavy, there’s a good chance your tires are underinflated. Vibration or wobble may also signal that a leak or tire damage has occurred and failure is imminent.

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Different Types of Motorcycle Tires is our next part of our Informational Guide.

The two primary types of tires are radial and bias. Within the bias, the category is regular bias and bias belted tires. The bias belted have a more robust construction. The terms Radial and Bias refer to how the internal cords and belts are arranged during the construction of the tire. Essentially, radial belts go straight across the tread at a 90-degree angle from side to side, whereas bias construction has the belts going diagonally across the tread area. This makes for different dynamic characteristics which greatly affect handling, wear, braking and rolling resistance between radials and bias tires.

READ MORE: How You Balance Motorcycle Tires After You’ve Changed Them

Radial tires are a newer design and are widely used on current model motorcycles, while bias tires are used mainly on some cruisers and older motorcycles. In general, radial tires run cooler (leading to longer life), have a stiffer construction (which makes them feel more responsive), and feature sidewalls with a lower aspect ratio, resulting in less flex. Bias-ply tires generally offer a softer, more compliant ride and, typically, a little lower price. Their other main advantage is load-carrying capability. In a given size, you’ll often see a bias rated to handle more weight.

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There are also many types of tread designs and patterns. It’s important to select the right tires for your bike and riding style, and a good reason to explain in our Informational Guide. Each type of tire is a compromise, so choose carefully. Generally, tires with large knobby treads are best in loose dirt and off-road use and tend to squirm a lot and wear quickly on pavement. They also don’t have a good grip on hard paved surfaces.

Many dual sport and adventure bikes are fitted with less aggressive open tread patterns which tend to be somewhat better on the pavement and wear better, but they sacrifice traction in loose dirt, sand, and mud. Dual-purpose tires often are sold with a designation such as 50/50 or 90/10, indicating the percentages of traction on pavement vs. dirt. Be realistic with what you plan to actually do, as being wrong in either direction will likely make you unhappy with your choice. Tires used on the street should always have a DOT approval molded into the sidewall.

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Street tires generally have a much less-aggressive tread pattern than tires used off-road. Street tires will always have rain grooves to channel water away from the center of the tire in an effort to improve grip and prevent hydroplaning in the wet. Sportbike tires which are designed for use on dry roads and race tracks have fewer rain grooves and therefore sacrifice grip in wet situations.

The fewer grooves typically result in more surface and a potentially slight increase in traction. Avoid using slicks on the street, which are designed for race tracks and have no grooves, as they are illegal and can be dangerous on roads where there are wet patches, puddles, etc. Tires also come in various rubber compounds, which are blended to provide vastly different properties. Generally, tires with softer high-grip rubber tend to wear out faster than tires with harder compounds, so it’s important to understand what a particular tire is designed for before purchasing it. Grip is a great item to discuss in our Informational Guide.

How to Check Your Tires

Tire pressures should be checked frequently and is a good item to discuss in our Informational Guide. Technically, you should check your tire pressure every time before you begin to ride. There are several reasons for that. Tire pressures are supposed to be checked cold, at ambient temperature. As soon as you begin to ride the tires warm up from flexing and contact with the road, and the internal pressure rises. This results in getting a false inaccurate reading if you stop to check pressure, mid-ride at a gas station, for example.

There’s also the obvious safety reason which is the reason for them being discussed in our informational guide. If a tire has picked-up a nail or otherwise is losing pressure, it could cause a crash on the way to the gas station, where you were planning to check tires. We recommend that you find a place on your bike (or carry it in your pocket if there’s no place on the bike) for a tire pressure gauge. Get a good quality gauge, cheap ones tend to be inaccurate.

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Look up the recommended tire pressure in the bike’s owner’s manual. Note that many models have different specifications not only for front and rear, but also for low speed and high-speed operation, along with light (solo) and heavy loads, plus passengers. Don’t use the pressure shown on the tire sidewall, unless the bike is at full load because the sidewall pressures shown are maximum pressures.

Replacing Your Tires

Eventually, tires wear out and need to be replaced. Typically the rear tires start to square up, losing their rounded profile, as the center of the tread wears away faster than the shoulders. Front tires generally wear more evenly across their tread but may begin to develop scalloped wear known as cupping. Knobby tires are more obvious as the knobs start to wear, tear or break-off over time.

Inspect your tires for adequate tread depth. When the tire is worn to the built-in indicators at 1/32nd inch (0.8 millimeters) or less tread groove depth, or the tire cord or fabric is exposed, the tire is dangerously worn and must be replaced immediately. Also, inspect tires for uneven wear. Wear on one side of the tread, or flat spots in the tread may indicate a problem with the tire or bike. Consult your local dealer or mechanic for help. Inspect your rims also. If you have a bent or cracked rim, it must be replaced.

A good practice is to plan ahead and have replacement tires lined up and ready to install before the old ones are totally worn out. Tubes should be replaced at the same time as the tires, on tube types. Old tubes deteriorate and are prone to cracking, which can lead to sudden failure, so a new tube should be installed whenever the tire is replaced. Make sure the tube (if it is used) is the right size and is compatible with radials if need be. Rim strips should also be replaced if they look deteriorated.

We are splitting this into two parts as it is quite a large article, the rest of it will be talked about on Friday.

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Motorcycle Tires Important Do’s and Don’ts to Keep You Safe

Did you know that if Motorcycles Tires are not regularly checked as well as their air pressure the motorcycle performance can be compromised and could put someone’s life at serious risk as well? AMERiders wants to give you a few Motorcycle Tires Important Do’s and Don’ts to keep you safe.

We checked all over the net to find information for this article digging through, specifications for bike wheels, tires, and tubes that are sold here in the U.S, and other articles for you. Plus we asked friends of ours for some information that work at different bike shops on their take about do’s and don’ts of bikes as well.

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Before you ride your bike you should check your entire motorcycle over every single time. “That doesn’t always happen in the real world,” said one person “But it should. It’s a bit like being an air pilot carrying out a pre-flight inspection. You should examine your bike from front to end and pay particular attention to your Motorcycle Tires. With a motorcycle, you only have two wheels on the ground and you should take the time to inspect your tires as often as you can.”

Even if you are a long-time experienced rider, here are some basic things you should do to keep you and your bike safe out on the road that is recommended.

Firstly, buy an electronic tire pressure gauge from any good automotive store. They are not expensive and start from as little as around $10. An analog gauge is good too, but the electronic ones are a little more accurate and easier to use.

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Before you ride anywhere you should always check your motorcycle tires pressures – both front and rear. Get down and look at them and see if there is any unusual wear, bulges in the sidewall or anything sticking into them. If you do find something wrong you should take a photograph and e-mail or text it to your tire dealer or even the tire manufacturer’s customer service department, who will tell you whether they think it’s safe for you to ride.

Also, something that is recommended is that you read your owner’s manual that came with your bike to see what the recommended Motorcycle Tires pressures should be. This is one thing most mechanics told us. But if you don’t have a manual you can sometimes find it marked on the sticker on a bike’s swing arm. Failing that, call the manufacturer and get the correct figures.

Some people like to ride their bikes with reduced psi (pounds per square inch) as it offers a softer ride. But don’t do that. The load-bearing capacity of a motorcycle is not in the actual tires but the air inside them. In effect, you are compromising your tires, the way your bike handles and possibly your safety.

The best way to achieve the ride you want is to adjust the suspension. Not all bikes have a sophisticated suspension system but most will allow you to make some adjustments. It’s a much better and safer option than playing around with your tire pressures.

It is also advised that riders should run their motorcycle tires pressures between one and two psi above the manufacturer’s recommendation. That way you take into account any changes in weather (heat and cold can affect pressures). But also if you are only going to do the bare minimum and check them just once a month, it will compensate for that too, as on average tires will lose one psi every four weeks under normal riding conditions.

Once you have checked both tires are in good condition with no serious wear or damage, you should then do the pressure check. This should always be done when the tires are cold. If you have been out riding let the bike stand for an hour and let the tires cool off.

“Move your bike each time you take each pressure reading so the tire valve stem is directly at the bottom of the wheel. Press the gauge as firmly as you can into the stem to make sure you get a good seal.

If you need to increase the pressures use a regular air pump. Ideally, you should be putting in dry air or even nitrogen but that can be an expensive option. As long as the ambient air is dry that should be perfectly fine.

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On average, a sports motorcycle’s front tire can last 3,700 miles and 1,800 miles for a rear before both need to be changed. This is if both tires are well maintained and are regularly checked. However, by running two or even three psi less than the recommended pressures you can actually cut the life of a tire by as much as half.

It may not seem a lot but let’s say you rode with 27 psi in your rear tire rather than the recommended 32psi for an average sports bike. Then you will be lucky to get as many as 1000 miles out of the tire. You’re reducing its durability by almost half. Not only that, by running deflated tires you are altering the way your bike handles and performs and ultimately could be putting yourself in real danger.

If you are checking your Motorcycle Tires and you are unlucky enough to find a nail or a piece of debris stuck in it you should not attempt to ride the bike. Instead, you need to find a way to get your bike taken to the nearest motorcycle tire dealer either on a trailer or in the back of a truck.

If there’s a nail in the tire do not under any circumstances use a rope plug to repair it. There is an option for patch and plug that looks a bit like a mushroom. An expert should fit it, as it fits inside and creates a seal around the material of the tire. In all honesty, the best thing to do is replace the tire if it has been damaged in any way. It’s not worth the risk.

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If you do opt to use a patch plug to repair your tire remember you lose whatever speed rating the tire had before it was damaged. With a repaired tire your maximum speed is reduced to no more than 85mph. You also should not under any circumstances take a passenger on a bike with a patched tire.

Tire Don’ts

Never ever consider using a car tire to replace a motorcycle tire on your bike. Known as ‘Riding On The Dark Side’, some bike owners have done this as they think they will get better durability out of a car tire rather than a motorcycle tire.

A Bridgestone car tire and a Bridgestone motorcycle tire are completely different and have been designed for entirely different purposes. For a start, there are different compounds in both and different traction properties.

The contact patch on a motorcycle tire is much larger than a car’s. In wet weather with a car tire on your bike, you will have less water dissipation and the bike could be fundamentally dangerous. “Just don’t do it,’” we were told by many mechanics.

If you also like to attend track days with your motorcycles, pay extra special attention to your tires. Check with the manufacturer before you go and seek advice from other riders at the circuit as to the best Motorcycle Tires and set-up and ask them what they suggest.

“You may also be at a track that has a lot of right hand corners. Consequently, you may start to notice a lot of wear on the right side of the rear tire and not the left.

“Some people have been known to take the tire off and flip it around. Don’t do it. That is potentially very, very dangerous. Motorcycle tires are unidirectional – marked by those arrows you see on the sidewall and are designed to rotate in just one direction. You potentially could have a very big accident as the tire’s material will start to peel and then the will tread come off.”

It’s worth remembering that your Motorcycle Tires are the two things that separate you and your motorcycle from the road. Check pressure frequently and keep an eye on them for wear and tear. It could save your life.

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