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There’s nothing like the open road. There’s little better than the feeling and freedom of traveling around the country. The ability to see the sights and soak in the pleasure of a long, uninterrupted ride is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
But when it comes to a great motorcycle ride, you can’t settle on just any old slab of asphalt. There are certain stretches in this country that are nightmares for bikers and bike enthusiasts, and then there are stretches that are an absolute dream.
We’re going to go ahead and bet that you would be interested in the latter. And why wouldn’t you be? You deserve to ride on the best motorcycle roads the U.S. has to offer. Read on, and we’ll walk you through the twelve you should know about.
When it comes to the best motorcycle roads in the country, there’s no better place to start than with the stretch of road that is literally known as ‘America’s Favorite Drive.’
That’s right, the 500 mile stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway has quite a reputation. The road stretches through both North Carolina and Virginia, starting and ending in two different national parks: the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks. That means you have the option of starting or ending your great big ride in some of the most scenic locations in the country.
The road itself is a gorgeous display of nature and natural scenery. You’ll be making your way through the Appalachian region, and that means countless hiking trails, orchards, and rivers will spring up along your route from A to B. If you’ve ever wanted to make a trip through this region of the country, you’d be hard pressed to find a better route than the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s truly one of the best motorcycle roads the country has to offer.
If there’s a most famous road on this list, it’s probably the Pacific Coast Highway that stretches from Southern to Northern California. It’s most notable stretch, through Big Sur, has been featured countless times in movies, television, and in commercials.
It’s been filmed so frequently for good reason: the Pacific Coast Highway is simply one of the most beautiful and scenic rides anywhere in the world. Much of the drive will put you thousands of feet above the gorgeous and crystal-blue California waters.
A drive down the PCH, also known as State Road 1, is a great ride for beginners. The speed limit is kept comparatively low here, and the stretch of road is so popular that you can’t go more than a few short miles without running into new towns, shops, restaurants, and attractions.
The popularity of the Pacific Coast Highway might mean you’ll run into a bit more traffic here than you might on some of the other routes on this list. But if you don’t mind a little touch-and-go driving, it can be well worth the once in a lifetime scenery.
Many of the routes on this list are quite long and can take days of traveling to get through. Some of us don’t have that kind of free time available to us. Need a shorter ride, one that you can get through in one day? We’ve got you covered there too.
The Tail of Dragon At Deals Gap is a surprisingly short road located in the heart of Tennessee. But don’t let the length fool you: this is also one of the most challenging roads to navigate in the country. There’s a reason it has such an eccentric name, after all.
The Tail of Dragon is a mere eleven miles in length, but in that distance, there is an intimidating three-hundred and eighteen different turns and curves. If you decide to take on this motorcycle road, you’ll have your work cut out for you. But if you can handle the challenge, Tail of Dragon can provide quite an enjoyable and adrenaline-pumping experience.
Despite the twists and turns, this road still crosses some of the more gorgeous regions of Tennessee, working its way through lakes and small mountains. If you’re a novice or even average rider, you may want to save this path for later on your bucket list. But if you’ve seen the world of biking and want more, taking on the Tail of Dragon might be the right move for you.
Want a little bit of a history lesson along with your bike ride? You could do worse than the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, which follows more or less the exact path initially forged by Lewis & Clark.
Yes, that means you can take your motorcycle down through Idaho, Montana, and Washington and see what some of the earliest English explorers first saw in the new land of America. In a sense, taking a trip down this long stretch can serve as the best possible history lesson, literally allowing you to step back into an earlier chapter of American history.
And if that wasn’t appealing enough to you, there’s a huge number of other attractions that fill the area and towns off of the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. Want to go whitewater rafting, camp out, or go hiking? The Byway will give you plentiful opportunities to do just that. All of this combined makes it more than just a great and beautiful trail of asphalt: it makes the byway one of the most quintessentially American roads in all of the country.
No list of the best motorcycle roads in America would be complete without chronicling a path that cuts through the Rocky Mountains. And king among such paths has to be the Beartooth Highway.
The Beartooth Highway is the highest elevation paved road in the Rock Mountain region. That means you’ll have the combined benefits of a smooth ride and incredible views and scenery. At it’s highest peak, the highway reaches 11,000 feet above the ground.
The zigzagging road passes through both the Custer and Shoshone National Forests and provides some of the most jaw-dropping views anywhere on the planet. At the very end of the road? The entrance to Yellowstone National Park, positioning Beartooth Highway as kind of the ultimate yellow brick road for nature lovers.
Downsides to the path? The elevation can make it difficult to traverse for many months of the year. Higher elevations mean lower temperatures, and the roads of the Beartooth Highway can get icy, snowy, and deeply dangerous very quickly. If you’re planning to make a trip out to ride this road, you’ll need to plan ahead.
There are a few weeks within the fall and spring where the weather can be perfect for it. But wait too long and you might find that long portions of the highway have been shut down entirely, for the safety of the public.
This gorgeous road in Montana has to have our favorite name on the list, grabbing extra points for capturing the transcendent experience that such a trip can provide. This incredible motorcycle riding road is the only paved path that cuts through Glacier National Park, one of the most notable and popular reserves in the country.
Going-To-The-Sun Road has an amazing reputation, mostly thanks to its natural scenery and incredibly smooth and well-paved roads. There’s enough twists and turns to keep experienced bike riders interested, but not so many that it should prove too challenging to more novice riders.
The pathway itself also isn’t too long: from beginning to end, it reaches just about 50 miles in total. That means you can get through it in a day fairly easily, or split it up over a few days if you want to spend more time exploring or hiking around.
Montana is one of the few states left in the country to have a plethora of natural beauty still untouched. As such, visiting Going-To-The-Sun Road should absolutely be on your motorcycle trip bucket list.
As a biking enthusiast, we probably don’t need to convince you of how amazing a few days spent on the open road can be. But what we can do is point you in the direction of some of the most amazing motorcycle roads in the country. The above routes, roads, and highways boast some of the best scenery and smoothest rides in the world.
If you’re a serious biker, you owe it to yourself to spend some time riding down these amazing stretches of asphalt. Want to learn more about the best rides and routes? Check out our blog for more.
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There is no better state than California to take your motorcycle out for a ride. Whether you go out for the day, a week or longer, there is a breathtaking variety of terrains and entertainments both on and off the beaten path.
Here is a sampling of five of the best California motorcycle tours.
One of the most spectacular road trips in the entire United States, the Pacific Coast Highway runs all along the state’s picturesque shoreline from the Oregon border to the Mexican border. While it is awe-inspiring in a car, it is even better on a bike.
If you start in the North at San Francisco, you can get started with a drive through that famous bastion of the sixties’ counter culture. Now a hotbed of tech giants and real estate, the city still holds its bohemian charm with lovely parks, an active street life, and music everywhere.
Continue south of the city towards Silicon Valley, and you can stop at San Jose to see the infamous haunted Winchester Mystery House. Built by an eccentric member of the wealthy gun making family, the estate has over 150 rooms, with lots of architectural curiosities like dead-end hallways, and staircases that run up to the ceiling.
No trip down Route One would be complete without seeing Monterey. The road is challenging for a motorcycle, with lots of curves along steep, craggy cliffs. Be safe and stop on a lookout point to observe the crashing surf, majestic rocks, and seals along the coastline.
Take a detour to Big Sur, and camp under the stars in this arty, hippy-like community. Indulge in a nude dip in the natural hot spring baths at the Esalen Institute to soothe sore muscles from your ride.
Continue South to Southern California, soaking in the sun and sights at such hot spots as Santa Barbara and Malibu. If you go off the beaten track in Orange County, you may stumble upon one of the country’s most famous biker bars, Crook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon.
You can keep going to San Diego, and – if you have your passport- continue right on through to Tijuana.
This is an over 500-mile drive, so take your time and plan out places to camp along the way to really sample the freedom of the wild, wild west.
If you can only do a day trip on your chopper, Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles is one of your best bets for an exhilarating experience.
This well-known blacktop winds through the Santa Monica mountains and is the home of the notorious stretch of road called “the Snake, ” otherwise known as the most-crashed corner in SoCal.
Hollywood types in fancy cars crowd this stretch of highway ever since Steve McQueen made it cool. But motorcycle aficionados have a special love/hate relationship with it, mostly due to the 180-degree hairpin which attracts all kinds to test their prowess.
Considered a “skatepark for motorcycles,” many inexperienced riders crash along the Snake (otherwise known as Edwards Corner). It’s not that hard if you do what the good riders do: lower your speed before the turn, lean in, and roll on the gas after the apex. The hot doggers who hit the corner way too fast tend to slam into the guard rail.
Despite the thrill- or maybe because of it?- many bikers put Mulholland on their bucket list. Just don’t forget your own bucket- a helmet is required by law in California.
A mid-length motorcycle trip which will take you beyond the big cities is to follow Highway 1 from San Francisco to Fort Bragg. You will be struck by the awesome natural beauty, the sleepy little beach towns, and the cool vibe of the people in the northern part of the state.
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and Marin County, still a hippie haven. Take some time to hike into the Muir Woods and see the massive redwood trees.
Continue north along dramatic cliffs and check out the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore. You can find lots of quirky towns like Inverness, which boast art galleries and old style Western saloons.
Speaking of saloons, not far from this neck of the woods lie the vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma. If you are going to drink, make sure you leave your bike at the campgroundsand get a ride back.
Other cool sights on the way to Fort Bragg include the charming town of Mendocino, MacKerricher State Park where you may catch a glimpse of a migrating whale, and Glass Beach, which looks like it’s covered with jewels.
Maybe you like the desert more than the coast or the forest. Then you should check out Joshua Tree, located about an hour from Palm Springs and about two hours from Los Angeles.
The park is amazingly beautiful and you can access a lot of it from paved roads. You can also find campsites and hiking trails, plus cools places to eat, drink, and spend the night.
From LA, it’s mostly freeway riding – and you know, there is often a lot of traffic in the LA area, so be patient. Then you get off on the 62, which takes you almost to the park gate. Inside the park, you will find a two-lane road with limited passing and low-speed limits.
Motorcyclists love Joshua Tree because of all the paved roads which give you great views of the desert and mountain vistas. The park is open all year round.
Note that there is no cell service in the park area and no services or facilities in most places. You should also be prepared for extreme weather and changes in temperature: there may be snow at the higher elevations in the winter. Under the summer sun, on the other hand, it can get up to 120 degrees!
If you don’t want to camp, stay at the Joshua Tree Inn Motel. If you would rather have a swimming pool to dunk into after a long dusty ride, there is a Best Western. You can also find a lot of private homes on Airbnb along the road leading to the park or on its border.
Pioneertown is an old movie set made to look like an old fashioned Western town. There you can find Pappy & Harriet’s, a fun roadhouse bar. You might also want to check out The Joshua Tree Saloon to wet your whistle.
Although the fastest way to get from Southern California to Las Vegas is via Route I:15, the most scenic way will take you through God’s most forsaken landscape, Death Valley.
It may take five hours and it goes below sea level. Be warned, you may need cooling suits because the temperatures here can rise way beyond any human comfort level.
There are all sorts of fun things to check out along the way, from funky diners to ghost towns. You can cool off in Panamint Springs at a motel or the saloon with a bar made out of a giant redwood burl.
In Death Valley, you can zoom past sand dunes, rock formations, and places like the Funeral Mountains and the Devil’s Cornfield. Furnace Creek is another place to stop and cool off at a cheap roadside motel or the elegant Furnace Creek Inn, which boasts a swimming pool fed by natural warm springs.
From Death Valley Junction, heads towards Vegas through Pahrump, where you can check out the laundromat owned by “Madam to the Stars” Heidi Fleiss. The infamous Chicken Ranch is not too far from here either.
From Pahrump, you are an hour away through the mountain roads to Vegas, baby. This route takes you through the dramatic moon-like natural landscape past some of humanity’s most unusual specimens.
California motorcycles tours are a great way to see one of the nation’s most diverse and amazing states. From the beaches of Southern California where the stars hang out through deserted mountain towns, a trip on a motorcycle will expose you to sights and experiences beyond your wildest dreams.
Make sure you have the right equipment, clothing, and provisions for whatever ride you choose. Keep your bike in tip-top condition, and learn how to perform basic maintenance so you don’t break down in a desolate area far from assistance.
Seeing the world on a motorcycle, whether with your better half, your friends, or by your lonesome, is an incomparable way to rediscover your connection to the land and the road. Feel free and fast as you experience the road under your wheels and the wind in your face. You will never forget it.
For information on buying a bike and keeping it in running order, plus tips on the best rallies, routes, and motorcycle-related products, plus the latest legal developments impacting motorcyclists, check out our site. We’ve got everything you need to ride and to live free.
Are you looking to have the best of both worlds when it comes to a motorcycle? Look no further than dual sport motorcycles and tips when purchase one. The post 10 Tips For Investing In Dual Sport Motorcycles appeared first on Biker Report.
With motorcycles gaining in popularity, one small sector of the market is experiencing notable growth. Dual sport motorcycles have always been considered a smaller specialty interest sector of the motorcycle lifestyle. But their demand is growing at a staggering rate of 9%.
These unique dual sport motorcycles have the features and qualities needed to go both on the road and the dirt. If you are looking to get started in this adventure style of riding, there are a few things you need to know before you get started.
Use this guide to help you find the right dual sport motorcycle for you.
Before you commit to buying a bike, you need to sit on it and make sure you fit the bike. Sit on the bike and ask yourself a few questions.
If you find a bike that is just slightly too tall, but you are comfortable on, this isn’t a deal breaker. Many aftermarket kits can lower your dream bike, so it fits you perfectly.
You can also look for a lower aftermarket seat. This can help you get your feet flat on the ground.
This is a small detail that is essential for making your dual sport bike comfortable. If you are a newer rider, being able to have your feet on the ground will help you feel more secure and confident.
If you are new to riding, this is vital information. One of the biggest mistakes new riders make is to buy a bike that is bigger than their skill level. When we refer to the bike being “big”, we are not referring to the physical size of the bike like in the last suggestion.
Here, the term big refers to the size of the engine. Bigger means more power.
As a new rider, stick with something that has less power. An engine sized in the range of 200 to 650 cc is ideal. Bikes that have motors in this range are powerful enough to get you up and going, but not too overpowering.
One primary argument for buying bigger than this that you will here is that you will quickly outgrow this bike. That’s ok, that is supposed to happen.
The nature of the motorcycle industry is that you will buy and sell many bikes throughout your life. So it is highly likely that this won’t be your last bike, no matter what you buy.
With more and more people starting to ride every day, you won’t have any problem finding another newbie to take this bike off your hands when it is time for you to upgrade.
It is more vital that you develop a solid foundation for your skills than to have a “cool” powerful bike.
We get it; there is a certain amount of allure to buying a brand spanking new bike. You get a machine that is free of blemishes and problems. No one has ridden your new bike around before you.
However, why spend more money than you have to? When you buy used, you can find a quality bike for an affordable price. Even $2,500 will get you a quality machine that is perfect for learning on.
You also need to acknowledge that you are learning. You will probably drop your bike at some point. Do you want to do that with a brand new bike that you invested in, or a used bike you got a good deal on?
This is especially true if you plan to take your dual sport off-roading. Even a seemingly innocent low-speed tip over can leave you and the biked scarred.
The trick to buying used is to look for a bike that someone has taken care of. This will get you the most value you for your cash.
Ask the current owner about regular maintenance. You can even ask to see receipts and service records. Just keep in mind that many motorcycle owners perform their own maintenance and won’t have records.
Look at how the bike is kept, the more immaculate the motorcycle, the better you can assume they took care of the bike.
Be honest with yourself about what kind of off-roading you will really be doing. This is where fantasy and reality will go in separate directions.
Sure, we all imagine conquering some twisting and grueling backwoods trail that is wider than your handlebars. But in reality, most people will be on a sandy wide horse trail.
Think about how much off-road riding you will do and where you will do it. Then buy a bike that will work well for this type of riding.
For instance, if you are lucky enough to have access to those tight wooded trails, you’ll want something smaller and more dirt oriented. These bikes will be easier to maneuver through the trails.
We touched on this briefly, but let’s go into your budget a bit more. When it comes to buying a dual-sport, you will find options that range from $500 to $20,000.
Now, a $500 bike is going to look rough, have been ridden hard, and probably have twine holding it together. Unless you are looking for a project bike, this is not the bike to buy.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find a tricked out BMW GS Adventure Model. If you can afford and want this bike, then, by all means, get it.
However, for most people, this will be more than they want to spend. The bike itself will have more bells and whistles than most people need.
If you are at the lower end of this spectrum, keep your focus on reliability and safety. Instead of looking for the cheapest bike, look for one that you can afford that can satisfy these two requirements.
You can then save up for your next bike while you develop your skills on this one.
Many riders of dual sport motorcycles dream of doing a Globe Riders Tour. If this is what you plan to do, then consider where you want to go while buying your bike.
If you want to traverse the Russian countryside, then a Kawasaki, Suzuki, or Yamaha may not be a smart choice. Things break while you are on these rides.
The last thing you want is to be stuck in some small town looking for Japanese motorcycle parts in the middle of Russia. This won’t work out well for you.
You will end up resorting to jerry-rigging something. Now your bike’s performance is compromised, and you can expect more breakdowns.
If your plan is to rider internationally, your best course of action is to talk with people who have already done it. They can advise you on what motorcycle brands the most reliable.
One brand you will probably hear a lot with this crowd is BMW. Many tend to agree that these bikes are both durable and easy to find parts for all over the world.
So we’ve convinced you that a used bike is the way to go. Now comes the task of sifting through the many used ads you’ll find online.
There is a special kind of language that enthusiasts use when describing their motorcycles that are for sale. Learning to spot red flags will save you a lot of time and headaches
Don’t get nit-picky here, but the seller should be able to spell basic words and form a coherent sentence. They should also have the forethought to include things like maintenance history, upgrades added, or condition of the title. If these things are lacking in the ad, prepare yourself for a difficult time.
If you see outlandish claims of performance or claims of extreme mods, these are both red flags. You should be skeptical of anything this person tells you. Don’t buy a bike from someone who you can’t trust; you will have no idea what you’re handing your hard earned money over for.
Skip over any ad that doesn’t have pictures. It is that simple, no images; it’s not worth your time. Now pay attention to the images that people do post with their ads.
Look at the rest of the image. Is the bike sitting symmetrically on a service stand in front of a perfectly manicured lawn? Then the chances are that is the level of care the bike received.
If the bike is leaning up against a tree with a broken down and rusting care in the background, then there’s a good chance the bike wasn’t well cared for. This sounds harsh, but now is the time to judge the person selling the bike.
Another red flag is if the seller doesn’t show you the entire bike. Automatically ask yourself what the seller is trying to hide. Quality ads will have clear, well-centered images.
You should now feel confident to go out and start browsing ads for dual sport motorcycles. Remember, go into your venture prepared by knowing what you want, need, and can afford.
This will help you narrow down your options. Then use common sense when looking at ads to find a bike that is worth your time and money to consider.
Prepare for your new dual sport bike by checking out this article on preparing for long distance motorcycle riding.
With the weather turning, its time to pull out your motorcycle. If you need of a new helmet, review our recommended motorcycle helmets for the new season. The post Safety Is No Accident: 10 Recommended Motorcycle Helmets appeared first on Biker...
As the weather warms up, we are all getting itchy to hop on and take a ride. But it can be tough to remember to wear a helmet you aren’t excited about.
What you need is a motorcycle helmet that you want to wear. To help you get started, check out this list of some of the best helmets on the market in 2019!
Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one type of helmet based on one kind of ride style. The Icon Airflite helmet can stick with you no matter what style of riding you love. From owning the corners on the weekend to rolling in traffic on your way to work Monday morning.
One thing this helmet does well is ventilation. You get one at the chin and two on your forehead. With this kind of airflow, you can keep riding well into the hottest days of summer.
When the sun starts to get to be too much, just pop down the internal sun visor. This way, you can control the level of light coming in with the flip of a switch.
Let’s talk about safety; after all, that’s why you’re wearing a helmet. This one is made of injection molded polycarbonate.
You could headbutt a wall, and your head will be safe and protected in this helmet. Just don’t test this out yourself, bangs and drops to your helmet compromise its integrity and effectiveness.
Inside that protective shell, there is a comfort liner. This will help keep you cool and dry while you focus on riding.
A safe helmet is great, but only if the helmet looks cool enough that you want to wear. The Airflite fits the bill with its all black motif and aggressive face styling and shaping.
Be sure to check out the other editions of the Airflite. There is the red Krom, camo Battlescar 2, Skull18, and Good Fortune.
When it comes to helmets, Shoei is one of the elite brands in the game. Their Neotec 2 doesn’t disappoint as a modular touring helmet. Now you can have both style and convenience.
Work the front visor as you would any full face helmet. Then you can also raise the entire front of the helmet for full access. Need a drink or snack? This helmet makes those easy.
Most helmets have vents for air flow. Shoei took it one step further and built-in exhaust vents on the back of the helmet. This increases the air flow through the helmet.
Shoei also put this helmet through extensive wind tunnel testing. Now you can buy with confidence knowing that this helmet works in a variety of riding positions.
You’ll love the attention to detail, and creature comforts included. There is a micro ratchet chin strap to make securing and removing your helmet quick and easy.
Then there are the noise isolator cheek pads to keep turbulent air out. There is also a rear spoiler for reducing drag and lift.
If you plan to use a Bluetooth communicator, this helmet comes ready to integrate with the Sena SRL Communication System. This will give you a low profile clean installation.
If all of this wasn’t enough, you have a range of colors to choose from. That way you can roll in style when out riding. Choose from black, matte black, white, silver, metallic silver, deep matte grey, wine red, and metallic blue.
Embrace old school cool with this classicly designed helmet. Hidden inside this helmet though, is all of the latest modern technology and safety features.
The outside of this helmet is a PBcLc constructed shell. They then addressed the ventilation issue. Most shell helmets seriously lack when it comes to ventilating your head.
Arai addresses this by creating hidden vents. There are three air intakes hidden in the forehead alone.
When it comes to comfort while wearing the helmet, there are many accessories available to complete your helmet. You could add a three snap visor or a five snap face shield. There are even goggle strap holders.
Another big drawback to these old school styled helmets is that they only came in black. Not anymore. Now you can choose from black, frosted black, white, modern grey, copper frost, and frost gunmetal.
Are you the type that doesn’t want to wear a helmet? Those full face options just feel confining. Well the Scorpion EXO-C110 will keep your head safe while you can feel like you’re not wearing a helmet.
Even though this is a skull helmet, it still features subtle lines and advanced ventilation technology. There is a dual EPS liner to help keep you as cool as if you weren’t wearing a helmet.
When the sun starts to shine in your eyes, drop the SpeedView sun visor. It’s attention to the little details that give this helmet a premium feel while still staying true to the classic fit and look of a half helmet.
Take your half helmet up a notch by using the speaker pockets. Now you can join the rest of your crew in conversation or listen to your favorite music.
The outside of the helmet features a unique pinstripe design in white. This gives the classic shape an updated look.
This is one mean looking helmet. The half helmet design features a prominent angry skull.
You’ll love how lightweight this helmet feels thanks to the dual density small shell design. There is also a quick change tool-less sun shield system. The visor is rated for 100% UV protection and UV400 rated.
The simple no spring design of the visor means there are fewer components to break.
Embrace your inner Bane with this affordable Bell helmet. This unique helmet gives you the look of a half-helmet, but you also get the comfort and protection of a 3/4 helmet.
If you don’t feel like wearing the muzzle parts, simply remove it and have a half helmet again. Though, why would you take off the coolest part of this helmet?
Think of this helmet as giving you all of the functionality of a touring helmet, but looks much more badass. Just note that the muzzle part does not provide any protection in the event a crash.
Both the muzzle and helmet have removable liners to keep your helmet clean a breeze. There are also speaker pockets to make it easy to listen to your favorite tunes.
This modular helmet stands out as one that can fully transform from full face to open in one easy, smooth movement. We know its tempting to want to lift the chin bar up while riding to get more airflow.
With other modular helmets, you shouldn’t ride around with the chin bar raised. These helmets aren’t designed for impact when in this position.
The Shark Evoline changes all of this. Go ahead and cruise around town with all of the comfortable airflow of an open face helmet. Then with a quick drop down, you have the added protection of a full face helmet before you hop onto the open highway.
There’s also an internal drop down sun shield and CoolMax liner for the ultimate in comfort. The only downside is that you are limited when it comes to colors, black, white, or matte black.
If you are looking for an affordable helmet, this is one of the best options. Just because it costs less than other options on this list doesn’t mean that it lacks features though.
The polycarbonate shell is going to give you a superior fit while also feeling lightweight on your head. HJC used advanced CAD technology to design the shape of the helmet.
The face shield on this helmet provides 95% UV protection. It also has an anti-scratch coating. There’s also a Rapid Fire Shield Replacement System to make changing out the shield quick and easy.
You’ll feel comfortable cruising all day with ACS Advanced Channeling ventilation. This helmet has adjustable forehead and chin vents plus two rear exhaust vents. This setup encourages the full flow of air from the front to the back.
When it comes to looks, you have a handful of stylish options. Each color option is a combo of black and that color to give the helmet detail and a sporty look. Choose from grey, hi-viz yellow, red, blue, and orange.
Before you head out on the open road, you need to get a motorcycle helmet that you are excited to wear. That way, you will grab this essential piece of equipment every time you head out.
No matter what your style, choosing one of the helmets on this list will ensure that you keep your head safe.
Check out this helpful guide to learn how to buy the best motorcycle helmet for you.
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Are you preparing a big motorcycle ride this summer and need extra storage? Read our top rated motorcycle bags for your travels this summer. The post Hit The Road: Top Rated Motorcycle Bags For Your Travels appeared first on Biker Report.
More than 10.1 million homes in the United States now have a motorcycle in the garage. The majority of these owners focus on buying all of the gear they need to ride safe and look cool.
However, there is one part of the $7.160 million dollar market that many people overlook. Motorcycle bags are one of those items that people don’t think about; until they need one.
We are going to help you get started on the search for your next bag with this list of the top bags on the market today.
So right off the bat, you will notice that this bag is bold and has something to say. It’s bright yellow and shiny. However once you get past these outrageous looks, there is so much more to this bag.
This bag is truly and completely waterproof. This is partially thanks to the simplistic design. The vinyl body will make it durable and strong enough to last for years to come.
The solid construction ensures that every seam is well constructed. Its quality is what makes this bag one of the best on the market.
If you decide to buy more than one, you can easily stack them. That way you and the misses can each have your own bag.
Each bag contains compression straps to help keep everything secure. This will prevent slipping and any other movement while you’re out riding.
The only downside to this bag is that smaller bikes may find this bag overwhelming. It is also one of the most expensive options on the list.
This bag is a backpack that looks like you are about the head into battle. Its specific design is a result of the makers having us the riders in mind. The company Seibertron is well known for making quality products, and this backpack is no different.
You’ll immediately notice the quality materials and craftsmanship of this backpack. It’s even waterproof so that it will stick with you through rain and shine.
The best part is that you can bring your luggage with you no matter where you go. No more getting limited by the rack on your motorcycle.
Even though it is a backpack, you will still have plenty of room on the inside. It’s big enough to hold a laptop without feeling cramped.
Go ahead and load it up; there are extra straps to help keep it stable. Before you ride, attached the chest and waist straps.
The very small downside to this backpack is that it isn’t completely waterproof. The zippers do let a small amount of water leak in. You’ll also need to contend with a lot of super long straps that can be annoying when not in use.
When you think of motorcycles bags, almost everyone immediately thinks of a soft-sided bag of some sort. But this isn’t your only option.
The Outback from Givi is a solid case that can only be described as a reinforced crate. This secure box is large enough to hold a full face helmet.
The outer shell is aluminum. This will give you a weatherproof design that will never break down or wear out.
The makers of this box at Givi know that you’ll probably need more. So there are extra tie downs so you can secure additional items. You’ll find that despite its large size, it isn’t obtrusive or bulky.
One major downside to this case is its price. You need to expect to pay for all of those benefits. It also doesn’t come with the necessary mounting system. Once installed, you’ll quickly find that the plastic keyhole cover isn’t up to quality standards and will struggle to stay in place.
This motorcycle bag looks and acts like a modern version of those old-timey trunks people used to travel with. However, this bag makes some huge improvements with its modern interpretation.
You’ll have all of the room you need to pack everything. But it also isn’t overly bulky or intrusive in its size.
It’s sized perfectly to strap onto the back of your back. It’s also durable and sturdy enough to withstand all of your travels. It’s even a dry bag so no worries about inclement weather.
You have plenty of options for securing it to your bike with the six D rings distributed throughout the bag. There is also a security lock to keep your belonging safe when you’re not next to your bike.
The only downside to this bag is that the fasteners may not work as well as you’d hope. It’s also a lot larger than other bags on this list, which might make it difficult to attach to smaller luggage racks.
So far, we’ve focused on motorcycle bags that are meant for longer trips with a larger capacity. But not every trip is a cross country adventure. This Ogio backpack is perfect for carrying all of your items while running across town.
You’ll love how sleek and streamlined this backpack is. That means less material to get caught in the wind and pull on your shoulders.
Unlike standard backpacks, this one has gone through extensive testing to make sure that it can endure use through many motorcycle trips. It will even hold up in the even in the event of an accident.
Don’t be fooled by how thin it looks from the outside. On the inside, this bag is deceptively huge. Though its slim looks give this backpack some sleek good looks. Those looks are enhanced even more by carbon fiber that is woven to create the outer shell.
This classic duffle style bag is most than just a bag. It is reinforced in every place you can think of to give you the most durable bag possible.
Whether you want to go on a short weekend getaway or a long cross country ride, this bag is perfect. Its reflective piping will help you get seen while out on the road if you plan on riding part of your trip at night.
You’ll love how easy it is to access all of the different compartments. The entire bag has a rigid design to help it hold its shape without making it overly cumbersome.
Attaching the bag to your bike is a breeze with the scratch resistant mounting base. There are also hidden bungee cords to help you secure the bag to the base.
The only downside to this bag is that the bungee cords may not be enough. So prepare to have some extra cords on hand. It also may not store away easily when you’re not using it due to its rigidity.
Over the years, Wolfman has built a reputation for creating all around solidly built, reliable, and versatile bags. One area where they tend to do better than other companies is to develop multiple solutions.
This tail bag is a perfect example of that. Those who ride sportbikes don’t have the large luggage rack options that cruisers have. This tail bag is the ideal solution for you to carry the essentials without it getting in the way of your ride.
It has adjustable compression straps to help you keep the bag secure on your bike. You also have a variety of options when it comes to mounting it.
One big downside is that this bag is not waterproof. It is only slightly water resistant. Some riders who like to carry a lot of items may find it to be a bit small.
This bag is perfect for sitting up on your tank and keeping everything within reach. It’s also exceptionally well made, so it will stick with you and your tank for many miles to come. It’s waterproof, so even a bit of rain won’t slow you or this bag down.
Attach it to your tank by either the magnets or the included straps. This way you can ride confidently knowing that your bag isn’t going anywhere.
One nice feature about this bag is that it is expandable. So when not in use it will be a small compact bag. But when you need to hold more, you expand the compartment.
When you get where you are going, you can pull out the hideaway straps and wear it as a backpack. You will also love the oversized top flap that is perfect for organizing your smaller items.
A unique feature of this bag is the integrated water bladder. Now you can hold all of your stuff and stay hydrated while riding.
There are two downsides to this bag. The first is the price; it is more expensive than other tank bags. The second is that given its capacity, it is relatively narrow.
When it comes to shopping for a new bag, you need to know what your needs and intended use are. This will help you narrow down the sea of motorcycle bags to only the ones that will work.
Remember, you need to find one that not only holds everything, but that is also compatible with your motorcycle. Take your time and try to not limit yourself to finding the cheapest option. When it comes to motorcycle gear, you get what you pay for.
Check out our post on all of the items you’ll need before heading out on the open road. You already have the bag, but what else do you need?
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Though the first motorcycle was invented in Germany in the late 1880s, the United States undoubtedly has the biggest motorcycle culture in the world today. There are over 8 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
The biker industry has contributed a notable amount to the American economy, employing over 80,000 people and bringing in around $24 billion from sales, services, taxes, and licensing fees.
Along with the rush riders get from hitting the open road, a big draw for owning a motorcycle has to do with the culture. Even if you’re not officially in a club, the camaraderie between bikers is as strong as ever.
No matter what part of the United States you’re in, you’ll be able to find a place to park your bike and fit right in, even if you’re just passing through. Keep reading as we reveal 7 of the most famous biker bars in the U.S. that are worth a visit.
Anyone you ask about American biker bars will mention Sturgis. Every August, the small city of Sturgis, South Dakota hosts one of the biggest biker rallies in the country.
The festival lasts 10 days and welcomes up to 500,000 attendees, often including the Mayor of Sturgis. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a must-do for the motorbike enthusiast, but if you can’t make it for the actual festival, don’t fret.
There’s no shortage of biker bars in Sturgis. The most famous one, by a mile, is the Full Throttle Saloon. Notable for being the first biker bar to be established in the United States, it is one of the biggest and most notorious biker bars in the world.
The bar burned down after a disastrous fire in 2015, not long after its 75th-anniversary celebration. But in true biker style, it didn’t stay down long. The Full Throttle Saloon re-opened to the public in 2016 and has been going strong since.
While Full Throttle is, without a doubt, the most famous, there are many other biker bars in Sturgis that are worth a visit.
If you’re looking for a wild night, Broken Spoke Saloon is the place to go. Known for being one of the rowdiest biker bars in the country, this biker bar is not for the faint of heart.
With locations in Sturgis, Daytona Beach and Laconia, New Hampshire, you can bounce from Broken Spoke to Broken Spoke, if you have it in you.
What makes these bars really stand out are their campgrounds. What better place to let loose and party if you can pitch a tent and stay overnight? Plus, they always put on quality live entertainment.
Another notable bar in Sturgis is the Knuckle Saloon. It offers the best food in the area and even has their own in-house brewed craft beers on tap.
And we can’t forget about One-Eyed Jack’s. During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, One-Eyed Jack’s hosts loads of unmissable events, but don’t forget to visit them during the rest of the year too.
Another biker hotspot is Daytona Beach, Florida. The city plays host to major motorcycle events and rallies such as the famous Biketoberfest, and Bike Week.
Whether you live nearby or you’re just passing through, the place to stop is Froggy’s Saloon on Main Street, right downtown Daytona Beach. Enjoy the Florida sun while you stop in for a night of proper partying, biker-style.
The saloon is proud to be open 7 days a week, 365 days year. Yes, you read that right. They don’t even stop on Christmas. And every day they only close for 4 hours between 3 o’clock AM and 7 o’clock AM.
No matter the time of day, or the time of year, you can count on being able to get a cold refreshment at Froggy’s.
At a glance, Pat’s Roadhouse might not be an obvious choice. But it is, in fact, a popular place for bikers to unwind and enjoy a full menu of traditional American favorites like hot wings, fish and chips, and fried chicken wraps.
They are perhaps most famous for their patio, which attracts bikers all year long, offering cold drinks and bonfires on cooler nights.
Groups of bikers can almost always be found on Pat’s patio, so if you’re hungry, thirsty and passing through, you will be welcomed with open arms, hot food, and cold beer.
Harley enthusiasts love spending their nights at The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek, Arizona. It is a welcoming establishment, open to bikers of any ilk. Their motto even says so – “There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met.”
It’s not unlikely that you’ll run into elite members of the motorcycle industry at the Hideaway, even the biggest names in the industry frequent this popular haunt.
With an elaborate menu of great food options and a proper party atmosphere at nighttime, the Hideaway Grill is a must-visit for Arizona locals and the rambling sorts just passing through.
Keep an eye on their events calendar; they do not miss out on opportunities to gather motorbike enthusiasts together to rally.
A classic biker bar in Meridian, Idaho, the Busted Shovel is the go-to place for bikers in the area who want to socialize, eat some good grub and maybe even sign up to sing some karaoke tunes.
The bar offers cheap happy hour specials and a fun atmosphere with pub games like billiards and bowling. They even offer wine tasting events for those with more refined pallets; there is never a dull moment at the Busted Shovel.
Oh, and if you’re a biker of faith, the pub hosts a Common Ground Biker Church every Sunday.
Channel your inner Sons of Anarchy vibes while riding the sunny roads of California. If you come across a small town seemingly in the middle of nowhere, deep into the forest, you might have stumbled across Trabuco Canyon.
Off the beaten map and away from Orange County’s glitz and glamour, Crook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon is a non-pretentious place to go for fantastic food and drinks, no matter the time of day.
Last but certainly not least is the Double Down Saloon in New York City. This classic biker bar has held onto its edgy roots and promises to play only the best punk rock and underground tunes.
It’s the perfect punk rock dive for the outcasts and people on the fringe. Naturally, this includes bikers.
The best thing about the Double Down Saloon? They never close. And they don’t have any of those crazy rules about over-serving. The only real rule is: if you puke… you clean.
This is not a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of great biker bars in the United States, no matter what corner of the country you find yourself in, you’ll find a place to park your bike, hang your helmet and unwind with likeminded people.
Vegas is a hotspot for every subculture, and that does not exclude bikers. Hogs and Heifers Saloon is considered one of the best biker bars in Vegas, so don’t miss that if you’re hitting the strip.
The UK has a big biker scene too. In London, a favorite spot is the Ace Cafe. The cafe is situated on a huge lot that plays host to many awesome biker events including Yamaha Day, Italian Day and BSA Day.
They also host an annual Ace Reunion where over 40,000 bikers get together and ride down to Brighton.
Some notable establishments across the United Kingdom are Oakdene Biker’s Cafe in Kent, Squires Cafe in North Yorkshire, Wessons in East Sussex and the Durlston Castle in Dorset.
You’ll always get an extra dash of history and culture in the UK, and in the summer months, a long distance tour of the country will leave an American biker feeling as worldly as ever.
And don’t forget about the rest of Europe. Remember, the first motorcycle was invented in Germany, after all.
While there are famous biker bars all around the world, the United States reigns supreme when it comes to motorcycle culture. With tons of space for open riding and a huge national community, America is a biker’s paradise.
The summer months are jam-packed with famous motorcycle rallies, and every corner of the country is equipped with proper bars to make sure the American biker is always well fed, and refreshed.
Most in the industry agree that the must-visit places are Sturgis, South Dakota and Daytona Beach, Florida. Sturgis hosts the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for 10 days in August, and Daytona Beach hosts the famous Biketoberfest and Bike Week.
Not to kill the mood, but we must remind you to stay safe out there. We won’t mention the annual fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents. You already know the risks.
Stay safe, have fun and join our Biker Life community for information on upcoming events, new motorcycle models and the best rides and routes in the United States.
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