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Hollywood has long been captivated by motorcycles. From James Dean to Tom Cruise, here are 10 celebrities who ride motorcycles on and off screen. The post 10 Celebrities Who Love Motorcycles appeared first on Biker Report.
Anyone can put on a leather jacket and boots and pretend to be a cool biker. But wearing a leather jacket in a movie and actually riding a motorcycle are two different things. So are there any celebrities who ride motorcycles in real life? Yep, of course.
10 Celebrities Who Ride Motorcycles
There are some people on this list that you’d never guess in a million years. Then there are others that you’ll look at and say oh, that makes sense.
Some things just make sense, and Norman Reedus being a celebrity who rides a motorcycle just makes sense.
First of all, he’s got the look down to a tee. He’s cool and collected, and has that signature swagger.
He’s also got his own show called Ride with Norman Reedus where he bikes across the country. If that’s not a celebrity who rides motorcycles, then we don’t know what is.
His character Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, a longtime fan favorite, doesn’t only just kick a lot of zombie butt while wielding his crossbow, either. He – you guessed it – rides a motorcycle.
You can see Pink riding a motorcycle in a few of her music videos. You may have thought it was just for the sake of the video, but as it turns out she’s not just a pop rock singer posing with a bike. Pink actually rides motorcycles in real life.
She’s also getting her kids to follow, or ride, in her footsteps. Her daughter Willow has been snapped on Instagram riding a teeny bike of her own.
Which only makes sense. Her dad, Cary Hart, is a former professional motocross competitor. With both your parents riding bikes, it would be hard not to want to get a set of wheels of your own.
We wouldn’t be surprised if she was singing “so what? I am a rock star” in her head while zooming around on her bike.
It’s not even fair that Ewan McGregor can be Obi-Wan Kenobi and be an avid bike rider too. Is one person even allowed to be that awesome?
He doesn’t own just one motorcycle, either. No, one isn’t enough. He owns dozens of motorcycles.
Among those in his collection are a 1972 Moto Guzzi V7, a 1956 Sunbeam, and an Indian Larry chopper. He calls the Moto Guzzi “one of the most beautiful bikes ever built.” And when you’re Obi-Wan, why shouldn’t you have that?
Moto Guzzi uses McGregor in their ad campaigns. When he appears, they gift him a new bike. Not a bad deal.
McGregor has crashed while riding two times. During one of the crashes, he broke his leg to avoid crashing into a pedestrian, and during the other, he rounded a corner too sharply and flew off the motorcycle while racing in the ’90s on a track just outside of London. He was unharmed in the incident.
Tom Cruise always insists on doing his own stunts in the Mission Impossible movies. So it would only make sense that he’s the kind of guy that drives a motorcycle.
In fact, in many of Cruise’s movies, you’ll see him speed off on a motorcycle. It probably comes in handy that he already happened to know how to ride them.
Like the others, Cruise owns more than one motorcycle. But he also owns a Vyrus 987 C3 4V. This motorcycle holds the title of the world’s most powerful production motorcycle.
Not only is it the most powerful motorcycles, it’s also one of the most expensive. The model clocks in at around $104,000, which is enough to buy you several other vehicles – a fact you probably don’t need to be told.
George Clooney can be seen cruising along on many motorcycle rides with his friend Rande Gerber. Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford, says of their trips, “Sometimes we ride for 15 hours a day. We never know where we are going – we just get up in the morning and hit the road.”
They do a motorcycle ride every year. Their vehicle make of choice? Harley Davidson® motorcycles.
In 2016, Clooney and Gerber began their trip at the Picasso Museum, where Harley-Davidson also happens to run a flagship store. Then they took off north, on the “Road to Hell.” This street earned its lovely name from the fact that it’s one of the most dangerous roads around, even though it has lovely coastal highway scenery.
The pair continued their travels through the Andalusian countryside, checking into hotels on their way through. When you’re a multi-millionaire, that’s what your motorcycle rides look like. But Clooney enjoys the anonymity that riding through the streets brings.
How does Stephen King have time to do anything but write, considering the number of works he’s produced? We’re not sure, but he somehow does it. King finds plenty of time to roam America’s roads on his motorcycle, probably gaining inspiration for more of his tales.
After writing Insomnia, King drove his Harley across America to help promote independent bookstores that were suffering from the recent rise of chain stores like Barnes & Noble.
He also penned Throttle, a story that was co-written by him and his son and follows the moves of a motorcycle gang. Throttle has been rumored to be hitting the silver screen sometime in the near future.
Reynolds, who recently made a surprise appearance on a Korean singing show to promote “Deadpool 2,” is also a motorcycle enthusiast. It helps that he can also be seen motorcycling around when playing Deadpool.
He owns a 1964 custom Triumph 650 named “The 9 O’Clock Gun”. Reynolds is 6’2″, and Lucas Joiner from The Factory Metal Works, who built the bike, dropped the frame three inches and stretched it another five inches in order to fit his height.
Back when he first started learning to ride as a kid, Reynolds learned on a 1975 Honda CB750, a bike he says he’d kill to have now. He likes to ride along PCH and San Luis Obispo – who wouldn’t? It’s known as one of the best motorcycle routes in the world.
Brad Pitt also owns a Triumph motorcycle, and the one he owns is one of just three models that were made. It’s the Triumph Bonneville Bud Ekins Desert Scrambler, which is quite a mouthful. This bike was made as a memorial to Bud Ekins, Steve McQueen’s stunt double and best friend.
Jerry Weintraub, “Ocean’s Eleven” producer, is said to have given the bike as a gift to Pitt. It came with a birthday message engraved on the gas cap.
This isn’t the only bike that Pitt owns, though. He also is known to own a Monster 696 and a Ducati Desmosedici RR, among other.
Back in 2009, Pitt was in a minor accident in the street on his custom motorcycle, but doesn’t appear to have been in any accidents since.
You would be hard-pressed to find a list of celebrities with motorcycles and not find Jay Leno on it.
Leno’s first ever motorcycle was a 350CC Honda that he bought because it would give him cheap transportation. Now, his collection is so massive that no one even knows the exact number of bikes he owns.
His garage in Burbank also contains the world’s largest collection of Brough Superiors. In the 1980s, Leno bought his first model for around $5,000, which seemed like a pretty penny at the time. Now, the models are worth half a million dollars.
Leno, who is nearing 70, still rides his motorcycles. We think maybe Jay Leno has as many bikes as Stephen King does novels – they’re probably on par with each other.
Seeing as he starred in “Wild Hogs” in 2007, it only makes sense that John Travolta actually rides a motorcycle. In the early seventies, he was also the star of a Honda motorcycle commercial.
He’s also known for being an experienced pilot, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy taking his bike out for a spin. He’s been riding motorcycles since was 18 years old.
Travolta is a Harley rider. He rode into Hollywood on a motorcycle because it was a cheap method of transportation.
Get Your Own Motorcycle
You probably already own a motorcycle if you’re reading Biker Report, but if not make sure to out our Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Motorcycle and our Top 10 Best Motorcycles for Beginners. Because it doesn’t have to just be celebrities who ride motorcycles, even though it seems like basically all of them do.
Lastly, who was your favorite celeb on the list? Or who surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below.
If you want to keep your motorcycle looking brand new, you need to make sure you wash it consistently! Here are our top tips for washing a motorcycle. The post Top 10 Tips for Washing a Motorcycle appeared first on Biker Report.
Is keeping your motorcycle looking shiny and new, one of your top priorities? Well, one of the most important ways to do this is by knowing exactly how to wash your motorcycle.
Washing a motorcycle is a skill that you need to master to keep your bike looking its best. If you have been wondering whether or not you have been cleaning your motorcycle the right way, you will find the following information useful.
Here is a rundown of how you should be washing a motorcycle to keep it looking like it just got out of the factory.
1. The First Steps To Take When Washing A Motorcycle
Make sure you have all the tools you will need on hand. This will save you a lot of time and energy and prevent you having to go back and forth to collect items.
Here is a short list of the essential items you will need.
- A large bucket
- liquid soap
- lint-free cloth
- scouring brush
- leaf blower
- metal polish
- car wax
Once you have all these items nearby, you are ready to get started.
2. When You Wash The Bike Is Just As Important As How You Wash It
Don’t wash your bike when the engine is hot. If you have just finished riding your bike, you should wait for it to cool off before you wash it. Washing a motorcycle when it is hot can cause significant damage because metal parts tend to expand when they are heated.
Throwing cold water on the motorcycle to wash it will cause the metal to contract quickly. This could damage the engine and the motorcycle’s finish. And it’s not just the heat from the engine you should be worried about. Never wash your bike when the sun is hot. The heat from the sun tends to dry the detergents on the surface of the bike, and this usually results in streaks on the motorcycle.
If you are using hard water, the warm weather makes the mineral deposits in it a bit more aggressive. These minerals can leave difficult to remove deposits on your bike.
3. Create A Balance
The schedule you create for washing a motorcycle should be flexible and dependent on the frequency of use and your need to keep the bike in good working condition.
Frequent washing can remove lubrication from cables and grease points on your engine.
On the upside, washing a motorcycle often will help to make you more aware of any problems that are developing in the bike’s mechanism. However, too much washing can also damage the bikes mechanism.
A balance needs to be created.
The bottom line is that you should keep your bike clean but don’t be so obsessive about it, that you go overboard.
4. Circumstance That Warrant Immediate Washing
There are a few circumstances that warrant immediate washing of your bike.
If you happen to squash bugs while riding, the sooner you can get rid of these the better it will be for you.
Squashed bugs on the surface of your bike that are not removed quickly can leave hard to remove blemishes on your motorcycle.
If they are allowed to decompose in your radiator, they can cause overheating issues.
Even if you get in late from a motorcycle event, never allow mud that is caked onto wheels or surfaces to remain on your bike overnight.
If you allow mud to sit overnight, when you are ready to wash the bike the next day, you are likely to get scratches on your motorcycle from the dried mud.
5. Use The Right Cleaning Agents
Washing a motorcycle doesn’t require a lot of water if you use the right cleaning agents for the job.
While it may be tempting to use the regular all-purpose cleaner that you have lying around the house, these cleaning products can cause damage to your motorcycle’s paint job.
Any detergent that you use should be very gentle and measure a seven on the pH scale.
A ph level of seven creates a perfect balance because the detergent won’t be too acidic and it also won’t be too alkaline.
6. Use High Pressure Cleaning With Caution
While high-pressure cleaning does have its place when washing a motorcycle, it should be used with caution.
The benefit is that there is nothing quite as effective at removing mud that has caked onto tires or the body of the bike. High power washing is also very tough on grime.
However, the drawback of this kind of cleaning is that it can get water into the electrical areas of the motorcycle.
Water may also settle into crevices of the bike and foster corrosion. There is nothing that can destroy a bike faster than corrosion.
If you must use high-pressure hoses to clean, then keep it confined to the wheels and very sparing to the body of the motorcycle.
Here is a list of places on your bike that high-pressure water should never reach:
Vinyl seats on your motorcycle are especially vulnerable when high-pressure washing is applied. This kind of washing has the potential to rip vinyl seating open.
If water gets on chains when washing a motorcycle, be sure to re-grease them to prevent corruption from setting in.
7. The Right Sponges and Cloths Are Important
If you have been using one or two rags to clean your motorcycle, then you need to invest in buying some more.
In fact, the best thing you can do is have a separate rag for each area of the motorcycle. You should invest in microfiber cloths as they tend to be soft enough not to damage the surface.
Just as you should have a different rag for different areas of your motorcycle, you should also have different sponges as well. This will prevent dirt and grime from one area getting to the next.
While investing in high quality cloths and sponges are essential. Don’t forget to keep an old toothbrush around, since this will come in handy when you want to get to those hard to reach areas on your bike.
If you find metal areas that need scouring, then a scourer such as that used on pots from the kitchen is usually effective. Always follow up any scouring with some metal polish.
8. Get Detailed
Once you have finished cleaning and polishing, it’s time to get into detailed cleaning with a microfiber cloth. Lie down on the ground and look under the motorcycle to see if you have missed any areas.
No matter how thorough you are when you are washing a motorcycle, there are often areas that did not get the full treatment.
Get to work and use your cloth to start wiping down the cables on the motorcycle as well as the wheel hubs. You may also want to rub the cloth over the engine casing to ensure they have been thoroughly cleaned.
Oil and spray the motorcycle’s cables as well as the hinges and the levers because lubrication is often lost in these areas when a bike is washed.
9. Let’s Wax
You can use car wax to give your bike a nice sheen. However, you should ensure that the wax is very soft. It should also leave an ultraviolet (UV) layer to protect your motorcycle’s paint.
Before using any car wax on the body of your motorcycle, you should try it in a hidden area and then see how it looks and how it affects the surface of the motorcycle.
The best way to gauge how effective the wax was in the hidden area is to look at it in direct sunlight.
When applying wax, never put it directly on the motorcycle. Apply it to a clean, soft rag and then rub it onto the body of the bike.
As soon as the wax dries you can buff it off with a clean lint-free cloth, so no residue is left behind.
10. Finishing Off The Job
Once everything is completed, it’s time to ride! Strap on your motorcycle helmet and ride slowly down the block, pumping the brakes as you go along to get rid of any excess water that may have accumulated.
Next, it’s time to crank up the speed. Take the bike on a nearby highway and ride it faster than you did before. This will blow out any additional water that may have gotten into hidden areas.
If you don’t feel like riding your bike, you can use a leaf blower to blow out the water. But who wouldn’t want to take their newly washed motorcycle out for a spin?
Just be aware that you are going to have a little cleaning up to do, whether you ride or use a leaf blower. This is because water may leave streaks on the windscreen and the body of the motorcycle. It is best to use a soft lint-free cloth to clean up so that there is no cloth fuzz left behind.
Washing a motorcycle should be done with care to prevent any damage. It is vital that you invest in all the necessary materials so that you do not damage your motorcycle while trying to care for it. This keeps your bike nice and beautiful for you, and when it comes time to sell your motorcycle it will help you get top dollar as you’ve kept your bike in excellent condition.
There are plenty of motorcycle routes around the world just waiting to be discovered. Read to learn more about the best and most unique motorcycle routes in the world. The post The 15 Best Motorcycle Routes in the World appeared first on Biker...
Think past Daytona Beach and Sturgis. Way, way, past. A mere ocean or two away. Experts and beginners may look for awesome scenery and white-knuckle turns for the best motorcycle routes. What if you can have both? Or, maybe a leisurely run is more your style. Yep, you can have that, too.
And, then there’s you’ve-never-before-seen culture and wildlife to round out our top picks for the best 15 motorcycle routes in the world. These trips take some planning, but the results will brim with stories you’ll tell your grandchildren. And, every biker you know.
1. Reefton Spur, Australia
This is a favorite of both bikers and those who prefer to watch a movie rather than be in it. (Cars)
Offering up mountains, cliffs, forests, and more than 165 bends in roughly 18 kilometers, it’s a heart-pumping adventure.
Located about 80 miles from Melbourne, it’s a local favorite of the best motorcycle routes.
The ideal time of year for the run is late spring or early summer to avoid slippery conditions. You may still run across moss due to the tree-canopied asphalt, and the drop can kill you, but that’s why we ride.
2. Nurburgring, Germany
Infamous race tracks built in the 20’s and the 80’s still boasting some of the best of mean leaning and heart-stopping speeds.
All set in the winding bliss of green hills, mountains, and centuries-old villages and castles.
Every April, a “motorcycle mass” is held just for bikers, and about 12,000 of them gather for church, a procession, and a thrill seeker’s homage to the “Green Hell”. (In German, Hell means “light”)
This is one of the best motorcycle routes for those who love events as much as ride.
3. Los Caracoles Pass, Chile
Set in the Andes and connecting Chile to Argentina, this is less of a pass and more of an entrance into biker heaven.
Heavily traveled on one end before most of the traffic takes a tunnel instead, you share the road that’s up to over 10,000 feet altitude. Then, snake back down to 3000 feet on high-speed hairpins.
Threats of rock fall and snow close this down in winter, proving that there are limits to this death-defying trek. If defying death is your idea of the best motorcycle routes, you have met your match.
4. Trollstigen, Norway
This legendary mountain pass of Western Norway is named for the “trolls” who wandered through the area. Also called the “troll ladder” due to the bird’s eye view of the switchbacks.
The hair-raising turns make it look just like a ladder. Though the climb clocks in at just 12 kilometers, and the grade a mere 7%, the amazing view makes it a bucket list item.
Touted in the UK as one of the best motorcycle routes, bikers pass waterfalls, lush valleys, and steep cliffs.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
This is a mecca for honeymooners, travelers, and bicycles, and you’ll be sharing the road with all of them.
This makes the dizzying heights and blind turns even that much more exciting.
Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, this pass boasts a bird’s eye view of jagged cliffs, ships and swimmers in the water, and the lovely, historic charm of an Italian village carved into mountains.
Visited by thousands each year, motorbike renters often remark they’ll never drive these roads again. Bikers, however, return again and again.
6. Pacific Coast Highway, California
For bikers looking to take the long, leisurely way home, this trek is one of the best motorcycle routes in the US.
And, this is perfect for a week or a few days of seeing California and the Pacific Ocean at it’s glorious best.
The 200 miles between San Louis Obispo and San Francisco offers up beaches with seal families, redwood forest, steep cliffs, and world-famous San Francisco Bridge.
And, some of the best stops for food and wine on the planet.
7. Chasing Che, Cuba
If you didn’t already know, Cuba is just 90 miles from the Florida Straits, but much more than miles separate it from US border.
Less than 7 years ago, US citizens barely traveled there, and those who left Cuba knew they couldn’t return.
Now, the borders are more open, and bikers have newly discovered a 2,000-mile trek in which the 50’s never forgot.
From Havana and the Bay of Pigs to mountainous unpaved trails, bikers learn to love this island from the inside out. (interesting note: police in Cuba strictly rode Harleys until the 50’s, so antique versions dot the roads)
8. Pyrenees Loop, France, and Spain
This 1500 mile road is revered by European bikers as one of the best motorcycle routes on the continent.
Both scenery rich and marked with hair-standing turns, bikers can choose any one of many options for one or two day ride. Starting just south of Barcelona, the loop covers the natural, and striking mountain range bordering France and Spain.
With peaks of over 10,000 feet, views of valley farmlands, local ranchers, snow-topped mountains, along this road of 90% turns, is stunning.
9. Sierra Gorda, Mexico
Way off the beaten path of Mexico City, the central Mexico area is preserved with the perfect mix of roads and off-road paths for bikers.
And, the scenery includes waterfalls, cave-dwelling green macaws, and enough local history to fill several travel guides.
Add the hairpin turns, mountain scenery, and honest-to-god Sonoran Mexican food, and you’ve got yourself a finger-licking dream come true.
Compared to others on the list, the ease and price of traveling to Mexico also make it one of the best motorcycle routes to try.
10. Tibet to Everest, the Himalayas
Just one look at the highest mountains in the world has inspired centuries of humans.
Whether you embark from Khathmandu or Nepal, take the road less traveled for a 14-day trip, or just a few days, it’s guaranteed to inspire even the savviest of bikers.
However you choose to traverse past monasteries on this trip, make sure you see the Everest base camp. At 5200 feet, the panoramic view will leave you (perhaps, literally) breathless.
11. Hana Highway, Maui
Graced with more than 600 bends and 60 single-lane bridges, the Maui Island of Hawaii shows off its curves in glorious views from this highway.
Dense rainforest, and views of Pacific Ocean waves which rival small skyscrapers are just a glimpse of what bikers see if they dare take their eyes off the road.
This 60-mile journey is perfect for the experienced biker which runs from Kipahulu Forest Reserve to Kahului. And, of course, it’s Hawaii, where there is plenty to explore off the bike, too!
12. The Jebel Hafeet Highway, Abu Dhabi
Just 90 Miles south of Dubai, this highway was built to test the technical skills of the finest of bikers.
On the scale of the best motorcycle routes, this one tops out with high-quality asphalt, 60 scream-worthy turns, and a 4,000-foot climb. And, at just over 7 miles, it’s a day of testing your skills to their limit.
Add the gorgeous desert mountain scenery, and any biker would add this to their “must go” list.
13. El Camino de la Muerte, Bolivia
This road has blood on its hands.
Killing more people than any other road in the world (300 a year in one toll), this trek is 35 miles of human dropping cliffs, blind turns, and a steep downhill grade, descending almost 10,000 feet.
The good news is that upgrades began in 2006 with asphalt, guard rails, and traffic diversion from the deadliest areas. And, fatalities have dropped significantly.
However, thrill seekers still flock to the site known as “The Road of Death”.
14. Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam
This unique experience and one of the best motorcycle routes in the world offers up several options depending on your skill.
Most of the historic trail has been paved over and stands as the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
However, there are off-road paths still used by locals. And, they have monuments to the war they once helped. Rusted out tanks and bomb craters dot the paths, a certain homage to those who gave up everything.
Though the entire trail is a staggering 12,000 miles, planning a few days through the gorgeous subtropical mountains is perfect for some.
15. Cape Town Loop, South Africa
The Cape Town Loop is over 1000 miles and has everything you’d want for a fly-ride experience.
Switchbacks, gorgeous scenery, and the opportunity to witness some pretty amazing wildlife in their respective homes.
Not to mention Little Karoo Mountains with perfect views of the lush landscape.
Even if a biker decides on a day trip, spectacular ocean views from the Kogelberg Mountains and a lunch featuring local wines await.
The Best Motorcycle Routes is Just the Beginning
Travel and bikers are like twins. Either is fine alone, but together they open up a whole new world. We hope this list inspires you to wake up your inner traveler, grab a few friends perhaps, and see the world.
And of course, seeing the world from the saddle is better than just about anything else.
Are you looking for the best way to sell a motorcycle? The best method can vary depending on your circumstances. Read about our top 5 ways to sell your motorcycle. The post Top 5 Best Ways to Sell a Motorcycle appeared first on Biker Report.
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So you’ve decided to sell your motorcycle. Or maybe you’re just exploring your options on how you will sell your bike when the times comes. The best way to sell a motorcycle depends on a number of factors. It also may not be the same for every motorcycle seller. We’ve prepared the top 5 methods that we’ve found are most helpful to potential motorcycle sellers.
1. An Online Motorcycle Classifieds like ChopperExchange
If you’re looking to maximize your price, we recommend a private party sale. Many of these sales are initiated on online motorcycle classifieds. When you sell direct to an end buyer, you cut out all of the middlemen. This allows you to get the most money for your motorcycle.
Getting the Most for Your Motorcycle
If you sell to a dealer, a “cash now” business, or another reseller, you will never get the most for your bike. This is because that entity needs to make a profit. Businesses are designed to make money, and there is not necessarily anything wrong with that. It’s just the way it is, and for that reason anyone who’s going to resell your bike has to offer you less than a private party buyer. That doesn’t mean these other options can’t work for certain people in certain situations, like when someone needs or wants an immediate same-day sale. But if you can wait a week or two, it’s best to stick with selling direct to another rider.
So how do you find this private party buyer? We recommend an online motorcycle classifieds. For example ChopperExchange specializes in helping owners of Harley-Davidson® and other American V-twin motorcycles sell their bikes quickly and easily. If your motorcycle doesn’t fall into that category, there are several other online motorcycle classifieds you can choose from like CycleCrunch. Whatever site you use, you’ll end up paying a small listing fee to get national exposure for your bike. A basic listing on one of these sites will cost you $30 – $60.
Pricing Your Bike and Other Resources
On these sorts of websites, you do need to be conscientious of your price, because you have to personally set the listing price. Make sure you know what your motorcycle is worth. Most importantly remember that your bike, like anything else you may sell, is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Setting your price too high can be a recipe for just wasting your money on the listing fee. Then you end up selling your bike several months later to a local dealership, but now you’ve lost money, wasted time, and end up getting less than you would have if you started with a fair price to begin with on the classifieds site.
Another plus of using an industry classifieds website is that they specialize in motorcycles and can often help provide you and your buyer information to complete the transaction if needed. Many have resource pages as well as toll-free and email support. They can refer you to people who handle motorcycle shipping, if your buyer is far away. Other resources often include a finance center for the buyer, selling tips, insurance information, and pricing information for your exact year, make and model.
2. Large Popular Classifieds like eBay
Another good option for getting national exposure is using a generic but popular classifieds or auction site. eBay is billed as having 160 million shoppers. That is a huge audience. Obviously, only a small portion of those shoppers are looking to purchase a motorcycle, but they do have a dedicated motorcycle section. The only pitfall is that you have to pay a rather hefty fee of $125. That works out to around 1.5% of your selling price on an $8,000 motorcycle. One upside is that you only pay if your bike sells, but buyers know this too so they may think the sellers on eBay are not as serious as on other websites where they’ve paid to list.
Another option is Craigslist. They are huge, but like eBay the audience is not only motorcycle buyers. The listings are also segregated by geographic area, so you will be limiting your window of people to those near your location. Be careful and on the lookout for any red flags of a scam when selling on Craigslist, because scammers also love to use this site.
3. At Your Local Dealership
Many riders, especially those who prefer to buy used motorcycles, avoid dealerships like the plague. Some think every employee at the dealership is out to get them. And of course, like with any industry, there are some unscrupulous people, but there are also plenty of opportunities to be had at your local dealer. You just have to realize they are a business, and they are looking to make money in the process.
The truth is that a motorcycle dealership can be your best option in a few scenarios. If you’re looking for relatively fast cash, the dealership is a great first stop to get an offer. Keep in mind that they are in the business of buying and selling motorcycles. That means there is a decent chance they’ll want to buy your bike. It also means they will want to sell it to someone else for a slight premium. This is doubly true if you are ready to purchase a motorcycle at the same time. Virtually no motorcycle dealer is going to turn down a motorcycle trade-in if it will complete the sale of another bike.
The most important consideration when selling to a dealer is realizing that you are getting slightly less money. In exchange you’ll probably sell your motorcycle quickly, simply and safely. You may have to give up 10 or 20% of your motorcycle value, so the dealer can make a profit reselling the bike to someone else. This isn’t always a bad thing, as long as you know what you’re getting in return and accept that it’s what’s best for you.
4. To a Friend, Family or Colleague
A fellow rider you know and trust can be an excellent resource for selling your motorcycle. Even if they don’t personally want your motorcycle, they may know another rider who’s been looking for a bike just like yours. You’re relying on some luck from the motorcycle gods in this case, but stranger things have happened. The hardest part here is pricing your bike if you’re selling to someone close to you. You don’t want to rip them off, but you also don’t want to lose money on your bike by giving them too great of a deal.
Take your bike to various rides and events with the idea of potentially selling in mind. You never know, you may just run into a potential buyer at Sturgis or your local poker run. Let anyone you run into at these events know that your bike is for sale. They may know someone who knows someone who knows someone that would love to purchase your motorcycle. Just keep your eyes peeled for any and all opportunities.
5. Using an Auction House
Are you selling something more exotic and rare? Maybe you’re looking to get the best price for a vintage motorcycle. This can be one of the hardest sales to complete, especially if you want to get it done fast. One of the best options here may be to turn to an auction house.
The market for vintage, classic, rare and exotic bikes can be very fickle. It can depend on seemingly unrelated market forces like the overall health of the global economy. In a bear market, someone may be far less inclined to spend top dollar on a vintage bike.
Getting your motorcycle in front of the right buyers is also critical here. Sometimes a niche classifieds website can work in this case. But, if your motorcycle is really rare and exotic you’ll want to turn to the professionals who know the most about vintage and antique bikes.
Mecum Auctions is a great place to get started, as they specialize in collectable cars and motorcycles. As with anything, the best can be expensive, and that’s the case here too. Rates start at 5% of the sale price. If your 1909 Harley sells for $150,000 that could mean at least $7,500 of that cash goes to the auction house. That’s a lot steeper than eBay or ChopperExchange. However, it may also easily pay for itself in added dollars on the sale price.
The Best Way to Sell a Motorcycle
Ultimately the best way to sell your motorcycle is the way you feel most comfortable with. Some people like to sell super-fast to their dealer as they buy their next motorcycle. Others prefer to sell locally to someone they know, even if that means waiting months and getting a few less dollars. Many like to list on niche or huge classifieds sites with national and global exposure so they can get absolute top dollar. A small few that are lucky enough to own antiques have to rely auction houses or other niche outlets.
Whatever the case, the best way to sell a motorcycle will be different from person to person. Just like some riders prefer a Harley and others love their Honda or BMW. Also, before you sell make sure you know what your motorcycle is worth and where to buy your next motorcycle.
Every rider knows that their riding gear is not complete without a leather motorcycle jacket. But how do you choose one? Read on to find out. The post How to Choose the Right Leather Motorcycle Jacket appeared first on Biker Report.
The classic 1970’s television show “Happy Days” prominently featured biker the “Fonz” in his leather jacket. In fact, his jacket is part of the Smithsonian collection in Washington, D.C. Did you know he wasn’t allowed to wear it unless he was on his bike in the first season? The Fonz wore a windbreaker! The iconic black leather motorcycle jacket has earned its rightful place in fashion and biker culture.
Your leather motorcycle jacket is not only a fashion classic but a necessary part of your safety gear. Like your helmet, there’s no reason you can’t look great while riding safely.
Some motorcycle brands are now turning out jackets and other pieces, but many of these branded items are merely for fashion, not safety. They don’t have the technical details that designate them for riding safely. It’s critical that you know what’s important in a leather jacket so you can make sure you are buying something that will keep you safe while riding your motorcycle.
Let’s take a look at just how to choose the right jacket.
Leather Motorcycle Jacket for Safety
In Australia and Europe, a leather motorcycle jacket is subject to specific types of testing for safety. Clothing bearing the CE (Europe) or AS (Australia) mark are tested for abrasion strength, impact resistance, and burst strength. American jackets are not subject to regulation, but you should look for certain characteristics.
A CE2 marked garment can withstand twice as much force as a CE1 item. American garments without marks should be competition weight leather or a minimum of 1.4mm thick. The jacket should have doubled seams to prevent bursting and Kevlar or carbon fiber armor.
Armor should cover back, spine, shoulder, elbow, and forearm. The purpose of armor is to absorb the shock of impact and prevent abrasion injury. Armor should be sewn in and stay in place when worn.
Zippers should be covered. Vents should also have coverage. At no point should skin be exposed to the road.
Solid black might be the classic color for a leather motorcycle jacket, but it is terrible for visibility. Bright color detailing and reflective patches are a better choice.
Vegan Leather Options?
Motorcycle jackets for those who object to leather are made of ballistic nylon fiber, Kevlar or similar synthetics. There is a waxed cotton canvas that is also permissible. These alternatives do not offer the same protection against friction, heat, and abrasion. They also tend to wear out quicker.
Do not confuse these types of leather alternatives for “fake” leather or vinyl. Synthetic leather motorcycle jackets are fashion items only. They aren’t heat or abrasion resistant at all. Fashion biker jackets are not safety gear.
Choose the Right Size
In addition to choosing a leather motorcycle jacket style, you should also select the right size. It’s essential for the safe protection of your delicate skin during an accident. If your jacket is too small, you may restrict your movement on a motorcycle. Too large and the excess fabric is a liability.
Excess fabric can get hung up on the bike or surroundings in case of an accident. For both comfort and safety, choose a leather jacket with no more than an inch or so of room between the jacket and your body. Don’t size up for layers. The jacket should already be sized for an additional quilted or shearling liner.
Leather jackets are different lengths. Mid-waist is the most common and popular length for a leather motorcycle jacket. Too long and the jacket will bunch up in your lap while riding. Too short and you can leave skin exposed. Check your sleeve and shoulder length too.
Armor should fit comfortably and not pinch or dig. There should be no gap at the wrist.
Put the jacket on and move around in it. Wear the normal riding clothing that you will wear under your jacket. If your bike is at the shop, ask to get on your motorcycle while wearing the jacket.
Make sure your selection is comfortable and that the armor stays in place even when you move.
Properly fitted leather feels better with wearing and offers unmatched protection against the elements and accidents.
Choose Quality Leather and Construction
A good quality leather motorcycle jacket is heavy (3.5 oz and upwards), full-grain leather. Full grain leather is made from the whole hide and is strong and supple.
Seeing “genuine leather” stamped on your jacket may sound great, but it’s actually a lower grade of leather. Both top grain and genuine leather products are inferior quality and not as long wearing. Corrected grain or bonded leathers are even worse. These leather grades do not offer the protection that a heavyweight full grain hide will.
Full grain leather may have imperfections and scars due to the animal’s injuries, most manufacturers avoid those hides. Look for minimal panels and pieces.
Each seam, even if triple stitched increases the chance of bursting on impact. Look at the jacket construction. 22-28 stitches to the inch are the minimum you want. Pull on the seams and stitching. If the holes stretch, that indicates a poor quality leather. If the seams give, the stitching or thread quality is poor.
Pull on the zipper. It should be firmly stitched and finished on both ends. Zip the zippers to check for smooth movement and any crooked stitches. A jacket that comes apart at the seams on impact is not a safety device.
Zip the zipper right up to the top. Does it move smoothly and securely? Does it snag on anything? Check the fastenings on the waist zipper, cuffs, and pockets. Is the jacket properly vented? Your jacket should be appropriate in all but the hottest and coldest weather.
No leather is fully waterproof, it is a natural, breathable product. However, many modern products are water resistant. A high-quality piece should last a lifetime and should improve with age.
Choose the Appropriate Style
No, this is not a question for Project Runway. Some leather motorcycle jackets are designed for certain types of bikes. There are racing jackets with curved arms and seams made for riding in the crouched position. These are obviously unsuitable for Harley riders who ride upright.
Check the zipper placement. Most motorcycle jackets have a half or full circumference zipper at the waist meant to zip into riding leathers. Make sure your zippers are compatible. Also, check that the waist falls comfortably where it is supposed to.
The classic “Marlon Brando” type leather motorcycle jacket has been a fashion staple since the late 1920’s but newer models include carbon fiber armor, reflective seam tape, and sleeker fits. Just beware of jackets that seem too cheap to be good. A decent jacket is now a $500+ purchase.
Cold weather riders should look for decent jacket liners. There are shearling, quilted and even heated vests and liners available. They plug into the motorcycle or use D batteries
Plan on Maintaining Your Jacket
As a potential once in a lifetime purchase, your motorcycle jacket requires some care. To retain the suppleness and protective characteristics of your leather you will need to maintain it regularly. Clean your jacket liner frequently. Sweat and dirt can stain your leather prematurely. Most of the time, a damp cloth wipe is all your jacket needs to remove bugs and road dirt.
Regularly wipe your jacket with a damp cloth inside and out using an appropriately diluted soap. Allow your jacket to dry naturally before applying a leather feeding lotion. Work in small sections.
After the lotion is worked in, follow with two applications of leather waterproofing, carefully paying attention to seams and zippers. Buff with a soft cloth. If this is too much maintenance for you, consider your other jacket choices. Some leather finishes and colors are less susceptible to dirt and staining.
Find the Right Jacket For You
The best advice on choosing a leather motorcycle jacket is to take your time and consider your specific safety needs. A jacket can be a lifetime purchase and will not be inexpensive.
Prioritize safety. After all, the primary job of your motorcycle jacket is to get between you and the road in an emergency. Look for the CE or AS mark as assurance you have a jacket meant for riding and not for fashion. Check that the armor covers your back, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and spine.
Leather is still the superior material, but other textiles are available. Just make sure the jacket is meant for riding, not for looks only. Choose only the best quality leather and construction. Leathers can’t protect you if the seams burst on impact.
Consider visibility. While all black is a classic, it is safer to choose something with reflective materials or colors.
Make sure the jacket fits correctly. Don’t be afraid to try it on several times. Check the length, your ability to move around and overall comfort. There should be no gaps that show skin, no bunching or riding up.
Once you find your perfect leather motorcycle jacket, maintain it and you will have it forever.
One in thirty-six people own a motorcycle and the number is growing every day. As a new rider, it can be intimidating buying your first motorcycle. It’s a big deal to pick the right bike to start your motorcycle life off right. Everyone you know is going to have an opinion and not hesitate to […] The post Top 10 Best Motorcycles for Beginners appeared first on Biker...
One in thirty-six people own a motorcycle and the number is growing every day. As a new rider, it can be intimidating buying your first motorcycle.
It’s a big deal to pick the right bike to start your motorcycle life off right. Everyone you know is going to have an opinion and not hesitate to give it to you.
Look for the bike that fits you and your needs. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with your new bike.
First, we’ll go over some key questions you need to ask yourself. Then we’ll tell you about the top ten best motorcycles for beginners.
Best Motorcycles for Beginners
Before we get to the list of motorcycles, ask yourself four questions. You’ll want to have an answer for each question before you start looking at bikes.
Narrow down the list of what will be best for you. Before you know it you’ll be cruising to events.
1. What are you going to use the bike for?
Are you planning on using the bike to commute to work? Is off-roading more your purpose? What about long road trips? Maybe you are just looking for something flashy to go to your local bike night.
Some bikes are designed to go offroad while others are perfectly comfortable for long road trips. Buy a bike that is meant for the purpose in which you intend so that you won’t be disappointed in the long run.
2. How big of a bike can you handle?
When people talk about a bike being big it can mean two things. One thing to consider is the physical size and weight of the bike. You want to be able to comfortably put your fit on the ground and maneuver the bike.
The other meaning is the amount of power the engine produces. A beginner rider is still learning to control the throttle, and handling through turns.
A bike that is lower in power will be more forgiving to a beginner’s mistakes. The best motorcycles for beginners are low enough in power that the rider won’t feel overwhelmed while riding.
3. How much money do you want to spend?
You need to consider what your budget is for the initial investment. Larger engines also mean larger insurance payments.
Another reality of riding a motorcycle is that you will eventually drop it. Repairing a smaller less expensive motorcycle will be more affordable.
4. Does it speak to you?
It’s your first bike, it should make your heart race with excitement. Look for a bike that commands your attention so you struggle to stop looking at it.
1. Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883
Harley’s Sportster has been around for decades and is widely known for being one the best motorcycles for beginners. It is one of the more expensive bikes on the list.
The seat is lower making it friendly for those who are shorter. There is no passenger seat, which is perfect for a new rider who shouldn’t be having passengers yet.
It may not handle as smoothly in slow turns as some of the other bikes on this list. Use this to your advantage and make yourself a better rider with some practice slow turns in an empty parking lot.
The aftermarket options for customization are endless with Harley’s. You’ll have the ability to invest as much or as little as you desire into making your first bike your own.
The Sportster is commonly referred to as the woman’s bike of the Harley line. Don’t let this top you if you are male. You can make the Sportster look tough and less feminine.
2. Indian Scout Sixty
The rivalry between Harley and Indian has spanned decades and is alive and strong. If you are looking for a cruiser then you need to consider the Indian Scout Sixty.
Indian has taken a modern approach to the classic cruiser. They gave it a lot less chrome and a whole lot more black.
The aftermarket parts options aren’t as plentiful for Indian as Harley. Indian does a much better job at making the parts easily interchangeable. This makes it one of the best motorcycles for beginners.
3. Yamaha Bolt
The Bolt is one of the best motorcycles for beginners who want a cruiser style bike. It has wide handlebars that make steering comfortable and give you a more stable feel.
The seat is low making it great for those with shorter legs. At a price of about eight thousand, it’s still at a great price for entry into motorcycles.
4. Kawasaki Vulcan S
You probably don’t think of Kawasaki when you think of cruisers, but this is one of the best motorcycles for beginners. Almost everything on the bike is customizable.
As a new rider being comfortable on your bike is important so go ahead and adjust the handlebars, seat, and pegs. The cruisers are great for someone who is commuting and needs storage space for their stuff.
If you are larger physically you may have to get a different suspension. The stock suspension isn’t designed to handle well with a rider over 160 pounds.
5. Honda Rebel 300 or Rebel 500
If you are short then you need to be looking at the Honda Rebel. You have two options for engine size 300 or 500 depending on how much power you are comfortable with.
Honda has a long history of producing reliable motorcycles. At four and six thousand both bikes are priced perfectly making them one of the best motorcycles for beginners.
6. Kawasaki Ninja 300
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is one of the smallest motorcycles on this list and perfect for a nervous of very inexperienced new rider. If you are smaller physically then you need to take a look at the 300.
Kawasaki used to make a 250R that was their smallest beginner bike. You have the choice of buying a 250R used for about three thousand or go with a new 300 for about five thousand.
The 300 is fuel injected which means starting your bike will be faster and smoother no matter what the temperature outside. The 300 looks like a bigger bike than it is.
The 300 has received glowing reviews from critics and riders alike. Keep in mind that the 300 is a smaller engine power wise.
You may feel that the power is lacking when riding with other riders. If you do go with the 300, plan on upgrading in the near future.
7. Honda CB500
The Honda CB 500 comes in two options, the CB and CBR. Both options are great for a new rider who is confident with their skills and have experience with motorcycles in some capacity.
Both options come with the option of ABS brakes. The seat is 30.7 inches which makes it a mid-range height on this list.
It’s on the lower end price wise at about six thousand dollars. This is a bike you can get as a beginner and not grow out of in six months.
8. Yamaha YZF-R3
If speed and hardcore leaning into turns are what you are looking for then a sportbike is the way to go. A Yamaha R3 is one of the best motorcycles for beginners.
It has a great entry price of just five thousand. The engine is 321cc which makes is a smaller bike both in size and engine.
Don’t worry though it will still perform well on the highway. Keep in mind with the sports bikes you’ll have a lot less storage space for your items.
9. Kawasaki Versys-X 300
If you are looking to go on a true adventure then the Versys is what you need to be looking at. Adventure bikes let you own the road and the off-road by carrying a ton of gear and having big knobby tires.
If you are very short adventure bikes are not for you as they all have tall seat heights. Get the ABS brakes, they are worth the extra investment.
10. Triumph Street Scrambler
The scrambler is a term that you’ll see all over the place these days as it’s the “cool” bike style right now. The term scrambler means it’s a smaller bike that has an exhaust that is higher, knobby tires, wide handlebars, and a longer body.
If you are into the old school cool of Steve McQueen then this might be the bike for you. Triumph has combined the scrambler style with modern technology.
You’ll have luxuries like traction control and ABS brakes. This bike is one of the most expensive best motorcycles for beginners at around $10,000 for new.
This list is our suggestion for the best motorcycles for beginners. Remember that you want to find the bike that is the best bike for you. Figure out how you want to use your new bike. What style fits your lifestyle and personality. What can you afford for both the initial purchase and long-term?
Make sure to check out our post on where to buy a motorcycle, and don’t just look at the bikes online. Get out there and sit on a few and even give them a test ride. And once you’ve got the bike situation under control it’s time to find your gear and start riding.
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