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Riding Solo: 8 Motorcycle Riding Tips for Beginners

Start off on the right foot with these 8 motorcycle riding tips for beginners! The post Riding Solo: 8 Motorcycle Riding Tips for Beginners appeared first on Biker Report.

Welcome to the road!

We remember the thrill of our first bike like it was yesterday, but we also remember the fear. The second-guessing ourselves in the moments where we didn’t have the time.

What we needed in those moments was some beginner motorcycle riding tips. And through our years of expertise, we’ve learned what we wish we knew.

So don’t learn the hard way, as we did. Learn the easy way and get our tips below.

1. Look Down the Road

It’s probably been a while since you first started driving a car, right? Even so, do you remember how scary big turns used to look when you were behind the wheel?

Maybe you panicked and wondered if you could really make that turn or maybe you almost overadjusted. If you had a good driving teacher, hopefully, they told you to relax and just look down the road.

The same is true when you’re driving a motorcycle. Except those turns can look even scarier since you’re that much closer to the road.

Some people think they need to lean into the turn (don’t do that!), which is a mistake. But the truth is, it’s just like driving a car.

Look down the road and drive for what’s ahead. It’ll keep you from over adjusting and it makes the whole experience less overwhelming.

2. Look for Road Issues

When we drive a car, it’s easy to just hit a pothole and go “oops”, thinking of the tire alignment. But hit the wrong pothole on a motorcycle and you’re both going flying.

That’s why you not only have to look down the road, but you need to look AT the road as well. Once you get experienced at looking down the road for turns and navigation, you’ll start noticing road issues as well.

Do you see any big shadows on the road? Anything other cars are avoiding?

Look for glints of water as well, they could be masking potholes as puddles – or just places you could slip out. 

Basically, anything on the road that’s not the road itself could be fatal. We’ve all seen videos of someone getting a stick in their bike wheel. Luckily for them, bikes only go so fast.

If you get a stick in your wheel spokes, you’re not going to recover from that. Instead of a funny YouTube video, you’ll be looking at a coroners report.

All that to say, avoid road debris and potholes like they’re fatal – which they very well could be.

3. Drive Like No One Sees You

It’s nice when you see a car with a bumper sticker that says “look twice, save a life” but even the people in those cars get into driving patterns.

Ever been driving a car and realized you’re at work and you don’t remember anything about your commute? That’s called passive driving and it happens all the time.

Passive driving doesn’t translate so well for motorcyclists. In fact, you’ll never find a motorcyclist who doesn’t remember their commute. That’s because riding a bike is an active thing. You can’t space out.

You have to be in the moment the entire time, paying attention to the other cars and the road.

Speaking of the other cars, you need to drive defensively. Drive like they can’t see you. Never pass through moving traffic in the middle and be extra careful coming around turns.

This is where motorcycle driving and skiing have a weird connection. On the slopes, if you’re going to “drop in”, as in, come off one trail onto another, you need to look uphill.

In a perfect world, it would be up to the other skiers to see you and reroute themselves. In this world, that’s not how it works.

When you’re turning onto a road or even switching lanes, you need to look uphill and down. Remember “look both ways” from when you were little?

Same idea. You never know when a car that looks stable could all of a sudden switch lanes and swipe you with it.

4. Get the Right Gear

There’s nothing a seasoned biker hates more than seeing someone on a bike in the wrong gear. Short sleeves, no helmet, no jacket? The people that ride that way give all bikers a bad name.

They’re also the ones that give motorcycle riding the fatality statistics it has.

When you’re buying a bike, it can be easy to think to yourself, “Oh, I’ll save up for that helmet/jacket,” and ride without it for a while.

But do so at your own risk. Ideally, you should buy and have the right fitting gear before you so much as register the new title. It’s not just about you, either.

Imagine getting in a wreck with a car. Yes, with a helmet you’re injured but you’re not dead.

If you weren’t wearing protection and you died in that crash – think about how the other person would feel. Even if it was partially their fault.

Involuntary manslaughter is a terrible charge and killing someone makes a huge dent on the subconscious and mental health.

That’s not to mention your family, friends and everyone you’d be leaving behind if you were to die on the road. And all because you weren’t wearing a helmet.

And yes – there are some crashes that are fatal no matter what, but why take the extra risk?

5. Get the Right Shoes

Okay, let’s move away from the macabre stuff and into something less scary, but still important. Footwear! If you live in the desert in Arizona or something, you can skip this point.

But if you sometimes ride in the rain, you’ll need to think about footwear that won’t slip off your petals. Most of the time when and if your foot slips, you can feel your stomach drop and quickly readjust.

But it’s better not to have that problem. Look for motorcycle riding shoes that are wet-riding friendly. You’ll thank us later.

6. Know Your Rights and Know the Laws

Different states have different laws when it comes to riding and certain protections. Some states require you wear some sort of helmet.

Others require that helmet be certified by the Department of Transportation. Imagine having to pay a fine because the cop doesn’t “like” your helmet. Silly, right?

And if you live in a state that doesn’t require helmets, you’re not always off the hook.

For example, some states require you to wear eye protection if you’re not wearing a helmet. Sometimes those cool Raybans won’t cut it.

The best place and time to learn these laws is when you’re taking the class to get your motorcycle license. Your instructor will know all the laws in your state and any intricacies they contain.

Make sure you take notes and ask questions. Maybe you’ll look like the teacher’s pet, but what’s worse: that or a $200 fine? We’ll take the momentary embarrassment, thanks.

7. Learn Your Mileage

Did your bike come with a fuel gauge? Some do and some don’t – and there’s really no rhyme or reason for either.

Some manufacturers don’t like the way the gauge breaks the bike’s visual flow.

If you have one, great, that’s one fewer thing you have to think about on the road. If you don’t, you need to learn how your bike feels, sounds, and even smells when it’s getting low on gas.

Really responsible riders learn exactly how far they can go and never let their bike get so low on fuel that it’s noticeable in any way.

If you’re planning a long trip, make sure you know where fuel stops will be along the way. There are stretches of road and desert that go for fifty miles or more without anywhere to fuel up.

That’s where riding sites and planned rides come in clutch (get it). These bikers have been down these roads, literally, and know what issues might come up.

Heed their warnings. You don’t want to walk for miles, have to buy a fuel container, and walk back down the road – do you?

8. Motorcycle Riding Tips: Keep Your Heels In

When you’re riding and your toes are on the pedals, it feels more natural to let your heels swing out from your body.

But your bike was made with little metal plates where your heels are supposed to rest. Use them! That extra point of contact will make you feel that much more like a part of the bike.

You’ll be a better rider because of this one (okay two) little things.

Be Safe and Be Cautious

As you start riding, the worst thing you can do is get cocky. We know riding is fun. We get the thrill of going fast and feeling the wind whip your hair.

Why do you think we got bikes in the first place? But speed makes driving more dangerous than it has to be. You need to work up to those speeds, especially around other cars or on difficult roads.

You’re no longer in an aluminum bubble that can keep you from hitting the road – drive like it.

Did you like these motorcycle riding tips? There are more where that came from and in every way you could imagine. Want to know where to take your first long ride? Click here.

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Special Construction Custom Trike for Sale on ChopperExchange

We are being compensated by or have an ownership interest in one or more of the parties mentioned or linked to on this page. To ensure transparency, we also have a page where you can learn about how we make money. ChopperExchange has a new listing for a completely one-of-a-kind show bike! This custom trike […] The post Special Construction Custom Trike for Sale on ChopperExchange appeared first on Biker...

We are being compensated by or have an ownership interest in one or more of the parties mentioned or linked to on this page. To ensure transparency, we also have a page where you can learn about how we make money.

ChopperExchange has a new listing for a completely one-of-a-kind show bike! This custom trike is decked out from handlebars to taillights with a southwestern outlaw theme.

Images courtesy of ChopperExchange

Designed and built by award winning motorcycle builder Scott Fox, this motorcycle has been turning heads from Daytona to Sturgis. Out of the twelve major bike shows it has entered, this bike was awarded first place in every single one of them.

One of the coolest parts is the saddle. Featuring custom knives under the seat and Black Hills Gold .45 caliber bullets along the rear, this seat is unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

It was built with a Patron Tequila theme in mind. The designer even worked with Patron to get the woodwork paint to match their tequila aging barrels. Meticulous detail was put into every inch of this trike, and it shows!

Be sure to check out the full listing here!

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Rules of the Road: The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Etiquette

In 2017, there were 8.4 million registered on-road motorcycles in the United States. In 2002, that number was only at 4.2 million. This means U.S. motorcycle ownership grew 100% in 15 years! Harley-Davidson still leads the pack, having sold 147,972 new bikes to U.S. consumers in 2017. Including other brands, there were 470,000 new bikes […] The post Rules of the Road: The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Etiquette appeared first on Biker...

In 2017, there were 8.4 million registered on-road motorcycles in the United States. In 2002, that number was only at 4.2 million. This means U.S. motorcycle ownership grew 100% in 15 years!

Harley-Davidson still leads the pack, having sold 147,972 new bikes to U.S. consumers in 2017. Including other brands, there were 470,000 new bikes sold that year.

True, cars are more common in the nation, with its 88% ownership rate compared to 14% for motorcycles. But the freedom (and many other perks, like looking super awesome) that comes with riding? That’s something car owners don’t get to experience.

Before you join the club though, you first need to master motorcycle etiquette. It’s the unwritten code of riders that make motorcycling the tight community that it is. And no, it’s not the same as car driving etiquette.

Read on to know the ultimate rules of the road every self-respecting rider should follow!

1. Learn and Follow the Written Rules of the Road

We know how obvious this sounds, but it’s surprising how many new (and even veteran) riders break the rules. If your state law says you need to wear a motorcycle helmet, then you should. Even in states, like West Virginia, where a bill passed lifting helmet restrictions.

Lawless riding also includes driving under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol.

In 2016, a quarter of fatal crashes involved alcohol-impaired motorcyclists. When you ride intoxicated, you’re not the only one at risk – you’re also putting other motorists in danger.

Besides, when you break the law, you make every other law-abiding rider look bad.

2. Know Your Rider Lingo

You’re done learning the basics of how to ride a motorcycle, but do you know how to speak like a rider? If not, then get your motorcycle/motorcyclist vocabulary up to speed.

First, because it’ll make you feel like you do belong in the community. You’ll make it easier for others to know what you’re talking about if you use the right terms. Plus, you’ll be able to follow the conversation, and not think of a plate full of rice when someone says “carbs”.

Second, you’ll know how to address other riders right. For instance, you can’t call everyone who rides a motorcycle “biker”. It’s not a term to throw around lightly, as this can refer to riders specifically in motorcycle clubs.

3. Memorize and Use Proper Hand Signals

We’re not only talking about “the wave”, as that’s too important it needs a separate explanation. We’re talking about motorcycle hand signals used to communicate with everyone else.

There’s a hand signal for turning left, turning right, stopping, and slowing. There’s even a signal for letting the driver/rider behind you know there’s a hazard on the road.

You’re likely thinking “Isn’t that what my blinkers are for?” Indeed, that’s what they exist for.

But it’s possible the person behind you haven’t noticed the lights. Extending your hands make you more visible. These movements can draw more attraction than your bike’s lights.

4. Master the Rules of the Wave

The motorcycle wave is a form of communication that all riders should use. They’re different from the hand signals mentioned above, but as important and as big a part of the culture. It’s not only basic etiquette to wave to other riders – it’s a signal that connects you with the community.

The general (unwritten) rule is to never skip “the wave” unless you have to. Your priority is always your safety and bike control, so if waving will compromise that, then don’t do it!

It’s unnecessary to take your hand off your bike’s controls if it’ll only put your (and others’) safety at risk. These include turning on a corner or riding on a major highway. Don’t wave at night or in the rain as other riders won’t see you anyway.

5. There’s No Place for Trash Talk in the Community

Not everyone is a Harley rider, nor will everyone ride one of the hottest motorcycle models of 2019. That said, don’t talk about other riders’ bikes like they’re several notches below yours. You may think that you’re the biggest badass on the road, but no one needs you to announce it.

Respect other people’s sleds, and you’ll earn respect from their owners.

6. Stay Behind

It’s basic etiquette to stay behind another bike, especially in traffic. Don’t honk your horn or pass and leave them in the dust. Passing other riders right away isn’t only impolite, it can also cause accidents.

Wait for the person in front of you to notice you’re behind them. When they do, it’s likely they’ll wave, acknowledging you and letting you pass. Wave back in thanks when you do.

7. Don’t Stop Right Beside Another Bike

Unless you’re buddies or know each other. To many people, having a stranger pull up next to them is invasive and impolite.

When the light’s about to turn red and you see a bike in front, slow down to a stop right behind them. Your motorcycle’s front wheel should be a few inches behind the other rider’s rear wheel. Or at least, your front wheel sits parallel to their rear wheel.

8. Parking Etiquette

Speaking of stops, there’s also an unwritten rule when it comes to parking beside other bikes. There should always be enough space between your ride and the other sled so its owner can mount with ease. Otherwise, the other rider can accidentally hit your bike, sending it crashing on its side.

9. Ask Before You Touch

Seeing one of the most iconic Harleys in person can get any bike enthusiast’s blood pumping. We get it. But no matter how impressed you are, don’t touch that bike without asking permission first..

In fact, touching someone else’s bike can mislead others to thinking you’re about to steal it!

If you can’t find the owner, then you have no choice but to wait and stare at it in wonder. Pick up your jaw when the owner arrives so you can ask for permission to touch it.

10. Assist Riders Who Got into an Accident

It’s more of the right and ethical thing to do. Remember, you’re brothers and sisters in the biking community. If they need help, then do your best to extend it.

Even with helmets and protective gear, sliding down can cause serious injuries. Wiping out can grind off skin, break bones, and knock someone out. All these can render a rider unable to even dial 911.

Whenever you see a brother or a sister get into a road accident, stop and see what you can do to help. Call for help on their behalf, and that can make a huge difference in a life-and-death situation.

11. Check Up on a Stopped Rider

When you see someone on a bike stopped on the road, check up on them. They may have not been in an accident, but it’s still likely their bike is giving them trouble.

Slow down and shoot up a thumbs up sign. If they reply with a thumbs up, then everything’s good. If they signal back with a thumbs down, they may have a flat, an empty tank, or a dead engine.

If it’s the latter, stop and see if there’s anything you can do to help. If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you be glad and relieved someone helped? Besides, you’ll attract good karma, and someone will stop and rescue you when it’s you in this situation.

12. Don’t Ride Your Baby When Distressed

Rider error is the reason for two-thirds of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents. Excess speed and over-braking tops the list of such errors.

Now, riding angry or stressed out is synonymous to distracted riding. That can include putting on too much speed without you noticing. Lack of focus and concentration can also make you forget about your blinkers or hand signals.

Safe riding is not only proper etiquette, but it’s also for your own safety and that of every other motorist. So, no matter how pissed off you are and want to take your ride out to calm down, don’t. Cool off your head and heels first before going out on the road.

Proper Motorcycle Etiquette Keeps the Everyone Safe

With 276.1 million registered vehicles in the U.S., every road-user is at risk of getting into an accident. We can all help prevent these by following proper driving and motorcycle etiquette.

So, don’t be that “guy” or “gal” who weaves in and out of traffic and blows past everyone on the road. Mind your road manners, and you can stay safe while also keeping others safe.

Once you’ve mastered these unwritten laws of riding, you’re ready to go on awesome road trips. Check out our Rides and Routes page for insider info on where to head out with your pride and joy!

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Riding in Style: How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Pants

In 2017, 5,172 motorcycle deaths occurred. That’s 14% of all vehicle deaths that year. It means that dying in a motorcycle crash was 28 times more likely than dying in a vehicle crash. Life outside the cage is a little closer to the edge. But that doesn’t meant unnecessary risks are okay. It’s estimated that […] The post Riding in Style: How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Pants appeared first on Biker...

In 2017, 5,172 motorcycle deaths occurred.

That’s 14% of all vehicle deaths that year. It means that dying in a motorcycle crash was 28 times more likely than dying in a vehicle crash.

Life outside the cage is a little closer to the edge. But that doesn’t meant unnecessary risks are okay.

It’s estimated that if every one one of those 5,172 people who died in 2017 were wearing the right safety gear, 802 of them would have survived.

The lesson in this? Dress for the slide, not the ride.

Along with all the other safety gear you already wear, you need a good pair of motorcycle pants.

Keep reading to learn all there is to know about motorcycle pants so that you can find the perfect pair.

Match the Style of Pant to Your Style of Riding

Are you a weekend cruiser, a commuter, or do you frequent the race track? Your riding style will determine the kind of riding pants you need to be shopping for.

The Cruiser

One of the most common styles of motorcycle riding pants are cruiser pants. You’ll sometimes see them referred to as touring pants.

These pants are serious about comfort. They are a roomier cut and a relaxed style. The pants usually adjust at the waist for a better fit.

Because cruisers are roomier to start with, they don’t usually have stretch panels.

The Racer

If you’re wearing motorcycle pants for racing, they need to be able to withstand high speed slides and crashes. These pants will be a much more snug fit.

You want your race pants to be well fitted for a couple of reasons. First, tighter pants equal better aerodynamics. These pants will help keep your leg tucked. Second, tighter pants equal better protection. The snug fit means it’s harder for the pant leg to ride up in a slide.

Typically, these pants are made from leather, due to its high abrasion resistance. They usually have armor in the knees and hips, and should come with knee sliders.

Stretch panels are necessary for flexibility in the thighs and seat area. You usually won’t see pockets in this style.

The Commuter

If you need to be in street clothes when you get to your destination, you’ll want to check out overpants.

As the name implies, overpants are worn over your normal pants. Overpants tend to fit on the loose side. The loose fit makes them more comfortable for commuters and low speed touring riders.

Riding jeans would be another alternative for the commuter.

Motorcycle jeans provide a decent amount of abrasion resistance at lower speeds. The jeans are usually reinforced or have removable armor, and have better stitching than regular jeans.

Motorcycle jeans are better protection than regular jeans, but don’t provide the same level of protection that other motorcycle riding pants do.

The Adventure Tourer

If you’re a serious adventure tourer, you need pants that can cope with everything you’re going to throw at them. ADV pants are the most versatile of all pants.

They can withstand multiple terrains and weather conditions. They are flexible and have great mobility. They’re usually waterproof, have armor, and will come equipped with vents and mesh.

And pockets. ADV pants have tons of strategically placed pockets.

The Classic

Gunning for seriously classic motorcycle riding pants? Opt for chaps.

Chaps are a long-standing tradition in motorcycle fashion. They are fairly comfortable, and may have thermal liners for greater weather protection.

Chaps are great protection ON the bike. They keep you safe from the exhaust heat, road debris, wind, and road spray.

Chaps are not good protection OFF the bike – such as during a crash or slide. They have no seat protection and no armor.

Consider the Fabric

Most styles of riding pants come in fabric options. There are some considerations for each fabric.

Leather Pants

Leathers are great abrasion protection in an accident. They can usually be repaired after an accident and will last through many years and slides.

Leather doesn’t offer impact protection, but can be modified with armor.

Leather will block out light rain. Unless your garment is lined with a waterproof material, or has been specially treated to make it water resistant, you’ll have to wear rain pants over your leathers in a hard rain.

Leather doesn’t breathe. This provides great protection from cold winds, but on hot days, it can be uncomfortable.

Leather can’t be washed. It needs to be cleaned and conditioned specially.

Synthetic Pants

Riding pants come in a variety of synthetics such as nylon, polyester or Kevlar. Synthetics are thinner, lighter, more flexible than leathers.

Synthetics are very breathable, which is a benefit in hot weather. In the cold, you’ll have to wear insulating layers.

Synthetics are not waterproof. Waterproofing reduces the breathe-ability of the pants. You’ll need rain gear to wear over your riding gear in bad weather.

Polyester and nylon don’t provide good abrasion protection. Kevlar, on the other hand, is great abrasion protection. Double check the abrasion rating of your pants before you go with a synthetic. Protection varies greatly by fabric.

Synthetic fabric doesn’t provide impact protection unless it’s outfitted with armor.

They are mildew-resistant and are easy to wash at home.

Denim Pants

Denim is one of the few natural materials that you can find for riding pants.

Denim is arguably the most comfortable and breathable of riding pant options. They have no weatherproofing, no abrasion and no impact protection.

Some riding jeans come with built in Kevlar panels at the knees, hips, thighs, and seat to prevent abrasion. Other have removable armor pieces for impact protection.

Generally speaking, riding jeans will never protect you as well as leathers or Kevlar-lined synthetics. But, they are much better protection than jeans you can find at the department store.

If you’re insisting on wearing denim pants to ride, find a padded and Kevlar-reinforced pair.

Check the Abrasion Resistance of Your Motorcycle Pants

No material of riding pants will provide impact resistance on its own. Abrasion resistance, however, is dependent on the type of material.

There are a lot of industrial tests out there to help determine abrasion protection. Generally, here’s what the tests tell us:

  • Denim is by far the worst abrasion protection.
  • Kevlar is incredibly strong for its weight.
  • Kevlar provides better abrasion protection when it is part of a fabric blend than it does alone.
  • Leather is by far the best protection.

Abrasion resistance is not just about the fabric. The stitching needs to be as strong as the material itself. Otherwise, you’ll rip the pants at the seams on a slide and still end up with some nasty road rash.

Review Other Features of Your Riding Pants

You’ve decided on the basics – the style, fabric, and abrasion protection- that you need in your riding pants. Now’s the time to consider some other features of the pants. These usually come down to personal preference.

Waist Design

How do you hold up your pants? Some people like a belt, but suspender or Velcro are also popular.

If you want suspender, but can’t find riding pants with buttons, it’s pretty easy to have a tailor add some buttons for you.


If you’re going to be riding in all types of weather, you need some kind of waterproofing. One choice it to have rain gear that you pull on over your riding gear.

The other choice is to find pants lined with waterproof material. Gore-Tex is always a good choice, since it is weather resistant but still breathable.

Ankle Cuffs

Keeping your pants down around you ankles at high speeds is surprisingly important.

Make sure the pants fit comfortably inside your boots, or have a large enough cuff to fit around your boots.


Quality construction of the zippers is a must. The zippers should be durable, easy to access and have a flap to block out wind and water.


If your motorcycle jacket has plenty of pockets, maybe pockets aren’t an issue. If you need pockets in your pants, make sure you can fit your glove inside them. They should have an easy-access closure that keeps rain out.

Knee Sliders

Knee sliders are a specialized form of protection for your pants. Not all riders need them. If you use your pants as race pants, or are an aggressive rider that drags your knee when cornering, get pants with knee sliders.

You’ll thank me later.

Armor and Other Padding

Only race pants used to offer armor and padding. As technology changes, it’s easier and easier to find other styles of pants with armor and padding.

If you’re looking for armored pants, make sure the armor is in high-impact areas such as knees and hips.

Armor typically claims C.E. rating. Just remember that a C.E. rating is self-designated, meaning that the manufacturer decided the armor meets the protection rating. A third-party did not designate the armor as C.E. rated armor.

Foam padding instead of hard armor is a good alternative for low speed riding. It provides some impact protection and is more pliable than armor.


Liners are a great option for increasing versatility. Insulated liners allow you to ride comfortably in colder temperatures. Waterproof liners keep you dry in bad weather.

Liners may add bulk to your riding gear, so make sure it all fits comfortably together before you purchase.

Higher Back

Nothing is worse than cold wind seeping in under the back of your leather riding jacket. Some styles of pants offer a higher back that blocks the wind better.

Reflective Material

Motorcycles are inherently more difficult to see on the road than other vehicles. Adding reflective material increases safety and visibility.


Some styles of bikes expose your legs to more heat coming off the motor or exhaust. If your bike doesn’t have a fairing to protect your legs, you’ll have to check out pants with heat-resistant panels along the legs.

ADV pants usually come with this feature.

Don’t Forget About the Importance of Fit

It’s smart to pick riding pants that will get the job done. It’s even smarter to pick riding pants that you will be happy to put on each time you ride. If you aren’t going to wear them, they can’t protect you.

Fit should not be ignored. In addition to comfort, a good fit provides protection.

Poorly fitting pants can shift around during a crash, moving armor and other protective panels away from the high-impact areas that need them most. The leg of you pants can slide up, exposing skin.

Choose pants that fit correctly. Make sure they are comfortable in the riding position. When in doubt, buy a couple and return the ones that don’t work for you.

Dress for the Slide, Not the Ride

The right pair of motorcycle pants just may mean the difference between skin grafts and a couple bandages after a crash.

Don’t be one of the 802 people who could have avoided death by choosing the right protective equipment.

Now that you have the right riding pants, make sure you have a good helmet. 


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Ride into the New Year With The 10 Best Motorcycle Buys for 2019

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There will be 2 million new riders joining the motorcycle world over the next 10 years. What types of bike are they going for?

It’s official, retro is in. New rides are embracing the lighter and more affordable designs that manufacturers are producing.

These bikes have an old-school cool feel about them.  Think back to when it was about the ride, and not how souped up the engine is, or how much chrome you have.

So what’s the best motorcycle to channel your inner easy-rider? We’ve got 10.

1. Kawasaki Z900RS

This Z900RS is going to give the ultimate in retro looks and modern performance combined into one affordable package. Coming in at around $10,000, this retro cool bike is a fresh take on Kawasaki’s classic Z1 from the 1970s.

If you’re looking to ride in comfort, you’ll appreciate the ergonomic positioning of your body and the thickly padded seat. Performance wise you’re looking at a 948cc inline four-cylinder beast of an engine.

It also comes with ABS brakes, dual on the front and single on the back. This will give you plenty of stopping power and control.

Plus you can’t forget that iconic and instantly recognizable Kawasaki green coloring. Don’t fret though, if green isn’t your color it also comes in a red/black color combo.

2. 2019 Honda Monkey

Honda is looking to duplicate the success they had with the Rebel by introducing the Monkey. If you’re familiar with Honda, you’ll know the Grom, a staple in the minibikes market. Think of the Monkey as the Grom’s retro brother.

It’s incredibly affordable at under $5,000. Those who have been riding for years may remember the Z50 “monkey bike” from Honda.

It comes with a 125cc engine and four-speed transmission. There are small 12 inch wheels and the whole bike only weighs 231 pounds. You have two colors to choose from, Banana Yellow or Pearl Nebula Red.

If you’re only looking to race about the urban jungle, then the Monkey will allow you to do it in retro style. If you’re looking for more of a long distance adventure, then keep moving along, this is not the bike for you.

3. Harley-Davidson FXDR 114

It’s no secret that Harley has struggled in recent years, even lowering their shipments in 2018 to 231,000-236,000. For 2017 their shipments were 241,498.

Harley hopes to capture that new rider market by producing tough looking powerful bikes. The FXDR is a perfect example of that.

The bike isn’t cheap coming in just over $20k. But for your money, you are getting the iconic Harley name and performance.

Harley took the Softail frame and made it tough with some lean angles, inverted forks, and a more forward leaning riding position. The motor is a 114 V twin with an impressive 119 lb/ft of torque.

4. Suzuki SV650X

If you are shopping for your first bike ever, then this is one of the best bikes for you to be looking at on this list. It’s a fun ride and manageable for someone at any skill level.

With the SV650X, Suzuki went for more of a cafe racer look. Now if you ask us, it isn’t the most authentic cafe racer look, but there are some elements that make it lean that way.

The clip-on handlebars were moved forward to make your position feel sportier. The seat is more cushioned and has the classic crossbody stitching that you typically see in a cafe racer. There are also new fairings and graphics for that final visual touch.

Suzuki left the performance of the bike alone though. It has the same 649cc twin engine, performance suspension, and ABS brakes.

5. Can Am Ryker

There’s a lot of debate over whether the Can Am bikes are truly motorcycles. Whether you are for or against, you can’t deny the rise in their popularity over the last decade.

The latest in the trike builder’s line is the Ryker. This stripped down sporty model is about half the cost of the previous Spyder model.

It has a lower stance and improved handling, so feel free to take it through those twisties with your fellow two-wheeled riders. You’ll be able to keep up with the 600cc twin engine from Rotax. If that isn’t enough power for you though, there is also a 900cc model.

Be sure to check out the Rally Edition. This model beefs up the Ryker’s performance stats for those who want to ride something badass. It’s got a raised suspension and off-road ready tires.

6. BMW G310GS

When you think of BMW, affordable isn’t usually the first thing you think of. Prepare to have your assumptions proven wrong. BMW is bringing you the G310GS for just over $5,000.

This smaller stature bike continues the legacy that BMW has built in the adventure bike market. Its seat height will appeal to those who are shorter in stature with a 32.9inch seat height.

If you want to get off-road but aren’t looking for a long distance touring bike, then you’ll want to check this bike out.

7. Yamaha YZF-R3

The Yamaha R3 is another bike that is perfect for those beginner riders that are looking for their first bike. The purchase price is super affordable at around $5,000. plus the 321cc twin cylinder engine isn’t too powerful for someone still learning.

This little bike got a redesign to give it a much tougher look so that it better matches its big brothers in Yamaha’s sport bike line. The gas tank also received some reshaping to help riders tuck in to give you a more aerodynamic shape.

There are two color options for you with this bike, and they’re pretty boring. You can go with the classic Yamaha blue or black.

8. Indian FTR1200

This is not like the bikes you are familiar with coming from Indian since their explosive relaunch in 2013. This sporty and mean looking option is perfect for chasing those sport bikes into the curvy mountain roads.

Everything about this bike is based on performance, from the huge inverted forks to the Brembo brakes, to the 1203cc twin engine with 120hp.

It has a stripped down naked look with the exposed frame reminiscent of the Ducati Monster or the Kawasaki Z650.

You won’t be putting fringed leather side bags on this bike.

You have three color options, and they are all dark and tough. Pick from Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, Indian Red over Steel Grey, or Race Replica.

9. Royal Enfield Continental GT

Most riders aren’t familiar with Royal Enfield, although they should be, as the company has been building motorcycles for over 100 years. In fact, it was one of the first companies to start building motorcycles.

The British founded company that now resides in India has struggled recently to capture the American rider’s attention. The build quality just hasn’t been there and their lineup has been lacking.

This is changing though as the company gets serious about upping the quality. That’s where the Continental GT comes in. This 650cc engine bike is showing promising performance.

The styling is straight out of the 1970s. If you want the most authentic retro one of a kind bike out there, this is the bike for you. Since they aren’t huge in the US, you probably won’t run into anyone else with the same bike as you.

10. Ubco 2×2

The final bike on our list is probably one that you’ve never heard of, and you might think looks more like an awkward bicycle than a traditional motorcycle. We chose it though because of its affordable innovation.

This little bike from New Zealand is more about utility than performance and style. It’s electric with a range of 75 miles. What’s impressive though, is that the company claims you can conquer a 25% grade with up to 220 pounds aboard.

Almost anyone can ride the bike thanks to the super light weight of 140 pounds and low seat height of 31.5 inches. That light weight comes from the fact that the framework is minimal and there are no fairings to speak of.

We hope you like white because that’s your only color option.

Which One Is the Best Motorcycle for You?

So now that we’ve gone over the best motorcycles that are coming out in 2019, all that’s left is for you to check them out. Before you buy any motorcycle, you should look at it in person.

You’ll want to sit on them, see if it feels comfortable. Then when you’ve narrowed down your choice to one or two take them for a test ride.

Pick the bike that you feel most natural on. Remember that your motorcycle is an extension of you, so while these retro looking bikes may look like your style, they may not fit your riding style.

Is this your first time buying a motorcycle? Check out these beginner’s buying tips.

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11 Most Epic Motorcycle Movie Scenes of All Time

There have been more motorcycles in movies than we can count. But only a handful of the scenes have been so epic that we can’t ever forget them. Some are from old Hollywood classics while others are from modern day blockbusters. There are the ones most memorable for breakneck action sequences. And then there are […] The post 11 Most Epic Motorcycle Movie Scenes of All Time appeared first on Biker...

There have been more motorcycles in movies than we can count. But only a handful of the scenes have been so epic that we can’t ever forget them.

Some are from old Hollywood classics while others are from modern day blockbusters. There are the ones most memorable for breakneck action sequences. And then there are the ones that are just plain funny.

Curious which motorcycle scenes made the list? Read on for our top 11!

1. Pulp Fiction

“Zed’s dead baby!” Bruce Willis has just escaped a dungeon of sadists, a killer crime boss, and is now trying to hurry his wife into leaving. But she’s busy asking about the chopper he’s on, as it clearly wasn’t his.

The 1986 Harley Davidson Super Glide was christened with the name “Grace” across the tank. There were actually two different versions of the chopper used in the film. Each has a custom tank and dual air intake covers.

2. The Great Escape

Steve McQueen will always be the ultimate rider when it comes to rebel motorcycle riders pushing the limit. In the 1963 film the Great Escape, he plays a prisoner of war in WWII.

He eventually makes an escape attempt where he rides a motorcycle to freedom. He starts by speeding through town attracting the wrong kind of attention.

This leads to an all-out chase across the countryside. He eventually realizes that he must make an epic jump over the wood and barbed wire fence.

Unfortunately, he didn’t escape as he and the motorcycle slid into a second barbed wire fence. Ultimately, he must accept defeat and surrender once again to his captors.

3. Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade

The last crusade is a favorite in the Indiana Jones franchise. Not just with fans, but also the director Steven Spielberg and the lead Harrison Ford.

The scene where Harrison Ford and Sean Connery escape the Nazis wasn’t even supposed to be in the movie. Thankfully Spielberg thought the film needed more action.

Which means viewers are now treated to a motorcycle chase with Ford astride the motorcycle and Connery in a sidecar.

Bonus Film

Shout out to another Indiana Jones movie, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While not as loved, it too features an epic motorcycle chase scene. In this one, a Springer Softail has been customized to look old and used.

Shia LaBeouf rescues Harrison Ford and proceeds to race across the campus of Marshall College. He then braves the wrath of the librarians by riding the bike through the library.

4. Jurassic World

Chris Pratt, motorcycles, and dinosaurs, what isn’t to like about this movie?! The Triumph Scrambler isn’t the coolest of bikes, but it tried hard to keep up with Pratt’s rugged manliness.

It also wasn’t realistic in the role of a bike that an island theme park would buy for daily use. There are plenty of other crossover bikes that would have performed the job much better.

At one point the raptors get released and Pratt is on the chase through the forest. He eventually catches up to them, bobbing and weaving obstacles as he goes.

Don’t hope to buy a movie scrambler though. Triumph custom built the one from the movie. So you’ll only be able to get hold of their standard stock version.

5. Terminator 2 Judgment Day

When it comes to one of the ultimate movie bad asses, only the most bad ass bike will do. When the movie was first released, that bike was a Harley Davidson Fat Boy. Apparently only a Harley could handle a killer cyborg from the future.

Be sure to not miss the scene where he jumps canals while using his 12 gauge shotgun to fire at a semi truck. That canal jump was almost real, thanks to cables. A real Harley Davidson Fat Boy is far too heavy and doesn’t have the suspension to make that jump.

So movie makers suspended the bike by cables. This helped remove about two-thirds of the weight. This let them film the bike actually making the jump while not destroying the bike.

6. Ghost Rider

There isn’t anything more epic than a movie where the main character is a motorcycle stuntman. In Ghost Rider, Nicholas Cage plays Johnny Cage.

When he was younger, he made a deal with the devil and sold his soul. Thanks to that deal he became a famous motorcycle stuntman. But now he must fight for the life of a loved one.

Then the end of the film culminated in an epic ride across the desert with wheels ablaze. Obviously, a bulk of the Panhead Chopper is CG, but does that really matter?

Rumor has it the skull tricked out chopper was a remake inspiration of Peter Fonda’s bike from Easy Rider.

7. Wild Hogs

Okay, so all of the other scenes on this list show expert riders successfully maneuvering their bike at high rates of speed. Well, not this movie.

The most epic scene from this movie is when William H. Macy loses control of his motorcycle. He looks right while the Harley Davidson XL1200C Sportster goes left.

He bobs and weaves on the grass center median of the road and thinks he’s safe. Then mid-celebration a sign gets the better of him and he’s on the ground.

8. James Bond Skyfall

Daniel Craig doesn’t disappoint as Bond in Skyfall with an epic race through the city on a Honda CRF250R. This motocrosser makes sense as it traverses the city rooftops, streets, and buildings.

There were actually two bikes used in the movie. There was Craig’s street merchant bike, and a “police bike”.

Honda later donated the Bond motorcycle from the movie to BBC’s annual fundraiser to raise money for children in need.

9. Mad Max Fury Road

One of the newer movies on this list, Mad Max delivers non stop action wrapped up in a sci-fi film. Fury Road is about a woman who rebels against the post-apocalyptic ruler in Australia.

Max gets involved and things get interesting. All of the bikes look like they have seen better days, but isn’t that to be expected?

This is the first movie in the franchise where Max gets aboard a motorcycle. About time right? Sure it was fleeting but it was totally worth it to see Max race through the desert on the Yamaha R1.

Viewers shouldn’t feel bad if they didn’t recognize it though. It was covered in carpet.

The entire movie played true to life with bikes from all walks of life. Viewers will see Honda, Yamaha, and BMW. Though most people probably won’t recognize most of them.

With their post-apocalyptic makeover, you may not want to mod your bike in this style, but there are plenty of other mods that you can get inspired to do.

10. Tron

Most people think of that iconic “motorcycle” with the hollow wheels. But that isn’t a motorcycle, and those scenes don’t compare to the epic Ducati Sport Classic 100 scenes.

These scenes are some of the most beautiful motorcycles cinematography produced. The imagery is of a Ducati being used to evade a motorcycle cop. But it’s a hypnotic experience as viewers become entranced into the serene cinematography.

Too bad Ducati totally botched the marketing opportunity of it all. The scene was one of the best commercials for Ducati out there.

Yet by the time the movie came out, Ducati had stopped production on the Sport Classic 1000. So moviegoers weren’t able to buy the machinery that inspired them.

11. Matrix Reloaded

Picture this, a Ducati is on a transport truck, just riding down the highway. Then to the beat of throbbing techno music, Trinity hops onto the truck and starts it up.

Soon she’s flying over the front of the truck and the wild ride starts. She evades police while weaving through traffic heading in the wrong direction.

Ducati was smart with this film, releasing a limited production special edition motorcycle to coincide with the movie. The bike featured a dark green paint to match the movie version of the bike.

To make the scene, a crew had to build 1.5 miles of fake freeway. They chose a decommissioned Naval Air Station for its old runways.

Motorcycle Movie

These movies are all about fantasy, so of course, they have epic heart stopping motorcycle scenes. Some scenes are epic for their speed, others for their unbelievable jumps. While others just make us go “ouch!”

While it’s fun to watch these scenes, don’t try them at home. Most of them were accomplished through the help of a little motorcycle movie magic.

If you are ready to get out there and ride your bike, you need to check out the 10 best roads in the United States.

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