Change the oil in your ride regularly. You know that, but how much do you know about the oil you put into your steel steed?

IT'S NOT WEIGHT

Motor oil is commonly sold with a "w" and some numbers. A lot of people say the "w" stands for weight. It means "winter." The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) came up with the numbers and the "w" for motor oil. "The numbers 0, 5, 10, 15, (20) and 25 are (sometimes) suffixed with the letter W, designating they are "winter" (not "weight") or cold-start viscosity, at lower temperature," says the Lard Oil company.

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The giant Dutch GPS manufacturer, TomTom, already had a GPS lineup for motorcycles. Handy, compact, rainproof and with features only bikers would want (like navigating to twisting roads), now TomTom has released a GPS meant for scooters (although I venture to say that many motorcycles could use this very nifty device).

The idea behind the TomTom Vio is very smart, almost a stroke of genius. The Vio is in fact the display of your smartphone’s GPS (iPhone or Android).

You download a (free) application (TomTom Vio – iPhone or Android), hook your Vio device to your scooter’s mirror stems and you are in business.

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So what about Bacon and motorcycles?

First of all, Kevin doesn’t ride motorcycles. Confused?

Of course, we’re talking about actor/musician Kevin Bacon. He is not known for riding motorcycles, neither as a true passion or hobby nor to show that he is a bad dude (like some Hollywood actors). He’s just got a great last name.

So it’s not that Bacon.

How about the “Lady”?

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A federal lawsuit to strip the Devils Disciples MC of their distinctive vest patches is over.

Federal prosecutors dropped the lawsuit Aug. 30.

“These trademark cases are important to the clubs, whose free association has been threatened by the attempts by (prosecutors) to enjoin use of their membership (marks) by non-indicted persons,” attorney Fritz Clapp, a former longtime Sacramento resident, told McClatchy News Service.

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A motorcycle that won't start is a much smaller problem than a motorcycle that won't stop.

So how do we stop our steel steeds? Brakes. Here's a look at brakes and some things you need to know about them.

BRAKE FLUID

Motorcycles today use hydraulic braking systems. The brake fluid is a non-compressible fluid. It comes in three types, DOT fluid. It's sold as DOT3, DOT4 and DOT5.

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You may be wondering what YAH means. It means “Yet Another HUD” with HUD meaning Heads Up Display. Over the year, there have been several projects that put a display inside the biker’s helmet. 

It started several years ago (2005) with the first commercial product from a company called SportVue. SportVue was a small device installed on the top edge of your helmet, receiving wireless information from a “blackbox” installed in your motorcycle. 

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Keanu Reeves, the actor well known for his starring role in the Matrix movies, is now making custom motorcycles through the Arch Motorcycle Company.

The price? A $15,000 deposit and $63,000 more when it's done. For this price, Reeves and his company promise "Each KR GT-1 is personalized to enhance the ownership experience. The forward control or mid control option and a limitless array of unique finishes are just the beginning." Each ride is custom fit to the owner.

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Victory motorcycles, one of the new kids on the block in the bike world, announced its 2017 lineup recently. Let's take a look at the offerings. 



 



Victory offers 5 lines in the 2017 models, including electrics. The biggest selection is the Cruiser with 5 models. Prices range from an MSRP of $10,499 to $21,999 



 



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Victory starts bikes with the Octane. This is the lowest-cost bike in the lineup.It has three color schemes; two shades of gray, a black and gray with green striping on the tank. It has very little chrome. 

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“Loud pipes save lives” is a common saying among the bikers who have aftermarket exhausts.

How effective is a loud exhaust?

Try this. Park in a cage on the side of a long stretch of straight road with little traffic. Turn on the radio. Have other people in the car talking. You may have to drive some distance to find a suitable road if you live in a city.

Have a riding buddy with loud pipes head toward you from a long distance away, then, pass you. When do you hear the motorcycle the most? After it passes you.

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Regardless of your opinion on helmet laws, mostly like you wear one from time to time. But how much do you know about that lid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has a map showing which states have a mandatory helmet law, and which either don't or have some sort of choice.

Here's a rundown of some helmet facts, expert opinions and just some general information.

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Indian Motorcycle Company recently announced the 2017 bike lineup. Ten new offerings are on the way with MSRPs ranging from $9K for the Scout Sixty to $29K for the Roadmaster. 

Here's a brief look at what's hitting the road this season.

MIDSIZE 

SCOUT SIXTY

This bike is blacked out all over except for a few chrome highlights and the pipes.

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