Motorcycle Blog

  1. Harley's problems are self-created

    Harley's problems are self-created
    News that Harley-Davidson is closing one its plants amid declining sales may come as a shock to some people.
    If so, those people are not paying attention to the motorcycle market.
    Bike sales jumped when gasoline spiked into the $3-per-gallon range a few years back. While prices stayed in that range, scooter sales remained strong. When prices began to drop, so did motorcycle sales.
    But sales in some places and segments remain strong.
    Certain segments of the riding community are growing.
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  2. Right to repair gaining traction at state level

    Right to repair gaining traction at state level

    The Economist, a European business mag respected across the world puts it this way, "In its 'License Agreement for John Deere Embedded Software, for instance, the company retains ownership of the software programs. It also refers to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a controversial piece of legislation that makes it illegal for customers to circumvent copy protection. But dodging it can be necessary to develop diagnostic tools for electronic devices."

    A while back, we brought you news that the Right to Repair was gaining traction at the national level. This is quite important to anyone who buys modern devices that have software and electronic components.
    Here's why.
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  3. Biker fatalities by the numbers and states

    Biker fatalities by the numbers and states
    Florida ranks at the top for the most dangerous states for people on two wheels.
    The Governors Highway Safety Association 2017 report is out and it looks at motorcycle deaths. It is based on 2015 information.
    But where are you most likely to become a statistic and the honoree at a memorial ride? In other words, where are you most likely to die in the saddle?
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  4. How do we learn to ride?

    How do we learn to ride?
    Want to blow a mathematician's mind? Ask him how a human learns to balance on two wheels or even one wheel.
    If you are going to ride a motorcycle (excluding trikes from this discussion) you've got to learn how to balance on two wheels. Nearly all of us learned on a bicycle and moved up as we got older.
    Someone is going to point to the new BMW self balancing ride. Great, as long as the bike is charged. When the batteries die you better hope the kickstand is down, your feet or down or you are going over if you can balance on two wheels.
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  5. Are bikers a dying breed?

    Are bikers a dying breed?
    According to some of the major financial experts, the motorcycle industry is in trouble.
    Yawn.
    Been there, done that, came back from the brink and got in the saddle again. The latest salvo of the death of the biker industry tries to track sales. Bloomberg's graphic shows bike sales were cut by nearly 1/3 between 2008-09. To refresh your memory, that's when the Great Recession body slammed the United States.
    "Motorcycle sales in the U.S. peaked in 2006 at 716,268 and promptly started to
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  6. How Far Does The Motorcycle Funerals Go?

    How Far Does The Motorcycle Funerals Go?
    We’ve seen many companies over the last decade or so offer burial services to motorcycle riders that include a last ride in a motorcycle hearse.
    They take a motorcycle, and either place the coffin on a sidecar or drag a hearse behind it (like in the old Wild West days, a horse pulling a hearse).
    Now, one biker is going to go a step further. An 89-year-old Pennsylvania biker names Arthur Werner Sr. (no, no relation to me) was so in love with his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail with sidecar that he decided he wanted to get buried with it.
    Heintzelman Funeral Home in Hellertown, a funeral ho
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  7. Florida Is The Place To Avoid When Riding A Motorcycle

    Florida Is The Place To Avoid When Riding A Motorcycle
    According to the AAA and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in terms of numbers, Florida is the place NOT to ride a motorcycle. That is because it’s where you’ll find the most motorcycle related deaths; more than any other state.
    Their numbers don’t even look at population ratios, it’s pure THE biggest numbers. In 2015, 606 bikers died, 30% more than in 2014. Bikes represent only 3% of all vehicles, but unfortunately represent 20% of fatalities.
    Miami-Dade County is the worst in Florida with 67 fatalities.
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  8. Beating saddle sores

    Beating saddle sores
    When it comes to the things we don't like about riding, saddle sores are not something that usually tops the list. Until experienced that is.
    Saddle sores are created by pressure or chafing from sitting in one place too long. It's the same thing as bed sores. These days it's more common for bicycle riders, because of the configuration of that tiny seat, but it can hit anyone who rides on two or three wheels. Horses and horse riders can also get them.
    The best way to not get saddle sores is to ride more. Over time, your body will become accustomed to the pressure points and make adjustments. It's like playing guitar. Eventually, you'll get calluses on your fingers.
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  9. A Properly Designed Heads Up Display For Motorcycles?

    A Properly Designed Heads Up Display For Motorcycles?
    There have been several high-profile HUDs (Heads Up Display) for motorcycles announced over the last few years (like Skully and LiveMap). Having a HUD makes sense, since you can be presented with important information while riding your motorcycle without being distracted or requiring focusing away from traffic. Let’s face it, if fighter pilots use HUDs while slugging it out with bandits in the sky, why wouldn’t it be okay for us bikers?
    But almost all these HUD proposals have bought the farm … they no longer exist. And the reason? Usually it meant you had to buy a special helmet, and the price tag was that of a small motorcycle. So, expensive for what you got.
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  10. Taking a ride to the Great White North

    Taking a ride to the Great White North
    Ever thought about heading north, as in crossing the border north for a road trip?
    I returned not long ago from my second trip (third if you count going up, crossing in and turning around to come back) to Canada. While I didn't ride my scooter, I did learn a few things about going from the US to Canada and coming back.
    If you do plan to ride into Canada, then you will need a few things at the border.
    Passport. Technically, you do not need a passport to cross the border by vehicle. If you fly in, yes you need a passport. I got in this year with my driver's license and my Department of Correction
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