Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Harley Davidson 883 Sportster - A Great Motorcycle

Harley Davidson 883 Sportster - A Great Motorcycle by A R Thompson

Of all the different models of motorcycles that Harley Davidson produces those that come in the Sportster group are the best selling of all of them. This also includes the Harley 883 Sportster which is extremely with both the young and old who are looking to own such an iconic motorcycle.

As anyone will soon discover all the bikes that Harley Davidson have produced through out the years including this one are extremely versatile. But what is making this motorcycle so popular is that it looks very similar to the XLCH Harley Davidson Sportster that was first built back in 1958. But for those who wish to provide themselves with a little more comfort to use the bike for touring on there are a number of additional items that they can put on to theirs. Below are a list of the items that you may want to consider buying for yours.

1. Get yourself a set of flush mounted leather saddlebags. 2. Get it fitted with a sport windshield. 3. Replace the seat that it comes with, with a deluxe touring one instead. 4. Get a low sissy bar along with a passenger backrest. 5. Fit on to it a sport rack, and then buy yourself the overnight rack and tank bags.

Once you have all these parts fitted you will find that going away at weekends on it will be extremely enjoyable and will not have lessened the ride any. Plus including the new seat and passenger backrest on to the bike even those on the back of your Harley 883 Sportster will enjoy the journey just as much as you.

As previously mentioned the latest versions of all the Harley Davidson Sportster's look very similar to the XLCH Sportster produced back in 1958. The only difference being is that the parts have changed since then and only good quality modern parts are fitted to these machines.

Today all the Harley Davidson 883 Sportster motorcycles have in them an Evolution V-Twin engine, which will have been bored out to 883cc. However, if a person wants to they can actually convert it so that it becomes a 1200cc size engine instead. If a person, wishes to do this their local Harley Davidson dealership will charge around $900 to do this work.

Although the 883 Sportster has a large engine it has not been designed for being ridden at high speeds, generally going no higher than 60mph is best, especially if you want to avoid vibration. Rather those who would prefer some thing a little faster then a Japanese motorcycle might be a safer bet for them. Yet for those who like the feel of the wind in their face and the sun on their skin then this motorcycle would be perfect.

What you will soon discover after owning your Harley 883 Sportster for even the shortest time that they are ideally suited to be ridden both in the city or out in the country. Also now that all the Harley Davidson motorcycles are fitted with a belt drive rather than a chain drive they sound much quieter and also much easier to maintain as well. So if you are looking for a bike which can hold its value but has all the qualities that you would look for in a custom made motorcycle you may want to consider one of these as your next purchase.

Here at we offer information on one of the most popular motorcycles Harley Davidson has built. It is here you can find some great deals on bikes and parts for the Harley 883 Sportster.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Indian Larry, Chopper Shaman

Here is a link to a book about Indian Larry, so some reason I thought I should add it here. For the real Chopper man this is a good book to read and digest. I met Indian Larry one day and talked to him, examined his bikes, got a picture with him and he signed a custom Indian Larry shirt for me. Good Memories for a guy who dies way to soon in life.

Here is another book that may also be of interest.

The best kids dvd for Christmas presents.

If you still need presents for the big or small kids in you life, get anyone of these great DVD and sit back and enjoy.


Cars the fantastic animated show about a Race car and a Sleepy town. I have watched this show 30+ times with my kids and love it every times I see it.


Toy Story the original is a great family fun kids show, I have also watched this many times and love it every time.


Toy Story 2, In my opinion not quite as good as the original but a great show too.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Long Way Round, a great DVD for Christmas

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman,
in The Long Way Round. Drive Motorcycles around the world

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, The stars of Long Way Round get a team together and set out on an advent rue to drive from London to New York by way of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Alaska, Canada, and then finally across the USA. The team takes on all kinds of challenges and has an adventure of a life time. They hook up a sponsorship deal with BMW and make a British TV show along the way. The planning and schedule are long and detailed but in the end they have a long BMW riding adventure.

Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman-Long Way Round

2 men, 2 bikes, 20,000 miles...

This is a great documentary BBC TV series follows actors Ewan McGregor (The guy from Star Wars,) and Charley Boorman (Also an Actor but not as famous) on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Alaska. Adventure awaits them at every corner. They do finally end up in in New York. The filming is done by on board cameras and one ride along cameraman, as well as a support crew that sort follows along.

For over 115 days. Their trip starts in a slow wind up fashion but within one episode the action and fun begins. From this adventure they were able to produce a DVD, book and a TV contract to make it all possible. Go Ewan and Charlie go, I hope you finish the famous this long adventure around the world in 115 days.

This is a good set of TV shows, I watched them all and was interested and amazed at the adventure all along the way. so if you get a chance to buy or watch these DVD I definitely recommend them.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The star from Long Way Round Race the Paris to Dakar Rally

Charlie Boorman, The star from
Long Way Round Race the Paris to Dakar Rally

This is a great christmas gift if you have anyone in your fanily who loves to ride this is an amazing story of a serious offroad race and adventure. Even if you don't aspire to ride offroad this is a fun adventure to watch.

Charlie Boorman, Without his co star Ewan McGregor who only stops in for a few shots and cameo appearances. The star from
Long Way Round Charlie Boorman the likable biker. He gets the team back together for another sponsorship deal with BMW where he enters the Paris to Dakar Rally. I guess he said he wanted to in the last show Long was Round, so they are putting in all the effort again for a long BMW riding adventure.

Charley Boorman-Race to Dakar

He gets most all of the original team together, and adds Simon Pavey an Australian bike champion, Bike Instructor, 5 times Dakar Racer finisher. and all round good guy going by the film, the personable British biker, rider, camera guy Matt Hall, and the mechanical crew consisting of two very good mechanics last but not least the Producer and team Captain Russ Malkin. A good group to attempt an almost impossible task. The Dakar Rally!

The series starts in a slow wind up fashion but within one episode the action and fun begins. Charley has reservations and trouble getting going, and seem to swear way to much in just casual conversation. They try to show you a real sense of how tough the race is both mentally and physically. For me one of the funniest parts of the show is the BMW X-5 car thing they tried to make ready for the Dakar. 100's of hours are spent trying to get a street car BMW thing ready for the serious off road Sorry BMW it's a street car with a 4x4 false impression, and it's way to electric and computerized, this causes problems for the team from day one. Once the rider really hit the mud, sand dirt and heat true moments of fun frustration, stress, fatigue, and lots of admiration and bafflement for the people riding, driving or supporting this event. The Dakar rally is really is one of the worlds hardest races. Charley and the team crew give you an insight into how quote "insane this all is" It makes all bike rider wish and dream about the day we could try something like this. Charlie is luck or how do they say is cunning like a fox to be able to have a year to prepare, a large budget of cash, a team of co-riders, backup trucks, mechanics, office crew etc. I guess the DVD, book and TV contract make it all possible. Go Charlie go, I hope you finish the famous Paris to Dakar Rally.

Get the Worlds Fastest Indian DVD for Christmas

The World's Fastest Indian.

This is a great movie, sorry if I just found out about it and was able to watch it on DVD. It is a very fun show about a true biker, who builds old school fast Indian Racing Motorcycles. He takes on the adventure of traveling from New Zealand to the Boneville Salt Flats near Salt Lake city to run his motorcycle in the World speed races.
Here is a great christmas present for any of the biker in you world. If you have ot seen this movie it is a must have. It's also a nice enough show that the chicks will like watching it with out it being called a "Chick Flick"

My Movie review. GREAT Five greasy wrenches, I loved it, the whole story line was fun and genuine, and driven. The main actor Anthony Hopkins, plays Burt Munro an old retired motorcycle racing fanatic, who has always dreamed of speed racing on the Boneville Salt Flats in Wendover Utah. He finally makes his dream come true, traveling from New Zealand to Utah to race on the salt. The story follows his adventures across the oceans and through California and Nevada.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Difference between Used Motorcycles and Brand New Motorcycles

Difference between Used Motorcycles and Brand New Motorcycles by Victor Arthur Pidkowich

While a brand new motorcycle is a very nice thing to have in life, the price of these motorcycles can often make your dream of owning the motorcycle of your dreams impossible. This is especially true if you have other responsibilities, like credit card bills, a family, or just want to get the most for your money. One of the best ways to get the motorcycle of your dreams is to buy a used motorcycle. Used motorcycles are often to be thought of as not as good as a brand new one, but are you aware that a pre-owned or used motorcycle and actually give you more value than a brand new one? This is because an avid motorcycle lover will maintain and care for his or her motorcycle in a way that others won't. On top of that, he or she knows the bike inside out, and can tell you how it performs and explain all kinds of nuances about the bike. Each motorcycle is different just like each person is different, even if you're looking at the same model and make. So in many cases, you can actually get more out of used motorcycles than you ever could from a brand new motorcycle. Used motorcycles are also highly affordable, so you can realize your dream and know that it is within reach.

Buying used or vintage motorcycles is always a great idea if this is going to be your first bike. When you buy pre-owned or used motorcycles you can easily learn the art of riding and controlling the bike for a lot less money than if you were buying brand new. There is a catch to buying used motorcycles, though. You have to know what you are looking for and how to evaluate used bikes. Don't leave things to chance or guess work. Do your research and know as much as you can about the workings of the bike. Another problem that you will have to face, whether your buy a brand new one or used motorcycles is that you have to know which bike is right for you. You could end up losing a large amount of your hard earned money by buying the wrong motorcycle all together.

First, consider your budget for purchasing either a new motorcycle or used motorcycles. Obviously, a brand new motorcycle has an advantage in that you usually will have a warranty that comes with it. But there is also a disadvantage, and that is one of price. Used motorcycles can have an advantage in that if it is in good condition, and you buy from a person who loves motorcycles, you can usually get a pretty good deal, along with a lot of extra information on the workings of the bike, for example how it rides, and how you can make your rides more enjoyable. Usually, the summer months are the months that bikes become more in demand, so the prices usually go up during this time as well. If you're looking for good deals, you may want to wait until the fall or winter to buy your used motorcycles. In order for you to get the best deal on either brand new or used motorcycles, you need to do your research. Feel free to browse this site for more information on used motorcycles for sale.

Victor Arthur Pidkowich - writer for Used Motorcycles For Sale - - A site dedicated to the listing of new and used motorcycles in Canada and the United States.

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Speeding Up to Slow Down

Speeding Up to Slow Down by Jason

The flowers were breathtakingly beautiful: bougainvillea like I've only seen in Hawaii and cannot grow at home in Houston. They covered a wall almost 15 feet long and half as high. Brilliant sprays of orange, red and fuchsia offset against a background of the deepest green.

I saw all this out of the corner of my eye as I sped by at 25 mph, pedaling as fast as I could. The peloton of riders was ahead of me, and I didn't want to be last for lunch.

It didn't matter that I was in the Puglia region of southern Italy, cycling along the "heel" of the Italian "boot" on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It didn't matter that I was supposed to be vacationing, taking in the sights. What mattered at that particular moment was where I was going and how fast I could get there.

The thought that I was here to relax, see the countryside and restore my sense of balance hadn't quite taken root in my mind. I had to move fast, catch up, keep up and get ahead � everything I had traveled 15 hours by plane to Italy NOT to do.

I wasn't the only one who'd forgotten why we were here. Fifteen other riders, including my husband Tom, were all going down the same track � the one we'd come here to leave behind us. There was one difference. They were all faster riders than I was. That meant I had to WORK a lot harder just to keep the unchanging view of the back of the peloton in sight. And to think, I had come here to play.

"Riding Lesson" Restores the Joys of the Road

With the realization that if I kept doing what I was doing, I'd be WORKING for 7 days, I put on my brakes and slowed to a stop. Checking my mirror for traffic, I turned around as three other riders pedaled by. One rider asked if I was okay.

Now I was okay because I was choosing to honor not only Puglia, but myself and the reason I came here in the first place. I hadn't come all the way to Italy to ride with the peloton; I'd come to relax.

"Stopping to smell the flowers" is an overused clich�, but that's exactly what I did. I stopped to smell the flowers � and the olive trees and the freshly turned earth of the fields I had been zipping past. I stopped to smell the salty air blowing off the Adriatic Sea, fresh bread cooling in a bakery window, lunch cooking in homes along the roadway. The aromas increased my appetite for lunch and for life. What I was smelling wasn't important, but the fact that I'd finally stopped long enough to take in the smells made all the difference.

When Tom came pedaling back, I was easy to find. I was sitting under a 150-year-old olive tree staring at that wall of bougainvillea. When he saw me, he didn't say a word, but parked his bicycle and sat beside me. Together we enjoyed my discovery. Not just the flowers, but the peace and the pace.

The peloton was long gone. The street was quiet. Now we could hear the everyday sounds of Italian life � two people arguing, a dog barking, a tractor in a nearby field. Not a word passed between us as we soaked up the smells and the sounds.

After 20 blissful minutes we remounted our bicycles. We shifted into a lower gear and started back up the road. Our destination and direction were the same, but now our purpose had changed. We were riding for the reasons we'd come this far.

We eventually caught up with the group. They'd reached the farmhouse where we were having lunch and were enjoying cold drinks and wine. Tom and I still had another 20 minutes until the signora would call us to the table � plenty of time to clean up and slake our thirsts.

Restoration Has Its Own Rewards

Visiting with the other riders over lunch, I realized that they had spent their extra time at the farmhouse rehashing the ride. When I mentioned the bougainvillea, two thought they'd seen the flowers, but the others had no memory of the sight. They were more concerned with who passed whom, how fast they'd ridden from the coast to the farmhouse and where they'd purchased their cool biking gear back in the States.

For sure we were all enjoying our vacations. I was simply enjoying a vacation that would renew me for my return to the business responsibilities awaiting me at home. The fact that the other riders missed the flowers didn't diminish their enjoyment, but seeing and smelling them enhanced my own. Tom and I didn't ride faster than 12 mph for the rest of the trip. We were never first to lunch and we weren't always last, but we enjoyed the rides more than ever.

Career, family and social demands pull us in many different directions, often all at the same time. I don't know about you, but both my clients and I benefit when I slow down. Making time to pace ourselves and "smell the flowers" is not only important � it's mandatory. I am much more creative and work at a much higher level when I've taken the time to relax and restore, and my business reaps the rewards.

Vacations Are Where You Find Them
The good news is you don't have to travel anywhere to enjoy this kind of restoration. You can vacation right at home. My "second mom," who is 74, vacations in her bathtub with candles, bath oil, a glass of wine and her favorite CD. You can do the same, and you don't have to wait until you're 74. Maybe you prefer to sit in your backyard with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, or curl up in bed with a deliciously light book. You might even want to visualize a favorite place or recall a rejuvenating experience from the past.

Try this for the next three days: Set aside just five minutes to relax every day. Then keep expanding your relaxation time until you get to 20 minutes each day. Next add a nightly session. Soon you will experience the mental freedom you enjoy when you're on vacation.

Tom has a saying he read somewhere that goes, "Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits." He says this whenever I catch him "just sitting." Make your own time to sit. You'll thank yourself for it later. In the meantime, I'll be sitting under a 150-year-old olive tree, breathing in the scent of bougainvillea � but this time around I'll be doing it from my Jacuzzi� with a glass of Italian wine.

Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD is the founder and president of Vickie Milazzo Institute ( She is credited by The New York Times with creating the legal nurse consulting profession in 1982. She is the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing the Profession and the Stevie Award as Mentor of the Year. Vickie has revolutionized the careers of thousands of RNs.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Buying Used Motorcycles Through eBay

Buying Used Motorcycles Through eBay by A R Thompson

Today when it comes to you wanting to buy a used motorcycle you have a number of different options available to you. You could either get one that is being sold privately, from a motorcycle dealer or by bidding for one that has been posted as an auction item on a site such as eBay. However in this article we will be taking a closer look at what you need to do if you are considering buying used motorcycles on eBay.

In the last few months eBay has steady increase in the number of people who are now preferring to use their site to place their motorcycles up for sale. The main reason for this being that they are actually able to target a much larger audience of people who may be interested in what they have to offer. Plus they often find that they may find the price they command is much better than if they choose to sell it privately locally.

However, if you are considering buying a used motorcycle from an auction site like eBay in this article we take a look at certain factors that need to be taken into consideration by you.

Tip 1 - It is crucial that the first thing you do before anything else is that you read through the description that the seller has provided. If you discover that you have some questions that can not be answered through the information that has been provided on the auction page then immediately contact the seller. This is easily done by clicking on the contact seller button to be found at the top of the auction page.

Tip 2 - As well as the description most sellers will post pictures of the item that they have put up for sale. In the case of a motorcycle generally they will provide you with pictures that show you what the bike looks like and to prove it is in good condition. But if you can arrange with the seller to also provide you with copies showing the condition of the wheels, tires and engine. Plus also ask them whether they can also provide you with proof of ownership as well.

Tip 3 - Look to see what feedback rating they have achieved as a seller on eBay and what kind of feedback comments they have. This again will provide you with an idea of just whether they have previously sold anything similar on the site before and also whether you feel that you are able to trust them.

Tip 4 - Should you find at any stage you have problems making contact with the seller either before you start bidding or once you have bid then immediately stop bidding. Also contact eBay informing them of the situation they will then assist you and if you wish you now actually have the right to retract any bids you have made if you find contacting the seller has become a problem. By doing this eBay has now put the responsibility squarely on their seller's shoulders to make sure that they are available to their potential bidders at all times.

Therefore keeping the above points in mind will help you when it comes to buying used motorcycles on eBay. Not only will it save you time and money but also a lot of stress and heartache as well.

At we provide information about buying used motorcycles. For some good deals on used motorcycles and accessories please click on this link.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oil and the Motorcycle Engine

Oil and the Motorcycle Engine

By Bob K. Jent

A motorcycle engine is more compact and higher revving (higher revolutions per minute) than an automobile engine allowing for faster acceleration, better responsiveness, and more efficient fuel economy. With so many parts moving rapidly in the tight confines of a motorcycle engine casing, lubrication is of utmost importance. The primary function of oil in a motorcycle engine is as a lubricator. It provides the fluidity within which all the various metal parts can perform their individual functions in close proximity. If oil were not present, metal on metal grinding would be inevitable, resulting in irreversible damage to a motorcycle engine. Oil allows the motorcycle engine to shift smoothly through all gears, upward and downward, allowing for smooth acceleration and deceleration, making every ride safer and more enjoyable.

While lubrication is the most important function of oil within the motorcycle engine, it is far from its only function. When an engine runs at high rpms, quite a large amount of heat can be generated. This heat can be harmful to the life of a motorcycle engine and must be dealt with. Oil helps dissipate this heat, and is especially essential in air-cooled engines where no coolant or water is present to aid in the cooling process. Overheating of a motorcycle engine can result in at best, a pit stop with an hour of cool down, at worst, an engine that will never run again without a skilled mechanic's intervention.

Because the rider is not separated from his or her engine by several inches of metal (as in a car), a motorcyclist is provided the opportunity of truly hearing the engine operate in every twist and turn. When the correct amount of the proper engine oil is present in the engine, this noise is reduced (still audible), and the motorcyclist can concentrate on the sounds of the world that envelop him or her, indulging in the inherent opportunity afforded by motorcycling: the freedom of being in this world instead of viewing it through the picture window that is an automobile's windshield.

Oil produced by the world's leading manufacturers like Triple Diamond Energy Corp plays a most important part in helping the motorcycle engine at all stages of its life by preventing rust and corrosion forming within. Oil also helps pistons continue pumping, safely sealed so that dirt or debris cannot enter in, disrupting movement. Oil and its necessary counterpart, the oil filter, help to keep all foreign substances out of the motorcycle engine, increasing engine life, and performance. Oil has an invaluable place within the motorcycle engine, and must always be monitored, added, and replaced as part of an owner's motorcycle maintenance regime.

About the Author: Bob Jent is the president of Triple Diamond Energy Corp

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Motorcycle Racing Games

by Michael Rad

These are some of the most fun racing games to play online because the best races are automatically recorded and you can play against the previous high scores to improve your own performance. An Internet search for available racing game downloads will reveal kids motor cycle games like Daredevil and Motor Bike Game. The Motor Bike Game is just like a real motor cycle race with pit stops and laps and the goal is to always finish first in order to ascend to the next level of difficulty. One of the first motorcycle racing games ever created is not one of the racing games to play online as it is a video game dating back to 1991. Developed by Electronic Arts the game called Road Rash throws the player in the middle of illegal violent street motorcycle races. It was probably the first game in the history of motorcycle racing games that combined combat and motorcycle racing, and probably the first game that allowed weapons (clubs, crowbars, cattle prods or police batons). The game has several levels of increasing difficulty and the player needs to finish each race on one of the first three places if he is to advance to the next race. For every victory the player receives a certain amount of money which can be used upgrade the motorcycle, buy a new motorcycle or pay the police fine when being arrested. Since it is a game of illegal street races the police can pop up at any time and mess with your score. Other more modern racing games to play online are Motor Bike Game, Daredevil, Test Drive Unlimited, Grand Theft Auto or MX vs. ATV Unleashed; although they are not all actual motorcycle racing games and some of them just combine motorcycle racing with car racing or boat racing, etc. One of the most original motorcycle racing games is the MX vs. ATV Unleashed which takes trophy trucks, monster trucks and motorcycles and makes them race together on one single track to offer you a race like you’ve never raced before. The Test Drive Unlimited is a combination of cars and motorcycles together in an off road and on road race across one thousand miles of Hawaiian territory. Last but not least Daredevil is a kid’s motorcycle racing game that lets you perform some of the most spectacular motorcycle stunts ever seen on the internet.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

When it comes to motorcycling, sisters have always been doin’ it for themselves

by Mark Gardiner

In recent years, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has reported that almost half of the students in most new rider training classes are women. But history shows that there have always been avid, expert female motorcyclists. Here are five famous female riders who are truly “old school.”

1.) Linda Dugeau – The original “Motor Maid”
In the ‘30s, there was an association of female aviators called the “Ninety-nine Club”. This inspired Linda to form a similar association of female motorcyclists. She teamed up with Dot Robinson, a well-known competition rider, to form a club called the “Motor Maids.”
It took Linda and Dot several years to find the 50 members they needed to earn an AMA charter, but the Motor Maids were soon known for their smart uniforms, complete with white gloves. The club still exists, with branches across the U.S. and in Eastern Canada. (

2.) Dot Robinson – Sidecar champion
Dot’s father, James Goulding, was the designer of a popular line of motorcycle sidecars. When Dot’s mother went into labor with her, Goulding took her to the hospital in a sidecar. As an adult, Dot and her husband were Harley-Davidson dealers in Detroit.
When she won a Jack Pine enduro in the sidecar class, she became the first woman ever to win an AMA national competition. She rode until she was well into her 80s, often in a pink riding suit that she adopted in the 1950s, when the customary black leather outfits became associated with outlaw gangs.

3.) Linda Wallach and Florence Blenkiron – Taking the Rugged Road
Linda grew up in the 1930s, in the English midlands near the factories where BSAs and Triumphs were manufactured. Despite her early fascination with bikes and her obvious skill as a rider, she was never encouraged to pursue such an unladylike sport.
Undeterred, she studied engineering and later took her friend Florence on an epic sidecar journey across the Sahara and south all the way to Cape Town, South Africa. The women had to argue their way past French Foreign Legion outposts and face man-eating lions (luckily they weren’t woman-eaters). They rebuilt their engine in mid-journey and once pushed their rig 25 miles. They told the whole story in a popular book titled, “The Rugged Road.”
Linda later became the first woman to earn a coveted “Gold Star” for lapping the Brooklands race oval at over 100 miles an hour. In WWII she became the first woman ever to serve as a British military dispatch rider.
After the war, she moved to the U.S. where she worked as a motorcycle mechanic, eventually owning her own dealership. She wrote a popular motorcycle training manual, then moved to Phoenix where she operated a riding school. She helped found WIMA, the Women’s International Motorcycle Association. She never owned a car and rode until her eyesight failed at the age of 88. She died less than two years after giving up her beloved sport.

4.) Bessie Stringfield – The Motorcycle Queen of Miami
The American Motorcycle Association’s “Bessie Stringfield Award” is given to women who distinguish themselves in the sport of motorcycling.
As an African-American woman in the ‘30s and ‘40s, Bessie made several well-publicized cross-country rides, fearlessly taking on both racists and sexists. She was frequently denied accommodation and there are pictures of her sleeping right on her motorcycle. Once, she was run off the road. Those experiences didn’t dim her patriotism however – during WWII she served as the U.S. military’s first female dispatch rider.
Bessie was truly a larger-than-life character. She once disguised herself as a man to win a dirt track race. She said she’d owned 27 Harley-Davidsons and one Indian. She owned up to no less than six husbands, too.

5.) Marjorie Cottle – Rode in motorcycling’s real “Great Escape”
Marjorie Cottle was one of the first female competitors in the International Six Day Trial, which is often called “the Olympics of motorcycling.”
In 1939, the ISDT was held in Nazi-controlled Austria in the last few days before England declared war on Germany. That year, Britain sent both a civilian and a military team to compete. After four days, when it seemed that war could break out at any minute, British officials told the civilian team to return to England immediately. Cottle refused to leave and competed on the fifth day alongside the British Army team. When they too were ordered to abandon competition, Cottle and the Army team rode their motorcycles to neutral territory in Switzerland.

Next week, we’ll post the stories of five contemporary riders who lend a whole new meaning to the phrase “fast woman!”

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Mark Gardiner is an internationally acclaimed motorcycle journalist, the subject of a documentary film, “One Man’s Island” and the author of “Riding Man”, an account of his struggle to qualify for—and survive—the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tips On Buying That New Motorcycle

Tips On Buying That New Motorcycle by Sintilia Miecevole

You've made up your mind and you have finally decided to buy a new motorcycle! What a thrilling time this can be especially when you go into a dealership with a little bit of knowledge! It is important to know what you want, and to make sure your motorcycle fits your needs. Do your homework and understand completely what you're looking for before you talk to a salesperson. There is a great web site called where you can find out the dealer invoice price and obtain a report on each bike. Remember the dealer is in business to think money and he will try and make at least 10% profit on your sale. Some of the more common fees are set-up fees, documentation fees, destination charges and taxes. It is difficult sometimes to find out what a dealership's profit margin is, but it is somewhere between 5 and 15%.

Also know that the salesman will always try to sell you extra items including an extended warranty and all the accessories, because, as you may well know, the dealer makes money on this as well. You may not want any extras and if so, don't let a salesman talk you into anything you don't want.

If you are doing a trade-in, remember to do your homework. Check out this web site, (Kelly Blue Book), as this will tell you what the price of the vehicle is when either selling it outright or trading it in. Try keeping mind that the dealer always wants to make at least 10% profit on each deal, so doing your homework means you may be able to talk them down quite a bit.

Most dealers like cash deals, however, if you are financing try to put down a good portion of that in cash. You may want to use a personal line of credit or get a pre-approved loan from a lending institution before approaching a dealer. Some dealers may have low percentage loans they can offer you on certain models, and this may definitely influence your decision. If you sell your bike privately rather than trading it in, you will usually get more for it. Remember, the dealer wants to work with you so play hardball with him. Give them some of your other business such as riding gear and accessories as this can be used as a bargaining tool. After you finalize the deal, you can almost always get them to sweeten it a bit more by throwing in the helmet or a jacket, since the salesperson has spent a lot of time and doesn't want to lose the sale.

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How To Choose A High Quality Motorcycle Boot

How To Choose A High Quality Motorcycle Boot by Gregg Hall

Today's biker is looking for classic styling, high performance and unmatched quality--from their boots and their bikes. So what should you look for when buying motorcycle boots? First you want Premium Oiled Leathers, the best leather available.

This Black Odessa Leather is waxed and oiled to make the boot more water resistant. I prefer the Vibram Chippewa Sole. This is the best motorcycle boot sole in the industry. This particular motorcycle boot sole is oil resistant and provides good traction due to its high surface contact area. Since a lot of us are around oil spills and such working on our bikes, this is a must have. Buy cheap boots without oil resistant soles and the oil will eat them away.

Another thing I prefer is Goodyear Welted Construction, which greatly adds to your motorcycle boot durability. Make sure the motorcycle boots are stitched, not glued, meaning that the soles are completely replaceable when you do finally wear them down, and let’s face it motorcycle riders are tough on their motorcycle boots. The uppers are going to last virtually forever so don’t make the mistake of buying motorcycle boots without replaceable soles.

Another thing overlooked by many is a Toe Shifter Pad. This is of major Importance to bikers because it protects the toe and arch from fatigue and damage due to gear shifting. That’s not something that everyone thinks about but it’s important.

Make sure the motorcycle boots you buy have Quality Non-Tarnishable Hardware. You want your motorcycle boot hardware to look as polished and shiny as your bike.

I also like the Texon Insole which takes moisture away from the foot to keep it as dry as possible. The insole is also anti-microbial, preventing bacteria growth in your motorcycle boots. Make sure the lining of your motorcycle boot is fully leather lined with additional upper padding to provide maximum comfort.

Look for the Bison Stampede Collection from Chippewa which is made from the American Bison. This leather is supple, comfortable, and durable. It normally outlasts regular bovine leather by as much as 50-80%.

Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses. Look at for your motorcycle gear.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sorry it's been a week or so.

I have been really busy trying to write some cool PHP code so I haven't added much here, but I will get back to it, sooner than a ... well anyway.

I am compiling all the part to build an outside shed, to store my Motorcycles, anyone think a 10 x 12 foot shed is big enough?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Eight Reasons to Build Your Own Chopper or Kit Bike

Eight Reasons to Build Your Own Chopper or Kit Bike
By Tyler Powers

Choppers are great fun to ride, and if you want to build one it can be an amazing and rewarding experience. You can buy one from a former owner or from a custom motorcycle builder. Here are eight reasons to build your own custom chopper or kit bike:

1. Kit bikes are easy to build compared to a "start from scratch" chopper. You start with a rolling chassis and go from there. You are only committing to the frame, motor and front end when you go with a kit bike. If you have never built a motorcycle before, the kit bike is the way to start and then later build a scratch chopper. You'll end up with a classy ride you love even when you begin with a kit.

2. The customization is entirely up to you. You choose the accessories and features for your motorcycle and the end product won't be like every other bike on the road!

3. The experience is a great reason to build. Not only will you learn about motorcycle design, balancing and ergonomics, you will know how every single part in the motorcycle works and be able to perform repairs easily.

4. The chopper you build, whether from a kit or from scratch, will fit you and your personal needs. If you love suicide shifts, you can have it. If you want a lower profile for easy balance when stopped, you can design that right into the motorcycle. Ladies, especially, love the custom motorcycle because many petite women don't feel comfortable with a high profile motorcycle, yu can build the motorcycle to suit your body.

5. Building your own chopper is a LOT less expensive than building a built machine. If you design and build your own scoot, you'll get what you want at a fraction of the price a custom builder will charge. After all, you are putting out all the sweat equity yourself!

6. By building your own chopper, you can spread the expense over a period of time rather than having to pay for everything up front. When you buy a showroom motorcycle, whether chopped or not, you have to pay for everything at one time. This often means financing becomes involved and you have to plan for all those payments. If you are already on the road on a stock bike or another chopper, you can perform your build of a new chopper over a period of time, adding parts as you have the money. Sure, this may not be the fast track to having a completed ride, but it can often represent the sensible way to get what you want and have it paid for in full when you first ride out! You'll save tons of money on interest chargers over financing.

7. Bonding with friends and fellow riders is another great reason to build a bike. Usually when you start a build, friends drop by to help and see the progress. This allows quality time to chat and share tips and tricks. Sure, bonding can occur on the road, but it's nice to have some garage time with your buddies.

8. Family members are often more supportive of the motorcycle when you are putting time into it at home yourself. It keeps you at home and the whole family can participate in the project. Even the kids will get excited as the motorcycle comes together!

Copyright 2006 Tyler Powers

Tyler Powers is a contributing author and webmaster for You'll find more time and money saving information on buying or building a custom chopper (or motorcycle) at than you can shake a stick at.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Tips for Buying a Used Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Author: Patrick Louis

Harley Davidson motorcycles are some of the most durable bikes
on the market. They are built to last using high quality
materials and craftsmanship. Therefore, the cost of a new Harley
may be out of reach for some individuals.

Many people find that purchasing a used motorcycle is a better
option. However, it's a good idea to possess a healthy dose of
skepticism when purchasing a used bike; particularly from a
private seller.

Previously owned motorcycles can be found through private
sellers who oftentimes announce their offer via classified ads
posted in magazines or online bulletin boards. Used motorcycles
can also be found at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships and
public auctions.

One of the safest ways to purchase a used Harley-Davidson
motorcycle is through an authorized dealer. Along with financing
options, many dealers offer extended warranties and optional
maintenance services. They inspect the bikes for any potential
problems and provide buyers with documentation that guarantees
the used motorcycle is legal.

Care should be taken when buying or selling through online
classifieds. While the majority of people participating are
honest, you should thoroughly investigate the motorcycle and its
history before handing over your hard earned cash.

Before you begin shopping for a used motorcycle, it's a good
idea to educate yourself about the makes and models of
motorcycles you are interested in. Do some research to determine
the average cost of the motorcycle in your area; investigate
insurance and finance rates; and make a list of common defects
to look out for.

When purchasing a used motorcycle through online classifieds or
auctions, be aware of any claims that sound too good to be true.
If you find a potential deal, physically review the bike before
purchasing it.

Look at the paint for scratches, irregularities and rust.
Visually check the tires and foot pedals for wear and tear. Make
certain that electronic equipment, such as lights and blinkers,
are in good working order.

Always take a good look at the maintenance history of any used
motorcycle you are considering purchasing. Start the engine to
see how well it runs. Check for blue or white smoke from the
exhaust pipe, which is a sign that the engine is worn. Make
certain there are no oil or gas leaks. The seller should possess
written documentation of mechanical check-ups.

Pay particular attention to mileage, damage, accident history
and any paint jobs. Find out how many people have previously
owned the bike and be certain to verify the VIN number. To
verify the VIN number, visit or the
Department of Motor Vehicles at

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Getting the cheapest possible motorcycle insurance

Getting the cheapest possible motorcycle insurance

Getting the cheapest possible motorcycle insurance by Tony Harries

Motorcycle insurance is no different to getting insurance for your car or boat , a minimum amount of coverage is required and you can customize your policy to suit your needs.

Motorcycle insurance is defined as the insurance of motorcycles and liabilities arising out of the use thereof.

Motorcycle insurance is a way of sharing the risks of driving between you and your insurance company. Motorcycle insurance is one of these things you need to worry about… You need insurance to ride a bike.

Insurance is not only a sound judgment, but also required by law. Motorcycle insurance is one of those annual bills that there really is no escaping.

The insurance coverage helps pay for financial losses or obligations resulting from the use or ownership of your motorcycle.

Motorcycle insurance is specifically designed to give customers the coverage they need giving them peace of mind out on the open road. The purpose of motorcycle insurance is to protect you from financial loss if you have an mishap while driving your motorcycle.

Your motorcycle insurance is really a contract between you the policyholder and the motorcycle insurance company. The best way to make sure you're getting the cheapest possible motorcycle insurance is to do your homework. Of course, not all policies are the same and the key thing to remember before buying any type of motorcycle insurance is to always get several quotes, compare the cover, then choose the policy that best suits you and the particular motorcycle you want to insure.

The first step in purchasing motorcycle insurance is to contact your agent or broker with whom you currently have auto or home insurance. In any case it is worth getting a quote as it is also perfectly possible that you will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable the motorcycle insurance is. If you have a clean licence and are older, then the cost of the motorcycle insurance is likely to be lower.

Cheap motorcycle insurance is possible and with the increasing number of insurance agencies mushrooming all over the country, the cost has steadily declined thanks to the increase in competition; insurance agencies are constantly vying with one another to offer the best and cheapest motorcycle insurance rates.

Insurance is a must for all motorcycles. Insurance rates vary, taking into account several factors such as the model of the bike and the owner s age, address, training, bike security, and driving history, besides others.

Tony Harries

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Finding The Right Chopper For You

Finding The Right Chopper For You
Finding The Right Chopper For You by Matt Bonner

One of the hottest trends in motorcycling in recent years has been the re-emergence of the Chopper as a main stream vehicle. Once the preserve of biker gangs you are now more likely to see a lawyer or a doctor cruising on his Chopper than outlaw biker. This resurgence has been fueled by a whole host of TV Shows such as American Chopper and The Great Biker Build Off.

Although the chopper had its heyday back in the 1970's which was probably due to the release of the movie "Easy Rider" have there been so many of these now available. Today you can either purchase them in kit for or one that has been completed to a high standard. In this article we will provide you with some hints and tips on finding the right one for you and which you will enjoy for years to come.

The first thing that you need to decide is just what kind of chopper it is you would like to have. Basically there are 3 different styles that you can pick.

The Bobber: A bobber is the original style of chopper that was first created by American Servicemen returning from the Second World War. The bike is customized by removing anything that isn't needed. This helps to reduce the weight and increase the performance. Handling can also be improved by lowering the unsprung weight and moving the center of gravity. Over the past couple of years the Bobber has started to grow in popularity.

The Pro Street Chopper: It is very easy to spot a pro street chopper. They have fat rear tires and long extended forks. The style is loosely derived from drag bikes. The Bikes geometry can make the handling an bit awkward on twisty roads but on a straight and away from the lights they really come into their own.

The Rat Bike: Appeared during the late 1970's and early part of the 1980's and is similar to those bikes were used in the movie "Mad Max" starring Mel Gibson. The main philosopher to owning such a bike like this is that you need to keep it on the road for as long as possible without having to spend that much money on keeping it there. In a large number of cases owners of such Rat Bikes will cannabalize parts from other ones in order to do this. As for color nearly every Rat Bike you see on the road today will be Matt Black.

Once you have decided what style is for you should decide what rear suspension the bike will have. Hard Tails as the name suggests have no rear suspension and usually rely on the springing in the seat for any level of comfort. Soft Tails as you will probably guessed will have rear suspension and give a more comfortable ride. If you intend to do a lot of miles the a soft tail is probably a wise choice.

If you would like to find out more and see what's currently available in your local area please check out our Store details are below.

If you are thinking about buying a customized motorcycle then make sure you go to Custom Chops first. At Custom Chops we provide information on how to find the right customized motorcycle for you.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Motorcycle Camping Gear

Motorcycle Camping Gear

Think Hiking When Buying Motorcycle Camping Gear

The quantity and type of motorcycle camping gear you may need will depend on the type and length of trip you are planning. There is a difference between motorcycle camping and a road trip, with road trips usually involving spending your nights in motels along the way. For a camping trip, it is advisable to plan your overnight stops ahead of time as some campgrounds are not friendly to motorcycles.

The type of motorcycle camping gear you carry should be similar to the type carried by backpackers and hikers as it packs small and light and is easy to set up in the evening and tear down in the morning. Keeping your motorcycle camping gear as compact as you can will make your trip safer and prevent the need to stop and repack on the road if something comes loose. For extended trips, you might consider a small, motorcycle trailer that is lightweight and easy to pull behind your bike.

To limit the amount of space needed for your motorcycle camping gear consider buying your food and water on a daily basis since it can take up a lot of space. For cooking, a metal mess kit offers the most diverse uses and can be cleaned at the campsite’s facilities. Be sure to carry a small bottle of liquid dishwashing detergent. In the event you get stuck away from stores, you can carry the freeze - dried, or dehydrated meals sold in many camping supply stores and heat water in a small pot over an open fire at the campground. You will want a small disposable lighter to get the fire started with the wood typically available at the campgrounds.

Be Prepared For Inclement Weather

As part of your motorcycle camping gear do not forget a change of clothing. More than one is nice, but at least one is necessary in case you get caught in the rain. If you plan to use local laundromats while traveling, make sure you have something to wear while washing your clothes. A small backpacking tent and lightweight sleeping bag can usually be carried on your bike, but consider a small inflatable air mattress for comfort. Once deflated they take up very little room and can help you sleep better at night.

When packing your motorcycle camping gear remember personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap, although shampoo can double for body soap and if you run out of room for toothpaste, you can use salt. A first aid kit should also be part of your motorcycle camping gear, regardless of space, but many are available for camping and hold those items most - often needed while camping.


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Monday, October 22, 2007

Discount Motorcycle Tires

Discount Motorcycle Tires
By Steve Valentino

Discount motorcycle tires are a great buy, but only if you know how to choose the right ones. As motorcycle tires cost a bundle, investing in a pair of discount motorcycle tires is actually not a bad idea to put a curb on your expenses.

When buying discount motorcycle tires, make sure to check the tire pressure. This is because it is the air, and not the carcass, which supports the tire. Nowadays, underinflation of tires is considered to be a tire’s number-one enemy. For better traction during wet conditions, increase the air pressure by 10 percent. If you are not sure of the pressure of the motorcycle tire, you could look at the sticker found on the VIN plate, for the required pressure of the tire. Proper alignment is important for discount motorcycle tires, as proper alignment ensures better handling and longer wears of the tire.

Since improper balance of the motorcycle shortens tire life, it must be checked when buying discount motorcycle tires. This is mainly because its balance changes after 500 or 1,000 miles of use. Make sure that the valve stem cap of the discount motorcycle tire is securely fastened on the stem, as it is an important part of your tire’s sealing system. When buying discount motorcycle tires, make sure to buy tires of the same construction. This is because tires of different construction should never be run together; the results can be disastrous.

The best means of maintaining motorcycle tires is with soap and water. New protectants only promote cracking and finish the deterioration of the tire. Always remember to visually inspect your motorcycle tires before using them on the road, as setting off on a road trip with a nail in the tire could prove disastrous. It is always better to avoid potholes, curbs and sharp objects on roads that can compromise your discount motorcycle tire’s integrity.

Motorcycle Tires provides detailed information on Motorcycle Tires, Discount Motorcycle Tires, Tires for Street Motorcycles, Cheapest Motorcycle Tires and more. Motorcycle Tires is affiliated with Custom Motorcycle Parts.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Chopper Kits

Chopper Kits
By Joe Henderson

There has been an absolutely phenomenal growth of interest in custom chopper motorcycles over the recent years. Also along with an increased price tag that these custom choppers are being sold at!

A really nice looking motorcycle, complete with beefed up engine, 6-speed transmission and custom paint job is way out of the reach of the average Joe. If you don’t have serious wads of cash, a benevolent granny or a clean sheet on your credit file then there is probably not much chance of getting a brand new custom chopper motorcycle out of the show room. So what can you do if you are hopelessly in love with the chopper dream and without the financial resources to back you up? Well, why not consider building your own custom chopper, based on a factory standard motorcycle and fit one of the reliable chopper kits available on the market today. With a bit of mechanical knowledge you can build your own Harley chopper, Honda chopper, Kawasaki chopper, Suzuki or Yamaha chopper from your standard bike and these chopper conversions are now becoming increasingly popular today.

Just how easy is this? Read on . . .

You can convert your standard Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, or Yamaha motorcycle into a custom chopper in one day, using tried and tested chopper kits. Make sure that you use a safe and reliable system to transform your motorcycle into a custom chopper using your standard factory frame.

Approved chopper kits will actually change the steering head angle on your frame without cutting or welding. Chopper kits that use a patented set of triple trees, bearings, fork tubes and offset components to provide the correct geometry are the best way of making the chopper conversion to your motorcycle. It has been stated that the most important aspect of a chopper motorcycle is the trail dimension because a motorcycle that simply relies on a raked or adjustable tree cannot achieve more then 5 or 6 degrees of additional rake before the trial becomes so small that the handling becomes dangerous. Chopper kits that use a bolt-on system eliminate the guesswork by providing your chopper with the same trail as the standard factory motorcycle.

What does this actually mean to the not so mechanically minded biker? Dude, it will look great & ride totally safe. This is a very important aspect to consider. Don't go cutting, welding or hacking away at a factory built motorcycle as this will result in a dangerous wreck and not that much wanted, cool looking, head turning dream machine you are really looking for. We all need to ride safe to keep riding!

For further reading see our site for Chopper Kits here for Harley Chopper and here for here for Honda Chopper

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Party at the Sturgis Bike Rally

Party at the Sturgis Bike Rally

By Tom Wheeler

If you are a true motorcycle enthusiast, you can't miss the annual Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota. The rally is one of the oldest and largest in the world. You can enjoy scenic rides, entertainment, other bike enthusiasts, and a great Main Street.

The Sturgis Bike Rally takes place the first week after the first weekend in August each year. Sturgis has a normal population of around 6,400 people. Attendance at the rallies generally tops 400,000 bikers and enthusiasts.

Once you get to Sturgis, you'll have a range of choices for lodging. Whether you want to stay at a hotel, RV park, or campground, you'll find lodging that meets your needs. Many bikers prefer campgrounds and RV parks during the rally because of the flexibility and camaraderie that they offer. With common areas, campgrounds offer a better chance to get to know other bikers and party.

While you're in Sturgis, don't miss the area's attractions. Take a scenic ride into the Black Hills and see Mt. Rushmore. Sturgis also has the Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. You'll see a variety of motorcycles, memorabilia, and photographs.

The Sturgis Bike Rally includes a number of great events. You'll find concerts going on all week by great bands. Whether you like rock, classic rock, or country, you'll find music that makes you want to dance and party. For example, the Rock ‘n the Rally natural amphitheater hosts a number of national acts during the rally. Have the urge to get up on stage yourself? Hit one of the karaoke events.

You'll also find hundreds of different vendors in Sturgis for the rally. You can participate in demos for new motorcycle models or see new products coming to the market to customize your bike. Whether you're looking for apparel, parts, or accessories for your motorcycle, you'll find it at the bike rally. You can also see thousands of bikes owned by other bikers that can give you ideas on how to customize your own ride.

Many campgrounds also put on activities during the bike rally. Activities range from motorcycle rodeos to beauty contests to races. Check at the campground you'll be staying at to see what will be happening during the rally week.

The Sturgis Bike Rally is a must do for any bike enthusiast. You'll meet other bikers and enjoy the beautiful scenery around Sturgis. This is one event that you need to do during your lifetime and once you go, you'll want to go back every year.

Learn how to take great Harley Davidson pictures at Sturgis and visit to make sure you look good in your Harley Davidson apparel.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Custom Motorcycles

Custom Motorcycles
By Eddie Tobey

A custom motorcycle is a unique motorcycle with the frame geometry or engine differing from standard motorcycles. They are individually produced in limited numbers in factories. Some motorcycle enthusiasts feel that a true custom bike is one that is built from scratch in a local garage or motorcycle shop.

There are different types of custom motorcycles like road, cruisers and sports bikes. Custom road motorcycles are designed for the road with smooth tires and engines in the 250cc and over range. These bikes can run at great speeds of 160km/h to 200 km/h. Cruisers are custom motorcycles that mimic the style of the American machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s, like Harley-Davidson, Excelsior and Henderson. These bikes signal adherence to a free lifestyle with a riding position of feet forward and hands up, with the spine remaining erect. The most extreme forms of these customized motorcycles are found in motorcycle clubs like The Hell’s Angels.

Sports bikes are custom motorcycles that are sometimes called ‘bullet bikes,’ because of their lightweight and high speeds. They are capable of high speeds with great stability around corners. The touring motorcycle is customized with wind protection for the rider and has high capacity fuel tanks for long-distance traveling. It also has the ability to carry luggage in panniers.

Some people hire customizers to create custom motorcycles for them. These custom motorcycles are then entered in shows to win prizes. Though custom motorcycles usually cost twice the selling price of a regular motorcycle, enthusiasts don’t mind the expense.

Motorcycles provides detailed information on Motorcycles, Used Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Mini Motorcycles and more. Motorcycles is affiliated with Motorcycle Accident Statistics.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The World’s Fastest Indian.

The World’s Fastest Indian.

This is a great movie, sorry if I just found out about it and was able to watch it on DVD. It is a very fun show about a true biker, who builds old school fast Indian Racing Motorcycles. He takes on the adventure of traveling from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats near Salt Lake city to run his motorcycle in the World speed races.

My Movie review. GREAT Five greasy wrenches, I loved it, the whole story line was fun and genuine, and driven. The main actor Anthony Hopkins, plays Burt Munro an old retired motorcycle racing fanatic, who has always dreamed of speed racing on the Boneville Salt Flats in Wendover Utah. He finally makes his dream come true, traveling from New Zealand to Utah to race on the salt. The story follows his adventures across the oceans and through California and Nevada. Once he arrives at the Salt Flats he is faced with more trials and troubles as he tries to get into the race and compete for the title of Worlds fastest Indian.

This is a good family show, I think you will enjoy it.

If you are interested in more information Click here to buy this Great DVD.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Motorcycle Seat Height is important.

I just posted an article on the seat height of each new Harley Davidson Motorcycle. This is something worth thinking about when considering a new bike. The lower the seat the lower the center of gravity and the easier the bike is to ride. When came to this conclusion when we were shopping for new Harley's for my wife. We initially thought we needed to get a Sportsters as they are a smaller bike and should be easier to ride. This is clearly no the case. The Sportster is smaller and lighter, but the height makes them harder to control vs. the Dyna Low Rider FXDL that we ended up buying for her. The Dyna Low Rider is heavier but doesn't feel that much heavier as the weight and the seating position is lower to the ground. When entering a turn the bike rides nice and leans in and lean back out of the cornering nice and easy. The Sportster tends to dive into a corner and then need pulled out of the turn and lifted back up to center.

With the Dyna it has nice power and a nice smooth riding feel to it. So far we have put 20,000+ miles on it and my wife loves it. So I would definitely say it's a nice motorcycle of any new Lady rider.

What Harley Davidson Model Seats You Best

What Harley Davidson Model Seats You Best

By Low Jeremy

Since ultimate comfort while riding is one of the main aims of motorcycle buyers, many Harley Davidson riders are more concerned with the height of the seat. This would give them a relaxed, more convenient cruise with the confidence that they can lay their feet flat on the ground whenever needed. Yes, we can say that bikes can be ridden even without having the foot flat on the ground, but to keep the rider in control while maintaining full balance when at full stop, the height of the Harley-Davidson seat is very important.

The seat’s main purpose of course is to keep the rider in a comfortable position while traveling. A Harley-Davidson seat is very effective in this. However, you might not be aware that each seat is different from each other.

Having said that, it must be noted that each Harley-Davidson model has different seat height.

The list below contains the seat height of the 2006 Harley-Davidson models. The figure on the left is in inches. The right column is the list of 2006 Harley-Davidson models.

If you are trying to figure out which one will you buy, this list will be a great help.

Motorcycle Seat Height Motorcycle Model in Inches

30 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883R

28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200R

27.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide FXDWGI

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic FLHTC/I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard FLHT/I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR/I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI

26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTRI

26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic FLHRCI

26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna 35th Anniversary Super Glide FXDI35

26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom FXDCI

26.6 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide FXDI

26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883C

26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C

26.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX/I

26.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom FLHRS/I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train FXSTB/I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce FXSTD/I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L

26 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA

26 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

25.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic FLSTSC/I

25.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob FXDBI

25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic FLSTC/I

25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail FLST/I

25.4 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy FLSTF/I

25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider FXDLI

25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard FXST/I

24.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail FXSTS/I

24.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe FLSTN/I

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The 2007 Harley Davidson Models

The 2007 Harley Davidson Models
By Low Jeremy

If you want to know what are the different Harley Davidson models for the year 2007, then you have come to the right place…

There are 5 models offered in the year 2007: the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations), Dyna, Sportster, Softail, Touring, and VRSC.


Harley-Davidson models are designated with names of letters-numbers sequence combined in several ways.

The CVO starts with either FL or LX. The Dyna Glide starts with FX. The Sportster is always an XL. The Softail is either an FX or an FL. The Touring is an FL. And the VRSC is of course VR. Then, the first two letters are coupled with combinations of any of the following:

· B (Belt Drive)

· C (Classic or Custom)

· D (Dyna Glide)

· DG (Disk Glide)

· E (Electric start)

· F (Fat Boy (1990-present)

· H (High compression)

· I (Fuel injection)

· L (Hydra Glide forks)

· LR (Low Rider)

· P (Police)

· R (Race or Rubber-mount)

· S (Sport or Springer)

· SB (Single belt final drive)

· SE (Screamin’ Eagle)

· ST (Softail)

· T (Touring)

· U (Ultra)

· WG (Wide Glide)

CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations)

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHRSE3 Screamin' Eagle® Road King®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE2 Screamin' Eagle® Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDSE Screamin' Eagle® Dyna™

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXSTSSE Screamin' Eagle® Softail® Springer®

Dyna Glide

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDB Dyna™ Street Bob™

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna™ Super Glide® Custom

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna™ Low Rider®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXD™ Dyna Super Glide®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna™ Wide Glide®


• 2007 Harley-Davidson 50th Anniversary Sportster® Limited Edition

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster® Custom

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster® 1200 Low

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200R Sportster® 1200 Roadster

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster® 883

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster® 883 Low

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883C Sportster® 883 Custom

• 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883R Sportster® 883R


• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail® Classic

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail® Deluxe

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLSTSC Softail® Springer® Classic

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXST Softail® Standard

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail® Night Train®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail® Custom

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FXSTD Softail® Deuce®


• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King® Classic

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHRS Road King® Custom

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide® Standard

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide® Classic

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide™

• 2007 Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide®


• 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod®

• 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod™

• 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod™ Special

• 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod™

• 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCX

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

By J. Blake

Dull grey skies today, a steady heavy rain, poor visibility. An opportunity to impress the crowd with a textbook demonstration of wet weather riding skills.

Starting with hardware. Motorcycle in good condition, especially tyres, the grooves good and deep to channel away water, no letting them wear flat with constant upright motorway riding, no messing about trying to extend their life because they look okayish. A helmet that won’t mist up. Clothes waterproof and breathable, they’re four years old now, never had any maintenance, I can ride through a downpour all day and not have a speck of moisture on me, miracle of modern fabrics. No trivial matter, comfort, a safety issue, you can tough stuff out for a while but it wears you down, you need your attention on staying alive not whether your feet are cold. Hi viz belts and bands, you can’t tell how many times you stay alive because some unnoticed driver sees you and doesn’t mow you down, but over time it’ll be quite a few.

Fifty percent increase in the safety bubble in front. Partly to stay out of the spray. Partly because braking distances are longer. Partly because if there’s trouble, you don’t brake, you accelerate. Braking puts the weight on the unstable front wheel, accelerating puts it on the stable back wheel. So you need space to accelerate into. Also, ride in a lower gear, use it to slow down without braking or accelerate without delaying.

Be real careful changing lanes, cars often leave their headlights off and they’re damn near invisible. Otherwise don’t worry about what’s behind you, let the hi viz stuff protect you there, concentrate on the trouble up front.

Ten mph slower than normal. That’s the deal. If you abrogate speeding limits to your own judgement, your position is a lot more compelling if you sometimes go slower, not always faster.

The game is, every time you hold back, you get a gold star. Here’s a gap I’d normally take, not today, one gold star. That doesn’t mean you have to be cowed and subdued, in fact often in the rain there’s an even greater need to filter past stuck traffic, just do it with less relish. Then collect the gold stars. But any rashness or impetuosity, all gold stars cancelled, start again.

Ten minutes later than normal for work, but a half hour margin allowed anyway, just for such contingencies. And about fifteen gold stars. Good start to the day.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bikes, Beers, Country Music, and a Harley Store.

Down in Maury County Tennessee They know how to party.

A New Harley Davidson superstore with an out door Party venue is planned. Construction has started on the store and music venue on 25 acres off Interstate 65 near Columbia. The place will host a large grassy amphitheater, where charity rides and country music concerts can happen. This is a great idea, I know I have been to a ton of small rised and rallys where the parking lot and some cheap chairs were the main attraction. Why not combine a stage, a restaurant, a hotel, and a swimming pool, with you Harley Davidson Store.

I like the idea, and just wish I would have thought of it. Well maybe I wish I had a Harley dealership, them we could worry about making is a Biker Disneyland.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Here is a cool custom low and lean hard tail

Here is a picture of a Bike I snapped at the Sturgis motorcycle rally this year. It is a nice little low clean and simple bike. I liked it for it's no nonsense look and lines.

Hard tails bikes like this are clean, but I am thinking they are hard on your tail if you plan to ride them hundreds of miles.

Touring Northern Utah on a Motorcycle

By Ian Parish

I love to get on my motorcycle and ride. If I have a week or just a couple of hours I can't seem to get enough of the wind, the sun, the sound's, the smells, and the bugs. Utah offers many different opportunities from the steep windy mountain roads, to the flat open desert highways, to the scenic beauty of our many national parks. The terrain is vast and varied, and the highways plentiful.

The Mountains of northern Utah are some of my favorite places to ride. The Wasatch mountain range runs north to south covering almost all of the northern and eastern sections of Utah. From Salt Lake city there are many small canyon roads that lead out of the city and into the mountains. These allow you to climb from the valley floor of 4500 feet above sea level to 9,000 feet above sea level in as few as 30 miles. The roads wind up and out of the valley floor and through the mountains in almost all directions.Here I will describe a few of my favorite places to get away from Salt Lake City for a day ride. Most of these rides are short enough for a good day trip. The 2 ride that pass through Bear Lake are longer stretching past the 300 miles in a day rule I like to follow.
East Canyon
East Canyon Highway 65, and 66 is a nice little ride. To get to highway 65 take the Mountain Dell exit off I-80 about 10 miles east of Salt Lake City, the road then winds north and east about 50 miles up and over the top of the mountain range and drops back down toward Morgan Utah. Highway 65 climbs up and over the mountain range following the ridge for a while then dropping down past East canyon state park and past the reservoir. Here you can take either Highway 66, or 65 to I-84. Highway 66 leads to Morgan, Utah. From Morgan you can loop back to Salt lake going east and back west down Parleys canyon on I-80 or you can go west down the canyon on I-84 into Ogden Utah and follow I-15 south to Salt Lake city.

Monte Cristoe Road.

This a yet another very nice ride. This ride is longer and can be combined with two or three other rides to make a full day of touring. Monte Cristoe Road is Highway 39 and starts at the east end of the Huntsville Utah valley. To get there you have three options, from the south take Highway 167 over trappers loop, which is very close to the top of east canyon as described in the previous section, take highway 39 up Ogden canyon, or take highway 162 up over north Ogden canyon. As a side note Highway, 162, 39, and 167 can also be combined for a nice shorter day ride to get out of the valleys and make a few turns. Once you get to the Highway 39 an head east on the Monte Cristoe road you are ion for a treat. This is a long slow windy climb that lasts for miles and miles. The road eventually ends in Woodruff UT. Which is a tiny little one gas station town near the border of Utah and Wyoming. From here you can go south on Highway 16, to Evanston, WY and then south and west on I-80 towards Salt Lake City. The longer and more scenic ride is to go North on Highway 16 to Highway 30 and then West into the Bear Lake valley. Once you get to Garden city a raspberry milkshake and a big burger are a mandatory part of the trip. From Garden city go west on Highway 89, through Logan canyon. Once again this is a nice windy canyon full of flowers, tree, wildlife and is worth taking the extra time to just tour along. Return to Salt Lake by either 1-15 or if you want to try highway 89 it's a bit more relaxed north of Ogden.

Logan Canyon.

As I mentioned above Highway 89 from Logan to Bear Lake is a very nice ride. One of my absolute favorites, I have probably driven this road a 1000 or more times, each one brings back a flood of memories, or I happen to notice some new or a subtle change to the landscape or road. To make a loop out of this ride, when you get to Garden City, and after you have had the mandatory raspberry shake and burger, head north a to Ovid Idaho and then go left on Highway 36. This road will wind west and south back over the mountain pass and down into Preston, Idaho. From here follow highway 91 south back into Logan and you have successfully enjoyed two canyon passes and a nice lunch to top it all off.

That sums up a few of the nice canyon turning rides around Salt Lake City. It certainly is not all the roads available, It is basically a the fun roads north of I-80 in Northern Utah. For more nice day rides in southern and central Utah stay tuned or check my website for more information. as always Ride-Safe.

Ian Parish is an avid motorcyclists and Jeeper. He has been involved with both sports for the past 20 years. He jumped into building a custom chopper full force and is assembling the parts and the plan, on his website Check out the website to lend a hand or watch the build, he needs all the help he can get. He is the owner of and

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The Thrill Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

The Thrill Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

The Thrill Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
By Jim Dooleyman

When it comes to motorcycles, the top known brand is Harley Davidson. Harleys are distinctive in design and attract a loyal following. Bikers who are not fans contend that the bikes are badly engineered, under-powered and under-performing. But in reality Harleys are designed for long, low-speed cruising on flat, straight roads. And Harley is a name that smacks of prestige and success and tradition and longevity and power. And sound! There's the unique sound of a Harley that speaks volumes about the name.

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company was officially founded on August 28, 1903 by, strangely enough, two guys named Harley and Davidson (plus Davidson's two brothers). Production started in Milwaukee, where it in fact continues today. Incidentally, a few years ago Harley celebrated their 100th anniversary, quite an accomplishment. And nowhere was the celebration bigger than in hometown Milwaukee, where thousands of motorists congregated for the celebration over Labor Day weekend.

Harley grew by leaps and bounds. They were the motorcycles of choice for police forces in the US and abroad. Harleys were used extensively in combat in World War I. By 1920, Harley-Davidson was officially the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. And they were only one of two American cycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression in 1929.

In the 70s, the Japanese had developed motorcycles that were far superior to the Harleys. As a result, Harley-Davidson very nearly declared bankruptcy. However, Harleys improved their quality and craftsmanship, exploited the "retro" appeal of the machines, and eventually turned themselves around to being once again among the leaders in motorcycle mania everywhere,

Jim Dooleyman writes articles about motorcycles for

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