Bikers' Den Blog https://blog.bikersden.com Biker Lifestyle Blog and Motorcycle Industry News Tue, 05 May 2015 21:04:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 For the Ultimate Adventure, Consider a Motorcycle Tour in Thailand https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-routes/for-the-ultimate-adventure-consider-a-motorcycle-tour-in-thailand/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-routes/for-the-ultimate-adventure-consider-a-motorcycle-tour-in-thailand/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 21:04:16 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3235 Are you looking for a unique way to explore the Asian country of Thailand? Do you enjoy thrill seeking, beautiful views, and soaking in the glorious abandonment of an open road? South Thailand

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Are you looking for a unique way to explore the Asian country of Thailand? Do you enjoy thrill seeking, beautiful views, and soaking in the glorious abandonment of an open road? South Thailand Motorbikes offers a variety of touring packages that are not only adventurous, but a phenomenal way to experience the landscape and culture of breathtaking Thailand. Visitors can choose from 7, 10, 15, or single day explorations, and for the ultimate experience, South Thailand Motorbikes features an all-inclusive touring schedule that visits some of the most pristine destinations in the country.

Motorcycle Thailand

The single day tour offered by South Thailand Motorbikes includes a loop through the Khao Sok National Park. This day trip offers guests a myriad of different views and exposure to various towns and villages.

The seven day excursion features a drive through a National Park, an infamous ride on a ferry boat, various stops near renowned beaches and resorts. Tourists will have the option to experience exotic wildlife, exciting nightlife, and exhilarating activities like kayaking and rafting.

The ten day motorbike trip highlights some of the lesser known, but equally stunning, destinations in Thailand. Riders will experience a variety of historic landmarks, temples, shrines, exclusive beaches, and delectable cuisine. With pristine landscapes, alluring scenery, and a very friendly culture, this tour is certainly a top contending option.

The fifteen day tour is the longest of all the vacation experiences offered by South Thailand Motorbikes. This adventure, primarily geared toward experienced riders, features destinations in popular tourist towns as well as quaint villages. Riders will truly experience a plethora of cultural and informational education about the great country of Thailand. Waterfalls, tigers, museums, rock climbing, parasailing, and nightclubs are just a sampling of the experiences that one might have on this extravagant tour.

These traditional motorbike tours include overnight accommodations, scooter or motorbike rental and fuel, refreshments, and a tour guide that will advise, direct, and present the various alluring characteristics of Thailand to you and your group-mates.

Perhaps you are seeking a worry free experience that not only includes the amenities from the tours described above, but also takes the liberty of planning and organizing daily meals. If so, the all inclusive tour is perfect for you. This particular adventure features pristine destinations and luxurious stopping points. Guests will enjoy beaches, waterfalls, mountains, temples, resorts, and spectacular dining options.

Regardless of the touring package that you choose, South Thailand Motorbikes offers excellent hospitality and an unforgettable experience.

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Buying a Salvage Title Motorcycle at an Online Auction https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/buying-a-salvage-title-motorcycle-at-an-online-auction/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/buying-a-salvage-title-motorcycle-at-an-online-auction/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:11:34 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3230 Few things are as great as riding a bike on the open road. The wind, the speeds, the general thrill of it all is enough to get anyone excited. What could be more

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Few things are as great as riding a bike on the open road. The wind, the speeds, the general thrill of it all is enough to get anyone excited. What could be more exciting than that? Well, buying a motorcycle at auction for up to 70% off, that’s what. Buying a salvage title motorcycle at an online auction whether to ride in it’s current state or to use for parts can be a great way to save money. It can also be a convenient way to lose a lot of money if a buyer isn’t careful. But no worries! Below are some tips brought to you by BidNDrive.com to get a buyer started in this seemingly intimidating market.

 

Buying a motorcycle at auction

 

  • Have a Plan

The first thing a buyer should do before hitting the online auctions is write a specific list of exactly what they are looking for and the price they’re willing to pay. Because the Internet has people from all over selling all kinds of bikes, it could be easy to lose focus and end up buying the wrong thing. A buyer searching for parts should take the time to write down the parts they’re looking for, which models they’re compatible with, and budget them to start. For example, sometimes a nut or a bolt can fit one kind of bike and only one, making all the difference in the world in terms of price. And speaking of price…

 

  • Know the Value!

The Kelley Blue Book is quite possibly the most popular and concise guide for determining the value of a vehicle. It’s a thorough and seemingly exhaustive guide of almost every make and model under the sun, which makes it hard to believe that it’s not the only resource available.  When searching for a salvage titled motorcycle, buyers can learn about the market by checking motorcycle forums, local classifieds such as craigslist or even a newspaper. These resources can prove more useful in terms of what people are commonly asking for and paying for every day.

 

  • Don’t Forget About Labor Costs!

One would think that most buyers shopping for a salvageable motorcycle or parts would have access to a proper mechanic or are savvy about repairs themselves. Surprisingly, this simply isn’t the case – there’s a movement out there of do-it-yourselfers that feel they are capable of putting in the repairs themselves. Confidence is certainly admirable but it’s probably better to have a trusted mechanic standing by. Whether it’s a bike that is described as a drivable vehicle that’s been repaired or a moving pile of parts that can be reused, a proper mechanic can usually look at a listing and weigh in whether or not it’s a good value or give an estimated quote of what it would take to actually perform the repair. Sure the parts could be cheap, but a buyer wouldn’t want to learn after buying that they have to shell out hundreds if not thousands to a mechanic for repair. The goal is to save money after all.

 

  • Don’t Forget the Shipping Costs!

Another often-overlooked aspect of buying a motorcycle at an online auction is the cost of shipping. Where is the bike coming from? Is the shipping method insured? Can the seller provide a proper tracking number? Will it arrive dismantled in a large package or delivered via freight? Ordering a vehicle online isn’t like buying a toaster off online. There are plenty of logistics that go with shipping something so large. A buyer should feel confident to ask all of these questions and more before even placing a bid. It also helps to verify their claimed prices through their chosen delivery service to make sure the seller isn’t price gouging in the shipping.

 

  • Prepare Yourself For Government Hoops

As with any vehicle, a motorcycle that has been stamped with a salvage title will need proper documentation, insurance etc. However, unlike a regular vehicle, salvage titled vehicles can require a lot more work before it can even hit the road. Of course laws and fees will vary from state to state but it’s good to know what you’re in for. For starters, a vehicle with a salvage title could require a specific kind of insurance – usually total coverage. If this still doesn’t seem like an urgent enough step, let’s put it this way: The DMV in California requires that bikes labeled as salvage vehicles go through a variety of inspections. Moreover, buyers are required to provide extensive documentation of repairs, ownership history, vehicle history, and of course proof of insurance. Check your local DMV for more information.

 

  • Be Prepared to Shop Around

Buying a motorcycle at an online vehicle auction can take some shopping around. It’s an extensive process for plenty of room for trial and error. But despite the frustrations, it’s definitely better to shop around and really get a feel for the market before plunking down hard earned money on what could be a lemon. It’s also better to shop around and determine whether or not the online auction route is right for you based on what you’re buying and what’s available.

Keep your head and do your homework. Have fun with it and good luck!

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Are you Ready to Ride?  Spring Tuning Tips and Some New Gear https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/are-you-ready-to-ride-spring-tuning-tips-and-some-new-gear/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/are-you-ready-to-ride-spring-tuning-tips-and-some-new-gear/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:06:59 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3225 Hey man, cheer up! Here at the Bikers’ Den we know how you feel.  You’re watching the Spring Break junk on the tube.  The Golf crowd is all worked about the Masters.  California

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Hey man, cheer up!

Here at the Bikers’ Den we know how you feel.  You’re watching the Spring Break junk on the tube.  The Golf crowd is all worked about the Masters.  California is already in a drought.  Your bike is still buried in cold storage.  So we’re here with good news and some solid tips for getting back on the road.  Here’s your hint on that good news – we got shot.  That’s spelled S-C-H-O-T-T. The real gear for the real biker.

Now, whether you’re riding a crotch rocket or a shovelhead, you have some spring cleaning to do.  I’m talking a spring tune up, and don’t wimp out and take it to the shop.  They want your money, but this isn’t rocket science, it’s basic maintenance… all of these are going to apply to you, but some will be more important depending on what you are riding.  Every one of these can be done with hand tools, some easily found lubricants, fresh brake fluid and a little basic logic.

Motorcycle Maintenance Spring Tune Up

What do you need to do?  Here’s a play-by-play for you to get your ride ready for some runs.

  • Shocking – Pull the battery and check it. No charge and no white buildup means you are probably good for another season, but you need some juice.  If you don’t have a trickle charger, now is a great time to invest in one, and go ahead and hook your battery up to it while you are knocking out the rest of this list.
  • Lube and Filters – Break out the factory service manual (or just Google it) and change out the oil, oil filter, and the air and fuel filter. If you just parked the bike last fall and didn’t winterize it, now would be a great time to pray that the gas in the tank hasn’t gotten stale or watered down.  Worst case?  Siphon it out, add a little fresh gas, run the motor to purge the old gas from the lines, then change the fuel lines and fill up the tank.  As finicky as multi-carb setups can be, don’t tempt fate next time.  Old gas can slowly varnish your carbs, and that is not fun to fix or rebuild. Use a fuel stabilizer next time you park her for the winter.  Depending on how new or old your bike is, you may need to hit a few grease fittings, but many of the newer models these are maintenance-free. Ditto all the levers on a bike.  Wipe them down, lube them up.
  • Plugged Up – So now the oil is good, and you have fuel, you are gonna need spark. Pull the plugs, check out their condition, and replace them.  Make sure you set the right gap, and don’t over-think it!  Platinum, iridium, unobtinium.    Put a good, reputable plug in there and relax.  You aren’t going to make a nine second drag bike out of a 45 cubic inch Flathead, so stick with what the pros recommend and ride.  Check the plug wires at the same time, and if they are cracked or show some wear, install some fresh ones.  Cheap insurance…
  • Chain – now, check and clean the chain. Youtube is full of videos on how to check and adjust chain tensioners, so get a little education and have at it.  Remember, a clean chain is a happy chain, so hit it with a good aerosol solvent, even WD-40, then scrub it down with a bristle brush.  Sacrifice an old t-shirt and wipe all that gunk off, then hit it with the recommended lubricant.
  • Stop? When the old guy in the Taurus pulls out in front of you, you need to know the brakes work.  Now is the time to bleed the brakes and thoroughly inspect them.  Make sure the pads are well within specs, and remember that brake fluid attracts water.  Purge all that out and put in fresh.  Remember, you don’t have to go, but you have to stop.
  • Got rubber? Look at your tires.  Are they cracked?  Worn?  Flat spot?  Now is the time to get that addressed and remember, it’s a whole lot more fun to have somebody else change them out with the right tools than it is to try to do it on he road.

 

I know, all bikes are different.  If you are rocking an old Harley with the sand-cast block, you are going to drip oil.  Hell, it’s just expected.  Same thing with zerk fittings.  Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.  Early Gold Wings didn’t have a fitting on the final drive shaft, newer models do.  Take the time to learn where this stuff is, because in the real world, plenty of shops may not have all the answers, either.  At the end of the day, you are the one sitting on the side of the road.

Now, what was the good news we were talking about?  The Biker’s Den is now featuring Schott NYC leather for riders.  Want to see how you’d look?  Right here, boss.  This is legendary leather.  102 years of pride and quality.  The fourth generation of the family is making this leather.  It just doesn’t get any better for bikers.  You think you’re a bad boy on your custom Springer?  Put on some Schott gear and you will know you’re a bad ass.  That’s why we got it for you.

Schott NYC Motorcycle Gear

Keep it between the ditches and watch out for the four-wheelers.

 

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“Ashes and Asphalt” by Trevor Halloway https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/ashes-and-asphalt-by-trevor-halloway/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/ashes-and-asphalt-by-trevor-halloway/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:29:10 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3220 Death couldn’t stop Wild Bill Byrne from heading to Sturgis, but his sons could. Mike and Kyle Byrne have five days and two thousand miles to cover in order to fulfill their father’s

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Death couldn’t stop Wild Bill Byrne from heading to Sturgis, but his sons could. Mike and Kyle Byrne have five days and two thousand miles to cover in order to fulfill their father’s last wish to have his ashes scattered at the bike rally. Other than a rouge New Orleans biker, a group of carjackers and the cops, the only thing standing in the brothers’ way is each other.

Motorcycle EBook

“Ashes and Asphalt” by Trevor Halloway is a 95MPH ride of discovery and reconnection for the estranged duo. They’ll have to work together to bring their father’s ashes and not upset his buddies any more than they already are.

Ebook:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Asphalt-Trevor-Holloway-ebook/dp/B00UB8T70A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427133512&sr=8-1&keywords=ashes+and+asphalt

Paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Asphalt-Trevor-Holloway/dp/0986087408/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1427133512&sr=8-2&keywords=ashes+and+asphalt

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Top Radar Detectors for Motorcycles https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-parts-tools/top-radar-detectors-for-motorcycles/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-parts-tools/top-radar-detectors-for-motorcycles/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 03:12:46 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3210 Radar detectors are great thing to have if you like to speed on your bike here and there. They do make radar detectors specifically for bikes. However, you could always use a wireless radar...

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Radar detectors are great thing to have if you like to speed on your bike here and there. They do make radar detectors specifically for bikes. However, you could always use a wireless radar detector that are made for cars, which I believe are better and cost less than a radar detector made specifically for motorcycles.

Recommend Motorcycle Radar Detectors

The TPX Radar and Laser Detectors 2.0 are made strictly for bikers. They are easy to install and usually connect somewhere right on your handlebars. This radar detector has an audio input and also a very bright LED light that will easy catch your attention and alert you when a cop is within area using a radar/laser gun. However, this particular radar detector is quite expensive and cost around $300 on Amazon. All in all, it has a great ratings and mostly positive reviews from its previous buyers.

What is a Radar Detector?Next, is the Escort Solo S3 wireless radar detector made by Escort. Escort makes some of the best radar detectors on market for motorist. This $250 radar detector is great for bikes because it’s wireless and is very efficient at picking up radar/laser signals from a good distance. It has multiple setting allows you set choosing a highway or city mode setting for max performance. It uses a DPS technology that stands for digital processing signal that allows it to quickly pick up radar and laser bands from far away and alert you fast enough to slow down before coming up on the police officer.

A radar detector is an electronic device that motorist and bikers use to find out whether their speed is being monitored by law enforcement. Cop use a thing called radar/laser guns that can tell them how fast you are going. Having a radar detector gives you an advantage knowing whether or not there is a police officer in the area using a radar/laser gun.

Why use one?

Well, that’s an easy question if you’re a true biker. When you own a bike and like to ride a lot, I’m sure just like almost every other bike out on the road; we have a tendency to speed from time to time. And we all know that speeding on your bike is not very hard to do and the speeding tickets can be quite expensive. However, having a motorcycle radar detector you can reduce your chance out on the open road from getting a speeding ticket.

Check out our Radar Detector Shop and Guide to find the best radar detector for you at www.TheBestRadarDetectorGuide.com

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Win a New Beanie Motorcycle Helmet – Bikers’ Den Facebook Beanie Contest https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-helmets/win-new-beanie-motorcycle-helmet-bikers-den-facebook-beanie-contest/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-helmets/win-new-beanie-motorcycle-helmet-bikers-den-facebook-beanie-contest/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:58:17 +0000 https://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3202 Cruise in style this riding season with a brand new DOT certified Beanie Motorcycle Helmet. These helmets by Crazy Al’s Biker Helmets are truly the smallest, lightest and lowest profile open face motorcycle

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Cruise in style this riding season with a brand new DOT certified Beanie Motorcycle Helmet. These helmets by Crazy Al’s Biker Helmets are truly the smallest, lightest and lowest profile open face motorcycle helmets that retain the DOT certification.

Beanie Motorcycle Helmets

Visit The Bikers’ Den Facebook Page to enter. Submit a comment about why you deserve to win a new helmet or a photo of you and your current, beat up helmet. The comment or photo entry with the most likes and shares will win one helmet (winner can choose style and size). Contests ends April 30, 2015.

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Adaptations & Aids for Disabled Motorcycle Riders https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/adaptations-aids-disabled-motorcycle-riders/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/adaptations-aids-disabled-motorcycle-riders/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:36:23 +0000 https://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3196 Where a disability need not be a handicap! Disabled Motorcycle Riders is a website created for bikers & trike riders with a range of disabilities & handicaps you can virtually have a clutchless motorcycle,

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Where a disability need not be a handicap! Disabled Motorcycle Riders is a website created for bikers & trike riders with a range of disabilities & handicaps you can virtually have a clutchless motorcycle, we manufacture some unique products unique to us , we want to share our passion for riding motorcycles & trikes and to help disabled motorcycle riders continue that enthusiasm, maybe for the first time or to help get you back on 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle & regain your independence.

Disabled Motorcycle Riders

We design and manufacture all of the products available on this site in the uk they are not cheap relabelled imports manufactured in the far east. Whether you are a disabled rider or potential rider disabled because of an accident, birth defect, illness, or other cause, the key to safe enjoyable motor cycle riding with a disabilities is researching and locating quality products suitable for purpose, Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a one-size-suits-all solution for bikers with a disability,

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Modify Your Motorcycle: Key Factors https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-industry/modify-motorcycle-key-factors/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-industry/modify-motorcycle-key-factors/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:43:31 +0000 https://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3190 If you ask any avid biker just what makes motorcycles so sexy, they’ll give you a number of reasons. It’s the truest way to travel, with the open road and the wind in

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If you ask any avid biker just what makes motorcycles so sexy, they’ll give you a number of reasons. It’s the truest way to travel, with the open road and the wind in your face, the elegant engineering and rugged wear and tear, and the people and the culture which comes along for the ride. Without a doubt, bikes are a thing of beauty; even commuter bikes are pretty hot to look at these days.[i] It’s fairly common knowledge that the motorbike in and of itself has become a work of art, transcending its functional appearance to achieve a smooth aesthetic without forgoing practicality. It can be said that there is a kind of architecture which exists with bikes, just as there is an art to the motorcycle lifestyle. And for proud bike owners who are looking for an exciting project to get their hands on, there are a variety of ways to build that holy ark of fire, leather, and engine.

Modify Your Motorcycle

Brainstorm Ideas

People say the brainstorming process is the first step in any project, but in reality, it’s the first and possibly the last because it is an ongoing venture, especially with so many options to choose from.[ii] Your initial ideas may change due to budget, time, or design constraints, so unless you are 100% set on your first vision, be prepared to keep an open mind and change things up now and then. Dreaming of the perfect bike isn’t a hard task in itself. We’re all hunkering after horsepower and optimal gears as well as savvy bike tech that keeps us up to date on the road, and the design of the bike itself is a whole other matter. So keep these factors in mind, in simultaneous order:

  • Functionality/purpose
  • Engineering
  • Tech
  • Design
  • Feel/comfort
  • Ability to create/budget/access to resources

Custom bikes are hardly a new invention, so a few searches on the net will easily fill your head with ideas. One of the most popular trends in bikes is the steampunk bike, themed around a genre in art, media, and literature which takes advanced tech but gives it a vintage finish (think of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).[iii] Futuristic bikes also work well where themed models are concerned, or you can go for the traditional classic looks of revered models – nothing beats a sweet chrome, leather and rubber concoction for a chopper, after all. Speaking of choppers, American Chopper’s Paul Jr. (now with his own show) is a great source for ideas.[iv] The boys in the shop sure know how to craft some amazing beasts that really fire up the imagination. Certainly, some of these models might be out of range for some modders, but it’s a great place to start to get an idea of what is possible.

From Inspiration to Fruition

Once the initial idea is down, it’s time to collaborate and grab some materials and put your idea on the map, starting with a template or blueprint.[v] This is easier said than done and especially if trying it out yourself, it will be subject to trial and error. A few things to take into consideration:

  • Safety (wear your goggles and gloves, and make sure you respect the equipment)
  • Facility (keep your work zone clean, organized, and ventilated)
  • Schedule (even when you’re in the zone, take time to step away from the project and refresh yourself)
  • Reality (know when to admit that you could use a hand or two – nothing shameful in getting some help when it’s needed)
  • Discipline (you might be dedicated, but even exciting projects wane when faced with difficulties. If you can help it, stick to the project and don’t let it become another unfinished task/bunch of clutter)

Once you push through with your project and all the creating, destroying, and recreating which is so often entailed in a fine work of art, the sense of satisfaction will be limitless.

Caring for Your Masterpiece

Of course, it doesn’t end there. From time to time you’ll be modifying your vehicle and changing things before you can truly call it a finished piece of art. But as all bikers know, maintenance is a big part of the deal, too. You’ll want to make sure that you adopt the right kind of program for your custom vehicle which will take care of each part and its respective concerns. This goes beyond keeping your tins polished and your seat a nice sheen, but making sure all the mechanisms are in full working order – much of which you can do yourself.[vi] Additionally, your custom bike is going to be worth a lot – at least on a personal level. It’s worthwhile making sure that you have the appropriate coverage just in case you need a few tweaks here and there from any incident.[vii] Just as importantly, make sure your new ride has a good home. If you can custom make or mod a bike, then you can make your own bike shed too – and again, the options here are endless.

There isn’t anything which comes close to working on a project we love with our bare hands, and getting to reap the benefits of it every day we take it out for a spin. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to wait for winter to pass by before you can hit the road – so why not do a bit of brainstorming and get the creative juices flowing?

This is a freelance article from Gemma Barson.

[i] Blog.Bikersden.com. “Bajaj Platina – A Well-suited Commuter Bike for the Every Day Journey”. Accessed January 12, 2015.
https://blog.bikersden.com/bajaj-platina-well-suited-commuter-bike-every-day-journey/
[ii] Build-motorcycle.multitaskdesign.com. “Build your bike”. Accessed January 12, 2015.
http://build-motorcycle.multitaskdesign.com/
[iii] 1800Recycling.com. “Seven Incredible Steampunk Motorcycles”. Accessed January 12, 2015.
http://1800recycling.com/2011/08/recycle-steampunk-motorcycles
[iv] PaulJRDesigns.com. “Photos”. Accessed January 12, 2015.
http://pauljrdesigns.com/photos/
[v] Custom-choppers-guide.com. “How to Build a Chopper!” Accessed January 12, 2015.
http://www.custom-choppers-guide.com/how-to-build-a-chopper.html
[vi] VisorDown.com. “10 maintenance tasks to do yourself”. Accessed January 12. 2015.
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-top-10s/10-maintenance-tasks-to-do-yourself/15834.html
[vii] Quotezone.co.uk. “Get cheap bike insurance quotes now”. Accessed January 12, 2015.
http://www.quotezone.co.uk/bike-insurance.htm

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Electric Motocross for Children https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-industry/electric-motocross-for-children/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-industry/electric-motocross-for-children/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:04:18 +0000 https://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3187 There is a new alternative for children who ride dirt bikes or race in Motocross. The Silent Mini Thunder is the first electric motocross bike especially designed for kids. The Silent Mini Thunder

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There is a new alternative for children who ride dirt bikes or race in Motocross. The Silent Mini Thunder is the first electric motocross bike especially designed for kids. The Silent Mini Thunder only weighs 69 lbs so it is a lot easier for kids to handle and parents to pick up. RAFFE Bikes is dedicated to finding solutions to problems so you and your child can have a positive experience with entry level motocross.

Electric Motocross

The Silent Mini Thunder boasts an impressive maintenance-free power-train that can literally perform thousands of hours without needing service to the motor and batteries. RAFFE Bikes are the first in the industry to introduce a real mechanical clutch lever that mimics a real clutch perfectly by releasing the power progressively.

Right now RAFFE Bikes has a campaign on Kickstarter found here. There you can contribute to the Silent Mini Thunder campaign so we can see this awesome new electric motocross bike that has so much potential come to life.

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Motorcycle Therapy: On the Road Again https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/motorcycle-therapy-road/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/motorcycle-therapy-road/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:08:42 +0000 https://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3183 It’s not hard to convince people that there is something legendary about hitting the road on a pair of wheels. The lure of the landscape, the thrill of soaring across turf and tarmac

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It’s not hard to convince people that there is something legendary about hitting the road on a pair of wheels. The lure of the landscape, the thrill of soaring across turf and tarmac as the engine purrs might be timeless clichés, but they resonate true in the heart of every biker. While the winter months provide some valuable down time for bikers who are eagerly awaiting the first melt,[i] the coming spring can mean something even more for those who are just getting back into the seat for the first time in a long time. Revving that ol’ engine is more than just an invocation to spring, but a symbolic start to a new life.

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The Open Road

It’s easy to draw a metaphor between life and biking: the roads we travel, the obstacles we navigate, the stops and milestones which form an integral part of our journey are a core part of both – and let’s not forget how many times we’re encouraged to pick ourselves up and get back on the ride again. Yet this metaphor is one which directly intertwines biking and living; biking is a lifestyle and culture all unto its own, after all – which is why it can become a crucial turning point for people who need to change or realign their personal direction. For people who have overcome difficult challenges in life – whether it is countering addiction and substance abuse,[ii] mental or physical illness – biking can be one of the best ways to get a head start on the long road to recovery (as well as manage its twists and turns, of course). Endeavors like the Ride for Recovery are one of the major milestones for many recovering addicts as well as families of those affected and where everyone is welcome to participate.[iii] As one of the most compassionate communities whose outreach ventures have changed the lives of people from across the globe, the biking family is an ideal one for banding together to show collective support.

Good for Mind, Body, and Soul

Biking may be a personal journey – but it’s also a psychological one. As one of the most enjoyable pastimes it involves some hugely beneficial attributes which benefit health and wellbeing, and is encouraged by many medical experts as a coping strategy for dealing with stress.[iv] Studies have shown that motorcycle riding stimulates brain function due to engaging directly with problem solving faculties of the brain, improving mental outlook, getting vitamin E, and spending time outdoors – where nature is concerned, “ecotherapy” is an essential component of wellbeing for everyone.[v] For recovering addicts, “bike therapy” is an effective way to draw on all these attributes – but most importantly, it’s a pastime which can become a healthy passion for a number of reasons. It gets people back into the community by connecting with those who share an affinity for a timeless passion, it leads to the discovery of new destinations, and it restores a sense of fulfillment which is simply unparalleled. For many people who struggle with their inner demons, this can be a lifeline.

Community at Heart

Biking is, after all, about more than the art of taking on the road itself. It is about the people who are not only there to take in the good times but support those they care about through the rough rides as well. It’s a community which is open, welcoming, and supportive. For families and relationships, biking can repair the bond which has been severed through the trauma of addiction; the story of Roger and his daughter who journeyed together on their motorcycles when she emerged from recovery is one such story where a pair of wheels can have a dramatically positive impact on someone’s life.[vi] For other communities, biking has become a mission with a religious resonance, like the Riders of God – a Christian motorcycle gang comprised of a variety of people from all walks of life who have struggled with their own set of challenges.[vii]

Hitting the road is a dream which we aspire to because of the sheer poetry of beautiful bikes, exciting people, and endless travel. But for others, it’s about returning to that inner peace which has so often eluded us in our darkest days. Happy riding.

This is a freelance article from Gemma Barson.

 

[i] Blog.BikersDen.com. “10 Things Bikers Can Do While Your Motorcycle is Stored for the Winter”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
https://blog.bikersden.com/10-things-bikers-can-motorcycle-stored-winter/
[ii] Treatment4Addiction. “Treatment Programs for Alcohol Abuse”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
http://www.treatment4addiction.com/treatment/alcohol/
[iii] LivenGrin.org. “Ride for Recovery”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
https://www.livengrin.org/ride/
[iv] StressTips.com. “Stress Management Tips”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
http://www.stresstips.com/relieve-stress-by-hitting-the-open-road-on-a-motorcycle/
[v] TheGuardian.com. “Ecotherapy: how does the great outdoors improve mental health?” Accessed January 6, 2015.
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/17/ecotherapy-how-outdoors-improve-mental-health-parks-wilderness
[vi] RomancingtheRide.com. “Father And Daughter Motorcycle Past Her Addiction”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
http://romancingtheride.com/father-and-daughter-motorcycle-past-her-addiction/
[vii] Press.UIllinois.edu. “Riders for God The Story of a Christian Motorcycle Gang”. Accessed January 6, 2015.
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/38agg3wb9780252025211.html

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