Bikers' Den Blog https://blog.bikersden.com Biker Lifestyle Blog and Motorcycle Industry News Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:29:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Featured Bikers with Big Hearts: “Gunny” https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/featured-bikers-with-big-hearts-gunny/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/featured-bikers-with-big-hearts-gunny/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:29:19 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3252 I want to tell you guys a story that happened last weekend. I was out on my old Sportster, riding in west Georgia, and, rolling down Highway 27 south, and I saw an absolutely

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I want to tell you guys a story that happened last weekend. I was out on my old Sportster, riding in west Georgia, and, rolling down Highway 27 south, and I saw an absolutely terrible looking Geo Metro on the side of the road. Nothing exciting about that, because this thing looked like it shouldn’t have even made it to the road. What was amazing was that it had the hood up, and a guy clad in leather peeking around under it, cell phone on his ear, while a young woman and two toddlers sat in the car.

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Since it was in a pretty low-visibility section of the highway, I had slowed way down, and that was when I noticed an awfully shiny Electra Glide with Arkansas plates pulled up beside it with an easy $10,000 worth of chrome “goodies” on it. Now, since I love bikes and telling you guys about them, and this looked like a good story, I pulled over and kicked down.

One of the toddlers was actually a little old lady that looked worse than the Geo. The young woman was her granddaughter, and the real toddler was her great-granddaughter. The biker on the Glide? Just a random guy who saw somebody in trouble and pulled over to help. He was actually on the phone with the young woman’s husband who was trying to get a ride to come out there.

Our big mean biker? The only name I got out of him was Gunny, but he had seen the family stopped on the side of the road and offered to help. He’d called the lady’s husband (the family didn’t have much money, much less any minutes on their cell phone so Gunny had used his phone to call the husband’s job) and he had told him what the issue was most likely – apparently this Geo loved to cook relays- and said he’d be able to get out there within an hour.

All this had taken place in the ten minutes before I’d gotten there. Gunny started poking around under the hood, moved the unused A/C system relay – the compressor was dead, anyhow- to the ignition and got them started up. He didn’t ask, he just did. He called the husband back and let him know that his family was on their way and what relays he had swapped around, and then he told the ladies to get back in the car and he’d follow them back to town where the husband was going to be.

Since I wasn’t in a hurry, I told Gunny I’d follow along, too. When we got to town – or what passes for it in that part of South Georgia, they pulled over at a gas station to wait on the husband, and since he still wasn’t there, Gunny bought the family a round of cold drinks and waited for the young man to get there.

I had to ask why Gunny was doing this, and all he would say was that his own rule was that if he saw a family or a lady broken down, he’d pull over, try to use what tools he had in his kit to get them back on the way, and if not, make sure somebody was coming for them. And he would stay until they were safe.

I pressed him for a “why” and all he would say is to smile and say “why not?”

So Gunny, thanks for being a great citizen, and to all you guys and gals reading this, think about what you did to help somebody this week. And make sure it’s enough.

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Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/ride-your-motorcycle-to-work-day/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/ride-your-motorcycle-to-work-day/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:29:21 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3247 Okay, I need you guys to be paying attention! Monday, June the 15th, get that hog or cruiser out of the garage and take it to work.  Yes, brave the weather, traffic, bugs,

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Okay, I need you guys to be paying attention!

Monday, June the 15th, get that hog or cruiser out of the garage and take it to work.  Yes, brave the weather, traffic, bugs, whatever and come out for Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.

Ride Your Motorcycle to Work

Yep.  This has been going on since the Nineties, but I just found out about it two years ago.  The guy that came up with this way back in ’92, Fred Rau, was the editor for the old Road Rider magazine.  He thought that it was a great idea to demonstrate-

  • The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
  • That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
  • That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
  • That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
  • That motorcycling is a social good.

The first annual Ride to Work Day event was proposed in Road Rider magazine (now titled Motorcycle Consumer News) in the May 1992 issue. Here’s what Fred Rau had to say in that  “Ride to Work” editorial: “You may remember several months ago when Bob Carpenter, commenting in his ‘Two Up’ column, mentioned how neat he thought it would be if there was one day a year when everyone who owned a motorcycle used it to ride to work. That comment was prompted by a T-shirt produced by Aerostich RiderWear that simply said, ‘Work To Ride, Ride To Work.’ Everyone seemed to think that a national ‘Ride To Work’ day was one heck of a good idea.”

From what I was able to learn, the original date was in July, but starting in 2008, they switched it to mid-June.  (Like I need an excuse to smell unburned hydrocarbons).  This is a great way, especially given some of the silliness that our way of life has dealt with in the last month, to show that we really are a large group, but more importantly, we are everybody.  Loud pipes may save lives, but showing our numbers is just a great idea.

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Protect Your Bike’s Paint the Easy Way https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/protect-your-bikes-paint-the-easy-way/ https://blog.bikersden.com/motorcycle-tips/protect-your-bikes-paint-the-easy-way/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 22:52:48 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3244 Riding season is and, if you are like most motorcyclists, you are probably out in the garage cleaning, polishing and preparing your ride for the coming summer months. Try as hard as you

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Riding season is and, if you are like most motorcyclists, you are probably out in the garage cleaning, polishing and preparing your ride for the coming summer months. Try as hard as you may, don’t despair if you can’t get your paint looking as good as it did when your motorcycle was new, or even as good as it looked last year for that matter.

Motorcycle Paint Protection

Let’s face it, our paint doesn’t hold up very well when it is subjected to bug splatter, stones and sand debris from the roadside or anything else that nature has to throw at it. No, our paint will usually deteriorate over time and lose that showroom shine that you originally fell in love with.

Does that mean that you should never buy a brand new motorcycle so you don’t know what you’re missing? Of course not, it just means that you should start taking some precautionary steps now to protect your motorcycle’s paint later on.

Short of washing and waxing it after every ride or just leaving it parked in your garage and never riding it, the one best, most effective way to protect your bike’s paint is to use a paint protection product like Ventureshield to keep your motorcycle paint looking like new.

Is Ventureshield Right for Your Ride?

Motorcycle paint protection comes in the form of a clear vinyl which, after applied to motorcycles, will protect them from the elements as well as wear and tear. Motorcycle paint protection, and Ventureshield especially, will help keep your paint looking new and fresh.

Why would you want that since you are the only one looking at it and you barely do that when riding? Paint protection is not just for looks or the aesthetics of your bike; paint protection will also help your motorcycle hold its value better bringing in more money when you sell or trade it in.

Let’s take a quick look at the paint protection process used by shops all around the world to protect their customers’ motorcycles, cars, trucks and other off road vehicles. This is the same process used to treat high end sports cars and luxury automobiles and it can help keep your paint looking like new as well.

Firstly, the vehicle has to be clean and the paint in good shape. Any dirt, debris and wax will need to be stripped of the vehicle so the new Ventureshield film will adhere properly.

Next, professional technicians will carefully apply the paint protection film making sure it provides ample coverage, is trimmed properly and is free of any bubbles or other matter that could affect its protective properties.

Finally, the motorcycle is washed thoroughly and the paint protection coating is checked and re-checked ensuring that it meets customers’ standards. That’s it; now your motorcycle is ready to ride on down the road, but now it has a layer of durable paint protection that is virtually unnoticeable.

Here are some benefits of using a product like Ventureshield over a cheap imitation:

  • Ventureshield is Virtually Invisible
  • You Can Wash & Wax As Usual
  • Ventureshield Won’t Harm Factory Paint
  • Ventureshield Can Be Safely Removed
  • Ventureshield Doesn’t Peel, Crack or Fade
  • Ventureshield is Better Than 3M Scotchguard

Ventureshield and other paint protection film products like it, are easy to care for and your motorcycle can be washed and waxed just as you have always done.

When the paint protection film becomes old and damaged (which will take quite some time) or you just want to remove it, the film is easily removed leaving no trace of it on your bike. What could be better than that? A way to protect your motorcycle’s paint that is affordable and reliable and that can be removed any time.

Now that you see what proper paint protection can mean for your motorcycle and you have read all of the benefits of Ventureshield, what are you waiting for? You can buy a wide range of products to protect your bike from 3DomWraps motorcycle paint protection store for much less than a repair would cost. Alternatively, protect your motorcycle’s paint by bringing it in for a paint protection service today and don’t miss a minute of this year’s riding time.

So the next time you see an unpaved road between you and your destination, don’t cringe and just ride on through knowing that your paint is protected by the bets product in the industry, Ventureshield.

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A Biker’s Image – Based on Perception or Reality? https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/a-bikers-image-based-on-perception-or-reality/ https://blog.bikersden.com/biker-lifestyle/a-bikers-image-based-on-perception-or-reality/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 20:29:21 +0000 http://blog.bikersden.com/?p=3240 Hey guys, Hope the ride is smooth and the sun is warm. I debated about this piece for the last week, but we have to talk about it. Waco. Bike Gangs. Our image.

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Hey guys,

Hope the ride is smooth and the sun is warm.

I debated about this piece for the last week, but we have to talk about it.

Waco.

Bike Gangs.

Our image.

Biker Image - Waco Texas Shooting

I know and you know that 99% of riders aren’t involved in organized crime. We have jobs, mortgages, investments, and no criminal record. So why aren’t more of us talking or acting about the positive things that we, as riders, are doing? Why are we trying to look like outlaws when we are accountants from 9-5 Monday through Friday?

One thing that I haven’t seen in all the reporting on the events at Twin Peaks in Waco is how many regular and independent riders were there? How can we let those folks in the SUV know that we aren’t all a bunch of hopped-up felons?

Even before Marlon Brando got on that 1953 Triumph in The Wild One, we, as riders, had an image problem. Hell, the idea of freedom as something you can live, instead of just talk about, is part of the appeal of riding. The downside? We get on our leather, fire up our cruisers with a ton of chrome, open pipes, throttling up through the neighborhood, at the streetlight we dump the clutch and roar off in a cloud of hydrocarbons … since we aren’t running emissions controls like every car built since about 1971.

No lie, I love all of that. There is nothing like taking off the beanie when I cross into Florida on a long weekend, feeling the eyes of people on you as you run down a curvy road or rumble into a parking lot. It says, “I’m a little different”.

The problem? We all look the same, and a lot of us act the same. Drinking beer at a joint with waitresses half our age who are wearing shorts two sizes too tight. Getting loud, being disrespectful. I’ve been riding a long time, and for me, I choose being independent precisely because I don’t want to have to conform to some silly group of rules that seems to absolve me of being respectful. I know guys that won’t talk to a guy because he has a Honda instead of a Harley. I know Harley guys that won’t talk to guys that have a bone-stock bike and not some crazy one-off that’s chopped.

The real losers in this gunfight among “bikers” in a beer joint in Waco is every one of us that rides. We’ve spent the last 25 years polishing an image of freedom and a sort of simple, cowboy value system, then some yahoos that look just like us go and set us back fifty years. You can bet that every poker run in Texas for the next three years is going to be chock full of undercover police and sting operations. Think you won’t be profiled in Texas? Think again. You can expect to be hassled every time you post up for a drink. Wanna smoke a cigarette in the parking lot? Better pay attention to where you through that butt. Think you can go have one beer and then ride that Super Glide home? Think again. You’re on the side of the road getting a sobriety test and having your life story checked out. So here’s my rant: Let’s all do better. Open up our eyes to all those folks that we cut off, that we rev up, and that we blow past on a double yellow line. They already don’t care about us, and now, they are sure that instead of us being “outlaws” we are all a bunch of gangsters.

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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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