Motorcycles in the Movies

The movies make it look so easy – like using a motorcycle to cross between two rooftops only using a short ramp, or riding so low to the ground that you have no idea how the driver doesn’t fall off. It’s all part of movie magic, and these stunt actors are trained to perform these dangerous tasks, often with the help of special effects. Trying them at home would probably mean a trip to the hospital for anyone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, but if you’re in the mood for a great story and some cool motorcycle tricks, here’s four movies for you that might just do the trick:

 

Thunderball (1965)

James Bond drives a lot of cool cars. Fact. He also drives a lot of cool bikes – and so do the villains. The beautiful SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe steals the show with her motorcycle because not only does her motorcycle exude confidence, but it can also launch missiles. The bike in question? BSA Lightning A65-L. For a more modern James Bond, there’s also Quantum of Solace (2008), featuring Daniel Craig zipping around on a modified Montesa Cota 4RT.

 

Salt (2010)

Angelina Jolie as a CIA officer-turned-fugitive? Awesome. Angelina Jolie’s character riding a motorcycle in a high-speed chase scene? Also awesome. Angelina Jolie doing her own stunts, including the ones on the motorcycle? That’s more than enough right there, but wait – Triumph even developed a new bike specifically for this movie. They took their Street Triple and came up with the Street Triple R, even more agile and intuitive than its predecessor.

 

Top Gun (1986)

Anyone who grew up in the 1980s knows Top Gun, with Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) and his 1985 Kawasaki GPZ 900 R. From his skills on his bike to his leather jacket to his luck with the ladies, everyone wanted to be Maverick, and who could blame them? If you’re feeling nostalgic, Top Gun is a great movie night choice.

 

Ultraviolet (2006)

While Ultraviolet isn’t known for its great or even cohesive storyline, it’s really the bike you want to be watching for, anyway. With Milla Jovovich cruising through an antigravity chase scene on her 2001 BMW R1150R, the motorcycle truly steals the show and almost makes up for the fact that the rest of the movie makes little sense. Maybe just catch this scene on YouTube, actually, but whatever you do – check out the antigravity chase scene, and sit back and marvel at how the beautiful bike cruises through the air.

 

Top U.S. Road Trip Routes for Motorcycling

Graham Zahoruiko Routes in US

Planning for an epic road trip across the United States on the back of a motorcycle? Nothing is more liberating than traveling through America on a motorcycle as you experience that thrilling sensation course through your veins and the open winds on your face. Here are the top recommended bike routes and destinations that you’ll enjoy as you map out your next big adventure.

Nature’s Wonders: Beartooth Highway

Feeling overwhelmed by the rigors of your daily routines? Take a breather and spare a couple of hours to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature as you weave your way through the curvaceous bends of Beartooth Highway’s rugged terrains on your bike. The 68-mile scenic route begins at Red Lodge in Montana, leading you through the iconic Custer and Shoshone National Parks as you ride up the 10,947 foot-long Beartooth Pass and end at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

The Journey of a Lifetime: Route 66

A biker’s ultimate dream: the chance to embark on the 2,200-mile, Chicago-to-Los Angeles journey, navigating your way across six states via one of the nation’s original highways. Make a pit-stop at one of the numerous biker-friendly sites along Route 66 and replenish your energy with delicious pies and Route 66 highway nostalgia.

Defy the Odds: Tail of the Dragon

An iconic landmark, U.S. 129, aka Tail of the Dragon, has cemented its place at the pinnacle of biking destinations within the United States. The Tail of the Dragon comprises of a whooping 318 hairpin curves within an 11-mile intersection that spans between North Carolina and Tennessee. This route is a paradise for daredevil bikers and inquisitive tourists seeking to challenge their riding abilities.

Are you Ready For It? Going-to-the-Sun Road: Montana

Theme parks are so overrated when you can experience a similar rush of adrenaline as you escape from the reality on this thrill-seeking biking adventure. Disclaimer: like a tumultuous, topsy-turvy rollercoaster. This route is definitely not for the faint-hearted as this unpredictable route brims with more sharp-turns than the average Hollywood melodrama as it continuously winds you up to the 6,646 foot summit at Logan Pass in Montana. It should be noted that Going-to-the-Sun Road is only available during the summer and you should always check weather conditions before venturing out on this path.

Planning to embark on a biking expedition may seem somewhat unconventional, but hey, you only live once right? Of course, it is of utmost importance that you ensure necessary safety precautions are taken to prevent unwanted incidents from occurring. But don’t let unknown possibilities deter you from experiencing life’s infinite possibilities on a classic motorcycle adventure.

2018 Harley Davidson Bikes to Consider

The Harley-Davidson brand name is synonymous with motorcycles. They’ve developed an image over the decades of being an iconic and powerful all-American motorcycle that is instantly recognizable and widely respected.

For these reasons and many others, Harley-Davidson has been the kind of bike that enthusiasts have aspired to, a sign that they’ve really made it. Now, in 2018, Harley is shaking things up a little with some of their newest offerings, while still retaining that special something that keeps people coming back for more.

Here are a few of the top new Harleys this year:

Street Motorcycles

While not much has changed on the three Street models this year, they remain extremely popular as Harley’s entry-level line. Designed to be new-rider friendly, with a lower seat and wide handlebars, the Street 500, Street 750 and Street Rod are built to maneuver through busy city streets.

Sportsters

Another favorite of Harley enthusiasts, this line didn’t change much from 2017 to 2018, either. New black and chrome finishes and a custom race stripe on the 1200 were the only significant alterations made to these five bikes.

Softails

This line of nine new Softail models are where the company has rolled out the first major changes of the year. With an aim to improve comfort and performance across the line, Harley has blended the Dyna and Softail models to retain the hard look of a Dyna with the faster, easier ride of a Softail.

Touring Motorcycles

While the base design elements of these ten big bikes remain unchanged, there are bits and pieces of several models that have received an updated look for the new year. This line continues to be Harley’s iconic long-haul brand, with the individual bikes built for extended trips on the road, but with new blackout styling, extended luggage racks, more built-in comfort and upgraded infotainment systems on several models, the Touring line just keeps getting better with age.

CVO

These bikes are Harley’s answer to custom houses. The line changes from year to year, but always uses the best design features, parts and styling to give riders the very best factory-installed experience possible.

Trikes

This line is mostly unchanged for the new year, aside from the introduction of the the Tri Glide Ultra’s 115th Anniversary edition. Still focused on long-distance hauling and built for two people, these trikes offer plenty of storage and all of the amenities you’d expect to find on a Harley, just with three wheels.

Harley Davidson Markets Towards Millennials and Trademarks “Bronx”

Graham Zahoruiko Updating Brand Marketing

 

The stereotypical demographic of motorcyclists reflects on middle-aged men with a little bit of a wild side. They enjoy the open road, average the age of 45 and probably have some sort of black clothing such as a leather jacket or boots. The gray-haired motorcyclists is a trend seen across the United States doesn’t seem too concerning, however, it poses a major threat to the motorcycle manufacturing industry. What happens when all of the middle-aged motorcyclists become too old to ride? Statistics show that there just isn’t enough “young blood” making motorcycle purchases, so Harley Davidson recently began a millennial marketing campaign.

 

To combat the rise in age of the average motorcycle rider, Harley Davidson is marketing towards millennials in order to get younger people to ride. Gearing their marketing and products towards a younger generation, Harley knows what the younger generation wants: speed, performance, and style just to name a few. Targeting this new demographic, rather than “bigger and better”, Harley Davidson is launching smaller, more affordable models.

 

With a vast majority of millennials being in debt or unable to grow their savings, these affordable models are enticing to this age group. Most of the competition is struggling to keep sales up, while Indiana sales are soaring. With its entry-level cruisers, the bikes from this affordable brand showcases a sleek, modern design that still ties in the brand heritage. All this to say that Harley Davidson has a lot of room to overcome this competition. Especially with lower models starting at $12,000, Harley is working towards becoming more affordable for this younger generation.

 

In order to stay relevant as a brand and attempting to outshine the competition, Harley Davidson trademarked the name “Bronx” through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Changing direction from more localized name from their headquarters in Milwaukee, Harley Davidson treks all the way to the popular New York Borough, The Bronx. With a much more “big city” vibe, we all have to wonder what Harley plans to do with this new patent name.

 

Some figure this new name will shine to be a new model. Gearing towards a more street style, city rider, this could change the game for motorcycling demographics. However, Harley already launched its 2018 lineup of models, silently discontinuing the V-Rod.

 

As Harley Davidson is undergoing some major changes for its brand, we can’t help but expect some excited things from this brand in the upcoming year.

Why I Love Harley Davidson Bikes

Graham Zahoruiko Why I Love Harleys

If you haven’t taken a ride across America but you love to ride motorcycles, I highly recommend you plan your trip now. One of the best rides that riders experience is multiple week long trip across the beautiful country of the United States. With the asphalt under the tires and the drastic changes in scenery throughout the ride, there’s no experience greater– especially if you are on a Harley Davidson.

Harleys Are Made Well

Harleys make the ride fun, and they were made for long trips. As an iconic American-style bike, Harleys were made for America. For years this company has had manufacturing plants in America, making it a trademark for their brand. Although they may also have plants in other international companies, but this is all in good faith to expand their company on a global basis.

For high-speed trips, Harleys make it easier. Being made with such a heavy body, it’s much harder to get blown around or beat up on a Harley. Their performance in high-speed rides are fantastic for stability and maneuvering on the road.

Harleys Let You Meet People

Harley Davidson to the public is a very misunderstood brand for those who don’t ride one. Some have made the joke that Harley owners are like a cult. If you ride a Harley, you’re automatically in tune with other Harley riders. There are so many groups of motorcycle riders out there that all ride Harleys. There are hashtags on social media, and even public groups of Harley riders on social media. It’s pretty simple though– Harleys bring people together.

Harleys create a community. There are plenty of opportunities inside of the Harley community to go on scheduled rides, planned tours, and even friendships. Harleys bring an opportunity to meet other Harley riders. In such events, you get a fun ride while also making lasting friendships.

Harleys Have a Long Lifespan

Ultimately, you can make your Harley last as long as you want it to, or until you decide you want to ride in a new style. The way that Harley engines are designed, their pretty much always repeatable. Although Harleys can show their age, the motors have incredibly proven their long lasting life. In fact, David Zein, the former Wisconsin State Senator is the proud owner of a 1991 FXRT, which is the first Harley to reach 1 million miles on it. It was a pivotal day in Harley history when that odometer read “000000” after a torturous trip.

Motorcycle Must-Haves: Royal Enfields Recap of Newly Opened Factory

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Having been around for decades, a century even, Royal Enfields is continuing to grow in demand. The company first started in 1890 when they received their license for the brand name “Royal Enfields”. They made their first motorcycle in 1901 but also sold other items such as lawnmowers, bicycles, and more. Having been in production for so long, this company is known as the oldest motorcycle brand that has continuously made and sold motorcycles.

Since then, this small motorcycle company has grown the become a global leader in selling mid-sized motorcycles.This brand has been around for a long time, but just so happens to be at a new beginning. Royal Enfields announced it’s opening of a third manufacturing facility, at Vallam Vadagal based in India.

In 1949, Royal Enfields opened doors to its partnership in India, selling the mid-sized motorcycles just after the war. India’s government was in search of motorcycles fit for policemen to use. Royal Enfields’ bike, the “Bullet 350” (they now sell the Bullet 500 efi, also) was chosen for the job, with India’s government placing an enormous order of 800 bikes during that time. Since then, it’s clear that Royal Enfields’ popularity has continued to rise.

Royal Enfields is known for their style that combines a classic bike with a modern look, making the design timeless. Through this distinct design, Royal Enfields has grown in popularity, increasing sales in India 50% every year for the past 5 years. In order to keep up with such demand, the company had to open a new manufacturing facility. It is with confidence that they continue to sell their unique models.

This company sells multiple models such as: the Bullet, Thunderbird, and Classic. Additionally, they sell the Cafe Racer – continental gt. This product line is lined up for India, but can vary depending upon the country. Today, Royal Enfields are sold in the following countries: USA, UK, India, various countries throughout Europe, Latin America and both the Middle East and South East Asia.

On top of being such a unique motorcycle company, they go beyond just manufacturing and selling bikes. This company organizes motorcycle rides for both members and non-members, giving ample opportunity for a leisurely trip or even an adventure.

With such growth seen over the last 5 years, it’s no surprise that this company is expanding. If it’s a successful facility, the question remains: Could we be hearing more about Royal Enfields in the future? We’ll have to just wait and see.

The Gear You Need for Your Next Motorcycle Ride

If you consider yourself a motorcycle enthusiast like myself, then you know all about the bikes. You have your favorite ride mapped out in your head because you’ve rode it too many times to count. You know when the weather is nice which roads to take to get that perfect, scenic view. But do you know what the best gear is for riding? Here are a few pieces of motorcycle gear you don’t want to miss on your next ride.

 

The Jacket

 

Jackets keep you warm when the wind isn’t at your favor. The jacket also protects your skin and body in the event of a crash. When the weather is hot, riders often don’t wear jackets or they’ll overheat. Here’s the good news. Textile jackets are becoming a popular motorcycle signature piece. They’re lightweight and made from materials such as polyester that won’t make you sweat. You can enjoy the ride and be protected no matter what the temperature is outside.

 

The Boots

 

Riders, it’s vital that you care about your safety just as much as you care about your ride. Proper gear goes beyond just the bike. Riding boots are essential to your ride. You never know if you turn a curve too fast or any other unfortunate event that will occur while you’re out on your ride. Motorcycle boots protect your feet, what you use every day to get you from point A to point B. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to ride. Keep it classic with some of the best motorcycle boots. You can’t go wrong with protecting yourself.

 

The Helmet

 

It’s not illegal to ride without a helmet anymore, however it’s the smart thing to do. A helmet can be the difference between one last ride or thousands of rides ahead of you. If you wear a helmet, you might as well make sure it’s the best. Luckily, 2017’s best helmets are out on the market. The prices range so if you’re short on cash or have the ability to splurge, there’s a helmet for every wallet. Your helmet should do the job, but it also helps if it looks cool too.

 

Indian Motorcycle Spring Gear
While the Indian Motorcycle spring gear fits into a category of it’s own, it has great history within America. In World War II, Indian Motorcycle company produced over 50,000 motorcycles, and military jackets to go along. If you want to be more original in your motorcycle gear, a military jacket is a great way to represent your freedom to ride.

Essential Tips from A Motorcycle Mechanic

Millions of people own and ride a motorcycle every day. Most of these individuals have been riding for some time while other are just beginning their motorcycle riding experience. Regardless of a rider’s experience or skill, the following essential tips from a motorcycle mechanic can help them to get the best ride of their lives, while out on the road.

Keep a Good Set of Tools on your Bike

All motorcycle riders should have a good set of tools on their bike. These tools should be kept inside of their bike’s storage compartment and they should include items such as pliers, multi-meter, chain breaker, riveter, socket, torque wrench and other types of tools that would be useful for handling minor repair problems while out on the road.

A Rider should know their Bike’s Estimated MPG and Fuel Capacity

Motorcycle riders should know how far they can travel on their bike and they should also know much fuel their bikes can hold. The reason being is that some cycles have fuel gauges and others do not. Some manufacturers choose not to place this meter onto a bike. Knowing this information can help a rider not to get stuck in a remote place because they ran out of gas.

Inspect your Bike before you Ride

Motorcycle mechanics strongly encourage riders to inspect their cycles before they ride. This is important for detecting problems before getting onto the road. People who do not take this action could end up dealing with a big problem while they are out riding.

Maintain a Maintenance Schedule

A rider must maintain a maintenance schedule to ensure that their bikes are running in optimal condition. They should inspect fluids (yes, motorcycles need fluids) and their engine. Tires, hand grips and other parts of the bike should be inspected for problems as well. Once again, this will help to avoid problems before getting out onto the road.

Make sure you can Control a Bike before you Buy it

A good motorcycle mechanic will tell riders not to purchase a bike that they cannot control or handle while out on the road. Even if they do not end up crashing or injuring themselves; they can do a lot of damage to a bike by simply tearing it up during their ride. The point is that no one should purchase a motorcycle that they cannot keep under their control or take care of while it is in their possession.

Other tips include purchasing anti-lock brakes for superior stopping power. Getting a cover for your bike to protect it from the elements when you’re not riding is also highly recommended. These tips will definitely help any motorist to ensure that their bike is being properly maintained and is ready for the road. You can find out more about these tips from Motorcycle Cruiser and Rides Apart.

Fact or Fiction: Common Motorcycle Myths Explored

Owning a motorcycle is one of the most empowering and free feelings that you ever have. It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you own, crotch rocket, tourer, cruiser, sportster, or what kind of biker that you are 1%er, weekend warrior, or daily rider, having a bike is the ultimate in independence. They’re a lot of myths, legends, and old wives’ tales that come from motorcycle ownership, however. Some of these are outlandish, some are based on misconceptions, and some are outright dangerous. Many are true, most are not. You have probably heard a lot of them yourself in your time of motorcycle ownership. Let’s take a look at some of the more common ones and whether they are fact or fiction.

Sport Tires Make a Bike Go Faster
This is FICTION: Racing tires are designed to be sticky and have a better grip on racing surfaces, but this effect only takes place once the tires reach a certain operating temperature. The truth is that you will more than lily never attain this temperature when you are using your bike for daily riding such as to and from work, or around your local area. While you might get a slight performance increase when you are on long highway trips, the advantage you may gain will not even be remotely close enough to warrant the effort of changing your tires out for the road trip.

In addition, racing tires are not designed for the rough surface of roads and highways. They are meant for the relatively smooth surface of racetracks. The limited tread on the tires and the lack of steel belting will make them wear out faster than regular tires. A lot of money put out, no real benefit gained.

Use of High Octane Fuel Increases a Bike’s Performance
FICTION: High-performance bikes are designed for high octane fuel since the engines are tuned in such a manner that a larger amount of energy is able to be extracted from the fuel. Regular motorcycle engines are not designed for such high compression extraction of energy and as such cannot truly benefit from the use of high octane fuel. The only real advantage of using high octane in your regular motorcycle engine is that there are more cleaning agents and engine boosters in the fuel which may help your engine run better on average. The truth is, though, that you can get the same effect by using a bottle of fuel booster with every fill up of your tank for less than the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded. Save your money and use a high-quality regular gas in your bike and every week drop a bottle of STP into the tank.

By Going Faster, You Can Decrease Front Wheel Wobble
FICTION: This is based partly in truth, however. The truth part is that due to a motorcycles two-wheel design the front wheel, which is thinner than the rear wheel, wobbles naturally. When you hit a bump or some other obstruction the wheel wobble seems to be more pronounced, but then when you speed up it corrects itself. Now for the fiction part and why…wheel wobble can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including issues with your tires or you from the wheel being out of alignment. If your wobble is significant you should get your bike into a service center and have it looked at but at all costs do not try to correct the wobble by riding faster. You could suddenly lose control of the bike and end up in a very bad way.

A Fast-Moving Motorcycle Is Small Enough Not to Register on a Speed Trap
This is FICTION: While your bike may be smaller in size than a car or truck, the truth is that the laser or radar beam that detects your speed is only the size on average as the lead from a mechanical pencil. You get the idea, you may be smaller but there is still enough of you to have the beam hit and there is no way to ride fast enough to beat the speed of light, which is what you are effectively racing against when trying to beat a speed trap.

Lay Down a Motorcycle If You Are Going to Crash
FICTION: This is not only massively fiction, this is also massively stupid, and massively dangerous. Are you trying to lose an arm or a leg, or to totally destroy your $25,000 investment in your bike? Why would you deliberately want to lay down your beloved machine to have it turned into highway hash browns? Back in the old days when bikes were less advanced and most riders had more balls than brains they idea of stopping a bike in an emergency situation was at least plausibly to lay it down and take the side, but today’s bikes are much more advantaged, they go a hell of a lot faster and there are more drivers on the road. The advent of ABS, disk brakes, computer stabilization, and other advancements have made it a lot easier to stop the bike quickly and under control. If you are in an emergency, then it’s best to just apply both brakes hard and controlled and try your best to maintain a vertical position using your feet. Remember, it’s cheaper and easier to replace a pair of biker boots and deal with at worst a sprained ankle than to destroy your bike and perhaps yourself in the process.

Now that you have seen some of these myths settled you are better informed and prepared to ride your motorcycle for many years to come. While there are a lot of myths and wives tales about motorcycles that have some truth to them, the ones that we have discussed here are fully debunked. Now go forth a ride!