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.

Your Guide to Planning a Cross Country Motorcycle Trip

Some people ride a motorcycle for the sheer passion and adrenaline. Others ride for the independence and freedom. No matter what your reasoning is for riding, you must love this hobby and lifestyle if you’re planning a trip across the country. Here are important things to keep in mind when planning your cross-country motorcycle trip.

Start and End Points

America is a large country with so many great spots to start and end your trip. The first part of planning is deciding where those two spots are that work best for you. Mark down what places you want to see and that will help you figure out what locations are best to start and end from. If you want to include Route 66 for your motorcycle trip then starting and ending in mid-southern locations is a good idea.

What to Pack

Obviously you can’t bring your entire wardrobe with you on this trip. Packing light will do you and your gas mileage both a favor. Take tips from experienced riders to pinpoint what you will need and what you don’t.

Map or GPS

Consider how you want to navigate your trip. A standard map is the old-school way of riding so make sure your map is up to date on functioning roads and highways if that’s the method you choose. The standard GPS will keep track of your location from point A to point B. If you get lost, there’s an app for that.

Tire Mileage

Before you leave, check your tire mileage and make sure your tires will last for your motorcycle trip. Feel free to “burn rubber” on your trip but keep in mind the lifespan of your tires. If you’re looking to get new tires for this trip, look into touring tires which are specifically made for longer rides.

Keep Log of Visited Locations

Maybe you’re not one to write in a journal, and that’s okay. Whether you simply keep a notepad and pen in your pocket or type notes on your phone, make sure you track the places you visit on your trip. This will let you mark the places you may want to ride again if given the opportunity.

Where You Lay Your Head

Another important factor behind planning your motorcycle trip is determining where you will stay. You have many options as a motorcyclist for where you want to stay. Hotels, motels, airbnb or even camping are great options to make your trip easy and interesting.

Stop to Smell the Roses 

The last thing you should include in your motorcycle trip plans is time to stop and smell the roses. You will be going through monumental landscapes and scenery. Take the time to enjoy it to make this trip one of the most memorable in your lifetime of riding.

Female Riders United: Eastern Canada’s First Female Rally Proves Successful

Women Bikers Increase at Canada’s First Female Rally
Many bikers feel compelled to ride and honor the lives of those who rode with them. The love of motorcycles in Canada and the U.S. has increased, specifically the female biker demographic. Not only are more women riding, more pro-female motorcycle rallies are taking place. One rally, the Backroad Ball, was the first rally by this name held in New Brunswick. Many females showed up in support, so this will likely be the first of many Backroad Balls.

The women of Penobsquis in New Brunswick celebrated their love of bikes over a weekend in June. The event, titled Backroad Ball, was also attended by ladies from the United States. There were at least 100 people that showed up in attendance between June 17-19, 2016. Women riders are up 6% since 1998. According to a survey conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Council, 14% of total motorcycle riders are female. This may seem like a small percentage, but 1.2 million riders are nothing to scoff at. Women are being included in more marketing materials as consumers that enjoy riding bikes as opposed to being an onlooker. It’s worth noting that most female riders are younger than men. The average age of a female rider is 39, for men, it’s 48. About 48% of female riders choose cruiser style bikes, scooters are at 33%, and sports bikes are at 10%.

The event successfully brought together women who love motorcycles across Canada and the U.S. The event was designed to be another version of female biker events such as Babe’s Ride Out and The Dream Roll. In line with the theme of safety, the Safety Service staff gave a speech about proper clothing, keeping your passenger safe, as well as other important topics. New Brunswick claimed 4 casualties due to biker accidents in 2016.

So the awareness of safety was definitely a major topic at the event. Some of the attendees have lost friends in motorcycle accidents, so the theme of safety was not overdone but welcomed. Despite the tragedies that have occurred, women still love to ride and that was the entire purpose of the rally. These attendees ride on in honor of their lost friends and family. These women are not discouraged from riding because of the simple and powerful feeling of total freedom. Lives were honored at the rally with a “minute of thunder”, particularly the life of Erin Robertson.

Ducati Bike Sales Top 2016 Motorcycle Record

There’s nothing like a good bike that can get you through any tough ride and last year Ducati Motor Holding has done just that with their new record of motorcycle sales. Posting a new sales record on the Italian two-wheeler manufacturer’s 90th anniversary with over 55,451 units sold, Ducati has set the standards high when it comes to durability, ingenuity, and style.

Overall sales were up 1.2 percent from 54,809 bikes in 2015. Ducati hasn’t released sales figures for individual models or sales numbers in individual regions, but sales of the Multistrada family were up 16 percent compared to 2015.

Graham Zahoruiko blog on Ducati Bike Sales Top 2016 Motorcycle Record

The US remained Ducati’s strongest market, with sales of 8,787 new bikes in 2016. In Europe too, Ducati posted impressive growth numbers 38% growth in Spain, over 20%  in Italy and more than 8 per cent in Germany. There is an outstanding performance in Asia too, where Ducati more than doubled its year-on-sales in China with over 120% growth. In Brazil, sales increased by 36% and Argentina saw staggering growth of 219%.

In addition to a new sales record, 2016 saw a consolidation of the considerable increase in volumes achieved in 2015, thanks also to the introduction of the Scrambler brand. This growth demonstrates the strength of both range and brand and, above all, the solid performance of the global sales network,” said Andrea Buzzoni, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Ducati Motor Holding.


 

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