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.

 

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.

Industry Pioneer: Floyd Clymer

Floyd Clymer was born in Indianapolis on October 26, 1895. They shortly after moved to Colorado. Upon moving to Berthoud, Colorado, Floyd’s father purchased the family’s first automobile, a Curved Dashed Oldsmobile which became Floyd’s first car he would learn to drive at the age of 7.

He always showed a passion for cars. He became the youngest Ford dealer in the country at 13 years old. Many publications wrote about Clymer and his early success. He eventually became interested in motorcycles and began entering races. He also opened a Harley Davidson and Excelsior dealership in Greeley, Colorado.

As a motorcycle racer, Clymer gained notoriety by leading a great fraction of the acclaimed Dodge City 300. Floyd was riding a Harley Davidson and was the top performer for much of the race until his bike malfunctioned at 110 laps in the 150 lap competition. This event was just a minor bump in the road for Floyd.

He would then go on to win multiple races including the Pikes Peak hill climb. In 1920 he was victorious in winning the national sidecar championship and prevailed in numerous hill climbing competitions thereafter.

Floyd Clymer is known as a pioneer in the motorcycling profession. He was a racer, a racing promoter, a motorcycle dealer and distributor, a motorcycle manufacturer, a magazine publisher and an author. In 1998, Clymer etched his name in history by being inducted into the motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Floyd’s latter notoriety came largely in part due to his yearly publishing of a yearbook for the Indianapolis 500. His time spent working with them spanned from 1946-1968. He also wrote numerous works on classic cars. These pieces included Henry’s Wonderful Model T, Those Wonderful Old Automobiles, Treasury of Early American Automobiles along with a series of Historical Motor Scrapbooks.

Not only was Floyd Clymer an amazing motorcyclist and writer, but he was a superior entrepreneur. He created innovative ways in marketing and selling motorbikes. He would take his motorcycles to agricultural trade shows and he would demonstrate how the bikes could be utilized in the agricultural industry as well as in the delivery industry, in the police force and in the newspapers companies.

Floyd Clymer was an inspiration to many and his life was a staple of passion and drive. His accomplishments were a direct product of his desires and he achieved them by persevering with great courage and persistence.

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.

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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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Guide to Riding Route 66

36f9a3fef4bf4f0042f544d7e119499fRoute 66 is one of the original highways in the United States highway system. The road originally ran from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California and became possibly the most well-known road in the entire country. Eventually, it was overshadowed by the Interstate Highway System and now Route 66 is no longer considered a highway. Many parts of it have been bypassed by the more recent highway system. Though, it’s still as popular as ever and is a great trip for bikers, due to its rich history; not to mention its stretches of flat road that are perfect for cruising and its reputation as a top item on the biker bucket list! Here’s some advice to keep in mind if you choose to ride Route 66.

 

  • Get the right bike

 

Unless you already own a cruiser that you feel comfortable riding on for hours at a time for a few weeks, you’ll probably want to rent a bike in Chicago. There are various places you can choose from and even some guided tours that will offer suggestions on what bike to take. If you don’t feel like planning out your entire trip, go for the guided tour of Route 66. Or, just find the proper bike and get ready for your journey.

 

  • Know where you’re going

 

Route 66 has a complicated history of being bypassed by the Interstate Highways and having various sections constantly realigned or completely renovated. You need to know exactly what part of the route you intend to follow (maybe all of it) and then carefully map out where you’ll be going. Sometimes you’ll come across multiple signs, all showing Route 66, so it’s important you know what route you’re following or where you’ll detour off of Route 66 (if you want to do so). It can get complicated and rough, so make sure you know where you’re going!

 

  • Give yourself time

 

Biking Route 66 is going to take a while; it goes across most of the country, after all! Give yourself at least two weeks to travel this road, though adding an extra week would be good, so you can account for any accidental detours or time you may decide to spend in one area. You’ll give yourself freedom to take your time and really enjoy the trip. It’s also important to be mindful of what time of year you’re going. Many people feel that September is the best time to travel Route 66, but anywhere between the middle of May to October should be fine.

 

  • Talk to people!

 

When you stop for food or to rest for the night, make sure you talk to the locals. There’s an endless amount of towns along Route 66, with many family-owned businesses and people who have lived there for generations. Take time to get to know these people and hear their stories. You’ll end up learning more about the history of the route than you could have ever imagined.

 

  • Pick out places to stop

 

Much like planning your route ahead of time, also plan where you’ll stop. Know what landmarks you’d like to see, where you’ll spend the night, and what towns are worth stopping in. There are lots of great places to get food, almost always for an affordable price. Take a look at this list to get some ideas of where you’d like to go while riding Route 66. Also, take along proper clothes that’ll leave you prepared for any weather!

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!

Daredevil Robbie Maddison and His Famous Oceanic Motorcycle Ride

The daredevil Robbie Maddison had been involved in a variety of stunts but the most original and crazy stunt was riding his motorcycle on water. A video was made of Robbie showing him and his motorcycle riding the waves of Tahiti.

Other Amazing Stunts Robbie Maddison Has Performed

Other stunts he has previously accomplished include back flipping the Tower Bridge in London while it was open, making a 300 foot leap across Greece’s Corinth Canal, a nearly 400 foot jump over a San Diego Bay boat inlet, and a 351 foot jump over the F1 Track in Melbourne. His most famous stunt was in Las Vegas when he jumped onto a replica of France’s Arc de Triomphe then jumping back down.

How This Stunt Was Done

The motorcycle water ride was accomplished using ski-like devices that were attached around the wheels of the bike. Maddison came up with these devices himself with the front ski in the shape of a snowboard, while the back was shaped like a surfboard.

Practice Runs

The filming of the stunt took three weeks on two separate surf breaks. Prior to filming, he made a test run on Mission Bay in San Diego. He completed three laps totaling seven and a half miles. When him and his crew got to Tahiti, it was challenging changing from the cold freshwater he had rode on before and the warm salt water there.

Preparation

He went through a total of six different bikes that were rebirthed ten times a piece. Everything on the bikes had to be sealed tightly so no gas or oil was leaked into the ocean. During the final day of filming, he wiped out on a wave twenty-five foot high.

Combining Surfing and Motorcycles

Maddison grew up surfing in Australia and just had to bring his two favorite pastimes together for this stunt. He used the fundamentals of aquaplaning to help him and his bike ride on the surface of the water. Both the customizations he made to the bike and a very high rate of speed helped him to remain on the top of the water for such a long period of time.

You can watch a clip of the video here. Robbie Maddison is an amazing daredevil who has successfully performed some truly dangerous and exciting stunts. This new addition to his stunt history will be talked about for years to come.