When it comes to motorcycles, the classics are hard to pass up. Older models are a gem to be treasured, however, sometimes they come in not the best conditions. When this is the case, rebuilding them is the only option. Rebuilding a bike can seem scary and overwhelming at first, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it a little less of a challenge:
Look Over the Service Manual
In order to properly rebuild a motorcycle, it’s important to get your hands on the service manual. Depending on how old the bike is, this may be a bit of a challenge. But if you are looking to rebuild everything correctly for the bike to run the right way, it’s very important to have. The manual is a complete guide of everything you need to know from changing your oil to completely rebuilding the engine.
Know the Damage
After reviewing the manual and before beginning on restoring the bike, you want to give it the once over with a mechanic. Although you may know everything there is to know about motorcycles, having a second eye, especially from a professional, will give you an idea of what you are dealing with. Find out what needs replacing, simple sprucing, or if it’s even worth salvaging.
Think About Money and Time
After the once over, you’ll have a good understanding of what it is all going to cost and how much time you’ll need to dedicate. Bikes may be your hobby and passion, but most of us can’t dedicate all of our hours in the day to it. It’s important to set a realistic timeline and budget for restoring the bike.
Understand Your Level
If this is your first time fixing up or restoring an old bike, by one that is running. When you are at the beginner level, everything part about the restoration will be a challenge. To make it less of a challenge and have a better chance of the bike actually hitting the road, buy an old bike that actually starts and runs. For experienced motorcycle restorers and mechanics, if you are up for the challenge, find a bike that doesn’t start.
No matter whether this is the first bike you are restoring or if this has become a passion of yours, rebuilding a bike can give you a better appreciation of motorcycles.
There used to be a time when a group of bikers rolling into town all at once made people a little spooked. Nowadays, these gatherings are known as rallies and happen all across the country. With so many to choose from and each with their own unique offerings, some motorcycle events top the others. These are the best motorcycle shows and events across the country:
The One Motto Show
In Portland, Oregan for the past ten years, the One Motto Show has been a hot spot for bikers from all stretches over the US and the world. At the show, attendees will see the greatest customized bikes and old factory acoustics make bands sound edgie. Over the course of a weekend, there are live local bands, dirt bikes to café racers, and bike builders from 110 countries. Make sure to see when the next show is to see what the OMS has to offer.
Daytona Bike Week
Another popular rally in the US is Daytona Bike Week. This show has been taking place for over 70 years and marks the official start to riding and rally season. From the world-famous Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show to demo rides, there is no shortage of good times at this show. There are also incredible types of racing including flat track, roadracing, supercross, drag racing, and vintage racing.
Americade Touring Rally
Over the course of a weekend in Lake George, New York, bikers attend the American Touring Rally. Not only does this rally have both guided and unguided rides, poker runs, charity rides as well as other demo rides. This show focuses mainly on riding and good times. With the beautiful Lake George as the location, every ride offers the best scenery. Americade has ben regarded as the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally and is must-see during riding season.
ROT (Republic of Texas) Biker Rally
As an adult-only bike show with over 200k riders in attendance, the Republic of Texas Biker Rally has a lot to offer. Attendees will see AMA SuperMoto racing, the ROT AMD Qualifier Custom Bike Show, parts vendors, a tattoo expo, and get the best food Texas has to give. It’s also a great place for non-bikers to enjoy incredible live music and befriend the country’s most avid bike riders.
In 2018 Harvey Davidson announced its commitment to electric vehicles, and almost a year later the company has publicly revealed the first prototypes of its electric bicycles, giving us a glimpse into its future. In contrast to Harley Davidson’s typical market, these are, in fact, bicycles with an electric pedal-assist. The description on the company website does not reveal many more details regarding pricing or when they might be on the market for purchase.
Harley Davidson’s prototype electric bicycles are svelte, sophisticated, and urban, deviating from the brand’s signature style. Instead of taking the traditional route of making ebikes look as similar to traditional bikes as possible, Harley Davidson makes it clear that the vehicles are electric machines. The bicycles can be seen as being the antithesis of Harley’s brand to their core fan base, but it is best to think of them as a reflection of a changing market.
As Harley Davidson’s fortunes and stocks have dropped, the company needed to branch out beyond its current audience. In an economy where wages have not kept up with the growth of expenses, Harley is faced with the reality that many potential customers simply couldn’t afford its product. Older riders are aging out of the market, and young people are beginning to look at cars, and especially motorcycles, as expensive luxuries.
Harley’s vision is broadening to keep up with the evolving transportation sector. Ebikes are rising in popularity, and more people are ridesharing, riding bicycles, and scooters. Since these are future concepts, it’s uncertain how the bicycles will actually fare in the market.
About Graham Zahoruiko
As Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation, Graham Zahoruiko is leading greater corporate shareholder wealth, public benefit, and social responsibility. Graham gets to exercise a level of independence that is rare in the business world. He needs to rely on himself to deliver on what he has been hired to do. There are no shortcuts, only hard work, and self-reliance. These are qualities intrinsic to Graham Zahoruiko, so it is no wonder that they permeate through his personal life as well. Graham is a motorcycle enthusiast. His most peaceful moments are when he is astride his Harley-Davidson and on the open road. Again, independence is the key. The iconic images of the lone rider tearing across the pavement are certainly romantic, but there is an undeniable beauty to it as well. It is a part of American culture – the independent traveler forging across the country à la the pioneers during westward expansion. The public’s understanding of motorcycle culture is also influenced by popular films – Easy Rider, the Wild Ones, Mad Max. Biker gangs are often a popular trope in these films, echoed by real-world incidences. For instance, the Hell’s Angels at the Altamont Free Concert in 1969 and the violence that ensued.
Graham Zahoruiko was introduced to motorcycle riding as a child when his uncle would give him rides in the front yard. In those days, helmets were optional and Graham and his uncle found themselves on the ground from unsuccessful wheelies. These early experiences manifested themselves into a lifestyle on the bike. Riding has always been a thrill that Graham has enjoyed as it compliments his spontaneous personality. Graham Zahoruiko averages about 5,000 to 7,500 miles during the riding season — April through October — on his black 2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail Classic.
For Graham and motorcycle riders alike, the open ride provides an immense sense of freedom in the open air. Sometimes with no destination in mind, the motorcycle is the ultimate escape. The open road and the motorcycle community provides the opportunity to meet some of the kindest and most patriotic people. Whether it is a motorcycle rally, event or ride, you always have the chance to meet and learn from interesting people all over the country.
Motorcycle enthusiasts like Graham Zahoruiko have to fight against those negative connotations. To that end, Graham has been able to combine is the love of riding with another one of his passions – philanthropy. Graham regularly participates in fundraising events focusing on motorcycle riding. For example, the 9/11 Ride. The event is organized by America’s 911 Foundation, Inc., and is purposed to remember the heroes, volunteers and victims of September 11th, 2001. Preserving the memories of all those who answered the call on that horrible day is the charge of the ride, and for the best 13 years, they have been very successful. The Ride is an annual event where 100s of riders travel together en mass. For a thousand miles, the caravan rides in formation, visiting each of the three major 9/11 crash sites. The event has grown tremendously, where now major highway interstates are shut down entirely and thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer on the bikers and honor the fallen.