Warm weather is one of the best times to rev up your motorcycle and hit the open road. As summer rolls in, start planning for some amazing road trips. Hopping on your motorcycle is the best way to explore new places. For the summer, these are some awesome places to head to for a fun motorcycle ride:
California’s Pacific Coast Highway
The west coast is an optimal summer adventure. The California Pacific Coast Highway, also known as State Route #1, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The cool ocean breeze will make you feel like you’ve entered paradise. This route also has towns and attractions along the way for a memorable trip. Some of the best stops are the Santa Barbra Boardwalk, Montecito, Pismo Beach, and Sausalito.
The Black Hills
Take a trip down to South Dakota and find the Black Hills for an unforgettable adventure. This is perfect for motorcyclists to do solo rides or head out with their friends. Follow the Needles Highway through the Black Hills to enjoy magnificent scenery and incredible views. Make sure to head out in August to experience the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and meet bike enthusiasts from all around the world.
The Tail of the Dragon
Ride through Tennessee and North Carolina to experience the Tail of the Dragon. This incredible route consists of U.S. Highways 129 and 318 was dubbed the “Tail of the Dragon” by motorists. It is one of the most famous and popular routes to take and stretches over a magnificent 11 miles. It offers riders tight curves, swift dips, and steep drops for an incredible and invigorating ride.
For 60 miles of beautiful views and an exhilarating ride, take a summer trip along the Peak-to-Peak Highway in Colorado. This unbelievable route is known around the world as one of the most incredible places to ride. It goes through the Rocky Mountains with stunning scenery and the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Bikers can take the opportunity to hop off their motorcycles and take a hike through the mountains for a truly amazing adventure that’ll mark a great summer.
The new year of 2020 is well underway and motorcycle enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to this year. There are many new styles and innovations for motorcycles happening this year. Harley-Davidson, in particular, has an incredible new lineup. They have dominated the roads for years and this year is sure to be no different:
The new 2020 LiveWire motorcycle features incredible power that is sure to make waves in the motorcycle community. In just three seconds flat, this powerhouse goes from 0 to 60. As soon as you twist the throttle, it is instant power without a clutch to release, no gears to run through, and you are off in a flash. It has a 146 city mile range and a high-voltage battery. Charging it couldn’t be easier thanks to the onboard Level 1 charger and power cord that connects to any standard household outlet that offers a full charge overnight. It also offers an even faster charge with a visit to any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for 80% charge in 40 minutes or 100% charge in an hour.
The 2020 Forty-Eight motorcycle is one everyone will be talking about. It is designed with incredible style featuring fat tires and a peanut tank. It has a signature bulldog stance and 1200cc of corner cranking torque. Its V-Twin engine allows massive low-end torque and the lightweight aluminum heads offer air-cooling efficiency. The fat front MT90 wheel gives rides an ultra-smooth ride and solid handling. The one word to define this bike is iconic. It offers the style and designs of the Forty-Eight’s before it, but with new unbeatable innovations to make the bike even greater.
2020 Road Glide Limited
A great touring machine for the new year is the 2020 Road Glide Limited. This motorcycle has brand new features for a fuller ride for motorcyclists. It has a bold and distinctive style with a stunning black finish. It is equipped with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine as well as an H-D Connect Service that enables you to connect to your bike through your smartphone. Through the latest version of the Harley-Davidson app, you will be able to check your bike’s vitals, track its whereabouts, safety precautions, and much more. Although this bike has futuristic and innovative features, it keeps the classic and iconic look of Harley-Davidson.
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.
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.