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4 Low Cost Tip For Enhancing Your Motorbike’s Performance

So you love your bike right? I’m even willing to guess it has a pet name. No problem with that, but how much care do you give it? Yes, it’s true that some upgrades and repairs will have you digging into your wallet a bit, however those regular checkups can really save you in the long run particularly when you’re looking to do that major overhaul at the shop. With the economy making us tighten our purse strings more and more, here are a few tips that can help keep your bike happy and healthy. The best part is, they’ll barely cost you a cent! Giving it a regular ride Your bike, just like your body, needs some good exercise. Just as you need you heart, lungs, liver and other organs to function well in your old age you want your bike to hit the ten or fifteen year mark
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Re-born in the USA!

Take one 40 something Scotswoman with a bucket list topped by the words ‘tour the United States on a motorbike someday.’ Add a lifelong fascination with all things American, a desire to eat grits, see a Grizzly, ride a Quarter Horse western style and, most importantly, ride a Harley. Complicate matters with an auto-immune joint disease meaning constant pain and an end to motor biking days. Pipe dream? I thought so – till I got the opportunity to stay with friends in Shapleigh, Maine for three weeks. A couple of days into my Maine visit, my host Calum Stonehouse, a fellow Scot, and I, took a run down to North Hampton, to the Triumph dealership to see a bike Calum was thinking about buying. Whilst prowling through all things bike, I noticed the most amazing T120 Bonneville, late fifties/early sixties complete with a Stieb open sidecar, sitting to one side
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50 Tips For Riding Across America!

Are you a petrol head who loves to ride bikes? Fancy a new challenge that you’ll remember forever? Then get yourself to the good old U.S of A, hire a bike and take the plunge into cross country motorcycle ride! Before you go, however, there are a few things you should remember and consider and, because we’re so kind, they’ve been sorted for you in a handy list below. 1. Fly to America; it’s pretty hard to ride across the country if you don’t get up and go. 2. Rent a bike – again, impossible to trek across America without one. 3. Choose carefully. Don’t go for sporty or hard-riding; you need comfort. 4. Cruiser or bruiser: make sure the bike is a gran-tourer type to protect your bum, particularly if you plan on any Iron Butts. 5. Make sure you give yourself at least two weeks to complete the
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The Super Scooters Are All The Hype Now!

Bike enthusiasts and car fanatics seem to squirm in their leather seat when the word ‘scooter’ is mentioned in a conversation. An individual who considers all vehicles, whether a simple bicycle, a powerful-geared bike or an expensive car, a means of transportation will not understand the cause of uneasiness. The word ‘scooter’ has been for a long time shunned by many and some motorcycle fans would rather walk than hop onto a scooter. They recognize scooters as simple fun toys to have but to consider owning one is not an option for most. If this is your line of thinking, then welcome to realizing that you have misjudged the world of scooters for too long. Scooters have shifted from the fun item to have to the cool ride on the block, thanks to the introduction of super scooters. The super scooter is able to change the mind of any individual
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Motocross: Motorcycling as an Extreme Sport

For the uninitiated, Motocross is an extreme sport where riders take specially designed motorcycles around an outdoor off-road track. The track will contain any number of corners, and most have jumps that the rider goes up and over. Motocross differs from standard road biking in many different aspects. This includes everything from the gear used to the type of riding performed and even how the engine is set up. What is motocross? Motocross (often written as MX) is a form of motorcycling. Motocross itself is done on an off-road circuit, and involves multiple riders racing each other around it. A motocross circuit contains banked corners (known as berms), many sharp corners and large hills, some of which are used as jumps. Motocross is a very demanding sport as the whole body is used during competition. Motocross riders need to be strong and agile in order to throw themselves and the
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Top 5 Mistakes Amateur Mechanics Make

Owning a motor vehicle is not cheap. With gas prices rising and more people in difficult financial circumstances, cutting out extra costs becomes a tempting idea. One method of lowering the expenses associated with owning a vehicle is to buy some repair manuals for your vehicle and handle as much of the maintenance and repairs as possible at home. This can definitely lower expenses but it is also very easy to make expensive mistakes that may take a professional to fix. It is very important to educate yourself before embarking on any repair project. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes beginners make: 1. Rushing the Job – This is a common mistake for any field, not just mechanical repair. Jumping right into a repair without reading the directions you are following can lead to needing to start over at best or damaging parts at worst. So take it
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The Depressing Truth About Motorcycle Modifications (And How You Can Fix Them!)

So, you’ve had your motorcycle for some time now, and it’s starting to feel…well boring. Sure you still love zooming around town on your bike though you can’t help but feel like your bike is missing that extra “Oomph” you desire. Whether it’s something as simple as lowering, a few stylistic mods, or a full out performance overhaul, the temptation to mod your bike can hit hard and fast when you get the itch. However, before you go slapping on mod after mod I urge you to read this article and consider some of the points discussed. First and foremost, proper modification is not cheap! Sure you can find cheap mods for your bike but the saying, “You get what you pay for”, really is true when it comes to bikes. There is a reason OEM parts are incredibly more expensive than cheap aftermarket parts you can pick up on
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Wild Camping in Developing Countries

A guest post by Jay Kannaiyan- Around the World Traveler since March 2010, blogging about his trip over at Jammin Global. As I journeyed through Latin America on my Suzuki DR650 motorcycle, with all the possessions that I would need to survive on the back of my bike, I was anticipating the experience that completes motorcycle travel: camping. Arriving at a place chosen to be home for the night and then setting up that shelter, perhaps getting a campfire going and being a part of the nocturnal outdoors is to me a quintessential experience of overland travel. It also completes that feeling of freedom that comes with traveling on a bike; a freedom to choose where to spend your night. I know that camping isn’t for everyone, but since I wanted to extend my budget (by staying in fewer hotels) and simply wanted to get to know the nomadic lifestyle,
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Why I Travel Solo – Guest Post by Jay Kannaiyan!

(Jay has been riding a Suzuki DR650 since leaving Chicago in March, 2010 and has covered 44,000 miles / 70,800 kms through Latin America, Europe and Africa. You can visit his website at http://jamminglobal.com/) I am asked this question quite frequently on my trip. Firstly, I’d like to state that traveling solo doesn’t mean being lonely. On the contrary, I find it allows others to see this stranger on a motorcycle as being more approachable, leading to novel social encounters. Taking a water break in the middle of the Western Desert in Egypt, I am approached by a local Bedouin and invited home for lunch. In the years leading up to this trip, I learned the character traits needed for motorcycle touring by going on small to big trips around the US with these riding mentors of mine. While I enjoyed traveling as a pair or a group, I could
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Our Top Five Favourite Celebrity UK Motorcyclists

Motorcycling is certainly not a new phenomenon; in fact, the very first official “motorcycle” was invented back in the nineteenth century. Ever since then, many notable figures have become known not only for their day jobs but also for their love of the open road and passion for biking. Here are our top five favourite famous UK motorcyclists… 5. A famous name which you might not associate with motorcycling, but believe it or not, Roald Dahl, the legendary British children’s author was a huge fan of motorcycling and from an early age they became a huge part of his life. Some speculate that his passion for biking may even have seeped into his writing. For example, one of his best loved work, ‘The B.F.G’  which in the book stands for the ‘Big Friendly Giant’ just so happens to share its name with a popular motorcycle tyre company, ‘B.F Goodrich’. 4.
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Africa Bike Week in South Africa: A reader’s story

The annual bike week held in South Africa is the biggest gathering of motorcycles in Africa, and though it’s aimed at Harley owners, there are bikes of all shapes and sizes, including some incredible custom jobs and super bikes. A reader in South Africa, Gerald Young, shares his account.
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User Submitted Sportster Pictures

A reader from South Africa shares pictures of his H-D Sportster with us
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Note from NYC Hog Director on HOT

And from the NYC HOG chapter’s Director, Little Al, on the trip to Milwaukee for HOT: Hello fellow HOGs, I just want to give you all a brief summary of the officers training in Milwaukee last week. Six of us went: Tony, Bill, Mike, Nick, Postman and me. 3 of us rode, 3 flew. I won’t say who did what but those of us that rode went from temps in the 80’s to temps in the 30’s on the ride out. We also had about 3 hours of freezing rain in Ohio, 2 hours of light snow in Indiana and topped it off with 30 minutes of hail in Illinois. Yep, it was a fun ride, lol This was the best training so far, less focused on the rules and guidelines we operate under (the National Chapter Charter and the HOG Handbook) and was really about the nitty gritty of
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