Why Some Riders Are Trying the Trike

Don’t be fooled by the nostalgic name: motorcycle trikes are nothing like the plastic three-wheeled bike you rode as a kid. These sturdy and muscular machines have seen a rise in popularity among riders recently. Harley-Davidson and Polaris have noticed the market and added trikes to their production lines. They definitely look different, but trikes have the same attitude and power as a traditional motorcycle. For a multitude of beneficial reasons, a trike could be the perfect bike for you.

What Is a Motorcycle Trike?

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A motorcycle trike is a three-wheeled motorcycle. The basic body shape can be “delta,” with the two wheels in the back and one out front, or “tadpole,” with two wheels in front and one behind. These machines, no matter the framework, have a classic saddle-style seat like one would expect on a typical motorcycle. Also, their engines can be just as powerful as their two-wheeled counterparts.

What Are the Benefits of a Trike?

With three wheels, trikes are much sturdier than regular motorcycles. In fact, riders don’t even need to place a foot down at stops to keep from tipping over, because the trike will stay up at a full stop. The added stability is also helpful on less reliable terrain like gravel or dirt roads. (more…)

Stop Neglecting These 3 Things on Your Bike

The Dallas, Texas, area has some stunning landscapes. One of the best ways to admire the views is to hop on your motorcycle and hit the road. Unfortunately, if you’re not taking proper care of your bike this cruise could be cut short by a breakdown. Keep your bike in prime driving condition by keeping up with some of these often-overlooked maintenance needs.

Liquid Levels

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Oil changes are a part of the maintenance schedule for all vehicles, motorcycles included. Actually, a bike requires more frequent oil changes than a car because the smaller engine runs at a higher rpm with more compression and the oil is used more aggressively. While the oil is being changed, it is smart to change the oil filter as well. This keeps things as clean as possible and helps keep the engine running smoothly.

Coolant is another liquid in your bike that needs draining and refilling. (more…)

Are Your Bike Tires Overloaded?

Your bike’s load capacity is a critical number that tells you how much weight you can put on your vehicle. Understanding how to determine and calculate load will ensure that you’re driving safely. Adding custom parts, cargo, a passenger, and even special gear on your own person will all impact your bike’s total load. Keep a close eye on this critical number to make sure your bike is always driving under optimum conditions.

Understanding Load Capacity

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Load capacity refers to the maximum weight that your motorcycle can safely carry. This includes the weight of the bike itself as well as anything it’s carrying. If you exceed your bike’s capacity, it can become dangerously overloaded. When a bike is overloaded, it’s more difficult to turn and control. It will accelerate more slowly and take longer to stop. Overloading puts excessive strain on your tires, causing them to wear out rapidly and increasing (more…)

How to Help if You See a Bike Accident in Dallas

If you are one of the first people at the site of a motorcycle crash, your role could mean the difference between life and death for the rider. With the hustle and bustle of big city life in Dallas, Texas, often no one takes the time to stop and render aid. It doesn’t take a paramedic to make an impact in a dangerous situation. Knowing a few steps to help and the order in which to complete them is enough to make a difference for the biker.

Consider Your Own Safety Above all Else

Before taking off at DFW airport, flight attendants instruct passengers to put on their own oxygen masks before attempting to help others if there is a loss of cabin pressure. Those who do not consider their own safety first soon become another part of the problem, and this principle applies in other situations, too. Before springing into action at the scene of a motorcycle accident, situate your vehicle in a safe place at enough distance to allow first responders room to maneuver. Leave your hazard lights on so that oncoming traffic recognizes that your automobile is stopped, especially when curious passersby have both eyes on the aftermath of the accident.

Remain Calm and Delegate Duties if Possible

In order to offer assistance, you must stay in control of your emotions. Scan the area to see if anyone else has stopped to help. Delegate specific tasks to people who are nearby. First and foremost, have someone specific call 911. If no one else is around, make the call yourself before assessing the situation. An emergency medical team should be notified because it might take a while for them to arrive, especially during rush hour. Assign someone else to direct traffic and make sure no one parks too closely.

Tend to the Biker

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Make sure the most medically qualified person on the scene tends to the biker. If the rider is conscious, you might need to distract the person by making conversation; try asking about the history of his or her bike. If the rider is unresponsive, check his or her pulse by placing your index and middle finger on either side of the person’s windpipe. If there is not a pulse, attempt chest compressions. Ask the emergency operator to walk you through them if you don’t know how. Do not attempt to remove a helmet, as you could cause serious spinal injury.

Carry a First Aid Kit

Packing a first aid kit in your car to attend to minor and major injuries will inevitably pay off. A kit should include gloves, alcohol wipes, safety pins, gauze, antibiotic ointment, trauma sheers, pain reliever, waterproof tape, saline solution, a one-time-use instant ice pack, and a Sam Splint. These items can easily be compacted into a small bag that takes up little trunk space. You can also buy a premade kit if you don’t want to create one yourself. If you don’t have a kit ready, check to see if the motorcyclist has a kit attached to the back of the bike.

With this information as your guide, saving a life could be as simple as pulling over and offering a hand.

Bike Batteries: A Rundown

One of the most common problems motorcycle owners face is having a dead battery. There are many reasons why this happens, but the good news is you can easily avoid this issue. Here’s a rundown of bike batteries and how to take care of them.

How Long Should a Bike Battery Last?

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Battery life depends on a lot of factors, including your riding habits, how you store your bike, your use of accessories, and how well you take care of the battery. You should be able to get two to four years out of a battery, but it can vary based on the conditions.

Why Do Motorcycle Batteries Die?

Motorcycle batteries slowly run down over time. This is to be expected, but there are some things you might be doing (more…)

How Fitness Can Help Your Rides

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Superior physical fitness might not be a requirement for riding a motorcycle, but being in great shape can certainly improve your ride. You won’t need to do anything other than turn the throttle and stay alert while cruising down the highway, but challenging terrain and sport riding demand much more. Learn how getting fit can take your rides to the next level.

Go Cycling or Running

Short motorcycle trips are a piece of cake, but longer trips require endurance. After all, you’ll need to keep your eyes on the road and maintain a comfortable posture for hundreds of miles.

To increase endurance and ability to ride for extended periods of time, experienced riders know to work on their aerobic fitness. The easiest way to boost your aerobic fitness is to develop a running or bicycling routine. Try dedicating 30 minutes to cardio exercises five days a week. Run a few miles outdoors, bike to work, or take a spin class to get your heart rate up.

Work Your Legs

Since you’re typically sitting throughout a ride, you might not think your legs need much work. If you’re considering sport riding, you’ll quickly learn that leg strength is essential, since you’ll need your legs to keep yourself upright and the bike under control.

To get your legs in shape, hit the gym or invest in some weights at home. Work your inner thighs to build the muscles you’ll need for sport riding. To build up serious strength for a variety of riding styles, do a few reps of leg presses, leg extensions, and squats on a regular basis.

Build Core Strength

If you’ve ever finished a ride and felt pain or soreness in your wrists, it’s time to take it easy. It’s natural to use your hands to hold onto your bike, but your wrists shouldn’t bear the brunt of a strong grip.

Instead of relying on your hands to keep you safely on your bike, learn how your core can help you stay steady. Strengthen your core and your lower back, and you can start easing up on the handlebars. Work some deadlifts and back extensions into your gym routine, and your wrists will thank you.

Increase Your Flexibility

A laid-back ride might not require much flexibility, but a fun ride through the mountains or a sport ride over some hills tends to work muscles you didn’t know you had. Fortunately, you can skip the soreness by increasing your flexibility.

Start by adopting a daily stretching routine that engages your lower back, legs, shoulders, and neck. Become a yoga regular to increase flexibility and build core strength over time. After getting into a solid routine, you’ll notice a significant decrease in recovery time after long rides.

Whether you’re taking on a tough road or you’re spending the weekend sport riding, physical fitness helps you get much more out of your time on the pavement. Make time to improve your aerobic and anaerobic fitness and take your rides to new heights.

The Milwaukee Eight: Everything You Need to Know About Harley’s New Engine

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Harley-Davison has kept fans waiting 17 long years for a new engine. Now their patience has been rewarded with the impending release of the Milwaukee Eight, the latest incarnation of Harley’s iconic Twin Cam. Discover more about the new motor set to blow motorcycle lovers away.

Developing the Milwaukee Eight

Harley-Davidson’s engineering team, headed up by Alex Bozmoski, was tasked with creating a new motor that outperformed the marque’s Twin Cam without compromising rider comfort and the sound, feel, and appearance that makes Harley-Davidson such a revered brand. It was no small order, but Bozmoski’s team found 3D-printing prototyping was the key. This technology helped Harley-Davison create lighter engines which enhanced the rider experience. They also require less maintenance than previous motors.

Harley-Davidson’s new engine has a four-valve cylinder head and a single-cam set valve train which sets (more…)

The Milwaukee Eight: Everything You Need to Know About Harley’s New Engine

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Harley-Davison has kept fans waiting 17 long years for a new engine. Now their patience has been rewarded with the impending release of the Milwaukee Eight, the latest incarnation of Harley’s iconic Twin Cam. Discover more about the new motor set to blow motorcycle lovers away.

Developing the Milwaukee Eight

Harley-Davidson’s engineering team, headed up by Alex Bozmoski, was tasked with creating a new motor that outperformed the marque’s Twin Cam without compromising rider comfort and the sound, feel, and appearance that makes Harley-Davidson such a revered brand. (more…)

Choosing the Best Bike Tires in Dallas

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Choosing the right tires for your motorcycle is imperative for your safety, enjoyment, and the rideability of your bike. There are tons of options for tires, and it’s important to know which one will best match your style of riding, the terrain you’re most often riding on, and the climate where you and your bike spend the most time. No matter your style, here are some recommendations for outfitting your Dallas, Texas, bike with the best tires possible.

Your Style

Understanding your riding style is the first step towards choosing the right type of tires for your bike. There are five tire types to choose from: race, sport, off-road, cruising, and touring. Choose a tire that fits your riding style to make sure you’re using the tires for their designated purpose. For other parts of (more…)

Caring for Your Wire Wheels

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Wire wheels are popular among retro motorcycle riders, but they must be properly maintained for optimal performance. Once you understand how the tire parts are assembled, maintenance becomes less challenging. Regular cleaning, inspection, and repair are the best ways to keep your wire wheels in pristine shape. Let’s take a closer look at ways to best care for the wire wheels on your motorcycle.

Cleaning Wire Wheels

Wire spokes give a motorcycle a distinctive appeal, but keeping them clean can be a challenge. You won’t need to purchase special products to clean your wire spokes; tire cleaner or a gentle soap will do the trick.

Start by applying the cleaner to the spoke and use a soft brush to scrub dirt from the crevices. After you’ve cleaned the wire spoke to your liking, rinse with warm water to remove any extra dirt or debris. After your wheel is properly rinsed, dry the spokes off with a towel and apply polish if desired. Keeping your wire wheels clean may require a (more…)