A Rotary Motorcycle? It Was Real

What has the skeleton of a German bicycle company and the heart of a Mazda RX-7? It’s a Hercules W-2000, the world’s first Wankel rotary-powered motorcycle.

You can tell it’s unique by the low-slung engine with a large axial fan up front. In an unusual gap between the engine and fuel tank sits the carburetor, which feeds the air-fuel mixture into a quirky but theoretically magical power plant.

What Makes a Wankel Rotary So Special?

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When you think about it, a piston engine is awkward and inefficient. So many moving parts pop up and down to turn linear motion into circular motion. Each piston starts and stops completely with every stroke. German engineer Felix Wankel thought there must be a better way. (more…)

Think Smaller With the 2018 Kymco Spade

Everything’s bigger in Texas, but anyone who has driven in downtown Dallas knows bigger is not always better. Squeezing in and out of traffic on Oaklawn Avenue can be a nightmare if you are on a big bike — or in a car, or walking. The 2018 Kymco Spade is a great bike for tooling around Dallas, without worrying about getting stuck in traffic.

The Spade is small enough to weave around all the insanity the mixmaster can throw at you and makes the side streets feel like highways.

Small Bike, Big Wallet

Some small things in life cost more than their bigger cousins…think fine dining. Sure, the smoked hamachi crudo at the Don’t Tell Supper Club in downtown Dallas is delicious, but you are still going to have to swing by Mcdonald’s afterward if you want to satisfy your hunger (and give your wallet a break).

Starting at $2,999, this little motorcycle isn’t going to hurt your bank account like its larger counterparts, and it will satisfy your craving for cruising the streets on a motorbike. You might even be able to afford a second plate of crudo.

Little Motorcycle, Big Power

The 2018 Kymco Spade boasts 12 horsepower. That (more…)

4 Ways to Save Money While Riding

Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran rider, you should know that owning a motorcycle can put a dent in your wallet. Besides the cost of the bike, you also have to pay for gas, gear, insurance, maintenance, and other expenses. The cost of owning a bike depends on what type of bike you have, how often you use it, and how well you maintain it. However, there are things every rider can do to cut expenses. Here is a look at four ways to save money while riding.

Look for Good Deals on Bike Gear

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Having the right gear is important for any biker because it provides better comfort and protection. (more…)

5 Fall Events for Dallas Bikers

Fall is a great time to get out on your bike in Texas. Whether you just want to go for a ride or you want to head out on a road trip to one of the many motorcycle rallies and events, you can enjoy the nice weather and open road on your way there. Here are some of the upcoming fall events for Dallas bikers.

4th Annual Burgers, Beer N’ Bikes Rally

On Sept. 30, head to Quinlan, Texas, for the fourth annual Burgers, Beer, N’ Bikes Rally. Sponsored by Hostage Customs and Disappearing Ink, this event has a lot to offer. There is a bike show that takes place at Rollin Static Tattoo starting at noon, with an entry fee of just $15 per bike. Prizes for winners in several categories include gift certificates and more. The rally will also feature food, music, raffles, and airbrushing, along with a live radio broadcast.

Run to the Wall

The 29th annual Run to the Wall will take place at Ranger Stadium in Dallas on Nov. 4. Riders can join in the motorcycle run from Globe Life Park in Arlington to the memorial in Fair Park. This ride includes a police escort and all riders are welcome, including clubs and independent riders. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Arlington Ball parking lot and the ride to the memorial starts at noon. After the memorial event, you can head to Eight Bells Alehouse for the after party where you can enjoy food, drinks, and music along with raffles and a door prize. Registration is $20 for singles and $25 for couples. You can (more…)

Know Your Boots

When it comes to motorcycle gear, much emphasis is placed on the helmet for head protection. The feet get less attention. Yet, protecting your shins, ankles, and feet are just as important. Your feet are constantly in touch with the foot pegs, the side of the bike, and the ground. In addition, accidents can result in serious injuries if you’re wearing the wrong type of boot.

Types of Motorcycle Boots

All motorcycle boots are not created equal. Beginner riders may be surprised at the selection of boots out there. Finding the right pair of boots comes down to the type of riding you plan on doing.

Cruiser Boots

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Every biker needs a pair of cruiser boots. They’re ideal for those Sunday morning cruises down the highway. These are the classic biker boots — the black leather with straps, harness rings, and buckles. They resemble sturdy work boots and are available in short, (more…)

Beat the Dallas Heat on Your Ride

As summer continues, temperatures keep heating up. If you’re a motorcycle owner and mostly or solely get around on your bike, the sweltering temperatures could feel nearly unbearable. Fortunately, whether you’re taking a visitor from out-of-town to check out the fantastic views at Reunion Tower or decide to spend some time in the air-conditioned environment of the Dallas World Aquarium, there are many ways to keep using your motorcycle to reach destinations without feeling like you might pass out from heat exposure upon or before arrival.

Invest in a Hydration Pack

You probably already know how important it is to drink plenty of fluids when you’re out and about, but (more…)

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.