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…)

4 Tips for Protecting Your Bike from the Texas Sun

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No matter the season, the sun usually shines brightly on Dallas, Texas. While this makes for warm days that are ideal for taking your motorcycle out for a ride, the sun’s rays can also be tough on your bike. Take a look at these four tips for protecting your bike from the Texas sun, and keep your motorcycle looking good for years to come.

Treat Your Tires

Your motorcycle’s tires can withstand intense rides and handle twists and turns with ease, but extreme heat presents a serious challenge to even the most high-quality tires. When the sun beats down on your tires, they’re likely to experience unusually high pressure. Make a point of checking the pressure each time you stop to fill up, especially on a hot day.

Since the sun can cause rubber tires to crack, you’ll need to inspect them for signs of dryness before a big ride. Apply a rubber protectant to keep your tires supple and performing their best.

Wash and Wax Regularly

Over time, sun exposure can cause even a great paint job to fade. That means after a few years of (more…)

5 Must-Have Accessories for Your New Motorcycle

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That bike that you’ve always wanted is finally sitting in your garage. So now what? Buying a motorcycle is only the beginning of the process to becoming a true motorcyclist. The next step is to outfit you and your motorcycle with all of the must-have accessories that will take you and your bike to the next level.

Riding Gear

While this may not be an accessory directly for your bike, riding gear is absolutely essential for any new motorcycle rider. You may see cyclists out there without helmets or other gear, but it’s only a matter of time before they too will wish they were wearing some. Investing in a good helmet, some gloves, a jacket, and some boots and pants will save you pain and money later. Make sure that you do your (more…)

Dallas Bikers Fill Autumn With Events

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Autumn is prime riding season in the Dallas area. Don’t miss the chance to get out, show off your bike, and have fun with others in the biking community. These local events will give you plenty of fun activities to add to your fall calendar.

Fifth Annual Vets for Vets

The Fifth Annual Vets for Vets fundraiser is just as the name suggests. This is a great way for veterans to come together and raise money for the Killeen/Fort Hood Airport USO. Funds from this event will also help construct a Vietnam Veteran Monument at the Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery.

There’s a $10 entry fee that includes a barbecue lunch and five raffle tickets. Attendees at the Pit Stop Bar & Grill will enjoy (more…)

The 3 Best Cruiser Bikes for Dallas

harley sportster Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a motorcycle enthusiast looking for a new ride, cruiser bikes afford you the luxury of a smooth ride with comfortable seating. Although Dallas may not seem like the quintessential spot for cruising, owning one of these bikes gives you the opportunity to at least sit comfortably in traffic if you can’t meander around the streets of downtown, South Dallas, or Lake Highlands. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few suggestions for the best cruiser to journey the streets of the Big D.

Harley-Davidson 883 Iron

For bikers with a bit more experience who also want the true American riding experience, the Harley-Davidson 883 Iron is a great choice. Not only does it give you the Harley experience at an entry-level price, but it also stands as an homage to the 1950s-era Harley Sportster, also known as the (more…)