Chaps are an iconic part of the motorcyclist’s wardrobe. Big, loud bikes with riders draped in leather cruise into town looking for some fun; this is the classic motorcycle scene. But why all the leather?
The short answer to this question is protection. Motorcycle riders wear chaps to protect themselves and their clothing from a number of different things. Leather is thicker than jeans, water-resistant, and windproof, making motorcycle chaps a safety device, not a fashion statement.
Protection from the Cold
Wind chill is a problem when you are riding down the road at 60 mph. A good pair of heavy chaps protects the motorcycle rider’s legs from the cold. The thick leather keeps the wind at bay and keeps body heat trapped inside to keep the rider warm even on a cold day.
Are you currently living in Dallas, Texas, and looking for a Harley-Davidson? Harley-Davidson enthusiasts hold the firm opinion that this bike is truly one of the greats on the road. Why? Well to start with, the manufacturers of Harley-Davidson motorcycles have more than a century-old history. That’s quite a legacy already. The company was established in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Harley-Davidson bikes are very alluring and have a history of popularity among movie stars, artists, and musicians. The United States government even used Harley-Davidson motorbikes during both world wars.
Here’s a list of some of the top Harley-Davidson bikes for Dallas riders:
Hitting the open road on a cross-country motorcycle trip is the fantasy of many Harley owners. The adventure, picturesque settings, and freedom have an idyllic quality that’s unmatched by any other ride you’ve ever had. Before you head out on your journey, use these suggestions and tips to ensure a smooth ride that goes off without a hitch.
According to an INRIX study, Dallas was the fifth-most traffic-congested city in the U.S. in 2017. While motorcyclists can move more freely through congested roads, their bikes will still be exposed to additional strain because of the frequent stopping, starting, and maneuvering they need to do. If you own a bike in Dallas, you need to practice proper maintenance to ensure that it’s always in tiptop condition. Some maintenance tasks should be done on a weekly or monthly basis, while others should be performed at least once a year. Here’s an annual maintenance checklist for your motorcycle.
Your motorcycle is your travel partner, your baby, and one of your most important investments. However, it requires care in order to keep up with the challenges of the road. While maintenance is obviously important, knowing how to properly wash your motorcycle can extend its lifespan and keep it looking great as you cruise the downtown streets of Dallas. If you aren’t sure whether you’re washing your bike correctly or just need a refresher, here’s a guide to help you.
If you ride a motorcycle in Dallas, it’s always a bit nerve-racking as you maneuver through rush hour traffic on your way to work or a social event. You’re always on the lookout for other drivers, simply because the trust factor is a resounding zero. Fortunately, motorcyclists aren’t a vindictive bunch, wanting to help drivers understand how to improve rather than becoming enemies. If you’re a motorcyclist, then you already know the unwritten rules you want every motorist to know by heart.
Motorcycle leathers aren’t your average garment. These thick, heavy leather pants, jacket, and gloves offer extra padding and armor to protect drivers from falls. They’re also exposed to bug shrapnel, tar, road dirt, rain, sun, and just about anything else you can throw their way. With so much debris and grime thrown on them, it’s no surprise that your motorcycle leathers need a thorough cleaning every now and then. If it’s your first time cleaning your leathers, you want to hone your craft, or you have a cleaning nightmare, here are the ins and outs of leather cleaning. (more…)
Despite its reputation as one of the worst cities for traffic, Dallas is a great city for cruisers. It offers access to the two-lane country roads surrounding Dallas, plus plenty of highway access to take you on a trip to Houston or anywhere in the country. All of the things that make you love Dallas are all of the reasons you will want to cruise it.For that, we recommend one of these five cruisers.
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?
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…)
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…)