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…)

10 Motorcycle Songs for Texas Riders

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As a music-loving motorcycle rider from Dallas, you might say music arguably makes every motorcycle trip in the area better. Keep reading to discover the numerous tunes that could accompany you during rides through Dallas and beyond.

1. “The Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie

Performed by son of folk icon Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie sings, “I don’t want to die, I just want to ride my motorcycle,” in this 1967 tune. Interestingly, there are four different versions of this song. The rhyming structure of the verses helps the tune get pleasantly stuck in your head as you ride.

2. “Motorcycle Irene” by Moby Grape

Released only a year after the song mentioned above, this is a tune sung by a band that was (more…)

3 Perils and Concerns When Commuting via Bike

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Riding to work on a motorcycle can be a challenge between unpredictable weather, inattentive drivers, wrinkled clothes, and road grime, all of which can contribute to failing to look presentable once you arrive at work. However, if commuting on a bike is an option, then you are certain to find many benefits such as saving time, saving money on gas, and having more fun during your commute than those who commute daily by car. Before you hit the pavement, though, run through this quick list of perils and concerns when commuting by bike.

Beware of Traffic

Traffic is probably the biggest concern. Motorcycle commuters have to share the road not only with (more…)

4 Motorcycle Events in Texas This Summer

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Now that the temperatures are heating up, there’s no better time to take your motorcycle out of the garage and start dreaming of feeling the wind against your skin as you ride during beautiful summer days. Texas offers plenty of ways to meet other bikers, show off your ride, and raise money for good causes. The events below might be just what’s needed to help you fill as many free days as possible with bike-related events.

Ride For Life

This Houston-based charity ride presented by Riders for the Cure supports the myCancerConnection Cancer Survivorship Conference and begins at Stubbs Harley-Davidson — 4400 Telephone Rd. Although you can (more…)

Fall in Love With the 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

 

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Harley-Davidson is synonymous with classic motorcycles in many parts of the world. But their newer models are every bit as awesome as their older lines. The new Harley-Davidson Low Rider S is a beautiful bike that combines powerful highway performance, stability and ergonomic support for street driving, and picture-perfect looks. Here are some reasons why.

Appearance

Visually, the Harley-Davidson Low Rider S is a beautiful beast, with a substantial frame and all the trimmings. The look of the Low Rider S combines classic Harley style with the latest advances in engineering, giving it a look both timeless and timely. A blacked-out engine, gold split-5 wheel spokes, a black Tommy Gun dual exhaust, a chopped rear fender, a Wrinkle Black console, and a black finish all over make sure that you’ll (more…)

How to Stay Cool on Your Bike in Dallas

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There’s probably nothing worse than the oppressive Dallas heat in the middle of summer, especially if you’re fully clad in your motorcycle gear. However, there are several ways you can stay cool and beat the heat. If you’re not sure how to keep from turning into a sweltering mess while riding, follow these easy and simple tips.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important things to do in the summer, regardless of what you’re doing, is to stay adequately hydrated. According to estimates, a person sweats out between 0.8 and 1.4 liters of water an hour. Due to your pants, jacket, and helmet, you’ll probably have about the same amount of fluid loss. To (more…)

Staying Safe: Checking Your Bike Chain

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When you ride a motorcycle, you should know a few things about how your bike works. Your bike’s chain needs to have the right tension without any tight or loose spots to keep your bike driving safely.

Chain Maintenance

If you’re serious about keeping your bike in good shape and making that chain last, you should do it twice a month at least. The chain needs to have its tension adjusted, needs lubricant, and needs to be cleaned if you ride regularly. Chain maintenance should happen even more frequently if you’re taking a road trip or spending hours a day on your bike. Adjusting the tension doesn’t have to happen every time you clean and lubricate the chain. Look for signs of poor tension every (more…)