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…)

April Events in Addison

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Addison is a town in Dallas County, Texas, that offers the charm of a smaller community within easy reach of Dallas. The area offers over 170 restaurants and countless retail and entertainment destinations. If you’re looking for an excuse to hop in the car and try something new, consider some of these Addison events taking place in April.

The Big Meal at Water Tower Theatre

The Big Meal debuts at the Water Tower Theatre for two preview performances on April 15 and 16. A pay-what-you-can performance will follow on April 17 before the official opening night performance April 18. This contemporary play takes a look at (more…)

Learn Common Motorcycle Hand Signals

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Hand signals are how motorcyclists talk to each other (and to surrounding cars) on the road. Whether you ride alone or with a group, you need to know these common hand signals. They even come in handy when you’re in a car and a motorcycle is riding nearby.

Riding Solo: Left and Right Turns

The blinkers on your bike aren’t as obvious as the turn signals on cars. Not all bikes, especially older ones, have turn signals, so knowing the hand gestures for turning is essential for safe driving. Do it whether or not you’ve got blinkers so that the drivers around you know your intentions. To signal left, take your (more…)

Stay Safe on Your Bike in Dallas Traffic

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There are many things for a biker in Dallas to know when riding in traffic. Wearing bright colors and reflective clothing, being cautious around intersections, using your mirrors, and choosing a route that gives you room to maneuver are just a few of the safety tips bikers can follow to avoid road hazards in traffic.

Expect the Unexpected

When it comes to riding a bike in Dallas traffic, learn to rely on your self-awareness and trust your instincts. Texas ranks number four in worst drivers by state, so it’s important to increase awareness of your fellow drivers on the road. You can’t assume every driver will always follow the rules and do what you expect them to do — especially in heavy traffic, when drivers tend to break rules to get out. Learn to be ever-aware and (more…)

Riding in the Rain: 4 Key Safety Tips

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When you daydream about the perfect ride, it probably isn’t raining. Rain puts a literal damper on all the best parts of being on your bike, and it creates safety concerns. While rain is an unavoidable reality of being out on the road, there are things you can do to make it less unpleasant and less dangerous. Here are four tips you can use to stay safe and happy when riding through wet weather.

Keep Your Bike in Shape

Rain safety depends at least in part on what you do when the sky is clear. Procrastinating on regular maintenance services, such as replacing worn tires, old oil, and low fluids, can cause problems at the worst possible moment. In particular, balding tires are a serious safety hazard in the rain because they lead to (more…)