As we approach the end of 2017, it’s a good time to look back at the year in motorcycling to see what has happened. Sometimes the year is so hectic that we lose track – and that certainly describes 2017 for me. Harley-Davidson made some major moves this year, eliminating two chassis and remaking one…Details
If you’re intent on stretching your motorcycle riding season deep into fall and maybe even winter, you’ve got to gear up. Luckily, you’re not the only one who wants to keep riding while most bikes have been put to sleep for the season. Some clever companies have developed and made some excellent gear especially for…Details
Christmas is coming, and if you’ve got a biker on your list (or if you’re a biker who likes to buy something for yourself), I’ve compiled suggestions for great gifts this holiday season. Bar & Shield Logo Key Fob $20 Help your favorite biker display his or her pride of ownership with this classic…Details
- Wash, wax and detail. Starting off with a clean, shiny bike assures that contaminants won’t get a chance to bond with Manny’s paint and chrome. I’ll make sure that I put a healthy coat of wax on all of the painted surfaces, and I’ll polish all of the metal surfaces to a high shine.
- Change the oil and filters. This is a good time for this maintenance, and assures that I’ll start off the spring with clean oil.
- Fill the tank. I could go two ways with this – fill the tank or drain the tank. I’m going to fill it, because Manny will be stored indoors, and it’s easier. A full tank is less likely to rust inside, because there’s less air space for oxidation.
- Add fuel stabilizer. I’ll use Stabil, which is formulated to keep the gas in my tank from going stale and separating.
- Drain the carburetor. I’ll follow the directions in the repair manual to disconnect the fuel line and drain the carburetor so that the fuel doesn’t evaporate and gum up the works over the winter.
- Inspect and inflate the tires. I’ll make sure that they’re in good shape and properly inflated, which will help keep them healthy. If they’re worn, the winter is a good time to replace them.
- Elevate the wheels. I have a good, inexpensive bike lift that allows me to get both wheels off of the ground. I’ll strap Manny to the lift for security, and elevate him so that his wheels are an inch or two in the air. That way, I won’t be confronted with flat spots in the spring.
- Cover the bike. I’ve got a good, breathable indoor cover for Manny that will protect him from dings and dust.
- Plug it in. I use a Battery Tender to keep Manny’s battery conditioned and charged between rides, and I’ll leave it connected all winter. The Battery Tender has an electronic control that keeps the battery at full charge without worry about overcharging.
Oh, no! It’s that time again! Old Man Winter has started to show his frosty face, which spells the end of riding season as we know it (until next year). I just moved from sunny Southern California to the four-season paradise of Detroit, Michigan. For the first time in decades, I’m going to have to…Details
- November 17 – 19: Long Beach, CA
- December 1 – 3: New York, NY
- December 8 – 17: Minneapolis, MN
- January 26 – 28: Cleveland, OH
- February 2 – 4: Dallas, TX
- February 9 – 11: Chicago, IL
- February 23 – 25: Washington, DC
- New vehicle displays from manufacturers including:
- Royal Enfield
- Displays from aftermarket accessory makers like:
- Arlen Ness
- Rinehart Racing
- J&M Motorcycle Audio
- Scala Rider
- 6th Gear
- Performance Machine
- Vance & Hines
- Z Technik
- Tire displays and information from:
- Helmet displays, demonstration and fitting from:
If there’s one thing I love almost as much as riding my Harley-Davidson motorcycle, it’s going to a motorcycle show. As riding season draws to a close, motorcycle show season begins. The big traveling new motorcycle event, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) begins on November 17, and I can’t wait. Here’s the official schedule…Details
Last week, I told you about the 2018 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle lineup, and I promised to follow up with the news about the CVO bikes. Well, here’s the follow up: CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) represent the very best of Harley-Davidson craftsmanship, design and execution. The CVO group is based in Harley’s York, Pennsylvania plant. They hand…Details
Though they look like classics sitting there on the showroom floor, each year Harley-Davidson motorcycles are new and unique. Sure, there are some carryover models, but the engineers and designers at the Motor Company never sleep. This year, there are five families of motorcycles in the lineup: H-D Street; Sportster; Softail; Touring; and Trike. Additionally,…Details
Sometimes it has to happen. You have to sell your motorcycle. You need the money, or you need the space, or you’ve outgrown your bike and are looking for a change. Whatever the reason, positive or negative, that old bike has to go. Here are a few tips that will help you sell your motorcycle…Details
My friend Peter Starr was recently inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Among his many accomplishments, he was a pioneer in rider video. He figured out how to put a portable video camera onto a motorcycle during a race long before GoPro cameras and other miniature equipment was available. If you’ve…Details
I never want riding season to end, but if it has to, at least we’ll always have Biketoberfest. The last big rally of 2017 celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in Daytona Beach, Florida, from October 19 – 22, 2017. Daytona Beach hosts the bookend events of the motorcycle season, Daytona Beach Bike Week in…Details