Cruisers are made for the open road, sport bikes for super speed and dirt bikes for dense woods and trails. But what if you want a bike that can do all three functions and switch roles mid-stream if your road takes you to some interesting places? If this sounds like you, then get yourself on an adventure bike. We’ve put together our picks for top machines, and whether you dream of conquering the Dakar Rally or merely want to ride the path less travelled, you’ll find the machine of your dreams.
Spring is finally in full swing and around the country, and we motorcyclists are hitting the road in record numbers. But with the sudden increase of motorcycles on the road, it’s a good time for us who enjoy life on two wheels to remind all motorists to look out for us.
Every year various
governmental bodies come up with more and more ways to make the motorcycling
lifestyle go away. From traffic safety plans that include doing away with
motorcycles to creating fuel blends that motorcycles can’t use, the Feds
continually find more ways to chip away at motorcycling freedoms.
where motorcycle rights groups come into play.
No matter how hot your bike’s
engine is, no matter how many performance upgrades you’ve made or if everything
is still stock, there’s only one thing that keeps your motorcycle planted on
the road, and that’s the tires. Worn or incorrect riding tires can quickly turn
a great day of riding into a life-and-death disaster.
While we here at
CycleSoup.com have heard of mystical lands where folks can ride year ‘round, we
pretty much chalk those tales up to urban myth; winter’s deathly chill meant we
had to put our motorcycles into storage for the season.
But fear not! The sun is
returning, the land is thawing and riding season is just around the corner. Be
ready for it by following these six simple steps for properly bringing your
machine back to life after its long winter nap.
There’s only one thing
that motorcyclists--even one as young as this little guy--dream of during the depths of winter: the return of the
International Motorcycle Expo. It’s the one place to
see everything from every facet of motorcycling.
it that just when you think you’ve finally been invited to take a seat at the
table with the rest of the adults, you discover it’s at the kids’ table where
you’ll be sitting and you’ll be alone—at least if you’re a motorcyclist and the
table is owned by the Federal Highway Administration.
has finally pulled the covers off its long awaited new model, and it’s a jaw
promises at the end of 2016 of a motorcycle that would set “a new benchmark in
every way – power, weight, handling and looks,” the venerable British marque
rolled out the new 2017 Street Triple lineup, and these street stormers seem set
to deliver everything they promise.
There was a time when
catching great footage of your motorcycling adventure required multi-thousand
dollar cameras and an entire production crew. Thanks to technology, those days
As cameras have
advanced, it’s become easier and easier to document your most recent
two-wheeled escapade. With today’s gear that shoots in full 1080p HD, these
motorcycling cameras deliver outstanding image quality and offer a ton of
Check out our top picks
in motorcycle cameras. Each is unique in their own
right but all deliver top-notch performance; mount them on your helmet,
handlebars or any other part of your bike and you’re ready to shoot your own
version of “Long Way Round”.
Christmas isn’t all smiles and candy canes. Sure, good ol’
St. Nick may deliver presents to good children, but the bad ones get a visit
from the Krampus, a be-horned, shaggy, half-man half-goat demon who punishes
the snotty little misbehavers and carts they away in his wicker basket. And if
anyone in the motorcycling world deserves to be carried away by the Krampus,
it’s Marcus Weller and the rest of his evildoers from Skully Helmets.
year draws to a close, it’s good to take a look at the battles we motorcyclists
have fought in 2016 in regards to our riding freedoms. But what’s that you say?
Didn’t think that riding was under attack, that the days of the government
going after motorcyclists was a thing from the 1960s? Sadly, nothing could be
further from the truth.
If you love riding as much as we do, you know how hard it is to sit idle during the long cold winter season when all you wish you could do is go for a ride. Why not use these winter months as an opportunity to detail your bike? It may not be a complete replacement for riding, but it sure will bring a smile to your face come spring when you pull that gleaming machine out of the garage.
Mr. Soichiro Honda was fond of saying, “More is learned from failure than from success.” And when it comes to motorcycles, there have been some monumental failures. Whether because the machine was technologically ahead of its time or because it looked like Daffy Duck was turned loose to design it, some motorcycles were duds right out of the gate. Sure, they might have held on for a year or two, but they were doomed to live in infamy as either too goofy, too quirky or just too stinkin' ugly.