Top 5 Best Selling Motorcycle Gifts

Home5.  Sons of Anarchy T-Shirt.   Chances are you, or someone you know is a fan of the FX drama, Sons of Anarchy.  OK.. we hear you..we  don’t watch “those” fake biker shows either.  But, the truth is, somebody out there is watching…and a whole lot of somebody.  According to Entertainment Weekly, in the second month of last season,  4.6 million viewers tuned in and the showw was up 14 percent from last week and ranking as the fifth season’s best rating since last month’s premiere.  So click the link, buy the shirt and gift it to that hard to buy for biker in your family.

4.  St. Christopher Ride With Me Pendant. $29.00 (on sale was $50)  We’re not superstitious, but we also believe that having a good luck talisman never hurt anyone, wether it’s ride bells or an image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.  It’s one of the best “neutral” gifts you can give the motorcycle rider in your family.  It’s the right size and color, and you don’t have to remember which brand they ride.

3. Home DIY Neon Lights:  While we believe the best looking neon lights are the ones installed by the professionals, this do-it-yourself kit for $60 is a great way for the gear head on a budget to light up his or her ride.  Again, this gift is “brand neutral” and will work equally well on Harley-Davidsons Road Kings or Yamaha sport bikes.  Comes with two 5 Inch, Two 6 Inch, and Two 12 Inch Flexible, Waterproof Strips, 1 Year Limited Warranty and Free Lifetime Technical Support

2. Battery Tender I know we’re harping on this “brand” neutral theme, but frankly, it seems the best selling Christmas gifts for bikers are the ones that can be used by all riders.  The Battery Tender is a gift that will be appreciated by gear heads of all types.  Whether he or she owns a motorcycle, boat, RV or ATV, anything that tends to sit idle for long periods of time will fall victim to a dead battery if it isn’t “tended.”   At $34.00, this gift will be appreciated for years to come.

1. HomeGo Pro Hero Camera  The best selling, best loved gift of any motorcyclist is the Go Pro Hero camera.  Pair this with the optional wi-fi backpack / remote  combo and you will never miss another “gotcha moment.”  We know riders who mount this camera on their handlebars and shoot video as they ride for use in the unfortunate event some idiot pulls out in front of them and they need evidence to show the road conditions, their speed and the fact that the driver should have easily seen them coming.  Other carry it to Sturgis, and Daytona for “video” reference of their adventures.

 


New ApriliaUSA Video: Can Technology Help You Become a Better Rider/Racer?

NEW YORK, NY – June 15, 2011 Motorcycle performance is being revolutionized and, for the first time, this new era heralds increased rider control and safety as much as it does more power and less weight. At the forefront of that revolution is ApriliaUSA with its advanced new Performance Ride Control system. Unlike rivals, APRC isn’t just a safety net, but instead works to enhance rider control, allowing RSV4 riders to wring the maximum possible performance from their motorcycle.The individual components of Aprilia Performance Ride Control (Launch Control, Wheelie Control, Traction Control and Quick Shift) are explained in this video.

Can technology help you become a better motorcycle rider or racer on and off the track? ApriliaUSA says “absolutely” – and the Italian manufacturer is showing you how it’s done with an adrenaline-charged new video. Enter Aprilia Performance Ride Control

(APRC) as seen on the new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE and RSV4 R APRC.  To highlight the APRC features and how riders can benefit by the use of the electronics package to ride like a champion on and off the track, check out this short video released from Aprilia USA today:

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheApriliaUSA

Backed by a record of 45 World Championships, 327 race victories and 277 MotoGP wins, Aprilia’s experience and knowledge gained on the track has paved the way for cutting-edge innovation and technological advancements for their production bikes.  In fact, the Aprilia RSV4 took the Triple Crown in the World Superbike Championship last year.  From there, Aprilia transferred its racing technology from champion Max Biaggi’s RSV4 directly to their production-based motorcycles. Unlike past generations, the new RSV4 was built with APRC, the same technology used on the winning RSV4.

The new APRC system features four levels of control: ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), ALC (Aprilia Launch Control) and AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift). All of the APRC systems work together to produce quicker lap times.

·         Aprilia Launch Control gets you off the line faster;

·         Aprilia Quick Shift lets you get up to top speed faster;

·         Aprilia Wheelie Control lowers the front end under hard acceleration and out of bends;

·         Aprilia Traction Control lets you explore cornering limits with 8 levels of sensitivity.

Developed for and proven on Max Biaggi’s World Championship-winning RSV4 superbike, APRC combines four individual components — launch control, wheelie control, traction control and quickshift into one seamless system. The rider can program individual levels of intervention or disable each system individually, but in action, they’ll only experience greater control and increased confidence.

Aprilia Launch Control works with both Wheelie Control and Traction Control to facilitate the fastest possible race starts. Three rider-programmable modes make this accessible to everyone from novices to experts. Once set, the rider only has to hold the throttle wide open and modulate the clutch to launch the RSV4. Launch Control holds revs at maximum torque — with programmable rpm thresholds from 9,500 to 10,000rpm — while preventing the wheelies and wheel spin that could limit performance. Once the RSV4 crosses 100mph and 2nd gear is selected, Launch Control disengages. The Aprilia RSV4 is the first street-legal motorcycle to ever be equipped with Launch Control.

Aprilia Wheelie Control APRC uses multiple data points including acceleration, attitude and throttle position to determine if a wheelie is actually occurring. Rival systems are much less sophisticated, simply comparing the differences in wheel speeds. All that data allows APRC not just to cut power when a wheelie is detected, but to incrementally modulate the height of that wheelie, maintaining maximum acceleration in safety. This advantage is especially felt while cornering, enabling the front tire to maintain contact with the track as the RSV4 drives out of corners.

Aprilia Traction Control allows riders to intuitively select eight different levels for different corners on the same track. In addition to comparing wheel speeds, APRC consults a gyroscope to determine lean angle and an accelerometer to determine acceleration. Unlike rival traction control systems, this enables APRC to maintain rather than simply cancel slides. Since maximum acceleration is achieved beyond the threshold of complete grip, this makes motorcycles equipped with APRC faster. While in that controlled slide, APRC also allows riders to determine their own angle of slip using the throttle. More throttle equals more slide and vice versa. Because all this occurs while the RSV4 is prevented from spinning out of control is indicative of how sophisticated APRC is.

Aprilia Quick Shift also brings novel functionality. Like other systems, RSV4 riders can use it to upshift without closing the throttle. APRC can complete shifts in just 40 milliseconds. Unlike rivals, Aprilia’s solution will bring benefits away from full-throttle too. APRC evaluates the ride mode selected, throttle position, gear position and acceleration to determine how to deliver the smoothest possible shift. RSV4riders will most appreciate this while riding at the limits of adhesion, shifts will no longer have the potential of crudely breaking grip.

Combined, APRC works to increase rider safety in the same way as rivals. But where their traction and wheelie control systems can do only that, APRC seamlessly facilitates enhanced rider control. APRC is the only traction control system that allows for re-calibration to different tire sizes, as no other manufacturer offers this.

Love bug season in Southwest Florida is a stubborn, sticky time for drivers who have to scrape insect debris off the front of the car to avoid paint damage.

But try getting them out of your beard.

“When I go through a cloud, you don’t want to hug me,” said Dean Lindquist, a local motorcycle rider known as the Mayor for the resemblance his stature and facial hair bear to the “The Wizard of Oz” character.

In between the patches on the front of his black leather vest and around his matching angle-heeled boots are the telltale flecks of gray he couldn’t remove after recent rides.

Bugs in your whiskers and on your clothes may be one price to pay for choosing two wheels over four during the biannual love bug seasons, in April-May and August-September, but seasoned riders know there is more to it.

Smart riding right now means motorcycle riders have to pull over regularly during daytime runs to clean off their goggles and, for the more protected  Read More Here Continue reading


TxDOT Asks Drivers to Watch Out for Motorcycles

The Texas Department of Transportation is educating drivers on how to prevent collisions with motorcycles.

The agency’s “Share the Road” public awareness campaign urges drivers to look twice for motorcycles at intersections and when changing lanes, the two places where serious motorcycle collisions commonly occur.

The campaign uses TV and radio commercials and billboards to drive home the safety message.

Fort Worth police Sgt. Mike Cagle, a motorcycle patrolman, said educated drivers can reduce the number of collisions.

“Look twice, do a double take, [and] be respectful,” he said. “A motorcycle is a vehicle just like any other vehicle.

Ultimately, drivers aren’t aware the motorcycles are there, Cagle said.

“They [drivers] just don’t see them, and they need to take the time to look. That’s the scariest thing — they just don’t see us when they come over.”

According to TxDOT, 66 percent of motorcycle crashes result in the death or serious injury for the motorcyclist. The agency says 434 motorcyclists were killed and almost 6,000 were injured in 2009.

Cagle said intersections and lane changes are the deadliest places for motorcycles,  especially when the motorcyclist is turning left or when a vehicle is changing lanes.

Experienced motorcycle rider David Morrissey, who learned to ride in his teens, said drivers just need to be aware of their surroundings.

“Look for us,” he said. “Stop, and talk on your telephone when you are stopped. And don’t text, and please no sandwiches and mascara at the same time at 80 miles an hour down the road,” he said. See Video

 

Motorcycle Manufacturers Celebrate Veterans Day

When you think of the military you think of motorcycles.

The first American to enter Germany after the armistice of WWI was Corporal Roy Holtz of Chippewa Falls, WI, riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Returning veterans from WWII looking for an adrenaline rush similar to what they experienced in the war turned to two wheels and formed the first motorcycle “clubs.”

But, even before the first World War, motorcycles were serving our nation.  In a press release Harley-Davidson says,  “Ever since the first American troops rode Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the Mexican Expedition in 1916, the Motor Company has enjoyed a long-standing bond with the men and women who have served our nation.”

It’s a bond that American motorcycle manufacturers recognize and continue to embrace.

This month Harley-Davidson and Victory Motorcycles both have programs designed to show appreciation to those who defend the freedoms of our Constitution.

Harley-Davidson  is providing an opportunity for Americans to create personal messages of gratitude for active and retired personnel at www.harley-davidson.com/thankyou.  These messages will be sent on an electronic postcard featuring supermodel and motorcycle rider Marisa Miller and military themed Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Americans are also encouraged to visit their area Harley-Davidson dealership to learn more about opportunities to honor local military heroes.

“At Harley-Davidson, we’re all about freedom, but we can’t forget that freedom comes at a price,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson’s director of Marketing and Communications.  “It’s humbling to think of the countless sacrifices these brave men and women – and their families – have made to keep our country free, so the Motor Company is honored to help salute military personnel this November.”

HD is also giving away one lucky active or retired service man a “Freedom Pass.”  The winner receives a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choice, and a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., along with five of their fellow service members, where they will receive VIP treatment at the H-D Museum and other select gifts.

Victory Motorcycles is also offering a limited edition military wedge badge set on every motorcycle sold today, November 11th.   It features the Military Salute Pin design, and is a small token of appreciation to thank the men and women of the military who sacrifice for our freedom.

In addition to the wedge set, during the month of November, Victory is giving a $1,000 discount for all active military members.