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Timeline Of The History Of Indian Motorcycles

Timeline Of The History Of Indian Motorcycles

After Harley-Davidson, no other manufacturer of American motorcycles has had as great of an impact on the industry as Indian. Below is a timeline that chronicles Indian’s rise to prominence, mid-century bankruptcy, and many attempts at revival.1890s1897 – “Indian Motorcycle Co.” originally founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee. First produces bicycles under […]

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A timelime of Harley-Davidson motorcycles – BikersRights

A timelime of Harley-Davidson motorcycles – BikersRights

A timelime of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, from the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer’s humble beginnings to the present day.1900s1904 – First real Harley-Davidson, a 405 cc loop-frame, competes in a motorcycle race at Milwaukee State Fair Park. 1907- Prototype of a 45-degree V-Twin engine is shown at the Chicago Automobile Show. The 880 cc V-twin produced about 7 hp.1910s1914 – […]

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A Day at the AMA Museum

A Day at the AMA Museum

The AMA has done a nice job in preserving and presenting the full array of motorcycling history. Upon entering the museum, the first thing that catches the eye is a faithful reproduction of one of the first motorcycles ever produced, the German Reitwagen. It is a striking wooden and metal work of motorized art. The rest […]

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10 Noteworthy Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

10 Noteworthy Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

While we can’t decisively say which of the motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson over the years is the very best, we’ve narrowed down a list of ten Harleys that really stand out. What do you think is the best Harley-Davidson motorcycle of all time?1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café RacerThe XLCR Café Racer was a memorable ride with loud […]

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Cruiser Motorcycles For Beginners

Cruiser Motorcycles For Beginners

Those entering into the world of motorcycling should look out for the best beginner bikes. Experts recommend avoiding heavyweight cruiser motorcycles (Sorry, Harley…). Lightweight and smaller cruisers are more manageable for starters. Here’s a list of 5 best cruiser motorcycles tailored to meet the needs of new riders.2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40New motorcyclists will enjoy the […]

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First Impressions: Geigerrig Reinvents the Hydration Pack

First Impressions: Geigerrig Reinvents the Hydration Pack

BASIC PRODUCT INFO Geigerrig Hydration PackBrandGeigerrigModelRig 500Product Line124.95ONLINE ManufacturerGeigerrigWhen reviewing products the easiest thing to do is to compare them to similar items. How does it measure up? Is it the best? Middle of the pack? The worst thing you’ve ever laid eyes on? In regards to the Geigerrig Hydration Pack, doing an apples to […]

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EXO2 Heated Motorcycle Gear Makes Winter Riding Enjoyable

EXO2 Heated Motorcycle Gear Makes Winter Riding Enjoyable

BASIC PRODUCT INFO EXO2 Heated Motorcycle GearBrandEXO2ModelHeated Motorcycle GearWinter Schminter. Most riders in the northern hemisphere decide to put their motorcycles away when the first snowflakes start to fall. But why? A little cold never hurt anyone… OK, so riding in cold weather can be pretty miserable if you don’t have the right equipment. Luckily, there’s […]

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GoPro Battery BacPac Review: One Of a Kind?

GoPro Battery BacPac Review

ONLINE ManufacturerGoProOrder OnlineGoPro Battery BacPacGIFT LISTS Top Budget Gifts If you use your GoPro Camera very much, you’ll soon run up against the limits of the battery. The GoPro Battery BacPac is a relatively inexpensive addition that will double the life of your GoPro with one quick snap. A GoPro Camera normally lasts for about 2.5 […]

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GoPro LCD BacPac Review – How Good Is It?

GoPro LCD BacPac Review

ONLINE ManufacturerGoProOrder OnlineGoPro LCD BacPacManufacturerGoProOrder OnlineGoPro LCD BacPacGIFT LISTS Top Budget Gifts The GoPro LCD BacPac is a great addition to the gear of any motorcycle rider who has a GoPro Camera. GoPro Cameras are designed to be ultra light and small so you can wear them on your helmet without experiencing discomfort. Unfortunately, those benefits […]

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Flat Tire Repair: Slime Power Sport Smart SpAIR

Flat Tire Repair: Slime Power Sport Smart SpAIR

ONLINE ManufacturerSlimeOrder OnlinePower Sport Smart SpairGIFT LISTS Top Budget Gifts Slime Power Sport Smart SpAIR is device for an occasion you never want to see, but definitely will at some point: getting a flat tire. If you ride or drive any vehicle for very long, you’re guaranteed to get a flat tire sooner or later. Then […]

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Choppertown: The Sinners

Choppertown: The Sinners

Choppertown: The Sinners, paints a realistic picture of what it means to be a biker — no mean feat, considering how negative the image of bikers tends to be in America. From drunken slobs to violent outlaws, movies, television shows, books, and newspapers have created a fictional image of a motorcyclist that so many people have […]

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Eyeride Denali III Motorcycle Sunglasses: A Review

Eyeride Denali III Motorcycle Sunglasses: A Review

BASIC PRODUCT INFO Motorcycle GlassesBrandDenaliModelEyerideIt’s amazing how many features a company can fit into such a simple product. The Eyeride Denali motorcycle sunglasses are well made, and offer plenty of features in addition to UV protection.Denali LensesThe Eyeride Denali motorcycle sunglasses are a pretty good buy, despite the fact that they only come with one […]

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3 Reasons to Check Out Icon’s Overlord Jacket Series

3 Reasons to Check Out Icon’s Overlord Jacket Series

BASIC PRODUCT INFO Motorcycle JacketOverlord Prime HeroBrandIconModelOverlord Prime HeroProduct LineOverlord JacketJACKET INFO FeaturesRemovable liner Adjustable waist band Gathered stretch panelsIcon’s Overlord Jacket series has gained a loyal following from sportbike riders. The attack fit, quality protection, and modern styling make it a great choice for anyone who’s hitting the track, street, or fest. I’ve been wearing […]

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Effective Duality: Alpinestars Scout Boots

Effective Duality: Alpinestars Scout Boots

Dual-sport and adventure riding is becoming an increasingly large slice of the motorcycling pie.  Think about it – the best selling motorcycle in BMW’s line is the multi-surface GS.  An increasing number of riders want a motorcycle that can perform well in a wide spectrum of terrain conditions.  It is logical that those same riders […]

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In-Depth Review: Sliders Kevlar Jeans 3.0

Sliders Kevlar Jeans 3.0

Protective riding jeans are a hot commodity in the motorcycling apparel world.  Simply put, a lot of riders want protection, but don’t always want to pull on leather or fully armored Cordura.  The Sliders Kevlar Riding Jeans 3.0 are an outstanding product.  They are constructed of high-quality 13.5 ounce denim.  The protection comes in the form […]

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Motorcycle LED Lights: Useful or Useless?

Motorcycle LED Lights

Motorcycle LED lights have been around for a while, but after the release of Tron: Legacy, it seems like the industry is going into overdrive. But do those little glowing lights have a bigger purpose than just illuminating chrome? There are a lot of superfluous products in the motorcycle world. Some people would even argue that […]

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Pants for the Ladies from Down Under

Pants for the Ladies from Down Under

It’s sad women riders must seek out apparel companies from other continents to provide selection when it comes to riding jeans. But the Draggin’ Jeans from Australia are just so good, it’s fine with me! I caught a glimpse of Draggin’s “Slix” jeans, a super protective skinny riding jean, that almost looks like leather, in […]

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CrashBounce – Motorcycle Safety Improved

CrashBounce – Motorcycle Safety Improved

Crashing on a motorcycle is not something most of us want to imagine. However, we are using a graphic illustration here only as a way to understand the product. The scenario goes something like…riding along a familiar road – not too far from home, but a decent distance – on a wonderful sunny and warm […]

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Extend Your Riding Season with a Tour Master Synergy Vest

A Tour Master Synergy Vest

With cold weather approaching, many motorcyclists begin thinking about the process of winterizing their rides. There is something sad and semi-permanent about the act. There is a way to delay the mechanical hibernation or even forego it altogether. Heated riding apparel can extend the riding season almost indefinitely. Products like the Tour Master Synergy Electric Vest […]

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The Honda CBR250R Mugen – Even More Exciting

The Honda CBR250R Mugen

The newly announced 2011 Honda CBR250R has two big things going for it now. First, it will actually be sold in the US and, second, it will compete directly with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R with a price which makes it just as affordable – US$3999. The latest news coming from the Japanese manufacturer actually concerns the […]

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The Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves: The Perfect Compromise?

The Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves

When you look at the sport-bike line of Alpinestars gloves, you have some serious choices to make.  You must ask yourself how much protection you need and what would be overkill.  Interestingly, my first two extended Alpinestars glove evaluations were with the two extremes of the company’s sport line.  The first was the entry-level SP-3; […]

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