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The Sweet Spot of Motorcycling is…

The Sweet Spot of Motorcycling

There's a rewarding feeling that comes from a motorcycle ride. Not just the beauty of speed. I talked about that already. There's something beyond that. It's about the coming together of man and machine in the environment that's just perfect for all of them. The sweet spot of motorcycling. It changes by bike and lord knows they aren't all created equal. Motorcycles are peculiar machines with their own styles, their own tastes, and even their own preferences. When your ride falls in line with your motorcycle's preferences, you've hit the sweet spot.

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The Indians Are Coming – Emerging Motorcycle Industry Trends Q4 2013

Hero Motocorp and Erik Buell Racing

Hero is an Indian motorcycle company. We're talking Bollywood Indian, not Burt Munro Indian. Here in North America, the average non-motorcyclist may not have heard of Hero. Hell, even the average motorcyclist may not have heard of Hero. In North America we think we know what big name motorcycle companies. In North America we think we know that big name motorcycle companies sell big bikes. In North America we think the Harley-Davidson brand is the be all and end all of motorcycle marketing and merchandise sales. In North America we think we know big. We don't.

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Bikers Are Awesome: Switch Riders Video

Bikers Are Awesome: Switch Riders Video

Let's face it: it doesn't take anything to stand on the soap box and declare yourself awesome. Anyone can talk the talk, but it takes a special something to live up to the hype. I'm not sure if that something is confidence, coolness, or cojones. Maybe it's planning, perservearance, and practice. Maybe greatness is the sum of a whole lot of things aligning just right for you, like all of the gears turning in synch in your favorite motorcycle motor.

You're about to watch an incredible motorcycle stunting video with over five million hits. It's titled "Bikers Are Awesome", and as far as I'm concerned it lives up to the hype. The three riders (Jeremy Merires, Thomas Sagnier, Kevin Parussini) from Switch Riders are incredibly talented. They exhibit a tremendous amount of balance, control, precision, and timing. This isn't just a motorcycle stunting video, it's the benchmark for all motorcycle stunting videos to come.

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The Worst Motorcycles of 2013

2013-Suzuki-Hayabusa-Limited-Edition

The Worst Motorcycles of 2013: The Negative Nancy ReportSpecial post by resident guest blogger Happy Gilmore

Each January you’re filled with a renewed sense of possibility. A new year, a new you. You boast to your friends and co-workers that you’re going to be shaving 20lbs, quit smoking and open that savings account. As January becomes February you can’t stand to face yourself in the mirror each morning as you’ve gained 5lbs, smoke a pack a day and you’ve just received a past-due notice for an unpaid credit card bill. Have a no fear though, you aren’t alone.

Around this same time of year the motorcycle show circuit has been across Canada and all over the United States. 2013 is packed with new entry-level rides, fancy new scooters, shiny new dual purpose motorcycles and so much more. But you’ll probably notice that there are a few bikes that you’ve seen before, and might be looking a little tired. Or you might have noticed one or two bikes that you scratch your head about thinking “What? Who is going to buy that?”

Broken-down by motorcycle category, like a list of unfulfilled resolutions, I have compiled my opinion for the worst motorcycles available this year. Feel free to disagree; in fact, I encourage it.

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