As any motorcyclist will already know, one of the greatest perks that comes with owning your own motorcycle is the fact that the traditional concept of a holiday is never the same after you've leathered up and hit the road for the very first time. There are some magnificent routes in Europe which offer wonderful views and experiences. Here are a five of the best, with some additional hints and tips which could help you and your motorbike enjoy a fantastic get-away and see some of the most impressive offerings that Europe can provide.Read More »
Everything you need to know to save money riding your motorcycle.
No one said it would be cheap,
but who says it has to be expensive?
"My motorcycle won't start!" Ask the phone-jockey of your local motorcycle shop or dealership how many times a day they hear that. While motorcycles are as different from one another as their riders are, there are some common trends as to why your motorcycle isn't starting or isn't working properly. Mechanics share their insight on what the most common reasons are for motorcycle problems and how to avoid them.
A good motorcycle mechanic is going to cost you around $90/hour. Instead of waiting to learn the hard way, read this and see the most common reasons a motorcycle ends up in the shop.
Over the years we’ve heard a lot of stories and ideas about how to stay safe on your bike and how to improve your experience. While there is plenty of factual basis behind some of them, there are a lot ...Read More »
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.
Want to buy an old cafe racer? It may not be a bad idea. Low maintenance When comparing the costs of maintenance of old versus new motorcycles, the differences are clear. New motorcycles will have many additional parts which need ...Read More »
2013 has brought back many existing cruisers and a couple new ones, some more exciting than others. YouMotorcycle is an against the grain website that's more about motorcycling and lifestyle than about motorcycles, but here's an Editor's Choice list of the top 5 cruiser motorcycles for 2013.Read More »
When you hear some people talking about bikes they almost worship them as the greatest things in the world. Once you're riding down the open road with the wind in your hair you can see where they're coming from. At any point in time someone could decide they want to start riding a motorcycle. Hopefully that's you and you're ready to give it a shot. They can be dangerous, so you'll have to think long and hard about whether you want to take the risk or not.
If you're a safe rider and pay attention to the road there's a great chance you'll never be involved in an accident. It's all about knowing your limitations and being patient enough to never go above them. Let's stop talking about the danger because it's not fun, so instead we'll look at some of the great reasons why you should start riding one today. Hopefully by the time you get to the bottom you will want to get out there and start taking lessons, so let's get going.
Bikes have long been the transport of choice for characters throughout the history of movies. In fact, sometimes the bike can be as important as, or even sometimes overshadow, the characters themselves. The bike becomes an integral part of the movie, defines it, and becomes the main focal point for remembering it.Read More »
One day I received an email from a motorcyclist called "Bear". Bear decided to write in to YouMotorcycle about his riding experience, including the motorcycle collision he was in with a large mammal from whence he earned his nickname. The post was titled Motorcycle Safety Tips. I also wrote a similar set of guidelines, but my suggestions were directed to small displacement motorcycles, it was called Scooter Safety Tips.
Some of you are still crashing. You shouldn't do that. Crashing is expensive. Crashing can hurt. Don't crash. So, just to really beat a dead horse, here are seven motorcycle safety tips, and a handful of causes of motorcycle accidents. Consider this your what to do and what not to do.