If you are considering buying a used motorcycle, then there are certain rules or tips, if you will, that you might find useful. When purchasing an item as big, lovable and expensive as a motorcycle, it's important to understand exactly what you're buying and that you're getting your money's worth. Though some of the instructions below could be of assistance when looking at new motorcycles, you will find them to be most helpful when participating in the task of buying a used one!Read More »
I often get emails from visitors asking how much their bike is worth. Some simply say, "I have a 1980s Honda, how much is it werth?" This week, Jamie L. sent me a little more comprehensive email, so I thought I would try to help. Jamie wrote:
"I am ready to sell my Harley. It is a 883 100TH ANNIV. It has approx. 4000 miles, garage kept, and has never been in the rain or in an accident. I would like to know what it is worth. Would you give me an idea. It also has added items."
Here are a few ways of finding out what your motorcycle is worth / what your motorcycle's resale value is.
Ultra Portable Cooking Options to Take with You on the Road
There's nothing better than hopping on your motorcycle and heading down the road for a long trip. Maybe you'll meet up with some biker friends. Maybe you'll drive across several states to see the sights. Maybe you'll just ride out and see where the road takes you.
While you'll need enough gear to keep you well-fed and well-clothed on the road, you don't want to become overloaded. After all, you chose your motorcycle for a reason. Fortunately, there are a number of ultra portable cooking options that meet both criteria. If you're heading out to a long rally or just want to take a road trip, consider some of these ultra portable cooking options to take with you on the road:
Winter of 2009 was a cold one. The US housing market had crashed and the recession was in full swing and people were struggling to pay even the most essential bills. Motorcyclists counted their pennies and weathered the storm, hoping the spring would bring better fortune.
For one motorcyclist, a YouTube one hit wonder called iamthenoah, Christmas came early in November. He shared a video of a Suzuki GSX-R which assembled itself. It has been viewed over 1,000,000 times and remained the most memorable motorcycle assembly video to date.
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 »
In Ontario we have a three-class motorcycle licensing system. There is a beginner class (M1 - written test), an intermediate class (M2 - riding test), and finally your full M class license. Unfortunately, the vehicle-specific requirements, definition of vehicles, and options available get a little blurry in the bureaucracy, and many small displacement motorcycle and cruiser riders are left in the mess
... but don't worry, that's what YouMotorcycle is here for.
Motorcyclists tend to be a little more free-thinking, a little less likely to follow society and her "rules", and a little more likely to go against the grain. We like to think ourselves as the modern day cowboys. In a society where the government dictates the lives of its people, rather than the people dictating the lives of its government, motorcyclists are among the last bastions of freedom.
Despite our poetic disposition motorcyclists are still human, I have the road rash to prove it, and most of us are just as likely to play a role in Valentine's Day as anyone else. The questions are:
1) What does Valentine's Day mean for motorcyclists?
2) What should I buy a motorcyclist for Valentine's Day?
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.
Like a crack fiend leaving the confines of their apartment to score the next hit, we two-wheeled enthusiasts too have our itch – and various methods of scratching it.
To feel the true sensation of freedom get your license and take a scoot or a motorcycle out on the road, be it a zip through an urban center or a hair-raising ride down some nice twisty roads. But remove the ability to experience that sensation, via snow covered or icy roads, and you’ll be going partly insane just waiting for the temperature to rise so that you can relive the very reason why you ride.
Riding anything with less than 4 wheels (some would argue 3 wheels is 1 too many) really is addicting, and the freedoms that come with living in North America means that we have some very fun big boy toys at our fingertips. The downside? These damn changing seasons that force the majority of enthusiast in Canada to wheel their ride into the garden shed for the coldest months. How you solve this problem is completely up to you, but I’ve compiled some suggestions that are tried and true.
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.