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What Happens at Motorcycle Swap Meets

If you’re still a little new to the motorcycle lifestyle, you may not have been to a swap meet yet. Understandably so, you’re probably a little curious about what all happens there. So allow us to answer the question: “What happens at Motorcycle Swap meets?”

As you’ve already figured out, there are plenty of motorcycle parts offered up by vendors at these events. Not only will you be able to find new parts for your bike, but you’ll also find those hard to locate parts for performance and appearance upgrades. Plus, you can find lots of other parts should you need to replace a broken or missing piece on your bike.

Motorcycle swap meets are one of the best places to find your bike “factory represented.” In fact, some of the biggest names in the cycling world won’t miss the chance to attend these events. As well, they’ll send along some of the most knowledgeable people to answer any questions you may have about their motorcycles.

Not only does the swap meet bring out the big guns in the motorcycle industry, you’ll also find quite a few smaller booths attending as well. These are the folks that’ll usually have the gently used, older, harder to find parts for sale. However, you don’t want to sell these guys and gals short on knowledge.

Being quite a “brand loyal” bunch, these are the people that you can glean ton’s of tips and tricks about their favorite motorcycles. As well, these are the booths that contain the […]

Tips on Buying the Right Motorcycle

Owning and riding a motorcycle is a thrilling and rewarding experience. But before going out and just buying any old thing, there are several factors to consider. This article will discuss three tips on buying the right motorcycle.

Consider Your Riding Experience

Is this your first bike? Or have you been riding motorcycles for years and you now want a brand new bike? If you are a beginner, you should consider a less expensive, used bike to practice on and gain experience riding.  Almost everyone drops their bike a few times when learning how to ride.   You’re best off to start with a used bike off Craigslist or somewhere like.    Then you can upgrade when you are ready.  That way you don’t end up owning a bike that overpowers you, or damaging an expensive bike.

What Bike is Your Best Fit

The kind of riding you’re interested in fairly well dictates the type of bike you should shop for. Conversely, the kind of bike you ride largely defines your motorcycling world and lifestyle. So, besides selecting a bike based on its mechanical and performance attributes, consider what circles you’ll likely be riding in. If you don’t think of yourself as a racer or a biker in the Wild One vein, and you would be comfortable at, say, an Eagles reunion concert, consider a traditional bike. People attracted to sportbikes, on the other hand, tend to indulge in extreme activities—think The Fast and the Furious, only on two wheels. If you want to hang with the […]

Motorcycle Tips for Safe Winter Rides

On a chilly winter’s day, an afternoon bike ride may be one of the best ways to burn off cabin fever, get some fresh air, and feel great. That said, riding in winter does have special safety considerations that you need to be aware of. Use our motorcycle tips for safe winter rides to keep your riding safe in all weather.

  • Steer clear of salt – On salt, you lose your traction. This could make you wipe out and have an accident. Just as you would steer clear of ice patches or wet leaves, don’t ride on road salt.
  • Check tire inflation before you ride – While tire maintenance is important in every season, it’s particularly critical in winter. Even on light snow, driving with under-inflated tires can be dangerous. So always check your tire pressure before you ride and adjust if necessary.
  • Leave more space on the road – Wet winter roads require a longer brake time for all drivers. So give cars, trucks, and other bikes more space on the road during chilly winter months. Not only will you have more space to watch and anticipate other drivers’ actions, you’re less likely to get soaked with road spray.
  • Layer up – If you get cold while driving, you’re apt to make a mistake. Protect yourself by wearing performance clothing, which is designed to wick away sweat, under your riding clothes. Then add warm, road safe winter motorcycle pants and a jacket. Protect your hands with gloves and your heat with a […]

Colorado Motorcycle Expo Tip- Testing your Motorcycle Battery

Before heading out on your next road trip, there are a few quick services you should preform on your bike to ensure a stress-free ride. Aside from an oil change and cable lube, you may want to check out your battery. If you’re battery isn’t performing up to snuff or charging up quite like it used to, it could leave high and dry; here are a few tips for testing your battery before your trip.

Visual Inspection

Most batteries are located under the seat, but could also be located under a plastic side cover. Pop the cover off and make sure there is no corrossion on the battery posts or cables. While you’re in there, give the posts a scrub with a wire brush and tighten up the bolts connecting the cables to the battery. Also, make sure battery cables and accessory wires aren’t pinched or fraying.

Battery Test

Testing your battery requires a multi-meter. Set the multi-meter to DC and touch the red pin on the multi-meter to battery positive, the black probe to battery negative. The reading with the bike off should be at least 12v. If it is lower, the battery may need a charge or is in need of replacement.

Charging Test

If the battery tests good, now you should make sure it’s charging while the bike is running. To do this, start the bike and attach the multi-meter, red probe to positive, black to negative. Rev the bike to about 2,000-3,000rpm, the multi-meter should read between 13v and 14v while the […]