Tag Archive for motorcycles

Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em . . . Again!

2015-Yamaha-SR400b

People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun – and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. Big payments for the next several years adds stress. And stress is the mortal enemy of fun. As motorcycles…

Under The Wire

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Do you – does anyone – doubt for a moment that if motorcycles were a new invention, they’d never be allowed? Try to imagine the presentation to the Department of Transportation. Inventor: I have designed a new type of vehicle that is light, agile and extremely fuel efficient. It is relatively inexpensive to manufacture as…

Bad Times . . . Basic Bikes

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If times get tough, getting around will likely become a major challenge. Gas may only be sporadically available – in addition to being unaffordable. Imagine, for instance, what might have happened had Dear Leader gone through with his 1939 Poland-style attack on Syria – and the cost of a gallon of gas tripled a few…

I’ve Got a Golden Ticket

I use the bike as my Willie Wonka golden ticket to get me away from/around anything annoying – and to a better place. Nothing – nothing – beats a speedy bike for this. You’ve got the acceleration capability of a Bugatti Veyron in a package that’s no wider (or hardly wider) than you are. This…

The One Year Wonder (And Why)

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When it was new, the ’83 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate seemed like a sure-bet winner. The basically identical GL500 had been successful for several years prior and before the GL, there had been the CX – the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was a better-engineered, better-built…

What Not To Ride…

Here’s the deal on that: As a new rider, you do not want a sport bike, period. Sport bikes typically have plastic covers (“fairings,”) high footpeg clearance for cornering, stubby, steeply raked “clip on” handlebars and a tucked-in riding position. They also have high horsepower (often, enough to easily wheelie the bike just by throttle…

2011 New Bikes Preview

Most of the country can only think about riding right now, but the days are getting longer and the snow and cold can’t last forever – even if it feels like it will. Here’s some soup for the soul in the form of a first look at some of the new bikes on deck for…

The best $1,500 I ever spent

If gas prices hold at their current $3 or so per gallon, most of us will be paying an extra $240 or so per year for fuel vs. what we were paying last year. Here’s how it breaks down: Regular unleaded is about 30 cents per gallon more today than it was around Thanksgiving. If…

Seasonal Coverage? Nah… That’d Be Reasonable!

Seasonal riding is a fact of life for many motorcyclists. Come fall – and cold weather – many riders hang up their leathers and park their bikes for the duration. It might be three or even four months before it’s time to throw a leg over again. But we’re required to carry year-round insurance, regardless…