Honda released specs on the New Africa Twin!

 

Why is the new Africa Twin such a big deal?

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Honda’s first versions of the Africa Twin, produced between 1989-2003, were based on the desert racing Paris-Dakar Rally bikes. Sporting smaller fairings, big skid plates, high ground clearance, bigger fuel tanks, and twin headlights made the first Africa Twins a favorite with dual sport riders. These bikes were as close as one could get to a true 50/50 street/off-road production bike and have been a favorite of adventure riders all over the world with many of them still out on the road today.

Continue reading Honda released specs on the New Africa Twin!

2016 Indian Motorcycles

2016 Indian Line-up

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Indian has come a long way since the first motorcycle was sold in 1902. The first Indian had a single engine built by Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. placed in a frame similar to the Hendee “Indian” bicycle. Indian’s had few rough patches in the years since with multiple bankruptcies, but each time they come back better than ever.

Indian’s 2016 line-up is a testament to the perseverance of an iconic motorcycle company, and the ability to perfectly blend modern technology with a true nostalgic style. Continue reading 2016 Indian Motorcycles

Dragonfire Racing products Can you handle the Heat!

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Dragonfire Racing has been a staple in off-road racing for years. Around 2010, DFR expanded their operations to start serving the ever-growing population of thrill seeking, Side-x-Side riders. Due to the cost and quality of the DFR products, Dragonfire Racing is making their mark in the world of UTV enthusiasts. With custom-made products fabricated in-house by fellow enthusiasts, you can rest assured all Dragonfire Racing accessories are going to meet the “fit and function” better than anything else on the market.

Continue reading Dragonfire Racing products Can you handle the Heat!

Sign-up to stop the mandate for Ethanol Fuel!

This is the last chance for your voice to be heard on higher ethanol blended fuels.

Sign the petition now!

If you’ve never had an issue with ethanol fuel you’re one of the lucky ones. In the world of power-sports many of the vehicles that are not driven daily can have the same fuel sitting in the carburetor and fuel tank for weeks, if not months. Ethanol fuel can separate and the subsequent moisture issues can wreak havoc on your fuel system.

If you would like to help stop this problem from getting any worse, please take the time to read the press release below and sign the petition.

Continue reading Sign-up to stop the mandate for Ethanol Fuel!

The Suzuki GSX-R Turns 30 This Year

30th Anniversary Suzuki GSX-R1000

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The motorcycle industry has seen a surge in production of the retro classics similar to the popular bikes from the 60’s and 70’s. The Triumph Bonneville, Ducati Scrambler, Honda CB1100, and Suzuki TU250X have all been very successful thanks to their classic lines and modern technology.  Suzuki continues the retro theme and has not let us down with their latest styling of the GSX-R.

Continue reading The Suzuki GSX-R Turns 30 This Year

5 Things to consider before your first ride.

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Have you ever heard the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know”?  We’re here to answer that question for you…What do you need to know about life on two wheels before you start riding? In my opinion, you should really know everything about life on the open road; but, lets face it, that’s not realistic. Below are a few tips I’ve pulled together and should be considered before you take that maiden voyage.

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Yamaha’s new Woods Weapon is coming soon!

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The new Yamaha YZ250X has been specifically designed to tackle the harshest of beatings from GNCC to Hare Scramble, and any type of voracious off-road rider or racer. With it’s 2-Stroke 250 engine, wide ration transmission, and wet weight of only 229 lbs. the new YZ-250X should be one serious ‘woods weapon’. Continue reading Yamaha’s new Woods Weapon is coming soon!

Hondas new MotoGP bike complete with license plate bracket!

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So what makes this bike so special? Well for starters the RC213V-S is the result of 10 years of research and development and two MotoGP championships. The 2016 model will be as close to the MotoGP version as possible with only the necessary changes made to make it legal for road use.
Honda replaced the pneumatic valves with tradition coil spring type but retained all the updates to the cams and lifters. Also the seamless transmission was replaced with gearing out of the RCV1000R to provide a longer life span for the road going bikes. Continue reading Hondas new MotoGP bike complete with license plate bracket!

The New Kawasaki Z800 Street Fighter

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The first of the Kawasaki Z series was introduced in the early 70’s. The original Z1 was a no nonsense motorcycle equipped with only the bare essentials to enjoy motorcycling in it’s rawest form. The Z series has morphed multiple times over the years but the idea that “less is more” has not wavered. This steadfast loyalty to making a bike with stump pulling torque, a simple yet refined chassis, and sport tuned suspension has made the Z series a favorite year after year. Continue reading The New Kawasaki Z800 Street Fighter

RoboCop’s Polaris Ranger

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Polaris has been manufacturing military ATV’s and UTV’s for years but the newest edition could be a game changer. Polaris has created a Limited Edition Ranger XP 900 that will be used for the 2015 DARPA Challenge Robotics Challenge (DRC) in Pomona California June 5-6. (DARPA) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. Continue reading RoboCop’s Polaris Ranger

The Future is Here! Are you ready to ride in silence?

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KTM has joined ranks with Brammo, Zero, and Lighting Motorcycles with the introduction of the new 2015 Freeride Electric Supermoto. I know that Zero Emission Vehicles are the wave of the future, but I’m still struggling with the switch from 2-stroke to 4-stroke. Continue reading The Future is Here! Are you ready to ride in silence?

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) is Closing!

 

Not Again!

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Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has closed it’s doors. The East Troy, Wisconsin based manufacturer of high end sport bikes has filed for state protection.

“The turn we recently took, after we thought we were moving forward, was unexpected,” stated Erik Buell. “We thought we had secured funding, but in the end, we were not able to get the funding in place. Therefore we need to do the best we can under the circumstances for all parties in interest.”

Continue reading Erik Buell Racing (EBR) is Closing!

Pay Attention and Save a Life!

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 

The MSF Encourages Drivers to Expect to See Motorcyclists

IRVINE, CA – April 9, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation would like to remind drivers that motorcyclists are out there.

“Fender-benders are rare in collisions involving motorcycles,” said MSF President Tim Buche. “When two cars collide, the result is often minor damage that’s repaired a few weeks later once insurance kicks in. However, when a car hits a motorcyclist, there is often direct vehicle-to-human contact. I can’t imagine the lasting guilt of doing harm to a person who has a life, and a family who loves them, especially if that harm is the result of a momentary lapse of attention. This can all be avoided by making a conscious effort to drive fully engaged and undistracted.”

Continue reading Pay Attention and Save a Life!

Bob Barker will be glad to know Honda has neutered it’s New Bulldog!

Disclaimer: This is gonna get a little ugly, but please know I love Honda and think they manufacture some of the most reliable petrol powered products available.

The Honda Bulldog

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First, why would you design a motorcycle for the non-riding crowd? I am all for having approachable models in the line-up so new riders can get their feet wet but this bike seems a little off the mark.

I know new riders generally feel more confident when both feet can be planted flat on the ground when at a stand still. Towering at an astounding 5 feet 6 inches tall, vertically challenged models tend to peak my interest. What I fail to understand is the actual target market.

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I feel many potential riders have a lust for adventure that drives them to pursue a life on two wheels. The thought of freedom and comradery has long been the allure that makes riding motorcycles so appealing. Capitalizing on that lust, Honda promotes the new Bulldog as “Lovable Touring Partner” and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional leisure motorcycles, to actively enjoy outdoor life.

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The Bulldog has a Ruckus style rack up front, and storage on the sides of the gas tank which would could prove useful to the daily commuter. The low center of gravity could be handy when negotiating technical obstacles. Sporting aggressive, adventure style sneakers, and very unique style the Bulldog could have some real potential. So lets go over what I see as the Pros and Cons and I’ll let you decide.

The Pros list
-On-board Storage
-Low Seat Height
-Approachable Power Out-Put
-Unique Styling

The Cons List
-Storage in tank is to small for any long adventures
-No Ground Clearance for Technical Offroading
-Underpowered for any Serious Touring Rider
-Bulldog like attractiveness

If your idea of adventure extends no further than strapping Frisbee to your front rack so you can show off by parking in the grass, the bulldog may be your next bike. On the other-hand if you’re serious about adventure, touring, or daily commuting you might want to look at the other options that are already available. Without leaving Honda’s stable you can find a great bike to check each one of those boxes without all the compromise.

If I were looking for an entry level bike to do it all I would identify what areas were most important so everything was not a total compromise.

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If Adventure was the goal the Honda CRF250L is a great around town that preforms great offroad.

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If you want to do a little touring the CB500X has a great seating position and nice wind protection for the longer hauls.

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And lastly, if finding a bike with onboard storage, that is really hard to look at is your main goal Honda already makes the NM4.

I understand everyone has different taste and this is merely my opinion.

Please Note: The opinion above was based on a few images and a short article from the Honda press release. I have not seen, heard, or touched the actual motorcycle. If Honda builds this bike for the US market I will conduct a thorough review, and my opinion could be very different.

Specs:

・Seat Height: 730mm | 28.74in
・Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC inline 2-cylinder
・Displacement (cm3): 399
・Transmission: 6 speeds
・Tires: 15 inch (front/rear)

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We would love to hear your thoughts so please let us know in the comments section below.

Roczen takes the Checkered Flag and Reed gets Black Flagged.

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Ken Roczen had another great night in Anaheim taking his second win of the year Saturday night. Ryan Dungey finished second and he is still holding strong to second place overall trailing Roczen by 8 points. Tomac rounded out the top three in Anaheim 2.

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On social media the Reed/Canard shenanigans seemed to take front seat to the actual race. During the fourth lap when Trey Canard tried to overtake Chad Reed he misjudged Reed’s line which caused both riders to eat dirt. After hopping back on their bikes, Reed ran wide causing Canard to crash again on one of the tuff block bales. Reed was black flagged and disqualified for the remainder of the event. Reed will rejoin the races this Saturday in Oakland but the stunt dropped him to 15th place in overall points for the season.

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One of the biggest surprises so far this season is rookie Jason Anderson. With his second place finish at A1, sixth in Phoenix, and seventh at A2 he is holding strong to third place overall in points.

Overall Points

1 Ken Roczen: 72
2 Ryan Dungey: 60
3 Jason Anderson: 51
4 Eli Tomac: 46
5 Tery Canard: 43

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With the season starting to heat up and the riders finding their rhythm, we should be in for a great season of racing. Stay tuned for next weeks race report and until then Ride Safe!

Photo Credits © Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool

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Polaris Is Moving South.

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MINNEAPOLIS—Polaris Industries Inc. will build a new 600,000-sq. ft. production facility in  Huntsville, Ala., focusing on off-road vehicle production.

The 453-acre Huntsville site offers Polaris close proximity to its key customer base in the Southeast U.S. and a strong logistics network that enables the company to implement principles of lean management. The plant will feature multiple assembly lines and state-of-the-art technology, employing 1,700 people, said Ken Pucel, executive vice president of operations, engineering and Lean for Polaris.

“This new facility will complement our already strong and growing North American manufacturing footprint by reducing pressure on our existing facilities and enable each to remain focused on their current product lines as we continue to meet the demand for our innovative, quality products,” Pucel said. “We are grateful to the city of Huntsville and the state of Alabama for their support as we invest in our shared future.”

The plant will support several core processes including vehicle assembly, chassis and body painting, welding, fabrication and injection molding.

“I am honored to welcome Polaris Industries to Alabama,” said Gov. Robert Bentley. “I am confident that Polaris will soon experience the same type of success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced. Alabama’s success in advanced manufacturing is a result of the states successful Accelerate Alabama plan, and Polaris off-road vehicle production strategy fits perfectly within our manufacturing goals.”

Polaris will break ground on the facility in the first quarter of 2015 with completion slated for early in the second quarter of 2016. Production will begin shortly thereafter.

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5 things to consider when you buying your next Street Helmet.

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Before you hop online to purchase your new helmet here a few things you may want to consider.

1. Safety Rating

Make sure the helmet you are considering has been DOT approved to ensure it will protect you in case of a collision. It doesn’t matter how cool a helmet looks if it doesn’t protect you during an accident.

2. Fit

Proper fit is extremely important. Your helmet should fit snuggly without being uncomfortable. An ill-fitting helmet does not protect your valuable gray matter during an accident properly.

3. Comfort

You may think this is similar to fit, but comfort has nothing to do with safety. A helmet can fit perfectly from a protection standpoint but still be uncomfortable to the rider. If a rider is uncomfortable in the helmet, they may choose to ride without protection. Also when you purchase a new helmet it should be fairly snug to allow a little room for break-in.

4. Style

No, we aren’t talking about whether you want decals of dragons or polk-a-dots. We’re talking about the helmet construction style. Depending on your style preference you can choose from one of four main styles… Full Face, Open Face, Modular, or Shorty Helmets.

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Full Face
A popular style with sportbike riders, it offers the best protection with a one piece outer shell that has a full coverage face shield and fixed chin-bar.

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A popular style with the touring and cafe riders, these provide full coverage on the top and back of the head with the absence of face coverage. This design provides additional airflow but has absolutely no protection for your grill.

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Modular
A combination of the Full-Face and 3/4 designs. Most modular helmets have a full chin-bar that can be can be raised above line of sight or removed completely. This allows the rider the option of the protection of a Full Face, or the comfort of a 3/4 Open Face. This design is gaining popularity with adventure riders and daily commuters .

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If you prefer to ride without a helmet, but your state law requires it, the Shorty design may be just the ticket, to keep you from getting a ticket. Offering minimal coverage while still meeting DOT requirements the shorty style is really popular with the hardcore cruiser crowd.

5. Price

It’s often said “You get what you pay for” meaning the quality is usually reflected in the cost. When purchasing a helmet, safety should always be the main concern. All DOT certified helmets are required to pass the same testing and should provide similar levels of protection. In my humble opinion you should purchase the best helmet you can afford since the comfort levels increase with the cost.

What kind of helmet do you wear?

If you have any questions about the different helmet styles we offer please let us know.  We’ll be happy to answer them.

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Three Great Beginner Bikes

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If you have ever thought about riding a motorcycle there has never been a better time! Manufacturers are building bike to suit nearly every conceivable type of riding. You can walk into a dealer and choose from sportbikes ranging in size from 300cc-1400cc. If you prefer cruisers you choose from a stripped down bar-hopper all the way to  fully dressed cross country tourer. If you just want one bike to “Do-it-All” the Adventure genre seems to be growing every year. Heres a look at a few smaller bikes hitting the showroom floor near you. Now the only problem is choosing just one.

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Yamaha has added the YZF-R3 to the sportbike lineup for 2015. It is powered by a 321cc Parallel Twin complete with fuel injection, DOHC, and Forged Pistons just like it’s big brothers. With advanced brakes, suspension, and modern styling the New R3 will give the CBR300 and Ninja 300 some new competition.

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The New Kawasaki Vulcan S is the official (One Size Fits All) cruiser. With a low seat height, most short riders will be able to flat foot both feet at stops. Tall riders can adjust both the handlebars and footpegs which easily accommodate riders over 6ft. The 649cc Parallel Twin provides loads of low end torque to help reduce stalling at low speeds for new riders.

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The Honda NM4 looks like something pulled from a Sci-Fi movie and the futuristic bodywork doubles as integrated storage. We think Captain Kirk would be impressed by the 25 color LED Display and passenger seat that doubles a a riders backrest. To round-out the package Honda installed the Automatic Dual-Clutch.

If you were shopping for your first motorcycle what would you choose?Let us know in the comments below and we will send out a prize to a few of our favorites!

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Three-Wheeled Monsters Coming This Fall

You may have noticed an influx of three-wheeled vehicles within the powersports industry lately and it’s for good reason. The three-wheelers are back and they are taking over!  There are many reasons why riders are making the transition to that third tire; whether it be safety, comfort, peace of mind, or even ease of use due to age or a disability.  There is also a huge debate among many motorcyclists as to whether or not these vehicles should be classified as motorcycles or cars.

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The Polaris Slingshot by all respects is a car with three wheels.  It has side by side seating, a steering wheel, seat belts, and countless other attributes that say, “This is a car!”  But it is still classified as a motorcycle and in many states a motorcycle license is required to operate one.  But does that mean you can’t still have the same heart pounding excitement that you might get from taking your bike through the twisties?  Not at all.  The Slingshot is a low, lean, mean machine that delivers in every aspect.

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From the moment you step into the cockpit you are immersed in speed and your senses tingle.  Then you slowly start to realize that you haven’t even started the vehicle yet.  It’s low stance puts you literally inches off of the ground allowing you to feel the road beneath you like never before.  The side by side seating allows both you and the passenger to experience the excitement together and get a front row seat to adventure.  Once you push the button and start the Slingshot you will truly know what this machine is about, speed!  Just hit the gas and you’re there.

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Can-Am has taken a slightly different approach with the announcement of their new Spyder F3.  They have taken the typical Spyder design that we have come to appreciate and completely given it an overhaul from the ground up, which is easily noticed at first glace by the new streamlined design.

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Other upgrades include an all-new Rotax 1330 Ace motor and six-speed transmission to give you that extra punch when you need it.  Take in all these factors and add in Fox Podium shocks, high performance Brembo brakes, and even dynamic power steering and you’re in for one hell of a ride!

With more of the look and feel of a motorcycle, the F3 is much like the Slingshot and falls into the same class also requiring a motorcycle endorsement.  But that is where the similarities end.  The Spyder F3 is a low slung aggressive alternative to the typical Spyder design and whether you like it or not, it’s certainly here to stay.  Many fans have been asking for a redesign of this machine for the past few years and they have finally gotten their wish.  But don’t loose track for one moment thinking that looks are all that differ this machine from an RS, RT, or any other Spyder in the line-up; it has plenty of other goodies to sway you in it’s direction too.

If the engine, transmission, and other performance upgrades mentioned earlier weren’t enough; then maybe the new UFit system from Bombardier will convince you.  This unique setup allows the rider to adjust the handlebar style and foot-peg position depending on their riding style.  No aftermarket parts or accessories are needed for adjustment either.  She comes this way from the factory.  What this means is that whether you’re wanting a low slung sport look to race through the turns, or a leisurely cruising style, you’ll be taken care of without any major changes to the vehicle.  The F3 also offers the lowest seat height of any stock Spyder on the market allowing for that same low to the ground feeling that you’ll get from the Slingshot.  Passengers are also welcomed in Can-Am’s rendition of three-wheels but unlike the Slingshot, you’ll have more of a motorcycle look and feel with the Spyder as it is seated inline just like a bike would be.

One thing is sure, the three-wheeled revolution has begun.  Whether you choose the Spyder F3 or the Slingshot this Fall you are guaranteed to turn some heads, grind some gears, and burn some rubber.  So much so that you may just want to look at buying another tire for the rear when you make you decision on which of these beasts you’d like to take home.  Because once you hit the pavement, who knows how long it will last?

Let us know which one you would pick.

 

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It’s almost deer season! Is your ATV ready?

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You planned your hunting trip over a year ago so don’t wait until opening day to drag your ATV out of Storage. Hopefully your not one of those riders that only starts their ATV or UTV During Hunting Season. If so, when is the last time you actually started your ride?

White-tailed_deerIncase you aren’t marking off the days until Deer Season starts, it’s getting very close. In Indiana Archery season starts October 1st so theres only a little over a month to get things ready.

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What is the current condition of your ride? If your ride has been sitting since the end of last deer season, chances are you have some work to do before your ready for the trails. We have put together a short check list to make sure your ride is ready for dragging that Big Buck back to the truck.

battery-tender_23054 1. Check the condition of the battery. Clean any corrosion and maintain full charge with a Battery Tender.

2. Check All Fluids for condition, level, and leaks. Drain and refill with new fluid if required. (Oil, Trans, Gas, Differential,and Brake)

3. Brake Check. No, not the brake check you use on tailgaters, were talking about a function test to insure the brakes are working properly and the Brake Pads have plenty of life left.

4. Tire Check. Make sure all four tires are round and inflated to the correct pressure. The proper pressure can be found on the sidewall of your tires.

5. Check all the cables for proper function and adjustment

6. Check the Lights, Winch, and any other electrical accessories for proper function.

7. If you do need repairs but there’s no time on the schedule, get your ride into the shop now so you can beat the rush.

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Now my favorite part, give that ATV or UTV a good shake down ride. Insure everything is in good running order so there are no surprises when it’s time for the Big Haul. Heck you might find out how much fun it is to just get out and trail ride and maybe develop a new hobby for the off season.

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We would love to hear from you, please leave us your thoughts in the comments.

1. Whats the biggest deer you’ve ever bagged? If you have a picture share it on our Facebook Page!

2. Whats your deer slaying weapon of choice? (Bow, Rifle,  Shotgun, Car)

3. Whats the best spot to hunt from?  (Tree Stand or on the Ground)

4. What do you do in the off season for fun?

 

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The new Polaris Slingshot is coming soon!

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Polaris calls it a Motorcycle but the name on the brochure may be a better description. The all new Polaris 3 wheeler is a Slingshot for the soul. Boasting 173 horsepower, GM EcoTec, Traction Control, Steel Tube Chassis, and Sport Tuned Suspension, the Slingshot may the best smiles for dollar on the market.

Motorcycle? Trike? Track Car? This debate may rage on for years to come, but one thing is certain the Slingshot is a blast to ride!

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Starting from the inside and working our way out, the 2.4 liter DOHC GM Eco-Tech Produces 173 horsepower and a neck snapping 166 ft-lbs of torque. To transfer the power to the road Polaris mated the EcoTec to a short shift 5-speed manual gear box. The power leaves the transmission via a drive shaft and connects to a carbon fiber reinforced drive belt. To minimize wheel spin and provide better launch control Polaris installed traction control, but don’t worry you can shut it off if you’re feeling froggy.

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In the powersports world “Power to Weight” is the name of the game. Tipping the scales at only 1743 lbs fueled and ready, the Slingshot has over 1 horsepower for every 10 pounds! To help take advantage of all the power Polaris designed a Steel Tube Spaceframe Chassis similar to most modern race cars. To save additional weight Polaris used an Aluminum Swingarm for the rear and Forged Aluminum Double Wishbone A-Arms up front. To suspend the frame and provide one heck of an exhilarating ride, Polaris employs Gas Filled Coil-Over’s and a huge Anti Roll-Bar to keep it on the level.

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The Slingshot has electronic power-steering that provides excellent feedback. To help keep Slingshot between the ditches, Polaris installed (ABS) anti-lock brakes with (ESC) Electronic Stability Control. When things start to get out of shape the ESC will engage to correct the “error of your ways”.

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The futuristic styling of the Slingshot is constructed from impact-resistant, lightweight, polymer body panels. Since there’s no roof Polaris made sure to use waterproof materials for interior components like the seats and electronics. Mounted right behind the headrest are two large forged-aluminum roll hoops that can support up to five times the weight of the vehicle.

Last weekend we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Slingshot. Since our first lap around the track, all the riders in our group have been suffering from chronic (SEGS) S!@# Eating Grin Syndrome. It has been nearly a week and everyone is still complaining about sore cheeks and onset of new facial wrinkles caused buy ear-to-ear grins that just won’t go away.

We want to know what you think about the All New Polaris Slingshot! Just reply below for a chance to win a prize.

1. Is it a Motorcycle, Trike, Car, Transformer, or Other?

2. Would you Ride/Drive it?

3. Traction control Off or On?

4. Are you as excited about the New Slingshot as we are?

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Why do you Love to Ride?

Why do you love riding Motorcycles or ATVs?  For Fun, Freedom, Fellowship or maybe just because it’s Freaking Awesome!

 

We know each rider has a different path and various reasons for riding. Some ride offroad, some on the streets, and some ride both. It doesn’t matter where the path takes you, for most it’s the journey that creates the memories.

 

When is the last time you hopped in your car to drive across four states to visit a nice set of twisties? When you’re in a car, there’s a disconnect between you and your surroundings and you miss the subtle changes that make riding an experience. Slight changes in temperature, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the constant pressure of the passing wind go totally unnoticed when your sitting in the confines of your cage.

 

Tell us why you Love Riding!

 

#1. Name/Nickname and General Location?

#2. What Brand/Model Bike or ATV do you ride?

#3. Why did you start riding?

#4. How long have you been riding?

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#5. Favorite Place to ride?

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#6. Full Gear Head to Toe, Sunglasses and Filp-Flops or somewhere in-between?

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#7. How can we help make your next ride better?

I’ll Start us off…

#1. Cheapster Partman from Sunny Southern Indiana
#2. Yamasaki Hondtana CZF1340R. Just kidding it’s actually a 2012 Suzuki DL1000
#3. It seemed easier than learning to walk!
#4. Life – Time Riding = 1.5 years
#5. Woods, Curvy Backroad, Cross Country, In the rain, and anywhere but in front of a police officer.
#6. All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT)
#7. You tell me?

Super Duke 1290 R Recall

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Heads up to all you KTM 1290 Super Duke R owners. Watch out for fuel leaks on the rear tank threaded insert. KTM has announced a recall for 1290 Super Duke R models manufactured between 7/1/2013-4/30/2014.

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KTM will notify the owners and dealers and they expect the recall to begin in August. Any bikes that currently have a leak will have the rear tank replaced and those not leaking will be resealed. All the repairs will be done free of charge for the effected bikes. Please contact KTM customer service if you have any questions (1-888-985-6090).

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Indian Scout

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Indian “Black Bullet Scout” Custom 
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By:Indian Motorcycles Press Release

This custom Indian Scout was built by Jeb Scolman – the same hot-rod artisan responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the ThunderStroke111 in 2014.

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Jeb was delivered an engine, and the simple instruction to build what he wanted to out of a new 2015 Indian Scout engine. Jeb’s flawless 100% custom metalwork picks up on the designs of pure speed motorcycles from the late 50’s and early 60’s with a fork mounted bullet fairing and the most minimal frame possible. Bikes with this silhouette took to land speed and drag racing tracks across the country.

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The post-war hot rod crowd was using airplane drop tanks for race cars, and the motorcycle racers started to adapt nose cones to help them cut through the wind. As the bike took shape we started calling it the “Black Bullet”. The minimal body and stout but seemingly simple frame are wrapped around a 1200cc Indian Scout engine as tightly as possible. This is one small motorcycle!

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The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike features a custom windscreen that wraps around the front of the bike to fair in the headlight. Tight clip-ons and footrests mounted to the rear axle makes for as streamlined a riders position as possible. The minimal seat, controls and shapes all lens themselves to the single mission f exploring this bikes top speed. It was created to be beautiful and fast. Scolman even cast a custom intake manifold to turn the throttle body sideways and allow for an even tighter engine packaging.

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Being built to race, the Black Bullet Scout is surely destined to see the salt and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.  If Burt Munro were with us today…I wonder what he would have to say.

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If you want to get up close and personal with the Black Bullet Scout while at Sturgis, it will be up for viewing at the company display on Lazelle St, between July 31st and August 8th.

Lets us know what you think about the “Black Bullet Scout” in the comments below.

Would you ride it?

Which do you like better the stock version or the custom Black Bullet?

How long could you ride in that crazy seating position?

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