Biker Lifestyle Magazine https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com The Place for everything Biker Lifestyle, Motorcycle Reviews, Motorcycle Manufacture News Tue, 26 May 2020 06:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://i2.wp.com/bikerlifestylemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-imageedit_4_9100738418.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Biker Lifestyle Magazine https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com 32 32 169220627 A sportbike can be a great source of fun… unless it comes with numerous issues – such as the ones we’re going to take a closer look at here. https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/a-sportbike-can-be-a-great-source-of-fun-unless-it-comes-with-numerous-issues-such-as-the-ones-were-going-to-take-a-closer-look-at-here/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/a-sportbike-can-be-a-great-source-of-fun-unless-it-comes-with-numerous-issues-such-as-the-ones-were-going-to-take-a-closer-look-at-here/#comments Tue, 26 May 2020 06:31:07 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=1021 by Karlo Manalo A sportbike is a type of motorcycle that is fast, nimble and loud, and requires the driver to be in an aggressive driving position. It’s build and… ]]>
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by Karlo Manalo

A sportbike is a type of motorcycle that is fast, nimble and loud, and requires the driver to be in an aggressive driving position. It’s build and purpose has been described as “performance taking precedence over comfort and practicality” a statement embodied by the powerful engines and razor sharp handling these bikes are capable of.

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Lightweight, middleweight and superbike, the three main classes of sport bikes, each with their specific riding requirements and performance parameters, catering to riders of all levels of experience and demands. Sportbikes are the running sneakers of motorcycles, compared to the leather boots characteristics of a cruiser bike.

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With so many manufacturers producing sportbikes, the choice to which bike to use or buy normally comes down to brand, engine, features and price. However, it is worth considering that not all bikes are made equal, some are good and have retained their value years after, while some, unfortunately are poorly made and have a lot of issues, or are simply not worth the money. This article is a list of those – Here’s why you should avoid these sportbikes like the plague.

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Those who take the plunge into motorcycling for the first time will be inundated with options for various bikes. There are categories for every type of rider: the relaxed, the speed-freak, and everything in between. One section that (in our view) has been neglected as of late are those of the classic Choppers.

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The flashy sportbikes and alluring top speed tests are tempting for a lot of us, but do not forget the Choppers. There are a lot of reasons to love them, especially after you ride one for the first time. In fact, we’ve come up with a list of fifteen interesting facts about choppers that’ll make you want one right now!

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Harley-Davidson Inc. has resumed production at its U.S. manufacturing plants, with full staffing expected at the factory on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls following Memorial Day weekend.

Currently, there are approximately 125 U.S. Steelworkers union members back at the plant, according to union officials, as Harley restarts production that was shut down in March after an employee tested positive for coronavirus and motorcycle sales plummeted in the economic fallout stemming from COVID-19.

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The engine and drivetrain facility employs approximately 1,000 people.

“Pilgrim Road plans to bring all hourly employees back after Memorial Day weekend for full production,” Ross Winklbauer, a Steelworkers subdistrict director, said Thursday.

“A lot of it is going to depend on what goes on with the plant in York (Pa.), but the plan is to get everybody back,” Winklbauer said.

Addressing coronavirus, the company has staggered work start times and installed barriers between work stations.

“It’s going to be a new normal for them,” Winklbauer said.

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In a statement, the company said: “Harley-Davidson has begun a planned phased approach to resuming production in its facilities, following the guidelines of public health and regulatory authorities and keeping employee health and safety front and center. At all of its facilities, Harley-Davidson has implemented enhanced safety measures, protocols to support social distancing and is bolstering its already-rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices.”

Harley has launched a set of actions that will eventually lead to a new strategic plan for the company.

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Harley refers to the plan as The Rewire. Among the goals is to “…reset the company’s operating model in order to reduce complexity, sharpen focus and increase the speed of decision making.”

The Rewire program “…will focus more on the markets and products that can drive performance in terms of profitability and growth.”

In 2019, the company saw its bike sales in the U.S. drop for a fifth straight year and its global motorcycle shipments at the lowest level in a decade.

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Earlier this month, the board of directors named board Chairman Jochen Zeitz president and CEO, a position he had held on an interim basis after president and CEO Matt Levatich left in February following 26 years with the company.

In an annual shareholders meeting Thursday that lasted only 15 minutes, Zeitz said the company was focused on its five-year strategic plan.

“Beyond our COVID-19 response, we must take significant actions now to rewire the company in terms of priorities, execution, operating model and strategy to drive sustainable and profitable long-term growth,” he said.

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During the meeting, which was held online rather than in person, a shareholder asked why most of the board members were still in place given the company’s poor performance.

 

“A major shakeup needs to take place and get some new and real motorcycle people on the board,” he said.

Zeitz answered by saying there had been changes.

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“That being said, we also expect to elect one new board member this year. I feel very confident that the board we have is giving us all the knowledge we need to take the company through this important rewire phase,” he said.

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

One of the main bitches I hear about is motorcycle club protocol. Many in the biker scene believe anyone should be able to start a club without a dominants blessing. This type of bitching is made by those who have no idea of what the motorcycle club scene is about.

Motorcycle club protocol is designed to keep the peace between clubs as well as keep law enforcement away. Personally, I cannot understand why this simple concept cannot be understood. Maybe it’s because the biker scene is flooded with entitled people who think only about themselves, instead of the whole scene in general.

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Of course, this topic can be debated. One thing for sure is protocol has been misrepresented and used as an excuse by self entitled pricks to start a pop-up club. Sure, most of these pop-up clubs never last. With that said, they are going to damage   the scene while they are running around playing Jax Teller. This is a fact proven time and time again

We’ve been covering an on-going story about Keith Palumbo, a prospect of the Chester County Warlocks who was murdered by his own. The Chester County Warlocks were actually given permission to wear their colors by Donna Morrelli, an ex ole lady of a longtime member. Well, ole man dies and she self appoints Michael DeLuca, a scumbag that just got done serving time for shooting his girlfriend.

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I’ve had many shows on this topic on Motorcycle Madhouse, make sure to go over and give the episodes a listen. After listening to some of the information you will get sick to your stomach, just as I have.

To give you the short of it. Keith Palumbo was led to his death by the hands of his childhood friend Deluca. He was shot in the head and buried in a crypt with another body, reportedly of a prospect of the Chester Warlocks a few years earlier.

This incident has ripped through the motorcycle club scene, bringing public attention to what motorcycle clubs are not, gangsters! From the information we’ve got so far, this chapter was kicked out of the Harpy Warlocks. This being said, this is the reason why it’s important to recognize who’s who. There are currently three factions of the Warlocks, only one of them being recognized by other major clubs. That faction is the Philly Warlocks out of Jersey and Philly.

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The other two factions are Harpy Warlocks that expanded out of Chester County,(The ones who put Chester County out on bad.) the other being a group out of Indiana wearing a black dragon center patch.

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It’s not my place to say who’s legit and who’s not. That is determined by the players in the scene. What is important is how this one chapter has caused pain to a family and heat to come on the scene. These are the type of people who start these pop-up clubs and make clubs look bad. What these people do, is turn citizens against clubs, by their stupid ass actions. Citizens already have a vision of clubs because of that stupid damn show, now they get reinforcement from ass hats like these people.

Once you learn the story of Keith you will know exactly why protocol exists. If you have any intelligence whatsoever, you will see exactly why clubs don’t want this shit with pop-up clubs. Screw you ,entitled ass hats. Earn your way into the scene with some self-respect. Go through the hangaround and prospect process, or go to the dominants if you want to start something. Learn the traditions that come along with wearing that patch. If you’re claiming to be someone, then be it, don’t circumvent something because you want it easy.

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One of the major reasons legitimate clubs are having so many problems is not of their own making. No, the problems are being caused by two things. The first, Internet Warriors. The second, internet warriors starting these damn pop-up clubs. Let’s talk about how some of these internet warriors are causing issues. One of the biggest things on the internet was some of these truth sites. Truth sites ran by nobodies trying to give their opinions on what’s happening in the scene. Actually, we’ve unmasked some of these people and found out they were making the rounds with the clubs they were bashing on. This is why you might want to rely on a website that doesn’t hide who the creator is. If you’re following something where they are hiding their identity you need to look at a different site.

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Let me put it blunt. Those who hide behind a keyboard are nothing more than a bunch of cowards. If these people believe so much in what they are doing than state who you are. Pretty reasonable isn’t it?

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There are a variety of factors hurting the scene, the above are just a few of them. One thing is for sure, there is a serious need for push back against pop-up clubs and the people who start them.  Hopefully, the clubs who are legit, can get this problem under control before it’s too late.

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ndian Motorcycles opened up their garage to TMW, and we couldn’t be more excited! We selected a Scout and a Springfield to review, and we’ve got them for a whole month! We’ll be writing articles and publishing videos throughout, so don’t miss a moment! Bookmark TMW, head over to the Forums and sound off in the thread, and subscribe to our YouTube channel! Ride on!

Maybe you are looking at Indian Motorcycles for the first time or are a loyal Indian rider? Maybe you are new to cruisers, baggers or touring? No matter where you fit in there, TMW has you covered and will be not only helpful in answers your questions but also entertaining as well!

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While you are waiting, why not check out our new Total Motorcycle Indian Motorcycle Model Guides! The best in on the internet or your money back.

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A couple of brand new amazing bikes sounds like just the thing to kick off the summer riding season, doesn’t it? Indian Motorcycle has gone above-and-beyond in these times to make sure Total Motorcycle readers get the latest on their bikes. At Total Motorcycle we don’t do 1 day reviews, we thoroughly test and live with each and every product every day over 4 weeks before we review it. Thus, we got Indian to loan us an Indian Scout and a Indian Springfieldthe four weeks and we’ve got a lot of things planned. You don’t want to miss a minute of the fun!

First, make sure you are checking out the site on a regular basis over the next 4 weeks as we will post each episode on our front page and in our review area.

Then, head over to the TMW Forums to be part of the conversation in the Indian Summer Thread.

Next, check out (and subscribe) to our Total Motorcycle YouTube Channel to not miss any new videos. You can find it HERE

Our Indian Scout is already in the garage, and it looks great in there. The official color is “Indian Motorcycle Red over Thunder Black”. It’s a very heritage theme, vintage and classy, and the tan leather seat and saddlebags compliment it nicely.

Below the seat you find the main attraction, a 60° V-Twin motor displacing some 1,138 cc’s. It’s coupled to a six speed transmission, and delivers it’s power to the rear wheel via a belt final drive. Liquid cooled, fuel injected, all good stuff. We’ll tell you all about it as our review progresses.

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TBA. We don’t have a date for the Indian Springfield yet, but it’s on its way. We’ll keep you posted once they arrive. Shoot some video for you and give you our initial opinions.

 

 

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COLUMBUS — May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorcyclists to ride trained and sober. As summer approaches, motorists should be aware of an increase in motorcycles on the roadways.

In 2019, there were 3,585 traffic crashes involving motorcycles that resulted in 165 deaths and 3,245 injuries. Overall, 79 percent of motorcycle-involved crashes resulted in at least one injury or death.

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Taking a training class, wearing safety equipment and riding with proper endorsements will help you protect yourself and others. In 2019, the Patrol issued a total of 1,552 citations to motorcyclists, 65 percent included a speed violation, 21 percent were for operating a motorcycle without a proper license and 6 percent were for OVI.

The saying goes, four wheels move the body, but two wheels move the soul. House of Harley-Davidson president, Jeff Binkert, couldn’t agree more

“Being trained and wearing the proper equipment are two ways motorcyclists can be responsible when riding this summer,” said Lieutenant Michael Akers, Columbus Post commander. “All motorists should share the road and be aware of their surroundings, as well as other vehicles using the roadway.”

Motorists should give motorcyclists a full lane of travel and look for motorcyclists at intersections and while changing lanes. Always allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving and do not follow a motorcycle too closely.

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Ohio law requires helmets for riders under 18 and drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience. Passengers on motorcycles must wear helmets when the driver is required to do so.

For more information visit www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.

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By: Delaney Brey-tmj4.com

MILWAUKEE — The saying goes, four wheels move the body, but two wheels move the soul. House of Harley-Davidson president, Jeff Binkert, couldn’t agree more.

“It’s the original social network right, it goes back to 1903, and the brand has survived many things over the last 117 years,” says Binkert.

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But the path COVID-19 has presented comes with its roadblocks, even for a Harley motorcycle.

“It’s been very challenging. Traffic is way down. We are very busy in service, with people getting their motorcycles out for the season, but the traffic is less than half of normal,” says Binkert.

It’s not just the showroom that’s been slow, Jeff has also had to clear a calendar normally packed with events.

“We usually will have events and have hundreds of people come and enjoy entertainment and get together. It’s a real social sport and it’s been changed dramatically,” says Binkert.

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Despite struggles, House of Harley remains open and fully staffed.

“We’ve put stickers around the dealership showing 6-foot spacing, plexiglass in front of the counters, and hand sanitizer at the entrances,” says Binkert.

At the end of the day, hitting the open road is one social distancing act Jeff and Harley-Davidson have always supported.

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“I think more than ever now people value their freedom, and I think the brand represents freedom. You know one of the activities you can do to entertain yourself is to go out and go for a ride and you’re out in the open air,” says Binkert.

Whether you were born to ride, or finally find yourself with time to try something new, House of Harley is open and ready to help you find where the rubber meets the road.

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Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson on Thursday named Jochen Zeitz as chief executive officer.

Zeitz has served as acting president and CEO of the company since February 2020.

Word of the appointment cheered Wall Street, sending shares up 8.2 percent early afternoon, at $21.17.

The BikerDown Organization was created in 2011 after it’s founder had several motorcyclists looking for help after accidents on the road

It was a much-welcomed piece of good news.

In April, Harley-Davidson laid off most of its global production employees.

Later that month, the company reported that quarterly profit had slid 45 percent amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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DENVER (KXRM) — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With warmer weather, it’s time to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists.

The BikerDown Organization was created in 2011 after it’s founder had several motorcyclists looking for help after accidents on the road.

“So far we’ve helped nearly 500 motorcyclists with accidents in Colorado and 750 fatalities,” President and Founder Laurie Montoya said.

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Montoya said the biker family helps a lot with charities, most recently donating 1,600 meals to first responders fighting the coronavirus on the frontlines. She said there are non-profits to help all types of groups but nothing for bikers.

“One thing about the biker community is we are like a family,” Montoya said.

Montoya reached out to FOX21 after hearing of the death of a motorcyclist on Saturday night. She wanted us to pass along the organization’s information to help the family who lost a loved one.

“I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you,” Montoya said. “We know its such an instant loss.”

The biker community will come together once again to raise funds for area youth this September during the 13th annual Bikers for Bridges.

She said with temperatures rising as we enter summer everyone on the road needs to be aware of their surroundings, especially bikers.

“65 percent of motorcyclist are hit by distracted drivers,” Montoya said.

Since the stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders have been in place, Montoya said she’s had the least amount of motorcycle crashes reported to her.

“I do contradict C-DOT and other programs that have said its the motorcyclist fault because there are fewer cars and less congestion on the roads, the bikers are able to travel more safely,” Montoya explained.

If you are in need of help after a crash you can reach out via a HELP REQUEST.

“Reach out to me,” Montoya added. “We do healing through loss group every three months. We bring together people who have also lost someone on the bike.”

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How To Buy A Motorcycle In The Pandemic-In these days of distancing going to a dealership isn’t always an option. https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/how-to-buy-a-motorcycle-in-the-pandemic-in-these-days-of-distancing-going-to-a-dealership-isnt-always-an-option/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/how-to-buy-a-motorcycle-in-the-pandemic-in-these-days-of-distancing-going-to-a-dealership-isnt-always-an-option/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:34:56 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=983 By Andrew Cherney The last few months have been brutal for vehicle sales of any kind, but it’s especially sobering when you look at the motorcycle market during this pandemic.… ]]>

The last few months have been brutal for vehicle sales of any kind, but it’s especially sobering when you look at the motorcycle market during this pandemic.

Early on, factories and suppliers in Asia experienced disruptions and makers across Europe were forced to close facilities. Supply chain hiccups will likely mean a shortage of some motorcycle models sold in America this year, but less supply will probably be offset by reduced demand. As the coronavirus continues to spread though, many of us have experienced stay-at-home orders and business closures in its wake, making it harder to shop for and buy a new bike.

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A good chunk of US motorcycle dealerships have had to shutter showrooms (restrictions vary from state to state), so it’s no wonder manufacturers are rethinking the new-bike purchasing process. The good news for consumers is that motorcycle makers are pulling out all the stops, offering shop-at-home programs, deals, and discounts online, as well as payment assistance and flexible loan terms.

 

(According to Bankrate, the average new vehicle loan as of April 1 was under 5 percent for a 60-month term.) Manufacturers’ websites and local dealers’ social media accounts are great places to start your searches.

A few brands are exploring “contactless” buying programs similar to what some carmakers have rolled out, allowing buyers to scan inventories, arrange test rides, manage paperwork, and schedule vehicle pickup, all without entering a showroom.

The bottom line is we’re at the traditional start of the riding season, and pandemic or not, dealers have to move inventory. They’re highly motivated to make deals, and it might even get away with naming your own price. In other words, if you’re in good health, are solidly and stably employed, and feel reasonably confident in your online negotiating skills, now might be a great opportunity to buy a new motorcycle.

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