Spring Motorcycle Rallies and Events

The springtime is a wonderful time of the year for motorcycle enthusiasts. Spring is the time of year that motorcyclists can get out and enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather. Spring is also when many popular motorcycle related rallies and events take place, here are some of the best:

International Spring Motorcycle Show

Held in Toronto, Canada every March, this event features massive dealer displays, exhibitions, superstores, showbikes, a used bike market, rider training, autograph sessions, fashion shows and many special guests. This show is known to be the show to get a good deal on a new motorcycle.

Faunsdale Spring Motorcycle Rally

Each April, Alabama holds this popular rally which features a poker run, many exhibitions and events, a bike show, tattoo competitions, live entertainment and music, a famous wet t-shirt contest and many other activities. April is a good time to visit Alabama, before all the summer heat and humidity sets in.

Arizona Bike Week

Every April, Arizona takes its place as the center of the motorcycle world. At Arizona Bike Week, you can find a wild array of activities, attractions and parties, including charity rides, builders, dealers, vendors, stunt shows, games, contests, famous guests and big name entertainment.

Motorcycle Extravaganza

Held in late March in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Motorcycle Extravaganza is truly that. They offer a tattoo contest, bike shows and a huge swap meet that features over 250 national and local vendors. Live entertainment and famous guests are also featured.

VetFest

Happening each April in Hampton, FL, this event caters to military veterans. This event features a bike show, concerts, vendors, wrestling events and even a car show. Unlike other events, this event welcomes vendors of many kinds.

Hill Country Holler

If you’re anywhere near Boerne, TX in mid-April, you won’t want to miss this old west style rally. The central attraction is an authentic old West town, Indian camp and Mexican village. There’s also camping, a shooting and wild west show, quick draw contest, games and attractions, a wildlife preserve and covered wagon rides.

Rally Round our Heroes

This is a family oriented rally that is centered around honoring disabled military veterans and their families. Held in Maypearl, TX each April, this event offers things like concerts, vendors, fun runs, games, food, raffles, bike washes, shows and much more.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally

Happening each May, this massive event features attractions along the Grand Strand section of the city, as well as dealerships, live music events, bike shows, a classic car show, rides, giveaways, poker runs, charity events, celebrities and many other activities. The local area also features a plethora of restaurants, a theme park and beach recreation opportunities.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout

At the end of May, head to the Gulf Coast for this massive event which features drag racing, a range of concerts, a bike show, tattooing contest, a motorcycle rodeo, street wars racing, burnout pits, contests, camping and many parties. The event is dedicated to helping charity as well, with proceeds going to Multiple Sclerosis charities and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Super 5 Motorcycle Logo Brand Marks That Have Rocked the World

There are some motorcycle brands that have rocked the world with their distinct and innovative brand marks.

Below mentioned are some of the best motorcycle logo designs that have made a lasting impact over its viewers.

1. Indian:

Their trademark reflects their culture. It consists of a side pose illustration of a historical Indian man with an elaborate head gear. The face is encased in a red colored circle and the company name is inscribed below in scripted fonts. The prominent maroon-red color of the emblem combined with the Indian man’s image makes the symbol traditional, innovation and distinct.

2. Harley-Davidson:

This is probably the most famous motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Previously, their monogram consisted of an eagle with its wings outstretched but the current badge contains the business name in straight fonts and is placed in an artistically designed case. The prominent colors in the emblem are black, white and brown which make the symbol look authoritative, dependable and commanding.

3. Buell:

This American manufacture’s trademark consists of a shield with an image of a horse’s head with wings. The angle of the horse is crafted to look menacing and aggressive. The image is crafted in silver color and is coupled with a black background which gives it a sophisticated and chic look. The business name is crafted in thick and straight fonts with sharp edges which add to the professional appeal of the monogram.

4. Ducati:

This Italian corporation’s trademark contains a soft edged red and silver shield with the business name in silver colored type face. The red color adds attractiveness to the trademark while the silver color maintains the emblem’s sophistication. The soft edges of the shield keep the monogram from being too formal while the straightness of the fonts maintains an air of professionalism for the trademark.

5. Moto-Guzzi:

This Italian company is one of the most famous motorcycle manufacturers in the world and has crafted one of the best bike logos ever. Their business symbol is a representation of their history, culture and origin. This corporation was initially formed by two air craft pilots and their mechanic; each of whom had taken responsibility of a different line in the company. One would take care of the engineering, another would finance the venture and the third, who was a famous air craft pilot and motorcycle racist would take care of the promotion. When the famous motorcyclist died tragically, the other two owners decided to craft eagle’s wings in the emblem to commemorate their partner’s death.
This is why their symbol consists of a red colored oval emblem with an image of a flying eagle.

Motorcycle Safety While Maneuvering Corners

One of the most dangerous maneuvers while riding a motorcycle is negotiating the curves, but it can be one of the most exciting and gratifying acts on a bike, if done properly! What is the correct method to negotiate a curve when you are on two wheels? It would seem that the answer might make matters worse the first time you hear it; although nothing could be further from the truth. It can mean the difference between life and death so practice motorcycle safety while maneuvering corners.

Most experienced riders already know the answer that they learned from a motorcycle safety course, or possibly from one of their biker buddies. For the beginning biker or motorcyclist that hasn’t learned the correct maneuver it can be a life changing moment. If you put many miles on a motorcycle you will encounter that life ending, white knuckle, terror as you are getting ready to fly straight off the corner. Then you will be glad you took the time to read this article and you can put its message to the test, but hopefully this won’t be the first time you have executed this strategy.

This is the action that can save your life, when navigating a left hand corner apply forward pressure to the left handlebar grip and you will ride through the corner like you’re in a groove. When you are maneuvering corners experiment with how much pressure you need to hold your line around the curve. It’s a gentle pressure, with too little you can add more, with too much you can lay it down. It will become second nature to you when you need it in a panic situation if you have done your due diligence. Experience comes with practice and every time you throw a leg over your seat and head out on the highway use this information as many times as possible.

Pushing the proper handlebar grip forward can be a life saver when a vehicle pulls out in front of you while you are riding your bike, and this does happen fairly frequently. That is provided you have a clear opening to your immediate left or right, and hopefully the vehicle stays in the lane they stole from you. Motorcycles are hard to see and sometimes vehicle drivers don’t look too hard for them; subconsciously or unconsciously, they know that they probably won’t be injured if they’re in a collision with a motorcycle.

Basically it comes down to this; if you want to go left or right then you must apply forward pressure to that handlebar grip in which you want your motorcycle to go. Too much pressure will lay you and your bike down, and you will know when it’s too much by practice, practice and more practice. Get comfortable using this tactic and file it in your memory bank as another survival tool for the motorcyclist.

Just remember right curve – right grip and a gentle push forward, and vice versa. You can practice dodging pot holes or any item on the highway, but if you are practicing with imaginary objects or zigzagging in-between the white lines, you will need the gift of gab if you are pulled over by the law. Now you have yet another reason to ride, and you can tell your significant other that you need to go practice motorcycle safety while maneuvering corners.

The World of Motorcycle Jumping & Stunting

Motorcycling, for its many enthusiasts, is considered to be one of life’s many pleasures. It also launched the careers of men and women, many of which are now part of the motorcycling world’s hall of fame. This article will feature some the sport’s most famous people and their claim to fame.

Robert Craig Knievel or better known as Evil Knievel. Who could ever forget this so called legend, the “King of the Daredevils”. He became the world’s most famous motorcycle jumper and has inspired too many people to follow the road he’s taken. He began his career in the late 1960s and had set multiple entries in the Guinness Book of World Records in the entire duration of his career. He passed away November 30, 2007.

Roger Lidell of Martinsville, Indiana a.k.a. Mr. Backwards. His claim to fame would be backward motorcycle jumping. Doing this earned him a spot at the Guinness Book of World Records and was even featured on the hit television show “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”. His latest world record was jumping across six cars backwards.

Super Joe Einhorn claim to fame: jumping his Triumph 650 over 20 cars back in 1971. He suffered many accidents during his career but the one that triggered his retirement was a terrible accident back in 1976 which left him partially brain damaged.

Henry “The Pitbull” Rife started jumping at the age of 5. He preferred quads for jumping and his biggest jump was a 132′ from ramp-to-ground. He attempted to jump a house trailer but failed, one which knocked him out cold for almost 45 minutes and he sustained multiple body injuries. He made a comeback and even appeared on the David Letterman Show last year in September.

“Fearless” Bob Siros — Bob was a part of the Siros World Champion Daredevils Thrill Show. His claim to fame was the “Whirly Bird Jump” where he jumped his motorcycle over a helicopter while its blades were rotating.

Bob Duffey tagged as the “The Fastest Man on Two Wheels Backwards”. Recorded ET of 11.71 seconds and a trap speed of 122 mph.

Bubba Blackwell – “The Buell American Daredevil” started in motorcycle road racing and won the Heavy Weight Superbike National Championship in 1988. But like many others, his dream is to become a stunt performer like his hero, Knievel. Claim to fame: jumping over 20 cars breaking his idol’s record of 19 cars set in 1971.

Debbie Evans -The Queen of Trials. First woman to successfully ride in the US Trials during the late 1970s and is considered the best female rider in the history of the sport. She’s a Motorcycle Museum Hall of Famer.

Robbie Maddison. Claim to fame: smashed the previous record set for the “Longest Motorcycle Jump”. He set a new record of 322 feet, 7 inches (98.34 meters) in January, 2008 which was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Debbie Lawler – “The Flying Angel”. She entered the world’s record for indoor motorcycle jumping for women. She was 21 years old when she jumped over 16 cars in the Houston Astrodome. The jump’s length was recorded at 101 feet.

The Top Ten Custom Motorcycle Builders

Since I spend a good portion of my time reviewing and researching the world of custom motorcycles, I thought it might be fun to list my own top ten for the custom motorcycle world. My choices were made strictly on the quality and originality of their work and not how famous they are. Here they are in reverse order.

10. OCC Choppers – Six months ago these guys wouldn’t have even made my short list, let alone my top ten, but since Paul Jr. left, the bikes they’re building have been better than ever. The OCC band bike alone earns them a spot on the list.

9. Bobber Shop – The one in Thousand Oaks, CA. If you want to see how to properly take a stock Harley Davidson and turn it into a true custom you need to see the work these guys do. One of the best customizing shops in the country.

8. Greg’s Custom Cycles – I’m not sure where Greg gets his ideas but I hope they keep coming. One of the most creative bike builders in the country yet smart enough to never over do it. A bike done by Greg’s will truly be one of a kind.

7. Sam Nehme – Roadstar customizer extraordinaire, Sam’s BMS Choppers continually keeps pumping out high quality custom Yamahas. I credit Sam for making customized Metric bikes an acceptable form of transportation.

6. Arlen Ness – The guy’s an artist. He’s a legend. Arlen has pushed the boundaries of custom bike design further than any single individual I can think of. Many of Arlen’s unique ideas have made their way onto stock bikes. A real pioneer.

5. Mondo – After taking over Denver’s Choppers from the late Denver Mullins, Mondo has carved himself a place in motorcycle history, I feel, by being one of the most versatile custom motorcycle builders around. Mondo is one of the few builders that understand every style of bike and what makes it what it is.

4. Cole Foster – I once wrote that Cole’s picture should be put into the dictionary next to the world “cool”. That’s not a joke. This guy epitomizes cool and all that it means. While some may argue that Foster and his Salinas Boys haven’t built enough motorcycles to qualify for a spot this high on the list, my response is that it’s quality, not quantity that matters.

3. Roland Sands – Hello, next generation of custom bike builder. Roland can’t seem to decide if he wants to build a racing bike, a sport bike, a cruiser or and off road bike, so he just builds them all in every bike. Probably the most talented artist in the entire custom motorcycle world, Sands has truly created his own signature style.

2. Wicked Custom Cycles – Who? You may ask are they? Well, do yourself a favor and Google them and you’ll find out. My number two choice was selected for their unique take on the V-star 1100 as a base for a custom motorcycle. They are without a doubt building the finest metric bikes I have seen yet. Look these guys up.

1. Redneck Engineering -. The heart of a custom motorcycle is not in the engine but rather the frame. Redneck has taken frame design to its ultimate perfection. They have developed new frame styles that other bike builders are falling over themselves to use. The Redneck style is instantly recognizable, no matter who has done the finishing work, and I can not wait to see what they develop next.

Like it or not, that’s my top ten list for custom motorcycle builders. Hopefully I’ve given you something to think about and you’ll check out any of the builders that you haven’t heard about before. Thanks for reading.