10 of the Best Motorcycle Movies

10 of the best motorcycle movies from TMS parts' point of view

Our Favorite Motorcycle Films and Documentaries

One of the best parts of motorcycle culture is all of the great art that is inspired by the bikes we love. There are so many great films that focus on motorcycle racing, the freedom of the open road, and of course, the outlaw and biker gangs. No matter how big a gear head you are though, there are always those things that slip under the radar. So for our veteran riders, we’ve got some great new films. And for the younger crowd, we’ve got some of the classics, too. So break out the popcorn and get comfortable! Check out our list for the 10 best motorcycle movies.

10. The Born Losers (1969) 

motorcycle movie called "The Born Losers"

The Born Losers is the tale of Vietnam veteran Billy Jack (played by Tom Laughlin) who seeks to escape society by moving to a quiet beach town in California. However, he is unable to escape trouble as he saves a person from a violent altercation with a biker gang, The Born Losers. Unfortunately for Billy Jack, he is the one who ends up getting arrested for firing his rifle to stop the fight.

The gang terrorizes the local town, committing all sorts of terrible crimes and threatening anyone who would dare testify against them. Billy Jack is eventually released only to be taken hostage, along with a woman named Vicky Barrington (played by co-scriptwriter Elizabeth James). Billy Jack escapes and tries to get the police to help him, but they refuse, so he has to take matters into his own hands. Does Billy Jack have what it takes to rescue the damsel in distress all by himself?

9. Every Which Way but Loose (1978) 

best motorcycle movie called "Every Which Way but Loose"

Coming after the success of Clint Eastwood’s many Westerns including Dirty Harry, he really took the world by surprise with his comedic role in Every Which Way but Loose. It was not well-reviewed by critics upon release, but slowly grew to be a huge success, and one of Eastwood’s highest-grossing films. Definitely worthy of being labeled as one of the best motorcycle movies!

Eastwood plays truck driver, Philo Beddoe, who lives in the San Fernando Valley with his brother Orville, and his pet orangutan, Clyde. Philo meets a country singer that he falls in love with Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke). Everything is going well until she mysteriously disappears. Philo travels to her hometown in Colorado to confess his love for her, but not without angering a biker gang called the Black Widows along the way. Now when we would expect this to turn into Dirty Harry, it plays out a lot more like The Three Stooges. If you’re looking for a hilarious, action-packed film, this is a good choice.

8. Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

one of the best motorcycle movies out there, called "Hells Angels on Wheels"

Hells Angels on Wheels is the story of a gas-station attendant named Poet (played by Jack Nicholson) and his introduction to a notorious biker gang, the Hells Angels. Poet meets the Angels when he is involved in a motorcycle accident with them. Poet, who is a bit thick-headed, demands the Angels pay him back. While he would normally be treated to a gang-wide beating, the leader, Buddy (Adam Rourke), says they will compensate Poet. He just needs to help them a little bit.

Little does Poet know that “a little help” sometimes involves murder. Poet becomes an official prospect after he proves himself worthy of the Angels, but gets himself into trouble when he meets Buddy’s girlfriend and falls for her. In the end, the two go head-to-head, but only one will survive.

7. The Wild One (1953) 

movie "The Wild One"

The Wild One is considered to be one of the first films looking at the American biker outlaw. And, in our eyes, one of the best motorcycle movies! Of course, it stars Marlon Brando in one of his most iconic performances as Johnny Strabler, leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club. Johnny and his gang of rebels are the resident “tough guys” in town until a rival gang, the Beetles, come to challenge them. 

Brando simultaneously falls for a young woman who just so happens to be a local police officer’s daughter. Watch as Johnny and his gang balance the on-going love story in between bouts of gang violence and general mayhem. 

6. The Wild Angels (1966) 

best motorcycle movies, one of which is "The Wild Angels"

The Wild Angels is a landmark film for biker culture because it was the first to put actor Peter Fonda on a Harley Davidson. Fonda plays Hells Angels chapter president, “Heavenly Blues”, opposite Nancy Sinatra as his girlfriend, Mike. 

After a scuffle with a local Mexican gang, Blues and his gang attempt to evade police, but one of their own, “The Loser”, is shot and taken to a hospital. Blues and the Angels devise a way to break him out of the hospital and get back on the road, but things don’t go according to plan.

5. The World’s Fasted Indian (2005)

"The World's Fastest Indian"

The World’s Fastest Indian is a New Zealand biopic following the life of infamous speed bike racer Burt Munro, played by Anthony Hopkins. The movie follows Munro’s story from small-town motorcycle hero to his introduction to America.

Munro saves up enough money as a young man to board a cargo ship headed for Los Angeles to achieve his dream at the Bonneville Speedway. But things don’t go quite as smoothly as he would have hoped. Accompany Munro on his journey through the trials and tribulations of an uncertain entry to a new world, and his eventual rise to the top.

4. TT 3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) 

a great motorcycle movie would be "TT 3D: Closer to the Edge"

TT 3D: Closer to the Edge is a British documentary showing the exploits of TT riders Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin. More specifically, it showcases the dedication and commitment needed for riders to participate in the Isle of Man’s TT race every year.

The film is narrated by Jared Leto. It’s shown in 3D, following races as they prepare and participate in the TT race. It also features Bridget Dobbs, a widow of one of the riders who died during the race that year. It is an emotional look at the dedication and love these riders have for their sport.

3. Riding Solo to the Top of The World (2006) 

"Riding Solo to the Top of the World"

Riding Solo to the Top of the World is a documentary. It is filmed by and stars Gaurav Jani as he journeys on the Chang Pas in India. This trail is one of the most treacherous motorcycle trails in the world. And Jani travels it alone on his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. 

Watch as Jani tests his endurance and his sanity against himself and the world in this solo adventure. This film is a true testament to what riding a motorcycle can teach you about the world and about yourself. 

2. Easy Rider (1969) 

"Easy Rider" is a classic, certainly one of the best motorcycle movies

Easy Rider has got to be one of the most iconic films of all time. And certainly one of the most iconic motorcycle films. It is the story of Wyatt and Billy; two drug smugglers who have just sold off a load of cocaine in California. Played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, respectfully, who also wrote and directed the film. They’re headed to New Orleans to have some fun at Mardi Gras… when they get arrested. And then they meet George Hanson (played by Jack Nicholson).

The three go on some adventures and do some hard-partying before their outlaw ways finally catch up with them. This film was an integral part of the counter-culture movie scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s. And it was also a huge success, grossing over 60 million dollars from a budget less than $50,000.

1. On Any Sunday (1971)

the movie "On Any Sunday"

On Any Sunday is a documentary directed by Bruce Brown. It features the intense skills and determination needed to participate in motorcycle racing. The film shows the different approaches and mentalities towards the world of racing. It was partially funded by Steve McQueen, popularly known as “The King of Cool”, who was an actor and motorcycle enthusiast.

It features professional and famous riders like Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. It’s very widely regarded as perhaps the most important film about motorcycles. It is also credited for popularizing BMX riding across America. Because it was the first major film to show it on screen, as featured in the opening sequence. 

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The Best of the Best Motorcycle Movies

What do you think of our list of the best motorcycle movies? There are so many amazing motorcycle films, we, unfortunately, don’t have the time to list them all. But we definitely think we hit some of the best motorcycle movies! Let us know if there were any that you think should have been on the list.

Also, make sure to watch these with all the motorcycle lovers in your life! We’d hate to think that there was a whole generation of riders who had never seen a classic like Easy Rider or The Wild Angels! And, assuming you love your bikes… be sure to look at our list of these awesome custom paint jobs!

ATV Covers: What to Look For

how heavy duty does an ATV cover have to be

How Heavy Duty Does an ATV Cover Need to Be?

We’re not always so gentle with our ATV’s. You bring it out on the trail, cover it in mud, run it ragged until it’s out of gas and then bring it home to hose off in the backyard. It’s a good life for us, but it’s hard on your ATV. We treat them pretty rough, but deep down, we love our ATV’s and we want to take good care of them. That includes the off-season as well, which is why it’s so important to find a good cover for your ATV. 

With so many different materials and types of covers on the market, it’s difficult to know what features are worth your money and which ones are better left for those who didn’t do their research. Luckily we did the research for you, so keep reading to find out all of the things you should be looking for in your ATV cover.

Do I Really Need an ATV Cover?

do you really think you need an ATV cover? We sure do!

An ATV cover might seem like one of those superfluous accessories. It’s a nice thing to have, but not entirely necessary, right? Well, if you don’t have a cover, your ATV will still work, but the purpose of a cover is all about protection.

If you leave your ATV outside in the off-season, or even during the season, your biggest enemy is always the elements. Depending on where you live, rain or direct sun exposure is the real killer. For some of us, it’s both. Your cover is your ATV’s first line of protection against the weather.

Types of ATV Covers

what types of ATV covers would work best for your ATV?

While you can find a variety of different materials and features for ATV covers, they are divided into two basic categories: indoor and outdoor. 

Indoor covers are usually made from a softer material like cotton or nylon. They are not usually UV resistant, and because of the materials that are used, they are rarely water-resistant. The primary use for an indoor cover is to keep dust off of your ATV. The real advantage over outdoor covers is that they are made from breathable material. This allows air to flow freely around the cover and your ATV and reduces the opportunity for mold and mildew to form.

Outdoor covers are built to handle just about everything from light rain, to relentless UV ray exposure and even snow. They are made from a few different materials that are generally better at protecting your ATV from extreme nature. Canvas, micro fiber, PVC, and Tyvek are the most common materials used, and each offers different benefits. They range in effectiveness between water-resistant and waterproof, so make sure you know!

  • Canvas is a good general material. It’s tough and water-resistant, but not waterproof. 
  • Microfiber is very soft, and it offers breathability that other outdoor materials don’t, but it is not as tough.
  • PVC is the material you want if the water is your main concern, but you should keep in mind that it is not effective at deterring UV rays.
  • Tyvek is one of the best all-around materials. It’s breathable, water-resistant and UV-resistant. 

The Mark of a Good ATV Cover

So now that we know a little bit about the different kinds of covers and the materials they’re made of, let’s talk about the features that make the best covers.

the mark of a good ATV cover

Elastic Hem 

Elastic hem at the bottom of the cover’s fabric edges should be the first thing you look for in a cover. The elastic hem keeps the cover pulled down and in place. This way the wind isn’t going to blow it away, and more importantly, it won’t blow it upwards allowing dust and debris to get under the cover. 

Double-Stitched Seams 

This is going to be your mark for a very durable ATV cover. If you don’t know much about stitching seams, follow us as we get a little lost in the weeds. A plain seam is just a seam sewn between two pieces of fabric on the raw edges. Double-stitched seams simply add an additional seam to give the material enhanced durability. This is going to keep your cover from fraying and falling apart easily over time.

prevent rust from water damage with a good atv cover

Durable Water Repellant 

Durable Water Repellant, or DWR, is a synthetic coating added to ATV cover materials (or really just about anything) to make them hydrophobic, or water-resistant. Please remember that there is a difference between water-proof and water-resistant, so figure out what you need and make sure your cover complies. 

Breathable 

Breathable fabrics are important for your indoor-covers. It protects your ATV against mold and mildew by allowing moisture to freely flow in and out of the cover. It is important for your outdoor covers as well. The outdoors are always more extreme, and moisture that causes mold inside causes rust outside

keep your ATV protected from natural elements

UV Protection

You need to keep your body protected from overexposure to UV rays, and the same is true for your ATV. Too much exposure to the sun causes your ATV to look faded. That includes the paint, the chrome, and all of the other finishes on your ATV. While a faded-looking ATV doesn’t seem like the worst fate, it opens the door for worse events. Like paint chipping, heat damage, and discoloration. 

You’re Now a Certified ATV-Cover Expert!

ATV covers are the best option for keeping the integrity of your ATV safe

Rejoice, you’ve graduated from ATV Cover University! You now have the knowledge to wade through all of the subpar covers to find one that’s actually worth your money! You love your ATV as much as we love ours. So go out and get an ATV cover to protect your baby! Keep it safe for many years to come. And if you’re curious about some other ATV accessories you may find useful, check out this blog!

TMS Buyers Guide: Top Dirt Bike Gear of 2019

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Top of the Line Motorcross Apparel from 2019

Having good protective dirt bike gear is important as having a good dirt bike. The right knee guards and road helmets are going to keep you safe in dicey situations. However, it’s not all just about protection either. You don’t want to be riding around wearing jerseys or pants that don’t fit your aesthetic style. 

We know how hard it can be to find good dirt bike riding gear that suits your safety needs but also keeps you looking good on the track or trail. That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite MX gear from the latest and greatest brands in 2019.

Awesome Dirt Bike Gear to Rock from Head to Toe

For the discerning shopper, or maybe just the indecisive one, here’s a list of great dirt bike apparel to keep you riding safely and in style. 

Helmets 

some of the best dirt bike gear you can get is a helmet

Troy Lee Designs – D3 Carbon Jet Helmet

Gear experts Troy Lee Designs are always on the cutting edge of gear in the motocross dirt bike world. With the help of pro-riders like Cam Zink, Steve Peat, and Alise Willoughby (just to name a few), they created the revolutionary D3 carbon jet helmet

This helmet is made from lightweight materials and designed for high-flow ventilation. The D3 helmet was designed to be easy to wear while giving you ultimate protection. It utilizes MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) to reduce strain on your brain should you fall off your bike.

Fox Racing – V1 Matte Helmet

Fox’s redesign of the V1 Matte helmet is better than ever! One of the best safety features introduced is its MVRS or Magnetic Visor Release System. Previously, the visor was held in place with three screws. This could become dangerous in the event of ground impact. The visor could cause excessive jerking or unnatural movements upon impact.

However! The newly designed visor stays rigidly in place when you need it, so no worries. And in the event of a crash, it will safely prevent any further injury that might occur. Another great feature is the new removable inner lining and cheek pads that make cleaning your helmet a breeze.

Neck Braces

make sure your dirt bike gear includes a good neck brace

Leatt – GPX 3.5 Neck Brace 

Leatt has proven themselves to be a strong contender in the neck brace world! Their neck braces are known for reducing the risk of serious neck injuries up to 47%. They’ve done this by creating high-quality dirt bike gear. And without a doubt, the GPX 3.5 is certainly one of them.

It’s designed for ultimate safety and for comfort with every body size and type. The thoracic strut is entirely adjustable to give you the ultimate comfort while also staying safe. And it was also designed to snap off before applying an amount of pressure to the rider’s back that might cause injury. 

EVS – R3

Also makers of quality products, EVS has something special with their new R3 race collar. It has a simple design with easy locking straps and can attach to almost any chest protector. It has a soft-density core which allows for even energy dissipation on impact, and the outer ballistic nylon shell is completely washable. 

Best of all, it comes in both adult and youth sizes, so if you get one for yourself and like it, you can pick one up for the younger riders at home, too. You should start ‘em young on dirt bikes, but start ‘em even younger on dirt bike safety.

Jerseys 

gotta have a great jersey

Troy Lee Designs – Skyline Women’s Camo LS Jersey

Let’s face it, the dirt biking world is a bit of a boy’s club. But just like the rest of the world, we’re starting to see great dirt bike gear designed specifically for the rest of us. A prime example is this great women’s dirt biking jersey from Troy Lee Designs.

The Skyline jersey was made specifically with the shape of the female body in mind for the ultimate comfort and full range of movement. It has lycra neck panels in the back that allow for greater ease of putting the jersey on, and reduced chaffing once you’re on the trail. Not to mention it has a scoop neck collar to give you some extra breathability in the chest area. 

O’Neal – Element Shred

With it’s V-neck collar, tagless design, and sewn in elbow pads, the Element Shred jersey was designed for ultimate comfort when you’re on your motocross bike. It comes in a wide range of sizes for adults from small all the way up to XXL, all featuring a relaxed fit. Who says looking good needs to be uncomfortable?

This dirt bike gear is made from breathable materials to keep you sweating less, which is great. And it’s moisture-wicking for when you do sweat… which is verrrrry likely, wouldn’t you say? It also has an extended tail to make sure your jersey stays tucked in, protecting you in a fall.  If you like the look of the jersey, check out the full gear set! You won’t be disappointed. 

Gloves 

if you're looking for dirt bike gear, you better add gloves to the list!

Troy Lee Designs – Yamaha GP RS1

If you know TMS Parts, you already know we love Yamaha. That’s why we had to show you these great Yamaha gloves from Troy Lee Designs. The Yamaha GP RS1 gloves come in the classic red, white, and blue Yamaha colors with their logo on the palm. That way, you can wear what you love while you ride what you love. 

The gloves feature a two-way stretch spandex design and lightly padded palms to give you the ultimate comfort in your riding gloves. With Velcro straps and fingers made from thermoplastic rubber, you can count on these for a long life of rugged use.

O’Neal – Matrix

O’Neal’s Matrix gloves were designed to be simple, but don’t let that make you think it’s not a great quality glove. Of course it’s a great glove! It’s made by O’Neal! The Matrix glove is made with lightweight materials and designed for slip-on use that makes it feel like these gloves are a second skin.

The palms are made with synthetic leather and double-layer thumb reinforcement so that no matter how much you abuse them, these gloves are going to last. 

Pants 

pants are one of the best pieces of dirt bike gear to have

Fox Racing – Flexair Honda Pants

Keeping on with our favorite Motocross brands are the Flexair Honda pants from Fox Racing. Just like Fox’s name suggests, the pants were designed for racers. They have a four-way stretch TruMotion fabric that gives you all of the mobility you could ask for while still being good, protective pants. 

This model removes the inner comfort-liner, giving enhanced breathability and comfort. This also means that they can slip easily over knee-braces, eliminating binding and improving leg-articulation. 

Fly Racing – Lite Hydrogen

Fly Racing is always getting feedback on their Lite Hydrogen pants from their team of professional and amateur riders. The Lite Hydrogen pants are all about a lightweight design for enhanced movement, while still giving the rider the ultimate comfort. 

This model is almost a full 5 ounces lighter than the previous season’s model. They are able to do this by reducing material in the back of the knee and lower leg by replacing it with mesh material. Not only does this make the pants lighter, but also gives them unparalleled breathability. 

Knee Braces 

knee braces are super important on the motocross track

Leatt – Z Frame

Leatt only makes high-quality gear. However, that doesn’t mean that it has to break the bank. That’s why they listened to their riders and made this more affordable pair of knee braces, the Z Frame

While this model isn’t as stiff as their C-Frame or X-Frame designs, they are still CE certified and reduce the risk of injury of the ACL, MCL, and meniscus. The Z-frame features injected composite chassis, and aluminum hinged knee brace covers for rigidity and endurance.

POD – K8 2.0

If you only want the best, check out these awesome knee braces from POD, the K8 2.0. They’re made with layers of military-grade carbon fiber sheets that are pressed, heated, and molded to yield the ultimate strength while remaining lightweight.

These braces are fully CE impact tested and certified, and if that’s not enough for you, they back up these braces with a 5-year warranty. Can’t find better dirt bike gear than this!

Boots

make sure you have the right dirt bike boots before you get on that track!

Troy Lee Designs Alpinestar Tech 7

Sometimes when you put on a boot, it feels like it wasn’t designed with a human’s foot in mind. Thankfully, that’s definitely not the case with TLD’s new Alpinestar Tech 7. The interior is designed with forefoot and lower toe boxes that make it easier to shift improve your control over the rear brake. 

The upper boot is constructed with microfiber material that is both flexible and abrasion-resistant. The contoured calf protector plate is made with a high modulus polymer and provides increased protection from impact, without sacrificing your range of movement.

Fly Racing – FR5

If you’re looking for a strong boot with some serious style, it doesn’t get much better than Fly Racing’s FR5. It has that classic all-black look of a traditional motorcycle boot. But with a level of protection that you’ll never find on a highway rider’s foot. 

The interlocking thermoplastic polyurethane heel connects to the lateral/medial pieces for full coverage of your foot, and unrivaled ankle support. On the inside, you’ll find a soft-interior foam that will cradle your foot like a cloud. 

Only the Best Dirt Bike Gear

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Here at TMS, we only accept the best in dirt bike riding gear, and we know that you wouldn’t expect anything less from us. So we hope you enjoyed this look at some of the best dirt bike riding gear on the market in 2019. 
The quality of the bike you ride is important to how much fun you have, sure. But the quality of your gear is what’s going to protect you when the worst happens.

So make sure you’re only riding with the best! And if you’re wondering about where you could ride, check out our blog about the top-50 dirt bike tracks we love… we’ve found one for every state!

How Does a Jet Ski Work?

how does a jet ski work

How Do You Get Your High-Speed Personal Watercraft Moving?

Your car is able to move across the pavement because the grip of your tires grasps the asphalt. When the engine supplies power to the wheels, the tires “bite” the pavement and propel you forward. If you live in an area that gets snow, you know that trying to propel your car across icy or wet surfaces is much more difficult, and sometimes impossible. Of course, your personal watercraft doesn’t have wheels. And it certainly can’t grip the water’s surface, so how does it move?  Keep reading to find out exactly how your jet ski works. 

understanding how your personal watercraft sources its power

Understanding Your Sea-Doo’s Power Source

The first steps in understanding how your personal watercraft works are to understand what powers your personal watercraft (PWC). It doesn’t usually matter if it’s a Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, or any other model. Your PWC is powered by an internal combustion engine, which usually runs on gasoline.

The gasoline engines in most PWC’s are four-stroke, four-cylinder engines, comparable to the power of a small car. The largest models can have 1500cc engines and 20-gallon tanks. This might seem like a lot for a vehicle only a little bit bigger than a motorcycle. But your PWC actually needs a lot of power to get itself going, and a big fuel tank so you don’t get stranded in the middle of the lake or ocean. 

Just like your car engine, most PWC’s have an electric start that enables easy activation. The big difference in the engines is how a PWC’s cooling system works. Instead of a car radiator, which transfers heat, your PWC uses the temperature of the water around you to cool the system.

So now that we know a little bit about our engine, let’s talk about what all that power is doing.

how does your PWC move?

How Does Your PWC Move?

So, as we said earlier, there’s nothing for your PWC to “push” on to move it forward. So how does it do it? Well, let’s head back to school for a minute. Let’s talk about Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion!

Law #1: A body in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts on it

Law #2: Force equals mass multiplied by acceleration

Law #3: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

Now, all of these certainly affect how your PWC moves. But it’s not all pertinent to understanding how your jet ski works. While it would help you understand how much force your PWC needs to move, it doesn’t help us to understand why it moves. So we’re just going to focus on the laws most relevant to what we’re discussing. 

A Body (or Personal Watercraft) in Motion Will Stay In Motion

Well, first of all, let’s finally discuss how we get that body (your PWC) in motion. Your engine pulls water into your PWC through a grate in the bottom. Once it has entered your PWC, the engine shoots a jet of water out of the nozzle in the back of your vehicle. 

a PWC in motion will stay in motion

This first law specifically says “motion”, however, it makes the opposite true as well. A body at rest will stay at rest. You probably remember that line, too. On its own, a PWC has no propulsion power. However, your car’s round tires would allow it to move on a sloped surface (if the brakes weren’t on). Alternatively, for your PWC, the water is always “level”. 

So how does your PWC move when it can’t grip the water’s surface like your car grips the asphalt, and it has no ability to “roll”? Well, here comes Newton’s second law! It comes from the engine and its ability to push water behind you. All of which brings us to Newton’s third law.

For Every Action, There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction

To understand this one, let’s imagine a person on a skateboard. Let’s say this person is on a completely flat surface, and they’re just standing on the skateboard. No movement, not even wind to push them. So how do they start moving? In order to move forward on your skateboard, you have to push your foot backward.

understanding that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

This is just like we talked about before with the jet stream of water that your PWC pushes behind you. Just like when a skateboard kicks off from the ground, your PWC “pushes” water behind you from the nozzle and the jet drive propels you forward.

Of course, you can angle the nozzle via the handlebars and push water to the left or right of you, enabling you to turn. 

time to get on the water with your favorite Personal watercraft

For a PWC, “braking” in the same sense that you would brake in your car isn’t exactly possible.  PWC’s have their own alternative in reverse bucketing as a way to “brake”. Reverse bucketing systems use the same physics to reduce your speed by pushing water out of the front of your PWC. While this isn’t a bullet-proof safety system, it is a big improvement over the PWC’s of yesteryear which had no stopping power!

Now You’re Ready for Your Ph.D. in Physics

ready for a PHD in personal watercraft physics?

Well, maybe we didn’t go into that level of detail. But hopefully, now you understand a little bit more about the science that moves us! Of course, you don’t need to know how or why your PWC moves. The fun part is actually riding the sucker. But we hope you found this interesting! 

If you did, pass it along to your personal watercraft buddies and learn ‘em something! And if you’re looking to buy your own jet ski, check out our recent blog! We’ve got plenty of reasons you should get yourself a PWC.

10 Cool Custom Motorcycle Paint Jobs

Paint Jobs that Make a Statement

A custom paint job on your motorcycle is a statement about your personality. Whether you’re riding a crotch rocket or a chopper, a cool paint job can make your bike stand out of a crowd. It’s the easiest way to give your bike a really special feeling and look, and it’s something that everybody gets to enjoy. If you modify your engine, the average joe probably can’t tell the difference, but with a nice custom paint job, you’re definitely going to be turning some heads. So if you need some inspiration, or you just want to have your head turned, here are some cool custom motorcycle paint jobs!

Lace That Looks Bad Ass

When you see a lace design like this, you might think of it covering the furniture in your grandma’s house, but you have to admit, it looks pretty sweet for motorcycle design. 

A Custom Bike for Minimalists

Just because you want a custom paint job doesn’t mean you have to go over the top. Here’s a really nice minimalist approach. Not too much, but just enough to make you look twice.

Eye See You Looking at this Paint Job

This is a custom motorcycle paint job that will definitely get you noticed. Look at all that tight linework! This is one that makes you think about all the hard work that goes into these paint jobs.

Natural Frame

Isn’t it cool how the artist uses the bike as a natural frame for their artwork? What great airbrushing technique, too, it looks like real smoke!

A Paint Job to Remember

Some paint jobs are less about a personality and more about the memories. Just like this custom Día de Los Muertos artwork. What a great way to remember our loved ones.

What’s That Called Again?

Pearlescent, baby. The baby isn’t necessary, but it’s practically compulsory.

What Else Were You Going To Do?

It would be a waste to build a beautiful custom chopper like this and just paint it red, don’t you think?

One For The Old Timers

They say if you can remember Woodstock you weren’t there. Well, at least if you can’t remember Woodstock, you won’t be able to forget this sweet Grateful Dead tribute.

The Classic

It’s a classic for a reason! Even if you’re not a flames person, you have to admit, it looks kind of classy, eh?

Retro Vibe

Here’s another retro look with these nice, muted pastel colors. 

Art for the Masses via Paint Jobs

why wouldn't you want a custom paint job for your motorcycle?

If that didn’t give you some inspiration to get a custom paint job, hopefully, it gave you some inspiration to take a ride, at least. Thanks for taking a look at all of these awesome, custom paint jobs! But remember, art is meant to be enjoyed by all of the people of the world. If you liked it, share with a friend, see what they think!

TMS Parts’ Top 7 Street Legal Dirt Bikes

find out what TMS's favorite street legal dirt bikes are and why!

Our Picks for the Best Dual-Sport Street Legal Dirt Bikes

There’s no question about it: dirt biking is a lot of fun. Do you know what’s not fun? Loading up your dirt bike onto the trailer, hauling it across town in your truck, and then doing it all again just to get home. For the lucky ones with riding trails in their backyard, congratulations. But if you have to go on a trek just to go riding, or if all of the best trails are far away from you, maybe you should consider what more and more people are doing: buy a street legal dirt bike. 

With a street legal dirt bike, you can do anything a road motorcycle can do and more. No more bothering with the trailer, just ride your bike straight to your favorite trail and start flinging some mud. But of course, not all dirt bikes are made equal, so here’s the list of our favorite street legal bikes.

What Makes a Dirt Bike Street Legal?

There are a number of factors that make a dirt bike legal for riding on the street. While there are federally mandated laws, make sure you check your own state laws, too, as they can vary. 

As far as essentials go, these are some of the things that are required to make your dirt bike legal for use on road:

  • DOT approved headlights with high and low beam functions
  • An indicator for the driver to know whether or not the high beam light is on.
  • DOT approved tail lights and brake lights
  • DOT approved turning signals (not required by every state)
  • Rearview mirror
  • Horn
  • DOT-approved tires
  • DOT approved fuel tank
  • License plate

Our Favorite Street Legal Dirt Bikes

1. Yamaha WR250R

Starting at: $6,699

Yamaha WR250R is one of the best street legal dirt bikes

Kicking off our list is the Yamaha WR250R. It’s got a 250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke engine, and while it is ready for the road straight from the factory, this bike was made for the dirt. It’s got a fully adjustable suspension system to handle any terrain, and it’s equipped with everything you need to face any terrain.

Factory-installed lights and mirrors make it completely street-legal, and it has an ergonomic design that makes you feel like this bike was designed for your body. If you want to be able to drive out, hit the trails, and get home without getting off your seat, this is a great pick.

2. Kawasaki KLR 650

Starting at: $6,699

Kawasaki KLR 650

The Kawasaki KLR 650 was designed for riders who are in for the long haul and want to do it in comfort. It’s got a powerful 651cc 4-stroke engine and a massive 6-gallon fuel tank, a large windscreen, and a rear cargo rack for anything you need to bring with you.

While it is fully equipped for the dirt, it has the sleek look of a street bike, with a stylish round body, and it comes in really nice color schemes. If you want to feel a little fancy on the road or the trails, the KLR 650 is a good option.

3. Suzuki DR650S

Starting at: $6,699

the Suzuki DR650S is a fantastic street legal dirt bike

If you ask Suzuki what they think about their new 2020 DR650S, they’d tell you that it’s “…quite possibly the best all-around, dual-purpose motorcycle available today”. They’re not just blowing smoke up your tailpipe, either. It has a 644 cc, oil and air-cooled engine mounted on a steel frame with telescopic front and rear suspension that can handle any terrain.

The suspension system provides high ground clearance to tackle anything you might encounter on the dirt or street. It features a stainless steel tailpipe resistant to corrosion. Most importantly, it is designed specifically with strong low- and mid-range power in mind.

4. Honda XR650L

Starting at: $6,999 

Honda XR650L is also a street legal dirt bike

The XR650L has a long tradition of being one of the best bikes for the dirt or the pavement. It has an air-cooled engine and the gear-driven counterbalancer reduces vibration allowing you to ride farther and longer. It’s fully equipped to ride the streets right from the manufacturer with turn signal, license plate lights, and everything else you need to hit the highway.

For instance, with a 21” front wheel and 18” rear wheel, the XR650L gives you higher ground clearance without the great handling you associate with Honda. For instance, they drill the front and rear disc brakes for lightweight and superior stopping power in wet weather. 

5. Honda CRF250L

Honda CRF250L

Starting at: $5,199

The Honda CRF250L is continually one of the best selling and best reviewed street-legal dirtbikes in its class. The CRF250L has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with an electric start, and it comes ready for the pavement and the dirt.

The CRF250L comes in a few different models. If you want the most barebones dirtbike that also happens to be street-legal, the CRF250L will be perfect for you. Perhaps you want something with a little more luxury, on the other hand. So check out the CRF250L Rally ABS with anti-lock brakes, a bigger windscreen, and lots of other awesome safety features.

6. Suzuki DRZ400S

Starting at: $6,749

Suzuki DRZ400S

The doctor is in! The elegant Suzuki DRZ400S has a 398cc liquid-cooled engine, an electric start, and an easy-to-read display. It only comes in a single color scheme, white with blue and black trimming. However, it was designed especially to make the bike noticeable on the highway, the parking lot, or on the trails.

In other words, the lightweight design makes for easy handling, and the body has quick and easy fasteners to make access to the air filter a breeze. If you want a bike that’s easy to ride and even easier to take care of, the DRZ400S is the bike for you.

7. Yamaha XT250

Starting at: $5,199

Yamaha XT250

The Yamaha XT250 is an easy ride and an incredibly efficient machine. It has a 249cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke single-engine and gets a staggering 78 miles per gallon. This street legal dirt bike has a huge front light for illuminating the road. Additionally, it prominently displays turning signals for maximum visibility. In addition, the XT250 also has an electric start. It also has a fully digital display on the handlebars all powered by a dependable and low-maintenance battery.

While it might seem like a smaller bike, don’t worry. Above all, it has frame-mounted footpegs for passengers to safely ride along with you whether you’re on the pavement or the berm.

be sure to have safe and have lots of fun

Be Safe and Have Fun!

To sum it up, we bet you’re pretty excited with the idea of all these amazing dual-sport machines. Meanwhile, check with local dealers and distributors to see what prices look like in your area, but remember to check your local laws! 

In short, every state is able to enforce its own rules over the federal street-legal laws. So, get ahold of your specialty plates, safety gear, and whatever else you need to ride safely. It’s time to have some fun! Check out the top 50 Dirt Bike Tracks by State to find a great spot near you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Personal Watercraft

TMS Parts has 6 great reasons for buying a PWC (personal watercraft)

Why Should I Buy a Jet Ski?

If you’re reading our blog, you’re more than likely a gear-head. No matter your vice; ATV’s, motorcycles, or anything else… you know how much fun it can be to relieve that need for speed. But, have you ever experienced the fun of speeding on the water on a PWC (AKA personal watercraft)?

We know, we know, you need to think about the cost and get the okay from your spouse. However! If you’ve been thinking about it, or just want to know more, we got you. Here are all of the reasons we think you should consider buying a personal watercraft. 

Reasons to Buy a PWC (Personal Watercraft)

There are an endless amount of reasons you should buy a Personal Watercraft! PWC’s are one of the best things you can keep in your garage. However, we can’t write you an article that never ends! So, consider the 6 awesome reasons why we think you (yes, you!) should buy a PWC.

buying a PWC means catching the wonderful taste of freedom!

1. PWC = Freedom 

It’s why we love motorcycles, and it’s the same reason we love a Personal Watercraft. Whether you’re riding a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or a Yamaha Waverunner, being out on the open ocean comes with freedom. Of course, the ocean isn’t a lawless wasteland. There are regulations on how old you have to be to ride, and necessary education.

What it does give you, though, is the freedom of a truly open road. Any direction, any speed, you can set your own course and begin your journey. Or you can just take laps on the shore. It doesn’t matter how you want to ride, you’re going to have a fun time doing it no matter what!

a PWC is way cheaper to buy than a boat is!

2. Cheaper Alternative To a Boat 

There’s a reason you grew up being jealous of the family that had their own boat; boats are expensive. The average price for a new, 22-foot pontoon boat is about $35,000. That’s pretty much the price of an additional car, and that’s not even for anything fancy. If you want a nice fishing boat, it can run you a lot more.

The beauty of a PWC is that you get the same kind of joy from being on the water… but at a fraction of the price. The average PWC price can range from about $6,000 – $18,000 for new models. With how wonderfully fuel-efficient these machines are, the cost of operation is a lot lower too. So it’s a win-win as far as your wallet is concerned!

PWCs can be used for tow sports too!

3. Awesome for Wakeboarding and Waterskiing

Using a PWC for tow sports isn’t something you might generally think of, but PWCs these days are often made with a tow attachment. Or at least with the option to add one. PWCs are just as good for wakeboarding, waterskiing, etc. as a boat is! The possibilities are endless! That being said, towing someone isn’t legal in every state of the U.S. But it is in most, so be sure to check with your state government laws.

Some regulations in place to keep in mind if you do want to use your PWC for tow sports are:

  • Personal Flotation Device – A PFD is required by most states for tow sports, which makes a lot of sense. If you’re out in the middle of a lake or ocean, having safety precautions accounted for is important.
  • Mirrors – While this isn’t a requirement in every state, it’s a great boon for your safety. Being able to see the rider behind you, as well as anything else behind you, is extremely invaluable. 
  • Age – Check your local laws on how old a PWC rider needs to be before you start pulling your friends out on the lake. Better safe than sorry!
buying a PWC is good for your health!

4. PWC’s Are Good for Your Health 

Because your muscles are constantly in action when you’re riding, a PWC can be great for your health. Keeping steady is a constant workout of your core muscles, and staying stable keeps your arms and legs engaged. In fact, riding a personal watercraft can vastly improve your cardiovascular health, improving your heart health! Plus, you burn over 200 calories from just a half-hour of riding. 

Beyond your physical health, it’s also incredibly mentally stimulating. Keeping your concentration focused on the water in front of you, you’re improving your attention span and your problem-solving and quick-thinking abilities.

playing on a PWC can relieve stress

5. Stress Relief 

This one goes right along with improving your health. Owning a personal watercraft can help you relieve some of that unwanted stress in your life. We all have it. Whether it comes from your job, your family, or somewhere else, we all carry around a little stress in our lives.

We already talked about what a great workout riding a PWC can be, and because of that, it’s also a great stress reducer. Exercising naturally releases endorphins in your body, the feel-good chemical. So every time you get on your PWC, you’re not just having a good time because you’re ripping through the water at top speed, it’s medically helping you!

you don't even need a truck to tow a PWC, your sedan will work just fine!

6. You Don’t Need a Truck to Tow a PWC

Like we said before, owning a PWC is the cheaper alternative to owning a boat, and towing is a big part of that. You might think that you just sign a check for your boat and you’re ready to go… until you realize you need to get the boat to the water. Towing a boat requires a truck with the right amount of power to be able to get your 22-footer moving on the highway. And if you don’t have the right truck for the job, it’ll make getting the boat in the water much, much harder. To say the least.

You can tow a jetski with just about any sedan. Of course, you are going to need a hitch on your car, and you need to check the manufacturer specifications. But thanks to the PWC, no truck with four-wheel drive will be necessary! Most mid-sized sedans have the capabilities to tow up to a three-seat PWC. It might sound unbelievable, but check out this video of a BMW towing a PWC on the highway

get on the water with your PWC! you won't regret it!

Are You On the Water Yet?

A personal watercraft is more than just another gas-powered vehicle you have in the garage. It’s a penny-pincher’s boat, it’s a waterski tower, it’s a portable gym and it’s a personal therapist. What else could you possibly ask for? A PWC only wants a little gasoline and a new battery every now and then. I mean, compared to a 22-foot boat, a PWC is a walk in the park. Or… a cruise through the water. You get what we mean. I think we’re all on the same page now.

Be sure to share this with your friend who was thinking about getting one, or your husband that told you no more gasoline-powered toys. If this can’t convince them, nothing will! If you do end up with a PWC, (and you’re in Cali!) be sure to check out our list of the best lakes for jet skiing in the state.

The 7 Awesome ATV and UTV Accessories You Gotta Have

find out what TMS Parts' favorite UTV and ATV accessories are!

TMS Parts’ List of Must-Have ATV and UTV Accessories

Whether you’re riding through the trails in the woods, flinging dirt in the field, or just getting some work done on the farm, everyone uses their ATV differently. Some people need a workhorse, and some people just want to have fun in the summertime. Every rider has a different need and a different personality. That’s why you see so many ATV and UTV accessories. In fact, you probably see so many that it can be hard to know what’s worth looking for. That’s why we compiled this list of our favorite ATV and UTV accessories for every type of rider!

The Best ATV Accessories

There are so many different ways and reasons to ride, as you well know. But here are some of our favorite ATV accessories for every lifestyle.

a Cargo Carrier is a great ATV accessory

1. Cargo Carrier 

ATV’s come with a certain amount of storage space. There’s a place to put your wallet, your phone, a spare set of sunglasses, and perhaps some other essentials. But where are you supposed to put cornhole boards, beach chairs, or the drink cooler? If you’re reading this list of great UTV and ATV accessories and parts, you know the answer is on your cargo carrier!

As long as your ATV or UTV has a hitch on it, you can install a cargo carrier. ATV cargo carriers are specially sized to fit behind your vehicle without sticking out on the sides. Don’t go trying to fit your Jeep Wrangler cargo carrier on the back of your Honda, though. Trust us, you’re going to have a pretty bad time. 

Carriers come in both rack and box forms. Kawasaki’s high-strength polyethylene cargo box has a rubber-sealed lid, lockable latches, and bolts in place so your gear is always safe and secure.

find the perfect front grab bar for your UTV or ATV

2. Front Grab Bar

Sometimes riding an ATV isn’t easy. If you ask our opinion, if it’s not easy, you’re doing it right. But if your ATV or UTV is stuck in the mud, you won’t be doing much of anything. So when you need to guide your horse out of some muddy waters, you’re going to want a front grab bar.

Heavy-duty grab bars are some of the best. Yamaha makes theirs with aluminum alloy tubing and sheet metal. The bar is tough, durable, and made to last. It fits a wide range of years and a few different models, so you don’t have to scratch your head too much wondering which bar to get for your Yamaha.

an ATV winch will be the saver of the day if you're in a pinch!

3. ATV Winch 

Here’s another one for all the mud-lovers and people who love having a hard time! If you’ve been out for some real-deal-Holifield mudding, you’ve probably gotten yourself stuck before. Perhaps you’ve got a friend with an ATV/UTV winch. So you know what a blessing it can be to have someone to pull you out. If you don’t have a friend with a winch, you know how hard it is to get a full-size ATV out of a full-size mud puddle.

However, the great people at Polaris make a wide variety of winches in different strengths to suit any level of need. Their selection includes winches with capacities of 3,500 lbs. They also sell synthetic rope, and remote controls to pull your winch automatically. Polaris’ best selling winch has a capacity of 2,500 lbs and comes with a 1-year warranty.

find an ATV skid plate that can work well for your ATV or one for your UTV

4. Skid Plate 

It doesn’t matter what kind of rider you are. No doubt, your ATV is going to take a beating. Not just from the rough riding, the mud holes, and the nasty spills, either. It’s also taking a beating in ways we don’t always think about. Your undercarriage is constantly being assaulted by dirt, debris, and small stones.

That’s why a lot of riders like to get a skid plate ATV accessory! A skid plate is a metal plate that attaches to the underside of your ATV and protects the exposed parts from all of that excessive debris you don’t want caking up your parts. 

Yamaha makes a really quality skid plate made of aluminum that is 3 mm thick. This replaces your plastic skid plate, which likely decays more easily. Yamaha also sells skid plate extensions that can cover more of your undercarriage and keep you riding clean well into the season.

sometimes you need a little help! ATV accessories can do that

5. Disc Harrow 

ATV’s aren’t always all fun and games. Sometimes we have to put them to work. Farmers are definitely no strangers to ATV’s. They can be a really convenient tool to have on the farm. It’s not a horse that you have to feed or a huge tractor that you have to store and take care of. ATV’s are a perfect tool for the smaller jobs that are too much for just your hands.

If you’re planting food plots this summer for yourself (or to attract deer), you might want to check out the wide variety of disc harrows available for ATVs. Disc harrows can easily help you make bedding areas for a new food source on your property. And they get the job done without breaking your back. There are all different kinds of the disc and chain harrows to choose from for your ATV accessories.

cover it in mud, clean it, and then use a ATV cover to keep it clean and safe!

6. ATV Cover

If your family is like mine, they don’t let you keep your ATV in the garage. “It smells like gas, it’s ugly”. Well, remind me not to tell you what I think of you guys (in case my wife is reading this is a JOKE). You don’t want to keep your ATV outside in the harsh elements though, so what are you going to do? Get a properly sized ATV cover for your make and model! This ATV accessory is a great way to keep your ride out of the harsh weather, and also out of the way of your loving family (are they still reading?). 

Arctic Cat makes really great covers for your ATV or UTV with urethane-coated exteriors. They make covers specifically for storage and for trailers. So you’re good to go no matter where you’re storing your vehicle! Yes, even whether it’s for riding to your favorite trail or for the whole fall and winter.

battery chargers can be a god-send!

7. Battery Charger

It doesn’t matter if you’re racing, having fun, or getting to work, we all need a battery charger in case of an emergency. If you’re trying to get the field plowed, or just get out on the trails with some friends, a dead battery is going to ruin your day. Pull-starting your ATV and letting it idle while the battery charges back up aren’t much better. 

If you want to recharge your battery without having to devote half of your day to staring at your ATV in the backyard, consider getting a battery charger. Just hook up your charger to the wall and let it sit while you get some other work done. Kawasaki makes great and affordable battery chargers that will get you back on the trails before you know it!

find the perfect ATV accessory for you!

UTV and ATV Accessories for Every Lifestyle

Making food plots for deer, riding on the rugged ridges, and just getting around; there are tons of reasons why we need our ATV’s, and even more ways we can customize them. Depending on the manufacturer of your ATV, you might need some specific accessories. 

Make sure to check the manufacturer’s website. And maybe even check out a forum for your brand of ATV or UTV to discover personal suggestions. We hope you saw something that you liked and inspires you to get out on the trails. Hope to see you out there with your favorite ATV accessories! Happy Trails!

The Best Motorcycle Rides in Southern California

read about the best motorcycle rides in southern california

Our Picks for the Greatest Motorcycle Roads on the Pacific Coast

California is a beautiful state. That’s no secret. It’s not a secret that California is also a HUGE state, with some of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California. That could be why if you’re trying to find the best place to go for a motorcycle ride, it can be hard to choose. With so many different routes, destinations, and riding styles, you want to make sure you’re picking the right trip before heading out for the day. 

From the Los Angeles National Forest to Death Valley and everywhere in between, Southern California has some great scenic routes for motorcycle riding. But we know that you don’t have time to take your hog down every winding road. So whether you want to see the mountain peaks or the ocean coast, take a look at our favorite places to take your bike inside or outside the city.

Our Favorite Winding Roads in and out of Los Angeles County

There are so many great places to ride in California. So many, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly name all of them. So if you’re in the Southern California area, you’re in luck. Check out these awesome rides in and around the Los Angeles, California area. In our humble opinion, these are the best motorcycle rides in Southern California. You’ll see why.

ride through Hollywood as one of your options for the best rides in Southern California

1. Sunset Blvd to Pacific Coast Highway

If you want to see it all, this is the trip for you. Start out anywhere on the world-famous Sunset Boulevard. For the full experience, we suggest starting around Highland and Sunset to get the most out of your Hollywood sightseeing. You see landmarks like the Beverly Hills Hotel and the sunset strip while Sunset leads you right towards the coast. Following the 405 freeway, the Pacific Coast Highway will lead you directly to the beautiful ocean breezes of the Santa Monica Pier.

This is a great ride if you want to get the “Hollywood” experience. There are so many fun sights to see on Sunset and you can make custom pit stops anywhere you want. But if you’re aching to get out of the city, this is a great route for you, too. Enjoy that beautiful California coast as you’re ripping up and down the highway.

the Angeles Crest Highway is one of the best motorcycle routes in Southern California

2. Angeles Crest Highway

Just 20 minutes north of Los Angeles, there is a secret oasis for motorcycle riders who want to take the scenic route. Follow the entrance to Highway 2 all the way to that oasis, the Angeles Crest Highway. The ACH takes a beautiful winding mountain road into the state park. Even better, the national forest areas are just north of the city. 

There are beautiful sights and leisurely roads that are great for everyone from beginners to full-fledged pros. If you head up that way, a really popular dining destination for hungry bikers is Newcomb’s Ranch. Great food and a biker-friendly environment keep people coming back year after year!

head down Highway 38 this summer on your motorcycle

3. Big Bear

Highway 38 leads East out of the city of Los Angeles. It then goes through the San Bernardino national forest and towards beautiful Big Bear Lake. Riders will enjoy the quiet nature roads and beautiful looks at the surrounding mountains. There are also several wonderful rest areas for bikers to take a break and soak up the amazing mountainside views of the national forest. 

If you’re looking for a place to eat, we would highly suggest the Seven Oaks Mountain Resort. It’s a great place to sit down and get a sandwich before cooling off in Big Bear Lake for the afternoon. This is an easy trip to make a day or a whole weekend out of.

Highway 74 is one of TMS Parts' favorite motorcycle rides in Southern California

4. Ortega Highway

Located in Riverside County, the Ortega Highway, AKA Highway 74, is a load of fun. If you start your journey in San Juan Capistrano you’ve got a wonderful 30-miles of pavement ahead of you. It all leads to beautiful Lake Elsinore, a premier swimming destination in Southern California. And definitely one worth making the trip for. 

If you’re looking for some really great and affordable food after taking a dip in the lake, check out Guadelajara Mexican Grill & Cantina. They serve excellent and authentic Mexican cuisine, and it’s the perfect way to end a long, hard day of riding.

for a quiet, scenic motorcycle ride, be sure to follow I-10 to Highway 243

5. Idyllwild

Following Interstate 10 from Banning, you’ll eventually find signs for Highway 243 headed southeast towards Idyllwild. One part of what makes this trip so much fun is that it is extremely quiet. These roads are safe from a lot of the heavy traffic that plagues some other great motorcycle riding routes. Highway 243 is truly a hidden gem in that way. It takes you past lovely palm deserts and national forest without the hassle of too many other riders or drivers. 

“Little traffic” might raise a red flag in your head, but rest easy knowing this route is well maintained. So if you’re looking for a little more privacy or solitude in your trip, this might be a great pick for your needs. 

death valley is one of the most beautiful places to take your motorcycle out

6. Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is a place of extremes. It is the hottest and driest place in all of America. While that might sound a little intimidating, you should also know it’s one of the most fun motorcycle trips you can take in North America. It lies almost 300 miles outside of LA, so it’s not a trip for the faint of heart.

However, if you want to put your skills and your bike to the test, there’s no better way to do it. Just make sure you have a ton of water with you! It’s best to do your research to ensure you’re prepared; no one wants to get lost in the desert without water! It’ll be hard to tell if this is one of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California if you don’t prepare!

be sure to check out the Snake !

7. The Snake

30 miles northwest of Hollywood is a spot that is equally famous for its stars. “The Snake”, as the locals call it, is two miles of pristine riding on Mulholland Highway. It was a frequent stomping ground for Steve McQueen in the past, and it’s not uncommon to see Jay Leno driving one of his famously expensive cars on the highway. If you want to eat like a biker, too, make sure you stop by The Rock Store.

be sure to plan your motorcycle rides accordingly!

Plan for the Trip of a Lifetime with the Best Motorcycle Rides in Southern California

Well there you have it, some of the best places (in our opinion) to get your bike out on the pavement in Southern California. We talk about a wide variety of places, and they appeal to a wide array of skill sets, so make sure you do some research before you get your boots on. 

It’s also important that you have the proper safety gear when you get out on the roads. Check out our blog about some of the best helmets for riding, you won’t be disappointed! No matter what your riding experience or what kind of bike you have, California has something for everybody riding around on two wheels. And we hope that you can see how these are some of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California.

The Top 5 ATV Races in the U.S. You Gotta See

if you love ATV racing, you'll love this list from TMS

Oh Yeah, it’s ATV Racing Time!

Finally, it’s time for the ATV races. Are you ready to breathe in gasoline, get covered in dirt, and battle it out with other competitive racers for the gold this summer? Lord knows we are! We know there’s nothing like the exhilarating feeling you get from the sound of the engine purring and the sight of the mud flying. 

Whether you’re ready to race, or just ready to see some high-octane action, it can be overwhelming deciding which race to go to. That’s why we came up with this list of the top 5 ATV races happening across the United States. So if you want to find the best tracks to test your skills, keep reading!

Top 5 ATV Motocross Racing Series in the U.S.

Make sure you get to the ATV motocross track this summer

1. Grand National Cross Country Series

The GNCC series races are some of the best known in the dirt community. That’s because their races are fun, challenging, and sure to get your heart pumping whether you’re riding or just spectating. 

They boast more than 100 classes of races that riders can register for. From youth classes all the way up to pro classes, there’s something for every level of rider in this series. The GNCC series has run annually since the ’70s, so you know they’ve got something good going. If you want to sign up, you can register here or check the TV & online broadcast schedule to see the races from the comfort of your home!

Hear those engines roar at the best ATV races in the US this summer

2. ATV MX National Championship

Since 1985, the ATV MX National Championship race has been one of the best in the ATV community. Self-proclaimed as “the premier professional and amateur ATV motocross series in the world”, their races typically attract between 500-600 racers from all over the country. They hold their race series over 3 days, giving riders a day to practice and hone their skills followed by two days of intense racing regiments.

The series is already underway this year, but there are plenty more dates coming up! Take a look at their event schedule to see if they’re coming to your city and get ready to take on the challenge!

extreme sports, extreme fun

3. NE Extreme Dirt Track Championship Series

Commonly referred to as TT or Tourist Trophy racing, the North East Extreme Dirt Track Championship series is all about rough riding and tight traction. The NEEDT season is currently underway, but there is still plenty of time to get yourself registered for upcoming events!

Weekend race events are coming up from July through their last date in October. If you want to see something really special, their 50th-anniversary race is going to be Ohio on July 25th. To see a full list of all the upcoming races take a look at their full event schedule

the ultimate off road experience - ATV Racing style!

4. World Offroad Championship Series

The WORCS series is a young gun in the game, only starting their national races in 2001. However, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves as one of the top racing series nation-wide. This year they are expecting more than 11,000 racers and 50,000 spectators, all waiting to feel the roar of the engine.

Their races have a wide array of different challenges for riders. Tracks from across the western U.S. in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona feature open deserts, professional motocross tracks, and many other terrains. 

We’ve already gotten to round 6 in their ATV racing schedule for the year, but there are still three more rounds to go. Two tracks in California and one in Nevada are all that stand in the way of a new WORCS champion. If you think you’ve got what it takes to throw your hat in the ring take a look at their schedule and get yourself a registration form. Be warned, though, these races are for the experienced riders!

Make it to the ATV races this summer

5. High Lifter Mud Nationals

If you’re looking for the muddiest event, look no further than the High Lifter Mud Nationals event. This event features camping, vendors with all sorts of great food, and all sorts of fun ATV events outside of racing to keep the fun rolling even when the race is over. 

This event sponsored by Polaris has already passed this year in March, but if you’re in the Arkansas area, keep an eye on their website for details about next year’s event! With all of the fun of cash prizes and challenging races, you won’t want to miss out!

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The Best Tracks Nationally

ATV racing events are one of the best parts of the sport. It’s a chance for riders to come together and test their skills against one another. It’s also a great chance to visit new places, eat some good food, and hang out with like-minded people who love ATV races just as much as you. 

So get packing! And check out these hilarious ATV/UTV memes when you’re on the road. It’s time to have some fun in the great outdoors with the smell of gasoline filling the air. And… come on, be serious for a minute. Is there truly anything better than that?