Here’s a Few Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in Winter Weather

riding a motorcycle in winter weather

Keeping Yourself Safe and Comfortable when Riding in the Winter

Just because your neck of the woods got hit with cold temperatures and deep snow doesn’t mean the motorcycle fun has to end.  With a little effort, it’s not too difficult to stay warm and dry while you’re riding. But it’s more than just wearing a neck warmer and hitting the throttle. There are a few subtle ways to keep your body heat up and keep the cold out. So if you want to keep revving your engines until spring rolls around, check out these tips for riding your motorcycle in winter. 

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Our Tips for Cold Weather Riding

You’ve got your earmuffs and your winter gloves, are you ready? Well, not quite. Just having your regular winter gear won’t really cut it for riding your motorcycle in the winter. There are some different tips and pieces of special riding gear you want to have. Let’s talk about how you can keep warm and keep riding.

Getting the Right Gear for Riding a Motorcycle in Winter

dressing in layers is important when thinking about riding a motorcycle in winter weather

Dressing in Layers

You can spend hundreds of dollars on all sorts of fancy gear, but the very first thing you need to know is this: Always dress in layers. But it’s not as simple as throwing on a sweatshirt under your jacket. There is an art to layering correctly. Doing it right means riding in style and staying warm. Doing it wrong is going to mean a pretty uncomfortable experience. 

You always want to dress in at least three layers. Each layer should be comprised of specific kinds of material and performs a specific function.

things to keep in mind when traveling in winter weather

Here are the layers you should keep in mind when dressing for winter motorcycle riding:

  • Base Layer: Your base layer has one basic function: to provide warmth. This is our insulating layer. The best base layer provides warmth and is also made with a moisture-wicking material. This will keep your sweat off your body and keep you warm and dry.
  • Mid Layer: The mid-layer is where the majority of our warmth comes from. Choose a bulky but comfortable sweater, jacket, or another piece of clothing.
  • Outer Layer: Our outer most layer needs to be our strongest. This is your layer that will block the wind from penetrating your layers and making you incredibly cold. 
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Insulated Gloves

One of the most important pieces of gear you need is a good pair of gloves. Your hands are the first thing catching that icy wind off the highway. If you’re not wearing good, insulated gloves, you’re going to be feeling it.

One piece of gear to give some good thought to is a pair of insulated gloves. There are plenty out there made from all sorts of materials with different features. The best gloves, however, are made from sturdy, windproof material. Any rider who has been out in winter without good gloves can tell you: cold hands are going to send you packing.

make sure when you're getting ready for riding a motorcycle in winter weather that you have the right riding gear

Heated Gear

Another thing you can think about is getting some heated motorcycle gear. We’re all familiar with the wind chill making temperatures even colder. When you’re out riding the highway doing 60 mph, you’re adding an additional wind chill factor that you need to compensate for.

Dressing in layers is essential but if your layers are comprised of heated gear, you’re going to be doing even better. In addition to heated gear for your body, you can also get heated gear for your bike. Heated grips and heated seat pads can be just as instrumental to keeping your body heat as your layers.

Cold-Weather Gear For Your Bike

do some basic maintenance before you take the bike out in the cold

Check Your Tires

You buy winter tires for your car, so why not for your bike? Well, one reason is that folks might not know they exist. But if you’re serious about winter riding, this is an investment that can save your life. 

Beyond having better tread designs for snow riding, winter tires are actually made differently. The rubber used to make winter tires is made from a special compound. It keeps the tires from getting too cold in winter weather. This allows them to maintain their grip when your summer tires would be sliding over the surface. 

Reduce Your Wind Chill 

Just like with your hands catching the brunt of the windchill, your face catches a lot, too. One really important purchase is a windshield for your motorcycle. It won’t completely negate any of the windchill coming from the front of your bike, but it will greatly reduce it. 

You can’t stay out in the cold riding forever, but with a good windshield, you can increase the clock!

Things to Look Out For When Riding a Motorcycle in Winter

be sure that you're looking out for certain things when riding a motorcycle in winter

Salt and Black Ice

Salt on the road is a good thing when you’re in your car. When you’re on your bike, salt and sand can be just as deadly as the icy road. The loose grains on the road create a surface that is incredibly difficult for your tires to grip on to. It can spell a mean spill quickly.

Of course, black ice isn’t your friend, either. If you notice ice on the road, turn around and head back.

Winter Riding Safety – Increase Following Distance and Visibility

Riding in winter can be difficult for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the same no matter what season it is: you can’t control other drivers on the road. In the winter when stopping can be especially difficult you need to make sure that you increase your following distance.

It also helps immensely to increase your visibility. Black might be your color of choice, but make sure your winter gear is bright and easy to see. It could save your life.

If you See Snow, Head Home

This one is extremely simple. When you see the first flake, head home. There’s no reason to put yourself or others in danger by riding when it’s currently snowing. If you see the flakes start falling, it’s time to call it quits. 

Adjusting to Riding in Cold Weather

adjusting to riding in cold weather can be easy or it can be dangerous!

Winter riding is a bit like its own sport. It requires its own gear and its own equipment. Winter riding can also be especially rewarding, though. It gives us some peace and solitude on the road and we get to enjoy the beautiful winter landscape. For those of us who just can’t bear to put away the bike for the winter, it’s a necessity. No matter what reason you want to ride this winter, just make sure you do it safely! 

TMS Parts Shows You How to Winterize a Motorcycle

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How to Store your Bike until Next Riding Season

It’s officially the saddest time of the year: time to think about putting your bike into storage. For some of us in the sunniest states, it’s not something you need to worry about. For the rest of us living in a winter wonderland, storing your bike for the winter months is essential. There are a few schools of thought as to the best methods for winterizing a motorcycle. However, not all of these methods work equally well, and we want to dispel the myths. So if you’ve never done it before, or you want to see if you’ve been doing it right, here’s everything you need to know about how to winterize a motorcycle. 

Simple Steps for Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Here are a few simple steps for winterizing your motorcycle. Follow along to give your bike the best protection until those temperatures start to rise again.

take your motorcycle inside

Keep Exposed Metal Safe – Take it Inside

The best advice will always be to keep your bike inside a temperature-controlled environment like a garage. The main reason for doing so is to protect against condensation. Condensation can cause corrosion and rust that will ruin the integrity of your motorcycle.

Of course, not all of us have access to a temperature-controlled garage. One great alternative is to rent a storage unit for your bike. Many are temperature-controlled. Even if it’s not, your bike is far better off sitting inside a storage unit than parked on the street with a tarp over it. 

It’s going to save you from damage caused by condensation and one other thing. One of the biggest enemies to your stored motorcycle is going to be animals like field mice, rats, and more that are looking for a warm place to sleep. Keeping your bike inside doesn’t just keep the cold out, it keeps the critters out, too. 

Also, make sure when your bike is ready for storage that you seal it up. Plug up any hole (like your exhaust) with anything you have handy to keep animals from making it their winter getaway.

fresh lube oil and a coat of wax is how to winterize a motorcycle

Fresh Oil, Lube, and a Coat of Wax

Using a motorcycle-specific soap, wash down your bike. Get off all the dirt, bugs, and other debris it’s been collecting this season. This is going to protect the paint while it’s sitting for a while. Make sure you put a fresh layer of wax over the painted surfaces for extra protection.

Likewise, you want to treat any exposed metal surfaces with polish for the same reason. You also want to treat any moving parts with lubricant. If your bike is going to be sitting for a few months, this will help it wake up and get rolling in the spring. 

If you’ve got a chain-driven bike, don’t forget about that chain! Take your bike out for one last good ride and get the chain warm. Then when you’re ready to winterize your motorcycle, hit the chain with a fresh layer of lubricant. Doing this while your chain is still warm will help to move the lubricant throughout all of the pieces of the chain. Of course, this results in better protection from rust.

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Winterize Your Fuel System

There are two methods for protecting your fuel system. The first is to simply empty your tank entirely. Left sitting for a long time, gasoline can turn into a dense sludge that your bike won’t be able to ignite. It can ruin your fuel tank and potentially your bike.

The second method is to fill your fuel tank and add some fuel stabilizer to the tank. You want to put your motorcycle into storage with the gas tank at about 90% full if you choose this method. This is going to prevent condensation from forming in your tank. Adding a fuel stabilizer and letting it run through your bike’s fuel system will keep your fuel fresh and healthy.

time to do some work!

Fresh Oil and Filters

Nothing fancy here. You just want to be prepared for that first spring ride. Along with your fuel, you don’t want your old oil to get stale sitting around for a few months. You can prevent that from happening by changing your oil and filters. This is going to keep the inside of your engine happy and healthy.

Check Your Levels

To give your bike the full treatment, you really want to change your brake fluid, clutch fluid, and transmission fluid if your bike uses them. At the very least, you want to top off those levels to make sure your bike is ready for the first spring ride. 

Remove the Battery

This is another simple one. You just want to remove your battery and make sure you store it in a cool, dry place. If you have an older battery, you might want to think about picking up a battery tender. That way you can make sure your battery keeps its charge over winter.

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Keep Your Tires Protected From Flat Spots

When you finally winterize your motorcycle, it’s going to be in one place for a long time. During that time you want to take the stress off of your tires. Use a center stand (not your kickstand) to elevate your bike. Getting your tires off the ground will keep them from forming flat spots where it’s been sitting. 

If you don’t have a center stand, put a rug or piece of plywood under your tires. This will help prevent those flat spots and will also keep your tires from absorbing moisture from the ground.

how to winterize a motorcycle for a better spring ride

Winterizing Your Motorcycle For a Better Spring Ride

Winterizing your motorcycle can take some work. However, don’t focus on the work. Focus on how much easier it’s going to be getting back on the road in spring. If you properly winterize your motorcycle, getting it running when the weather gets warmer will be a snap. If you’re planning on doing a little early riding, make sure you check out our tips for winter riding and stay safe out there!

The 6 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides

fall foliage motorcycle rides

Where are the Best Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides?

With fall right around the corner, the most scenic time to ride your motorcycle is approaching. The fall brings with it some ideal riding conditions- a cool breeze, the sun isn’t so brutal, not to mention some absolutely stunning sights. If you’re itching to join the droves of leaf-peepers for this coming fall season, we’ve got good news for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides!

The 6 Best Foliage Rides in the U.S.

the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides

6. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia/North Carolina

You can’t write about the best Fall foliage motorcycle rides without talking about the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway is a 469-mile drive that stretches from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

At the higher elevations in the mountains, the leaves start changing in early October and descend into the lower elevations by the end of the month. With such an expansive drive through east coast forests, you come across trees of all species, from beautiful hickories to oaks to amazing sourwoods!

There’s plenty of places to stop on the way, like Linville Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the United States. If you’re up for a hike and some even better views, we would highly suggest Grandfather Mountain.

make sure you visit New Hampshire for one of the best motorcycle rides this fall

5. Kancamagus, New Hampshire

The Kancamangus is one of the shorter drives on this list, clocking in at only 34 miles. But trust us, this scenic byway is jam-packed full of fiery reds, burnt oranges, and vibrant yellows. With hardwood forests and alpine peaks, it’s no wonder that people flock to New Hampshire to see the leaves change every year.

There’s plenty of scenic overlooks throughout the trip, and if you’re there early enough in the season, you can make the trip up to Mount Washington. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. at 6,200 feet and is part of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range.

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4. Driftless Region, Wisconsin

The Driftless Region in Wisconsin brings some of the most spectacular fall foliage on this list. A winding loop, you start and end your trip in Mineral Point. You’ll see all varieties of trees that are famous for their autumnal foliage, like maple and sumac. 

There are tons of great scenic views to partake in the Driftless Region. We would suggest checking out Great River Road along the Mississippi, but the list is as long as your imagination.

6 of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides

3. Tunnel of Trees, Michigan

The Tunnel of Trees in Michigan is known as one of the most scenic drives in all of the midwest. As the name suggests, you drive along a stretch of road under a dense canopy of trees that explode into color as the fall season reaches Michigan.

Another short one, the Tunnel of Trees is a 20-mile route off of M-119. But like the Kancamagus, this is an absolute must-see. You start your ride in Harbor Springs and you reach some winding roads around Devil’s Elbow and Horseshoe Curve. The route is littered with unique shops, small towns, and plenty of great food worth stopping for.

2. Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Don’t think the west coast has nothing to contribute! The Olympic Penninsula is a 350-mile route located along the northern coast of Washington, right through Olympic National Park! Much of the route is lined by gorgeous spruces and strong, beautiful evergreens. While you don’t get the foliage on those conifers, it all adds up to a beautiful ride.

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1. Eastern Sierras, California

The Eastern Sierras in California is a rugged but beautiful sight. With the autumnal colors of the aspens, willows, and cottonwoods playing against the crystalline blues of the lakes and waterfalls, you’ll think you were driving through a Bob Ross painting. 

California might not be the first place you think of when you think of fall, but it really is a sight to behold! To make the most of your trip, we would recommend you take the route from Lundy Lake to Mono Lake to the Mammoth Lakes. If you like Halloween vibes, you should also check out Bodie, one of the largest unrestored ghost towns in the US! 

The Best Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides Might be Close By

the best fall foliage motorcycle rides might be closer to you than you think

No matter what part of the US you ride in, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring motorcycle rides in autumn. There’s an abundance of national forests and plenty of pit stops you can make along the way. So there’s no reason you shouldn’t start planning your trip now! What’re you waiting for? Gear up and hit the open roads this October to see some of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides.

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!

TMS Parts Buyer’s Guide: 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

everything motorcycle enthusiasts need to know about 3-wheeled motorcycles

Everything Motorcycle Enthusiasts Need to Know About 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

It seems like every year 3-wheeled motorcycles, also known as trikes, get more and more popular. Manufacturers like Harley Davidson, Polaris, Can-Am, and Honda have taken notice and are producing more models with bigger improvements. 

Maybe you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re considering getting one for yourself. Well, we have just the thing for you! A buyer’s guide for the world of 3-wheeled motorcycles.

find a cool three-wheeled trike

What’s The Deal With 3-Wheeled Motorcycles?

We’re glad you ask, Jerry Seinfeld. As much as we love our motorcycles here at TMS, we know they’re not the safest vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycles are involved in 7 times as many accidents as cars. 

what's the deal with 3-wheeled motorcycles?

So how can you enjoy an open-air vehicle while feeling a little safer? A 3-wheeled motorcycle, of course! What exactly does that offer over a traditional motorcycle, though?

  • Increased Visibility – This is probably the most important factor. According to The Hurt Report published in 1981, a large portion of motorcycle accidents involve riders who aren’t visible to other vehicles on the highway. Trikes are much wider and larger than traditional bikes, closer to the size of a small car. This makes their visibility much higher to other drivers and riders alike.
  • Increased Stability – This is a bit obvious, but worth mentioning. The cause of many accidents are riders who lack control over their vehicles. People lack confidence. They target fixate, counter-steer far too little and end up on the pavement. The stability and traction control also makes it a great choice for older riders who might not have the leg strength to hold up their hog at a red light these days.
  • Easier Handling – Counter-steering on a motorcycle is a bit unintuitive for folks who have never ridden before, but is picked up with by muscle memory in less than a week of riding. It’s not the counter-steering that’s difficult, but rather the commitment to the corner, leaning, and looking to where you want to go. Controlling your trike is as easy as pushing your handlebars one way or the other. It’s easy handling for the riders who need it and a fun and comfortable ride for everybody. No matter your experience, less wheel slippage is definitely a good thing.

The Best 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

The world of 3-wheeled motorcycles isn’t always as expensive as their 2-wheeled cousins. But here are some of our favorite hot rod trikes from a few of our favorite manufacturers.

Polaris Slingshot SL 

the polaris slingshot SL is a great choice

One of the most popular options for trikes and the one you probably see on the road most often is the Slingshot SL. The GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC 4 Cylinder engine under the hood gives this beauty 173 horsepower at peak performance. The wheelbase at heart 105” gives you all the control you could ever ask for without sacrificing any of the power. 

Anti-lock braking systems and traction control both come standard on the Slingshot SL, and all of the lights are LED for maximum visibility. All of this, and you still got all of the luxuries you could want in a personal vehicle like a 7” touch-screen (with glove touch technology of course) and a 200-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

Can-Am Ryker

the can-am ryker is a fun 3-wheeled motorcycle for sure!

The Can-Am Ryker is another quality option when looking through available 3-wheeled motorcycles. It has two engine options, the Rotax® 600 ACE™ in-line 2 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. As well as the Rotax® 900 ACE™ in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control, giving 50 HP and 83 HP respectively. 

The Ryker is a little more stripped down than the Slingshot. It does not include an audio system and it is built for a single rider. But it has all of the high-tech features you want in the controls. Standard features for the Ryker include anti-lock brakes, traction control systems, and Hill Hold Control. In order to counteract wheel slip on steep inclines.

Yamaha Niken

the yamaha niken is a really really cool trike!

A new-comer to the world of trikes, the Yamaha Niken is the perfect pick for riders who want safer handing in their bike but don’t want to give up the traditional motorcycle feel. The Nyken has an 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission. The most notable feature of this trike is the incredibly unique Leaning Multi-Wheel chassis. The two front wheels lean in unison. This gives you the stability of a trike with the riding style of a standard motorcycle. It allows for better handling and increased stopping power, it’s the perfect trike for seasoned motorcycle riders.

Of course, Yamaha didn’t skip on the awesome electronics. Nikens come with a high-contrast LCD display you can easily see in daylight. It also includes adjustable traction control so you never lose traction, and even a cruise control system.

Excellence on 3 Wheels

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3-wheeled motorcycles aren’t for everybody, but it’s a great option to have for folks who can’t ride motorcycles for any given reason. Whether you got bad knees and can’t hold up the hog like you used to, or maybe you’re just getting into the world of open-air vehicles. 

No matter the circumstances, 3-wheeled motorcycles (aka trikes) is a great option. If you’ve got a trike-curious person in your life, show them this article, and tell ‘em TMS sent ya!

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!

The Best Motorcycle Rides in Southern California

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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.

5 of the Best Motorcycle Events Across the U.S.

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The Coolest Motorcycle Events in the Country

We know you people love the feeling of freedom you get when you’re coasting down the highway, the rumble of your bike beneath you. For some, it’s a family tradition to attend motorcycle events. Whether it’s an old tradition or a new found love, motorcycle riders have a hard time keeping their joy to themselves.

Here at TMS, we know that part of what makes being a motorcycle rider so great is the community. That’s why we wanted to put together this list of our favorite places to party down with like-minded biker enthusiasts.

No matter what brings you to the gritty world of motorcycle riding, there’s a bike event happening somewhere across the U.S. just for you and your friends. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite motorcycle events across this beautiful country!

there are many motorcycle events in the USA

1.Laconia Motorcycle Rally

When: June 8-16th 2019

Where: Weirs Beach, NH

Laconia’s motorcycle rally in New Hampshire is the world’s oldest motorcycle event. In 2019, they are going to be celebrating 96 years of an annual week of fun in the beautiful mountain region of New Hampshire. There’s an endless supply of great food and tons of charity rides. There’s even a train that will take you through the mountains between Weirs Beach and Meredith, NH.

Whether you’re looking for great food, live music, or anything fun under the sun, the world’s oldest bike rally definitely has something for everyone.

enjoy the ride at the Laconia NH motorcycle rally

2. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ

When: September 25th-28th, 2019

Where: Fayetteville, AR

Coming at you with another milestone event! This is the world’s largest motorcycle charity event that benefits women, children, and underserved members of the beautiful NW Ozark region of Arkansas. In the almost 20 years that this event has taken place, they’ve raised an amazing two million dollars for those in need!

They also proudly proclaim to be a family-friendly affair and strongly condemn bigotry, racism, and white supremacy on their website. The event has plenty of food, Harley Davidson demo rides, and live music every night of the week. The specifics haven’t been announced yet, but it looks like they’re also gearing up for a food competition. And with BBQ being in the event title, you can bet it’ll be quite the finger-lickin’ tasty competition.

daytona bike week is one of the most popular motorcycle events

3. Daytona Bike Week

When: March 6th-15th, 2020

Where: Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona beach might be better known for the annual Daytona 500, but it also hosts an amazing motorcycle rally every year! 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of the world’s largest motorcycle rally in the sunshine state.

Located right off of the beach, this motorcycle event has a week chock-full of racing events, test rides from your favorite companies, and a host of free BBQ stands. There are also all sorts of arcades for the kids and it’s just a short shot from the historic Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for a full list of all of the musical events, seminars, and test rides going on next year!

It's time to hit the road for those bike rallies

3. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

When: August 2nd-11th, 2019

Where: Sturgis, SD

The Sturgis motorcycle rally is one of the nation’s most famous motorcycle events. Every year, 500,000 riders descend out on the otherwise sleepy South Dakota town of not quite 7,000 residents. There are great foods and a fantastic community atmosphere. But just wait until you hear about the legendary line up of musicians!

This year there’s no shortage of absolute giants in the rock world. George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Skid Row, Kieth Urban, Godsmack, Styx, and Disturbed are all on the lineup, and that’s not even all of them! Not to mention that Sturgis is located right next to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Devil’s Tower. So if you’re looking for an event located next to some surreal natural beauty and historic landmarks, Sturgis is definitely the right place for you.

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4. Myrtle Beach Bike Week

When: Spring – May 10th-19th, 2019; Fall – September 30th-October 6th 2019

Where: Myrtle Beach, SC

The Myrtle Beach bike week has grown substantially from its first year in 1940. Now, more than 250,000 people show up each year to this spring motorcycle event. Enjoy great rides along the scenic South Carolina coastline. Try great food, and listen to amazing music from rock legends. Blue Oyster Cult is scheduled to play on the 12th during the spring event.

But that’s not all! Get your gears ready because they also have an amazing motorcycle drag-racing event. There’s also more bars and restaurants than you could ever hope for. If you’d like to enjoy your bike, the beach, and some great food and tunes, this is the event for you!

get all your friends together for the best rides in the USA!

5. Indiana Boogie

When: July 18th-21st, 2019

Where: Springville, IN

This year the Indiana Boogie bike rally is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. How are they going to celebrate? Well, how about by hosting some of the bands who actually played there in 1969!

Hit the main stage in the evening! There you can catch legendary acts like Canned Heat, Big Brother, and the Holding Company.

If groundbreaking musical performers aren’t your thing, you can also catch the arm wrestling and tattooing competitions! It should be noted that this is an adults-only motorcycle event (no one under 18 is allowed to enter). So make sure you get a babysitter so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Camp out here for free! Enjoy a few cold ones and let Canned Heat take you back to that magical summer of love!

Have Fun At Motorcycle Events No Matter Where You Are

have fun at motorcycle events no matter where you are

The solitary, undisturbed ride on your motorcycle is a nice way to shake off the bad mojo from your work week and feel like a real human being again. Once you’re back to feeling human again and you want to have fun with your fellow gear heads, think about checking out some of these amazing motorcycle events happening all over the country.

And this is far from everything. No matter what part of the country you’re in, there’s a bike rally happening not too far from you. So keep a lookout, and follow the sounds of the V-twins roaring down the highway.

Motorcycle Riding Apparel: A Safer, Better-Looking You

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Protective Riding Gear For Ultimate Road Safety

It’s finally Spring, and if you’re in a state that gets a lot of snow, you’re anxious to get out there on that bike. You’ve been looking at your motorcycle sitting in the garage all winter, all covered up and sad looking. But now it’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get out on the road. But if you don’t have the proper riding apparel, you’re going to be signing up for a stay in the hospital if you get into a wreck.

So what kind of protective riding gear should you have before you get out on the highway and live your Easy Rider dreams? Luckily for you, that’s somethin’ we happen to know a lot about.

it's very important to have proper and protective riding apparel when riding a motorcycle

Why is it Important to Have Proper Protective Safety Gear?

Riding a motorcycle is freeing, it’s fun, and it fills that need for speed we all have. But riding a motorcycle is also potentially dangerous. More than 5,000 riders died in motorcycle crashes in 2017. That’s more than 13 deaths every day. On average, more than 4,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.

And it’s not like the rest of us haven’t had a spill or been close to it. If you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them “I’ve never been close to being in a motorcycle wreck”, well good for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to ride safely.

You might be the best rider in the world, but one thing you can never account for is other drivers. There’s a reason why people have those “Check twice, save a life” bumper stickers. Motorcycle riding is fun, it’s a great way to get on the highway and feel alive, but if you don’t do it safely, you’ll wind up feeling another way.

So let’s take a look at the gear that every rider should own and use on every ride.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you’re going to ride and you want to do it safely, consider these pieces of gear that offer protection when you’re headed out on the highway.

motorcycle helmets are the most important piece of riding apparel

Motorcycle Helmet

This is a no-brainer (and you will be too if you don’t use a helmet). Currently, 28 states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But even if you live in the other 22, there’s no good reason you should ever ride without one.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Helmets work. Helmet effectiveness has been confirmed by scientific studies, while helmet myths – ‘helmets break necks, block vision and impair hearing’ – have been consistently disproved”.

They also recommend that you buy at least a ¾ cover helmet, although a full face helmet is going to offer the most protection. Another thing to look out for is Snell certified helmets. Snell testing is heavily involved and will provide more protection. Similar to Snell, the DOT (aka Department of Transportation) also has a list of certifiably safe helmets. Take a look at this video that shows the difference between DOT-certified helmets and ones that are not DOT-certified. And if you’re in Europe, the ECE (aka the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe) is the European equivalent to America’s DOT.

a good motorcycle jacket will protect you in case of an accident

Motorcycle Jacket

While many people might think the leather jacket is just for looks, riders know; it can save your life. But it’s not just any leather jacket you’re looking for. The best motorcycle jackets are just like an armored vest. They’re going to have protective armor or places to put your padded armor, like in the shoulder and elbow section of your jacket. You can even get back armor pads!

The more armor in your jacket, the less likely you are to have skin to pavement contact during a wreck. But padded armor isn’t the only safety feature that jackets have to offer you. This is also your chance to be more easily seen by motor vehicles. Consider getting a jacket that couldn’t be missed from a mile away and you’ll automatically increase your chances of cars seeing you on the highway.

Riding Gloves

Not only are you going to get a better grip on your handles, but it is also going to protect your hands. If you get in a wreck and fall off your bike, what will you do? The most likely thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll put your hands down to break your fall. It’s instinctual.

But what’s going to happen if your bare skin hits the hot asphalt at thirty miles per hour? You’re going to come up with hands that look like Freddy Kreuger’s face. That’s why leather riding gloves are so important when it comes to safe riding apparel.

the best riding apparel will always include a great pair of riding gloves

Riding Pants

Just like your jacket, your pants are part of your motorcycle riding apparel. If you try riding in jeans, you won’t be a happy camper if you hit the ground. Denim and cotton jeans are going to shred like wet tissue paper if you get scraped across the asphalt. However, there are special riding jeans, and they’re quite common in riding apparel.

Many of the best kinds of riding pants or riding jeans are made with protective armor material like Kevlar, and you always want to make sure they either have knee guards or slots to put them in yourself.

Motorcycle Boots

Not shoes… boots. What you really want for motorcycle protection when it comes to footwear riding apparel is something that is going to protect your ankles. However, there are riding shoes available that look like street shoes but still cover the ankles. Although boots are preferred, they aren’t the only way to protect your feet.

If you drop your bike on your leg or you get side-swiped by a car you’re going to wish you had something to protect your ankles. They’re also going to protect your skin from the hot exhaust pipes and road-debris that’s been kicked up by drivers in front of you.

Another thing you need to think about when you ride is just the act of stopping. If you’re stopped at a red light, you’re supporting not only your own weight but the weight of your bike as well. Now, what do you think would make it easier to support all that weight? A pair of sturdy boots or riding shoes that support you above your ankles… or a pair of flip flops?

The Essential Riding Apparel

keep yourself and everyone else safe by investing in safe riding apparel

Keeping Yourself and Everyone Else Safe

So there’s our list of all of the gear you really need to have if you want to ride your bike safely. And truth be told, this should factor into your motorcycle expenses or budget. If you have enough money to buy and maintain your bike, but not enough money to invest in good, protective riding apparel, you don’t have enough money to ride a motorcycle. It’s as simple as that.

Riding safely is going to keep you upright and out of the hospital, and it’s not just for your benefit that you ride and dress safely. It’s for your family, for your kids, and for all of the other motor vehicle riders out there on the road.

By practicing safe riding habits and investing in essential, protective riding apparel, your experience on the road will be wonderful. On behalf of the TMS team, we hope you have a great motorcycle season as a better, safer-looking biker!

What Do Motorcycle Video Games Get Wrong About Riders?

motorcycle video games aren't like this real life rider

Why Motorcycle Video Games Can’t Hold a Candle to the Real Deal

Every kid who owns an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation probably has a motorcycle video game. Even the older folks who remember spending summer afternoons in the arcades remember the Sega Manx TT Super Bike game. Leaning in and out of those curved tracks holds a special place in many peoples’ hearts.

But there’s nothing like actually swinging your leg over a bike and taking off down the highway. Motorcycle video games aren’t like the real deal. 

 

you cannot replicate riding a bike like this one when you're playing a motorcycle video game

 

A big reason why there’s nothing quite like it is that motorcycle video games still haven’t gotten it right. As far as technology and game developers’ ideas have come, they still can’t quite get the exact feeling for riding a real-life bike. So what are motorcycle video games and virtual reality missing when it comes to the real-time thrill of hitting the open road on two wheels?

Where Grand Theft Auto Falls Short as a Motorcycle Video Game

Just like with your favorite movies and tv shows, it’s hard to get all of the details right in a motorcycle video game. One reason why this happens is to make creating content a little bit easier by skipping some of the finer details. For example, when a lawyer watches Law and Order, they’re going to notice those details. The same can be said when a real gearhead plays a motorcycle video game. There are some parts of the experience that just don’t translate perfectly.

 

Would you rather be this rider in real life or play a motorcycle video game?

 

Countersteering

 

One of the more nuanced parts of riding is the concept of countersteering. For the non-riders out there, countersteering is how a rider turns their bike at higher speeds. It is the process of using your body weight to lean and steer the bike rather than turning your handlebars as you would at low speeds in order to change direction.

This is a more sophisticated use of physics and body language than many motorcycle video games are able to incorporate into their controls. It makes sense that this is something often left out.

Also, we need to consider that the majority of people in the world are not riders. Their perspective on steering comes from steering a car. The idea of countersteering just seems counterintuitive to most people. So, unfortunately, one of the subtle challenges and rewards of riding a bike rather than driving are left out of motorcycle video games.

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, here’s a really simple youtube video that perfectly explains it.

 

Riders like this guy need to keep their heads straight and that nuance is left out of motorcycle video games

 

Keeping Your Head Straight

 

In addition to countersteering, another thing that people tend to notice about motorcycle video games is how the camera shifts when your character leans into a turn. You will always see the camera angle lean sideways into the turn along with the bike, which is something you would never do in real life.

Motorcycle video games seem to think that you’re just sitting stiff as a board on top of your bike. But what they aren’t taking into account is that this would completely throw off your balance. If your whole body is off-center, it’s really going to throw off your balance. When riding a real bike, you always keep your head pointing straight up to keep your sense of balance and direction.

 

when you're riding a bike like this racer, you have to consider many factors that motorcycle video games do not account for

 

Wheelies and Stoppies

 

This is one of the flashier parts of riding a bike, and it’s no wonder that most motorcycle video games that feature your favorite two-wheeled monster want to include it. Again, this is another thing that may seem so simple, but it’s actually really complex. There are so many small movements and corrections that your body and bike need to perform to make these moves work.

It’s definitely not as simple as just tilting your joystick back or holding your front brake in the game. But unless they make a game console you can straddle at home, it’s probably hard to make the concept come to life.

 

Riders like this guy need to be aware of actions that can lead to accidents, and this is not taken seriously in motorcycle video games

 

Accidents

 

Motorcycle accidents are no laughing matter, but it looks pretty ridiculous when you see the ragdoll motorcycle video game characters go spilling over their handlebars. Video games seem to believe that any minor bump or hop is going to send you 10 feet straight up in the air. In reality, a rider knows that they’ve got a much better grip on their bike.

You’re not going to go spilling into a ditch just from driving over a pebble. I’m not sure where the game developers got this one from, but it seems like they could’ve saved some time.

 

 

From PC to 600cc

 

In the days of yesteryear, it seems like movies like Easy Rider and Cool Hand Luke are the kinds of things that made kids want to get their motorcycle license. These days, that outlaw motorcycle image has begun to fade away from the public eye.

But what’s replacing the Cool Hand Luke’s of yesterday are the motorcycle video games of today. Virtual reality may not have hit the nail perfectly on the head, but as technology continues to develop faster than you can blink, we’re getting closer to a realistic virtual ride every day. We’re excited to see where virtual reality motorcycle experiences will take would be riders in the future.

 

motorcycle video games cannot replicate the real deal of poppin' a wheelie like this guy is doing