What to Choose for an Entry-Level Motorcycle

If you are interested in finding a bike that will suit your standards as a beginner rider it’s very important to look at a number of different factors when picking your first entry-level motorcycle. Most people are very excited to ride when they are picking up their very first motorcycle and they don’t consider some of the safety features and necessities that might be required for beginner riders to have a bike that’s easy to control and comfortable to ride.

entry level motorcycle

A motorcycle can give us access to a certain lifestyle and most beginner riders may be instantly thinking about the amount of power that they can get out of a bike, or buying a bike that they can hold onto for a long time. Usually when you’re buying your first motorcycle it’s a good idea to look at something a little more inexpensive and something that’s easily controlled with a bit less power.

There are many motorcycle riders who would scoff that someone purchasing a motorcycle with around 600 CC’s for an engine. Stating that it won’t be able to keep up with more experienced riders and their thousand cc bikes. However this type of thinking really won’t get you anywhere as a beginner rider. When you start to look at sport bikes it’s important to consider that these are designed for more experienced riders and generally although they may be able to accelerate a bit faster than you will, a 600 CC bike is more than capable of keeping legal speeds with some of these faster bikes. It may not be quite as big to handle long trips but without this extra girth it also makes it much easier to learn how to ride on and handle.

Looking into a bike with anywhere from 600CC- 750CC for a first motorcycle is usually good entry-level range. It is important to consider that it is your first bike and not one that you need to hold onto for a lifetime. Buying used is never a bad idea as there is always a good chance that you could potentially lay down your bike within the first few years of riding it. Inexperience can unfortunately lead to accidents and that’s why it’s so important to take safety training seriously and always wear all of your gear when you go for a ride.

Remember that feel is important so don’t be afraid to try a few different bikes until you find one that feels right for you. Look for power that’s manageable and a decent weight. As always be careful and practice often so that you can learn how to ride with confidence and safety. 

More than just Transportation, Motorcycles are a Lifestyle

As many motorcycle enthusiasts will suggest, living a biker lifestyle and traveling on a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating and exciting experiences that you can have in your entire life. Motorcycles are beautiful machines and they can carry a number of great benefits especially if you are willing to travel over extended periods on one. Just as it’s portrayed in films like easy Rider, the biker lifestyle can be fun, full of freedom and extremely carefree especially if you know how to do simple repairs and prepare for a long-distance journey. Here are some of the top benefits that you can experience as a new motorcycle enthusiast living the biker lifestyle and riding your bike long-distance.

Biker Lifestyle

1. The ultimate fuel savings: over long-distance journeys you can see some real gas savings when you use a motorcycle. This means more freedom and a much further reach on any road trip you decide to take. You can get up to 30 miles per gallon with some of the top performance bikes and bikes that have smaller engines which were billed for fuel economy can sometimes even experience  triple digit fuel economy. This can make your road trip whole lot cheaper.

2. You don’t have to worry about parking anywhere: with just a small garage you can easily fit three or four bikes or take up just one parking space for event parking or any store you happen to stop that along the way. Because you don’t have to spend as much time looking around for parking spaces, and because you can simply park with other bikers a bike is a great space saver.

3. Very low entry fee: you can pickup a used bike far cheaper than you can I used car and in many cases even a low-end motorcycle can outperform nearly any used car that you would purchase. This means that you get a fast ride for the price of a very plain used-car.

4. Maintenance is fairly straightforward: cars are taking on a whole new digital frontier and they’re becoming much more difficult to work on and service. With motorcycles body and paint work is a breeze and most of the engine components are out in the open for easy repairs and maintenance.

The History of Military Motorcycles in the US Armed Forces

When most of us think about military vehicles, the first thing that comes to mind is not the motorcycle. Motorcycles are more commonly associated with counter-culture, while tanks and all-terrain vehicles are the images that crop up when we consider military transportation. And, let’s be honest, a motorcycle doesn’t exactly look like the most tactically sound vehicle. It provides no armor, no shielding against enemy fire.

Military Motorcycles

Despite this, motorcycles have played an important role in the U.S. military for one reason and one reason alone: they are fast. When the need for speed and agility overcame the need for protection, motorcycles were called into play. You already have to be pretty tough to ride a motorcycle, but to ride one in a war zone? You have to be tough as nails. The history of the motorcycle in the U.S. Military begins in the Mexican revolution. Soldiers sent by the U.S. were equipped with high-speed Harley-Davidsons to get them in and out of sticky situations. It wasn’t until the first world war, however, that motorcycles really became a standard in the American military.

World War I

 Though entrenched in Europe, the U.S. military deployed more than 150,000 motorcycles along enemy lines, used for conveying supplies back and forth from the rear to the front lines. Often, military motorcycles were used to transport extra rations and ammo from distant supply lines to those soldiers who were struggling in the trenches. The most important task given to the motorcycle, however, was reconnaissance and delivering messages. As the fastest and most agile vehicle on the front, the motorcycle was the most practical way to get a message from point A to point B, enabling the rider to get around all of the dangers of the battlefield with enough speed to avoid being shot.

World War II

 World War II saw even more motorcycles, being used primarily, again, by messengers and to convey supplies from bases to units in the field. More than 90,000 Harley-Davidsons were built just for the war, with even better specs that the civilian vehicle. For a while, the German motorcycles were outperforming the home-grown versions, but the BMW models were soon captured and their technology used to rev up the U.S.’s motorcycle. By the end of the war, Harley-Davidson had a bike that was nearly impervious dust, could ford deep water, and was still fast enough and smooth enough to get any soldier out of the worst situation.

Post-War

 After the Second World War, motorcycles largely fell out of vogue in the military, as other, more protective vehicles became faster and more maneuverable (though, most still cannot compare with the agility of a motorcycle). The motorcycle saw little action during the rest of the century. It has, however, found some notoriety again, on Iraqi and Afghani soil, where their speed makes them perfect for patrol. Though a motorcycle goes against all of the traditional military dogma, as it lacks armor and stealth, it is still well-loved among those who know how to utilize this vehicle for its tactical strengths.