Fatal Polaris Slingshot crash raises questions about autocycle safety

A Polaris Slingshot or other three-wheeled “autocycle” has probably caught your eye cruising along beside you on the road. Their unique appearance and inverted trike design make them an attractive option for both motorcycle fanatics and those who aren’t quite comfortable on two wheels.

While these vehicles appear to be safer than traditional motorcycles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into seatbelts used in the Polaris model after a man was ejected from his Slingshot in a fatal crash. Continue reading “Fatal Polaris Slingshot crash raises questions about autocycle safety”

Recall Roundup: Learn about the latest recalls in the motorcycle industry

Even if you keep your motorcycle in top condition, an unnoticed manufacturer error could be putting you at risk on the road. Regularly checking for possible issues is one of the keys to safe riding, and motorcycle recalls are a valuable resource for finding this important information. Is your motorcycle affected by any of these recent recalls? Continue reading “Recall Roundup: Learn about the latest recalls in the motorcycle industry”

4 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Passengers

While many of us love to experience the joys of the open road, some would rather go for a ride without taking on the responsibility of handling the bike.

motorcycle passengersRiding as a passenger is a great way to spend time with a loved one who rides or test the waters before learning to ride, but there are a number of precautions you should take to protect yourself.

Follow these four tips to ride safely as a motorcycle passenger. Continue reading “4 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Passengers”

Why hitting the gym can make you a better rider

motorcycle exercisesWhen was the last time you discussed your workout routine with another biker?

Odds are it’s not a conversation you have very often – but it should be.

Strength and conditioning training are essential for competitive riders, but getting in better shape helps you get the most out of your riding experience even if you’re not on a sport bike. Targeted exercises that build muscle in your legs, arms, chest and core improve your strength, mobility and endurance on the road. Continue reading “Why hitting the gym can make you a better rider”

5 things you probably didn’t know about Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Each August bikers from across the country flock to the tiny town of Sturgis, South Dakota, for the experience of a lifetime. The 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off on Friday, August 4, promising 10 days of live music, great food and endless open roads to explore. Read on for five interesting facts about the infamous rally.  Continue reading “5 things you probably didn’t know about Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”

Electric motorcycle startup receives $27 million to boost production

As the electric motorcycle market grows increasingly crowded, California-based Alta Motors aims to kick up production and distribution with the help of $27 million in new funding.

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Photo: Alta Motors Gallery

Alta’s Redshift Motocross and Supermoto models are powered by a custom “Alta Pack” lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it is the smallest and most energy dense battery pack in the transportation industry.

The street-legal Supermoto is described as “the ultimate urban commuter,” with a combined city and highway range of 50 miles and top speed of 80 mph. Continue reading “Electric motorcycle startup receives $27 million to boost production”