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“This concept bike is a symbol of how modern and emotional a boxer-powered BMW roadster can be,” -Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

Every year I look forward to seeing the new concept bikes that come out.  Sometimes the designs look a bit weird or impractical, but when I first laid my eyes on BMW’s Roadster Revolution, I thought, “Wow this is one cool looking piece of machinery.”

The BMW Roadster Revolution was designed to balance style and innovation.  It’s rear section is made of gloss milled aluminum and fashioned from a single piece, making the rear section sleek and nimble.  Milling marks were deliberately left to create a rough hand crafted look, which contrasts beautifully against its painted surfaces.  Borrowed from motor racing, it’s integrated single seat expresses its ambition for speed.

It’s short, steep tail pipe stands defiantly almost as if rebelling against the status quo of the day.  Looking at this bike, I see a modern design with a tail pipe reminding me of its roots.  It does a great job of balancing the two together.  It’s engine spoiler has been innovatively designed incorporating its entire front exhaust silencer to meet future noise prevention requirements.

Looks aside, the BMW Roadster Revolution rocks a powerful 2 cylinder flat twin engine, single sided swing arm with shaft drive and features a light tubular frame.  It’s boxter engine generates 125 bhp at 7,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm.  It’s crouching posture with a focus on the front wheel and a very short rear promise agile, tight handling.

Rumors say that the Roadster Revolution will make it to production and be available soon.  Although most of the time rumors are usually not true, I’m crossing my fingers.

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Over the years, there have been many motorcycle manufacturers that have came and gone as well as many motorcycle models as well.  The list below features 10 unique vintage motorcycle models that have left their mark on the world of motorcycling.

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1. ACE

Featured below is a 1922 Ace Motorcycle manufactured by the Ace Motor Corporation, started by William G. Henderson in 1919.  In 1923, Red Wolverton rode a specially prepared Ace XP-4 and broke a new record by reaching a speed of 129 mph (208 km/h), which was an incredible speed for back then. Production ran until 1924 and ceased operations after filing for bankruptcy and eventually Indian bought the rights and tooling to the Ace Motor Corporation. Because production only lasted for four years, this is an extremely rare, vintage motorcycle.

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2. Indian Scout

The Indian Motorcycle Scout was manufactured by Indian, from 1920 to 1949 and is considered Indian’s best motorcycle model ever made.  It was even produced for and used by the US army and allied forces during World War 2. The scout featured an engine size of 745cc in 1927 and was successful in winning several Daytona races.  It has been featured in several Hollywood movies including the film “The World’s Fastest Indian” , which is about Burt Munro and his attempts at beating land speed records with his 1920’s Indian Scout motorcycle.

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3. BSA Lightning

Designed as an “all round sportbike” the BSA Lightning was planned largely for export to the US market in the 1960’s to complement the Thunderbolt and Spitfire models.  It had a top speed of 110mph and is considered one of the most successful models not just of BSA, but of all British motorcycles. It has also been featured in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”.

BSA Lightning

4. Harley Davidson WLA

The Harley Davidson WLA was produced for the US Army during World War 2.  It’s design was based on the existing civilian model, the Harley Davidson WL.  Productions started in 1940 and ended after the war in 1945, but was revived again as it was needed for use in the Korean War.  Production ran from 1949-1952.  What differentiates it from the civilian models is that it is does not have any chrome mirrors or other chrome parts.  The fenders were modified to reduce mud build up and leg windshield guards were installed as well. Blackout lights as well as many accessories were added including leather scabbards to hold Thompson sub machine guns, cargo racks for radio equipment, and skid plates.  In total 90,000 WLA’s were produced, 30,000 of which were sent to aid the Russian Army fighting against Germany during World War 2.

Harley Davidson WLA

5. Triumph Bonneville

The original Triumph Bonneville was produced from 1959 to 1983 and 1985 to 1988.  It was quite popular in its early years and originally featured a 650cc engine which was later enlarged to a 750cc engine.  It’s named after the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where Triumph made attempts on beating motorcycle land speed records.  In 2001, Triumph started and continues production of the Bonneville again, this time with a 790cc parallel twin engine.

Triumph Bonneville

6. BMW R60/2

Designed to be used as a long distance touring vehicle, this model was unique in that it featured a side car which allowed for two passengers to ride together side by side.  It was designed by BMW and manufactured in Munich.  It featured an engine size of 600cc and offered 30hp.  Over the course of several years, BMW manufactured 20,133 of these models.

BMW R60/2

7. Norton Manx

The Norton Manx is a British racing motorcycle that was produced from 1947 to 1962 by Norton Motors Ltd. Norton was one of the first motorcycle manufacturers along with BMW and Harley.  Norton took part in every Isle of Man TT race from the very first one starting in 1907 up until the 1970s without missing a beat-a record no other motorcycle manufacturer holds. The top speed of the Norton Manx was about 150mph making it quite unique and formidable contender for its time.

Norton Manx

8. BMW R32

The BMW R32 was BMW’s first motorcycle ever produced.  It was manufactured in 1919 and featured a M2B33 engine which had a displacement of 494 cc. The engine produced 8.5 hp (6.3 kW), giving the R32 a top speed of 59mph (95 km/h).  Nearing 100 years old, it is an extremely rare motorcycle and has fetched upwards of $168,000 at a recent auction.

BMW R32

9. Brough Superior SS

The Brough Superior SS 100 was designed and built by George Brough in Nottingham England in 1924.  Sixty nine SS100s were produced in 1925 making this model extremely rare and valuable. Considered the Rolls Royce of motorcycles, all bikes came with a guarantee that they were capable of doing 100 mph (160 km/h). It is unique to note that Brough’s workmanship helped developed the features of the early Harley Davidson forks on their motorcycles.  The most valuable of the Brough models is the1934 Brough Superior 8/75hp.  T.E. Lawrence, aka “Lawrence of Arabia”, was particularly fond of them and had owned 4 of them in during his lifetime.

Brough Superior SS

10.  Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Released in 1976, the Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans was styled as a cafe racer but built with a V-Twin engine with a longitudinal crank.  The engine pushed out a total of 71 hp, throttling the Le Mans to a max speed of 130mph.  It was named after the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race track in France.

Moto Guzzi Le Mans

If you have any comments about the motorcycles featured in this list or would like to add to this list, please feel free to comment in the comment section.  Also, don’t forget to check out our huge inventory of motorcycle parts and accessories for vintage makes we have including BSANorton, and Triumph motorcycle models.

Wow! I never knew that about Harley Davidson motorcycles!.

The History Behind the Brand:

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Harley Davidson is one of the most well known and recognized motorcycle brands on the market today.  Whether you’re a fan of their motorcycles or not, one thing is certain-they have have managed to greatly impact the motorcycle industry and continue to do so to this day.

Having started as a manufacturer of small engines in 1903, Harley Davidson has grown from a small startup business between two friends to becoming an industry leader.  Their designs and innovations have created the classic models we have today which include, the Sportster models-originally conceived for racing, the Softail models, which feature Harley’s Big-Twin engine, and their Touring models which include the Harley Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide, and Electra Glide.

A close look at Harley’s success, reveals an interesting history behind it.  Like many companies, Harley has seen its share of ups and downs.  For a time, Harley was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the 1920’s.  During both world wars, they helped the war effort by supplying the US army with motorcycles, and from their big twin motorcycles, came the creation of the chopper and a whole subculture of chopper enthusiasts and riders.

The infographic below takes us back through time starting from Harley’s inception in 1903 to the present day.

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10 of the World’s Best Motorcycle Routes to try:

Riding your motorcycle around town can be fun, but if you haven’t taken your bike on a ride on one of these routes yet, then you’re definitely missing out.  The following infograph takes us for a tour through 10 countries around the globe that offer some of the best motorcycle routes for you to burn rubber on, including Greece, Switzerland, and the good old US of A.

Personally, I would also add the winding roads of Monte Carlo in Monaco which is also the spot where Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place.  While you’re there, you can also check out their world famous landmark casino, and get your game on, but I digress.  So visit your travel agent and get on your Harley, BMW, Aprilia, Honda, or whatever motorcycle you ride and take a ride on some of the worlds best asphalt-you won’t regret it!

Infograph by Throttler Motorcycle Magazine

THE EVOLUTION OF MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Ever wondered what the different motorcycle safety laws out there are, and how they first came to be? Or how many billions of miles have been driven by motorcycles since the 1960’s? Did you know that only recently, it was required to have directional lights on your motorcycle?  Well, check out the info graphic below to follow how motorcycle safety laws slowly evolved from the day motorcycles were first invented in 1883 to the present-and remember, always ride safe!

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Womens Motorcycle Club -the “Miss-Fires”

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The “Miss-Fires” as they are know, is a 31 member-strong, women’s motorcycle club located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Formed about 5 months ago, their club is both unique and uncommon. What makes this club so unique, is not only that it is a womens motorcycle club, which isn’t all too common when it comes to motorcycle clubs, but that their club also operates as a school of sorts. They meet a few times a week at a place called, Motorgrrl garage, and have what is known as “shop talk”-where they work on mostly vintage motorcycles, including Moto Guzzi’s, and vintage Honda bikes such as Honda CB models. The bikes they work on are their own and they learn and teach each other while working on each other’s bikes. They do motorcycle maintenance and even engine rebuilds.

Most importantly however, they love to ride, which is reserved for the weekends and some members have raced in professional events such as the American Motorcyclist Association’s Vintage Dirt Track National Championship.

Keep up the good work ladies, you rock!

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Big Changes:

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We are very happy to share some big news today with all of our loyal customers, supporters, and fans!

Today we are psyched to announce that we have completely finished with our redesign of vipcycle.com, from the ground up, with features aimed at enhancing usability and user experience.  Improvements include, a hot new look, featuring a lighter white washed design and background which makes it a lot easier to view product details better, putting a lot less strain on everyone’s eyes.  We have vastly upgraded the security of vipcycle from all angles, including adding a high level security grade SSL certificate which features stronger encryption, so your personal info and payment details will always be 100% safe and secure.  We have also added a cool tool which helps zoom in easier than before, on seeing any particular details of a product image that you might want to get a closer look at.  We’ve also added larger images and a live chat feature, to help you effortlessly contact us any time of the day with questions or concerns you may have about an order, a certain motorcycle part or a particular motorcycle accessory.  One of the best changes we’ve made however, has been in how we process and handle returns.  We’ve made it a lot easier to submit a return claim and we have also extended our return policy to 30 days.  Last but not least, we now back all of our purchases with a 30 day money back guarantee!  and offer free shipping on every order shipped within the USA-amazing or what?!

Whether your a new customer, old customer, one of our many fans, or a motorcycle enthusiast, we invite you to come check out the new and improved vipcycle.com, as we have many great items like mirrors, grips, and turn signals in stock for a variety of brands including Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha.  As an added bonus, use the coupon code: newvip, and we’ll take off 25% off your order! Hurry though, as this sale won’t last.

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Forget the standard new year’s resolutions -“I’m going to lose weight, go to the gym, quit smoking, blah blah blah”.  I say, make this year a bit more fun by focusing more on what we love-motorcycles, and make some resolutions centered on that.  Here are a few suggestions for 2014:

Lets start off with a fun one: Ride more often.  What’s the point of owning a bike if you have it sitting in your garage most of the year?  Resolve to spend less time on the computer and more time on what you love-riding.  There’s always work and there are always things that need to be done and they will never end, so give yourself a break and take out your bike for a ride even if its just to go around the block.  This will help keep it from rusting and falling apart in your garage too.

Do some off road riding.  This will give you the chance to ride on a different type of terrain instead of just asphalt.  You’ll experience motorcycle riding in a whole different way and you can make it fun by doing it with a group of friends.

Service your bike on your own as much as possible.  Owning a motorcycle isn’t just about riding, but learning as well.  What better way to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying your hobby, than by tinkering with your bike like changing the oil, changing your mirrors, grips, or turn signals.  We have a lot of nice looking ones available along with do-it yourself videos on our website to guide you step by step.  Plus as an added bonus, you’ll save a lot of money and learn at the same time, by doing some stuff on your own.

Get a project bike.  This one links in with the previous resolution of servicing your own bike.  I find its a lot of fun to get together with my friends and work on an old bike together.  You get to share ideas and I always learn something new.  Plus it gives you a good excuse to drink some alcohol.  Crack open a few beers and start tinkering.  Make sure you focus more on tuning the bike though than drinking the beer.  You don’t want to end up getting drunk and forgetting where you put the engine you just removed.

Resolve to clean your motorcycle at regular intervals. This is time well spent.  I know sometimes its annoying to do but it pays in the long run.  Dirt grime can build up and cause rust as well as other problems for your bike. Doing so will save you a lot of money in the long run by not having to replace rusted parts, plus you get to burn some calories doing it, so you’re getting two resolutions done at the same time-cleaning your bike and losing some weight ;-)

Make it a habit of checking your tire pressure before going for a ride.  Either visually or using a pressure gauge.  You don’t want to set off on a long journey with a tire that has an air bubble or low pressure.  Both can be recipes for disaster.  As the saying goes, better safe than sorry.  It only takes a minute to do anyway.

Take a motorcycle riding course.  This will make you a better rider and more importantly a safer rider.  Plus it’s an opportunity to meet new people and it’s a lot of fun.

Visit a track.  What’s more fun than getting an adrenaline rush from riding fast on your motorcycle.  Wasn’t that one of the reason’s you got one in the first place?  Don’t shake your head-you know you got it for that reason.

Ride a charity run and go to a motorcycle show/event.  Definitely a lot of fun and a great experience.  You get to meet new people, re-unite with old friends, and feel good about what you are doing when its for a charity.  Plus for us guys, you get to see those hot girls in uniforms representing certain motorcycle brands at the motorcycle shows and events ;-)

Those are our resolutions for 2014.  Feel free to add your own resolutions as well.  Have a happy 2014 New Year!

 

As winter quickly approaches, it is important to take steps in properly maintaining your motorcycle to prevent it from getting affected by the ravages of winter.  Improper winter maintenance of your motorcycle may cause your bike to sustain exterior damage and mechanical damage as well.  Fortunately for you, we at vipcycle.com, have written an easy to follow 14 step solution for properly winterizing your motorcycle-and the best part is, we’ve added some cool pictures in as well ;-)

Step 1: Gather all the items necessary for winterizing your bike which include

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motorcycle cover, cleaning cloths, a battery charger, a couple of quarts of oil (depending on how many your bike takes), a new oil filter, chain lube (if needed), fuel stabilizer, WD40, spark plug wrench, sponge, work gloves, leather conditioner, soap for cleaning your bike, and wax for keeping it shinny.  Choose a good spot to keep your bike in throughout the winter such as a garage.

Step 2: Give your bike a good cleaning
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Using a gentle soap or cleanser, mix the cleanser into a bucket of warm water and using a soft cloth, thoroughly wash the motorcycle.  Be careful not to spray any water into the opening of the muffler as this can cause rust to form inside of it.  Once you have thoroughly cleaned the bike, polish all metal surfaces using a quality metal polish and finally finish up by applying a good coat of wax to the bike.  Clean the chain on the motorcycle using WD40.  After it has been cleaned, lube your chain with a good lube oil.

Step 3: Fill up your gas tank with fuel to the max

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After completely filling up your gas tank with fuel, add a fuel stabilizer to it and turn on the motor until you get the gas running through the carburetor and fuel injectors.  Make sure to use a fresh bottle of fuel stabilizer, as it remains good for only two years after opening.

Step 4:  Drain your carburetor

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Shut off the gas petcock on your motor and drain the gas from the carburetor bowls.  If your motorcycle is fuel injected, then you get to skip this step :-)

Step 5:  Change your engine oil

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There’s nothing worse for a motorcycle’s engine than having old oil sitting in it.  Old oil can develop combustion gases which can start to corrode parts in your engine.  The longer the oil sits, the more corrosion will develop.  To prevent this from happening to your bike, always change the oil before storing the bike for extended periods of time.

Step 6: Lube your front forks

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By adding oil to your front forks, the oil will prevent the rubber seals around the forks from drying out.  Do not use WD40, as this will eventually dry out and cause sticking.  Only use a specified fork lube.

Step 7: Remove plugs and spark plug wires

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After removing the spark plug wires, using a spark plug wrench, remove the spark plugs, clean them, make sure they are gaped correctly, and put them back in.  Finally, re-attach the spark plug wires.

Step 8: Properly seal your muffler

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Using a banana (just kidding)-  Stuff a dry sponge inside the opening of your muffler or wrap a small bag over the end of it, to keep insects and other rodents from going inside of it and making it their home.  Paste a note on the bike reminding you of this so that you don’t inadvertently start the engine with the sponge or bag or banana ;-) left in there.

Step 9: Remove the battery or disconnect battery terminals

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To avoid sulfate build up from occurring on your battery, disconnect the terminals from the bike and remove the battery.  Applying a small dab of Vaseline to the battery terminals can also prevent them from corroding.

Step 10: Lube, lube, and more lube

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Apply lube to your drive shaft, pivot, and suspension points.

Step 11: Check your motorcycle’s cooling system

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Using a hygrometer, it is a good idea to check the level of anti-freeze coolant in your bike’s cooling system.  If necessary, drain and replace the coolant with new anti-freeze. It is advisable that you replace your coolant with new anti-freeze coolant, every two years.  Avoid leaving the level of anti-freeze low or empty, as this can lead to corrosion of your bike’s cooling system.

Step 12: Carefully clean and apply leather conditioner to all leather surfaces

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Doing so will prevent the leather from cracking and drying.

Step 13:  Apply WD40 or machine oil to the metal surfaces of your bike

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Apply WD40 using a soft cloth to all metal surfaces except the disc brakes.  This will help prevent rust as well as keep your bike looking great once spring time rolls around.

Step 14: Cover the bike with a motorcycle cover

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By covering your bike, you prevent it from collecting dust, which will not only keep it looking dirty, but get into places that you want to avoid.

Step 15: Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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Doing so will raise your confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment and well being.

Step 16: Log onto www.vipcycle.com for deals on parts and accessories

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Have a look at the motorcycle parts and accessories we have to offer, like: motorcycle grips, mirrors, turn signals, and side mount license plate brackets.  Shop for whatever you need so when spring comes around, you’ll be ready to ride!