The Most Expensive Motorbikes That Money Can Buy

The love for the sport, the fun and the adrenaline are often exceeding budgetary allowances when it comes to buying a bike. Even though the motorbikes on this list is not fit for the majority of biking budgets out there, dreaming is still open for everyone.

Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter

On the top of the list with an $11 million price tag, this steampunk monster is undoubtedly not only outside of the budget of many, but probably also not the desired taste of quite a bit of biker all over the globe. With a chassis carved from a single piece of metal, this is an object of desire for many and lightyears away from the days when Neiman Marcus entered the market on $110 000. Truly a piece of art combined with brilliant machinery and considered to be an evolution in the biking industry.

1949 E90 AJS Porcupine

The second object of desire claims a slightly smaller stake at $7 million. Although known for a history of racetrack victories, financial strains resulted in only 4 of these being built. One of them belonging to 1949 World Champion Les Graham. An aluminium alloy open frame combined with horizontally placed cylinders provides a low gravity centre on this historical masterpiece.

Ecosse ES1 Spirit

This bike is not for everyone. When Ecosse delivered this $3.6 million bike, they requested that a two-week training session had to be completed by a professional driver before taking on the road on this monster. The rear suspension and swing-arm are attached in the back to the gearbox and front, the front suspension is holding onto the engine. Hence there is no real framework or chassis to mention. This bike performs like an F1 car, and when being the owner of this beauty, it means you are one of only ten lucky ones entering through the gates of biking heaven.

Hildebrand & Wolfmuller

With this brilliant piece of historical art, you will surely not be paying for modern technology or advanced features, but the price tag is associated with the age of this collector’s item. $3.5 million for a bike built roughly 125 years ago when this production motorcycle first appeared on the scene in 1894. Moving from the steam-engine industry to creating the first internal combustion Motorrad.

BMS Nemesis

Confusing to the eye is this motorbike without any side stand while being overwhelmingly glittery with a yellow glow. The belly is flat on the ground, and it resembles a dying whale on a deserted beach. The complex air-ride system, in combination with a single-sided swing-arm suspension in the rear, lift the body roughly 10 inches from the ground, so no need for a stand then. Before dismissing the yellow glow as too dainty for a motorbike, take note that the yellow light is from 24-karat gold. Thus making this beauty the crown jewel in your showroom of magnificent masterpieces. Considering that at a price tag of $3 million, it is probably the safest place for it to be.

Keeping Your Motorbike Running for Longer

A little bit of maintenance can go along way. Nothing helps as much in extending your bike’s good health as a little bit of regular maintenance to keep it running at optimal performance. Besides that, the feeling of empowerment and complete satisfaction of getting down and dirty next to your bike is priceless. Keep your owner’s manual nearby as it comes in handy in finding the parts that you can’t see. It will also provide you with the necessary specs for tightening bolts and nuts.

Keeping the Engine Running Smoothly

After every couple of thousand miles, it is always a great idea to change the oil in your bike to ensure that it runs smoothly. Once again, your owner’s manual is handy guidance on changing the oil, but a nice off the records trick of the trade is to ride your bike a good five minutes before changing the oil. The heat of the engine will warm up the oil and bring down the viscosity of the oil to ensure easy drainage. While the engine is off, ensure an oil pan is in place and then remove the oil cap allowing the old oil to drain into the oil pan. Before you will be able to remove the cap though, you will probably have to remove a fairing to be able to get to it. When the oil is drained you need to go through the messy task of removing the oil filter. Another tip is to cover the parts of the bike which you don’t want any oil spilled or splatted on with aluminum foil. When all the oil is drained and the oil filter is removed then you can replace the old oil plug with a new oil filter. Put all the parts that you have removed back in place and refill your bike with new oil according to the specifications provided in your owner’s manual. Always remember old oil needs to be recycled and you can probably take it to your local bike shop.

Preventing Overheating

By regularly changing the coolant in your bike you will lessen the chances of corrosion and overheating or freezing greatly. Same as with an oil replacement, you will probably need to remove some bike parts before reaching the drain bolt. Ensure a plan is in place and let the old coolant drain out. You also need to remove the radiator cap to be sure that it all has drained out. Afterward, you can simply replace the drain cap again and refill with new coolant. Be sure to add the correct amount. After replacing the radiator cap, let your bike run for a little while to check that the engine remains cool. You have to check the coolant levels again afterward when the engine has cooled down again. If needed you can add more to get the coolant to the appropriate levels. Your owner’s manual will specify exactly how much coolant is needed.

Harley-Davidson Entering the Chinese Market

Harley-Davidson has just signed a deal with Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co. Ltd. They are planning to co-develop a small motorcycle to be launched by 2020 into the Chinese market.

Initially Only for the Chinese Market

During May, it became evident that Harley-Davidson is developing an inexpensive, small bike specially designed for the Asian market. This is new territory for the company since it is not where their stronghold in the marketplace is based. These plans were confirmed with making the deal public between the two companies. This contract is the beginning of a partnership between the two companies to develop a 338cc displacement bike for the Chinese marketplace. It will, later on, be expanded to other Asian markets as well, including India. For now, there is no indication that it will be sold in the United States as well. The motorcycle will be Chinese built with both the engine and the bike being manufactured by Qianjiang at their factory in Wenling.

Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co. Ltd

The company which has been founded in 1985 is a subsidiary of the Geely Technology Group. The company has always been involved in motorcycles and motorcycle engines from research and development to manufacturing and sales. Their focus increased when they acquired the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Benelli in 2005. Benelli came with more than 100-years of motorcycle manufacturing experience.

Harley-Davidson Expanding

In 2018 Harley-Davidson made it public that they want to build more riders internationally. In line with this intention, they have expanded their networks in China through dealerships. This also meant product supply, marketing and e-commerce into the Chinese market. This resulted in them improving their retail sales in China, with 27% from 2017 to 2018. Their plans to take more production outside of the United States were cause for some critique from the presidential side, which is continuously aiming at keeping production based on local US soil. They also had to deal with a hike in European import tax, which has risen from 6% to 31%. This meant that Harley-Davidson had to take a knock on the chin of roughly $2 000 per bike. Their solution to this was to increase manufacturing at overseas facilities.

The Bike

The question that most avid Harley fans have is what would this bike look like? It is expected to be much different than the globally recognized image of the brand. The bike hasn’t been named yet, but it will for sure stand out. The look, the feel and the sound will be very distinctive yet suitable for the Chinese market. This is a massive market in the motorcycle industry and a market which can’t be ignored by a manufacturer like Harley-Davidson.

CEO of Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich, stated that the idea behind their More Roads plan is to provide more people access to freedom. They want to do this by bringing the brand to more people living in more places, while they remain inspirational to all riders globally.

Motorcycle Relief Project

A golden thread often running through bike riding communities are the great hearts of these men and women. Charity runs, missions and more is no strange occurrence within the biking society. One of these significant initiatives instigated by bikers is the Motorcycle Relief Project.

Not Just a Gang of Bikers

The MRP is riding for a cause. They aim to bring relief to those who have PTSD through structured rides and motorcycle adventures. Their focus is on army veterans and first responders. Founder Tom Larson is no stranger to the effects of PTSD not only on the individual but also the family surrounding them. Although his PTSD wasn’t military related, his issues brought him to do more research on PTSD issues. The statistics indicate that 8% of all American suffer at any given time from the symptoms related to PTSD. This totals to 24.4 million people. The two main groups where these issues are predominant are with army veterans who have returned from combat and first responders who are exposed to traumatic events due to their line of work. The result is an enormous emotional toll on these people.

Why Riding?

During his PTSD symptoms, Larson felt that when he was riding on his bike, the symptoms subsided for a bit. Then when he noticed a picture in a biking magazine of riders in the woods, looking like they are having the best of times, he realized at that moment this can be a form of therapy. This was when it all started, and by now they have helped more than 150 veterans and first responders, bringing the needed change and relief in their lives as well of those of their families.

Veteran Rides

Rides are usually a 5-day dual-sport bike tour. These tours are designed to bring not only relief to veterans, but also teach them skills and techniques to deal with their symptoms. These journeys include some on-road riding as well as some off-road riding. They take scenic routes through forest areas and explore nature. Accommodation is provided on these tours, frequently in log cabins. A biker leads the tour in front, and if you don’t have a bike, one will be provided for you. Conversations around the fire, turn into therapy, and the results are life-changing.

More Tours

The first responder’s rides are aimed at providing support for those who are regularly exposed to traumatic events regardless of whether they are law enforcement, EMS, or working for the fire department. These events are part of their daily lives. Hence support should be directed in a manner in which it can be provided continually. They aim to get a women’s ride organized annually. This is to assist women with symptoms of PTSD and depression.

The MRP is a registered NGO and needs your assistance to be able to provide this much-needed relief. If you feel the need to help by giving recognition to these heroes of our everyday lives, it would be much appreciated. You can find out more about how to get involved on the MRP website.

Underground Riding in the Streets of Philadelphia

History of Clashing with the Law

Dirt bike riding in Philadelphia is not only illegal but also considered as a huge problem by the citizens and especially police. These riders with a passion for the sport has been operating underground of illicit races for a long time. The hero and the face pinned to dirt bike racing in the city is Kyrell Tyler, known by his fans as Dirt Bike Rell. He was just one of many youngsters who learned to ride in the streets of Philadelphia. His skills and tricks were amazing, and his career in legal dirt bike racing was moving in the right direction when he was sadly gunned down in October 2014. His murder remains a mystery. His funeral was attended by more than 800 riders which blocked the streets of the city as they rode along paying tribute to this legend.

Another Clash with the Law in 2018

In October last year, a large group of dirt bike riders took to the streets of the city again in memoriam of this legend and again this became a serious clash with the police as 20 were arrested and many others injured. The streets were described as a wild scene with gangs ascending and blocking traffic and riding on the sidewalks. A wild chase followed when the police tried to protect the citizens of the city. Some feel that the Philadelphia Police is helpless in the situation and can’t stop the problem which has been part of the town for so long.

The problem Won’t Disappear

What is considered by many as a problem in the streets is an escape to freedom for many? The youngsters in the city were living in impoverished areas and stuck in horrible situations. Parks and sports grounds are often not maintained, leaving them with nowhere to go. Dirt bikes and tricks are giving them a purpose. Some of them are hoping to follow in the footsteps of predecessors who have gained fame and fortune through sponsors who have noticed their skills and abilities. The daring and skill with which these youngsters ride does sometimes result in injury or death. Still to most this is just a public nuisance which is often accompanied by more serious crimes.

Philadelphia Bike Park

Many calls have been made in the past to create a bike park for these riders. A place where they can challenge themselves and get off the street. As long as there is no place for them to ride their bikes, they will always remain on the roads and concern for all. What should also be considered is the fact that for many of these young riders, riding their bikes are giving them a purpose, keeping them busy and out or more serious trouble. It is a stress relief to many. Rather than spending the budget on clamping down on these illegal activities, maybe this should be seen as an opportunity to uplift the youth and create a safe space for them where they can live out their passion, without endangering the streets.

World Enduro Super Series Update

This coming weekend all eyes are set on Austria for the third round of the World Enduro Super Series being held at the mining town of Eisenberg. The famous Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble is presented for two days within the playground of the Erzberg mine. This mine offers the reputation of being the toughest single day enduro and is, therefore, making up for the hard endurance section of the series.

Over two days, riders will compete on the 35 kilometres of rough terrain which is known for its challenging and wet forest climbs as well as notoriously large boulders. This is done for a place under the first 500 fastest qualifiers. Many don’t make it to the finish line.

Round Two in Review

This round was set in France’s Trèfle Lozérien AMV. Stretching over 719 kilometres and 15 individual tests, the riders had to endure harsh weather conditions. Spain’s Josep Garcia had the best time in 9 of the 15 criteria, which in the end secured his victory. Making it the first time in 33 years that a French rider didn’t win this leg of the race. Garcia dominated the run from the start. His confident style confirmed his place as the one who needs to be beaten. Spanish riders are not usually the best performance riders in muddy conditions, but Garcia attributes his success in the muddy terrain and harsh weather to the fact that he used to train as a child when it was raining. He believes that this gave him the confidence to perform well under the circumstances.

Riding in Muddy Conditions

Garcia also mentioned that he believes that riders must adjust their riding style when the terrain is muddy and slippery. He described it as a delicate balance between enough aggression and not too much hostility. He also mentioned that braking at the right time is of vital importance in these conditions. His success and the fact that he is leading the race at this early stage is unexpected to even him, yet it is with caution that he reflects on the upcoming third round at Eisenberg. In the end, it is of more importance who is leading in the end and not the beginning.

The Top Ten Riders Going Into Round Three

First four riders are all on KTM with Greece’s Josep Garcia in the first position. Then Germany’s M Lettenbichler is in the second position followed by Britain’s Jonny Walker and Nathan Watson. Sherco is in the fifth position with the Greek Mario Roman, followed by Brit, Billy Bolt on Husqvarna. South Africa’s Wade Young is in the seventh position with Sherco followed by Jamie McCanney, another Brit, on Yamaha at eighth position. Another South African, Travis Teasdale is in ninth position on KTM. Supported by the Polish Taddy Blazusiak also on KTM in tenth place. This coming weekend promises to be another adrenaline pumping weekend, and all are curious what Erzberg will do to the current scoreboard.

Maintaining Your Air Filter

Air filters are crucial on your dirt bike. It needs to keep sand, dirt, pebbles and any other foreign materials out of your engine. It protects the longevity of your bike and keeps it performing as it should. Your motorcycle needs a steady flow of air and mud cakes on your filter is not helping here. Proper maintenance on your air filter avoids repairs on expensive parts, as well as a lack of power and performance and high gas usage.

The terrain you prefer to ride will determine the intervals of your air filter maintenance. After a trip on dunes, it is recommended to do a decent clean-up, to avoid future damage. Otherwise, every 2 – 4 visits are suggested. The process is relatively simple and easy, so instead stick to regular maintenance than regular repairs.

The air filter is usually situated underneath your seat on a dirt bike. Start by cleaning the box to avoid any dirt falling into the air intake when you take off the filter. To prevent anything falling in while it is open during the cleaning process, you can stuff a piece of clean cloth into the hole to block it off.

Depending on what oil you used previously you can either rinse the sponge filter in a bucket of warm water with some washing powder or if this is not cleaning it, you might have to rinse it in some mineral oil to clean it out first. Do not use petrol to rinse the sponge filter. This might potential dissolve it. After cleaning it with oil, you can wash it then in warm water and soap. It is also an excellent time to inspect it for holes or tears. Don’t re-use a damaged sponge. New filters are a small price to avoid much more expensive damage later on. Always wear gloves. Some latex gloves should be beautiful. Constant exposure to these chemicals is inadequate for your health in the long run. When done, squeeze the excess water out and let it dry until completely dry.

As long as that is happening, you have time to clean out the box. Now is an excellent time to get rid of any dirt or mud stuck where it doesn’t belong. When the filter is completely dry, it is time to oil your filter. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most natural options is to pour the clean oil into a plastic bag and then add your filter into it. With some good squeezes and a proper massage, the oil will penetrate the entire area. When you are done, give the sponge a couple of last rinses to get rid of extra oil and set to dry for about 30 minutes.

Apply some grease around the rim before you screw the filter back on. Make sure that there is a proper seal around the air box flange. Then you can put the sponge back on. Cleaning the air filter is a simple, easy and cheap process to protect your bike and to keep its performance in check.

Guide to Buying Your Dirt Bike Pants

Dirt bike tracks are not a smooth ride. Riders are tested in their skills and perseverance and bikes, and gear is pushed to the limit. Falling often with the need to get up quickly back into your place. Therefore, the durability of your equipment is of the utmost importance.

The Importance of Proper Pants

When moto pants get tested to the max. Pants take the worst punishment and require durability, yet it must give you enough movement and flexibility to get up quickly as well as a proper grip to increase manoeuvrability. You will work hard, physically and mentally, and your pants need to absorb your heat, sweat and dirt while ensuring a softer impact during a fall. Your pants must protect you from a variety of elements and is more than just a garment; it is a shield. It is the protection you need against the elements to perform at your peak.

Some Factors to Consider when Buying

Material – Durability, material and impact protection are three intertwined and essential guidelines to consider when purchasing. Most moto pants are made of a combination of polyesters with a variety of forms of leather from fake to genuine with pricing being the determining factor. Considering that the higher the quality of material used is, the less thereof is needed to protect, and the lighter in weight, the pants are which is delivered. The balancing point of excellence is where the material is thin enough to be lightweight and still strong enough to be durable. Regardless of high quality, if the content gets too weak, it won’t be durable and long-lasting. For this factor, reviews play an integral part in your consideration process.

The Grip of the Pants – The design of the pants can influence the grip that the rider has, and that leads to improved bike control. This can be done through reinforced seats and knees and leather panels on the inner knee areas. Again, pricing will determine the quality of the leather, and you have to find a balance between affordability and quality.

Fit – Multiple stretch panels in the pants allow for a better fit around the legs, groin and upper seat areas. This ensures mobility and ease of movement. This is also a contributing factor to comfort during your ride. Uncomfortable pants which limit movement will not only influence your abilities but will also tire you out sooner.

Mesh Liners Against Moist – A good quality mesh liner inside the pants serves as a shield against the moisture which is absorbed into the material of your pants. The coating keeps the skin dry, and that decreases chaffing and irritation.

Proper Ventilation – Proper ventilation is also required for cooling you on the inside of the pants and to dry out moist, which then reduces skin irritations from abrasion and sweat.

All of these factors must be considered under the umbrella of price. In the end, you need to be clear on how much you are willing to spend and be sure that you get the best value for your money.

Best Gloves for Different Riding Styles

There are so many styles of riding motorbikes, ranging from off-road through to racing on a track. While many think riding gloves are similar in many ways, they are some significant differences that apply to protection with each riding style.

Below, we look at some of the most popular riding styles and see how the gloves differ. Of course, these don’t just apply to give you comfort and girl on the bars, but also need to protect when things go wrong.

Palm Gloves

Gloves that only protect your palm make it easy to use your fingers to pick up things and have the full use of your hands while wearing the gloves. However, you’ll need to think carefully about these gloves as they don’t provide much protection. Therefore, they aren’t recommended for just about any type of riding. However, those who enjoy cruisers tend to prefer these as they help keep calm and you still have the full functionality of your hands.

Motocross Gloves

Motocross gloves offer some of the most protection as they include padding on your palms, knuckles and the outside of your fingers. They have been specially designed to provide the best protection against rocks, and uneven environments were dirt bike riders tend to go. There’s even an additional option that includes an insert for your palm, which provides even more protection and avoids blisters.

While these are great for off the road, they aren’t recommended for on-road use. The cloves aren’t made to protect against high-speed falls and would wear through quickly, and they don’t stop your jacket from sliding up your arm.

Gauntlet Gloves

Gauntlet gloves are the best for road riders as they offer extreme protection for your hands with coverage on knuckles and even additional leather protection on the palm. They also provide a longer tail, running up about halfway up your forearm, allowing you to protect your wrist and also stop your jacket from sliding up should you fall. These can be used for off-road as well, but since they are thicker, you’ll end up getting hot through the slow technical sections.

Racing Gloves

When you look at gloves in MotoGP or even just racing gloves in general, you’ll find they usually come with a steep price tag, also though it seems as if they offer the same protection as cheaper gloves. However, there are loads of differences with these gloves as they need to protect your hands against the worst possible conditions.

Therefore, race gloves tend to include much higher quality materials and have gone through years of engineering to ensure ultimate protection. Most think these gloves are to stop your fall from wearing through the gloves, but they also there to prevent your hands from being pulled apart while you’re sliding down the track. Furthermore, they usually offer high-quality carbon fibre knuckle protection and palm coverage.

Applying a New Sticker Kit to your Bike

Sticker kits on a bike can be quite tricky as the panels on not all straight and include some confusing terms and bends that can make it hard to get the graphics on without having to cut it or sit with a load of bubbles to get the best effect.

Luckily, there are a few tricks to get the very best results and make your bike look brand new with the graphics you want. Firstly, be sure to use a high-quality sticker, especially those who are using their bikes for enduro or sand. These stickers tend to take more beating than what you’d think and with thin labels, it just won’t last very long and would end up showing scratches in no time, leaving you right back where you were when you decided on the new kit in the first place.

Sizing

Most tend to use sticker kits that have already been cut to size and fits perfectly on the bike. However, some models aren’t available with these kits, or the few available kits might not be what you want. The next best option is to have the stickers made by a graphics shop who can also cut them to size for you. Finally, the last option is to have it printed on a big sheet that you can cut and apply as you need.

While the first two options are the easiest, the large print would need some cutting and adjustments as you go. Luckily, you can plan and get a rough size going before you start to apply the kit. Cut out pieces for each cover but be sure to go a bit bigger than the cover is. It merely ensures you get the best possible fit. If you bought a kit or had it cut to size, you’ll skip the cutting and move straight to applying.

Applying

With all your stickers laid out, begin by taking off the panels from the bike. It’s much easier to apply the labels when they are off the bike as you can twist it around and make sure everything lines up right.

Before you begin, use a contact clear or even brake clear to get all the bit, oils and other substances of the plastic as this could lead to bubbles and cause the stickers not to stick as well as they should.

Once your plastics are all cleaned and ready, start in the place where the sticker has to line up the best. This can either be a corner or a hole with a distinctive characteristic where the stick can’t go wrong. Don’t pull off the entire backing at the same time, but rather do it in stages.

Try to apply as much of the slicker as possible by starting in the centre of the sticker and working out all the bubbles as you go. As the NS, you’ll notice the label will begin to fall as it goes around the bends, which is where you want to use a heat gun to warm it up and make it more pliable. However, do not heat up too much as you might warp the sticker, which cannot be fixed.

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