Motorcycle Blog: Beyond the Ride

A local motorcycle enthusiast's look at motorcycles, motorcycle gear and anything that goes into enjoying a ride — including where you can find the stuff in our area.

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Posted: February 28th, 2013

EZ Performance upgrades for Harley Davidson Fat Bob

I was taking a look through my archives and came across this interesting post.  I think it’s pretty relevant because now is just a perfect time to do the kinds of upgrades I discuss.   Let me know what you think…   What I loved about my Fat Bob is that being a Harley the [...]


Posted: February 27th, 2013

Is your head a $7 head or a $700 one?

  Schuberth C3 Modular Helmet   I’ve been thinking about this write-up for a long time now, not quite sure how to put my feelings into words that won’t sound too over-the-top.  It’s hard, you know.  You could read all the real serious reviews of  this helmet on the internet and get a little bit of understanding.  [...]


Posted: December 4th, 2012

Now’s the time to go bike shopping – here’s why…

Hello everyone – hope you are enjoying the weather. I’ve mentioned before that winter is a great time to buy a motorcycle and I’m sticking to my previous statement – especially if you don’t have to trade one in or sell one to benefit. You can get a terrific deal at all of the local [...]


Posted: November 6th, 2012

Great time of year to ride – with the right planning…

I love autumn. I love it in general but I really love it when it comes to riding. The beautiful scenery, cooler weather, less minivans going nowhere while talking on their cell-phones – all these things plus a few good Oktoberfests really make the fall my favorite time of year to ride. Unfortunately there seem [...]


Posted: September 25th, 2012

Riding boots – Sidi Way Rain

I’ve had these boots for a little bit now – you might remember I used them on my ride back from Philly last fall when I picked up my Yamaha Stratoliner S (a bike I’ll own again one day).  They were great, but one ride on the Turnpike wasn’t nearly enough to get a good [...]


Posted: September 17th, 2012

2012 Speed Triple

Wow, I’m just so excited about this bike – it’s why I have written about it I”ve been busy riding it and getting through the brutal break-in period.  Triumph conveniently tells you (right on the tank) what revs to limit the bike to at different mileage.  So for the first 50 miles you limit it [...]


Posted: September 4th, 2012

2011 Kawasaki Concours 14

Sport Touring bikes are probably the best all-around bikes out there.  A Sport Tourer is designed to handle well, move quickly, over long distance comfort and typically storage.  Their agility makes them at home around town and their power and handling make them great long-range options.  Speaking of options, there are a legion of them [...]


Posted: August 31st, 2012

I did it…

I bought that 2012 Triumph Speed Triple…   I tried to fight it but it just fit sooo much better than the 2009 and I just have to admit that they knew exactly what buttons to push to push to get me to buy.  No salesmanship, no hot girls telling me how handsome I look [...]


Posted: August 20th, 2012

Bike pushers…

My wife and friends think I’m nuts… I got rid of my Fat Bob a few weeks ago.  Nothing wrong with it at all – in fact it really was terrific, especially given that I’d really individualized it so perfectly.  But ever since riding that 2012 Thunderbird Storm out to Cedar Point every little thing [...]


Posted: August 15th, 2012

Exhaust – something so simple yet so important

Last week we talked about certain upgrades I made to my Fat Bob, specifically air intakes, Dynojet’s Power Vision and a touched a little bit on my exhaust of choice.  The exhaust that I chose for my bike was actually one that you, the reader, chose for me earlier this year in a poll – [...]