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This year’s list of the best motorcycle movies to watch during the winter season has a few films I recommend last year (always ready for a good visit) and some new ones.

While they will not replace the wind in your face, they might help take the edge off.

Many of these films/shows are available on streaming services like NetFlix, Amazon Prime.  Just do a search to find out if you have access.  The title is linked to their IMDB page.

SIT STAY RIDE – The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.”  My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised with Sit Stay Ride.  Not only was it well shot it was well told story.  It was also quite inspiring, to the point that Debbie stated, “almost makes me want to go buy a sidecar”. You can read my review of the film here.

Best Bar In America – In this film the motorcycle should have gotten a best supporting actor award. The film uses a vintage BMW sidecar motorcycle throughout the show as a character playing a role. The basic plot of this motorcycle movie is that the owner is riding his motorcycle to every bar in the western United States in order to write a book about the best bar in America. You can read my full review of the film here.

The Ride: London to Beijing – Following Guinness Motorcycle Endurance World Record hold Kevin Sanders as he leads a group of ordinary riders on a (13,000 miles) trip from London to Beijing. Generally following the Silk Road, they are impacted by snow, ice, altitude sickness and political upheaval during their run through 20+ countries. Yes, this is reality TV but it is a real group of riders from the UK, US and Poland with a broad range of adventure motorcycle skills. You can read my full review of the film here.

Globeriders Iceland Adventure a Motorcycle Tour of Iceland  –  (No IMDB entry) This is NOT one of those typical helmet cam “adventure” video’s.  These guys had an actual camera man as part of the team. The star of the show were not the riders or the bikes it was Iceland itself. You can read my full review here.

21 Days Under the Sky – Four friends riding old school Harley Davidson choppers across America and the fun, trouble and adventure they find.  By old school I mean vintage Sportsters, Shovel and Knucklehead motorcycles. Their bikes have small tanks and more than a few break downs during their cross-country trip. You can read my review of the film here.

Wild Hogs – John Travolta, Tim Allen, William Macey and Martin Lawrence… do I need to say more. Campy fun about friends riding cross country!

Long Way Round – This is a 7 show TV mini-series so either spread it out over multiple days or binge it all at one time. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s around the world adventure trek.

Long Way Down – Again McGegor and Borman but this time they travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa. Not as good as Long Way Round in IMHO but worth a watch on a snowy day.

Being Evel – “A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel–watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous.” You can read my review of the film here.

Do you have a motorcycle movie to suggest for the list…. add it in comments!!

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The tank is the center of attention for almost all motorcycles.  Some folks can get really creative on what they paint or construct for their motorcycles.

This year I started with 16 candidates for the top 9.  Now I am sure that some of these may have been around for a while but 2018 was the first that I saw these particular motorcycle tanks.

I am always impressed with the talent in the motorcycle world.  Whether it is paint or sheet metal crazy thinking and accomplishment are always appreciated.

If you have a tank you would like to be considered for 2019 send me a link!

 

 

 

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For the last few years I have posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles list. The motorcycles of 2018 have not disappointed.

These are motorcycles I stumble upon these as I bounce around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.. This year I started with 27 bikes but it was not to hard to get them down to nine.

Why 9?  Because everyone does 10 and 11 is to much work!

It is likely that those weird motorcycles that did not make the list will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWANT2RIDE Facebook page.

If you want to check out last years list click here for the 2017 Weird Motorcycles. Just a quick note, these motorcycles may have been around for a few years, but I first noticed them this past year.

 

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According to Feedspot.com, of the more popular RSS content readers, IJustWant2Ride is #91 onthe “Top 100 Motorcycle Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019”.  That works for me!

A few of the blogs that I follow are also on the list.

Motorbike Writer

MotoLady

HappyWrench

BanditRider Blog

Lone Star Rider

So at # 91 we have a lot of room to move up.  But the problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to invest in all those SEO and back link things to get more search engine connections.

Oh well, I do this more because I enjoy motorcycles then any other reason. But thanks FeedSpot.com for the recognition!

 

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Turns out that for $38 (US) you can get a behind the curtain tour of the Harley Davidson factory in York, PA. Called the “Steel Toe” tour, you get a guided excursion to places in the plant (like paint and polish) that the free version does not.

I purchased the tickets online Thursday for a Friday tour (click here for the Harley Steel Toe Tour website). We showed up a bit early for the 9:30 AM tour and, it turns out, there were only three of us for the tour; Debbie, me and a guy from New Jersey.

 

I wish I could say that we rode the motorcycle to the tour, but it was 25 degrees when we left the house for a 2+ hour trip to the plant. Yes, call me a wimp! (I am adding heated gear to my wish list).

ijustwant2ride.comOnce we got to the “ Tour Center of the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations” and checked in we were issued 2 commemorative pins, safety vest (which we got to keep (value $10? at WalMart), safety glasses and steel toe safety “booties” which we did not get to keep. Additionally, our receipts for the tour acted as a $5 off coupon for the gift shop. So, with all said and done, I think we got the tour for about $20.

Our tour guide, JoAnn, started the tour with a short 10-minute video overview of Harley Davidson. After the video and putting on our radio headsets (the plant is very noisy) we started the tour with the stamping of tanks and fenders.

Just a short note about JoAnn.  She has been giving the tours at the plant for 17 years.  It was obvious she knows her way around the facility and the details of how the bikes are assembled. IMHO she is an asset to the factory.

Though out the tour it was as if we were watching “Dancing with the Stars” industrialijustwant2ride.com factory edition. Between the robot machines and the human workers there was an intricate play of just in time parts and assembly. We saw motorcycles being created for not only the US but Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and other places around the globe.

After an hour and half tour, I have to say I was most impressed with the how the paint is applied in a two-day process. I understand why Harley motorcycle paint jobs look so much better than most other motorcycles. Every painted part is hand inspected for flaws by a team of auditors. If they can fix it there it, they do, otherwise it is sent back for a redo.

Some of the other items we learned during the tour is that the plant is expanding to include the Sportster and Street lines and maybe the Live wire as well. This is mainly because they are closing the Kanas City factory. The expansion is expected to be completed during 2019.

The one thing I did not like was the fact that we could not take photos during the tour. Really, like Indian and others could not buy a ticket, LOL.

We really enjoyed taking this tour. It is so much more interesting then the self-guided walk though of the annual York Open House. I highly recommend this tour, even if you don’t own a Harley Davidson.

 

 

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Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are Europe based use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

SUMMARY: Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2018 Kawasaki Z900, Z900 ABS, and Z900RS vehicles. The rear brake hose and rear wheel rotation sensor wire may have been incorrectly routed, allowing them to contact the rear tire.

CONSEQUENCE: If the brake hose contacts the rear tire, the hose may be damaged, reducing the braking performance. If the wheel rotation wire gets damaged, the ABS may not function properly. Either condition can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: KMC will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake line and rear wheel sensor wire routing, correcting the routing and replacing any damaged component, free of charge. The recall began December 17, 2018. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC18-06.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The upper radiator hose may crack resulting in a coolant leak.

CONSEQUENCE: If coolant leaks onto the rear tire, it can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a new upper radiator hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990125.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The shift shaft torsion spring may fracture, giving the shifter a loose feel and affecting the ability to shift gears.

CONSEQUENCE: Difficulty shifting gears can cause a loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a new shift shaft torsion spring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990126.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S and V4 SP motorcycles. The timing chain tensioner may loosen over time, possibly causing oil to leak from the bottom of the tensioner adjustment bolt.

CONSEQUENCE: An oil leak can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the timing chain tensioner bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Ducati Monster 1200, Monster 821, SuperSport and SuperSport S motorcycles. The shift lever may have been incorrectly assembled, possibly resulting in the shift knob detaching from the lever.

CONSEQUENCE: If the shift knob detaches, the rider may not be able to shift gears, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the gear lever shift knob tightness, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S, and V4 SP motorcycles. The oil cooler output port may crack, causing an oil leak.

CONSEQUENCE: An engine oil leak can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

ama-supercross-logo-vector-downloadAMA Supercross has left Fox Sports Network and moved to NBC Sports Channel, I am sure Supercross got a better deal financially but the fans are screwed.  First race is January 4th 2019.

Most of the fans of Supercross have to watch the races from home, few of the races are near most of us, especially if you live on the east coast. That being a fact, NBCSC is delaying the broadcast of 7 of the races. The Nashville race, for example, is delayed until 11PM EST. My wife and I love Supercross but we are not going to watch until 3 in the morning races of which we know the results.

Now NBCSC has a fix for this delay issue!

For the small fee of $75 you can watch all the races LIVE on line, imagine that! Well no thanks, we will pass. As an aside… I think NBC’s coverage of most sports is poor so I am hoping for the best with Supercross.

So now we get delayed, sometimes by weeks, broadcast of American Flat Track and now Supercross. NBC does hate motorcycle racing!

If you would like to hear what we had to say, regarding this issue, on the DAWGHOUSE MOTORCYCLE RADIO click here!

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For those of you in the Washington DC metro  area the Timonium Motorcycle Show is an annual mid-winter event.  With most motorcycle manufactures represented and lots of motorcycle vendors and travel crews Timonium has been one of my favorites.

However there has been some rumbling about the 2019 show when the long time organizer for the event dropped out. But, fear not the event is still on as Jam On Productions jumped in to setup and run the show.  From all appearances the 2019 show will occur and look a lot like the previous years events.

So if you were concerned (or even knew about) the show for 2019 now you know.  I will be there walking around with the wife.  Just hope that it is above freezing while we are in line to get in LOL.


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Have a motorcycle enthusiast (aka biker) on your gift giving list this year? Here are 9 ideas of what you can give them … for a reasonable price, in no particular order.  Most of these would be available in local dealerships. 

9. A branded hat – Gal or guy you can never have to many hats to show off your brand loyalty.  Of if they are like me, if the motorcycle theme is cool, the brand does not really matter. 

8. A branded jacket – Not talking about a heavy, armored riding jacket but a casual jacket to wear out and about when not on the motorcycle.  

7. Cleaning supplies – Yes soap, sponge, rags but also some specialty cleaning products like my preferred product, S100.  S100 should be available at any motorcycle dealership. 

6. Motorcycle themed t-shirt – Something to wear around the house. You can get all types of themes; racing, cruising, vintage and just about any make or model motorcycle.  

5. Frame them – Frame a nice picture of them with their motorcycle.  Simple and cheap but you might have to snoop on their phone to find the best one! 

4. Motorcycle road maps – There are many brands and types out there.  Many dealerships have some of these on display for that last-minute stocking stuffer. 

3. Motorcycle gloves – If your biker’s gloves are a bit over the hill now is the time to pickup a new pair.  Some consideration, vented for warm weather or water-proof for the rainy day? 

2. A branded or motorcycle themed phone cover.   

1. Membership in the AMA – That is the American Motorcycle Association not he medical association (or the version of the AMA in your area).   Membership not only gets you things like emergency towing it gets you a voice in Washington DC.  The AMA is the biggest (but not the only) motorcycle lobbyist group trying to protect your right to ride.  This is, most likely the most important motorcycle gift idea on the list!

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In this film the motorcycle should have gotten a best supporting actor award. Currently showing on Amazon Prime, “The Best Bar In America” uses a vintage BMW sidecar motorcycle throughout the show as a character playing a role.

You can watch the trailer here.

The basic plot of this motorcycle movie is that the owner is riding his motorcycle to every bar in the western United States in order to write a book about the best bar in America. Along the way he loses his wife, drinks too much, makes a new best friend, loses the best friend, loses the book deal, finds new love and rides his motorcycle.

From the opening scene to near the end of movie the motorcycle has a place. Called worthless, a stinking machine and a NAZI PoS as well as other terms of endearment, it is a central plot device that helps hold the movie together. I am not sure that this film would be as good as it is if it were not for the vintage motorcycle.

There was one quick scene where the starting sequence was laid out, open petcock, little twist of throttle, a couple short strokes of the kicker, another twist of the throttle and then big kick…just like any kick start bike of that age, you have to know how to stroke it to lite it up. That one scene summed up both the leads relationship with the motorcycle and why he was struggling in life; both require a lot of work to keep running.

All in all this was an enjoyable movie. I recommend it as a good movie for lovers of motorcycles. I am giving it 4 Stars.

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