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Why Does it Cost So Much at the Dealer?

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A useful insinght on the cost of motorcycle repairs.
There are three main criteria used in pricing motorcycle repairs. The first is labor, or what the shop charges for the time and expertise that goes into repairing your vehicle. The second is parts, and whatever other shop support materials are used in the repair process. The third is fixed costs or overhead costs the repair shop has to cover, but that’s not reflected on your bill.

Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows To Invade Indianapolis!

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Indianapolis has long been the epicenter of American powersports – anyone with speed and horsepower on the brain has Indy on their radar, whether it's the "Brickyard," MotoGP or the world-renowned Indy 500. The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows is now proud to be another landmark on the radar of Midwest motorsports enthusiasts, with the upcoming Indianapolis Motorcycle Show!

February 15-17, hundreds of brand new 2013 motorcycles will roll into the Indiana Convention Center, representing the latest and most advanced machinery on two-wheels from every major manufacturer in the world. Fans and enthusiasts alike are welcome to get up close and personal with this definitive collection of 2013 motorcycles (and even some 2014s), as well as experience everything else the Indianapolis Motorcycle Show has to offer.

In an exclusive to the Indianapolis market, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Custom Bike Show will culminate with the U.S. Championship being held throughout the weekend at the Indiana Convention Center. The premier-class "Ultimate Builder" winners from each stop of the nationwide Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows tour will compete for national honors in Indy, where only one bike and builder will be named America's finest. Get an all-access look at this season's beautiful contestants in Indy, and cast your vote for the best builder in the U.S.

Celebrity appearances, the world-class MotoGP Experience and the antics of the XDL Street Jam crew are only a taste of the action that the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows bring. The Indianapolis Motorcycle Show will also serve as a core shopping outlet for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere, with exclusive one-time deals on everything from boots to helmets you won't find anywhere else.

"It makes perfect sense to bring the longest-running consumer powersports show series in the world to Indy, the motorsports capital of America," commented Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows Brand Director Tigra Tsujikawa. "The show will take place alongside the 2013 Dealer Expo and together the two events will create the ultimate two-wheeled weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts."

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Indianapolis will be open to the public Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, at Indiana Convention Center, located at 100 South Capital Avenue, in Indianapolis. Show hours are Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit

Hot Leathers Sweeps into the Easyriders 2013 Bike Show in Columbus, February 8-10

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Hot Leathers, the industry leader in motorcycle apparel and accessories, meets up with the Easyriders 2013 Bike Show Tour in Columbus, OH to continue the company's 30th Anniversary celebration. Join Hot Leathers February 8th – 10th, 2013 in Columbus for one of the "Biggest, Baddest, Bike Shows in North America" the Grand National Invitational Finals at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Throttling through 30 events for their 30th Anniversary, Hot Leathers is joining up with the Easyriders 2013 Bike Show as its next stop on a tour across the United States. The Columbus, Ohio stop of the Easyriders Bike Show promises to be turbocharged with events and fun! Get a Meet & Greet pass for Son's of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst, or find Michael and Angie from the hit TV show Full Throttle Saloon to get their autographs. Check out original art from David Mann at the show, or ride out to see more artwork around the Short North Arts District. Enter your bike in the Easyriders Bike Show and win trophies, cash, or prizes, and a chance to have your bike featured in Easyriders Magazine.

There will be plenty to see in Columbus, and you will want to take it all in while looking good in one of Hot Leathers' distinctive styles. Wherever you go at the Easyriders 2013 Bike Show, Hot Leathers will be close by to take care of all your needs. Find the Hot Leathers booth to get in on our 30th anniversary specials and great deals on officially licensed products, vintage t-shirts, and more!

Easyriders Bike Show Tour Details:

Admission: Children 5 years-old and younger are free all weekend.

Adult Weekend Pass – $35.00

Day Pass: Children (Age 6-12) $10.00/day

Friday & Sunday: Adults $20.00

Saturday: Adults $25.00

Hours: Friday 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm


Lat Adds New High Performance Break-In Oil

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With the recent release of 5W -30, LAT now offers a comprehensive selection of highly sophisticated BREAK IN OILS. This new break-in blend addresses issues relating to ring seal failure, extreme stress, and exaggerated wear during initial start up and break in. LAT PRO-BREAK-IN OIL is a light viscosity oil containing pump-up additives, highly refined hydro-cracked base oils and state of the art additive package with high shear stable polymer. This one-of-a-kind mix contains a high zinc content providing excellent ring seal and superior overall engine protection during the all important break-in period. 5W-30 and 20W-50 weights are currently offered by the quart and case while PRO-15 comes by the gallon and 5 gallon pail. Break-In oils are available from LAT dealers worldwide, by calling direct to 888-528-6457 or on line at

Aging Riders Beware?

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We like to scout all over the internet for stories relevant to you. Today, we found this one… to read with a grain of salt. We really do live in a culture of fea after all…


If you’re over 40 and planning to hop on a motorcycle, take care. Compared with younger riders, the odds of being seriously injured are high.

That is the message of a new study, published this week in the journal Injury Prevention, which found that older bikers are three times as likely to be severely injured in a crash as younger riders.

The percentage of older bikers on the road is quickly rising, and their involvement in accidents is a growing concern. Nationwide, from 1990 to 2003, the percentage of motorcyclists over age 50 soared from roughly 1 in 10 to about 1 in 4. At the same time, the average age of riders involved in motorcycle crashes has also been climbing. Injury rates among those 65 and older jumped 145 percent from 2000 to 2006 alone.

Because of the increase in motorcycle ridership among older Americans, the researchers, led by Tracy Jackson, a graduate student in the epidemiology department at Brown University, wanted a closer look at their injury patterns. So she and her colleagues combed through a federal database of motorcycle crashes that were serious enough to require emergency medical care. That yielded about 1.5 million incidents involving motorcyclists 20 or older from 2001 to 2008.

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Downtown Houston 1968 was models, motorcycles and Matt Helm

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Apparently there was a time in Houston’s past when you could see two bikini-clad girls riding through the streets of downtown to promote a movie … in January or thereabouts.

In this 1968 photo, accompanied by a brief Houston Chronicle write-up headlined “How to clear traffic — and stop it,” Sharon Horne and Judy Bracey are leading an escort to the Metropolitan Theatre to help promote the Dean Martin film “The Ambushers.” In the car behind them is fashion designer Joan King, representing Oleg Cassini, who designed the film’s wardrobe, sets, hairstyles and makeup.

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Flashback Friday Bike Feature: Bonneville Adventure Unfolds

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I have a lot of full custom bikes and love to ride them but when you’ve got that much money and time invested in something it’s hard to take it out and beat it up on a daily bases. When you leave a $50k bike on the street in front of the bar its hard to be relaxed. Not that everyone shouldn’t own one or two full customs, but that you should also have the modified stocker that is replaceable. That’s what I set out to do with a ugly, heavy, 1999 Harley Dyna.


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Neanderthals, Golf Clubs and Motorcycles

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We stumbled on this editorial by David Salter and felt compelled to share it with Bikernet readers. Enjoy


I blame much of society's ills on golfers. Back in the dawn of time golf started out as a simple game where you whacked a ball with a club trying to get it in to a hole in as few whacks as possible. What could be simpler? For years Neanderthals were perfectly happy with their custom hand crafted flint headed club attached to a stick by a leather thong as they whacked away at golf balls and merrily chased them between feeding Mastodons on those primitive courses as they they laid the foundation for the modern game of golf.

Who knew that in the modern era golfers would have worked it out so that in order to be socially acceptable you need a battery of specialized clubs numbered one to nine including an odd looking one with a P on it just to whack a single golf ball where mastodons once roamed? I mean who uses just one club?

So what does this have to do with motorcycles?

Back in the day a motorcycle was a motorcycle and you rode it any where you wanted. No matter what brand you rode there was no one to tell you that if you wanted to ride to The Grand Canyon and back from anywhere in America your bike was totally inadequate. There was no one to stand there giving you a variety of reasons why your bike was no good and you needed something like a Sport Touring Bike with adjustable wind screen and specifically designed to ride to The Grand Canyon and back otherwise you were hopeless.

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Easyriders Grand National Invitational Bike Show In Columbus This Week End

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Come to the Grand National Invitational Finals February 8, 9 and 10 in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (Halls E & F)

400 North High St – Columbus, OH 43215

Show Hours: Fri 4pm-9pm Sat.10am-9pm Sun.10am-5pm

Admission Adults: Fri $20.00 Sat $25.00 

Sun $20.00 Weekend Pass $35.00

$5 Discount For All ACTIVE MILITARY 

– Must Show Military ID At Time Of Purchase 

– "Can ONLY Be Used At Box Office"

Admission Kids: (6-12) $10.00 Each Day 5 yrs & younger-Free

Host Hotel: Doubletree Suites by Hilton

Columbus Downtown – 50 South Front St. – Columbus, OH 43215

Ph 614-228-4600