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Useful Tips for Buying a Classic Motorcycle

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from https://thekatynews.com

Motorcycles that are more than 25 years old are regarded as classic. If you want to buy a classic motorcycle, there are several factors that you must consider. Some of the things that you may need to take into account include budget, and how old of a bike you intend to buy. Choosing the right bike can be a daunting task since there are a lot of different bikes available on the market. Read on to learn the useful tips for buying a classic motorcycle.

Purpose of the Bike

First and foremost, you must clearly define the purpose you want the classic motorcycle to fulfill. There are different types of motorcycles, and these have been designed for various purposes. Therefore, you must select the bike style that best suits your needs. The common types of motorcycles that you can get on the market include the following:

  • Standard motorcycles are ideal for general purposes and appropriate for beginners and regular commuting. With this type of bike, you can save money, but it is not appropriate for long distances.
  • Cruisers are heavy, and they are good for style, comfort, and tall riders. However, the bikes are bad for small riders and off-road conditions.
  • Sportbikes are built for high speed and performance.
  • Touring motorcycles are designed for long road trips, and they offer comfortable riding. The bike also comes with additional features that make riding comfortable.
  • Dual sport motorcycles are good for off-road riding, and they are also lightweight.

If you want the right bike, you should look into these categories.

Type of Bike

There are different types of motorcycles that suit the needs of every kind of rider. To determine the type of bike that is right for you, you must consider your intended use, where you plan to use the bike, and your experience level. Professional marketers at timeless2wheels.com explain that there are different factors you should consider when you want to buy a motorcycle. For instance, it is imperative to know the engine size that can fit your needs. The engine sizes for motorcycles range from 250cc up to about 1,400cc. If you want an entry-level and low-cost bike, smaller engines in the range of 250cc to 500cc can be ideal for you.

Smaller bikes are easier to handle, especially when you are a beginner. Other specifications that you should consider when buying a classic motorcycle include weight, top speed, and fuel tank capacity. You may also need to check if the seat height is suitable for your needs.

Price of the Motorcycle

It is essential to consider the price of the motorcycle. Different factors like the type of bike you choose and whether you want a used or a new one determines the price. For a used bike, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars. On the other hand, new bikes start from about $3,000. It is essential to define your source of funding. There are also additional costs that come with buying a motorcycle. These costs include riding gear, insurance, and licensing fees for your bike. More importantly, you must consider the maintenance costs of your bike and the availability of spare parts.

Buying a Used Motorcycle

When you are a beginner, a used motorcycle can offer you the best value and cost you less than a new bike. However, getting a reliable bike can be difficult if you lack knowledge about motorcycles. You must avoid motorcycles with high mileage, salvage titles, and excessive wear. The best way to get the right bike is to have it inspected first and do some research to get details about the value of the motorcycle.

Inspection of the bike should include checking for leaks, abnormal wear, rust, brakes, exhaust, chain, wheels, and others. You must ask useful questions to the seller of the motorbike so that you can make an informed decision. You can also check feedback about the seller before you buy a bike from them. Alternatively, you may also try to get referrals from other people like friends and family members.

Motorcycles are used for different purposes, and they come in various types and sizes. If you want to buy a classic motorcycle, there are various things that you should consider. The first thing to do is to define your needs so that you can get the right type of motorcycle. You also need to take into account other elements like the cost of the bike, availability of repair parts, and other related expenses. You should also procure insurance for your motorcycle so that you get coverage in the event of an accident.

Sam’s Picks for the Week of March 11th, 2021

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I’m in the process of moving to Sturgis, South Dakota from a 9,000 square foot building including a shop, 17 motorcycles and 17 years of history. It’s crazy, but brothers and sisters all over the country are moving to the Badlands. Jason Mook from Deadwood Custom Cycles made 13 trips pulling a trailer from North Carolina. At times I need to tell my dust-covered self that brothers all over the country have done this.

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Let’s Hit Route 66 Easy Rider Style

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by Koz Mraz

Picking up a Harley Road Glide from Sedona EagleRider, I hit 89A, a wonderfully twisty ride that begins in Uptown Sedona. The red rock views are astounding, let alone the 2500-foot altitude change that takes you through several different terrains and micro climates on the ride to Flagstaff.

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End of the World Run

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Dodging Asteroids, JFK Jr., C19 & Route 666
Photos and text by Koz Mraz

Armageddon and apocalyptic end times are all the rage! Between conspiracy theories, the November 2nd asteroid, Nov 3rd elections and the pandemic it’s definitely time to take an “End of the World” motorcycle ride. I suggest avoiding toxic zombies in metropolitan areas and, the petrified people of Covid suburbs. Get Out! as fast as you can to high country.

I picked up my Harley-Davidson Road Glide at Sedona EagleRider and headed to Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest and Rt. 666, the Devil’s Highway all the way to Mexico in my EOTW ride. Most people don’t realize that Arizona has some serious mountains with Humphreys Peak topping out at 12,633 feet! Flagstaff also has the perfect underground hideaway from the impending cataclysm.

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Sam’s Picks for the Week, October 27, 2020

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This effort has forced me to think about all the bullshit in my past, the good and the bad. It makes me think about how and why I survived. I’m sure Sonny had to face the same demons when he started to write about his life. I have a close friend who was a member of the Outlaws for 20 or so years. He spent seven years in prison in the east.

I recently wrote about the fights I was in during the time I was a member. It’s posted in the Life and Times of Bandit. I needed to set the record straight after George Christie’s book. I don’t talk much about anything else I was involved with.

The violent side of life subsided and I became aware of the chopper mission. Sex, chrome and creativity. We were living is strange untamed times. The moral fabric of our society became unleashed with rock and roll, hot rods and choppers. We were free like never before and girls were also free to explore and exploit their beauty like never before.

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Destination Daytona Biketoberfest 2020

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The city of Daytona restricted vendor permits during Biketoberfest this year. Bummer. They attempted to shut the event down, but the riders kept coming.

A result of severe lock-down meant no vendors at the speedway, boardwalk, main street etc. Events did not happen or were moved.

But wait! Destination Daytona was open and had a good turn out Friday, the day I rode over.

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The Savage Roads Trailer #1

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The pilot episode is complete! Ride along with Canadian music legend Pat Savage & his guests in Piemonte & Genoa Italy. Ride windy hills filled with grapes & check out Barollo Wine, Baladin Beer, Genoa Pesto and much more! The Savage Roads coming soon! Vroom.

 

Free Speech Bikernet Weekly News for October 22, 2020

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We Break all the Rules!

I’m trying to make a list of crates, if I’m ordered pack up my shop and move it to Deadwood. It’s one of those daunting tasks. I love this building, but not LA or California anymore. Got to get outta Dodge.

I started to mess with the FXR. I was going to send the Spitfire girder to Paughco to have it checked. The other one we had broke. Makes you sorta edgy about riding it. Check the News for everything new and hot in the industry.

Ride fast and free forever!

–Bandit

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for October 2020

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Convention Highlights, Bans, ATVs, Discrimination, Law Suits, Compensation, Motorcycles are Bad, Event Cancelled and the Queen

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

BIKERS FROM ACROSS AMERICA BRAVE PANDEMIC TO ATTEND NCOM CONVENTION

CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN GAS-POWERED VEHICLES

ATVs GET APPROVAL FOR USE ON CITY’S STREETS

INNOCENT BIKER’S PERSISTENCE NETS NEW HARLEY

BLACK MOTORCYCLE CLUB SUES COUNTY OVER EVENT CANCELLATION

MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC GETS COMPENSATION OVER BIKE ‘PHOBIA’

MOTORCYCLISTS ‘A DANGER TO THEMSELVES’ SAYS TRANSPORTATION REPORT

BRITISH MOTORCYCLE RACER RECOGNIZED BY THE QUEEN

AIMEXPO, IMS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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Pat Ryan, who opened his first motorcycle shop in Bakersfield at age 19, dies at 63

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by STEVEN MAYER from https://www.bakersfield.com

Who opens a retail business at age 19?

Patrick J. Ryan — his friends called him “Pat” — not only founded Bakersfield Motorcycle Supply at 2800 Chester Ave. in 1975, he later opened Ryan Kawasaki on Pierce Road where his passion for life and his full-throttle philosophy drew customers in droves.

Ryan, who later in life focused on real estate and spent 20 years restoring the Kern Island Building on H Street, died Wednesday. He was 63.

“Pat set the bar for me in retail,” said Kerry Ryan, Pat’s younger brother who owns Action Sports in Bakersfield.

“He had no fear, and he taught me to be fearless,” recalled the younger Ryan. “I don’t think I would have risked going into retail if Pat hadn’t done it first. I thought, ‘If Pat can do it, I can do it, too.’”

Born June 9, 1956, the oldest of six siblings, Pat Ryan fell in love with motorcycles at an early age, inspired by such ’60s movies as “Easy Rider” and “Bullitt,” which starred motorsports enthusiast Steve McQueen, “the king of cool,” said one of Pat Ryan’s two sons, Scott Ryan.

With money he earned as a paperboy delivering The Californian, Pat Ryan bought his first dirt bike. At the not-so-tender age of 14, Pat entered his first desert motorcycle race, the Vegas 120.

“Steve McQueen would also be in attendance that year,” said Scott Ryan. “At that time, Pat was the youngest entrant in the history of the race.”

He was just 15 when he got a job sweeping floors and doing other work at Davey’s Motorcycle on Chester Avenue. Pat worked his way into counter sales, ordering custom parts and assisting customers with service needs.

The budding businessman continued customizing bikes and racing through high school, said Scott Ryan. After graduating from Highland High School in 1974, Ryan decided against college, despite the years he spent in gifted classes.

“He figured out how to make money early,” said Tom Carosella, a close lifelong friend who graduated with Ryan in ’74.

“He was fearless,” said Carosella, who went into car stereo sales as Ryan was diving into motorsports. “If he wanted to do something, he just jumped into it.”

Ryan had a rare gift with people, and his love of life translated into the ability to make people laugh.

“He could go into a bar or restaurant and size up the whole room,” Carosella said of his friend. “It was an incredible ability. But even when things turned to crap in his life, he could see the good.”

It was a trait he would come to need.

In 1980, Pat Ryan finished construction on a new location just north of the Garces Circle. The building was Bakersfield’s first to meet California’s new energy efficient building standards, Scott Ryan said.

In 1981, after an ATV accident Pat Ryan saw a doctor to check for broken ribs. Instead, the doctor found a tumor.

“I took him to San Luis Obispo where he got his diagnosis,” Carosella recalled. “We were 25 or so, and ill-equipped to understand what that meant.”

But it didn’t take Ryan long.

“I remember vividly he could talk about it (having cancer) easily,” Kerry Ryan said. “He’d say, ‘Yeah, I have cancer, but I’m going to beat it.’”

He projected strength and confidence, and in turn, got it back from friends, establishing a circle of positive attitude.

Pat successfully battled cancer, often receiving his radiation therapy before going into work to help customers, Scott Ryan said. The experience “supercharged his focus on enjoying life, family, and making others smile.”

Ryan went on to build two more projects in the 1980s, a warehouse building on Jewett Avenue and his dream flagship store, a dream he drew on the back of a napkin.

“He called it Times Square,” Scott Ryan said. The building on Pierce Road — now Buck Owens Boulevard — was designed to feature a rendition of Bakersfield’s historic Beale Memorial Clock Tower. When completed the building was nominated for a Beautiful Bakersfield award.

As the parent of two sons, Neal and Scott Ryan, Pat was a hands-on father.

“He was proud to be a dad,” Kerry Ryan said.

Pat’s notoriety and business grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

“If you had a radio or TV, you became familiar with his infectious enthusiasm and positive energy,” Scott Ryan recalled. “Every advertisement ended with the jingle ‘We love motorcycles!’”

“To this day I still have people ask me, ‘Your dad is We love motorcycles! right?’ I’m proud to respond, ‘Yes.’”

During his career, Ryan co-founded and helped organize the Bakersfield Toy Run, a charity to a help people in need. And during the 1980s when Jet Skis became a craze, safety became an issue as collisions were on the rise. As the local Kawasaki dealer, Ryan worked with the county of Kern to designate a safe area for the recreational sport.

“Pat Ryan and Kawasaki partnered up to organize and fund the Jet Ski Recreational Area Project, and beautification of Buena Vista Lake,” Scott Ryan said. “Together they donated picnic tables, park benches, a boat launch ramp and camping spaces designated for Jet Ski users.”

Eventually, Ryan got out of the motorsports business, and focused on real estate.

In declining health in more recent years, Ryan focused on long-term tenants at his Kern Island Building, which was built by Kern County Land Co. in the 1950s. Primarily focused on nonprofit organizations that were important in serving the community’s needs, Ryan would donate a portion of the rents and provide additional free space to help support their mission.

Pat Ryan lived life on his own terms, said his brother Kerry. It may not have always been a lifestyle that promoted longevity, but it was the way he wanted to live. Full, fun and fast.

“Pat loved riding 100 percent throttle,” Kerry Ryan said, “whether it was on a motorcycle or in life in general.”