Top Seven Movies Made Cooler by Motorcycles

Motorcycles have appeared in hundreds of movies since the inception of the big screen. Some movie directors, however, used the genius tactic of shining a spotlight on these fine machines in their movies, instantly making these flicks much cooler than they would have been with a mere glimpse of the bike, or worse, no bike at all. Here are the top seven movies that were made that much cooler by their inclusion.

7. Wild Hogs

Even the comedic genius of the combination of Tim Allen, John Travolta, William H. Macy, and Martin Lawrence would not have been enough to save this movie without the constant presence of the actual “hogs.” These iconic bikes bring instant credibility to the screen while giving Allen, Travolta, and Macy at least a little street cred.

6. Robocop 2

Okay, Robocop by himself is already pretty cool. When you bring motorcycles into the mix, however, it is cinema gold. In the movie, Robocop mans a stray soft tail custom bike and chases down a box truck with it! Just like that an already cool movie got a lot cooler.

5. Rocky III

By this third installment of Rocky, the boxer (and the movie franchise itself) had started to lose his cool factor. Instead of being the tough, brash, unrefined fighter, Rocky was now rich, polished, married, and a dad. The only thing that could save Rocky in this current state is a motorcycle. Rocky rides the bike through Philadelphia and up to the statue that was erected in his honor, only to pelt the metal monument with his helmet in his anger and disillusionment at the loss of his trainer, Mick.

4. Animal House

This movie has a pretty high cool rating to begin with, but the injection of a motorcycle only adds to the cool factor. The scene that makes this movie is the character D-Day ripping up a flight of stairs on that beloved bike and ending his joyride by belting out a tune through his throat.

3. The Cannonball Run

What can be cooler than Burt Reynolds in a screwball comedy about a bunch of amateurs racing throughout the country? How about, as an added bonus, Peter Fonda riding a motorbike and mocking his own role as Easy Rider.

2. The Expendables

Generally action flicks are pretty cool, especially when they include the likes of Sly Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What makes this movie incredibly cool, however, is the scene where Rourke uses his chopper as a portable tattoo parlor and inks up Stallone right on it.

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

On its own this movie would not have much cool factor. While Harrison Ford has a large role, Shia LeBeouf has a larger one, and that fact hurts this movie. What helps the movie, though, is LeBeouf’s use of a motorcycle to rescue Ford and then ride through a library in an intense chase scene.

Eight Types Of Bikes At Motorcycle Dealers

The first motorized bike was invented in 1867 and powered by steam. In 1894, the first mass-produced model was built. Since 1894, hundreds of millions of choppers, scooters, and off-road motorbikes have been produced and sold by motorcycle dealers throughout the world. In 2013, over 8,400,000 were registered in the United States. California, Florida, and Texas accounted for about a quarter of all registrations. They are very popular in dense cities and developing countries due to their low rates of fuel consumption and relatively inexpensive purchase price. Here are the eight main styles of bikes that you will find at motorcycle dealers.

Standard

Standard bikes are designed for basic street use. They generally do not have a windshield, and the driver sits in an upright position.

Cruisers

Cruisers are larger than most other motorbikes, and they offer a more reclined seating position. They have more torque, which allows beginner riders to not shift as much. Cruisers are popular with many motorcycle groups.

Dual-Sport

Dual-sport motorbikes are, as the name suggests, designed for both street and off-road use. Since they are driven off-road at times, a taller suspension is required, giving the rider a more upright seating position.

Sport

Sport bikes are designed for high levels of street performance. They are generally the fastest motorcycles on the road. They also offer the best braking and handling. As a result of the emphasis on performance, sport models generally offer lower fuel economy than their counterparts, and a less comfortable riding experience. Since they are designed with minimal air resistance in mind, riders sit leaning over the handlebars.

Touring

Touring models are built with the comfort of the rider in mind. They are used for longer distance trips, and often allow seating for a second rider. Most types have storage areas on the bike for luggage, and some even offer options such as radio and GPS navigation. Touring types can weigh well over 1,000 pounds when fully loaded.

Sport Touring

As the name suggests, sport touring bikes are a blend of the two models previously discussed. They are generally smaller and lighter than touring models, but larger and more comfortable than sport models. Due to their combination of comfort and sportiness, these models are one of the most popular.

Mopeds and Scooters

Scooters and mopeds are the lighter versions of the models discussed above. They have smaller engines, an upright seating position, and they often have an automatic transmission. As a result, they are very easy to drive. The small engine offers excellent gas mileage, as well. Worldwide, mopeds and scooters are the best-selling types of motorbike.

Off-Road

Off-road models are used exactly how the name suggests. They offer riders a more upright seating position and long suspension travel to deal with bumps and dips. The tires used are generally, specifically designed for their use on dirt, mud, and rocks.

In conclusion, motorcycle dealers offer potential riders a lot of options. If you are in the market for a new motorbike, use this list to help pick the model that is right for you.

What You Need to Know About Custom Motorcycles

Seven million people were registered with motorcycle endorsements in 2007. Most people aren’t satisfied with a run-of-the-mill stock bike. If stock bikes aren’t your style, it’s definitely worth looking for shops in your area that specialize in custom motorcycles. You’ll probably wind up with lifelong riding buddies and learn more than you ever thought possible.

You Won’t Be Starting From Scratch

A great thing about customizing a motorcycle is that you won’t be building it from the bottom up. You’ll probably start with a stock bike or a partially customized, used bike, and start piecing everything together. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself person or a person with the ideas who will let an expert do the work, the benefits of starting with an already built bike will start to show in your wallet. If you’re still in the dreaming phase, there are free websites available that list hundreds of different parts where you can build virtual, custom motorcycles without the expenses of actually doing it.

You Won’t Be Alone In Your Journey

Stop by your local dealer to see if they work with custom motorcycles or are willing to order any parts you may need. If they don’t do work in-house, they’ll point you to the best expert in the area. Motorcycle sales have been in a recession since 2011, so anyone in this industry is sure to give you the best service to get and to keep your business.

You’ll Learn A Whole Lot

Most shops are willing to share any knowledge they have. They’ll ask about your bike, your ambitions, do some research, maybe ask to test drive it, and give you their suggestions regarding parts. For example, you will want to always make sure your front tire is in tip-top shape. When taking turns, the majority of the bike’s grip comes from this single tire. Going through a good parts shop can help you collect discounts and perks from manufacturers, as well. If you choose to order anything online yourself, be sure that the part you’re ordering will fit on your bike and perform the way you want it to.

The thrill of riding your fully customized and personalized motorcycle 70 miles per hour down the highway is something that can’t be compared. Be sure to be courteous to the millions of other cycle riders in the United States with the customary biker hand wave, and always enjoy your ride cautiously with regards to larger vehicles on the road, too.