Full Court Press: All the details on the 2016 Harley-Davidson Lineup

The last three years have been a product blitz from the evolutionary norm of Harley-Davidson. The new RUSHMORE line of touring motorcycles, the Livewire electric motorcycle and the Street 500/750 have barnstormed the industry. However, 2016 sees a return to evolving key models of the product line to keep existing customers happy with some simple but significant improvements.

For 2016, every step of the Harley line, from entry-level to the highest end, received tweaks. We went to Portland to experience all the changes made throughout the line.

Entry-Level Excess

The Sportster and Street 500/750 are absolutely critical to Harley-Davidson’s success. Both are entries into the brand, expanding the brand in overseas markets and responsible for bringing new customers into the fold. Key changes were made to improve refinement and riding quality, but very little revolutionary changes were implemented.

The Sportster Forty-Eight, a stalwart of their Dark Custom Line, and Iron 883 both received new, more comfortable seats, revised paint and cast wheels. The Forty-Eight also received 49mm front forks.

These changes made them markedly more friendly to ride on the pockmarked roads of Portlandia. When the going gets twisty, the lowered rotating mass of the wheels has a minimal but appreciated improvement in turn-in, and the seat makes bouncing around a bit more comfortable. Still the same Sportster, now with a bit more comfort and value added.

The Street 500 and 750 have crushed it in international markets and had reasonable success in the States, but to fire it up, Harley instituted changes heard from both existing and prospective customers, namely aesthetic changes to bring it more in line with the rest of the family. This means more metal trim, rerouted wires and an overall cleaner routing scheme to decrease the frump. We didn’t have a chance to ride this one, so a verdict will have to wait.

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Motocross legend Carey Hart on Harleys, breaking bones, business and relationships


If I talk to one of my buddies on the phone and he says he’s recovering from the weekend, I know it’s because he got hammered. But when Carey Hart says it, it could be due to a life threatening injury.

“It was my 40th birthday. So it was kinda life threatening,” said Hart about recently hitting the big 4-0 and the ensuing party. “We had a big one. There was probably about 20 of us and we did a 150-mile motorcycle ride that ended at this cool little motel bar where my wife threw me a big party.”

Hart is rebuilding a H-D 2015 Road Glide Custom using 90 percent Harley-Davidson P&A. The build is in preparation for a ride from Nashville, TN to the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Aug. 3-9), where he’ll showcase his creation as the 2015 Grand Marshall of the Sturgis Mayor’s Ride.

How did you get hooked up with Harley Davidson?

I got my first Harley when I was in my early 20s, and its always been a passion project of mine. Not only do I like riding them, but I like working on them. And just the whole culture of it. I’ve been to most of the rallys – Laughlin, Daytona, Sturgis – it’s just something I’m really into. I’m kind of in the twilight of my riding career, and I’ve come to the point in my life where I want to do more on the two-wheel bagger side. Harley sent me this bike and I did my version of a build on it. And I’m pretty happy with how it came out.


At what point in your career did you accept getting hurt as part of your job and not having any fear of it?

As an amateur. By the time you make it to the pro level in motocross or where you’re at the level where you are doing contests, you’ve already had a good share of injuries. Very, very few riders make it to the pro level without a few major injuries along the way. It’s part of the job – it’s not about if, it’s when.

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Honda Powersports release new CBR300R and CB300F motorcycles

Honda Powersports is really interested in your butt. Well, to be more specific, Honda wants to know what your butt is sitting on, which is why they’ve put together a new campaign urging people to get off their butts and start riding its latest models, the Honda CBR300R and CB300F. Both bikes are designed to be enjoyed by novices and experienced riders alike, and start at just $3,999. Learn more on Honda’s official site, and then head over to their Learn to Ride page for step-by-step help on how to start living life to the gluteus maximus.


The 5 Best Motorcycle Movies of All Time

For some initial, subjective, thoughts… What makes a great motorcycle movie?

First and foremost, it’s the writing. A motorcycle movie can go from cool to camp if the script isn’t any good. There were a number of motorcycle gang movies made in the 1960s and each one is campier than the last, which is why none of them made this list.

Acting is another important element. Talented actors are what make a good movie great. 1977’s “Viva Knevel” could have been a great motorcycle movie, if it didn’t star Evel Knevel. Knevel’s acting was laughable at the best moments, but oftentimes so outrageously bad it was hard to stomach the scene.

Also, a great motorcycle movie has to have cool bikes. Who can forget Wyatt and Billy’s retro Harley Davidson Hydraglides? The motorcycles in a motorcycle film should be special, unique, or otherwise crave-worthy.

FYI– It’s unfortunate, but they don’t make the Hydraglide anymore – not since the 1950s. Many people have replicated the motorcycles from Easy Rider. This number of these done has made it possible to purchase a similar bike, but you’ll need to find a good source of motorcycles that are for sale by owner, as you can’t currently purchase a replica directly from Harley Davidson. American Listed is a good option here in Texas but you may need do your own homework depending on your area.

Finally, a great motorcycle movie has to be memorable. If it’s forgettable, it didn’t make this list. We sought to add recognizable titles that have been universally enjoyed since its initial box office success.

Although all movie lists are debatable, we believe the following 5 films truly stand-out and fit the criteria outline above.

1. “The Wild Angels” (1966)

Actor Peter Fonda plays “Heavenly Blues,” a motorcycle gang leader from Venice, California. In the film, Blues and his gang consorts party hard. This film went on to become the 16th highest grossing film of 1966. The first of its kind, Wild Angels set the tone for more progressive films, such as “The Trip” and “Easy Rider.”

2. “Easy Rider” (1969)

Easy Rider has its boring moments, but who can deny its impact? This film inspired multiple generations to climb on their motorcycles and hit the open road to experience America’s rough-and-tumble countryside in a whole new way. Written by Jack Nicholson and staring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, “Easy Rider” was an easy choice for our number two spot.

3. “Mad Max” (1979)

Futuristic motorcycles? Check! Mad Max made crotch-rockets look cool, and since its box office success it has inspired more than a few speed-demons to pick up their own Kawasaki K-1000 (the same bike that was used in the film). Overall, Mad Max has it all – incredibly stunning cinematography, quality acting, motorcycle stunts, and it’s one of the most memorable films on this list.

4. “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004)

Before he was “Che” Guevara, he was simply Ernesto, or Fuser to his friends. “The Motorcycle Diaries” is about the 8,000 km motorcycle trip taken by Guevara and Alberto Grandado. Its inspiring true events unfold as both men become brow-beaten and poverty-stricken by the journey, and yet they persevere, and the watershed journey helps shape the futures of both men.

5. “The Wild One” (1953)

Shot entirely in black and white, this classic film stars Marlon Brando. Brando plays Johnny Strabler, the deadly leader of a vicious motorcycle gang. This is the movie that launched Brando’s career and also spurned countless other movies with “rebel” types as the lead characters – see anything staring James Dean.


Picture of the Day: Sonny Frazier is a hot biker babe

Here’s a great shot of lovely brunette Sonny Frazier stradling a motorcycle and showing off her nice tush!

Sonny Frazier is a hot biker babe


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