Harley-Davidson kicked off its 2014 fiscal year with a first quarter net income of $265.9 million, an 18.1% increase from the profit reported in the same period of 2013. Consumers purchased 57,415 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide in the first quarter, up 5.8% from the 54,254 units sold in Q1 2013. U.S. sales accounted for 35,730 […]
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Motorcycle Buying Tips For Women
Over the past few years, especially since the height of the economic crisis, more and more women have turned to motorcycling both as a way to save on fuel costs, but also to experience the joys of the open road. In an article recently published by Consumer Reports, some tips are provided for women looking to enter the sport for the first time.
The first bit of advice is to “Sit on a lot of different bikes first,” says Angela Annamalai of Shelby’s Powersports in Bronx, New York. The goal here is to figure out which riding position you find most comfortable.
After that, consider a small-displacement motorcycle. They’re generally lighter weight, have a lower seat height (which makes it easier to plant both feet on the ground, boosting confidence), and won’t overwhelm you with power.
There are a number of different motorcycles and scooters to suit virtually any riding need. Honda’s new CTX line even has an option for a fully automatic transmission, making the shifting experience one less thing to worry about, if you so choose. Still, Consumer Reports notes that Harley-Davidson claims to sell the most motorcycles to women than any other brand in the U.S.
Above all, however, complete a motorcycle safety course and don’t skimp on safety gear. A proper helmet, jacket and gloves are the minimum, riding pants and boots are even better. These are all pieces of advice we’ve covered before, but it bears repeating. Click here for the full story, including CR’s list of the most reliable motorcycles.
Apparently, elks aren’t too keen on motorcyclists, as the video below demonstrates. This couple, aboard what sounds like a Harley-Davidson (that potato-potato exhaust note is unmistakeable), were riding along in Missoula, Montana when this elk decided he wanted to take the road for himself. As traffic slowed and eventually passed, the elk took a growing interest […]