So you gotta check out our Good Bud Scout’s page, Bikereader. It’s full of images and words of what is exactly going on in our riding world today.. You ever get the feeling that even though cuz you ride you really don’t fit or can be identified as a biker? Well Scout’s got that figured out and gives you a little taste of how we as enthusiasts belong to a far more deeper identity than just “biker”
From Bikereader….”What is this new scene that is comprised of a somewhat younger breed of rider on modified cruisers rippin’ our streets? Well, it’s not a “biker” scene. The contemporary biker image is different that what is seen in this new scene. Though the roots overlap in ways, the new scene feels like a reaction to the macho, tough-guy, simple biker image. There are several types of bikers these days as I see it, and this new phenomenon doesn’t seem to apply to any of these current biker factions in my OPINION. The biker image has blown into something that it originally wasn’t. The label has been hijacked into a meaning that is soft, superficial and commercial. This younger scene seems to have qualities compared to what can be found in the dawn of the current American biker icon.
This new motorcycler is less of what bikers are now, and more of what bikers were in their beginnings. From the vocal SoCal period-correct vintage purists, to the open-minded Limpnickie collective around the country, to the Chicago area hardcore riders, to the art/chopper mix in the East Coast, to the performance-inspired younger guys that sort of sprouted from the Big Twin aftermarket, to the isolated skaters on club-inspired later models, to the anything-goes unapolegetic youth Horse magazine subscribers on their first chop, to the Quad Cam Bastards who are proving Sporsters aren’t girly bikes, to the street tracker guys who got ideas from Dave and Dustin… When somebody dubs them a biker it doesn’t seem to make sense. The wrong image comes up.
If you have some extra cash a great investment is a bike lift. A bike lift makes service work much easier, and you won’t end up like a contortionist trying to reach odd positioned bolts on your bike. Another great feature of the lift is the ease of cleaning your bike, especially your wheels. Now many different types of lifts are available, you don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive lift but the least expensive lift may not be the best deal. Certain model bikes such as some year Dyna and sportsters have uneven undersides and need frame adaptors to lift the bike level, not all lifts have these available. You also want to make sure the lift you’re buying is rated for the correct weight of your bike; you can find the weight of your bike in your service manual. Don’t skimp out on a lift, quality rules over price like anything in life. You don’t want to be trusting a $99.00 lift to support your bike because it was a great bargain. Remember, this lift is going to be holding anywhere from 500 to 800 pounds of bike 12-24 inches in the air which you will be right next to or underneath. If that lift fails you where’s your value now? K&L’s MC550 is a great lift, check out this demo video.
Planning a Shower,wedding or special event? Check out Cakettes to add a unique twist to your next celebration. These delicious little “cake balls” are so different and did we mention delicious? Stay tuned for the next video where Tessa shows us how Cakettes are made.
Mustang’s new one-piece “Super” touring design provides the rider and passenger with the most comfortable seat possible on 2008-10 FL models. Not only does the driver sit in a deeply pocketed, 19” wide front bucket, but Mustang’s new Super Touring seat moves the driver 1.75” further back than the stock seat. The seat is also lower than stock so that the rider can plant his feet firmly on the ground.
Never forgetting the passenger, Mustang provides a full 14” wide seat which is fully supported by Mustang’s unique internal support wings that eliminate any sagging at the edges. More passenger comfort means fewer passenger complaints.
Available plain or with studs (either chrome or chrome with black pearl centers), the Super touring seat is available with or without a fully adjustable driver backrest that folds flat for ease of getting on the motorcycle and removes easily without tools.
Mustang’s One-Piece Super Touring seat with chrome studs and a Driver Backrest is $719. A matching Wrap-Around Passenger Backrest with thicker, extended arms for only $279 completes the custom looking passenger comfort.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Mustang continues to proudly handcraft all their seats in the USA. For more info, visit mustangseats.com or call 800-243-1392.
Don’t forget Special Shipping Discounts for Garage-Girls, just call and mention Garage-Girls!
Fellow enthusiast Tanya Horn is looking for some support on her newest venture of competing in the Miss Keys Competition.
Here is a little bit about Tanya in her own words……..
I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, went to a one room school house (where my father, grandma and great-grandmother went!) until I was a freshman during this time I showed horses for 10 years. I was a true TOM-BOY, as well as artistic, athletic and didn’t ‘stay in the lines’ as my mother would put it! I am a middle child of three girls and a bit rebelous in my own way.
I learned to ride my dad’s Yamaha Virago in the alphalfa field on our farm when I was 18 or 19 and it’s been awesome ever since! I moved to Colorado when I was 20, WITH the Yamaha, only to sell it months later to buy my first Harley. I am now on my third motorcyle. it is a 2000 Harley Sportster that has been modified over the years with a Buell racing engine, custom paint, 200 rear wheel kit, new pipes, air cleaner, lots of chrome, etc, etc. You know how it is once you start customizing. . . EVERYTHING gets changed!
I used to compete in Fitness competitions and that lead to modeling, doing promotions for supplement companies, some runway work, even getting a shot gig as a bartender at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis (did you see me on the TruTV reality series??) The custom paint on my bike was ispired by a Pin-Up photoshoot I did in 2008. So my bike combines my love of riding and modeling!
I always say I’m just a simple girl from a small town in Nebraska, but no one ever believes me. I don’t know why you can’t be a bad-ass biker chick who is smart, classy and beautiful?
It’s inevitable, at some point either one of your vehicles will develop an oil leak, or you simply just might spill oil from a drain pain or a fresh bottle. No Need to freak out, we’ll help you clean up that oil spill like a champ! The best way to deal with an oil spill is to vacuum it up, thats right we said vacuum.
A wet dry vacuum is designed specifically for vacuuming spills and other messes that occur in a workshop or garage. When dealing with messes such as oil spills you should always use a wet dry vacuum cleaner and never, under any circumstances, use a household upright vacuum cleaner. You guys wouldn’t try that, were sure of it, but just wanted to make sure you get the point! Upright vacuum cleaners are not designed for this type of work and you will screw it up if you use it to vacuum oil!
Ok So in order to properly vacuum an oil spill (with a wet dry vacuum) here is what you’ll need.
If you don’t own a wet dry Vacuum you can get one at any home improvement type store. (Don’t forget to check out the owners manual for proper operating of vacuum)
Once your all set on operating the wet dry vacuum go ahead and Place Sawdust, sand, or kitty litter and cover the oil spill. The sand or sawdust will absorb the puddle of oil and make it easier for you to use the heavy duty wet dry vacuum to pick up the spill. Be sure to cover the entire spill completely. Wait a few minutes after laying the sawdust or sand down before vacuuming to ensure as much oil is absorbed as possible.
Once that has set for a few go ahead with the wet dry vacuum
and clean up the sawdust pile that you put down to absorb the oil. Dispose of the contents of the canister according to local laws regarding the disposal of oil. When you finish vacuuming, use rags to dry any remaining oil spots that are left behind. If you still have a little residue left you can use a can of brake Clean to finish it off.