We were pre-schoolers taking turns sitting on the gas tank of Dad’s Triumph while cruising SoCal cul-de-sacs in ’81. Did this moment, along with our early years of Big Wheels, dirt bikes and three-wheelers, help turn us into motorcyclists? Or is the love for riding motorcycles innate? We love hearing origin stories of how people got started in motorcycling – the following video is one such story.
Have you bought your raffle tickets for these beauties yet? The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will hand over the keys to this pair of Hondas to the lucky winner this winter (2019). With a donation, you’re entered for a chance to win a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L provided by American Honda, but carefully customized by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles.
“It takes years to get that dust on there.” Dan Auerbach gets it. He appreciates how each dent, scratch and layer of grime preserves the stories his bikes have been carrying for decades. He wanted to make sure the Lane Motor Museum displayed his collection as is and they were happy to oblige.
We got chills, they’re multiplyin’. The new Ural prototype people have been buzzing about is officially public and, well, it’s electrifyin’! Here is Corey’s first take on an early-phase version of the electric Ural, powered by a Zero Motorcycles powertrain package, that we tested back in March.
A quick note: this isn’t going to be a geeked-out tech-centric post full of data and decimals. You can find the bike’s full specs here. We’re more about the vibe; the overall ‘feels’ you get when riding through the wind on a motorcycle. Of course, we’re in love with the big jump in horsepower from their internal combustion engines (60hp! Up from 41) and its 81ft-lbs of torque. After many hours spent in the saddle of gas-powered Urals, the feeling is immediately and noticeably different. You can feel it in your innards upon acceleration. Is the experience better? We’ll get there; read on.
This story features Corey and his sons; a shorter version was originally published on the Ural Motorcycles blog: Camping is all about getting outside and enjoying the open air. Whether you travel to a faraway forest or a nearby campsite, a sidecar can make the experience much more memorable. Here’s how Corey maximized fun while sidecar camping in the Hoosier National Forest.