Does the new Milwaukee 8 Street Glide pass muster? Guest blogger and frequent US touring veteran, Matt James finds out… I’ve gone Coast to Coast to in the USA on a Street Glide twice and always really rated the bike as a great “Swiss army tool” of a bike especially for the solo tourer. I’ve previously done a comparison of the then current model with it’s rival the Indian Chieftain (having done the same trip twice on that as well), and while the Indian won out in a couple areas, not least power and handling, overall there was very little to choose between the two. So how does the new Milwaukee 8 version stack up? Well a close to 4,000 mile road trip on it would be a good test.
One man, a camera, one brand new Harley M8 Street Glide and 3000+ miles of open road!
Follow guest blogger and veteran Lost Adventure customer, Matt James day by day on his solo, 14 day ride from Chicago to Biketoberfest in Daytona on a new Harley-Davidson M8 Street Glide – the last big ride of the 2017 season. His chosen route includes parts of Route 66, the Indi Speedway Museum, Gettysburg, the Appalachian trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, Deals Gap (Highway 129 – The Dragon!), Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum, the Gulf Coast and ending with one of the best Bike Meets in the USA!
Looking forward to getting your kicks, as you roll on down the highway like a bat outta hell?
Join radio DJ and Lost Adventure customer Oliver Lodge on a musical journey along the Mother Road as he evokes some of what he calls ‘road emotion’.
Well I have road tripped the Good Ol’ USA a few times now and those wide-open plains, mountain passes and beautifully metalled roads deserve two things;
Which comes out on top as your favoured cruiser/tourer – the Indian or the Harley?
Guest Blogger and seasoned biker Matt James clocked up the miles on two popular bikes and shares his impressions in this Chieftain verses Street Glide review.
Riding Route 66 is a lifetime dream for many people, the top of their bucket list, the holiday of a lifetime. However, for some it remains just that, a dream. Time, life and the cost get in the way.
When you’re riding in a pack of motorcycles, it requires a different style of riding in order to be safe. Riding in a large group can be fun, but each rider needs to respect the group dynamic or the consequences can be severe.
A long way from home, you can’t afford to lose anything to prying hands, least of all your motorcycle. So how do you keep your bike and gear from being stolen while touring? Here are our tips.
The new Indian Motorcycles are beautifully designed, with aesthetics that respect the history of the marque, with modern accents. We found that no matter where we rode these bikes, when we stopped, people wanted to talk about them. It’s unavoidable when you ride the Indians (note, if you’re interested in renting an Indian Motorcycle to ride in the USA, or doing a Guided Tour of Route 66 or the Wild West on an Indian, contact us!).
One of the questions we get asked by many people who enquire about riding in America is something like “I’ve never ridden two weeks in a row for so many miles each day, will I be able to do this trip?” We always answer the question the same way:
In a recent blog, we asked: “Are You A Confident Motorcyclist?” While a very rare few of us are born with natural ability on a motorcycle, the majority of riders learn by doing. We try to avoid mistakes, especially painful ones, keep our eyes and ears open, and hopefully become mature in our abilities. Even the best of us can make mistakes, or have bad luck, no matter how long we’ve been riding. But how did we evolve from that timid newbie, cautiously releasing the clutch so as not to stall the bike AGAIN, into the motorcyclists we are now (or who we want to be), brimming with confidence? Here are a few of the things we learned along our journey about how to become a confident motorcyclist:
Lou Reed Took His GPz For A Ride
Lou Reed left the planet on the 27th of October, 2013. Living and working in New York, I saw him around town many times over the past 30 years, keeping a low profile at hip cultural events, or just walking on the street, usually downtown. Tough, smart, suffering no fools, Reed flirted with danger at a Pro level for a good portion of his life, which likely contributed to his departure. Its feels a bit empty not having him here anymore; on some microkarmic level, just the fact that he lived here kept the flame burning, the badass old NYC that he was a reflection of.
The Hurricane Ride
I remember it as “The Hurricane Ride”. It was August, 2008 and ten of us were headed to the inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP race. We had started in Washington DC, dodging an Atlantic hurricane that chased us off the Blue Ridge Parkway, coming down off the mountains in total darkness in the middle of the day. We’d gotten plenty wet on this tour, and we were getting tired of it. Riding in the rain is no fun, especially when you’ve got two thousand miles and two weeks of riding ahead of you. Sure, we could have taken a faster route to Indy – DC to Indy via North Carolina ain’t exactly what you’d call “economizing the miles” – but we were on a TOUR.
50 Things I Learned in 25 Years Of Riding Motorcycles Part One
(Testing the Multistrada for http://www.superbikeplanet.com in Lanzarote, 2010 – photo courtesy of Ducati)
UPDATE: Since this article was written, The Lost Adventure has expanded the range of bikes offered for rental, self-guides and fully guided tours to include the Indian range.
Tips For Solo Motorcycle Touring
Heading out on a long distance solo motorcycle tour? We’ve got tens of thousands of solo long distance miles under our belts, including coast to coast rides across America. Here are some of the things we’ve learned, which we hope will be helpful. And remember, if you need to hire a motorcycle for your American, Canadian or Australian tour, contact us! We’re an Official EagleRider Agent with great prices.
Where Will You Be Riding This Summer?
Seems with each passing year, we seem to put less miles on the bikes during the riding season. Often it’s because of work or family commitments. Sometimes the bike needs some work that just doesn’t get finished in the winter months. Our riding buddies who used to be so dedicated start peeling off one by one. And then there’s the weather. When we were younger, a bit of rain or a sweltering hot day spent in leathers was not an obstacle to a long ride. Sure we can all be hardcore when we want to be, we’ve seen it all on a bike. But now, more often than not, we’re looking for that perfect day on the bike.
How To Pack For A Motorcycle Tour
Recently, one of our customers who’s going on a two week tour asked us about fitted pannier bags. He’ll be riding either a Honda Gold Wing GL1800 or a Harley Davidson Electra Glide. Both have topcases and hard panniers. Was there a fitted bag that would fit both, he wondered? The answer is well, not really. The big touring bikes all have different pannier shapes and capacities, making it impossible to find a bag that will fit all of them and not waste space. A quick Google search of the terms “fitted pannier bags” or “motorcycle luggage” reveal a dizzying array of bags that are highly specific in their application, but no “one size fits all bag”.
Strength For This Day
I guess biking is in my blood. My Gran Hilda was born in 1909, and rode a bike through the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. When I started riding, she encouraged me, and always wanted to see my latest bike. She was a very special woman who lived a simple, humble life, during the most challenging of times.
EagleRider Motorcycle Insurance Options
Yaaaaawn!!! INSURANCE EXPLAINED.
Insurance is one of those things that most of us don’t want to think about when hiring a bike. And most of the time, we don’t need to – we have a great ride, return the bike in perfect shape, and fly home with the best of memories. But accidents can happen, and in our opinion, having the proper level of motorcycle insurance can provide some added peace of mind. We are an Official Eagleider Tour Operator, and we are asked fairly often to explain the differences between the various levels of insurance available either with a rental, or a Guided or Self-Guided tour.
Our Tips for Riding A Motorcycle Safely in America – read on.
So, you’ve finally decided to do it, you’ve booked your dream tour to America, riding down Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, Yellowstone, Sturgis or one of the many beautiful places to see by motorcycle. Even if you’re a highly experienced rider at home, hiring a big touring bike and dealing with the unique dynamic of American roads and drivers can be challenging. We’ve learned a few things over the 100,000+ miles we’ve ridden in the USA, and we thought we’d share our 7 Tips for Riding A Motorcycle Safely in America, so you can have the best and safest time on your guided or self drive tour or rental. Here goes: