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Inside Harley-Davidson’s All-New Milwaukee-Eight

  The Harley-Davidson Motor Company introduced its brand new engine to the world on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. They’ve brand it the “Milwaukee-Eight”.   The Milwaukee-Eight (M8) motor is the

Big Twin Milwaukee-Eight Engines…Harley-Davidson Scores!

  This all new, big displacement engine from Harley-Davidson is impressive. Here’s a summary of my launch day notes* for you.     The Milwaukee-Eight engines will power the 2017

New Motors from Harley-Davidson…big!!!

  Full report and roadtest coming soon…in the meantime, here’s what I know. Twin Cam engines have reached the end of their useful life after 17 years of solid performance.

Inside Harley-Davidson’s All-New Milwaukee-Eight

 

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company introduced its brand new engine to the world on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. They’ve brand it the “Milwaukee-Eight”.

 

The Milwaukee-Eight (M8) motor is the first all-new engine design since 1998 when the then-exciting Twin Cam 88 engine came to life. By all accounts, the M8 is bigger, has newly designed cylinder heads with 4-valves per cylinder and meets the strictest emission standards of the world.

And, as you can see below, the 114ci, 1868cc CVO Street Glide looks absolutely stunning. My gearhead buddies tell me that the 114 puts out a whopping 100.6hp!

 

2017 CVO Street Glide. 114ci powerhouse bagger. MSRP $37,799 – Source: HDmedia

 

Oil-cooled or Coolant-cooled heads. You decide.

Best I can tell, you now have the option to getting oil-cooled or coolant-cooled heads. Go 2017 Roadking for oil-cooled or go liquid-cooled with the  “Twin-Cooled” 107ci engine when you demo the Motor Company’s touring motorcycles. — the Road Glide Ultra, Tri Glide Ultra and Ultra Limited models.

The larger 114ci M8 engine comes with liquid-coolant cylinder heads for the CVO Street Glide and CVO Limited models.

 

Source: HDmedia

Note blue passages in rear cylinder and the black hoses that lead over the heads. That’s where the liquid-coolant or oil-coolant circulates in and on top of the engine heads. Source: HDmedia

 

Each cylinder now has four valves. (2-intake valves & 2-exhaust valves) for a total of 8 valves. The new motor comes with a higher compression ratio than its predecessor and has more displacement herego, the ability to push out 10% more torque than the Twin Cam.

Note the dual-sparkplugs per cylinder in the rocker box cutout below. Two sparkplugs are better than one from an efficiency of combustion standpoint.

 

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Rocker Box – Note the tight-fit rocker arm assembly. HDM8 – Source: HDmedia

 

Electrical Accessories…bring ’em on!

According to the Motor Company, the electrical charging system produces 50% more charge to the battery. This is a significant improvement given all the gadgets now used on touring bikes such as heated gear, big audio systems and a wide variety of electrical accessories.

 

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The Primary Case is an all new design too. Source: HDmedia

 

Note the single chain-driven camshaft in the photo below. Single cams provide less chain noise, are lighter and just mechanically simpler than their Twin Cam predecessor. This cam is driven by a hydraulically tensioned chain. I personally prefer the chain-driven cams instead of gear-driven cams. They are much smoother and quieter in my opinion.

 

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Note the close setting of the Pushrods atop the Cam case. Source: HDmedia

 

And, for the really big news!

Despite the extra power available with the new 107ci motor, it weighs the same as the now-prehistoric Twin Cam 88. There’s no fat in the M8…it’s all muscle. This means more power with less weight (aka: faster acceleration) and better overall fuel economy.

 

My Bottom Line…

Best I can tell, you cannot really compare the new Milwaukee-Eight engine to the Twin Cam motor. The M8 is simply technically superior and mechanically better in all ways.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the new 107ci Milwaukee-Eight produces more torque and kicks out 92.5 horsepower. The 114ci motor is said to generate a whopping 100.6hp.

Yup, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company has a winner here with the Milwaukee-Eight.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

Motorcycle Marc. #RideSafeOutThere

Motorcycle Marc. #RideSafeOutThere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Harley-Davidson Motor Company – Since 1903, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

About Motorcycle Marc – I’m a motoblogger. I prefer to ride motorcycles but when I can’t ride, I blog about it. Since 2009, I’ve developed a strong, dedicated following of gearheads, motorheads, biker-wannabes and 2-wheeled adventurers who love motorcycles and everything motorcycle-related. #RideSafeOutThere – Marc J. Beaulieu (MJB)

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. Manufacturer Names, Logos, Photos/Images, Websites and Model Information are Registered Trademarks of the Manufacturer. Also, note that specifications and any information in this blog is subject to change without notice. No representation of accuracy is made.

 

 

Big Twin Milwaukee-Eight Engines…Harley-Davidson Scores!

 

This all new, big displacement engine from Harley-Davidson is impressive. Here’s a summary of my launch day notes* for you.  

 

The Milwaukee-Eight engines will power the 2017 model year Touring and Trike motorcycles.

Source: HDmedia 107ci Engine. No Air Cleaner View Milwaukee Eight.

Source: HDmedia 107ci Engine. No Air Cleaner View. Milwaukee-Eight.

The motor’s styling is sleek, modern and continues to show off that classic Harley-Davidson V-Twin power look that many of us have grown to appreciate and even love over the years.

Every part of these motors is new. Yes, a clean-sheet design from the talented engineers and designers at the Motor Company. According to Harley-Davidson, they are the most powerful, coolest-running motors they have ever built and come with crisper throttle response and a truer, cleaner rumble-sound.

 

Massive rocker covers, big cylinder fins.

Source: 107ci Engine. Milwaukee Eight. Note fins & rocker covers.

Source: HDmedia – 107ci Engine. Milwaukee-Eight. Note fins & rocker covers.

As you can see in the photo on the right, the rocker covers and cylinder air fins are massive. With 4-valves per cylinder, there’s a lot of action going on under those engine tops but word is that engine noise is reduced compared to the Twin Cam.

The new Milwaukee-Eight motor is apparently quieter, yet still provides a rich, quasi-loud exhaust tone. There’s no mistaking the traditional Harley-rumble from this powerplant according to media reports.

The all new Milwaukee-Eight 107 and Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines are all Harley-Davidson.

 

These Milwaukee-Eight V-twin motors are about power.

According to Harley-Davidson’s press release, each new Milwaukee-Eight engine produces 10% more torque than the Twin Cam engine it replaced.

 

Source: HDmedia - 2017 Road Glide Special.

Source: HDmedia – 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special with new Milwaukee-Eight Motor.

 

The Milwaukee-Eight has quicker acceleration.

The Motor Company spec information indicates that the 107ci accelerates 11% quicker 0-60 mph and 11% quicker from 60-80 mph in top gear…significant improvement compared to the Twin Cam 103ci.

The 114ci motor accelerates 8% quicker 0-60 mph and 12% quicker 60-80 mph…significantly faster than the Twin Cam 110ci it replaces.

 

Source: HDmedia - 2017 Street Glide with Milwaukke-Eight

Source: HDmedia – 2017 Street Glide with Milwaukee-Eight

 

The Milwaukee-Eight has Reduced Vibration

These new engines are rubber mounted so some vibration will be always be noticeable but, the engineers at Harley-Davidson use an internal counter balancer that now cancels 75% of primary vibration at idle. The feel, while still classic Harley-Davidson, is more refined and more comfortable.

 

The Milwaukee-Eight motor is offered in two displacements and three variations:

107ci Displacement – Oil-Cooled – (1750cc, 92.5hp) featuring precision oil-cooled cylinder heads for the Street Glide®/Street Glide® Special, Road Glide®/Road Glide Special®, Electra Glide® Ultra Classic®, Road King® and Freewheeler® models.

107ci Displacement – Liquid-Cooled – (1750cc, 92.5hp) featuring liquid-cooled cylinder heads for the Ultra Limited/Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide® Ultra and Tri Glide® Ultra models. The liquid-cooled engines are branded by Harley-Davidson as “Twin-Cooled”.

114ci Displacement – Liquid-Cooled – (1870cc, 100.6hp) featuring liquid-cooled cylinder heads for the CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide®  models. Also branded as a “Twin-Cooled” Milwaukee-Eight.

 

Source: HDmedia - 107 Engine. Milwaukee Eight Primary.

Source: HDmedia – 107 Engine. Milwaukee-Eight Primary.

My Bottom Line…

From all I’ve seen and read since the unveiling on August 23, 2016, the power characteristics of the classic Harley-Davidson engine culture remain…strong low-end torque, broad and flat curve through the mid-range that is ideal for the Touring rider.

To experience the Milwaukee-Eight power of the 2017 Harley-Davidson models for yourself, go to www.h-d.com/demos and schedule the test ride of your life.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

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Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Notes obtained from official Harley-Davidson Press Releases provided to the U.S. Media on 2017 Model Launch Day, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company – Since 1903, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

 

About Motorcycle Marc – I’m a motoblogger. I prefer to ride motorcycles but when I can’t ride, I blog about it. Since 2009, I’ve developed a strong, dedicated following of gearheads, motorheads, biker-wannabes and 2-wheeled adventurers who love motorcycles and everything there is about motorcycles. #RideSafeOutThere – Marc J. Beaulieu (MJB)

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. Manufacturer Names, Logos, Photos/Images, Websites and Model Information are Registered Trademarks of the Manufacturer. Also, note that specifications and any information in this blog is subject to change without notice. No representation of accuracy is made.

 

New Motors from Harley-Davidson…big!!!

 

Full report and roadtest coming soon…in the meantime, here’s what I know.

Twin Cam engines have reached the end of their useful life after 17 years of solid performance. They will be replaced by two new “big” motors:

A 92.5 horsepower, 107ci, 1750cc motor for regular HD models and a whoppin’ 100.6 horsepower, 114ci, 1868cc on custom models.

Now, compare this to the basic Twin Cam engines (1688cc) which produced only 80.5 horsepower…we are talking “big” powerplant enhancements here. Stay tuned…more info to come as I get it the week of August 22, 2016…

 

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Imagine if you will…this Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail with a 92.5 horsepower, 107ci, 1750cc engine…that bike would fly!

 

Ride Safe Out There.

Motorcycle Marc

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The old days…Twin Cam 88ci (1450cc) on my 2004 Electra Glide Classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. Manufacturer Names, Logos, Photos/Images, Websites and Model Information are Registered Trademarks of the Manufacturer. Also, note that specifications and any information in this blog is subject to change without notice. No representation of accuracy is made.

 

Review: Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 Motor

 

The Thunder Stroke 111 has been in the motorcycle market since 2014 so I figured it’s time to take a closer look at this good looking VTwin engine.

The TS111 resembles the Indian Chief motor look of the 40s and early 50s. It’s a nice piece of modern mechanical engineering. It’s about as far advanced as one can take the traditional air-cooled, internal combustion V-Twin engine.

At 111 cubic inches, this 49-degree V-Twin motor (1811cc) puts out an estimated 78 hp @ 4510 rpm and pushes out a whopping 119.2 ft-lbs of torque according to data from the Indian Motor Company. For those of you not familiar with these types of gearhead stats, you can use the term “torque monster” with confidence to describe it.

 

Old-style classic inspiration

Looking at the early Indian Chief motors, it is easy to see the retro-look resemblance. I personally like the big slanted fins, the fat pushrod tubes, tapered cylinders and downtube exhaust pipes design of that 1940s era.

 

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EARLY INDIAN CHIEF ENGINE. Circa. 1940s, early 1950s.

 

Let’s look inside…

I was able to take some nice cut-away photos of the Thunder Stroke 111 while visiting the Indian Motor Company booth in Sturgis this past August 2015. Additionally, the good folks at Indian Motorcycles sent me some of their CAD design images so that I could share an insiders view of the engine with all my blog fans and followers.

 

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THERE’S A HUGE MULTI-PLATE WET CLUTCH IN THIS MOTOR.

 

Cool CAD designs. I’ve added some tech notes for reference.

 

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It’s not often you get to see what the engineers saw on their computer screens when they were designing this motor.

Imagine their excitement when asked to take a clean sheet of paper/screen and come up with a modern air-cooled V-Twin for new Indian motorcycles back in 2011. Oh, and it’s got to ready for testing and production in 24 months.

 

 

The Thunder Stroke is a fuel-injected 4-stroke 49 degree V-Twin engine with serious displacement at 111 cubic inches (1811cc).

The engine has a forged single-pin transverse crankshaft that transfers power from the big pistons (3.89 in./101 mm) during their their big 4.45 in/113 mm stroke.

Note the 2-valves per cylinder shown in the diagrams here and the three camshafts driving the parallel pushrods which in turn, bring the hydraulic lifters to life. We’re talking a really cramped mechanical design around them three camshafts.

 

The 111 is the most innovative interpretation of a V-Twin motor I seen in years.

 

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As you can see in this post, the motor design of Indian’s Thunder Stroke is modern and innovative.

Big kudos to the engineers at Polaris’s Indian brand for bringing this new V-Twin to market I say.

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Durability and Reliability…tested for over 1,000,000 miles according to the factory.

As indicated earlier in this post, the Thunder Stroke’s monster displacement of 111 cubic inches (1811 cc) is said to deliver 119 ft-lb of torque. The engine tops out at 5500 rpm, and delivers its power through a six-speed overdrive transmission. Compression ratio is high for your basic air and oil cooled engine at 9.5:1.

The new design, which has undergone over one million miles of testing, has a forged single-pin transverse crankshaft to transfer power from the 3.89-in diameter pistons during their 4.45-in stroke.

 

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NOTE THE HELICAL TEETH GEARS ON LEFT SIDE. The right side lower casting area houses the primary drive and 3-camshafts.

 

The TS111 is an overhead valve engine, with two valves per cylinder controlled by a triple camshaft driving parallel pushrods which activate hydraulic lifters. Yes, you read correctly…this motor has three cams that drive four pushrods that open and close two intake and exhaust valves per head.

As you can see, the design is rather cramped near the crankshaft. The motor has big cylinder outlines and multi-directional cooling fins to optimize engine cooling.

 

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PUSHRODS AND LIFTERS IN THE CYLINDER CUT-OUT.

 

The engine is connected to a six-speed overdrive constant-mesh transmission. Sixth gear turns 3.37 times faster than first gear, leading to an easily controllable transmission that will allow a rider to remain within the power band of the engine under most riding conditions. The clutch is a multiple-plate wet design to provide smooth clutch action without undue slippage.

 

See the following interesting YouTube videos for additional perspective.

Indian’s introduction video…check out this video

Here’s a factory look from the team at MotoGraphic.

 

Rider feedback.

My recent social media call for riders with 50,000+ miles on the Thunder Stroke 111 did not uncover such a riding pro but I did find one happy owner with just over 37,000 miles. Here is his quote:

“I have put 37,209 miles on Chieftain #873 since January of ’14 and it has been utterly reliable. I just returned from a month-long ramble across the country of over 4,000 miles, in all kinds of weather and extreme temperatures; I never once had any concern about making it home. I’ve had no clacking, no belt problems, no oil leaks, no rough running. I have put two front and three rear tires on it. Problems, such as they have been, are mostly little electronic glitches in the bike’s sophisticated electronics suite. I’ve replaced three headlight bulbs (commonly available H-4s). It has been the best bike, of many, that I have ever owned. That has been my experience with Chieftain #873.” — Randall… Source: Indian Motorcycle Forum – IndianMotorcycles.net

 

The Bottom Line.

There’s no doubt this is one powerful, sweet motorcycle engine…a real good looker. It even looks good in a naked Indian Chief frame as shown in my Sturgis Rally photo below.

 

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THE 111 FITS REAL TIGHT INSIDE THE INDIAN CHIEF FRAME. FYI: Black dots in image to protect the innocent Sturgis Rally partiers visiting the Indian Motorcycle booth.

 

The Thunder Stroke is a modern version of a truly classic motor. Only time and hundreds of thousands of road miles will tell if this motor has true reliability and staying power. My motorbike experience tells me that the odds of having a superior, long-lasting motor here with the TS111 are very good.

Best I can tell, the Thunder Stroke 111 engine is the new standard for V-Twin motors on the market today.

 

Motorcycle Marc

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Ride Safe Out There. — Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note to Indian Motorcycle Co. 

I gotta ask the creative minds at Indian Motorcycles.

Could an innovative, water-cooled crankshaft in-line four be coming in the future?

Stay tuned folks. My bet is that more innovation and excitement will be coming from the Polaris motorcycle companies in the future.

 

Note: Engine photos taken during my 2015 visit to the Indian Motorcycles display in Sturgis, South Dakota. CAD images and Classic Indian Chief images from Indian Motorcycles’ PR Pros. Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. See footer of this blog/website for more information. Ride Safe Out There.

Destination Sturgis? You got to see these places!

 

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…truly a “WOW” experience.

Imagine if you will, Sturgis, South Dakota, a small, quiet mid-western town of 6,500 people, growing to a metropolis of party-ready bikers totaling 500,000+ in a week’s time. Unbelievable right?

The Rally this year is being held from August 8th to August 14th, 2016. It is sure to be the biggest and baddest gathering of motorcycle riders anywhere.

 

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When you go, I highly recommend riding around the legendary Black Hills and to several of my favorite American landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

Want to ride a different road daily, then click on the following link for the Top 13 Motorcycle Rides Around Sturgis…read on for a taste of my favorite destinations around the area…

 

Devils Tower, Wyoming

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DEVILS TOWER – AMERICA’S FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT (1906). Northeast Wyoming. Sacred monument to the Lakota and other Indian tribes from the area.

 

Granite Spires along Needles Highway

Granite Spires along Needles Highway.

The Needles Highway.

Lots of scenery to absorb on this beautiful ride…in fact, it’s one of my favorites.

Narrow, winding roads make their way up the hillsides taking you through one-lane tunnels and past huge needle-like stones.

There are overlooks along the 14-mile ride that offer spectacular visions of canyons, cliffs and buttes. Take this road to see the Black Hills area at its best.

 

Mount Rushmore.

There’s nothing like seeing this monument from the seat of your motorcycle. The faces of four American Presidents are literally carved out of the granite mountain. Mount Rushmore is only 17 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. One can’t help but feel a strong sense of national pride at this monument. Truly an awesome feat of engineering art.

 

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THE MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.- Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

 

The Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Click here for more info from Wikipedia.

The statue in the forefront of the photo below is literally being carved into the mountain you see in the background. Truly an amazing undertaking and a spectacular memorial to the brave Indian warrior, Crazy Horse.

 

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World's Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World’s Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park and game preserve. It is named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The infamous Custer, along with 210 of his men, died in 1876 at the battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer State Park offers great scenery and one of the largest herds of free-roaming buffalo. The Wildlife Loop Road, about 20 miles long, had plenty of pull-off areas to take in the great scenery.

 

THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. In the mid 1800s, covered the American Plains numbering in the tens of millions.

THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. In the mid 1800s, covered the American Plains numbering in the tens of millions.

 

The Hills Around Deadwood, South Dakota.

RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

 

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SALOON NUMBER 10…Most famous watering hole in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Saloon #10 – This famous saloon and museum is where Wild Bill Hickock bit the dust on August 2, 1876.

The legend of this frontiersman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickock, is sure an interesting one. Click here to read all about it.

 

 

My Bottom Line.

My rides to Sturgis, South Dakota over the years have always been exciting and truly amazing. My daily rides exploring the Badlands and the region around Sturgis, spectacular! Meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones, a bonus.

The Sturgis Experience is a must see for all serious motorcyclists and travelers…Add it to your bucket list I tell yas.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

Have fun in Sturgis!

Have fun in Sturgis everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement intended. Always wear a approved helmet. Never ride under the influence. Special thanks to Nate Wek at South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) for compiling the Top 13 Rides information from the good folks at “Ultimate Motorcycle Rides“. This info has been invaluable to me and my blog fans as we plan daily rides around Sturgis.

Indian’s New Bagger Cockpit – Powered by the Ride Command System.

 

Indian Motorcycle continues on a roll with the introduction of its Ride Command System for 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster.

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll recall a blog post I did back in early 2015 about the Indian Roadmaster and how much I liked this new touring motorcycle. My only negative on the bike at the time was the lack of a GPS navigation system.

Well, that observation is history as Indian Motorcycle has just introduced a state of the art touchscreen system that comes with GPS and a whole lot more…read on.

Ride Command Technology is now standard equipment on both the 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster.

Trademarked as the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System, Indian’s huge 7-inch display is the largest available on a motorcycle today. As you will note in the following photos, the screen is bright with high-resolution and positioned close to the rider…making it easy to read and reach.

 

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Cockpit dashboard is huge! 

The big 7-inch touchscreen offers simple information displays that are easy to see and control. It’s a bright, high resolution, 800 x 480 pixels screen that is even brighter than my Samsung Note 4 screen.

 

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Easy to turn on. Easy to see. Easy to use interface.

The touchscreen is operated by state-of-the-art software. One is able to work the screen via touch with gloves on or off. Yes, the 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster Ride Command System comes with “glove-touch” technology. Impressive indeed! Also of note is the response/activation time following key-on…10 seconds and screen brightness is on.

 

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Pinch-to-zoom technology makes screen management easy.

Managing the large screen display is intuitive and one quickly learns the modes and shortcuts available. The pinch-to-zoom technology works like your smart phone. Navigation around the touchscreen is simple as a result. Your bluetooth-enabled device is easily paired to the Ride Command System for maximum utility and use.

 

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You can get lost if you want to…but not with Ride Command.

There is a lot of vehicle information available on the Ride Command System screen. The screen can be customized via eight options that can be used in any combination. The Map/Navigation option is awesome. Best I’ve seen on any motorcycle to date.

The maps show turn by turn with clarity. The system also provides points of interest and a points of interest search capability, address search is accurate, audible route notifications can be activated and the system comes with a compass. A unique screen feature is the showing of a list of nearby gas stations when the low fuel indicator light comes on.

 

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My Bottom Line…

Indian’s new cockpit system is in a class of its own. The Ride Command System comes with superb built-in navigation that gives you easy to see turn-by-turn directions. Plus, Ride Command provides all kinds of data such as points of interests. Additionally, there’s a tire pressure monitor, fuel range indicator, miles to the next oil change notice, altitude calculation, average fuel usage, and a Bluetooth connection. This, the “Ride Command Touchscreen” system, is Indian’s best innovation to date. Next phase…add Sirius XM radio to the Ride Commander.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

 

Motorcycle Marc

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Click on the following links to get more information on Indian’s  2017 Chieftain and 2017 Roadmaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. See footer of this blog/website for more information. “Ride Command” is a trademark of the Indian Motorcycle Company. Chieftain and Roadmaster cockpit images used in this blog post are the property of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC and used with permission. Always wear a helmet. Always pay attention and keep your eyes on the road. Never ride or drive under the influence.

 

RoadTest: The 2016 Indian Roadmaster.

 

Is this the new Cadillac of touring motorcycles, the 2016 Indian Roadmaster?

Here’s my take on this luxury touring dresser. It’s basically the same ride as the 2015 model I tested back in December of 2014…here’s a repost for your consideration as you decide whether or not to spend your hard-earned cash on this motorcycle.

 

My 2-cents right up front. This is one superb, big time bagger.

It’s also one of the sleekest and sexiest full-dressers on the touring market in my humble opinion. An absolute beauty of a bike.

The Roadmaster is Indian’s answer to current market dominator, Harley-Davidson’s best touring machine, the Ultra Glide Limited. And a big answer they came up with. Just look at the beautiful lines and styling of the Roadmaster in the image below.

2015 Indian Roadmaster. Photo: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

2015 Indian Roadmaster. Photo: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

 

This is a big motorcycle…near 900 pounds dry weight.

Add a passenger and full cargo and you could be man-handling 1,400 pounds on 2-wheels. But don’t worry. You’ll get plenty of help from the solid/rigid cast aluminum frame. Regardless of payload, the Roadmaster rides smooth and solid over all types of road conditions from what I could tell. Not even San Diego’s pot holes were a match for this big boy of a bagger.

Frame and Suspension…provide real stability and handling confidence.

The frame and suspension felt perfectly in sync. The front telescopic forks provide 4.7 inches of travel and are appropriately stiff to my liking. The rear suspension is controlled by a single shock which offers 4.5 inches of travel. This rear shock is adjustable to your total payload. For me, the Roadmaster’s ride is near perfect. Small road bumps were barely noticeable whether straight up or leaning. The bike simply handles with grace.

Enough storage capacity for any road trip.

This Roadmaster comes with serious storage capacity…almost 38 gallons of weatherproof storage according to Indian’s specs. You can easily fit two full face helmets in the trunk. The hardbags and trunk are secured by quality locks. The keyless remote for the locks is a nice convenience feature.

Ultimate in seat luxury. Desert tan, genuine leather with heat control!

Ultimate in seat luxury. Desert tan, genuine leather with heat control! Photo: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

The Seat: “Spectacular”.

The genuine tan leather is simply luxurious. Nicely padded, stitch design is immaculate. The seats offer superior support.

The Roadmaster seats, both rider and passenger, are heated and come standard with individual controls of high and low settings.

The aftermarket will be hard pressed to do better than this original manufacturer’s stock seat when it comes to the baseplate, foam and leather covering. It is pure quality.

What more can I say? The seats are darn right plush. Best motorcycle touring seat I’ve ever sat on and ridden.  It’s an absolute butt pleaser.

 

The Cockpit…vintage cool.

The Cockpit offers some impressive luxuries. Roadmaster’s power adjusted windshield provides good air flow options for the rider to customize airflow, add to weather protection and even to reduce glare.

Keyless ignition comes with remote locking feature for hassle-free operation and security of a tamper proof ignition.

The sound system, at 200 watts, is amazing. It comes standard with AM, FM, WB, AUX and Bluetooth so that you can connect your iPod/MP3 player. Fairing and trunk speakers are top notch.

Standard options include a tire pressure monitoring system, state-of-the-art cruise control, and more. Click here for a complete listing of the manufacturer’s offering from the cockpit’s electronic gauge.

Sorry, no factory navigation available on the Roadmaster. More on this later in this post.

 

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The Roadmaster’s Cockpit looks vintage cool. Front-end upper and lower fairings do a an excellent job windbreaking and protecting the rider. Photo: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

 

The Thunder Stroke 111.

Look it! As we serious riders all know, engine power matters. Torque counts!

WOW is all I can say about the Thunder Stroke motor. In fact, let me say double WOW to this engine.

It’s a modernized 49-degree 1811cc V-Twin displacing 111 cubic inches and it unleashes impressive torque power…119 ft.pds of it according to the tech pros at Indian Motorcycles.

The power spreads over the torque curve regardless of RPM level and regardless of which gear you are in it seems. I just love the smooth acceleration and power that comes out of this motor.

1811cc Thunder Stroke 111… Awesome powerplant. Click image to view video on this impressive motor. Photo: MJB. Video: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

 

The Thunderstroke 111 differentiates itself favorably from Harley’s Ultra Glides which tend to come with 103.1 cubic inches at an estimated 1690cc.

Note: ** I could not find anyone, anywhere, anyhow who would talk to me about the Thunder Stroke’s actual horsepower.

So, let me offer my semi-educated, mechanic gearhead, humble opinion based on my 30+ years around motorcycle engines…I estimate this 1811cc motor is putting out around 90 hp. If you are a SuperFlow or Dynojet Pro, or have insider knowledge from the Indian Motorcycle Company, please let me and my blog fans know about the actual horsepower of the Thunder Stroke 111. Simply post your information in the comments section at the end of this post. “Horsepower” — We gearheads wanna know.

Update: See Comments Section below for horsepower update info sent in from one of my blog’s followers.

 

           The Indian Roadmaster is a stylish and beautiful Dresser.

2015 Indian Roadmaster. Click image for manufacturers specs.

2015 Indian Roadmaster. Click image for manufacturers specs.

 

Roadmaster designers…you lost me at “No GPS”. 

Got to admit…I did not expect that the Roadmaster, the newest Cadillac of Dressers, the want-to-be “Master of the Road”, would actually omit a basic factory navigation system from its list of exceptional offerings. How can that be I ask the Indian Motor Company?

That’s right folks. The Roadmaster does not come with GPS? Personally, as an experienced long distance rider, I find this to be a major design oversight and suggest this be addressed for the 2016 – 2017 models.

 

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Yes, it’s true. No factory navigation system on the 2015 Indian Roadmaster. No GPS on a modern day full-dresser?

 

GPS ON Harley-Davidson's Ultra Glide.

GPS navigation system should be is a standard part of the long-distance rider’s cockpit. See Harley-Davidson’s Ultra Glide Limited for example. Photo: Harley-Davidson.com

 

The Bottom Line.

The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is beautiful machine, a great handling full-dresser. The bike offers a spectacular and comfortable ride, plenty of engine power from every gear and is a clear winner in the design and attention to detail category. Add a state-of-the-art navigation system in 2016 and this big bagger could become the real deal…the true “Master of the Road”.

Roadmaster. Master of the Roadtrip. Big Boy Bagger for sure. A spectacular entre into the full-dresser market niche.

The Indian Roadmaster… Master of the Roadtrip…Big Boy Bagger for sure. A spectacular entre into the full-dresser market niche. Good job Polaris & Indian Team. Good job indeed! Photo: Indian Motorcycle Inc.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

 

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Marc’s Magnum Ride to Sturgis75

 

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…you gotta see it to believe it!

Imagine this, Sturgis, South Dakota, a small, quiet mid-western town of 6,500 people, growing to a metropolis of party-ready bikers totaling 750,000+ in a week’s time. Unbelievable right?

The Rally, in its 75th year, was held from August 3 to August 9, 2015…and I was there. According to reports, it was the biggest and baddest gathering of motorcycle riders of all time. Best estimates are between 750,000 – 1,000,000 attendees.

During Sturgis week, I visited the legendary Black Hills and rode to several of my favorite American landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

Click on the following link if you want to quickly find out about the Top 13 Motorcycle Rides Around Sturgis…read on for a taste of my Sturgis 2015 adventure.

 

The Motorcycle – A Custom Bagger from Victory Motorcycles.

I rode a 2015 Victory Magnum to the rally this year. It’s the industry’s coolest, out-of-the-box custom bagger. Meaning, it comes out of the factory looking like the owner added all kinds of aftermarket accessories to it…like pullback ape hanger bars, a 21-inch front wheel, a cool looking low windshield, a great audio sound system, a powerful motor, a sleek seat and custom-designed footrests.

Just to make sure the factory Magnum would fit me perfectly for my 2,000+ mile ride to Sturgis, I rode to my local dealership in El Cajon for some advice on taking this bike on a long distance ride.

They team recommended I switch the low-cut factory windshield to the Flare Windshield from Klock Werks and that we replace the short 6-inch Ape Bars with Victory’s cool 12-inch Apes. This turned out to be an excellent recommendation which made the bike totally comfortable for my 6′ foot frame.

Photo below shows the new bars and windshield on the Magnum.

 

THE VICTORY MAGNUM…ROADTRIP READY. MJBphoto.

 

I left San Diego, California on August 1, 2015 and enjoyed heavy rain, thunder and lightning for the next three days as I explored Utah and Wyoming…challenging riding but still fun! The Magnum ran well throughout the wet weather and was a real road hugger on wet roads. The front fairing, teamed up with the Klock Werks windshield, did a fine job keeping rain away from me.

 

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DOES MY RAIN SUIT MAKE ME LOOK FAT? My rain suit saved my ride and kept me dry throughout the roadtrip. The first 1,000 miles through downpours…my 2015 Sturgis ride was a wet one.

 

The map below shows the states I rode through on my way to South Dakota.

 

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You meet all kinds of people on road trips...

 

You meet the nicest Russians on America's roads to Sturgis. World bike tourers include Black Hills in their plans.

THE RUSSIANS – You meet the nicest Russians on America’s roads. On a 6-month world tour, they were so excited to be attending Sturgis’s 75th Anniversary.

 

 

THE CHAPLEAU RIDERS.

THE CHAPLEAU RIDERS. You meet the nicest Canadians too.

 

                    Here are the highlights of my 2015 Sturgis Ride.

 

Devils Tower, Wyoming

 

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DEVILS TOWER – AMERICA’S FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT (1906). Northeast Wyoming. Sacred monument to the Lakota and other Indian tribes from the area.

 

 

Granite Spires along Needles Highway

Granite Spires along Needles Highway.

The Needles Highway.

 

Lots of scenery to absorb on this beautiful ride…in fact, it’s one of my favorites.

 

Narrow, winding roads make their way up the hillsides taking you through one-lane tunnels and past huge needle-like stones.

There are overlooks along the 14-mile ride that offer spectacular visions of canyons, cliffs and buttes. Take this road to see the Black Hills area at its best.

 

 

 

Mount Rushmore.

There’s nothing like seeing this monument from the seat of your motorcycle. The faces of four American Presidents are literally carved out of the granite mountain. Mount Rushmore is only 17 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. One can’t help but feel a strong sense of national pride at this monument. Truly an awesome feat of engineering art.

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THE MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.- Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

 

The Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Click here for more info from Wikipedia.

The statue in the forefront of the photo below is literally being carved into the mountain you see in the background. Truly an amazing undertaking and a spectacular memorial to the brave Indian warrior, Crazy Horse.

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World's Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World’s Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park and game preserve. It is named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The infamous Custer, along with 210 of his men, died in 1876 at the battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer State Park offers great scenery and one of the largest herds of free-roaming buffalo. The Wildlife Loop Road, about 20 miles long, had plenty of pull-off areas to take in the great scenery.

THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. At one time numbered in the millions.

THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. In the mid 1800s, covered the American Plains numbering in the tens of millions.

 

The Hills Around Deadwood, South Dakota.

 

RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

 

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SALOON NUMBER 10…Most famous watering hole in Deadwood, South Dakota.

 

Saloon #10 – This famous saloon and museum is where Wild Bill Hickock bit the dust on August 2, 1876.

The legend of this frontiersman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickock, is sure an interesting one. Click here to read all about it.

 

 

The Bottom Line.

My ride from San Diego, California to Sturgis, South Dakota, despite a lot of rain, thunder and lightning, was amazing. My week in Sturgis and my daily rides exploring the region were spectacular. Meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones was a bonus.

The Victory Magnum handled beautifully. This is a comfortable and sleek looking custom bagger with a powerful engine (The Freedom 106). The Victory Magnum is one good looker. I recommend you take a serious look at this motorcycle if you are considering a custom bagger. It’s the coolest, factory custom on the market today in my opinion.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

 

VOGPIC 2015

Thank you for reading my blog folks. – Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement intended. All references, images, technical data and general information relating to Victory Motorcycles is the property of Polaris Industries, Inc., unless specifically noted otherwise. Always wear a approved helmet. Never ride under the influence. Motorcycle Marc’s Magnum Motorcycle provided by the Victory Motorcycle Company. Ride sponsorship provided by Indian Motorcycles of El Cajon, California. Special thanks to Nate Wek at South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) for compiling the Top 13 Rides information from the good folks at “Ultimate Motorcycle Rides“. This info was invaluable to me as I planned my daily rides around Sturgis.

Motorcycling…You ready to ride?

 

Time to shift gears and start dreaming about all the wonderful miles you will put on your motorcycles this riding season.

 

Road Trip

My roadtrip to Sturgis75. Read about it. Talk about it. Then, ride out to Sturgis76.

Is your motorcycle roadtrip ready?

If your bike has been sitting idle all winter, you’ll want to give it a good check-up to make sure it is ready to take you safely through the riding season. Let’s run through a quick checklist of items to make sure your motorcycle will be safe, reliable and trouble free.
 
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Before you and your bike leaves the garage, check the following:

1. Tires and wheels
2. Controls – levers, pedals, cables, hoses
3. Sprockets, chains, or belts
4. Lights – headlight, turn signals
5. Fluids and Filters
6. Battery terminals and charge level
7. Brake pads and rotors
8. Chassis – frame, suspension, shocks
9. Kickstand, center stand
10. Start the engine. Monitor idle speed. Adjust as needed.
“A good inspection program should uncover more than the immediate black-and-white problems like failed bulbs, punctured tires and missing fasteners. Some components may gradually slide out of spec, and cause smaller problems that the rider may not notice because they happen so gradually.” Click here to read a good article by Cruiser Magazine’s Art Friedman on the subject of motorcycle pre-checks.
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MOTORCYCLE TOURING RELAXES THE SOUL.

There is nothing like exploring the world from the seat of a motorcycle.

 
 
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Life’s too short to let your dreams sit idle. Get out and ride this summer.
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I know that many of you who follow my blog posts don’t currently have a motorcycle in your garage but are still nuts about motorcycles and the adventures that come with this great sport. Hey, that’s OK. Today’s motorcycles are a major investment for sure so I understand.
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Fact is, we only live once… Seriously, if you are thinking about life and adventure on 2-wheels or 3-wheels, you need to check out all the key manufacturers online to determine which bike is right for you. Then, find a local motorcycle dealer to book a test ride. Once you find a bike that feels good, looks good and rides good…put down a deposit, register for a rider training course and spend the riding season chasing freedom.
 
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Remember, it’s the things you don’t do that you regret the most.
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There are so many great motorcycle brands out there for you to consider. You can buy new or pre-owned to your budget’s content. And, if you want it all…you can even rent a wide variety of motorcycle types from EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals.
 
 
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You don’t need to fork out $25,000 to ride an American Classic this summer. Click image to check out my friends at EagleRider Motorcycle Adventure Rentals.

 
Click on the following links to review the websites of today’s top brands. Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory, Triumph, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Ducati.
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Victory Motorcycles…coming on strong in 2016…big time engines. Great handling motorbikes. Photo: Victory Motor Co.

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The Bottom Line…

If your are thinking and dreaming about adding a motorcycle to your life this riding season…I say do it. Just do it! It don’t matter whether you buy or rent, just do it…Ride Safe Out There.

 

Motorcycle Marc

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#RideSafeOutThere this riding season. MJB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FYI: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has excellent motorcycle information for all riders. Check ’em out. Sign up for a Rider Safety Course.

 

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Military, Police & Firefighters…Get your motorcycle discount!

 

Military, Police and Firefighters…Get a $1,000 “heroes” discount when you buy a new motorcycle from participating dealers.

Victory & Indian Motorcycles are champions of America’s freedom keepers and to show their appreciation, they want you to know about this $1,000 offer. $1,000 off MSRP!

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If you are Military, Police or a Firefighter, you will get a thousand dollars off the retail (MSRP) price on your new motorcycle. But you better hurry…this offer may end at anytime so contact your dealership to double check!

 

Honor and Service Matters…thank you! Thank you very much. 

 

To any brave soul who has served in the Military, Police, or Fire Department, the Victory Motorcycle Company is honored to offer $1,000 off any muscle-bound Victory bike.

Or, should you prefer the classic and nostalgic Indian Motorcycle brand, you can select an Indian motorcycle and take $1,000 off the MSRP…yes, Indian and Victory Motorcycles thanks you and this is one of the ways they want to show their appreciation for your service.

 

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Get your documents together and head on down to your dealership…

Proof of valid Military, Police or Firefighter ID is required so bring it to the your dealership.

 

Go for it!…save yourself a thousand dollars!

Click here to find a Victory Dealer near you or here to find an Indian Motorcycle Dealership.

Ride One And You’ll Own One…I did. 

VOGPIC 2015

Thank you for your service and ride safe out there. – Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement ever intended. Manufacturer (OEM) terms and conditions apply. Dealership participation subject to contract terms with OEM. Victory and Victory Motorcycles, Indian and Indian Motorcycles are registered trademarks of Polaris Industries Inc. Always wear a helmet, eye protection, and protective clothing. Obey the speed limit. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. #RideSafeOutThere

Texting and Driving Gone Wild!

 

Springtime riding is around the corner…watch out for that distracted driver.

Nothing is more threatening to us motorcycle riders than the distracted driver who now commonly occupies our streets, roadways and highways. Driving mobile phone users and habitual texters have become a real menace to all motorcycle riders and cagers alike. 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 injured in 2012, according to the latest government data I could find. The distracted driver problem is getting worse in my opinion and this deadly practice must simply, somehow, be stopped.

 

The Distracted Driver Menace

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Menace is defined in Webster’s dictionary as a person or thing that is likely to cause harm; a threat of harm and/or danger. Someone who causes trouble or annoyance…a dangerous or threatening person…”. Yet,  while the dangers of texting and driving are clear, people are still doing it. Like drunk drivers, distracted drivers have become a clear and present danger to us all.

 

Let’s do a reality check folks. It’s according to “ moi ” so I encourage you to comment and give me feedback via the Comments Section at the end of this post, my Facebook Page (MotorcycleMarcII) or on my Twitter feed @MotorcycleMarc. Help me get the word out so that we can get control of this dangerous habit before more lives are negatively affected or even destroyed.

 

I estimate that almost half the drivers I see on California highways seem to be on cell phones, smart phones, texting and/or even checking the internet while driving. It’s a roadway crisis!— MJB

I put tens of thousands of miles on my 2 and 4-wheel vehicles each year and I’m frankly shocked at the number of distracted drivers out there. I even see big rig operators on their cell phones on a regular basis. How insane is this? Young or old, everyone seems to be doing it! Driver inattention seems to have become a “normal” roadway practice. It’s an addiction as far as I can tell and it appears to be getting worse. According to  New Jersey’s Attorney General’s Office, 53% of crashes in that state labeled “driver inattention” as a contributing factor. Yes, that’s over half of all accidents in Jersey. I suspect this to be a typical statistic in all states across the country.

 

Law Enforcement Cannot Solve The Distracted Driver Problem Without Our Help.

Look-it, I like cops. They do amazing work keeping us safe under the toughest of circumstances. Having them spend valuable life-saving time chasing cell phone use violators is a complete waste of their talent and bravery. Weekend crackdowns, ticket campaigns and checkpoints targeting motorists who are using handheld devices while driving are simply not effective. These actions, while they sound good and even appear worthy, do nothing to curtail this dangerous practice beyond the time period in question.

 

Low-level fines of $100 to $500 on motorists violating the distracted cell phone laws are not working.

Yes, you can add court costs and various fees to increase the penalty but let’s be honest!  These low-level fines have done nothing to stop texting and driving for example. Click here for an example of what I’m talking about…Killer Texter fined only $500!

Now, a $2,500 fine, that’s a meaningful pocketbook pain point. Add loss of a drivers license for 6 to 12 months and you’ll really get people’s attention. And, if you kill someone due to your reckless use of a mobile device while driving, vehicular manslaughter/murder charge at minimum is a must.

 

PLEASE! STOP TEXTING & DRIVING. IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT!

NICE HIGHWAY SIGN AND THE MESSAGE IS GOOD BUT GUESS WHAT? NO ONE IS READING IT. IT’S JUST NOT WORKING!

 

So, where do we go from here? Here’s my 2-cents.

1. I’m no lawyer but I gotta tell yas. Those inflicting pain and misery because of an accident caused by the use of their mobile device need to be at minimum, charged with reckless driving.

Plus, prosecutors should charge offenders with vehicular assault when an accident occurs from such reckless driving. Suspending driving privileges for 12 months should also be part of the legal package.

 

2. Employers must enforce laws that prohibit on-the-job cell phone use while employees are driving on business. Employees should fear the possibility of getting fired should they be caught using their smart phones or laptops while driving on business. In other words, employees engaging in a clearly dangerous workplace behavior and breaking the law should be disciplined…up to and including, being fired for breaking company risk management and safety rules.

 

3. Adults need to be better role models to teen drivers. A recent survey, found that 77% of teens say adults tell them not to text and drive yet, do it themselves all the time. Is this nuts or what? Please, it’s time to lead by example people. Click here to see the results of this AT&T survey.

 

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TAKE THE PLEDGE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Click on image for more information.

4. Take The Pledge.

No text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving. No text is worth the risk. It can wait!”

I like this attempt by AT&T to get the word out. I have taken the pledge…will you?

 

5. Become an advocate. Yes, you need to get involved. Your safe motoring life actually depends on it. If you’re a motorcyclist, there’s no excuse. You must do something against distracted driving. It is literally a threat to our sport and passion.This problem will not go away on its own…we must all play a part.

6. Use advanced technology to prevent texting, emailing, or web access while a vehicle is in motion…any motion.

 

Best I figure, only widespread use of technology that prevents mobile smart phones from working while inside a vehicle will bring any meaningful solution to this deadly problem. Texting and driving is now a part of people’s psyche…a bad habit stuck in the consciousness of today’s drivers. While tougher laws and large fines should act as a deterrent for the responsible among us, the irresponsible will continue to use their smart phones while driving and as a result, continue to cause accidents.

 

One of the best solutions: Phone scrambling technology using GPS to disable texting and/or phone calls while a vehicle is in motion. The technology is available…we just need laws to implement it.

I am now convinced that society has no choice but to vote in the mandatory use of this phone scrambling technology less we want distracted driving accidents to continue to wreck the lives of innocent people. Click here to read about one of the leading companies offering such a product, Aegis Mobility Inc.

 

7. Join the American Motorcyclists Association and help them work with the NHTSA.

The AMA has taken on the cause of distracted drivers as well and your AMA membership matters towards moving this cause forward. Click here for the AMA’s latest news item on the issue. Click here for the official statement from the AMA regarding their position on the inattentive operation of vehicles.

 

So, what is the government doing about this distracted driving crisis?

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Click image to access online driver training from the pros at Atlantic Tranining.com.

You need to know that the U.S. Department of Transportation, through the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), is trying to help the cause by leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. They have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness on the issue.

 

Driver training is a key component…but it’s not enough.

As a motorcyclist, I do appreciate their efforts but fact is, as you have just read throughout this blog post…we have a long way to go before distracted drivers are stopped from menacing users of our roadways. Check out their website and judge for yourself how the government is assisting the cause. Bottom line, you and me need to get involved and help keep the roads safe. No government body can do it for us.

So, as we enter another exciting season of motorcycling, we should all make sure that we have good health insurance and life insurance since there is surely to be more accidents on the highways and byways of this great land due to distracted drivers. The texting and driving problem is that bad I tell yas. Five seconds and it could all be over…The Video.

Please, don’t text & drive. If you must use your phone while driving, find a safe place to pull off the road before you make your call or send your text. Thank you.

Ride Safe Out There.

 

     Motorcycle Marc

Remember, Don't Text & Drive. Be Safe!

    Remember, Don’t Text & Drive. Be Safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Motorcycle Tours – Italy

 

Of all the countries that I have traveled to…Italy is one of my all time favorites. I just love the place… — Motorcycle Marc 

Italy has some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable and offers amazing cultural wealth. The country is full of interesting places. It hosts the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country in the world for example (51). It is a must see destination for those of you who love to travel and explore.
My family and I landed in Rome, Italy in September 2013 with the intention of learning all we could about the amazing history of this great city, the country and Italy’s great selection of wines.
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Rome, Italy’s largest city with 4,000,000 people, has a history spanning more than 2,500 years. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe. Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, is a walled 110 acre enclave withing the city of Rome which houses the Pope and his entourage of Catholics.
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One of the most amazing sites we visited while in Rome was the Colosseum. This huge amphitheatre was built in the first century. It is just simply…amazing. Click here for a full history of this enormous stadium.
The Colosseum in Rome. Scooters were everywhere.

The Colosseum in Rome. Scooters were everywhere.

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There are many ways to explore Italy. Planes, trains, automobiles and motorcycle rental services are available throughout the country. Many companies offer guided tours.
Our favorite tour company for families wanting to see Italy up close is Trafalgar Tours. Their “Best of Italy” tour is exceptional.
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For you motorcyclists out there, I suggest you look up “Hear The Road” Motorcycle Tours to get a 2-wheeled view to the scenic landscape that is all over Italy.
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Amalfi Coast...nothing short of amazing motorcycling.

Amalfi Coast…nothing short of spectacular riding. Scenery…takes your breath away.

 

If you go…consider a guided motorcycle tour to really see and feel the true spectacular beauty of Italy.

 

The “Hear The Road” Motorcycle Tours company is becoming well-known and respected for its unique Italian Guided Tours.   

PrintAs a guest, you will be lead by professional Tour Leader Enrico Grassi, founder of Hear the Road Tours. Enrico has spent hundreds of hours developing the travel routes, the cities to visit, the sites to see as well as the hotels and food options key to making this kind of an adventure something to remember and cherish for a lifetime.

 

The Dolomites Mountain Range in the northeastern Alps of Italy.

The Dolomites Mountains in the northeastern Alps of Italy. Considered one of the most dramatic and scenic mountain ranges in the world.

 

From all I’ve heard and read, guided motorcycle tours by Enrico Grassi’s company have everything you need for your great Italian experience: an English speaking Tour leader, the best route to ride on, comfortable accommodation, great food throughout the roadtrip, beautiful historical cities to explore, interesting venues to visit, and a support van for your luggage.

 

A special note about my favorite Italian Wine.

Be forewarned that one cannot visit Italy without indulging in the country’s world-class selection of wines so you want to give yourself plenty of time to visit wineries and vineyards. And, it goes without saying that you should arrange for safe, independent transportation as you hop from one winery to another.

Our favorite winery visited in 2013 and to this day is the classic winery from Fratelli Saraceni – Lorenzo and Matteo Saraceni, well-known and admired Italian hoteliers and restaurateurs, founded Fratelli Saraceni.

Two generations of the Saraceni family have grown their business from a single restaurant (I Tre Pini) in the heart of the Tuscan hills into a world renowned hospitality brand recognized all over the world for its distinguished and historical venues, its embracing service and its exclusive high quality dishes based on family recipes.

Breathtaking scenery all over Tuscany. Just look at thes beautiful sunny fields.

Breathtaking scenery all over Tuscany. Just look at these beautiful sunny fields.

 

Our family visit to Libero’s restaurant (I Tri Pini) and winery (Saraceni) in 2013 was simple luxury. Great hospitality wrapped around great local foods and spectacular wines delivered with enthusiastic and friendly service…an experience me and my family will not forget.

 

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We were honored to meet Libero and his children back in the busy kitchen of their world class restaurant, the I Tri Pini Restaurant.

 

The Saraceni’s Tuscan wine collection is truly extraordinary. A true representation of the typical characteristics of the grapes and the terroir from Tuscany, the Chianti region and Prosecco regions of Veneto.

Libero logo 425x336Lorenzo and Matteo were affectionately inspired to name the collection after their father, Libero. The Libero Collection is composed of quality wines with fresh and fruity tones that are each identified by their unique and individual details.

So, as you ponder where your travels and great motorcycle adventures should take you in 2016, I highly recommend you add Italy to your wish list of destinations. You will be inspired to live it up for sure.

 

Como lake, Northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Como in northern Italy.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy — Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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