Top 5 Pieces of Advice for New Riders from Seasoned Riders

There’s a lot of good advice to be said when it comes to new motorcycle riders. Everyone has their own opinions, and their own experiences. Despite there being such a multitude of advice to be given, we asked our Facebook followers to give us their number one for new riders. We managed to narrow it down to these 5 golden rules:

1. Rubber side down, shiny side up.

Out of all the advice that floats around in the motorcycle world, this piece probably takes the cake for being the most important one. To translate it more simply- keep the bike right side up.

2. Dress for the slide, not the ride.

Have you ever heard the saying “There’s two types of riders- those who have fallen and those who will?” It’s a popular phrase for a reason, with that reason being that all riders will eventually fall. Dressing in appropriate riding gear is essential in protecting yourself from injury when it does happen.

3. Don’t trust cagers.

If you think a car is trying to kill you, they are. Drivers can be unpredictable. They don’t always pay attention to the road the same way riders do. By staying on guard and driving like you’re invisible, you have a better chance of protecting yourself.

4. Always do a pre-ride safety check.

This may seem like a tedious thing to do every time you ride. However, this piece of advice could ultimately save your life one day. It’s important to always check things like your tire pressure, the fork seal, your gas level, and your chain- just to name a few. By spending just a minute or two before you ride, it can make the difference between you being right side up, or being right side down.

5. Take a motorcycle safety course.

You can get all of the advice you want from all of your friends and family. However, there’s no better way to learn real advice than by taking a motorcycle safety course. The class is taught by trained professionals who are there to teach you proper safety techniques. The class is offered at most motorcycle dealerships, and can really give you the tools and advice you need to be a safe rider.

Remember- Shiny side up, rubber side down!

ChopperExchange Releases 2017 American V-twin Industry Pricing Report

St. Petersburg, FL — ChopperExchange, the largest American V-twin motorcycle classifieds website in the United States, released their 2017 American V-twin Industry Pricing Report. The report compares data gathered from roughly 100,000 motorcycle listings on their website from 2016 Q3 – 2017 Q2. The data consists of listings from all American V-twin brands, but like the market the data is concentrated on perennial powerhouse brands like Harley-Davidson® and Indian® Motorcycles.

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Top 3 Most Expensive Harleys

Most consider Harley-Davidson a premium, American motorcycle brand and also pretty pricey. So, we thought it would be a cool idea to look up the top three most expensive custom Harleys currently listed on our website. Take a look and enjoy. All three are works of art. (Click on the name and model above each photo, if you would like to see more photos and full description.)

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ChopperExchange Acquired by Its Chief Information Officer and Operations Manager

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St. Petersburg, FL — ChopperExchange, the largest American V-twin motorcycle classifieds website in the United States, was recently acquired by Kapok Marketing, a marketing agency co-founded by Jake Braun and Mirela Setkic. Both Jake and Mirela were previously employed by Marco Polo Publications, the former parent company of ChopperExchange, where they served as the company’s Chief Information Officer and Operations Manager, respectively.

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End of Summer 2016 Bikes

autumnSummer is coming to a close and that means selling season is too. Before the weather starts cooling down, check out some of these bikes that are listed on ChopperExchange. Remember to click “Share this Listing” in the upper right hand corner of an ad if you see a bike your friends or family on Facebook might be interested in!

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Women Riders Month

May is Women Riders Month

May is Women Riders Month

May is a great month for motorcyclists! Not only is it the month to create and spread motorcycle safety awareness but it is also a month to celebrate our lady riders! Created a few years back by Harley-Davidson, May has since been declared Women Riders Month. Even more exciting is that lady riders are celebrated globally every year on May 7 for International Female Ride Day.

If you or a lady rider you know have been interested in joining a lady rider’s club, check with your local motorcycle dealership and you may find a new group to enjoy the open road with. Another great source for women rider’s is the Women Riders Now website. This upcoming weekend, May 27-30, they will be hosting the Babe’s Ride Out East Coast event, their first ever all-women camping trip on the East coast in 2016! Check out their Calendar of Events for a summer full of rallies and riding.

Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge New Rider Course is a great way of introducing potential lady riders’ to life on the open road. Find your local Harley-Davidson dealership to get more information on how this program works and if it would be suited for you or a friend! 

If you’re interested in listing your American V-Twin motorcycle for sale, please feel free to visit our website at ChopperExchange.com and use promo code CXBL20  for 20% off any listing.

Feel free to call (800)-523-7274 or email info@chopperexchange.com with any questions.

 

 

Share the Road

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Across the country, May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month as a way to encourage motorists to “share the road” with bikers. According to Governors Highway Safety Association, while motorcycles only account for 3% of vehicles on the road, they make up 14% of all motor-vehicle fatalities. Even though motorcycle fatalities are decreasing, it is important to continue promoting motorcycle safety and awareness. Here’s how motorists can help:

  1. Give bikers space. Share the road but do not attempt to share the same lane. Allow a full lane width for bikers to safely maneuver the roads. Also be sure to have enough following distance in case the rider suddenly brakes, changes speed or attempts to avoid hazards such as potholes or railroad crossings.
  2. Check twice. Before switching lanes, be sure to use side and rear-view mirrors. Check your shoulders for riders that may be in your blind spots. If you’re at an obstructed intersection where you do not have a clear view, wait until you can see that it is safe to drive again.
  3. Avoid distraction. Research has shown that drivers behind the wheel are distracted 50% of the time. Avoid texting, eating or any other activities that remove your hands from the steering wheel and eyes from the road.

Here’s how riders can help:

  1. Wear a DOT-compliant helmet for safety.
  2. Do not ride while impaired. Alcohol accounts for nearly one-third of motorcycle fatalities in the United States.
  3. Make yourself visible. Use signal lights and ride in a position where you are most visible to drivers.

For more motorcycle safety tips and statistics, check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website.

ChopperExchange May Promo

ChopperExchange May Promo

If you’re interested in listing your American V-Twin motorcycle for sale, please feel free to visit our website at ChopperExchange.com and use this month’s promo code CEXM16 for 30% off any listing.

Feel free to call (800)-523-7274 or email info@chopperexchange.com with any questions.

Check Your Helmet!

Check Your Helmet Month

April marks an important month for bikers and motorcycle safety — Check Your Helmet Month! Check Your Helmet Month is an initiative to ensure bikers get the highest quality of safety in the event a helmet will be used to save a life. Here are some tips and reminders:

  1. Aging – If your helmet has not been damaged or dropped, be sure to replace it every 3-5 years. Basic use and UV rays from those long, sunny rides can reduce the protective quality of your helmet after a while. Also, be sure to check with your local motorcycle dealership for helmet trade-in offers in the month of April. Some dealers offer up to 15% off your next helmet purchase with a trade-in.
  2. Impact – Crashes or even one drop can cause serious damage to the protective quality of your helmet. Even if there are no visible signs of damage, you should replace your helmet immediately if any impact occurs.
  3. Fit and Function – For the best fit, your helmet should rest about one inch above your eyebrows and should NOT roll forward or sideways when you move. Many dealers with apparel stores will help you find the proper fit if you ask! For function, check your local and state laws to make sure your helmet meets the minimum safety standards. You can also do this by looking for DOT stickers on the inside or outside of the helmet. Having this sticker ensures that your helmet has passed its tests for impact, penetration, retention and peripheral vision.

Additionally, make sure that your helmet is never exposed to insect repellents, gasoline, excessive heat or other harmful liquids and fumes. Exposure to harsh chemicals can degrade the helmet’s protective materials without any visible sign.

For more information on protection and helmet suggestions, check out this flyer by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the MotoUSA blog.

ChopperExchange April Promo

ChopperExchange April Promo

If you’re interested in listing your American V-Twin motorcycle for sale, please feel free to visit our website at ChopperExchange.com and use this month’s promo code APCX16 for a FREE Highlighted listing upgrade ($20 value) on any Basic, Standard or Premium listing at checkout.

Feel free to call (800)-523-7274 or email info@chopperexchange.com with any questions.