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Harley Davidson: A Brief History

The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company began its life as a very small builder of motorcycles out of a small shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903. More than 100 years later, the brand is one of the most recognized in the world and synonymous with big bikes that dominate the cruiser class in motorcycling.

Bigger and More Reliable Motorcycles

As Harley-Davidson became more established prior to World War II, it grew into one of the biggest motorcycle brands in the United States. The legendary competition between the Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycle companies produced some of the most beloved motorcycles of all time. Many used models are worth significantly more than their original selling price – even after factoring the cost of inflation.

Post-War Years Solidified the Brand

Harley-Davidson produced many 750cc motorcycles that entered into military service during World War II. Those motorcycles had the classic V-twin configuration that most Harleys continue to use today. And with the military surplus market dumping former military Harleys onto the used market at a fraction of their new cost, Harley-Davidson became a highly sought used bike among riders who had tight budgets.

Harley Overcomes the AMF Years

By the end of the 1960s, the Harley-Davidson brand had become highly recognized around the globe. With big stars like Elvis Presley riding and gifting them to friends, the Harley brand reached its zenith. Like many strong brands, it attracted strong interest from investors and eventually was bought by American Machine and Foundry. Better known as AMF, the Harley-Davidson AMF models of the 1970s were generally less desirable and greatly diminished the brand's popularity and value.

Resurgence Years Saved the Brand

A consortium of investors led by Willie G. Davidson in the early 1980s bought Harley with the goal or restoring its brand image by building better bikes. Many of the most popular models today, like the Road King, were perfected during the 1980s with the famed Evo motor powering them along

Many Great Used Models Are Available

A used Harley Davidson for sale could be an excellent bargain for a smart shopper who knows what they want in a motorcycle. In fact, 19% of motorcycle owners in 2018 were women. Many people who buy Harleys wind up letting them sit more than they ride them. And if they have factory service contracts, those bikes are maintained very well. A Harley-Davidson that has low miles on the odometer and is in pristine condition holds its value very well and usually runs great.

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Indian Motorcycles: A Brief History

Indian motorcycles have been a popular brand for years. They were brought back to popularity by Polaris Industries, a company with a talented engineering team. The bikes are respected by the older population, who know the quality of this brand. When you see Indian motorcycles for sale at your local dealer, you know they are selling a quality product. Bikers of all ages can enjoy the quality of an Indian motorcycle.

How The Company Began

The Indian Motorcycle was launched in 1901 in Springfield, MA. They started with two motorcycles. The first motorcycle was sold in 1902. In 1914, they created the first motorcycle that had electric lights and its own starter. In 1918, they came out with a bike that went over 120 miles an hour. The well-known Scour Motorcycle came out in 1920 with a V-Twin Engine. They produced a 4-cylinder model called the Indian 402 in 1928 that stopped being produced in 1942.

More History About The Indian

In 1930, the Indian company merged with Dupont. They add fenders, saddle tanks, and chain guards. The French government ordered 500 motorcycles with side cars. In 1948, the 648 Scout won the Daytona 200 Race but in 1953, it closed its doors due to low sales. In 1967, Burt Munro rode a 1920 Scout on the salt flats in Bonneville. He won the contest, and his record remains unbeaten. A movie was then made about him and the race. In 2011, the Polaris Company acquired an Indian company, and they began production of a new line of Indian motorcycles.

2022 Indian Challenger and First Ride For Millennials

The line of Challenger motorcycles will have added features in 2022 that will improve the ride on the motorcycles. The Indian Challengers will have an improved traction system that will give the bikers a smoother ride. It will have a visual speed limit overlay on its map and its display will boot up more quickly. These 2022 Indian motorcycles for sale will have adjustable windscreens, cruise controls, tire pressure monitoring, saddlebags, and keyless ignition. They come in different finishes depending on the model. The Indian Chief 2022 is designed for the younger generation and is a muscle bike. It is powered by a V-Twin engine and comes with many accessory options, so you can customize the bike. The customization options are what make the Indian a popular motorcycle for all ages.

Stop by your local motorcycle dealer and learn about the new Indian motorcycles for sale and their specific features.

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Which Motorcycle Type Is Best For Your Lifestyle?

Motorcycles have been a very popular form of mass transportation since before the Ford Model T made cars widely available for the masses. With more than a century of development, the current slate of motorcycle types are capable of doing just about anything you might want – short of jumping the Snake River Canyon.

Missouri had 136,901 registered motorcycles in 2018 among all motorcycle types. That number is a good example of the massive popularity of a variety of motorcycles that can do many different things. Anyone considering buying one of the many great types of motorcycles for sale must consider the best bike to the type of riding that will be done.

Road Riding Bikes

If road riding is the preferred kind of riding, several types of motorcycles can do that. Cruisers, adventure bikes, sportbikes, and dual sports all are capable of working very well on public roads. Off-road riding always is best with a dirt bike, but other types can do that, too. A dual sport bike that is designed for road and trail riding is great for exploring trails, two-tracks, and other off-road routes.

Cruisers mostly are big-bore motorcycles that can carry one or two passengers. They might have saddlebags and maybe even a tour pack on the back. A windshield or front fairing is common on many cruisers to help protect against cold wind and bad weather. Naked bikes that do not have fairings or saddlebags also work well on public roads and generally are lighter and more affordable than cruisers.

Race Tracks and Long Tours

Riders who intend to go onto a race track clearly would prefer a sportbike with plenty of power packed inside a lightweight and very aerodynamic body and chassis. Sportbikes are very light and often have very powerful engines that enable highly impressive performance. They can range in displacement size from about 250cc to about 1300cc and possibly more.

Adventure bikes are best suited for long rides that might include some extended trail riding through mountains or across the Great Plains. Adventure bikes usually have a windscreen and possibly a small fairing to protect against weather. Durable panniers hold clothes, food, tools, and other items for long trips that truly are adventurous. Whatever the type of riding to be done, there are ideal motorcycles for sale to do it right.

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Do's and Don'ts of Motorcycle Maintenance

A motorcycle may be a passion, but it's also quite an investment. People don't buy a motorcycle, wear it out, and then buy another one. They typically buy them to last. In fact, an estimated half of all motorcycles registered in 2018 were at least 11 years old. That in itself is proof that motorcycles can last for a long time. But the question is what must you do in order to ensure that that your motorcycle lasts as long as possible, in the best possible condition. With that in mind, let's explore the ins and outs of motorcycle maintenance.

Do: Use Automotive Soap

Yes, this is worth taking into mind. When cleaning your motorcycle, you may have the impulse to use inexpensive dish soap in order to care for it. But there are a lot of benefits to using real, proper automotive soap. This is because this soap is specifically made for the surface of cars and motorcycles. It will not damage the urethane plastics and metals that make up the surface, nor will it leave any residue. Typically, it's recommended that you use one bucket full of clear water, and one bucket full of soapy water.

Don't: Scrub Bugs Away

It's inevitable that the windshield of your motorcycle will pick up bugs as you ride. The issue that can develop is that the bugs will damage the windshield as you scrub them away. Therefore, wash your windshield gently when removing bugs.

Do: Use A Protective Wax

You may not feel like a protective wax is necessary when you're caring for your motorcycle. But in fact, it's not only necessary but highly beneficial. This essentially creates a protective barrier between your bike and UV rays, as well as various contaminants.

Don't: Power Wash

You may think that power washing your motorcycle will cut down on the time you spend washing your bike. The issue is that power washers are too powerful. They can send water into your bike's sealed bearings, causing serious internal damage.

Do: Check Your Wear Bars

Just like you would with your car's tires, check your bike's wear bars to stay on top of the wear and tear your tires accumulate. This will let you know when to replace them.

If you love your pre-owned Harley Davidson, follow these tips; they can save you a lot of aggravation!

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Prepping Your Boat For Winter

As of 2020, there were approximately 11.84 million boats registered in the US. Since winter is coming and if you have a boat, it pays to prep it for winter. While this might seem like an unnecessary precaution, many people make the mistake of underestimating how harsh winter can be on boats and their components. And once they realize that the damage has already been done, it's too late to do anything about it except pay for repair bills or replace damaged equipment—neither of which are cheap options. That's why we want to help you avoid those problems by giving you some tips for prepping your boat for winter.

1. Inspect Your Boat Top To Bottom

Go through the interior of your boat and do a thorough cleaning, especially in areas that might accumulate water, like small spaces and crevices. This will help to ensure no mold forms inside your boat. If you find any, don't attempt to remove it yourself with bleach or other chemicals. Instead, contact a professional for assistance. Once it dries, seal the affected areas with a non-porous material.

Pay close attention to items that might be prone to damage from moisture or cold temperatures, such as lights and wiring—especially inside compartments. If you have any doubts about an item's safety, have a professional inspect it for you. Repair any damage before winter hits.

2. Check Your Battery

Typically, boat batteries are extremely vulnerable to cold weather, and their capacity is significantly reduced when they experience freezing temperatures. So make sure you remove any batteries from your boat as winter approaches. If possible, keep them in a space where the temperature stays well above freezing. If that's not possible and you must leave your batteries in the boat, you'll need to take some other precautions.

Make sure to keep your batteries fully charged before winter hits and monitor their voltage while you are at the dock. Never let the charge drop below recommended levels. But in case you find they have dropped below the recommended level, don't attempt to recharge them. Instead, have a professional do it for you. You can also buy special marine deep cycle batteries that are better suited for cold temperatures and less likely to freeze.

3. Lubricate Your Boat's Moving Parts

Make sure to lubricate all of your boat's moving parts, including the engine and its controls, the rudder and driveshaft, and any mechanisms that turn or slide. You should also do a general cleaning of these components, removing any corrosion built up over the summer.

Boats are highly susceptible to damage during the winter months. If you have boats for sale and want to keep your customers happy, it's even more important to take care of them in the winter months. With proper prepping and maintenance, you can make sure your boat makes it through this season in great shape. 

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Tips for Choosing a Pontoon Boat for the Whole Family

After a hectic few months, you will probably appreciate a little spark in your life. Going out into the water with your boat is one great way to do so. According to Statista 2020, there were about 11.84 million registered boats in the U.S. This just shows how many people think boats are fun and important to own. Let's look into how you can pick the right pontoon boat for your family.

Find One with Pop-Up Changing Rooms

If you are about to get on a boat with your family, it might not be a good idea to get on one that doesn't have pop-up changing rooms. Kids are known to have small bladders so when you add a portable toilet to the changing room, you have the perfect solution. That is why you will want to choose pontoon boats with a pop-up changing room with a portable toilet for your kids. Fortunately, pop-up bathrooms are quite easy to set up, and they will give anyone using them adequate privacy.

Food Accessories are Very Important

Hunger is unpredictable, especially when you are dealing with kids. You might think they are full, and then the next moment, they will be acting like they are about starving. Kids are almost always hungry. Therefore, you will want to ensure that you choose a pontoon boat with food accessories. This will enable you to prepare a good square meal conveniently. You can just keep a cooler on board with pre-cooked food. However, depending on how adventurous you are, you can also grill on a boat. There are a few options for pontoon boat grills that you can pick from and have fun in the water with your family.

Storage Space is a Need

You will most likely take a lot of things onto your pontoon boat. You don't want to end up with these things scattered all over. Therefore, you must choose a boat with enough storage so you can keep everything safe and organized. This will also enable you to keep everything safe if you ever need to leave the boat and go somewhere.

These are some of the factors to consider if you are looking at pontoon boats for your family. Make sure you take the time to research so you can choose the best boat for family fun time. If you make the right choice, you can be guaranteed you will have a lot of fun with your family.

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