Road Tales:-

Still love your bike but want a different look? Many people get tired of seeing their bikes blend in and look like all the other factory painted bikes. Let’s think in terms of a new paint job…not a new bike. Here are some points when considering a custom paint job for your wheels:

Why should I repaint my motorcycle?

Answer – Most people are proud of their bikes. The average motorcycle costs over $10,000. It’s not a lighthearted purchase but rather a very important one. So why have your dream look like many of the other dreams out there? Your ride should reflect who you are and what makes you different from everyone else.

Why not spend the money on better wheels or chrome parts?

Answer – Because the paint is the most noticeable thing on a bike. You can have two identical motorcycles fresh off the dealer floor. One has custom wheels and lots of chrome parts. The other has stock wheels but has wild custom paint. Which bike will stand out more and be noticed? Which bike better reflects the person riding it?

Will custom paint devalue my bike?

Answer – Usually not, but it does depend on the paint scheme you choose. If you plan on selling your bike, you should design a paint job that will make your bike uniquely yours yet have a wide appeal to others. When it’s time to sell, the paint design will be one of the strongest selling points and who knows…that could mean MORE MONEY for the next bike!

But doesn’t custom paint cost a lot?

Answer – Not necessarily. Most custom painters will design the paint with the customer’s budget in mind. Sometimes less is more! Effective designs can make a big difference in the way a motorcycle looks. You need to do your research starting with a design. Next, stay open minded as you get quotes from the custom painters in your area. They may have suggestions you didn’t realize were an option. Usually 2 heads, 3 or even 4 heads are better than one. Create a budget, have a design in mind and then go shopping for the best deal you can get! bikes blend in and look like all the other factory painted bikes. Let’s think in terms of a new paint job…not a new bike. Here are some points when considering a custom paint job for your wheels:

Why should I repaint my motorcycle?

Answer – Most people are proud of their bikes. The average motorcycle costs over $10,000. It’s not a lighthearted purchase but rather a very important one. So why have your dream look like many of the other dreams out there? Your ride should reflect who you are and what makes you different from everyone else.

Why not spend the money on better wheels or chrome parts?

Answer – Because the paint is the most noticeable thing on a bike. You can have two identical motorcycles fresh off the dealer floor. One has custom wheels and lots of chrome parts. The other has stock wheels but has wild custom paint. Which bike will stand out more and be noticed? Which bike better reflects the person riding it?

Will custom paint devalue my bike?

Answer – Usually not, but it does depend on the paint scheme you choose. If you plan on selling your bike, you should design a paint job that will make your bike uniquely yours yet have a wide appeal to others. When it’s time to sell, the paint design will be one of the strongest selling points and who knows…that could mean MORE MONEY for the next bike!

But doesn’t custom paint cost a lot?

Answer – Not necessarily. Most custom painters will design the paint with the customer’s budget in mind. Sometimes less is more! Effective designs can make a big difference in the way a motorcycle looks. You need to do your research starting with a design. Next, stay open minded as you get quotes from the custom painters in your area. They may have suggestions you didn’t realize were an option. Usually 2 heads, 3 or even 4 heads are better than one. Create a budget, have a design in mind and then go shopping for the best deal you can get!

Although we’ve all probably seen them, a motorcycle trike still catches our attention and perhaps our desire to step out of our cars and into the sunlight with the wind blowing through our hair. Trikes are not steeped in history like the motorcycle but then again they have a history all their own.

It is assumed that a trike was created at nearly the same time as the motorized bicycle (now referred to as a motorcycle.) Trikes are attractive to people wishing to carry multiple passengers, folks with mobility or balance problems or to avoid helmet use regulations. They are generally custom-built and often finished to a very high standard.

Wheel Configuration

A trike’s wheels are arranged in one of two configurations: delta or tadpole. A delta trike has one wheel in front and two in back, and the tadpole trike has two wheels in front and one in back. The tadpole configuration is thought to be the more stable yet still providing plenty of power to the rider.

Braking Issues

Tadpoles (two wheels in front) are typically more stable under braking and more likely to slide instead of roll. A hard front brake on a delta (two rear wheels) requires the vehicle to steer almost straight to avoid tipping. The balance of friction patches and rolling resistance also means that tadpoles tend to under-steer and deltas over-steer.

Manufactures

Today the most common (but this is not all inclusive) manufacturers of trikes include: the Piaggio Ape (Bee) delivery trike (delta); the Bombardier Recreational Products Can-Am Spyder (tadpole); the T-Rex reverse trike; trikes used by municipal authorities in the USA; and, historically, vehicles such as the Scammell Scarab railway dray, a common sight around post-war British railway stations.

Conversion Kits

Another popular option is to turn your motorcycle into a trike via a conversion kit. Several manufactures make a reliable kit for the do-it-yourselfers or to be purchased and added by a licensed mechanic. Additional custom paint can individualize your ride while enhancing the value of your motorcycle.

Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the first decade of the 20th Century, it was one of two major American manufacturers to survive the Great Depression. The company sells motorcycles designed for cruising on the highway. Harley-Davidson motorcycles (popularly known as “Harleys” or “Hogs”) have a distinctive design. The company’s ability for customization gave rise to the popular chopper style motorcycles.

Travel back in history with me:

In 1903, Bill Harley and Arthur Walter Davidson developed a one-cylinder motorcycle. It was a reliable and some even thought beautiful cycle. But sometthing truly amazing happened…someone bought it!! So in 1905, they had made 11 motorcycles, in 1908 a whopping 154 and before they knew it…they had a company! They did all this in a little wooden barn that was built by Davidson’s father.

1910 brought the legendary “Bar and Shield” logo that was placed on their motorcycle. And to this day it’s ecome the defining symbol of Harley-Davidson. But what sustained Harley’s notoriety is their ability to take numerous first place winnings in races, endurence contests and hill climbs.

In the fifties, Harley survived a bad period. The British owned 40% of the motorcycle market with their Triumph In 1957 fortunately the Sportster was born, the fast Harley ever. A great success just when they needed it most!! Like the English motorcycle industry, Harley stuck to its technique, style and character which accounts for its popularity over many, many years.

The Harley-Davidson success story goes on and on which is why the Street Eagle affiliate stores proudly offer many of the bike styles. They are the preferred motorcyle rental across the United States.

Have you ever thought of your bike as your only mode of transportation? You wouldn’t be alone! But it’s worth considering your options. Personally I love the freedom of commuting by motorcycle. It never takes very long to get anywhere, parking is rarely an issue, your riding skills stay sharp, and at business cocktail parties there’s never a loss for conversation topics! But…here are some things to think about:

  1. The work wardrobe verses the bike. Think about this…normal attire for bike riding is usually leather or jeans, right? When was the last time your boss wore leather pants to work? Or jeans for that matter. Hence, I now have a closet full of high-top sturdy shoes with nice grippy soles, lots of sturdy pants and even more jeans. I haven’t been asked to don the cover of GQ lately but now the wardrobe works and I still do too!
  2. Parking! Parking structures bring their own set of problems. Most of the ones I park in have a little octagonal sign posted nearby that says “No Motorcycles or pedestrians allowed.” What gives? Don’t they want my business — don’t I pay a monthly or hourly fee just like car owners? The theory behind those “No Motorcycles” signs is that the manufacturers and parking companies don’t want bikers or pedestrians to sue if they get whacked in the head with the traffic control bars. Solution, I walk further but can usually find outside parking.
  3. In a word…Weather. The old joke about the weather — “if you wait 10 minutes, it’ll change!” is my mantra to ride by. But to be safe I check the weather report to decide whether or not to pack my rain-suit, to determine the range of the day’s temperatures so I know which weight of blue jeans to wear, and to plan the route of travel.
  4. You thought weather was worrisome…think Flat Tire! Flat tires are easy to feel on motorcycles. The second the air starts to leak out you know you’re in trouble! The front or back-end starts to wobble and you start looking around for the best stopping place. Sometimes, air leaks out slowly enough to make it to a shop for a plug patch. But if not, have a very good cell phone and an even better friend to call. It’s time to call in a favor!

Street Eagle offers long term rentals at discounted rates. If you’re considering dumping the car for a cheaper, more fun mode of transportation we recommend renting for a month first.

Most of us know that it’s always a good idea to wear one and that in some states it’s necessary to wear one but how much do we really know about The Dreaded Helmet??? Sometimes referred to as brain buckets, skid lids and many other provocative titles.

In 1885 Mr. Gottlieb Daimler was the first to come up with the idea that the new gasoline engine dropped into the frame of a bicycle was just the ticket to grab the ladies attention and thus the motorcycle was born. However, Mr. Daimler was so busy with all the ladies that he did not think of a helmet. Skip forward many years to Professor Charles Lombard and the aviation industry. Chuck decided a pilot ought to have something to protect their head in case he had to hit the silk or ride the old Fokker in for a rough landing, so he designed the first helmet for the Air Force. (Before this pilots wore a simple leather cap with fur lining. Probably warm enough but…Not the best protection.)

Helmets continued to be improved due to the increasingly faster speeds of the motorcycle and by the mid 1950’s the Snell Foundation began to test and evaluate the different brands of motorcycle helmets. In 1974 the USDOT enacted the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards law which continues to set standards for the manufacturers of helmets. If the standards are not met in tests such as the helmet’s shell strength, strap tensile strength and the ability of the helmet lining to absorb impacts, the helmet does not receive DOT approval. So always look for a helmet with a DOT sticker on the inside.

Street Eagle encourages their renters to wear helmets! Should you not have one or foresee yourself attempting to explain the bulge in your luggage…we have a wide variety for you to choose from with NO Additional Charge.

Would you love to rent a Street Eagle motorcycle and travel but are not sure what to do with your pet? Considered taking him or her with you!

Your pet can be a great companion. You get to make all the decisions and they just tag along. Here are some suggestions before you take off!

If you do decide to bring Fido, Felix or Dean the chameleon you’ll need a safe motorcycle pet carrier. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, so you’ll have plenty to choose from when you go shopping.

When you’re planning to travel with your pet, you should take it in for a veterinary checkup to make sure it’s fit to travel. It needs to have up-to-date shots and vaccinations, and you should make sure you have appropriate identification. Allow extra room on your bike for food and water as well.

Remember a leash, and plastic bags to clean up waste. And don’t forget something for your pet to eat out of. You’ll need a bowl or some kind of dish. It’s not a bad idea to bring along a couple of favorite toys as well.

If you’re traveling by motorcycle with your pet for the first time, you may want to try a shorter trip. See how your pet reacts. If it doesn’t seem to be enjoying the trip at first, don’t worry. It may get more relaxed as it acclimates to the experience.

If you have any additional concerns about traveling with your pet feel free to contact your Street Eagle representative. We can offer “Pet Friendly” hotels in the area and references from other well-traveled pets!

Women riders is the only demographic that grew last year! We found that the motorcycles women love to ride are as varied as the women who are riding them. However, the numbers do show some interesting trends. Many women prefer the quick agility of sport bikes, versus the lower, heavier cruisers, used primarily for touring at high speeds.

Motorcycle dealers are noticing a recent trend in the direction of sport bikes too. The reasons for purchasing the sport bikes varied, but the majority of women buyers seem to be emphasizing speed, light weight, and overall look, along with comfort and fit.

The best information comes from speaking directly to experienced women riders. In the past women would do whatever it took to ride the model they wanted including cutting out seat padding, lowering bikes, or extending the handlebars. Women were willing to modify the motorcycle of their dreams to get the right fit. But now they have many more choices. With a little research women can find manufactures exclusively building bikes for women.

Street Eagle salutes women riders! We offer a wide range of motorcycles that women enjoy. Check out our testimony pages for pictures and experiences of many happy female renters.

We know it’s tempting to just jump on that bike and take off, but your safety must always come first! Here are some tips to make your motorcycle adventure fun and safe!

Motorcycle riding means that you take full responsibility for your own safety. A motorcycle rider can never be as “safe” as if they were in a car. Learn to anticipate the mistakes of other people on the road. Anticipating mistakes and reacting with the right behavior is key to your survival. You’ll have to work for your own safety!
Sharing the road with cars. The big difference between driving a car and riding a motorcycle is that in cars, the secondary safety is enormous (the car is a sort of safety cocoon around you), while on a motorcycle, the safety is almost entirely in your own hands. Sometimes motorcycle riders fail to see the other vehicles. In about 1/3 of accidents motorcycle riders and car drivers failed to account for visual obstructions and engaged in faulty traffic strategies.
Make sure your motorcycle is working properly. It shouldn’t give you nasty surprises when you are underway! Verify the brake pads aren’t worn out, the lights are working, and the tire pressure is right. Street Eagle inspects its bikes after every rental. We recommend you inspect your bike after every long ride as well.
Keep yourself in good shape: eat in time (especially important on a long trip!) drink in time (especially important in hot weather) observe whether you are (too) tired keep yourself comfortable (dry, not too hot, not too cold) forget about all your everyday or not so everyday problems
To brake is not the adequate strategy in every situation. Sometimes it is better to swerve around the obstacle. It’s important to do one thing at a time: either brake or swerve. If you have to do both, first brake to loose speed, let go of the brakes, and then swerve.
Another way to increase your own safety is to realize that you are responsible to maintain space around you. You may use that space to have room to brake, to swerve, or just as extra time to decide what to do.

Street Eagle is determined to keep you as safe as we possibility can but when you leave our lot the responsibility becomes yours.

We want your repeat business so PLEASE travel safely!

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