Chrome Divas Ladies Ride

Motorcycling has definitely changed, it’s great seeing more and more people from all backgrounds pick up the sport and choosing Harley-Davidson. There’s nothing like hitting the open road on a Harley-Davidson. One group we see getting behind the bars more and more is women. It’s great seeing more women riding their own bikes, and we want to help!  We’re hosting the Chrome Divas Louisville Chapter for their annual all ladies ride. The Chrome Divas is a ladies only motorcycle organization, consisting of both riders and passengers and even some non-riding women who just love motorcycles and participating in charity functions. Originating in Tallahassee, Florida in 2002, Chrome Divas was created to provide a means of camaraderie, community participation, and a national link to all women who ride motorcycles and strive to be known as outstanding citizens in their communities with a preference to ride, have fun and share their talents and compassion in group effort.  They’ll be at Bluegrass Harley-Davidson on August 4th for their ride! We’ll have free food and drinks available to all after the ride.  Come on out and support the Chrome Divas as they continue to support women riders!

Are you interested in riding, but don’t know where to start? Let us help with our Harley-Davidson Riding Academy!

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Learn to Ride!

It’s here,  Harley-Davidson Riding Academy at Bluegrass H-D!

Have you ever wanted the freedom of two wheels, but didn’t know how to take the first step?  We know that your first time on a motorcycle can be a little intimidating, that’s why we’re offering the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy! It will teach you the basic skills needed to ride safely and enjoy the freedom of the road. With over 50 years of combined experience, our Riding Academy coaches will get you riding! Approved and certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and through Harley-Davidson, our class will teach you how to be safe and help get your motorcycle endorsement for your license. You’ll learn on an actual Harley-Davidson motorcycle, an XG 500, which is perfect for beginners. You’ll learn some basics in the classroom, but most of the time will be spent on our controlled range riding a Harley-Davidson.  Whether you’ve never been on a bike before, haven’t ridden in years, or just want a refresher course,  Riding Academy at Bluegrass Harley-Davidson will get you going in the right direction!

Interested in learning more?  Check out our website: Bluegrass H-D Riding Academy

 

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On the Road Again

Well it’s that time of year, time to load up the bikes and head out to that little place we call Sturgis!   Sturgis can be a lot of fun, but be sure you’re prepared! We’ve talked to Sturgis vets and here are some things you need before you hit the road!

One of the most important things you need to do before you head out to Sturgis is to make sure your bike is in good working condition.  Do your tires have enough tread? Are you due for a service soon? All electronics working? Any major issues that need to be addressed?  We all know having the bike in the shop isn’t the most fun, but a quick checkup before your ride can mean the difference of getting their safe and on schedule or ending up broke down on the side of the road.

 

Now that the bike is ready to go, we need to think about what’s coming with us. Will you have a vehicle to store your items in or are you putting everything in the bike?  While every one’s packing list is a little different, here are a few things we think are absolutely necessary.

 Helmet ( Some states  have a helmet law, and if you’re passing through and want to avoid a ticket, throw one in your tour pack or saddle bag, better yet put it on your head.)

Rain Gear ( You never know when you’ll need it. Summer pop up showers can happen any time. You’ll be glad you brought it.)

Light Weight Riding Jacket

Hoodie/Sweatshirt

Sunglasses and night glasses

Change of shoes (other than riding boots)

Extra Gloves

Small Tool Kit

Replacement Fuses

Extra Oil

Tire pressure Gauge

Cleaning Supplies (spray polish and a soft cleaning cloth)

Emergency Cash

First Aid Kit

ID’s and all other important documents.

Fold out map ( just because you have GPS doesn’t mean you don’t need the ol’ standby)

Of course there is more, some people will take less, the most important thing is you’re prepared and have what you need to make it a successful ride!

Introducing the XL1200cx

I’m sure you’ve heard the news, and it’s true!  Harley just re-introduced the Sportster Roadster (XL1200cx) and it’s kick ass!

The new Roadster puts a powerful new level of sport into the Sportster  line-up. Its refined performance package includes 43mm inverted front forks with massive triple clamps, powerful dual-disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and new dual gauge instrumentation to complement the iconic fuel tank and chopped rear fender. The riding position is aggressive, but comfortable for long rides thanks to the 19” front and 18” rear offset-split 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels, lowered bars, mid-mount controls and a new two-up seat. Its 45-degree, 1200 cc engine delivers massive off-the-line torque.  Check out the video!

 

 

 

http://www.harley-davidson.com:80/content/h-d/en_US/video.html?referenceid=Live_Legend_Roadster

Moto Mondays – Knuckleheads

The Knucklehead engine. First introduced in 1936, and often referred to as the most rare and sought after Harley-Davidson engine. Only produced for 11 years, the Knucklehead is a beautifully designed 45 degree, push rod operated, V-Twin engine that earned its name from the shape of the valve covers and their resemblance to the knuckles on your hand if you make a fist. These days it has become quite the challenge to find a Knuckle-equipped Harley in its original condition, as many of them did not survive the chopper era of the 60’s and 70’s. Even now, the most prestigious choppers are typically equipped with a Knucklehead engine. If you’ve ever had the chance of laying eyes on an original Harley VL model, you understand the appeal of old iron and its nostalgic beauty.

I came across this video of Jay Leno showing 1936 model and taking it for a spin. It’s a pretty cool watch. Hope you enjoy!

Ride Safe This Spring

Warmer weather is here…well for the most part.  Chilly mornings, warm afternoons, and cool nights. Rain, sunshine, clouds, and maybe even a little snow. Who knows with the crazy weather spring brings Kentucky. Most people who ride are starting to get back on the road and crush bugs. Riding in the spring time is great, but you’ll need to be prepared and you’ll need to take some extra steps to get your Harley ready after sitting most of the winter.

Make sure your bike is in good working order, check your fluids, battery, tires, spokes (if you have them), lights, and controls.  A good reminder I’m sure you’re all familiar with is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s  T-CLOCK: tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis, kickstand.

If you haven’t heard of T-Clock, It’s a safety checklist designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation that should be done prior to every ride. Most riders forgo the T-CLOCK checklist during the season, but you should absolutely make sure that you go through it now. Diagnosing a problem now can save you a lot of frustration on that first day of spring.

Now on to the fun part….Riding!

Riding in the spring is fun, but has it’s own set of dangers. When you’re gearing up to ride, be sure to look for these springtime road hazards.

Sand/Gravel/Salt
We shouldn’t have too much of a problem with this now, but there still could be some out there, and we  all know what the consequences of hitting this stuff in a corner or while braking is, so keep an eye out for it.

Potholes
Every year there are more and more potholes around town and on the back roads. Hitting a pot hole can cause all types of damage.  Be on the lookout and if you see one and can remember, report it.

Report A Pothole in Louisville Metro

Ky Dept. of Transportation Pot Hole Reporting

Erosion
With heavy rains and snowmelt, erosion can occur, undermining the footing of roads, especially in the mountains and out in the twisty back country roads where there’s little road maintenance. Pay special attention to the edges of the asphalt , where previously firm ground can crumble away.

Animals
Spring means babies and animals migrating in search of food. Pay particular attention near bodies of water during dawn and dusk hours. Hitting an animal in a car most likely repair bills, hitting one on a motorcycle can be devastating to your bike and your body.

Cold Temperatures
Like we said up above, with Kentucky weather being unpredictable, it’s important to be prepared.  Remember you can always take layers of gear off, but if you don’t bring it, you can’t put it on. With temperatures fluctuating  sometimes 30 degrees between morning and afternoon, be sure to have the gear you need to say comfortable and safe!  Harley makes some great 3-1 Jackets for all sorts of riding.

Yourself & Other Riders 
If you haven’t been on your bike all winter, you may be a little rusty. Be sure to brush up on your skills before hitting the road on those long ride. Of course, It’s not just you who’s skills might be rusty. Other riders have always been a  major hazard on even the best of days, but on their first ride back in the spring? Watch out, particularly on popular riding roads.

Remember, be safe, have fun, and screw it…let’s ride!

Moto Mondays – 21 Days…

Happy Monday Folks!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend, full of family, laughter, and of course good food! We’ve had some decent weather here lately in Louisville, hopefully you’ve all had a chance to get out and ride. I had a chance last week to get out and explore some of the roads that Kentucky has to offer. I met up with a few of the fellas from here at the shop, Vic, Joe, Earl, and Erik, and we road some gorgeous back roads from Bluegrass HD to Frankfort. Through horse farms, twists and turns, and what I would refer to as “God’s country”, we had an awesome day crunching miles together.This will be my first Spring in Kentucky so I’m looking forward to seeing this side of the world on two wheels.

In the spirit of riding and adventure, I wanted to share something with you all that I’m pretty excited about. There’s a movie coming out in May called “21 Days Under The Sky” that follows the adventure of a few guys hitting the road on their choppers and seeing life through the handlebars.

21 DAYS UNDER THE SKY is an unconventional true story about those men who won’t conform. Four guys meet in San Francisco to start a 3,800 mile ride down the Lincoln Highway – the oldest coast to coast route connecting the east to the west. They are riding vintage “choppers”; bikes prone to break down or run out of gas. Through the highs and lows of a long journey, this story examines the timeless American love affair with the motorcycle and an even greater American tradition: the road trip.”

I’m pretty excited to see this movie, and to me the trailer looks like it captures the true spirit of motor cycling and Harley-Davidson. I’ve attached a link to the trailer, check it out and see if maybe it excites you as it did me.

See you on the road. – Josh

*Trailer contains explicit language.