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United States was created to share my continuing adventure and love addiction to all things involving motorcycles. 

Ridin Posts

Summer Ridin - KX125 & KTM125

Bryan Burnett

Summer is in full swing and what better way is there to take advantage of the sun, then to fill the air with a little two stroke smoke? That's just what I did over the weekend, using a couple of GoPro's I put together a quick edit of the highlights of the days ride. Overall it was a great ride, lots of sliding, wheelies, and out right shenanigans. No injuries so that's always a plus, but I was a little sore the next day, might be time to hit the gym... 

As the weather has been SUPER dry it didn't take much throttle to spin up the rear wheel, which is both fun and frightening. But this will probably be the last ride for at least a month or two, as deer season just started. It might be time for me to check out the local track. 

When doing a video it's always nice to have a tune to edit to, that's why I chose "I need a dollar" from Aloe Blacc, the instrumental version of course, I find lyrics to be more distracting when watching a video. It's also hard to strike a balance between music and camera audio. The hard cores want just the bike audio, but that can get old when you hear the camera "pops" when the GoPro case gets tapped. Also without a beat it's hard for me to hit edit points. 

Harley Davidson Announces an all Electric Motorcycle

Bryan Burnett

Harley Davidson Livewire

Harley Davidson Livewire

Harley Davidson is widely known for it’s loud, heavy, cruiser style motorcycles, even the name for the stock ticker is “HOG". First founded in 1903 the Milwaukee company recently announced it’s ambitious (ambitious for Harley Davidson anyways) plan to release a fully electric motorcycle called the “Livewire”. Judging from the photos the Livewire could be quite the looker, as well as being the lightest bike in the Harley lineup. With the recent news of Tesla releasing it’s patents for all, the ever growing support for electric vehicles has hit full tilt. HD has constantly been criticized, for being very “conservative” with it’s design and evolution. Or praised depending on which "Wild Hog" you talk to, but as far as specs the Livewire looks to be on par with competitors. A three-phase induction motor with 55kW of power, which equals just under 74hp, and 52 lbs-ft of torque is packing more outright force then both the Brammo Empulse at 54 hp and the Zero SR 67hp. If that’s the good, what’s the bad? Battery capacity, judging by the early numbers the Livewire will have a just over a 50 mile range of mixed city and highway riding. If the announcement of an electric motorcycle from a traditionally “image” focused company like HD wasn’t impressive enough, HD will be looking for customer feedback and setting up demo rides for loyal enthusiast. 

As HD dips its toes in the preverbal water, it gives hope that Americas nostalgia factory is looking ahead and not waiting to die off with an aging generation. For this machine to be successful it will need to at least deliver 100 miles on one charge, a price point under $20,000, and a little more power couldn’t hurt either. 

Here’s a video that HD released.

It was also parodied by this, which is what i would imagine previous Harley owners  would do in attempt of “reliving” that Harley lifestyle.

MX - The Ride

Bryan Burnett

Part of the reason I wanted to get into Motocross more is how  different the experience is from street riding. On a dirt bike you typically don’t have to worry about a car t-boning you or someone on their cell phone crossing into your lane. Also there’s more of a sense of raw wildness, ripping through the mud, popping wheelies, running up creeks, jumping over obstacles. If I were to use a metaphor street riding is more "surgical"  and all about precision,  dirt bike riding is more raw and wild, especially on a two stroke. Another reason was to become a better rider in general, the majority of the greatest racers in the world got their start sliding around in the dirt.  

After riding in the dirt I noticed being much smoother street riding, easier traditions between downshifts and getting on the throttle. That fine line between your wrist and the rear wheel comes into play much more on a dirt bike, give it some gas and feel the rear lose traction. You can do this on a street bike, but unless you’re pro it could result in a nasty high side.

Controlling a two stroke is a little tricky, as the power doesn’t exactly “kick in” but it does have a less then liner power band. A four stroke will provide more toque down low, where as a two stroke makes it’s horse power towards the top. For beginners it’s recommended to ride a four stroke, the liner power band makes learning in the dirt easier. Where as two strokes are appealing because of the cc size to weight ratio two strokes actually makes more power then most four strokes. So roughly a 125cc two stroke will make the same amount of power as a 250cc four stroke. Also where as a modern 250cc four stroke will weigh in around 225 pounds a 125cc two stroke weighs just over 200 pounds. 

Undoubtedly someday I will try to get a four stroke dirt bike, but for now i'm enjoying the nostalgia, simplicity, and smell of my little KX125 smoker. 

MX - My Experience

Bryan Burnett

I rode dirt bikes from an early age, but usually by myself and with little instruction. I learned the basics and mostly did trail riding, the kind of riding that was back dirt roads, creeks and hillsides. By the the time i was old enough to buy my own dirt bike a couple of years ago, a 125cc two stroke, the only other dirt bike I had riding experience on was a DRZ125, which took all the abuse i could throw at it and more, but it’s an small bike and not for an adult. I could slide around, get the bike lent over, ride up hills with proficiency, but when i came to jumps i was woefully inexperienced. Time to learn.

Motocross - A Beginners Journey

Bryan Burnett

One of the best ways to introduce yourself to the sport of riding a motorcycle is by riding a dirt bike. Low speeds, soft-ish landings from a fall, and overall much lighter then any street bike (except super motos of course). Dirt bikes are a great way of learning the basics of riding. Even if you’re a street rider with years of experience under your belt, riding in the dirt can introduce you to the feeling of losing traction. Something that is typically very alarming while riding on the street. Through my post I hope to keep track of my progress over the following months of getting better at my favorite hobby.