News from Oakland Harley-Davidson

LOCAL RIDES: Mount Hamilton and Environs

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jul 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

You'll hardly believe you're a stone's throw away from bustling San Jose. Not only is this ride's scenery more reminiscent of the Central California Coast, with its rugged mountains and chaparral landscape, but also this area and these roads are surprisingly unpopulated, even on weekends. The view from the top of Mount Hamilton is spectacular.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area

Motorcycle Group Riding Tips and Best Practices

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 11, 2020 3:15:00 PM

One of the greatest joys of motorcycling is riding with friends. But riding in a group presents special challenges – whether your “group” consists of two riders, a dozen, or more.

Group riding connects us in a way that solo riding can’t. As a group of bikes rumble through town or across the countryside, each rider is experiencing the same scenery, the same weather, the same road conditions, etc., even as each individual may experience them in a different way.

This gives gas stops and lunch breaks a whole new dimension, where riders swap stories that are as fresh as a still-too-hot cup of coffee. Fresh perspective is what’s great about group riding.

By learning some of the basic guidelines of group riding, you can help make sure your next outing is safe and enjoyable for all.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

Motorcycle Riding for Beginners

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Whether it’s a cross country journey on a touring bike or riding a motorcycle through traffic on the highway, we’ve all seen bikers enjoying their rides. If it looks like fun to you it probably will be fun for you.

“But can I do it?” The answer is yes!

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Topics: Oakland H-D News, Riding in the Bay Area

Tips for How to Clean and Inspect Your Motorcycle

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jun 29, 2020 1:00:00 PM

—There are two types of riders: those who relish the ritual of cleaning their bikes and those who see it as a chore. Regardless of the tribe you belong to, you have to clean your bike. Not only will your bike last longer, it will run better. Yes, there’s truth to that axiom. 

When you scrub dirt and grit out of the hand levers and brake discs, you can improve their performance and extend their life. Besides, you don’t want rust forming. But, more importantly, pressure washing your motorcycle and wiping it down every few days offers you an opportunity to perform a T-CLOCS inspection.

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Topics: Parts & Accessories, Service, Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

A Complete Beginner's Guide to Motorcycle Insurance

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jun 20, 2020 10:00:00 AM

What is motorcycle insurance?

Your motorcycle isn't just a mode of transportation; it's an expression of who you are. Anyone who's been through a painful breakup knows how hard it is to lose expression of who you are. And while there's no breakup insurance, there is Motorcycle insurance. That way, if something happens to your baby, you may not have to lose it 100%.

How Is Your Motorcycle Insurance Calculated?

Anyone who has a history of riding safely is likely to get a good deal on their motorcycle insurance. A safe driving record will have a positive impact on your insurance rates. There are other factors as well, like age and gender.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider, Finance and Insurance

LOCAL RIDES: High on Mount Diablo

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jun 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

You'll go from the straight and narrow to the steep and challenging on this loop. After a nice jaunt through golden hills and ranch country, you'll pass Mount Diablo, the tallest peak in the Bay Area. The loop will take you around the north peak and into Mount Diablo State Park. On a clear day, head to the observatory deck, where you can pick out Yosemite's Half Dome among the snow-capped peaks of the Sierras to the east.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Riding Basics

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jun 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

How hard is it to ride an electric motorcycle? It's a lot like most other motorcycles in a lot of ways. You choose how fast you go by using a throttle. You choose when to brake by using a brake lever. You balance on two wheels and put your feet down at stops. You feel the wind and you smell the smells. It feels like a motorcycle.

Beyond that things start to change. 

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Topics: Oakland H-D News, Motorcycles, Riding in the Bay Area

LOCAL RIDES: East Bay Getaway

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on May 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

From the eastern slope of the Oakland Hills to the side of imposing Mount Diablo, this loop begins only a few miles beyond the dense urban centers of the East Bay. These back roads cut through canyons and skim along creeks on the way up to the region's highest peak.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area

LOCAL RIDES: Sanctuary in San Mateo

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Apr 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM

This loop south of San Francisco takes you into the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wind around Devil's Slide, through the cozy town of Pacifica and past the surfing Mecca of Half Moon Bay, where the world-famous "Mavericks" contest is held. Head inland through rolling hills and farmland, then up to the mountain peaks, where you'll find a motorcyclist's dream highway skimming along the top.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area

Behind the design of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Mar 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

How do you go about building the first-ever mass-produced electric motorcycle? How do you begin the design of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire? Starting with the battery and the wheels. Follow the design process and listen to the design team through a variety of interviews to dig in to how the design of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire was developed.

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Topics: Motorcycles, Riding in the Bay Area

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