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Friday, May 30, 2014

Product Highlight: Lick’s Solo Bag

Carrying your stuff with you is often easier said than done if you’re a rider, particularly if you wish to maintain your style.  Bulky storage compartments found on many cruisers are for cops and others who care little about style points, but not for you.  Aside from the pure joy of riding, you bought your Sportster because it looks good, and because it makes you look good.  Still, you may need to carry some stuff.  What do you do?  Enter Lick’s Solo Bag, specifically designed to fit rubber mount Sportster models 2004-present. 

Each solo bag for sportster motorcycles is handcrafted out of 100% real leather by us in our shop, not purchased from some cheap assembly line factory in a third world country.  To be clear, we do not mass produce our solo bags, we build each one by hand after it is ordered.  Our sportster leather bags are designed to fit on the left (primary) side of your bike, are available in black, brown, and dark distressed colors.  Additional features include:

  • Hand-stitched, piped flap edges
  • 100% organic, high-quality tanned leather
  • “Slick-quick” release buckles for easy opening and closing

Keep in mind, this is one of our best selling items, and because we build our Harley solo bags by hand, there is some turnaround time, so order yours now!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Product Review: Lick’s Cycles Motorcycle Sissy Bar Kit


You’ve ridden with others, looked at many bikes in different show rooms, gazed through biker catalogs and cruised the web. Now that you own your own customized motorcycle, it's time to truly put your stamp on it (while ensuring your safety at the same time). You've purchased that bike, make it yours and get out on the road with our handy motorcycle sissy bar kit.

Lick’s Cycles motorcycle sissy bar kit is just $249.99 (plus free shipping!) so you can have this delivered to your home and ready to install pronto. With finishes in black or chrome, this sissy bar kit is like bolting on a little fun to your ride! With an "old school" vibe, this rounded design kit secures a mount using two chrome or satin powder-coated side plates. This kit fits all 2004 and UP Sportsters. This sissy bar kit is not detachable and will mount for years of safe riding. Add the classic vintage look with an added bonus of safety easily and affordably.

This kit looks great on practically any motorcycle. But while the sissy bar kit will work with most models, if you have a Nightster or Iron, a simple add may be needed. This is a simple process that includes trimming the bracket that holds the combo.

Lick's Cycles' sissy bar kit is simple to install and looks stylish and sleek. From any angle, this kit looks great and supports your passenger and seat. Check out LicksCycles.com for more great accessories for your beloved bike like this sissy bar kit and more. For everything from seat springs to lighting and license plates, Lick's Cycles beats many other advertised prices.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Best Places to Road Trip on a Motorcycle

Once you’ve tricked out your ride and finished adding the finishing touches on your motorcycle, it’s time to take your baby on the open road. There are a lot places that you can road trip on a motorcycle. In fact, some roads, especially in the greenery of the Appalachian Mountains that are even better when explored from a motorcycle. These are some of the best places to road trip on a motorcycle:

Tail of the Dragon



The Tail of the Dragon is called Route 129. The road is described as breathless. The Tail of the Dragon is a once in a lifetime needed, week-long motorcycle pilgrimage. This road throws corners and hairpins at you the rate of one every 182 feet or nearly 29 turns every mile. This road is at the top of any motorcycle roads list. However, a word of caution: local authorities have limited the speed on the Tail of the Dragon. This was done to minimize injuries, crashes, and accidents because it is considered a dangerous road. This is a great one to explore, but make sure you have a DOT-approved helmet with you.

Route 44, Northwest Pennsylvania



You can consider this road if you cannot take a week-long trip for Tail of the Dragon. Route 44 is twisty and hilly. It winds through scenic, small Pennsylvania towns starting from Watsontown to the New York State border in Portville. You can easily visit the Jersey Shore as well from this route. You will also go through quiet sleepy towns which include Shinglehouse and Coudersport. There are many places to stop for meals, drinks, and gas along the way. The people along this route are also friendly.

U.S. Route 33, Virginia-West Virginia



Route 33 is 235 miles. It goes from Harrisonburg to Spenser in Central West Virginia. There are mountains, scenic views, and small towns in this area along with friendly people at all the roadside stops. Route 33 takes you to the center of Elkins. This gives you the chance to get food, gas, and some rest as well. If you continue west on Route 33, it joins with Route 119 in Buchannan, West Virginia. Here, you can follow it to Spencer. There are also valleys that are bordered by summits on both sides. You can take a detour and drive to the top to enjoy a beautiful view.

Skyline Drive, Virginia



There are amazing views in this area. You begin at Front Royal. This is at 588 feet above sea level. The Skyline Drive goes for hundreds of miles. The speed limit is 35 mph. You will need at least four to five hours to complete your journey, but the views are worth it. This will allow you to easily stop and get meals along the way, while taking in the gorgeous views. This is a great one to enjoy during the twilight hours too for open sky.

Route 417, Southern Tier, New York State



You can start west along Route 417 at Corning, N.Y. The sounds are quiet and the pace is slow. This road is a small town road, but a great one to still do with a small group. Make sure that you stop to enjoy some of the foods at the local diners along the road.

Looking for a finishing touch for your custom motorcycle before hitting one of these trails? Visit Lickscycles.com for all your custom parts and safety features needs.

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

There are plenty of cool motorcycle helmets for sale today, but which one is right for you? That’s a question every rider should ask before taking to the open road. When it comes to buying a helmet, there are a few must-have properties, but for the most part, it comes down to personal style and preference.

Choosing Between ½, ¾ or Full Face Motorcycle Helmets

DOT helmetsA helmet is by far the most important piece of safety equipment a rider can own, and they are mandatory by law in many states. In fact only Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire don’t require helmet use in some form or fashion.

At the moment, there are three predominant styles of motorcycle helmets: ½, ¾, and full face.

½ Motorcycle Helmets – Half helmets are sometimes referred to as skull caps because they are bowl shaped and fit just over the top of the head. They offer minimal protection, which is why they aren’t as popular as three-quarter and full face helmets.

¾ Motorcycle Helmets – A three-quarter helmet surround the entire head with exception of the face. That portion of the helmet is left open, however some three-quarter helmets have a visor that can be flipped up and down.

Full Face Motorcycle HelmetsFull face motorcycle helmets offer the most protection to riders. They cover the entire head including the face and almost always come with a protective visor. If you want to protect both your head and your face, this is the only style that guarantees both.

How Fit and Comfort Factor Into Your Helmet

No matter what style of helmet you decide to buy, it should fit snuggly on your head all the way around. A helmet that’s too loose is not only annoying and uncomfortable, it can also be detrimental to safety. The term “fit” applies to both the size and shape of the helmet. To get a good idea of your head size, use a measuring tape to measure the circumference, starting at just above the eyebrows and going all the way around the thickest part of the skull.

Weight is another consideration. The lighter the helmet is, the better, as it will put less strain on a rider’s neck. Carbon fiber motorcycle helmets are quickly gaining in popularity because they are extremely lightweight and low profile while meeting or surpassing DOT standards.


Eye Protection from a Motorcycle Helmet

Going down the road with no vehicle to shield you from the bugs, rocks, dust, and tire rubber means you’ve got to find another way to protect your eyes from projectiles. Another advantage of full face motorcycle helmets is that they provide superior eye protection compared to three quarter and half helmets as they cover the entire face.

If you’d prefer one of the latter two helmets, consider adding a visor if you have a three quarter helmet or riding goggles when you wear a half helmet. Sunglasses are better than nothing, but they aren’t shatter proof and could easily come off by simply turning your head to one side.

Why You Should Only Consider DOT Helmets

One in five motorcycle crashes involve a head or neck injury. In almost every instance, an approved helmet could greatly reduce the chance and/or severity of these injuries. By “approved”, we’re referring to DOT helmets.

The one absolute must is that the helmet meets Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, which is required by most city and state governments. The standards are laid out in FMVSS 218 and revolve around a helmet’s puncture resistance. The sides, top, and chin portions of helmets are all tested to ensure they don’t give way upon impact.

The manufacturer will do the testing to confirm their helmets meet or exceed the set standards. The National Highway Safety Administration will then randomly request samples for independent third party testing. This helps to keep manufacturers honest when they put the DOT emblem on their helmets.

SNELL Memorial Foundation is other certification to look for when selecting a motorcycle helmet. It’s not required, but it’s an added layer of safety testing. It’s not nice to think about, but the risk of crashes and collisions are an inherent part of riding a motorcycle. A DOT helmet with a SNELL certification can help to further protect your life and minimize serious injuries, so you can keep on riding.

About the Author: Lick’s Cycles has been disturbing the peace since 2002 with their custom motorcycle parts and accessories.  They offer a great selection of gas tanks, caps, handlebars, risers, and motorcycle helmets for sale in their online store: www.lickscycles.com.