It happens to the best of us. You're watching re-runs of House, M.D. again, and you're still a shade jealous of Hugh Laurie's abrasive but funny and charming character -- but, most of all, you're jealous of his motorcycle and all of its bells and whistles. The good news is that it's a great time to be a biker -- and new technologies and the nation's increasing interest in motorcycles means there are more bikes and custom motorcycle accessories to choose from than ever before.
Whether You're A Fan Of The Matrix Or Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, You May Want To Pay Attention
That's right. World-famous American actor Keanu Reeves is trying his hand at designing motorcycles -- and the debut of his very first custom made motorcycles are pretty promising.
"The motor breathes through a unique downdraft induction system that channels air from intakes next to the headlamps through the center of its twin fuel cells," Fox News reports. "LED lighting is featured front and rear, and the retro-futuristic bodywork would look right at home on the streets of Mega City." Although buying Reeves' custom built motorcycles for sale may not be an option for everyone (the first model runs as high as $78,000!), bikers can purchase custom motorcycle parts or custom motorcycle accessories to recreate the actors' motorcycles.
Futuristic Tron Motorcycle Helmets And Parts Hit The Market
If you have seen the movie Tron, you probably want one (or more) of the motorcycles from the hit Disney film. (Why wouldn't you?) Of course, you can make it happen by spending an arm and a leg for a one-of-a-kind futuristic motorcycle, or you can browse online aftermarket motorcycle shops for custom paint for motorcycles. Online stores sell motorcycle parts for less -- and that includes paint that glows in the dark and reflects light, just like the bikes in Tron.
Motorcycle sales have been climbing over the last 10 years -- and with good reason. There are more options for purchasing motorcycles and accessories (including protective equipment that can keep riders safe, in the even of a fall or crash) than ever before, too.
According to researchers from the Motorcycle Industry Council, more U.S. women are riding motorcycles than ever before. In 2009, women accounted for just 8% of all bikers; in 2012, it was up to 12%! That may not sound like a lot, but that's 6.7 million women. Moreover, for women riding motorcycles in the U.S. -- and around the world -- it is not just about feeling the wind blowing through their hair, it's also about confronting troubling stereotypes and challenging years' worth of social injustices.
Female Bikers Motivate New Advertisements
Thanks to the growing numbers of female riders, there has been a shift in the industry's advertising, "featuring more women in their ads -- riding the bikes, not decorating them," The Seattle Times reports. It is no longer out of the ordinary for women to ride motorcycles, and more dealerships are specifically catering to female customers. Even so, the idea of purchasing bikes made for women in and of itself is a bit problematic and reminiscent of other, gender-specific and nightmarish products, like Bic's "Pens For Her" (look it up!). Instead of sinking your money into a hot pink and glaringly offensive model, go ahead and buy whatever bike you like. If you need to, you can purchase custom handlebars for motorcycles and other custom motorcycles parts to make alterations or adjustments for your height and any other individual needs.
Egyptian Women Challenge A Popular Taboo
Women in Egypt are riding motorcycles and scooters in order to take a stand. (For years, it has been a taboo for women in Egypt to ride motorcycles.) In riding scooters or even models pieced together from aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories, women are doing more than just making a political statement, they are also looking out for themselves and each other. "Riding motorcycles can help girls avoid sexual harassment they suffer from in public transport buses," biker Basma El-Gabry tells Daily News Egypt.
Motorcycle sales are still rising after 10 straight years, and the growing number of female bikers is partially to credit. Whether women purchase bikes brand new or use custom motorcycles parts for a faster and more efficient ride, one thing is certain: by riding their motorcycles, they are making significant social and political strides.
How many motorcycles are registered in the U.S.? According to The U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans registered an estimated nine million motorcycles as of 2012. There are likely even more bikes on the road today. That's a lot, and -- understandably -- you may not be very optimistic about your chances of standing out in a sea of motorcyclists. Keep your chin up! There are some relatively simple ways to be the envy of everyone on the road. Which of the following best describes you?
Pimp My Ride Is Your Favorite Show
If it isn't over the top, it's not for you. Your dreams revolve around custom rims for motorcycles, and massive wheels and flame decals make you positively euphoric. Luckily for you, aftermarket motorcycle parts make customizing motorcycles possible and affordable. By perusing the Web, you can easily stumble across thousands of instructional videos to help you get started. Experts will show you how to remove wheels (to make room for much bigger and flashier ones) and how to install custom rims for motorcycles. Purchasing motorcycle parts online will expose you to a greater selection of wheels, rims, and decals -- and save you money in the process.
You're An Old Soul
A well-preserved Packard turns your head and leaves you basking in the afterglow of admiration. Classic motorcycles are just as valuable as some of the first automobiles, and they have the same charm. Honda, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph, among others, continue selling vintage bikes -- and vintage bike parts -- today.
You Watch Too Many Sci-Fi Movies
At least some bikers are out there, taking over the road on their electric motorcycles, complete with Tron-style lighting. A handful of Tron-inspired bikes recently sold for millions; the manufacturers donated the proceeds to charity. With some tinkering, you can build your own motorcycle with sleek wheels and neon lights. Do a bit of digging and make sure you fully understand traffic laws in your area, however; some additions or alterations to your bike may not be legal in all states.
Riding a motorcycle is one of the most cost efficient means of transportation. And it doesn't have to be boring, either. Turn heads and rule the road with vintage bikes, to-die-for rims, or Tron-inspired neon lighting.