Not all of us have the luxury of walking into a dream Harley-Davidson shop and selecting a shiny, brand new motorcycle model off of the gleaming sales floor. And that’s perfectly ok. Many of us have new-to-us, already loved by someone else, used motorcycles. Some of us even purposely buy older, used bikes. But in this day and age, not every seller out there can be trusted, so what can you do to protect yourself when buying a motorcycle from a private seller?
Guys, Spring is coming! I know, I know, not soon enough. But seriously, it’ll be here before we know it, so why not spend the time now – while we’re not getting out to ride the bike daily – to get ready for when we can finally de-garage the bike and get to riding! There’s really only 6 or 7 weekends left until Spring, so I thought today, we’d get our plans for the road going, with 5 songs to jam out to while cruising on the bike. Check the list out below.
Grandparents have the best wisdom. That’s proven in this funny Harley-Davidson commercial, where Grandpa tells stories of his younger, more fun Harley days to his grandkids. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, Harley-Davidson has some of the best commercials on television today, and their Grandpa commercial is just more proof that the American motorcycle company knows best when it comes to advertising.
Here comes the bride…literally. On a Harley Davidson Fat Bob. The way most brides want to arrive to their wedding!
YouTuber PitPat23 filmed this sweet video of a Harley V-Twin motor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wa back in 2011. It would be against the law for us to not share it with you! The Harley V-Twin (also known as the V2 Engine) a two-cylinder internal combustion engine where the cylinders are arranged in the configuration of a V. Although this particular motor is widely associated with motorcycles, V-twin engines are also produced for the power equipment industry – they are often found to be the heartbeat in riding lawnmowers, small tractors, and electric power generators.
Does your heart roar like a sweet v-twin engine?
Does it flutter when you hear the roar of thunder headers coming down the road?
If so, then we have the perfect new collection for you!
It’s about time we gave you BON biker babes some eye candy of your own, right? Well, we’re not sure if you’re familiar with actor Brock O’Hurn, but after today, you will be! Brock is a gorgeous specimen of man, known for his work in Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Too Close To Home (2016), and Steve Harvey (2012), and he just recently did a shirtless photo shoot, a top a beautiful motorcycle, for the A.P.C Custom Motorcycle Iron Man Magazine and we cannot wait for you to see it!
Chase Ohm is a biker from El Paso, TX who is making a plea to the motorcycle community – to help him locate and recover his stolen motorcycle. He’s Motor Transport Operator with the US Army, who has recently returned from an overseas deployment, and considering the service and sacrifice he is making for his country, we feel compelled here at BON to help him out.
We think this is definitely something the motorcycle community can get behind! Jack Daniels, the specialty distillery company that will always be known for its selection of popular whiskey products, has teamed up with the New Jersey based coffee specialists World of Coffee to forever change your morning routine. Together, they have created Jack Daniel’s coffee blends – that are infused with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey – and the product is available to the public this week.
The Motorcycle Song (1968)
By Arlo Guthrie
We’ve all dreamed, as motorcycle riders, to wear the one helmet that’ll turn heads. There are some pretty amazing custom made motorcycle helmets – if you can dream up a design, there is an artist out there who will make it come to life – and today we’ll be showcasing some of the most unbelievable custom motorcycle helmets out there. Helmets don’t just have to be about safety; they can also serve to make every other rider on the road jealous of the one you have.
Nothing says you’re a lover of motorcycles like a beautiful motorcycle topiary being parked right out in front of your house. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of topiary, it is the art of clipping trees, shrubs, and bushes into intricate ornamental shapes. It’s a horticultural practice that dates way back to European times, and modern day topiary arts have expanded to include our favorite item – the motorcycle. Today, we have an exclusive gallery for you, of some of the most impressive topiary motorcycles out there.
We know you’re already well familiar with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead)’s love for motorcycles; that was just a super hot feature photo (….and it applies, right?)! But there are many more celebrities just like him – actors, actresses, musicians – who all have a love for motorcycles as well. Today, we’ve compiled a list of 5 celebrities that you didn’t know rode motorcycles. Check it out and see which one surprises you the most!
If you are a motorcyclist with a burning love for country singer Loretta Lynn, then we have the absolute best news for you today! The Nashville Bike Week 2017 Motorcycle Festival is a brand new event with a brand new venue this year – it will be held for an entire 10 days this coming September, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This will be the first motorcycle rally to be held for this many days in over 60 years. Loretta’s ranch and camp grounds are located in the beautiful area of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
We’re not exaggerating when we refer to Joanna Connor as the guitar shredding goddess. Seriously, this exceptionally talented woman is exactly the reason why one should never, ever judge a book by its cover. Joanna’s average style is comparable to that of a laid-back hippie mom – which is why it is so unexpected when she takes the stage to slay the audience. When you think of shred guitarists, you generally envision a middle aged man, with the signature 80’s rock band hairstyle, wearing a band tee and old jeans. Are we wrong?
The life of Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thomas was mourned and celebrated this past Saturday in Los Lunas, NM, when motorcyclists from the community came together to host a ride in his honor. Deputy Thomas was killed in an accident last month, when he crashed his vehicle while responding to a call. Fellow Valencia County deputies took part in the ride to honor and remember the fallen deputy, raising money to help the family he’s left behind.
Today we’re telling the story of 67 year old Charlotte Guttenberg. Charlotte is being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records this year, for being the most tattooed female senior citizen in the world. The best part is – she just began her tattoo journey only 10 years ago, after her husband passed away. While she was married, she wanted just one tattoo. Only one. Yet her husband forbade it. So when he passed, Charlotte went on a mission to change her appearance indefinitely.
The parents of this little dude could totally get away with saying that their kid is cooler than your kid. Hell, their kid is cooler than my kid, I’ll admit it! I was cruising Facebook when I came across this video, shared by Roadster Magazine, and really thought it would be perfect to share with my BON family. If you’ve got kids, you know the importance of starting the motorcycle lifestyle with them at a young age. The sooner one loves motorcycles, the longer they get to enjoy all the amazing things motorcycles bring to their lives.
The Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort is nestled in the beautiful smoky mountain region of Western North Carolina. It boasts 39-acres alongside the edge of the magnificent Stecoah Creek, where the scenery for motorcycle riding has been called some of the best in the world. The resort and lodge is within just minutes of the famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, the scenic Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee, Fontana Dam, and the Nantahala River Gorge.
If you’re an east coaster, this is a bit of news that may interest you in particular! The American Rock Band Tool is schedule to perform in New York City, NY for the first time in over a decade – 11 years to be precise – they last performed in the Big Apple in May 2006, when they played two shows at New York City Center. They will headline the Governor’s Ball three day musical festival in the city this coming June. The festival runs at New York’s Randall Island from Friday June 2, 2017 through Sunday June 4, 2017.
YouTuber B Howland and his son set out on a mission to build an ATV that absolutely nobody else in the world had. They took their 1996 Harley Davidson Wide Glide, and modified the life out of it, to turn it into the most badass 4-wheeler in the neighborhood. It comes with a Champion gear-driven reverse, no mufflers – straight pipes instead, and 28″ mudding tires. This is a Harley like no other we have ever seen!
Yeah, you read that right. A woman from Florida not only claims that an alligator is her boyfriend, but that he also rides a motorcycle, and that she and the reptile are in love. Mary Thorn, a resident of Lakeland, FL has been fighting the state of Florida to keep ownership of the alligator, and wrote an in-depth letter to the state, defending her choice to live with, ride with, and love the creature. Florida motioned to remove the alligator from Mary’s possession because Florida state laws require that gators over 4 feet long be housed on at least 2.5 acres of open space – and the gator lives inside her house. We wish this was a joke, we really do….but it is not.
The story we’re about to share with you takes an in-depth look into the history of Harley Davidson, and what the brand meant to an exceptionally brave woman, as she and her Harley faced historically tough times, and a never-ending series of rough roads. Bessie Stringfield was a driving force in shaping the history of motorcycles – Harley Davidson motorcycles in particular. Back in 1930, when Bessie was just 19 years old, she faced immeasurable backlash for participating in the world of motorcycles – which back then, was considered highly taboo.
For decades now, Metallica has been the road music for us bikers. Some of us cruised on our very first motorcycles to Metallica in the 1980’s, back when the heavy metal band was fresh on the music scene. Fast forward several years later, and the band’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is now selling his gorgeous oceanside San Francisco, CA home. A life-long rock music career can afford you what this breath-taking home boasts, and Kirk is banking on what this home will profit him when it sells.
Guys, it’s only January. And not all of us are lucky enough to live in a climate that sees warm temperatures and little to no snow all winter long. Do you know what that means? Of course you do. It means that we’re knee-deep in the middle of motorcycle winter blues season, and it’s ok to admit it, or even whine about it a bit – it sucks. Depending on where you live, you have easily another 2 to 4 months before riding season begins again. So today, we’re going to offer you some help on how to make that time pass faster, and beat those motorcycle winter blues.
The Easyriders Bike Show Tour 2017 kicks off in less than two weeks, and here at BON we have all the information to get you involved in one of the most fun and riveting motorcycle tours in America! Rather than staying stationary, thousands of amazing bikes will be hitting the roads for Easyrider’s 2017 national tour. The tour sets up shop in several cities throughout the United States to bring to you the hottest metal out there today. The events include rocking live music, delicious biker babes, and some of the the finest motorcycle artists in the industry. Get the full schedule for the Easyriders Bike Show Tour right here on BON!
Syd Barrett, the front man and founding member of the English rock band Pink Floyd release his debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs, 47 years ago today, on January 3, 1970. Syd, who was the primary guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd, passed away nearly 11 years ago, back in 2006. The band was active betwen the years of 1965 and 1995, and returned briefly from 2012 to 2014 – which means this band shaped the the world of music for many of us in the BON Family.
2017 is fast approaching, and if you’ve been considering a brand new 2017 model motorcycle, today we’re sharing 5 of the best buys in motorcycles for the upcoming year! Motorcycle manufacturers are working hard to bring us the best in what motorcycles have to offer, and the riders of today are having a blast in discovering the daily comforts that come with new bikes that have smaller engines and tighter dimensions. Check out our list of five of the best buys in motorcycles for 2017.
Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Zoltan Bathory totally understands the biker code – you never leave your brothers and sisters stranded on the side of the road. He was travelling on a Las Vegas, NV highway on Christmas Eve when he spotted a cop on the side of the road trying to change out a tire for an elderly lady who was stranded, and decided to stop and offer a hand. He stayed with the officer and the woman until the job was done.
As bikers, we know that music is a humongous part of our community. Many of us bikers are also musicians, and are always experimenting with new sounds and new genres. So, have you ever been curious as to what it would sound like if bluegrass was mixed with thrash metal? The band The Native Howl actually did it, with their original song “Thunderhead” and the sound is incredible! It’s totally not like what we’d expect it to be!
Because you can’t count down to midnight without a drink in your hand!
“Auld Lang Syne” by Girlschool
A Headbanging New Year! – 2008
It’s that time of the year again, BON family! Can you believe 2016 has passed so quickly? How did you do on keeping up with your New Years Resolutions from the beginning of the year? Well, if you didn’t do so well, don’t fret, because we have a brand new list of New Years Resolutions coming at you today, so you can go into 2017 with your bike at your side, fresh and renewed!
The 2016 Daytona Bike Week T-shirt Collection is being retired soon!
This week SkullSociety.com has annouced they will be retiring the 2016 Daytona Bike Week collection in January. The collection was released to celebrate Daytona Beach Bike Week’s 75th Anniversary, and according to rally-goers, they sell out fast. This limited edition t-shirt and hoodie was exclusively available and sold online at SkullSociety.com. Continue reading “Daytona Bike Week: Last Chance To Get The 75th Anniversary Shirt Collection”
Carrie Fisher was the iconic Princess Leia, from the unforgettable Star Wars Trilogy – she was solely responsible for the fantasies of all men, young and old, thanks to that role. Today, we’re sharing the sad news that she has passed away. Last week, the popular actress was hospitalized after a cardiac episode while travelling on a plane, and today, 12/27/2016, she became the fourth celebrity in less than two weeks to pass away from a cardiac-related illness.
Since the staff here at BON took an extended weekend for the Christmas holiday, we are a couple of days late in reporting the tragic news that iconic singer George Michael has passed away. He was 53 years old, and the cause of death was confirmed as apparent heart failure. Having passed away on Christmas Day, George is the third celebrity in less than 2 weeks to succumb to cardiac related illness, following the tragic heart-related deaths of actor Alan Thicke and Fashionista Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Maybe you need a good laugh.
Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas
Awwwe this might be the cutest thing you see all day. A lady biker is sitting at a red light waiting in traffic, and finds herself delayed for one of the most important reasons. As she’s sitting at the light, she notices the tiniest little golden kitten sitting in the middle of the road, and immediately takes action. She starts waving down cars in traffic, trying to get them to stop. She then puts herself and her bike into the middle of traffic to save the kitten’s life.
Who doesn’t love shots? With the Apple Pie Shot recipe, courtesy of AllRecipes.com, you all can combine Christmas with your favorite way to drink this season. Find the full recipe below!
You Tuber Road Vultures Productions, as well as all of the staff at BON would like to wish you and yours a Very Merry Biker Christmas with this fantastically made biker Christmas video!
Every Holiday Season, the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company rolls out a new Christmas commercial. We’ve said it before – next to Budweiser, they make the best Christmas commercials on television. Today, we’re sharing yet another Harley Davidson Christmas commercial, from 2008, titled “The Miracle Of Biker Claus“, and we seriously think it’s Harley Davidson’s best seasonal commercial on television in history!
It’s something you’re well used to having in your car by now – the infamous touchscreen. The screen that controls your radio, your GPS, your texts and phone calls. The screen that turns your vehicle into a 2,000 pound cell phone or tablet. What would you do if you could have that same screen installed in your bike? Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycles are working hard to make that thought a very real possibility.
As we’ve geared up for the Holiday Season here at BON, we’ve come across so many awesome and festive motorcycle themed images for Christmas. Many of them are cards, some of them are created by skillful artists, and others are funny little comics, cartoons, and jokes. We have spent the past few weeks collecting them, and today, we’re excited to tell you all that we’re ready to share them all! We’re now 6 days away from Christmas, and we hope that here at BON, we’ve provided you with all the resources to make this Christmas unforgettable for you and your biker family!
The 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera looks like the secret love child of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and a Kawasaki Street Bike, and comes with a whopping $80,000 price tag. Yikes! The company, which is favored by several celebrity motorcycle riders, has unveiled its newest model bike for the coming year, and it’s wowing us to no end. Personally, it looks uncomfortable, and is a far stretch from the classic two wheels we prefer, but with such a high price, we just had to look into here at BON.
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Much like the tree, the wreath is a household staple when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Doors all across the nation are adorned with beautiful wreaths, ranging in several different styles and sizes. Today, we have 20 exquisite Harley Davidson themed wreaths to share, and the best part about them, is that they’re all custom made and handmade by some very talented artists. All of them are available for purchase through Etsy; the site where all things handmade are sold.
Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was not just known for her decades-long acting career, but for her frequent revolving-door marriages has died at the age of 99. She was wildly popular on the American television and movie scene, and was known to some for her role in the 1968 Batman television series, where she portrayed the series’ character, Minerva. She passed away in the afternoon of Sunday, December 18, 2016, from apparent heart failure.
This week, we suffered another great loss in the death of 80’s sitcom dad, Alan Thicke. He was best known for his role as Jason Seaver in the 1980’s tv series “Growing Pains“. He was just 69 years old. He was playing hockey with his 19 year old son Carter, on Tuesday, December 13th, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was also the real-life father of musician Robin Thicke, as well as a third son, Brennan. He was survived by his sons and his wife Tanya.
There’s no way your neighborhood is as cool as this one is this Christmas! Obviously this neighborhood block houses a lighting technician who is a fan of metal Christmas music, because every single house is lit up, and connected house-to-house to light up along with some awesome metal Christmas tunes by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We all wish we could live on this street! Located in Texas, this street draws hundreds of cars a night to view the spectacular display.