Motorcycle News You Can Use – Sept 12-18

by Liz Jansen

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This week’s Motorcycle News You Can Use covers the whimsical to the practical. Take a trip down memory lane with riders and motorcycles who were considered hot in their day. Then, prepare to see the new motorcycle emoji on your texts and messages after it’s launched on the 16th. It’s kinda cute. 🙂

Mike Jacobs recounts 18 lessons he learned on an epic 28-day ride around Lake Superior. I’ve never done the circumference in one single trip, but I’ve done all the sections many times and can attest to the splendour. Every time you go you notice something different.

Touring can tire your back, which is why the ergonomic tips from RoadRunner Magazine are so useful.

And lastly, I live in an apartment without access to an outdoor hose and most of the time, have to haul buckets of water for the spot-wash and rinse. The new RinseKit looks really appealing!


Famous Movie Motorcycles : From Easy Rider to Ghost Rider

Amos, RideApart

“Movie car scenes always grab our attention—whether it’s Bond escaping baddies in Alfa Romeo’s with his Aston Martin DBS in Quantum of Solace, or Nicolas Cage helming a stunning gray Ferrari 550 Maranello in Family Man.

But when two-wheelers zoom into the frame, our pulses race that much more. And there’s been more than a handful of great motorcycles in movies to hit the big screen over the decades with no end in sight. We’ve selected some of the most memorable bikes, both production and custom bikes, that deserve your cinematic and motoring respect.”

Justice Served: The Motorcycle Emoji is Almost Here

Lauren C. Allen

“A great wrong in the world has finally been righted—at least if you’re an Apple device user. For emoji-loving, motorcycle-riding, iPhone and iPad users, the days of having to resort to combining the bicycle-rider emoji with the wind symbol (which, let’s be real, ends up looking a lot more like gastrointestinal problems than speed) are almost over: The next IOS release (9.1, coming September 16) contains an actual motorcycle emoji.”

28 Days on the Road Around Lake Superior

Mike Jacobs, Motorcycle dot com

18 lessons learned while touring around the biggest Great Lake—from Go Back to Places you Missed or Didn’t Get To Enjoy Fully the First Time, to Never Deny Yourself Anything in Life, and American Snacks are Superior to Canadian Snacks. Read the article to learn the rest.

Touring Tip : Banishing the Aching Back : RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine


“Touring motorcyclists are often on the road from dawn until dusk, and riding for days at a time. To maximize enjoyment, riders need a mount that is set up as ergonomically comfortable as possible.

Since each person’s body is different, a bike fresh off the showroom floor may not be configured for your personal long distance comfort. Here are some of the key ergonomic considerations in evaluating how well a bike fits its rider and strategies for improving comfort.”

Water, Water, Everywhere | Rinsekit Portable Water System

William Conner, RideApart

You can take a hose and bucket anywhere with this portable water system.

“The RinseKit hose quickly attaches to your water spigot with a supplied quick connect coupler and fills the two gallon eon™ pressure chamber with approximately 65 psi of water pressure (standard home pressure) in 20 seconds time. It can hold pressure for up to one month. Simply attach the spray nozzle to the RinseKit hose with the quick coupler, select one of the seven spray settings and fire away! This patented design has no moving parts and can be filled with hot or cold water an infinite number of times. (Source:”

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photo credit: Early Morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway via photopin (license)




Author, writer, student and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.