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Motorcycle E-Newsletter

Your Weekly Look Into The World of Motorcycles


You may have noticed the absence of the Hardison & Cochran Motorcycle E-Newsletter in the first few weeks of the new year. As you can see, we've been working on making this e-newsletter the best it can be. We hope the new design makes it a little easier to get your motorcycle news each week. We've also added links to all of our online properties at the top left, so feel free to check in on those from time-to-time. All you have to do is click the box. 

The new design also allows us to share more pictures of events we are attending this year. Be sure to check out the "Weekly Riding Weather" in your area each week to the left. Expect more and more over time because we just purchased this e-mail software and we're like a kid in a candy store with all the new features.

Here's to a great 2011 and hopefully the weather will warm up where we can be riding sooner than later.

- Hardison & Cochran

Harley-Davidson Releases New Black Line Model 
Harley welcomes a new model into their line which they describe as "stripped down and dark as a tar road at midnight." They sure seem to be taking it back old school as this bike, which is Softail based, is back to the basics. Check out some pictures and an article from Motorcycle Cruiser.
Motorcycle Show Revs Up New York 
We mentioned in the greeting about the weather changing here in North Carolina where we can get back out and ride. When you're saddling up in late February or early March, remember these guys up in New York who usually have to wait just a little bit longer. It's also good to see a motorcycle show put an emphasis on safety. Good stuff.     
New Motorcycle Law in North Carolina 
We mentioned this in an earlier edition of the Motorcycle Newsletter, but since it's the New Year and the law is in play, we'll mention it again. A new law requires anyone under 18 who applies for a motorcycle license in North Carolina to pass a safety class. The course, which is also required for those seeking a learner's permit or motorcycle endorsement, must be taught by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or the N.C. Motorcycle Safety Education Program. The new law also says that a person less than 18 years of age may not ride a motorcycle with a passenger. Check out an article about the law here.  
Weekly Riding Tip: Dragging a Peg

Most of us do not need to test our riding limits, but it still happens that you might someday find yourself leaning too far into a curve and hear/feel your peg start to drag. What should you do?

There are three things that can be done as soon as you hear/feel a peg scrape:

throttle - modestly, to momentarily lift the frame of your bike.

2. Counter-steer away from the dragging peg: widen the turn.

3. Shift body weight TOWARD the dragging peg. THAT IS NOT A MISPRINT.

Each of these actions tends to straighten the bike up. Any one of them will cure the problem and is sufficient by itself. You can, of course, do two or all three of these things at the same time. Shifting your body weight towards the dragging peg is the safest and most recommended solution.


Victory Goes Old School With High-Ball 
Harley-Davidson isn't the only brand breaking out an old school looking bike for 2011. Victory has thrown their hat into the ring with the High-Ball. The tagline for the bike pretty much says it all: "No bells, no whistles, no excuses" Check out an article and pictures on the High-Ball here.