Why Every Rider Should Take a Motorcycle Safety Course

There are few things quite as exhilarating as taking to the open road on a motorcycle, but most riders need a little bit of instruction before they can ride a motorcycle safely. The good news is that there are resources out there for people who want to ride a motorcycle and do so as safely as possible. If you’re planning a motorcycle trip in Las Vegas, make sure you prepare yourself by enrolling in a motorcycle safety course.

Why motorcycle safety courses are so important

Safety is the most important priority for motorcycle riders to keep in mind when planning a trip, but a lot of motorcycle riders are missing key information about how to stay safe on the road. While safety training might not be the most exciting part of planning your motorcycle trip, laying a foundation of safety is one of the best ways to improve your overall experience and help you get the most out of your trip while keeping yourself protected. Here are some of the biggest benefits of taking a motorcycle safety course in Las Vegas:

  • Keep yourself safe: It might be obvious, but the primary benefit of taking a motorcycle safety training course is that it will help keep you safe on the road. Motorcycle training courses give riders the essential information they need to stay safe and learn how to handle unexpected hazards and conditions when they come up. This is important not only for your safety while riding a motorcycle, but also for the safety of others.
  • Improve your riding capabilities: Another great benefit of motorcycle safety training in Las Vegas is the fact that it can significantly improve your riding capabilities. In addition to the safety benefits, improving your riding skills can also make you more comfortable on the road and help you navigate turns, uneven terrain and unexpected conditions with skill and dexterity. The more training you have, the better you will be as a motorcycle rider and the more confident you will feel while operating the bike.
  • Maintain peace of mind: All of the skills that riders learn during motorcycle safety classes contribute to greater confidence, which leads to improved peace of mind. Riders who are unsure about how to stay safe on the road are more likely to feel anxious, and that can distract them from truly enjoying their experience. Taking safety training courses allows riders to have better peace of mind so they can focus completely on enjoying the ride.

Motorcycle safety training in Las Vegas

Hit the road safely with help from a motorcycle safety training course in Las Vegas through EagleRider. We are here to make sure our customers have the best experience possible with our motorcycle rentals. No matter what your vision is for your motorcycle trip, we’re here to make it a reality. With a number of great motorcycle tours to choose from, you are certain to have an unforgettable experience with our motorcycle rentals. Give us a call to find out more about our rental options and book your tour.

Signs Your Motorcycle Is Running Lean

Is your motorcycle runnng lean? A motorcycle with an engine that’s running lean will likely idle or run sluggish, causing the engine and exhaust pipes to become hotter than normal. A lean motorcycle engine is actually unhealthy for the bike, especially if the problem persists for a long time. Luckily, this is a common problem with some simple solutions. Here’s how to spot and handle the issue.

How do you diagnose an engine running lean?

Every engine that runs on either diesel fuel or gasoline requires the correct balance of air and fuel for combustion to take place. A ratio that’s too lean means the engine is getting more air than it needs and not enough fuel, causing the mixture to burn much hotter than usual. Some of the signs that indicate your motorcycle is running lean include:

  • Rough idles: This is usually the first sign you’re running lean. When you start the motorcycle, pay attention to whether it’s staying on by itself or you’re noticing a rough sputter while stationary.
  • Sluggish ride: Noticing your bike running with a lot less energy? Lean engines are a lot less powerful than engines that are running at peak performance, as the engine isn’t receiving enough fuel to run efficiently.
  • Hot engine and exhaust pipes: A lean mixture causes the engine to burn hotter, causing the exhaust pipes to become very hot. In some cases, you may see smoke coming from the engine, and the pipes can even turn blue. This is a direct indication that your motorcycle is running lean.

How do you fix the problem of a motorcycle engine running lean?

A lean motorcycle engine usually is caused by faults in the fuel delivery system. More specifically, the problem likely lies with the carburetor. The carburetor delivers both fuel and air in appropriate ratios to the engine’s combustion chamber. Usually, the cause of the problem is clogged jets inside the carburetor, resulting from dirt particles that have found their way inside.

If you take a look at your bike’s carburetor, you’ll notice screws on the side of the component. One of the screws directly controls how much gas the carburetor delivers. Unscrewing it causes more gas to enter the combustion chamber, while screwing it in tighter will reduce that amount. If your motorcycle engine is running lean, unscrew slightly to increase gas flow to the engine. It’s best to refer to your owner’s manual to determine where exactly the screw is located and how much you’ll need to turn it.

If you’ve done some experimenting and the problem doesn’t seem to resolve itself, you’re likely dealing with a faulty carburetor that should be addressed either by cleaning or replacement. Bring your motorcycle to a trusted mechanic for an inspection.

A motorcycle running lean is never a good thing—if the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in costly damage to important engine components.  Need help operating your bike safely and efficiently? Reach out to EagleRider today and learn more about essential motorcycle care tips to keep your bike running smoothly for years to come.

Tips on How to Drive a Motorcycle in the Rain

Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean that there aren’t still great opportunities to hit the open road on a motorcycle. Rainy weather can present a challenge for riders who aren’t used to wet road conditions, but it’s possible to ride a motorcycle safely in rainy weather by making a few simple adjustments. Keep reading for some tips for driving motorcycles in the rain.

Riding motorcycles in the rain: Our top tips

The rain can present a lot of challenges for motorcyclists, especially for those who don’t have a lot of experience driving in rainy conditions. The good news is that there are plenty of upsides to hitting the road in the rain—including getting the opportunity to experience scenery in a new light—and it’s possible to do it safely by putting a few simple tips into practice. Here are some of the best tips for driving motorcycles in the rain:

  • Wear the right gear: One of the most important things to do before riding a motorcycle in the rain is to make sure you’re equipped with the right gear. When it’s rainy outside, visibility tends to be lower, and that makes it much more difficult for drivers on the road to see motorcycles. To keep yourself safe, make sure to wear highly reflective gear that will ensure you’re visible to other motorists on the road.
  • Give yourself extra time for braking: In ideal weather conditions, motorcycle riders can bring a motorcycle from highway speeds to a stop in just a few seconds, but the time required to stop a motorcycle can increase significantly when conditions on the road aren’t as favorable. With that in mind, make sure to give yourself more time than usual for braking.
  • Go easy on transitions: Another one of the best tips for driving motorcycles in the rain is to ease into transitions between acceleration and braking. Instead of hitting the brakes or the accelerator suddenly, ease into it to give the bike plenty of time to transition. Braking and accelerating too rapidly can increase the risk that you will lose control of your motorcycle and wind up skidding or getting into an accident.
  • Take advantage of dry lines on the road: When cars drive in the rain, they often leave dry tire tracks behind them. Take advantage of dry lines on the road to maintain the best contact and traction possible between your motorcycle’s tires and the pavement.

Motorcycle rentals and tours

At EagleRider, we know how important it is to prioritize safety on the road—no matter what the weather conditions may be—and we are committed to making sure our customers have the best experience possible with our motorcycle rental offerings. All of our rentals come with gear to keep riders safe on their journey, whether it’s a short day trip or a multi-day motorcycle tour of all the sights in the area. Find out more about what we have to offer and book your motorcycle rental by giving us a call today.

Vegas/Route66/Sedona

What better way to plan an early-winter trip than by inviting friends from the snowy north to come south and squeeze in another weekend of riding? Summer may be over, but with multiple Eagle Rider locations throughout the southwest, we don’t have to stop riding just yet. Typically, most riders don’t have the option to ride in the winter months so when we organized for Joshua Parker to come in from snowy Salt Lake City to meet up with our group of local hooligans in Las Vegas, he booked 3 days with Eagle Rider. He chose to ride a Harley Davidson Road Glide, having never toured on a bagger before, but wanting to experience the comfort and storage it provided. Local Las Vegas rider Maggie Hicks wasn’t going to let him have all the fun so she booked one as well. They were joined by JUSTIN EDELMAN and NICOLE ROSANO who rode their own Harleys, a Pan America and Softtail Streetbob respectively. Our trip, by design, was planned around the journey and enjoying each other’s company on the open road. We have always wanted to ride along historic Route 66 and knew we would have the roads to ourselves traveling in the cold temps that early December promises. Riding this route in the winter allowed us to avoid both the heat and the traffic that you would typically see in the warmer months. We unanimously agreed that Sedona was going to be the final destination. Due to Flagstaff getting some early season snow, we made the decision to reroute through Prescott and up and over the beautiful winding turns of highway 89A into the haunted ghost town of Jerome and finally ending up surrounded by the beautiful red rock and soul-cleansing vortexes that only Sedona can offer.

DAY 1 – Pickup – Ride to Seligman

Before we could gear up and ride out on the first day, we needed to secure the iron horses. The process at Las Vegas Eagle Rider was as smooth as butter. We would recommend checking in online prior to your arrival, which is a step that we haphazardly skipped. Thankfully the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating and after signing our lives away, we were quickly out the door and ready to load up. One of the best parts about renting a bike from EagleRider is how knowledgeable the staff are about local routes, and after a discussion about recent weather patterns, they provided us with an ideal alternative route to avoid potentially icy and snowy roads. Given the temps, we all donned our heated gear (a literal life-saver), loaded the bikes and hit the road towards our first gas stop in Kingman, AZ.

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Leaving the busy traffic of the Las Vegas Strip in our rear view mirrors, we began our cold journey with heated anticipation for what the open road would bring. One of our favorite sections of the trip was the initial stretch of highway that takes you up and over the historical Hoover Dam as it provides some of the most beautiful views of sweeping red rock mountains you can find in the southwest. Once the road leveled out, we all twisted the throttle a little harder with smiles on our faces to see if we could beat the setting afternoon sun to our destination. As any motorcyclist can attest, one of the best feelings you can experience is an open highway and a group of friends who have similar riding styles. You travel as a pack, know what moves each other will make before making them, communicate with nothing more than the nod of a head or the shuffling to the side of a lane to allow someone else to take the lead. True camaraderie. Appreciating the fact that all of us made the effort to be here in this moment, cold wind whipping through the desolate desert plains, sharing a stretch of road we had yet to explore on our way to Arizona, we moved as one, wild and free.

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As we paused for gas just outside of Kingman, we decided on the first stop of our Route 66 adventure. Hunger was setting in, and we knew that MIKES ROUTE 66 OUTPOST & SALOON was waiting only 25 miles down the road. A true local gem on Route 66, Mikes is not to be skipped. As soon as we arrived we were causing a scene. Engines roaring and dust flying, 4 Harley Davidson’s pulling up gets the locals excited around these parts. Everyone was warm and welcoming as we asked for food recommendations and talked about the bikes with those already sitting at the bar. The decor of Mikes is something you’d imagine in a Hunter S Thompson novel. Dollar bills left behind by forlorn travelers were pinned to the ceiling and kitschy southwestern flair decorated the walls. The typical bar-style food was hot and fast and warmed both our stomachs and our souls. The garlic-covered cheese curds were a particular favorite of our famished group. We settled into a table in the corner and discussed where we would stop next. Route 66 is littered with little gems that are worth a look and we had to be selective with our time since daylight was fading quickly. With our belly’s satisfied, we hopped back on the bikes and continued rolling down the historical stretch of road.

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Peach Springs came highly recommended and we chose to check out the JOHN OSTERMAN SHELL GAS STATION, a historical marker. The rundown old gas station was a perfect spot to snap some photos as the light was reaching golden hour. Once again we had to get on the throttle, in an hurried effort to race the setting sun to our final destination for the night, Seligman, AZ.

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The HISTORIC ROUTE 66 MOTEL was a welcoming beacon in the quickly-dropping temps of the fastly-approaching night. With Route 66-themed rooms and plenty of parking, we were kindly greeted by the clerk and her family who live in the adjoining property attached to the lobby. At check-in, she recommended we head to the Roadkill Cafe before they closed for the evening. Patrons of the motel get a 10% discount by presenting their hotel keys to the server. As soon as we unloaded our gear into the clean and cozy rooms, we rushed over for a proper meal. As we cautiously approached the entrance, we didn’t know what to expect from a place called the ROADKILL CAFE. However our worries quickly disappeared as the food was fantastic and the drinks were just what we needed to unwind for the night. Their pie selection had us drooling from the moment we walked in and even though we had no room, we had to get a piece of the chocolate cream pie to share before calling it quits. Their bar had a gift shop with all the Route 66 memorabilia you could imagine, so we perused a bit before enjoying a nightcap and heading back to the motel. As we settled into the comfy beds of our motel rooms, we dozed off with visions of the adventure to come racing through our heads.

DAY 2 – Ride through Jerome to Sedona

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When we awoke the following morning we were greeted by a thick layer of frost on our bikes, a solemn reminder of how cold it was outside. We typically move pretty slow in the mornings and while the bikes thawed out, we headed back to the Roadkill Cafe for a stellar breakfast at the bar with an extremely friendly bartender named Larry. The people you meet in these smaller towns always have the best stories to tell and if you take the time to listen, you might learn a thing or two. He confirmed that our route plans to head south around Flagstaff were a good idea to avoid the snow and ice. Route 66 ends pretty quickly after Seligman so we only planned one stop for the day on our way to Sedona. Jerome is a sleepy ghost town built into the side of a mountain pass and has as much history as it does character. It was a small detour but one we didn’t want to miss. Warm and full, we geared up and wiped the remaining moisture off our bikes. The sun was shining and it was a good day to be on the road! We stopped once for gas outside Prescott and we were all set to ride gorgeous 89A up and over Mingus Summit to Jerome.

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We had a slight concern about the road conditions of the mountain pass and as we climbed, it became obvious that we had just missed the snow. While the roads had thawed, the shadows of the forest-lined mountains still contained glistening remnants of the storm. Mingus boasts 127 turns in a little over 12 miles. If ripping through the twisties gets your motor revving, you’re going to have fun here. Josh and Justin decided to attack the mountain turns while Maggie and Nicole approached it more cautiously. It’s always important to ride your own ride, especially in group trips like this. At the bottom of the pass we regrouped at a beautiful turnout just as the road descended into Jerome. We stopped to marvel at the view of Verde Valley and the red rocks of Sedona in the distance.

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As we rolled into Jerome, we passed many places we would have loved to explore, including the Haunted Burger, some ghost tours, and some unique crystal shops. You could easily spend a whole day wandering the streets of this mountainside town. However we bypassed it all as we had our hearts set on visiting the GOLD KING MINE & GHOST TOWN. As we ascended to the mine we passed a plethora of animals including donkeys and goats, parked our bikes next to an old shed full of motorcycles, and headed into the gift shop. They had an amazing collection of damascus steel knives forged by a local blacksmith and souvenirs were purchased as everlasting reminders of this amazing journey. We didn’t have time to attend one of the famous ghost tours but they did come highly recommended. If we had more time, we definitely would have explored longer.

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The last slivers of daylight dissipated as we rode into the beautiful town of Sedona. We all agreed on where we wanted to crash for the night, a hotel conveniently located within walking distance of several great restaurants. The ANDANTE INN had a fantastic view as the setting sun illuminated the bright multicolored rock formations that surround the city. We were able to watch the light fade in all its glory from our 3rd floor balcony.

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After unpacking our bikes and much-needed showers, we went 100 yards out our door and right into THAI SPICES NATURAL RESTAURANT to celebrate our last night of the adventure and revel in the highs of that beautiful mountain pass we had just ridden through. We finished the night at VINO DI SEDONA with some bottles of wine while being serenaded by a talented local live musician.

DAY 3 – Hike, Ride back to Vegas

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Sedona is known for a multitude of things including spiritual wellness, off-road adventures, world class spas, and some of the most amazing hikes in the southwest. Knowing we didn’t have a lot of time, we woke up early to check out the Devil’s Bridge hike which was a 10 minute ride outside of town. At just under 4 miles, this short hike packs in a lot of quintessential Sedona beauty and is capped by an amazing natural bridge with sweeping views of the valley below. Cars need to get there early as the parking lot fills up quickly, but the beauty of showing up on a bike is you can always find a place to squeeze in. Having explored Sedona and feeling physically and spiritually refreshed, we geared up and loaded up the bikes for our final trek back to Las Vegas. We had a limited amount of time to explore as we needed to get our Road Glides back to Eagle Rider so we planned one more stop on the way back. We had our sights set on another Route 66 cafe called Westside Lilo’s. [I need to edit photos] In order to avoid the unsafe riding conditions through Flagstaff, we again headed back through the winding stretch of 89A through Mingus Pass. Even though we had ridden it the previous day, those turns and 11 degree grade roads felt completely different heading in the reverse direction. It can be as thrilling or as therapeutic as you want to make it. Again, ride your own ride. As we came out the other side and headed back towards Prescott there was a feeling in the air, we weren’t the same people as we were when we first went through. We had explored new places, experienced new roads and made new friends. Trips like these are as much about personal growth as they are about riding. We learned more about each other, our riding skills and experienced the accomplishment of reaching our final destination with everyone safe and sound. That’s the nice thing about returning to a familiar place, it reminds you what has transpired since your last visit.

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Justin had to break off and take a different route to get back to San Diego, and three remaining riders continued back onto Route 66 to our lunch destination. WESTSIDE LILO’S did not disappoint, and we were back on the road full and ready for the last bit of highway before returning the bikes to EagleRider. Seligman is now on the map for all of us to visit when we are in the area. With Route 66 in the rear view, we blasted back to Vegas. We were lucky enough to hit the Hoover Dam, right at golden hour for a most memorable return. Words can’t express the view we were treated to as we crested the pass just before descending towards the Lake Mead area. One of those moments where you soak it all in, silently nod to one another, and twist the throttle a little harder in appreciation for the beauty that laid before us. After we got bikes unloaded, we went back to EagleRider and returned our two wheeled steeds. Although we were sad to bring them back, because it meant the adventure had come to a close, we were grateful for the adventure, the good company and the memories made.

In Summary

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It’s adventures like these that make you truly feel alive. Without booking the ticket and taking the ride, life will just pass you by. This trip was the perfect example of realizing that the journey can often outweigh the destination if you bring together the right group of adventurous souls with wanderlust in their hearts. Let’s not let winter keep us from the things that make us feel most alive. Grab your buddies, book a trip to warmer places, and hit the open road with a wild sense of adventure. This was our first EagleRider experience, and we are beyond excited for the doors it opens up to ride with our friends all over this great nation. Now we are left wondering…where to next?

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Which Type of Motorcycle Gear Is Ideal for Your Las Vegas Motorcycle Tour?

Too many people think that wearing leather gear when you ride a motorcycle is just a way to look cool. And sure, sporting a leather jacket when you hop on your bike reminds people of James Dean, but there’s actually a purpose to wearing this type of gear. It’s particularly important to wear high-quality leather gear when you’re spending money on motorcycle rentals in Las Vegas.

Different leather types

You’d be surprised at the variety of leather types you can purchase when selecting the motorcycle gear that’s right for you. The following four leather types are the ones you want to purchase when selecting the gear you’ll use for motorcycle rentals in Las Vegas:

  • Cowhide: Most top-of-the-line gear is made with cowhide. Investing in cowhide leather boots, jackets and gloves keeps you safe when you’re cruising around town or hitting the road. Anything you need to protect yourself on the road can be found in cowhide leather.
  • Kangaroo: Also known as k-leather, Australia’s well-known marsupial produces lightweight, strong leather. Motorcycle gear constructed from kangaroo leather is usually more expensive because it’s not quite as heavy as cowhide and does not require as much treatment before being made into jackets, gloves and boots.
  • Goatskin: Soft and supple, leather made from goatskin is durable and feels amazing. This leather is so tactilely pleasing because of the lanolin that goats also produce.
  • Synthetic leather: This Vegas-friendly option, also called faux leather or artificial leather, is used to manufacture many motorcycle shoes, boots and gloves. Synthetic leather is abrasion-resistant as well, which is appealing to motorcycle riders who like to ride at full throttle.

Full-grain vs. top-grain leather

Leather can be treated in a number of different ways. When it comes to the leather used for motorcycle gear, you want to purchase either top-grain or full-grain leather. Top-grain leather has been sanded down to remove any imperfections or blemishes, yet it still retains its strength and durability.

Full-grain leather is the strongest grade of leather available. Though it might have a blemish or two because it hasn’t been sanded down like top-grain leather, full-grain leather is worth the investment, as it will likely keep you safest on the road. Since full-grain leather is so reliable and strong, it will cost you more than top-grain leather, but it’s well worth it.

Mostly, it’s important to purchase high-quality leather gear prior to your motorcycle rental in Las Vegas. This gear provides that extra layer of protection to keep you out of harm’s way when you’re riding.

Whether you are embarking on a single-day trip or a multi-day adventure, you want to come prepared for motorcycle rentals in Las Vegas. From the Hoover Dam to Mount Charleston, and Red Rock Canyon to the Valley of Fire, you do not want to miss the opportunity to experience the beauty of Las Vegas and its surrounding areas. If you want to learn more about touring in and around Las Vegas on motorcycles, check EagleRider. We look forward to welcoming you!

Can’t Miss Places on Your Motorcycle Tours in Las Vegas: Mount Charleston

If you’re looking to head out on your next great motorcycle adventure, make Mount Charleston a priority destination! Mount Charleston is a quaint little town that is named after the highest point in Clark County. Found just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, guests can escape the hot, dry heat of the desert and enjoy the more arid, humid climate that Mount Charleston has to offer.

Located in the valley of the Spring Mountains, this charming town is known for its hiking trails and the rustic Mount Charleston Lodge that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The elevation on Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet and is considered Nevada’s eighth-highest peak and one of the top 10 more prominent peaks in the entire United States. But what makes it such a hot spot for visitors from all around the United States?

Why choose Mount Charleston?

If you’re looking for a beautiful, scenic and historically rich destination for your motorcycle tours in Las Vegas, there are a number of reasons why Mount Charleston should be at the top of your list of places to visit:

  • The beautiful landscape. Throughout the vast mountain range you’ll find beautiful foliage such as juniper trees, mountain mahogany trees, aspen and pine. You also may come up on some wildlife like deer, songbirds and wild burros, making it seem like you’re a million miles away from the bustle of Las Vegas.
  • Incredible hiking. If you’re an avid outdoorsmen and love to hike, Mount Charleston is your haven. Grab your hiking stick, a bottle of water and your hiking boots and hike on one of the many trails that stretch over 52 miles total that Mount Charleston can offer you. Find yourself scaling mountain sides and coming upon wild flowers, dense forests and breathtaking waterfalls.
  • Beautiful rustic lodging. Looking for a place to spend the night? Located in Kyle Canyon, which is elevated at more than 7,000 feet above sea level, sit log cabins at the rustic Mount Charleston Lodge. This historic refuge offers comfort and relaxation with its mix of classic outdoors feeling and modern amenities. Each cabin comes with a roomy outdoor patio as well as a cozy fireplace. Just inside the main lodge is a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner where they serve everything from classic burgers to elk chops.

And if you’re someone that has a taste for luxury, the Hotel at Mount Charleston boasts fine dine-in restaurants, a full spa, live music and special events such as movies under the stars and wine tastings.

If you’ve done the casino scene in Vegas and are looking to get out of that sweltering Las Vegas heat, grab your motorcycle and make your way up to the breathtaking sights and sounds of Mount Charleston. Riding a motorcycle to this location offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, making it a once in a lifetime experience.

Signs Your Motorcycle Battery Is Dead

Having trouble starting your motorcycle? There are many possible reasons a motorcycle won’t start, including a bad alternator, low gas and a clogged fuel tank vent, but one of the most common reasons a motorcycle won’t start is a dead battery.

Dead motorcycle battery signs include a fading horn, dim lights, corroded battery terminals and leaking. If you notice any of these signs, it’s usually best to have your battery tested before having it replaced. This will help determine if there’s a more serious issue needing attention.

Read on if you’re interested in learning more about the signs of a dead motorcycle battery:

  • Dim lights: A sure sign your battery is on the way out is dim headlights. If you notice dimmer than usual headlights, try charging your battery. This should help bring your battery back to life unless it’s old or damaged. Be sure to charge your battery as soon as possible, as you don’t want to end up stranded when your battery decides to die.
  • Fading horn: Like dim lights, a fading horn usually means your battery is on the brink of dying. Charging your battery before it dies completely may prevent the need to replace it any time soon.
  • Leaking battery acid: Leaks from any part of your motorcycle are never a good sign. If you notice leaks coming from your battery, don’t try to drive your motorcycle. Battery leaks usually signal severe oxidation in the battery, which can make driving your motorcycle extremely dangerous.
  • Bike won’t start: One of the most common signs of a dead battery is no ignition. If the ignition won’t turn over at all, you could have a completely dead battery and may need to replace it. That said, there are many other reasons a bike won’t start, so be sure to visit a mechanic before jumping to any conclusions.
  • Corrosion on battery terminals: If you suspect a problem with your battery, check the battery terminals. Sometimes a battery nearing the end of its life will show signs of corrosion. You can try having the terminals cleaned and see if this fixes your battery issues. If this doesn’t help, or if the terminals are broken, you’ll likely have to replace the battery.
  • Bad readings during testing: It never hurts to have your battery tested from time to time, especially if it’s getting up there in age. If your battery doesn’t show any voltage during the testing process, go ahead and replace it. If there’s some charge to the battery, try recharging it.

Looking to have an unforgettable experience in Las Vegas?

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The Best Motorcycle Trips Around Las Vegas, Nevada

When you think of Las Vegas, likely, motorcycling isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, Las Vegas is a fantastic location for motorcycling, and many motorcycling enthusiasts profess that some of the most amazing rides they have had in their lives have been here. Therefore, next time you are here for a vacation, consider renting a bike and exploring many exciting Las Vegas motorcycle routes. Here are the five best motorcycle routes in Las Vegas.

1. Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston Loop – Roughly a 100-Mile Round Trip

The Red Rock Canyon has fabulous red rocks and scenic riding trails with cliff edges. Use the SR 160 and SR 159, and consider taking a detour to the Pahrump Winery if you want to taste Las Vegas wine-making craftsmanship. Also, visit the famous Bonnie Springs Ranch and from Charleston Boulevard, then take the CC 205 beltway up to Mount Charleston. Enjoy amazing food with the scenery or the mountain at Mt. Charleston Lodge before looping back by taking US 95 south.

2. Hoover Dam and Tillman Bridge – About a 70-Mile Round Trip

This trip lets you experience arguably the USA’s most splendid feats of infrastructure engineering, the Hoover Dam. The iconic dam was built in the 1930s and is made up an approximated 7 million tons of concrete. The Hoover Dam is pretty close to Las Vegas, and a guided tour of the facility is pretty affordable. Once you are done with the Hoover Dam, proceed to the Colorado River and cross the iconic Tillman Bridge.

3. Oatman, Arizona – Roughly 250-Mile Round Trip

If you enjoy long rides, this trip is for you, and you might have to spend the night to experience the fun at length. Oatman is a mining ghost town that flourished during the Route 66 heydays and is about a three-hour ride from Las Vegas. Keep in mind the streets of this abandoned mining town are dirt-covered. So, ride with caution.

4. Spring Mountain Ranch

This location is about 22 miles or a 30-minute ride from the Las Vegas strip, and it’s the ideal trip if you have limited time. The ranch was once owned by the famous Howard Hughes and has had an exciting history dating back to the late 1800s. It has several natural springs that make it an oasis in the desert. While here, visit the main ranch house and summer theatre.

5. Valley of Fire State Park

This state park is among the most breathtaking locations in the country. This attraction sits about 57 miles or a 67-minute ride from Las Vegas. The Valley of Fire has an “otherworldly” appearance and is excellent for desert photo ops. It has also been featured in Hollywood productions like Total Recall and Star-Trek Generations.

Do You Want to Rent a Motorcycle in Las Vegas, NV?

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9 tips to prepare for the best motorcycle holidays

Motorcycle holidays are one of the most exciting adventures of your lifetime. Being alone on your motorcycle with nothing but a curvy road ahead and your thoughts swirling can be very interesting and revealing. However, motorcycle holidays can also turn into a real hell on the road if you are not properly ready for what you might encounter during your road trip.

That being said, if you are setting out for your first motorcycle holiday alone or in a company, learning about a few helpful tips from experienced people will make your ride more pleasant. Preparation is the key and this is why we have assembled a motorcycle holiday guide! Read our 9 step guide to prepare for amazing motorcycle holidays and get ready to take your motorcycle journey more comfortable and hassle-free.

Here are our 9 tips to get the most out of your motorcycle road trip!

1. Choose your ride wisely for motorcycle holidays ahead

When you imagine going off to motorcycle holidays, you probably have the vision of a person on a really cool looking motorcycle. Well, as it turns out, a cool looking bike shouldn’t be the only matter of your concern.

If you are planning motorcycle holidays across the country, make sure that your bike is comfortable. You can always make some modifications to improve the comfort level of your ride, but you don’t want to wais time on that. Especially, if this is one of your first motorcycle holidays. In case you are renting a bike, make sure you pick the ride wisely.

Do the motorcycle rental research and find the one that you can easily take care of and handle on the road. While riding a comfortable bike with a soft seat, sharp headlights, and different handles can make your motorcycle holidays even better! In case you need more help with choosing your ride, read our article!

2. Motorcycle holidays baggage and packing

Before heading out to buy motorcycle luggage, you’ll need to decide on the list of the stuff you’ll going to need on the road. Our best advice is to prioritize the essentials before you are set to pack. When going on a motorcycle holiday in Europe or across the World, as the matter a fact, we always prefer to packing light. Get disposable stuff that you can discard after use and avoid carrying a lot of clothes to change.

On the other hand, finding a perfect set of luggage for your motorcycle holiday can also be challenging. For us, the best kind of motorcycle luggage type are saddlebags that can easily be fixed on the sides of the back seat of the bike. Other luggage includes tail bags and tank banks!

3. Motorcycle holidays clothing

What you are going to bring on your motorcycle road trip fairly depends on the terrain and the climate you are setting to visit. If you are planning a motorcycle holiday in Italy you’ll want to bring airy clothes since the climate is very mild. Heading into the motorcycle holiday in Europe in the Alps during the winter season will require having warm clothes by your side.

However, for motorcycle holidays, regarding the climate, it is imperative to have the essential motorcycle clothing equipment. Aways wear riding pants, ankle boots, comfortable t-shirt, a waterproof jacket, and a full-face helmet. This will allow you to travel safely and long-distance.

P.S. Riding a bike in baggy clothes can cause discomfort which is why we advise wearing fitted clothes!

4. Stay hydrated during your motorcycle holidays

Often neglected, hydration is the single most important aspect of a safe motorcycle holiday. The road can be very long and in faraway places, gas stations and groceries might not be always at your disposal which is why having a bottle of water with you is key.

Motorcycle equipment often includes hydration packs that keep the water cold and comes with a long tube that you can use for drinking without even needing to stop. Keeping yourself hydrated will help you stay focused and on the top of your motorcycle holiday goal!

5. Take brakes while on the road

Don’t push yourself to the furthest limits during your motorcycle holidays. During the long hours on the motorcycle without a break, you can get frustrated and end up with saddle sores. Detect when your body is asking you to take a break and don’t skip it! If you want to improve your stamina on the road, it is better to practice before taking holidays.

While on the break take rest and also check if you need to refuel the tank or if your bike is in good condition.

6. Motorcycle holidays are impossible without the map

If you are not good at remembering the roads, investing, and embracing GPS technology is a smart move. You can even upgrade your motorcycle holidays with the helmet Bluetooth

providing you with live stream GPS directions. However, traveling to distant places with no network requires hardcopy of maps! While it might not be perfect, hardcopy of the maps can give you an idea of the terrain you are about the encounter. In case you get lost, asking locals for directions is also a way to go!

7. Prepare for the unexpected weather during your motorcycle holidays

Before going on a motorcycle holiday, check the weather forecast, and do it every day before you start your biking adventure. Unlike car trips, weather conditions are very important during your motorcycle holidays. The temperature might drop or rise unexpectedly, or it may start pouring – ensure that you are well prepared for all.

Raincoats, waterproof clothes and cover for your luggage is a must!

8. Motorcycle holiday meals

While on the highway, it is best to plan your meals at irregular times to avoid the long waiting hours and crowd. Most people stop to eat at regular lunch and dinner times, which is why you should opt-out to eat sooner – 10.30 am for lunch and 4 pm for dinner.

Eat well and healthy while on the road to keep your energy high. Keep your stomach light when on the bike to keep your focus on the maximum.

9. Avoid frustration and stay motivated during your motorcycle holidays

Days on the road can get tough when you set your distance goal high. Riding for 300km daily can get exhausting and will definitely have an impact on your motorcycle holidays in terms of sights you’d skip reaching your distance goals. To avoid frustrations and keep yourself motivated it is best to take shorter routes and to visit as many places, monuments and sights as much as possible. Enjoying your holiday on the motorcycle is best when you are realistic with your riding goals!

Things to Consider for Your First Motorcycle Trip

Few things are quite as exciting and enjoyable as a motorcycle ride. Whether you’ve been riding for decades or you are still a motorcycle novice, planning a motorcycle trip is a great way to enjoy the open road on a bike while taking in some incredible sights. If you’re gearing up for a trip, proper motorcycle planning in Las Vegas is crucial. Read on to find out more about how you can get ready for your trip and the considerations that you should be taking into account:

  • Decide on a timeframe and budget: Before you can begin planning all of the fun details of your trip, you need to determine how much time you have and put a budget in place. Clarifying these details early on will help you make sure that you can afford the trip you’re planning. Remember to take time off work well in advance so you can comfortably make any necessary reservations.
  • Figure out where you’re going: Las Vegas and the surrounding area has a lot to offer tourists and sightseers. You can research different route options online, make your own route or consult a company that offers assistance with motorcycle planning in Las Vegas to choose the best route for your particular trip. Map out the different locations that you want to stop at, and make sure to take lodging and food into consideration.
  • Find a motorcycle rental: If you’re planning on renting a motorcycle for your trip, it’s important to locate a rental agency that you can trust to provide you with the best experience possible. You should look for a rental provider that offers an extensive selection of bikes to choose from so you can find the one that fits your particular needs. You should also look for a rental provider who offers additional perks like insurance and gear so you have everything you need when you hit the road.
  • Pack the right clothing and gear: When you’re spending hours on the road every day, you need to have the right clothing and gear with you to keep yourself comfortable and safe. Pack clothing that will keep you comfortable and protected from the elements while you’re riding. You don’t need to worry about packing several changes of clothes as long as you have some staple pieces that you can use for the bulk of your trip. You should also make sure to use the right gloves and helmet to protect yourself on your ride.

Get help with motorcycle planning in Las Vegas

You can get professional assistance with motorcycle planning in Las Vegas by reaching out to EagleRider. We have been proud to provide our customers with an incredible selection of motorcycles for rent, as well as professional help with planning a motorcycle tour of Las Vegas and the surrounding area. We have lots of different Motorcycles for you to choose from so you can get the kind of performance and experience that you’re looking for. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you plan your excursion!