1. Tips for Your First Long-Distance Motorcycle Ride

    After countless laps around parking lots, hundreds of miles of city traffic, and dozens of half-day trips to nearby Midland, you’ve got that itch. No longer content to just treat your bike as a simple commuter, you’re ready to hit the road and take part in that timeless tradition - The Motorcycle Road Trip. But there’s more to a long-distance ride than just keeping a little more gas in the t…Read More

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    What to Look for In a Motorcycle Trailer

    You love to ride your motorcycle. It gives you a freedom and a connection with nature that is hard to come by with other vehicles. You can feel the air as you cruise along the highway or on a dirt path, feel the sun’s rays warm you, and see all around you unhindered. Now that you have your motorcycle, you’ll probably need a motorcycle trailer to haul it around, especially if you have a dirt bi…Read More

  3. How to Let Everyone Know You Ride a Motorcycle

    The door to the room swings open with a bang, and a modern-day knight clad in black leather strides in. Helmet clutched in one hand and riding gloves in the other, this guy works his way across the room as your friend leans over and whispers “this guy rides.” Instinctively, you knew this to be true. His entire aura just reeks of motor oil and gasoline. You see, riding a motorcycle isn’t just…Read More

  4. The First Upgrades You Should Make On Your Bike

    The greatest appeal to motorcycles is, of course, that unrivaled sense of freedom and exploration you get while riding one. The second biggest appeal is the ability to tinker with your ride. Thanks to the rather skeletal nature of most motorcycle construction, you can get at the parts quickly and easily, allowing you to add, remove, swap, and mix-match parts as you see fit.  As Odessa’s favorit…Read More

  5. Winter Riding Tips

    We’re lucky here in Texas that the winter weather never gets too bad. The temps might drop into the 30s and we might get some ice on the roads, but we still get plenty of that brassy Texas sunshine. That said, the season does change enough that it makes riding a motorcycle a little more exciting. So how do you stay rubber side down and hair side up while riding in winter? The key is to follow a …Read More

  6. The Best Books About Motorcycles

    We’ll be the first to admit. When you think about motorcycles, you probably aren’t thinking of any literature beyond your repair manual. While we don’t often pair reading and motorcycles together, the fact is that there’s something about motorcycles that offer a level of introspection you won’t find anywhere else. Since the first motorcycle was made in Germany in 1885, countless writers,…Read More

  7. The Most Common Mistakes New Motorcycle Riders Make

    So you’ve just ridden off the Ruhnke's Xtreme Cycles lot on a brand new (or new-to-you) bike. You’re experiencing the unique rush of mind-numbing excitement tempered by gut-wrenching fear. On the way home, you decide to take the scenic route, and at a stoplight in the middle of nowhere, a dusty truck pulls up alongside you and notes that your blinkers have been on for the last 5 miles.  Yes, …Read More

  8. The Motorcycle Gear You Can’t Ride Without

    Nearly anyone who’s ever thrown a leg over a motorcycle is aware of Marlon Brando’s 1953 classic film, The Wild One. In it, rival gangs wreak havoc in a small town, riding roaring bikes and clad in jet black leather and crusher caps. It’s an iconic look that you can still see on the roads today. But in the nearly 70 years since the film's release, riding a motorcycle has changed a lot and th…Read More

  9. Getting Back on a Motorcycle After Time Away

    Do you find yourself thinking back to days gone by spent in the saddle of your trusty motorcycle? Back then, there was nothing more satisfying winding down country lanes and darting through traffic. But those days are gone. Maybe you sold the bike to pay off some student loans or had a few kids, or maybe you got into an accident that changed your appreciation for riding.  Whatever it was that sep…Read More

  10. The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Motorcycle

    While here in Odessa, Texas, we can enjoy the riding season nearly year-round. As the weather cools off, some are starting to put their motorcycles away for the season. But the change in weather also means a change in riding habits, and for some, that means giving up the hobby entirely. Yes, there’s no denying that early fall is a great time to pick up a used motorcycle at a great price. But is …Read More