GoPro HERO3 Plus vs Garmin VIRB

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Brand Name, Amazing Quality, Similar Price… So What Is The Difference?  If you have also been asking yourself these same questions, I have broken them both down for you to help make up your mind!             For starters the HERO3 Plus Black Edition is slightly smaller than the Garmin VIRB Elite, but not by much. One great feature the VIRB Elite offers is a more… Read More

Fly DOT WWII German Goodness

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I think most of us will agree the aggressively sleek styling of the WWII German helmets is just down right cool! People ask for this style helmet ALL the time!! Many helmet brands have tried to copy this German design, but ultimately they have failed in making anything near as cool in a DOT approved helmet. Or, if you do find a nearly perfect rendition of this German helmet, “This… Read More

Motorcycle Closeouts Retail Store

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Having great products, an awesome staff and a place to call home for local riders is what our local retail store is all about. We can’t have everything from our website on hand in-shop, but we try our best to have a good verity for all kinds of riders. Our staff is not only trained on our products, but they live it. Each member of our retail staff has a… Read More

Nutrition is the Key to any Adventure, trust me!

We have all heard the adage: Nutrition is the key to a successful diet.  Well, it is true; but, it is also true for a cycling adventure, like the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  When riding your bicycle expending up to 1100 calories an hour for over 15 hours, proper nutrition is required.  Think of it like this; a cold cut combo footlong is 450 calories.  I would have to eat… Read More

It was supposed to be 50 miles

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When I last wrote, I had completed a 65 mile mountain bike ride and was feeling pretty good about my training thus far for the Dirty Kanza 200.  The next big hurdle would be Syllamo’s Revenge on May 19th, 2012.  Here is the race description from the Syllamo’s Revenge website: “Don’t miss this opportunity to test your skills and endurance on the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail in the beautiful Ozark… Read More

Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Lover

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Motorcycle enthusiasts tend to be passionate about riding.  If they love motorcycles so passionately, you would think they’d be easier to shop for.  But, if you have someone on your holiday list that loves to ride, you probably know how hard it is to find that perfect, relevant, motorcycle-related gift.  Even if you’re a fellow rider yourself, there is no accounting for taste when it comes to riding gear and… Read More

Training for 200 Miles in the Saddle is a Pain in the Butt

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In January 2012 I signed up for the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  I had decided to commit a portion of the next 6 months to training my body and mind to bicycle 200 miles of Kansas gravel.  Now, how do I train for this event? OK, 200 miles will take me how long to finish?  Well riding at 10 – 13 mph it will take about 15 to 20 hours. … Read More

Zombies vs. Biker

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This is why I should have had a kickstart.  Sweat was pouring down my back and face.  With a white knuckled grip on my bent handlebars, I stood next to my battered motorcycle and threw another hasty, wild-eyed glance over my shoulder.  I didn’t need to look.  I knew they were getting closer.  I could hear them– their eerie moaning, their shuffling feet dragging broken glass and blood stained debris… Read More

Ducati Customizes an App for iPads

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Ducati chose the Apple iPad’s to launch their first app for all of their “Ducatistas” of the world. The app was built to make the Ducati Dealer experience for customers more efficient than in the past! The new app gives real-time information with a digital display of motorcycles and accessories allowing customers to get a visual of what they are ordering when customizing their Ducati motorcycle. Naturally, Apple made a video with a short tutorial to show… Read More

Pins of the week

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Pinterest Pins of the Week!  Check out and follow our boards! Mindy’s first pick: “The Next Hurricane Hannah Or Evil Knievel? I’m leaning towards Evil Knievel by the looks of those wicked boots” Either way that is one brave little guy! Her second pick: “I’m a sucker for a Custom 500, but this Design from last years 21 helmets show has my name written all over it,” a helmet the… Read More

Pins of the Week

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Pinterest Pins of the Week!  Check out and follow our boards!   Mindy’s first pick: “I love this helmet! It Could be the fact that my dad is Mr. Disco himself or that this helmet would get anyone through the doors of Studio 54…. Either way it’s a gem”     Her second pick is actually a shot she took herself at the Vintage Motorcycle Show from a week ago.… Read More

Alpinestars Vika Collection for the Fashionista

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One of the first steps of ‘being the part’, is ‘looking the part’. Alpinestars devoted their time studying the top fashion houses of the world to create a sleek look for their Vika motorcycling gear. Alpinestars used beautifully soft, full-grain leather, giving it that “buttery” look and tactility. The best part about Alpinestars’ vision for this gear is that it is uniquely contoured to a woman’s body featuring generous stretch… Read More

Go Home Mother Nature; You’re Drunk!

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It’s hot… now raining… now it’s cold… Oh, now your phone app is saying there may be SNOW?! Seriously! It was 80+ degrees a day ago and tonight it is supposed to snow. What motorcycle gear could possibly handle all this changing weather without needing to have saddlebags full of clothing everywhere you go? Answer:  Olympia motorcycle gear! When you’re truly passionate about what you do, it shows, and you can… Read More

Spring Fever for the Ladies

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  It’s the perfect temperature to be out shopping, eating lunch with the girls, and riding around town.  If you haven’t already geared up for the Spring season take a look at our Women’s Street Apparel Sale at our Smithville retail location, or under our Hot Deals tab at Motorcyclecloseouts.com.  I personally think we have some fantastic Women’s Motorcycle Apparel on sale to freshen up last summer’s gear.

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As a little introduction for myself, one thing you may start to notice with my posts, I love vintage motorcycle related stuff! The older the bike, the better! Personally having a 1980 CX500C, a garage full of parts for it and many more parts on the way, it’s more of an obsession really. My wife doesn’t think I will ever be done tinkering with my CX; to be honest, I… Read More

Field Trip: 2013 World of Wheels Show

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  This past weekend was the 53rd O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show.  If you’ve never been to this Kansas City show, it is simply a gathering of motorcycles and automobiles under one roof.  But that’s generalizing by quite a bit as it’s much, much more than that.

Google Street Tour of a Motorcycle Dealership?

We’ve all seen Google’s Street View app of Google Maps…  And the hilarity that it captures sometimes.  But I’ve never seen Street View go inside of a dealership before!! Arun Sharma and crew at the multiple-award winning Ducati dealership, MotoCorsa are known for being innovative but being able to tour their dealership via the interwebs… Well, it kinda takes the cake! Using Street View, you can virtually walk through the front door of… Read More