Triumph motorcycles have always had a place in motorcycle history. Celebrities from Clint Eastwood to Steve Mcqueen have publicly owned triumph motorcycles. Triumph motorcycles have always had this sense of style, performance, and coolness. This culture is still present in their current line-up of motorcycles, such as the very rare 2016 Street Triple Rx.

The design of this bike Just grabs attention of onlookers everywhere. Equipped with special seat cowl, belly pan, and a fly screen it give it a distinct look that sets it apart other Street Triples. 

Street triples have also been known for their performance. This Powerful engine outputs 105 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque. Designed out the factory to have a well placed center of gravity this motorcycle is sure to provide several thousand miles of fun.

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Honda is one of the most prestigious manufacturers of motorcycles. Their versatility as a maker of motorcycles is what makes them unique and might be a reason for their continued success. This is best showcased in their 500cc motorcycles, namely the CB500F, CB500R, and the CBR500R. Although all motorcycles have the same power plant they all behave like different animals.

Honda CB500X

This beauty is the honda CB500F. Design as a standard bike but this bike is built for all purpose fun. The CB500X has a classic upright position and wide handlebars give you that confortable ride. Designed with a 26.5 degree rake and with forks that allow 5.5 inches of travel you can expect this motorcycle to have the softest suspension among the three. This Motorcycle would be perfect for anyone starting to ride but don’t want to sacrifice comfort.

Honda CB500F

The Honda CB500F is similar to the CB500X but the rake is 25 degrees and for travel is only 4.5 inches. These features combined with the fact that this is the lightest of 3 bikes gives the Honda CB500F the impressive agility. Seating is a little more agressive and the handle bars are slightly shorter than the CB500X thus giving the CB5000X a more agressive profile but still an enjoyable ride. This is a bike for someone that would like to really explore the roads.

Honda CBR500R

This is the closest Honda has to offer next to their marquee CBR600RR. This Bike sits more aggressively than the other 2 and because of it offers better handling and performance as the driver’s air drag is reduced. Often thought as a beginners bike that you don’t outgrow. This CBR500R is a great bike for anyone that would like to live that sportbike lifestyle.

Honestly Honda has done a great job making motorcycles that you really can’t go wrong with either of these. If you’re interested in viewing our selection of Honda motorcycles click here

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

There is a pleasure that comes from riding a motorcycle due largely to the complete stimulation of the senses. You feel the thrust of air, see the world blur in front of you, hear the howl of wind, smell the ever changing environment, and taste exhilaration. The Yamaha understood that and developed the FZ-09

 

Equipped with a 3 cylinder 847cc engine that produces 115 hp and is mated with a 6 speed transmission, this motorcycle is versatile. When you push it, it doesn’t push back, it actually asks for more. As you travel through the power band of the engine you feel your heart beat in line with the increasing RPMs and that’s is what triggers the complete stimulation of the senses. 

it with a semi upright riding position and a power controller the FZ-09 make for a great commuter with low fuel usage. With a low weight of 425 this is a great bike to throw around and as a result has great handling. Don’t hesitate to look into this bike as it is sure to provide lots of fun and service.

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Here at AK Motors we truly believe that motorcycle riders have their own culture. Today we would like to discuss a couple of phrases that people may not be familiar with.

Brain Bucket: This is a what we call helmets, that’s where your brain goes….

Megaphone: A modified or aftermarket exhaust. Usually louder than the stock exhaust this earning the name of a “megaphone”

Gixxer: A motorcycle manufactured by suzuki. Originally names GSX-R but saying “GEE ES EX AR” bikers have quickly named it gixxer. It just rolls off the tongue.

Naked: A motorcycle without fairings (all that plastic around your legs). Has mechanical parts exposed. while some are manufactured in this manner, others are given this look.

That’s it for today. Study up on your phrases and don’t forget to keep the dirty side down.

 

 
Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Introduced in 2015 the Yamaha YZF-R3 has made an impression in the beginner bike market, our impression is that this bike isn’t solely for beginners. Addressing the elephant in the room: this bike will not outperform any of the bigger bikes in the market, but not everything is a race and that is not to say that this bike isn’t enjoyable.

The Yamaha R3 weighs in at 368lbs and is paired with a 320cc engine that puts out 42HP and 21lbs of torque. The end result is a motorcycle that can handle it’s own and won’t easily be outgrown by novice riders. The R3 delivers a surprising punch north of the 5k rpm range which can be sure to give you a smile. The R3 shouldn’t be overlooked just because it isn’t a marquee sports bike, there is lots of fun that can be had with this motorcycle. 

 

Usually entry level motorcycles offer very in the way of features but that isn’t the case with the R3. First of all the Bike is equipped with fuel injection which is easier starts in cold weather and requires less maintenance to fuel systems. Also included with the R3 is a instrument gauge that offers plenty of information such as fuel quantity, water temperature, trip odometer, and engine malfunction. Surprisingly this all these features aren’t standard on all motorcycles and can be very useful to ensure proper motorcycle operation. 

When compared to larger sport bikes the R3 offers more MPG, increased maneuverability, and a better price point. When compared to other entry level motorcycles the R3 offers more power, performance, and features. Overall the R3 is a great motorcycle to start with. To see this motorcycle click here.

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

 

 

Riding a motorcycle provides us with joy and pleasure, however we must not forget that operating a motorcycle comes with responsibilities. One of the most important parts of safe operation is the tires and it is our responsibility as riders to inspect our tires before every ride. Regular inspection can can ensure maximum lifespan of your tires and sustain ride safety. The following should help you monitor your tires throughout their lifespan.

1. Check pressure before you ride: Doing so ensures that your wheels are provide the best performance. Under inflated tires can wear out considerably faster, thus hurting your wallet and your chance of staying upright. Consider investing in an air pump and a tire pressure gauge. Inflate tires in the temperature you plan to ride, to put it simply, do no inflate tires in a warm garage if you plan to ride in cold weather and vise-versa.  Refer to the tire manufacturer as pressure can vary (for example it may not be uncommon to differ between single and 2-up riding)

2. Check the manufacture date: Alongside the walls of a motorcycle you will see the word “DOT” followed by a four digit number. The first 2 numbers is the week of the year it was made whereas the last 2 digits are the year. General advice is to discard tires within 5 years of use and 10 years from manufacture date. For example the following picture shows that tire was manufactured in the 44th week of the year 2014. Provided that the tire is in good shape, there should be no problem operating with this wheel.20161228_172155

 

 

3. Check for wear: Most tires are developed with grooves in them to designate when to replace them. When the thread reaches the groove it would be in your best interest to replace your rubber. Below are a few pics that show tires with plenty of life left and the groove indicator.tire-1tire-2

 

4. Inspect for damage on a tire: nails, staples, shards of glass, etc. All these can puncture your tire and decrease the performance of your bike . Also look for cracks within the thread and sidewalls as this will make it unsafe to operate your motorcycle. The following is a picture of an unsafe tire that needs immediate replacement.ylfc2j1

 

5.) Squared out tires: while not as dangerous to operate if using motorcycle for commuting purposes it will affect your handling. Consider replacing them when seasonal weather gets bad as roads will be slicker and wet. Notice how this tire is flat at bottom and doesn’t have the curve that motorcycle tires usually do.

but, I didn't estimate it was *that* worn out

but, I didn’t estimate it was *that* worn out

 

This is a good primer in inspecting you tires. Obviously the life of your tires will vary with the manner in which you ride and the weather it is exposed to. When in doubt regarding the condition of your tires ask a tire technician or mechanic. Until next time, keep the dirty side down.

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Some people know squids as Cephalopods that are consumed as calamari, to others squids are a careless motorcycle riders. Real life squids are known to have short lifespans and for this reason experienced motorcyclist refer to careless riders as squids.

let us observe a squid in it’s natural habitat

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Here we see a motorcyclist who isn’t equipped with adequate protection, is not focused on the road, and is improperly operating their motorcycle as he only has one arm in on the handlebars. This is a squid, DON’T BE A SQUID. There is no conceivable reason to operate a motorcycle this way, this will result to in harm to yourself and those that love you. While squids may think that they look better/cooler without proper motorcycle attire, seasoned riders think they look stupid.

I always thought that motorcycle apparel looked cool and set riders apart. With advances in technology motorcycle gear doesn’t have to look as clunky or “unique” as it used to. Manufacturers now are coming up with new styles for everyday use such as Lightweight jackets, Kevlar jeans, and armored flannel shirts . Full body riding suits offer the best protection and are becoming more affordable. There is something for everyone such that there is no reason to be on the road without any form of protection.

Ultimately when on a motorcycle you dress for the slide, not the ride.

Here’s a nice checklist of what to wear.

1.) Helmet: Choose something that is full face or modular as most impact is at the lower jaw region of the face

2.) Torso: Abrasion resistant jacket (leather is recommended). It should be zipped up otherwise maximum isn’t guaranteed.

3.) Gloves: Grandma’s mittens aren’t going to cut it. Leather gloves with Kevlar protection are strongly advised

4.) Legs: Denim jeans offer very little protection. A set of good riding pants will offer protection against road rash (abrasion).

5.) Footwear: Should go over ankle. Tennis shoes offer better protection than being barefoot but it may not be enough. Leather boots or motorcycle approved sneaker are recommended.

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If you feel encouraged and ready to hit the road then come pay us a visit. We will do everything we can to get you on the road. Until next time, Keep the dirty side down.

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Residents of the bay area tend to be a little spoiled, but in a good way. The bay area is known for it’s outstanding food, diversity of cultures, great weather (here commuting on a motorcycle is an actual possibility), and the beauty of nature that’s within it. Exploring everything that the bay area has to offer takes a lot of effort but it is rewarding. The perks of riding a motorcycle (fuel consumption and maneuverability) combined with the thrill of the experience make exploring the bay area such a pleasant experience. Get on your two wheels and this is an example of what could be explored in the bay starting from San Jose.

Ride Pacific Coast Highway through Montara and enjoy the scenic beauty.
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And while LA is known for movie industry, the bay area’s theater can’t be beat. Why not catch a show in the city
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Make your way to the Eastbay and stop for a bite at Zachary’s Pizza located in Berkeley.7af96e84fa791ff6378b9c7f61fbd4d0

Make your way back down to San Jose for a drink and some live music at Cafe Stritch
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This is just a tiny fractional sample of what the bay area has to offer. Suit up, hit the throttle, and hit road. If feeling inspired to get a bike, feel free to browse our inventory here. I’m sure we can find something that suits you.

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

The charging system is one of the most important factors in keeping a motorcycle running. Not only does it provide the electricity to operate our accessories but it also provides the spark required for the combustion process. Bottom line a faulty electrical system can leave riders stranded on the side of the road. Checking the charging system regularly can

Here at AK motors we inspect every bike to ensure reliable operation and customer satisfaction. Here we test the charging system of this beautiful Suzuki GSXR60020161219_144056

First locate the battery (usually found under the seat but varying models will differ)20161219_155250

With the use of a multi-meter, the voltage of the charging system can be measured.
1.) turn on motorcycle and the high beams
2.) turn on multimeter and make sure that it is set to “V” or volts
3.) connect multi-meter to the proper battery terminals, that is red(+) to red(+) and black(-) to black(-).
4.) The Reading on the multi-meter should be between 13.5V and 15V
5.) Rev engine up to 5000 RPM and read voltage measurement
6.) Reading should also be between 13.5V and 15V

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Final note: A charging system below 13.8 volts may not charge the battery but a charging system below 12.8V is draining the battery and will eventually power off during the operation. THAT IS DANGEROUS.

regularly evaluating the charging system can help the operator avoid accident. It also helps keep the reduce costs as it gives the owner time to plan and explore repair options as opposed to scrambling last minute out of necessitiy.

Safe travels and as always: keep the dirty side down!.

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

How many times has it happened that we set out to a bright and sunny morning only to encounter this later in the day.
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As the holidays are approaching so is the cold, wet weather. Riding through the rain can be a daunting challenge especially to inexperienced riders but worry not there is somewhat of a science to it.

First of all a motorcycle should be in proper working order. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to keep your motorcycle functioning properly. Failure from the suspension, brakes, tires or engine can be catastrophic in regular weather. The way a motorcycle performs in the rain is significantly different as water reduces friction in brakes and grip on the tires. 20161212_145458-1

Secondly, Technique is key. A rider should have a different approach when navigating though the downpour. Give your self plenty of distance between other object and that includes: other vehicles, pedestrians, traffic signals, etc. Doing so gives the rider time to accommodate and react to dangers and obstacles that may not be seen easily as rain reduces visibility. Riding slower is also important as is gives the rider more time to react to dangers present. Braking should be distributed evenly between both wheel, however braking in the front tire should not be as vigorous as in dry weather but more smoother.

Lastly, Confidence. A rider should not be nervous of panicked at any time as that can greatly impair the riders ability. If weather is too intense pull over and seek shelter, enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa. Look for a break in weather and proceed with caution. The overall goal is to have make it to your destination safely

Safe travels! and keep the dirty side down!20161212_145508

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

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