Category Archives: Motopsyco’s Featured Websites

About Motopsycos Featured Websites

As I explore the world wide web and run across useful or interesting websites I’ll share them here. The vast majority of them will be motorcycle related but not necessarily all of them. In addition to personal websites and blogs, useful commercial vendors will be listed here as well. Most of the time this category will be thing I hope we all find entertaining but I do reserve the right to occasionally feature sites for compensation if they are a good match for my readers in the do it yourself motorcycle and all terrain vehicle communities. This was originally my website of the month feature but that format was too restrictive.

Motopsyco’s Featured Website BikeBandit.com

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a great useful website so today I’ll tell you about one of my favorite places to shop for motorcycle parts and riding gear BikeBandit.com!

http://www.bikebandit.com/ for motorcycle parts, full face helmets & more
http://www.bikebandit.com/ for motorcycle parts, full face helmets & more

Regardless of what you are shopping for you owe it to yourself to at least check Bike Bandit while you are shopping for motorcycle parts and accessories, especially motorcycle OEM parts. In addition to their very competitive pricing they have the diagrams (aka micro-fiche), and part numbers from the following manufacturers; BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha. This covers most major brands of motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, side by sides, dirtbikes, scooters, personal watercraft, and even generators!

They also have a decently written professional blog filled with tips on riding and wrenching that is worth looking through on a regular basis.

Shop for your Motorcyle OEM Parts at Bike Bandit
Shop for your Motorcyle OEM Parts at Bike Bandit

Seriously click here right now and go check out the great selection of motorcycle OEM parts. Yes I really purchase OEM parts from them on a regular basis and those of you who know me, know just how cheap I am, even though I demand top quality customer service.

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that I am a stickler for protective riding gear. When I get on my bike in the morning to go to the office, I always wear boots, pants, jacket, and gloves along with a full face helmet. Some may think this is overkill but I am really attached to my skin, especially the skin on my face so for me a full face helmet is the only way to go.

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Bike Bandit Sale prices on full face helmets.

Right now Bike Bandit is having a really good sale on Arai full face helmets so if you’re in the market for some world class skull protection you really should get in on this sale.

That’s it for today and if you haven’t already be sure to sign up for our emailing list to keep up with the world of do it yourself motorcycle & repairs and vintage motorcycle news & events.

Peace Y’all

Road Dog Publications WOTM Feb. 2016

Please click here to visit Road Dog Publications

Normally I wouldn’t give you a commercial venture for the website of the month, but Road Dog Publications is much more than just a bookseller. Road Dog is primarily focused toward the adventure riding segment of the market, and features a lot of books about epic trips. Even if you never intend to take such a trip, you’ll still enjoy following along with those who do. The owner/publisher/dishwasher & mechanic is also a dedicated rider. This is not some giant publishing house, but a small businessman who depends on this to feed his family while still being able to fuel his wanderlust. In addition to the books for sale there is a good bit of other useful information, information about the writers and links to other useful sites.

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the roaddogpub.com homepage

Here I am going to post a disclaimer; the owner of Road Dog Publications is someone who I consider to be a friend. I met him through the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and he is the editor of the clubs fine bi-monthly magazine. He did not ask for this post and I am not getting any type of compensation for this except for the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from being nice to your fellow human being. In addition to being the publisher, Michael Fitterling is also a writer and I have read his book, Thoughts on the Road, and I’m very happy to recommend it to you. Not just because he’s my friend but because it’s a darn good book.

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He will be at the Destination Eustis Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet in Eustis Florida. So if you’re in the area and would like to get an autographed copy of his book please come on out. This is not just some little bitty motorcycle show either, it is a premiere that you really don’t want to miss.

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Destination Eustis Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

 Don’t want to wait to read a book from Road Dog Publications?

Of course you can purchase these books for your Kindle. No Kindle? No Problem just get the app.

 

Here are links to some of the books as well.

Please note that by purchasing from these ads you help me to earn a few cents to keep the lights on here in the swamp.

Peace Y’all

 

Pillioness.com Website of the Month Jan.’16

Pillioness.com Website of the Month for January

I told you I was bringing back the website of the month feature, & here is a great one that is oriented toward motorcycle passengers. Let face it as fuzzy faced, hairy chested biker men we are usually talking about women. Now we all love tough strong independent women who ride their own motorcycles but there is truly a special togetherness in having your significant other sitting behind you as the miles fly by. And for those ladies who prefer to ride with us Dr. Liz Hardy has created a unique website just for them called Pillioness.com.

Among the truly great things Dr. Hardy does is to talk about the comfort aspect of riding pillion, the passenger accommodations on many motorcycles can be less than accommodating. If you’re trying to get your better half into riding with you it is definitely something that needs to be taken into consideration. For more information you should check out this post entitled, ” A Pillion Seat Fit for a Princess”

Another good thing for you to keep in mind is how you behave. Whether breaking in a new passenger, or trying to convince your life long love to try it for the first time, leave your machismo at home, keep both wheels on the ground, speeds reasonable, and control inputs smooth until they feel comfortable with stepping up the pace. If you scare the living shit out of her or make her miserable with an uncomfortable seat, I won’t blame her for not riding with you. In other words just don’t be an asshole.

That’s Pillioness.com Website of the Month for January 2016. Don’t forget to share this with that special someone in your life, Especially if you are still trying to convince her to join you on a motorcycle.

Meditative Machinery April 2015 Website of the Month!

Meditative Machinery is the personal blog of Michael Morgan. Now I have never met Mr. Morgan but I know that he is a kindred spirit who loves his time in the workshop with his motorcycles as much as he loves riding them. I hope he doesn’t mind me quoting a few words from his “about me” side bar.

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Finally I am doing what I want to do in my shop at my own pace. I have discovered that under these circumstances, if I can keep my mind clear, my mechanical work really is a type of meditation. It clears my mind and profoundly relaxes me. That is the point of this blog. Relax, stay in the moment and enjoy the opportunity to restore and refresh these wonderful machines.

This is a nice simple little blog  with great writing & decent photography and although there are a couple of street bike restorations shown, he specializes in vintage off road machinery especially old trials bikes such as the Honda TLR & Yamaha TY series.

Thank you for sharing your workshop with us, and should I ever find myself headed to Baja, I’ll be sure to look you up.

Click here & go spend a little time at Meditative Machinery, you’ll be glad you did.

The Selvedge Yard! Website of the Month Feb. ’15

Yes I know dear reader, I skipped the WOTM feature in January, it flew by in a hectic rush of past due deadlines and impossible promises. For the first one of the new year, I am going to grab some low hanging fruit. This is absolutely one of the most entertaining websites on the planet; The Selvedge Yard. Many a pleasant hour have I passed perusing it’s vast archive of pop history with regards to music, racing,celebrities, art, & motorcycles.

 

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A HISTORICAL RECORD OF ARTISTRY, ANARCHY, ALCHEMY & AUTHENTICITY.

Don’t take my word for it, go check out The Selvedge Yard, I promise you will have a good time!

StoriesofBike Website of The Month December 2014

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I have a confession to make. I love to watch hipster motorcycle videos. In fact they have to be downright stupid for me not to like them. Hell I’m even thinking about making one of my own, after all even though I am old as dirt I’m still so hip I have trouble seeing over my pelvis.

The website that will be brought to your attention today goes quite a bit beyond the typical bike videos normally produced by guys in small shops with custom wares to hawk or questionable skills to show off, and gets deeper into the personalities of the people who ride and love these motorcycles.

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We all dream of riding

Based in Australia, Cam Elkins is the creator of Stories of Bike, with the aid of his brother Jack who creates the music that accompanies the videos. Yes there is a video or two involving your typical tattooed 20 somethings with piercings, flannel shirts, and fuzzy beards working on some variation of custom bikes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and if that were all there is to it, watching these clips would still be a great way to waste a few minutes of your time on a fairly regular basis because of the strong production values the StoriesofBike.com team bring to the table .

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But these videos blow right past that, talking to the riders and builders in depth about motorcycles, life, love and how they came to be the people they are today. Yes there is fine machinery in these videos, but there are also fine people in these videos too, from different places & backgrounds but all connected by a common love of riding motorcycles. When you watch one of these clips you end up feeling like you know the person or persons being filmed & interviewed, a very difficult feat to pull off in the short film format.

The video embedded below especially touched my heart, there is nothing better than love that lasts all the way to the end. This is my favorite video at StoriesofBike.com watch it all the to the end.

 

 

Love baby, it’s what makes life worth living, especially when you have motorcycles to go with it.

So is StoriesofBike Website of the Month material? I absolutely think so, let me know if you like it as much as I did

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Peace Y’all,

Psyco

AmyTracker The November 2014 Website of the Month

One of the great things about the internet is the huge variety of interesting people you run across in the various motorcycling forums and in the blogging community. Amy & Kevin are two such people. I’ve never met them, but have thoroughly enjoyed reading about their adventures online. Take a look at the map below, this is the route the two of them rode on their latest motorcycling adventure tour.

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I first learned of Amy’s blog while reading her ongoing ride report for this 2014 trip to Alaska over at the advrider forum. So I started following her blog and reading the posts as they came up on WordPress reader. She has a great style of writing & the photos taken by her and Kevin are terrific especially if like me, you really love the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

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on the Denali Highway

So if you really like great pictures and interesting adventures go check out amytracker.wordpress.com
Like so many bloggers she started this blog as an online personal journal, but it has grown into a great source of entertainment & information for those of us who find ourselves chained down to a desk full time & are too timid to break free & go ride!

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So go check out Amytracker & if you like it let her know.
Peace Y’all
‘Psyco