Dealing With Tough Times
Published 1/28/2010 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments
Last year was lousy for the motorcycle industry. Sales took a steep plunge after the economy cratered and people started spending less and less on leisure-time activities or hobbies. Although East Tennessee is a motorcycling haven, it's not immune to ...
Support Your Local Motorcycle Shops
Published 12/2/2009 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments
For anyone who’s been paying attention to current events, the motorcycle industry has had an incredibly difficult year. According to Webbikeworld.com’s compilation of motorcycle sales stats for the U.S. in the third quarter, “...motorcycle sales totaled just 434,370 so far ...
The Economics of Riding: Buell Motorcycles
Published 10/22/2009 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Riding a motorcycle is generally an escape—from your worries, from your bills, from whatever you left behind after hitting the starter button. But lately, it’s been getting harder to avoid bad news about the economic downturn and how it’s affecting ...
Getting Involved With Handlebars
Published 9/22/2009 at 5:11 p.m. 0 comments
As much as we like putting together Handlebars, we’d like your help to make it an even better monthly read. And we’ve got a couple of options for you.
Published 8/27/2009 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
As motorcycle enthusiasts, we usually stay focused on the idealized aspects of the sport: freedom of the open road, kinship with other riders, and a sense of individuality in an increasingly homogenized world. And then there’s our appreciation for all ...
Published 7/17/2009 at 1:13 p.m. 0 comments
So, do you like having a free monthly motorcycle magazine that focuses on the huge variety of riding and riders in the East Tennessee region? That’s what we’ve been hoping. When we took on Handlebars back in January, there was ...
Published 6/29/2009 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
I’m still getting used to being on two wheels myself. After being out of the saddle for many years, I succumbed to the habit of so many middle-aged guys: Buying the dream bike you couldn’t afford when you were young. ...
Back in the Saddle
Published 5/27/2009 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
All too often, the motorcycle media doesn’t treat women as real riders—they’re typically used as adornments in photos. And while that may make lots of male riders happy, you’ve got to wonder if it really helps the overall cause of ...
Up for the Down Stroke
Published 4/24/2009 at 3:46 p.m. 0 comments
For many riders, life begins with a two-stroke. Growing up in the wild, unregulated ’70s, your first motorcycle often involved mixing oil and gas, then hitting the throttle for instant power—thrusting your 10-year-old body into hyperspeed. Or maybe it just ...
Hitting the Kill Switch
Published 3/24/2009 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
One of the first rumors to hit cycling circles when we revamped Handlebars was that the magazine had been “taken over” by people who don’t ride. As one biker-bar owner asked us via e-mail before canceling his advertising, “Is there ...
Clearing the Carbs
Published 3/12/2009 at 4:56 p.m. 0 comments
Who knew that putting out a magazine covering the wide range of motorcycling available in East Tennessee would be so controversial?
Into First Gear
Published 2/19/2009 at 3:09 p.m. 0 comments
When Handlebars was launched nearly five years ago, it really filled a need among East Tennessee motorcyclists. This is one of the best regions in the country to ride on two wheels, and it’s home to all sorts of different ...
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