Greetings LocalMotoHub member!
Welcome to LocalMotoHub’s December newsletter - our inaugural Holiday edition!  Although some of us may have taken our last ride of the season (What? No heated gear?  Read on!), we still want to think motorcycles and riding.  To prepare for the holiday season, we asked our sponsors and friends in the Chicagoland motorcycle community to give us their suggestions for motorcycle-related gift ideas.  We received some terrific ideas and are pleased to present our LocalMotoHub “2011 Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ Holiday Wish List”.  We specified that the item must be under $200 and asked for new, unique or just fun.  You’ll see that the ideas range from stocking stuffers under $25 to specialized gear at the top end, with lots of suggestions in between.   See entire Holiday Wish List… 

BMW Motorad has announce that beginning In the fall of 2012, BMW dealers will be retailing two maxi-scooters for sports and touring as part of its initiative to expand its business to include urban mobility. With 647cc  engines, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are definitely not mopeds.   As for storage, C 600 Sport has a flap in the tail base under the seat which enlarges the stowage space to hold two helmets. The C 650 GT has a stowage space of about 60 liters in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities. 

 What do music and yoga have to do with jumping a dirt bike?  Here's an incredible story of a 37 year old lute virtuoso, blind since birth, who trains with a yoga master and uses his music sense to help him learn to ride and jump a dirt bike.  Legendary racer Mickey Dymond is his coach.  Truly an inspiration! Click here for video  

  Didn't pick up your dream bike at last month's auction of the Lee Roy Hartung collection?  Here's another opportunity, especially if you happen to be in Las Vegas January 12 - 14, 2012.  This 1947 Gilera Saturno will be auctioned at the 2012 Las Vegas Premier Vintage Motorcycle Auction at Rio.  Bet you'll find something you like!

 Zero Motorcycles recently unveiled the first mass-produced electric motorcycle capable of traveling more than 100 miles, breaking down one of the long-standing obstacles to consumer adoption.   The Zero S goes faster - up to 88 mph - and farther - 114 miles - than previous bikes which generally traveled about half that distance before requiring recharging. New battery cell technology, designed to last the life of the motorcycle, will now allow a rider to travel more than 308,000 miles.  The bikes sell for $7,695 to $13,995 for all the extras and are expected to be available in February.

Safety Tip - Riding in cold temperatures is like riding on wet pavement – less traction!  Warm tires grip – cold tires don’t.  The center part of the tire will warm up after a few minutes of riding but taking a turn on cold pavement will bring the cooler edges of the tire in contact with the road surface and its ability to grip will be substantially reduced.  Key point – make slower turns and a lesser angle.

Oh and one last point – beware of metal manhole covers - they act like ICE.

Here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete calendar of local events.

Fri  Dec 9 - Des Plaines Honda Family Night, Des Plaines, IL

Fri Dec 9 - Midnight Madness at Conrad's H-D, Shorewood, IL

Sat Dec 10 - Chili Cookoff at Lakeshore H-D, Libertyville, IL

Sun Dec 18 - Walneck's Swap Meet and Show, St Charles, IL

Sat - Sun Jan 14 - 15 - Wicked Wheels Weekend, Sandwich, IL

Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com for ideas on places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Plan a trip to beautiful South Haven, Michigan.  Ride along the lake on the Red Arrow Highway, be pampered at a beautiful inn, and visit some local wineries.

For a day trip Local Moto Hub member tglees recommends the Chick N Dip in Hampshire, IL, for ice cream, milk shakes, and broasted chicken.  Indoor seating areas available.

A special welcome to our newest sponsors, Brian Kite Pinstriping and Racer Cafe for helping to make this newsletter possible.

When you take a ride or attend an event - let us know by adding new entries or commenting on existing destinations, roads, or the event you attended.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from LocalMotoHub! 

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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