CycleFish: A biker-friendly website

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Mar 20, 2018 8:10:46 AM

From the Spring Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in early May in Panama City Beach, FL to the 40th Annual Wing Ding at the end of August in Knoxville, TN, CycleFish has all the details you need for a great road trip to an awesome motorcycle event.

If you’re looking for a biker-friendly bar, a repair shop or a dealer you can trust, or even make friends, CycleFish can also help with that. It’s a one-stop biker and motorcycle network that’s available at the click of a button.

The site was founded in 2002, by Ron “Lucky” Schaefer, as a hobby website. “I have been riding a motorcycle my entire life, and really enjoyed attending as many motorcycle events as possible,” Schaefer said. “The problem was I could never find a complete list of motorcycle events - so I started one with”

In its infancy, CycleFish was no more than a list of events Schaefer and his wife found and listed as a resource for other riders. In 2009, the couple sold their share in the internet marketing company, and Schaefer became a home-based consultant.

“At that point, I gave CycleFish a complete makeover turning it into a social network for all bikers, riders and motorcycle enthusiasts as well as the resource it had become known as. Because of my internet marketing background, within the first six months CycleFish had become so popular that it became a legitimate business and my full time job, as well as for several other people.”

CycleFish allows users to meet other riders in their area and across the U.S. “They can share stories, humor, photos and more either publicly or with just their ‘friends’ here on CycleFish. Users can also post and promote their motorcycle events in our very popular motorcycle event calendar.”

Business users can post and promote events as well as list their businesses in the new Biker Friendly Places locator (Check out Fulmer’s new listing), and leave reviews and share photos. “In addition to our user generated content we do have editors who are constantly adding events and businesses, as well as helpful tips and news related to motorcycles,” Schaefer said.

Although you don’t have to be a member to access all the site’s great information, there are advantages to membership. A very large number of visitors use CycleFish as a resource and not a social network.

“The benefits of being a member include being able to share and socialize with other members, post events, join events, post in our forums, share reviews and photos on businesses, receive newsletters and more,” Schaefer said.

With more than 55,000 members, they are obviously doing things right. But they are not resting on their laurels, Schaefer said.

“We are constantly working on our site, improving it to make it more useful to the motorcycle community. We have several partnerships in the works as well as some great new features that will be released over the next couple of months.”

As for the name “CycleFish,” it’s the result of Schaefer’s inability to draw, and his most-often asked question.

“I wanted a name that, once heard, would be remembered and not easily confused with what I knew would eventually be a lot of motorcycle sites,” he said. “At the same time that I was thinking of a name I was also working on a logo. I was attempting to hand draw a cartoonish version of a custom bike I had in the late 70s that had fish-tail exhaust pipes and a bold front fender. A friend looked at my attempts and said, ‘that looks like a ‘fish cycle,’ and hence ‘CycleFish’ was born!  Of course I had a real artist turn my ‘fish cycle’ drawing into the logo you see today.”

CycleFish can be found at



My Chariot Awaits

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Mar 12, 2018 11:24:36 AM

I recently saw a quote on the movie site Fandango, that read: “Chariots are like the motorcycles of the ancient world: They’re lean, mean, tricky to control, and people look pretty epic riding them.”

I loved the quote, and typed it in to see who said it. Instead of finding that, I found multiple sites telling the story of motorcycle chariot racing, where people drove chariots with motorcycles taking the place of horses.

Chariots rolled through the Middle East for more than 1,000 years, but never did I imagine there was a sport that tied together motorcycling and chariots back in the 1920s and 1930s.

The make-shift chariots were constructed of wine barrels with automobile wheels attached. Motorcycles were attached in front. Ben Hur wannabes dressed in full roman-inspired garb were at the reins.

The first chariots used a single motorcycle manned by a driver. As the sport grew, chariots added multiple bikes and no longer used drivers.

Two or more motorcycles were connected to each another with a metal frame resembling the yoke that originally connected the chariot to the horse. The front forks were tied together with a steering linkage that shifted back and forth by the leather reins held by the driver. Changing gears was impossible.

I’m not sure if anyone still holds these types of races, but it would be awesome to see. As for being the helmsman of a chariot, I’ll leave that to the Ben Hur wannabes. Two wheels is all I need.

Say “Ah” – Spring is on its way

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Mar 5, 2018 10:59:13 AM

If you’re anything like me, you go in for a physical every year to find out what you did right, and mostly, what you need to improve on in regards to your health.

Just as we have a yearly check-up, our motorcycles also need a tune-up each season to increase the life of the bike, as well as to keep you safe on the road. It doesn’t matter if you ride long distances or simply use your bike for transportation.

Here’s a checklist of some of the things to examine on your motorcycle before giving it a clean bill of health:

✔ Wheels and tires: First, exam your tires for any cracks or other damages. Check the tread for depth. If your treads have worn down to the wear bars, it’s time to replace them. If the tread looks OK, check tire pressure and inflate tires according to your specifications. Also take a look at the valve stems to make sure they’re intact, and inspect your rims for dents or embedded items. Spin the wheels to make sure the bearings feel and sound good.

✔ Brakes: Check brake pads to make sure they are not too worn, or worn on one side. It’s best to replace them now. Make sure your rotors don’t have any signs of heavy grooving. They may also need to be replaced.

✔ Chain and sprockets: Check the tension of the chain. If it feels too loose, tighten it up. Keep the chain lubed up for a smooth ride.

✔ Fluid levels: Check the levels and quality of the engine oil, gear oil, shaft drive, hydraulic fluid, coolant and fuel. Replace or top-up fluids that need it. Likewise, check for leaks of these same fluids.

✔ Battery: Check the battery for corrosion. If you have any, it may be a good idea to get a new battery. If the old one looks fine, charge it up.

✔ Air filter: A clean air filter is a happy one. If it’s a stinky mess, replace it.

✔ Lights / signals: Try out the headlight, brake and turn signal lights to make sure they’re good to go. These precautions could save your life.

Finally, make sure your riding gear is up to par, with your helmet being most important. If you’re looking to replace or improve on your helmet, need gloves or a new jacket, give us a call and we’ll hook you up with a dealer.

Motorcycle vs. Car: Accidents can be prevented

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Feb 19, 2018 8:23:18 AM


In Robert M. Pirsig’s book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” he offers an awesome description of the differences between riding in a car and riding on a motorcycle.

“In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame,” he says. 

“On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

The sense of danger is also a bit more overwhelming, according to Walter Kern, who offers the following 10 tips to be safe on a motorcycle.

Pretend your invisible: Never assume drivers can see you. Odds are good, they don’t so take it upon yourself to always have an “out” in dangerous traffic situations.

Be an island: Leave space from other vehicles in front, back and to both sides of your bike when you’re out riding. Staying away from traffic gives you more time to think and respond to situations.

Predict your future: Anticipate trouble before it happens to avoid accidents.

Left turners: The No. 1 cause of death to motorcyclists is oncoming motorists turning left in front of them at intersections. Slow down before you enter any intersection, stay visible and have an escape route planned.

Ride your way: Don’t keep up with friends or ride faster than you are used to. Know your own personal limits.

Curves ahead: Take extra caution when taking curves that you can’t see around.

Road rage doesn’t help anyone: Calm down, slow down and collect your thoughts before reacting to a stressful situation.

Save tailgating for football: If someone is following you too closely either speed up or let them pass. Likewise, don’t tailgate the car in front of you. Oncoming drivers can’t see you.

Blinded by the light: Try not to ride your bike into the glare of the sun. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes and look for an alternate route.

Don’t ride at night: Late Saturday night and early Sunday are the times drunken drivers are making their way home from the bars. Likewise, don’t drink and drive your bike. Find a designated driver.

Riding a motorcycle may the best thing in the world, but staying safe and protected is the only way you’ll be doing it well into the future. 

Weighing your options

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Feb 8, 2018 3:17:50 PM

To some, motorcycles are a luxury - not a necessity. Although I disagree on that point, I do agree that buying a motorcycle, whether new or used, is a serious investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Buying the right motorcycle that’s also the perfect fit for your budget is an important process. There are­­­­ several major aspects to take into consideration, according to, a great online site I found with a wealth of good information.

Here is a comparison of the differences between buying a new or used motorcycle. The perfect “fit” factor, however, depends on a few differences.

Buying a new motorcycle is best for:

  • New motorcycle riders
  • Those who are not mechanically inclined
  • Those interested in a specific type of bike
  • Those who want the newest technology or model available
  • Those wanting the comfort of reliability with a warranty

Buying a used motorcycle may be a good idea for:

  • Experienced riders or beginners who don’t want to worry about damaging a bike that's not already in perfect shape
  • Those with at least some understanding of motorcycle mechanics
  • Those looking for a good deal
  • No setup fees

No matter which you choose, the decison you make is the right decision for you.


Born to fly

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer Jan 26, 2018 1:03:15 PM

Feb 6, 2018 11:50:55 AM

fulmer learn to fly blog

Back in my late 20s, I decided to get a motorcycle license and buy a bike. The reason I chose a cycle over, say, a scooter, was speed-related. If I was in a jam on the highway and needed to quickly speed up, the putt, putt, putt of a scooter simply wouldn’t cut it. Or so I thought.

My used 250 Honda fit like a glove, and was the perfect vehicle for riding with my boyfriend and his 750 Kawasaki on the winding roads of southwestern Wisconsin. I was only lacking experience.

One day early on, we came to a sharp left curve. Not being able to see around the corner, I took the turn much too wide, didn’t lean - out of fear, and soon found myself driving into and then through the ditch. In terror, I squeezed both breaks simultaneously and became momentarily airborne before landing. My newbie negligence was embarrassing, at best. My boyfriend nearly stroked out as he followed me.


According to, the cornering mantra I should have used is slow – look – press – roll. Here are the steps:

  • Slow down before approaching the corner using both brakes to an appropriate entry speed or a speed slow enough for you to be able to roll on and slightly increase throttle throughout the corner.
  • Next, turn your head and look in the direction you want the motorcycle to go.  Point your nose in the direction you want the motorcycle to go.
  • To make a motorcycle lean, press on the grip in the direction you want to go. Press the left grip – lean left – turn left, press the right grip – lean right – turn right. If only I would have known.
  • Finally, roll on the throttle or maintain the grip on the throttle throughout the turn. At the end of the turn roll on the throttle a little more and you are good to go.

­­­There’s a saying by George Morris that “if you’re not going to the hospital, you’re getting back on.” And, I eventually did.

Fulmer flips switch on new blog

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jan 26, 2018 1:03:15 PM

@Fulmer Files

I feel like the flip phone of the blogging world.

The reason? Although blogging has been around since the mid- to late-90s, to my knowledge Fulmer has never had a blogger – until now.

My name is Cheryl, and I am a displaced newspaper writer who after 16 years found work as a copywriter and social media guru for Fulmer Powersports, a power horse in the helmet industry for nearly 50 years.

Fulmer has had an unprecedented past, but nearly a half a century later we feel we’ve revved up our commitment to you by offering new, cutting edge helmets and apparel that will knock your socks off. It’s evident in our new Fulmer catalog. If you haven’t taken a look, now is the time:

This blog will introduce you to our products, pass along helpful information and answer any questions you might have. I want this to be an interactive experience.

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing,” psychologist Rollo May once said.

That’s what I want for this blog. And for you.

Let’s get started!

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