Trikes provide stability and comfort for older riders

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jun 1, 2018 2:44:37 PM

Located at the intersection of State Highway 25 and State Highway 91 / Route C in northern Stoddard County, Missouri, Advance is a quiet little town with a population just shy of 1,400.

It’s where Lawrence Markey lived for more than 30 years. It’s also where he and his wife, Evelyn, spent countless hours riding the Goldwing trike he purchased in 2013.

Lawrence had been a motorcycle rider in his younger days, but stopped riding after breaking a hip, said his son, Doug Golden.

It was Doug, who owns a Harley Electra Glide, that encouraged his dad to get back on a motorcycle, in the form of a trike to avoid putting any extra strain on his already bad hip.

“He loved to ride because he thought that same as I did – it’s style just an excellent way of getting rid of tension and a great way to see the country,” said Doug of his father, who passed away a year ago this past January.                                            Photo is Lawrence and Evelyn Markey

Lawrence was among a growing group of aging motorcyclists trading in two wheels for three. A three-wheeler provides the stability and comforts of a car while still allowing riders to feel the wind in their face. Today, the median age of a typical motorcycle owner is 47, a statistic that continues to grow.

Trikes allow riders with arthritis, back pain and other physical ailments to go on long-distance rides comfortably. Some trikes even come with reverse gears so riders don't have to push the motorcycles into a parking space. Their ample size makes them hard to miss.

Riding a trike, however, is not the same as riding a motorcycle, and has its own unique skills you’ll need to master. Harley-Davidson offers these helpful tips:



On a two-wheeler you counter steer around corners in order to keep from falling over. Trikes use direct steering, similar to a car with no leaning necessary. The tighter the turn, the more you’ll need to slow in advance. Halfway through the turn, start accelerating again.

Manual Transmission

Trikes use manual transmission, also similar to a car. You’ll need to the clutch to disengage power from the engine to shift gears. Make sure the trike is in neutral from the start then pull the throttle slightly to increase speed. Keep the throttle steady as you slowly release the clutch and roll forward.


A trike is a bit heavier than a standard motorcycle. You’ll need more space to slow down, and quick stops will take longer than you’d expect. Back brakes work in tandem on a trike to slow down the bike faster than a standard bike. When braking quickly or at high speeds, use both sets of brakes.

No matter how many wheels you’re riding on, remember the saying that you don’t stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding. Or, if you’re like Lawrence, you get old and start riding – again.


Fulmer-Saved-My Life

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

May 16, 2018 1:50:10 PM

After almost a week of constant rain, the sunshine was just the tonic Jennifer and Ross Pewterbaugh and eight other members of the Denton Motorcycle Riders Group needed that late February day. The Texas-based riders group had planned a 60-mile ride that would take them to nearby St. Joe for lunch.

What had been a wonderful day with friends, however, did not end the way the couple had planned.

About halfway down the off-ramp, Jennifer hit the brakes on her ’99 Honda Shadow and hit a either a puddle of water or sand on the road, she said. The back tire of the bike slid to the left, then swung back to the right, and before she knew what happened, Jennifer’s helmet smashed into the ground.

“I flipped multiple times until I came to a halt about halfway to the light,” she said. “I sat up immediately and noticed I was in the middle lane and my bike wasn't far from me. I was not able to stand because of the extreme pain in my right leg and knee. I sat there in the middle of the service road as cars drove right past me.”

A CT scan later confirmed three fractures in Jennifer’s tibial plateau, the upper part of the shinbone that involves the knee joint, and a shattered fibula head. The two bones of the leg are the tibia and the fibula, which is the smaller of the two bones that lies laterally.

“Luckily, I had no other injuries, just some scrapes and bruises,” Jennifer said. Things could have been much worse had it not been for the fact she was wearing her Fulmer full face helmet.

“I bought the 151 Pulse full face after my husband purchased his from a private business here in town,” said Jennifer, who always wears a full face helmet whether driving her bike or riding as a passenger. “It was comfortable, lightweight and I really enjoyed the retractable sun shield.”

Jennifer believes the helmet saved her life. “If I hadn’t of been wearing a full face (helmet) I would have smashed my face in the concrete at 40 to 50 miles an hour,” she said. “Such a strong impact easily would have broken my nose and shattered my cheek bone and, likely, would have caused brain damage, if not worse.”

Recovery has been slow. It took a good two months before Jennifer was able to bear any weight on her knee. “I am currently on the second week of physical therapy and am able to withstand about 60-percent weight on my right leg,” she said.

Jennifer said she plans to ride again wearing a Fulmer helmet, as soon as she’s able to fully walk on her own.

Fulmer Powersports recognizes that accidents can and do happen, but we are proud of the ultimate protection our helmets offer. As a gesture of good will and wishes for a speedy recovery, Fulmer is replacing Jennifer’s helmet, at no cost to her.

Stay the course, Jennifer, and get well soon!

Outdoor adventures get real with Kryptek and Fulmer

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

May 4, 2018 2:10:31 PM

Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn met while serving together in combat in Northern Iraq. It was there the men also discovered a shared love for the sport of big game hunting, which requires the physical stamina to hunt wild animals in their surroundings, tactics coincidentally used in battle.

It only stands to reason that these two outdoorsmen would later found a company called Kryptek Outdoor Group, producing industry-leading camouflage used in outdoor adventure apparel. As the company proudly states, “Battlefield to Backcountry aren’t just words, they are Kryptek.”

Why am I telling you this?

Fulmer Powersports is the only helmet company licensed to use Kryptek Typhon graphics on four of its awe-inspiring helmets: the 100 Titan dual sport, 151 Pulse full face, 201 Zen MX and 300 Phantom shorty. And people are talking.

“Fulmer has the only helmets with the Kryptek licensed graphic,” said Fulmer National Sales Manager Mike Messenger. “We have been getting great response from both the dealers and the consumers. “What I have found is that the outdoors person knows Kryptek and has other hunting, fishing products or apparel with the Kryptek design.  It is such a unique graphic, and it really jumps out at you when combined with the Hi-Viz graphics in three of our four helmets.”

Let’s take a closer look at these four helmets. The Phantom low profile shorty is for camo purists and features Conehead™ Technology, the most advanced helmet liner safety technology in the world.

The Titan helmet offers ultimate protection and optimal airflow with 20 - yes 20 - points of ventilation, and the Pulse full face helmet features a retractable iShade and an optically correct QR4 quick-release shield system.

My favorite helmet is the Zen, one of the lightest MX helmets you’ll find out there. Plus, it’s just plain cool to look at.

Fulmer wants to give you the chance to win your very own Zen helmet starting Monday. All you need to do is like our Facebook page and share the contest post on your Facebook page. Watch for the big announcement:

Monday, May 7 and enter to win. The contest ends Sunday May 13, with a winner drawn Monday, May 14. Good luck!

Is your child ready to ride?

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 25, 2018 3:44:50 PM

Tyler Shepard, a.k.a. the Wheelie Wizard, has been entertaining audiences across the country for more than 19 years with his “wheelie” shows. For the last five of those years, Tyler’s son Hunter has been at those shows and races, intently watching his daddy.

I’ll give you one guess what the 5-year-old’s favorite thing to do is.

“When he gets home from preschool, he rides all his bikes until dark or until they are out of gas,” Tyler said, with a laugh.

Hunter was age 1 when his parents got him a Strider Sport bike, which teaches children how to ride and balance on two wheels without the use of training wheels or pedals. Kids essentially pull themselves along on the lightweight bikes.

By age 2, Hunter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels. “Peddle bike braking and balance is key,” Tyler said.

Hunter was riding a dirt bike at age 3, starting out at a slow gear with a throttle limiter to keep the speed very slow.

These days, Hunter’s ride is a STACYC electric powered balance bike, which Tyler said, is the best bike to use for kids. When in electric mode, the bike bridges the gap between bicycle and dirt bike.

Hunter will be signing autographs this Saturday right alongside with his father at the customer appreciation party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Extreme Powersports in Columbus, GA, where they will also perform throughout the day.

While most kids don’t have a parent like the Wheelie Wizard who professionally pops wheelies, offers these five tips to tell if your child is ready to ride. They include:

Interest: Is your child interested in learning to ride or are you forcing riding on a child who doesn’t really want to learn. The latter option may completely turn them off motorcycling in the future.

Maneuvering obstacles: If your child is able to steer around things on their bicycle or tricycle, they are able to judge obstacles. If they don’t, the last thing you want to do is put them on a motorcycle.

Strong hands: Many parents don’t take into account the strength their child needs to be able to apply brakes firmly and steadily turn the throttle.

Coordination: Your child must possess split second command over their reflexes.

Patience: Can your child focus on tasks at hand? If they can’t concentrate, they shouldn’t be riding a motorcycle.

Mother Nature puts riding on hold

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 17, 2018 12:12:03 PM

This past weekend in Green Bay, WI we experienced a blizzard – the biggest blizzard in 130 years, plopping 24.2 inches on the ground. It’s the largest total from a single event since 29 inches of snow fell in Titletown in 1888.

I never thought much about Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions in the past, mainly due to the fact he’s only correct about 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac. But predicting on Feb. 2 that we would only be subjected to six more weeks of winter was just plain cruel. No wonder he hides out in a hole.

Although we received a dumping of snow, I’m not here only to dump on Phil. It’s mid-April, folks. It’s time for bonfires, finally putting away winter sweaters and as Chris Farley would say, for the love of God, riding our motorcycles!

Here in Wisconsin and other snow-drenched Midwestern locales, digging out may take a bit longer than anticipated, but there are a few things motorcyclists can do now to be ready the instant the first good riding day shows up. Dairyland Auto & Cycle Insurance offers these tips:


“It’s not as simple as pulling off the cover, turning the key, and taking off,” Dairyland says. “Planning starts with accessing your motorcycle riding readiness.”

The three main areas to evaluate include your motorcycle’s condition, your riding skills and knowledge and the condition of your riding gear. That way you’ll know where you stand and what needs to be done to get ready.


Pull out your calendar and schedule a spring tune-up or repairs, if you’re not doing them yourself, and, if necessary, reserve a space in a rider education course.



Give your motorcycle a thorough inspection, Dairyland says. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a T-CLOCS Inspection before any ride, but especially after a motorcycle has been hibernating during a long winter. It includes:

  • Controls
  • Lights and electronics
  • Oil and other fluids
  • Chassis
  • Stand

It’s also a good time to check out the condition of your riding gear to see if it’s still safe to wear, and if it fits and is undamaged. If your helmet is damaged or is more than five years old it needs to be replaced, as recommended by the Snell Foundation, a leader in helmet safety in the United States and around the world.


Even riders with years of experience will need to refresh their riding skills after a few months out of the saddle. Give yourself some time to get reacquainted with your bike. 

“Depending on how early you’re hitting the road after the snow is off the road, road conditions could be quite rough after a winter of freezing and thawing,” Dairyland says. “Ride with caution, watch your speed, and wear protective clothing in the event something unfortunate does takes place.”

Here in Wisconsin, I predict snow will be off the ground around May 1.

Road trip 101

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 13, 2018 9:15:05 AM

Have you ever been on a road trip when you see “the perfect picture,” only to later look at your smart phone and realize you totally missed the shot? I have. So I turned to Fulmer photographer Eric Miller for some advice. Eric has been a professional photographer for 35 years, and a member of the team here for nearly 3 years.

Eric’s first suggestion is to take a moment or two to look at all the angles of the scene you’re interested in shooting. “If you don’t want your pictures to look like everyone else’s, take time to look at what you are photographing before you photograph it. Find that spot that shows everything you want to show others. Don’t be afraid to lay down, kneel, tiptoe. Remember you are telling a story to the people who look at the finished product. What is it you want to say?”

Capture those moments by including friends and family who may be travelling with you in the shots. Don’t be afraid to take some photos spontaneously when they aren’t looking directly into the camera, Eric said.  “Planned and composed shots are nice, but natural smiles and reactions are often better when photographing people.”

Speaking of photographing people, try to have the light at their side, Eric said. “That way they won’t be squinting with full sun in their eyes or be a silhouette if the light is behind them.” He also said that the last couple hours before sunset and the first couple hours of daylight offer some of the best light for taking photographs - whether people or landscapes.

Use the rule of thirds for better composition. You don’t have to place your subject(s) dead center in every frame like a rifle scope. Try moving the subject to one side or the other. This will add depth to your images. –Also remember that you can take photos both vertically and horizontally. Turn your camera to get the best fit and composition.

Also, don’t be shy about taking shots. You traveled all that way, so take tons of pictures. You can later delete the ones you don’t like, as well as duplicates.

Finally, Eric said if you don’t need something in the photo, don’t show it. “Keep an eye open for branches sticking out of people’s heads or garbage cans in front of that beautiful view. Sometimes moving just an inch or two can make all the difference.”

I’d love to see some of your favorite shots. Maybe we’ll feature them in an upcoming article.

(Photo credit: Eric Miller)


Corners are the reward of riding

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 9, 2018 1:00:44 PM

As a former driver and now motorcycle rider, I’ve always been both intrigued and scared of cornering. After all, my husband is no Valentino Rossi - a guy that can corner with the best of them. I’m in constant amazement how professional road racers like Rossi touch their knees to the track as they corner and not have the bike slide out from under them.

Back in the real world, the steps to successful cornering, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are as simple as Slow – Look – Press – and Roll or SLPR.


As you’re approaching a curve, slow down using both brakes. What’s the right entry speed? It’s best explained as the speed that is slow enough for you to roll through the curve. All curves are different so it’s impossible to have a set speed. It’s something you develop and get a feel for.


This may seem simplistic, but now’s the time to turn your head and nose and look in the direction you want the motorcycle to go. (Check out the attached picture as a reference.) Easy, but oh so important.


To make a motorcycle turn, press on the grip in the direction you want to go. Press left grip – lean left – turn left. It’s really a very simple process.


The last step is to roll on the throttle throughout the corner. Wait until the bike is at the lean angle you want and pointed in the right direction before you start rolling on the gas. Make sure to do it as soon as possible once you have the bike turned. Every moment you wait in rolling on or maintain throttle throughout the curve and getting to the recommended 40/60 weight distribution, reduces your average speed through the turn and lessens your control and handling.

Applying and practicing this technique will give you a smooth, controlled ride that’s safer and more enjoyable.

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.

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