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It’s Travel Season!

A Common Oversight

Long distance travel plans for the season are here! I asked our terrific tech Trent what advice he would give to our customers, both seasoned and new riders.  Trent is a man of few words, so I can sum it up pretty quickly:

  • Look over your bike before traveling: tire pressure, fluid levels, lights/electronics, controls 

(I would say T-CLOCKS)

  • When packing put all your personal hygiene items at the bottom of the bag along with extra pair of shoes i.e. the stuff you don’t need until you stop for the night.  Pack gear you may need quickly on top i.e. rain gear, chaps, jackets (you don’t want to dig when you’re hit by rain).
  • Balance out your saddlebags!  Trent said that most of the motorcycles he works on have one saddlebag loaded down with extra gear and the other side empty.  This is the common oversight Trent sees over and over again.
  • When you stop for fuel, look over your bike from front to back again, especially on those cross country trips.  Tires still have the right amount of air pressure?  Any leaks?
  • Look over your buddy’s bikes also when traveling with others.  You might notice something they don’t!

Jan would like to add that you should schedule a general maintenance i.e. fluid changes and/or tire changes a minimum of four weeks before your trip.  That way you can be sure you will be able to get in and have it serviced before your trip as the shop is very busy this time of year.  If you want to make major changes like changing out handle bars six to eight weeks out is best.  That way we can be sure to, not only get all parts ordered and changes made, but also so that you have several weeks to ride and get used to the change made before going on a long trip.

Hmmm, thinking about that “common oversight” Trent mentioned, as a passenger, maybe some off those saddlebags empty on one side are for the passenger.  What do you all think?  

Peace Out and Safe Travels, Reine

Some of the Top Summer Motorcycle Trips You Should Take

Are you looking for some fun new places to travel to for the summer? Here are some of the top ranked trip destinations for motorcyclists!

Peak-to-Peak Highway – Colorado: Colorado’s Peak-to-Peak Highway is considered by many motorcyclists to be a biker’s nirvana, despite its 60-mile length. The Peak-to-Peak Highway combines some of the most beautiful scenery in the world with sensational twists and turns!

Beartooth Highway – Montana and Wyoming: Many bikers claim that the Beartooth Highway along U.S. Highway 212 is the best highway for motorcycling in America. There are many hairpin turns and switchbacks found along the Beartooth Highway, along with mountains and valleys, and some spectacular views and vistas that can be enjoyed along the route!

Tail of the Dragon North Carolina and Tennessee: What’s known to motorcyclists as “Tail of the Dragon” consists of U.S. Highways 129 and 318 that flow through North Carolina. Many movies and TV shows have been based on this route, not to mention several songs. With it’s tight curves, swift dips, steep drops, and spanning just 11 miles, it is one of the most well-known and popular rides in the world.

Four Things You Should Know Before Installing Motorcycle LED Underglow Lighting

When it comes to customizing your motorcycle, the sky’s the limit!  You can add all sorts of accessories to make it stand out and look unique. One popular accessory is underglow lighting. This adds a cool effect under your bike that makes it stand out when you’re riding. There are a few things you should know before adding underglow lighting to your motorcycle.

Know Your State’s LED Rules for Motorcycles

First, underglow lighting can be illegal in some states. Before you add underglow lighting to your motorcycle, be sure to check the laws in your state to make sure it is legal. Depending on where you live, you may be required to have a certain type of underglow lighting, or you may not be allowed to have underglow lighting at all. For the state of Missouri, it is legal to have underglow lighting for your motorcycle.

Cheap vs Quality Lighting: Know the Difference

Second, not all underglow lighting is created equal. Motorcycle LED lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including pod lights, strip lights, and lights that can change color and even have lighting effects. There are many types of underglow lights on the market, but they are not all the same quality. Some underglow lights are very cheaply made and will not last long. Others are quite expensive but are made with high-quality materials that will last for years. It’s important to do your research and find underglow lighting that is right for you and your motorcycle. Our shop will guide you through the decision making process, and inform you on all of the best underlighting options for you and your bike. 

Brightness and Safety

Third, underglow lighting can be very bright! If you are not careful, you can end up with a blinding light show under your bike that is more annoying than anything else.  Be sure to consult with an expert or do your research to find underglow lighting that will provide the right amount of light for your needs. At Chariots of Fire Customs, we help you determine the proper brightness and saturation for your lights so that your bike can look just the way you want it and ride safely on the roads also.  Be sure to educate yourself on how to utilize the controls to change the colors and patterns as needed.

Underlighting and Motorcycle Battery Life

Fourth, underglow lighting can drain your battery. If you are planning on using underglow lighting for long periods of time, be sure to have a backup plan in case your battery dies. If you are not driving the motorcycle or if you are away from it, you should turn off the LED lights. If done frequently, leaving the LED lights on while the motorcycle is turned off will drain the battery and eventually cause it to fail. We recommend only using the LEDs in small time frames and start the bike periodically to ensure battery voltage is adequate.

April’s Lighting Specials at Chariots of Fire Customs

Adding underglow lighting to your motorcycle can be a great way to make it stand out and look unique. If you are considering adding underglow LEDs to your motorcycle soon, this is a great time to do so!  Now through the end of April, our shop is running specials on all lighting projects. Our team is equipped and ready to help you install your lighting safely and legally, so that your bike can get that killer glow just in time for summer and all the competition shows! Come by the shop today to talk about what you’re looking for.

Motorcycle Tire Safety Tips

Ahh, the smell of fresh rubber tires…

To me this means a safe ride.  We’re stocking up on the best motorcycle tires for riding season at Chariots of Fire Customs, LLC.

Tires play a big role in the safety department of your motorcycle. As you ride those new tires begin to break down.  The way you ride and your bike’s set-up will determine the wear on them as you rack up the miles.  Some riders just naturally have a longer life on their tires than others.

In terms of handling and performance, motorcycle tires set the tone for your journey. When your tires exhibit substantial indications of deterioration, your bike may feel very different, increasing the risk of losing control. Here’s what you should know about taking care of your motorcycle’s tires, whether you do it yourself or have a reputable professional do it for you.

Check the Pressure 

It’s critical to double-check that both tires are adequately inflated. Pressure is affected by a number of things, including how long you’ve been riding on the tires and the current weather.

If the pressure is low, you’ll need to use compressed air to inflate both tires to the necessary PSI. If the tires are over-inflated due to warmer weather or the load you’re hauling, use the Schrader valve to bleed them and recheck with a tire gauge.  Don’t just kick them and say “that should do”.

You should also thoroughly inspect both tires for nails or glass shards embedded in the rubber, broken material, tread separation, bubbling, or bulging. These factors affect tire pressure as well as your likelihood of an unsafe tire which could potentially cause a blowout.

Look at the Tread

Worn tread is a warning sign that your tires are nearing the end of their useful life and will no longer be able to withstand slick or harsh conditions. Make it a practice to inspect your tire tread each time you go for a ride.

Check to see if the rubber has begun to create a smooth appearance. Too much material has worn away if the rubber and wear bars look the same. If the cord on the tire is visible, there isn’t enough material left to ride safely. A gauge or penny can also be used to show how many millimeters are left.

Since there are only two tires, tread plays a vital role in safety as you ride. Direct touch with the road and how quickly a tread pattern deflects water can reduce your chance of hydroplaning.

Check the DOT number on the sidewall.  The last four digits are the only ones you need to concern yourself with.  How do you decipher these numbers?  For example, 0218 means that the tire was manufactured in the 2nd week of 2018.  Tires older than five years need to be replaced no matter how good they may look.  Reasons:  tire deterioration starts from the inside out because of moisture from compressed air and temperature variation.  Also, tire rubber gets harder with age and does not have the same traction as when new.  This means wet riding is compromised when taking off and stopping power is not as good.  Look at the tire tread closely as it will show you whether cracks have begun forming because of aging.

When to Seek Help

Not all rubber compounds are the same. Having a professional help you decipher the best decision to make for your bike’s tires is the best solution. Need new tires, or help checking your old tires? Stop by our shop during the month of March and April for special deals on tires.  20% off all Dunlop and Metzler tires while supplies last!

Better Speed, Better Look, Better Sound: The Benefits of Adding Aftermarket Exhaust

Because of today’s manufacturing standards, a lot of motorcycle manufacturers will leave plenty of room for improvement with most bikes that roll off an assembly line. They use affordable, standardized parts to fit a large quantity of mass-produced motorcycles. They aren’t concerned about maximizing each vehicle’s performance, especially when it comes to torque and horsepower. 

Because of this, there are many benefits that come from adding an aftermarket exhaust to your bike. Not only can it drastically improve horsepower, but it can also help with some other key components too. Read on to see how an aftermarket exhaust is able to benefit you and your bike. 

Performance

There are two ways that an aftermarket exhaust might improve performance. For starters, it helps you lose weight. Exhaust manufacturers frequently use ultra-lightweight metals in their systems. They even “forget” about hefty items like catalytic converters on occasion. As a result, you’ll have a slimmer system that can help you lose roughly 20 pounds.

The second performance benefit is increased power; an aftermarket exhaust can improve both horsepower and torque. At first, this appears strange, because whatever happens in your pipes happens after the engine cycle. Consider this: altering your exhaust will alter the way your engine breathes. You’ll obtain more combustion if the motorcycle can breathe more air via the engine and the fuel intake is adjusted proportionately. Larger explosions produce more power.

Significant top-end power improvements can be achieved with a complete exhaust system and the accompanying fuel modification. It can reach as high as 15% in some circumstances.

Noise

The brass intensifies the sound from your lips when you play the trumpet (like a boss). When you play the same buzzing sound on the tuba (like a gigantic boss), the instrument makes a different sound. The source is the same, but the modifiers are different.

Exhaust from motorcycles works in the same way. The sound is created by your engine, and it is altered by the exhaust. Most exhausts attempt to soften the noise of internal combustion because it is so loud. Much of the sound is cancelled before it reaches the muffler by reflecting pressure waves back on themselves.

Exhausts, on the other hand, do more than only reduce volume.

The sound can be changed in a variety of ways depending on the materials, diameters, shapes, and inner cores. It makes little difference whether you ride a 49cc scooter or a 2.3L Rocket III. The tone might be rich or “tinny,” and the pitch can be high or low. The volume of exhaust notes might be loud or low, and the notes can be rough or smooth. Whatever noise you’re seeking for, an exhaust will be able to provide it.

Style

High and low mounts, gleaming and matte finishes, and large and small sizes are all available. There are many styles to pick from, and the “perfect choice” is the one that appeals to you. At the end of the day, any aftermarket exhaust will set your motorcycle distinct from the rest of the pack.

One thing to keep in mind is that exhaust colors change. Almost every system will experience discoloration as a result of heat cycles and contaminants. For the best results, have a professional, like ourselves, help when it comes to choosing a perfect match for your bike.

AFR

Although exhaust change will bring changes in tone and flow, flow is the next concern.  Why?  Because more air means more fuel needed to complete the upgrade. By having more air flow through the motor it will change the AFR (air fuel ratio) to a leaner condition causing the motor to run leaner than 14.7 to 1 ratio. To get back to the proper AFR you will need to upgrade the fuel program to stage 1. This will make the bike run cooler and more be dependable for a long life ahead.  We are able to do these upgrades on the computers and dyno bikes if needed.

February is HorsePower Month

Looking to increase your horsepower soon? February is the month to do it! Now through the end of the month, all horse-power increasing products, including exhausts, are 15% off! Take advantage of this special while it lasts, and get your bike prepped and ready for the upcoming riding season!

Make Your Motorcycle Faster, Go Further, & Roar Louder

Welcome to 2022!

I know we’re already looking forward to spring, but there is no better time than now for a project to get your bike ready for riding season. Thinking of a modification? Now is the time. Considering a complete rebuild? Get started soon to be ready for that April or May weather. Knowing your end goal, whether you want to go faster, further or be louder are things you need to consider when you head to your favorite motorcycle shop. Whatever you decide, we’re here to help you make it happen.

Increased Horsepower? We can do it.

There are several ways to increase your bike’s horsepower. We recommend starting in the following four areas:

Exhaust/ Air Intake.

After-market exhaust will reduce back pressure. This makes it easier for the engine to receive oxygen, which leads to more power at the wheels and even improves fuel economy.

Cams.

Cams increase the cylinder pressure as the engine’s RPM’s rise. This is done by the scavenging effect from the valve timing and overlap in the cam, which raises the cylinder pressure and increases horsepower with RPM.

Increase Motors Cubic Inches.

There are only two ways to increase an engine’s cubic inches. You can bore it (engine boring increases the cylinder diameters) or you can stroke it (engine stroking increases the crankshaft stroke).

Dyno Tune.

A proper tune will help ensure maximum performance, durability and reliability. We can also tell from the graph if your motorcycle is running properly, wasting fuel, or is not up to its full potential. In addition, the graph will also show potential problems in the drivetrain which helps us better diagnose any issues you may be having or would be having in the future.

Drive the Dream

The whole key is to think about what you want your bike to do, how you want it to look, sound and perform. Some of the customizations we do include:

  • wheels and tires
  • handlebars and grips
  • seats and luggage
  • engines and turbos
  • pipes
  • lighting
  • sound
  • paint & graphics

We’re here for you. It’s important to talk to a professional when you’re upgrading your bike. Call or stop by with your ideas. We run monthly specials, so watch for savings on the parts you need. Plus, we watch for distributor discounts that we pass on to you. Schedule your appointment or stop by the shop to share your ideas and get a quote on customizing your ride!

Avoid Weak Links

By Jan Knobbe 

Considering upgrading your motorcycle’s performance? Winter is a great time to do it since the weather here in the Midwest is cold and hazardous enough to keep most of us off the roads. It’s when we traditionally do a lot of motor builds. There’s more to it than just the motor though.

Other Components to Upgrade

When you add performance to your motor you need to consider upgrading other components to avoid leaving a weak link. Compensators, clutch baskets, clutch, transmission and drive belt are all components that are replaceable with high performance parts. How much horse power/torque (hp/tq) the motor is making will determine if these components need to be upgraded to avoid them becoming a weak link. Weak links can lead to the components breaking and that’s never good. If you are spending money to create more hp/tq, you want to make sure all necessary components are also upgraded as needed.

Factory vs. Aftermarket

For example, factory stock cast compensators are only good for up to about 90 horsepower.  Aftermarket compensators are available that can handle up to 160 horsepower or better. Your next component that could become a weak link is the cast aluminum clutch basket. There are billet clutch baskets available that can handle higher hp/tq. You should also be aware of factory clutch plates. These can be upgraded to aftermarket clutch plates that have extra plates to apply more friction. There are also clutch lock up devices that take up to double factory hp/tq without slippage.

Worth the Upgrade

Transmission breakage is happening on most M8s that have upgrades to the powertrain demonstrating this weak link. Typically 3rd and 4th gear breakage under severe torque applications. The fix for this is the Baker six speed Grudge Box.  It is a costly upgrade that is worth it as it will make your bike more dependable. 

Riding or Racing

The last weak link to address is the final drive belt. This only needs to be replaced with a chain drive under severe street riding/drag racing, when the motor is running a turbo, or a supercharger. The chain drive will make sure the bike is a dependable touring street bike with a lot of giddy up and go!

Ask for Advice

Here at Chariots of Fire Customs LLC we like educated consumers. Upgrading your motor is a big deal and you should make your decision to do so knowing the facts. Come see us this winter and we will help you decide on the best performance upgrades and determine what weak links to avoid. 

Avoid Costly Repairs by Winterizing Your Bike Properly Now

Every spring, we have a stream of dozens of riders needing service before they can ever take that first spring ride. While we’re happy to help, we’d really love if everyone could avoid costly repairs that could have easily been prevented come spring time.

Here in the Midwest, transitioning from autumn riding to winter storage is the best way to keep your bike in riding condition. We’ve all experienced those random sunny days in December, January or February when you want to have the wind in your face. Follow these simple steps to be ready and prevent problems that would delay riding coming spring 2022.

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle

Prevent Rust & Corrosion with Lube

Protect any and all parts prone to rust or corrosion by applying lubrication. This includes your chain, bolts, cables and switches.

*See associate for complete details. Price may vary by make and model.

Change the Oil

There’s a reason we have an oil change special in November! Changing your bike’s oil before storing for winter is vital since used oil has contaminants (from doing its job). Contaminants that are suspended in the oil may gunk up and leave dirt in small cavities of the engine and hydraulic passages. Yes, you’ll want to start your bike once in a while to lubricate the engine again, but avoid running it for too long and causing contamination of the oil again.

Top Her Off

Fill up and top-off your gas tank before you roll into the garage. An empty gas tank tends to form condensation. We also recommend gas conditioner. Gas conditioner can protect your fuel for up to two full years. We recommend Helix 5 in 1. Today’s fuel turns bad after eleven days because of the alcohal content in the fuel.

Tickle with a Trickle

Keep your battery happy by putting it on a tender with a trickle charge over the winter months to keep it from draining. This extends the life of your battery since every time a battery dies, it loses some of its lifespan. Tenders also switch to float automatically to maintain the charge without overdoing it.

Shake the Shimmy

If your tires sit in one spot for a longer period of time, they may get flat spots causing a shimmy come spring that wasn’t present when you put it away. The easiest way to avoid this is to put your bike up on stands or a lift. If you don’t have a stand or want to spend money on a lift, here are a couple of things to do to save your tires:

  • Move your bike around a couple of times a month to keep the tires from resting on the same spots.
  • Add about 5PSI to each tire, as they naturally lose air over time. 
  • Park on plywood to help your tires avoid obtaining moisture from concrete floors.

By winterizing your bike using this checklist, you can avoid a number of preventable problems like batteries that don’t hold charge, dirty carburetors, clogged fuel injectors, and no-start issues from tarnished gasoline and tires that are out of balance or without the proper inflation. 

Schedule your oil change today and get your bike ready for winter!

If you do find yourself out and about this winter, rest assured we’ve got your back with free towing within 60 miles November through February.

Ask a Motorcycle Technician: Motorcycle Modifications Based on Your Experience Level

There’s nothing quite like being on a bike, so it’s no wonder why people get into motorcycles. It’s exciting to find a great bike and make it your own through upgrades and custom work. But after years of fixing all kinds of bikes for riders of all experience levels, our technicians have some recommendations for what you should be focusing on based on your riding experience. 

New Riders – Build Your Foundation

When you’re new to anything, building a strong foundation of knowledge and skill is what takes you from novice towards expert. Especially with motorcycles. Practice builds experience. So, new riders should focus on these foundations before making big adjustments to their bike:

  • Safety – There’s nothing more important than safety on a motorcycle. Having the right gear, road knowledge, and well-maintained bike is crucial to a safe ride.
  • Regular Maintenance – How many miles until you need to change your oil? Your fork oil? When should you buy new tires or have a general tune up done? Knowing the basics about keeping your bike well-maintained will keep you riding longer and make it more enjoyable.
  • Pre-Ride TCLOCK – Always, always, always before you ride, TCLOCK. It’s so important we wrote a whole blog about it. Get the full pre-ride checklist here
  • Riders Courses – Think of riders courses like having a coach. Someone to show you best practices and offer suggestions to make you a better rider. The ability to practice, screw up, and try again, safely on a closed course. All that practice and coaching is what turns a novice into a more experienced rider. You can find classes at the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program.  

Moderate Experienced Rider – Refine Your Preferences

You have the basics down, you know your riding style and what you enjoy best about your bike and it’s time to build on those preferences. Riders with moderate experience should be thinking about these things:

  • Check Tire Pressure* – One of the basic pre-ride checks is tire pressure. Even though you’re not a novice anymore, don’t forget about those foundations that got you here.
  • Comfort – Once you have the basics of riding down, you can turn your attention to making your motorcycle match your preferences. Swapping out the seat, handlebars, and forward controls are relatively minor adjustments that can make a difference for your comfort while riding. 
  • Aesthetics – Ready to customize the look of your bike? When you’ve been riding for a while and are ready to invest in making your bike your own, adding chrome or getting new paint job can make your bike look brand new.  
  • Sounds – Who doesn’t love the roar of an engine revving? Changing out your pipes for a little more rumble or upgrading your stereo system to jam out on a ride are ways to enhance the sound experience on your motorcycle.

Experienced Rider – Create Your Ultimate Ride

By now, you know the nuances of riding and have your favorite routes. You know if you prefer taking the highway versus touring or winding back roads. You know if you get a thrill with going fast to beat your buddy or just enjoy the relaxation of a leisurely ride. You’ve done it all so you know what you like…and what you don’t. For the seasoned rider, fine tune your bike for the ultimate riding experience:

  • Check Tire Pressure* – Hate to start with this basic pre-ride task, but it’s an important one. Even an experienced tech can’t look at a tire and know it’s low. You have to put a gauge to it and physically check to save problems down the road. 
  • High Performance Upgrades – Since you know your preferred riding style, you can have fun with upgrading different aspects of your motor to enhance your ride. Different styles of riding have different modifications that can boost your ride. That’s when we get into the Stage I to  Stage V performance kits. As you tweak your riding style, you will get the most enjoyment by also tweaking your motorcycle to match.

* Why do our technicians keep repeating “check your tire pressure?” It turns out that 90% of problems with suspension, wobbles, cupping tires, tires not lasting as long as manufacturer suggests, etc. can all be traced to…you guessed it, incorrect tire pressure. Here at our shop, we have had motorcycles come in with only 18-20 psi when most should have 42 psi or higher, recommended by tire manufacturers. You can find the tire pressure recommendations on the side walls, don’t forget to check and save yourself more hassle down the road!

Have more questions for our motorcycle technicians? Give us a call or come on by to talk bikes and schedule maintenance or modifications.

Consider This When Purchasing a Used Motorcycle

By Reine Knobbe

First of all, thank you for making Chariots of Fire Customs LLC one of your go-to places when looking for a used motorcycle.  We realize that we have a very limited inventory so you will need to look elsewhere when we don’t have what you want.  We offer advice and knowledge when you walk into our establishment. But what is a person to do when they are out on their own looking to buy a used motorcycle?

The top three things that Jan and our technicians suggest you look for in a used motorcycle are milage, maintenance records, and overall condition. 

Mileage & Maintenance Records

The average miles put on a motorcycle are 3,000 – 5,000 per year depending on the state you live in.  If the mileage is very low, great!  If the mileage is on the high side that is good also IF the motorcycle was well maintained. That’s when you want to look at maintenance records to see if basic maintenance was performed in a timely manner. If the mileage is low, how are the tires?  They might be dry rotting from sitting. Not everyone realizes that tires need to be changed because of dry rot, even if there are low miles on them.  

Overall Condition

Questions to ask when looking at the overall condition might include: 

  • Was the bike in a flooded area?
  • Was the bike ever in a wreck
  • Does the owner live down a long gravel road? If so, the frame may be chipped which could lead to rust in older motorcycles. 
  • Are the spokes and wheels clean?
  • How is the paint?  
  • Will they allow you to start the bike and run it through the gears?
  • Can you take a test ride? Know this question is best saved for serious offers only. 

A couple other things to consider is the location of the seller. If it is out of state, is it worth your time and money to travel? Once you meet up with the seller use your basic instincts. Ask questions about why they are selling their motorcycle, such as:

  • Not enough time to ride
  • In need of funds
  • Upcoming surgery
  • No longer able to ride.  

There are as many reasons as there are people! By asking these questions you can get a feel for how much they love the sport. That can help you determine if the motorcycle was well maintained or not so much. When looking at a potential bike, consider the environment the bike is kept in. If the area is cleaned up and well maintained and the seller is knowledgeable about recent maintenance, it is likely that the motorcycle has been well maintained. If they name their motorcycle and have a special place in a garage you can rest assured, they kept good care of her!

Be sure to check out our current selection of bikes available and reach out if you have questions – we’re always happy to help!

Top Restaurants For Your Next Ride

We asked our friends on Facebook for the best places to stop for a bite to eat when they’re on a ride and they didn’t disappoint. Check out these restaurants worth taking a break for some delicious food. For the full list of suggestions, take a look at the original post on Facebook.

Keep it Local – Less than 30 minute ride from Troy, MO

Cadillac Bills in Elsberry, MO

For car nostalgia and tasty burgers, you’ll want to head to Cadillac Bills. Customers rave about the burgers, variety of sides, and hand-dipped ice cream.

Main Street Bar & Grill in Old Monroe, MO

An Old Monroe community since the 1950’s, Main Street Bar & Grill serves a variety of sandwiches, burgers, surf and turf dinner entrees, and plenty of appetizers and sides. Check out their live music on Friday nights.

Dickey’s Smokehouse in Winfield, MO

Enjoy prime meat smoked to perfection at Dickey’s Smokehouse. Featuring daily specials and freshly made sides. Ribs, wraps, and wings keep customers coming back. 

Rookies in Wentzville, MO

With a laid-back and neighborhood vibe, Rookies serves a delicious mix of bar food and dinner entrees to satisfy any palate. Each burger has a sports-themed name like Zamboni, Pucker Up, and Penalty Shot.   

Taormina’s Family Restaurant in Troy, MO

Featuring homemade Italian favorites, Taromina’s is the plate to go for a hearty, filling meal. The extensive menu includes authentic Italian sandwiches, pasta, pizza, as well as chicken, beef, and seafood entrees.  

Casual Cruise – About an 1 hour ride from Troy, MO

King Louie’s Drive In in Wood River, IL

Family owned and operated for nearly three decades, King Louie’s is known for their classic diner feel and food. They’re infamous for their King of the Jungle Challenge, where customers are tested to eat a 2lb burger, loaded potato planks, a 32 ounce soda in 30 minutes.

Woody’s Pub & Grub in Ashland, MO

Casual and family friendly, Woody’s Pub & Grill is the perfect spot to stop for lunch or dinner. Catfish, fried pickles, and burgers are highly recommended by customers.

Shady Jack’s Saloon in St. Louis

Known as a motorcycle restaurant and bar, Shady Jack’s Saloon is a lively spot for a bite to eat for anyone craving a good burger, pizza, or sandwich. Get there early for breakfast served until noon and don’t miss their signature beer, brewed in partnership with Bastard Brothers Brewing Company. 

Jan and Reine’s Top Day Trip Picks

Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY 

About a 4 hour ride

Famous for their 2 inch thick pork chops, fluffy meringue pies and flower pot bread, Patti’s 1880s Settlement is more than a restaurant. This destination features six gift shops in a  historical log cabin village, beautiful gardens, gazebos, mini golf, remote control boats. Dining reservations strongly recommended.  

Lambert’s Cafe in Sikeston, MO
About 2 hours 45 minutes

Known for their generous portions of comfort food and extra large “throwed rolls,” Lambert’s Cafe promises a full belly and family-friendly atmosphere. With 80 years in business, customers keep coming back for the variety of pork chops and steaks as well as chicken pot pie, dumplings and wings. Of course, not to mention the hearty sides to keep for yourself or share with the table.    

Don’t forget that we’re here to help you make the most of your ride. Swing by the shop while you’re out and about to say hi, shop our apparel and gear, join an event, or schedule maintenance.