Nobody walks out to the garage and pulls on a helmet and riding gear thinking, “I really want to be bored. I think I’ll go ride my motorcycle.” Continue reading
I find there are three sides to the concept of camping while traveling on a bike.
- Stealth Camping: Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion. Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping. (source: stealthcamping.com)
- Tent Camping: Enjoying the great outdoors living in a tent usually in some sort of park or campground
- No way tent camping: Enjoy riding a bike from hotel/motel to hotel/motel
Cheryl and I are mostly #2 and #3. Our theory about riding and camping/tenting is this…..If it’s not raining when we stop for the day and we are not too tired, we camp. Our definition of camping can be setting up our tent or staying in a cabin. We usually don’t mind if it rains on us after we get camp set up but truly dislike breaking down wet gear and having to pack it. If it’s raining, we are tired we might still cabin it or hotel/motel.
Taking a certified motorcycle safety course is an important first step when learning to ride, but then what? Our 10 tips are things the MO staff has learned from our years of riding.
Motorcycling is a fun and exciting endeavor, but it has its dangers. From inattentive drivers to a little dirt in the road, there are countless scenarios that can present hazards, especially to less-experienced riders. As a new rider, possibly fresh out of the MSF course with a fresh motorcycle endorsement on your license, you should know the real world poses challenges you simply don’t experience in an empty parking lot.
The Motorcycle.com staff is full of highly experienced riders, but we were all beginners at some point. Over the years we have learned many tips and tricks that have helped us stay safe when we’re riding a motorcycle, so we decided to put together a list of things to keep in mind when you’re out riding. Most any rider will find kernels of wisdom here, but we’re focusing in on the “noob” segment to teach tactics that will help short-cut the learning process.
Notice the phrase “riding tips.” We’ll focus on things you can try while actually riding your motorcycle and assume you’re already wearing the best helmet and gear you can afford. Now, here are 10 riding tips we wish we knew when we were starting out.
The most important riding tip we can give you is to never, ever ride faster than your comfort limits, especially on public roads. Far too often we hear stories of lesser-experienced riders crashing while trying to keep pace with their faster buddies.
If you want to be able to ride faster, just creep up on your limits and pay attention to what your bike is telling you. Most likely it will say “I can go faster,” but you’ll want to avoid the surprise of when it says it can’t. Continue reading
I’ve said this before an I am certain some that read this blog might think the same way…when getting a service or anything done to my bike I could sit at the dealer all day like I did yesterday. However, I ended up working from the dealer, making T Con calls, emails, you know work stuff but also walked around the showroom, had lunch with a fellow rider who has TONS of mileage on her 1200RT. I mean like over 200,000 KM on her 2004 bike.
Rusty the service manager is going to LOVE this…if you need anything at PACIFIC MOTORSPORTS
The reason for the new RIM
See why???? Enough said…as tempting as it is to ride bare it’s just not worth it! Comments?
Love the look of the DS helmets do not love the drag many report at highways speeds. This Icon looks and sounds like a decent DS alternative to its more expensive cousins like BMW, Arai and Shoei.
Events and News
I am honored to be invited to speak at PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS our BMW dealer.
Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me! Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors! What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer? Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it!
Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22! I think it’s going to be a fun night!
Special Guest speaker: LESLIE SOFARELLI
Friday, March 22, 2013 (6pm – 9pm)
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We have been posting on this blog since really June 2011. Me, as in Leslie has reviewed 100′s of motorcycle accessories, bikes and gear, etc…and I really try to be fair and honest without losing credibility or defacing a company. Up until now I have to say it’s been real easy to keep things positive or critique as constructively as I can.
However, recently,I was shocked by the response I got from a return I recently made and I will keep the business name anonymous for now because I can’t wait to see how they actually handle my order. Please note: These lights were ON SALE for the public. He did not discount them as a special favour to me as he implies in the below email…
Scenario is simple: I order Rigid Aux LED lights for both our bikes from a USA company as I do in many cases, I see what they really look like on the same bike as ours this past weekend and decided NOPE, not for us…too big for the place we want to mount lights. Simple right? Well, even before I refused the package that I spent a lot of $$ to be shipped to Canada I emailed the owner, said thank you for answering all my questions but unfortunately these lights won’t work for us so I was going to not even open the package and just send it back….this is the first email I got back. Continue reading
What bike has caught our attention in a big way? What is this machine?
The Suzuki DR-Z400S is an incredibly capable motorcycle. I’ve had the chance to ride one the past few weeks and I took it on a 300 mile highway journey, a 200 mile offroad adventure, did multiple days off road, rode it around town, and commuted from Long Beach to LA (about 25 miles) on a regular basis. I found the little thumper to meet or surpass my expecations across the board and miss the little guy after giving it back a few days ago. Continue reading
COME ON KLIM!
Dear KLIM! You know we as advgrrls LOVE your gear, but let’s not over do it when it comes to PINK and calling us girls. We took your survey and I bet many did too. It’s grrls or women I mean really??? The pink piping might appeal to some but those who ride ADV bikes I hardly doubt will be interested in PINK, we just want good gear, equal to the guys that fit our bods!
This is just one part of the completely new 2013 line from Klim.
with 2013 KTM 690 Duke
We use Cardo G4 intercom sets…but seriously would this video/commercial make you want to buy the G9? Please feel free to comment…I really want to hear someone’s thoughts on this…
RESTORING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS KEY
Back in November 2012 we sent Cheryl’s right glove and liner to Washington and Gerbing’s for repairs. There is usually a two week turn around. Middle of December we get an email saying her gear would not be returned until 2nd week of January 2013. By this time I was pissed because we ride all year-long and heat is a must in the winter.
I bought Powerlet gear because my liner shut down as well. We went with Powerlet because well, let’s be honest….We LOVE Gerbing’s but we have had to send our gloves and/or liners back in the past because of faulty wiring and shorts. Also, I was mad so why not try another company??? Continue reading
Read about Mark aka RADIOMAN’s adventure and to story behind his quest to travel ADV style. Amazing devotion to his wife who passed on and a very gentle soul in need to healing.