I think this is an entertaining, sort of funny and somewhat useful article….and BTW..not all cops are guys and not all riders are male as well…;-)
By Wes Siler
There you are, minding your own business, doing 10 mph over the speed limit, when Johnny Law pulls out for a bit of revenue gathering. Being the law-abiding citizen that you are, you pull to the side of the road. But, what comes next? This is what to do when the police pull you over.
What You Need To Have With You
License, registration and proof of insurance. For the bike you’re riding and it all needs to be up-to-date and valid. It can be a good idea to keep your documents in a sealed, waterproof bag under your seat where they’ll remain in good condition and where you can’t forget them. Never borrow a friend’s bike or rent one without first making sure you have all the papers and that those papers have the right dates on them. Continue reading
I love RideApart and their great articles we all can learn from….please visit their web site there is so much to read and learn about….
There you are, riding along, not a care in the world, when your bike starts feeling funny. What does it mean? Here’s what common bike breakdowns feel like. Continue reading
I think the craziest obstacle I have been hit with was a bird, not so crazy but scared the crap out of me and I felt terrible….on the road itself??? A garbage bag full of what I think were dirty diapers. So, nothing totally out of the ordinary lol. What about you?
HFL – December 14, 2013
By Tim Watson
Photo by Chris Cornwell
Every one of us who rides should know the risks that are involved each and every time you swing a leg over a bike and head out. Aggressive, texting drivers and crazy traffic are just the tip of the iceberg, so you’re constantly forced to ride defensively. It often feels like everyone is out to get you and they probably are. Continue reading
I think this video says it all….a message worth repeating over and over.
Biker n00b: “Wait, you chose to wear a neon colored jacket?”
1. You choose your helmet based on your motorcycle.
You’d love to wear a full-face, but only if borrowing a friend’s Honda CBR600RR, otherwise you stick to your Bell Custom 500, no matter the riding conditions, when riding your Bonneville. Sure, the full-face is more comfortable and far safer, but what will people think?
Standard riding uniform as soon as the sun comes out.
I know that many of us struggle to save throughout the year. Try this challenge to save week by week and let me know how you are doing. Try it in reverse…double up every few weeks you might be surprised…
I wish I had the time to write such smart articles that many can relate too. This one for sure we all can….HELMET HEAD/HAIR.
I attend many meetings, provide many educational in services and have to arrive at my destination looking somewhat “professional”. Cheryl has short hair that takes her 2 seconds to fix when she gets to work. Me? My hair is fine and turns into crazy hair after I pull my Shoei off. I use buffs, LDComfort helmet liner etc. And some days my hair is acceptable and for some reason other days, not so much. In the end many of the office colleagues have learned to accept me and my unpredictable hair style for what it is….and most others, well? I just explain. When I can I will try and wet it and dry it at the site I arrive but that is not always possible.
Here is a pic of me that Cheryl took after riding the Dalton Highway. I am slightly embarrassed to post this but you have to see what a helmet can do to ones hair…it is hysterical. Click more to see…;-) Continue reading
Source: Anthony from Revzilla
Changing Seasons, Changing Gears
We all know about changing gears on the bike. Up is “up”, and down is “down.” How about that riding skill called changing gears between your ears? Autumn is a great time for riding. Temperatures are moderate and, in many parts of the land, beautiful color tours await. But the change in seasons also brings some different riding conditions that may require some mental gear changes. Continue reading
I like this guys approach to practicality and riding…but I like the electronics and extras…;-)
Some will agree with me and some will barge in against me, and this is somehow natural after I openly ask: don’t you all think there’s too much electronics in the new motorcycles? Continue reading
Cheryl and I practice this technique as much as we can….do you agree this is a proper way to change gears without using the clutch or is it bad practice?
Forgive me if this sounds a little remedial, but I see a lot of guys out on the road who don’t know how to do this. Works on any bike, be it crotch rocket, assless chaps mobile or two-wheeled Hummer H2.
The benefit is smoother, faster shifts and slightly lower clutch wear. It’s just easier and will better enable you to work shifting into the rest of your riding.
Super easy to do. As you accelerate and are approaching the point where you want to shift up, sneak your toe under the lever and apply a little upwards pressure. Now, quickly close the throttle a little while keeping that upward pressure on the shift liver, feel the gear slip home, and open it back up. Continue reading
I think everyone should save this article as a reminder how important it is for all of us to take stock in our bike, our minds and everything that is said below regarding being safe. Never take for granted riding anywhere even if it’s around the corner to a store. Don’t be paranoid but be aware….and be safe out there.
There are some similarities between the causes of plane crashes and the reasons for motorcycle accidents: it’s often a combination of factors, or risks, that cause incidents in both cases. And in both, the fundamental cause can usually be traced back to “human error.” Just as in doing a preflight check before flying your own airplane, a motorcyclist should take stock of his or her risk factors before their ride. Unlike the airline industry, which has many rules, regulations, and certifications in place to help prevent accidents, the motorcycle rider is pretty much on their own.
The Venn diagram below shows one way of thinking about four fundamental categories of rider risk and how they can overlap to create even higher levels of accident risk to riders.
The Four Rs For Evaluating Motorcycle Riding Risk Continue reading