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 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
Hysterical article about the motorcycle wave
November 20, 2013
By Jacob Moss
It was August and I was riding a newly acquired Honda Rebel, my first motorcycle. Riding north on Mills Avenue in Claremont, California, a generously wide, two-lane road with a center turning lane, I saw a motorcycle in the distance riding toward me. This was it, the moment for my induction into the brotherhood of riders, my chance for my first motorcycle wave. As the other motorcyclist approached he casually removed his left hand from his handlebars and threw me a tasteful two-finger salute, arm extended slightly below the level of his grip. My response was to violently and awkwardly throw my clenched fist into the air at a slight diagonal, kind of like a Jersey Shore dance move but on a motorcycle, going 45 mph. It was awkward and completely ridiculous, but I felt the connection. To me, that wave was affirmation that I had been seen an honest to God motorcyclist, who had been acknowledged by another as one of their own. Continue reading
Riding in Vancouver, BC almost 365 days a year we can agree that this article gives a great advise to being a successful commuter. We always have waterproof gloves with us but even H20 proof gloves can pack it in on some days. Back up gloves can save a life..we bring sometimes up to three sets of gloves. Hippo Hands are also a fantastic way to stay warm and dry…I know they are not beautiful but oh so practical…
October 10, 2013
By Sean MacDonald
Commuting by bike saves you time and money and is also more effective than a cup of coffee to wake you up in the morning. Use these tips to get the most of your trip to and from work, this is how to commute on a motorcycle.
Commuting to work requires you to ride in a myriad of different weather conditions. Even in a climate as mellow as Southern California, my commute ranges from dark, low 40-degree mornings to sunny, 95-degree afternoon rides depending on the time of year. Varied conditions mean you’ll need appropriate gear for all types of weather. We recommend the Aerostich Roadcrafter riding suit, as it can be made to fit all weather conditions and can be worn over anything. As a bonus, it’s been specifically designed to avoid wrinkling a business suit worn underneath. But, if you aren’t able to spring for that, a good winter jacket and gloves could do the trick. You can also add the following as needed: Continue reading
I love the RideApart articles and this is another great one with some good advise!
September 26, 2013
By Sean MacDonald
Riding off-road is an incredible amount of fun. No cops, no speed limits and, if you fall down, there’s no pavement to hit. But, it’s also completely different to riding on the street. Whether you’re a total n00b or consider yourself an expert, these 11 tips for riding off-road should help make you faster and safer. Continue reading
Electric getting closer in development that masses would buy? Range appears to be getting better, style options too…curious to see where this technology really ends up in the motorcycle world…we will keep watching and reading.
Also see Motorcycle.com reviews..more pics. CLICK HERE
September 20, 2013
By Wes Siler
Following the release of the Mission RS, it is now possible for electric superbikes to outperform their gas-powered predecessors. Electric speed is no longer the sole preserve of American motorcycles. The 2015 Energica Ego is made in Italy and nearly as fast as the Mission. Earlier this week, we got the world exclusive first ride on this new electric superbike. Continue reading
This is a great article with some very valuable advise. One thing to remember though, don’t under estimate your ability to handle the bike you want if you are a new rider. Not everyone has to start with a very small cc bike in order to be safe. Be smart, wear gear, stay away from the temptation to what I call gearing down in nice weather. Regular jeans do not protect you at all. They are also much hotter than our KLIM Traverse pants to wear in the warmer months. Cotton is the worst to wear as a layer in any temperature yet we see T Shirts as riders “jackets”. Gear is so important just like your choice of bike.
Don’t succumb to group riding peer pressure, stay alert, relax and have fun. Oh, TAKE a course! Riding on the street in NOT like dirt. Also, we do not think their list of “beginner” bikes is that complete…please add the BMW F700GS. ;-) While I believe your first choice can really be any bike it is indeed up to you the new rider to use your judgement as to what type, how big, heavy and the look you want.
June 10, 2013
SOURCE: RIDE APART
By RideApart Staff
Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package.
One of the most frequent enquiries we get here at RideApart isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.
Why You Need Good Gear
We absolutely LOVE the videos these guy put out…they are real…funny and true reviews. They just tell it the way it is….and this video is no different! Long but totally worth watching it all….enjoy their reality approach to motorcycle reviews ADV style!
What’s it like to go on a date with pampered Italian models into the wilderness? Grant Ray, Jamie Robinson and Wes Siler ride the best mountain roads of the Los Padres forest on the Ducati Multistrada S and Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX adventure bikes to find out. For more on motorcycles, check outhttp://hellforleathermagazine.com They must have the link not able to be embedded into a post. You have to go to YouTube to watch it by clicking on the link below. *****FIX the link and now I got the player in the POST!****
This is a really good video showing 2 riders who are just regular guys enjoying a Yamaha Super Tenere and a KTM 990. Wes is funny about riding the Yamaha off road. This is really worth watching the entire video….one of the better one’s out there I think because they actually show a dump and accident. Real stuff. Enjoy.
Both Yamaha and KTM have dominated the legendary Dakar races for decades. Wes and Grant do their best not to fly off a ridge while taking the KTM 990 Adventure and Yamaha Super Ténéré deep into the Angeles National Forest’s system of fire roads, trails and creeks. For more on motorcycles and adventure, visit http://hellforleathermagazine.com