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
Every once in a while I see an ADV rider wearing a LEATT brace but not many. I have thought about adding this to our gear but many of the jackets out there are not LEATT friendly unless you move up into the real technical gear which for us seems to be just a bit over kill….suits like the KLIM ADV rally, Badlands Pro, Rukka gear etc. This is not to say we all shouldn’t take the advise of racers and protect our necks but I was wondering….any ADV rider out there reading this post have an opinion? To be ATGATT do we or should we be using this?
Once again another great article giving some good advise when out riding. Corning is so important and at least knowing what can be expected could save you from that OMG freaking out moment. Nothing is a guarantee but awareness is priceless. Even on ADV bikes this can happen.
Strategies for safely handling corners when hard parts touch ground
veröffentlicht am 24.09.2013 / created by Knut Briel
As the world’s very first motorcycles, the 2014 KTM 1190 ADVENTURE and 1190 ADVENTURE R feature a truly revolutionary rider assistance system: the riding dynamics control MSC. This system makes a long held dream come true – an ABS that even works perfectly while cornering. Continue reading
Powerful story about lessons learned….
SOURCE: FRZOnline WIKI
One Year Has Passed
It’s hard to look in the mirror and think that my scars are already an entire year old. Touching my stomach and rib cage, I can’t imagine looking this way and feeling this pain for the rest of my life. I still feel as if at any moment I will wake up from this terrible dream and be comfortable in my own skin once again. Knowing that it’s real, that there is nothing I can do to change it, I am reminded of my mistakes every minute of everyday. I am also reminded how lucky I am to be alive as I close my eyes and remember why I still feel pain after an entire year of healing. Imagining that if I had not survived the accident, I wouldn’t have anything to touch at all, I smile when my fingers run over a thick layer of scar tissue in place of my once soft skin. I know my life has a purpose, and I strive everyday to live up to the task that has been placed at my feet.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning even through my blurred vision. I was on the back of my friend Shaun’s GSXR 750 and was excited to be on a sport bike, even if it was as a passenger, after a long streak of no riding whatsoever. I had shed my prescription glasses for a pair of sunglasses, my cowboy hat for an oversized helmet, and quickly thrown on a pair of capri jeans, tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt over my bikini. I thought nothing of the fact that I had practically no protection against the asphalt if anything were to happen. I figured that we couldn’t get into a wreck; it simply wouldn’t happen to me. It’s amazing how fast life came at me that day.
Approaching mile marker seven on highway 550, I noticed that I had to start fighting the wind to stay behind Shaun without pulling on him too much. I placed my hands on the gas tank and pushed myself into him as much as possible without crowding him. As we came around to the right and went down the hill, we kept accelerating. I was scared, but thought I could handle the force of the wind as it suddenly picked up much more than in the moments before. I started to slide back on the seat and felt the cool air fill the small space between my chest and Shaun’s back. Continue reading
Comments???? There are three videos in one…second video is the Transport for London advertisement about motorcycle safety.
A Transport for London (TfL) advert promoting motorcycle safety.
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I could be at home now, watching telly with the kids. Well I was thinking about going for a pint, instead I’ve punctured my lung and it’s slowly filling up with blood. I’m going into cardiac arrest now. Silly place to overtake really. Still you live and learn, don’t you?
by Jeff Cobb
Wearing really good gear can help in a down pour. Preparing for the worst and hope for the best is our motto. We wear Gore Tex suits and Gore Tex gloves in the rains we hit where we live and on the road. We ride all year, rain or shine so we know a thing or two about staying safe in climate weather. Personally, we both feel that rain should not be a deterrent but a reminder to take extra care and be respectful of Mother Nature. Never over do it, be alert and you can still have fun. Also, bringing heated gear is always a good plan even in the summer months.
Riding roads you have been on before also take on a whole different feel in the rain. Rain can be beautiful even though you might not have too many views.
Important safety tips!
How to see and be seen when the sun goes down
Jeff Cobb Apr. 12, 2013
Riding a motorcycle after dark can be anything from a sub-par and dangerous experience to one that is an enjoyable and equally safe alternative to daytime riding. A number of factors affect where you will find yourself on this scale, and fortunately most are in your control.
As it is, some riders avoid the night because unless extra steps are taken, it is usually harder to see and be seen. What’s more, in many regions splattering bugs can be an issue, as can deer or other nocturnal animals. And if you crash in the middle of nowhere, well, that could be a bad scenario, no doubt.
But this said, many commuters wind up riding in the dark of the early morning or after the sun has gone down, or both. And many others may finish a day of riding after sundown. So, if you expect to ride in the dark, you’d be well advised to assess your equipment and decide whether it is really all you need it to be.
And even once you are satisfied with your setup, you will still want to ride within limits. Continue reading
Time for a reality check
Whether you have decades of experience or are a newbie, it pays to realistically size up this activity called “riding a motorcycle,” and to look at yourself as a lifelong learner.
There are approximately 2,500 skills required to ride a motorcycle. If you have not been riding for a while, it’s important to ease into it – reacquainting yourself with your bike, the road, traffic, and how they all work together.
And even if you have been riding lately, no one is ever so good that they can never make a mistake, especially with conditions as they are today.
American motorcycle and scooter riders must now mix it up with more drivers on the road than ever. And too often these motorists are busy, distracted, and typically driving bigger, heavier cars.
Transport Canada announced a recall for the 2011-2013 BMW F800GS and the 2013 F700GS because of a problem with the kickstand ignition cut-off switch.
The switch is designed to turn off the engine when the stand is down and the motorcycle is shifted into gear; this prevents the motorcycle from being ridden with the kickstand deployed. On certain BMW F800GS and F700GS models however, the cut-off switch can loosen and become damaged.
In such a situation, a rider may ride off without being aware the stand was still down, posing a serious safety risk. Trying to lean into a turn with the kickstand down, for example, could have some disastrous consequences.
BMW dealers will install bolts to secure the sidestand switch which was originally designed to be held by a circlip.
At the moment, the recall is only for Canada, affecting 125 units. We expect a similar recall to be announced for the U.S. market with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
[Source: Transport Canada Recall #2013209]
Good to know…I still haven’t seen a group of BMW riders doing this, mainly the cruisers but hey still good to know!
|Motorcycle hand signals are important for all riders to know and understand but especially when riding in a group. (When riding in a group the signals should be relayed back through the group.)
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
Another honest story about why we all should wear gear all the time…ATGATT!
SOURCE: RIDE APART
June 7, 2013
By Scott Pargett
Our friend Scott is what most people would consider a stylish young man. The other day, he had a 70mph get off in the kind of gear that works almost as well on a bike as it does in a bar. Did the skinny jeans and the armor he stitched into a jacket himself actually hold up? — Ed. Continue reading