Do you wear a cooling VEST?


I do and this is the one…cheap and works…as the weather warms up just like in the cold…when I wear heated gloves and a liner I try to stay cool in the summer.  Makes for riding pleasure.  I will bring my cooling vest as well as heated liner and gloves on my month-long x country trip.  You never know what weather you might hit in any season so I like to be prepared. 

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How tall is too tall


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How tall is too tall

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I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”?  So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”.  My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ ;-) with an in seam of 30.5 inches. 

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Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5.  Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes.  She has more footing than I will ever have.  So, this post is for the vertically challenged.

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What To Do When The Police Pull You Over


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…;-)

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SOURCE:  RideApart

California Highway Patrol

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

What Common Bike Breakdowns Feel Like


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….

February 7, 2014

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Motorcycle Breakdown

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

Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding


Be Aware and be smart

Jan 10, 2014  by

Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding

We’ve recently been caught in the grip of a particularly cold blast of winter weather. So it bears repeating, from a previous Touring Tip, some of the additional risks of riding in cold weather. Here are seven worth keeping in mind: Continue reading

Obstacles In The Road


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

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Watson On: Obstacles In The Road

 

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

Are you a NOOB?


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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.

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Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World


SOURCE:  My Modern Met

Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World

Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of countries in relation to one another. In fact, many passionate cartographers take pride in creating maps that present relevant knowledge through a visual medium.

Whether they’re on topics concerning population density, educational level, or even a gauge of internet usage across the world, each serves a purpose of sharing data to enlighten minds. Most people aren’t constantly traveling and immersing themselves into the practices of multiple nations, so a statistically informed map can help us all learn more about how we compare to the people of a country on the opposite end of Earth.

An ever-growing collection of informative maps are available through ChartsBin, Target Map, and the MapPorn subreddit. There’s also a wonderfully curated list over on Twisted Sifter. Here’s our roundup of the top 25 informative maps that you’ll never forget.

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How To Manage Helmet Hair


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

Motorcycles Can Legally Run Red Lights In These States


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Ever been stuck at a traffic light that takes an excruciating amount of time — what feels like hours — to turn green?Imagine that as a daily occurrence.

That is what it’s like for some motorcyclists due to sensors at some intersections that don’t recognize when lightweight vehicles arrive.

To alleviate this aggravation, some states have passed “safe on red” laws that allow motorcyclists to legally drive through red lights.   Continue reading

Safe Winter Riding Tips


Source: Anthony from Revzilla

Safe & Enjoyable Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

By BoochZilla

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

Too Much Electronics in New Motorcycles?


I like this guys approach to practicality and riding…but I like the electronics and extras…;-)

SOURCE:  Autoevolution

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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

Smoother gear Changing, gear shifting on your motorcycle.


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