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

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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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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

2014 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar Review


This bike has always intrigued me….

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World Exclusive: 2014 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar Review

Until now, riding a Ural sidecar has been an exercise in survival. With engineering dating back to before the Second World War, things like performance, handling and braking were, in lieu of a clever analogy, just plain terrible. For the first time fitted with fuel-injection, disc brakes on all three wheels, a hydraulic steering damper and dozens of other changes, the revised 2014 model range is supposed to fix all that, dragging these classic bikes into the realms of modern performance and safety. Can they? Find out in this world exclusive 2014 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar review. Continue reading

NOT SOLD IN AMERICA


Oh, America. Our predilection for fat cruisers and absurd sportbikes ensures that we miss out on some seriously wonderful motorcycles. Sometimes because they’re smaller than our overcompensation would bear, sometimes because we can justify spending over $20,000 on a boat anchor made in Milwaukee, but not half that on an 1980s style superbike fitted with modern components. This is what we’re missing out on; the most desirable motorcycles not sold in America.
2014 Honda VFR800
2014 Honda VFR800

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Don’t Ride Like a Bitch


Pretty good article written by a woman who rides as a passenger…

Source: RideApart

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When Wes isn’t cuddling Sean on a motorcycle, it’s my job. I recently putted a Honda Shadow around a parking lot at the veterans’ center long enough for the nice folks at the MSF to declare me fit to pilot a motorbike, but that hasn’t stopped me from riding as a passenger as often as I can. T 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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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

The All-Important Motorcycle Wave


Hysterical article about the motorcycle wave ;-)

November 20, 2013

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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

More Safety Advise from Someone Who Crashed


10 Things I’ve Learned From 10 Motorcycle Crashes

October 25, 2013

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I’ve had a few motorcycle crashes in my time. Some have hurt me, some I’ve walked away from. I’d like to think each one has made me a smarter, safer rider. Hopefully, by sharing what I’ve learned, you can be too, without all the exposed butt shots on the Internet. This is 10 things I’ve learned from 10 (or so) motorcycle crashes. Continue reading

How To: Be an Expert at Commuting on a Motorcycle


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

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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.

Gear Up
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

11 Tips for Riding Off-Road


I love the RideApart articles and this is another great one with some good advise!

September 26, 2013

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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

World Exclusive: 2015 Energica Ego Review — Italy’s Electric Superbike


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

Source:  RideApart

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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

How To Prep Your Motorcycle For Winter Storage


Sounds like a lot of work…heck we will keep riding…365/year….but we are lucky that way. ;-)

September 23, 2013

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SOURCE: RideApart

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It may seem like summer’s barely over, but, if you live somewhere that gets seriously cold, then it’s time to start thinking about putting your bike away for winter. Here’s how to prep your motorcycle for winter storage. Continue reading