motorcycling

Driving a car like a motorcylist

Driving a car like a motorcylist

I haven’t been on my motorcycle since October of 2010. I went from riding my motorcycle every day during the work week and not owning a car to wondering if I should sell my bike and spend my immediate future in a cage. The temperature here in Minnesota is well within my riding range. However, […]

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Cars Get No Respect, or Drivers Care More About Motorcyclists

Cars Get No Respect, or Drivers Care More About Motorcyclists

I’ve been driving a car lately, and I’ve noticed that people who drive cars treat each other very differently than how they treat me while I’m on my motorcycle. For example, if I need to merge while riding my bike it’s easy: turn on my signal, be patient, merge, wave. It is a little more […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #21: Count to Four Before Passing

Random Motorcycling Tip #21: Count to Four Before Passing

Virginia state law requires that slower traffic move to the right. In an ideal world, this means that some of us can zip merrily along without having to pass on the right. In reality, most people cruise in the far left lane just under the speed limit while texting. So, why is this part of […]

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2009 Fieldsheer Corsair Textile Motorcycle Jacket Review

2009 Fieldsheer Corsair Textile Motorcycle Jacket Review

I review the 2009 version of the Fieldsheer Corsair textile motorcycle jacket. It was a bargain at $140 on sale, but the straps leave something to be desired.

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Five Years of Motorcycling

Five Years of Motorcycling

Last Saturday marked my fifth year of riding a motorcycle. Riding is something that I had wanted to do for a very long time. I either lived in an area that would be statistically more dangerous to start riding in (Washington D.C. metro, for example), or didn’t have enough money to spend on a motorcycle […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #20: How to Avoid Dropping Your Motorcycle at a Stop
By September 28, 20102 Comments Read More →

Random Motorcycling Tip #20: How to Avoid Dropping Your Motorcycle at a Stop

There’s a “Wives’s Tale” among motorcyclists that everyone drops their bikes. Dropping one’s bike is a primary reason that lighter, small bikes are recommended to beginners. I agree with this, but I also think that not learning how to control a motorcycle at low speeds on a light bike can mean big trouble when a […]

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Real Time Industries Reflective Stickers for Yamaha FJR Saddlebags Review
By September 16, 20103 Comments Read More →

Real Time Industries Reflective Stickers for Yamaha FJR Saddlebags Review

I normally try to blend in, but safe motorcycle riding involves being seen. These retroreflective custom-cut high visibility stickers made by Real Time Industries go a long way to increasing visibility from the rear of my Yamaha FJR 1300.

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Random Motorcycling Tip #19: Sightseeing

Random Motorcycling Tip #19: Sightseeing

The human body reacts to where we look, and to what we see. If you play a lot of sports or video games, shoot firearms, or motorcycle, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Certain activities promote hand-eye coordination, some activities promote hand-body coordination. A lot of motorcycle control happens during fine manipulations at the […]

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What I Look For In a Motorcycle Glove

What I Look For In a Motorcycle Glove

When it comes to motorcycle safety gear, I wear “All The Gear, All The Time” (ATGATT). That means protective gear meant especially for motorsports: helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves. Folks ask me all the time what they should get for their own gear, and I always reply “it depends.” There’s no one ultimate helmet, […]

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Racers vs Commuters: Two Sides of the Motorcycling Skill Coin

Racers vs Commuters: Two Sides of the Motorcycling Skill Coin

I am going to state up front that I’m biased about the point of this article. I’m a commuter. I see my motorcycle as a replacement for a car and my FJR 1300A is my primary transportation. That being said, I know that a lot of people motorcycle for enjoyment, and a very very dedicated […]

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