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Random Motorcycling Tip #24: Riding in the Heat

Random Motorcycling Tip #24: Riding in the Heat

Last Wednesday I rode my motorcycle to work. As usual, I wore street clothes (shorts, A-shirt, t-shirt) underneath my motorcycle jacket, and overpants. As usual, I wore my chest and back protector, my motorcycle boots, and motorcycle gloves. While hardly anyone in Minnesota wears a helmet, I wore my full-face Bell Star helmet. As usual. […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #23: Seeing in the Rain

Random Motorcycling Tip #23: Seeing in the Rain

My favorite time to ride is early in the morning in the spring or fall, when the sky is lightly cloudy, the sun bright, and the air crisp. My second favorite time to ride is in a heavy torrential downpour that chases cars from the highway like a light does to roaches. Riding in the […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #22: Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Random Motorcycling Tip #22: Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Motorcycling has been a life-changing experience. It is one of the few things in my life that has exceeded my expectations. I try to ride whenever I can, and that often means riding in conditions that are less than ideal. Being a motorcyclist means that sometimes we ride in the cold, heat, wind, rain, snow, […]

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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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Random Motorcycling Tip #20: How to Avoid Dropping Your Motorcycle at a Stop
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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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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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Random Motorcycling Tip #18: Recovering From a Near Miss

Random Motorcycling Tip #18: Recovering From a Near Miss

I knew the car was going to be trouble as soon as I spotted it. I could see the left rear passenger window was covered by a sales sticker as the Toyota sedan sped up the highway on-ramp. Great, I thought to myself, someone taking a test drive during rush hour. The Toyota merged onto […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #17: On Using the Horn as an Active Response

Random Motorcycling Tip #17: On Using the Horn as an Active Response

So you’ve done all you can. You identified a potentially bad driver and adjusted your speed appropriately. You changed your lane position. You made sure there was a clear exit path (or a semi-clear one that you could blast through in an emergency). You are doing the Admiral Akbar and have one eye on the […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #16: Avoid Being Rear-Ended

Random Motorcycling Tip #16: Avoid Being Rear-Ended

One of the most feared motorcycle vs car accidents is being rear-ended at a stop. I am not sure how often this actually happens, but every time I read about an incident like this or see pictures it makes my gut turn. The scenario goes something like this: A motorcyclist is stopped at a sign […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #15: Beware the Beautiful Days

Random Motorcycling Tip #15: Beware the Beautiful Days

Ah … motorcycling on beautiful days. The sun is shining, the temperature is warm but not too hot, and the skies are clear. It reminds me of a quote from Conan the Barbarian, when the Khan asks his warriors what is best in life: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the […]

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