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Random Motorcycling Tip #14: Be Like Admiral Ackbar

Random Motorcycling Tip #14: Be Like Admiral Ackbar

Star Wars character Admiral Ackbar had one important talent: he knew when something was a trap. You should be like him, too. Always be on the look out for typical spots when people are acting stupid on the road. For example, if someone is talking on their mobile phone with their left hand, don’t expect […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #13: Prepare For the Worst

Random Motorcycling Tip #13: Prepare For the Worst

Let’s face it. Motorcycling is a dangerous activity. If you have training, gear, and experience motorcycling might be less dangerous than if you have none of these, but the fact of the matter is you never know when something unexpected is going to happen. A truck could run a red light and smash you to […]

Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

“When I ride, I keep my head on a swivel,” my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor told me over four years ago. He went on to describe how his eyes were always darting around, and he was constantly looking behind him and to the sides. It sounded super vigilant, and super safe. I wanted to […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #11: Making Sure Your Pants Stay Dry When Riding In the Rain

Random Motorcycling Tip #11: Making Sure Your Pants Stay Dry When Riding In the Rain

Riding in the rain on a motorcycle happens to just about every rider. The difference is that some of us ride in the rain on purpose, while other motorcyclists get caught in a downpour by accident. If you’re the former, here are some tips for keeping your pants dry during foul-weather commuting. Gear up. The […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #10: How to Avoid a Lane Incursion

Random Motorcycling Tip #10: How to Avoid a Lane Incursion

Let’s be honest: motorcycles don’t have much going for them in the event of a crash. Braking distance is longer for a motorcycle than that of a car, stability is compromised at lower speeds, and then there’s that whole “fly off the bike” thing if you collide with an object. The two big advantages motorcycles […]

Random Motorcycling Tip #09: Dealing With “The Braker”

Random Motorcycling Tip #09: Dealing With “The Braker”

If you ride street a lot, you may have encountered this type of driver before: someone who rides their brake pedal as if their life depended on it. Accelerate, brake. Go downhill, brake. Go uphill, brake. On-ramp, brake. Brake, brake. It’s frustrating and dangerous at the same time. Motorcyclists need every bit of advanced warning […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #08: Surviving a highway off-ramp

Random Motorcycling Tip #08: Surviving a highway off-ramp

I wrote about how I merge onto the highway on my motorcycle last month. Now that you’re on the horse, we’re going to discuss the dismount. Here’s how you can stay safer when exiting the highway. You really have to look out for two things when leaving the highway: cars also trying to exit and […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #07: Keeping Visor Fogging to a Minimum

Random Motorcycling Tip #07: Keeping Visor Fogging to a Minimum

It can be a struggle to keep your helmet visor from fogging up at this time of year. Your dome, nice and snuggly warm from your house, makes contact with the cold air outside. For some of us, putting a warm face into a cold helmet stored on the bike makes things even worse. All […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #06: Surviving a highway merge

Random Motorcycling Tip #06: Surviving a highway merge

“Congratulations,” my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor told me after finishing my class. “You are now qualified to ride slowly around a parking lot. Stay off of the highway.” After feeling confident enough to putter around my neighborhood and surrounding suface streets, I took to the highway. I live a good 15 – 25 miles […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #05: Check your tire pressure … frequently

Random Motorcycling Tip #05: Check your tire pressure … frequently

Tires are pretty important on an automobile. They help you do everything from speed up and slow down, maintain traction, and helps to keep your car at its optimal fuel efficiency. The nice thing about a car tires is that, generally, there are four of them. Motorcycles are immediately handicapped by only having two tires. […]

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