Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

Touring Tip: Spring Forward

Apr 11, 2014 View Comments by

Although it’s still snowing in some parts of the U.S., it’s technically spring, we’re on daylight savings time, and we need to get serious about planning our 2014 riding season. Last month I talked about using the digital cache of tours on RoadRUNNER’s website (www.roadrunner.travel) to plan a trip. Once a touring destination has been […]

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The Gear Up, Ride Smart Program

Apr 06, 2014 View Comments by

As the summer riding season approaches it’s time to get excited about hitting the road again, but also a time to remember to always be safe. The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association have teamed up to bring The Gear Up, Ride Smart program to their state. Illinois and Pennsylvania are […]

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Touring Tip: Navigating RoadRUNNER’s Extensive Library of Tours to Plan Your Next Trip

Mar 10, 2014 View Comments by

It’s only early March, but I’m already thinking about and planning motorcycle trips for the upcoming riding season. As the snow piles up outside, it’s a pleasurable diversion to look ahead for enticing new destinations and exciting roads for getting there. As many of you may know, RoadRUNNER has a veritable digital bank vault chock […]

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Harley-Davidson Tire Tips

Mar 04, 2014 View Comments by

Chances are, as a seasoned motorcyclist, you’re well aware of the importance of using proper tires and maintaining them. However, it’s still always intriguing to hear from OEMs on their tire recommendations. This list comes from the folks over at Harley-Davidson. Maintain Proper Tire Pressure. Harley-Davidson Product Portfolio Manager Steve Bindl says, “Checking tire pressure […]

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Five Things to Remember When Riding a New Bike for the First Time

Feb 11, 2014 View Comments by

Whether it’s a dirty, 20 year old dual sport you found on Craigslist or a shiny new cruiser on the showroom floor, taking a bike that’s new to you out for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Sure, you know how to ride, but each bike has its own quirks and peculiarities that […]

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Touring Tip: Taking a Passenger for Their First Ride

Feb 07, 2014 View Comments by

Friends and other acquaintances often see motorcyclists riding and want to join in on the fun. Before you take someone for a ride on your bike, here are my top ten things to consider: 1. Legal: Each state has its own laws that apply to riding with a passenger. For example, in many states bikes […]

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RPM Management: A Lesson in Safe Riding

Feb 04, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle shows can be sensory overload in the most positive way. Of course, there are visual treats in the form of gleaming new motorcycles and graphically scintillating gear. There is the tactile pleasure of straddling those bikes and hearing the sweet rumble of the engines in the test-ride staging area. There is the mixed aroma […]

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Five Ways to Become a Safer Rider

Jan 27, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycling, for all it offers, involves danger. Most RoadRUNNER readers are veterans of the road who take great care to be as safe as possible. However, it’s easy to forget that there are also plenty of new riders who may not be aware of even the simplest methods of reducing their risk. Here are five […]

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Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

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: Wind Chill: As most everyone knows, wind velocity effectively lowers ambient temperature. The National […]

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Five Ways to Enhance Your Motorcycling Experience in 2014

Jan 07, 2014 View Comments by

Another year is upon us, and with it the opportunity to take things up a notch. You haven’t already broken any of those resolutions, have you? Plan at least one trip that’s more ambitious than anything you’ve previously tried. For some riders this could be finally taking the plunge into multi-day touring or dual-sport riding, […]

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Safety Tip: Protecting Your Ears

Dec 19, 2013 View Comments by

Your ears live a hard life. Aside from the abuse suffered at all those rock ‘n roll shows as a teenager, your ears are one of the few parts of your body that don’t have the ability to regenerate and heal themselves. The result is that, over time, your hearing steadily declines until you’re old […]

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Touring Tip: East vs. West

Dec 06, 2013 View Comments by

This month’s installment is not about which of our two coasts offers the best motorcycle touring venues, that’s a debate that could continue without any foreseeable end. And, like beauty itself, what constitutes the best riding area is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Having ridden across most of America’s lower 48 states, some […]

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Too Fast for Fun: Where Competition Has No Place

Dec 03, 2013 View Comments by

If you participate in group motorcycle rides often enough, chances are you’ll eventually encounter the rider I’ll call “over-confident Carl.” Carl is sure that he is the best, most experienced, and handsomest rider in the group (the world?) and feels the need to prove that point with his riding style. He will either insist on […]

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Touring Tip: Just a Ridin’ in the Rain

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

Many, if not most, of us consider riding in the rain a necessary inconvenience when we’re caught out in it while going from point A to point B. The experience is frequently made more burdensome because of: inadequate riding gear, reduced vision of scenery and road hazards, loss of traction, increased navigational challenges, and fogged […]

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Touring Tip: Know Your Riding Risk Factors

Oct 29, 2013 View Comments by

There are some similarities between the causes of plane crashes and the reasons for motorcycle accidents: it’s often a combination of factors, or risks, that cause incidents in both cases. And in both, the fundamental cause can usually be traced back to “human error.” Just as in doing a preflight check before flying your own […]

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