Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

Touring Tip: When It’s Tool Time On The Road

Jul 15, 2015 View Comments by

What Should You Bring? – If you’re like me, you don’t want any type of mechanical problem to deal with during a motorcycle tour. And, of course, the best way to keep that from happening is a heavy dose of preventative medicine before your bike ever leaves the garage. But unforeseen mechanical malfunctions can and […]

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Touring Tip: Motorcycle Performance Metrics

Jul 10, 2015 View Comments by

Part 2: Which Performance Parameters are Important for Touring Motorcycles? –  You can check out Part 1 here. My trusty 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650, which had around 43 brake horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque, was generally an adequate (if not very exciting) all-around touring bike, at least if I was riding solo. After adding […]

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Touring Tip: Staying Hydrated

Jul 08, 2015 View Comments by

Water: The Essential Riding Companion – Did you know that your body is mostly water? The average human body contains around 10 to 12 gallons of it. With high temperatures across the nation, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the importance of keeping hydrated. Water performs several critical functions in your […]

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Touring Tip: Riding In A Proper State Of Mind

Jun 10, 2015 View Comments by

A Mental Checklist for Riders – It’s been observed that operating a motorcycle is 90-percent mental and only 10-percent physical. In addition, scientists tell us that we are not consciously aware of most of what the mind is doing in everyday life. Do you consciously think about breathing or making your heart beat or which […]

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Touring Tip: Motorcycle Performance Metrics

Jun 05, 2015 View Comments by

Part 1: What’s Horsepower Got To Do With It?  It seems that almost every month or so a new motorcycle model is crowned king of the horsepower hill. For many years, manufacturers have been competing for consumer dollars based on the published performance statistics of their various models. In addition, consumers are bombarded with a […]

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What To Do Until the Ambulance Arrives

Jun 03, 2015 View Comments by

The Best Response to an Emergency Situation – Have you ever come upon an accident before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrived and were unsure how to assist? It can be a daunting situation, and it’s tempting to just ride past, but think how you would feel if you were the injured victim who desperately needed […]

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Motorcycle Safety Checklist for Spring Riders

May 27, 2015 View Comments by

The Pre-Ride Check – Spring is officially here—time to kick off the riding season. But before you hop on your bike and put on your helmet, take a few minutes to review our safety checklist. By taking the time to inspect your bike for any potential hazards, you can ensure your safety and protect others […]

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Touring Tip: How Many Miles Per Day?

May 08, 2015 View Comments by

Too Long, Too Short…Where is Just Right? – When on tour I often get this question from my pillion partner at the beginning of each day’s ride: How many miles are we riding today? Sometimes, if we’re just letting the road be our guide, I don’t really know. But usually, I’ve planned the route and […]

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Packin’ the Mule

Apr 15, 2015 View Comments by

One of the biggest challenges facing motorcycle campers is simply finding enough room on the bike for all of the gear they wish to take. This problem is even more pronounced when camping two-up. Close to twice the gear crammed into less space can spell trouble if one is not careful. My wife always wins […]

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Get Your Bike Ready For Summer

Apr 08, 2015 View Comments by

After sitting for months motorcycles need attention before returning to service, which can also help avoid breakdowns and ensure safety. Refer to the owner’s and service manuals for inspection lists before giving your bike a thorough going over. Look for any signs of leakage, such as stains underneath that indicate problems. Check steering head bearings […]

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Touring Tip: Planning and Preparation

Apr 03, 2015 View Comments by

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, snow is melting and it’s time to get out and explore new roads and destinations. Before leaving home, though, some planning and preparation is in order. Planning 1. Roads: I am an avid collector of moto-roads, particularly those that haven’t been ridden by me—but need to be. They’re identified […]

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Touring Tip: Top Five Touring Accessories

Mar 13, 2015 View Comments by

Some bikes come with all of the touring accessories a rider could possibly want, but for many of us our bike requires a few additions. Having gone on many multi-day tours, I’ve developed a top five list in order of my own personal preference: A Comfortable Seat: It’s hard to imagine any other component on […]

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Motorcycles and GPS: Satellite Navigation Part 2

Feb 27, 2015 View Comments by

You can check out Part 1 here. Ad Hoc Navigation The next step in navigation is to be able to travel from the current point to some other point. That is, we expect the satellite receiver to handle an ad hoc navigation command: “I’m here, but I want to go there, somehow.” But, how does […]

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Touring Tip: Getting Your Body Ready To Tour

Feb 25, 2015 View Comments by

Much has been written and said about preparing a rider’s motorcycle for a new touring season, but relatively little is ever said about preparing a rider’s body for long motorcycle rides. As all serious riders know, it takes much more mental focus and physical stamina to ride a motorcycle all day long than it does […]

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Touring Tip: Preventing the Fall or Raising A Fallen Motorcycle

Feb 18, 2015 View Comments by

Preventing the Fall: There are many ways that gravity can overpower your best intentions of keeping the rubber side down. A motorcycle is most likely to fall when it’s either parked or traveling at slow or no speed. A kickstand on a parked bike can sink into hot asphalt or may simply fold up if […]

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