Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

T CLOCS Video from Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Dec 15, 2014 View Comments by

Remember T CLOCS? For many of us the term is familiar but its meaning has been lost somewhere in the countless miles and years that have passed since we took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course to get our motorcycle endorsement. T CLOCS is an acronym for Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis, and Stands […]

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Touring Tip: What To Take?

Dec 05, 2014 View Comments by

Deciding what to take on a multiday motorcycle trip can be as important as deciding where to go. Taking too little or the wrong items can pose certain risks and taking too much can make the daily loading and unloading a hassle. Less seasoned moto-tourists typically take too much, possibly because they have not yet […]

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Rider Safety: The Dynamic Nature of Lane Positioning

Nov 29, 2014 View Comments by

Optimum lane positioning is a vital safety consideration for all motorcyclists to recognize and practice. In the second installment of the rider skills information gleaned from TEAM Arizona’s seminars at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix, we will look at key components of this concept. Rider Coach Bill Seltzer started his seminar by defining […]

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Rider Safety: See and be Seen

Nov 22, 2014 View Comments by

Every time I attend a big motorcycle event in Arizona, I seem to cross paths with Bill Seltzer of TEAM Arizona (www.motorcycletraining.com). It’s not a coincidence. The premier motorcyclist training organization in Arizona is a fixture wherever motorcyclists congregate, and Seltzer is the “voice” of the organization. As a concerned motorcyclist and writer, I gravitate […]

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Touring Tip: Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments by

Temperatures have started to decline in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to consider storage and maintenance of our favorite mounts. Because most mechanical systems perform best when they’re used regularly, the best way of preparing your bike for winter is to simply keep riding and maintaining it. But many riders in […]

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Touring Tip: Just Relax!

Oct 03, 2014 View Comments by

Staying relaxed while riding a motorcycle is often easier said than done. Riders are continuously on the lookout for road hazards, wildlife, other vehicles, pedestrians, and other potential threats while piloting a vehicle that provides no intrinsic protection from impacts with hard objects. In addition, riders must constantly be assessing the best lines and speed […]

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Touring Tip: First Overnight Ride

Sep 12, 2014 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists start out strictly as day-trippers, meeting with other riders on the weekend for the proverbial breakfast or lunch ride. This allows them to focus on just the day of the ride. If the weather forecast is dry, they may not take rain gear. If they do get caught in the rain, there’s always […]

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Touring Tip: Group Riding

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Riding in a group can be a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of traveling with other like-minded motorcyclists. Caravanning in a large, unbroken procession, however, poses special risks. Here are 10 suggestions for mitigating the risks of riding in larger groups: 1. Plan the Ride – Ride the Plan: A well-organized ride will include […]

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RoadRUNNER Website GPS Tutorial

Jul 13, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever wondered how to use RoadRUNNER’s trip planning functions, check out this tutorial on using our Interactive Tour Map, downloading GPS files, viewing a route online, and importing the files into your device. Let us know if you have any more questions in the comments below.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, […]

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Touring Tip: Helmet Check

Jul 11, 2014 View Comments by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that DOT-compliant helmet use by riders is on the increase, even in states without universal helmet laws. And you probably already know that full-face DOT-approved motorcycle helmets are the single most important component of protective gear for saving your life in a crash. Short of a crash, […]

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Touring Tip: Riding Into Your Golden Years

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

For most of us our passion for motorcycling grows ever stronger the longer we ride. Older riders often have the time and resources to pursue their favorite pastime to a much greater extent than when they were younger. Therefore the lure to keep riding well into our golden years is compelling. But, as virtually everyone […]

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Touring Tip: Trip Planning

May 09, 2014 View Comments by

Last month we discussed ideas for deciding where to go and what to see on your 2014 motorcycle adventures. Assuming that’s been resolved, let’s consider the actual planning steps. Here are my “Four Rs” for trip planning: Research: Assuming that you don’t already know your intended destination, the route to it and the things you want […]

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Icon Airframe Statistic Helmet

May 02, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re the kind of rider who insists on wearing a helmet with limited coverage, or worse, a novelty helmet or even none at all, you may want to go ahead and exit this page. For the rest of you, however, the Icon Airframe helmet offers a grim reminder of the importance, not only of […]

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The Swerve: A Lesson in Hazard Avoidance

Apr 17, 2014 View Comments by

An estimated 100,000 motorcyclists walked through the gates of the 2014 Arizona Bike Week event in Scottsdale earlier this month. Black leather, burnouts, and body art abounded throughout the expansive WestWorld venue. Thankfully, there were also ample opportunities for attendees to improve and enhance their skill and knowledge as riders. The majority of these learning […]

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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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