Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

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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Cool Weather Camping Tips

Feb 11, 2015 View Comments by

I’ll take the crisp, cool days of fall, spring, or even winter over the summer heat any day, and nothing puts me in a good mood faster than strapping my camping gear on the bike for a long weekend. We found ourselves camping in Pennsylvania a while back, and had a great time riding the […]

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Touring Tip: Riding Cross-Country

Feb 06, 2015 View Comments by

An enduring dream of many touring motorcyclists is to ride their mount all the way from one coast to the other, or ride between the Canadian and Mexican borders, or at least to venture across many state lines on an extended excursion. Obviously, riding thousands of miles across plains and mountains through varying temperatures and […]

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Motorcycle Safety: Taking a Breather

Jan 31, 2015 View Comments by

Here’s the situation: the sun is shining, and you’re carving your way down a beautiful mountain road. The curves are exhilarating and plentiful. It’s a perfect riding day. You’re humming along having a blast when you slice around yet another spectacular bend and run straight into a bunch of gravel deposited by the previous day’s […]

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Touring Tip: The Importance of Effective Wind Protection

Jan 09, 2015 View Comments by

The first visual clue that a motorcycle may be used for touring is the presence of a windscreen and/or other wind management devices. On the other hand, around town riders often eschew the look of a windscreen protruding above their handlebars. After a few months of riding my Suzuki cruiser back in the day I […]

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Motorcycle Industry Council Tire Guide Video

Dec 29, 2014 View Comments by

Though the information it contains is basic stuff that should be old hat for experienced motorcyclists, this video from the Motorcycle Industry Council is a good reminder that your tires are essential to your safety. It’s hard to overstate the importance of properly maintaining your bike’s rubber. Unfortunately, many riders tend to neglect this simple […]

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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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