Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

Touring Tip: Helping a Stranded Rider

Feb 05, 2016 View Comments by

In the earlier days of motorcycling, when bikes were less reliable, riders frequently became stranded by a mechanical malfunction. Back then, motorcyclists were often as handy with a wrench as they were with the throttle. If they couldn’t fix their own bike, other riders invariably stopped to help out. The bonds among fellow bikers were […]

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Stayin’ Safe Advanced Motorcycle Training Announces New Programs

Feb 03, 2016 View Comments by

Stayin’ Safe Advanced Motorcycle Training is partnering with highly respected motorcycle safety expert, Ken Condon, a nationally known journalist who used to write for Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN) . Ken’s Riding in the Zone training program provides advanced techniques and coaching in the parking lot, on the track, in the dirt, and on the street. […]

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Sidetracked: Kickstands Up At Eight!

Jan 24, 2016 View Comments by

It has been said that collecting a group of motorcycle riders to leave on time is like herding cats. Four motorcycles and a dozen ATVs are packed into the corral in Salinas de Garci Mendoza, Bolivia. The village is a half-day ride from the world’s largest salt plains known as the Salar de Uyuni, where […]

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The MSF Introduces Marijuana Awareness Host-an-Event Kit

Jan 13, 2016 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Introduces its “Riding Straight—Marijuana Awareness” Host-An-Event Kit to Demonstrate the Importance of Riding Unimpaired This is a press release from the MSF. We’re not making this up. Don’t ever ride while impaired! •    New course-in-a-box delivers valuable lessons in a fun, interactive manner •    While not attempting to duplicate a marijuana […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Jan 09, 2016 View Comments by

The Lincoln Highway was America’s first coast-to-coast highway. Dedicated on October 31, 1913, the Lincoln ran from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The original alignment extended more than 3,000 miles through 13 states. After the Federal highway numbering system was adopted in the mid-1920s, the Lincoln and other “named” […]

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Touring Tip: Making Your Motorcycle Helmet Last

Jan 08, 2016 View Comments by

I have the benefit of testing and using a variety of motorcycle helmets, but there’s a particular one I especially like and use often. I want it to last as long as possible—well-made ones are expensive to replace. Here are some tips for having a long-term relationship with yours: Don’t Drop: The integrity of a […]

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Motorcycle Armor – Gladiator Gear for the Road

Jan 02, 2016 View Comments by

The evolution of motorcycle crash protection has been a slow process with over a century separating those first leather jackets and helmets from the high-tech headgear and armor protection we enjoy today. Several companies have risen to the forefront of the rider protection industry, but first let’s take a moment to talk about CE ratings. […]

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Free SPOT Trace with Rebate

Dec 10, 2015 View Comments by

Many of us are familiar with SPOT. Their Messenger device offers great peace of mind when traveling, especially when alone or in remote areas. Similar to the Messenger, the Trace device is mainly used to track movement, without all the buttons for predefined messages. It works great as an anti-theft device. SPOT Trace automatically sends […]

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Superbike-Coach! Keeping Your Skills on Track

Dec 07, 2015 View Comments by

I take riding seriously. I maintain my motorcycle: tires inflated, chain lubricated—check. I wear protective riding gear: armored jacket, leather boots—check. I believe in rider training: I have a coach—check. Wait—a coach? While proper motorcycle upkeep and safe riding gear are essential, refining skills is often overlooked. My mechanic has my motorcycle covered, and“Coach” Akkaya […]

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Touring Tip: Traveling Solo

Dec 04, 2015 View Comments by

The Benefits and Risks of Riding by Yourself – I like sharing long-distance motorcycle travel with one or two other riders, but no more than three; more than that and group management becomes burdensome and potentially contentious. Two of the benefits of traveling with fellow riders are the conversations at mealtimes and the help when […]

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Touring Tip: Avoid Becoming a Road Rage Victim

Nov 06, 2015 View Comments by

Stay Safe Out There – By now most of you likely have seen on social media or in news reports the road rage incident in Texas where a driver, apparently intentionally, swerves into a motorcycle passing him on a double yellow centerline. The passenger on the motorcycle received serious injuries and the driver of the […]

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Touring Tip: Five Common Sources of Motorcycle Accidents & Strategies For Avoiding Them

Oct 02, 2015 View Comments by

Defensive Riding Techniques – ONCOMING, LEFT TURNING VEHICLE: This is probably the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of an oncoming vehicle doesn’t see a motorcyclist and makes a quick left turn directly in the rider’s path, leaving little or no time to avoid hitting the car. -Avoidance Strategy: First, it’s always helpful […]

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A True Story: Protective Motorcycle Gear Saved My Life

Sep 28, 2015 View Comments by

It was Labor Day of 2007, a Sunday. I’m a teacher and school had begun for me the previous week so this was my last real gasp of summer and I was looking forward to the ride. I was with a group of about six riders. My friend Jonathan and I were riding solo, and the rest of […]

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Touring Tip: RIDING IN FOG

Sep 27, 2015 View Comments by

How to Stay Safe in Murky Weather – Riding in fog—especially when it’s combined with rain and darkness—heightens a number of risk factors that prudent motorcyclists usually seek to avoid: Rider visibility of potential hazards, both ahead and from behind (like being rear-ended by a faster moving vehicle) is severely restricted. Accumulation of moisture on […]

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Do You Wear the (Motorcycle Safety) Gear?

Sep 23, 2015 View Comments by

ATGATT? – When I first started riding, a friend of mine who’d been riding just a little bit longer showed me his fairly cheap textile motorcycle jacket with built in shoulder and elbow armor. Up until that time I had been riding in a t-shirt, jeans, and a beat up old helmet my brother gave […]

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