Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

Touring Tip: Five Common Sources of Motorcycle Accidents and Strategies for Avoiding Them

Aug 05, 2016 View Comments by

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. Avoidance Strategy: First, it’s always helpful for riders and their mounts to be as conspicuous as possible, which is aided by […]

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Touring Tip: The Pre-Ride Checklist

Jul 08, 2016 View Comments by

Airline pilots rely on pre-flight checklists to help ensure a safe flight, and motorcyclists should rely on one for a safe tour. Let’s assume that you have already decided where you’re going on your multi-day trip and, as discussed last month, have given your mount a thorough pre-departure mechanical check. Now it’s time to decide […]

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Touring Tip: Thoroughly Inspect Your Bike Before Leaving Home

Jun 03, 2016 View Comments by

If there is one thing that touring motorcyclists really hate to experience on a road trip, it’s a mechanical breakdown. Unlike a day ride, a multi-day trip will often take riders far from home and possibly into unfamiliar territory where repair services may be scarce. Here are a few things to check before pulling out […]

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Touring Tip: Safe Group Riding Practices

May 13, 2016 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. For example, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where riders often tour in sizable packs, recorded one the highest number of fatalities in the history of the event […]

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Touring Tip: Touring Two Up

Apr 30, 2016 View Comments by

Part of the enjoyment of motorcycle travel is sharing the experience with others, particularly doing so with non-riding passengers  who are experiencing the exhilaration of motorcycling for the first time. Whether it’s a trip around the block or a journey cross-country, it’s important for a rider to properly prepare their passenger, their motorcycle and themselves […]

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Touring Tip: Riding in Reverse

Apr 01, 2016 View Comments by

In between those looked-forward-to multi-day touring expeditions, most of us satisfy our need to ride with the proverbial weekend lunch day ride, near where we live. These are great opportunities to enjoy the camaraderie of riding and breaking bread with friends and new acquaintances. Once a particular route becomes fixated in our minds, we tend […]

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Touring Tip: Riding Safely in Cold Weather

Mar 11, 2016 View Comments by

Those of us living in the northern latitudes have recently been in the grip of a particularly cold blast of winter weather. Although many of us like to ride throughout the year, there are additional risks that need to be mitigated for cold weather riding: Wind Chill:   Risk—Wind velocity effectively lowers the air temperature […]

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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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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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