Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

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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The Gear Up, Ride Smart Program

Apr 06, 2014 View Comments by

As the summer riding season approaches it’s time to get excited about hitting the road again, but also a time to remember to always be safe. The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association have teamed up to bring The Gear Up, Ride Smart program to their state. Illinois and Pennsylvania are […]

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Touring Tip: Navigating RoadRUNNER’s Extensive Library of Tours to Plan Your Next Trip

Mar 10, 2014 View Comments by

It’s only early March, but I’m already thinking about and planning motorcycle trips for the upcoming riding season. As the snow piles up outside, it’s a pleasurable diversion to look ahead for enticing new destinations and exciting roads for getting there. As many of you may know, RoadRUNNER has a veritable digital bank vault chock […]

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Harley-Davidson Tire Tips

Mar 04, 2014 View Comments by

Chances are, as a seasoned motorcyclist, you’re well aware of the importance of using proper tires and maintaining them. However, it’s still always intriguing to hear from OEMs on their tire recommendations. This list comes from the folks over at Harley-Davidson. Maintain Proper Tire Pressure. Harley-Davidson Product Portfolio Manager Steve Bindl says, “Checking tire pressure […]

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