Review: Harley-Davidson Ranger Boots

Nov 29, 2013 View Comments by

Touring boots are fantastic. They offer great protection and comfort on long motorcycle rides, and many are, or at least claim to be, waterproof as well. Where their luster fades is on shorter rides, commuting for instance. For quite a while I wore my touring boots to work every day and changed into a pair […]

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Aether Apparel Skyline Motorcycle Jacket

Nov 26, 2013 View Comments by

Chances are you’ve never heard of Aether Apparel, and it’s no wonder since they’re relatively new to the world of moto gear. So it may seem strange for me to admit that the Skyline is my favorite motorcycle jacket I’ve owned. Why? Mainly because it doesn’t look like a riding jacket at all, yet sports […]

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Motorcycle Commuting: The Highs and Lows

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

Lately I’ve been commuting to work quite a bit, not every day (especially since here in North Carolina it’s rained at least once a day pretty much all summer long), but at least two or three times a week. The difference between commuting in my car and commuting on a bike is massive. For one […]

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Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You

May 19, 2013 View Comments by

Over a dozen years of all-season commuting has taught me many ways to handle a wide variety of situations. One of the most dangerous for riders is the left turning driver coming towards them. The 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute report found that more than half of motorcycle-related deaths involved […]

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Terminator

Apr 28, 2013 View Comments by

Yesterday, during my morning commute, I was behind a car that was weaving side to side in its lane. I eventually pulled into a turning lane to go left and as I passed (in a hurry to get around him), I noticed the driver was completely oblivious to everything around him due to what seemed […]

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Little Things

Feb 17, 2013 View Comments by

A decade of daily commuting has taught me many lessons, not the least of which is to be prepared for anything and to pack accordingly. Bringing clothing for any and all types of weather conditions is important, especially at certain times of the year when weather can fluctuate over a 10-hour period. Tools are (of […]

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Rider to Driver II

Jan 27, 2013 View Comments by

Back in June of 2012 I wrote Rider to Driver , which made the case that riders and drivers can share the road with each other if we act on a case-by-case basis and don’t label a group based on the irresponsible or reckless behavior of a small percentage of that group. This morning I had an […]

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The Trust Issue

Aug 22, 2012 View Comments by

Quite often when talk turns to riding I’ve noticed people feel the need, for some reason I’m not quite sure of, to explain why they don’t ride a motorcycle. The most common reason I hear is, “I trust myself, I just don’t trust other people”. I find it a bit amusing because I never feel […]

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A Scary Ride in July

Aug 05, 2012 View Comments by

Almost exactly a year ago I was riding home from work on a Friday on my regular commute. It was one of the hottest days of the year with the temperature near 100. The traffic was somewhat heavier than usual and I found myself behind another rider on what looked to me like a 90’s […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 3

Jul 18, 2012 View Comments by

I posted Tips & Tricks Part 1 in March and Tips & Tricks Part 2 in May. Here is another installment with a few more observations that occurred to me lately on my daily commute. Be Wary of Gaps Here in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to use a cell phone while driving. There is a ban on texting but […]

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Night Rides

Jul 08, 2012 View Comments by

“There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go”. – from the poem The Call Of The Wild by Robert W. Service I remember my first night ride. It was late summer just a few weeks after I started […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 2

May 16, 2012 View Comments by

Back in March, I wrote a post called Tips & Tricks Part 1. Here is another installment with a few observations that occurred to me today while commuting 40 miles in the rain. Wait for it: When pulling out from red lights, I try to wait a heartbeat after the light turns green. Frequently, and […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Sound Familiar?

May 01, 2012 View Comments by

Motorcycle riding, and especially the morning commute, opens a rider’s eyes to all kinds of bad driving behavior. I was somewhat amused coming up with this list of offenders. If you’ve ridden long enough, I’m sure you’ve come across some, or possibly all, of these. The Decelerating Merger: This is the driver who’s afraid to […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Staying Alert on Familiar Ground

Apr 01, 2012 View Comments by

My commute is 40-45 miles one way, which is about an hour on a good day. I’m fortunate in that the ride is varied in terms of terrain and traffic, with a mix of country roads, highways, and some city riding. I’ve ridden it so many times that I’ve taken to naming different parts of […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 1

Mar 20, 2012 View Comments by

The repetition of riding the same roads in varying traffic over 12 years has taught me a few things. Obviously proper gear and training are the main factors that contribute to your safety while on the road, but there are other techniques that I’ve found work well to help make my commute a safe one. […]

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