Zen Motorcyclist: Beautiful and Broken

Nov 01, 2015 View Comments by

In the Aftermath of a Crash – Kintsukuroi (or kintsugi) may sound like the name of the latest model from one of the big four Japanese motorcycle companies. Actually, it is the Japanese art of repairing the cracks in broken pottery with gold or silver—literally “golden repair.” The belief is that an object is more […]

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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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What To Do Until the Ambulance Arrives

Jun 03, 2015 View Comments by

The Best Response to an Emergency Situation – Have you ever come upon an accident before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrived and were unsure how to assist? It can be a daunting situation, and it’s tempting to just ride past, but think how you would feel if you were the injured victim who desperately needed […]

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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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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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Alpinestars Tech-Air System: The Future of Impact Protection

Nov 24, 2014 View Comments by

With the proliferation and advancement of armored riding gear as well as electronic aids like ABS and traction control and the increased popularity of advanced rider training, motorcycling is perhaps safer than it’s ever been. However, it looks like the next great advancement in rider safety may be arriving in stores this spring. It’s called […]

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Crash Data from Marc Marquez’s Tech Air Suit

Sep 24, 2013 View Comments by

On September 1st MotoGP rookie sensation Marc Marquez crashed between turns seven and eight during warm up laps at Silverstone. At the time he was wearing the Tech Air airbag suit from Alpinestars. The graph above shows the impact forces recorded by Marquez’s suit as the event unfolded. The yellow line down the middle indicates […]

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Appalachian Tough

Aug 31, 2013 View Comments by

Finding new small town diners while riding is one of our favorite pastimes, and we found a great one in southeastern Ohio recently. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and we get a sense that the owner really cares about the place. It’s the kind of establishment where it’s fun to sit quietly in […]

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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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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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