Analysis of MSF Naturalistic Study Finds Key Factors Affecting Motorcycle Safety

Nov 11, 2016 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation completed its first major analysis of the MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study and found 17 key factors that could help improve traffic safety. A naturalistic traffic study differs from traditional research, where a participant is put into a laboratory-type scenario or has to crash first and then recall details after the […]

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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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Harley-Davidson Offers Free Riding Academy for Service Members

Nov 11, 2015 View Comments by

HD Honors Military – The Motor Company from Milwaukee recently announced that they will once again be offering free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy training for all active and retired members of the U.S. military as well as reservists and veterans. The offer will now extend from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Harley-Davidson’s Managing Director, Christian […]

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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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MotoMojo: Safety Lighting

Oct 21, 2015 View Comments by

Increasing Your Visibility on the Road – These days it seems like nearly every driver on the road is distracted by something. Besides cell phones, beverages, and fast food, I’ve seen drivers using laptops, watching videos, reading newspapers and books, putting on makeup, tweezing eyebrows, curling eyelashes, and playing musical instruments! It’s a wonder they […]

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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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Review: BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants

Aug 27, 2015 View Comments by

Budget Friendly Adventure Gear – I wore the BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants on the Shamrock Tour® featured in RoadRUNNER‘s October 2015 issue. Make no mistake; weather in the Deep South straddling the Florida-Georgia state line is both hot and humid. On this tour, temperatures hovered in the mid-90s for most of the day. […]

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Review: HJC FG-17 Flutura Helmet

Aug 17, 2015 View Comments by

An Affordable Full-Face with Great Graphics – For those in the market for a helmet with a more feminine aesthetic, HJC’s FG-17 Flutura comes in several colors and patterns that will appeal to women riders. The FG-17 is also available in solid colors and more masculine designs, so there’s a style for everyone. The shell […]

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Two Coasts, Two Track Days

Aug 16, 2015 View Comments by

Willow Springs and VIR Host September Riding Schools – No matter which coast you happen to live on, there’s going to be a first class riding school coming to you this September. On the West Coast, the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA, will be the setting for Reg Pridmore’s CLASS (California’s Leading Advanced Safety […]

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Rider Training: The Next Step in Motorcycle Safety

Aug 12, 2015 View Comments by

The Importance of Coaching – If you’ve been reading RoadRUNNER for a while you know that we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, safety issues tend to spark massive (and usually pointless) debates among motorcyclists. Should helmet use be mandatory or not? The dead horse that is the ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) debate, […]

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Review: Speed & Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket

Jul 22, 2015 View Comments by

Classic Style with Great Comfort – The motorcycle gear market is in the process of being flooded with traditionally styled motorcycle apparel with increased protection and functionality, which is great for riders. The Rust and Redemption jacket from Speed & Strength has a simple, classic look yet provides the rider with a versatile and protective […]

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Second Take Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

Jul 20, 2015 View Comments by

Another Look at Shoei’s Modular – We’ve reviewed the Shoei Neotec before, and quite favorably. However, after I recently wore it during a 1,700-plus mile, eight day tour in temperatures that reached 115-degrees, I thought I would report again on how it faired. It was hot. Really hot. So hot that opening the visor felt […]

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