Tennessee Bans Trucks on “Tail of the Dragon”

Jan 12, 2015 View Comments by

Anyone who’s ridden U.S. 129, the famous “Tail of the Dragon” between North Carolina and Tennessee, knows the dangers posed by tractor-trailers on this narrow and incredibly twisty mountain road. In some places along the 11-mile stretch, it’s impossible for such a long vehicle to make the turn using only one lane. This has resulted […]

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More Motorcycles, More Safety?

Jan 11, 2015 View Comments by

A recent report by the United Kingdom’s Association of Police Chief Officers and the Motorcycle Industry Association contends that one of the best ways to eliminate congestion and improve road safety is to increase the use of motorcycles on public roads. The report repeatedly emphasizes that motorcyclists make better road users than car drivers because […]

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Motorcycle Industry Council Tire Guide Video

Dec 29, 2014 View Comments by

Though the information it contains is basic stuff that should be old hat for experienced motorcyclists, this video from the Motorcycle Industry Council is a good reminder that your tires are essential to your safety. It’s hard to overstate the importance of properly maintaining your bike’s rubber. Unfortunately, many riders tend to neglect this simple […]

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Review: SHOEI Neotec Helmet

Dec 23, 2014 View Comments by

During the last two years, I have almost exclusively worn the SHOEI Neotec helmet on tours. It’s very comfortable and fits a wide range of head shapes. I have a long, oval shape and there are no pressure points within the Neotec. Besides comfort, the modular design is perfect for my work. While taking pictures, […]

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Rider Safety: The Dynamic Nature of Lane Positioning

Nov 29, 2014 View Comments by

Optimum lane positioning is a vital safety consideration for all motorcyclists to recognize and practice. In the second installment of the rider skills information gleaned from TEAM Arizona’s seminars at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix, we will look at key components of this concept. Rider Coach Bill Seltzer started his seminar by defining […]

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So, Your Baby Wants to Ride

Nov 27, 2014 View Comments by

Your “baby” is your son or daughter of 16-plus years of age—who will of course, be your “baby” forever. You feel very protective of them, and that’s natural. Unfortunately, you know too much about riding, and all the bad drivers out there just waiting to ruin their day. In your mind’s eye they are still […]

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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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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: 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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Time to Re-Tire?

Sep 17, 2014 View Comments by

Life’s too short to only own one motorcycle, right? But we can only ride one at a time. If you own a bike that only does a couple of thousand miles a year, should you wait until the tires are worn out before you replace them? If not, when? And how do you know how […]

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Review: Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet

Aug 18, 2014 View Comments by

The old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true; in some cases you get more. Premium helmets generally command a premium price, but the feature-packed Scorpion EXO-R2000 offers a long list of amenities for less than $400. Starting with performance ratings, the R2000 meets both Snell M2010 and DOT standards. The R2000’s […]

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Review: Firstgear Women’s TPG Monarch Jacket and TPG Escape Pants

Aug 16, 2014 View Comments by

With more and more women taking to two wheels, women’s gear is finally starting to come into its own. Female riders have more choices than ever before (though still nowhere near as many as men), and we’re not just talking about downsized men’s apparel with some pink butterflies thrown on. Perhaps one of the best […]

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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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Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Regular cotton jeans are part of my preferred daily wardrobe, and it’s really tempting to wear them for short local rides in nice weather. However, we all know how the unexpected can happen. Diamond Gusset brand makes Defender jeans designed by riders, specifically made for riding, with rugged built-in abrasion protection in the knees, hips, […]

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BMW Introduces First Cornering ABS

Jul 25, 2014 View Comments by

Back in 1988 BMW became the first motorcycle manufacturer to release a bike equipped with ABS brakes. In 2009 the German company unveiled the S 1000 RR super bike, the first with both ABS and dynamic traction control (DTC in BMW speak). Since then, with BMW’s proprietary Race ABS (and an incredible engine), the S […]

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