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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Report: Motorcycle Fatalities Decreased in 2013 (A Closer Look)

May 21, 2014 View Comments by

According to a recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents on the country’s roadways is projected to have gone down seven-percent in 2013, only the second such decrease since 1997. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the GHSA predicts that the […]

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That Sixth Sense

Jan 22, 2014 View Comments by

Since the start of winter and my recovery (which, by the way, is going fine) I have found myself in the unfamiliar position of passenger, while my wife drives. What I have noticed is that either I have become the world’s worst back seat driver, or I have developed a sixth sense. Logically, I assume […]

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Golden Spinning Wheel: An Unexpected Soundtrack

Dec 08, 2013 View Comments by

I rode Big Red to the office this week since the weather has been mild for December. The morning ride was uneventful and featured the usual Philadelphia traffic. On the way home, though, I had an odd experience. Traffic was heavy on the Blue Route and I rode along as the sun set towards the […]

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AMA Endorses Lane Splitting

Dec 07, 2013 View Comments by

It’s been legal in California for years, but for the rest of the country local laws don’t condone filtering through traffic. The American Motorcyclist Association, however, is willing to help motorcyclists try to change that for their respective states. In a statement released recently the AMA says, “Given the ongoing success of lane splitting in […]

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Misery or Memory

Sep 22, 2013 View Comments by

I left Cori’s house in New Jersey last Monday morning under a clear sky. The temperature was in the 60s. I had about a 70-mile trip home. I-95 and 476 (a.k.a. The Blue Route) can be a nerve-wracking ride as anyone who’s ever ridden them at or near rush hour can attest to. I suited […]

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Allstate’s Interactive Rider Risk Map

May 28, 2013 View Comments by

You’re most likely familiar with particularly dangerous stretches of road in your local area and tend to avoid certain places at certain times. However, when you’re in an unfamiliar place, you may not have the knowledge you need to bypass problem areas. That’s why Allstate Insurance created the Rider Risk Map. Allstate’s Facebook fans were […]

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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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Destination Paradise: Hawaii – Part 2

Feb 06, 2013 View Comments by

The first thing to remember about Hawaii is that everything is shipped in, meaning it’s expensive. Just double what you pay at home, and for goodness sakes, remember “home” is the mainland, not the states. Hawaii is a state too, and the locals are quick to correct you. We were paying $50 for breakfast at […]

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Pack Mentality

Aug 11, 2012 View Comments by

Packs, gangs, groups, or clubs are anything but a new idea. Since Ogg got together with Mog, Zoe, and Igg to hunt down a Saber Tooth Chipmunk there have been clubs, in their case a “hunting club.” Which on many levels is/was a good idea, in this case numbers were an advantage, even if the […]

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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 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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