Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

We’ve recently been caught in the grip of a particularly cold blast of winter weather. So it bears repeating, from a previous Touring Tip, some of the additional risks of riding in cold weather. Here are seven worth keeping in mind: Wind Chill: As most everyone knows, wind velocity effectively lowers ambient temperature. The National […]

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Touring Tip: East vs. West

Dec 06, 2013 View Comments by

This month’s installment is not about which of our two coasts offers the best motorcycle touring venues, that’s a debate that could continue without any foreseeable end. And, like beauty itself, what constitutes the best riding area is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Having ridden across most of America’s lower 48 states, some […]

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Touring Tip: Just a Ridin’ in the Rain

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

Many, if not most, of us consider riding in the rain a necessary inconvenience when we’re caught out in it while going from point A to point B. The experience is frequently made more burdensome because of: inadequate riding gear, reduced vision of scenery and road hazards, loss of traction, increased navigational challenges, and fogged […]

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Touring Tip: Use Google Earth to Help Plan Your Trip

Sep 06, 2013 View Comments by

Touring motorcyclists are always looking for new and exciting routes to travel. From time-to-time, I will feature some of my favorite trip planning tools in this space. One of my main tools for evaluating a potential motorcycle route or touring area is to view it in Google Earth (http://www.google.com/earth/index.html). This highly sophisticated software possesses a […]

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Touring Tip: Spring Training For Riders

May 10, 2013 View Comments by

Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to get back out on the road and enjoy the visual feast that is America. But, just like professional baseball players, you may need some spring training before venturing out. Here are a few things to consider before heading for distant destinations. Are You in the Right Physical […]

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Touring Tip: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Apr 09, 2013 View Comments by

This month’s touring tip reminds even experienced riders that it’s always good practice to follow the Boy Scouts’ motto and “Be Prepared.” Because of the limited carrying capacity of most motorcycles, critical items are often left behind; I know, because I’ve done it myself. There, also, seems to be something hard coded into our DNA, […]

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