Blog Section: Touring & Safety Tips

Learning On the Go with On-Street Motorcycle Training

Apr 21, 2011 View Comments by

Motorcycle training can help riders learn new life-saving skills. The courses offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and other organizations can help us become proficient riders and perhaps lessen the risk involved with riding motorcycles. As an MSF-certified RiderCoach, I can often be heard on closed parking lot ranges asking students to “Imagine this corner, […]

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BMW Motorcycles First to Offer Life-Saving Antilock Brakes (ABS) on all Models

Apr 19, 2011 View Comments by

After pioneering the concept of antilock brakes (ABS) on motorcycles 23 years ago, BMW Motorrad USA announced today that it will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on its entire range of 2012 model year motorcycles. “Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps […]

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Touring Tip: Better Photography While Touring

Mar 11, 2011 View Comments by

There was a time when you needed to know plenty about how a camera worked to take good pictures. Now, digital cameras with auto-focus and auto-program exposure have taken the guesswork out of the technical side of snapshots. They’ve made it ridiculously easy to get pretty good results in most lighting conditions and shooting situations. […]

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Touring Tip: Coping With Severe Weather: Tornadoes

Feb 07, 2011 View Comments by

It was a warm, humid summer evening on the northern plains of Oklahoma, when we stepped outside my grandparents’ farmhouse to get a little after-dinner fresh air.  But the air wasn’t fresh. It was uncharacteristically heavy and still, no birds were singing or even in sight.  My father and uncles were frozen in place, like […]

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Touring Tip: Coping With Severe Weather, Part 1 – Lightning

Jan 13, 2011 View Comments by

Riders traveling by motorcycle are much more vulnerable to severe weather conditions than passengers in an automobile.  Some riders are under the mistaken impression that a motorcycle’s rubber tires will protect them in the event of a lightning strike.  A car, with its steel frame, usually conducts a lightning charge around the passengers, insulating them […]

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Winter Motorcycle Tire Tips From Dunlop

Dec 30, 2010 View Comments by

With the winter season upon us, Dunlop would like to remind riders that this is a good time to check your tires. While your motorcycle is stored for the winter, it is a good time to check your tires, maintain them and determine if you need new tires for spring. If you live in a […]

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Schwantz School wraps up an exciting 2010 and announces its 2011 schedule

Dec 28, 2010 View Comments by

The Schwantz School just released its calendar for 2011 with some exciting news. In addition to being at Barber Motorsports Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the crew will be returning to its Road Atlanta location. You can get a recap of 2010’s greatest moments for the school and check out the complete 2011 schedule, […]

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Dec 13, 2010 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 for the group. For example, you may have heard about the recent tragic accident in California where a group of twelve motorcycles collided with a car […]

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Nov 29, 2010 View Comments by

As temperatures drop in the Fall and Winter seasons, the likelihood of a rider loosing traction increases. Here are some of the road hazards to watch for in low temperatures: Wet Leaves: Leaves gathering on the pavement in curves are especially hazardous when they’re wet. I recently had a slip on dry leaves, obscured in […]

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KTM Race Orange 1190 RC8 Demo Rides

Oct 29, 2010 View Comments by

KTM Race Orange is excited to offer demo rides on the 2010 KTM 1190 RC8 and RC8 R Superbikes on the November 6th RideSmart Motorcycle School track day at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, TX. What better way to start off the month than riding a new KTM motorcycle on the thrilling MotorSport Ranch racing course? […]

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(Too) Close to Nature

Oct 22, 2010 View Comments by

One of the benefits of camping, on a motorcycle or otherwise, is the opportunity to get a bit more up close and personal than usual with nature. While this is usually a good thing, sometimes it backfires and leads to some interesting encounters. On what I  believe was my first motorcycle camping trip, which was […]

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Be Prepared

Sep 25, 2010 View Comments by

As a Boy Scout several years (make that decades) ago, we were told to always be prepared. They never told us exactly what to be prepared for, but I figured that a pocketknife, spare pair of underwear, and snake bite kit should about cover it. A recent hornet attack while motorcycle camping brought the whole […]

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Fall Camping Destinations

Aug 23, 2010 View Comments by

Although the sweltering summer heat wave has abated only days ago, the first cool evenings serve as a reminder that Old Man Winter is standing in the shadows, eyeing much of the country like a thug in a dark alley. Fall is a bittersweet time for me, as I’m torn between the pressing yard work […]

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Managing a Breakdown

Aug 16, 2010 View Comments by

Thanks to many technological advances, the likelihood of a modern motorcycle breaking down and stranding its rider is far less likely than it was several decades ago. Still, the possibility exists for a punctured tire, engine failure, broken chain or any one of a number of other unexpected malfunctions. The important thing is that you […]

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