October 30, 2020

Safe Riding

Safe Riding: Preparing For Riding Again

The winter is slowly beginning to depart. You’re anxious to be able to get out for the first ride. It may have been six months since the last time you rode, so for this edition of Safe Riding let’s consider a simple, three-part preparation checklist: Bike, gear, and attitude. Some …

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Safe Riding: Thoughts On Group Riding

Motorcycle riding is mostly a solo (or solo and pillion) activity. However, when we ride in a group of two or more motorcycles, the other riders can have positive or negative effect on each other’s overall experience. Not too long ago I was reading a lengthy online discussion among touring …

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The Problem With Mopeds

It seems more people use motorcycles and scooters in an effort to reduce personal transportation costs when gas prices rise. Some smaller-engine motorcycles and scooters can get 60-70 mpg or better. The under-50cc mopeds can reach or exceed an impressive 100 mpg. Mopeds are also gaining in popularity, but I’m …

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MSF eCourse Great For Winter

By Steve Smith Most of us are thinking motorcycles during the winter, but cannot do much riding. This down time is a perfect opportunity to tune up your mental skills or, if you’re planning on getting into motorcycling, to prepare for

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Planning for 2014 Riding Season

  Heading into the colder season many people begin thinking about the next riding season. This includes entry riders who are considering their first motorcycle. Some have some prior riding experience with dirt motorcycles or ATVs, but many have never ridden a motorcycle before.  Here are some tips to help

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Developing “Situation Awareness”

By Steve Smith of RIDE-CT.com Have you met someone who seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to riding in traffic? These folks just seem to know when there will be trouble ahead. These riders have strong “situation awareness.” Situation awareness is the perception of

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Handling A Summer Hazard

By Steve Smith of RIDE-CT.com This is the time of the year when roads are being resurfaced with chip seal, which causes problems for riders. And that’s not the only road surface hazard out there.  As motorcyclists we need to be diligent to

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Are You Ready To Ride?

By Steve Smith of RIDE-CT.com The ugly truth is that residing in New England areas means that most riders experience PMS, or parked motorcycle syndrome. Now it’s the time when many  motorcyclists are coming off their winter hiatus and the excitement of getting the bike out for a ride on …

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