“How Do I Know What to Buy?” A larger engine, or a smaller engine? Sportbike, cruiser, mod bike, dual sport, dirt – there are so many different specializations within motorcycling that without riding them – how do you know what is right for you? Working in a local dealership, selling motorcycles in my early 20’s, …

Check the Basics Before You Ride You would never take part in a marathon with your shoelaces untied, so what is the difference between that and not checking your bike before you ride? Not much really, leave it to chance and both ways, you are going down – it’s just a matter of when. It …

This is the thing none of us want to ever have to deal with, but should consistently practice and prepare for. Without preparation, the results of an unexpected situation can be catastrophic. The Four Essentials to Practice Hopefully, at this point you’ve already gone over the finer points and practiced them: Slow Motion Riding Clutch …

Back to the Basics My number one rule for hill starts or any riding really is making sure you have the front or rear brake applied while stopped at all times. Getting into the habit of this will ensure that it becomes a natural body reaction and will help you keep from losing control of …

Jennifer Angelina demo’ing push steering for the class Push Steering or Counter Steering? “Tom-ay-to, Tom-ah-to” – Both Terms Mean the Same Thing Push steering, or countersteering – this is a label that seems to boggle most minds of riders because the actions behind it seem counterintuitive. You look right, push the bar right and the …

When it comes to riding smoothly on a motorcycle, Mr.Chow from the Hangover would probably ask – “But, did you shift?” The majority of motorcycles on the market are a manual shift, meaning you change gears yourself instead of relying on the vehicle’s mechanics to do it for you and they involve a lever called …

What is the Clutch & How Does it Work? In simplistic terms, the clutch is the part of the motorcycle that connects the engine and gearbox to the rear wheel and tells the bike to go forward or not. When the clutch lever is all the way out, this is supposed to be a full …

Why Ride Slow? Before we get into anything more complicated, we’re going to take a quick dive into slow motion riding. Riding a motorcycle at slow speeds can be way more technical and difficult than opening the throttle and going fast. Most of the time on a motorcycle, we’re moving or going at least the …

It is a good idea to try to learn as much as possible, not only with riding skills but the mechanics of the motorcycle itself. Starting from the very basics is key to figuring out a solution to a problem that may occur during riding including with mechanical breakdowns Starting Point: Basic Controls on a …

The Mechanics of Braking Weight Distribution, Center of Gravity, & Overall Weight Weight distribution, center of gravity and overall weight of the bike with fluids has an impact on how the bike will react to braking. Like we learned in High School physics, Interia is a huge factor when considering braking on a motorcycle. Inertia …