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 …

This article will focus on the things you can do to prepare for situations that might arise while riding your motorcycle. Unlike a car, space on a motorcycle is limited and it makes it a bit more difficult to have everything you need in the event of a breakdown while on the road. I hope …

Liquid-cooled motorcycles use coolant (also referred to as antifreeze) to keep their engines within safe operating temperatures. This system requires periodic maintenance, especially as your bike accumulates mileage. If your bike is older, or if you recently purchased a higher-mileage used bike, there’s also a good chance that the coolant/cooling system would benefit from a …

It’s been several months since you started studying for your motorcycle license. When you see a motorcycle in the street, you become envious, you spend all of your nights comparing all of the models to find the one bike that will take you to the end of the world… The biker passion is in you! …

Live To Ride, Ride to Live Motorcycling!!! Hurtling down the road on two wheels with a growling engine beneath you and the roar of the wind as your companion is the very definition of fun to motorcyclists. Those things combined with some warm sunshine keeping the wind at a comfortable temperature, a tank full of …

It’s Common Sense There are people and groups arguing for and against helmet use in general and the topic is extremely inflammatory in the United States. I think it’s less controversial to debate abortion or gun control than it is wearing a helmet with some people. Nonetheless, numerous scientific studies have repeatedly shown helmeted riders …

The Alternative Motorcycle? Scooters are probably the most common two-wheeled vehicles on the road worldwide other than bicycles. I suppose in that sense it’s the same as the alternative genre of music. Labeled in North America as the non-mainstream choice while in reality, it couldn’t be any more popular. Honda alone has sold almost 100 …

Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware There’s a tremendous difference between a vehicle that has been properly maintained and one that hasn’t. I’ve owned several cars, trucks, and bikes sporting high miles that have been very reliable because someone took good care of them before me. Obviously, if you can get one with lower miles that …

Small But Terrible This funny expression was shared with me by some five foot tall friends of mine from the Philippines years ago. Its meaning is similar to “not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog”, commonly used on this side of the Pacific. Speaking as a somewhat vertically challenged person …

Several factors come into play when choosing a motorcycle to fit you the best. Most of them are fairly obvious. If you’re quite tall you’ll be looking at ones that are taller and longer while smaller riders will lean towards ones with a shorter overall length and seat height. Knowing your personal limitations and preferences …

  Whilst Walt Disney World, the Grand Canyon National Park, New York City and San Francisco attract thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of visitors to America each year, iconic motorcycle roads entice just as big of audience, but often forgotten amongst the iconic shopping malls, delicious food and infamous landmarks, yet are one of …

I live in Canada and I’m a motorcyclist. It’s late September, the leaves are changing colour and there are more on the ground now than still clinging to branches. Some people still are walking around in shorts defiantly, but the anxious look in their eyes says… winter is coming! Thankfully we don’t have George RR …

Imagine yourself cruising down a typical city street in Anytown, Anywhere on a sunny, summer’s day astride your faithful, two-wheeled steed. You’re aware, alert and on top of your game as always. You’re even fully outfitted in protective gear for your ride. Life is good! As you float along at 60ish kph you spot a …

Many young people express a want, or a need, to get a motorcycle early in their lives. As with any type of driving, there are a number of stages to pass first, alongside your motorcycle training – here’s what you need to do to get out on the saddle: CBT The first stage in getting …

Many of my fondest, most happiest moments have occurred while aboard a two wheeled steed, moving at speed down a smooth sheet of blacktop asphalt.  Warm air flowing past my face as the rising growl, “braaap”, or buzz of the engine drowns out all usual woes and cares.  The dotted, yellow center lines appearing to …

When it comes to choosing a first motorcycle many different options are available for consideration in matching up to your individual needs and wants.  It centers around personal preference so much, that really no one can tell you one particular choice is best for you, but good insight can be gained by listening to what …

There are two ways to approach the beginning of your biker days: one is to have all the gear ready before you buy your bike, and the other is to rush into your nearest biker store as soon as you’ve bought your bike and purchase the basics. Whichever way you do it, it’s important to …

You, Me, & 650cc’s: The Best Starter Bikes for Two-Up Riding So you’ve mastered the basics of riding alone on a motorcycle, and now you find yourself bringing along a partner. Riding two-up, colloquially known as having a Pillion, brings its own unique set of challenges. Not only are you responsible for your passengers safety, …

Do you remember those days when you were a kid and you pretended to be a mighty Viking? I mean, who didn’t have a Viking helmet and a sword? To me, that helmet was like a Holy Grail. Actually, it still is and I know that you feel the same way. Yes, we are all …

In this day and time, the helmets have become the most important equipment whenever you move on the roads by motorcycle. This equipment can protect you when you are felt down or prevent you from the rain or the wind which has the adverse effects on you during the process of driving the motorcycle. To …

In this day and time, the drag racing is quite different from the drag racing in the past. Whether on two wheels or four wheels, they still remain several significant differences. It is very difficult to find out the drag strip which is closed by the small local drag strips. This types of the drag …

About Snell Certification A motorcycle helmet is used for the safety of the bike riders. There have been many organizations in the world that set the parameters, whether the helmet can be used by the bike riders or not. A helmet has to undergo a series of tests in order to qualify for retail selling. …