Setting up your own poker run

. Posted in MOTORCYCLE DYNAMICS

As a keen motorcyclist, you are sure to find any excuse to jump on your bike and go for a ride. But if you're a keen poker player too, did you know that you can cleverly combine both of these activities in one really fun event. If you haven't heard of a Poker Run before then you're 

NEW USED BIKE MAINTENANCE ROUTINE

. Posted in Motorcycle MAINTENANCE

bike ridingThe used motorcycle you just purchased instantly becomes your new used motorcycle, and deserves special treatment. The Break-in/Maintenance Table shows a new used bike maintenance routine. You will want to perform all of the maintenance noted there for two reasons. The first

Carrying Children

. Posted in SHARING THE RIDE

bikers and childrenIf you're suddenly faced with the dilemma of choosing between children and a motorcycle, the obvious win/win situation is to take the kid along on the ride. The problem with that is that children younger than perhaps nine or ten years old tend to be unequipped physically or mentally to stay put on the back of a motorcycle at speed. The potential problem for the adult rider is that even a minor injury to a child from motorcycling will probably spell the end of the ride for another sixteen years or so.

SELECTING A GOOD DEALER

. Posted in Purchasing a NEW MOTORCYCLE

how to find new bikeHow significant is the dealer? Let us say that you have picked out the bike, a Hawker Blackburne 350. There is only one place to get it, the local Hawker dealership. Your second motorcycle choice, a Miller-Bolsame Jupiter 250, is a somewhat

Sports

. Posted in TYPES AND STYLES OF MOTORCYCLES

Sport motocycleModern sports bikes right off the showroom floor are just a step shy of what competes on the cafe racing circuit. The technology of racing bikes combined with the creature comforts folks require for a day of swift canyon blasting is the basic formula for a sports

The Ride Captain

. Posted in SHARING THE RIDE

Motocycle ridingMost of us have gone for a ride with two or three companions, although we may not have recognized them as group rides at the time. If you haven’t had the humbling opportunity to lead a batch of bikers yet, you will, even if it’s just one other machine. Whether the group is large or small, the ride will go better if you follow some common sense rules. Let’s review some of the dynamics, consider some techniques for leading a formation ride, and evaluate some alternate ways to move a group of motorcyclists down a road.

Wandering Drivers

. Posted in RISK!

Motorcycles driversThe other day a minivan driver who had been tailgating me for several miles of double yellow finally zoomed on by, straddling the centerline.

Even though my old BMW sidecar rig was maintaining 60 in a 55 zone, I think the close pass was a message, perhaps you’ve been holding me up long enough, or motorcycles don’t belong on the highway, or maybe just move it or lose it, biker boy.