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Plan The Perfect Summer Motorcycle Camping Trip

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 23, 2014 10:20:25 AM

campfire-1So you are planning a long distance motorcycle camping trip. This is most definitely an experience every adventure rider wants to cross off of their bucket list.

With nothing but the wind at your back as you explore a new stretch of road, it can be a truly unforgettable experience.  The scenery, the peacefulness of camping out under the stars, the sounds of nature ... yet, to be successful, such a trip involves a fair amount of preparation and knowledge.  

Starting with the most important thing, your bike. 

Which Bike for a Comfortable Ride?

It's a personal decision, but cruiser type styles of bikes are usually equipped with larger engines to handle the long stretches of road. Advantage:  not only larger engines, but typically lower seats and a laid back swagger, promising a more comfortable ride.

To ensure comfortable cruising wherever the front wheel takes you, typically the minimum recommended long distance cruiser engine size is 750cc, although it isn't mandatory.

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Favorite Local Motorcycle Routes: New York (Bear Mountain)

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 22, 2014 12:32:00 PM

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This time of year, NYC-area riders need no excuse to escape from the routine and head for the hills.  There's nothing better after a brutal winter than getting out and stretching the legs on a long spring ride.

And there is no better route than the rolling hills and scenic overlooks up and around Bear Mountain, NY.

Located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange counties, the roads around Bear Mountain State Park become a mecca for cyclists once the weather warms.

If you are planning a ride, check out long distance rider and New York native Dan Zinn's favorite local route

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Topics: Motorcycle Routes

Riding a Motorcycle in the Rain: 5 Safety Factors for Stormy Weather

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

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If you ride, sooner or later you'll get caught in the rain.

To avoid getting soaked, and feel more confident while riding in the rain -- it's a good idea to prepare for wet weather well ahead of time.

There are two aspects to this: 

  • how to ride safely on wet surfaces
  • what motorcycle gear to have on hand when rain is in the forecast. 

We wrote about rain gear last week ... so today is all about wet weather riding preparedness, and riding skills.

Here are steps you can take to ride safe and stay dry.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Visibility, Riding in Rain, Tires, Wet condtions, Speed, Gear

Waterproof Motorcycle Gear To Keep Riders Safe and Dry

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 10, 2014 4:39:00 PM

Rain

THE RAIN is inevitable --

As some or our favorite classic rock 'n roll reminds us  ...

 "Looks Like Rain" ... The Grateful Dead

 "Let It Rain" ... Eric Clapton     

 "Who'll Stop The Rain?" ... Creedence Clearwater Revival

 "Here Comes The Rain Again"... the Eurythmics...

Whether the forecast gets it right, or not -- if you ride, you're going to ride in rain.

We need to be prepared for the unexpected downpour.  To stay comfortable and dry, t
he right motorcycle gear makes a big difference.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, motorcycle gear

Favorite Local Motorcycle Routes: Tennessee

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 2, 2014 11:57:00 AM

marilyn_discovering_your_own_back_yardWe all know and love the motorcycle routes on the popular "Top 10" lists that pop up each spring.  

Beautiful as these rides are, their popularity also brings big crowds, dimming some of the charm.

What about the road less traveled?  Is there a route in your own backyard that you return to again and again?

Here's an idea: why not share your favorite local route -- and about other rider's favorites --

Today, Marilyn Elmore Bragg kicks things off ... with a great ride throught the back roads of Tennessee to a wonderful spot in North Carolina.

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Topics: Motorcycle Routes

Touch Screen Gloves: What If Your Devices Fail?

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 28, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Touch Screen Gloves Are Great, just plan for the worst when electronic devices Fail

Touch Screen devices -- and touch screen gloves --  are great for their convenience.

But as riders, we know that our electronics are not always going to be useful.  The Coast Gurard has a motto:  ALWAYS READY ... and the Scouts say "BE PREPARED" ...

Always be ready for that moment when your touch screen is not going to be there for you.

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Motorcycle Rider's "Get Ready" Spring Check List

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 20, 2014 9:03:00 AM

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Spring
is FINALLY HERE! 

Thank the powers that be for the change in seasons ... it's been a long harsh winter.  Even Florida riders had a few weeks of “intolerable” riding temperatures!

Now, days are getting longer and warmer, the flower bulbs have pushed their heads up beyond the subterranean depths.  Soon, April showers will wash away the sand and salt and we will all be getting some 2 wheel therapy. But first ...

March is the month to get the bike ready.

Read and follow all advice given in your owners manual for spring maintenance and a multi-point inspection before you even think about cranking up the engine ... and use Marilyn's list below as your guide (or visit your mechanic0 ...  and let’s RIDE!

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Long Distance Motorcycle Riding Tips, Part 3: Route, Rest & Refuel

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 16, 2014 5:14:00 PM

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This is the third in a 3-Part Series:

Today ... contributor Marilyn Elmore Bragg wraps things up with tips on route, refueling and more. 

Check out Marilyn's advice as you plan your next long distance motorcycle trip. 

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Topics: Long Distance Riding

Gel Motorcycle Gloves, for Comfort: 21 Tips to Combat Vibration

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 12, 2014 4:04:00 PM

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Motorcycle engines and handlebars produce powerful vibrations when driving down the highway.

This 'buzzing' can often become intensified during long distance rides, when hand, wrist and forearm muscles experience tiredness from long periods on the throttle.

Gel motorcycle gloves are one of the primary defenses in the fight against hand fatigue, and aid in preventing injury.

They are designed to reduce vibration, decrease numbness and tingling, as well as prevent several conditions that plague riders, including Carpal Tunnel and Guyon's Canal syndromes.

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Long Distance Motorcycle Riding Tips: Part 2 (Comfort)

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 10, 2014 9:59:00 AM

marilyn-2010bmr_0Comfort reigns supreme in the long distance ride.

In Part 1 of our long distance motorcycle riding series, we focused on “The Motorcycle” and “Riding Style”. In this installment, we talk about ways to improve comfort.

In our experience, when it comes to comfort on a long ride, nothing is more important than having the right seat and foot position. If legs are cramped or our butts are sore…the ride is not going to be the fun, memorable ride you envisioned. 

In this next installment, Marilyn Elmore Bragg tells us how to enhance both.

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