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The Dangers and Pleasures of Motorcycle Spring Riding

Posted by Dan Moyle

Spring2Springtime can be the best time of year to ride...but also the most dangerous. It's a bit like the Tale of Two Cities - the best of time and the worst of times. Pro: spring smells and warm temps after a long winter. Con: post-winter salt & grime on the roads.

After a rough winter especially, cage drivers have forgotten to even try to look for motorcyclists. We need to be extra careful in the early spring season, and never assume anything about being seen.


Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Spring

Tips for Motorcycle Commuters

Posted by Tom Schwab

dude_on_yellow_bikeThe average commuter spends 38 hours stuck in traffic every year. While most people take cars, nearly 150,000 individuals ride their motorcycles to work on a regular basis. Some riders have bikes and want to use them as much as possible. Use this guide to assess whether or not you want to become a motorcycle commuter. If you decide to give it a trip, enjoy the safety tips for commuters as well.


Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Why Wear Motorcycle Gloves?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


Hey, we don't usually bring this up ...

We'd much rather talk about the fun of riding .. but every once in a while the "why wear motorcycle gloves"  question comes up.

You may be tempted to think -- " ... it's summer, it's hot, no gear today".
Well, we could tell you all the benefits of protective gloves ... how they're made with "abrasion proof" this and "padded" that ...

Instead, we'll just let a rider friend who was in a wreck last month answer this most basic question for you.

Topics: Motorcycle Safety, All Season Motorcycle Gloves

10 Things You Need For Hassle-Free Motorcycle Travel

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Road_tripAs a rider, you have to be prepared for road emergencies, and pack SMART.

Especially for touring and longer distance rides ...

But you can't pack EVERYTHING ... so you have to boil it down to the essentials and then pack them nice and tight.

What's on your packing list?  

What essential item do you keep tucked away, "just in case"?

Here are out top 10 items ... tell us what's on your list, in the comments!


Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Motorcycle Travel Tips

Motorcycle Riding In The Rain With Confidence: Summer Edition

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


This past weekend, Hurricane Arthur hit the east coast, bringing torrential rains from North Carolina to Maine.

This got us thinking about the special challenges of riding on rainy days in summer.

Most riders avoid the rain, others learn how to deal with it.  But sometimes you can't avoid it, whether commuting or taking in a scenic cruise. 

If you ride long and often enough, sooner or later, you'll be caught in a sun shower or full-out downpour.

You can try to wait it out. However, with the right gear, special attention to road conditions and your surroundings, and a relaxed attitude, you can be more confident while riding in the rain.


Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Safety, Tips for Riding in Rain, Summer motorcycle riding, Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Hard Knuckle Gloves and More: Protect Your Hands

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


As the saying goes, "Dress for the slide, not for the ride."

Sometimes your gear is the only thing between you and the road, so it only makes sense to be sure your gear is the safest it can be, without sacrificing comfort.

Today, we're taking a look at a rider's best options for hand protection.  

Historically that meant leather, until other advanced materials appeared on the scene. Now, riders have a full range of options:  leather, metal, Kevlar and other advanced "body armor" aramid fibers, rubberized composite materials, high density foam, and more.

Let's look at each, to help you determine which type of protective glove is best for you.


Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Riding "the Dragon": A Lesson in Motorcycle Safety

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


How did you learn to ride? 

Did you take an MSF class? 

Did a veteran rider teach you the do’s and the dont's?

Whether you’re new to the sport or more skilled, if you slip into poor riding habits, you could easily find yourself in a position that will turn you into a Mack truck grill ornament.

Today, writer and motorcyclist Marilyn Elmore gives some share-worthy advice to help you avoid a potential accident: 


Topics: Motorcycle Safety

13 Snowmobile Riding Tips to Keep You Safe and Warm this Winter

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

snowmobileWhat keeps some motorcyclists riding even as the snow starts falling?

Riding a snowmobile!

Once you put your 2-wheeled baby away for the winter, a snowmobile can deliver some of the same thrills in a beautiful new landscape. 

But along with the joys of snowmobiling, comes the age-old question:

How do you stay warm and dry?

Here are some tips for safer and warmer snowmobile riding this winter:


Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Winter Motorcycle Gloves

High Visibility Motorcycle Gloves: TIps for Safety

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Riding At Night: "High Visibility" Tips for Safety

Most new motorcycle’s lighting systems don’t come with an on/off switch.  

The lights are always on when the motorcycle is running, and that’s no accident.

Here’s why: Lights increase the chances of keeping the rider and bike visible to other people on the road.

While lighting is a proven way to increase visibility, there are some other ways as well.

High Visibility Gear for Maximum Visibility

It’s also no secret that most motorcycle riders prefer black gear, but there are ways to continue wearing dark riding colors while maintaining high-visibility.


Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves: Be Prepared for Rain!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


Motorcycle Riding In The Rain

Riding a motorcycle in the rain can be tricky. Almost a quarter of all crashes happen in bad weather, especially on wet pavements. Luckily, there are many steps a rider can take to make a wet ride a safe and enjoyable one.

Tips for Riding in the Rain

From a slight drizzle to a torrential downpour to freezing rain, here are some safety tactics that a rider should know:


Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Safety

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