The word “adventure” summons thoughts of the unknown. But knowing where you are and where you are going can be a challenge. Here are five tips to make your trip both more and less adventurous. 1) Never underestimate the power of a good paper map. They always boot up, they never run out of batteries [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
California Highway Patrol Releases Endorsed Lane Splitting Guidelines CHP goes on record about lane filtering by motorcyclists.
I’ve lived in California my entire life and have spent the past three decades riding streetbikes. I’m fortunate to enjoy one of the greatest liberties a motorcyclist will ever experience: The freedom of movement when traffic has slowed to a crawl or is stopped. I am a lane-splitter. California is currently the only state in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(65)
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For some, there is no better place to ride a motorcycle than off the beaten path. Better yet, completely off the grid. The day may come, however, when you need medical attention or to have your machine extracted from a remote location. What will you do if you don’t have cell-phone service? With SPOT’s Connect [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
New Helmet Technology: 6D ATR-1 New helmet with proprietary suspension aims to dramatically reduce rider concussions.
Hard to believe, but the 2013 AMA Supercross season is already upon us, and with it comes the inevitable crashes in which helmets meet dirt and concussions occur. One team, though, the GEICO Honda 250SX squad, has taken a step to reduce that unfortunate possibility by opting to wear a special new helmet that incorporates [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Contrary to its title, “How To Ride Off-Road Motorcycles,” Gary LaPlante’s full-color, 176-page instructional guide isn’t just for the dirt set. In fact, when LaPlante, a lifelong rider who has competed in nearly every two-wheel motorized discipline, realized there was a need for “higher-quality, more practical, real-world motorcycle training,” he “began developing his own curriculum [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Almost everyone agrees that many of the skills learned as a dirt rider transfer directly into streetbike riding. It can be argued that streetbike riders with a strong dirtbike-riding background have much better bike control, more awareness and are safer riders overall than those who have only ridden on the street. So, with no apologies [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
In 2005, Max Mercier, the son of three-time Canadian Superbike Champion Michel Mercier, was killed when another roadracer accidentally clipped his brake lever, sending the teenager over the handlebars. Designed by Stephane Dion, a friend of Mercier’s, the Dion Device Pro is intended to eliminate those types of accidents by preventing direct contact with any [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Passive reflectors only work in direct light, but Lunasee Active Side Lighting ($199.95) has “a visible and unmistakable light signature,” greatly increasing the likelihood that you’ll be seen at night. “Light Emitting Rim” tape is affixed to the outer edges of your wheels. As the wheels rotate, the tape is excited by four high-intensity 1-watt [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Fixing a flat, sourcing an electrical gremlin or replacing a clutch cable is never fun. Add darkness to the equation and, well, it’s a good thing you carry Brite-Strike’s Executive Precision Lighting Instrument ($80). Perfectly sized for a jacket or tankbag pocket, the 5.125-inch-long, LED-equipped, AAA-battery-powered EPLI comes with High, Low and Strobe modes. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)