October 6th, 2011
My first attempt at bleeding my brakes ended up with wasted brake fluid, a puddle of brake fluid and non-functional brakes. I was a bit turned off by the price, but after using this the first time, it was justified. The Mityvac comes with everything needed to get started, including a decent instruction manual.
October 6th, 2011
Traveling around a curve or corner can be done in several ways. The motorcycle is a very maneuverable machine and only takes up a fraction of the available road width. This gives the rider several choices in how to approach and execute a turn. In this article, we will explore the best way to negotiate a turn: The delayed apex.
October 5th, 2011
The blind corner often holds unexpected challenges for motorcycle riders. Road hazards and traffic that cannot be seen in advance can prove difficult to navigate if the rider is unaware of them. Assuming too much about a blind corner has dumped many of motorcycles in the past. In this article, we will explore what can go wrong in a blind corner and ways to defeat the hazards.
October 4th, 2011
Motorcyclists generally love to tinker. Even lightly modifying a motorcycle can be rewarding. From the functional modification to the purely aesthetic, motorcycles have been modified by their owners since they were first available to the public. In this article, I will go over some of the simple mods I have done with my current motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Roadster.
October 3rd, 2011
Many riders have taken up motorcycling due to high fuel costs. The miles per gallon a motorcycle can achieve are certainly tempting for those whose 4-wheeled vehicles are gas hogs. There are several other costs involved with taking up the motorcycle as a way to get from place to place. Gear, tires, maintenance, insurance, and an additional vehicle payment can easily eat up any savings that might be gained at the pump. Motorcycling can be an expensive endeavor, but there are some things a rider can do to mitigate the costs of riding.
October 2nd, 2011
This is something that everyone dreads; however most have experienced it. Those of you who have not yet crashed most likely will if you keep riding.
I rode for nearly 3 years on the street without crashing any of the sport bikes I owned. I began track days as a new way to enjoy my bike in a safe environment. It was around my sixth track day that I wobbled coming down a hill in a corner, went off the track, and went over the handle bars head first. Luckily for me, my head broke my fall and although I was sore and needed a new helmet, I was alright. I went to the ER only to find out my wrist was not broken, but I had an old and semi-healed fracture from who knows when.
September 30th, 2011
In yesterday's article, I discussed a few of the basics and safety rules of group riding. In this post, we will explore how to organize and execute a successful group ride. Planning the ride properly is key to providing an enjoyable experience for your fellow riders. Contingency plans and preparation for the inevitable breakdown or lost rider are also important factors to consider. Having an experienced ride leader and sweeper will help keep the ride enjoyable for all the riders.
September 29th, 2011
Motorcyclists are often a solo breed. We enjoy the solitude of being alone with our thoughts and the sound of the engine below us. Sharing the ride with other motorcyclists can also be rewarding. Riding in a group provides it's own challenges above the ones a solo rider faces. In this article, we will explore some of those challenges and hints for a successful group ride.
September 28th, 2011
There are a few motorcyclists who extend their riding seasons into cold weather. Such a rider may find themselves with few other riders on the road. Riding in frigid temperatures can be exhilarating, but there are a few dangers to consider and overcome.