by Liz Jansen
Riding season is drawing to a close or significantly curtailed for many of us. That’s a sign to start planning for next season. I thought I’d help by sharing favorite posts that have crossed my desk recently.
I’m loving my Triumph Tiger for many reasons, not the least of which is its low weight. 6 Great Motorcycles Under 500 Pounds identifies more choices in this category.
You can count on Rachael, aka FuzzyGalore, to come up with creative, often quirky, and always delightful ride themes. Get some travel ideas from her Lifelong Pursuit of Fun List.
On the subject of safety, Skidmarks graphically illustrates the importance of quality gloves. Riding Tips: Why We Crash reviews common causes of crashes and how to avoid them.
Gift giving season is just around the corner and Leatherman’s Tread Wearable Multi-Tool is on my list. My guess is it’s going to make a lot of rider’s lists this year.
Note: Let’s not forget my #1 Pick: Triumph Tiger!
“If you’ve ever tried threading the needle at slow speeds in traffic or just meandering your way around a busy parking lot, you know how difficult it is to deftly helm a heavy motorcycle. There are advantages to riding a lighter motorcycle in these situations since they’re generally more nimble.
They’re also easier to lift should you drop the bike. But that doesn’t mean you want to ride something featherweight on a daily basis, since you also need a modicum of power. We’ve settled on 500 pounds as a great middle ground for bikes that are easier to ride and steer, but still come with enough displacement and power to get you where you need to go.”
“Every morning a writing prompt from The Daily Page greets me in my mailbox. The intent is to encourage me to write something, anything each day. Ostensibly the encouragement is for this blog, but 9 times out of 10? I scribble something in my journal instead.
But today we have a winner! A topic that seems blog-worthy and quite timely as 2015 begins its wind down.”
Ken Condon, Motorcyclist
“Play with fire and you just might get burned. This truism about doing risky things applies to motorcycling as much as it does to open flame. Fortunately, you can reduce the risks by knowing the most common crash scenarios and then utilizing strategies to keep from getting burned.”
Troy Siahaan, Motorcycle dot com
“With the Tread wearable multi-tool bracelet, each 17-4 stainless steel link features a specific tool (or two) to fix whatever minor roadside problem you might encounter, whether it’s a loose cable or a lever that needs adjusting. The 10 links total up to 29 tools, including screwdrivers, box wrenches, hex heads, cutters, SIM card picks, 1/4-inch adaptors and much more, making it a really handy device if you don’t want to carry a toolbox everywhere you go.”
Gabe Ets-Hoken, Motorcycle dot come
“There are things out there that should never happen, yet they happen often enough there’s a word for it. Necrophilia is one of those things, as is “Quesarito.” Another one of those things is degloving.
Degloving, you say? Isn’t that when you take off a glove? Sure, I guess so, but that’s not the primary usage of that word. You may Google it of course, but I strongly, strongly advise against it.”