by Liz Jansen
This weekend I’m leaving for 5-6 weeks on the road. While I won’t be riding the entire time, I’m putting on significant mileage. Top 10 Tools to Take Touring was an excellent reminder, especially since I’m getting used to organizing/packing on a different bike.
One of the most common fears of riders, especially women, is that they need to have both feet flat on the ground. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s actually destabilizing—and can significantly limit your choice of bike. 5 Tips for Short Riders Handling Tall and Big Motorcycles dispels that myth and shows you how to safely manage a tall (for you) bike.
My warning labels peeled right off after leaving my bike in the hot sun, but they can be pesky to remove. How to Remove Factory Warning Stickers shows you how.
Any rider knows why it’s important to Practice Patience, especially since we have to do it more often than car drivers.
Ohio’s Windy 9 offers excellent ideas for autumn riding. Ride them before the snow flies!
Tricia Szulewski, Women Riders Now
“As a woman who is 5 foot 7 inches tall, I realize I am at an advantage when it comes to fitting most motorcycles. That said, I have ridden plenty of motorcycles where I can only reach the ground on tiptoes. I’ve only tipped a bike over once learning valuable lessons in the process that I’m about to share to with you.
“It’s a shame that after some designer has perfected the look of a motorcycle some lawyer types insist on splashing the machine with warning labels. Thankfully those warning labels are fairly easy to remove, especially if you attend to them while the bike is new. In this video from the MC Garage, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily remove factory applied warning labels and decals. You’ll improve your bike’s appearance and provide some solace to motorcycle designers everywhere.”
Evans Brasfield, Motorcycle dot com
“When setting out for a tour, be it extended or just a weekend jaunt, you need to plan for any hurdles you may encounter on the way. The best strategy to increase your odds of being able to continue your ride after a mishap or mechanical issue is to carry a tool kit that includes more than just the basics. While your bike probably came with a factory kit, you’d be foolish to count on it to serve as anything more than a paperweight. Read on to see what tools I think you should carry – at a bare minimum – on your next tour.”
Nick Inetsch, Cycle World
“With this latest Ride Craft, I’m not trying to teach you a physical technique that can be mastered with correct practice. Rather, I seek to drive home this simple but important message: Don’t push time. This applies to all riders but particularly to riders who are always in a rush. You know who you are.”
Staff, The Motorcycle Mag
“Ohio’s Windy 9 is the best scenic view of Southern Ohio and is truly the best 1,000 miles for riding. From a leisurely cruise along the Ohio River, to the roller coaster effect of State Route 555 (aka The Triple Nickle), the Windy 9 is the passport to THE authentic Ohio riding experience! And there are several things riders can experience during a break from their ride – from great eateries, bars and wineries to exploring the great outdoors on hiking trails – and places to stay.
There are nine different routes a part of the Windy 9.”