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7 Steps To Outfitting Yourself For Your First Track Day

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This is Part One of a 3-Part Series on Your First Track Day So you’ve decided to take your bike to the track. First off, congratulations! You’ll likely learn more in one day of track riding (especially if you’ve also opted for professional instruction) than you would in an entire summer of street riding. Now it’s time to prepare yourself ...

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A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist: Accident Scene Management

ASM instructor Kathleen Bridgewater describes the two-person method for removing a full-face helmet from a victim who is not breathing. (Photos: the author and Maryalice Breninger)

You ride a motorcycle, probably with other motorcyclists. While riding, you constantly scan for hazards to avoid problems before they happen. Still, accidents can happen: a deer leaps suddenly into a rider’s path, a distracted driver drifts into a rider’s lane or a rider enters a curve too fast and goes down. For discussion, assume an accident involved members of ...

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Happy Birthday, Katrina: A Rocky Two-wheeled Romance with New Orleans

In 2009, riding the updated Triumph Bonneville through New Orleans' colorful French Quarter. (Photo by Tom Riles)

Eleven years ago today I woke up in a church wondering what the hell happened. The wooden, one-room tabernacle, located on a quiet residential street in St. Martinville, Louisiana, used to belong to the Presbyterians but was abandoned when the congregation dwindled. Pableaux Johnson, a food writer friend of mine, had bought the church a few years earlier and converted ...

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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

Why The Chicken Crossed The Road - Original Magazine Spread. Illustration by Dan Quarnstrom, www.danquarnstromdesign.com.

(Note: This article originally appeared in the May 1985 issue of Rider magazine.) A dozen and more years ago, longer than I care to think about, a troupe of the Ottawa instructors decided we were approaching motorcycle training from the wrong angle. Instead of waiting for students to come to the course, they said, why not take the course to the ...

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UPDATE: 3rd Annual Kurt Caselli Foundation Fundraiser at Doffo Winery

The Kurt Caselli Foundation Special Reserve, 2014 Cabernet.

Update: MotoDoffo event raised $32,000 for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. A beautiful summer Saturday in Temecula, California, was in full swing last June 11. There was a reprieve from the seasonal heat as a layer of cool cloud cover blanketed the endless lines of vines that make up Temecula’s wine country. Located two hours south of Los Angeles, the roads ...

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Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Forget On Your Next Moto-Camping Trip

We like beer too, but bringing the whole cooler might be overkill...

For most people, camping falls into two categories: the kind where you load up a backpack and hike/scramble/stumble your way to a backcountry campsite, and the kind where you load up your car or truck and drive to a campsite, usually in a designated campground. We’ll just ignore the RV type for the moment, as I’m enough of a camping ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

Around The World On A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about their trips, short or long, and we can read about their exploits in newspapers, magazines or books. Probably the first such narrative was written by George Wyman, who rode a California Motor Bicycle from San Francisco ...

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Riding to the Grand Canyon During National Park Week

Standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, trying to take it all in.

In Northern Arizona, mid-April spells the beginning of the thaw of the snowpack in mountains, and the corresponding bloom of the hardiest of wild flowers below. It is also the time when early-season motorcyclists begin taking to the open road. This year, my first extended ride of the season is a spectacular roll along the South Rim of the Grand ...

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2016 The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon

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The 2016 One Motorcycle Show Keeps Giving Back Sure, Portland, Oregon, can be considered a bike town, but you could argue that’s more for its love of derailleurs than of, say, Deus Ex Machina. Out on the city streets, 20-speed bicycles outnumber motorcycles probably 10 to 1. Lucky for us, local motorhead Thor Drake is doing a lot to even ...

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