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In the beginning, there was leather. Humans have been using leather for armor and protection since the first bright souls figured out that an extra layer of toughened animal hide would do well to protect our own vulnerable epidermis. Early motorcyclists, aware of leather’s excellent abrasion resistance, adopted it as the de facto uniform of choice, which it remained until ...

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Kersting’s Cycle Center and Museum

This aisle contains most of the American machines. Harley’s and Indians predominate. There are also British and Italian bikes, as well as custom builds.

Recently, I was cruising some back roads on my Bandit and realized it had been a while since I visited one of our Indiana motorcycling treasures, Kersting’s Cycle Center and Museum. This dealership/museum combo is a bit off the beaten path, but that’s part of the attraction. Four miles south of North Judson, it’s not hard to find; a big ...

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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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Retracing the Steps of History: The Sisters’ Centennial Ride

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“Woman can, if she will.” – Augusta Van Buren   It all started with a very modest idea: gather a small group—say 10 women—and ride across the country, New York to California. After doing a bit more research, ride organizer Alisa Clickenger stumbled across the story of two intrepid women, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in 1916 set out ...

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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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