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6 Steps to Preparing Your Bike For Your First Track Day

Photo: Arcy Kusari

Now that we’ve discussed preparing and outfitting yourself for your day at the track (read the article here), it’s time to make sure your bike is track-ready. Crash Protection Crash protection, such as frame, axle and exhaust sliders, engine case covers and crash bars, are an inexpensive form of insurance when it comes to saving your bike from serious damage. ...

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Riding Jeans For Dummies

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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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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

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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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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review

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(Note: This article was originally published in the June, 1986 issue of Rider magazine.) Given the task of developing a completely new genre for the 1986 American market, the motorcycle designers at Yamaha must have spent many a sleepless night before settling on the Fazer. No less than six categories of motorcycle already exist, and just about any “new” design can ...

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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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