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Stayin’ Safe: Countersteering

Conversations about steering a motorcycle inevitably come around to "countersteering." You may have even taken a rider course where they taught, "press left, go...
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Stayin’ Safe: Fueling Risk

Intersections are the most common sites of motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles. You probably knew that. Oncoming vehicles turning left across the path of...
This “slow race” broke out after lunch with fellow riders and was just for fun. But it’s actually a great way to build skills.

Stayin’ Safe: Riding Like Heinz

Improving slow-speed stability can be fun. No, really. More than any other skill, riders tell me they wish they had better low-speed control. And no...
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Stayin’ Safe: One Man’s Junk…

I’ll admit, there can be some really interesting things to be seen packed into the backs of trucks and in open trailers as they...
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Stayin’ Safe: A Pain in the Grass

I've got a grass-fed beef. And, based on recent conversations, so do a lot of riders. Homeowners mowing their lawns and throwing abundant grass...
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Stayin’ Safe: Wheel He Or Won’t He?

For those of us on two wheels, the most likely clash with another vehicle would be at an intersection with an approaching vehicle turning...
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Stayin’ Safe: Are You READY?

A while back, I dedicated a Riding Well column to the topic of preparing ourselves for every ride. We have T-CLOCS to assess the...

Stayin’ Safe: Using Hills To Gain A Visual Advantage

If only we could see into the future and know firsthand what lies ahead. If we were able to do that, we could be prepared...
Most riders position their mirrors to provide the same rearward view, resulting in a duplicated image and a much narrower overall view. By angling mirrors outward, the rider can expand and optimize the rearward view while still seeing everything behind.

Stayin’ Safe: Proper Motorcycle Mirror Positioning

You wouldn’t ride with a blindfold on. Nor would you ride with blinders to obscure your peripheral vision (like horses wear). Yet, many riders...
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Stayin’ Safe: Proper Use of the ‘Brottle’

For ultimately smooth braking transitions, combine brake and throttle. When taught to ride motorcycles, we learned to use the throttle and brakes as separate controls....
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