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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...

Toolkits and Emergency Equipment for Motorcycles

For some riders the feeling of solitude on a motorcycle is unbeatable. It’s just you, the bike and the road. But if something happens--a...

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...

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....

Stayin’ Safe: Straighten Up and Ride Right

I don’t care for people who do a lot of posturing; but I do have admiration for riders with good posture. After all, riding...

Stayin’ Safe: Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter

I know. You can’t help it. No matter how old you get, the moment your eyes spot an attractive, tight set of curves, your...

Riding In The Zone Training Tours | Review

I’m zipping along serpentine State Route 23 near Otis, Massachusetts, and Ken Condon is in my head. As each corner approaches, I trail brake...

Real World Schooling With Stayin’ Safe Training Tours

A large number of motorcycle riders I meet have little idea of how to manage the risks of riding. Sure, they can operate a...

Stayin’ Safe: Group Riding Tips

What defines a safe and enjoyable group ride? A tight grouping of bikes adhering to parade-like formation set by a leader? Or is it...

How To Pack Your Motorcycle For A Road Trip

What kind of luggage do I need? Before you decide what to take on a multi-day trip, you need to figure out how you’re going...

Stayin’ Safe: Cornering

A Question of Commitment: The choice you make in a corner is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.   Are you in or are you out? Are you...

Riding With A Passenger

Touring on a motorcycle is more fun if there’s someone else along to share the experience. But whether it’s an afternoon ride or a...

Stayin’ Safe: Tracking Arrival of the Unexpected

Your clues about potential risks are in the mail. And the trash. Today, in the age of Amazon, we have an unprecedented ability to track...

Finding a Second Wind With California Superbike School

Have you ever been in a riding rut? I know I have. When my wife and I moved from the curvy roads of East...

Stayin’ Safe: Hidden Valley

Riding a stretch of rising and falling road is fun, but also presents a special kind of challenge for the back-road motorcyclist. While the...

Stayin’ Safe: The Danger of Using Telephone Poles to Predict Road Direction

Our brains interpret features above the road to help predict the path beyond our view of the pavement. Manmade and natural features such as...

Getting Schooled: Reg Pridmore’s CLASS Motorcycle School

This is Part Three of a 3-Part Series on Your First Track Day. Read Part One and Part Two. I’ve been riding motorcycles for 19...

6 Steps to Preparing Your Bike For Your First Track Day

This is Part Two of a 3-Part Series on Your First Track Day Now that we’ve discussed preparing and outfitting yourself for your day at...

7 Steps To Outfitting Yourself For Your First Track Day

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,...

Stayin’ Safe: Idle Threat – The Danger From Behind

Back in the days of the legendary Hurt Report (1981), a.k.a. the Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures technical report, the incidence...

Stayin’ Safe: Ready or Not, Here I Come

It’s easy to become complacent when riding behind other riders. There doesn’t seem to be the same sense of urgency to actively scan the...

Stayin’ Safe: What’s Mine Is Yours

If you’re like me, your favorite roads are the lesser-known gems that wind through the backcountry, away from traffic and civilization. While those wonderful...

Stayin’ Safe: The Dirt on Riding Unpaved Roads

It’s the end of the road for many. But it’s just the beginning for those who are comfortable and confident when the pavement ends...

Stayin’ Safe: Gravel? You Can Count on It.

Over the years, I have learned there are a handful of things that can make even the most experienced riders immediately uncomfortable. The unexpected...

Stayin’ Safe: Road Striping Can Be Slippery When Wet…or Dry

Two friends of mine, Al Mattson and Paul Michelin, shared a recent experience they had when out with a buddy enjoying the twisties. All...

Putting Your Bike on its Centerstand

Try as I might, I have a very difficult time putting my motorcycle on its centerstand to lube the drive chain or check rear...

Stayin’ Safe: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

On any given ride, we are presented with countless road signs along the way, each strategically placed to guide and warn of potential...

Stayin’ Safe: The Shadow Knows

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Main Street? The shadow knows! There are vehicles that seemly lie in wait, hiding between overgrown...

Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears

Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners....

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Learn-to-Ride Class

How did you learn to ride a motorcycle? If you’re an old-timer like me, you likely learned to ride when a friend who had...

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