Motorcycle Rider Basics

Conversation with a Motorcycle Cop

motorcycle copSo I stopped to get gas the other day and ended up in a conversation with a motorcycle cop. or maybe I should say motorcycle policeman or motor officer. I’m not really sure if cop is considered a derogatory term anymore or not. If it is, I am apologizing to all the policeman out there right now because I have a huge respect for all policeman.

Okay now that that’s out of the way, here’s what happened. I had finished getting gas when California Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer pulled in and parked next to me on his BMW, outfitted with all the police goodies. I suddenly had a dilemma. My '06 wide glide has essentially straight pipes. Actually I have replaced the screaming Eagle exhaust pipes with Thunder City baffles which is simply a flat fender washer welded inside the center of the baffle. They are really loud. (I like loud pipes, but that’s a conversation for another day.) In short, I was paranoid about starting up my motorcycle and leaving because I didn’t want to get an equipment violation of the loud pipes. so I struck up a conversation and here’s how it went.

Famous Geezers who ride!

180px-Lawrence_of_Arabia_Brough_Superior_gif Famous Geezers are baby boomers or older than baby boomers, famous and infamous, whenever I hear about some old person who is famous and rides a motorcycle, I get one of those half-smiles. You know, the one that says "But of course!"

But of course it is only natural that someone who has become an icon (and survived to become a living baby boomer or older) amongst us mortals, should ride a motorcycle. But of course!

Q2 PRO Update: Half Helmet Kit

Recently I reviewed the Scala Rider Q2 Pro Bluetooth headset. My wife and I both wear half helmets and that was a problem when using the Q2. The Bluetooth unit would attach to the helmet okay, and you could position the microphone properly, but the speakers were in the helmet above your ears and made the whole thing very difficult. Cardo Systems, maker of Q2, has just announced a solution for half helmets. I haven't used this kit yet but I thought I would pass along this press release as a FYI. If you have experience with this kit, let me know what you think.

2006 HD Wide Glide Oil Change

My 2006 Wide Glide has 27,623 miles on it and the last time I had it serviced was at 20,000 miles. I missed the 25,000 mile service and it is overdue. Up until recently I have been an absolute fanatic about service every 5000 miles. I've been dragging my feet because I just didn't want to spend the money to take it to the Harley dealer. Also my extended service plan recently expired so there will never be any more warranty work performed by the dealer.

I said it's time to start doing my own service. What the heck, when I was riding as a teenager I did everything myself so now that I am older and wiser, it's time to get out the tools and go back to work. I would like to say that this decision is based upon my burning desire to be immersed in all aspects of my motorcycle, but the fact is that this is a purely economical decision. I just don't want to pay 75 bucks an hour to have somebody change the oil in my motorcycle.

Five Ways to Immediately Improve your Motorcycle Ride

Five Ways to Improve Your Ride.

1) Handlebars, 2) Windshield, 3) Foot Controls, 4) Seat & 5) Exhaust

People seem to always adjust everything around them to make things more enjoyable. Remote controls to adjust the TV volume, shoe inserts make our feet feel better, or maybe a couple aspirin to take care of that annoying headache. But when it comes to motorcycles, everybody just wants to jump on and ride. Sure, the motorcycle ride may not be very comfortable but that's what motorcycles are all about anyway, right? Well yes, to some extent, motorcycles are all about getting out in the weather and the wind and enjoying the ride. However there are five things that you can take care of on your motorcycle which will allow you to increase your enjoyment immediately. You can survive without a remote control, shoe inserts or aspirin but if you really want to enjoy your motorcycle ride you need to pay attention to these five things

Best Beginner Motorcycles: So what kind of bike should I buy to start?

EasyRider SAC 2007_117 This only applies to someone who wants to ride a cruiser, specifically, a Harley cruiser. All of you BMW and sport bike folks can just move onto the next interesting post.

Cleaning Your Motorcycle for Safety’s Sake

MCCleaning your motorcycle on a weekly basis will protect and enhance the look of your motorcycle and this cleaning process will force you to perform a detailed inspection to discover any loose parts, nuts and bolts, corrosion, wear and tear and tire condition. Always give your motorcycle a thorough cleaning before performing any detailing on paint, chrome and Plexiglas. Follow these simple steps to thoroughly clean your motorcycle.

Helmet Locks: My $200 Helmet, Gone In 60 Seconds

Half Helmet After the first two weeks with your new motorcycle and your new helmet, the day will come when you start getting tired of carrying your helmet into the grocery store or flopping it down on the restaurant table, announcing to the world that , "Yeah Buddy, that's my bike outside and I am the real deal!" Relax, nobody is noticing you and your helmet is not turning any heads. The helmet thrill is gone and now you want to know what do you do with your helmet when you leave your bike unattended at the cinema, the grocery store or the swap meet. You first solution is to take your new, expensive, shiny helmet with you when you leave your bike. But after lugging your helmet around with you for a couple of hours, you start looking for a more practical solution.

Motorcycle Rider Safety: Focus Radar

I am absolutely, 100% convinced that the key to safe riding is maintaining your focus. The weather, your skill level, your psychological well being and most of all, the traffic that surrounds you is exactly what you need to be focused on to ride safely. Accidents do happen but if you remain totally focused on what you are doing, you can minimize your rise and enjoy your ride.

Lets focus on the traffic around you. No matter if you are on city streets or on the interstate, your safety threat are the cars next to you. You can do a lot more than just watch out for these cars, you can try to anticipate which of these card/drivers are your biggest threat.

Ride Within Your Ability

FG Riding Statistically, a lot of motorcycle accidents are lone rider accidents. No car involved, just a lone rider crashing. Riding beyond your ability results in things like;

Overshooting the curve because you came in too fast and are unable to correct without going down. You end up on the wrong side of the road riding right into the traffic or off the edge of the road.

Inexperienced at splitting lanes and just generally riding too aggressive for your skill level can bring you down in traffic with disastrous results.