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Everything You Need To Know About Off-Road Riding

Photo: fasteddy760 | CCMany riders get acquainted with motorcycling on the street as adults. Well-informed riders know they need good education to stay safe on the street. After a few years, many riders start asking, "How can I get better?" And the answer is to ride less on the street and more in a controlled environment, free from soccer moms and teen-aged drivers. The best way to do that without breaking the bank is to take your weekend ride off road. What kind of bike should you get? ... Read more

What to Pack for a Cross Country Motorcycle Trip

When it comes to packing for a cross country motorcycle trip, there are a number of important things to keep in mind, including packing lightly, preparing for emergencies and dressing in layers. Less is More – Pack Lightly One of the most difficult parts about preparing for a cross country motorcycle trip is only taking what you need... nothing more and nothing less. No matter how hard we try, the tendency is to overpack. How many times have you come back from a trip to find that you did... Read more

How to Ship Your Motorcycle Overseas

Whether you’re purchasing an imported motorcycle orplan to ship your motorcycle overseas for a European road trip, it’s important to know what safety measures to take when shipping a bike. The good news is that most modern shipping companies and their agents are well versed in the proper methods to ship large cargo and will arrange for collection, transportation and paperwork preparation on your behalf – for a price of course – leaving you with just a few small tasks to accomplish before... Read more

What you need to know about Foreign Motorcycle Insurance

If you’re planning to bring your motorcycle into a foreign country for touring, you may be required to purchase Foreign motorcycle insurance or temporary “green card” motorcycle insurance. Chances are that your current policy does not cover international travel, so its important to establish whether a) the country you’re traveling to requires insurance b) which new policy you’ll be purchasing. It’s also important to note that most countries, including the United States will not relea... Read more

My Next Weekend Motorcycle Trip in California

Spring is here and if you love riding your motorcycle as much as I do, I’m sure you’re already planning your first day trip. If you’re lucky, you live in Northern California which is notoriously beautiful during the spring and summer months (okay year round really) and you’ll finally get to enjoy it after the cold and windy winter. I’ve planned my first weekend motorcycle trip in California of the season and the result is a leisurely ride down the coast from San Francisco to Santa C... Read more

Visit to California Sport Touring

For years BMW owned the sweet spot between Sport and Touring.  Fun to ride, able to do long distances, and the ability to work the twisties when you find them. Yesterday I went to California Sport Touring to pick up my new Ventura Luggage for the Speed Triple.  I've never seen this product in the flesh, and I have been working to find a solution that will allow me to put more miles on the bike.  The Sergant seat is such a huge improvement that it makes good luggage all the more important.... Read more

Iron Butt Certificate

More than once, I have ridden more than the 1,500 miles in 36 hours required to obtain an Iron Butt certificate (although I admit that I have never researched the requirements for verification). Part of the reason is that I don't know what I would do with one a certificate, but part of the reason is that I don't think it is any big deal. I thought of this while reading a review by Jamie Elvidge of the new Victory Vision.  As you know, I think this bike is a breakthrough in the cruising/to... Read more

Garmin Introduces GPS for Motorcycles

As a confirmed GPS addict, I've long attached various GPS units to my motorcycle, from home made gaffer's tape installations that I could see through the clear lid of a tank bag, to more sophisticated arrangements, I am always more comfortable about getting lost on the bike if I know I can easily get back to knowing where I am. GPS units, even those made for bike use, have never really been right for the motorcycle. Garmin's Zumo, introduced at Laguna Seca last month, is an attempt to deal... Read more