Motorman answers your questions in this month’s article!

Motorman answers your questions in this month’s article!

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques – March 2018 Between my videos, my weekly tips on YouTube and my monthly articles, I get plenty of questions via email.  When I start to get some of the same questions over and over, it’s time to take the top three and put them in this monthly column. Lately, I get a lot of riders asking if the techniques, head and eyes, the friction […]

Afraid of Dropping your 950-lb Motorcycle?

Afraid of Dropping your 950-lb Motorcycle?

Afraid of Dropping your 950-lb. Motorcycle? Well, you should be.  Especially if you can’t pick it up and you happen to drop your bike where there’s no one around to help you pick it back up.  The good news, it’s rare that a person drops their bike on some deserted road.  The drop generally happens when trying to maneuver through a crowded parking lot on a bike night or when […]

What is the first accessory I should buy for my bike?

What is the first accessory I should buy for my bike?

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques Crash Bars Someone asked me recently what’s the first accessory I should buy for my bike.  I’d have to say it’s a good set of crash bars or highway bars, as some would call them.  These bars are designed to protect the motorcycle in a low speed (under 15 mph) tip over.  Since low speeds are where the great majority of tip overs occur, crash […]

What kind of rider are you?

What kind of rider are you?

Just today, someone sent me a link to a news story about a 30-year old woman in Los Angeles that was killed in a motorcycle crash.  According to the story, the woman was riding a 95 Harley-Davidson and upon rounding a curve, crossed the center line, and crashed head on into a truck. The point of the email was a Ride Like a Pro class is desperately needed in the […]

Riding with a passenger…

Riding with a passenger…

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques – Riding with a Passenger Sometimes what seems to me to be a very easy thing, others find to be the exact opposite and that’s only because some people overthink such things and believe it can’t be that simple. I’m talking about riding a motorcycle with a passenger. You wouldn’t believe all the questions I get on this subject.  I’m going to lay it out […]

Shortcuts to Riding Like a Pro – Special offer too!

Shortcuts to Riding Like a Pro – Special offer too!

Shortcuts to Riding Like A Pro For quite a few years, the biggest selling motorcycles have been touring bikes or baggers with all the bells and whistles.  The people who purchase these heavyweights tend to be in the 50 to 65 years old range. Whether you buy a Harley Ultra or an Indian, Goldwing or Victory, these motorcycles are heavy.  They range in weight from 925 lbs. to a little […]

Stop using the rear brake?

Stop using the rear brake?

Stop using the rear brake? If you want to get really good at low speed maneuvers, as I’ve said many times, you must become proficient with using the friction zone of the clutch.  That of course is the gray area between where power begins to be transferred to the rear wheel, and when the clutch is fully engaged or released.  At low speeds, you must use that gray area known […]

Is counter steering instinctual?

Is counter steering instinctual?

Is Counter Steering Instinctual?   There’s only one aspect of riding a motorcycle properly where your instinct is actually correct.  Actually, semi-instinctual, that’s counter steering.  Before I go any further I’ll define what’s commonly known as counter steering.   I actually prefer the term “push steering” since it’s a lot less confusing.  What push steering/counter steering means is in order to change direction at speeds above 15 mph as in; […]

Caution, Intersection ahead!

Caution, Intersection ahead!

Caution, Intersection Ahead It’s no secret that most vehicle crashes occur at intersections.  As a motorcycle rider, if you didn’t know that fact, you should.  This is true whether you’re on four wheels or two.  Of course, a crash at an intersection is hundreds of times worse on a motorcycle. When I say intersection, you’re apt to think about a four-way intersection; and yes, that is the most dangerous.  But, […]

Moving up to a bigger motorcycle…

Moving up to a bigger motorcycle…

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques – Moving up to a bigger bike I often hear from women riders wishing to move up from their present motorcycle, anywhere from a 250cc to a 1200cc ride, to a full-size tourer.  Their question is, “can I handle the heavier bike?”  This is an impossible question for me to answer since I don’t know their skill level. If you’re a skilled rider, in other […]