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 […]

Riding a motorcycle is opposite of our instincts…

Riding a motorcycle is opposite of our instincts…

Here’s a cool scientific experiment you can try at home kids.  The next time you’re out cruising around on your motorcycle, find an empty parking lot or deserted road.  Place a plastic cone, empty soda can, etc., on the ground.  Get about 100 yards away from the can or marker while getting up to 20 or 30 mph, look right at the marker and try to hit it.  You should […]

Failure to negotiate a turn…

Failure to negotiate a turn…

FAILURE TO NEGOTIATE A TURN If you’ve ridden a motorcycle for any length of time, I’d be willing to bet at some point you’ve ridden into a turn a little too fast. If you were lucky, you made it through the turn without low siding, running into an oncoming vehicle or going over a cliff. The fact that you made it through the turn without crashing doesn’t mean you’re a […]

Counter-balancing and why you should give it a try…

Counter-balancing and why you should give it a try…

Counter-balancing and why you should give it a try I get this question a lot; why don’t you talk about counter-balancing? Actually, I do talk about counter-balancing in my videos. In fact, I also demonstrate it in my New Ride Like a Pro video. What I don’t do is include counter-balancing in the three techniques, which of course are, the proper use of your head and eyes, the friction zone […]

Coming to a smooth stop…

Coming to a smooth stop…

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques – December 2016 Over the years, I’ve written about this subject a time or two. However, since I still get the same questions on the subject, I’ll give it another try. The questions go like this, “I just bought a new Ultra Classic and this bike is so top heavy, I keep dropping it; I can’t even seem to come to a smooth stop without […]

ABS…Should I buy a bike with it?

ABS…Should I buy a bike with it?

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques I frequently get asked by riders that plan on purchasing a new motorcycle if they should spend the extra money for ABS (anti-lock brakes). The answer is a resounding YES. ABS is a life saver and probably the best innovation to come along in years. The fact is, most motorcycle crashes could have been avoided had the rider had an ABS equipped motorcycle. Forget for […]

You should NEVER have to “lay her down”

You should NEVER have to “lay her down”

You should NEVER have to “Lay her Down”   Here’s a story I heard recently.  A group of four riders were cruising down a winding road in Georgia.  A pickup coming the opposite way crosses the double yellow line and sideswipes the second bike in line.  That rider goes down and begins sliding on the ground.  The rider behind the rider that went down, (here it comes), says to avoid […]

Braking and Swerving – Do you have those skills?

Braking and Swerving – Do you have those skills?

Of all the exercises at my Ride Like a Pro class, riders have the most problems with the brake and escape.  This exercise has the rider braking from 20 mph while downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear and slowing to about 5 mph.  The rider then has to make a quick swerve from right to left to right to avoid an obstacle. It’s very rare that a rider hits the […]

Practice makes perfect!

Practice makes perfect!

I’ll bet many of you have at some time in your life sat down at a piano and plunked the keys. Maybe someone showed you how to play chopsticks. For a few minutes I’ll bet it was a lot of fun, but after a while, you get a little tired of playing the same thing over and over again, eventually, you get up from the piano and that’s the end […]

Motorcycle gear…Wear It!

Motorcycle gear…Wear It!

Motorcycle Gear…Wear It! Way back in 1974 I rode a friends Sportster from the Bronx, NY to Key West, FL. I made the trip in two and a half days. Here’s the dumb part. I left NY at the end of February. Wait, it gets worse. The day I left happened to be a sunny day with the temps in the mid 50’s. In my mind, I figured spring was […]