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Riding Right

Safe Riding: What A Motorcycle Mishap Can Teach Us

Lessons in riding in gravel, fear and humility

By Liz Jansen
It was a picture perfect summer day, ideal for a ride with friends. Careening off the driveway and down a mountainside slope on my motorcycle was not part of the plan, yet when fear takes over, plans change.
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Never In A Hurry

Words to live by on a motorcycle

By Ken Glassman
When I took my motorcycle rider safety course years ago, the instructor told us within the first 15 minutes that he'd been riding for 20 years without any accidents. He attributed that to practicing the many safety rules we were about to learn, and to one other personal creed he lived by: "I'm NEVER in a hurry when I'm on my bike." He added, "If you remember nothing else in this class, remember that."
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Short on Legs, Long on Skills

Height no deterrent for Jennifer Hooper

By Donn J. Brous
Standing a diminutive 4 feet 11 inches, Jennifer Hooper is an unlikely candidate to be a motorcycle training instructor -- she doesn't fit the stereotype. "It never occurred to me that being short would make riding difficult or that I should customize a bike to my height," she explains.
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One Way to Avoid Dropping Your Bike

How sick and tired can teach you a lesson

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
One of the most embarrassing times for a motorcyclist is the moment when he or she drops their bike. In my 18 years in the saddle, I can lay claim to this embarrassment twice. I won't bore you with the same old story of how befuddled I was when it happened...what I will share with you is something I learned to avoid dropping the bike in the future.
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Technique for Lifting a Dropped Motorcycle

How to upright a downed bike

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Most of us have witnessed this scenario at least once in our motorcycling life: someone drops his or her motorcycle, and three or four people scramble over to help muscle it upright. But have you ever seen someone actually upright a motorcycle alone? It can be done.
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Safe Riding Tips: What is Counter Steering?

And how to make it instinctual during tricky situations

By Jerry “Motorman” Palladino
There’s only one aspect of riding a motorcycle properly where your instinct is actually correct, well semi-instinctual, and 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.
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Riding Right: Top Five Road Hazards for Motorcyclists

What to be mindful of while riding

By Tina Leman
We all want to mount up on two wheels, feel the wind in our face, and enjoy the open air around us. We also want to have a safe ride. To help you have fun on your motorcycle and feel safe while doing it, here are five of the top hazards all motorcycle riders should be on the lookout for while traveling out on the road.
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Riding Right: Making the Perfect U-Turn

How to practice to get it right

By Jerry “Motorman” Palladino
Many riders have questions about the proper way to make a U-turn. In this installment of Riding Right, riding instructor Jerry Palladino gives us a quick lesson on U-turns that comes straight from his book, "Ride Like A Pro."
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Riding Right: The First Ride of the Season

A few reminders to stay safe

By Susan Rzepka Orion
Snow melting. Sun shining. With mercury rising and an itch to get back on two wheels, it won’t be long before you’re back on the street again. If you’re not lucky enough to live in a year-round riding zone, you and your motorcycle have probably been dormant for months. Please consider these sure signs of spring as you as you saddle up this season.
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Riding Right: Why Is My Bike So Top-Heavy?

We have the answer

By Jerry “Motorman” Palladino
I must get this question via email five or six times a day, every day: “I just got a brand-new (fill in the blank), and it’s so top heavy! What can I do?” First, let’s get one thing straight: It ain’t the bike.
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