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Motorcycle Riding on the Tail of the Dragon

Staying safe on the 318 curves in 11 miles

6/19/2015, By Jerry "Motorman" Palladino
If you’re not familiar with Deals Gap, or the Tail of the Dragon, it boasts 318 curves in just 11 miles. All the turns are banked and the pavement is near perfect. There are no crossroads, intersections, or driveways along the stretch of wonderful curves. Here, riding instructor Jerry "Motorman" Palladino gives insight into how to stay safe while navigating the challenging road.
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Summer Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

Keep your cool in the heat of summer

6/9/2015, By Jerry "Motorman" Palladino
I’d like to make sure you have a summer riding season full of great memories instead of “I wasn’t prepared” memories. With the heat of summer upon us, keep those great memories alive by always being ready for whatever the weather may bring your way. Here are a few safety tips to follow for riding in extreme heat.
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How Do I Stop Tailgaters on My Motorcycle?

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I encounter this constantly here in the Denver area, on the urban roads as well as rural two lane roads, that is when cars follow too closely. What is the best way to signal them to back off?
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5 Ways to Avoid Crashing Your Motorcycle

Reminders on how to stay upright at all times

12/3/2014, By Nick Ienatsch
Many motorcycle accidents result in the rider's lack of focus or rider skill. With a little mental effort, many crashes can be avoided. Here are five ways to avoid laying down your motorcycle, while sharpening your skills on the road.
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Safe Riding Tips: Mastering the Head and Eyes Technique

Look where you want to go

8/25/2014, By Jerry “Motorman” Palladino
Just like the child learning to ride the bicycle for the first time, the riders in the class will at first attempt to make the transitions at a slow walking pace. What’s more, the riders attempt to look where they are at the moment instead of where they want to go next. This of course will not work.
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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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