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Good article, but creates many questions. For example; for normal street riding, what's the best way to warm the tires, and how long, on average, should you spend warming them, to the correct tire temperature the article mentions?

Doug
Houghton Lake, MI
Monday, September 25, 2017
Editor Response
A good rule of thumb is to ride at about 75 percent of your effort and lean for a few miles while the rubber "warms up," but most especially when air temperature is 55 degrees or less. Street motorcycle tires are designed to warm up quickly, however if you plan to do aggressive riding or canyon carving, it's a a smart idea to take it easy the first few miles as you start your ride.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor at Large
Very interesting read. I'm taking my mod 1 test this week, hopefully leading to my mod 2 and full license in October. Any advice taken!

Donna Saxton
Pershore, United Kingdom
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I love your articles and have learned so much from them. I am 65 years old and ride a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S.

I had a scary moment on my first group ride a few months back. I ended up in the lead of half the pack (which I did not want) on a curvy road I had never been on. I took the curve wide in order to see around it because oncoming bikes and vehicles were crossing the center line. I felt my bike pull and not responding to the turn (trees and ravine was the shoulder.) I glanced down and noticed the asphalt had cracked and slipped and that's where my tire was. I hadn't seen it going in because the road was shaded. I thought to myself, "I am not dumping my new bike," so I accelerated. I pulled it out of the crack but in doing so started leaning the other way. On instinct, I tapped my foot on the road and my bike imprinted and off we went.

All the bikers behind me were males and when we stopped to regroup with the first half of the pack they are told me they were really impressed with how I got out of it. I am not an experienced rider. God didn't want me to to wreck my bike either! I have put a lot of miles on it since, all solo because I have no friends that ride. But that is okay. It's one of the joys in my life.

Janet
Marysville, WA
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Great article and a terrific way to start the riding season.

Gentle correction: That's a Honda CTX 700 in the pictures. Awesome bike - I ride and love one!


Linda
Calgary, AB, Canada
Friday, April 21, 2017
Editor Response
Yes, you are right! Thanks for the correction. The CTX 1300 looks very similar to the 700. It even fooled us!

We have changed the caption to be correct.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
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