Our Best Riding Tips of 2013

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Our Best Riding Tips of 2013

We aim to do a lot of things with this young website of ours and one of those things is to help you become an even better rider than you already are. To that aim, we share our best riding tips of 2013.

How To Ride a Motorcycle In The Rain

1) How To Ride a Motorcycle In The Rain

What You’ll Learn: What to watch out for on the road, what gear will make your task easier and the riding techniques we advise to keep you safe. (Read more)

What We Say: Riding in the rain is not as scary as you think. Nail down these helpful techniques, add some specialized gear to your closet and with a little practice, you can be just as comfortable riding in the wet as you are when the sky is clear.

Advice From The RA Community: Nathaniel Salzman says, “In the rain more than ever, it’s important to keep your tires in the two tracks where automotive tires usually travel. Between the tires is where the oil has been dripping out of their engines. Be especially careful not to cross that center part of the lane just after bumps or rises in the road, as that’s when oil most often shakes loose.”

How To Ride A Motorcycle At Night

2) How To Ride A Motorcycle At Night

What You’ll Learn: We give you a list of the dangers that really lurk in the night and tell you how to avoid them. Plus we teach you the art of properly adjusting your headlight so it illuminates the areas where you need it most.
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What We Say: You’ll be amazed at what upgrading and properly adjusting your headlight will do for your nighttime riding confidence.

Advice From The RA Community: Martin says, “I’m a big fan of giving the high beams a couple of quick flashes when approaching intersections at night.”

8 Ways To Stay Under The Radar

3) 8 Ways To Stay Under The Radar

What You’ll Learn: We tell you what lane to put your bike in to stay clear of tickets. Plus eight other things you may not have considered before that can keep the radar gun pointed elsewhere. (Read more)

What We Say: We know that some habits are hard to break, but hanging out in the right lane has its merits too. After you’ve read this article, you might think twice about using the fast lane so freely.

Advice From The RA Community: Scott Jones says, “But what if you get pulled? When the cop turns on the lights signal him with a wave or an OK to let him know you see him and are complying. Pull over quickly but do it smoothly and safely, use your blinker. Turn the bike off and pull off your lid.”

How To Ride A New Race Track For The First Time

4) How To Ride A New Race Track For The First Time

What You’ll Learn: We show you the quickest way to get up to speed to tackle a new-to-you race track by deftly using the Internet. Plus, we tell you why its wise to take it easy on the throttle till you really are confident enough and safe enough to open it up in this new environment.
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What We Say: Don’t commit to a corner at 100 percent until you know you’ve got it down. That will take time, likely even multiple track visits. Dig in for the long haul and think improvement over time, not fastest rider out on day one.

Advice From The RA Community: Rocket Punch says, “Don’t talk about getting Rossi like precision, don’t talk about lap times and most importantly don’t see “knee dragging” as a goal.”

8 Ways to Make Your Motorcycle More Visible

5) 8 Ways to Make Your Motorcycle More Visible

What You’ll Learn: The art of tapping your brakes, reflective tape done well and why the color of your bike and your gear matters when it comes to a motorists perceptions of you. But, paying attention to things like blind spot awareness is also key, even if you are covered head to toe in neon. (Read more)

What We Say: You don’t need to look like you just walked off the set of Tron to be visible on the road.

Advice From The RA Community: Miles Prower says, “The first thing I do when I get a new motorcycle is install a brake light modulator. A modulator rapidly blinks the brake light for a second or two (before going to steady on) when the brake is applied.”

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  • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

    Not so much a riding tip, but how about a piece on how to find good riding friends for the new riders? Things like where to go, what kinds of questions to ask, what kind of bikes to look for, etc. So many new riders end up around MCs or with hooligan friends and end up (dangerously) struggling to keep up with fast riders or bored to death in those stupid hundred rider group rides. I know ive been in situations where somebody invites a new guy to ride with us (we never ride with more than 4 bikes at a time) and im stuck feeling like a babysitter while the new guy is well out of his comfort zone. Some advice for new riders to sort out the nuances of the motorcycling social scene would be kind of cool. I certainly could’ve used it when I started riding.

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      We can absolutely put that together for you in January. Great idea!

      • SniperSmitty

        Thanks in advance Jen. I’ll be looking out for it. Keep the dirty side down.

    • SniperSmitty

      Big Up to Jorn!!
      I joined two meet up groups online when I first started riding. I ride a Honda CBR 600 F4 now. Anyway, at the first event I went to, 16 riders showed up and I was the ONLY guy on a sport bike. They looked at me like I had a d*#k growing out of my forehead, and acted even worse toward me. I also had on more gear than all of them put together. Needless to say the day did not go well. I left the group after about 15 miles.
      The second group was sport bike specific. I figured it would be fun. Well…. I was wrong. It wasn’t that they rode too fast, it was how they rode… Not Safe. No turn signals were used at all, all day. I saw 3 near misses. On one occasion the guy ahead of me passed 3 cars on a double yellow and almost got offed by a left turner who was using a signal. Also, they made fun of my hi-vis construction vest.
      I ride with a great group now, but an article like Jorn describes would have been wonderful back then. Actually, it would be wonderful now. I would definitely read it.
      Thanks and Keep the dirty side down riders.

    • Piglet2010

      I recommend small group riding classes as a way to meet other riders – people that pay for advanced training are generally not clueless squids or land pirates (at the Total Control classes, both sport-bikes and cruisers were represented, but no squids or Hell’s Accountants types on them).

  • Scott Otte

    The best piece of advice I got years ago was this “Slow the f@%k down” It’s amazing how much it makes everything easier.

    Just wish I was good at following advice.

  • Nathan

    Great articles and another personal riding tip for myself that I always remember. “You have a wife and daughter expecting you to make it home, are you sure that’s a good decision or should we just be patient Nathan?”

  • zion

    All good advice. I will add some things to consider; advice from an old fart who’s survived this long.

    Don’t ever, I mean ever, think you’ve done it all or know it all. Keep learning…take advanced riding classes, whether through MSF or track schools or wherever. You can always pick up some little tidbit that you never realized and if not, you’ll at least reinforce your good riding habits.

    Also, KEEP RIDING. Riding is a perishable skill. Being off a bike for even a week can let some of your skills and senses dull. So remember to go over the basics for even just a few minutes…..practice a panic stop…do some slow U-turns….get reaccquainted with your bike for a the first few miles….it does make a difference.

    Lastly, keep calm. Seriously. No matter what some d-bag does or almost does to you on the road. No matter how “bad” the day is going. Keep calm. If you ride while frustrated, pissed off or simply distracted, I guarantee your odds for $#^& happening goes up immensely. If you have to, pull off the road somewhere and take the time to get your head on straight, then get back on enjoy the rest of your ride.

    Ride safe. Happy New Year.

    • Randy S

      Definitely good advice in my experience.

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    You guys have to start doing exciting stuff again. Whatever that means to you. The common sense articles are great to have out there but eventually things are going to return to the way things were, right? More quippy essays from industry forerunners, maybe?

  • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

    Thanks for the mention!