Our Best Riding Tips of 2013

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Our Best Riding Tips of 2013

How To Pull A Bike Out Of Deep Gravel, Sand Or Mud

6) How To Pull A Bike Out Of Deep Gravel, Sand Or Mud

What You’ll Learn: We give you three options on how to safely and quickly maneuver your bike through gravel, sand or mud when the situation presents itself. (Read more)

What We Say: Don’t get stuck in the mud, just do The Paddle, The Pull or The Push. We show you how.

Advice From The RA Community: Kevin says, “If I could add something, I’d say the best possible way to handle gravel is to take a little extra effort when parking the bike so that it is pointed in the right direction to ride it out when you leave…

How To Stay Comfortable On Long Motorcycle Rides

7) How To Stay Comfortable On Long Motorcycle Rides

What You’ll Learn: Nine tried and true things you can do to give yourself more comfort in the saddle during those extra long rides. (Read more)

What We Say: We show you how altering your ergonomics and your aerodynamics can significantly increase your distance tolerance. Plus, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Advice From The RA Community: Eric Shay says, “I’ve found that wearing a backpack keeps my back straighter, and more comfortable.”

How To Ford Deep Water On A Dirt Bike

8) How To Ford Deep Water On A Dirt Bike

What You’ll Learn: How not to stall your bike or find yourself in the creek when crossing deep water on the road less traveled. (Read more)

What We Say: We’ll show you how to choose the best entry and exit path, how fast to go and where to put your body weight.

Advice From The RA Community: DaveDawsonAlaska says, “Hit the kill switch before you go under. Hope the air filter stops any sand or mud from being sucked in.”

How To: Ride in Low Sun

9) How To: Ride in Low Sun

What You’ll Learn: We tell you when you are least visible to motorists, where to position your bike in the lane to raise your profile and what time of day to absolutely avoid riding if at all possible. (Read more)

What We Say: Low sun can be more hazardous when you are on a bike but we can put the odds in your favor.

Advice From The RA Community: Kevin says, “Stay to the outside of the lane when stopping – I would do this 100% of the time you’re on the road. Pattern recognition habits make motorcycles almost invisible when the brain expects to see a car. Move to the edge of the lane and you actually become more visible as you break the pattern recognition mold.”

How To Save a Motorcycle Slide

10) How To Save a Motorcycle Slide

What You’ll Learn: How to react and gain control when a tire looses traction and you find yourself in a slide.
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What We Say: Practice makes perfect. Repetition reduces fear, so get out on an old dirt bike and low-speed slide till you can ride it out every time.

Advice From The RA Community: RyanO says, “Ride it out and slide it LIKE A BOSS!”

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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!