Category Archives: Riding Tips

Tips on handling your motorcycle: in the gas station, in the twisties and braking hard for the deer that jumped in front of you in the curve.

Motion Induced Blindness

When we were teaching new riders, our objective was to take drivers and turn them into riders. That might be lost on some and it was on most at the start, but once they got into traffic they usually became … Continue reading

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Riding Gear. And you thought the bike was expensive!

Yes, buying riding gear can be like buying software after getting the computer – secondary sticker shock.  Let’s not even talk about accessories. Because this blog is primarily about touring, I’ll be writing about protective gear from a touring prospective … Continue reading

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Getting the kinks out: the bike AND yourself

My assignment today at Open Road: preside over the “coming out” day for the Coast Riders. This was a day where I set up lot exercises that included slow riding, slaloms, serpentines and a track that included among other things, a tight U turn and … Continue reading

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Why does my motorcycle drift to the inside in a corner?

Have you ever taken a corner and found that the bike tends to drift to the inside?  R U dreaming? Nope. Does the bike engine loose power due to fuel issues from the lean? Nope.  Is it gravity in a heavily banked … Continue reading

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Counter Steering. Picking the line you want and staying on it.

Counter steering: whether having ridden for years or a brand newbie, many riders don’t truly understand counter steering, or push steering as some choose to call it. When teaching new riders I discuss it in class sessions, on the lot and … Continue reading

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Lane Positioning

Yet another discussion with a student today raised the issue of lane positioning for motorcycles. There was some misunderstanding about the advantages/disadvantages of each postion and once explained, the student was better able to position himself to best advantage.  The lesson … Continue reading

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Ever had a blowout?

In 2005, Arlene and I were riding south from Winnipeg to Sturgis on I-29 in South Dakota. We had a rear tire blowout at 120 kmh. I thank my advanced rider training for knowing what to do and of all … Continue reading

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Towing with a bike

Over the years I have heard many fairy tales  about towing a trailer with a bike and every one was told by someone who has never towed one. We have towed a light trailer and a heavy one with brakes … Continue reading

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CO poisoning on a bike?

In 2006 we were riding to Alaska from our home in Langley. We rode north through BC with the route becoming more and more remote the further north we got. Anyone who rides long distances knows that it’s not unusual to get a … Continue reading

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Co-Riding

      When we ride two-up, we always consider ourselves rider and co-rider, not rider and passenger. There is a distinct difference between a passenger and a co-rider. A passenger is basically along for the ride and not necessarily participating in … Continue reading

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