Street Riding Tips



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Too Hot To Stop

One of the scariest things you may encounter on a bike is a loss of your brakes due to overheating. Although a temporary condition, it can still be extremely dangerous.

There are a few different ways you may encounter brake fade but for the purpose of this tip, I will concentrate on overheating due to long-continued use, such as riding down a steep decline.

When brakes are used often as with steep downhill curvy declines they can start to heat up quickly. Once the brake fluid reaches a certain temperature, you will experience a loss of brakes. This loss of brakes will continue until the fluid cools down again. That might be too late for you.

There Are Some Things You Can Do

There are a few ways to prepare for conditions that may require heavy brake use such as steep declines. On the mechanical side of things, make sure you service your brakes regularly and do things such as using fresh, quality, brake fluid, good brake pads, and good rotors. Do not cheap out when it comes to your brakes.

On the riding end of things, slow down and use a lower gear. This will allow your engine to help with your speed control. Also, if it’s a long decline and there is a place to safely pull over along the way, do so. Take a minute to stretch and let those brakes cool down. Then continue along to the bottom.

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Leave An Escape Route/Be Aware

When pulling up to a red light or stuck in slow/non-moving traffic, leave yourself an escape route and always pay attention to your mirrors. Too many people pull up right behind the car in front of them to wait until traffic starts moving.

Think About This

Think about this. What if you are sitting at that light and the car behind you does not stop? Since you are directly behind the car in front of you, even if you see it happening, you have nowhere to go. If you are parked in a position where you can move either to the left or right and that same car is coming, you now have room to get out of the way.

Part 2

That brings me to part 2 of this tip. Always check your mirrors at a light or traffic stoppage. Know what’s going on around you at all times. We hope this helps. Have a great week!!!

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There’s What On My Tires?



We love it when we get new things for our bikes. We just recently bought new tires for our bike. There is nothing like the feel of two brand new tires on your motorcycle. Since we were camping literally 5 minutes from the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, We are ready to roll!!! Right?

Wrong!!!

What most people may not realize is most if not all motorcycle tire manufacturers recommend a break-in period for their tires before you ride some of the more aggressive roads. The reason for this is there are chemicals in the rubber from the manufacturing process of the tire. These chemicals slowly release as you ride. This can take anywhere from 500 to 1000 miles of riding.

The Roads Await

Although manufacturers do not use as many chemicals as years ago there are still quite a few there. So for us, the Million Dollar Highway had to wait a bit. For you, We recommend you take it easy on those new tires for a little while. Those twisty roads will still be there after your tires are properly broken in. We hope this helps you stay safe.

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Timing And Jumping Are Bad

Never time a traffic light as you are riding down the road. As you are cruising up to that red light you’re thinking if I keep off the gas by the time I get to the light it will be green and I won’t have to stop. While you’re thinking that, the guy in the SUV heading from the cross street is thinking if he hits the gas just a little, he’ll make the light. You meet in the middle. Guess who will win that match up?

You Will Lose Again

The same thing goes for when you are at a red light waiting for it to turn green. Don’t slam on the throttle as soon as the light turns green. That same guy in the paragraph above is timing the light and miscalculated. You lose again.

Do yourself a favor and wait for a second or two before you jump into that intersection. It could save your life. We hope this helps. Have a Great Week!!!

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Know Your Bike

This probably should have been my very first tip when I started this tip section but better late than never.

Read Your Owners Manual before you take your bike out on the road for a cruise. It is filled with a lot of valuable information on your specific bike. Safety features, how to work things, break-in periods (if new), and fuse locations are just a few things that are essential to know.

So our tip is quite simple. Read your owner’s manual. Here’s a bonus tip. Buy the repair manual for your bike. If you’re even a little bit handy, this could be a great tool.

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Oh Crap, That Was My Turn!!!

This one is a bit obvious but I feel like I need to put it out there anyway. I have seen too many people that ride realize they are missing their turn and instead of riding past it they will shoot across however many lanes there are just to hit the exit.

Please, please, please just bypass the turn and proceed to the next safe place to turn around. A quick move across traffic lanes can prove to be fatal. There is nowhere you can be going that is important enough to gamble with your life. Have a great week.

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Got Fuel???

There is nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere and running out of gas. If you used one of our links on this website {hint…hint} and joined the AMA with the auto-renewal option, you can call the roadside assistance and have them deliver some gas to you so you can make it to the next gas station.

I don’t know about you but I would rather be riding the scenic highways and byways than sitting on the side of the road waiting for gas to be delivered. So what’s the tip you ask? Simply put, know your bike. Know how many miles you can go before you hit reserve. Also, know what your reserve is. How many miles can you go on reserve?

Lastly, know where the gas stations are on your route. If the next station is a certain amount of miles away and you “think” you can make it, why not be safe and top off at the station you are passing. It beats the hell out of waiting or pushing!!!…lol.  We hope this helps. Have a great week.

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Air It Out

Part 1 of this tip should be done during your pre-trip inspection but part 2 can happen while you are out on the road. You might have figured out what we are talking about but if not it’s tire pressure. Always check your tire pressure BEFORE you head out for a ride. Heading out on under-inflated or over-inflated tires can be dangerous.

Putting air in your tire during a pre-trip is probably easy because most people will have some kind of air compressor at home. What if you are on the road? Now what? What if you started the day with good pressure, have started your trip, and noticed that now you are low. Slow leaks and picking up nails do happen while you are on the road.

Consider Joining The AMA

Besides having a good roadside assistance program (like through AMA, you should also carry a small air compressor to help out with low tire pressure.. If you have a complete blowout than the only thing that will help you is roadside assistance because you will need to be towed.

If it’s a slow leak and only a little low, you can fill it with your air compressor and ride either straight home or to a repair shop. We carry the Slime 40001 Air Compressor. It’s small enough to fit in our side bags. We hope this helps. Have a great week.

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The Dreaded Dry Eye

Even though wind therapy is my favorite kind of therapy, long sessions of this kind of therapy can do a number on your eyes. Long days of riding can easily dry out your eyes and cause discomfort. If you have allergies like me, not only will they dry out, they itch and become irritated.

The solution is easy. Carry eye drops. There are a couple of different kinds. Most people can just carry the lubricating drops and they will work fine. Others like me need the allergy drops. Whatever type you use, try putting a few drops in each eye when you get gas or even every other time you get gas. Your eyes will thank you.

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The Eternal Blinker

Remember to turn off your turn signals after completing a turn. Start training yourself to get in the habit of using that thumb to click off those signals. Push it every now and then just to be sure they are off.  If cagers see you coming down the road with your turn signal flashing away and they are waiting to pull out into the road, guess what? Yup, they are going to pull out right in front of you.

Some cagers might do that anyway, let’s not give them a reason to do it. We hope this helps.

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Not Going Anywhere For A While?

Whenever we head out somewhere there are a few staples we always bring. We always pack water, grapes, and some kind of cereal bar. I know in a previous tip I said to pull into a gas station so you can stretch and grab some water and a snack but what if you are stuck in traffic?

Stop Dead Traffic

I was on a group ride one time from Long Island New York to West Virginia and on one of the main roads, there was a serious accident. The road was closed so a helicopter could land and everyone sat in one place for about an hour. We have also been in traffic jams that move slower than a snail’s pace.

Some Conditions Can Be Game Changers

An hour isn’t so bad your thinking and maybe it’s not. Change a few conditions and it’s a different story. What if it’s 100 degrees and the sun is beating down on you with no shade in sight? What if you’re hypoglycemic? What? What the hell is that? Basically, it’s low blood sugar. Yes, I have it.

Grapes/Cereal Bar/Cheese and Crackers

So you see by carrying some water (a must) and something with sugar like the grapes and a cereal bar if my sugar starts to dip usually a couple of grapes and a cereal bar do the trick. Even if your not hypoglycemic, being stuck in a traffic jam is no fun without water and a snack. Being super thirsty or hungry will affect the way you ride in a negative way.

Long-Winded Tip

So, the long-winded tip for this week is to always pack at least one bottle of water and a couple of small snacks before a ride. Even if you don’t use them during the ride it’s better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them!!!

Have a great week!!!

Ride Often/Ride Safe



Where Am I?

We are definitely guilty of this one. Have you ever taken a ride into a mountainous area counting completely on your phone or GPS? If so, like us, you will learn that many times you will lose signal on your phone and GPS while riding through the mountains. Usually, by the time that happens, you are deep into them and have no idea how to get back. Especially if you’re like us who like to explore side roads…lol.

What’s the solution?

What’s the solution? Well, glad you asked because that is the tip for this week. Always carry a paper road map of the area you are going to ride in. If you never lose signal on your phone or GPS, great, but if you do, you will be prepared.

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Is That A Tar Snake?

Always scan the road surface. Sounds simple enough right? The fact is many riders are watching for cagers. Some are just sightseeing. While watching for cagers is definitely a good thing, don’t forget about the road surface. You should be looking for oil/antifreeze/any liquid spills, sand, loose gravel, tar snakes, debris or the dreaded pothole. All of these can be extremely dangerous.

So get out there and ride but always have your eyes scanning. I hope this helps. Have a great week!!!

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Are We There Yet?

If you love riding as much as I do, you will undoubtedly take some long trips every now and then. When I lived on Long Island, it took me an hour (or more sometimes) just to get off the Island and over the bridges. Then it could be a few more hours to get to the area I want to ride.

Take Breaks

Even though you might be really excited to get to your destination and want to ride straight through, make sure you take breaks. Many motorcycles can go long distances before they need gas. Just because your motorcycle can go a long distance before it needs to stop doesn’t mean you should.

Approx every hour to an hour and a half or so you should pull over, have a small snack, drink some fluids (no, not beer…lol), and get off the bike to stretch. Doing this will keep you more alert and awake. Never ever ride tired!!!

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That Cager Must Be Out Of Blinker Fluid

Everyone knows that most cagers do not watch out for motorcycles. Furthermore, most just change lanes with barely a glimpse. Try this the next time you are riding in traffic.

Watch the driver’s head and mirrors– Most cagers won’t change lanes without at least a quick head movement to either side. If you keep an eye out for a cager’s head movements either through their mirror or window, you may be able to anticipate their next move.

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Are There Any Cars Coming?

Before you head out on your bike, always adjust your mirrors. Unlike cars, there are a lot of bikes that you need a wrench to properly adjust your mirrors. You also want to make sure your mirrors are tight before you take off. It would totally suck to try and merge into traffic with your mirror swinging around in circles!!!

Honestly, it should not just be your mirrors you are checking. You should always inspect your bike before you head out on a ride. I have written an article on pre-trip inspections. It gives you an idea of everything you should check BEFORE you head out for a ride. If you have not read it yet click here.

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Keep Small Issues Small

Sometimes while you are out riding little things can happen. Maybe a mirror bolt or battery bolt loosens up. Both relatively minor problems. Unfortunately, those minor problems can be rather large if you are in the middle of nowhere and don’t have anything to take care of them with.

So today’s Two-Wheeled Tip is to get yourself a small toolkit and carry it somewhere on the bike. It’s an easy way to keep a minor problem small.

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