Enjoy the Ride
Most motorcycle riders will tell you that riding is great experience. Words like “blast”, “exhilarating” and yes, “fun” are terms often used to describe the joy that is motorcycle riding. So why is it many new riders will confess that riding a motorcycle can be a scary and intense activity?
One reason that comes to mind is experience or, in the case of the new rider, lack thereof. Let’s look at why.
In my previous installment of Risky Business, I looked at being vigilant and acutely aware of the hazards when riding on the street. This time let’s take a look from the other perspective, making yourself visible to other vehicles on the streets with you.
How often have you heard someone involved in an crash say “I never saw the other driver, rider, etc”. More often that you would think, this is actually a true statement. The driver may have actually been looking right at motorcycle and their brain never registered the bike as an object to avoid or be concerned with.
Drivers can get used to just looking for cars and other hazards on the road. Let’s face it, motorcycles just aren’t as plentiful on the roads as cars and trucks. It’s hard for some motorcyclists to understand this but as riders, we often take note of other bikes. Being on a bike seems to make us “tuned in” to see other bikes where drivers of cars simply aren’t.
So what can one do as a rider to mitigate this phenomenon? Let’s learn how to be seen. The following are some ways to improve your visibility on the road.
A modest sized tailbag that can still manage to enclose a full-face helmet when expanded, the Ogio Moto Sport tail bag is a great way to add storage to your ride. The attachment system is very flexible making it easy to adapt to most any bike with a passenger seat.
The overall construction is very robust and an included rain cover rounds out the features that make this bag a good deal for its sub $100.00 price point. Check out the full review over at webBikeWorld.com.
Right after I finished this review it turns out that these bags are in short supply so if you’re interested in one of these I’d pick one up ASAP! from Amazon. If you miss it MotorcycleGear.com tells me that more will be coming in Early September (link below).
Join Sloan’s for their Monthly Mystery Dinner Ride. KSU 6:15. They will tell you where you are going when you get there!
Date(s) – 07/20/2017
6:15 am – 7:45 am
Sloan’s Motorcycle – ATV
Product: R4K Race Collar
Manufacturer: EVS Sports
Sizes: Adult and Youth
Color(s): Black/Red and White/Green
There are riders that subscribe to ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) and those that don’t. How much protective riding gear one wears and how often it gets worn ends up being a matter of risk management. Barring helmet laws, protective riding gear is not compulsory so the range of protection observed on street motorcycle riders tends to vary widely.
I am an ATGATT rider and lately I would say I’ve become an ATGATT+ rider. I consider “All the Gear” for the street to include riding boots, pants, jacket, helmet, and gloves that all contain armor as applicable.
Recently I added an additional piece of kit to my normal riding gear, a neck brace/collar.The following details my experience so far using the R4K Race Collar as an daily use piece of protective street riding gear.
I want to point out that EVS does not specifically market or recommend this product for street riding use. In the past I have taken other off-road safety equipment such as knee/shin protectors and used them to augment my street riding safety gear.
After eighteen years running the independent review site webBikeWorld.com, Rick Korchak is stepping down from helm of the popular news and reviews site. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rick over the past eight years as a contributing writer and while I’m sorry to see him go, I know he’s looking forward to a break before he gets into a new project (I’m sure he won’t sit idle long).
Spanning nearly two decades, webBikeWorld.com has racked up nearly 1,800 reviews of motorcycle accessories, apparel, and related products. Rick’s mission with webBikeWorld was to provide unbiased and fair reviews to the motorcycling community and he could not have been more on target with the results of his labors.
Here’s to you, Rick! You created something very special that grew from a humble start to an internationally recognized source for motorcycle related news and reviews! Sit back now and take it easy as the new team presses that inside bar and looks deep into the next corner of wBW’s ride.
For my part I’m honored to have had my articles published on webBikeWorld (over 90 reviews!) and take pride in having contributed to Rick’s vision. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new management team plans on growing wBW going forward. Hopefully I’ll be asked to continue my role as a contributing writer.
My review of the Vemar Zephir helmet is posted today over at webBikeWorld.com. The Vemar Zephir has entered the ring to slug it out in the sub-$200.00 helmet space and it packs a wallop! To start with, the feature set is comprehensive with an internal drop-down sun visor, provision for a Pinlock Max-Vision insert, and a unique port for communications devices.
The Zephir also comes out its corner swinging with a comfortable liner and accurate sizing. If that’s not enough, the finish and overall build quality has this helmet punching well above its weight (or price!). All is not perfect but the minuses are definitely minor compared to the pluses. So is the Vemar Zephir a contender for your next helmet purchase?
Check out the complete review over at webBikeWorld.com
webBikeWorld Contributor Bill P. takes an in-depth look at four different mobile device mounts for motorcycles. Personally I use the Ram Mount X-Grip as it is light and I don’t do any off-road riding on my Ninja 1000 🙂 but I do agree with Bill’s findings. While his favorite is also the most expensive in the roundup, one does get what they pay for in this case.
See the full review and comparison by clicking here.
From the review…
Many motorcycle owners are now mounting a smartphone on their motorcycle. Not that I’m advocating taking and making actual phone calls; indeed, most of us try to get away from that aspect of our lives when we ride.
So no, that’s not what I’m talking about.
It’s for things like music streaming using Bluetooth connectivity through your intercom system. And there are riders who don’t want to get lost, period. I’m sure many of you, like me, use GPS apps on your phone while on a ride and consider it essential.
Today, Monday June 19th, is international Ride to Work Day and hopefully many of you were able to get out and make the commute on your bike today. Here in Nashville is was still wet and a little drizzly from our overnight rain but precipitation was pretty minimal at 6:30 this morning. Still, I saw many riders on the streets this morning on my way into town from Brentwood.
If you’re not familiar with Ride to Work Day, it is more than just a day to commute on your ride. Ride to Work is a 501 c4 non-profit organization, advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday utility riding to the public.
You can get more info over at www.ridetowork.org .