How To Pick Up a Dropped Motorcycle

How To Pick Up A Dropped Motorcycle

Ever had to pick your motorcycle up? If you haven't yet you no doubt will at some stage. Not necessarily from a crash but perhaps because someone pushed your pride and joy over in the parking lot, or you didn't quite put the kickstand down correctly when getting off. It's a strugle to lift up smaller bikes, but massive cruisers and tourers? Forget it. A Honda Gold Wing weighs just over 900 lb (408 kg). But there is a ...
Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Dangerous?

Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Safe? An Analysis

You've probably heard figures bandied about that lane filtering is four, six or 10 times safer than sitting in stationary traffic in your lane. But how true is that? Is it safer to filter while on a motorcycle or is it just a good way to get through traffic faster? We've taken a look at research and studies going back as far as 1981 and as early as last year to see whether or not filtering will make your riding experience ...
Motorcycle Back Brakes Are There For A Reason. Use Them!

The Motorcycle Back Brake Is There For A Reason. Use It!

For many riders, the back brake of their motorcycle is the anatomical equivalent to the appendix. They perform a very minor function overall and if they're removed you wouldn't be any worse off. Yet, your back brake is another arrow in your quiver when it comes to reducing your speed as rapidly as possible. For many, the back brake is used only when travelling at low speed. Think parking your bike at the shopping center ...
Dance of the Highside

The Dance Of The Highside

Highsides. They’re violent, they’re unexpected and they’re spectacular to witness but they’re not something any rider wants to ever experience firsthand. So what causes a motorcycle highside? Can you do anything prevent them? And is there anything you can do to stop a motorcycle highside if you feel it happening? We’ll get a little bit technical in this article, so if you prefer moving pictures instead of big ...
Two Fingered Motorcycle Braking

Two Fingered Motorcycle Braking And How It Could Save Your Life

The concept of two fingered or covered braking on a motorcycle is a simple one and yet so many riders fail to employ it. Many aren't taught the technique when learning to ride and we’ve even heard instances where riders are told not to use it because it’s dangerous (more on that later). Yet, by using two fingered braking you can reduce your stopping distance by around 14 feet (4 meters) when travelling at 60 mph. It all ...
Total Control Training Wins Contract For California Motorcyclist Safety Program

Total Control Training To Train New Californian Riders from 2015 After MSF Pulls Out

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, better known by the acronym MSF is no more in California when it comes to rider training to get a license. From 1 January 2015, Total Control Training, run by Lee Parks, will take over as the official instructing regime for the state of California for at least the next two years. It ends an approximately 10 year long association with California - a period which saw motorcycle rider fatalities ...
Motorcycle Target Fixation

Motorcycle Target Fixation – Understand And Overcome It

Target fixation is one of the main causes of single vehicle motorcycle crashes and fatalities among new riders. The term was originally coined in WWII to describe how air force pilots could potentially fly into targets during bombing or strafing runs. When you target fixate, you are likely to steer in the direction of what you are looking at, ultimately causing an otherwise completely avoidable collision. A common and ...
2015 Yamaha YZF R1 Dash

Countdown to the 2015 Yamaha R1

It's now official - the 2015 Yamaha R1 will be unveiled in just a few weeks at EICMA exhibition in Milan on November 3rd. We've previously had a look at all the potential rumors regarding 2015 YZF R1 and since then nothing has really changed. We'll repeat what we know so far below and make one change - it's now looking more likely that the 2015 Yamaha R1 will in fact have a dual clutch gearbox, so we've pushed that rumor into ...