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Mick Doohan – No Place to Race

Public Safety Ad to encourage motorcyclists to think about the obstacles they face on the road. Very effective!

ATGATT – All the gear, all the time. This PSA shows the dangers of wearing everyday clothes while riding. With Mick Doohan
Mick wants to help motorcycle riders be the best they can be and believes riders education and training are the keys to avoiding crashes.
Mick’s site

Top 10 Tips for Street Riders by Can Akkaya

Tips for riders from Motorcycle Insights

1. Focus- I see many people riding on the street without being fully focused. They ride through a canyon the same way, as they do their city ride from traffic light to traffic light. Change that! Especially on long rides make sure to stop every hour for at least 10 minutes, as it helps you refresh and maintain your focus.

and 9 other great tips! Check em out!

Can Akkaya is a German former professional motorcycle racer. Throughout his racing career he raced the German IDM, the Spanish and the Dutch Open and the European Championship; winning his last international race in 1995, retiring from professional racing shortly after. In 2004 he wrote his life story and was offered a publishing contract by Mohland Verlaign Germany. His book Racers-Story is a top 10 best seller. He became and is a world class motorcycle instructor, having trained thousands of riders from around the globe.

Can’s Coaching Site

Quote of the Day – #ATGATT

“I don’t wear a helmet because there’s a law, I wear a helmet because I understand physics.”

Yahoo news user

Found by http://twitter.com/#!/ottawagoodtime

Marisa Miller takes a Harley Rider’s Edge course

As seen on Ultimate Motorcycling

Rider’s Course information
More info on their Learn to Ride program
Current contest to win a Harley

Maintenance and other rider tips

Maintenance

Maintenance is not only an essential part of motorcycle ownership, it can make the difference between safe riding and getting stranded– or worse, taking a spill. Learn how to change your oil, check and lubricate your bike’s chain, ensure that your tires are inflated properly, and check your fluid levels, and you’ll ride with the confidence of knowing that your bike will run reliably.

Car drivers

Most car drivers say they never saw the motorcycle. Car drivers don’t want to hit you, honest. Some of them need extra help to know you’re there. Do all you can to make it easier for them to see you. Use your high beam during the day. High beam is more conspicuous than low beam. Trading that cool-looking black leather jacket for something bright wouldn’t hurt, either.

Corners

When you enter a corner, your eyes follow the line you want to ride. Prior to the corner, ensure you have braked or slowed down, you are in the right gear, and your throttle is constant. Enter the corner by pressing and leaning in, follow your line, and look far ahead, staying at the outside of the corner as long as possible. Always give throttle while in a corner and accelerate out of the corner.

Decreasing radius

What do you do when you are surprised, mid-corner, by a decreasing radius? Push your motorcycle to the inside, with your outside knee. Leaning in extra by pressing on the inside handgrip to get more lean. Use the rear brake gently. You will not only decrease your speed, but the motorcycle will turn a bit around its rear wheel, so you will turn more into the corner.

Courtesy of Motorcycle Training Academy of Colorado Springs

Motorcycle Training Academy Facebook page

Motorcycle Safety – Gear up, and be careful

Here are some safety videos I’ve found on the Air Force’s Safety Center. The US Air Force has a very heavy emphasis on rider safety, all the gear all the time (ATGATT), and driver awareness of motorcycles.

Air Force Safety Center motorcycle videos

Life on Two Wheels – new rider training @getontweets

Follow along as several new riders get familiar with motorbike riding in the UK with “Get On”. Love the accent, and nice video. ‘Get On’ want to support anyone in getting on two wheels by actively promoting the many positives of motorcycling, and by introducing as many people as possible who have never ridden to a free riding experience, and by encouraging those who have left motorcycling to start again.

Learn To Ride A Motorcycle - How To Ride A Motorbike - Get On from getonvideos on Vimeo.

Kid’s Day at Fay Myers Motorcycle World

Took my boys to Fay Myers Motorcycle World in Denver, since they were having a Kid’s Day. My oldest wanted to ride the Honda 50 mini-bike, so I filled out the form, and we waited in line. My little guy, 5 years old, got a little anxious and wanted to ride the bouncy slide, but not the mini-bike. While the eldest was getting fitted with gear, Fay Myers provided helmet, shirt/pants, gloves and goggles, I took the little guy for a break on the slide. Finally, eldest gets a mini-bike ride, and little guy changes his mind, he wants a ride too. Back in line we go. Had a great time, and Fay Myers did a fantastic job, well-done!

More photos on Flickr

Motorcycle Safety Foundation – Basic Ridercourse Handbook

Here’s a link to the MSF’s Basic Ridercourse Handbook

And a link to the rest of their online library–great motorcycle safety resources to review

Topics cover risk awareness and management, personal protective gear (always gear up), controls, positioning, being visible, and mental processing. Common riding situations are discussed, along with maximum braking and swerving. There are lots of good illustrations to go with the discussion. At the end, there is a glossary, with study questions and some tear out tips you can take with you or post up on the fridge.

Great Roads Great Rides safety campaign

Think motorcycle safety

T-CLOCS

Before trusting your life to your bike, make sure it’s roadworthy and safe to ride. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has established a checklist they call T-CLOCS:

T – Tires, wheels
C – Controls (levers and pedal, cables, hoses, throttle)
L – Light (battery, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, etc.)
O – Oil (fluid levels)
C – Chassis (frame, suspension, chain, etc.)
S – Stands (center stand and/or kickstand)

T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist, courtesy of The Motorcycle Training Academy