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Group Riding and the Marker System

With the onset of spring, and the great riding weather we’re all looking forward to, my thoughts have turned to the many arranged group rides which will be taking place all over the world.

Riding in groups is a great way to enjoy our scooters, and I always find that the scooter community is an extremely friendly and sociable group of people. Group riding can be a lot of fun.

However, my experience has been that group riding continues to be one of the more dangerous activities we can participate in with scooters and motorcycles. Continue reading Group Riding and the Marker System

The “What If” game, or “It’s OK to be the Eternal Pessimist”.

Today, I’m going to talk about a game I like to play while riding.
Now, granted, I may be easily amused, and it may never take the place of the License Plate Game, but this one may just keep you out of some nasty situations, and help keep the rubber side down on your beloved scooter. Continue reading The “What If” game, or “It’s OK to be the Eternal Pessimist”.

Following Distance

I considered carefully what should be the first entry in this blog. I didn’t want to make things too difficult to start with, so I’m going to start with one of the most fundamental safety tips – following distance.

Good motorcycle roadcraft (you will hear me refer to this phrase often) dictates that you always ride so that you can stop in the distance you can see to be clear.

 

 

 

What dictates the distance you can see to be clear?
Well, the obvious one is the vehicles in front of you, but there are many other things that can affect how much of the road ahead you can see. Here are some of them:

  • Curves in the road.
  • Hills.
  • Weather.
  • Your own eyesight.
  •  Foliage (bushes, trees, etc…)

So, how much distance do I need to leave? Continue reading Following Distance