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Truths About Electronic Stability Control

The newest Ducati Multistrada has super sophisticated Bosch Traction Control and ABS electronics. These rider aids will make it a whole lot harder to crash! But, are they all they are cracked up to be? The Bosch electronics I tested

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Guest Writer: Becoming “That Rider”

It was a long and cold winter here in the Northeast, but at the first Tony’s Track Days event of the year at the beginning of May, we were given clear skies and ideal temperatures. Last year, I worked hard

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How To Survive Mid-Corner Hazards

The vast majority of single-vehicle crashes occur in a curve. Many times these crashes are the result of an assumption that the corner will be easy to negotiate, only to find that it suddenly tightens or there is a mid-corner

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New Rider Zone: What to Expect at a Beginner Rider Course

So, you think you want to ride a motorcycle? If you haven’t already, please read the first article in the series and the step-by-step article. Signing up for a Beginner (or Basic) Rider Course is a big step and you

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Use Cornering Lines

A “cornering line” is the path you follow around a corner. Riding a narrow, single-track vehicle means we are able to select the left, center or right positions within the lane. The “basic” cornering line starts by entering the turn

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New Rider Zone: Step by Step Guide to Becoming a Motorcyclist

Okay, so you’ve read the previous article in this New Rider series and determined that motorcycling is indeed something you’d like to pursue. Before we go any further, I’ll ask you once again; are you sure you are willing to

Posted in All Things Motorcycle, Motorcycle Safety, New Rider Zone, Rider Education, Riding Technique & Tips, Women and Motorcycling

New Rider Zone: Advice For Would-be Motorcyclists

Welcome to the first in a series of articles specifically designed for New Riders, starting with this article that talks about considerations for would-be riders. Check out the whole list of articles in the New Rider Zone and subscribe to

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How to Crash

I sometimes get questions from students, readers and other fellow riders asking whether there are ways to minimize injury during a crash. I’ll give you the few tips I know, but realistically you don’t have too many options once you

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Visualization Can Save Your Life

Putting a Homo sapien on a motorcycle is just asking for trouble. You simply can’t escape the fact that we are all prone to doing really dumb things. Don’t bother denying it. You’re human and humans are fallible. I believe

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Tony’s Track Days FAQ Podcast

Take a Listen to this TTD FAQ Podcast-mp4 download Tony and Ken discuss Track Day FAQs while in Tony’s truck on the way to Barber Motorsports Park. This is my first attempt at a podcast. It’s unscripted, so it’s as

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The Lane Splitting Debate

A recent study by the California Office of Traffic Safety reports what many motorcyclists already know; that lane splitting is (or, can be) “safer” than sitting in stopped traffic. This means being less prone to serious injury. To enjoy the

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How to Survive Downhill Curves

Cornering errors are responsible for at least half of all fatalities. And of those corners, downhill curves are the most challenging. But, with some knowledge and practice you can master these tricky turns. Before I describe how to deal with

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The Horsepower Crutch

The seduction of horsepower is tough to resist. After all, who doesn’t like the rush of torque and thrust pulling on their arms when they twist the throttle? And, if more power is good, then even more power must be

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Knee dragging 101: Fundamentals You Need to Know

Most people have seen video or photos of motorcycle racers (or not very smart street riders) dragging their knee while leaned fully in the middle of a corner. Every motorcycle event photographer knows that the money shot that every track

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The Power of the Quick Turn

Most motorcycle riders initiate lean in a somewhat lazy manner. In most cornering situations and at normal street speeds it is perfectly fine to gradually ease into a corner with light pressure on the handlebars. But, when the pace picks

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Body Position Tips for More Effective Cornering

Positioning your body to the inside of your motorcycle when cornering means that the motorcycle does not have to lean as far for a given speed and turn radius. Hanging off shifts the combined weight of body and machine to move

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How to Ride a Motorcycle Slowly

Even though the ability to keep your motorcycle upright at parking lot speeds won’t necessarily save your life, it may save you from a broken foot (happened to me) and expensive damage. Sure, you can try to balance your bike

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Sometimes “it” Happens

I just got home from attending a memorial service for two lovely people killed by a heroin addict who apparently nodded off and veered into the oncoming lane and struck their motorcycle. This is a tragedy that is made worse

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Guest Writer: If in doubt, UPshift

Chuck Boucher is the latest RITZ guest blog contributor. Chuck is an expert level roadracer with the Loudon Roadracing Series and is an instructor for Tony’s Track Days. You can read Chuck’s biography here. Chuck recently had a racing mishap

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How to Not Suck at Braking

This is the first installment of the “How Not to Suck” Series. I wanted to start the series with braking, because people seem to really suck at this important skill. The Scenario: You are riding along “minding your own business”

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