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Motorcycle Track Days: What You Need to Know

Two riders going through Turn 1a at Loudon.

What are Track Days All About? Track Days are the most exciting, fun and effective way to improve your riding skills…period! You will learn how to corner and brake with a lot more confidence and control. And you will have a

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Video Lesson: Uphill Hairpin Fail

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Here is another installment of “Videos Lessons” where we pull from the seemingly never ending supply of rider videos from which we can learn. Even though these are 2 very slow speed crashes, the injuries could have been serious. I

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And Yet Another Video Lesson: Surviving the Unexpected

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In this installment of Video Lessons, we see this guy on an R6 cruising down the highway when suddenly he finds himself facing a big yellow foam tube that fell off the back of a boat. The rider is okay

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Yet Another Crash Video We Can Learn From

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Here is another video that I’m pretty sure demonstrates how we humans don’t want to admit when we screw up.  See the video of the poor guy who sideswiped a big truck on his R6. The problem that he says the

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Tailgaters Suck

Photo: Julia LaPalme

Motorcyclist Online recently posted my article “6 Riding Tips for Dealing with Tailgaters“. This particular piece garnered a ton of comments from readers and Facebook followers of several riding groups. While most people agreed that it’s best to pull over

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Guest Writer: Why Street Riders Benefit by Riding the Track

Ed carves a perfect line on his ST1300. photo: otmpix.com

Guest contributor Ed Conde shares his experiences about how track days have helped his street riding. The Next Level I came to riding late. I did not begin riding until I was pushing 50. I tried to make up for

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Crashing Sucks: Ask Me How I Know

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I crashed. In the scheme of things, the mishap wasn’t a huge affair. I was only traveling about 15 mph when I tucked the front tire of a brand new Ducati Multistrada, but the vertical force was enough to pop

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Truths About Electronic Stability Control

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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”

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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

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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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4 Reasons Why You Need to Use Cornering Lines

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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

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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

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New Rider Zone: Advice For Would-be Motorcyclists

Not everyone is cut out to ride a motorcycle.

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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Ice Riding Basics: Winter Moto-Fun

Got Lean?
photo: Jeff Vader

Okay, so I’m an idiot. Not for the multiple reasons that my wife might list, but because after 50-plus years living in the Frozen Northeast, I have just now discovered the awesomeness of riding a dirtbike on ice. Add to

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How to Crash

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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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Video: Ken Narrates a Track Day Session

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Enjoy this video of Ken narrating a few laps of the Thompson Speedway, CT (Clockwise, short course) road course using a Sena GoPro Audio Back. Track day riders who sign up for Personal Instruction will receive real-time narration and coaching.

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Visualization Can Save Your Life

When the time comes for you to use your superior skills, will you?

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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The Real Value of Knee Dragging

Dragging knee is much more than just looking good for the camera.

The RITZ article on knee dragging is one of the most viewed posts on the website. I can understand why. Dragging a knee is a measure of sport riding accomplishment for many. Nothing says “sport bike hero” better than fully

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The Lane Splitting Debate

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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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Top 16 Off-Road Riding Tips

Fun and challenging!

I recently returned from an epic dirt riding trip. But, instead of boring you with details about where I went and what I ate, I’m going to share some tips about how I survived the slimy, rocky, ascents and descents

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