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Mitas Sport Force + Tire Review

Originally published in Motorcyclist Magazine. North American sport and sport touring riders have a relative newcomer joining the sport tire fray with the Mitas Sport Force+. It turns out that Mitas (pronounced me-tass) has been around for a while as

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Riding in the Zone Podcast Episode 1- Trailbraking

Today’s episode is on trailbraking. What is it, what are the benefits and how do you do it? Sometimes delaying your braking can be a useful tool. Trail braking is a technique that is done by continuing to brake beyond

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Review: Racer High Speed Gloves

I ride over 2,000 track miles every season. That means I spend a lot of time wearing road race gloves. I need high-performance gloves that are comfortable as well as protective. Racer’s High Speed Glove is a premium CE certified,

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Review: 2017 BMW R1200RS

After spending the better part of two weeks in the saddle of a 2017 BMW R1200RS riding the Alps and Dolomites of Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria, I have developed a pretty good idea of what this bike is about.

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Review: Energica EGO Electric Motorcycle

The future of motorcycles? The jury is still out. But, the technology keeps moving forward. Battery range and charging capabilities are improving and you can expect usable performance. The weight issue still needs to be addressed. Thanks to Adam at

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Video Lesson: How to Manage Downhill Turns

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE ENERGICA REVIEW, CLICK HERE. SORRY FOR THE MESS UP. There is nothing like video to help demonstrate cornering techniques. Ride along with me as I explain cornering and the nuances of managing a downhill turn,

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Video Lesson: Cornering Finesse

There is nothing like video to help demonstrate cornering techniques. Ride along with me as I explain cornering and show some of the nuances of body position, cornering lines, countersteering and visual skills. This is the sort of cornering detail

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Long-Term Review: 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

The 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx has spent this past summer as my instructor bike (both on-street and off-road), sport tourer and general go-to machine. After putting almost 9,000 miles on the ODO since March, I can now offer an

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5 Tips from an Aging Sport Bike Rider

Note: This article pertains to all types of riders. So, please read on. What happens to sport bike riders when they get old? Most people think of sport bike riders as young men in their 20’s or 30’s. A lot

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Motorcycle Track Days: What You Need to Know

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

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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Adventure Accessories for the Triumph Tiger 800

The arrival of the newest addition to the RITZ garage is a Phantom Black 2016 Tiger 800 XRx. The Tiger has proven to be a true all-arounder. I have toured on it, done a track day, conquered Deal’s Gap and

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Review: Motus MST-R – American Made

The  Motus MST-R is an American hot rod. Its push-rod “baby block” motor hearkens back to the days of monster V-8 Cobras, GTOs, Trans Ams, Z-28s and Dodge Chargers. Badass. The Motus also hints at the exotica of a Ferrari

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Yet Another Crash Video We Can Learn From

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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5 Reasons Why Roadracers Give Up Street Riding

Most roadracers start out as street riders. But a lot of roadracers (and some track day riders) stop riding on the street after they begin riding on racetracks. Why is this? Riding on the street is dangerous. At first blush,

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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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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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KLX250s: Upgraded & Accessorized

The Kawasaki KLX250s is a versatile combination of playbike and full-on trail burner. Right out of the box, the KLX is a willing companion, both on the dirt and on ice! It is an un-intimidating ride with a well-balanced chassis

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Ice Riding Basics: Winter Moto-Fun

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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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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