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9 Tips for Being a Perfect Passenger

Being on the back of a motorcycle can be relaxing and fun, but make no mistake that being a passenger carries with it some significant risk and responsibility. Follow these tips to make the experience safer and more fun. Insist

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7 Ways to Avoid Deadly Blind Spots

Lane position is one of the top strategies a motorcycle rider must utilize to avoid the most common multiple vehicle crashes. Here is a common scenario that illustrates the need to be hyper-aware of blind spots. Scenario You and your

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Front Brake or Rear Brake?

A lot of riders ask about which brake is appropriate for what situations. The short answer is that it depends on speed, desired maneuver and available traction. Here, I’ll discuss proper brake use as it pertains to various situations. Let’s

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Review: Pirelli Supercorsa TD Track day tire

  At the beginning of 2019, Pirelli introduced a new track tire designated the “TD”, presumably an acronym for “Track Day”. The TD was developed with assistance of former AMA Superbike and AMA Formula Xtreme racer Jake Zemke. The TD

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Review: 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

I recently spent a full day piloting a 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The Glide is The Motor Company’s sleek heavyweight cruiser. It features the Milwaukee Eight 107 engine, navigation, cruise control and all the other high end goodies…except ABS. I

Posted in Motorcycle Reviews

Review: Helite Turtle Airbag Vest

I am a believer in managing risk. And one way to do that is to protect yourself in case you go down. Modern armor does a decent job of mitigating impact injury. But, as good as modern armor is, it

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Review: Helite GP Track Airbag Vest

Riding a motorcycle on a racetrack at speeds exceeding 100mph is exciting and immensely satisfying. But, it can also threaten your well-being if things go wrong. Even the best racers and track day riders make mistakes or get caught up

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5 Strategies for Preventing Motorcycle Theft

It sucks that motorcycles are such easy prey. Keeping possession of your machine requires deploying layers of theft deterrents that keep these lowlifes from riding your bike away or heaving it into a waiting van. But even with our best

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10 Ways to Tell if You are a Good Rider

When asked, the majority of people think they are a good rider. The problem is that we suck at measuring our own abilities. This is so common that two researchers named Dunning and Kruger created the Dunning–Kruger effect that describes

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Riding Motorcycles in Europe

Have you ridden a motorcycle in Europe? If you have then you’ll probably agree that not much beats experiencing Europe’s history, culture, food, foreign languages and epic scenery. Riding the mind-spinning Alpine passes and ancient cobblestoned village streets is life

Posted in All Things Motorcycle, Tours, Video

RITZ TV- Episode 4- Interview with LongHaul Paul Pelland

In this episode of Riding In The Zone TV, I interview long distance rider Paul Pelland, aka “Long Haul Paul”. Paul travels the country as an advocate for those challenged with Multiple Sclerosis. We talk about Paul’s motorcycling history and

Posted in Adventures, All Things Motorcycle, interview, Motorcycle Musings, RITZ TV

Wilkins Harley-Davidson Podcast Interviews Ken

Wilkins Harley-Davidson invited me to join in on their Behind the Bars Podcast. Take a listen. Please Donate to Keep the Articles Coming If you liked this article and the many other articles on this site, please toss a buck

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Tips for Surviving Alpine Switchbacks on a Motorcycle

This article was originally published in Motorcyclist Magazine. Their names are infamous; Pordoi, Sella, Gavia, Gardena, and of course Stelvio. These are just a few of the mountain passes that snake up and over the mighty Italian Alps and jagged

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Product Review: Leatt STX-RR Neck Brace

I’ve had several people ask about the Leatt STX-RR brace that I wear on the racetrack. Well, here is my review. Should You Wear a Neck Brace? I decided to invest in a Leatt STX-RR neck brace after a recent

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Top Ten Truths That All Motorcycle Riders Need to Know

Here is a list of the top 10 things riders need to know (but often don’t): 1. Traction management and direction control are directly affected by load transferring to the tires. 2. Timing of deceleration, braking, countersteering and acceleration directly

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The Real Value of Knee Dragging

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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10 things you need to know about Trailbraking

Trailbraking is often misunderstood, causing many riders to avoid learning the techique. I often hear people say that they think trailbraking is a technique used only by performance riders and road racers. Not true. This braking technique is actually quite

Posted in Motorcycle Safety, Rider Education, Riding Technique & Tips, Track Days

5 Tips for Surviving Intersections

Intersections are very dangerous places to be. The reason drivers collide with motorcycles is because they either don’t see us or they misjudge our approach speed or distance. Here are some tips to help you become more visible at intersections.

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Are Loud Pipes an Effective Survival Strategy?

Like politics and religion, it’s usually a very bad idea to bring up the Loud Pipes debate in mixed company. But, this website is here to discuss such topics, because your well being is at stake. Before you assume this

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Product Review: Mitas TerraForce 90/10 Dual Sport/ADV Tires

My 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx has been a reliable machine both on the street and off-road. The Tiger came with Metzeler Tourance Next (90% road/10% off-road) tires which I promptly swapped for a set of Mitas E-07 Dakar Dual

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