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  • Motorcycle Painting 101

    Motorcycle Painting 101

    Overview Painting a motorcycle may at first seem like an intimidating DIY project, but with a little time and effort, anyone can learn to do a decent spray-can paintjob. This gives you the pride of having done it yourself, and the savings of not having paid someone else to do it. Granted, there are some limitations to doing the spray-can job (color options, finish options, etc), but you don’t have to have a big air-spray setup and also don’t have to worry about the overspr...
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  • Taking the BRC -- A Journal

    Taking the BRC -- A Journal

    My BRC was at Honda in Alpharetta, Georgia....

    Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm They checked our picture IDs upon arriving, handed out a workbook, various brochures and stuff, and a list of questions with the name of another student written on it. You had to find that student and get the answers to the questions listed. That was kinda neat cuz you could easily get to know someone else and it got everyone chatting. Being that bikes were the theme to the weekend, it wasn't hard to find thi...
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  • Why should you wear a full-face helmet?

    Why should you wear a full-face helmet?

    by Jeff Dean
    (Reprinted with Permission)

    Ask 1.2-million-mile BMW rider Dave Swisher, of Bowling Green, Virginia. That's his helmet after he suffered a crash in West Virginia. Dave came out of it just fine—thanks to his full-face helmet. No facial reconstruction was needed. In fact, because Dave was wearing full gear, he was able to ride home! What would have happened had he been wearing a three-quarter helmet or, worse yet, a “shorty?” ...
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  • It's Spring, ready to ride? Let's be sure..

    It's Spring, ready to ride? Let's be sure..

    So, it's starting to warm up all over the country. Batteries are being charged for that long awaited day of starting up that metal beast in hopes of an enjoyable ride. With that being said, it's important to remember your basics. I write this because I myself am a victim of this. , Fuel-OK, Ignition-OK, Neutral-OK, Engine-OK. This is quite important, not as basic as it seems. If you miss one step, your bike wont run! So, before you start to troubleshoot why your bike isn't starting--double check...
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  • Tuning Up Riding Skills

    Tuning Up Riding Skills

    Great article on refreshing important basic skills (Save and re-read next spring!)>>

    Tuning up all riding skills

    Reprinted from Motorcycle Consumer News © 1997 Several years ago, our local river went on a rampage plowed itself a new channel through the woods and removed our backyard and half of the hill our house was sitting on. As you might imagine, motorcycling took a back seat for a year or so. My motorcycles were hauled to high ground and stored in a friend'...
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  • Road Rash Decision

    Road Rash Decision

    copied the following article from Motorcycle News, July 2005 issue. I live in Texas and ride in 90-100+ degree Fahrenheit weather in the summer. I have ridden with just a helmet, boots, gloves and regular pants and shirt/blouse. I’ve thought, “If I go down and get road rash, it’ll heal.” This article made me think again about my “Road Rash Decision.”

    ROAD RASH DECISION by Flash Gordon, M.D. Here’s a letter from Patricia Wilson, a motorcyclist who wants us to b...
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  • 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle

    10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle

    I found this article on About.com, written by Walter Kern. Spring is in the air, and more and more riders are hitting the streets. I thought this would be a good, succinct way to remind all riders, beginners and experienced alike, how to stay safe out there. I believe these are truly good rules to live by.

    10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle

    1.) Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That means...
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  • Biker's Dictionary

    Biker's Dictionary

    ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time
    Apes or Ape Hangers: Refers to a handlebar style where the handgrips are located at a higher position, so as to enable the rider's arms to "hang" Picture "Clyde" from "Every Which Way but Loose" and you'll get a perfect understanding of the riding position.
    Bar Hopper: A motorcycle that is not very comfortable on longer rides, yet lavishly styled. Rigid frames and hardtails fall into this category.
    Big Five: Refers to the five major motorcycle...
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  • The Anatomy Of Falling On Your Sword

    The Anatomy Of Falling On Your Sword

    Contributed by Whizbang The funny thing is, I remember thinking at several points during my trip from Minneapolis to North Carolina, "what if today is the day I'm going to go down?" No reason. It just popped into my head along the way. A couple of times. Here's three other weird coincidences: Before the trip I had just replaced my Alpinestars Gore-Tex Web boots with heavier duty, armored Alpinestars Effex boots. I decided that plain, 5-pocket leather jeans weren't enough protection for...
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  • The LoDown on the Box

    The LoDown on the Box

    The Box Those two words often inspire apprehension, dread and sometimes outright fear in the minds of BRC students. The Box. The Dreaded Box. “What is the box?” you may ask. If you haven’t taken the MSF BRC, let me take a moment to explain what it is. The box is an area roughly the same as four parking spaces - two spaces long and two spaces wide. The dimensions are 20” wide by 60” long. The idea is to enter along the right hand side of it, do a u-turn to the left, come back to ...
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  • Motorcycle Painting 101
    by Galaxieman
    Overview Painting a motorcycle may at first seem like an intimidating DIY project, but with a little time and effort, anyone can learn to do a decent spray-can paintjob. This gives you the pride of having done it yourself, and the savings of not having paid someone else to do it. Granted, there are some limitations to doing the spray-can job (color options, finish options, etc), but you don’t have to have a big air-spray setup and also don’t have to worry about the overspr...
    01-31-2017, 05:46 PM
  • Why should you wear a full-face helmet?
    by Derick
    by Jeff Dean
    (Reprinted with Permission)

    Ask 1.2-million-mile BMW rider Dave Swisher, of Bowling Green, Virginia. That's his helmet after he suffered a crash in West Virginia. Dave came out of it just fine—thanks to his full-face helmet. No facial reconstruction was needed. In fact, because Dave was wearing full gear, he was able to ride home! What would have happened had he been wearing a three-quarter helmet or, worse yet, a “shorty?” ...
    01-31-2017, 05:46 PM
  • Taking the BRC -- A Journal
    by n3wbee
    My BRC was at Honda in Alpharetta, Georgia....

    Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm They checked our picture IDs upon arriving, handed out a workbook, various brochures and stuff, and a list of questions with the name of another student written on it. You had to find that student and get the answers to the questions listed. That was kinda neat cuz you could easily get to know someone else and it got everyone chatting. Being that bikes were the theme to the weekend, it wasn't hard to find thi...
    01-31-2017, 05:46 PM
  • It's Spring, ready to ride? Let's be sure..
    by Derick
    So, it's starting to warm up all over the country. Batteries are being charged for that long awaited day of starting up that metal beast in hopes of an enjoyable ride. With that being said, it's important to remember your basics. I write this because I myself am a victim of this. , Fuel-OK, Ignition-OK, Neutral-OK, Engine-OK. This is quite important, not as basic as it seems. If you miss one step, your bike wont run! So, before you start to troubleshoot why your bike isn't starting--double check...
    01-31-2017, 05:45 PM
  • 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle
    by Guest
    I found this article on About.com, written by Walter Kern. Spring is in the air, and more and more riders are hitting the streets. I thought this would be a good, succinct way to remind all riders, beginners and experienced alike, how to stay safe out there. I believe these are truly good rules to live by.

    10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle

    1.) Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That means...
    01-31-2017, 05:44 PM
  • Road Rash Decision
    by Guest
    copied the following article from Motorcycle News, July 2005 issue. I live in Texas and ride in 90-100+ degree Fahrenheit weather in the summer. I have ridden with just a helmet, boots, gloves and regular pants and shirt/blouse. I’ve thought, “If I go down and get road rash, it’ll heal.” This article made me think again about my “Road Rash Decision.”

    ROAD RASH DECISION by Flash Gordon, M.D. Here’s a letter from Patricia Wilson, a motorcyclist who wants us to b...
    01-31-2017, 05:44 PM
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