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  • BeginnerBikes.com Year in Review

    BeginnerBikes.com Year in Review


    reprinted from BB.com , December 2003
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    BB Year In Review Well here we are, December. Another year has come and gone, albeit our first entire year under the new look of the forum and website along with the direction of our current BB team. A lot has happened in the past twelve months, we've had our thrills, chills, and spills but we're still rolling stronger than ever. I had another article ready to go for this month but felt compel...
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  • Frame Geometry 101

    Frame Geometry 101


    reprinted from BB.com , August 2003
    copyright owned by author


    Frame Geometry 101 Welcome to this month's installment of Customarily Minded. This month we'll look at a topic many of us slept through in school: geometry. Specifically front end geometry concerning motorcycles. For those that have been here at Beginner Bikes for a while, you may have read some of my mumbo jumbo concerning frame geometry and using wierd terms like "rake" and "trail". For those just ...
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  • My Favorite Beginner Bikes

    My Favorite Beginner Bikes


    reprinted from BB.com , January 2004
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    My Favorite Beginner Bikes I was perusing the BB Buyers Guide and felt compelled to make a list of my fave bikes that are listed among the mighty links of our homepage. Some I've ridden, some I own, and others I'd love to sample for a day. Bear in mind that not all of the bikes appearing on this article make a wise choice for beginners, and these models are based on my personal styling and riding pref...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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