Rider tip #9 – Kickstand

When you’re parking, always make eye contact with your kickstand to make sure it’s down.  Don’t trust your foot.  Don’t trust your brain to remember that you put it down or not.  Trust no one.


One day you’ll get distracted while you’re dismounting, and the next thing you know you’re trapped under the bike, yelling for help.

Put the stand down with your foot, and before you lean the bike over, look down with your eyes and make sure the stand is extended and the foot is down.  Then and only then lean the bike onto it gently.

I’ve had better days – ACH

rideIconWork has been pretty crazy lately so I decided to take a day off and get some riding in.  Let’s just say I’ve had better days.  It started off like a lot of my riding days do.  I hem and haw over where to ride until I land on a route I’m feeling good about that fits into the time and weather.  Usually ends up pretty well.  As a friend pointed out, I’ve had worse days, but I’ve definitely had better. Continue reading

First Day of School – GMR

rideIconMy kids had their first day of school today, so after dropping them off I celebrated by hitting GMR and getting lunch with my girl at our local.  The weather was a little off, not hot or anything, just a hazy day, but otherwise it was a great day on the mountain.  Pics below the fold.

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End of Summer – Big Bear

rideIconSummer hasn’t officially ended but it might as well.  We’re in the dog days hard core here in SoCal; it’s been hotter this month than it was the entire months of May, June, and July.  Couple of the guys at work were talking about getting a ride in again so we threw together a group and a route and hit the road for a couple hours. Continue reading

Tips for new riders

rideIconNew riders face a lot of challenges.  Sure, riding courses like MSF BRC teach you how to operate the motorcycle, and equip you with the basic skills to be on the road, but it (by design I think) can’t teach new riders everything they need to know to stay alive.  The road is a scary place, and there are a lot of lessons you can learn from experience.  Some of those experiential lessons are painful, however, and new riders can at least think about what’s happening before they’re in the situation, to recognize hazards in their neighborhood or daily commute that were previously invisible.  If not invisible, they were so innocuous they may not even recognize they are hazards. Continue reading