Street Riding Tip: Stopping at Red Lights

Here is an important street riding tip for when you pull up and stop at a red light.

Always continue to look around you for other vehicles and what they are doing:

  1. When coming up on you from behind (are they slowing and stopping?)
  2. Cars turning into the lane behind side you (did they fully make the turn or are they overshooting it some – grannies in big boat Buicks are bad at turning)
  3. Are other motorcyclists trying to come up to you and/or beside you (I’ve even been passed while stopped at a light)
  4. Also, do not turn off your bike or put it into neutral because you may actually have to move, go, pull up, etc depending on emergency situations that may arise

Ride safe out there and remember this street riding tips for motorcyclists because you are always the loser in a crash with the cagers!

Tips for Riding in the Texas Heat

Here are a few motorcycle riding tips for those of you in Texas (or similar weather areas) that just got your sportbike and plan on riding out in the hot sun coming in the summer months ahead:

  1. Gold Bond.
  2. Textile or perforated style riding jacket and don’t buy black (I rock a white and grey Alpinestars textile jacket – it get dirty but so what?)
  3. Sunglasses under your clear helmet visor (so you can pop up your visor as you slow down to stops)
  4. Possibly sunglasses under a tinted visor (clear visors can cause sunburns if you don’t wear sunscreen on your face)
  5. Gloves should be breathable – less protection than the bulky GP style gloves (I save those for the track)
  6. Get a $1 empty spray bottle, fill it with half water half vinegar, spray that onto a cloth and wipe down the inside of your lid. This will clean out the funk, sweat, and smell – no worries, it will NOT leave your lid smelling like vinegar once it dries out.
  7. Wear sunscreen on the back of your neck (I’ve even been sunburned through the small open part where your gloves latch!)
  8. Drink water all day long – you will sweat profusely and more than you realize will evaporate off you as you ride through the heat
  9. Don’t ride too far. I commute 60 miles round trip. 30 mins in 105 degrees is brutal. Stop and drink fluids and cool off in the A/C at the gas station often if you are headed further than that.
  10. What are some of your tips for extremely hot weather riding? Leave them in the comments….

Riding in the hot Texas sun in the heat of Summer is doable for short distances. However it feels like you are riding straight into the Devil‘s hot breath so use these riding tips to help you beat the heat.

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Rider Code

While there are many aspects to the “Rider Code” – which I have to admit, may not be official per se, but more of my own personal interpretation of what I think such a thing should or would be – I wanted to stop for a second to tell this short story from yesterday to illustrate just one of them.

I saw a rider broke down on the highway yesterday – pulled over and tried to help him figure out what was wrong. When we tried a few things that didn’t seem to work, we just put his bike in the back of my truck, and hauled his bike to his workplace across town. I was on my own way to work, so this made me late also – I am not fishing for kudos or compliments here, I’m just living by the code.

Motorcyclists always stop for other riders – by the way, this is the code for all bikes (not just bikers, or just sportbikes). We may not all ride together all the time (if ever), but we all look after each other. Every single time I’ve been broken down on the side of the road, not one but several riders stopped to ask if I was alright. That’s the way it should be. Regardless of what you ride be it a Yamaha R1 or a Harley-Davidson, a GSXR or a Cafe Racer. What the heck, I guess I’d even stop for a moped…but don’t tell anybody!

Peace to those with 2 wheel fever,

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Encountering Drivers With Road Rage

Riders, let me say this: I never thought a driver of another vehicle other than a motorcycle would ever consider killing a motorcyclist. I will say, I don’t think drivers consider it, I think they just get road rage bad enough where they make stupid moves like the guy in this video. While we normally try not to post videos that we didn’t make ourselves, for your riding safety, you MUST see this video. I have experienced a few jerk drivers in my many years riding out on the open roads, but never like this. The scary thing is, when I have encountered other drivers that were pissed off that I passed them or got in front of them, I would mistakenly always say to myself when I saw them riding my tail, “What is he gonna do? It’s not like he’s gonna try to kill me!” And now I can safely say, I was wrong all these years. You NEVER know what idiot people will do when they get mad. So from now on, YES, there is a chance that the guy you just passed that got pissed off about it MIGHT try to kill you. I just want you to know that you should never cross this out as an option for those with road rage so keep an eye on them, burn out on them, move over, use the shoulder, whatever you have to do. If you notice a driver making threats to you with his vehicle, GET AWAY FAST and do so safely. Don’t give him more time to act and run you down, because you never know!! If you have a camera rolling, you could also report the driver to the Police. However, you do so at your own risk. As you can see, the driver of this vehicle got out with a crow bar, so your best bet might be to just get away.

This video is proof that something as simple as a passing the wrong driver could be fatal if you come across an idiot like this guy! This makes my blood boil. Keep those GoPro’s rollin!

 

Riding Tips for All Street Riders

Riding a motorcycle is fun, saves you money on gas, and gets you instant access to the “brotherhood.” Did you notice how often bikers and sportbike riders of all kinds wave or show love to other riders passing by before you got your bike? I didn’t until I got my first Yamaha FZR-600 12 years ago. Now I find myself feeling bad if a rider passes on the other side of the lane or highway without me noticing him or her in time to give a fist, a nod, a rock on sign, or throwing up the deuce.

Where am I going with this? Whether you’re riding an R1 or cruiser, have 2 days or 12+ years of experience (and no, dirt biking as a kid doesn’t count), riding a motorcycle on the street is extremely dangerous! And I want all our fans from around the world – – all riders for that matter – – around for years to come to keep on riding and loving it out there on the open road or track. That said, soon we will start a series of videos showing street riding tips for all levels and ages. You will see the techniques we’ve used to get safely to and from work every single day in all kinds of weather, so you too can beat the odds of becoming road kill. Trust me, I’ve been side swiped, stopped on, cut off, crisscrossed (uhh, whatever that could mean), he-hawed, jack-knifed, flip flopped, ok, you get the picture. Trust me, no matter how bad ass you think you are, there is an idiot out there just waiting to kill you.

Everyone knows, and if you don’t listen up – – “It’s not IF you are going to go down, it’s WHEN!!” And the minute you think you are the race god super king of bad assedness and don’t continue to respect the road or track, that is when you wipe out or get run over like in the game Frogger.

So here is a set of things I will leave you with to start off the new section of Street Safety and proper riding tips.

Did you know:  60% of deaths on motorcycles occur within the first 600 miles due to the rider not knowing the limitations and handling variances of his or her motorcycle? Ride YOUR ride, and KNOW YOUR BIKE!!

  • Always wear your helmet and proper safety gear. No matter what. You look like a jackass on an R1 in flip-flops and sunglasses and it says, “I can’t ride worth nothin’ and have no idea what I’m doing on this bike but being a squid.” If we can wear a full padded jacket and gear in the 105 degree Texas heat all summer long, so can you! Read more Riding Tips for All Street Riders

Motorcycle Street Riding Tip – “Frisbee of Death”

Besides hitting up the racetrack and going out for weekend rides, we are also commuters driving our Yamaha R1 liter bikes to work and back every day. People often ask for riding tips or street tips that we have learned over the course of many years and many miles. We will post as many as we can as they come up, and then perhaps we will do one big post on all of them in one post later on.

For starters, here is one of the most important safety tips when riding your R1 on the open road:

Never follow pickup trucks or vehicles with trailers (big trucks and dump trucks included). You may not see anything in the back of that truck, but one cross wind at 70 mph can suddenly (and this has happened to me) pick up a large paint bucket bucket lid and flick it right at your head like the “Frisbee of Death.” Tons of things you do and don’t see fly out of trucks and trailers so always get around them, pass them, move over as best you can so things that fly out don’t hit you.

The Interstate Death Trap

What’s up gang, I just wanted to point out a situation on the interstate that I experienced this week that was extremely dangerous. It is a traffic situation that I have been noticing more frequently on my commute to and from work on my motorcycle. For a lack of better terms I’ll call it the “Interstate Death Trap” and hopefully you will call it out to yourself and avoid it when you see it forming out there on the roadways.

So what is the Interstate Death Trap? So you are in the left lane rolling at a good speed when you start to come up on a car Read more The Interstate Death Trap