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Tips and Tricks for Motorcyclists

A monthly column of selected favorites from our vast archive.

Boot selection

Most riders are fine with a simple leather touring boot that provides over the ankle protection. But don't go too cheap or you may find yourself ankle deep in a leaky boot. Spend the money to get a boot lined with Gortex or a similar dependable water barrier.

Ride with a plan

Every time you ride your motorcycle, it's an opportunity to get better at riding. No matter how many years we ride, or how many miles we ride each year, we can all be better riders. Consider adding a few riding skills books to your collection. Before each ride consult a tip from the book and then focus on mastering that technique. Cornering, braking, throttle control - the list goes on and on.


Stretching, regardless of age, is a good thing for all riders. The next time you ride for a long period, note the areas that cramp up, then work with your doctor, trainer or research the internet to learn safe stretches that allow you to work out cramps along the ride and make your trip that much more comfortable. Remember too, cramping can occur due to lack of minerals like potassium, or dehydration in general.

Taking breaks

When riding solo, it's easy to just go and go without stopping. But during a group ride, hourly breaks are essential. This allows riders to regroup, hit the restroom, snap a few pictures to document the day and relax, which is what group riding is all about.

Fortify with Velcro

Are you worried your GPS or smart phone might pop out of its bracket while you're riding? It's been known to happen. But you can fortify against such an occurrence by using a little Velcro (hook & loop) on the unit and the cradle. One matching square should do it for small hand held units like Garmin's CS60, E-trex series or Colorado units.

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