Dead Biker Riding (Video)

Dead Biker Riding (Video)

HOW DO YOU, PERSONALLY, DEAL WITH THE RISKS OF MOTORCYCLE RIDING? Do you think it’s bad karma to talk about motorcycle crashes? Do you even contemplate the possibility that you might get killed riding? Or do you simply not think about it at all? Yes, I have my own opinions on the matter, as you […]

August 1st, 2012 by MCg 

“What’s a Decent Highway Motorcycle?”

“What’s a Decent Highway Motorcycle?”

“I NEED A MOTORCYCLE THAT CAN HANDLE BIG-ROAD TRAFFIC.” A reader asked me the above question (in the subject line). She has already been riding two other bikes, so this wouldn’t be her first. My answer comprises the rest of this post, but I’d be more interested in your views of how to select a […]

June 29th, 2012 by MCg 

Are Motorcycle Shows for You? (Video)

Are Motorcycle Shows for You? (Video)

DO YOU ATTEND MOTORCYCLE SHOWS?  WHY OR WHY NOT?  (Scroll down to “Leave a Reply.”) Personally, for many years, I did “not” go to motorcycle shows or events.  I wouldn’t say that I was opposed to them, or that I wouldn’t even have been interested if I somehow managed to find myself at one.  It’s […]

December 12th, 2011 by MCg 

The Motorcycle Wave – What’s There to Say?

The Motorcycle Wave – What’s There to Say?

I’VE BEEN SAYING TO MYSELF FOR YEARS I WOULD NOT WRITE ABOUT THE MOTORCYCLE “WAVE.” On the one hand – at least in North America – it’s a fine symbol of the brotherhood experienced by riders of all ages, races, religions, creeds, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. On the other hand, it can be tiring in areas […]

November 6th, 2011 by MCg 

Rider Control When Stopped – or Not (Video)

Rider Control When Stopped – or Not (Video)

HOW OFTEN DO YOU DROP YOUR MOTORCYCLE? I don’t mean crash it, although that would certainly be a pertinent answer. In this instance, I simply mean dropping it while you’ve stopped, or while riding very slowly. One example would be pulling up to a stop sign and putting your foot down on some loose sand, […]

October 27th, 2011 by MCg 

He Said, “I’ll Never Ride a Motorcycle Again”

He Said, “I’ll Never Ride a Motorcycle Again”

FELLOW MOTORCYCLISTS GET SMASHED ON THE PAVEMENT EVERY DAY. And many live to tell about it.  This morning I learned that one of my neighbors, a young 21-year-old rider, has been in the hospital for several days and is expected to remain there for another 2 weeks, before he can go home for a projected […]

August 20th, 2011 by MCg 

Group Motorcycle Riding – Benefit or Burden? (Video)

Group Motorcycle Riding – Benefit or Burden? (Video)

OVER THE YEARS I’VE DEVELOPED MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT GROUP RIDING. Although most of my weekend excursions and long-distance tours have been on one bike (with and without a passenger), I’ve enjoyed a number of trips with a second bike/rider and sometimes a total of three (such as this weekend in Death Valley National Park – […]

March 6th, 2011 by MCg 

Motorcycle Fashion Show? (Video)

Motorcycle Fashion Show? (Video)

DO WE NEED MOTORCYCLE FASHION SHOWS? I’ve been going to the annual Long Beach Motorcycle Expo for many years. The weekend event draws tens of thousands of visitors from from all over Southern California to see the latest bikes and gear. Of particular note for this stop of the U.S. Expo Tour are the demonstration […]

December 17th, 2010 by MCg 

Are Old Motorcycles for Old Fogies? (Video)

Are Old Motorcycles for Old Fogies? (Video)

THE OLDER I GET THE MORE I LIKE OLDER MOTORCYCLES.  And I’m not only talking about the motorbikes that were prominent when I started riding back in the 1970′s.  I’m talking about bikes that go back throughout the 20th century and even back into the 19th century. BUT WHY? Beats me. I’m not a mechanic, […]

October 18th, 2010 by MCg 

Riding Through Big Trees and a Black Bear (Video)

Riding Through Big Trees and a Black Bear (Video)

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE EXPERIENCE ALL BY ITSELF.  However, it is especially suited to motorcyclists as a result of its reasonably well maintained asphalt, lots of curves and great scenery.  It has an added advantage of being in the shadow of its more famous big sister, Yosemite National Park.  On the one […]

September 26th, 2010 by MCg 

How Secure Is Your Motorcycle and Gear From Theft?

How Secure Is Your Motorcycle and Gear From Theft?

LOSING A MOTORCYCLE TO THEFT DOES NOT MAKE A PLEASANT MEMORY. I’ve had one bike stolen. It was about 1985 and it was locked to a street-light pole with a heavy chain outside my apartment in Boston. In fact, it was secured with a really heavy chain and a big lock. However, it was no […]

July 19th, 2010 by MCg 

California Big Sur Coastal Riding and Camping (Video)

California Big Sur Coastal Riding and Camping (Video)

WHAT’S BETTER THAN MOTORBIKE RIDING AND CAMPING ALONG THE BIG SUR COASTLINE? Not too much. On the other hand, I’m one for riding and camping anywhere with mountains and lots of twisty roads. No matter, this roller-coaster motorcycle ride is fabulous entertainment on a grand scale. The Pacific Ocean and the jagged, scenic cliffs falling […]

July 5th, 2010 by MCg 

Yosemite Riding with MCg and Richard (Video)

Yosemite Riding with MCg and Richard (Video)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, PARTICULARLY ROUTE 120 (TIOGA ROAD), EPITOMIZES MOTORCYCLE RIDING PLEASURE: as long as you ride early enough in the morning to beat the crowds. Don’t get me wrong. I love Yosemite. But I don’t love how popular this place is. Yosemite, and for that matter, Yellowstone National Park, are crown-jewel motorcycle destinations. But […]

June 21st, 2010 by MCg 

America’s Byways (For Motorcycle Riders)

America’s Byways (For Motorcycle Riders)

WHAT ARE THE BEST MOTORCYCLE ROADS? I’m sure there’s a bunch of roads you could name right now that you deem as your favorites. But did you know that there is an even bigger bunch that is officially designated as “National Scenic Byways“? And, by the way, what the heck is an officially designated “All-American […]

May 10th, 2010 by MCg 

Kidney Belt for Road Riders?

Kidney Belt for Road Riders?

WANT TO STAY IN THE SADDLE LONGER AND MORE COMFORTABLY? Add a kidney belt to your road-riding apparel. My first kidney belt supported my guts and lower back in the 70′s during a tremendous amount of dirt bike riding. Man, do those things make offroad moto-life more enjoyable. At some point after I started riding […]

April 20th, 2010 by MCg 
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