Category:Beginner Rider

Louisiana requires bikers to pass a knowledge and skills test to get a full M-class license since 2011.

Now the Creole State is stepping up voluntary training for bikers who want to know more. The Louisiana State Police is offering the new training course at various locations and dates around the state.

“It’s fun and it’s terrifying at the same time,” said Quang Le, a first-time rider, told KSLA News upon taking the first ever offered course.

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Many of you may remember the accident which former Formula One racer champion Michael Schumacher had when skiing. He had a video camera mounted on his helmet and when he crashed his brains were so badly hit that he remained in a coma (which is still the case today, 2 years later).

A lot has been written since then on the dangers of having helmet-cams (like Go-Pro), especially when riding a motorcycle. But so far, it has all been conjecture.

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Bike manufacturers recommend specific octane grades of gas. Why? Does it really matter what octane you put in the tank? 

The answer is yes, but maybe not for the reasons you may be thinking. First, let’s look at octane.

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The motorcycle world in the USA is turning more and more female, and that’s a good thing; traditionally the motorcycle world has been a male dominated world, but there have always been well-documented exceptions. Female riders have been seen riding bikes since the beginning of motorcycle-time as well, often better than men (just like aviators).

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It doesn’t really matter where you live, eventually you will encounter railroad tracks while riding your motorcycle. And if it’s not a railroad one, it’s a tram one.

Normally, it’s not big deal, but you do need to take into account a few basics.

The rail track is made out of metal. Metal, when wet gets slippery. 

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It happens often, and the more you ride your motorcycle, the bigger the chance that it will happen to you. Motorcycle crashes are the norm, not the exception. I’m not talking about crashes where the emergency services need to come with lifesaving equipment, but crashes where you and your bike go down.

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We ride and we know riding is dangerous. Some wrecks, nothing we can do about it. Sometimes a crash and burn is something that can be avoided.

Here are some common crashes and how you can avoid them.

LEFT TURN

Studies of crashes show this is the most common accident.

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If everything goes as plans, fans of FX's popular television show, "Sons of Anarchy" won't have long to wait for a much-anticipated prequel movie. Shooting is expected to start before the end of 2015, and actor Charlie Hunnam is set to return as Jax Teller. The film, which will hopefully hit the big screen in 2016, will also star A-lister, Brad Pitt.

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Since 19 states require helmets, 27 have some sort of helmet law and only three leave it up to the rider (Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state), if you ride you going to need a lid.

Depending on the source, there are up to 9 types of helmets.

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Ask any street motorcycle rider what kind of surface they fear riding on the most, and most will say icy roads. And they would be right, however one road surface is almost as dangerous as ice: gravel.

When the gravel is tightly packed, it’s less of a problem, but loose gravel can have disastrous consequences.

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Running out of gas in the city is usually not a problem when riding a motorcycle. You can easily push your bike to the nearest gas station. But when out riding in the country, away from cities or towns and their convenient gas stations, then when you run out of gasoline you have a problem.

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