Category:Gear Guides

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, if not most motorcycles have turn signals that need to be turned off when you stop your maneuver. And since we’re quite busy on our bikes, we often forget to turn off the turn signal (that is, if we remembered to turn them on in the first place). This can lead to dangerous situations with traffic. If you’ve got your blinkers indicating you’re going to the right because you have just turned right but forgot to turn them off, a car/truck driving behind you might just think you’re about to turn. And that can lead to accidents.

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For many the book by Robert Pirsig is a classic. But for many it’s also a discussion issue whether the book is a philosophy book or a motorcycle book. However, according to its author, it’s neither.

Robert Pirsig is an American author who used to write computer manuals for a living. He spent four years writing his masterpiece, and even then, no one wanted to publish it.

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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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Bikers are a funny bunch. We sit on our beloved motorcycle all day, and when we’re not riding one, we want people to know that we’re passionate about them. We buy t-shirts, jackets, even boots that are clearly marked “motorcycle”, and we wear them when we’re not riding.

So how about this new watch? Yes, I know. It’s past Christmas time, but maybe something to bookmark for next gift giving season

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Sunny skies.  Dry roads.  So what if the thermometer reads 35 degrees, just bundle up and flip on the heated grips.  Wrong.  Moisture combined with freezing temps can fool you in a hurry.  Don’t fall for it!

Ice is a seasonal hazard that sneaks up as winter sets in.  Either large or small areas, icy patches can ruin a ride quickly. 

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Many of us bikers record our memorable motorcycle rides using cameras bolted to our helmets or bikes. Usually cameras like GoPro, Garmin or others; they do the trick handsomely. High Def, full color, high speed (so you can do SloMo) and very portable and obviously rainproof. But they miss something; 360° view.

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BMW introduced at the CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas their latest technology for motorcyclists. BMW have always been at the leading edge of technology advances, both for their cars and their motorcycles, so it's no surprise.

Helmet Technology

BMW are adding Heads Up Display (HUD) technology to their helmets. 

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The debate between carburetor and fuel injection is one that’s never settled and likely never will be settled as long as the internal combustion engine exists.

Here’s one fact that holds true for both systems:

Engine performance and efficiency, where fuel is concerned, is directly related to how much fuel and how much oxygen enters the engine. 

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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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Riding and leathers are just meant to be together. But not all leather is created equal. Here is a detailed look at leather.

Leather is measured in ounces. One ounce is 1/64 of an inch. So 7-8 ounce leather means it is 7/64s” to 8/64s” thick.

Leather Types

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