Category: News

Essential Tips for New Riders - Friday, June 15, 2018

You earned your motorcycle license, chose an insurance plan, found the perfect bike, and registered it too. You couldn’t be more ready to hit the road – or could you? As a new rider, there can be a lot of information to take in to help keep you, and everyone else on the road, safe. We’ve boiled it down to a few essential tips for new riders: Gear up Rain or shine, long ride or short – if you’ve got […]

What is High Visibility Enforcement? - Sunday, May 27, 2018

The days of gray skies are behind us and the sun is out, welcoming riders to hit the road. Summer in Washington State is peak season for motorcycle riding, but unfortunately, summertime is also when more riders are killed or injured in motorcycle crashes. On average each summer, 39 motorcycle riders die in July, August and September. In an effort to reduce these collisions, increased motorcycle safety patrols will be in place from July 6th through July 22nd this year. […]

5 Motorcycle Myths to Leave in the Dust - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Whether you’re new to motorcycles or have been riding for years, we’ve all heard our fair share of motorcycle myths. Don’t take someone’s word for it – always do your research. These are some of the most common myths that if taken too seriously, can spell danger on the road. Motorcycles Can Stop Faster Than Cars Most riders believe that they can stop faster than other vehicles on the road, and that simply isn’t true. Motorcycle braking distance is actually […]

Riding at Night? Keep These Things in Mind: - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Riding a motorcycle at night is a very different experience. Some riders love it, while others avoid it at all costs. Night riding usually means less traffic and more open space, but also comes with its own set of hazards. Always prepare for colder temperatures with warm clothes, and have a toolkit on hand so you’re not stuck on the side of a poorly lit road. Consider the following to avoid distracted drivers, hazards on the road and being blinded […]

Going the Distance on your Motorcycle - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There is nothing like jumping on your motorcycle and going on a long distance ride. Feeling the wind, exploring new scenic rides, and not having to worry too much about your gas tank – it’s an exhilarating experience. It’s easy to forget while planning your weekend adventure that motorcycling is physically demanding. Sitting on your bike for hours on end can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. Motorcycle safety should be your top priority, so if you get […]

5 Tips for Riding in the Rain - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Washington State is known for many things including great coffee, beautiful scenery and of course, our very wet winters. To many motorcyclists, riding in the rain can be intimidating, but with the right prep and planning, you can enjoy riding your motorcycle in the Pacific Northwest year round. Get the Proper Gear. The motorcycle protective gear you decide to wear can make or “brake” your riding experience. Waterproof gear is nice, but high-visibility waterproof gear is even better. Try swapping […]

Tackling Traffic - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Riding your motorcycle in traffic is unpredictable. Some people tend to think that rush hour is one of the only times you will run into congestion on the road, but the truth is, traffic can happen anytime and anywhere. While you may try to avoid getting caught up in a slowdown, learning how to safely maneuver through traffic will improve your control, get you to where you need to be without rerouting and help you avoid a potential crash. Always […]

Your Guide to Passenger Riding - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

So, your friend found out that you have a motorcycle and they’ve been begging you to take them out for a ride – sounds fun! Whether they are an experienced passenger, fellow rider or have never been on a bike before, it is extremely important to remember that you have someone else’s life in your hands. Before handing over your extra motorcycle helmet, there are a few things you and your riding buddy need to go over to guarantee a […]

Is Your Helmet Unsafe? - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Before getting on your bike, you should be 100% sure that your motorcycle protective gear is not only in tip-top shape, but also complies with federal standards. It is a proven fact that wearing an approved helmet can prevent serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Helmets are one of the most important pieces of protective gear and it is important to make sure yours will do its job. After all, statistics show you are more likely to die in a motorcycle […]

Master the Art of Defensive Riding - Monday, July 31, 2017

You have your motorcycle endorsement, you’ve taken numerous training courses, abide by the rules of the road and your helmet meets DOT specifications, but the fact is, these things don’t always guarantee your safety. The key to riding safely is remembering that vehicles around you are unpredictable. It is up to you to avoid distracted drivers or hazards on the road and reduce the risk collision by riding defensively. The tips below will help master the art of defensive riding […]

Five Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes - Friday, July 14, 2017

As motorcycle riders, we are at a higher risk of being involved in a collision due to many factors including driver error, road conditions, blind spots and lack of education, just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle deaths are not caused by “the other guy.” To stay safe and steer clear of these often-fatal situations, it is important to be aware of the most common problems you may encounter as a motorist so you can learn […]

Gear Up For Summer - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

In the Pacific Northwest, we experience mild weather for about 9 months out of the year. But summer has arrived, and whether you plan on riding in the rising temperatures of peak season or taking a trip to another warm location, you might be tempted to skip out on heavy motorcycle gear to stay cool. While enjoying the freedom your bike has to offer, your motorcycle protective gear shouldn’t be left in the dust. Riding in high temperatures or for […]

Group Rides: More Than Setting a Time and Day - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The sun is out and riding season is here. One of the many appeals of owning a motorcycle is having the option to ride with a group. Group rides are a fun way to socialize in the motorcycle community, but there are three things to consider before hitting the road with your fellow riders: Plan Ahead It’s always a good idea to meet with your group ahead of time to discuss stops for food, fuel and places to rest. During […]

Ride Safe, Be Aware - Thursday, May 25, 2017

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and with warmer weather on the horizon, it’s an important reminder to everyone on the road – riders and drivers alike – to be aware of their surroundings, and to drive safely and cautiously not just this month, but all year long. There are fewer motorcyclists on the road than other vehicles so drivers aren’t necessarily always looking out for riders, even though they should be. It is up to you, as a rider, […]

Think Before You Drink this Cinco de Mayo - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cinco de Mayo is an exciting day of cultural celebration and appreciation, but with this often alcohol-infused holiday fast approaching, it’s crucial to take a moment to consider the risks that come along with it. Impaired riding on Cinco de Mayo (or any day of the year) threatens your safety and the safety of others on the road – alcohol and drug impairment were the cause of 57 percent of fatalities and 11 percent of serious injuries over the last […]