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Your Spring Motorcycle Safety Checklist - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring is officially here and it’s time to kick off fair weather riding season in Washington! Some riders have been on their bikes all winter, and some have been patiently waiting for the weather to warm up, but either way, it’s a good time of year to perform an annual maintenance check on your motorcycle. Taking a few minutes to do so ensures you’re doing all you can to maintain your safety and the safety of others on the road. […]

Which Motorcycle Training Course is Right For You? - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

If spring’s arrival has you dreaming of hitting the open road on your motorcycle, you’ll need to be an expert (and endorsement holder) on operating your bike safely, competently, and confidently. Motorcycle training schools in Washington offer a variety of safety training courses to meet your needs and skill level. From first timers to experienced riders, there’s a class for everyone. Take a look at the course descriptions below, then find a motorcycle training school near you. Basic RiderCourse The Basic […]

Washington State’s Helmet Law - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Motorcyclists in Washington state may soon be able to ride without helmets again. The recent Senate Bill 5007 aims to repeal the current helmet law (covering all riders) and allow those over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet during a three-year pilot program, if not longer. Some motorcyclists passionately support this idea of what they’re calling “helmet choice”, but some believe repealing the helmet law would be a devastating mistake. No matter which side of the debate […]

Motorcycle Theft Prevention - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Whether you’re heading out for a long group ride or just riding down the block, motorcycle theft is a real threat. With over 40,000 motorcycles stolen each year in the U.S., it’s important to do what you can to protect yourself and your bike against theft. Here are a few tips we recommend. Be Picky with Your Parking Spots. Visibility plays a big role in keeping your bike safe. While at home, your best bet is to park your bike […]

Preventing Motorcycle Collisions During the Holidays - Monday, December 17, 2018

The holiday season is here and motorcyclists across the country are gearing up to travel to and from festive celebrations with loved ones. In order to prevent a dangerous or even fatal collision, it is crucial to practice good safety habits. Here are a few things we recommend to help you ride safely this winter, especially during the holidays. Always Ride Sober. While the holidays are certainly a great reason to get out and raise a glass, it’s important to […]

Ride Safely this Winter - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

When cold weather settles in and heavy winds begin to blow, riding your motorcycle can be a demanding experience. Factor in snow, ice, or lack of preparation, and it can be downright dangerous – riders that don’t adequately prepare for cold conditions can be a serious hazard to themselves and others on the road. However, when you’re prepared, winter can be a uniquely wonderful time of year to ride. Review these tips to make sure you’re ready to ride your […]

Motorcycle Safety Inspection Checklist - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Whether you’ve been riding for years or just getting started, your experience and safety on the road is only as good as your bike. Because of the heightened risk that motorcycle riders face, it’s essential to take every safety precaution possible. Motorcycle safety inspections save time, money, and ultimately, they can save lives. Make sure your bike is in good condition before you hit the road by running through this safety check: Tires While looking at the tires of your […]

Steer Clear of Wildfire Smoke - Friday, August 24, 2018

This summer has brought record-breaking wildfires and stifling, smoky skies with it. Millions of acres are burning in fires across multiple states and thousands of firefighters are working to contain them. It’s neither the first nor last time we’ll experience wildfires, and they aren’t just an issue for warmer western areas – the burden from wildfires extends to people well away from the source. Avoiding exposure is a matter of planning in advance. Motorcycle safety includes riding away from and […]

The Motorcycle Braking Distance Myth - Wednesday, August 8, 2018

One of the most widespread misconceptions about motorcycles is that they have a shorter braking distance than cars. Riding behind the handlebars of a smaller and more responsive vehicle lead many to believe that they have more control over braking. However, the power-to-weight ratio that gives bikes their acceleration is deceptive; cars actually have a slight mechanical advantage when it comes to stopping distance. Braking Down the Stats Motorcycle braking distance is largely dependent on experience level. Comparison tests between […]

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 […]