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How to Be a Safe Motorcycle Passenger - Monday, October 26, 2020

Are you eager to join a friend on their next motorcycle ride? While motorcyclists can do everything in their skill set to safely ride with a motorcycle passenger, you also have a part to play to ensure a safe trip. It’s important to be prepared and educated on a few things before you decide to jump on the back of a bike. Follow these tips to enjoy your next motorcycle ride as a passenger and to help keep you and […]

How to Ride Defensively on Your Motorcycle - Friday, July 31, 2020

Even if you pride yourself in abiding by the rules of the road and wearing all of the necessary motorcycle safety gear, the fact is, motorcycle riding is dangerous and you can’t always guarantee your safety. One of the best ways to keep the rubber side down and get to your destination safely is to remember that it is up to you to avoid hazards on the road. Whether you’re going on a short trip to the store or getting […]

A Motorcyclist’s Guide to High Visibility Enforcement - Friday, June 19, 2020

As the weather warms up in Washington State, more people are taking their motorcycles out of storage and hitting the open road. In the last five years (2015-2019) an average of 80 people died while riding, and data shows that the majority of these motorcycle collisions happen in a three-month period during the summer. What is High Visibility Enforcement? In a continued effort to reduce motorcycle collisions and fatalities, law enforcement officers work overtime during peak riding season. Increased motorcycle […]

Riding Safely Through the Phases of the Pandemic - Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus and enter new phases of the pandemic, it is important to have a plan in place to stay healthy and safe moving forward. As stay at home orders begin to lift and we slowly start to transition back to “normal” life, what precautions will you take to stay infection free? No one is immune to COVID-19 but there is a lot that you can do to not only protect yourself […]

Safety Tips for Highway Motorcycle Riding - Monday, April 27, 2020

There is nothing more exciting when it comes to motorcycle riding than an open road and long adventurous day ahead. Riding safely on a freeway, highway, expressway… whatever you prefer to call it, requires quick thinking and undivided attention. Many factors are at play on the highway that can increase the risk of a motorcycle crash such as vehicles merging, high speeds, blind spots and more. Remember to stay alert, and keep these things top of mind the next time […]

Taking Your Motorcycle Out of Storage - Saturday, March 28, 2020

With many of us spending more time at home, now is a great time to get your motorcycle in peak riding season shape. If your ride has been in winter storage or sitting in the garage for a significant amount of time, it’s important to give it a thorough motorcycle safety inspection and some well-deserved attention before taking it out. Follow this checklist to make sure you don’t hit any mechanical bumps in the road the next time you go […]

Motorcycle Helmet Care and Cleaning - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Your motorcycle helmet has a big job to do, and high-quality ones can do it all! Not only do helmets protect you in the event of a motorcycle crash, but they also shield your face from bugs and debris, insulate your head from the weather, and can even help protect your hearing. As one of the most vital (and likely most expensive) pieces of motorcycle protective gear you’ll own, it’s important to take care of your helmet. Knowing how to […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Riding - Friday, January 24, 2020

So, you’re thinking about buying a motorcycle? Riding is a risky (but rewarding) form of transportation that demands all of your attention. From a motorcycle endorsement to the pair of boots you pick out, there is a lot to think about when it comes to safe riding. While you begin your journey, one of the most important things to focus on is being prepared. Do your research and consider these five things while you explore the world of motorcycles: Join […]

Know Your Motorcycle Limits - Friday, December 27, 2019

Most motorcycle riders are very well versed in the risks that come along with such an exhilarating sport. A difficult subject (that many tend to avoid talking about) is knowing when to hang up that DOT approved motorcycle helmet and take a seat on the sidelines. Some riding limitations are only temporary, while others may result in storing your bike permanently. Part of motorcycle safety is recognizing unsafe situations, whether they present themselves on or off the road. Always remember […]

Master Slow Speeds on a Motorcycle - Friday, November 22, 2019

When most people think of riding a motorcycle, they usually picture open roads and smooth speeds. The reality is that riders often face slowdowns and traffic at some point during their travel. Riding at slow speeds on a motorcycle can be a challenge at any skill level, even more so for new riders or those with a new bike that they aren’t familiar with yet. Slow speed riding requires precise control and calm coordination. Master the art of slow speed […]

Staying Ahead of the Motorcycle Curve - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Most riders love taking their bikes around corners, but the fact is, many don’t know how to safely ride curves. Did you know that 75% of all motorcycle fatalities in Washington State are due to rider error? Many riders will see a curve, line up for it, slow down, come into the corner and roll the throttle, which in theory is what should happen, but the danger arises when they don’t account for what comes after the curve. Riders get […]

Avoid Long Distance Discomfort - Monday, September 23, 2019

The beauty of Washington State is that the diversity in landscape and moderate weather conditions make it ideal for year-round motorcycle trips! If you’ve ever been on a multiday ride, you’re probably familiar with the aches and pains that tend to take the passenger seat. Make the most of your long distance motorcycle ride and avoid discomfort along the way with these tips: Prepare While living in the moment and taking off on a long ride may sound exhilarating and […]

The Benefits of Attending a Track Day - Thursday, August 29, 2019

There is a common misconception when it comes to motorcycle track days. Some people believe they are only intended for riders interested in racing or going fast. Motorcycle track days allow riders a chance to practice safe riding techniques and gain confidence in a controlled environment. While riders do have the option to travel at higher than normal speeds, techniques taught at track events can be transferred to everyday street riding. If you’re still on the fence about attending a track […]

5 Ways for Motorcyclists to Beat the Heat - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

We are fortunate enough to have relatively mild weather all year long in Washington State, but with recent rising temperatures and drier conditions, our state’s peak riding season can come with some risks if riders aren’t careful. Before you put your wheels to the pavement this summer, be sure to brush up on the safety tips below to help you beat the heat. Cover Up. Riding in shorts and a tank top may sound like a dream in hot weather, […]

High Visibility Enforcement Returns to Washington - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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. An average of 75 people die each year while riding a motorcycle in Washington, and more than half of those fatal collisions occur in a three-month period during spring and early summer. In an effort to reduce these collisions, increased motorcycle safety patrols will be in place from July 5th through July 21st this year. In addition to the […]

Five Common Motorcycle Issues - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Whether it is warmer weather welcoming busier roads or the hustle of holiday travel, it’s an important reminder for everyone – both riders and drivers – to take their road safety seriously not just this summer, but all year long. Below, we’ve laid out the five most common motorcycle issues so you can ride safely and smartly. Tire Wear. Worn tires lose their ability to perform at peak levels and are an unavoidable common motorcycle issue. But recognizing how quickly your bike’s tires […]

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

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 RiderCourse is aimed at individuals with little or no two-wheel riding experience – focusing on beginner skills training, street survival strategies, essential tips for new riders, and more. It’s less […]

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 […]