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Fall Motorcycle Riding Tips - Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Fall is arguably the best time for motorcycle riding. With the cool, crisp air and the gorgeous autumn colors, it’s hard to deny that this is a beautiful time to explore the great outdoors. However, riding your motorcycle during this time of the year also comes with its own set of challenges. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid any unpleasant surprises that will spoil an otherwise great riding experience. Use the right tires. Fall is the perfect […]

Being Prepared for Emergencies - Monday, September 27, 2021

As responsible motorcyclists, we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be prepared in case of an emergency. If we’re riding in or near an urban area then we can usually count on first responders getting to the scene quickly, plus close proximity to a hospital. But what should you do until help arrives? And what if the accident happens when you’re riding out in a remote area? Here are a few things to know and keep on […]

Beginners Guide to Motorcycling - Friday, August 13, 2021

How to Begin Now that you have decided to start riding there are a few legal obligations you need to get sorted out. You will need a motorcycle license (also called an endorsement) and motorcycle insurance if you plan to ride your bike on the street. One of the best ways to learn the basics of riding is to enroll in a beginner motorcycle class or motorcycle school. There are many options available in Washington State. Motorcycle Gear Any beginner […]

What is High Visibility Enforcement? - Wednesday, July 7, 2021

High Visibility Enforcement combines enforcement, visibility elements, and a publicity strategy to educate the public and promote voluntary compliance with the law. HVE strategies include checkpoints, extra patrols and increased publicity and warnings to the public. Although forewarning the public might seem counterproductive to apprehending violators, it actually increases the deterrent effect. Remember: HVE is designed to change unlawful traffic behaviors and reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. It is not a strategy designed to increase arrests; in fact, it may result in decreased […]

Ride Safe Memorial Day Weekend & Beyond - Friday, May 21, 2021

Summer is upon us and motorcyclists across the country are gearing up to travel to and from celebrations, barbecues, and family festivities. 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 summer: Always Ride Sober. With Coronavirus restrictions lifting, there’s certainly a great reason to get out and raise a glass. It’s important to do so only when you […]

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - Monday, April 26, 2021

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is an effort to ensure drivers are aware of motorcyclists like you, and the vulnerabilities you face on the road. This month, take time to re-familiarize yourself with all aspects of motorcycle safety to help you stay safe and protected! Be Seen and Stay Safe While we strive to ensure motorcycle safety awareness for car and truck drivers, as a motorcycle rider, you need to take steps to be seen and stay safe. The first one is […]

What to Expect from Your Motorcycle Endorsement Test - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  Washington State requires you to pass a total of four tests to get a 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement: a permit knowledge test and riding skills test, and an endorsement knowledge written test and riding skills test. You must have a permit or have passed the permit knowledge and riding tests to take an endorsement test. To take an endorsement test, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Washington State driver’s license. The 2-wheel endorsement knowledge […]

Motorcycle Tire Safety - Friday, March 5, 2021

Never underestimate the importance of having good, properly inflated tires on your motorcycle. Safe riding depends on selecting the right tires, inspecting and maintaining them, and replacing as necessary. Checking your tires before you ride is a good practice to get into. While tire blowouts are not common, the absolute best way to handle one is to avert it before it happens. ­­­­­­Here are three things to check before going for a ride: Pressure The tires should be inflated to […]

Washington State Motorcycle Laws: It’s Time to Brush Up! - Thursday, February 25, 2021

Spring is just around the corner and it may have been a while since you’ve been on your bike. Now is a great time to brush up on Washington State motorcycle laws and safety. Riders must possess Class C, M1, or M2 license, as applicable, or a valid learner’s permit. Riders must wear a DOT-approved helmet in good repair with eye protection. Motorcycles must have a passenger seat and footrests to carry passengers. Headlight and taillight must remain on when […]

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 […]