Motorcycle Teardrop Camper: All you need to Know

I recently went on a camping trip. A relaxing and inexpensive weekend away from the city. But since I don’t own a car, my choice of camping equipment was limited. I hate sleeping on the ground, so a tent was not an option. And renting an RV was not in the cards. Which is why I settled for a motorcycle teardrop camper. This 1930’s camping trend that’s fast catching on allowed me to enjoy the traditional camping experience, with a dash of comfort. If you’re like me and love spending time outdoors, but can’t live without certain luxuries, a motorcycle…

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How To Record A Memorable Motorcycle Video Montage

The Tail Of The Dragon is a mountain pass that runs along the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. Containing 318 curves within 11 miles of road, the trail is the stuff of legends within the motorcycle community (even having been featured in a couple of movies). The first time I rode the trail, I completed it within 35 minutes. It was one of the most exhilarating things I had ever done. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride- one that I was controlling myself. And roughly 10 minutes after the adrenaline dissipated, I almost kicked myself for forgetting to…

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Why Ride A Motorcycle? 5 Reasons It Makes Your Life Better

The first time I kicked a motorcycle into first gear (thank the heavens my first time wasn’t with an electric switch-n-start) and felt the throttle roar under me, I understood why people got addicted to drugs. Okay, I didn’t. I was 14. But I was addicted, nevertheless. My friends who don’t ride often ask me about why I devote so much of my time (and life) to riding a bike. And my response is very polarizing- they either find it extremely profound or consider it to be along the veins of something a 15 year old girl writes in her…

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Complete Guide To The Best Long Distance Motorcycle Riding Gear

Introduction  Have you heard of the Iron Butt Association? If you haven’t, it’s not an organization of people with metal implants in their posteriors.  It’s an organization of people who go on motorcycle rides, covering extremely long distances within a deadline (one of the minimum distance challenges known as the Saddle Sore, requires you to ride for at least 1000 miles within a 24 hour period). Upon completion of which you’d probably feel like you have metal implants in your posterior. Designating themselves the “World’s Toughest Riders” (and for good reason), the membership is 75,000 strong. Now, the IBA (using…

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The 11 Best Motorcycle Rides In The United States

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values One of the best parts about riding away to random places so you can run away from yourself is that it sparks your interest in riding in new places you haven’t ridden before. And I’ve been riding all over the country for over half of my life. And I’m going to be putting that experience into good…

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Ultimate Guide To The Best Motorcycle Riding Gear For Beginners

It took me about 30 minutes to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle. But to learn how to ride it well?  That takes a long time. My MSF class happened decades ago, and I’m still learning. The barrier of entry for learning is ridiculously low for a motorcycle, but the learning curve goes on forever.  And that’s because there is a truckload of things you need to keep in mind when you’re on a bike that you don’t when you’re in a car. Cars don’t tip over when you make mistakes. They also don’t tip over when some other…

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How To Install An Intercom In Your Motorcycle Helmet

Although this article is about motorcycle intercoms, this technology actually has a long, interesting history. Contrary to what a lot of people think, intercom technology didn’t start with telephones. They started with speaking tubes.  With a design very similar to the “two cans joined by a string” trope you see in children’s cartoons, speaking tubes were commonplace in commercial spaces. A lot of office buildings had them installed by engineers by the late 1800s. You could connect up to 25 different offices with the most advanced of these. Speaking tubes were followed by telephones to answer phone calls as intercom technology…

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Why Wear Motorcycle Gloves When You’re Out Riding

The anatomy of the human hand is layered with intricate designing to help you perform the most nimble of tasks. The bones present in the hand are of three types: Phalanges: The 14 bones present in the fingers Metacarpal Bones: The 5 bones that comprise the middle part Carpal Bones: The 8 bones that comprise the wrist These bones have been working together with the muscular and nervous system throughout history to perform tasks that pushed our race forward. As you can tell, hands are a pretty big deal. So they need to be taken care of. In the event…

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Affordable, Beautiful DIY Vinyl Wraps For Your Motorcycle

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of my favorite books (go figure).  One of the passages from the book is as follows: “The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” When comparing models, people argue about many things. The bike’s acceleration, engine efficiency, and how much fuel it burns through. But the most important metric of comparison for a motorcycle (as with everything else) is the satisfaction…

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Your Friends Will Love These – 5 Insane Motorbike Christmas Gifts

The holidays are near.  And for better or worse, ‘Tis the season. For better because you’re going to receive gifts from other people. For worse because, well, you’ll have to spend on gifts for other people. Just kidding. Jokes aside: it doesn’t matter if it’s for Secret Santa at work or your family and friends back home- gifts matter to people. Including the people giving them. I love seeing my nephew’s little face light up when he unwraps the video games I gift him that his parents didn’t. I love surprising my friends with the occasional bottle of wine and…

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