16 Motorcycle Hand Signals You Should Know About

In 1938, the modern flashing turn signal was patented. Shortly after which most major automobile manufacturers offered this feature. Nowadays, most countries require turn signals on all new vehicles that are driven on public roadways. Many a time, however, just depending on the lights of your motorcycle alone might not cut it. It may be raining too hard for the lights to be visible to the person behind you. Or for some unfortunate (hopefully not) reason, the lights on your bike stopped working (replace them as soon as the chance if this is the case).  But regardless of most instances,…

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How to Choose Motorcycle Wheel Chocks – Our 5 Best Picks

Introduction In his famous poem, Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda wrote: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” And a lot of us – especially our readers from places with near-constant snow such as Minnesota – were excited to finally take our two-wheeled best friends on joyrides because spring was coming. After months of keeping them in the garage in hiding from the brutal winters.  Pablo Neruda meant for “Spring” to be a metaphor in that particular poem. A metaphor for adaptation.  And this article is about adaptation: in storage.  Because along with spring came…

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How To Lift A Motorcycle: An Easy Guide

The fact that having a motorcycle in your life entails lifting it off the ground at least a couple of times a year is privy to no rider. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will. That being said, most of us don’t know how to properly lift one- because it looks and sounds deceivingly easy. Much like attempting your first deadlift, it doesn’t beget a need to “know” how to lift the bike off the ground.  But motorcycles are not bikes with a lot more weight. They’re also much more complex both mechanically and ergonomically, with a lot…

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What Are Motorcycle Neck Braces? Should You Wear One?

Dr. Chris Leatt was chatting with an acquaintance in the parking lot of the clinic he was working at. The acquaintance was a paramedic who he saw at the hospital occasionally. In the middle of their conversation, another man ran towards the paramedic and said: “Listen, Alan’s fallen off and he’s not looking good.” The paramedic asked Chris to come with him, and the three of them rushed to the area where the biker fell. Alan lay strewn on the ground, and it looked like he fell over the front of his bike despite riding at a pretty low speed.…

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Best Motorcycle Mirrors For 2020 (Some under $20)

Look at the picture above. Carefully go through the details of both mirrors.  Note the differences between them. Before you read the next paragraph, imagine yourself sitting on a motorcycle with just the mirror on top. Now do the same with the one at the bottom. Cover the other mirror with your finger if it helps. It shouldn’t take you long to figure which of these mirrors does a better job at being a mirror. And that’s because the mirror at the bottom is standard stock. The mirror on top is a convex mirror attuned to both the motorcycle and…

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The 5 Best Full-Face Motorcycle Helmets With Bluetooth

The mind finds ways to link things in the most creative of ways. I’ll explain. The (original) Mass Effect trilogy is one of the most critically acclaimed video game series of all time. The cinematic visuals, fantastic narrative, incredible storyline and some of the greatest video game characters make it so. This article is not about the video game, but one of the helmets in the video game that I remembered when researching intercom technology. You see, the main character who you play as goes by the name of Commander Shepard. He starts the game with this suit of armor…

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How to Pick the Best Motorcycle Helmet

You Should Know Better Than To Not Wear A Helmet You don’t need us to tell you that riding a motorcycle without a helmet is a dangerous- and downright stupid- thing to do. However, “downright stupid” is a character trait not privy to a surprisingly large section of the population. And lawmakers are among them. Until 1998, observed helmet use among Florida’s motorcyclists was nearly 100%. But that changed.  Because on July 1st, 2001, Florida’s universal helmet law was amended to exclude “riders ages 21 and older with insurance coverage providing at least 10,000 US dollars in medical benefits for…

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A Short Encyclopedia On Motorcycle Riding Boots

You’re here because you’re bored out of your mind and beat for ideas on what things to buy, post-pandemic. We understand we’re stuck at home with nothing to do ourselves. It’s boring, to the point of being frustrating. (That being said, stay home and wash your hands, kids.) Motorcycle shoes are an expensive investment, especially the quality ones. And you obviously don’t know what to buy, given the surfeit of selection of motorcycle boots 3 seconds of googling will throw at your face. This is why it helps a lot to know about what you’re buying before you buy it-…

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What Makes Motorcycle Pants So Important

Motorcycles are arguably the coolest form of transportation. And when the utility of something is so inherently cool, it carries over into the fashion associated with it. Let me explain. The early days of motorcycle fashion stemmed from the rise in popularity of motorcycles during the Great War days. The trends of the time were heavily influenced by the uniform. Consequently, this time period gave birth to gauntlet-style gloves. The next decade saw young men copying the protective pullovers worn by the Harley-Davidson Wrecking Crew race team. Towards the end of the decade, Irving Schott produced the first motorcycle jacket.…

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5 Of The Best Custom Motorcycle Seats Manufacturers

Mike Corbin lived through some of the most interesting times of America. Born in 1943, he was very interested in all things mechanical from a very young age. His first motorcycle was a broken Lambretta scooter that he bought for $25 and repaired. Right after graduation, he joined the Navy as the ship’s electrician. Later, he was employed on the USS Ranger. He then joined a company that manufactured jet engines for the Vietnam War. During this time, Corbin wanted to replicate the bobbers he spotted in California during his Navy tour. Unhappy with the seats on his Norton Atlas…

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