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Rider Training and Safety

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Somewhat inspired by a fresh rider who told me how some of my guides helped him the first time he rode on the street all by himself, I thought summing up some of the most common mistakes fellows who are new to the motorcycling world make could be at least as helpful.

So without much ado, I’ll do a roundup of the biggest don’ts of riding a motorcycle, without too much pretense of lining them up in the most reasonable order.

1. No training, no license. As nice and cool riding a bike looks, it’s really not worth becoming a juvenile delinquent or even doing some time in the slammer for being caught riding without a permit. Even though some fellows are really anxious to throw a leg over a bike before taking riding, traffic or safety courses, trust me, it’s not worth it.  READ ON

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The average motorcycle, ridden by a trained professional, on smooth , dry, clear pavement, on a sunny summer day, can go from 60 miles-per-hour to stopped in about 120 feet. That’s the length of two tractor trailer trucks, parked end-to-end. That is the best-case scenario. Your distance will vary.  READ ON

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Zero Motors announces small recall for potentially catastrophic motor failureBad news for those rooting for electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero - the brand is recalling 94 bikes built between December 26, 2013 and February 18, 2014. This is the second recall for the small-scale manufacturer in the past year, following a larger, 268-unit recall in August.

More troubling, though, is the reason the bikes are being recalled. According to the notification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the motor's rotor could make contact with the stator (the stationary part of an electric motor) while the bike is in motion. Should this happen, the rear tire could seize. We shouldn't really need to explain why this would be bad. READ ON

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Getting in the saddle of your first motorcycleApril is here and so is the unofficial start of the riding reason.

While March may be home to the first official day of spring, Nova Scotia is no stranger to Easter snowfall and other semi-frozen precipitation early in the month.

But during the latter half of April you can almost be guaranteed to start your two-wheeled adventures for the year.  READ ON

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