It was only the second turn on the roll chart and my numbers were already f*$%^#. “You have to start from the starting line you idiot, or nothing’s going to line up. You can’t just take off from the truck.”
I wasn’t particularly easy on myself thanks to the combination of nerves and coffee, but I’d never done a legitimate off-road jaunt before, much less a 100-plus mile dual-sport ride in a part of the country I’d only ever seen in pictures. I was a little on edge. Just a few days prior I had gotten my first look at a roll chart and instructions on how to use it, along with a tool kit for emergency break-downs and some sound advice from former MotorcycleUSA Off-Road Editor JC Hilderbrand: “you’d better find some other riders to hook-up with out there.” As I returned back down the hill to the starting point, noticing how few there were left to leave all I could think was, “what the hell have you gotten yourself into?” READ ON
For the third consecutive year, the number of U.S. motorcycle fatalities has risen again with 4,957 riders having been killed on the roads in 2012 according the latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. READ ON
While motorcycling is an exhilarating activity, it's also a dangerous one.
November 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As one of America's sunniest states, Florida is naturally a great place for motorcycle enthusiasts to get out and enjoy the open road, nice weather and beautiful scenery. Florida's mild weather means that many motorcyclists will be riding year-round, making it crucial for other drivers to be aware of who else is sharing the road with them.
While motorcycling is an exhilarating activity, it's also a dangerous one. Many factors contribute to the risks that every motorcyclist faces on Florida roads and highways, including traffic, road conditions and cyclist experience. Unfortunately, while most traffic fatalities are declining across the nation, motorcycle deaths have been on the rise over the past few years. The Tampa Tribune reported that after Texas and California, Florida is the highest in the country for motorcycle deaths. In 2011, 413 motorcyclists were killed in crashes on Florida roads, and 7,194 bikers were injured, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. These numbers noted an increase of 15 percent from the previous year. READ ON
Depending on where you stand in the continuum of new-riderdom, choosing a first motorcycle may be the most fun or most frustrating experience you’ll have. There are a host of riding options available, including several new entry-level mounts, and choosing one requires some thought and research. READ ON