It’s not easy being a motorcyclist in Toronto, Canada. Here in the Great White North motorcyclists are few and far between. We’re a rare breed still frowned upon as non-sensible, a band of hooligans in the eyes of our coworkers, friends, and family. Our riding season is short and our weather is unfriendly. We have no organized motorcycle races within the city save for the once or twice MX comes to town, and our downtown motorcycle stuntshows have been moved to outside of the city, but one Toronto motorcyclist dares to say: “Baby, it’s all good.”Read More »
You've heard all of the doom and gloom on the news: gas prices soaring, dwindling supply of fossil fuels, double dip recession, we're all feeling the pinch at the pump. Luckily for you, motorcycles can take you very far on very little gas, if you ride them the right way.
Here are 10 ways to get better gas mileage from your motorcycle and cover the most distance for your dollar.
What? You didn't really think you could read everything about a woman's ride of a lifetime in a single Q&A, did you? With the entire United States in the mirrors of her Bonneville, Madeline "MISSRIDER" Velazquez shares her time on the road, the concerns she had on her trip, the people she met, and her next big ride.Read More »
Whether its the freedom, the machine, or the woman herself, everyone can appreciate something of beauty in a woman riding her motorcycle. For some women, a ride around town, or even the state just isn't enough. On July 4th, 2011, Madeline "MISSRIDER" Velazquez set out on the ride of a lifetime: travelling across the United States by motorcycle, all alone, aboard her Triumph Bonneville. She was kind of enough to take a moment to answer some of our questions and tell us about her trip.Read More »
User Submission: Al Wells shares his experience and offers advice on how to avoid road rage and traffic accidents.
Education is sometimes defined as a “planned experience, designed to bring about a change of behaviour.”
We are all teachers! Don't believe me? Check your self-talk the next time that idiot in the cage cuts you off! You will likely find yourself saying “I'll teach that ... .... a lesson” with some added colourful and graphic expletives that would make a sailor proud! Our imaginations then go into overtime to find some creative “plan of action” that will “bring about a change of behaviour” such as a heavy boot finding its way through the driver's side window.
Hello riders! Some of you may remember last month’s article Targeting Women Motorcyclists - Resources for Female Riders. The article highlighted Vicki Gray / MOTORESS and the International Female Ride Day, other players in the local female riding community, and how as riders we all benefit from a strong female presence in motorcycling. It called out for women riders to share their links with us.
Earlier today I heard about a new blog,I-Want-To-Ride.com . The new blog chronicles the quest to becoming a motorcyclist, as told by future biker-belle Cecilia Lourenco. Having lived and rode a scooter in Florence, Italy, Cecilia’s posts offer an enthusiastic but down to earth look at her progression into motorcycling here in Toronto, Canada:
Vicki Gray was dropping off her KYMCO Bet & Win at Studio Cycle Group in Toronto when I offered her a ride to the subway station. Vicki, perhaps better known as MOTORESS, has been actively involved in motorcycles since the mid-1980s. Here was a woman who could have easily out-rode me on my own bike, content with taking a quick ride around the block as a passenger on my Harley-Davidson. When we arrived at the station we spoke briefly about our experiences as a passenger. “I’m not afraid of anything”, she said. I believe her.Read More »
It was spring of not-so-long-ago and Ashley had finally started riding her own motorcycle. While I took my time warming up my faithful carburettor motorcycle, she fired up her new fuel-injected little machine and took off on me.
Now, you need to understand, whenever my girlfriend has taken off on me on a bike, bad things have happened. Like the time I told her to take things slowly around the parking lot. She gave me the "yeah yeah" and rolled her eyes. Then she crashed my first bike across the asphalt. I digress...
Ashley was involved in a motorcycle accident on her CBR-125R back in March, 2011. Someone who was stopped (illegally) in a bicycle lane pulled a U-Turn right in front of her. She hit the brakes and the horn and swerved to try to avoid the car, but the car didn’t yield and blocked her exit and they collided.Read More »