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Aaron Cortez


What do you do at

I'm a web content specialist. Basically I get paid to write about stuff I do in my free time anyway, which is awesome.

What do you ride?

I ride a 2008 Yamaha R1 on the street, and I have a 2007 Honda CBR600RR for track duty. The Honda was a wreck that I salvaged and built back up into a track bike. I wanted something I could really thrash on and not lose sleep over. I made that decision after wrecking my precious R1 on the track; there's nothing quite like seeing your OEM fairings mangled by asphalt to make you really appreciate a dedicated track bike!

What got you into motorcycling?

Back when I was in the military, a bunch of guys in my unit had motorcycles, and it looked like a blast. I had never known anyone in my family or among friends who rode, and I was pretty fascinated with the idea. So I took a chunk of post-deployment cash and bought a brand new 2005 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, and asked a friend to teach me how to ride. Hopping on a 700+ pound cruiser as my first bike was a poor choice in retrospect, but after tipping it over twice, I got the hang of it and rode everywhere I could.

What was your best motorcycle experience?

When I got my Harley, I was stationed in Virginia, a long way from my home in sunny SoCal. Riding became my escape from work and living in an unfamiliar area, so I'd ride every weekend, all over eastern Virginia. From hidden two-lanes through the farmland, to winding along the Outer Banks in North Carolina, that area made for some incredible riding memories.

What are your motorcycling goals?

I want to do some racing schools, like CSS, Pridmore, and STAR, and if I can ever afford to swing it, I'd like to race for a season (just to say I did it.) I'd love to do a cross-country trip on a cruiser or sport-tourer some day; just take about a month or two and see everything America has to offer. My ultimate dream is to go to the Isle of Man TT Race and ride the road course as a tourist.

What's your biggest pet peeve?

When I'm riding? It really bugs me when other riders wear novelty half-helmets. Seriously guys? You may as well wear an eggshell on your head. It also bugs me when people try to block you when splitting lanes.

What are your favorite color socks?

Whatever color Costco is selling.

If you had to live on one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Mexican food (casting a wide net there on purpose, the rest of my life might be a while.)

Do you have a favorite smell?

New leather!

Is there any advice you would give to fellow riders?

Knowing your tires is absolutely critical. Only a few square inches of rubber are keeping you planted to the road at any given moment. I would tell other riders to never cheap out on tires, check the tire pressure and condition regularly, and replace them before you think you need to.

Aaron Cortez's Features

Action Cam Buyers Guide

Anywhere you look on TV or on the Web, it is apparent that GoPro is king in the action camera market. But they're certainly not the only game in town, and as you will see, a GoPro may not be the right choice for you at all depending on your specific needs. The action cam has grown from being a niche gadget to a permanent segment of the camera market, and some heavyweight competitors have...Read More

Electric Motorcycles Brand Overview

The electric motorcycle market is maturing quickly, and just like with combustion-engine bikes, there are several manufacturers operating now that cater to distinctly different types of riders. From sub-$10,000 commuters, to $70,000 GP-level track bikes, the electric market has some offerings that will tempt you...and others that will shock you!Read More

Alpinestars Fall 2014 Collection

Alpinestars just came to our facility in San Diego with a van full of new products from their Fall collection for us to try out. They’ve rolled out some awesome new products in adventure touring, textile jackets, and neat casual-looking riding gear from their Rideout collection, so we put together this guide to show you their latest releases.Read More

Motorcycle Ear Plugs

There are a lot of opinions between riders about whether or not wearing hearing protection while riding is a good idea. We’ve noticed that, like so many other elements of this sport, the use of earplugs tends to be a controversial topic. Users swear by them, but many riders refuse, wanting to be as connected their bike and traffic conditions...Read More

Electric Motorcycle Ride and Review

I really wasn’t sure what to expect as I threw my leg over the bright yellow Zero S. Before coming out on this test ride, where Mark, Lance, and the rest of the crew at Rocket Cycles in San Diego invited me out to test ride one of their electric motorcycles, I had – like anyone excited about trying something new in the age of the internet...Read More

BikeBandit Visits Icon Headquarters

Coming from SoCal, where it’s still sunny and unseasonably warm well into November, Icon’s hometown of Portland, Oregon made an immediate impression on us with its dreary, cool fall weather and a seemingly endless cascade of golden leaves. The environment here, as we would find out, created a dreamlike backdrop for our visit to Icon...Read More

2014 Icon Airmada Seance Helmet Review

It’s not often that we go to the BikeBandit studio to shoot a review video, and end up talking about the product for about fifteen minutes. But that’s exactly what happened when we reviewed the new 2014 Icon Airmada Seance Helmet. Based on artist Lukas Ketner’s twisted, surreal artistic rendition of legendary poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, there is a lot going on with this graphic...Read More

History of Military Motorcycles

Most of us are familiar with tanks, Hum-vees, APCs, and other common vehicles used in the military. Big, heavily-armored, and slow, the typical vehicle used in combat operations prioritizes protective armor and firepower over speed and agility. It makes sense; when bullets and explosive frag are flying every direction, the sound of rounds bouncing off a few inches of steel is pretty reassuring... Read More

Special Forces Motorcycles

With all the talk about post-apocalypse survival strategies going around (don't lie, you know you do it too), and we've been having some interesting discussions around the office about what kind of bike we'd want to be riding when the world ends. Some important questions have been asked, such as: What kind of terrain should it be suited to? What would it use for fuel? How much should it be able to... Read More

EBC Brakes

Whether you ride sport bikes, cruisers, dual-sports, or anything else on two wheels, every type of rider can usually agree on one thing: being able to stop predictably is absolutely critical. EBC Brakes, the world leader in motorcycle braking components, knows this and has a huge range of quality aftermarket parts to bring you exactly what you need. EBC designs and manufactures brake components at their own... Read More

Icon 1000 Chapter Jacket Review

For a long time now, I've been looking for the "perfect leather jacket." I think it's one of those essentials that every grown man who values his wardrobe has to have. Not necessarily a motorcycle jacket mind you; I've already had high quality riding gear that I trust my skin to when I ride. I've just been wanting a quality piece that would epitomize what the leather jacket stands for; old-school, rugged style... Read More

Changing Sprocket Sizes

Have you ever been taking off at a light and found yourself wishing your bike had a lower first gear? Or been cruising on the highway, wishing you could somehow shift into a gear a little higher than your tallest one? Changing sprocket sizes is the ideal remedy for this problem, and doing this modification is something that's often in the back of many riders' minds. It can be one of the best mods you... Read More

Shoei RF-1200 Review

When it comes to premium motorcycle helmets, the Shoei brand is consistently known for exceptional quality, meticulous engineering, and stunning good looks - a reputation that is well-deserved. Shoei has been on a roll this year releasing exciting and innovative new models, but this week, Shoei rolled out the long-awaited newest generation of their ubiquitous RF line-up, the Shoei RF-1200! We recently... Read More

2013 Fall Hoodies Preview

It's finally starting to cool down a little here in SoCal, and I know what a lot of you from across the country are thinking: "Starting to cool down? It's flat out cold here!" Well one of the best things about the fall months, aside from the return of pumpkin spice lattes, is picking up a new hoody to layer under your riding jacket or just look sharp around town. We just received a bunch of new... Read More Welcomes Rob Fish

This week at, we're excited to welcome a new member to our team, and a veteran of the motorcycle industry, Rob Fish. Rob is our new Video Production Specialist, and he'll be giving you guys the inside scoop on all the latest gear, products, and great deals on You'll be seeing a lot more of Rob on our YouTube channel, where we have detailed product reviews and video... Read More

Lithium Motorcycle Batteries

Have you ever wondered why the cell phone in your pocket or the laptop or tablet you own use small, light, modern lithium power cells, while your bike still carries around a big, heavy, antiquated lead-acid battery? It's odd that, with all the thought motorcycle engineers put into designing high-performance bikes, utilizing cutting-edge technology and lightweight materials, they still all... Read More