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The Joys of Learning to Ride
The Joys of Learning to Ride - Cornering Crisis

You can't brake while in the middle of a turn. It's quite possibly the riding rule of thumb that kept me from getting back on a bike after my instructors explained this to my Harley-Davidson Rider's... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Tar Snakes

We've all heard the saying, "you learn a new thing everyday." And while I've never questioned its validity, I never realized just how much that would apply when I learned to ride. I'm learning new... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - The first step to working on your ride

BAM! I just bought my first bike. After months of Craigslist, eBay and Cycle Trader ads, I've got a pretty little 1980 Honda CM400E sitting in my garage. But you don't buy a bike older than you are... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Getting geared up

Squid. The word comes from the nickname "squirrely kid" and is most often in reference to a new rider who owns a bike way too fast and far too little gear for his own good. And while they may think... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - To See and Be Seen

Taking a motorcycle class gave me a heck of a lot of questions that I didn't yet have when I walked in. For instance, you're usually not worried about where you should be in a lane while you're... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Distracted Driving

During my time learning to ride and making my way to becoming a motorcyclist, I've done a whole lot of catching up on what's going on in the motorcycle community. Reading blogs, magazines and... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - How to be a Hero

Crashes happen. It's a sad fact but it's a fact none-the-less. But witnessing one can often be as confusing and scary as being in one. We like to think that our fellow motorcycling enthusiasts... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - The Easiest Mistakes to Make

So you passed the riders class, proudly walked out of the DMV with your motorcycle license and bought a bike. Congrats! And finding the right motorcycle insurance might have been a pain but now... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Motorcycle Insurance

In my search for the perfect motorcycle, a looming issue has hung heavily over my head. While what color I want has been plaguing me recently, more importantly, what's the deal with motorcycle insurance... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Rider's Edge

It's official. After three months of saying I would take a riding course, get on a motorcycle and ride off into the sunset I did it. (OK, maybe there was no sunset riding.) Over the weekend, I took the... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Buying a Motorcycle Used

Waltzing into a dealership and riding out of it on a shiny new bike seems like a dream come true. But in fact, after doing a little research and finding out about the reality of it, buying a... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Buying a Motorcycle New

Learning to ride is only half of the battle. Actually having a motorcycle to ride is a whole other issue. For months now, I've gazed at Cycle Trader page after page... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Moto Lingo

I've always prized myself on being hard to embarrass. I mean, as a blog writer I kind of need to be, especially since I'm throwing all of my fairly embarrassing... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - The Best Advice, or Not?

With plenty of videos and step-by-step guides titled "5 Easy Steps to Learning to Ride" or "Learn to Ride the Easy Way," you would think that a new rider would feel... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Falling Over

If you haven't caught on already, my biggest fear in learning how to ride a motorcycle is falling over. Whether this fear is actually legitimate or not, it's the main thing that... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Like Riding a Bike

As I prepare to be in control of a motorcycle for the first time, I wonder more and more what the best ways are to prepare. I've got my class scheduled; I bought a jacket and am... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - The Motorcycle Wave

Ever since I made the decision to learn how to ride, I've began to notice almost every motorcycle that's crossed my path. Friends chuckle at me as my head turns to find the source of... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 4

It's time. I've procrastinated long enough and I've decided on the type of riding I would like to do. I figured that what kind of riding I settle on will affect the best way for... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 3

As I sat in traffic on my way to work this morning, I couldn't help but wonder whose bright idea it was to shut down an entire lane for needless construction on an already traffic... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 2

It's almost as if in any conversation about motorcycles just add "the best" to any sentence and you've got an instant debate. It's no different with the question of "what bike... Read more.


The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 1

Never ride a motorcycle. It's what my dad always told me. I'm not sure if he was trying to keep me away from dating rebellious, leather wearing bad boys or if his own experiences... Read more.