Things Are Not Going Well, So Is A Crash Inevitable?

Nick Ienatsch writes, "There are valid, real reasons for crashing motorcycles, reasons you tell your friends and they nod in agreement. “Nothing you could have done,” they will say, believing it. But often, our crashes come at the end of a string of issues that, in hindsight, point us directly to the eventual crash. We [...]

By |2018-10-31T16:28:23+00:00October 31st, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Things Are Not Going Well, So Is A Crash Inevitable?

Situation Awareness In A High-Threat Environment – RIDE CRAFT

"Years ago I read an inter­view with a veteran Air Force fighter pilot who said that veteran fighter pilots beat rookie pilots in mock air battles because the rookies “look away at the wrong time.” This comment stuck with me as I observed motorcyclists’ eye usage. Recently retired three-star Marine Corps Gen. Robert Schmidle flies [...]

By |2020-10-20T13:57:38+00:00May 9th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Situation Awareness In A High-Threat Environment – RIDE CRAFT

Rider Resolutions

Nick Ienatsch is at it again, and has come up with resolutions fit for any rider! There's no need to wait until December to start making resolutions when it comes to riding. Check out this excerpt from Ienatsch's Tuesday, and see what Nick's resolutions are: "2017 will be three days old when this is published and [...]

By |2018-05-03T17:08:42+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Rider Resolutions

Get Your Fingers Up On The Brake Lever

"The Allstate Insurance website tells us that 46 percent of motorcycle crashes happen at intersections. Wait! Don’t quit reading. This isn’t a hand-wringing rehash of what we all know. I’m not going to preach about the hazards of intersections and the generally poor driving skills of the American driver. Those aren’t going to change anytime [...]

By |2020-11-18T21:08:11+00:00April 24th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Get Your Fingers Up On The Brake Lever

An Introduction to Stretching for the Motorcyclist

Nick's Note: We can buy new tires and reflash our ECU, but what about the on-board-engineer? To continue our "Winter Improvement" series, we ask Jenn Peris of ExposeYoga.com to get us ready for riding season with Standing Hip Stretches based on her extensive knowledge of not just yoga, but of what a motorcycle rider needs to succeed: Jenn [...]

By |2020-11-18T20:51:11+00:00April 13th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on An Introduction to Stretching for the Motorcyclist

Brake Light Initiative: Braking Properly

How to use your motorcycle brakes properly Nick Ienatsch, Jeff Allen, Michael Troutman, and John Beck wrote a Lifestyle piece on CycleWorld about using your motorcycle breaks properly. "The Pace 2.0 challenges riders to add this statement to their riding portfolio: “I can go to the brakes at any time during my ride.” The Brake [...]

By |2018-04-03T18:24:48+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Brake Light Initiative: Braking Properly

Pace vs. Risk: Rubber Side Down, Part 2

The second part of Keith Culver's two part Pace vs. Risk series, featured on Cycle World's Ienatsch Tuesday column. "We're back to discuss how to reduce the two major canyon-riding “Risks” we discussed in part one: Lean Angle and Abruptness...while still enjoying your pace. Yes, I wrote “your pace" because everyone has a different pace [...]

By |2018-04-02T16:07:37+00:00March 30th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Pace vs. Risk: Rubber Side Down, Part 2

Pace vs. Risk: Rubber Side Down, Part 1

Keith Culver wrote a two part guest column for the Ienatsch's Tuesday column on Cycle World. "We hear this cliché all the time, but how does a new-to-the-canyons rider keep it that way? Hello, Keith Culver here. I am not a writer or motorcycle training guru, but due to my position as the Chief Operating [...]

By |2018-04-02T16:08:16+00:00March 28th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Pace vs. Risk: Rubber Side Down, Part 1

Learning how to install vinyl stickers, the right way (why not?)

"Last year, I watched Brian Smith apply stickers. Here is his approach, learned from a big-time Porsche tuner...and it works great." - Nick Ienatsch  Nick asked me to outline my procedure for installing vinyl die-cut stickers on a motorcycle, car, truck, trailer, tool box, etc. I’m finding that it’s a lot like teaching someone to [...]

By |2020-10-20T14:06:00+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Learning how to install vinyl stickers, the right way (why not?)

Five Riding Skills You Can Practice Every Ride

"Parking lots, including this truck stop, became my practice areas. On my Versys and then my FZ1, I worked on techniques at slower speeds to fine-tune muscle memory, finding that the small things like foot position make a huge difference." - Gary Klein At age 50, Gary Klein fell in love with motorcycle riding and [...]

By |2018-04-02T16:26:52+00:00March 16th, 2018|Moto Musing|Comments Off on Five Riding Skills You Can Practice Every Ride