How To Be Safe As A Passenger On The Back Of A Motorcycle

If riding a motorcycle is fun, then riding with a passenger has to be twice as fun. That’s how math works, right? Well, not quite. Having a passenger on your bike completely changes the dynamic of the ride, and can actually be pretty scary. The added (potentially doubled) weight of a second person affects everything [...]

Gearing Up: Hear Us Out (Or Why You Should Always Ride With Earplugs)

Most of us are capable of injuring ourselves on the way to the bathroom — who among us hasn’t stubbed a toe at 3:27 AM? So when it comes to riding two-wheeled machines at inhuman speeds down roads that would make a cheese grater feel inadequate, it’s probably wise to take heed and cover up! [...]

Gearing Up: Head, Shoulders, Knees and… Eyes?

There’s a saying in sports:  leave it all on the playing field. The same should not be said for motorcycles and the road. If you want to protect you in a crash, avoid serious personal injury when you’re on the road, and keep all your body’s requisite components in their original configuration, you need to [...]

10 Real World Reasons You Should Take That Motorcycle Safety Course Today

When’s the last time you took a motorcycle safety course? If you’re a brand new rider, we hope your answer is recently. If you’ve been riding for 40 years, we hope your answer is also recently. No matter what level of experience we’re at, we could all benefit from ongoing training. Think about it, even [...]

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

A few weeks ago we looked at safety awareness for bikes. Now we want to talk about their bigger, bolder, slightly brashier brother:  motorcycles. Motorcycles are a fun, quick, and economical way to get around, but though cars far outnumber motorcyclists on our roads, motorcyclists account for a disproportionate number of traffic deaths. In large [...]

The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

With the sun finally out after what felt like a lifetime of rain, you're no doubt itching to jump on the back of your hog in search of some winding SoCal roads. We know we certainly are! Howard Blau has been a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. His keen knowledge of the dynamics of motorcycle operation and [...]

Lane-Splitting and You. (Yes, Even You.)

Ah, the law. It's what makes us get up in the morning. Even if you think a particular law doesn't apply to you — perhaps you never did have any plans to drive 2,000 or more sheep down Hollywood Boulevard (an actual law prohibits this, by the way) — it's nonetheless important that you understand [...]

Riding Mulholland Highway

Feel like going for a motorcycle ride?  Blue skies, moderate temperatures, twisting canyon roads… one of the most famous and scenic destinations for motorcycle riders in California is Mulholland Highway.  It is an amazing road that meanders about 50 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains, from the Ventura Freeway in Calabasas to the Pacific Coast [...]

Rage while on the Road: How to Deal

The driver who crossed three lanes, making you slam on your brakes – only for him to make a late left turn.  The motorist who can’t seem to negotiate a right-hand turn from the right-most lane, making you wait for his imprecision.  The bus driver who blasts through a fresh red light to stay on [...]

5 Common Motorcycle Collisions

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which means that the U.S. Department of Transportation, the CHP and the California Office of Traffic Safety are all taking this month to spread awareness about sharing the road with motorcyclists. According to the California DMV, motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers. That being said, [...]