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MMP 12: Motorcycle Insurance – How I Cut My Premiums in Half

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain how I cut my motorcycle insurance premiums in half. First, every rider needs to understand the major types of insurance: liability, comprehensive, and collision. Don’t worry if this sounds foreign, I’ll explain everything. NOTE: I’m not a licensed insurance agent. I’m simply reporting on my […]

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Honda CB750 project bike found on Craigslist – or so I thought

If you listened to Episode #10 of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, you know I’m looking for an old Honda CB750 to rebuild with my son. Well I found the perfect, not so perfect, motorcycle. It’s located just two hours away and it’s dirt cheap. So far so good. Learn more by watching the short video […]

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Gravel in a turn — What should you do?

You’re tailing your riding buddy on a fav back road when suddenly OHMIGOSH; he’s pointing wildly at gravel in the turn! He somehow makes it through (this should be a clue: he ain’t exactly Nicky Hayden now is he?)… but, now warned, what do you do? First, you’re not right on his tail, correct? Slow […]

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MMP 11: The Hurt Report – 10 Facts Every Motorcycle Rider Should Know About Crashing

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain why understanding the Hurt Report is one of the most important things ANY rider can do to reduce their risks. The Hurt Report is the most comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents ever conducted. It’s over three decades old, but the data is just as relevant […]

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THE Motorcycle Mentor now on Facebook

You spoke and I [finally] listened. UPDATE: Within minutes I had 25 “Likes”. Two days later I had 100… You rock! I still need your help. Please “Like” the page on Facebook (see link below). Thanks in advance for doing this. It really helps. While I was slow to jump on-board, Facebook is proving to […]

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How do I overcome this fear riding a motorcycle? [Question]

I received the following question via email I never rode a motorcycle until I was 51. I took the safety class, purchased a Yamaha Virago 250, and went practicing around the neighborhood. On my third ride I ventured out onto a wonder country road near my house. On the way back while stopping for a light, […]

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MMP 10: Motorcycle Helmets – The Difference between DOT, SNELL and ECE [Podcast]

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain the three major motorcycle helmet certifications. If you live in the United States, you should see a DOT on every motorcycle helmet. If it doesn’t show DOT, then it’s not a real helmet. Some helmets also have the SNELL symbol. I’ll explain the difference in […]

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Which motorcycle helmet should I buy? [Question]

I received the following question via email “Can you give me any advice on full-faced helmets? How much should I spend on it? This is my first bike and I do not know if I’m going to like this new experience. It’s used and I got it from a family member. However, the helmet is […]

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Riding two up: On the road tips… [Part 3]

Now that you’re on the road, you’re ready for a good time. Some simple do’s and don’ts will ensure your safety and enhance your fun. Here are some tips I’ve learned DO: Realize that you are not in control; rider #1 is. Accept and enjoy that you are rider #2; it’s a good thing. DO […]

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MMP 09: Low-side and high-side crashes and how to avoid them [Podcast]

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain low-side and high-side crashes, what causes them, and how you can avoid them. Both types of crashes are often single vehicle accidents, meaning the rider wrecks without having another vehicle involved. A little head knowledge – and some electronics – can help you avoid these […]

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How NOT to load your motorcycle [Video]

Here’s a video I found while looking for low side crashes. Loading a motorcycle isn’t that easy, is it? Fortunately, no one is hurt while attempting to do this. But their motorcycles suffer some damage.

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Riding two up: Mounting the Bike… [Part 2]

There’s more than one way for a passenger (rider #2) to mount a motorcycle and people find their own styles. There are two basic ways suggested below but what is most important is that you mount smoothly, efficiently and with full awareness by rider #1. Sound easy? Well, it is, most times, but like many […]

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Riding two up: Before you get going… [Part 1]

The first time I rode two up on the back of a motorcycle I was sure I was going to blow off. I held on for dear life. I did as I was instructed — put my hands on the driver’s waist (rider #1) and relaxed. Well, I tried to relax. The first few miles […]

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How to put motorcycle on center stand

Most modern street motorcycles have a center stand as well as the side or “kick” stand. The center stand is handy in particular for a chain driven bike. After getting the bike ‘up’ on the center stand, lubricating the chain becomes a snap: just start the bike, pull the clutch in, put the bike in […]

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MMP 08: 9 Reasons to ride a motorcycle [Podcast]

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I share 9 reasons to own a motorcycle. I gave you 7 reasons NOT to own a motorcycle back in podcast #3, and I promised to give you the other side of the argument. Well, here it is. I’m always reluctant to advise someone to purchase a […]

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