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How to Get Your Motorcycle License in California

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM

So you are getting into (or back into) motorcycling and you want to do it right. You know how to ride or you have taken a class and now it's time to get your motorcycle license. Congratulations on taking this first big step! Here are the steps that you will need to take to legally and legitimately ride a motorcycle in the state of California.

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Topics: Motorcycles, Riding in the Bay Area

How To Improve Motorcycle Safety with GPS Navigation

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Aug 14, 2020 10:00:00 AM

To its critics, GPS navigation is a distraction, eliminates the elemental joy of riding a motorcycle, and has spawned a generation of idiots who might know where they’re going but have no clue where they are. It’s indicative of all that’s wrong in our modern technologically riddled world.

To its defenders, GPS navigation provides directional certainty, greater safety, and an overall more enjoyable motorcycling experience. It has solved far more problems than it has created.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

Motorcycle Roadside Assistance: Expect the Unexpected

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Aug 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Question: What’s worse than a stranded motorcyclist?

Answer: When that motorcyclist is you.

THREE WAYS TO AVOID ROADSIDE BREAKDOWN

1. Punch T-CLOCS

Sure, you get free Roadside Assistance as a H.O.G.® member. But why use it if you don’t have to? Even with all that help on tap, getting stranded is still a massive pain. One you can avoid with a simple inspection. Yes, we’re talking T-CLOCS – the pre-ride checklist developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Learn it. Live by it.

Tires, Wheels, & Brakes

Carefully inspect tread depth, wear, weathering, bulges, and embedded objects. Check air pressure. Check wheels for loose or bent spokes, or cast wheels for cracks. Check rims for out of round. Check bearings for free play in tires. Check brakes to determine that each brake alone keeps the bike from rolling.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

Motorcycle Photography Tips

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Aug 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

A camera is a tool and a powerful one at that. But taking excellent pictures is not so much about the camera as it is about how it's used. Good photographs require the photographer to slow down, to see, and personally express the world in front of them. This is true, no matter what type of camera you're using.

How do you do this traveling on a motorcycle? The answer, as it so often is on two wheels, is to keep it simple and travel light. It's just like with the toolkit you probably keep on your motorcycle for emergency repairs. A basic set can meet most of the challenges you encounter on the road.

It's the same with your camera. These days, chances are the smartphone you carry comes with a pretty good camera. And if you use it well, that can be all you need to capture memorable images from any journey you take.

Here are a few tips for using your phone camera (or a simple point-and-shoot) to improve your picture taking and capture your next ride.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

Let's Ride Sweepstakes

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Aug 2, 2020 11:58:02 AM

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Women's Motorcycle Community - The Litas - Is Fiercely Inclusive

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Women riders are storming the open road and The Litas—a community of women motorcyclists—is leading the charge. 

The name, Litas, is a made-up word, says founder Jessica Wise, but the friendships women riders are forming are real. 

“Women can be overly analytical and hard on themselves and it leads them to be competitive with each other,” said Wise. “It’s natural for women to throw up walls. Bonding over motorcycles breaks them down.”

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

Ways for Motorcycles to Be More Visible

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Studies show that people subconsciously don’t see things they aren’t in the habit of looking for. Or, maybe they’re distracted by texting, looking at GPS, or checking their hair.

In these situations, a motorcycle’s rider’s best defense is to take active measures to make themselves more visible. Here are a few ways to become more visible while riding your motorcycle.

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Topics: Parts & Accessories, Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

How to Stay Cool While Riding a Motorcycle in Extreme Summer Heat

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM

When you ride long distances in intense, summer heat (say, on your way to Sturgis or Daytona) dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can sneak up on you before you’re aware of what’s happening. 

So, it pays to know the warning signs, how to react when you experience them, and, most importantly, how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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Topics: MotorClothes Gear & Apparel, Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

LOCAL RIDES: Mount Hamilton and Environs

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Jul 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

You'll hardly believe you're a stone's throw away from bustling San Jose. Not only is this ride's scenery more reminiscent of the Central California Coast, with its rugged mountains and chaparral landscape, but also this area and these roads are surprisingly unpopulated, even on weekends. The view from the top of Mount Hamilton is spectacular.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area

Motorcycle Group Riding Tips and Best Practices

Posted by Harley-Davidson Insurance on Jul 11, 2020 3:15:00 PM

One of the greatest joys of motorcycling is riding with friends. But riding in a group presents special challenges – whether your “group” consists of two riders, a dozen, or more.

Group riding connects us in a way that solo riding can’t. As a group of bikes rumble through town or across the countryside, each rider is experiencing the same scenery, the same weather, the same road conditions, etc., even as each individual may experience them in a different way.

This gives gas stops and lunch breaks a whole new dimension, where riders swap stories that are as fresh as a still-too-hot cup of coffee. Fresh perspective is what’s great about group riding.

By learning some of the basic guidelines of group riding, you can help make sure your next outing is safe and enjoyable for all.

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Topics: Riding in the Bay Area, Current Rider

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