April 16, 2013

Great Scenic Routes for Your Motorcycle Ride

There's no doubt that riding a motorcycle is a great way to take in scenic roads. It's wonderful, in that with a motorcycle, you can enjoy more of the scenery, not impeded by the roof, windows and hood of a car surrounding you.

You can enjoy many scenic rides across the United States, many enjoyable any time of year. Here are some of the best scenic rides for your next motorcycle jaunt.

Highway 101 - California

This highway runs completely up and down the west coast of the United States. Starting in Los Angeles, or ending there if you prefer, this highway is 1550 miles in length. In Southern California, the highway is very much a highly trafficked freeway, complete with rush hour traffic. However, as you head north, the highway becomes a bit more scenic. It isn't until you near the Bay Area that the ride really becomes special, as following the 101 will take you right over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Heading north, you will ride along forested coastlines and through the great redwood trees of Northern California.

Motorcycle Safety and Survival Guide

After over forty years of riding a motorcycle, I have learned a few simple rules to make each riding experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. I am not an instructor but I am a veteran motorcycle rider and enthusiast. I commute and ride leisurely every chance I get.
In this article, I will briefly discuss the motorcycle, the riding gear and highway safety.
If you are new to motorcycling, I strongly recommend that you contact your local Department of Motor Vehicle Office and obtain all study guides and literature available for your state and city in which you reside.


Is your motorcycle safe to ride?
Before swinging your leg over the seat, it's always a good idea to inspect the following items on your motorcycle. Always use your manufacturer's owner's manual to identify measurements, tolerances and specifications to complete the checklist below. If you don't have an owner's manual, purchase one, read it and get to know your motorcycle.

1. Tire condition
2. Proper tire pressure
3. Front and rear breaks
4. Fluid levels
5. Forks and shocks
6. Chain or drive belt
7. Head lights, tail light, break light and turn signals.
If you feel that your motorcycle may be unsafe to ride, don't ride it until you have made the necessary repairs. The above safety precautions may avoid an accident or a crash. Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, odds are in your favor if your bike is at peak performance level.