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Dress for the fall, not for the trip

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 01:48 PM by Urban Ninja

One of the most important, yet easily overlooked, aspects of motorcycling is safety gear. The cost associated with acquiring safety riding gear should be incorporated into your motorcycle purchase budget. The freedom of riding in the open air and feeling as though you are a part of everything around you makes motorcycling particularly enjoyable but it leaves riders vulnerable to harsh weather condition, pesky insects, road debris and of course, painful accidents.

Per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics: “Compared with a passenger car occupant, a motorcycle rider is 37 times more likely to die in a crash, based on vehicle miles traveled.” In 2008, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in United States and 96,000 motorcyclists were injured. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and NHTSA both highly recommend the use of proper safety riding gear to reduce risk of injury or death if a crash does occur.

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We all had to start somewhere

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 10:21 PM by Urban Ninja

There are very few motorcycle riders fortunate enough to get on a bike for their first time, drop it in first and just fearlessly go. For the rest of us, riding a motorcycle for the first time is a scary, humbling experience. Although a motorcycle is not like an animal that has a mind of its own, it’s an animal of its own kind and just like dealing with a wild animal, riding requires skill, experience and respect for the “animal”.

Most beginner riders share a common feeling about riding a motorcycle – fear. Fear of getting hurt, fear of damaging the bike, fear of embarrassment and fear of failure. Another common feeling experienced by new riders is the feeling of not being good enough or progressing fast enough. Having experienced all of the above to the full extent, I found a few effective ways of coping with such fears.

“Oh @$#&, I’m gonna crash!”
The fear of crashing and getting hurt is one of the most common anxiety inducers for new riders....
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