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High-viz clothing really does reduce motorcycle accidents

The color of choice for motorcyclists almost always seems to be black. They ride black bikes, they wear black leather jackets, they don black pants and they top it all off with a black helmet and black gloves. In the end, you get a bike and a rider that really blend into the black pavement, reducing their visibility.

The type of motorcycle you choose impacts performance

If you're thinking about buying a motorcycle and you've never owned one before, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Long gone are the days when bikes were all pretty much the same and you just picked one for the engine size. Modern bikes are very specialized and the way they're designed can drastically impact performance.

Why do people say loud pipes save lives?

A motto in the motorcycle community, at least among those who ride loud cruiser bikes, is that that "loud pipes save lives." This is typically said in response to the complaint that loud motorcycles are annoying and disruptive, a position often taken by pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers.

Will motorcycle riders become less common?

Are we heading toward a time when motorcycles are less common than they have been over the years? It's not just the season, as there are often fewer riders in the winter months, but an overall trend. In 10 years, will we look back and wonder where all the motorcycles went?

70/30 braking on a motorcycle

Braking on a motorcycle is one of the most important and yet complicated skills. It simply does not translate well from driving a car, where you just step on the pedal. In modern cars, you don't even need to know how to pump the brakes. The anti-lock braking system does all the work for you. It's a simple, one-step motion.

Motorcycle helmet use has increased again

For a time, motorcycle helmet use was on the decline. People may have understood the dangers of riding without a helmet -- it is the single most important piece of safety gear you can wear -- but they liked the comfort and freedom of riding without one. Helmets are not mandatory in every state, so people did not always choose to wear them.

What is a sportsbike?

Not all motorcycles are created equal. You have a lot of different divisions these days. Some are touring bikes, made for long distances. Others are dirt bikes, made for off-road adventures. You also have beginner bikes, sportsbikes, three-wheeled motorcycles and a lot more.

Your attitude matters with safe motorcycle riding

One of the best things any new motorcyclist can learn is that they need to have the right mindset and attitude to become a safe rider. You can think about safety systems and tools -- everything from ABS braking systems to advanced motorcycle helmets -- but the wrong mindset can still put you at risk.

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