Category: motorcycle training

In Memoriam: My Friend and Mentor, Jerry Roper

In Memoriam: My Friend and Mentor, Jerry Roper
Chicago has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Jerry Roper. He served as President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce from 1993-2013. Prior to that he was the president of the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has often been referred to as the ‘business mayor of the city.’ Jerry took... Read more »

Motorcycle Safety: Visibility

Motorcycle Safety: Visibility
Traffic safety is a responsibility shared by all the roadway users. However, for motorcyclists, it is ultimately up to the rider to try to make him/herself visible at all times, and have a strategy for scanning for potential hazards. Here are some situations where a rider may not be as visible to a motorist and... Read more »

Chicago-Toys For Tots Warming Shack Party At Motoworks

Chicago-Toys For Tots Warming Shack Party At Motoworks
One of my favorite events of the year! Sure, its cold, but there is something very special about seeing bearded burly motorcyclists with stuffed animals and wrapped presents attached to their respective motorcycles. The event brings out anywhere from 10,00-40,000 riders each year depending on the weather. This Sunday, December 7th Toys For Tots 37th Annual Motorcycle... Read more »
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On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter - Official Trailer

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I cannot wait for this to release, it has been a long time coming. Red Bull Media House has invited me to the red carpet screening of the film on October 22, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. I had an opportunity to interview the Brown family recently for an article I wrote for issue sixteen of... Read more »

Blah, Blah, Blah. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. What does that mean?

Blah, Blah, Blah. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. What does that mean?
During the month of May most states ramp up on their Motorcycle Safety Campaigns.  This usually consists of messages displayed on a few digital signs that read ‘Watch for Motorcycles’ or ‘Look Twice for Motorcycles.’ The old crusty yellow bumper stickers that were designed in the 70’s make their way back on the DMV shelves... Read more »

Motoworks' Track Day at Gingerman

Motoworks’ Track Day at Gingerman Fran leans, lives, and learns. Johnny Scheff of Motoworks, www.motoworkschicago.com, orchestrated his 8th annual trackday at Gingerman Raceway, www.gingermanraceway.com on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Gingerman is a favorite track of the go-fast crowd and I always wanted to ride it. The surface is a polymerized asphalt that is nicely abrasive... Read more »
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Just be Smooth

It’s the most overused phrase in motorcycle training; “Be Smooth”.  You can find it in almost every book, DVD and class about improving your motorcycling.  However, rarely is it defined. I have struggled with how to explain “riding smoothly” to new students.  It seems to be one of those mysterious things that can be difficult to convey to someone who... Read more »

BMW To Offer Motorcycle Training At 2010 Rally

Recently, the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) created the Rider Performance University concept as a means of delivering rider education events to their members and the general motorcycling population.The rally will take place in Redmond Oregon, July 15-18. The classes that will be offered during the rally will include: Expericenced RiderCourse-Skills Plus Advanced RiderCourse-Sportbike Techniques SeasonedRider Workshop StreetSmart... Read more »

Are you ready for Black Diamond?

One question I always ask my students after completing a beginner riding course is if they feel comfortable enough to ride on the street.  I ask this for a couple of reasons; one is to help those who might be too confident after the training. I often compare skiing to motorcycling.  I like to do... Read more »
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Motorcycling - Do you take it seriously?

It seems there are many motorcyclists out there that simply do not give their motorcycle the respect it deserves and requires.  I reference a line before each class I teach. “If you learn one thing from this book, learn to take motorcycling seriously.”  Pat Hahn Ok, so I substitute class for book.  This is the... Read more »