Bucket-List Ride

My Bucket-list rides are from Rider magazine and from some of my long distance rides.

Alright are there any riders like myself that still have a few Bucket-list places that you haven’t rode to yet and that you are still thinking about. Well maybe I can help motivate you a little. For me my ultimate bucket-list ride is to ride to Alaska to the Arctic Circle.

Route 66
Ride all of it.

The longest stretch of genuine old U.S. 66 is in western Arizona, running 90 lonely miles from Seligman to Kingman alongside the tracks of the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe. Railroads.

The Big Sur Highway, carved out of the coast along the Santa Lucia Range for a hundred miles between Cambria and Carmel. Or the pacific coast highway.

Nova Scotia
Go way, way east to Nova Scotia, and there at the tip of Cape Breton Island is Cape North, the farthest you can ride on the North American continent.

Anywhere in this state.

The 160-mile Salmon River Scenic Byway runs along State Route 75 and U.S. Route 93 from the southern terminus of Stanley, in the Sawtooth Mountains, up the Continental Divide crossing at 7,014-foot Lost Trail Pass on the Idaho/Montana state line.

U.S. Route 36 across Kansas, about 400 miles from the Missouri River to St. Francis as the eagle flies. Back 150 years ago, much of this road was a major route for wagon trains and even the Pony Express. Now a days it offers the best of small-town America.

Anywhere in this state.

Mississippi,Alabama, Tennessee
The Natchez Trace Parkway runs 450 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, and the most fun is down where it starts alongside the Mississippi River.

New Hampshire
Every motorcycle rider should run up the Mount Washington Auto Road at least once.

New York
The run up Whiteface Mountain is an absolute must.


Riding to Key West

North Carolina
Taking State Route 12 the 90 miles from Kitty Hawk to Ocracoke includes a couple of ferries, which is all to the good. Most of the real estate falls in the purview of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Anywhere in this state.

South Dakota
The Black Hills are definitely worth riding to and Mount Rushmore.

Texas                                                                                                                                   Hill country, Big Bend

Anywhere in this state.

State Route 100 runs the length of the state, but the best stretch is the 130 miles between Waterbury (home to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream) and Wilmington, a mostly two-lane road that runs along the east side of the Green Mountain National Forest, and half of the fun is taking the little side roads that run over places like Appalachian Gap and Lincoln Gap.

Virginia                                                                                                                              The Blue Ridge Parkway


Beartooth Highway is an appealing stretch of road for motorcyclists who are ready to tackle hairpin turns. It starts in Red Lodge, Montana, and cuts through Beartooth Pass – more than 10,000 feet high!
Beartooth Pass peak is10,947 feet provides some very stimulating riding. The town of Cody, Buffalo Bill’s old stomping grounds, and head out over Dead Indian Pass (8,071 feet) on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (State Routes 120/296). Then hang a right onto U.S. Route 212 and climb up over the Beartooth Mountains.

Tennessee and North Carolina                                                                              Tail of The Dragon AKA 129

Montana                                                                                                                          Going to The Sun Road
This remote road is considered one of the great motorcycle rides in the American West. It is only accessible during the summer months and stretches over 50 miles of thrilling, hilly roads.

Going to the Sun Road runs through Glacier National Park and climbs more than half a mile up to Lake McDonald, ending at the 6,600-foot tall peak of Logan Pass. Travelers are advised to check the weather before making this ride.

Now I can keep on listing way more places to ride to. But hopefully you will now go dust off that road map and start planning that awesome bucket-list road trip.

Michael Theodore

National Road Captain

Planning your First Day or Weekend Trip in 2017



Maybe you’ve just got your first motorcycle and want to make sure it’s well used. Maybe you’re a moto-commuter, but you’re looking for a good recreational ride. Regardless of your reason, it’s possible you have never taken a full day trip on your motorcycle. Where should you go? What should you bring? How do you plan out your first day ride? Everyone’s got to start somewhere.

Planning a Motorcycle Day Trip

If you have never planned a day trip before, you might feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as difficult as it seems. All you need to do is sit down and approach planning systematically. You might be surprised if the trip practically plans itself!

Where Should You Go?

The most important aspect of planning any trip is deciding where to go and how to get there. When all is said and done, this is the part of your trip that will leave you with the most memories.

I suggest choosing a “destination ride,” where you choose an area of the state with great views or a place you have never been before. This can make a trip especially memorable as you experience a scenic route for the first time from your bike or travel to that national park in your state you have always wanted to visit.

Let’s take a look at a few things you should consider as you decide where you will go.

Ride Length

The first thing to do is determine how far you want to go. That begins with recognizing how far you can go. Ask yourself this question: How long do I want to be gone? Be reasonable with your expectations, especially if this really is your first ride. Or First ride of the new season. You might think that you can handle a 12-hour day, but it simply isn’t worth finding yourself burned out from riding when you’re several hundred miles from home. You might want to plan your first trip at eight hours or fewer. At the end, if you think it was too short/long you can always make the next ride longer or shorter.

Categorizing Your Time

Motorcycle trips are best spent admiring the views on scenic roads and enjoying the sights and sounds of your destination. Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to do both. You might want to break out your time into separate categories like riding, recreation, meals, breaks and extra.

Of course, you will need to spend time riding – that’s part of the fun! Just don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can travel four hours one-way in an eight-hour day. There will not be any time to do anything else before you have to turn around and go home. Spend about a third of your time on the road. Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to see different attractions. Your recreational activities should be roughly the same amount of time that you spend riding.

The other third of your trip is split among meals, breaks and extra. You can decide exactly how to split up your ride, but make sure you give yourself enough time to eat and rest. And what exactly is extra? Nearly every trip includes the unexpected – unanticipated traffic, a flat tire, or mechanical issue. Or additional attractions worth seeing or a 30-minute discussion with a fellow rider at the gas pump. Of course witnessing. By planning for these things in advance, you ensure that your overall plan isn’t interrupted. If you don’t like the thought of getting home early, plan some tentative stops as part of your extra time that you won’t mind cutting out if you need to – and make sure they’re towards the end of your trip.

Planning the Route

Once you know how long you will actually  be on the road, you can begin to plan an actual route. Since you only have a certain amount of time allotted to riding, how far you can go is largely dependent on how fast you can go. If you stick to highways, you can go a lot farther, but you might miss out on some great views. Even if you don’t think that scenery is for you, plan a route that incorporates the road less traveled for your first ride. You might be surprised how much you like it.

There are several ways to pick a riding destination. You might already have somewhere in mind, and that’s okay (as long as it isn’t too far). But if you just want to explore somewhere you’ve never been and know nothing about, there are plenty of online tools to help you.

Using Online Resources to Choose a Ready Route

There are several great resources with routes that others have already tried and tested. Here are a few that you can check out:

  • MotorcycleRoads.com – All you need to do is make a few clicks to see great routes that others have already created. Each route is given a score for scenery, road quality and roadside amenities, making it simple to gather a lot of great information at a glance. A user-rating system allows you to easily see how popular a given route is with other site visitors.
  • Sunday Morning Rides – With a slick interface and plenty of options, Sunday Morning Rides allows you to identify a route in your area and easily access relevant information via Goggle Street View or Goggle Earth.
  • Open Road Journey – You can enter a location in the search bar to find routes that others have added nearby. It includes a description, a map and an option to download the route to a GPS unit.
  • BestBikingRoads.com – It’s easy to zoom in and click on a specific route in your area. Each route is rated on a variety of factors (including corners, visibility, hazards, etc.)

In some cases, the routes available in your area may not be exactly the right distance for the trip you want, but they can be a great starting point for getting ideas.

Setting the Date

Once you’ve got your trip planned out, it’s time to set a date. You may have already started with one in mind, but if you haven’t, you might want to consider if any events are occurring at your destination. Participating in festivals or other events is a great way to enjoy the local culture and make your trip that much more memorable.

Setting a date is largely up to you, but there are a few things you might want to be aware of. Check the weather ahead of time. Sites like The Weather Channel or Weather Underground are great for this. You should also remember that in heavily populated areas, larger roads (and sometimes smaller ones) can become congested during rush hour. You may also experience heavier traffic during events or holidays.

What Should You Do?

Once you know where you’re going, you need to decide what you’re going to see or do while you’re there. Take a look at your route. Be sure to include both your destination city as well as other places along your route.

There are a number of useful web sites that display information about things to do in practically any location in the United States. A few of those resources are listed below.

  • Virtual Tourist – Browse things to do and restaurants to eat at listed by real people (many of them locals or residents). The user-content aspect of Virtual Tourist means that it misses a few items picked up by other sites, but it also includes a few unique details you might not find anywhere else.
  • Scout.me – With a focus on events more than locations, Scout.me is a great place to discover what’s going on in a given location. It features a number of great categories, such as Culture and Outdoors. It will also display details for nearby locations.
  • Yelp – Search an extensive database of local businesses, complete with reviews and other details. Yelp is a great site to find restaurants to eat at. If you want to cut through a lot of the noise on the site, access theArts & Entertainment category for a few points of interest.
  • Trip Advisor – While it is primarily a site devoted to flight and hotel bookings, Trip Advisor also has an impressive database of tourism attractions. After you search for a city under Destinations, click Things to Do or Restaurants at the top of the page.


With as extensive as these online resources can be, you might find too many things to do even in the smallest of cities. Decide in advance how long you want to spend at each location. That way, you’ll make sure to see everything on your list, and you won’t plan so many things that you run out of time.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to set time limits, you might just want to place each item in the order you’d like to accomplish it, understanding that you will not see everything. When you run out of time, you simply head home.


Of course, if you are going to be gone all day, you will need to find yourself at least one good place to eat. You can always pack a lunch if you prefer, but choosing a local restaurant is one more way to get to know the area and enhance your overall experience. A nice meal at a local favorite is a good way to meet  people and get great food. Avoid hitting up chains or other establishments that will not add to the unique aspects of your trip.

Gas Stations

If you’re going for a particularly long trip, don’t forget to identify where you plan on filling up your tank with fuel. There are some stretches of country where gas stations are few and far between. Don’t forget that some stations are listed online that may have gone out of business. It never hurts to call in advance just to find out if you’re worried about gas station availability.

Rest Stops

Identify locations on your route where you can take a break if you need it. Since breaks are factored into your trip’s schedule, you shouldn’t feel like you don’t have the time to stop

What Should You Bring?

If your motorcycle is outfitted with some sort of luggage, you’ll be able to take a little bit more with you. If your bike doesn’t, you might want to pick up a day pack or saddlebags. At the very least, you can use a backpack. Other than a bag, there are a few things you might want to consider taking along.


If you plan on doing anything that costs, you  definitely want to bring along something to pay for it. Don’t forget that you will also have expenses for meals and fuel. But even after that, you may come across toll roads in your route that you were not aware of. You may also need money to pass through certain national parks. It helps to look into those details in advance, but it never hurts to keep a little cash on you just in case. Don’t forget that while credit cards offer an extra level of convenience, it’s best to carry cash as well since some places still are not set up to run plastic.

Appropriate Gear

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/722/43607/Joe-Rocket-RKT-Prime-Motorcycle-HelmetBring along appropriate riding gear like jackets, gloves and boots. It’s important to be comfortable to avoid getting rider fatigue. And definitely don’t forget safety gear like your helmet.

Aside from riding gear, make sure you wear appropriate clothing for your excursion as well. You might consider multiple layers of light clothing that you can take off if it’s too warm or put on if it’s too chilly.

Mobile Phone

Your mobile phone is your lifeline in the case of an emergency. Make sure you bring your phone along and that it’s in a secure (and dry) location. Remember to completely charge it the night before your trip to make sure it has plenty of power.


https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/2631/33488/Garmin-Dakota-20-GPSIf you’ve never been along the route you’ve planned for yourself, make sure to bring some sort of navigation. Today’s technology makes navigation easier than ever with GPS units. Some are able to mount directly to your bike’s frame or handlebars. Use this setup if you already have it, but it isn’t essential if you don’t. Also, many modern phones include GPS navigation software that operates in essentially the same way. Either way, make sure your device is fully charged in advance.

If you do not have a GPS unit. Paper Maps are still as useful today as they ever have been. In fact, some maps are available that are specifically designed for motorcyclists. If you do not already have a map, you can print one online using a service like Goggle Maps.


If you are  not the type that likes to eat out, you can pack a lunch. But even if you are, you might want to bring along some snacks. It’s also important to take water with you to make sure you do not get dehydrated.


Don’t finish your trip with just memories. Take along a camera and take pictures.

Emergency Kit

Nobody likes it when bad things happen, but those who do not prepare like it even less. Make sure that you have an adequate emergency kit for unexpected problems.

A good emergency kit incorporates items for both you and your bike. A simple motorcycle repair kit is important. Keep a few spare parts and tools to fix common issues – flat tire, bad spark plug, etc. You don’t have to bring the whole toolbox with you, just take along what you need for minor repairs.

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/rm-rider-exchange/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/blue-first-aid-kit.pngJust as your emergency kit should have basic repair parts and tools for your bike, it should also have a simple first aid kit. Even if it’s nothing more than small bandages and a tiny bottle of pain medicine, you’ll be glad you have it if you ever need it.

It’s not a bad idea to purchase an emergency phone battery just in case your mobile phone dies unexpectedly and you need it. Take along a list of emergency phone numbers as well. You may feel that this is unnecessary if you have relevant numbers stored in your phone’s memory, but if it is damaged on your trip, you’ll still be able to call important people from a payphone. You might want to look at tow services along your route in advance and write down their numbers just in case your bike breaks down.

You might be able to think of other items to pack along as well. For example, rain gear would be nice if you find yourself caught unexpectedly in a rainstorm.

How Should You Prepare for Your Ride?

For one thing, you should always perform any needed maintenance or repairs on your motorcycle before your riding day ever comes. You’re going to be quite a distance away, and it’s best if your bike is in top shape for the trip.

Pre-Ride Inspection

T-CLOCS is a mnemonic acronym developed by The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and designed to help with pre-ride inspections. Each letter stands for a vital motorcycle component that should be checked.


  • Tires – Check the tires for any problems. Check the air pressure.
  • Controls – Check all levers and the brake pedal. Ensure that both front and back brakes function properly.
  • Lights – Make sure that all lights (including turn signals) operate.
  • Oil – Ensure that oil levels are appropriate. Fill up the motorcycle with gasoline.
  • Chassis – Check the suspension and drive system (chain and gears). Make sure all nuts and bolts are sufficiently fastened.
  • Stands – Ensure that the stand doesn’t swing down when you’re riding and that it securely holds your bike when you’re not.

Tell Someone

Before you go, tell someone about your trip: where you plan to go, when you plan on returning, etc. Give them your specific route and the spots you plan on visiting. This is important in case of an unexpected event.

You might also find someone to go along with you. There’s nothing better than going for a ride and sharing the memories with friends.


Now you know how to plan and prepare for a day trip, even if you’ve never been on one before. Remember these key points:

  • Determine how long you want to be gone.
  • Categorize your time before you plan a route.
  • Utilize online resources to find ideas for a route.
  • Map out a route ahead of time. You can use a tool like Goggle Maps.
  • Set an appropriate date for the trip.
  • Identify the attractions you want to visit and how long you want to be there.
  • Make sure you don’t forget to take important objects like cash, a mobile phone, navigation methods, an emergency kit, etc.
  • Complete a pre-ride inspection before you go.
  • Tell someone where you’re headed.

Once you’ve been out on the road, let us the ASR Family know how your trip went. Share it with us post about it on our web site. We would all love to hear about your great ride/trips.

Enjoy the 2017 Riding Season

Michael Theodore

National Road Captain


Packing,Eating And Staying Cool





Packing,Eating And Staying Cool

Commonsense Ways To Improve The Ride
We’re Not Backpacking
      Unless your hauling a trailer, your entire gear load is probably 40 pounds or less. Don’t get caught up what the backpackers do. When it comes to weight distribution. Instead pack very sensibly, placing items you’ll want to get to at any time during your riding day in very easy-to-access areas. Overnight items -coincidentally the heavier items are best stowed near or at the bottom of your top case or side saddlebags. Your regulars such as rain gear, sunglasses’s, sunscreen and water are best stowed on top near compartment openings.
Eat Light, Eat Whole
A rigorous 300-500 mile a day motorcycle tour is not the time to gorge. Eating lighter will keep your mind in a better place on the road and throughout the day. Eat more whole foods, such as nuts, dried fruits, meats, eggs, whole grains, veggies and fruit and fewer processed foods. I always carry with me power bars as you can eat them as you ride.
Mountain Pass Mentality
Have you ever noticed when your navigating your way up and over a mountain pass, how everything changes once you’ve ascended and start riding down the other side? No longer are you using mostly throttle to work your way up into the pass, but now you’re more focused on using your engine compression ( no throttle) and braking to work your way down the mountain. If you find it uncomfortable to make such an abrupt adjustment, consider pulling off to the side and stopping at the top of the mountain pass for a breather. This break makes it easier to reset your riding awareness and comfort level.
Evaporative Cooling-What is it?
Evaporative cooling is so essential to keeping your mind focused during hot weather riding. If you ride with just a T-shirt instead of long sleeves on a very hot afternoon ride. Sun exposure and wind evaporate perspiration too quickly, leading to dehydration and the build up of excess heat in the body. Wearing a full-coverage riding jacket with the air vents open allows you to control the wicking perspiration and heat from your body. I like to ride with moisture wicking shirts as an undershirt which keeps me completely cool while riding on very hot days. You can also soak a T-shirt in water or use one of those cooling vest or cooling head bands to keep your body cool. Remember to always Hydrate. Wear breathable riding gloves. Wear light colored clothing.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain


Too Long, Too Short…Where is Just Right?

Too Long, Too Short…Where is Just Right?

When I am on a motorcycle tour I often get this question from other riders who may be joining me on this tour or even my wife. How many miles are we riding today? Sometimes, I say  I am just letting the road be the guide, Or I will say  I don’t really know. But usually, I’ve planned the route and know the answer, not counting my many  side trips that may strike my fancy along the way. This exchange, however, often makes me wonder what is the ideal touring mileage for a day in the saddle. In deciding that number, though, there are obviously a number of factors to consider: So when I hear that someone is asking me how long are we riding today? I just smile and say we are on a three hour tour. Which if you know me and have toured with me my three hour tours will be an all day long ride. Got to love it 🙂

My factors in considering how long to be in the saddle.

Riding Environment 

Weather: Because of the more exposed nature on a motorcycle touring (versus a car), checking the weather forecast each morning is a regimen followed by most experienced riders. I study the weather for each ride. For example, the expectation of thunderstorms may dictate altering the day’s route to avoid them. But much of the weather experienced on a tour can’t be avoided in advance. So you have the choice now to either sit out the thunderstorm in a protected place. Or put your rain gear on and ride through the storm. And even riding in a non-threatening steady rain usually means reduced visibility and a slower average speed.

Besides storms, very hot or cold weather may dictate more stops than originally planned for hydration or warming up in a restaurant with a hot drink. High winds can also affect travel mileage and slower speeds. Weather is always a wild card on any motorcycle trip, which can slow your ride rate of progress.

Terrain: Mountain terrain usually means more curves—and more rider smiles—than flat prairie, but lots of curves invariably results in a slower average speed (or at least it should). A two-hundred-mile ride in the mountains will take noticeably longer than a comparable distance with few curves, and it usually will be more tiring for both riders and passengers. Also, mountain terrain is often more scenic, inviting more stops to enjoy and photograph it. Love the longer scenic routes. But then there’s that situation when you want to get to the most desirable riding area as quickly as possible. To maximize the riding time best route then would be the super slab highways. The super slab would be your best bet. Because you can’t  cut time off  on the back roads. So Long story short, riding terrain is a very important consideration in planning the day’s distance.

Type/Condition of Roads: Paved versus unpaved roads will make a large difference in mileage each day. A 100-mile day ride on an adventure bike on challenging, unpaved roads takes much longer and more energy than riding several hundred miles on pavement. Also, I’ve noticed in the North East locations  where roadways are often in poor condition after severe winters, your average speed on  rough pavement is always slower than on smooth tarmac.

Traffic/Construction Delays: Although my planned tours usually avoid metropolitan areas, construction delays on rural two-lane roads and bridges during the warmer months can put a big dent in a your rate of progress. Although there are web sites that can alert travelers to construction projects, and also GPS units. On my Harley I have the traffic alert it works great as long as it is in the construction system. My experience though on back roads is that many of those construction zones appear with little warning. I remember last summer on a trip out west with Bro Showalter. That we came to a  stop on a two-lane back country road. Can’t remember though if it was in Wyoming or Montana. Where our main flag man was many miles distant, and out of sight, from the other end of the construction zone.We were stopped by a worker. And we waited quite a while for the pilot truck to arrive and guide us at low speed along the single lane of asphalt.  Never experienced that in Ohio. And  then there are vehicular accidents, which can stop all traffic (particularly on rural two-lane roads) for an extended period of time. Also, you should expect heavy traffic around resort areas, particularly on weekends. And around Metropolitan area’s.

Touring & Travel Goals

Reservations: Reserved lodging can be an advantage or also a  disadvantage. The main advantage is that you know you have a place to  stay regardless of the arrival time. This is comforting when unexpected delays cause the ride to take longer than planned at the day’s outset. Occasionally on a tour, because of unforeseen circumstances, you may not want to ride the full distance to the reserved room. This may be caused by severe weather,  traffic or what not.Or maybe you discovered off the beaten path an  interesting place you discovered that you want to spend more time exploring. Reservations may or may not be canceled, unless it’s too late to do so.

Planned and Unplanned Stops: On motorcycle tours, try to plan one or two interesting stops each day, which you can include museums, battlefields, national or state parks, historical sites, etc. A must to get some of those great photo shots. And then there are those unplanned, surprise stops, which make motorcycle touring such a spontaneous and enjoyable way to see the world.

It’s not always places or things that prolong an unplanned stop, but the interesting people you meet along the way. Riding a motorcycle cross-country frequently triggers conversations with curious strangers, which driving in an automobile does not. Best part of conversations with people you meet along your way is. Now you have the opportunity to do some outreach as you are wearing your ASR back patch.

Preferences of Other Riders and Passengers: Riding with others means that their preferences have to be considered in planning the day’s route and distance. Some riders only want to hit the curves for as long and intensely as possible each day. Other riders want a more relaxed ride, stopping to smell the roses, so to speak.  Super slab or back roads? Rather than frustrating one or both sets of folks, a good idea may be to split into two riding groups, taking different routes to the same destination. Or to agree on the route with a mix of highway and back roads in the route so everyone is happy.

By now, you’ve probably reached the unavoidable conclusion that, in reality, there is no one ideal number of miles to cover each day on your tour. It’s  just all  depends on your day and how you fill and your group if your touring in a group. As for me if your riding with me.  All just tell you it’s only a three hour tour 🙂

Michael Theodore

National Road Captain


Touring Tip: Planning and Preparation

639a7e74-a68f-457e-ae88-6cac0f3fab92Touring Tip: Planning and Preparation

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, snow is melting and it’s time to get out and explore new roads and destinations. Before leaving home, though, some planning and preparation is in order.

1. Roads: I am an avid collector of moto-roads, particularly those that haven’t been ridden by me—but need to be. They’ re identified by reading the accounts of other riders and by—obsessively—perusing paper and computerized maps over the winter months. My primary sources of information include:

H-D Ride Planner
And the good old paper Road Atlas

There is a wealth of information available to uncover the best moto-roads. My favorite roads usually have one or more of the following characteristics:
Lots of curves,
A rural, bucolic landscape,
Interesting scenery,
Areas not previously visited,
Frequent elevation changes,
Off the beaten path,
Lightly trafficked, and/or
An interesting destination.
The moto-roads of greatest interest can be catalogued on a simple list or, preferably, on a multi-state road atlas or a computerized mapping program.

2. Destinations: Obviously, motorcycle touring isn’t just about the roads. Interesting destinations are also important, particularly when they can be combined with a favorite road to get there. Accumulating destinations can involve the same resources listed above for identifying favorite roads. But, the list of other resources for targeting destinations is virtually limitless. Various state and national travel publications can be highly useful. I frequently cut out selected destinations in the travel section of the newspaper. Every state and many municipalities have dedicated tourism web sites that can be helpful in identifying destinations and also lodgings and restaurants.

Once you have established all your destinations  which will be interesting for you the rider. You can keep track of all the most interesting ones. By placing them in a paper folder  with tabs for each state.Or install your all your maps,roads, and destinations on your computer.

As riders we think about where to go and what to see, the maps of favorite roads and destinations can then be used to focus on particular geographic regions in order to get the most out of a planned tour.

It almost goes without saying that before leaving on a multi-day trip, the motorcycle and its rider should be in tip-top condition.

1. Motorcycle: If the bike has been idle for several months, certain maintenance steps should be taken before departing on a tour:
Consult the owner’s manual and service records,
Check fluids and replace as necessary,
Check brake pad wear and replace if needed,
Lubricate the clutch cable and other external moving components,
Check tire condition and adequacy of tread depth and replace, if required,
Inspect hand and foot controls for proper functioning,
Check torque settings of key threaded fasteners, like those on axles, brake calipers, etc.,
Be sure that lights, switches, gauges, and other electrical components are operating properly,
Check age of battery and replace if several years old, and perform a detailed visual inspection and do a test ride to determine if the bike has any other mechanical or electrical issues that should be addressed before departure.
2. Rider: While daydreaming about routes, roads, and destinations during the winter months, I’m often overly optimistic in planning trips for the coming season. Let’s face it riding a motorcycle is more exhausting than driving a similar distance in a car. So it’s important that riders be realistic about their physical and other capabilities when planning trips. Here are some things to consider and do:
Get a physical check up,
Remain physically active during the riding off-season, with particular emphasis on core body strength and general stamina,
Make sure there has been no uncorrected diminution of eyesight,
Do some parking lot practice drills to re-sharpen key riding safety skills, including panic stops, negotiating tight corners, taking evasive maneuvers like swerves, slow riding maneuvers, etc.,
Go on one or more day rides with a fully loaded bike (and passenger) and re-familiarize yourself with the bike’s handling characteristics when it’s carrying greater weight, and
Practice on-road safety techniques, like looking far ahead of the front wheel, spotting potential hazards, 360º threat awareness, defensive lane positioning, looking through curves, etc.
Well, now you should be ready to enjoy another exhilarating season of motorcycle touring.

Michael Theodore
Azusa StreetRiders National Road Captain



Upcoming Events

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Saturday, February 1, 2014
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