Buying a Motorcycle | Shopping for a Motorcycle
In 2015, Dave Hatch conducted a series of interviews with Jenn Martin, Chief Riding Instructor at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, about her recommendations for beginner riders. They covered everything from safety to facing the elements. The first interview, conducted in the Harley-Davidson booth at the Toronto Motorcycle show, outlines important factors to keep in mind when shopping for a motorcycle for the first time.
Before getting into the minutia of finding the perfect motorcycle, first time buyers should look at the big picture; they should ask themselves, “Truly, what am I going to use this motorcycle for?” Establishing how you’ll use the bike will narrow down your options and ensure that it meets your required needs. As Jenn, points out, a long distance rider and a commuter have different needs and there are motorcycles specially purposed for track and off-road as well. If you’re planning on riding with a passenger, it might be a good idea to get their input to make sure they’re comfortable for the short and long haul.
After you’ve established the type of motorcycle you need buy, the next thing you need to look for is fitment. Jenn demonstrated the “Rider’s Triangle”, which is a short-hand for remembering the important contact points: the wrists, the ships, and the ankles. If you’re leaning too far forward or back in the saddle you will feel discomfort in your back; the handlebars should be easily within reach and your elbows should rounded and slack so that there is room to steer; and knees should be bent at ninety degrees so your legs are relaxed and comfortable. When your reach is easy and balanced at all these contact points it reduces fatigue and makes for a safer ride.
If you’re really attached to a certain motorcycle and it doesn’t quite fit into your riders triangle, many dealers offer customizations, like narrower seats to help your feet reach the ground, or handlebars with a different curvature to aid in steering.
Gaspe is one place, as a motorcyclist you want to see, it’s a motorcycle mecca, it’s all about the ride. There’s a lot of history here as well but this one is all about the ride. You’re on the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you’re on the coast of Baie des Chaleur. You can go in and out of the Gaspe peninsula on these various roads and you’re going to get changing scenery continuously so it’s a real cool place to go as a Motorcyclist.
Over the twelve part article Dave Hatch talks to Harley-Davidson about how to shop and fit a bike, get the right gear, suit up for the season and pick the right accessories for your ride. These riding tips will keep you safe and prepared but more than anything get the most out of your ride.
Season 26’s “Winging It” was all about the art of touring and celebration of Honda’s iconic touring machine the Gold Wing’s 40th anniversiry. Ken Edick a veteran touring biker and owner of a Honda Gold Wing shares his best tips on touring. The tips include everything from the proper riding gear to take along on a long tour, the equipment, the additional tools and things to take along just to make sure that you keep moving and enjoying your experience.
Recently we’ve been working on improving the riding skills of Anthony Mann by putting him through a series of motorcycle riding skills exercises designed by Matt Fletcher at Yamaha Motor Canada. Matt had hoped this friendly little challenge would show us all how we can become better riders when we practice our sport. All you need is some open pavement like an empty parking lot and a couple of make shift cones or pylons.
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The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Our goal is for men to continue to be there for their families and friends for years to come. The parade of vehicles grabs the attention of the masses and the media on ride day, the research helps find hope for the future and the awareness has the potential of saving men’s lives today.