Tag Archive for 'riding skills'

Here in Victoria, British Columbia, we’ve had a rather late summer. Which is to say it didn’t arrive before September. Now, in the midst of a glorious heat-wave, I am here to screeeeetch that needle across your favourite LP and bring you back down to earth. (And if you get the LP reference, you and […]

There’s been a rash of motorcycle accidents here in BC. Recently here on Vancouver Island, a head-on collision heading up towards the Malahat shook me (and many others) up. It had me reviewing the rules I ride by. While I expect to die one day, I want to live doing the things I love, not […]

This week’s column is a simple back-to-the-basics strategy for safe riding. Of course, I’ve been told that I have an uncanny ability to complicate the basics. Yes, it’s true. Watch me complicate the lane-change procedure. When asked in theory class what’s involved in a lane change, the most knowledgeable of the new students usually list […]

When I ride, my preference is to ride alone. No, I’m not the strong silent type who was such a quiet neighbour and then turns out to be a psycho killer; I just prefer my own company. Really. Having said that, I have also gone on group rides. Some I liked (with other educated riders); […]

This week, we’re going to go back to the basics and review some basic road skills. When I first became a motorcycle safety instructor, I was shocked to find my knowledge was lacking. If it’s been a decade or more since you’ve been tested, perhaps you too can use a short refresher. Rider’s Rules of […]

As you may or may not know, I have recently written a book. It’s called The Three Strategies of the Unstoppable Woman. For this week’s column, I’ll write about the Three Strategies of the Unstoppable Biker, be you a she or a he. The three strategies are accountability, collaboration and initiative. If you master these, […]

If you have committed to whipping down the windy country roads without the protective encasing of a metal cage (e.g. a car), then you really owe it to yourself to understand the nature of any beasts that may cross your path of travel. No one really plans to hit them. And inevitably someone does. You […]

No, today’s column is not about cheap biker tricks to get the ladies to hang on tighter as you ride. It’s reading those other curves I’m talking about here. Reading the curve. Now that’s a phrase I’ve heard many times but never really paid much attention to. Probably because it didn’t hold any meaning for […]

The zen of the zoom

It’s a beautiful, calm clear, sunny day. The air is crisp and clean. Your bike is purring like a kitten or roaring like a lion but either way, you’re happy about the sound it makes. Added bonus: Last year’s riding gear still fits. You hit the road. It’s dry and smooth. Definitely a good day. […]

The 2010 motorcycle accident of Daniel Lanois, Grammy-winning Canadian music producer and artist, highlighted some important facts: The average age of motorcycle operators is steadily increasing (Lanois is 59), and the number of accidents among older riders is also steadily increasing. (Lanois veered to avoid a left-turning vehicle and hit an industrial box on the […]