From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Yamaha R1 ridden very well

by Jeff on October 31, 2010

This video certainly isn’t new. I must say that the first time I saw it, I re-watched it over and over, and eventually bought a blue Yamaha R1.

Talk about a case of target fixation!

Why is this video here? Mainly for its entertainment value, and to show what a rider can do with skill on today’s bikes on the street.

I believe this was shot somewhere up in Oregon (I’m in SoCal).

It takes talent and/or lots of practice and training to get to this level.

Make a mistake, and one of these bikes will spit you off into whatever you happen to be riding by.

But that can happen at low speed too. It’s not only a question of speed or wheelies or knee dragging.

It’s a matter of knowing your limits; developing that innate sense, and having the good sense not to try to exceed them overly much.

I’m still taking classes, doing self-guided drills, and will be taking a track racing class and dirt class soon.

I may also get back into road racing, at least part time, because that’s where you really hone your skills.

In the mean time, you can dig through this magazine’s previous posts, and read all sorts of practical how-to articles, if you like.

Hope you like the video. I know I do. It gets me stoked because it expresses aspects of things I really like about motorcycles.

Still though, the best place for a bike like this is the race track. Racing and track riding is the ultimate.


Safe BMW rider!

by JeffOctober 30, 2010 Editorials

Chris Pfeiffer on his specially prepped BMW F800R plays hooligan at BMW’s HQ in Munich with the company’s blessings. Is BMW shedding its stodgy image? Actually, that’s already been done with the likes of the S1000R. This clip is just for fun, and to show what lots of skill and practice can do. And for [...]

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Safe sportbike riding

by JeffOctober 30, 2010 Editorials

What is safe sportbike riding? It’s riding within your limits. This rider is obviously skilled and capable of going pretty quickly. He never shows himself on the edge of control. This clip is an art film as much as anything. Riding well is an art. Best done sober and wide awake. Today’s bikes are truly [...]

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CTEK Comfort Indicator Review

by JeffOctober 28, 2010 Product Reviews

Affordable battery maintenance An edited version of a review written for By Jeff Cobb With winter about to begin – and essentially already begun in some regions – it’s time to think about battery maintenance. As it turns out, a lot of people could use some help making sure their batteries last as long [...]

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

by JeffOctober 26, 2010 Product Reviews

A new paradigm of connectivity for travelers As written for By Jeff Cobb Just think how different history and everyday life would have been if devices like the SPOT Satellite Messenger had existed, even in the past hundred years. Just for starters, where Amelia Earhart crashed might never have been a mystery. The ‘60s [...]

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TecMate Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review

by JeffOctober 22, 2010 Product Reviews

The “smart” charger just got smarter By Jeff Cobb As written for If you’re familiar with “smart” battery chargers, the TecMate Optimate 4 could be said to be an extra-super-smart charger. How smart is it? It’s so smart, that if they gave out degrees to consumer battery chargers, some might say this one should [...]

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Video gives ‘naked’ motorcycle riders new meaning

by JeffOctober 22, 2010 Videos

Uh … yeah. Makes a point.

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Video – Don’t race motorcycles on the street

by JeffOctober 21, 2010 Videos

This is a good one from the land down under. This makes a lot of sense and besides that, Mick Doohan is someone to listen to. Track days and grassroots racing is where it’s at. I like racing better. It’s not just play play, but if you want, it can be easy going at the [...]

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MSF introduces ‘Dr. Jim’s Question of the Day’

by JeffOctober 20, 2010 News

Tweets Challenge Riders on Their Critical Thinking MSF press release: IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 19, 2010 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is using Twitter and the Web to spark critical thinking among riders everywhere. Dr. James Heideman, MSF’s director of licensing, will be challenging Twitter followers and site visitors with “Dr. Jim’s Question of the Day,” [...]

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THINK! – Named Riders

by JeffOctober 19, 2010 Videos

Another clever motorcycle safety advert from the U.K.

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Winter preparation: two viable choices for riders

by JeffOctober 16, 2010 Features

Store your motorcycle, or get ready to ride it As written for By Jeff Cobb To ride or not to ride. In the colder months, that is the question. Traditionally, in regions where the winter thermometer dips below freezing, many riders would prep and store their motorcycles, not wanting to brave sub-zero wind chill. [...]

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