Saturday, July 26, 2008

Motorcycle Rider Resource Page(s)

Originally, this was a very detailed set of recommendations and information resources. Unfortunately, the original pages have been shut down so I will need to rebuild them.

For now, a few things. First and foremost, if you are a new rider, learn as much as you can. Motorcycling can be a great experience, but it does take more than just hoping on and going. It certainly is more involved than driving an automatic transmission car, truck or van.

The statistics about new riders is awful - a large portion of motorcycle fatalities happen in the first year of riding - so learn what you need to so that you don't join those statistics. (The other large factor is riding drunk...)

A great resource for that is It is a great community of riders who are either new and learning or experienced and willing to share their experience in a positive way. I can't recommend it enough.

If you have specific questions, you are welcome to email me.

Also, take a look at one of my most popular articles, Why Motorcyclists Wave.
I'll update this page with more detail later, but as a starting point, here are some Motorcycle Rider resources:

Beginning Riders: Get In The Saddle (my original BR resource page) -

More advanced Riders: Highway Child (my original resource page w/ info about me) - Beginner and

Get In The Saddle has a number of good sections, including stuff about information sources for bike evaluations, insurance options, used bike evaluation tools, along with a number of notes about how I learned to ride and the things that challenged me and the things that helped me. Ideally, GITS is an all-encompassing resource page for beginning riders. is a wonderful internet discussion site that has a bunch of great contributors. Especially for a beginning rider who doesn't have people they personally know to ask questions of, or if you're just looking for a community that has a positive attitude about riding (have fun, be safe), it is a wonderful place to check in to.

Highway Child was my original website and chronicles how I got into riding, a number of the notes and comments from GITS but in a more raw form as a lot of it was written as it was happening. The GITS stuff is more condensed. It also includes Stephanie's Corner, a section of websites geared towards women riders.

Beginner and is a website that is - as the name implies - for beginning and more advanced riders. It includes some of the Beginner Bikers stuff, but also has stuff for riders that have been around the block a few times, so to speak.

I intend on revising GITS and Highway Child through this website down the road, but for now, here is a good starting point.

Also, I came across an interesting website out of Oregon - HinesSight. An interesting set of (wait for it....) in-Sights! (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) Seriously, very cool take on the world.

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