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Yamaha Becomes the Official Motorcycle of Road America

Yamaha Motorcycle

The Official Motorcycle of Road America

Wisconsin, May3, 2013– According to Cycle News, Road America announced  that Yamaha has become the Official Motorcycle of Road America as part of a multi-year agreement. Additionally, Yamaha will also play an integral role at the track as part of Road America’s successful motorcycle school programs to educate two-wheel enthusiasts. Endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), Road America’s Basic Rider Courses are taught by award-winning rider coaches who have completed extensive training through the MSF and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Successful completion of the school’s basic rider course enables participants to obtain a Class M endorsement on their driver’s license from the WisDOT.


“The Yamaha partnership is a deeply-integrated program that will bring many new benefits to Road America,” said George Bruggenthies, president and general manager of Road America. “We are looking forward to elevating our programs and offerings as we work alongside Yamaha to bring new experiences and opportunities to fans, motorcycling enthusiasts and the many Yamaha motorcycle dealers in the region.”

As part of being an official partner of Road America, Yamaha will have a presence through multiple areas of the venue and fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the GEICO Motorcycle AMA ProRacing Subway SuperBike Doubleheader, May 31-June 2 at local dealerships. As part of the Road America Motorcycle Schools, Yamaha motorcycles will be used exclusively to train beginner and advanced students how to ride safe.

The Courses

For anyone interested in learning how to ride at Road America, the Basic Rider Course or (BRC) consists of 16 hours of combined classroom and practical riding instruction. Participants in this course learn basic riding techniques on motorcycles and scooters supplied by Yamaha, along with important safety skills to minimize the risks of motorcycling.

For the experienced enthusiast, Road America offers a Level 1 Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic, developed by world-renowned motorcycle journalist and race champion, Lee Parks. This one day clinic will make a specific, measurable improvement in an individual’s skills regarding throttle control, throttle/brake transitions, corner entry, line selection, body position and corner exit.

Road America also offers Supermoto (Demo & Basic). These courses are taught on Road America’s Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex, a purpose-built 1-mile paved and dirt track with multiple configurations and elevation changes.

 About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), is a leader in the motorsports market. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles, ATVs and Side-by-Side vehicle, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more.

About Road America

Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools.

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Motorcycle Awareness Month: Increased Road Safety Urged for Riders

Motorcycle Awareness

The month of May is the Motorcycle Awareness Month. The Department of Transportation is urging and reminding all motorists to observe road safety. It is always safe for the motorists to drive sober and trained. Department of Transportation reminds the motorists and motorcyclist to share the road and be aware of motorcycles. There is an increased in the number of motorcycles in the road during this month because of the warm weather. The motorcycle awareness program in every state is a reminder that motorists, truck drivers and car drivers should be extra careful in the road. They are encouraged to give several car lengths to avoid accidents.

This May’s campaign is a great way to increase the awareness of the motorcyclists. The riders should always wear protective gear and should stay visible at all times. They must wear appropriate gears such as helmets, jackets, pants, goggles, motorcycle rain suits and gloves. To stay visible, wear bright colour motorcycle gears. As Lubbert, the spokesperson of the Department of Transportation said, “It’s important to wear a helmet, but also full length pants, full armed jackets, gloves and boots, just to protect them in the event of a crash,” “And to make sure that people riding are fully trained”, he added.

Having a valid motorcycle endorsement, quality training on motorcycle safety and wearing safety equipment are simple, yet very important things to keep the motorcyclist from any road accident. For the drivers to be fully aware of the motorcyclists, it is important for the other motorists to understand that a motorcycle has all the same privilege as any vehicle on the roadway. When on the road, look out for motorcyclists on the highway, intersections and be aware of them because riders usually change lanes at all times. Other tip: have plenty of space in front of the vehicle and do not trail the motorcycle closely.

It is important to remember that is not safe to drive while under the influence of alcohol. If you are under the influence of alcohol or any drugs, it can decrease your perception and awareness that can lead to accidents. Driving a vehicle requires total control and concentration whether it is a motorcycle or a car. Be aware that alcohol increases the risk of crashing by 40%. Awareness in motorcycle riding is life changing. Obey these rules to keep you safe from any form of accidents. It is a must not only to yourself, but to the other motorists as well.

Running the Red Light in Nebraska to Become Legal?

Autoevolution reported last week that a truly controversial law was proposed by Nebraska state Senator Paul Schumacher. The law states that motorcycle riders are to be allowed to run the red light after waiting two or more minutes and in case no other vehicle is around.

This law project claim that in the case of traffic light coordinated by sensors, most of the two-wheeled vehicles fail to trigger these sensors the way cars or trucks do. Riders are forced to wait 5 minutes or more for nothing. Motorcyclists sometimes have to wait in inclement weather (rain, cold, wind) and this bill would really help easing their riding.

Similar exceptional traffic regulations are to be encountered in Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Idaho, Arkansas, Tennessee and Minnesota, but the opinions are strong on both the supporters’ and the opponents’ sides.

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Riding in the Rain – Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

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Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in the Rain

In the December 2012 issue of “Motorcycle Cruiser” Magazine, Mark Zimmerman writes a great article with some solid tips for riding a motorcycle in the rain.

Mark’s take on riding in the rain is pretty fairly balanced, with a look back on youth and “invincibility” making riding in the rain less frightening and a look to today with more caution and care, but certainly no fear of riding in the rain.

Some of the funny comments from the article:

While I’d never suggest that riding in the rain is as pleasant as riding in the sunshine, I can tell you that it’s not particularly bad, at least not unless you’re riding through a real frog strangler, and under certain conditions, like when it’s 110 in the shade and you hit a cooling shower, it can be downright pleasant.

I’ve been caught in the rain on every motorcycle I’ve ever owned many more times than you can count, and I’ve yet to see one melt, or even suffer irreparable damage.

But he’s also got his good advice hidden in a few “tricks”:

Most importantly you need good rain gear. Riding in the rain takes some concentration, and that’s tough to come by when you’re wet and cold.

[Good rain gear . . .] provides an acceptable level of protection against road rash should the unfortunate occur, which is something that can’t be said for you average plastic rain suit.

During the first few minutes of rain, all the debris and gunk floats to the surface, making the pavement as slippery as a greased hog, so you have to tone it down some in the beginning, and be particularly cautious about riding in the middle of the lane, where all those leaky cars and trucks have been depositing their oil. It’ll take at least a half an hour of steady rain to wash it away, so treat the throttle with caution, especially if the roads have been dry for a while.

. . . adding a few extra pounds of air to the tire will help prevent aquaplaning, which occurs when the tire rides on top of the water, rather than push it aside. Increasing the tire pressure by 3-5 pounds narrows the tire’s foot print, and helps the tire’s rain sipes squeegee the water out from under the contact patch, enhancing traction.

This article is a great little read about riding in the rain.

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Author: Mark Zimmerman

7 “Must Do’s” to Prepare your Bike for Winter Season

How to Prepare your Bike for Winter Season?  Here are 7 “Must Do’s”

motorcycle for winter riding

Winter is unquestionably here! This is often one of the toughest times of the year to be out riding on your bike. However, for a seasoned bike rider, riding throughout the winter season is nothing new. Though it may be uncomfortable riding in the snow and tougher to fight the cold, with the right skills and gear you can survive the ride.

Though as important as preparing ourselves, it is also very important to prepare our bikes for the winter season.

Learning ways to keep your bike in prime condition throughout the winter season can be a challenge. To help you out, here’s a list of things you can do in order to prepare your bike.

1. Check or replace your tires. Riding throughout the winter season means potentially riding in the snow.  During the winter season the road is slippery. Check your tires in case they need replacement due to low tread and/or to change out for better winter tires altogether.  New tires will give you maximum amount traction and you can’t go wrong with tires that are specifically made for the winter season.

2. Check your lights. This is maybe a “no brainer” but one of the most important pieces of winter riding gear when you’ll be riding more in the dark and visibility is a problem.

3. Use coolant. You need to use or fill the system with anti-freeze to shield your bike from deep freeze damage.

4. Use Mudguard. This can facilitate managing the quantity of dirt, mud and spray that may stick or accumulate on your bike. This will keep away the dirt that may affect the engine of the bike. Mudguard can also scale back corrosion and the probability of water getting in the electrical system.

5. Install a windshield. Throughout the winter season, a bike with raised and adjustable-bubble screen is ideal. It will help shield your eyes and body from the cold air.

6. Check your chain (if you have one). Except for tires, chain maintenance is incredibly important. Continually check the chain of your bike to keep corrosion at bay. Always give lubrication to increase chain and sprocket life.

7. Use reflectors. Along with ensuring your lights are working, reflectors also help us to be visible to every driver in the road. You can add reflective stickers on different areas of your bike particularly those parts that don’t seem to be very visible in the dark.

These are the things you need to do in order to prepare your motorcycle for winter riding.

Tips and Suggestions When Riding in the Rain

How to Ride in the Rain?

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Many riders don’t want to go riding during rainy seasons or just fear riding in the rain in general. Being wet is not the best idea for some riders. But what if you just have places you want to go?

Some of us consider getting wet a fun and exciting experience.

For some, it seems like no amount of rain can stop them.  Rain is not a barrier for them to go out. Do you want to be just like them?

What should you consider when planning to ride a motorcycle in the rain. First, since the roads are wet, it can be more dangerous or more tricky to ride. It’s hard to control your bike on a slippery and wet road. Second, there is a threat to your health. How much rain and cold can you take before you totally get sick? If you don’t have a healthy and fit body, being exposed to the elements might turn out bad for you.

So what can you do if you want to be an active (or at least unafraid) motorcyclist in the rain?

Listed below are some tips that can help you ride safely in the rain.

Tips that will help you became more prepared in riding your bike on the rain:

  1. Dress Properly. During a rainy day, wear a waterproof suit.  A motorcycle rain suit can keep you dry, warm and comfortable all the time. A waterproof rain suit is one of the most important pieces of gear and you shouldn’t take if for granted. If possible, do not leave the house without bringing your motorcycle rain suit. Remember that you will never know when and where you will get caught by the rain.
  2. Wear glasses or goggles. It will be hard to see clearly during a rainy day therefore choose an eye wear that will protect your eyes against the wind, rain and insects but at the same time will help you see the road clearly.
  3. Check your motorcycle. Do not leave the house without inspecting your bike. Check of the brakes are functioning well, check your head and tail lights, your tires and see if all controls are functioning.
  4. Always make yourself more visible to others. As rain pour down the road became dark as the fog comes out. It is important that you have warning lights and brighter suits order to become visible to every driver on the road.
  5. Watch your speed and your distance. Ride slowly. You need to control your speed during a rainy day because the road is slippery and your tires have less traction on the surface of the road.
  6. Watch all the corners. If you plan to turn in the corner stay alert. In this you can see if there is another vehicle crossing and you don’t want to crash on them.

Always remember that rainy season is one of the dangerous seasons to ride a motorcycle. But it is not a barrier for you to enjoy a good ride. Just be prepared always and keep yourself protected.