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Energy costs are increasing. Motorcycles and scooters are becoming more-and-more popular. To this observer, it seems unlikely that the two phenomena are not related.
While mythology and folklore shape the popular opinion of motorcycling, reason dictates an effort to obtain accurate information, professional training and appropriate gear prior to "throwing a leg over" for the first time. In this context, what you don't know might very well kill you.
What follows is an initiation into the most critical aspect of riding: decision-making. The expressed aim of this document's author is to encourage the reader to begin to think about the problems of motorcycling -- prior to encountering them on the roadway.
This treatment of the myriad choices facing the
begins with the selection of a motorcycle.
And it presupposes enrollment in, or recent completion of, a State
or Military approved training course.
But the greater part of the information presented on this page is relevant to all forms of two-wheeled travel: motorcycle, scooter and bicycle too. Regardless of the mount, the weak link in the system is always the person in the saddle...
Date of First Edition: August 16, 2007.
p.s. Cut to the chase?
p.p.s. What to read?
That's the whole thing in a nutshell; that's the advice that
I'd give to a family member or friend.
This is a document that reflects its author's personal experience. The information presented on this page is not a substitute for any factory manual, or professional service. Go to the MSF, the SMF and the AMA; they want to help you. Read the Hurt Report. Do your own research; formulate a hypothesis; test it. Read the material linked from this site. Take responsibility. Ride to be alive.
Copyright: Paul E. Germanos