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It’s where we’d rather be. We’re sure you’d rather be there, too. But just in case it’s raining and you can’t ride, we have some interesting stories to share.
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Class is in session for DeAnna as she continues her Rider’s Journey, but she’s learned a lot already. Here are the top three things she’s learned to this point, and it has everything to do with people.
Head south to Texas for a unique ride through Big Bend National Park. Experience elevation changes, unique plants and animals, and the opportunity to travel off the beaten path.

December 6, 2016
You can now manage your Dairyland Cycle policy anytime and anywhere with the new mobile app. Pay instantly, receive alerts, and more—all at your fingertips.

December 2, 2016
With winter upon us, riders either have to store their bikes in northern climes or adjust to vastly cooler temperatures if they continue to ride. We’ve got tips for both instances.

December 2, 2016
We’re helping you with the gift ideas for the motorcycle rider in your life. Get some ideas from our money-is-no-object list to gifts that keep on giving and selections from the heart.

December 2, 2016
Hogs for Heroes was created with people like Scott Kruchten in mind. Scott, an Iraq veteran who suffered beyond comprehension, still helps other veterans heal, even while he couldn’t enjoy one of his true passions—riding. Hogs for Heroes helped Scott get back on the road.

November 15, 2016
Once again, motorcycle riders showed their support for the MDA, donating $13,553 during the 35th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride.

November 4, 2016
That was quick. DeAnna is now part of a two-motorcycle family. A 650 Yamaha V Star traveled the 50 miles into her garage, and now she has a riding partner. So, it’s time for a ride, with a surprise in store at the end.

November 3, 2016
The extra hour of sleep for a night is nice, but daylight saving time has longer impacts on sleep and driving habits. Adjust your sleeping schedule beforehand, and the earlier sunset won’t be so jarring.

November 2, 2016
The 1985 Honda motorcycle is home and it’s time to ride. On DeAnna’s second attempt, however, she tipped the bike at an intersection. With a little inspiration, she rides again.

October 28, 2016
Everyone enjoys viewing the fall colors. However, not everyone is paying close attention to the road. You can avoid some headaches by following these motorcycle driving tips during the fall season.

October 25, 2016
Fall is a great motorcycle riding season. But with cooler and wide-ranging temperatures, there are preparations to keep in mind for the motorcycle and yourself. Here are four tips to prep for cooler weather.

October 21, 2016
It’s nice to have knowledgeable people in your life to help make decisions. DeAnna has at least three when it comes to motorcycles, and they helped her select her first motorcycle. A 750cc 1985 Honda has a new home.

October 20, 2016
The fall season riding scene means added foot traffic and farm equipment in and around the road. What might have been empty roads in the summer heat are now well-traveled byways. Here are tidbits to keep in mind while on those autumn motorcycle rides.

October 18, 2016
Buying your first bike is an epic experience. DeAnna shares a few pointers from her ongoing search, including this little nugget. “My husband, for example, has told me I will need a bike with a windshield because getting hit with a June bug (size of a nickel) at 55 mph is not a pleasant experience.”

October 14, 2016
If you’ve conquered the Blue Ridge Parkway and are looking for a little more adventure, head south on U.S. Route 276 for a motorcycle ride that has more twists than a day-time soap opera. For those seeking more thrills, experience a trip over a waterfall at one of the “rest” stops.

October 11, 2016
So I’ve decided I need a practice bike, or—as I’ve tried to sell this to my husband—a short-term loan for my personal safety. It will allow me a few practice runs before my road trip so I feel a bit more comfortable when the big day comes. The irony is, I never would have let him buy one.

October 6, 2016
A classic event for motorcyclists is a rally along the shore. Take a motorcycle ride down to Florida’s panhandle for the Thunder Beach Autumn Rally in Panama City Beach on Oct. 19-23 for plenty of bikes and entertainment.

October 4, 2016
I put the Rebel in first gear, slowly released the clutch, and felt the bike begin to move. I was scared to death, but I was rolling. And the bike and I were still upright. I felt a bit like an old dog learning a new trick, but I did it! I successfully completed a basic rider certification class.

September 29, 2016
One of the many perks of riding a motorcycle is getting close to nature. A ride to Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Resort Park takes that to a new level with scenic roads, stunning rock cliffs, and roads through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Plus, you can give your bike a rest and hit the walking trails or enjoy a sky lift ride.

September 27, 2016
Good news, I didn’t fall yesterday—and I’m hoping to keep the bike up again today. I learned how to shift, to corner. How to safely start the bike. How to safely dismount. So it was a good day. It’s definitely not as easy as I thought it was going to be. It’s been a learning experience.

September 22, 2016
Closed-toe boots. Check. Eye protection. Check. Gloves. Check. Nerves. Check. Coffee. CHECK! Yes, it appears I’m ready for the first day of my basic rider course. Pass, and I get my license. Here’s hoping my dad watches over me and helps me through this class so I can continue my crazy adventure!

September 22, 2016
If variety’s your thing, ride the middle portion of Kentucky Route 11. It offers motorcycle riders a delightful mishmash of pasture, hilly terrain, twisties, and forest as it winds its way through the Daniel Boone National Forest and other geographical points of interest.

September 20, 2016
Being a beginner, DeAnna turned to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety—for help learning to ride. She found several class options, including some for experienced riders. Learn more in this installment of A Rider’s Journey.

September 15, 2016
More than 30,000 riders will converge on the Ozark Mountains in Missouri in mid-September for the 10th annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest. This regional event has grown quickly to become a huge draw, with plenty of events, music, rides, and displays. Put this on your calendar—if not this year, then next!

September 13, 2016
Meet DeAnna, a thirtysomething married, working mother of two boys who’s embarking on a journey to recreate her father’s last ride. DeAnna is the newest member of Dairyland Cycle, and needs first to learn how to ride. Join her—from beginning to end—as she takes A Rider’s Journey.

September 9, 2016
Wisconsin’s northwoods are a mecca of sorts for vacationers from Chicago and beyond due to its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities. Experience this for yourself during the Tomahawk Fall Ride, an annual rally that draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from both near and far to a small town where Harley-Davidson operates a manufacturing plant.

September 6, 2016
The city of Milwaukee welcomes bikers with open arms—as it should, being home to Harley-Davidson and all. The Milwaukee Rally offers a legendary lineup of national headliners, countless events, and scenic rides along Lake Michigan.

August 23, 2016
A sunburn is no badge of honor. And raccoon eyes make you look funny. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays while enjoying those sunny backroad rides.

August 9, 2016
In an always-connected, GPS-driven world, one must wonder whether paper maps soon will become relics from a bygone era. Perhaps not, so long as riders like you continue to cherish roads less traveled. While digital nav gets you from point A to B, paper maps help you find twisty back roads that bring joy to your rides.

August 2, 2016
If you ride a motorcycle, you have benefited from the hard work of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and its more than 214,000 members. Its mission—“to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling”—should stir the heart of riders everywhere.

July 26, 2016
You can use a helmet for as long as it’s not in a crash, right? Not so. Manufacturers say that even an unused, in-the-box helmet ought not be considered safe after five years. Learn why. And learn the four areas to inspect on your helmet, and what to look for that signals it’s time to replace it.

July 19, 2016
Today you have excellent choices of rain gear to keep you warm and dry. Here are your options along with tips for riding in the rain.

July 13, 2016
As a motorcycle rider, exploring all the natural beauty and historical sites our National Parks have to offer is one of our greatest joys. While we are free to travel this vast land without needing a passport, you may want a National Parks passport to record your adventures.

June 30, 2016
By now, the motorcycle riding season is in full swing all across the country, including areas where it’s not possible to ride during the winter. It’s common for riders who have been off their motorcycles for months to feel a bit rusty with regards to their riding skills.

June 21, 2016
The area where southwestern North Carolina meets Tennessee is home to two of America’s most popular motorcycle destination roads, The Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway. Both epic roads travel between North Carolina and Tennessee and they meet in the North Carolina town of Robbinsville.

June 7, 2016
The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) is worthy of every motorcyclist’s bucket list of must-ride roads. The indescribable scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains combined with a great road that has very few access points makes for a dream ride.

May 31, 2016
For 50 years, we’ve witnessed the positive impact motorcycle riders make in communities throughout the nation. So in celebration of Dairyland Cycle’s 50th anniversary, we put our thinking caps on—as opposed to our helmets—to come up with a way to shine a light on the good riders do. We came up with the idea of a National Motorcycle Day—a day to honor the motorcycle and riders everywhere for their contributions. That day will be the second Friday in July. This year, that’s July 8.

May 24, 2016
Known as the “Devil’s Whip,” North Carolina Highway 80 (NC80) is one of a growing number of excellent motorcycle roads that have gained a moniker and national awareness in the motorcycle community.

May 17, 2016
If you’re looking for a cozy rally experience that offers a great combination of on-bike and off-bike experiences, then the Maggie Valley Spring Rally is for you.

May 10, 2016
As we began to reflect on 50 years of protecting motorcycle riders and their bikes, we felt it was important to give back in some way. The Dairyland Cycle staff put their thinking caps on, as opposed to our riding helmets, and came up with the idea of a National Motorcycle Day. What better way to honor riders everywhere for what you do in your communities.

May 10, 2016
We’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list of major motorcycle events for the second half of 2016. But this is just a starting point. We know there are some we’ve missed.

May 10, 2016
As riders, we all focus on seeing road hazards and trying to be seen by our fellow motorists. The skills involved with seeing hazards can be improved through rider education and experience. Being seen by the increasingly distracted drivers on today’s busy roads, however, remains a growing challenge.

May 4, 2016
Unlike riding memories, which fade gracefully as our mental scrapbook fills with new adventures, road conditions tend to decay more dramatically. Your favorite roads may be much different after winter than you remember them from last season.

April 26, 2016
While certainly not the oldest rally in Texas, organizers have been donating to local veteran groups and scholarship funds since 2009, and in 2015 started a ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. There is plenty to do at the 8th annual OTT Motorcycle Rally.

April 20, 2016
The Leesburg Bikefest bills itself as the world’s largest three-day motorcycle and music event. More than a quarter million motorcycle riders from all over the world attend. Near countless activities are packed into a 30-square-block area of historic downtown Leesburg, Fla., during the weekend of April 22-24.

April 12, 2016
You can learn a great deal about where you are headed by looking back at where you came from. That’s why it’s so important to stop from time to time and take a look at history. And there’s no better place to look at motorcycle history than the Wheels Through Time Museum – a true motorcycle gem.

April 5, 2016
The perfect place to begin your self-guided tour of the battlefield is at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Here you can explore the history of the battle and the Civil War.

March 29, 2016
This time of year the sun travels across the sky following a low southerly path. The effect is that the sun is in your eyes and everyone else’s, too. Combine that with the fact that many drivers have not seen a motorcycle on the road for months and you have the perfect formula for becoming invisible.

March 15, 2016
It might seem that nothing should break while a motorcycle sits parked. The ravages of time, the effects of winter cold and simply sitting still, however, can have a surprising impact on a motorcycle’s roadworthiness.

March 8, 2016
The Kennedy Space Center makes a great Daytona Bike Week side trip. This national treasure is located a little more than 60 miles south of Daytona Beach.

March 1, 2016
Most riders should be concerned about damaging the electrical system of their motorcycle and possibly voiding their warranty. The biggest danger, however, that exists from incorrectly wiring electrical accessories is fire.

February 23, 2016
The Rock Store in Los Angeles is a great bucket list ride for all motorcyclists who want to see unique bikes and meet fellow motorcycle enthusiasts.

February 17, 2016
Unless you're one of the intrepid few who ride year-round, now is a great time to plan for those rallies, rides and shows to come! If nothing else, it will make the time pass more quickly until riding season. Here are some of the major events to consider.

January 21, 2016
In the collective consciousness of motorcycle riders, the Pacific Coast Highway surely ranks high on the list of must-ride roads.

January 19, 2016
Whether you are looking for a winter motorcycle fix to combat cabin fever or are planning your 2016 motorcycle touring season, consider adding the AMA Motorcycle Museum in Ohio to your plans.

December 18, 2015
Route 66 is affectionately known as “The Mother Road,” truly an icon of American road culture. It may very well be the most famous road of all time.

November 17, 2015
Often the best roads trace the path of a canyon or the crest of a mountain ridge. These roads offer thrilling rides and the majestic beauty of nature and occasionally reveal the underlying strata of rock where the mountain was carved to build the road.

November 3, 2015
Surface hazards are one of the many hazards motorcycle riders learn to be aware of during a motorcycle safety course. Grooved pavement is one of those hazards, but there are actually several types of pavement grooves that riders will encounter.

October 20, 2015
Experienced riders know to constantly scan for hazards while they enjoy the freedom of the open road. One hazard often overlooked, however, is hearing loss, which can substantially affect your quality of life.

October 20, 2015
One of our most precious gifts is vision. We use our eyes continuously from when we wake in the morning until we turn off the lights at bedtime. Healthy eyesight is so much a part of life that we might not give it a thought until something goes wrong.

October 20, 2015
The Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, N.C., is annually, with a few exceptions, the most visited component of the National Park System, though technically it is not a National Park. It is a park-to-park connector road between the Shenandoah National Park to the north, where it joins the Skyline Drive, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the south.

September 14, 2015
Motorcycle riders are prone to heat exhaustion, especially when outfitted with dark-colored riding gear. Learn how to stay cool while still protecting yourself during hot sunny rides.

August 30, 2015
Motorcycle riders experience one of the greatest joys there is: the freedom of the open road and being one with your bike and surroundings. It’s only natural to want to share this experience with friends and loved ones. To that end, let’s explore tips for riding with a passenger.

August 6, 2015
During the Basic RiderCourse, the MSF provides each student with a helmet and small starter bike, such as a Honda Rebel. Students do need to bring their own riding apparel, such as over-the-ankle boots, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt.

July 23, 2015
Experienced riders prepare for the unexpected, because they know hazards appear without warning. You can tell these riders apart often by their gear, donned from head to toe—some of it weathered, some shiny new.

May 7, 2015