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Welcome to Dairyland Cycle’s On the Road Blog. When we can’t be on our bikes, we like to read about bikes, right? We’ve got you covered, with articles on motorcycle safety tips, motorcycle events, motorcycle gear, and an overview of some of the best motorcycle rides in the U.S. Check it out.
The Spring Thunder in the Smokies Rally in North Carolina draws riders from all over the country to beautiful vistas and some of the best motorcycle-riding roads in the nation.
The Eureka Springs Fling Rally means fun, scenic rides, and a chance to visit a historic Victorian community in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.

April 17, 2018
As thoughts turn to getting out on the road for a new riding season, you should also give some thoughts to your gear. This is the perfect time to take a look at what you wear to make sure it’s ready to protect you. We have some tips.

March 27, 2018
Soon, the motorcycle season will be here and you’ll be looking for a riding destination. The end of winter is a perfect time to plan that next big road trip. And you’ll find nothing bigger than the Grand Canyon.

March 22, 2018
It started with friends getting together to do some motorcycling and camping in the east Tennessee mountains. Now, March Moto Madness is an annual event that draws hundreds. We take a look at Mother Rally Tellico Plains and why it appeals to dual-sport bikers every year.

March 20, 2018
It’s a return to the old-school days of motorcycle rallying. The Thunder in the Hill Country rally is a change of pace for bikers who might only be familiar with motorcycle events in urban areas. We take a look at what makes it so special.

March 16, 2018
Daytona Bike Week has plenty to do, but there’s also a lot to see away from the crowds. That’s where a ride down Florida’s A1A comes in. This historical byway will take you down the coast to some beautiful sights—no matter which way you turn.

March 14, 2018
In some parts of the country, motorcycle season is getting underway. Helping kick it off is one of the classic events—Daytona Bike Week. From races to shows and entertainment, it has something for everyone.

March 9, 2018
It’s one of the key features on your motorcycle—the lights. They’re crucial for helping you being seen in the winter months when daylight fades early. That’s why we’ve come up with some suggestions to keep them working.

February 28, 2018
Being a motorcycle rider often means being a do-it-yourself mechanic. Whether it’s oil changes or something more complex, you’ll want to make sure you protect your hands. We take a look at some of the best ways to do that.

February 20, 2018
As riders in most parts of the country wait for the cold of winter to start fading, other riders are out enjoying warm southern riding destinations. Those making a trip to Avery Island, Louisiana, find that things can get even warmer—and downright hot!

February 14, 2018
Winter can be one of the most beautiful times of year and clear skies and dry roads can be tempting for a ride. But before venturing out in the cold for even a short ride, you need to take a little extra time to make sure your bike is ready—especially the tires.

January 30, 2018
Garage safety isn’t just about security. Doing some off-season maintenance on your motorcycle is a perfect way to pass the time until spring. But you need ensure your workspace passes a safety test. We have some tips to make it happen.

January 24, 2018
The clear skies and dry roads can make for a perfect winter ride. But the cold temperatures and wind chills are also the perfect conditions for frostbite. There are ways you can protect yourself. We have some tips.

January 17, 2018
As bikers, we tend to roll on a non-traditional path in life. That said, enjoy this new take on a Christmas favorite from Dairyland®’s Bob Suehring. Say hello to Biker Claus.

December 21, 2017
Less red showing up on the outside thermometer doesn’t scare us off from riding. But we need to be prepared. We offer some tips on how to dress before hitting the road in cooler weather.

December 21, 2017
Whether to bridge the gap between riding seasons during winter or to join thousands of like-minded individuals during the summer, motorcycle events provide a great escape. Check out these events for the first half of 2018, and take plenty of photos when you go.

December 21, 2017
Every rider understands the benefits of investing in motorcycle maintenance. It performs better, lasts longer, and gives us more riding pleasure. Our riding gear is no different. The small added cost and time spent maintaining it—especially your helmet—can really pay in performance and safety.

December 5, 2017
Every motorcyclist knows the danger of traffic intersections. Adding to the risk is the possibility that a driver could turn right at a red light—and straight into your path. Awareness is your best tool to avoid trouble, but we have some other tips that might help.

November 22, 2017
Escape the tangles of traffic and pressures of the day with a relaxing ride into nature. Located just hours away from six major southern cities, the Ozark National Forest offers an escape perfect for a day ride or a weekend away.

November 14, 2017
Autumn is here, and with it comes some of the best motorcycling of the season. But the cold weather and shorter days mean you need to do a little work before heading out into the colorful foliage. We have some tips for you to consider that’ll help make sure you and your bike are ready for a fall ride.

November 7, 2017
With similarities to Daytona Bike Week, the Lone Star Rally in Galveston Island, Texas, is the perfect motorcycle event to cap off the year. Sun, surf, and plenty of sights and sounds await.

October 25, 2017
Those colorful leaves that have brought you out for a fall ride can also obstruct hidden dangers once they’re on the ground. We’ve got some fall riding tips to help make sure the only thing falling are those pretty leaves.

October 17, 2017
Another great fall riding opportunity awaits, this time in Longview, Texas, for Rockers, Riders & Ribs. If the three Rs aren’t enough, enjoy bike shows, contests, and organized motorcycle trips.

October 10, 2017
You don’t have to wait until spring to revisit the wonders of Daytona Beach. For the past 24 years Biketoberfest rocks Florida in the fall, and this year’s milestone anniversary only means more fun and events are on the docket.

October 3, 2017
You’ve seen majestic mountains, lovely lakes, and wonderful wildlife while riding. Have you ever witnessed the Loneliest Road in America? Head west to Route 50 in Nevada and see for yourself how this stretch earned its nickname.

September 19, 2017
The highest paved road in North America—sounds intriguing, right? Welcome to the Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado, where riders head north of 14,000 feet and fly through the clouds on a ride to remember.

September 7, 2017
Las Vegas has earned the moniker as The Entertainment Capital of the World. Now add a four-day motorcycle rally to the mix. Welcome to Las Vegas Bikefest, where there is more going on, including rides to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, than you could possibly have time for!

August 29, 2017
Is that scratch on your lens cover driving you nuts? We might have some help. We put some Novus plastic polish to the test, and we have photos that show the results. It’s time to get those scratches taken care of.

August 22, 2017
With a host location called the Inn of the Mountain Gods, the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally offers immediate appeal, supported by surroundings that include the Sacramento Mountains and Lincoln National Forest. Enjoy a traditional bike rally with plenty of riding opportunities.

August 15, 2017
For a beautiful trip to the Northwest, check out the Rally in the Gorge in August. The five-day rally offers seminars, clinics, and the chance to ride the non-public Maryhill Loops Road.

July 25, 2017
We love hidden gems when it comes to quality motorcycle roads. Try NC151 off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and experience why truckers are not recommended to join you on the trip.

July 18, 2017
We try and pack light when we hit the road on our motorcycle. However, there are always essential items that travel with us. Make sure one of those essentials is a first aid kit the next time you head out.

June 27, 2017
The route is planned, lodging is selected, and clothing is packed. A long-distance journey awaits, but don’t forget to get you and your motorcycle prepped as well. Follow these tips for before—and during—the journey.

June 27, 2017
Leading up to National Motorcycle Day (NMD) on July 14, we’re pleased to announce we now have NMD clothing, including T-shirts, hoodies, and tank tops. Proceeds from each purchase will go to Hogs for Heroes of Wisconsin.

June 27, 2017
More than 160,000 people attend the Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally every year, enjoying numerous riding opportunities and plenty of entertainment. Put it on your events list and take in the beautiful Great Lakes scenery.

June 20, 2017
Have you attended a Gypsy Tour event yet? Now headed by the American Motorcycle Association, the Gypsy Tour has a long, storied history. Find out how the Gypsy Tour got started and where in the country you can join in on the fun.

June 12, 2017
Can you name the world’s oldest motorcycle rally? Laconia Bike Week claims the title, and the New Hampshire event is often placed on the same must-visit level as Daytona and Sturgis among motorcycle enthusiasts.

May 30, 2017
Do you carry a tool kit with you when riding? You should, no matter how maintenance-free your motorcycle might be. Here are essential tools to carry in your motorcycle tool kit.

May 16, 2017
Got your motorcycle trips planned? Is the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally on the list? Beautiful scenery, great bikes, contests, and riding opportunities await in South Carolina in May.

May 10, 2017
An incline grade of 11.6 percent. Tree-lined roads giving way to breath-taking views. Sounds fun, right? Welcome to Mount Washington, where riders need to keep a sharp eye on the road and the weather.

May 3, 2017
With winter in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to ride again. Are you in shape for it? With a few regular exercises, you can ensure a safer and more comfortable ride. You might even get a few more looks than your bike.

April 25, 2017
There’s nothing worse than having a dead battery. It means you’re either left sitting at home, or left somewhere short of your destination. Don’t get left behind. Follow these instructions on how to properly measure your battery’s power.

April 19, 2017
Temperatures are on the rise, the salt is gone, and it’s time to ride. But before heading out, be sure to practice these three critical riding skills to refresh the mind and body and be safe on the road. Here’s a practice roadmap to follow.

April 7, 2017
If you want to see the real Cold Mountain, not Hollywood trickery, head to North Carolina for the Cold Mountain Loop. Along the way, enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, water views, and those 15 mph twisties that keep you on your toes.

March 28, 2017
Road salt helps you stay on the road during winter weather, but its effects on your bike can go beyond a tarnished appearance. Here’s why it’s important to remove salt from your bike as quickly as you can—including the hard-to-reach places!

March 7, 2017
Attending motorcycle events is one of the best parts of the riding season. So we’ve done the work for you and compiled a listing of motorcycle events happening in 2017 across the country. Have a good time!

March 6, 2017
You know you can manage your Dairyland Cycle policy anytime and anywhere with the new mobile app. How do you use it—make payments, receive alerts? Let us know your experience with the app.

March 3, 2017
Daytona Bike Week is when motorcycle riders shake off the winter blues, shine up their bikes, and head to the Florida sunshine. Here’s what you need to know leading up to the party on March 10-19.

March 3, 2017
The snow will melt and the temperatures will rise. Really. But before you hop on your motorcycle, there are four things you should do to get ready for riding season. And it’s not just maintenance on your bike.

March 3, 2017
Who likes the three Ws when riding—wildlife, woods, and waterways? If that’s you, check out Florida’s Big Bend Scenic Byway. You’ll want two days to cover this byway, as there are plenty of things to see and do.

February 28, 2017
No one wants to go to the spot they parked their motorcycle and find their ride missing. Brand, value, and accessibility are all factors in motorcycle thefts. Follow these simple motorcycle theft prevention tips to avoid being a victim.

February 21, 2017
Enjoy the Florida weather by riding through the Apalachicola National Forest. And when you need a rest, check out unique geological areas, historic sites, and miles of hiking trails.

February 7, 2017
For those riding in winter, it’s nice to have some electric riding gear to keep you warm. But you need to be safe when using such equipment. We offer some tips in keeping you warm and your bike operating smoothly during winter.

January 31, 2017
When visiting Florida with a desire to stay away from the theme parks while on your motorcycle, check out the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve. It’s a nature lover’s delight, complete with alligators.

January 17, 2017
Riding year-round means riding in winter, too. Keeping warm makes for a more comfortable ride—and a safer one. Follow these tips to avoid cold-weather risks such as hypothermia.

January 10, 2017
Fort Davis, Texas, once protected settlers heading west. Now it hails as the kickoff point to the 75-mile Davis Mountains Scenic Loop, which offers peaks, valleys, and plenty of side attractions.

January 3, 2017
For some motorcycle enthusiasts, every season is riding season. For those riding in the winter months, there are unique hazards to watch for. We share them here, while offering tips to keep the ride safe and smooth.

December 28, 2016
What’s the best thing you can do when heading out on a cold-weather motorcycle ride? The answer is layering. But that doesn’t mean wearing so much clothing you look like a snowman on the bike.

December 20, 2016
DeAnna has done it—she achieved her goal of recreating her father’s final motorcycle ride. Watch the emotional final installment of A Rider’s Journey.

December 9, 2016
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
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.

November 17, 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
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
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
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
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