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New To Motorcycles? Learn The Basics

Article by Daniel Levy

Interested in motorcycles? Who can blame you! Motorcycles reek of coolness, but before you jump into the motorcycle riding scene, you need to learn the basics of the bike!

Stand Up Straight Please

It’s mind boggling how they do it, but motorcycles stay upright while they are moving due to some pretty advanced physics. A still motorcycle will lean over without some sort of support. But a moving motorcycle will stay upright without much effort thanks to a couple of little things called angular momentum and torque.

To see these physics at work, imagine that you’re holding a bat in your palm with the heavy end up. It’s going to tip over, right? It’s too unsteady. Now imagine that you’re wiggling your palm in an effort to always keep it directly under the heavy end of the bat. Suddenly the bat is steady. That’s how motorcycles stay upright.

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DOT Motorcycle Helmet Basics

Let me start by telling you a little about myself and how I got into DOT Motorcycle Helmets. For the past five seasons I have been riding a motorcycle. I have a passion for riding and would like to ride for the rest of my life…in order to do so, I want to be as safe and protected as I can…while still being able to enjoy the ride.

So five years ago…before even purchasing my first street motorcycle at the age of 34…I bought a full set of gear. Now I’m not talking about just a helmet and gloves. I’m talking about the helmet, the gloves, the jacket, the pants and the boots. I felt like Evel Knievel walking around the house for about two weeks before even getting my motorcycle home…of course I had to break the gear in…what better way than wearing it?

Why did I purchase all this “stuff” before even having my ride? Because I knew when I did buy my bike, I would be so excited that I would just want to jump on that thing and run it ’till it was out of gas and not even THINK about motorcycle gear. So I chose the cautious route and bought gear that I knew would keep me safe…call it skin insurance if you will.

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