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Motorcycle Features: Bikes, Blokes, Culture and Beyond
In this section you’ll find motorcycle-related feature articles including biographies, technical endeavors, historical spotlights and other articles that focus on interesting aspects of motorcycling culture. If it’s not news or a road test, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

Book review: Harley-Davidson Everything you Need to Know

Harley-Davidson: Everything you Need to Know by Bill Stermer.

Rider Magazine
August 12, 2010

[This Harley-Davidson—Everything you Need to Know Book Review was originally published in American Rider] Like “new and improved,” the phrase “everything you need to know” packs a lot of implications. Aside from promising to deliver information that is both all-inclusive and necessary, the... Read more »

Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Handling low-speed maneuvers

Low-speed motorcycle maneuvers

Bill Stermer
August 12, 2010

[Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Handling low-speed maneuvers was originally published in the February 2008 issue of American Rider] Attend any bike week event or rally and you’ll see riders doing things that make you nervous: paddling their feet at stops, duck-walking their bikes across gravel drives... Read more »

Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Group Riding Tips for a Safe Experience

Bill Stermer
May 12, 2010

Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Group Riding Tips for a Safe Experience Summer is coming and with it, the rally and event season. Whether it’s Daytona, Laughlin, Myrtle Beach, Sturgis or a H.O.G. Chapter ride, if you attend these crowded events and go on these rides you’ll be doing some formation or... Read more »

How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit

A CruzTOOL kit for Motorcycle Roadside assistance

Rider Contributor
March 29, 2010

by Reg Kittrelle [This How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit feature was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider magazine] A CruzTOOL kit modified for Reg's Road Glide. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are more reliable now than at any other time in their 107-year history,... Read more »

Motorcycle Weaves and Wobbles: How to avoid them and deal with them

PARDON-OUR-DUST

Rider Contributor
November 17, 2009

There are some aspects of motorcycles that motorcycle manufacturers are reluctant to talk about. Weave and wobble are two of them. Either can put you down and hurt you, so you need to know what these things are, and how to prevent their onset. We all know that motorcycles are not inherently stable. When... Read more »

1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART ONE

Harley Davidson XR1200 accessorized and waiting for packing.

Rider Contributor
July 21, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [This 1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 two-part road test was originally featured in American Rider magazine] Harley Davidson XR1200 accessorized and waiting for packing. Why? Denver, Colorado, is approximately 1,300 miles from my home in Santa Cruz, California. I need to be there... Read more »

Suspension and Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail

Motorcycle Rake and Trail Diagram

Rider Contributor
June 30, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail was originally published in American Rider magazine] When talking about motorcycle suspension most riders understand fork rake angle, or at least believe they do, but when the term “trail” is introduced, the body of knowledge seems to get... Read more »

1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited

1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000

Jerry Smith
March 17, 2009

[1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited was originally published in American Rider magazine] In 1982 Harley-Davidson found itself in one of those goods news/bad news situations. The good news was the company had bought its freedom from hidebound AMF the year before; the bad news was the buy-out left it... Read more »

15 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

Rain Riding Motorcycle Safety Tips

Rider Contributor
February 12, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Rain was originally published in American Rider magazine] The best advice you’ll hear regarding riding in the rain is don’t do it. Bad weather and wet roads raise motorcycle riding to a whole nother level of complexity and—let’s not pussyfoot... Read more »

Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger

Mitchell Pro Bagger

Reg Kittrelle
June 23, 2008

by Reg Kittrelle [Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger was originally published in American Rider magazine] There’s your Harley-Davidson motorcycle and there’s my Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That they are identical models, came off the same assembly line on the same day, and... Read more »

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