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Video: Flushin' dem brakes

2 days until we leave for Babes Ride Out East Coast = time for fresh fluids and a fastener check on the Hornet. Now with even more wholesome bonus content during small person brake education. Catskill mountains here we come!

(We won't mention last years' shift assembly debacle.)
(...Yes we will.)
(It fell off.)
(Check your fasteners, people.)

Roundtable: Why bond with other female riders?

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Later this week the three-woman team is hitting the road for our first big trip of the season. We're headed to Babes Ride Out East Coast, an all-women camping rally in New York's Catskill mountains. It's about 1,400 miles round trip and we're in full-blown planning/packing mode!

Babes is a unique organization that puts on all-women-rider events nationwide, and as female ridership has grown, so has popularity of events like these. This will be Shannon's second and Mel and Jamie's third time attending BRO East.

For this week's roudtable, we ask: Why is it important to bond with other female riders?
Shannon
When I started riding there were not nearly the amount of female riders there are today. It’s really awesome to see the amount of Instagram and Facebook accounts dedicated to women riding motorcycles.

A few years ago, I had my first opportunity to attend an all women’s motorcycle gathering (Babes in Motoland), I didn’t know what to expect but it was purely …

The great, enormous, terrifyingly complex radiator catastrophe of 2019

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Last week I rode home from work on a slightly-above-average temperature day and thought to myself, "Boy, my engine feels a bit warm around the legs. I'm sure it's all in my head though." It's a thought I've had a few times in the last month, as the heat from the engine somehow seems more... radiant? Stronger? Burning with the power of a thousand tiny, beautiful explosions?

But on the flip side, actual engine temps had been well within range. Maybe a few degrees higher than average but certainly not dangerously so. (I have a digital temp gauge. Have I mentioned recently that modern bikes with actual functional gauges on them are THE TITS? Thank you #TeamHonda 🙌)

And so I rode on. I got stopped at a major intersection near my house and had to sit through the cycle three times before I could get to the other side, with only a few blocks between us and the garage.

As I pulled up the driveway and killed the engine I could hear something—A SOUND. A low, grumbly s…

Rallies: That Scooter Thing Season Opener

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A few weeks ago, Jude (our son aged 9.5) and I joined our friends at That Scooter Thing for their start of the season gathering. It's been a tradition in their family to invite friends and family over to the garage to celebrate the unofficial beginning of the riding year.

This time they upgraded operations and made it a mini rally, complete with multiple locations, a ride, and awards. It's really targeted more towards scooterists, but all were welcome and here come the cc-advantaged to crash the damn thing anyway. (It's what we do.)


The That Scooter Thing crew, ie Lee and his wife Carrot, are great friends of ours who do absolutely silly things with scooters on their YouTube channel, mainly using their custom engine-building skills to turn Vespas into deathtrap wheelie machines that none but the bravest of women and men will actually ride.

They also tune regular scoots that run rul good and show off some great technical skills, I SUPPOSE, but we're skipping straight t…

It's Always Okay to Ask

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The minute someone claims to be an expert, the minute I stop listening.

There are a lot of armchair experts in the motorcycle world and, especially when starting out, it can feel very intimidating. It’s easy to feel flooded with information, which can lead to making any decisions impossible.

Will you like cruisers... sport bikes (for the love of god please quit saying crotch rockets)... adventure bikes... vintage bikes? Will you prefer street riding only... dirt only... dual sport riding? And that’s just trying to decide your riding style. When it comes to gear there’s a whole other realm of decisions. Leather gear... textile gear... no gear (please don’t)... full face helmet... 3/4 helmet... modular helmet... you get the picture.

All of this can be very overwhelming to both beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Which is why...

IT’S ALWAYS OKAY TO ASK.
The most challenging part of this is knowing who to ask. It is no secret that the motorcycle world is like one big extended family an…