Month: August 2019

Flat Tracking the Peoria TT

Road Dirt contributing photographer Dean Phelps was on hand to snap all the race action at this past weekend’s 73rd annual Peoria TT in Illinois. Part flat track racing, part motocross, the Peoria TT is a unique and legendary race. Hosted by the Peoria Motorcycle Club, the TT has been held consecutively since 1947, the longest running dirt track race in the world.

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Ride Cool in the Summer Heat

We enjoy living in the South for its relatively mild winters, but that means we have to endure some brutal summer temperatures! We’ve certainly experienced some scorchers in July and August so far. These tips can help you keep cool while out riding in the hot Southern sun. We’ve tried these ourselves, and can testify that they really work.

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Conquering the Fear Factor

FEAR- it can paralyze you, or propel you forward. Fear can cause a life of timidity, or create a life of adventure. Everyone faces fear, but not everyone overcomes fear. As motorcycle riders we inherently deal with fear almost daily, and have found ways to conquer it, or at least manage it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t ride, would we?

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The Heroes of Laguna Seca

Every hero battles an enemy, achieving their glory by overcoming foes that cause corrosive self doubt and questioning of their skill.  This fire of testing purges the slag and hardens their resolve, screwing their courage to the sticking place despite violent opposition.  In World Superbike racing, that violent opposition weighs just 370 lbs. with over 230 horsepower.

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Taking the Long View

One of the skills we riders must consciously and constantly hone to stay sharp on our bikes is our situational awareness. Keeping focused while riding through ever-changing scenarios, constantly scanning our surroundings for potential threats, maintaining a “360 degree” awareness, are all vital street skills… Yet there are moments while riding that we can still experience a brief lapse in attention, or lose focus and perspective for a moment in the saddle.

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Record Your Ride Right

One of the few things (almost) as good as riding a motorcycle is the ability to share the roads, sights and experiences with others through video and with today’s tiny high-resolution cameras the options for riders are many and the sharing of content through the web is fast and simple.  But just because you can simply strap on a GoPro or mount a Smart phone on your bars doesn’t mean you should be sharing any and every video in your social media channels. There are a few basic production elements you should consider prior to uploading or posting your video so viewers enjoy your recorded ride as opposed to blowing their beer nuts while watching a jumpy, poorly produced video.

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Best Roads of the Upper Left, Part 2

We all have our local roads that we hold dear, the hidden gems, the secret stash of perfectly paved paradise that you safeguard lest the masses descend and destroy your hidden haven. It might be as short as a few miles or as long as fifty, but it’s your well-worn friend in the dance. You keep its location secret, its very existence guarded, the details only revealed on a “need to know” basis to those worthy of your trust and possessing proper riding abilities.
I will now violate that trust…

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