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TIP of the MITT – September 17 – 20, 2015

September 17 – 20, 2015

Bellaire.MI

Event Organizers:
Peter Stephan — pstephan153646MI@comcast.net
John Cirner – jcirner@charter.net

Make your reservations NOW! at the Bellaire Inn. Contact the manager Debbie Dilly at 231-533-7777 and get your room.

More information regarding this event will be forthcoming soon from the organizers.

Touring Tip: Just A Ridin’ In The Rain

James T. Parks | Contributing Editor

Many, if not most, of us consider riding in the rain a necessary inconvenience when we’re caught out in it while going from point A to point B. The experience is frequently made more burdensome, because of: inadequate riding gear, reduced vision of scenery and road hazards, loss of traction, increased navigational challenges and fogged glasses and face shield, just to name a few. Often we discover too late that we forgot to pack defogger, rain mittens or some other item critical to reducing the discomfort and increased risk of riding in the rain.

It’s my contention, however, that riding in the rain is often less pleasant than it really has to be, partially because we avoid doing it unless forced to ride in the wet. But like most of motorcycling’s other acquired skills, practice almost always leads to a better riding experience. In that vein, here are my top 10 tips for improving your rain riding proficiency and, yes, even enjoyment:

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Touring Tip: Helmet Check

James T. Parks | Contributing Editor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that DOT-compliant helmet use by riders is on the increase, even in states without universal helmet laws. And you probably already know, full-face DOT-approved motorcycle helmets are the single most important component of protective gear for saving your life in a crash. Short of surviving a crash, though, how do you know that your helmet will be up to the task? Proper helmet care and timely replacement are key factors for ensuring that your helmet will be there for you, if and when it’s needed.

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