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The Five Phases of D.I.Y. Learning – Applied to High Risk Environments

Do-it-yourself (DIY) learning as it applies to complicated, high-risk tasks such as learning to ride a motorcycle. These five phases were first presented by Dr. Mark Barnes in his article “The Five Phases of DIY Learning” in the February 2012 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News. In the BestScenicRoutes.com article we take the information that Dr. Barnes presented in regards to learning mechanical skills and apply them to the higher risk activity of learning to ride a motorcycle.

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The Humble Motorcyclist

Pride can get in the way of motorcycle skill development. Humbling experiences open our minds to the fact that there’s always room for vast improvement.

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Take a Highly Visible Stand, with High-Viz Motorcycle Riding Gear

As a motorcyclist, pleasing colors could also be explained as colors that don’t stand out in traffic. Personally, I prefer riding gear that will burn a hole in the eye’s of drivers all around me. Fluorescent colors such as blaze-orange, lime-green or high-viz yellow won’t be splashed on the wall of my house anytime soon. At least that is what my wife tells me. Fluorescent colors aren’t found in nature and really stand out in traffic.

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Product Review: Hyper-Lite LED lights for motorcycles

As with most motorcycles, my bike has a small single brake light that only garners moderate attention. I want a light that Las Vegas would be proud of to get through the traffic and nail drivers behind me right in

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Prelude to Conspicuity Article Series – Close Encounters of the 4-Wheeled Kind

Motorcycle conspicuity, conspicuous, motorcycle visibility, high-viz, being seen, being visible, stand out in traffic, motorcycle lighting, motorcycle commuting, traffic safety, motorcycle safety

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Yakima to Everett via desert river canyons and tree-lined mountain passes

  The prospect of being a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach has brought me and the V-Strom to Yakima Washington for a 60-hour course. The city of Yakima and surrounding Yakima Valley is known to be one of the

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