- Riding with your jacket halfway unzipped feels nice and cool…but it really hurts when the wasp that just hit your chest starts stinging you over and over.
- As long as you’re not a jerk about it, parking up on the concrete apron along the building at the grocery/Walmart/movie theater is usually OK.
- Kickstands sink into hot blacktop after a surprisingly short amount of time.
- Just because a helmet has vents on its shell, doesn’t mean there are actual holes through the EPS liner. Before you buy it, pull the inner liner aside and look for the holes. If they aren’t there, none of that air is gonna reach your sweaty little head.
- Restoring a rad ‘70s bike sounds like a great idea, until you realize what a pain it is to set the points on the ignition and sync four carburetors.
- You’re going to be frustrated, probably many times, at how you are treated at dealerships and repair shops. Don’t take it personally.
- Your guy friends’ girlfriends/wives might not like you. Don’t take it personally.
- Other women might throw shade at you. Don’t take it personally.
- If you’re outside the “norm” (yeah, right) of 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 110 lbs., good luck finding riding gear that fits. For some reason, the smaller the size the shorter the arms/inseam, and the larger the size the longer the arms/inseam. It’s like they think shorter = skinnier and taller = thicker.
- Locking up the rear brake (in a straight line) = probably OK. Locking up the front brake (in a straight line) = probably not OK. Locking up either brake in a turn = don’t do this.
- Riding with people who are better/faster than you is the only way you’re going to get better/faster.
- Waving at motorcycle cops is OK.
- See that little girl over there, hiding halfway behind her dad’s leg and staring at you in your riding gear? You’re her hero. Use your power wisely.
- When changing your bike’s oil, don’t loosen the filler cap until after you’ve removed the drain plug.
- Some people are never going to “get it.”