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June 04, 2021
Upgrade Your Motorcycle Skills The SMART Way
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Kevin Bushell for Riders Plus Insurance

This summer, consider taking a course in dirt riding to improve your skills on and off road. One of the fastest-growing segments of our industry is the adventure motorcycle market, and for good reason. Adventure motorcycles are the SUVs of bikes, capable of going pretty much anywhere in comfort. With their good ergonomics, extra clearance, […]

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March 22, 2021
Buying New or Used? There’s a Lot to Consider.
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Kevin Bushell for Riders Plus Insurance

It’s the beginning of a new season and you’ve decided to buy a motorcycle. Good for you! It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a stressful time. There’s substantial money involved, a lot to consider, and you don’t want to make a mistake. Perhaps the first decision you have to make is whether to buy […]

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September 08, 2020
Why you need to ride a motorcycle
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Emily Roberts for Riders Plus Insurance

Have you gotten the bug for motorcycling? If so, you’ll know that it’s a life-long affair of love; If not, I hope you soon catch the bug and realize how enriched your life can be with the addition of a motorcycle. Motorcycling is not only addictive, empowering and inspires freedom, but it also opens up […]

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June 22, 2020
How to Improve Your Riding Skills to Prevent Bike Collisions With Animals
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Emily Roberts for Riders Plus Insurance

It happened nine years ago now. It was dark; we should have stopped riding but only had another 20km to go to get to our hotel. The rain was light and we rode in a staggered riding position, my dad was in front in the left tire track, I followed in the right. I sifted […]

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May 21, 2019
How to Return to Riding After Dropping Your Motorcycle
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Rare is the rider who hasn’t dropped their motorcycle. It’s a horrible, sickening feeling to feel yourself losing your balance and control, knowing there’s nothing you can do to stop your bike from falling over. The most common damages are rattled confidence, wounded pride, and scrapes and dents on your bike, although injuries can be […]

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April 16, 2019
How Motorcycle Riding Improves Your Health
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

We all have our ways to fight stress and anxiety. Some of us find that running is a great way to vent, others like to take a nice long walk, and some like to take a ride on their motorcycle. Motorcycle riders have known about the many health benefits of riding for over a century […]

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November 06, 2018
How to Choose the Right Helmet
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

A motorcycle helmet is arguably a motorcyclist’s most important piece of safety equipment. With so many choices in style, design, and price, it’s hard to know how to choose the one that’s best for you. The right helmet makes a huge difference in protection, comfort, and rider fatigue. Here’s a primer to guide you on […]

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October 04, 2018
10 Tips to Extend your Season in Comfort and Safety
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Motorcycle riding season is winding down in Ontario, but there are ways to extend your riding season in comfort and safety. 10 Tips to Extend your Motorcycle Riding Season 1) Dress properly. Effective layering and correct choice of gear makes a remarkable difference in your ability to stay warm. 1) Start with good base layers—long-sleeved tees, […]

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July 10, 2018
Advanced Rider Training
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Which rider is a prime candidate for Advanced Rider Training? Rider 1 took the basic rider course and has been riding on the road for a few years without incident. Rider 2 has ridden for decades and tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of kilometers, also without incident. Rider 3 has a new motorcycle, different in […]

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June 13, 2018
How to Share the Road Safely with Transport Trucks  
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Riding on the road means sharing it with other users. Travel any paved surfaces and you’ll soon encounter a transport truck. It’s easy to get frustrated and impatient when they block your visibility, slow your progress, and buffet you all over the road. But they’re a fact of riding life, so it’s best to stay […]

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May 11, 2018
36 Tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so we’ve assembled a range of tips to increase your awareness of what you can do to share the road with other road users safely. OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) report that forty-eight motorcyclists died last year on OPP-patrolled roads, the highest number of motorcycle deaths in ten years. Twenty-seven […]

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April 22, 2018
11 Spring Motorcycle Hazards to Prepare For
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Ahhhh, spring riding! After a winter of hibernation, the first rides of spring are some of the most exhilarating of the year. Spring also ushers in unique seasonal risks calling for extra vigilance to stay safe on the road. Knowing what to expect and how to manage them mitigates the risks. 11 Spring Motorcycle Hazards […]

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March 21, 2018
Get your Motorcycle Ready for Spring
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Dreaming about the first ride of the season dispels winter darkness. Spending time with your motorcycle and making sure it’s ready to ride makes that dream come true. Even if you were meticulous in winterizing it, oxidization, condensation, and critters may have damaged it during storage. A thorough and methodical check will show you what […]

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February 18, 2018
How To Get Fit For Riding Season
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Use it or lose it! Left unattended physical fitness declines over time. Even if you’re in peak shape going into winter hibernation, you’ll lose strength, stamina, and mobility without regular exercise. Don’t despair. There are things you can do to halt physical decline and rebuild strength. The right fitness program will improve performance, help prevent […]

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December 04, 2017
10 Tips For Choosing the Best Motorcycle Gear
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

It may seem counterintuitive to spend time and money on something you may never need. Yet buying the best motorcycle gear you can afford can be the wisest investment you make. To help you, we’ve prepared a list of guidelines that apply to pilot and pillion. As a rule, keep the three “F’s”—fit, function, and […]

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October 06, 2017
10 Tips for Winterizing Your Motorcycle
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by By Liz Jansen

With the warm weather we’re enjoying, it’s easy to get lulled into thinking riding season will last forever. However, the calendar tells us it’s October. Winter will arrive so it’s time to think about preparing our motorcycles for hibernation. The tips below assume that will last four to six months. Weather conditions and your preferences […]

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September 15, 2017
10 Autumn Hazards And How To Handle Them
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

September is the highlight of the season for many riders. It’s generally sunny and dry, with pleasant temperatures. Vacation traffic has thinned, leaving more open road for enjoyable all-day cruising. The inevitable cycles of nature, however, signal the season is winding down and bring in unique hazards for motorcyclists. Here’s what to watch for at […]

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August 07, 2017
How to Make Sure You’re Ready to Ride
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Arriving at your destination safely requires a holistic approach to riding – one that considers all the factors that go into making the sport we love so exhilarating. It begins well before you throw a leg over your motorcycle. Make sure you’re ready to ride by mindfully assessing the following factors: Gear We hope to […]

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June 09, 2017
10 Tips for Safe Hot Weather Riding
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Liz Jansen

Most of my travel across Canada was in warm, but not hot temperatures. The previous few days I’d been riding in temperate conditions along the Pacific Coast Highway. That day I planned to ride from Fort Bragg, on the coast, via Napa to Clayton, California, where I would stay with friends. It was an easily […]

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April 12, 2017
Spring Riding Tips
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Clinton Smout

It has been a long winter and we are excited to get our motorcycles out.  Are you ready? After not riding for a number of months our skills are rusty.  I always take a bike to a large parking lot and try some slow speed manoeuvers to practice my clutch control and balance with my […]

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April 05, 2017
Five Tips for a Safe Riding Season
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus Insurance

The importance of motorcycle safety cannot be overstated. According to the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the risk, per mile, of a fatal crash is 35 times greater for a motorcyclist than a passenger car. While that is a chilling statistic, there are several ways to ensure a safe riding season while fully […]

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March 16, 2017
Riding Distractions to Avoid
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

1. Using Your Cell Phone While Riding… Really?? Talking on your cell phone while you ride is a major source of distraction at best and a recipe for a dramatic accident at worst. Ontario has banned cell phone use while driving… but as a motorcycle rider do you really need that incentive to leave your cell phone in its […]

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May 22, 2016
Why You Should Take a Rider Training Course
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

To fully enjoy any activity, you need to increase skill level and decrease the potential for disaster. People are very attentive when they are instructed prior to their first skydiving experience, for example. They don’t attempt to climb a cliff based on a blind assumption that safety harnesses and ropes are secure and safe. However, for some reason […]

April 25, 2016
Four Reasons to Take The M2 Exit Course
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Michel Mersereau

1) Real time training in real world traffic Bad habits can creep into the riding routines of the most avid riders. Regardless of the amount of saddle time you’ve logged during your time as an M2 licensee, one to one feedback from a trained professional will help to ensure you’re on the right path towards […]

April 09, 2016
Keeping Your Skills Sharp Over 45
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Barb Piatkowski

“I’ve been riding for 30 years, I don’t need to take a course!” Really? Do you still play sports as well as you did 20+ years ago? Sure, age and experience are important. And those lower insurance premiums are just one of the benefits of getting older and wiser. But there’s a downside to riding […]

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April 07, 2016
Motorcycle Passenger Etiquette
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

Motorcycle riding is an experience that can be very customized to the desires or requirements of the individual. One of those variables involves the need or desire to carry passengers on rides. Some people ride with passengers on vacation trips, on commutes, or any variation thereof. Others absolutely abstain from carrying passengers for any number […]

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May 21, 2015
Don’t Let It Be Your Fault
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

One of the most common mistakes that you will see being made by some of the motorcycle riders on the roads is the mistake of misjudging how much stoppage distance they need. ABS brakes certainly help, but only the most experienced riders can lock up the brakes at a high speed and come to a […]

February 04, 2015
Rider Training – Sign Up Early!
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

If you are going to be starting out as a motorcycle rider in the Spring of 2015, the fastest, easiest, and most effective way to gather the information you’ll need is to visit one or several of the Motorcycle Rider Training Course Providers at the Ottawa Motorcycle Show on February 13, 14, and 15, 2015. Algonquin […]

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April 01, 2014
Holism and Risk Management – A Primer for the Riding Season
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Michel Mersereau

Taking responsibility. When directed at motorcyclists, these dirty little words can provoke some of the most pessimistic, anecdote laced tirades this side of a model comparison debate. I have a theory as to why. There’s a process of acculturation in becoming a motorcyclist. Regardless of the sub-group you affiliate with, the inherent mystique and rebellious […]

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February 22, 2013
Road Sharing Tips from the Rider Training Institute
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by The Rider Training Insitute (RTI)

With a new riding season almost here, most of us are busy finalizing those over-the-winter bike projects we started as the snow started to fall. Adding some chrome here and there, maybe a new slip on or wiring in that swank GPS system you got for Christmas? With all that attention focused on prepping our […]

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May 22, 2012
Advanced Rider Training – All Pro, No Con
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

In this article we give the microphone (ok, in this case the pen) to some of Ontario’s leading Rider Training professionals. Some common themes run through their submissions. First, the best way to learn specific maneouvres is under the direct supervision of a professional trainer. Second, learning and practicing are activities that are ongoing; even Wayne […]

June 13, 2011
Some Common Motorcycle Accident Situations
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Riders Plus

Perhaps the most commonly discussed motorcycle accident scenario is the one in which a motorcycle goes straight through an intersection on a green light and a car or truck coming from the opposite direction turns left in front of – or into – the motorcycle, usually because the car or truck driver didn’t look closely enough […]

April 05, 2011
Taking a Street Rider Training Course
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Clinton Smout

It’s the time of year when the street rider training programmes are starting up again. Thousands of new riders will sign up soon for their novice rider training program. After teaching the course for 23 years, I would like to offer a few tips that may help new riders get the most out of the […]

November 15, 2010
Lucky Break
Posted in: Rider Training and Safety
by Clinton Smout

I knew it was going to hurt long before I landed on the ground. Falling off motorcycles seemed so much easier when I was younger. You would think that the more experienced we riders become, the chance of falling off would decrease. I started riding just after gasoline replaced steam so I should be incredibly […]