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Winter Motorcycling

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeMotorcycling in the depths of winter
By George Tranos

It’s below freezing and snowing outside but all you can think about is motorcycling! Wow, you too have been bit by the riding bug. While not a virus or flu per se, motorcycle mania can manifest itself in many forms. Some sufferers have resorted to bringing their bikes inside into their living room so they can be close to it! Others make little snow motorcycles in the snow (instead of snowmen or snow angels). How far will you go to keep motorcycling alive in the depths of winter? (Continue Reading)

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Is it Time to Upgrade to a New Model?

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeBy George Tranos

Where does time go? It seems like only yesterday that I bought my last motorcycle. The registration, however, says that it was 2005. A lot has happened in motorcycle design over the last decade. When does a motorcycle go from being new to being considered old? In reality, do I really need a new motorcycle? What would I be gaining by trading in and upgrading to a new model? (Continue Reading)

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Thanks

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By George Tranos

As the riding season slowly winds down, now is the time to be thankful for all the wonderful days of riding had during the year. Here in the northeast, we had a great season with terrific weather most of the time. The summer was unseasonably warm, with over three months in a row with temperatures above 80 degrees. I hope you had a chance to take advantage of this glorious weather! (Continue Reading)

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Stupid Hurts

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By George Tranos

Stupid hurts. Regardless of who is at fault – the motorcyclist or more likely the car driver – mistakes on the road can cause a crash. If you’re like me and have been driving for a while, you probably see the results of dumb moves every day. The key to surviving in an environment of imprudent and unaware motorists is to do everything you can to identify and avoid them. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge Oct 2015

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By George Tranos

One of the joys of riding a motorcycle is to escape the workaday world. Linking curves together through a mountain road can provide excitement and relaxation at the same time. Feeling the wind and immersing yourself in a natural, outdoor environment can stimulate your senses and make you feel more alive. (Continue Reading)

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Risk, Reward and Rider Responsibility

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Big Apple Motorcycle School
By George Tranos

I’d be rich if I had a quarter for every time someone asked me, “Aren’t motorcycles dangerous?” I’ve thought long and hard about how to answer. If you’re a regular rider, you probably have been asked this question and have given lots of different responses. Most people who ask already have preconceived notions about riding and motorcycles. Their ideas color how they view and manage risk in their own lives. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge August 2015

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By George Tranos

Sometimes we travel in threes. While this is not a large group, it is different than riding by yourself or with only one other person. With three bikes, there is a leader, middle and trail rider. For those who only journey alone and rarely ride with others, any group will be daunting. The responsibility of the lead rider increases with every additional person in the group. If the number of motorcycles exceeds seven, consider breaking up your contingent into multiple groups each with its own lead and trail rider. (Continue Reading)

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Tomorrow Land

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by George Tranos

 

Fleetwood Mac sang, “Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow, Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here, It’ll be, better than before, Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.” In 1964, the New York World’s Fair was all about tomorrow. The fair’s theme was “peace through understanding”, dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” (Continue Reading)

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Adirondacks Bound

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By George Tranos

June is a great month for motorcycle riding! It’s not quite yet summer but it’s still warm enough to enjoy sunny days on a motorcycle. Taking an epic motorcycle trip in glorious weather makes for a memorable ride. And there is no better place to ride than the mountains, especially the mountains of upstate New York – the Adirondacks. (Continue Reading)

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MC Licensing Option in NY State

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeNew motorcycle licensing option in New York State

By George Tranos

Are you one of the thousands of motorcyclists who are riding without a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license? Untrained and unlicensed riders are statistically more likely to appear in motorcycle crashes. Many states are aware of the number of people perennially riding without a license. Some, like New York, have periodically sent letters to owners of registered motorcycles who do not have their motorcycle license endorsement. This has served as a warning to these people that the state is serious about enforcing licensing regulations.

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Preparing for Spring Riding

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By George Tranos

We’ve had a long, hard winter but riding season will be here shortly. Now is the time to begin your preparation for that first Spring ride. We know you’re itching to ride but it is wise to get your bike, your gear and yourself ready before heading out the door. (Continue Reading)

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Consensus

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By George Tranos

Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” To a motorcyclist, the choices made while riding can have a profound effect. They can make the difference between a good day or a bad one. Many riders enjoy the company of friends on their journeys. Sharing the motorcycling experience with others can make a routine trip into an epic adventure. The joy and travails of traveling, the sites seen and people encountered along the way can add to the joy of riding. Companionship, conversation and curvy roads go together well. However, the larger the group becomes, the more difficult the decision making process can become. (Continue Reading)

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Practice What you Preach

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The New York International Motorcycle Show has come and gone. If you missed it, it was held in December at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Most of the major motorcycle manufacturers were there, displaying their new models. Bike buyers will have lots of new choices this year! We are now well into winter and the longing to ride has already set in. While some may choose other activities such as skiing and snowmobiling to keep active in the outdoors, others will simply dream of the first warm spring day when they can take their machine out for a ride. (Continue Reading)

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Driven to Distraction

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The Outside Edge

By George Tranos

Let’s face it; we live in an era where we are constantly bombarded with information. There is increasing pressure to remain “connected” 24/7. Some of us are tethered to our electronics and don’t leave home without them. It’s become so bad that some people will be reading their email, texting or using social media while performing other seemingly simple tasks. Unfortunately, some of us think that one of those is driving (or riding). (Continue Reading)

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Motorcycle vs. Automobile Buying

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Similarities and Differences

George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeBy George Tranos

My family has purchased both a new car and a new motorcycle in the last year. I was surprised by how different the two experiences were and wanted to share my observations with you in case you are in the market to purchase a new bike (or car).

One of the first things we needed to decide was the specific make and model that we were looking for. This sounds simple but the proliferation of choices can complicate things. What we found was that we needed to be both honest and realistic about what we needed and wanted in a new vehicle. This applied to both the bike and car buying process. (Continue Reading)

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The Tyranny of the Status Quo

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By George Tranos

As we get older, it becomes easier to fall into a comfortable routine and be satisfied with the status quo. Why change if everything seems okay? However, as with everything in life, change is constant. Those who stubbornly cling to the conventional are doomed to be overcome by progress. And so it is the same for motorcyclists and their bikes. (Continue Reading)

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Motorcycle Riding Gear

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By George Tranos

Deciding to ride is not a simple choice. Whether you are new to riding motorcycles or a seasoned veteran, making that resolution to throw your leg over your chosen bike sometimes is difficult. Assessing the risks involved is part of the process. Convenience may be another. If you’re like me, then it’s not always a simple matter of jumping on your bike and riding off. For me, choosing and wearing the right gear is always a big part of preparing to ride. I have observed, however, that is not always the case for many others. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge | September 2014

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By George Tranos

 

Riding a motorcycle proficiently is a skill to which we can all aspire. Watching a competent rider traverse a series of intricate curves is like seeing poetry in motion. The bike will move fluidly from side to side as the rider accelerates out of each turn only to slow again before the next one. While the machine itself travels rapidly and smoothly, the rider’s hands and feet barely appear to be moving. How come the rider doesn’t have to use rapid and immediate force to make the motorcycle change its attitude, velocity and direction? (Continue Reading)

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Multiple Motorcycle Syndrome | MMS

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The Outside Edge

George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeBy George Tranos

A friend of mine recently asked me to test ride a motorcycle that he was interested in buying. This was not something that I was adverse to doing, but rather a task that I was in a position to perform as he was not. Plans took me north to the Americade Touring Rally in Lake George, New York, at the beginning of June. Many of the major motorcycle manufacturers would be there and opportunities to demo ride their new models would be available. I leapt at the chance to help a friend!

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Switch it up

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Switch it up

By George Tranos

So you’ve been riding a while now and things are starting to get a little stale. You’ve had your motorcycle more than a few years and riding is less exciting now than when you first started. What can you do to spice things up a bit?  Try switching it up and trying something new! (Continue Reading)

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