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Riding Tips & Tricks March 2016

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolBy Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle Schoo

The Challenges and Adventure of Long Distance Travel

Imagine what it would have been like to go cross-country one hundred years ago. Think of the difficulties you would have encountered then! There was no system of paved roads and interstates like we have today. No GPS to map your route or show you where you are and where to go. (Continue Reading)

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Women Riders

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Diane Big Apple SchoolMake Way For Women Riders!

By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School

Motorcycle ownership by women has doubled in the past decade! Today there are more female riders than ever according to the latest Motorcycle Industry Council owner survey. Women account for 14 percent of all U.S. motorcycle owners, well up from the 8 percent reported in 1998. (Continue Reading)

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What Does Your Brain See?

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolBy Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School

What Does Your Brain See?

The off-season is a good time to work on your perception and cognitive skills. Visual Perception is the ability to interpret information from the effects of visible light reaching the eye. We see images as a whole rather than in parts. However, images can be broken down into their visual elements: line, shape, texture, and color. These elements are to images as grammar is to language. Together these elements allow our eyes to see full images and our brain to recognize them. (Continue Reading)

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Holiday Gifts for Motorcyclists

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolBy Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School

Santa often needs a bit of help this time of year finding just the right gift for the motorcycle enthusiast. Here are a few suggestions to put on your list (hint – casually leave list in a conspicuous spot for Santa to find). We’ve used the $ to indicate price range, similar to the ratings used in restaurant reviews. One $ means inexpensive (under $50) to $$$ (over $400) (Continue Reading)

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Finesse on a Motorcycle

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolFinesse

Finesse on a motorcycle is the hallmark of MotoGP racers Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. They maneuver smoothly and seemingly effortlessly through a series of increasing and decreasing radius turns at speeds of more than 100 mph, often with other racers in close proximity. These pros are at the top of their game and consistently win races. Their polish, skillfulness and artistry are honed to perfection. (Continue Reading)

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What’s Your Comfort Zone?

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolBy Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.<

There are those who covet the latest and greatest and those who prefer to stay with the basics. A simple helmet (full-face, but no Bluetooth or radio), good basic motorcycle gloves, protective jacket/pants and motorcycle boots and they’re off. (Continue Reading)

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Conquering Your Fears

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_Ortiz Big Apple Motorcycle SchoolBy Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Cloverleaf entrances and exits off major roadways can be challenging, even for the experienced rider. It’s hard to judge where to position yourself if you can’t see around the curve. If you’re too far to the inside right on an exit ramp that curls and banks upwards, you’ll have to make a sharper turn. Taking the middle track may be better at least until you can see through the turn, but probably a better position would be further to the outside left of the lane. You should avoid getting too close to the shoulder where there could be debris. (Continue Reading)

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My Bike, My Friend

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My Bike, My Friend

By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Sounds a bit silly, but along with my husband, best girl and guy pals, trusted sister and in-laws, my motorcycle has joined the ranks of those I trust, enjoy the company of and look forward to being with. My bike makes me smile when I see “her”. Clean or dirty, she’s always a welcomed companion, ready to take off with me on another adventure. (Continue Reading)

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When Am I Too Old to Ride?

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

When Am I Too Old to Ride?

It’s a question that many riders, especially those of us old enough to be called “seniors”, are starting to ask themselves. The Baby Boom “Woodstock” generation of riders is now silver-haired and wondering how long they want to ride the same bikes they did a few decades ago. (Continue Reading)

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How to Safely Pick up a Dropped Bike

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How to Safely Pick up a Dropped Bike

By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

For many years I’ve given “dropped bike” demos at venues across the country at motorcycle dealerships, events like Americade, bike shows and conferences. It is very popular event and always draws a big crowd! It’s great fun to see the surprised reaction of the crowd when they see me pick up a large, heavy cruiser.  (Continue Reading)

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I JUST WANNA RIDE

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

I JUST WANNA RIDE

As an avid motorcyclist I’m always anxious to find out if others share my passion, even strangers. The simple question of “do you ride?” is often met with either an enthusiastic yes; a statement inferring that I must have a death wish because riding a motorcycle is VERY dangerous; or a comment that their spouse/parent/sibling etc. won’t let them ride.  Happily the first response is becoming more and more common, but maybe it’s just the people I happen to meet. (Continue Reading)

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Personal Choice

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Judging from the number of motorcycles on major TV shows lately there must be a great job market for actors who can ride. In the past couple of days there were riders on Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU and the CEO featured in Undercover Boss. I especially like the latter as it featured the boss riding to work on his red and black MV Agusta in a full-face helmet, jacket, gloves and boots.  (Continue Reading)

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MC Checkpoints Update

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Legislative Update

As motorcycle riders we have many restrictions and regulations imposed on us including registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws. We also have to stop at law enforcement checkpoints set up for sobriety, just like automobile drivers. When there is a “motorcycle-only” checkpoint however, many riders and motorcycle organizations feel that we are being unfairly singled out. (Continue Reading)

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Getting the Best Deal on Motorcycle Insurance

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

If you operate your motorcycle on public roads or highways in the state of New York, you will need to have registration and insurance. There are upwards of 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in the U.S. In 2011 alone, approximately 81,000 motorcycle riders and passengers suffered injuries from motorcycle crashes. With statistics like that, that having good motorcycle insurance coverage is important! (Continue Reading)

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Winter Riding

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Physical and Mental Conditioning

During the winter months Mother Nature teases us with bright sun and clear, blue skies that look like a day in May. That is, until you venture outside and face the reality of weather in the northeast this time of year – frigid temps, icy roadways and early darkness. What’s a rider to do? (Continue Reading)

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Best Place to Research your Ride to be

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

One of the questions we get asked as motorcycle training professionals is, “what bike should I buy?” Our standard answer is to get one that fits you and is appropriate for your skill level.  “But what manufacturer/type of bike is best?” they ask. To which we respond that they should do their research and find out as much as they can about the vehicles they are interested in. Luckily for all riders, would-be riders, or anyone remotely interested in motorcycling, just about every major motorsports manufacturer will be at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, coming to our area just in time for the holidays!  (Continue Reading)

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Buying a Used Bike

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

The fall/early winter has traditionally been a good time to purchase a used motorcycle. Prices are often lower since you’re facing a few months of storage before the spring riding season arrives. New motorcycle prices are often lower as well as dealers try to sell off their stock to make room for the new model year bikes.  Those looking for a bargain may hit the jackpot and find a “deal” hidden away in someone’s garage.  Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, look at the motorcycle very closely.  Here are some tips to help you decide if the bike is a good value.

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How are we Riding

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By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

How Are We Riding?

The world’s first large-scale naturalistic motorcycle riding study is now complete! One hundred riders on their specially equipped motorcycles have completed the data acquisition phase and the analysis phase is now yielding preliminary results.   (Continue Reading)

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America’s Love Affair with the Motorcycle

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Then and Now

 By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

A trip to a motorcycle museum is always special, especially when many of the bikes are from private collections that are not often seen in public. That was the case recently at the exhibit “America’s Love Affair with the Motorcycle” at the Educational and Cultural Center of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook, New York from July 12 to Sept. 1.  Showcased was a 1969 replica of “Captain America” the bike from the movie “Easy Rider” that Peter Fonda rode. It is number 6 out of 30 copies made for the film’s anniversary in 1999.  BMW expert and local resident Peter Nettesheim gave a presentation discussing his rare 1928 BMW R63 and 1934 BMW R11.  Another item from his private collection on display was a unique motorcycle sculpture in the front lobby made from recycled motorcycle parts. It was created to full scale and is based on a 1923 BMW R23. (Continue Reading)

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Theft Protection

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Tips, Tricks and Techniques for August 2014 By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

Motorcycles and scooters can be an easy target for thieves if they are not secured, as they can be wheeled away, or bundled into a van in seconds.
“Motorcycles are twice as likely to be stolen as cars, so it’s important to keep them safe by taking steps to protect them and by choosing the right security devices,” say law enforcement officials. There are a number of mechanical and electronic security devices available to help make your bike more secure and a few simple precautions could prevent you becoming a victim of theft: (Continue Reading)

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