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Outside Edge – 1-2018

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Patience, Persistence and Perseverance

by George Tranos

You enter the intersection looking to turn left. There are two lanes in each direction, traffic is heavy and you look for a gap so you can cross safely. A small car is in the left lane and there might be a slight opening between it and a large moving van lumbering along behind it. It’s hard to see anything after the van as it blocks your line of sight beyond. Do you turn? (Continue Reading)

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End of season musing and holiday wishes

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Outside Edge

by George Tranos

Another riding season is just about completed. As you read this, colder weather will have arrived and many of us have already put our motorcycle away for a long winter’s nap. It’s hard to believe that the season has come and gone so quickly! Did you get a chance to make all the motorcycle journeys that you wanted to? I hope your year has been memorable and for all the right reasons. (Continue Reading)

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Transitions

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by George Tranos

The months of October and November bring many changes. Days get shorter, it gets dark earlier and the temperature drops. The trees change color, going from green to yellow, orange, red and then brown. Leaf peepers head out to view the beautiful fall foliage, sometimes clogging the very roads that motorcyclists flock to. Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show and then it all turns grey before winter. Autumn is a period of transition. (Continue Reading)

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Intelligent Vehicles

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“Intelligent” Vehicles, autonomous operation and vehicle control systems

by George Tranos

 

The trend today in the automotive industry is a move towards intelligent vehicles. The reason for this is because most crashes typically are a result of human error and may be preventable. The logic is that if some intelligence is built in to the vehicle then some mistakes can be avoided, lives saved, injuries reduced and accidents avoided. As more effort and dollars are expended into research, motorcyclists should be concerned that these systems recognize and adjust for their presence. (Continue Reading)

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Are you leaning the right way?

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By George Tranos

Everyone knows that a motorcycle must lean in order to turn. There are some people that don’t know which way their body should lean when the motorcycle leans. Let’s try and debunk some myths and learn some truths about leaning a motorcycle at various speeds. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge July 2017

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Failure sometimes leads to success

by George Tranos

 

No one likes to fail. It is just human nature to want to succeed at whatever you do. But sometimes it takes time to acquire a skill and for some people it takes more time than others. Those who take longer to learn may still become proficient. In the long run, they may even become more adept than those who learn quicker. They might have to fail first to learn properly. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge – June 2017

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Potential

by George Tranos

 

Have you reached your potential as a rider? One of the most interesting aspects of being a motorcycle safety instructor and coach is hearing feedback from students who have just completed their training. Since we work with both beginners and experienced motorcyclists, you would think that their feedback would be similar and for the most part, it is. New riders are constantly remarking at how much they learned and that riding is more difficult than they imagined. Many times they state how much more they need to practice to be proficient. (Continue Reading)

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Crash Videos

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Crash Videos

by George Tranos

Anyone active on social media has seen them. Motorcycle riders are shown crashing, sometimes into other objects but most often just by themselves. These crash videos are sometimes entertaining, many times sad and occasionally educational. Morbid curiosity makes you watch. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge March 2017

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Early season concerns

by George Tranos

Spring is just about here and the new riding season is upon us. If you’re like most, your bike has been safely tucked away in a garage hibernating during the colder months. As winter wanes, the days begin getting warmer and the itch to ride gets stronger. As the first flowers burst through the melting snow, you make preparation for taking your initial ride of the season. Beware of a mistake that can cost you days or weeks of misery! (Continue Reading)

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Bestsellers

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Bestsellers

by George Tranos

Enthusiasts may cringe but sometimes the “best” vehicle is not the bestselling vehicle for a manufacturer! Performance, comfort, handling, ride, styling and price all factor into the buying decision. Consumers tend to migrate towards vehicles with the best perceived value. If price were not an object, which vehicle would you buy? Just like cars, motorcycles are purchased by regular people looking for the best value for the money. Sure, we’d all like an MV Agusta or a CVO Harley-Davidson but we “settle” for Kawasaki ZX6R or Hartley-Davidson Sporster instead. (Continue Reading)

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2017 – A new year

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Looking ahead, but glancing in the rear-view mirror

by George Tranos

2017 – A new year! It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone so quickly. As my mother used to tell me, the dawning of a new year is the time to take stock of where you’ve been and where you’re going. So with that in mind, let’s take a look back at the past year and at what’s in the works for the upcoming season. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge Dec 2016

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by George Tranos

 

I don’t like cruisers – there I said it! This is blasphemy in a magazine like Full Throttle New York / New England. Bear with me – there’s a reason I’m here and have a monthly column. I love all motorcycles and motorcyclists but like you, I have my own personal preferences. Now that I’m into my fifth decade as a rider, I finally know what I like and what I don’t and am entitled to my opinion. (Continue Reading)

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Timing is everything

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by George Tranos

In motorcycling just like in life – timing is everything!

From the Bible Book of Ecclesiastes (and the song made popular by the 1965 hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (Continue Reading)

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Change

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by George Tranos

Living here in the northeastern United States provides us with the beauty of the change of seasons. Now that fall has arrived, we are blessed with the glory of nature. As daylight fades and the days shorten, the trees lose their leaves giving us a wonderful show of color. Green, orange, yellow, brown all mesh with the earth and sky in a marvelous display of the cycle of life. So too our motorcycle season slowly winds down as the temperature cools. (Continue Reading)

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What did you learn?

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What did you learn?

By George Tranos

 

After every lesson or course that we give at Big Apple Motorcycle School, we ask our students to tell us what they learned. This is most illuminating as it provides insight into how the human brain processes information and relates it to motor skills. Learning is not always straightforward. Some students understand and turn thoughts into actions quickly and in a linear fashion. For others, it takes a while to grasp a particular concept and then the proverbial light bulb goes on. Once comprehension is achieved, it is interesting to hear the thoughts from the students. (Continue Reading)

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In a Rush |Slow Down Your Life May Depend on it

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeIn a rush

by George Tranos

We lead busy lives and many of us seem to be in a rush all the time. With so much to do and so many demands, we seem to run from place to place more often than not. We live in a world of high expectations. Everyone seemingly has a “bucket list” of things to do. We tend to drive or ride like we live. If we’re constantly hurrying, we may become frustrated with anything that slows us down. This can lead to poor judgment and bad decisions. (Continue Reading)

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Outside Edge June 2016

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeLow speed control skill usefulness in real world conditions

By George Tranos

 

While motorcycle control has always been the primary component of motorcycle training, more emphasis has been placed in New York State this year on testing low speed control skills. Our school, the Big Apple Motorcycle School, is an approved provider of the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program (NYSMSP) which administers the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC). In July 2015, the NYSMSP changed its curriculum to run a new version of the BRC in which testing for low speed control skills is further emphasized. As a result, we have seen more failures in the skill evaluation held at the conclusion of the class. (Continue Reading)

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Risk and Self-Assessment

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By George Tranos

Let me just say this up front – motorcycling is dangerous! No matter how much we try, we can never fully eliminate the risks involved in riding. That said, we can also get hit by the proverbial bus crossing the street. Some people won’t do anything that has an element of danger. That may be fine for them, but for adventurous types like you and I, that just isn’t living! Adrenaline seekers need the thrill of peril to make us feel more alive. There are ways to minimize that risk and still enjoy the rewards we seek. (Continue Reading)

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Spring Fever

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George_Tranos_Outside_EdgeBy George Tranos

April is a month of new beginnings. The sun rises ever higher in the sky and days get longer. Daylight lasts about as long in April as it does in September. Flowers begin to burst forth from the ground and color returns to the earth brightening the drab tones of winter. Motorcyclists too emerge from their homes and head to their garages eager to hear the siren song from the motor of their long neglected steed. The long road beckons. You are mere moments from that first joyful ride. (Continue Reading)

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What are you waiting for?

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 Make this the year you do it!

By George Tranos

One of the best things that I hear as a motorcycle riding instructor is the happiness in the voice of a new rider who has just achieved their dream of learning to ride and getting their motorcycle endorsement. For some, it is the culmination of years of waiting for the right time to do it. Once the license is in hand, a whole new world of opportunity opens up before them. (Continue Reading)

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