Greetings LocalMotoHub member!
Preparing for a long-distance ride from a LocalMotoHub member:

Plan your trip with at least one other rider, especially if you are relatively new to long-distance riding. Chose an experienced rider, one you feel would be a compatible partner. Plan your trip so you can make frequent stops to eat, stretch, and sightsee. I recommend no more than 300 miles a day.  I did 425 miles one day and it was very demanding the last 2 hours.
Ride during daylight hours. Avoid riding at dusk if possible. If you have to ride at night try to stay away from highways where there are animals. I had deer whistles on my bike which gave me a feeling of false security. Either they don't work or I hit a deaf deer. Slow down if you have to drive in areas that are known to have animals (forest preserves, state parks, etc.) Better to get there late.   

Looking for a new retirement plan? Forget the footballs, basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls. Get your kid (or grandkid) into MotoGP! According to Total Pro Sports, MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi finished in 14th place (with a cool $20.8 mil) on their list of highest paid athletes. One caveat - you'd better move to Europe, no one from North American motor sports made the list.

 Do bikers get a bad rap?  Watch what happens when some tough-looking bikers help sell some Carlsberg Beer.

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Last newsletter we highlighted the growing number of women riders in the US and mentioned the upcoming Gurl Gear Expo 2011 scheduled for Saturday, October 29.  Read the back story from the organizers on how this event came to be.  Read more...

It's a different kind of classic motorcycle auction.  A 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 used by ‘The Fonz’ in the hit series “Happy Days” will be auctioned (as is - read: isn't running).  As the story goes, the producers of the show added the motorcycle as a prop because executives at ABC thought 'Fonzie' looked too much like a troublemaker in his black leather jacket. With the bike nearby the producers made the excuse that the jacket was merely required safety equipment. One of those jackets now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Safety Tip - Can you say ROAD CONSTRUCTION? It seems to be everywhere and can present serious safety hazards for riders.  Unmarked changes in road conditions, poorly or confusingly marked roads can pose a real threat.  Always be on the lookout for uneven pavement, milled surfaces, or conditions that can affect traction and stability.

Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete list of local events.

Sat Oct 15 - DeKalb County Toys for Tots Run, Genoa, IL

Sat Oct 22 - Hell Rider vs. Godzilla, Chicago, IL 

Sat Oct 22 - City Limits H-D Chili Contest, Palatine, IL 

Sat Oct 29 - Gurl Gear Expo, Crystal Lake, IL  (visit our booth!)

Save the date:  Nov. 3-5 - Items from the Lee Roy Hartung collection will be auctioned at the Hartung Automotive Museum in Glenview, IL.
Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com for ideas on places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:
Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride up to the Lower Kettle Moraine area of south central Wisconsin for some terrific roads and scenery. 

For a day trip check out the Morton Arboretum in Lisle- the fall colors are gorgeous.

When you take a ride or attend an event - let us know by adding new entries or commenting on existing destinations, roads, or the event you attended.

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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