Chicago Area Motorcycle Riding and Events
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Allstate ONE Driver Awareness ProgramTwenty-five cities, including Chicago, are getting new traffic signs designed to bring awareness to motorcyclists on the road, thanks to Allstate. The insurer will place cautionary signs at intersections in 25 major metropolitan areas to prompt drivers to look out for riders at intersections. An average of three motorcyclists are killed every day at intersections in the United States, and crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often in intersections than elsewhere, relative to the amount of time riders spend in them.
The caution signs, which are yellow and diamond-shaped, feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word "LOOK" to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. The signs, part of Allstate's "Once is Never Enough" (ONE) program, are designed to increase awareness of motorcycle collisions with motorists at intersections and to help remind drivers and riders alike that looking once at intersections is never enough.
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Traveler Update - you may recall reading here about former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley taking his Harley for a 6 week solo ride to the Arctic Circle last June. Well he never quite made it and took a spill near Anchorage.  He's back in Alabama and while healing has picked out a new motorcycle and is making plans for a spring ride on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Glad to hear he is doing OK and itching to get back in the saddle.

 We trust that none of you who participated in this past June's "Ride to Work Day" took it to the same extreme as stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer did when he paid a call to BMW Motorrad's corporate office in Germany. Click here for a link to the video. DISCLAIMER - DO NOT TRY THIS AT YOUR WORKPLACE!

More women are riding!  According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, 11% of the 11 million motorcycles in the U.S. are owned by women.  This growing market is getting the attention of motorcycle and equipment manufacturers.  A growing number of vendors now cater exclusively to women, like VaVaVroom which is locally owned by fellow rider Denise Maples.  In addition, we are seeing a growing number of clubs, rides, and events that focus on female riders. Next month's Gurl Gear Expo (10/29) is sponsored in part by the Northeast Illinois Red Hawk Riders motorcycle club, a chapter of Women on Wheels.

Safety Tip - Being seen by motorists is a two-way street.  Just as motorists are responsible for looking out for motorcycles, riders are responsible for making their motorcycles and themselves easily visible  Every rider should follow some basic steps to improve her/his chances of being seen:

  • Avoid riding in another vehicle's blind spot
  • Always make sure your lights and signals are in working order (and use them)
  • Flash your brakes when slowing down
  • Wear bright-colored or reflected gear

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 for a complete list of local events.

Sat Oct 1 - McHenry H-D Octoberfest, McHenry, IL

Sun Oct 2 - Slimey Crud Fall Run, Pine Bluff, WI

Sun Oct 2 - Peotone Swap Meet, Peotone, IL

Sun Oct 9 - Dierks Bentley's Miles and Music for Kids, St. Charles, IL

Sun Oct 9 - Never Forget Thunder Run/Toys for Tots Parade, North Chicago, IL

Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out for ideas on places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride out to Historic Galena in the far northwest part of Illinois.  There’s plenty to do in Galena and some terrific roads for riding in the vicinity.

For a day trip check out Fuel Cafe in Milwaukee - eat a sandwich, ogle the decor, buy a t-shirt.

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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