Chicago Area Motorcycle Riding and Events
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Planning to attend a group ride?  Group riding, whether with a few friends or as an organized event, is a great way to enjoy riding.  One sure way to keep the focus on fun is to keep things safe.  First things first - make sure your bike is in good operating condition, arrive on time, and with a full tank.  Each ride should start with a riders meeting so that everyone knows the route, rest and fuel stops, and who the lead and sweep riders are.  Groups should stay relatively small - no more than eight including the lead and sweep riders.  At least one person should have a cell phone, first-aid kit, and tools including a tire repair and inflation kit.



Ride in a staggered formation keeping at least a one second interval between riders.  Single file is the way to go through turns and any other situations that may require increased space or maneuvering room. 



Look out for the rider behind you and slow down if he/she falls behind.  Don't put another rider in a position where he/she may start riding beyond his/her skill level.  When you change direction make sure the rider behind you sees you turning.  If necessary, stop and wait for him/her.  If all riders follow this guideline, no one will get lost or separated from the group.



Finally, no passing unless the rider you want to pass acknowledges your request during a stop.  A surprise pass is never a good idea.  For more information on group rides and hand signals check out the Group Rides download on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation web site.     



If you're looking for an electrifying ride - check out the Mission R, which won the e-Power race at Mazda Raceway in Laguna.  The qualifying time of 1:31.3 was a track record for an electric powered motorcycle and would have placed it fifth on the weekend's AMA Pro Supersport grid.  It produces 141 horsepower from a power-plant smaller that a 600cc sport-bike.  With 115 foot-pounds of torque the bike goes from a standstill to 160mph in a single gear.  For more information check out the Mission Motors website.





mx games motorcycle front flip Take a look at this short video of a pretty amazing stunt performed by Jackson Strong at the MX Games.  This is the first time anyone has been successful in completing a front flip in competition.  PLEASE DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Safety Tip - If you haven't been to their web site lately (or ever) the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a great resource of information related to riding safety.  The site contains a wealth of information on a variety of safety-related topics, from protective gear to preventing motorcycle theft, not to mention group riding tips which I referenced in the lead article.  All information is free to use and distribute and geared to making each of us a better and safer rider. Motorcycle Safety Foundation
 



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 Aug 6 Rockerbox, Milwaukee, WI - motorcycle show and street party.

Sat Aug 6 Sturgis in Lisle, Lisle, IL - Heritage Harley-Davidson is hosting a swap meet for those who can't make it to the Black Hills this weekend!

Sat Aug 13 A Day for the Rescue Riders, South Barrington, IL - ride through the country and party for a great cause.

Sun Aug 14 Antique Motorcycle Show, St. Charles, IL  - all makes foreign and domestic, hosted by the Norton Owners Club.

Sun Aug 21 F.A.S.T. Ride, Elmhurst, IL - 150 mile escorted ride and party fundraiser to eliminate Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.



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

Looking for a GETAWAY? Tour the 'Covered Bridges Capitol of the World' in Parke County, Indiana.  Ride the rustic county roads past and through historic covered bridges, visit a working grist mill and spend some time in a beautiful recreation area.



For a day trip there's a scenic stretch of Old Route 66 tour. The route starts in Chicago but you can pick it up anywhere in the Chicago area since it runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. Each town along the route has restored historic buildings so there are many photo opportunities. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Center in Joliet and checkout the Route 66 Museum in Pontiac.



 

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.  We have been listening to your comments and have some pretty exciting new functionality in the works that we will be announcing soon.  Please continue to let us know what additional information and features you would like the site to offer.



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



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