Chicago Area Motorcycle Riding and Events
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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Launches First-Ever Motorcycling Naturalistic Study

The study will track 100 riders from three different areas of the country over an estimated 500,000 miles. Each motorcycle will be equipped with extensive data acquisition systems, which include five color cameras, a GPS, accelerometers, gyro, forward radar, machine vision lane tracker, brake lever and pedal input, and more.  Click here for the MSF press release.

Its a no-go for the Dead Red bill.  The Governor used his veto power to stop the Dead Red bill from becoming law.  Quinn, stating that the bill is too subjective, wants it amended to add a defined 120 second waiting period before a rider can proceed through the signal. It looks like a stop watch will become stardard equipment for motorcycles in Illinios.  Maybe the Governor thinks it will create jobs.

Guess who's courting the Biker vote in the upcoming Presidential election (no this time its not Sarah Palin)?  He showed up at a Biker rally this past weekend on a brand-new Harley trike and addressed the group by stating "You're not just having fun and riding motorcycles, which in itself is not bad, but you combine the fun with excellent and patriotic events which are necessary for our people and our country."  Give up?  Click here for the answer!

For those who missed it here's a little sample of this past weekend's MotoGP race in Indy.  From all accounts - this was an awesome event!  Congratulations to the winner - Casey Stoner - for an incredible performance.

Safety Tip - Uneven road surfaces can be difficult to navigate, even for experienced and prepared riders...catching the floorboard or bottoming out is likely when trying to exit from a construction area.  The most important advice is to maintain enough following distance to provide time to react to surface changes.  Being aware of what's happening is a key part of being safe.  For more information on managing road hazards check out an article by David Hough at

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.

Thu/Sun Sep 1/4 Slaughterhouse17 Scooter Rally, Chicago, IL

Thu/Mon Sep 1/5 10th Annual H-D Milwaukee Rally, Milwaukee, WI.

Sat Sep 10 Central Iowa  Sidecar Rally Anamosa, IA, at the National Motorcycle Museum

Fri/Sun Sep 16/18 Triumph Midwest Ride In New Glarus, WI

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

Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride to Bureau County, Illinois.  You can get there in 2 hours, but take your time and check out our recommended route along the Illinois river.

For a day trip take a run down the Kankakee River for lunch at the Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais, IL.

And now the answer to our poll question: YES you can park a motorcycle or scooter in restricted Chicago neighborhoods WITHOUT a resident permit.  But don't take our word for it - check the city's own website for information. Can you say Cubs night game?

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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