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Riding your Motorcycle with a Group: How to Do It Safely

Riding your Motorcycle with a Group: How to Do It Safely

Group rides are a great time—not only are you doing something you love, you’re doing it with a group of equally passionate, like-minded peers and friends. With this in mind, it’s crucial that you follow the proper etiquette while you’re on this kind of ride.

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Motorcycle Riding in Summer: How to Ride Cool in Hot Weather

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There’s nothing quite like a ride in the summer, the warm sun balancing out the breeze of the open road. Of course, that isn’t to say that you don’t need to be mindful of just how warm that sun is, and how well you’re equipped to actually ride.

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6 Tips to Avoid Pain, Cramps, And Aches While Riding Your Motorcycle

6 Tips to Avoid Pain, Cramps, And Aches While Riding Your Motorcycle

Getting out on the open road is an exhilarating experience… until you start feeling the miles as they go by. In order to keep these aches and pains from ruining your experience as a rider, we wanted to offer a few tips that can help greatly reduce them.

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Using the SEE System for Road Safety

Using the SEE System for Road Safety

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: while riding is a great and thrilling time, it's also something that requires you to pay a lot of attention to safety for both you and the others on the road. We wanted to take a few minutes to go over a system for riders to use to maintain a safe level of awareness, known as the SEE system.

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Understanding New York’s Flawed SLEEP Act

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On October 29, 2021, the New York State Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution Act (or SLEEP Act) was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul. Let’s go over what this law establishes, and why—even without factoring in our bias as riders—it is a bad idea and implemented poorly.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, But These Tips Always Apply

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, But These Tips Always Apply

Safety should be, above everything else, a rider’s first priority. While this month is officially the month to be especially aware of rider safety while out on the road, we wanted to review a few tips for other motorists to keep in mind while they are in their vehicles.

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A Few Quick Tips for a Safer Ride

A Few Quick Tips for a Safer Ride

Riding is only fun if everyone gets home safely, so I wanted to very briefly share a few essential tips to help keep everyone safe.

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5 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

5 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is here, and hopefully (but who knows with the weather here for those of us in Upstate New York) spring is in full swing—and with it, the weather should be consistently good enough for some rides. However, May is also important to riders for another reason… It's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As we get back out on the roads, we wanted to reinforce some safety measures that we hope all of our fellow riders will follow.

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The Essential Pre-Ride Checklist

The Essential Pre-Ride Checklist

It should come as no surprise that safety is a huge priority for our organization. After all, as fun as it is to get out there and ride, it can quickly become hazardous to you and those around you if your motorcycle isn’t in the condition it should be. To help prevent accidents, we recommend that you check out your bike before each ride for some key indicators of an issue.

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Top 10 Motorcycle Songs on WALR 25.9 + 5 bonus tracks

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Boy, these were hard to choose. There are really so many good songs, not all the songs on this list are my speed but they are cute or iconic. Something for everyone! 

WALR 25.9 is the American Legion Riders Post 259 fictitious radio station and no authority on the subject. So.. before we get started there are a couple of honorable mentions that didn't make the list. You may be upset they didn't make the list, so am I, but some of them I forgot about until the list was almost done. :) They are at the bottom, check them out.

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What is a "Dry Run" Motorcycle Ride?

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DryRuns and DryRuns.org is not a part of the American Legion Riders. DryRuns.org is a separate initiative built to help all motorcycle organizations, promote responsible riding to save lives worldwide.

My name is Chris Chase, I am the Assistant Director of the American Legion Riders Post 259 in Oneonta, NY as well as the Assistant Director for New York State, District 5 & 6. I'm here to talk about "Dry Runs"!! Whew, what a controversy lately. I'm using this blog post to get my full thoughts down on this topic and to explain exactly what a "Dry Run" is at the time of this post. The reason I say "at the time of this post" is to note that this is something that will change and evolve. I am hoping to promote "Dry Runs" throughout the American Legion Rider Community Nationwide. We will be working with New York State Director Bob Wallace for the American Legion Riders and Julie Dostal who is a leading alcoholism and addictions expert in our area from LEAF (Leaf Council On Alcoholism | www.leaf.org) on developing the educational campaign and content for the public and Rider Chapters to use as they see fit. We've also developed an easy to recognize logo for the program. 

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To Be Safe on the Road, You Need to Be Visible

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We know we don’t have to tell you how exhilarating it can be to ride… we also shouldn’t have to tell you how dangerous it has the potential to be. Studies have shown that this danger is largely due to other vehicles on the road. We want to make sure that anyone new or returning to riding know how to be best prepared to be as visible as possible to other vehicles on the road.

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Spring is here! Get Road Ready with These Tips!

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Traditionally, spring is the time we all commit to cleaning up our homes, garages and work spaces from the long winter months. Spring also means the roads are clearing up, so it's time to ride! After a long winter nap, your bike can use some springtime attention, too.

Below are some spring cleaning tips to help you get your ride ready to hit the open road!

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