Tag Archives: motorcycle education

Motorcycle suggestions for rider, passenger

Tuesday is the last day of May, which was Motorcycle Awareness Month. Let’s end the month with some riding advice from Doug Green, coordinator of the motorcycle rider safety course taught through Cabrillo College Extension: “To a potential rider, take … Continue reading

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Pain at the pump an incentive to commute green

With gas prices inching upward, consumers should know there are things they can do to reduce the pain at the pump. The buzz is that gas prices could sore to $6 if, say, a hurricane were to strike an oil … Continue reading

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The ‘street smarts’ of riding a motorcycle begins before you mount up

Ramona dons her protective gear for her motorcycle safety class. She’s wearing a helmet, long sleeved jacket, long and sturdy jeans and high tops  that protect her ankles. Motorcycle Safety Program instructor and Santa Cruz Police Lt. Colleen Sepulveda makes sure the … Continue reading

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Miss Street Smarts learns to ride a motorcycle

Last week, I started motorcycle safety training at Cabrillo College. Besides wanting a bike all my life, the main reason why I would benefit from having one now is to skirt rising gas prices. Currently, I spend about $35 every … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist offers simple riding advice

Last week, Street Smarts asked motorcyclists to offer tips for beginning riders. Wasabi wrote on the Street Smarts blog that new riders should, “Check out the book,  ‘Let’s Ride,’ by Sonny Barger. Forty-three years riding and teaching, and it is a book … Continue reading

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Reader schools Street Smarts in more ways than one

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I like and read your column regularly. Today you said, ‘We’re in the throws of winter… ‘ To throw is to propel something with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand, … Continue reading

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More motorcycle riding advice for Ramona

Last week, Street Smarts sought the advice of motorcycle riders regarding Ramona’s idea to park her car and invest in a gas-frugal motorcycle. Below are the emailed thoughts of long-time rider Gary McCourt, also known as “Skully.” “I noticed that … Continue reading

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Should Ramona get a motorcycle? Readers weigh in

On Monday, I announced my want for a motorcycle as a means to skirt high gas prices. Readers — and motorcycle riders — Sandra Cohen and Bruce Korb wrote in with their advice. Read on: Cohen’s concern “You asked for comments about … Continue reading

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Perspective motorcyclists under age 21 must take class to ride with permit

Come Jan. 1, 2011, there will be a new law that requires everyone under age 21 to pass the California Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Safety Program in order to get a learner’s permit to ride a motorcycle or motor scooter. Street Smarts chatted … Continue reading

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Motorcycles and high beams

Here’s a great topic from the Department of Motor Vehicles’ weekly newsletter: Motorcyclists who use their high beam while riding during the day. Is that OK? Using the high beam is a great way for motorcyclists to be seen by … Continue reading

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