Motorcycle Trip From Beijing to Shanghai Featured in China Motorcycle Magazine

The most recent story of my 12 day ride from Beijing to Shanghai and back has been picked up by China Motor Magazine, the only English language motorcycle magazine in China and the premier source for news related to the motorcycle industry in China, the world’s largest market for motorcycles. They will be printing my story as a monthly column, with each leg of the trip being printed in each month’s article. The first article covers some of the prep and the first day of the trip. The magazine has a digital version that you can get off of their website here. It is behind a pay wall but only costs $4.50 for the full 90+ page issue. The article for my trip however can be viewed for free on their site here.
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Motorcycle Infographic- How Dangerous Are Motorcycles?

Since we’ve been on a bit of a safety theme lately (here and here), I thought this interesting infographic would be a nice addition to the discussion. For me this was always an interesting thought experiment: are motorcycle accident statistics generally worse than those for cars because of the nature of riding a motorcycle or is it because of the type of people that ride them (adrenaline junkies, thrill seekers, etc.). I think there is an argument to be made for the latter particularly when you look at some of the statistics below, such as accidents caused by alcohol and speeding (taking more risks) skewed toward biking accidents. Of course, I’m not surprised that when you actually do get in an accident on a bike it is more dangerous. However I feel that given proper riding techniques and best practices, in some ways a bike can be safer because of
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H-D Infographic: Over 100 Years of Motorcycle Greatness

Here’s a cool infographic I recently came upon at MotorcycleInsurance.com tracing the 100 year history of Harley Davidson.
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The Super Scooters Are All The Hype Now!

Bike enthusiasts and car fanatics seem to squirm in their leather seat when the word ‘scooter’ is mentioned in a conversation. An individual who considers all vehicles, whether a simple bicycle, a powerful-geared bike or an expensive car, a means of transportation will not understand the cause of uneasiness. The word ‘scooter’ has been for a long time shunned by many and some motorcycle fans would rather walk than hop onto a scooter. They recognize scooters as simple fun toys to have but to consider owning one is not an option for most. If this is your line of thinking, then welcome to realizing that you have misjudged the world of scooters for too long. Scooters have shifted from the fun item to have to the cool ride on the block, thanks to the introduction of super scooters. The super scooter is able to change the mind of any individual
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The Importance of Buying a New Helmet

To wear a helmet or not to wear a helmet, is that the question? Regardless, the answer should be pretty obvious. Though many, especially here in China both locals and expats, seem to think this is an optional, not-so-fashionable accessory, your helmet should be much more than a side consideration when you’re going out for a ride. A motorcycle helmet is arguably the most essential and important piece of safety gear you need when you go out on a motorcycle. Many riders tend to underestimate its importance, and either don’t bother to wear one, or buy one that is second hand or not in particularly good condition. Hey, as long as the cops won’t bother you now, saving a few bucks won’t kill you right! It should go without saying that an injury to the head could easily be fatal, at which point, no matter how good of an insurance
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