A quick five minute guide to the Ridge Motorsports Park

I've been going to the Ridge since it opened and it is a fantastic facility. The best track day organizers I've used are OPRT and MotoFit. This year I have a better track bike, a Kawasaki ZX10R and a lot of extra instruction. I am able to do laptimes of 1:57 this year...

Track Day Nutrition. What you need to eat to stay energetic and focused for all sessions.

A Track Day is incredibly physically and mentally demanding. Is it possible to remain energetic and focused for the entire day? Yes, but it does require discipline. I wrote about how to show up at a track day properly (right here) which touched on nutrition. Nutrition...

Your first Track Day. How to show up like a regular.

Written by Lee Heaver with contributions by the Track Heads Group; Mike, Brandon Knutson, Kim Gill, Dean Drolet. Any motorcycle and rider is welcome to a track day. You do not need to be a 'great rider' to go to a track day. Great riders are made at track days. If the...

The finest California trip I’ve ever done. My gift to you.

I live in Vancouver BC and have been riding for 12 years now. During that time I have logged 150,000kms and good portion of that is in California. Most of it is in the United States. For good reason, the roads are incredible. This trip was similar to previous ones....

KTM RC 390 – The first 500kms. Initial experience.

Two weeks ago I managed to get my hands on a KTM RC 390. It came in to replace the Yamaha R3. I was really excited about this motorcycle as I love small cc sport bikes. It is a sector that all the big brands are growing into. They are well under $10,000 and some below...

MOREgon – Why we keep going back to Oregon to RIDE

Last year I was fortunate enough to ride Oregon twice last year. It was so good it deserved yet another visit. A mere mention to my closest riding buddies that Oregon was being planned was all it took. Below are the roads and the video of it. Middle and Eastern Oregon...

Track Day at Ridge Motorsports Park with OPRT

I spent the day at the Ridge with the OPRT group with Rider Training. I've been riding for over 11 years now and I'll always take the opportunity for instruction. We all can learn something every time. I have not been to the Ridge for three years. Getting back to a...

10 Tips for Motorcycle Group Riding

I was asked to write this article on Group Riding. It really is a fantastic way to enjoy motorcycling. Read on. As a motorcycle instructor, there is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing my students have fun and safe experiences on their motorcycles. Group rides can...

Replacing your zipper on your motorcycle gear

Your motorcycle gear is tough. It is only as good as the seams, stitches and zippers. I was having issues with my zipper on my Alpinestars One Piece suit. This is its fourth season and about 50,000kms of wear. This suit has endured all types of weather and roads. I...

Becoming a SUPER rider at American Supercamp

I am a firm believer in continuing education in all aspects. Especially motorcycle riding. I attended American Supercamp/Roadrace Factory and it was a life altering, two wheeled experience! American Supercamp calls itself a motorcycle technique school. It is operated...

Moregon – What does central Oregon have to offer?

Central Oregon has a lot of to offer for sport touring motorcycles. The wide open spaces, long sweeping turns, the lack of traffic, and the open desert make for very memorable rides. Oregon is one of the most amazing states to ride in and not very many people know...

2400kms of California Bliss. Redding to Palm Springs.

Since I started 1st Gear I knew my motorcycling trips would become a challenge, especially a California Motorcycle Trip. Getting away was proving to be difficult. It is best to plan ahead so you can prepare for such trips but this trip was special. It was not planned...

The Zero S: Let the debate versus gas and electric begin!

2013 Zero S Electric motorcycles have arrived and will only become more popular as time rolls forward. At the first twist of the throttle I feel confused yet my smile continues to widen. It is incredibly hard to pinpoint what my initial thoughts are on the 2013 Zero...

Riding through the National Parks of Utah. An unforgettable experience.

On June 8th I flew down to Phoenix AZ to complete the 7th part of my motorcycle storage experiment. I would ride to Kanab UT from Phoenix and spend the next three days exploring the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and other incredible locations in Utah. 2007 was my first...

Baja Motorcycle Trip. Good idea or bad idea? You decide…

"We're  going to ride our motorcycles in Mexico" "Really? I heard/know of/This will happen *insert disastrous horrific story here*" "Well, the Baja is alot safer than the mainland..." "Uh Sure... That's not what I hear! HAVE FUN!" It became pointless to tell people...

Rules of the Road Trip

Big rides require discipline. The following are rules and ideas that ensure a smooth ride for one person or several. In no particular order... 1. All motorcycles must have new or newer tires that have more than enough tread life to make it for the trip. The right...

Where do you go to avoid the rain, snow, and fog of California? Palm Springs!

I thought bad weather was a novelty in California not a consistency. Good thing we headed for the desert.   Day 1 - San Fran to San Luis Ibispo - Google Map Weather looked questionable, so I gave it a 50/50 chance we would stay dry. Temperature was ok! We skipped...

Riding in January?

Yes! It was a real mind bender riding in January. Living in Vancouver you just don't ride in the winter. It was incredibly good for my motorcycling soul. I flew down to San Francisco and made my way through BART transit system. I am beginning to become quite...

Nevada City and Yosemite

My first ride with my bike being stored in San Francisco. The ride starts in SF and ends in SF! Arrived in the Rain But it didn't last... This is CALIFORNIA! The Race Track in The Sky Many high altitude vistas Road Closed means no way through right? Parking Lot oil...

One Way Trip to SFO

I'm storing my bike in San Francisco this winter so I am taking a four day trip. Route Part One: Google Map of Blaine WA to Covelo CA Part Two: Google Map of Covelo CA to San Francisco CA Full write up of the trip is at the bottom. I'm storing my bike in San Francisco...