Motorcycles 101

I wrote these posts when I was learning to ride a motorcycle waaaay back in 2010.

Celebrating Six Years on a Motorcycle

Tamela on her BMW motorcycle on a windy road

Six years ago this month I decided to learn to ride a motorcycle. Since then I've traveled 47 states and 5 provinces on my trusty BMW G 650 GS—often solo.

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3 Reasons Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Here I tell Good Day Charlotte why autumn is a great time to learn to ride a motorcycle

If you've been thinking "I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle," autumn is the perfect season to do so. Why?

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Life Lessons from the Bike: Slipping, Sliding and Sticking

Fighting the bike, over-correcting, and freezing into a rigid posture are sure ways to take a tumble off road and in life. As the Serenity Prayer reminds us, there are things we can change, things we can't and knowing the difference is the key to success.

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Women Motorcyclists Like Me on WCNC

My Kickstands DOWN party provided the perfect setting for part of this TV news story and my friend and co-rider, Anthony Proctor, got a plum role  in the video ferrying the reporter around. Have a look:

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Talking to the Nice Folks on Iron Horse Motorcycle Radio

I was delighted when Stan Gordon asked me to be his guest on WIXE Radio today.  As experienced cross-country bikers, Stan and his co-host Mike asked me questions I haven't had the opportunity to answer in other interviews.  They were also gracious in letting me talk about Conga III and telling people how they could donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Balance, Focus, Correction

In the past couple of months since deciding to become a motorsports athlete (!) I've been struck time and again how driving a motorcycle brings my attention to the spiritual path.

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Touring the BMW Performance Center

This video starts with a tour of the Center, then takes us outside to watch M-series drivers on the automobile course. Later we go out to the motorcycle off-road course where Motorrad Instructor Jim Millard describes the activities and skills to be learned by navigating through gravel, sand, ruts and ditches.

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Newtonian Physics and Balancing a Motorcycle

An experienced biker, my brother's been telling me to try the BMW 650 and I’ve hesitated because of its height. I’m a new rider with a 28? inseam and I WANT MY FEET ON THE GROUND! He, like other experienced riders, poo-poos this preference, saying, “If you get both feet on the ground you’ll develop bad riding habits that require both feet on the ground…if you can ride dirt bike style and stop with one foot you can ride anything.”

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