Thursday, January 14, 2010

Although the almanac says that daylight hours have begun to increase, which is always a sign of hope for warmer weather to riders in the mid-west, central Ohio is still in the grip of winter with snow covered roads and temps beginning with 1s, 2s and 3s.

(This week, however, Ohio will see temps above the freezing mark for the first time since New Years Day. Yeah!)

Since riding on the ice and snow is too exciting for me, this pilgrim takes to shopping. I don't necessarily buy anything, but I can look. And educate myself.

I have long had a list of online resources in the side bar of this blog but it has remained fairly static. Static as in stagnant. So while I review the online links for resources, here's a list of some of my more often visited websites. If you have some sites that work for you, share your nuggets with others here.

Biker Hiway An interesting online store that pique my interest (thanks Joshua) recently.

Iron Pony Motor Sports The local K-Mart of motorcycle stuff. Lots of apparel and gear for any type of riding. Plus a local Yamaha dealership and service center (that services almost all makes) is attached.

J & P Cycles The Sears and Roebuck of motorcycle accessories. I love their catalogs! Of course Sears and Roebuck doesn't send out catalogs anymore.

Metric Thunder A west coast accessories store for metric cruisers.

Motorcycle Ohio The Ohio government information site for motorcycle training and endorsement.

Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine The online version of the print edition. Reviews, tips, features and ride reports.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation The organization that provides curricula and certification programs for many state governments.

Motorcyles Safety News by Jeff Cobb A site devoted to promoting motorcycle safety serving up original articles and opinions from Jeff Cobb. He's passionate, talented, and a professional journalist that loves to ride.

Powersports Network Evaluations and reviews from consumers like you and me about everything on 2 wheels. I spent weeks pouring over this site comparing bikes before my purchase.

Riders Discount Another interesting online store for any motorcycle accessories you might want. Dozens of brands and thousands of products. (Thanks for the heads up, Marjorie.)

Team Oregon Oregon's answer to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's training program and also rated the number 1 program in the US by the insurance industry. Online friend Dan Bateman, aka irondad, is an instructor for this organization.

WebBikeWorld The Consumer Reports of the motorcycle world. This site has testers and editors all over Europe and North America. I am sometimes frustrated though, when I read about a great product and find out its only available in the UK. Buggers!

There are, without question, hundreds of other great sites and resources. These are just a few that I use. Do you have any you want to share?

Ride Safe!


irondad said...

Thank you for mentioning TEAM OREGON. I'm also honored that you used the word "friend" in describing me!

As I get older time goes by faster. Which means warm days will be here in what seems like only a couple of weeks.

Chuck Pefley said...

Thanks for the great list. Perfect for winter reading and dreaming.

I had no idea TEAM OREGON was so famous. Perhaps I'll take the course.

Baron's Life said...

Sorry I'm late but a summer riding accident had actually put me out of commission longer than I would have liked.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year
All the best for 2010

Doug C said...

Irondad - I like the idea that warmer days will be here lickety-split!

Chuck - I think I know an instructor that could point you to one of his courses :-)

Baron - I hope you are well on your way to a full recovery. The very best of the new year to you, as well.

Lance said...

Doug, great resource list! When one can't ride, it helps to look at and read about riding!

Doug C said...

Lance - Reading, watching, planning... There are days when my cabin fever makes me less than desirable to be around. But it's about the only option for now.

If I can't hold out until spring arrives, I may need to join my friends on a trip to Daytona. We'll see.