Category: Informational

Posts that present information, photos or video, not associated with a specific ride. Gear & bike setup would be examples.

An Important Question

An Important Question

With the arrival of 2018 I am entering my second year of riding since beginning again.  And, I am also essentially enter my sophomore year of blogging.  If you’ve read my previous post, Reflecting Forward, you know that I have specific plans for working to improve what I produce.  In 2018 I also want to…

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Reflecting Forward

Reflecting Forward

We are well into the busy holiday season and, as a result, seasonal activities have displaced my weekly ride participation.  And, like the mileage on my motorcycle, the posting counter on Changing Gears has slowed significantly.  These facts, however, do not mean that all activity has ceased.  To the contrary, like the calendar and like…

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The Void 12 Rally (Prep – Rain)

The Void 12 Rally (Prep – Rain)

As I check on Hurricane Irma, which is building strength out in the Atlantic, I’m reminded of Robert Rehkopf’s comment in his post in Advice For First Time Rallyers – Void Yahoo Group: “I know you have some highly anticipated worries, but don’t ever, ever worry about rain. Never hardly see it!” Yes, it was…

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The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Lighting)

The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Lighting)

Motorcycle Rallies and IBA Certificate Rides frequently involve a significant amount of night riding on roads of all types.  Night riding takes the safety concerns associated with seeing and being seen to a new level.  Add the rain, which seem to like participating in motorcycle events even more than the riders, and visibility concerns increase…

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The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Nav & Track)

The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Nav & Track)

Navigation and Tracking are two positioning tasks which might, to those unfamiliar, seem the same but are in reality quite different. Navigation, which is provided by GPS(s) is, as you would expect, the means by which I find my way from bonus location to bonus location and make certain that I arrive at “time specific”…

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The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Power)

The Void 12 Rally (Bike Prep – Power)

Power Effective participation in long distance motorcycle events requires a variety of accessories, many of which rely on electricity to function.  The electronic accessories frequently found on rally bikes include: 2 or more GPSs, satellite tracking, auxiliary lighting front and rear, radar detector, CB Radio, heated seat and grips, USB power outlet for charging devices,…

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