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  1. Motorcycle safety campaign Live Fast Die Old launches new film

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    The new film from motorcycle safety campaign Live Fast Die Old by The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland*, launched today.   Motorcycle safety campaign Live Fast Die Old launches new film

    Part of the campaign’s Breathtaking Roads series, the film highlights the thrill of riding while also reminding bikers to enjoy Scotland’s roads safely.

    Despite accounting for less than 1% of all road traffic in Scotland bikers account for 7% of casualties1, with bends and overtaking among the riskiest manoeuvres. 2

    Shot on the scenic Isle of Skye, the short film uses striking slo-mo footage to highlight the importance of considering the entire picture and every potential hazard before making the decision to overtake. It urges bikers exploring Scotland’s roads to ‘take your time to take it all in’.

    The film is available to watch here – Watch the Breathtaking Roads film

    The film can be downloaded here – Download the Breathtaking Roads film

    The dedicated Live Fast Die Old website and Facebook page offer rich and engaging content, with films and blogs from Scottish bikers sharing first-hand experience and tips with peers, as well as route inspiration and best practice advice. 

    To find out more about the campaign and join the conversation, visit the Live Fast Die Old website or Facebook page -

    The Live Fast Die Old campaign is looking for bikers across Scotland to get involved by sharing their experience, advice, top routes and ride-out tips with other bikers. If you’d like to be part of the campaign, follow Live Fast Die Old on Facebook and or get in touch on [email protected].


    *Road Safety Scotland is part of Transport Scotland


    Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 (February 2021)


    Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2020 (October 2021)




  2. 6 Tips for RVing with your motorcycle

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    Having a motorcycle and a camper is a dream come true for traveling around the country. One of the best things about it is the freedom to explore the country and go to places that you might not see otherwise. The only thing that can potentially ruin this dream is if the motorcycle can't go where you want to go. So, here are some tips on picking the right RV and loading your bike to make your dream vacation a reality.   Tips for RVing with your motorcycle

    Inspect and repair your vehicle before making it pull the trailer

    First of all, it is crucial to have your vehicle in good working condition before you attempt to tow a trailer. Do not rely on your vehicle's factory-installed system, and make sure that your RV and tow vehicle are compatible. Make sure to follow the Ford E-Series Van service manual if you're using that vehicle or any other to make repairs the correct way.

    Whether you're towing your vehicle behind your motorcycle or towing the motorcycle behind your vehicle, a qualified technician should inspect your vehicle and trailer rig before you hit the road.

    Choose your routes

    There are many options for you when traveling with your motorcycle. You can take your bike on a plane if you are going long distances, or if you are traveling short distances, you can drive your motorcycle on a trailer. When you are traveling with your motorcycle, you need to consider how much it weighs and how much you can carry. If you are only going to be traveling with a small amount of gear, you will need to rent a trailer in order to transport it. Always remember to plan your trip and check the weather before you leave.

    If you are planning a trip, you want to make sure to plan everything out in advance. The last thing you want is to run into a situation and not know where to go or what to do. Plan out your trip and know that you will be able to get to your destination in comfort. If you are planning a long trip, you may want to seek out a place to rest your head at night. You can search for campgrounds online, or you can check out RV parks. You may want to consider getting a generator for your campsite. This will give you the electricity to run a few appliances in your RV.

    Planning is definitely the most important aspect of any trip or vacation. You should find a destination and plan your route. Once you've found a destination and planned your route, you need to make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies you will need.

    Pick an RV that is suitable for your bike

    For most people, the decision of whether to purchase an RV is fairly easy. It's an expensive purchase, so most people want to be absolutely sure they want the lifestyle before they commit a large sum of money. But when you add a motorcycle to the equation, things become a lot more complicated. Not only do you need to find an RV that will meet your needs, but you also need to find one that will be able to tow your motorcycle.

    You should pick a motorhome that is suitable for your motorcycle. If your bike is too big, it will not be able to fit. You can check the motorhome's floor plan to see the dimensions. Also, ensure there is enough space to store your motorcycle. Most vehicles can store your bike in a separate compartment, or you can use a tow bar to tow it behind the vehicle.

    Use the right kind of mount or lift for mounting a motorcycle

    If you are living in an RV, traveling with a motorcycle can be tough. You have to find ways to get the motorcycle up onto the RV. If you have a motorcycle and you are an RV owner, then you have probably found a way to transport your motorcycle with your RV. There are many different ways to do this, but you have to think about your safety first. You want to make sure that your motorcycle is secure so you don't have to worry about it falling off the back of your RV.

    Prep your RV

    Are you a motorcycle enthusiast heading out with your bike in tow? RVing with your bike is a great way to experience the freedom of the road. However, there are some things to consider when preparing for your trip. You need to make sure your RV is prepared to hold your bike, and you need to make sure your bike is prepared to be on the road for a long period of time. Before you strap your bike to the roof of your RV, make sure it's in good working order and that you have all the parts you need. If you're not mechanically inclined, find someone to help you out. Also, make sure that your bike is in good working order and that you have all the parts and equipment you need for a cross-country trip.

    You can't just toss your motorcycle in the back of your RV and hit the open road. You need to make sure that your motorcycle and vehicle are compatible (not all are) and that you have all the items you need to transport your bike. If you are purchasing a tow vehicle to haul your motorcycle, be sure to get a vehicle that has plenty of horsepower, towing capacity, and room for your bike and equipment.


    If you have ever gone camping before, you know that you have to pack a lot of stuff. I mean a lot of stuff. You have to pack clothes, food, a tent, sleeping bags, pillows, a cooler, a stove, pots, pans, and a million other things.

    The first things you need to pack are your motorcycle and your belongings. You can use a traditional trailer to transport your motorcycle and your belongings, but it's best to use a tow-behind trailer with a motorcycle carrier on it. You can find a good tow-behind trailer at most major retailers, such as Walmart.




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  3. Top Apps to Have on Your Phone When Riding

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    As motorcyclists, we know we have to do a lot more preparation before heading out on the open  road compared to a car driver. While those on four wheels can just get in and drive away, we need to at least don our protective gear before firing up our bikes.  Top Apps to Have on Your Phone When Riding

    If you’re travelling with others, you’ll likely need to test your communications equipment and discuss what route you’ll take.

    You might also want to consider using some apps as part of this preparation as they can provide us with crucial information about road conditions, help us find the best roads for biking, and keep an eye on us while we’re riding.

    Social Apps

    One of the best things about riding a motorcycle is the community of other riders that share the same passion. Of course, there are many cafes, bars, and rest stops where you can almost always find bikers congregating, social apps add a new element to this experience.

    Kappa, Riser, and Rever are all great options for this. Most include planning and tracking features, but they also include social features like friend tracking, challenges, message boards, and community areas.

    This is especially great for when you’re heading on multi-day rides and you want to get tips on where to stay or advice from those that have ridden the route before you.


    In that same vein, if you’re riding for more than a day, you’ll need to spend some time resting to ensure you’re fresh for the next day in the saddle. Thankfully, there are thousands of mobile entertainment options that cater to just about every taste.

    If you’re kicking back in a hotel, you might want to put your feet up and watch a movie. In which case, apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Britbox are great options. There are plenty of motorcycle shows, movies, and documentaries on all three of these platforms.

    Alternatively, you could use the MotoGP app to watch the latest shows including live coverage of races and exclusive interviews with people close to the sport. Those that enjoy betting on MotoGP races while they watch could also download the app of one of the many bookmakers that cover motorbike racing. You can improve the experience even further by creating an account with one of the companies that also offer free bets or one that offers live race updates right in the app.

    Navigation Apps   Great navigation apps that motorcyclists can use while riding

    There are plenty of great navigation apps that motorcyclists can use while riding. They all connect to your smartphone’s GPS to give you a precise location and most will also give you indications of the traffic locations.

    The most commonly used apps are Apple Maps and Google Maps, depending on which type of smartphone you own. These are great and will serve most people well, however, you may want to give Waze a try.

    Waze uses the same traffic data as the other two apps do, but adds in community reports to alert you to stopped vehicles, police cars, accidents, road closures, traffic cameras, and more.
    This means you’ll get faster notification of incidents on your route than you would with any other app.


    Tracking your riding stats has become a popular hobby among bike enthusiasts in recent years. There are plenty of apps out there that will track your route, speed, and even lean angle.

    Apps like EatSleepRIDE will then give you maps that let you see your route, the changes in elevation you went through, and other interesting data. You can then share it to social media or keep a record in case you want to retrace your steps.


    Safety is important when riding. Much of that is your own responsibility, so apps like Autoist can help keep track of your servicing and MOT so you never forget to get your bike checked.

    Some apps, including the tracking app EatSleepRIDE, also feature an automatic crash detection feature. This will use your smartphone’s sensors to pick up if you’ve fallen off or crashed your bike and will begin a countdown timer. If you don’t cancel it, the app will automatically alert the emergency services to your location so help can be summoned if you’re incapacitated.


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  4. Book Early For Your 2022 Motorcycle Tour!

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    With our eye on a bright future for motorcycle touring 🏍️ holidays, we're getting excited about restarting our worldwide tours next year 😀. We hope you'll join us for the ride of a lifetime, making lasting friendships and unforgettable experiences. 

    Our guided tours are already filling fast with customers who missed out in 2020 and 2021, so don't delay and book soon. And if you're ready to plan your long-awaited self-guided tour or rental only, availability is limited for the same reason. Just email or call me.

    Full details on our Orange & Black website.

  5. Videos - 7 Of the World’s Best Motorcycle Adventure Routes

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    Lewis and Clark Trail, United States of AmericaTaking a bike ride through gorges, mountains, and river streams is a revolutionary experience. Exploring the world on two wheels is an unmatched experience. We have gathered some of the best routes from around the planet to help you decide on your next motorcycle journey. The following courses will take you from the world's tip-in Asia to the most southern end at Cape Town.

    We, at Siima MotoWear have done our research and we present you with 7 of the world's best motorcycle adventure routes: 

    1. N222, Portugal

    2. The Trolls Ladder, Arctic

    3. Khardung La Pass, Asia

    4. Lewis and Clark Trail, United States of America

    5. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

    6. Route Napoleon, France

    7. The Swartberg Pass, South Africa


    Read full article from Siima MotoWear