A Motorcyclist Wonders… Can You See Me Now?

motorcycle safety - val in real life

It’s no secret that, in spite of a lot of effort by motorcyclists to remain visible while riding, the all-too-common scenario of “I didn’t see you!” is still the predominant reason riders are involved in crashes. In the UK, there’s a motorcycling acronym: SMIDSY. It stands for Sorry-Mate-I-Didn’t-See-You. It has a flippant tone to it, but this is a very real issue …

Hi-Viz Hydration with GeigerRig

GeigerRig 710 - Val in Real Life

For the last 3,000+ miles on Nina, I’ve been testing out the GeigerRig RIG 710 hydration engine. Here’s the scoop… What’s a GeigerRig? Hydration packs are largely the domain of hikers, runners, and similar outdoors-people, but they’re also great for motorcycling. In fact, many riders use them to stay hydrated on the road. There are many brands out there but …

Moto Gear: Crash Tested

My original intent with this gear review was to highlight what I chose, why, and how these pieces have performed for me. I still get to do that, but in the wake of January’s accident, I also get to be very real about how they performed in their primary duties… protecting me in a crash. Sadly, there’s really no gear …