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I submit a short list of some of the better motorcycle web sites and web sites of greater interest to motorcyclists. My goal was to create a list of the better web sites, rather than an exhaustive list of every web site known to human-kind.

Before I get a flood of hate mail, yes, I confess, I ride a BMW motorcycle (a 1990 K1). However I've owned Japanese (Honda and Suzuki) and Italian (Moto Morini) motorcycles, and I still own a Suzuki GSX600F. I've never owned and I've never ridden a H-D, but I have sat on them. The H-D motorcycles have too much mass, too much volume, and I prefer the cafe racer posture that forces me to fold myself up like a monkey to the upright cruiser posture that forces me to sit on my tailbone.

David Jacobs

HEARING PROTECTION - If you look at only one web page on this list, these two pages are it. (Okay, so I can't count.)

The Earplug Company

EAR Inc Customized Hearing Protection

Howard Leight Hearing Protection

Motorcycle Safety Foundation
MSF is the premier motorcycle training organization in the U.S. Even experienced riders will gain a lot from their courses, and they're the only really good source of training for newbie riders. Unfortunately, they run their business like dilettantes. Talk to friends before you talk to MSF, and then take three deep, cleansing breaths before you call MSF. If you're on active duty with the armed forces, check with your unit orderly room or base/post safety office to see if they'll pay for MSF courses -- regulations allow them to pay, but only if there's money in the budget.

Arai USA

Shoei USA

Schuberth USA
Schuberth helmets have an interesting design. Unfortunately, they are only DOT certified, not DOT/Snell certified. Schuberth argues since their helmets aren't designed for competitive racing, the Snell certificate isn't necessary.

P.O. Box 608
Elgin IL 60121
Tel (847) 697-4550
Send for free brochure.

Rider ($10 per year)
Tel 800-678-2279
Magazine for motorcycle touring and general street riding. Articles on both modern and vintage iron, road tests, great rides, news and technical information.

Aerostich Rider Wearhouse
Roadcrafter suits and Darien separates are the best textile touring apparel money can buy. Combat Touring Boots are good three season (fall, winter, spring) boots. Women probably will want to order their Roadcrafter suits and Darien jackets with the optional Jacket Hem Flair -- call Aerostich for fitting details.

BMW Riders Apparel
BMW makes the best touring leathers money can buy. AirFlow suit, gloves, and boots are a great choice for summer riding.

Joe Rocket Apparel

First Gear Apparel

Fieldsheer Apparel

Caters to the needs of women riders.


Tilley Endurables
Tilley's best products are their Hats (always spelled with an upper-case "H") and their classic shorts. Expensive but worth it. Read the sizing charts carefully before ordering, and follow the instructions -- don't guess.

BMW Online Accessories
BMW Online is the official BMW accessories web site. Unfortunately, the web site is horribly organized. Click on the motorcycle accessories link on the home page, and then fight your way through the menus.

Corbin Saddles

Russell Saddles

Helen Twowheels

Chase-Harper Luggage

Wolfman Luggage and Accessories

Eclipse Luggage

Jesse Luggage Systems

Motorcycle Accessory Warehouse

BMW Motorrad
BMW's motorcycle home page

Ted Verrill's Motorcycle Home Page
Ted is the webmaster for BMWMOA -- and a former TMF web designer.

TMF's Harley-Davidson (HDI) discussion board




The North Face

Bibler Tents

Teva Sport Sandals

Kermit's Camping Products
6242 Highway 100 West
Pleasantville, TN 37147
Best camp chair money can buy. Send (e-mail) for brochure.

Sierra Trading Post

Eastman Outdoors Collapsible Aluminum Camp Table, Item 90095
Eastman Outdoors Collapsible Aluminum Camp Table - Double Length, Item 90096

Brigade Quartermasters
Mail order military clothing and supplies store. When you order from Brigade Quartermasters, you'll find you're suddenly on junk mail lists for odd-ball military surplus outfits. Make certain you check the "don't pester me" box.

U.S. Government

U.S. Department of Transportation - National Traffic and Road Closure Information

U.S. Department of Transportation - National Scenic Byways Program

U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Recreation Services

State of New Mexico
All 50 states have web sites with the URL, where XX is the two-letter postal code for the state.

State of New Mexico - Highway and Transportation Department

State of New Mexico - Motor Vehicle Division

State of New Mexico - State Parks

American Motorcyclist Association

BMW Motorcycle Owners Association
Caters more to touring and rally enthusiasts.

BMW Motorcycle Riders Association International
Caters more to BMW as a company, but also sponsors rallies.

Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners, Ltd.
Dedicated to the preservation, enjoyment, and use of classic (25+ years old), vintage (1948-1969), and antique (1923-1945) BMW motorcycles.

The Chain Gang - International BMW F650 Riders

The Black Belt Gang - BMW F650CS Riders -- look towards the bottom of the home page

Internet BMW Riders

Land of Enchantment BMW Riders

BMW Car Club of America

BMWCCA - New Mexico Chapter

Bob's BMW, Jessup, Maryland
One of the better BMW motorcycle dealerships.

Sandia BMW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sandia BMW is exclusively an automobile dealership. However Mike Houx owns both Sandia BMW and Santa Fe BMW. If you order and pay for motorcycle parts from Santa Fe BMW, they'll ship them to Sandia BMW, and then you can pick them up at Sandia BMW's parts department.

Motorsport, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Good parts and accessories departments. Ask for Matt in sales.

Santa Fe BMW, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New motorcycle dealership. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. If they don't know the answer, they'll research your question and telephone you with the information. Interesting place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon.

Centaur Cycle
452-A Jemez Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 471-5481
Vintage BMW motorcycles. Consignment sales.

Deming Cycle Center, Deming, New Mexico

BMW Motorcycles of the Tri-State, Cincinnati, Ohio

Project Management Institute

Association of Professionals in Business Management
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