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Does Altitude Affect Motorcycle Riders?

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsport races in the U.S. For more than 90 years, hundreds of motorcycle and auto racers have tested their skills on the track, which spans 12.42 miles and climbs 5,000 feet up the famous mountain. Only amateurs are fooled by the term motorsport, because riders must be in top physical condition to compete at Pikes Peak. Even at sea level, motorcyclists need muscles in their core, legs, back and arms to navigate their bikes effectively. After so many turns, riders often experience muscle fatigue and cramps that can hinder their performance. At Pikes Peak, the high altitude means less oxygen, and the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. Motors need oxygen too. By the time riders reach the summit, their motors have lost 30 percent of their original power. Without the proper conditioning, some riders may not…
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Vintage Motorcycle Show Unites Motorcycle Enthusiasts

Some motorcycle enthusiasts set their bikes apart by having the latest model and the most innovative technology. Vintage motorcycle lovers, however, would forego all those modern conveniences for the beauty and complexity of older bikes. The Fourth Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show was held in Golden, CO on July 2. The annual event is usually hosted by the Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club, but that does not limit the selection. The show regularly welcomes all beautifully restored bikes, including BMW, Ducati, Ariel, Excelsior and Nimbus models. Vintage motorcycle shows are like museums, providing insight into historic motorcycle technology and culture. People travel for hours, some from out of state, to see rare, restored bikes with original features like exposed valves and manual spark advance mechanisms. The primitive technology helps enthusiasts understand the challenges facing the first motorcycle riders, while appreciating modern technological advances. The show featured many vintage favorites like Old Age…
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Why Are So Many American Service Members Killed in Motorcycle Accidents?

Veterans make up a large percentage of the motorcycle community nationwide, and Colorado is no exception. Values like independence, freedom and adventure create common ground between service members and motorcyclists. Most people returning from deployment are 19 to 25 years old, armed with combat pay for whatever their heart desires. After years of excitement and constant stimulation in combat zones, soldiers can become restless once they return to civilian life. They seek out adventure, and motorcycles can help provide that thrill. Service members tend to buy small speedy sport bikes that can go more than 120 mph, excited by the prospect of speed, but purchasing a bike is not the same as knowing how to ride it. Without the right experience or training, sport bikes can turn deadly for new riders. The mechanics of a new bike are important, but new riders need more than that to be safe on…
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