Columns » Newbie Journal: Countersteer by Patrick Beeson

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Patrick Beeson is a rookie rider who attempts to cover issues important to newbies each month while splicing in anecdotes about his journey from citizen to motorcyclist. If you’re new to riding, or simply want to share a story from your early days in the saddle, send him an e-mail at patrickbeeson (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • Riding the Long “Tail” Published 5/27/2009 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments

    Highway 129, or “The Tail of the Dragon” as it’s more commonly known, is a dream road for many motorcyclists with its 318 turns in 11 miles. But for the unprepared, or unskilled, it can be a nightmare. Mention riding ...

  • Wear What You Want To Crash In Published 3/23/2009 at 4:11 p.m. 0 comments

    It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, or how long it takes to scrape together all of your riding gear. That phrase, “wear what you want to crash in,” summarizes perfectly the attitude motorcyclists of any level should take ...

  • First Time Into the Four-Wheel Fray Published 3/12/2009 at 4:32 p.m. 0 comments

    The first time is always scary. Neither classes or friends or glossy magazines can really prepare you for the sweaty, queasy feeling you get when pulling out into traffic for the first time on a motorcycle.

  • MSF Course a Must For Riders Old and New Published 2/19/2009 at 3:08 p.m. 0 comments

    It doesn’t matter if you’ve been riding for 15 years or 15 minutes: the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Ridercourse will make you a better, and safer, rider. I took the two-day course, offered at two locations in West Knoxville, before ...

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