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Black n Blue MC is a blog for motorcycle enthusiasts in and around Northern California. The site focuses on issues important to bikers, including; safety, motorcycle rights, new products, and group rides.
Riding Two-Up, Part I: Before Setting Off

Riding Two-Up, Part I: Before Setting Off

Photo Credit: There and Back Again Riding a motorcycle is a beautiful, unique experience that we’d all like to share with our loved ones. Taking a friend or significant other as pillion is a great way to show them what you spend so much of your free time on, all […]

November 12, 20140 commentsRead More
Road Review: Pinehurst Road

Road Review: Pinehurst Road

I’ll be upfront about it: all but one of the times I’ve been down (lets not talk about how many that’s actually been…) have been on Pinehurst. I can admit that every one of those crashes was in a situation where I pushed my own limits and made a costly […]

October 31, 20140 commentsRead More
Road Review: Redwood Road

Road Review: Redwood Road

Let’s be honest, the Bay Area has some of the most beautiful, scenic, twisty roads out there. Thanks to our many microclimates, each road offers unique views and terrain, and most importantly can change drastically from beginning to end. The whole road can be enjoyed by intermediate riders as a […]

October 17, 20140 commentsRead More
San Francisco’s Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen’s Ride 2014

San Francisco’s Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen’s Ride 2014

Photo Credit: Alex Washburn Sunday, September 28th was the worldwide Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (or DGR for those in the know) a ride to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Cities all over the world host their own rides and get-togethers, but they share the same fundamental idea: fancy […]

October 14, 20140 commentsRead More
The Legality of Wearing Earplugs and Earbuds While Riding

The Legality of Wearing Earplugs and Earbuds While Riding

I’ve already written about how important it is to protect your hearing by wearing earplugs, whether it’s for short term-comfort or for long-term health. A good set of foam plugs reduces the intensity of all noise, but will have the greatest effect on high pitched noises such as wind howl. […]

October 1, 20140 commentsRead More
Do Loud Pipes Really Save Lives?

Do Loud Pipes Really Save Lives?

At least it’s pretty. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Aftermarket exhaust systems are most commonly just a slip-on muffler replacement that changes the flow of air leaving the engine. A slip-on has the benefit of being very affordable while still dramatically changing the exhaust note of bike, which is why those […]

September 26, 20140 commentsRead More
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Here’s the thing about great motorcycling roads: they’re also great bicycling roads. Spend any amount of time cruising around on your bike and you’ll inevitable come across a pack of cyclists enjoying the same road. What ideally happens is that the cyclists hear you coming and transition into single file […]

September 18, 20140 commentsRead More
Patching or Plugging a Tire

Patching or Plugging a Tire

If you took the MSF course prior to getting your motorcycle license, then you probably remember the pre-ride inspection acronym, T-CLOCS. First on the list, tires, is probably the most important as a fault with any of the others would probably keep you from riding away or be instantly noticeable. […]

September 12, 20140 commentsRead More
When A Rider Goes Down

When A Rider Goes Down

This is why we ATGATT (Courtesy of sykose.com) Now comes the part where we talk about the realities of motorcycling: you will do go down, you will see others go down, and people will get hurt. One of the greatest benefits of participating in a group ride is that should anything […]

September 5, 20140 commentsRead More
Organized Chaos or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Group Rides (Pt. II)

Organized Chaos or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Group Rides (Pt. II)

Study this, it comes in handy more than you’d think. (Courtesy of Louisiana Harley Riders) A great way to get riders into the right state of mind for a successful and safe group ride is to encourage everyone to read and review “The Pace” an excellent write-up that details the philosophy of […]

August 25, 20140 commentsRead More