Archive for May, 2014

Make a Motorcycle Maintenance Schedule

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Modern motorcycles are precision machines that are a blast to ride, but they require regular maintenance. Well maintained machines are more reliable, and safer. A maintenance schedule will result in a ride that doesn’t break down halfway through riding season, and will have a longer life and higher resale value.

Here is a suggested schedule to get you started.

Consult the manual.  The motorcycle manufacturer knows your bike better than you do, so check the manual for recommended maintenance intervals. If you do not have your manual, you can get usually get one online as a PDF download.

Follow break-in procedures.  Obviously this only applies to new bikes.… Read the rest

Safe Boating Week

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This week is a great time to think about safety on the water.  May 17th – 23rd is National Safe Boating Week.

Last year there was a decrease in boating fatalities, but the numbers are still high.  Over 4,000 accidents were reported by the Coast Guard including 2,600 injuries and 560 deaths.  Recreational boating accidents were responsible for an estimated $39 million dollars in damages.

More startling: 84% of those who drowned in a boating accident were not wearing a life jacket.  Only 13% of fatal accidents occurred with an operator who had received safety training. Think about that. 87% of boating accidents that resulted in death were in boats where the operator failed to take a simple safety course.… Read the rest

Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

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Motorcycles are a blast to ride, and riders share a commonality in their perspective, their view of the road, that few drivers on four wheels can understand. Yes, there are the feelings of freedom and agility, but in reality, there is also danger. Statistically, a motorcyclist involved in an accident is more likely to be seriously hurt or killed than a driver in a car going the same speed. So during Motorcycle Awareness Month, let’s talk sharing the road.

From the car driver’s perspective, realize you are likely a bad driver. Well, not a bad driver, but you are most likely a trained driver.… Read the rest

Motorcycle Safety Video

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It’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and that means everyone is sharing tips and warnings to help keep the roads safe for motorcycles during the spring and summer driving season.

The video below was created a few years ago, but it offers some important tips from experienced riders as well as some harrowing stories of crashes.  Their goal is to help you avoid having a crash story of your own.

Some of the key points: 1) prepare your bike, 2) dress for the crash, 3) stay alert, 4) practice emergency braking.


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Motorcycle Awareness Month

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Why do we need a month dedicated to motorcyclists’ safety? For some very sobering facts: since 1997, motorcyclist deaths have nearly doubled. The NHTSA reports there were 4,957 bikers killed in traffic accidents in 2012, the most recent year data has been analyzed. If this trend continues, we are headed for well over 5,000 fatalities this year. Motorcycles are less than 3% of registered vehicles in the US, but account for 15% of all traffic fatalities.

May brings nice weather, and thus motorcycles on the road, so let’s quickly recover the basics and be motorcycle aware.… Read the rest