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 an outline to get you started.

Consult the manual.  The motorcycle manufacturer, and Clymer’s technicians, know your bike better than you do, so check the manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Some people swear by the factory service manual, but the Clymer manual or Haynes manual will be much less expensive, and written with the average home mechanic in mind.… Read the rest

Safe Boating Week – 2014

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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

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – 2014

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Why do we need a month dedicated to motorcyclists’ safety?

How about 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 many motorcycles back out on the road, so let’s quickly cover the basics to be motorcycle safety aware.… Read the rest