May is National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month!! We will be updating this site throughout the month of May with information to help keep your selves safe and to spread awareness of Motorcyclist on the road.
Today let me show you some thing for incase you break down while traveling on your Motorcycle. We all don't want to think about this but should think about it so you have a plan just in case.
Today have a video on fear.
This list is from MSF-USA.com
QUICK TIPS: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles
1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).
2. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.
3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.
7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can't always stop "on a dime."
9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative. 10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.
Today in have an article with tips for packing bike for a trip. It even container videos to help.
Today I thought about riding in the wind. It isn't a lot of fun and it can really wear you out. So I found these articles that give good advice.
here is a good article for comfort on long ride https://rideapart.com/articles/stay-comfortable-lo...
Here is a good article on tips for riding in the Rain: https://blog.jafrum.com/2013/04/08/15-tips-for-rid...
Today's article is actually a link to an article I found that has very sound advice I personally think the helmet issue is personal choice and should not be mandated but other than that this is a good article. https://www.bookmotorcycletours.com/news/motorcycl...
So today is May 6th and I wanted to put out there the information about riding pants. I few years ago I put this out and some of you were really surprised by the outcome. So here we go:
So you are thinking: “What the big Deal with Pants?” Well it seems like day this summer I have seen someone who does not care about the skin on their legs while riding. I have seen shorts, Capri’s, and even swim trunks. Why does this bother me? In the field as an EMT and have seen the damage that even a minor accident will cause to your skin. Do you know that when you get gravel, dirt and asphalt in your skin the only way to remove it at the hospital is to scrub it out with something like a brilo pad? I don’t want you to have this so I am writing this to educate you on your options.
Shorts or swim trunks: First off with my bikes and my body build, I cannot even think of riding in shorts. I would burn my thighs on the engine/exhaust. I know some of you don’t have this issue and ride fine without this problem. I know Shorts are cooler on hot days especially in an urban area where you don’t get much airflow. But you have very little protection from anything flying up off the road, thrown out of car windows, or god forbid if you go down. If you think about it, sliding on bare skin it would not take long to burn through all your skin to the muscle layer and even bone.
Leather or Kevlar Armored Pants: This is on the extreme other side from shorts. You can slide a long way before you burn through Leather or Kevlar armored or even the ones without the armor. They more than triple the time you can be sliding before your skin hits the pavement. The issue with these are they are HOT even when vented they are warm. They are also expensive to buy. You see many sport bike riders/racers that wear these.
Capri’s : You know these are those longer than shorts but they don’t cover your ankles or lower calves that are really popular. I see a lot of women riders wearing these with tennis shoes and even with crocs or sandals. The do cover more than shorts and are cooler than long pants but they are also usually made of light weight material and so are not much protection at all.
Carhart/ Canvas /Firehose : Carhart is the brand name of a company that makes workwear used all over the world and it know to be very strong and durable. I know from experience that even my EMT trama shears have problems cutting the Canvas material that Carhart uses in it’s cloths. I personally like Carhart or Walls or there are other manufactures that make the same type of cloths. They last and are not too expensive. But of course they also have drawbacks. They are Hot in the summer. They are stiff especially when new. I usually buy Mens since they seem to last longer but to do that I have to go up about two sizes above my normal because they have no give in the sizing. I put Firehose in this same area because I would think they are similar but I have not personally tired them yet. I want to but they are pricey and you have to order them over the internet so I can’t try them on. This makes me uneasy. So if anyone has tired these please let me know what you think. (update: I have a friend who tired these. He said they were not good at keeping the bike heat away. He burned the crap out his let when he wore them.)
Dress Pants/ Slacks : Dress Pants or Slacks are long pants and do give some protection and I must confess to wearing them myself but I do tend to wear thicker, EMT or Military BDU pants that are stronger. You should consider what the pants are made of when riding. Polyester will melt and that will cause even more issues.
Riding Jeans: These are Jeans you can buy that have Kevlar, nomex, and/or armor. These are more costly but they are a step down from racing leathers. So they would be very good for riding. They do tend to be stiff and usually need to go up a size to get the right fit.
Jeans: Jeans are the go to riding wear. Most people have several pairs and they will help protect in most crashes. They are not expensive (unless you have to have designer).
Chaps: Chaps most people wear in the cold weather over jeans but I have seen they over shorts in the summer. I don’t personally like this but it is safer than shorts alone as long as the shorts are long enough no skin is exposed when you have the chaps on.
I suggest jeans at the least when riding
So since this is Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to do to day's article on Drinking and riding. We all know we do things we are not proud of when drinking and we all say we know our limit but think about all the motor skills it takes to ride a motorcycle. It is not something we get on your first try. We have to practice and practice. Drinking makes our reflexes and reactions slower without us really noticing until it is too late. As a firefighter / EMT I have been on may a motorcycle crash and I can honestly say over half involved Alcohol. I have also been "voice of Reason" that took keys or disabled a bike so someone too drunk would not be able to ride home. pulling spark plug wires works, Don't flatten the tires, they will just try to ride on the flats anyway. I don't recommend doing anything that will cost money to fix. Just something simple so the bike won't start. Then they are forced to find another way home or to stay put until they are sober.
On this May 2nd I want to talk about the Motorcycle Safety Classes.