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About the time the warm spring winds finish the job of blowing out the rest of the winter chill, restlessness takes root in the heart of every motorcycle rider. Spring has sprung; it’s time to ride.

Typically, enthusiasts tend to focus on the driver enjoying the thrill of curve hugging rides through open country. The feel of raw power in the throttle hypnotizes motorcyclists across the globe. But, there is one point of view not often written about. It is the view from the rear seat.

True enough, there is a scintillating thrill that shoots up the spine when that V-twin roars to life. For the rider, the experience allows for a unique view of the road. Settled comfortably against the sissy bar, feet planted securely on the foot pegs, the sky looms wide and unrestrained. The rider is free take in the beauty of the ride with a freedom not afforded the motorcycle driver.
As with any aspect of motorcycle riding, safety is the number one consideration for the driver and rider as well. How does the back seat motorcycle rider contribute to the safety of the ride? The following tips are a good place to begin..

Learn the Moves
Learn to lean with the driver on corners. If the driver veers left, the rider should veer left as well, matching the movement of the driver. Basically, the rider’s actions ought to mirror that of the driver. A sudden shift in weight throws off the balance of the bike causing the driver to struggle to keep it on the road. At a high rate of speed, a shift could be devastating.

Distractions
Keep distractions to a minimum. Riding is a solitary event. Unless there is something pressing that cannot wait, resist the urge to tap the driver on the shoulder. Chances are he will not be able to hear anyway. The tap may be distracting and cause an unfortunate jerk on the steering. It is a good idea to discuss pit stops before climbing on the back of the bike.

Group Etiquette
There is an unwritten code among bikers to keep an eye out for other riders. When riding in groups, the lead bike has a responsibility to keep an extra watch for debris and other hazards in the road. When he spots something, the universal sign for danger consists of pointing a free hand down at the road, signaling the object. As a passenger, mirror this move. This will give the riders bringing up the rear an added indication to watch out for the danger on the road.

Dig out the helmets; dust off the leather. A long ride down the open road is the perfect initiation rite to usher in the springtime. For some, the seat behind the driver is the best seat in the house.

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motorcycle repair cleaningIt’s a weird thing, but many riders don’t mind the hassle of getting their bike ready for the riding season nearly as much as they do when getting ready to store their bike for the winter!  When spring rolls around and you have to get your bike ready for another riding season it’s just one of those tasks that you actually enjoy. The anticipation is almost too much to stand!

One of the first things you should do is read over your owners manual to refresh your memory on some of the maintenance issues you will have to deal with after a long winter in storage.  Every bike is unique and you want to address the things specific to your make and model.

Here is a quick list of things that will need to be checked out for most models, this can be a great starting point:

1.  Make sure the battery and the terminals are in good condition.  You can use baking soda and water to clean off the terminals if they have a lot of corrosion. Charge and install the battery or buy a new one if needed.

2. Check the oil and all lubricant levels.  Top up when necessary.  Depending on the last time you changed our oil, now may be a great time to do that too.

3.  Inspect all cables and treat with whatever product your owners manual recommends.  If any cables are damaged either replace them yourself or take your bike into the shop and have them do it for you.

4.  Check tires for excessive wear and replace if necessary.  Also check air pressure and add air if necessary.

5.  Check all lights and replace any broken lights or burned out bulbs.

6. Check out brake pads and shoes for wear and replace as necessary.

7.  Apply leather treatments to seats, saddlebags, etc. Repair or replace damaged items.

8.  Inspect the drive belt, chain or shaft and repair as necessary.

9. Clean your motorcycle helmet, inside and out.

10. Thoroughly clean and polish your motorcycle and all the chrome.

11. Make note of your mileage.

12. The last step is to take your bike out for a ‘practice’ spin.  Sure, I know you’re an experienced rider but the truth is that we all get a little rusty when we haven’t done something for a while so taking your bike out for it’s ‘maiden voyage’ in the spring will be a good way for both you and your bike to get into the swing of things.  A short jaunt is all you need and it will help you find out if you’ve missed anything on your maintenance inspection.

Have fun and enjoy your riding season!

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I Was There


You don’t buy a motorcycle for transportation, in my opinion. Sure, when you turn your car in at the shop, you might use your bike, but that’s an exception. As a general rule, bikes don’t have enough cargo space, they’re too vulnerable to foul weather, and they’re entirely too expensive. No, you have a car for transportation, and you have a bike because it’s fun.

Cars are boxes, and their occupants (aside from those who live a little and drive convertibles) are very much “inside.” They’re protected from the elements, hidden from the wind, and climate-controlled. At times they’re so stuffy that the gastrological behavior of a passenger in the back seat can ruinously disturb the driver up front. And as far as I’m concerned, drivers are spectators to the scenery and a world that swiftly passes them by. They are simply relocating from point A to point B. What lies between the two goes largely unnoticed.

But then there are the motorcycles. You have the wind in your face, regardless of the speed. You have the 20 degree wind chill (at 60mph) to factor into any weather report. You have bug guts slathered across various areas of your
leathers and motorcycle helmet (or windshield), and perhaps a few on your face. When it rains, you get wet; and when the road is treacherous, you stand a chance of seeing it even more closely – pinned under your bike in a skid. Riding is a real-time interaction with the scenery, the weather, the road, the buffeting wind, and the bike itself – constantly. Whereas drivers occupy the mental wasteland between their starting points and their destinations, riders are always precisely where they need and want to be: riding. Not spectators, but participants.

If I were to close my eyes while riding (and I assure you that I don’t), I would still know where I was. Aside from the freedom and thrill of the riding itself, my favorite aspect is the smell. It changes constantly, and it always tells you
something. One moment it’s a skunk, and the next a cow pasture. Then it’s fresh-cut hay, or the dead leaves of autumn. In the Appalachians it’s wet rocks and moss. In downtown areas it’s the occasional whiff of marijuana, then
exhaust, then asphalt and rubber, then somebody’s grill in the back yard. On Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, it’s a virtual cloud of marijuana, movie theater popcorn, and the distinct aroma of weird. At random intervals along any
road, it’s roadkill. Regardless, it changes with the scenery, and I like it. Drivers miss every bit of this.

When they aren’t punching at their cell phones or wishing they’d reached their destinations, drivers might look about long enough to remember a billboard or a particularly rough section of road. I will remember how an area smelled. Then I will remember that I was on my bike at the time, and then I will remember how much I enjoyed it. It didn’t matter where I was going, or where I came from; it mattered that I enjoyed the ride. Why? Well, it’s easy. I didn’t pass a place; I was in it.

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Silver City New Mexico
Silver City, New Mexico

When I enlisted in the Marine Corps Infantry, I was surprised with the responses I received when others learned the news. Most, probably envisioning me marching away to war, expressed concern for my safety, a handful indicated they were proud of me, and the vast majority tried to relate: “hey, I have a cousin in the Army. He says he likes it, I guess.” A few, however, blurted that I was going to get myself killed. Thankfully, that reaction (a disconcerting one) was rare. But when I purchased a motorcycle, it was the norm.

 “So you just got a motorcycle, huh? Well, you’re gonna crash and die.”

 An incredible number also felt compelled to tell me about specific incidents where that had happened, too. It was always somebody distant to them, like the husband of a cousin’s neighbor’s niece. Invariably, something horrible had taken place. That, too, was disconcerting. It was always bad news…

  “You got a motorcycle? Yeah, I just had a patient who ground his entire lower body to a nub when he skidded off his bike doing 100mph on a back road. Have fun riding.”

 “You got a motorcycle? Our prayer requests in Bible study yesterday were for the surviving family of a man killed when he was riding his motorcycle on his farm.”

 “Motorcycle, huh…..you ever seen that video of Evil Knievel hitting the pavement after his jump? I think he broke every bone in his body – at least twice. It was heinous. He looked like a rag doll.”

 “Yeah, my cousin bought a bike, but he crashed it on his first ride and now he’s in a wheelchair.”

 “One of the neighbor’s kids used to ride, but then he wrapped himself around a tree and died. I think he was about 20.”

 “Well, bikes are neat, but I’m too afraid to ride. I’m terrified that somebody will open a car door and I’ll go flying off. Have you seen that movie where there’s this scene….the guy landed in an intersection and got run over. It was pretty cool. But I don’t want to ride a bike, though. Too risky.”

I even had one person offer to pay me NOT to purchase a motorcycle. Naturally, I declined.

 Yes, it may be dangerous, but so is life itself. Besides which, there are number of measures one can easily take to mitigate the risks – beginning with a motorcycle safety course, leathers, and a motorcycle helmet. Furthermore, most other risks can be drastically reduced if riders set aside their pride, ignore the compulsion to exceed the speed limit, and simply enjoy the road. That you have a bike – a sleek, powerful beast with lots of shiny parts – is showing off enough. Respect it, be hyper-vigilant, and you’ll be just fine. You have a greater risk of injury riding a horse (according to the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation).

In looking back on the whole ordeal, I’ve reached the conclusion that the first thing that comes to mind with a non-rider is the dangers of motorcycling. Thus, that’s what comes out of their mouths. For a rider, however, is the freedom, the road, the roar of the pipes inside your helmet, and the known fact that people in their boring little cars are staring at you with envy. All their kids are waving, too, much to the horror of their mothers. Maybe everybody’s a killjoy because they’re jealous that I’m going to have a lot of fun and they’re not. 

And here’s the best part: Now only two years after purchasing my first motorcycle, nearly every person who said something negative about riding has since gone riding with me and thoroughly enjoyed it – to include the person who offered to pay me to not buy the bike. At least one has purchased a bike of his own, and several more have expressed interest in buying them in the future. I win, folks. Well, motorcycles win. (I will note that one passenger kept peering over my shoulder to monitor the speedometer, but I think she still had fun.)

 There’s something about a motorcycle that’s almost universally appealing. Something about the way it hugs the road in curves and bolts up the long inclines that cars struggle to climb. Or the deep rumble as you cut through tunnels and under overpasses. Maybe it’s the subtle statement that, “I can go fast if I want to, but I’m happy just relishing the ride.” All you naysayers, we’ll win you over yet. And then, we’ll see you out there on a bike of your own. You can’t help it; it’s just fun.
About Ben Shaw, the author

Motorcycle Trip Planning-To Plan or Not To

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Cold Weather Riding

For an avid rider, one of the hardest things to face is the end of summer and the prospect of putting your bike away for winter. But with a little planning you can easily ride longer into the fall, and even the winter. All you have to do to enjoy cold weather riding is to make sure you have the proper gear so you stay warm. If your body gets too cold not only will it be uncomfortable, it could be dangerous since your reaction time will slow down considerably when you’re cold. 

Another potential safety hazard is the icy conditions of the streets. Even if the air temperature is above 32 degrees, you might still have some slickness to deal with so it’s important to remember to slow down a little. Just as you would in a car, allow yourself more room to stop and more time to get to your destination. 

Here are some tips for finding the best cold weather riding gear so you can enjoy your bike for a lot longer than just three months:

1. Dress in layers. If you are going for a long ride you might actually start to get a little overheated as you ride. If you have several layers you can just peel one or two of the layers off as needed. Make sure your base layer is made up of a fabric that will wick sweat away from your skin. We often forget that even when it’s cold out we can sweat. If that sweat stays next to your skin, you’ll get colder sooner. 

2. You may have to make adjustments to your helmet so that it fits properly over your hat. Don’t try to just cram it on, make sure you remove some padding and/or adjust the straps as necessary. It’s important to stay warm but you don’t want to sacrifice safety by wearing an ill fitting helmet. 

3. Hands and feet are very vulnerable to getting overly cold. Make sure you don’t cheap out on gloves. Get high quality insulated gloves. You can also protect your feet by getting thermal booties. Flexing your fingers frequently can help keep the blood flowing and help them stay warm. 

4. If you are going to be riding longer distances in very cold weather you should probably consider investing in some heated riding gear. That way you can really enjoy your rides for much longer distances, and times. 

Just because the holidays are around the corner and the leaves are all off of the trees doesn’t mean you have to put your bike away until spring. Just follow these simple cold weather riding tips and you’ll have a great time long after Labor Day!

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The AMA and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. and the global leader in satellite navigation, are pleased to announce a new benefit that allows AMA members to purchase Garmin products at discounted pricing.

“The line between being lost or found is as thin as the edge of your map,” said AMA Director of Business Development Jim Moore. “With a Garmin GPS navigator, however, you never have to worry about riding off the edge, and now members of the AMA can enjoy this flexibility, freedom and peace of mind for less.”

The AMA member benefit, which is available starting Nov. 19, covers both Garmin navigation units and software. Garmin’s aviation product line is excluded.

“Garmin makes some of the world’s finest GPS navigators, and the company’s zumo line is tailor-made for motorcyclists with a number of features designed with our needs in mind,” Moore said. “With these products naturally becoming increasingly popular with riders, it only makes sense for the AMA to partner with this great company to bring even more benefits to our members.”

Added Mike Sheehan, Automotive and OEM Marketing Manager from Garmin: “In recent years, Garmin has made a concerted effort to expand into new areas, and thanks to their purpose-built design, unique features and top-quality build, our GPS navigator products are experiencing significant growth in the motorcycling marketplace. This exclusive membership benefit deal gives us another way to get our units into the hands of even larger numbers of dedicated motorcyclists — those of the AMA.”

AMA members can use the discount up to twice in a calendar year. To take advantage of the offer, beginning on Nov. 19 AMA members can visit a landing page on the Garmin web site, at http://www.garmin.com/ama.
Zumo
The zumo navigators should be particularly popular with AMA members. Designed specifically for motorcyclists, they come in a rugged and ready-to-ride case with glove-friendly, left-handed controls, preloaded street maps and a sunlight-readable screen. The zumo navigators are shock resistant, fuel resistant, waterproof and vibration tested. An SD card expansion slot makes it easy to share maps or upload them to online mapping services, such as Garmin Connect at http://connect.garmin.com/zumo/.

The top-of-the-line zumo 550 is Bluetooth ready and can connect to a Bluetooth-enabled headset to deliver navigation voice prompts wirelessly. The 550 also doubles as an XM satellite receiver and features text-to-speech technology for turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names.

The Garmin product discount, which also covers the company’s extensive collection of maps, is just the latest in a long list of AMA member benefits and savings. For more on the benefits of AMA membership, see http://www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com and click on Member Services.

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The “Hello” Wave

Amongst motorcyclists, there is an unwritten code. Unfortunately, because it’s unwritten, I am not privy to its contents. But, I do know about the “hello wave.” While you’re riding, if you cross paths with another cyclist, you extend your left (clutch) hand down with fingers lightly splayed. You don’t need to make eye contact or nod (unless your clutch hand is busy clutching) you simply let the hand speak for you. The wave is a way of saying “I see and acknowledge you. I am amongst the throngs of great motorcyclists which have come before me, and acknowledge you as a member of the pack as well.”

The thing about the wave is that after two years of riding a motorcycle every chance I get, I still get thrilled when one of my waves is returned. The thrill, I think, comes from being just another person in black leather…the person on the other bike doesn’t care if I’m black, white or _______ (include your ethnicity here); if I’m male or female; if I’m gay or straight (or somewhere in between.). We are all simply acknowledging that we are a breed apart.

Now, if you know dogs, you know that sometimes, being a breed apart is not a good thing. In fact, we tend to throw that word “breed” around as if it is one of the lesser words in the language, but let’s think on it for a moment. If a dog is a pure breed, it tends to be worth more than one that does not have a pedigree. Inbreeding and overbreeding usually lead to health problems. A mixed breed, while loyal and companionable, is usually seen as worthless.

In his story “The Open Boat,” Stephen Crane talks of a “subtle brotherhood” that develops among four men who are stranded in a small boat, fifty feet from shore, with no hopes of getting there because of rocks and terrible undercurrents. There are days when, metaphorically speaking, the rocks and undercurrents threaten to keep me from shore as well. Yet, I am aware of the subtle brotherhood that comes with that little hello wave. I am disappointed when I give the wave, and don’t get a return. I am ecstatic when the wave is initiated from the other cyclist.

In these times when we receive the bulk of our validation from television or video games, it is great to actually receive acknowledgement from another human being, even if they don’t know who I am. I am simply a person on a bike, sharing a common interest. And that rates a hello wave.

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Most riders I know have a confidence that’s almost contagious: an enthusiasm for life that is found in women and men in every walk of life. I have heard it more than once while riding that a lot of people think motorcycles are sexy. If you agree, the staff of Jafrum would like to hear your top ten reasons why. Let us hear your story!

Everyone who has made the decision to purchase a motorcycle has a story of the journey there and how it has continued. The first time I saw a motorcycle I was transfixed: as an artist, the design and engineering just blew me away. From that moment I knew I had to learn how to ride and control this beautiful and powerful machine. It was the idea of harnessing all of the power within that fantastic mechanical work of art that is top of my list of what makes motorcycles sexy.

Then about 6 months later, I starting dating a guy who owned a motorcycle and riding as a passenger only made me more excited about taking the wheel. Even at the slowest speed the feeling was exhilarating and I never felt more alive. I took the plunge and bought a used Harley-Davidson Sportster and the adventure began.

But I felt like a person with two left feet when it came to the motorcycle safety course. Anyone who tells you “it’s a piece of cake” should have been with me during my experience. Every time I take an instruction course to build up my skills, I realize that there is real science at work riding a motorcycle well. That’s really makes it, well–sexy. What’s your story?

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Photo courtesy of Rockymtnmoto.com

Photo courtesy of Rockymtnmoto.com

To make your motorcycle road trip rewarding, it’s essential to plan ahead, from the route you will travel to ensuring you have the gear you need to handle any situation.

To be prepared for whatever may happen on the road, here are the final 5 essentials to complete our top ten list of must have items you should pack:

  1. Roadmap: You should carry a laminated, foldable roadmap. A travel compass is also a great tool to help you get your bearings. A solid GPS system with bike mount is a good investment or a cell phone broad band Internet access to online GPS can work.
  2. Security: A wheel lock, heavy chain with a lock. Make sure that the lock is long enough so it can secure both wheels to make it difficult to be rolled away. You may also want to disable your bike for an added level of protection.
  3. Spare key: It’s a smart idea to carry a spare ignition key because, hey ya never know. Stow it in a ziplock plastic bag and secure it in a safe place on your bike or in your gear.
  4. Motorcycle mechanics list: Check your bike thoroughly before you take off down the road and make a list of bike repair shops along your journey. Keep it in a plastic protector with your important documents.
  5. Personal necessities: Power snacks like nuts and dried fruits give you long lasting energy. Decaf 5-hour Energy has B-vitamins and amino acids plus choline to enhance mental clarity.And don’t forget the toiletries; sanitary wipes, tooth brush, toothpaste and deodorant.

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Photo Courtesy of Wild Wind Motorcycle Tours

Photo Courtesy of Wild Wind Motorcycle Tours

Summer is winding down but there is still time to celebrate the uniqueness of the season and the joy of riding your motorcycle on the open road.

If you are looking for a special road trip you might enjoy joining the crew from Wild Wind Motorcycle Tours on a ride to the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada will be held this year from August 25 to September 1.

The 2008 art theme is “The American Dream” and this event has been called a once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be missed experience in a location is perfect for refining your motorcycle riding skills.

Since 1986, the Burning Man Festival has been centered on the power of art.

A motorcycle is a work of art in motion: riding through the magnificent scenery of the Black Rock Desert can be truly awe-inspiring. But come prepared, the 107 degree temperature of the desert can be ruthless.

Wild Wind Motorcycle Tours is based in Arizona and offers a variety of tours to mystical and magical places in the southwest. If you want to ride the legendary Route 66 or the Grand Canyon, these are the bikers to call.

To get a taste of how the Wild, Wild West earned its name, participate in the Arizona Good Guys and Gunslingers tour to “the town to tough to die,” Tombstone, Arizona.

For those bikers who want in on the Wild Wind Motorcycle Tours fun to Burning Man Festival, don’t delay because space is limited.

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With the onset of warm weather bikers around the country are eager to be on the road again and part of the fun is attending biker rallies.

One of the first events that always have a huge turnout is Bikefest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which took place June 2nd.

The reports have been pouring in that because of bikers behaving badly, the City Council is going to review hosting the event.

The majority of bikers attend rallies to meet friends, listen to great music, relax and have fun.

But many people on both sides seem to be stuck in the 1950’s: when rock n’ roll music was supposedly the product of an evil force and bikers earned a reputation for striking fear in the hearts of the townsfolk.

Every time bikers gather, there seems to be a great burst of energy released by non-bikers due to fear of the biker stereotype, that a handful of bikers like to keep alive.

It should be noted that college students share the credit with bikers for creating the mischief that is causing the City Council to take a second look at Bikefest.

Behaving badly or biker rage: call it what you will, just like road rage displayed by drivers, it’s bad news.

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Believe it or not, with only 91 miles of road Juneau, Alaska has more motorcycles per capita than most places in the United States.

This is one of the reasons for the 91 Miles to Ride: Juneau’s Biker Culture exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Four classic motorcycles will be on display; a 1924 Henderson Inline IV, a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead (shown in the photo on the right), a 1946 Indian Chief and a 9-foot-long 1975 customized chopper, all on loan from Juneau bikers.

In 2006, 1,025 motorcycles were registered in Juneau. According to Sarah Asper-Smith, guest curator of the exhibit which opened May 18th and will be on display until September 27th, the exhibit examines the reason why there are so many motorcycles in town, when it’s not possible to drive out of town and only 3 good months for riding a year.

The exhibit features memorabilia and photographs, which highlight the biker culture and groups of Juneau. There is a lot of history in these photographs: a 1930s photograph shows one of the earliest motorcycle clubs in town, when there were only one or two roads.

The motorcycle owners of Juneau are a passionate group and according to the Museum Director Jane Lindsey, the exhibit appeals to the community on different levels. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of Juneau, their neighbors and get a chance to see  vintage motorcycles that combine art with machine beautifully.

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Cameron Donald donned his AGV helmet and had a big day at the recent Superbike TT on the Isle of Man along with 2 of his Relentless Suzuki team members, Adrian Archibald and Bruce Anstey. 

Suzuki GSX-R1000s are respected for their racing power and both of these riders are skilled at testing their metal and pushing their bikes to the ultimate performance. Racing fans screamed with delight as the Aussie mounted the podium to receive his honors.

The Relentless Suzuki team rode hot, thanks to the K8 TAS Performance-prepared GSX-R1000s. Their performance at the event keeps the record held by Suzuki intact starting with every rider from Norman Brown forward who have claimed top honors.

There were plenty of exciting moments, especially when Cameron Donald clocked in at 129.256mph on lap six of the 37.73 mile Mountain Circuit in just 17 minutes 30.84 seconds!

Fireblade John McGuinness’ exit from the race gave Cameron an extra boost of confidence that this could be his moment to shine and without a doubt he proved that he is racer to watch. Guy Martin proved to be a worthy contender, by leading early in the race, but Cameron Donald did not give him any quarter, pursuing him with rock solid determination that paid off; in lap three there was only 10 seconds separating Cameron and Martin from the rest of the field and in lap four Cameron overtook the lead from Martin.

Cameron Donald gave the credit for his win to every member of the Relentless Suzuki team and his gear, in particular his AGV helmet for their role in his winning performance. You can read the entire story at roadracingworld.com.

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President Bush is now an honorary member of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club complete with his own leather jacket. And you cannot help but wonder which motorcycle the President would ride: would it be a Harley-Davidson, Triumph or Honda?

Many of the Rolling Thunder bikers are veterans and reminded President Bush that there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of benefits veterans receive during active duty and after they leave the service.

This was a very appropriate way to mark the end of Motorcycle Safety Month. With Rolling Thunder’s visit to the White House on May 25th, it also underscored that what we really need are uniform motorcycle laws across the United States as well as increased driver education on how to share the road with bikers. Perhaps this event will encourage our lawmakers to turn a more careful eye to the legislature that is high the bikers lists of concerns.

Of course bikers need to do their part as well. It is a mystery to me why after countless motorcycle accidents, some of them fatal, that there are STILL bikers who ride without proper training, protective gear, license or insurance.

The more bikers respect their own safety, the easier it will be for drivers to do the same.

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Motorcycles and racing is a match that’s made in heaven as far as fans are concerned. Thousands of bikers and car drivers attend events that deliver a thrill that is hard to define. Several websites have broadcast events but there’s something new is on the horizon: The Moto Channel on MediaZone.com.

Media Zone brings comprehensive coverage of Motorcross, Freestyle, Mini and SuperMoto racing direct and live via Internet TV. Beside the live coverage, there are archives of past season events and Fantasy Leagues as well.

Join the community with a season pass annual subscription of $24.99 and you can upload your photos and videos, blog and participate in member forums. Plus when it comes to live events, you will not believe all of the action that is included:

  • Weekly highlights on MediaZoneMoto.com
  • 2008 Motocross of Nations
  • 2008 Supermoto of Nations
  • 2008 FIM Supermoto World Championship
  • 2008 FIM Motocross World Championship
  • 2005-2007 Motocross, Supermoto, Freestyle and 2006 Minimoto Archives

The Moto Channel lets you truly experience the feeling of “being there” from where ever you are in the world. With coverage of motorcycle events from around the world on Internet TV, you may never watch regular television again.

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Here’s an interesting point to think about: why do some bikers think it’s okay to ride uninsured? Is it possible they don’t realize there are heavy fines and penalties if they are caught–including losing their bike?

Hmmm…it does makes one wonder how they missed the memo on biker safety. Research studies show that uninsured automobile drivers tend to behave more recklessly: could the same be true for bikers? In addition when two cars are involved in an accident and either of them is uninsured, guess what? It affects the lives and premium rates of everyone.

It’s amazing to hear discussions offering workarounds that encourage bikers to flaunt the law. Yeah, we know the cost of living is high. But let me ask you this: have you checked the prices on funeral arrangements lately? Can you imagine being the uninsured biker in an accident? The first thought will be: “No insurance? That was stupid.”

Let’s not forget that bikers are already living on the fringe of legal roadrunners. Gas prices are making drivers look kindly at motorcycles, but there are still those who wouldn’t miss them. There have been some nasty encounters between drivers and riders on the road. So with that said…is YOUR bike legal?

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Whether you are biking to work or across country, you can never have enough storage space butcargo storage you don’t want to weigh down your bike too much with extra luggage. Having all of your necessities at your fingertips just got easier with the Grab-it Pack. With a design that mimics the ever-ready gun holster, this nifty water-resistant storage gadget was invented by Louis Kiss, a Hollywood Stuntman and Special Effects Makeup Artist.

The Grab-it Pack is great for holding your wallet, cell phone, keys and coins: all the small stuff that you need on your ride. It’s designed to hug your hip, and straps secure it around your waist and your leg. It can be worn on either your right or left side or if you really need A LOT of storage room you can wear one on both sides. Velcro flaps hold all of your stuff securely in place making it easy to open and get to the things you need when on your motorcycle.

The Grab-it Pack is one of those items that can be used by every biker. It has a no-nonsense functional design gives you extra on-body cargo space that you can remove when you reach your destination. Way cool and reasonably priced to boot. Check it here.

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MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

Has YOUR Representative Signed on to H. Res. 339
Supporting the Goals of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month officially got the green flag on May 1st in Washington, DC. This year Congress saddled up at the starting line to show their support by introducing H. Res. 339 which highlights the safety guidelines that all bikers should know by heart:

  • Have a legal license
  • Get motorcycle rider training
  • Always wear a good quality DOT approved helmet
  • Wear protective leather motorcycle riding gear, boots and gloves
  • NEVER drink and ride

But H. Res. 339 goes an extra mile: focusing on the need for automobile drivers to not only share the road but also to be on the alert for motorcycle riders. In too many motorcycle accidents involving automobiles, the drivers stated that they didn’t see the motorcycle.

Really? Okay bikers, how can we change that?

  • Use your headlights — even during daylight hours
  • Wear helmets and gear with reflective red and white markings

Why red and white? Because these are the colors used in railroad crossing signs: automobile drivers associate them with danger. Respect your life: make your presence on the road easy to recognize and hard to ignore.

LET’S BRING THE NUMBER OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS DOWN.

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How many times have you wished for a dream job working with motorcycles? Well, here is your chance to go for the gold and toss your hat in the ring for a chance to do the work you love and get paid well for your effort.

For the fourth year in a row, on May 5th Motorcycle Industry Jobs.com will host the online “Moto Job Fair” and is offering employers a huge opportunity to recruit the best moto talent on the planet and save a lot of cash ($125.00) in advertising fees if postings are placed by May 4th.

As a bonus, all of the help wanted ads placed by May 4th will be available to job seekers for 15 days (to May 20th) at no additional charge. Employers can also place their ads by calling the toll-free number of Motorcycle Industry Jobs: 1-866-376-8964.

MIJ is based in Escondido, California and has earned a solid reputation as the leading Internet search engine for the motorsports industry. Skilled bikers who have a passion for motorcycles get treated right; registration with the service provides several features to connect you with your dream job: highlight your resume with a 500 character clip to attract attention and receive instant job notifications by email — all for free: what’s not to love? Check it out: http://motorcycleindustryjobs.com/index.php

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Braking is the one aspect of motorcycling that many bikers struggle to master, especially when making an emergency stop. There are a few new motorcycles that have anti-lock brakes, but this option calls for deep pockets; not every biker can afford them.

The problem most bikers face without anti-lock brakes is that if you are riding full out and your wheels lock the result in most cases will not be pretty. Thankfully now there is a reasonably priced motorcycle accessory that comes in second only to the helmet in providing you with safety and protection: Traction Control Brakes.

This accessory is a safety product that can save your life. The brakes on a motorcycle lock on the high and low areas of the rotor. The Traction Control Brake System plays the role of middleman, absorbing the shock to the brake so they float over these areas. It eliminates premature locking of your brakes and gives you an accurate way to gauge how much brake you’re using.

At $79 a wheel, this is one safety feature you cannot afford to do without; Traction Control Brakes can be fitted to 95% of the current bikes on the market. Protect yourself and be safer on the road: see the Traction Control Brake System up close and personal.

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