Motorcycle Awareness Month
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
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Next Monthly Gathering
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Rocket City Wings gathering
-- OH! Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
|26, || ||Tue||-||-T-O-D-A-Y-|
| ||-||* Dinner Social: El Herradura Mexican Restaurant
-- @ 6:00 p.m., 11700 South Memorial Pkwy, SW|
|28, || ||Thu||-||* Dinner Social: Parkway Place Mall Food Court
-- @ 6:00 p.m., 2801 South Memorial Pkwy|
|30, || ||Sat||-||Chapter Ride to AL-T Funday
-- Ride to AL-T Fun day being held from 10 am - 2:00 pm at First Alliance Church. Meet at CB/Shell at 7:00 am to eat and leave at 8:00 am.|
|31, || ||Sun||-||** Breakfast Social: City Cafe Diner
-- @ 8:30 a.m., Drake Avenue, SW (Next to Cracker Barrel)|
|9, || ||Tue||-||Rocket City Wings gathering
-- OH! Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|5, || ||Tue||-||Darlene Kennemer's Birthday|
|24, || ||Sun||-||Richard Chapman's Birthday|
|30, || ||Sat||-||Jim & Carol Robinson's Anniversary|
Updated: 5/4/2015 6:33:53 PM
|This is Your Chapter
Remember, this is YOUR chapter and your participation and ideas are what makes it all worth while. So please pass along any ideas you have. It will be appreciated by all.
Region A Conventions
A spring SPOOKtacular!!
May 14-16, 2015
Georgia Wing Fling
Jun 18-20, 2015
South Carolina District
Pirates of the Carolinas
July 16-18, 2015
Wing Ding 37
GWRRA's Wing Ding 37
"Rocket City Road Trip"
September 3-6, 2015
Southeast Region "A"
Fall Harvest Festival
October 29-31, 2015
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
-- Charlie Chaplin
We Ride--We Assume Risk
We all assume a certain level of risk when we ride our motorcycles. Our main concern is usually the 4000 pound SUV crossing in-front of us at an intersection and the driver being oblivious to our existence as they chat on their cell phone. That being said, another risk motorcyclists encounter is the Road Hazard.
Road hazards are obstacles such as speed bumps, potholes, debris and road kill. Having given you all the obstacle hazards you WILL encounter on your ride, how can you effectively prepare and react to such hazards. Think back to school for a second and refresh yourself on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's SEE method. What is SEE again? Search, Evaluate, Execute. If you use the searching and evaluating effectively this can help you avoid the obstacles mentioned above.
- Practice your quick-reaction counter steering. You can go to a vacant parking lot and place some coke cans out and as you get close, practice your quick obstacle avoidance counter steer to swerve around the object without braking. The idea being that the bike is agile and can avoid an object.
- Do not tail gate the vehicle in front of you. If there was a 2 by 4 in the road and you were too close to the guy in front of you, you would not effectively see the board in time and hit it. If it were something larger or road kill, it might have resulted in an accident. If you don't have to run over it don't. Don't forget to watch for the obstacles
- Now if you have time to react and you are unable to avoid the object, be sure to slow as much as time and traffic will permit.
- Approach the obstacle at a 90 degree angle. Most commonly, when you encounter railroad tracks that are offset or uneven pavement.
- Rise slightly off the seat and shift your weight rearward, ease off of the throttle. Why? You do not want power applied to the rear wheel when it encounters the object. Once you have the bike stable and free of the obstacle, resume seated. If it was a hard impact you should pull over and check for damage.
- For handling live critter avoidance. If you see the critter and have time to slow down, do so. Be mindful of traffic behind you. With dogs, it is best to slow, then if the dog is making a b-line for you, increase throttle. For deer, this is the worse case, it is best to slow as much as possible until you are past.
- Here is a somewhat related obstacle avoidance tip. When it rains, all of the dropped oil from the cars makes for a real slick surface. So be mindful of where you put your foot down and place your tires.
In conclusion, I hoped to have provided some useful tips on basic obstacle avoidance. I strongly believe it is not the number of years that you have ridden a motorcycle; it is your experience and skillful use of the machine that really matter.
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