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The importance of being prepared
What’s the worst that can happen on a ride?  Thankfully it hasn’t happened to me or others when I have been riding with them – but what if it did, what would I do?  Would I be a help or a hindrance?

At Bike Week in Daytona I was presented with the opportunity to take the Accident Scene Management Basic course.  For those not familiar this series of courses (5 in all) was created by Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo over 16 years ago.  Since that time thousands of EMS workers and riders throughout the world have taken these courses.  (As a matter of fact, two days after I met Vicki she was leaving to present a series of classes in Australia).

My class was taught by Cat Hammes, herself an accident survivor due in part to the on-site treatment she received from an Accident Scene Management trained rider and Gina Woods, host of OpenRoad radio and also an Accident Scene Management instructor.  The objective of the course (as taken from their website): 
 “Learn what to do in the first 5-30 minutes after a crash until professional help arrives. Helmet removal, jaw thrust, and moving the injured are all addressed & practiced.”  Read entire article

Instead of just presenting those who will be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF) has opted to announce all 26 nominees for the 2012 class.  Located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tells the stories of motorcycling's heroes and legends, and preserves the history of motorcycling. Hall of Fame nominees are selected from a number of specialties within two main categories. The non-competition category includes ambassadors/industry, design/engineering and leadership/motorcyclist rights advocates, and the competition category includes flat track, motocross/Supercross, off-road, roadracing, and specialty competition.  Read entire article

  And speaking of history-making motorcyclists, here's one impressive lady who was a 2002 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.  Bessie B. Stringfield broke down barriers as a female African-American motorcyclist who rode cross-country solo eight times and served as a civilian motorcycle dispatch rider for the U.S. Army.  Ms Stringfield's first bike (at 16) was a 1928 Indian Scout, followed by a series of 27 Harleys.  Read entire article

 BUILD: Motorcycle Mentorship Program and the Chicago Connection.  Chicago motorcycle icon Sarah Lahalih writes in her blog about a youth mentoring project starting its second year and someone in the local motorcycle community who's helping the cause.  BUILD targets high school kids who have lost tech programs at their school with a program that matches mentors with kids to restore vintage motorcycles.  Read Sarah's blog

One of the things we enjoyed most about last month's Daytona Bike Week was test riding all the new motorcycles.  We rode the Harley Ultra Glide, Road King and V-Rod; the Victory Cross Country Tour, Vision Tour (I'm riding this one in the photo at right), and the Victory Hardball; Kawasaki's Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS; the Yamaha Star Royal Star Venture S; and Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition.  Here's a video of me riding the new Ducati Diavel  (just kidding - although I did take it for a test ride and all I can say is WOW!)  Click here for video

Safety Corner - SEEing is Believing!  We’ve all learned the MSF mantra, “Search, Evaluate, Execute” for appropriate decision-making while riding.  The MSF site has several visual demonstrations of tricks the eyes can play on us, reinforcing the importance of keeping our eyes moving and our head on a swivel.  Try these out yourself – especially the animated one at the bottom.  Click for eye tests

Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete list of local events.

Sat April 7 Spring Kick-off Party at the Zone, Chicago, IL

Thur - Sun April 12-15 Moonshine Lunch Run, Casey, IL - Rally in Southern Illinois with featured event - moonburgers lunch Saturday in Moonshine, IL

Sat April 14 Swap Meet, Kankakee, IL - sponsored by River Valley A.B.A.T.E.

Sat - Sun April 14-15 Wildfire H-D Birthday Bash, Villa Park, IL

Sat April 21 City Limits H-D Spring Thaw Party, Palatine, IL

Sat April 21 McHenry H-D Spring Open House, McHenry, IL

Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com for ideas of places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride up to the Grand Traverse Bay area of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  It’s beautiful country and there’s a lot to see and do, including tall ship cruises, winery tours, and climbing sand dunes.

For a day trip there's a great diner (P's Restaurant) inside Kegel Harley-Davidson in Rockford.  You can munch on O'rings, Spokes or Dip Sticks or try the house specialties straight from the UP - Porketta or Pasty!

A special welcome to our newest sponsor, Fox Valley Cycles in Aurora for helping to make this newsletter possible.

Send us your day ride and overnight suggestions and we'll share them with fellow riders on our website and in this newsletter. If your overnight getaway is selected for publication, you'll receive a $100 gift certificate to any one of our sponsors.  Send your day rides and overnight getaway recommendations to pam@localmotohub.com.

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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