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How Do We Become Better Riders?
by Larry Scalzitti, member and guest contributor
One of the most important things that motorcyclists can do is to continually strive to become better riders. Every time we climb on our bikes, the goal should be - that at the end of the day we’re better riders. The desire to constantly improve helps us to grow and develop. If you say to yourself that there is nothing you can learn - that you know everything there is to know - that you are the best rider you can be – then it’s time to stop riding – you’re an accident waiting to happen. Now I know some of you reading this will take issue with that last statement, but I believe it and I hope that you’ll be open to what I have to say.
I think we can all improve our skills in a number of ways. Here are my thoughts:
Rider Improvement Step 1
We all know our weaknesses, in life and in our motorcycling skill set. Take some time to make a list of things that you’d like to improve on. Then when you ride this season, pick one thing from that list to work on. Make it a habit to reflect on each ride – before (goals), during (monitoring) and after (reflection and analysis) each ride.
Rider Improvement Step 2
Every rider should have as a minimum at least two books in their motorcycle skills library. They should be reread every year as part of your ongoing rider improvement program. I read and reread these books multiple times each year and I always pick up on something that has slid to the back of my mind. No matter how many times I’ve read it before, there is always a new way to see something and I always end up walking away a little smarter for the time spent.
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Canadians travel great distances to return tsunami bike to Japanese owner. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was one of the first items swept out to sea as a result of last year’s tsunami that ultimately washed up on the Canadian coast in British Columbia. Its Japanese owner positively identified the bike thanks to the intact license plate and some fellow motorcycle devotees are making sure that the bike is well cared for and on its way back home. Read entire article
What do Catwoman, Captain America, the Men in Black, GI Joe’s nemesis, and even an animated bear have in common? Answer: They’re all riding motorcycles in big screen movies due out this summer. Even the T-Mobile lady wants us to follow her pink bike to the land of cell phones. Just confirms what we already know – Motorcycles are Cool!!
If you ride a motorcycle or scooter in Chicago, you’ll want to check out this informational brochure on parking regulations for bikes and scooters in the city. Yes, you do have to pay the meter, but no you don’t need a resident sticker to park in restricted neighborhoods. There’s even an explanation for what to do with those pay and display stickers. See the A.B.A.T.E. brochure
Is it just us or are we seeing more motorcycles depicted everywhere - movies, TV shows, ads? Here are two commercials for motorcyles - one circa 1970 featuring a VERY young John Travolta (don't you wish you could get a tank of gas for a handful of coins now?!) - and a modern one with some pretty fancy synchronized riding Click here for Travolta video Click here for Bajaj Pulser video
Safety Corner - When riding the ONLY connection between your bike and the road is just two patches of rubber, so treat them with the respect they deserve and check them regulary. A tire problem at home just keeps you from a ride while a tire problem on the road just might keep you from riding period. Make sure to keep an eye on your tire pressure. It needs to be "Just Right" - too much pressure increases your chances of a tire failure while decreasing traction (and we all know how important that is). Too little pressure and the tires will build up excessive heat which can damage the tire and lead to tire failure, not to mention causing fatigue cracking and negatively impacting vehicle cornering. For more valuable information on the care and feeding of your tires take a look at the Motorcycle Industry Council Tire Guide.
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 May 12 Furies Women’s Bike Blessing, McHenry, IL
Sat May 12 Rockers Reunion, Ace Motorcyle and Scooter, Chicago, IL
Sat May 12 Swap Meet, Peotone, IL
Sat May 19 Team Triumph Open House at Team Triumph, Janesville, WI
Sat May 19 Spectacular Saturday at Kegel H-D, Rockford, IL
Sat May 19 Slide into Spring Open House, Heritage H-D, Lisle, IL
Sun May 20 Little Angels Pledge Run, McHenry, IL
Wed May 23 Bikes and Burlesque, Chicago, 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 out to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. You can also plan a stop to J&P Cycles, the country's largest motorcycle parts dealer.
For a Sunday day trip head up to the Full Moon in Lake Bluff. On any beautiful Sunday, you are likely to find a parking lot full of bikes and someone itching for a ride.
A special welcome to our newest sponsor, Willy World Cycles in Joliet 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!