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MSF QUICK TIPS

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

QUICK TIPS: General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/If_you_ride_a_motorcycle.pdf

Be visible:

• Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.

• Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.

• Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.

• Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.

• Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.

• If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

Dress for safety:

• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.

• Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.

• Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.

• Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.

• Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies:

• Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use MSF’s Search, Evaluate, Execute strategy (SEESM) to increase time and space safety margins.

• Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.

• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.

• Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.

• Watch for turning vehicles.

• Signal your next move in advance.

• Avoid weaving between lanes.

• Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.

• Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

• Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.

Know your bike and how to use it:

• Get formal training and take refresher courses.

• Call 800.446.9227 or visit www.msf-usa.org to locate the Motorcycle Safety Foundation hands-on RiderCourseSM nearest you.

• Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.

Remember: Give yourself space. People driving cars often just don’t see motorcycles. Even when drivers do see you, chances are they’ve never been on a motorcycle and can’t properly judge your speed.

www.msf-usa.org 10/06

10 Great Beginner's Bikes

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Ten Great Intermediate Beginner Motorcycles - By Basem Wasef, About.com Guide

http://motorcycles.about.com/od/howtostartridin1/tp/Ten-Great-Beginner-Motorcycles.htm

1. 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500R ($5,499) - One of the tamest members of the notorious Ninja family, the 500R is like a Ninja 250R on steroids-- while remaining manageable enough for beginners.

2. 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD ($5,499) - Built around the compact parallel-twin found in Kawasaki's Ninja 500R, the Vulcan 500 LTD is a well-balanced mid-sized cruiser that's well-suited for beginners.

3. 2008 Suzuki GS500F ($5,899) - The GS500F's sporty appearance should appeal to performance-oriented riders, but its air-cooled, twin-cylinder 487cc engine is tame enough for beginners.

4. 2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom ($6,099) - With a wet weight of 513 lbs, Yamaha's V-Star 650 Custom cruiser might be heavier than most bikes here, but its low 27.4 seat height and mild manners make it an approachable beginner bike.

5. 2009 Suzuki DR-Z400SM ($6,299) - If supermoto style is what you're after, the Suzuki DR-Z400SM offers that unique combination of a dirtbike body and street-biased suspension.

6. 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow ($7,999) - The Harley-Davidson SuperLow is one of three new bikes in the 2011 Harley lineup, and this re-imagined Sportster offers enhanced low speed maneuverability, a saddle height of only 25.5 inches, and greater suspension travel for more comfortable riding.

 

7. 2009 Triumph Bonneville ($7,299) - If you like the look of classic British bikes, you'll love the Triumph Bonneville. Its torquey air-cooled 865cc parallel twin doesn't need to rev high to produce decent power, and its iconic design combines retro styling and modern functionality. Read our 2009 Bonneville review, and take a look at the entire 2009 Triumph lineup here.

8. 2009 Suzuki GSX650F ($7,299) - Don't let its Gixxer-like looks fool you; the Suzuki GSX650F's upright posture and tractable powerplant make it a great beginner bike.

9. 2009 BMW G650 Xcountry ($7,500) - Though it's generally considered a premium product, beginners craving a versatile dual purpose bike might want to consider a BMW G650 Xcountry. Its 53 horsepower single-cylinder powerplant should offer years of reliable operation, and its oddball styling cuts a unique silhouette on the road.

10. 2012 Honda Shadow RS ($8,240) - The Honda Shadow RS's liquid-cooled 745cc V-twin might be more powerful than most bikes in this category, but its low seat height and nimble handling make it a solid choice for beginners.

 

 

MYRTLE BEACH BLACK BIKE WEEK

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

23-26 May 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Myrtle Beach SC

http://www.blackbikeweek.us

 

TCLOCS PRERIDE CHECKLIST

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

TCLOCS PRERIDE CHECKLIST

T = Tires and Wheels; C = Cables and Controls; L = Lights; O = Oil and Fluids; C = Chassis; S = Sidestand (Kickstand)

T = Tires and Wheels

Inspect your wheel rims for dents and cracks. Make sure that the spokes are tight and straight. Check tire pressure often daily when you are touring – and always use a tire gauge. Consult your owner’s manual for correct pressure and load rating. Air pressure can change with the air temperature. While you’re at it, inspect tires. Remove any objects stuck in the treads that may cause a puncture. Check for sufficient tire tread. Replace them if less that 50 percent of the tread remains, or if there are any cracks, cuts, or signs of distress. (Tires should be changed by your dealer. They are expertly trained to replace tires and inspect your wheel.)

TIP: If you strike an object, such as a curb, at speed, severe internal tire damage may result which is not visible from the outside. In such a case, have your dealer remove and inspect your tires.

C = Cables and Controls

Next you’ll want to check the controls to be sure they operate properly. Inspect the front and rear brakes, throttle, clutch, and shifter. Squeeze the clutch to feel if it is operating smoothly. Squeeze the front brake: it should feel firm and keep the motorcycle from rolling forward when pushed. Check the rear brake in the same way. Replace broken, worn, or frayed cables at once.

TIP: Visual inspection of brake pads can be made without removing the caliper by viewing each caliper with a flashlight. Check your owner’s manual for acceptable minimum brake pad thickness. (Note: Always replace brake pads in pairs.)

L = Lights

Check your headlight(s), directional signals, tail light, and brake light every time you ride. Not only do they help you see where you're going, but they are your best way of being seen by others. If a light is out, it is often easy to change it yourself. Consult your owner's manual and/or service manual for correct type, and removal and replacement procedure. If replacing a headlight, consult your owner's manual for proper headlight alignment.

TIP: If your turn signal indicator light is on but not flashing, check the bulbs. It may simply be burned out bulb in one signal that is causing the other signal (and indicator light) not to flash.

O = Oil and Fluids

Start by checking your fuel supply. Check the engineoil level according to the instructions in your owner's manual. If you do it yourself, don't slack off on the maintenance schedule. And make sure the old oil is properly disposed of. It should be sealed in an approved container and taken to a legitimate oil disposal facility.

You can double the life of your battery by checking and correcting its water level regularly. However, since the 1999 model year (and longer for some models) all HD ® and Buell® motorcycles have sealed, maintenancefree batteries. If you have an older model, consult your owner's manual for the proper battery maintenance procedure. For those who can't ride as often as they'd like, install a battery charger with a convenient disconnect. If you travel often, for instance, the charger will help you avoid a deadbattery homecoming. Check for any fuel, oil, or hydraulic fluid leaks. Give the cases and lines a onceover to make sure there are no leaks.

TIP: Engine oil is a major factor in the performance and service life of the engine – especially when temperature extremes are involved. Base your choice of engineoil grade on the lowest temperature you expect to experience before your next oil change. Consult your owner's manual for exact recommendations.

C = Chassis

Inspect the chassis for cracks at gussets and accessory mounts. Check the steering for smoothness by turning the handlebars through the full operating range. Test the suspension for smooth, damped movement, and be sure to adjust it according to the load you're carrying and your riding style (consult your owner's manual). For highmileage bikes, inspect the drive belt and sprockets.

TIP: If your motorcycle is equipped with an airadjustable rear suspension, a good rule of thumb is to add three pounds of pressure to the rear shock for every 10 pounds of additional weight (passenger or cargo). Just be sure to check your owner's manual for your bike's upper limit.

S = Sidestand (Kickstand)

Check for cracks or bending in the metal, and make sure there's enough tension in the spring to hold it up and out of the way when riding. A dangling stand is a real hazard. Also, before you start riding, sit on your bike and take a look in the mirrors to be sure they're adjusted properly. Even if you don't think you've moved the mirrors, do a quick check just to be sure.

TIP: Your sidestand can easily sink into soft soil or hot asphalt. To avoid a potentially hazardous situation, consider carrying a small flat block of wood with you at all times to place under the sidestand when parking your motorcycle on dirt or asphalt.


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