|L to R: Chad, Me & Dan|
On that note, we thought we'd share with you some advice we wish someone had told us (or maybe they did and now we wish we hadn't ignored it) as we first started out.
|Shades of Grey: My Old Bike & Dennis' Street Glide|
1. Read your Owner's Manual. Twice.
It'll explain how to put your bike that has factory security into 'Travel Mode' so you don't drain your bike's battery while trailering it to Daytona Bike Week.
Tip- keep the manual in your bathroom so you have something to read during your 'alone' time.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
3. Spend the Money and Get Good Gear
Having the right gear while Riding will help keep you warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot, which will help to keep you safe. Because when you're thinking that you're going to freeze to death if you go another mile, you're not thinking about what you're doing on the bike. And Riding a Motorcycle takes your full concentration.
4. Smash Bugs, Wash, Repeat
Besides, by washing your bike you'll get to know it better. And the old saying is true: the better you take care of your bike, the better it will take care of you.
5. Know You're Really Fully Covered
The question you need to ask & the find the answer to is, "Who is that insurance designed to protect?"
You'll want to check into spousal coverage (if you're married and your spouse rides with you on your bike), medical payments to cover medical expenses that occur as a result of an accident, and -the biggy- supplemental under-insured/uninsured coverage.
6. Be Social
7. Increase your odds of survival - a word about alcohol
So, when it comes to 'Reasonable Risk' while out riding with friends and one of the stops is at the favorite Bar & Grill, most figure having a beer with a burger is somewhat safe....
It's not and here's why:
- Lots like to blame 'cagers' for crashing into Bikers, but the reality is most of the fatal motorcycle accidents don't involve a car at all.
- Bikers who are fatally injured in an accident are more likely to be intoxicated than the driver of a car or pick-up truck.
- Experienced Bikers were tested at different levels of intoxication, going through drills on a MSF course. In some cases, the Bikers showed reduced performance with a BAC of just 0.05% -still within the 'legal' limit.
- You have the good judgement needed to know when drinking is starting to impairs affect your ability to ride... but drinking also impairs your judgement. So if your judgement is off how can you make an accurate call as to your riding ability?