These are two maneuvers that become instinctive as you rack up more milage and take an advanced riders course which highlights the areas that are most likely to get us into trouble if we’re not paying attention. I’ve included a clip that discusses the proper way to counter steer and hard brake, take the time to view this short clip ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTsKlVTftO8 ), the rider explains and demos the proper techniques to address both of these actions. Riding is fun but you MUST pay attention to your surroundings and anticipate the next intersection, turn, stop, merge, animals, people, cars, trucks other bikers….get the picture? Awareness of your surrounding is a critical element of riding safely. Some ’06 stats from the Motorcycle Safety Council are as follows: 46% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occurred during the execution of a turn. The main cause, entering the turn at an excessive speed. As I mentioned at one of our previous monthly meetings on turning, its best to accelerate through a turn in lieu of an ‘uh oh’ and attempt to hard brake while your leaning into a turn, NOT GOOD!! SLOW DOWN when approaching a turn, especially one that your not familiar with. The result will cause you to accelerate through the turn which is optimum, fun and the safest way to execute a turn. Another interesting statistic is the numero uno place where 90% of motorcycle accidents occur is at intersections. Remember the discussion we had on approaching an intersection? Always approach it as if someone will run the light or stop sign, or make that left turn in front of you so you should always be planning your escape route which will be more instinctive than reactive when your prepared. This kind of mental activity when riding will improve your reaction time and it’ll keep you alert; I call it zone out prevention. Always look way ahead of your path and anticipate the surroundings your approaching. When doing so there is a reasonable chance that your escape path, if necessary, will be the one of least resistance and maximum safety. Ride safe, ride often and anticipate anticipate anticipate…. Happy New Year, Dom Mozzone
The KSU time for today, March 18 has been changed to 11:00 at the Gemini Deli.
Sunday, March 18
RC Barry will lead a ride ending in Port Jefferson
KSU 10:00 Gemini Deli
March 31-Winthrop Easter Ride
A very special ride to be a part of! This ride is opened to non-club members
Gifts/checks can be given at the monthly meeting if you can’t make the ride
KSU 11:00 VFW Hall
Lake George Overnight
Holiday Inn Resort
Rooms are $119+tax Use code LIH
Book by April 4 for this rate
(There is a 72 hr. cancellation restriction)
Save the Date-Rolling Thunder May 25-28
Hampton Inn College Park 301 345-2200
Use code LHR $134 (including tax)
Book by April 20 for this rate
(Cancellation info to follow)
Save The Dates
Here is a look at upcoming rides.
More Info Will Follow.
May 4th – 7th Lake George
May 20th – June 23rd Vancouver
May 25th – 28th Rolling Thunder
June 21st – 25th – Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
July 5th – 14th Nova Scotia
August 10th – 12th Martin Guitar and Bill’s Bike Barn
Sept. 14th – 17th – New Hampshire / Laconia
For last minute updates on rides and events check out our Facebook page L.I. Harley Riders A.M.A. Charter#3156, website LIharleyriders.com, or the hotline 631 406 4170
There will be free motorcycle safety seminars given by the Empire State Motorcycle Education Program at various times and venues in March and May. I strongly urge everyone to attend one of these sessions to sharpen your skills and awareness.