Motorcycle Rider Basics

Motorcycle Safety: They Can’t Hit You If You’re Not There

clip_image002Well, Duh Frank, of course they can’t hit you if you're not there but I have to ride in the real world and they are there, all of the time. I share the road with cars, trucks, buses, bicycles and anything else that happens along.

I understand, but what I mean is to keep yourself (and your bike) positioned out of the danger zone. You always have choices.

It's the same as riding too close to the car in front of you. If you are too close to the car in front of you and that car makes a sudden stop, you are going to hit it.

If you ride in blind spots, you are going to increase your "close calls" and eventually, get hit by a vehicle whose driver didn't see you there.

Look Where You Go & Go Where You Look

MadMax BadGuy Understanding this concept is another critical piece of the riding puzzle. Go where you look means that, when riding, you (and your motorcycle) will go to wherever you are looking.

The formal term for this is “Target Fixation”.

Here are three examples;

How to Stretch Your $4 Gal of Gas

GasPrices OK, my car gets 22 mpg on an average, that’s not too bad. It’s around 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. I commute 40 miles roundtrip 5 days a week to work, or 200 miles per week. At $4.00 per gallon for gas, it cost me...

200 miles/22 mpg = 9.09 gal per week

$4.00 per gal X 9.09 gal = $36.36 gas cost per week

My motorcycle (HD FXDWG Wide Glide) gets 44 mpg or twice the mileage of my car. It is twice as efficient as my car when it comes to gas consumption. So, using the same commute to work mileage,