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The Danger of Summer Motorcycling

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A grim reminder:
 
For motorcyclists, summer is the time of the year in which you can savor extended daylight and get out and log some miles on your motorcycle. Though with an increase of traffic on the road, accidents are bound to happen, it’s the law of averages plain and simple. I just typed in “motorcycle crash” under the news tab in Google and was surprised to see pages upon pages of motorcycle crashes, many of them fatal, all within the last 24 hours.
 
And these accidents aren’t limited to just one region of the country or genre of motorcycle. While none of us ever think we’ll be in a street bike accident, the randomness of it proves that in fact it can happen to any of us. That’s why when you’re out riding not only is it important to wear proper safety gear but to always pay attention to what’s going around you. For instance, there is a myriad of stoplights where I live in Huntington Beach, California. And quite often someone will run a red light—I’ve seen it many times.
 
That’s why before moving forward through an intersection I always look both ways, even if the light is green. Another example is when a car in front of me is turning left, I try to move over in the lane and get as far away from them as possible while flashing my headlight, in order to make sure that they can better see me. It’s little things like this that can help you reduce your chances of being another statistic this summer. Stay smart and ride safe…
Post Tags: motorcycle crash, summer motorcycling
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EAB -This isn't news July 22, 2009 07:35 AM
There are two US motorcycle riders. The sportbike rider and the middle aged cruiser rider. Both are usually ill equipped to manage the machine they have purchased, both go to bike night to hang out and get lit, and both are the ones that are in these accidents. I see accidents all the time and in 99.999% of the cases it's an accident that could have been prevented easily by a suited up, sober, skilled rider. Oh, and these two types of riders make all efforts to join ABATE to ensure that we have our "freedoms" with bikes, like the freedom for a person with a suspended license or a learners permit to buy an 850Lb cruiser or a 100HP sportbike, and the freedom to ride in a jock strap and ball cap after purchase. I am not a popular person around my workplace because I tell them that the European graduated license laws should be on the books and that bike night should have off duty police officers at the exit point not letting anyone out of the event unless they can blow below a .08. Don't arrest them, just ensure they're safe. And yes, that makes me a safety nazi. Yup, 15 years, 20,000 miles a year, no accidents of any type. Safety Nazi...that's me.
Frak! -Yep July 21, 2009 02:02 PM
In addition to being a rider, I play in a crappy cover band & we play alot bike nites... The amount of alcohol consumption I witness every bike night is astonishing, especially since I wont drink & ride.


A. ARENAS -BIKE GEAR July 21, 2009 01:06 PM
I WEAR LEATHERS,PLUS AN ORANGE T SHIRT WITH GLOW IN THE DARK AND DAY STRIPES,PLUS A BATTERY OPERATED RED HALOGEN MINI LIGHT VELCROED TO THE TOP OF TH HELMET.BOOTS AND GLOVES.DONT CARE HOW HOT IT IS,I KNOW HOW THE ASPHALT TASTES.IT SCARES ME TO SEE HOW MANY RIDE WITH SANDALS,SHORTS AND NO SHIRT.WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE THINK?.
Jeff Berry -Word... July 21, 2009 12:33 PM
Good advice.