The weather has been hot, very hot in California recently, but that will change real soon, making it the perfect time to jump on your motorcycle and go for a ride! Before you jump on, make sure you go through and check your motorcycle to make sure everything is in proper working order. Checking oil, blinkers, lights, and kickstand, you can find a comprehensive checklist here. Once the motorcycle is taken care of, you will need to make sure you are prepared with water, food (protein bars work great), a camera, charged phone and the proper gear, making sure your helmet is intact. From here you need to pick where you are going to go. Here is a list of some of the best California road trips on your motorcycle! Jump on, have fun, be safe, and have a great ride!
The sun is out, what better time to get on your motorcycle and go for a ride. As with any road trip you take, safety is important. You should do a safety check on your motorcycle, to include checking tires, gas, electrical system, etc. And then from there, I found this list of other important safety checks for your ride. Here are a few from the list:
-A tire-plug kit and/or small pump along with portable GPS.
-A neck cooler for these warm days.
-Wrenches, sockets and other tools specific for your bike.
-First-Aid kit, Swiss Army knife, duct tape, and water (to stay hydrated).
There are many more items on the list, it is worth looking over, and maybe even printing out so that you have handy. Remember to stay safe out there, and if something does happen, protect yourself, and your rights.
With much of the country, though not all, are having warm spells, it is time to dust off that motorcycle, if you haven’t already, and take a road trip! I found this list of the 100 best motorcycle road trips by state, with ranking. If you are living in California, my home state, I have also found this list, that can help you find a place to ride in your area! Wherever you end up riding, make sure you stay safe out there. Protect yourself with the right gear, and if you do get into a wreck, make sure to find yourself a lawyer. Be safe out there, and have fun!
Motorcycle Police officers have become more popular over the years, and while the exact number may not be known, you can probably get a feel with seeing more for them out there on the road. Unfortunately, with additional motorcycle police, come additional injuries and deaths. According to officer.com motorcycle collisions were ranked third in cause of death for officers. Now, even though it causes injury, and sometimes death, the number of fatalities has declined since 1969 when they changed the training, making it more comprehensive, so that the death toll would drop. According to ABC10.com of the 233 police officer deaths in the line of duty over one third of them were motorcycle wrecks. You might be asking yourself why they still train officers to ride motorcycles with so many fatalities. The reason is that they are able to get to places that police cars are too big for. So they are helpful in pursuits in a way cars cannot be. Hopefully the training continues to get more comprehensive, and the body armor continues to get better, so that the number of deaths will stay on trend to be lower.
Not to take away from the seriousness of the post, but I had to bring up one of the most famous motorcycle police riders, Ponch! I have not seen the remake of CHIPS, but the trailer does look funny! Enjoy the clip here.
The weather is changing and the rain is fading, a welcome relief from the abnormal amount of rain California has seen over the last few months. Today is supposed to be the first day of 70-degree weather in Northern California since November, a long stretch for us. With the nicer weather brings additional motorcycle riders, and more reasons to be cautious on the road. While motorcycle fatalities were down in California in 2015 they were up in other parts of the country. Part of the reason fatalities are down are the helmet laws here, because we actually have the highest rate of riders. While fatalities are down, injuries are still fairly high, these stats are from the CHP from 2013, but still give you a good idea.
If you are in an accident you should connect with a lawyer, so that your rights are protected. Insurance companies are out for themselves, so you want to make sure you have someone looking out for you. I can help with your needs by contacting me, and if I don’t fit, I can help refer you to someone that might.
Some of us breathe a sigh of relief as the weather cools, and winter rolls in as motorcycle riding begins to thin out. Even so, this is the time of year when motorists need to be even more observant as the elements such as rain and fog, along with the darker days, reduce visibility.
Here are seven myths about motorcycle safety that need to go away. Please pass these on to your “biker” friends and remember myth #5 “Drivers Will See You” – statistics say they do not.