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Apr 13, 2012
Riding Right
04/13/2012 1:03 PM (Safety)


Riding a motorcycle requires a little more preparation and training than hopping into a car and driving away.  Here are some safety tips for 'riding right':

THE RIDER:
1. Wear protective gear. 
- Make sure your helmet fit properly and is DOT certified.  Always fasten the helmet strap.  A helmet that goes flying off your head at just the moment you need it kind of defeats the purpose. 
- Eye protection is vital.  A bug or pebble in the eye at 40 mph (+) can quickly turn a fun ride into a deadly one.
- Wear long sleeves and full-fingered gloves.  Don't forget long pants and over-the-ankle boots, too!  Most people can run at least 15 mph at short distances.  Try going out to the street in sandals, shorts and a T-shirt, run full speed and then slide chest first on the pavement like a baseball player into second base.  How did that feel?  Don't forget your 'less than optimal' weather gear, too!

2. Ride Sober!!  Never operate a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If your prescription medications say "don't operate a motor vehicle or machinery while using this drug", don't!

THE BIKE:
Know your bike.  The more familiar you are with your motorcycle, the safer you are riding it.

1. Controls: Know where they are on your bike and how to use them.  Sit on the bike and practice operating the controls like you were riding it.

2. Gears and Brakes:  Practice shifting gears.  The better you are at upshifting and downshifting, the more control you have over your bike.  Don't put your bike in neutral at stoplights- you might need to leave in a hurry.  Know where the brake lever and pedal are and practice using them.  Practice braking!  The better you are, the safer you are!

3. Maintenance: Keep your bike well maintained and in good working order.  Make sure everything works! If anything is in poor condition, it can affect the safety of your ride.  Make sure to follow your manufacturer's guidelines for annual and semi-annual maintenance.  Refer to the T-CLOCS inspection checklist every time you ride!

(source: www.msf-usa.org)
 

Feb 1, 2012
What does riding your motorcycle mean to you?
02/01/2012 9:07 AM (General Riding)


What does riding your motorcycle mean to you?

Traveling by motorcycle is a unique and peculiar thing that is understood by few except those know of it first-hand. The independence and freedom of the open road is something that is lost when traveling by car. You are intimately connected with your surroundings. You see a wider range of sights uninhibited by the cage of a car, a vivid array of scents pass into and out of your helmet, the subtle texture of the road is felt through your grip on the bars and you sense tiny temperature changes on the back of your neck. This is what riding is all about.

Riding. Riding just IS, it’s not euphoric. It’s not work, it’s not fun. It just is, and it’s great.  I’m on the edge…I’ve finally started realizing this, but when I’m riding, something is happening in my mind that hasn’t happened before. I think it’s just being in the moment. Thoughts come into my mind and they go out. I don’t really have a thought, then go onto another, into infinity.  My shoulders don’t hurt anymore, and it’s because I’m not speeding through, I’m just taking it all in. Every revolution of the wheel gets me closer to the next place down the road. Revolving wheels; it’s mesmerizing and it puts me in a really good place. It’s something I always want to come back to.

 

Jan 17, 2012
Tips for Riding in SD
01/17/2012 10:06 AM (Tips)


What do you, as a local/resident rider in SD, want to share with visitors who come to SD to ride?
  1. Watch for deer at dusk/dark. Be extra careful in the Hills riding the curves. It’s so beautiful that it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road.
  2. There are some very nice roads to ride on and that there is very beautiful country to look at.
  3. Recently I discovered the Mobridge/Bismarck 1806/1804 round trip! What a ride! I think there are a ton of these types of routes in this state that usually only the locals know about.
  4. Regardless of what you may hear, there is a great variety of riding conditions in South Dakota. There are long straight roads, curvy canyons and the beauty of the Badlands. Weather conditions are predictable for the most part and riding in South Dakota is just plain fun.