HOW TO LIVE TO BE AN OLD BIKER

Facts and Trivia November 2017

  1. Always, Always respect and maintain your motorcycle. Did you know that a motorcycle tire with correct tire pressure runs between 180-230 degrees, a tire that is 10lbs. low can exceed 412 degrees. Touring model riders tend to not check their rear tire pressure at gas stations because hot exhaust and saddlebags get it the way, its good practice to check your pressure before you leave the house while your pipes are cool.
  2. Never under any circumstance ride under the influence of ANYTHING, I know you think you can handle it….you can’t!
  3. Never ride outside of your comfort zone or skill set, know your limitations and use it to your advantage. Just because a couple of guys ask you to ride with them and they start lane splitting and tearing up the road that doesn’t mean you have to, just let them go.
  4. Be aware of the vehicle around you at all times, always give yourself a way out. By this I mean don’t box yourself it, leave an opening to swerve out of danger.
  5. Roads and road conditions can and will change, never assume what is beyond the next turn.
  6. Wear the right clothes. I’m not referring to wallets with chains and big Harley patches, I’m referring to leather, denim and boots. This year I’ve seen way to many shorts and sneakers.
  7. Stay calm and be in TOTAL control, once you throw a leg over seven hundred and eighty pounds of metal it’s all business. If you allow yourself to get upset or worked up, you start making mistakes. And mistakes aren’t something you can allow to happen.
  8. Developing your sixth sense- An experienced rider is always ahead of the situation. His eyes are up, scanning the road and the approaching intersections, monitoring the behavior of other traffic and looking for apexes before a newer rider even knows they exist. A veteran rider knows how to take in and mentally sort through thousands of pieces of information at once, creating a constantly-updated situational awareness that keeps him out of trouble before it has a chance to happen. Instinctual – On the occasion that something unanticipated does occur, the experienced rider knows how to handle it. He has the feel of his machine, and sufficient command of the controls to execute evasive maneuvers or make sudden corrections without having to think.
  9. Patient- Mistakes happen most often when riders get in a hurry. They rush a corner, try to pass a car at an inappropriate time, or try to beat a red light. They blast through an unfamiliar stretch of road trying to keep up with a buddy. Sometimes, they’ll get away with it, but experienced riders know that it’s usually not worth the risk. They’ll lay back in traffic, open their following distances, and wait for opportunities to clear out of traffic. Having patience gives them time to make good decisions on the road.
  10. Learn – Experienced riders study everything relevant to their sport. From their bikes, to their gear, to riding technique, you’ll find them devouring everything they can find. They’ll read tire spec sheets and reviews until their eyes bleed before deciding on a set. They’ve probably got a whole shelf in their office library devoted to books on riders, riding, and motorcycle technology. They know every single inch of their bike, and have put a wrench on more than half of it.
  11. Becoming an experienced rider is a different process for everybody. It might take you longer than it took your dad, for some or all of the reasons listed above. Don’t get discouraged by that, and don’t get in a hurry and end up riding over your head. Ride as well as you know how to ride, work at getting better, and keep at it, and you may find yourself being the one to offer advice to a new rider in a few years.
  12. Always remember to put your eyes where you want that motorcycle to be in two seconds from now You start with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience, the goal is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck, the only way to gain experience is to ride, ride and then ride some more. And you MUST listen to and learn from those who know, the older riders that you come into contact with did not get to where they are by accident.

 

Trivia Question of the Month:

 

QUESTION:  In 1981 the first non AMF Harley rolled of the assembly line in Pennsylvania. What symbolic accessory did Harley include on this first motorcycle?

(A)   Gold dipstick.

(B)   Silver gas cap.

(C)   An Eagle fender ornament.

(D)  A middle finger decal.

If you think you know the answer, email “Bo” at Hogshoppe@aol.com
Look for the answer in next month’s issue of
“Full Throttle Magazine.”

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

QUESTION: Who did Steve McQueen’s famous 65 ft motorcycle jump in the 1963 movie “The Great Escape?”

  1. Evil Knievel.
  2. Triumph dealer Bud Ekins.
  3. Steve McQueen “himself.”
  4. Elvis Presley.
  5. Jimi Hendrix.

 

ANSWER:  it was Triumph Dealer and longtime friend Bud Ekins, who also did some of the stunt driving in the movie “Bullett.”

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

I just had a conversation with this 20 year old Millennial, he was complaining about his 48 hour work week, my reply was: I remember my first part-time job.

 

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Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe Inc.”

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