If you operate an automobile, please read on and hopefully it will help you avoid the phrase “BUT I DIDN’T SEE THE MOTORCYCLE.”

Over two-thirds of car-motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers, not by motorcyclists. The driver either does not see the oncoming motorcyclist at all or does not see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a crash. If it wasn’t bad enough that many drivers read newspapers, eat breakfast, play with the radio and even apply makeup while driving, In recent years there have been new distractions added to this problem, CELL PHONES and dashboard GPS units are causing more of a problem than we can live with as riders. I can’t even count how many times that I have pulled up to a car at a red light just to see someone sending a text message, and continues to type text messages when the light turns green. It has become so distracting that driving seems almost like an inconvenience to many of these people. Don’t make your cell phone more important that A Motorcyclists life!

Drivers tend to look for other cars, not motorcycles, because of its smaller profile, a motorcycle is harder to see and you may find it more difficult to estimate the motorcycle’s speed. Another very important fact for drivers is that you are programed to judge a cars distance by how far away the 2 headlight are from you, but with a motorcycles single headlight bikes are harder to judge distance, if you remember nothing else from this column REMEMBER THAT.

The motorcyclist’s riding pattern is different from your driving pattern. Different actions may be needed for the same driving or highway situation. For example, you may ignore a piece of road debris as a driver; however, that same piece of road debris may be deadly for a motorcyclist.

Traffic, weather, and road conditions require a motorcyclist to react differently than a driver, thus it is more difficult for you to judge and to predict cues that may require the motorcyclist to take an evasive action.

So in conclusion, I really hope you will all look out for us and drive responsibly, driving is a privilege not a right.

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question:  What year did H-D first use the “Tombstone” taillight?

A.)1936, B.) 1947, C.)1954, D.) 1963

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

Question:  The first Heritage Softail in 1986 was not the first Harley to be named Heritage, what Harley claimed the name Heritage before 1986?

Answer: In 1981 H-D produced a special edition retro style FLH called the “Heritage Electraglide.” Production run was 1981 and 1982 only.

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

Do not ride behind me, for I may not lead. Do not ride ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not ride beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.

“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”

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