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Safety Starts With YOU
This month’s article on safety and how it really needs to start with you. In this case it started with me.
I recently bought a brand-new HD Street Glide Special. I named him Olaf as he is Crushed White Ice Pearl. He glistens like snow in the sun light. Olaf is from the Disney Movie Frozen- so If you haven’t seen it yet… He is a goofy Snow man that loves everything hot and everything about summer.
Ok back to Safety- Despite me having 30 years on motorcycles and dirt bikes, this new bike is twice the weight and twice the power of my previous bike- A 2006 Honda Shadow 750cc. Greater than 30 % of MC accident are operator error or could have been avoided if a rider riding skill were more proficient. I’m partaking in a few different course in efforts to avoid all the crazies out there. Last Sunday I participated in a 2-hour practice skill day at Turf Paradise sponsored by the GWR. There had to be about 50 bikes of all kinds that showed up of all makes and models as well as all ages and both men and women. I was happy to see so much interest in the mc world to focus on their own riding skills. These classes take place every month the second Sunday from 8am – 10am. There are coaches on site available to answer questions and offer tips but it is really open game to 17 or so different obstacle courses. Best part is it is free and you really meet a lot of cool people with great riding skills
After hitting a few cones, I did brush up on my U turns and weaving. Some of the courses were difficult and I’ll be back to practice. Make sure if you are new to these skill dates you bring your M endorsement and insurance, helmet, gloves water and sun screen.
I did invite several riding friend and some did not go in fear of dumping their bikes and being embarrassed… common now folks… this is the place to practice! The next thing I did is register for the 6- week AZ Precision Drill Team Skill Course. This is also free of charge and will take place every Thursday from 7pm-9pm down town at 38th ST and Washington. This group focuses on 2 skills a week in efforts to get proficient in advanced riding skills.
The AMSAF Scholarship Program will be starting up again and not only do they offer beginner courses but they also are sponsoring scholarships for the BRC2 or Confident Riders Course. The scholarship programs can be found at www.AMSAF.org
The completion cards can decrease your insurance rates and more importantly make you a safer rider. WE have all ridden with “that GUY” who thinks he knows how to ride and really is more of a danger in the group- Don’t be that Guy… get proficient on your riding skills as it may save your life one day. I encourage all of you to brush up on your riding skills and make yourself a safer rider.
Ride Safe, Ride Smart, Ride Responsible and Ride Endorsed!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland
A.B.A.T.E of Arizona State Safety Officer