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Gas Man
01-18-2011, 08:19 AM
From J&P Cycles newsletter (http://blog.jpcycles.com/)

In my continuing efforts to better myself as a motorcyclist, I’ve come up with five things to do this year that will not only help development as a motorcyclist but help promote motorcycling in general. So I thought I’d share with the class and maybe get a few of you to take part as well. I wouldn’t call these New Year’s resolutions, exactly.

Install something on your bike: I’m not talking about taking your bike to the mechanic down the road, I’m talking about doing it yourself. Doesn’t have to be a big job, either. Maybe put some new grips or install a new piece of chrome. The point is to get out to the garage and get your hands dirty. Hell, if you’re feeling froggy, go ahead and change your oil or tires. Maybe put in a big bore kit — go nuts. Working on your own machine is very therapeutic. It’s like bonding with your motorcycle. And it saves you money to boot.
Learn how to ride your bike: It sounds funny, but this could be the most important of the five. Most people (especially if they have been riding for a while) consider themselves good riders — experts even — but this isn’t always the case. This doesn’t mean you have to take the typical safety course. Instead, go do a track day, read a book, watch a DVD. Do anything to gain better confidence and control of your machine. Besides, practicing is fun… http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-1-300x199.jpg (http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-1.jpg)
Visit a motorcycle museum: I’m lucky enough to have the National Motorcycle Museum (http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/) just a stone’s throw away from my house, but there are other such museums scattered around the country as well. Do yourself a favor and take the time to visit one. This is a great way to educate yourself with some motorcycle history, while at the same time gaining some knowledge about the innovation and engineering that brought motorcycling to where it is today. http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-2-300x200.jpg (http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-2.jpg)
Attend a motorcycle event or rally: This one’s easy. Find a local rally or race and just go have fun — even make mini-vacation out of it. Besides the big ones like Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, etc, there are hundreds of smaller local rally all across the country. You won’t find better people to hang out with anywhere and there are always great bikes to gawk at. And I’ll bet if you look hard enough, you can even rustle up a cold drink. I prefer to find a road race, flat track race or a hill climb because I like to watch the guys and girls duke it out on the track. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it (Winter sucks.) http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-3-300x201.jpg (http://www.motorcyclepartsandaccessoriesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/12-30-5-Things-To-Do-3.jpg)
Take time to share motorcycling with someone younger than yourself: It might be your son or daughter, niece, nephew or the kid next door. Doesn’t matter. Just take the time to introduce them to our culture. Show them some old pictures, tell them a story or just let them sit on your bike. And they don’t have to be little ones either. Take a minute to have chat with the 19-yeur-old who just scored his first bike and maybe give them a few tips on where to buy the best parts *cough* J&P (http://www.jpcycles.com/) *cough* or tell them where the best roads are. And if you’re one of the young ones, take a minute from your busy schedule and listen up. Some of you can learn a lot from us old guys.

01-18-2011, 08:57 AM
good post.. i try to do most of those every year (well except the museum but now this year I will try and do that).. never stop learning and if you are no longer afraid or respecting (or both) the bike then time to stop riding.. if you think you know everything and you are the best rider ever known to man then:

1. Don't ride with me or if you do ride behind me
2. Get a big insurance policy that pays more for accidental death

01-18-2011, 09:04 AM
Very Good Post

01-22-2011, 12:31 PM
Interesting. I install and take so much stuff on my bike so much it never looks the same month to month, or sometimes week to week.

Anyone know of where a decently close Motorcycle Museum is? Never been to one, but the girlfriend and I are up to do a lot of riding this summer...

And anytime the young kids are out down the street....(4,5) I always stop and let them sit on my bike. They love it, and they're dad is a big motorcycle rider, but doesn't have one at the time.

Gas Man
01-22-2011, 03:57 PM
Closest mc museum is in milwaukee, WI at HD

dirty dave
01-22-2011, 07:20 PM
Actually the closest musuem is in Pinkerington OH. just outside columbus thr AMA museum. Been there not to bad.

Gas Man
01-22-2011, 11:02 PM
Hmmm... that might be a good ride.

dirty dave
01-22-2011, 11:15 PM
Yeap me and a friend made a day trip out of it a couple of years ago a few other places close by Hocking Hills State Parks and of course Mid Ohio race track.

01-23-2011, 09:36 AM
Good post , I tell new riders to spend as much time as possible in a parking lot (off hours) practicing riding their bike . I tell them to do things like smash their brakes on to see how the bike reacts . When I taught my son how to ride I told him the most important thing about learning to ride is, learning to bring your bike to safe secure STOP ! I've had dealers tell me that a lot of people wreck brand new bikes in the parking lot , especially sport bikes .


Gas Man
01-23-2011, 12:17 PM
Shit I have had a buddy at a Kaw/Suzuki dealer tell me he's had guys leave the parking lot (never rode a rocket before) and it goes like this...

more throttle
chop throttle & grab front brake
front wheel slams onto ground
bike low sides
slides into curb
rider gets up baffled & pissed
salesman goes across the 5 lanes of road, picks up bike and wheels it over to service dept
rider "Where you going with my bike, I'm going to ride it home."
salesman "No you aren't see here, here, and here, it's got to be repaired now, hope you had fun."