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Louisiana Motorcycle Safety - State programs for novice riders

ISU Motorcycle Safety Education Program - Illinois State University programs

Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program - State programs for novice and experienced riders

Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program - State programs for novice and experienced riders

Motorcycle Safety Instruction - Rider safety education and training

Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training - Programs for beginners and experienced riders.

Motorcycle Safety and Laws - Secretary of State's summary of Michigan's motorcycle laws.

Riding Safety - Motorcycle training school at Barksdale Air Force Base

Evergreen Motorcycle Safety Training - Programs for novices, experienced riders

Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program - Training for novice and experienced riders and trikes

Street Skills Motorcycle Rider Education - California motorcyclist safety program training

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·           The American Federation of Riders - Publicly funded charitable organization composed of motorcyclists dedicated to helping needy, orphaned, handicapped, abused or neglected children.

·           Anderson County Toy Run Oak Ridge, TN - A non-profit organization consisting of motorcyclists and non-riders, which raise money and toys through motorcycling events year round to help the children of Anderson County, Tennessee enjoy the Christmas season.

·           Atlanta Classic Chopper Club - Atlanta, GA club for riders of choppers from before 1984.

·           Austin Motorcycle Riders - Riders in the Austin, Texas area joining for highway rides and social meetings. No requirements or dues.

·           BC Sportbikes - British Columbia's Premier website geared towards the local Sportbike community.

·           Big Country Phoenix M/C - Based in Ranger, Texas. Organizes "Run From The Heart" in support of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

·           BlackHawk Cruisers - Club that accepts all types of motorcycles. Free membership with minimal rules.

·           Blue Goose Riders - A sportbike association in North Texas, welcoming all genres of riders.

·           Boise Valley Riders - A group designed to establish networking among those riders in the Boise Valley. The club is for all makes and models.

·           Boozefighters MC - Chapter 19 - Washington DC area.

·           Boozefighters MC - Chapter 6 - Grass Valley, CA. Links, photos, events and contact information.

·           Boozefighters MC - Flint Hills Chapter - Based in Flint Hills in Northeastern Kansas. "The Original Wild Ones" EST. 1946

·           BP Bikers - Members with a common interest in riding cruiser-style and superbike motorcycles. Events, discussion forum and photos included.

·           Broken Spoke Family Association - A riding group located in Maryland that does not wear colors or patches.

·           Catskill Mountain Cruisers of NYS - Open to all bikes for local and long distance rides. Located in the Catskills of New York State. Promotes and joins charitable poker runs and other events.

·           Confederate Soldiers Motorcycle Club - News, information, chapters, and products. Members must be born, or live in, or be able to trace ancestry to one of the 11 Confederate States of America.

·           The 52Crew - Virginia Chapter of the Bavarian Illuminati Motorcycle Club. Read by-laws and news, buy support merchandise, and view photos.

·           Daytona Beach Sport Bike Association - Sportbike riders club in the Daytona Beach, Florida area.

·           Desert Road Riders M/C of Bullhead City Arizona / Laughlin Nevada - A non-profit club in the Bullhead City, Arizona/Laughlin, Nevada area promoting safety, education, and freedom for bikers.

·           Dixie Bikers Association - Club in central Alabama. Home of the annual Slapout Blowout.

·           2 Down Ryders - Southern California superbike club. Canyon rides, drag and track racing and extreme stunt riders.

·           Downed Bikers Association - A non-profit organization created to aid persons lost or confined to a hospital due to a motorcycle accident.

·           FreeRidersUSA - Independent biker organization devoted to family, friends and freedom. History, photos and calendar included.

·           Full Throttle Motorcycle Club - Based in Hackensack, New Jersey. Photos, events and classifieds.

·           Green Machine Motorcycle Club - Based in Southern California. Photographs and guestbook.

·           Illinois Prairie Voyagers - Elgin, Illinois based club with most riders on Kawasaki Voyagers, but is open to any style of bike. Monthly meetings and rides.

·           Independent MG - Based in Malaysia. Member and contact information, upcoming events and pictures.

·           Iron Pegasus Touring Motorcycle Club - Based in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. Find out about club rides, how to become a member, quarterly newsletter, by-laws, and safety. Has link to IDOT for up-to-date construction sites on Iowa roads.

·           Joy Riders Motorcycle Club - African-American Motorcycle club founded in 1966. Located in Eastern North Carolina.

·           Kingsmen-MC Erie, PA Chapter - The Erie, PA chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club. Chapters, chat, links, and pictures.

·           Legions Bike Club - Member's pictures, events calendar, magazine features, and joining details.

·           Long Riders Motorcycle Club - Club of riders, with an interactive support network of experiences and resources related to long distance travel by motorcycle.

·           Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club - A sport-touring motorcycle club for professionals and enthusiasts. Located in the San Francisco Bay area.

·           Nastydoggs Sportbike Club - Richmond, VA based motorcycle club.

·           National Chopper Club - Kent - NCC Kent is one of three founding counties of the National Chopper Club.

·           Nerds From Hell - Texas based club for computer and I.T. professionals who enjoy riding motorcycles.

·           Nevada Sportbike Club - A northern Nevada Sportbike club that gets together for Sunday rides. Find out about upcoming events, how to join, and browse classifieds.

·           Newage Motorcycle Club - Membership information, events, photos and links.

·           North American Three-Wheeler Association - Club for three wheeled vehicles (motorcycles and cars). Nationwide chapter listings with contacts.

·           North County Cruisers Motorcycle Club - A San Diego area all bikes motorcycle club. Find out about events, read the message board, and view pictures of members and bikes.

·           Northeast Oklahoma Trials Team - Observed trials club in Oklahoma sponsoring motorcycle trials events throughout the year.

·           Ohio Brothers of the Third Wheel - Trikers within the state of Ohio. Brothers of the Third Wheel Association. Listing of Ohio and area directors.

·           Olde 13 MC - Illinois Chapter - Motorcycle club whose purpose is to provide education to the public about Southern ideas and symbols.

·           Red Devils MC Shanghai - The first motorcycle club in Shanghai. Information regarding Chang-Jiang motorbikes.

·           Red Devil's Motorcycle Club - Reno, Nevada. Find out about upcoming events.

·           Redline Superbike - Sportsbike club in the Detroit, MI area.

·           Riders inc. Motorcycle Club - Regularl rides and "impromptu last minute rides." Club is active in community events.

·           Roadrunners MC -- Long Island, NY - A Long Island based motorcycle club geared for both men and women who enjoy riding and meeting new people.

·           S | H | A | K | E motorcycle club - A motorcycle club in San Francisco and Houston riding American-made V-twin motorcycles.

·           San Diego Motorcycle Club - Our goal is to develop a common ground for San Diego area motorcycle riders to meet, exchange ideas and share their experiences with one another.

·           Shadow Club - Motorcycle Enthusiast Club in British Columbia. A not-for-profit organization consisting of riders promoting safe and courteous riding.

·           Shovelhead Riders - Orange County club for riders of the Harley-Davidson Shovelhead.

·           Sportriders of New England - Sponsors track days, basic maintenance seminars and Motorcycle Safety Courses.

·           Star Touring & Riding - Family orientated motorcycle organization based in Laconia, NH. All makes of bikes welcome. The club's goal is to have safe, fun riding and meet other motorcycle enthusiasts.

·           Steel Stampede Motorcycle Riding Club - A family oriented riding club based in Plano, Texas. Ride year-round, across town or across the country. Members are a group of men and women who ride whatever brand of cruiser or touring bike each likes best.

·           Taconic Bikers - An informal group of motorcycle riders in the Northern Dutchess/Southern Columbia Counties of New York.

·           Team Lost Boys Motorcycle Club - Based in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, CO. Photos, chat, guestbook, weekly rides, events information and road trips.

·           Tennessee Valley Sportbike Club - Club information, photos and links.

·           Texas SportBike Association - A group of mature motorcycle enthusiasts situated in Texas, specializing in organized ride days.

·           The Ton Up Club - A Texas club for riding British bikes, but is open to most makes and models.

·           Tousley Road Riders Motorcycle Club - A motorcycle club for young and old, new or experienced to enjoy the comradery of motorcycling in Minnesota.

·           United MC Club - For motorcyclists over 40 years of age. Promoting freedom, friendship and fun.

USA Highway Riders - A non-profit, family oriented club promoting clean and safe riding activities. Chaps in Texas and Virginia.

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How Was Harry Hurt?

by Robert Vaughan

Perhaps the most renowned study of motorcycle accident causes and countermeasures was done for the University of Southern California by researcher Harry Hurt. He investigated 900 motorcycle accidents and analyzed another 3600 motorcycle traffic accident reports. The Motorcycle Safety Courses developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are designed largely to build the skills that the Hurt Study found to be missing in the accident-involved rider. Looking at just a few of the Hurt findings allows us to see the essential things we can do to avoid an accident.

Who hits us? Most accidents involve a car violating our right-of-way. Most frequently, the car turns left in front of the motorcycle.

Where do we get hit? Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the car not only violating our right-of-way, but often traffic controls as well. Most accidents are on short trips such as shopping, errands, visiting friends, entertainment or recreation. Most accidents happen close to the trip origin. More than three-fourths of the hazards are within 45° of straight ahead.

Why do we get hit? The main reason is that the driver of the other vehicle does not see us in time to avoid the collision. Alcohol is involved in almost half of the fatal accidents. Most motorcyclists are smart enough to separate riding and drinking. Unfortunately, too many car drivers on the road are more mentally challenged.

Why aren't we seen? Conspicuity of the motorcycle is the most critical factor. Conspicuity is most critical from the front.



by Robert Vaughan

Conspicuity means more than just making yourself seen--it means making yourself easy to recognize. Placing a strobe on your helmet will make you visible at night, but it certainly doesn't make you recognizable. Seeing the two headlights of an oncoming truck doesn't help if you think it is two motorcycles and try to go between them. Even if you could make yourself look the size of a tractor trailer truck, it wouldn't be enough. Several studies have proven that reflective markings make even trailers safer.

To be conspicuous, an object must be recognized without confusion or ambiguity. Every second counts in avoiding a crash. A few tenths of a second spent deciding the meaning of what is seen can mean the difference between a close call and a hospital call.

Drivers go through four stages in responding to an object they see:

They detect it.

They identify it.

They make a decision to react.

They act.

Good conspicuity acts to shorten the reaction time in the first three stages.

White reflects five times more light than red but red means danger. It says stop. Red and white are used for stop signs and railroad crossings. Red also appears brighter to the human eye than it really is.

Drivers are used to interpreting these colors as something to avoid. Using the same colors at night on retroreflective tape on helmets or vests when riding a motorcycle will undoubtedly reduce our chances of being hit by making us both visible and recognizable as a motorcycle.



Failing Grade

by Collen Campbell

There’s an old riddle that goes “Railroad crossing, look out for cars. Can you spell that without any Rs?” It’s funny to see how people try to spell the whole sentence without using the letter R. When it comes to railroad crossings though, it’s no laughing matter. Texas has the largest number of rails in the nation, which means it also has the most railroad crossings. Unfortunately, it also means that the state has the dubious distinction of having more deaths due to trains colliding with road vehicles (cars, etc.) than any other state. The kicker is, none of these deaths had to occur. So, why did they?

The primary reason is the misjudging of a train’s speed. A train that appears to be stopped could easily be traveling at 30 to 70 mph. That gives the operator of a motor vehicle the false sense that he can get across the tracks before the train does. If the operator is lucky, he’ll make it. If not, the consequences are devastating. A motor vehicle, whether it is a motorcycle, a car, or a tractor-trailer never stands a chance against a 60-ton locomotive. To make matters worse, a train traveling at 70 mph may take up to one mile before it comes to a complete stop once the emergency brake is applied.

So why do these people take such a big chance? In our hurry up and get there world, we tend to through caution to the wind. No one wants to wait for a 90-car train to go by, it takes too long. So we go around crossing gates that are warning us to stay put. Instead of waiting only 2-5 minutes for the train to pass, we risk are lives. Wait! Did you read that right? Only 2-5 minutes? That is the average time it takes for a train to clear a crossing. Is that really worth losing your life over?

Here’s another factor involved in some of these fatalities. Just as the vehicle is starting to cross the tracks, it stalls out. Now, the vehicle and the operator are sitting ducks for the oncoming train. “Oh” you say to yourself, “but I ride a motorcycle and I can push it off the tracks”. If you’re lucky, maybe you can, but do you really want to bet your life on it? What if the tires get stuck in the rail groves? What if it has fallen over? What if the bike is loaded to maximum weight capacity? What if the train is moving faster than you thought it was?

How often have you seen, or perhaps done it yourself, a vehicle stopped on the tracks at a right light? There may not have been a train in sight when the operator stopped the vehicle there. The gamble here is that the light will change before a train ever shows up. It’s a bad bet. The vehicle ahead could have mechanical problems. The traffic light could malfunction and fail to turn green. The may have been an accident at that intersection causing traffic in all direction to come to a complete stop. So that bet that the light would change before a train came, well take a look down the tracks now. See that white light? If that’s you on those tracks, you gambled and you lost.

Why take the chance? Nobody wins when a train and a motor vehicle cross paths. Ask any train engineer. They’ll tell you their biggest fear is seeing a vehicle either sitting on the tracks, trying to go around the crossing gates, or just totally disregarding the warning signals. And yes, they know if the signals are working or not.

There’s one other thing to consider. Stopping on the tracks, as well as disregarding the warning signals is illegal. So, if you don’t end up paying with your life, you may end up paying out of your wallet.

Treat trains with the respect they are due. Trains were here long before automobiles and motorcycles. Remember, the train always has the right-of-way. It is, after all, much bigger than you or your motorcycle.



Say What You Mean

by Jackie Vaughan

Sometimes our words and our actions are in direct contradiction to each other. This is especially true in many of the ways we ride.

When we fail to wear our helmets in parking lots, we're saying it's only possible to have an accident or a fall on the highway, probably at high speeds. Yet, parking lots are some of the most dangerous places we ride. They're often crowded, with limited visibility and uneven surfaces. The people in them are usually in a hurry and certainly not looking for motorcycles.

When we fail to put on full protective gear, we're telling ourselves and our co-riders we are so good we can't possibly have an accident, and all the other drivers out there are excellent, skillful, and always alert, too.

When we encourage our co-riders to wear shorts, sandals, and sleeveless shirts, we may speak the words, "I love you," but the unspoken message is "I don't care if a large area of your skin is scraped off and you must have endless plastic surgeries and are covered with deep, ugly scars." We may also be saying, "I don't care if you sunburn so badly your legs, arms, chest and back are covered with huge watery blisters."

When we wear clothing made of synthetic materials, we are saying we're tough enough not to cry when that melted material is peeled out of our road rash.

When we ride at excessive speeds, we may be convinced we're able to handle them. What we're not reminding ourselves is that we've used up our margin for error and the unexpected can happen at any moment.

When we do something we know to be dangerous "just this once" we're saying "it can't happen to me."

Do you believe that?



Stop the Machine!

by Robert Vaughan



"Did you see that car? He came from behind that 18-wheeler and ran the red. I almost hit him."

Has this ever happened to you? Ever wonder just how fast you can stop your bike?

With a few good techniques and a little practice the answer is a lot faster than you think. The two main techniques are squeezing the front brake rapidly instead of grabbing it, and taking advantage of the weight shift to use even more front brake. The practice takes just a few minutes in a parking lot about three times a year.

As you start braking, about half your weight is on each wheel. If you apply both brakes hard without grabbing the front brake, your weight will shift forward and you can squeeze the front brake even harder, while you let up a little on the rear. It takes only about half a second for your weight to shift so you can add more front brake. It is because of this weight change that about 70% of your braking power is on the front. When all the extra weight shifts forward, the front tire gets harder to lock, while the rear gets easier to lock.

If you ever lock the front tire, release the front brake and come right back down on it. This is exactly the opposite of what you want to do with the rear if it locks. You can release a locked rear if you're perfectly straight, but if you've turned sideways and you unlock the rear wheel, you can do a highside--not something you do for fun!

A parking lot is the perfect place to practice-an empty parking lot that is. No need to terrorize the populace while they're trying to use the lot. Start out at 10-15 miles per hour. The techniques are the same for any speed, but you don't need as much room to practice in if your speed is lower.

When you go back to the streets, you need to add only one more technique--looking out for the other guy. If you're braking hard, this means checking your mirrors before you start to make sure you're not being tailgated. If you're in a situation where you might have to brake suddenly, cover both brakes to cut your reaction time to about half. This shaves a few feet off what by now is your already- impressive stopping distance.

Rain can affect your stopping distance more than it affects your technique. You can't stop as quickly in the rain. Because you can't brake as hard, not as much of your weight shifts forward. That means braking less hard overall and using a smaller percentage of front brake. Otherwise, techniques are the same.

Having some jerk with the brains of a carburetor pull out in front of you while you're turning around in a parking lot adds another factor--stopping in a curve. When this happens, straighten the handlebars and the bike. Then stop. Don't try to mix the two.

These few techniques and a little practice should get your stopping off to a good start.



"Rain" is a four-letter Word

by Robert Vaughan

One word that can raise the hackles on the neck of any rider is "rain." Though no one goes out riding just because it's raining, you do get stuck in the rain at times. What can you do to improve your riding in the rain?

The first things you can do are done well ahead of the first few drops of rain. Much as you hate to think about it, selecting and purchasing a rainsuit is something that must be done. A rainsuit should serve two purposes. First, it should keep you dry. Second, and equally important, it should increase your visibility. When your evasive maneuverability is reduced by lack of traction, you want to be sure other drivers see you.

Maintaining all your lights also helps you to be seen in the rain. Of course, you keep your lights clean, but have you checked all your lights lately to see if any have burned out? Do you carry any spares with you? Next time you take your bike in for service, why not restock any spare bulbs you might be missing? You should stock spare fuses as well.

The other important part that needs maintaining ahead of time is your tires. Have you looked at them lately? If any of the wear bands are showing, it's time to replace the tire. One of the major causes of hydroplaning is worn tires. It's too late to check them after the rain starts falling. The sole purpose of the tread design on a tire is to carry off the water, but it can't do its job if you don't allow it enough tread depth to work with.

Hydroplaning occurs when the tires are not in full contact with the road. They ride on a thin layer of water, and sometimes oil, on the road. Hydroplaning occurs frequently in light mist or drizzle. Proper tread depth and tire pressures, slowing down, and riding in the tracks of other vehicles all help reduce the chance of hydroplaning. The cessation of a slushing sound, or any decrease in steering or braking may indicate hydroplaning. If this happens, slow down without braking and avoid any sudden moves.

Plan alternate routes in case of rain. Scenic, twisty asphalt roads are a lot of fun when it's dry. When the rain starts to pour, the scenery turns gray, the turns aren't nearly as much fun, and the asphalt doesn't provide the traction you really need. It's time to look for an alternate route along a duller, but straighter, concrete road.

Once it starts raining, there are still things you can do to increase your safety, if not your comfort. Pull off the road as soon as you find a place to get out of the rain. This gives you a dry place to put on your high-visibility rainsuit, and more important, it puts you off the road during the most dangerous first fifteen minutes of rain. When the water first enters the pores of the road, it forces up the oil that has been collecting there. A few more minutes of rain will wash this oil off the road.

Though the main danger of rain is hydroplaning, increasing your following distance, taking curves more slowly, and increasing your scanning distance all help your rain riding.

Riding in the rain may never be pleasant, but it can be safer.

Copyright © 1996 by Robert Vaughan.
This article may be used if I'm given credit and a copy of the publication.



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