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Jay Leno and Motorcycle Safety

Jay Leno and Motorcycle SafetyJay is well known for his vintage rare car collection. But also is a big motorcycling enthusiast. In fact, he’s has been riding for nearly 40 years.

Over at his website: www.jaylenosgarage.com, he talked about his passion and peeves about motorcycle safety when it comes to today’s motorcycle riders.

BTW: His collection of rare bikes is amazing!

Jay said he remembers the moment when he saw his first motorcycle. “I want to ride one of those,” he said. It was 1956 and he was six years old. His aunt’s boyfriend was a motorcycle rider and had an early Harley with a split windshield. On the tinted part of the windshield, he had a decal of a bathing beauty in a two piece suit… rather scandalous back then. Jay said, “Oh, look at that.”

His mom of course thought he meant the decal and said, “Get away from that!”

Jay couldn’t have cared less about the lady on the decal. All he saw was that gorgeous Harley.

He became intrigued by motorcycling ever since. They’re light, efficient and they don’t take up a bunch of room on the highway.

Now, of course, they have electric starters, antilock brakes and a host of other modern essentials for riding – making  motorcycle safety a lot safer than back in 1956.

Jay talked about his concern for motorcycle safety…

“Riding a motorcycle forces me to stay alert. Whenever I see motorcycle riders with headphones on, I’m thinking: Whaddaya you, crazy? Riding a bike requires you to use all of your senses, all of your instincts. A motorcycle rider can’t afford to be distracted… even for a split second.

What’s really frightening is that everybody driving vehicles today always have their down. They’re looking at their cell phones or they’re texting as they come up to a light or stop sign. Since they know the light is red, so their eyes immediately go down to look at their phone.

That means they’re NOT looking for anybody… but especially motorcycle riders. We’re difficult to see even even when they are looking at the road! You could easily get whacked from behind and end up getting your head knocked.”

There is an old motorcycling saying Jay likes a lot: There are old motorcyclists; and there are bold motorcyclists… but there are no old, bold motorcyclists.

Think about that motorcycle safety tip next time before you go for a ride.

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Pick Your Ride: Finding The Best Ride For You

How to choose motorcycles is like asking what kind of car do you want? Knowing what you expect from your ride will tell you how to choose the right size motorcycle for you.

Guessing which motorcycle is for you (and guessing wrong) can be a very expensive lesson.   Here’s a simple guide help you pick your ride.

how-to-choose-motorcyclesStandard – Years ago almost all bikes were Standards. Your sitting position is upright, placing your back in a perpendicular position.  Because this sitting position is best for your back, Standards are great for all day riding, or general commuting.

Standards usually don’t have much body work on them. Lately, though, some manufacturers have begun to add fairings.

Examples of Standards include Honda’s CB750 Nighthawk, Suzuki’s 600 & 1200 Bandits, Kawasaki’s ZR7S & Z1000 (shown), Ducati’s Monster series; and BMW’s R1150R and F650CS.

Standards are versatile, practical and a lot of fun.

cruiser-motorcyclesCruiser – Over the years the Cruiser has gained in popularity. Often highly decorated, Cruisers are always fun to look at. ‘Never too much chrome’ is the motto of most Cruiser owners.

Due to their lean back position and often small seats, Cruisers are fun for short hauls. But they can get a bit irksome on long hauls. Still… there are plenty that show up each year at the Sturgis Rally.

Cruisers usually have the lowest seat height. This makes them a favorite with shorter riders.

Common Cruiser models include most current Harley Davidson’s including the Fat Boy, Softail (shown), Dyna Glide and Sportser models; Honda’s Shadow and Valkyrie’s; Yamaha’s Roadstar series; Moto Guzzi’s Stone series, BMW’s R1200C and Suzuki’s Intruders.

sportbikeSportbike – Sportbikes are racing personified. A high end suspension; finely-tuned motors, carbs and exhaust; brakes that stop on a dime. And of course, lots of plastic body work.

However there are a ton of drawbacks. The Sportbike was originally designed for racing; therefore it has the lean forward design. It will kill your back if your back isn’t exercised properly and strong. In other words… don’t expect to feel fantastic after a 300 miles in the saddle.

On these bikes, 90 mph can feel more like 45 mph. So watch out for the guys with the (radar) guns.

Examples of popular sportbikes include Honda’s CBR (CBR600RR shown) series, Yamaha’s R1 and R6, Kawasaki’s Ninja series, Apilia’s RSV1000 and Buell’s Firebolt.

motorcycling-with-back-painTouring – Touring bikes are the Winnebago’s of motorcycles… except a lot more fun. They weigh a ton so negotiating tight corners can be difficult.

That said, if you want a week long ride to ANYWHERE, this is the bike for you.  Touring bikes typically come with all the luggage space you’ll need built right into the bike. And they are great for your back health since most are designed with an upright riding position.

Popular touring bikes include the Honda Gold Wing, BMW’s K1200LT (shown), Kawasaki’s Voyager and Harley Davidson’s Road King.

Sport Touring – Many think this is perfect motorcycle. It’s the performance of sportbikes combined with the all day riding ergonomics and storage ability of touring bikes.

Typically lighter than touring bikes, Sport Tourers make motorcycling with back pain a thing of the past. You can ride all day without back pain, enjoying every curve on your ride. If sportbike back pain turns you, a Sport Tourer may be your new ride.

But be warned: Their silky smooth ride may lull you into a speeding ticket!
Common Sport Touring bikes include BMW’s R1150RT, Ducati’s ST4, Honda’s ST1100 & ST1300 and Yamaha’s FJR 1300 (shown).

back-pain-and-motorcyclingDual Sport – If motorcycling had an SUV category, the Dual Sport would be it. These amazing machines are at home both on-the-road and off-the-road.
In fact, they’re the fastest growing segment of motorcycles sales in many parts of the U.S.

A small Dual Sport in the 350-500 cc range can take you by highway to a single track dirt trail… get you all over the woods and back home again.

Size matters though… you, not the bike. If you’re shorter than5’6″, they may be tougher to enjoy.

Weight and mass determine its dirt agility factor. Dual Sports over 700 cc’s are usually not designed for down-and-dirty trail riding. But they can offer hours of fun on unimproved dirt and gravel roads.

Popular Dual Sports include Suzuki’s DRZ400S series, BMW’s GS series, Kawasaki’s KLR series, Honda’s XR650L (shown), and Triumph’s Tiger.

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Sitting Up Straight Will Get You A Better Ride

bad-postureHave you ever been at a rally and taken a good look around? Most of the folks aren’t exactly the most stand-up group… literally.

What I mean is that your motorcycling brethren are usually slouchers.

And it’s not just bikers. Most of us have poor posture, too.

Here’s why:

Simply resting back on your gluts (your butt) can wreak havoc on your spine. I can’t tell you how many people I ride with have complaints about lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, numb hands, etc.

I’m not saying motorcycling is totally responsible for back pain… but it sure doesn’t help.

And with over 50 percent of the population suffering some sort of back problems, odds are you know exactly what I mean.

Unfortunately a big chunk of our day is spent in a chair. Think about it: You sit in a car (or on a bike) going to work; then you sit all day at work. You clock out and then end up at home on the couch.

Now factor in the time spent in your super low-drop-seat, ape-hangered, forward-controlled, suicide-shifted, foot-clutched bike to the equation, and POW… you got back pain. Back pain equals neck pain. Neck pain can equal numb fingers… it’s all connected.

Not everyone has the crazy seat positions I mentioned.

But almost everyone I see riding is slouching or round-backed and forward-shouldered… no matter what they’re riding.  It’s true even on the most basic stock bike setup.

What is needed is balance. While these riding positions feel comfortable at the time, believe me, you’ll pay for it later. I ride rigid myself, and my friends always give me grief about sitting upright. But guess what? At fuel stops (especially on long rides), I stretch out, do some exercise moves and still feel great six hours later. And my buddies? They were moaning, ‘My back, my aching back,’ on their softails.

Too bad they didn’t follow my lead instead of hassling me.

Anyway, most cruiser riders should make a conscious effort to sit up straight, pull their shoulders and head back, and perform corrective exercises and stretches regularly.

Heck, I’d never ask people to give up their rigids, stretched customs or 2-foot ape-hanger bikes. After all, it is all about the look-right?

And if you ride a sport bike, you’ll probably need extra neck stretches as well as weight exercises to feel right. You can’t do much repositioning on a sport bike, as you’re usually ‘locked in’ when riding.

Here’s the goal:

Get you into riding more comfortably and in a healthier way.

Sometimes just by changing a bad habit or two and a few simple exercises can help relieve low back pain and neck and shoulder pain.

Actually, these little moves will improve not just your motorcycle riding life, but your everyday life, too.

Try it. All you have to lose is your back pain.

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A Message From Hell’s Angels

A Message From Hell’s Angels

Sonny Barger today

He is the iconic outlaw biker; a founder of Hell’s Angel’s.

Members of every club look up to him as the godfather of their culture.

When Sonny Barger speaks, it’s a good idea to listen… yep, even if you don’t ‘fit’ the outlaw biker mold.

Here’s  3 reasons why:

1. He’s been riding for 60 years. That counts for something.

2. Believe it or not, he’s a New York Times best-selling author.

3. Safety is a VERY big deal with him.

So take him seriously, or he just may hunt you down and show up in your driveway some day.

Sonny’s 5 Rules To Survive the Ride

1. Wear proper riding gear
He always wears a helmet. Period. Plus he dons a leather jacket, jeans or chaps, boots and gloves… even if it’s 100 degrees outside.

2. Don’t get complacent
You’ve heard this before: Most motorcycle accidents happen within a few miles of home. take every ride as serious business… even if your going to DQ for an ice cream cone.

3. Beware of your surroundings
Yeah, it’s easy to just sit back and soak up the sun and the wind. But while you’re doing that, check out the traffic ahead and behind you. Keep an eye out for that suicidal deer in the brush by the road… well, you get the idea.

4. Don’t tailgate
Space is good; so create as much of it as possible around you. Space means more time to react to bad things on the road.

5. Watch your mirrors
A common collision is getting rear-ended while stopped at a light or stop sign. Be ready to move at all times.

Nothing is new here, of course. But reminders are a good thing. And pass these on to any new riders you know.

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Back Pain and Motorcycling

Back Pain and Motorcycling

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Back pain and motorcycling shouldn’t go together, but they do. Keeping your back straight while riding, enduring the bumps and tolerating the vibrations can cause all kinds of pain. Also, all motorcycle riders end up complaining about middle back pain or neck and shoulder pain.

However, the root cause of nagging pain can often be caused by muscle and spinal strain.

Motorcycling with back pain at the same time can lead to even worse problems. this is because pain is how your body tells you that something is wrong.

Motorcycle riders are often desperate to get rid of the pain problems; many will go to any length just so they can keep riding.

Once riders begin to complain about pain… motorcycling becomes a BIG problem. The typical solution (big pharma says) is to take care of the pain with prescription medication or pain killers.

The truth is that there are many other solutions besides medication and surgery. And many of these surefire solutions include ways that are even 100% natural!

If you are experiencing pain while motorcycling, a true biker will never give up riding… EVER. If that’s you, then you should check this out:

It’s a book that explains the exact reasons  we suffer from back pain. more importantly, it reveals the seven ways to manage and even get rid of back pain permanently. This is stuff doctors will NEVER tell you about.

The book is “The 7-Day Back Pain Cure.” It also contains specific ways to guide you ‘step by step’ in achieving your pain-free goals.

Let’s say it again: pain and motorcycling do NOT have go together. Who says you have to simply endure  back pain and motorcycling? Giving up riding is rarely an option…. because the cure is at your fingertips right now.  There is no reason to suffer doing something you love to do.

You read that right.

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