Its season’s change again in Colorado. All year long you can expect all 4 seasons, but never in as great of extremes as in Spring. Unless you’re one of those nuts who puts knobby tires on a sport bike to ride year-round, it’s time to get the 2-wheeler ready for the riding season. Here are some reminders…
1.) CHECK THE WEATHER REPORT.
You probably have a smart phone. You probably have a computer, the internet, a TV. Newspaper still exist, and they still print the weather report in all of them. Know what you’re coming home to tonight so you can have the right gear.
2.) CHECK YOUR BIKE.
If you took an MSF safety course, you’ll probably remember the acronym TCLOCKs.
3.) CHECK YOUR ABILITIES.
Go practice in a parking lot. Whether you are a new rider, or an old rider, grab some cones (or tennis balls cut in half) and go practice some of those exercises you had in your rider course. Most of us can benefit from being reminded just how quickly our bike can stop, what emergency swerves feel like, and to identify maneuvers which we have not mastered yet. Maybe this is the year to take that Motorcycle Rider Safety course for the first time, or again, or maybe an advanced course? Only you as the rider will know what you need, but be honest. All of us can learn something!
4.) WATCH THIS VIDEO.
Gear doesn’t make you invincible. Ride to compensate for “all the other idiots on the road”. Remember, you are 100% responsible for your safety on the road.
5.) IDENTIFY A GOAL FOR THIS RIDING SEASON.
Ride a certain number of miles. Take a road trip, solo or with friends. Get your knee down on the track. Make a u-turn on a parking lot without putting your foot down. A goal for the season will help focus your riding. A good rider rides enough to stay sharp. A great rider is always improving.
6.) RIDE A LOT.
Besides it being fun, it keeps you sharp. There is nothing more dangerous to him/herself, or those around him/her than a weekend-warrior. Practice makes perfect, and with practice things can get out of hand very quickly. Besides, its fun, why wouldn’t you be riding?
7.) FIND A FRIEND.
Please don’t misunderstand this one. Riding alone is it’s own form of therapy and extremely enjoyable, however, if you want to share the ride and don’t know anybody to ride with, check out these places to start your search:
Sport bikes: http://www.cosportbikeclub.org/
There are over 300,000 motorcyclists in Colorado with access to some of the most epic roads in the nation. Let’s make this the best and safest season yet!