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Bike Season

811547_bikesCan you hear that? It’s the powerful roar of a 600cc, no a 950cc, or maybe its the almighty Hayabusa? It's that time of the year that all speed junkies love. Bike season!

The bitterness of winter has left and the sun is staying around a little longer. Every season more and more newcomers are joining the universal club of speed junkies. The number of motorcycle enthusiasts has steadily increased over the last thirty years. Unfortunately so has the number of motorcycle fatalities.Are they really death machines? Not at all.

Motorcycles are no more dangerous than automobiles. It's all up to the operator to keep the

  highways safe. Whether you are a ten year veteran of riding or this will be your first bike season, it is extremely important to respect the power of motorcycles. Especially the racing bikes also known in the bike world as “crotch rockets.”

These bikes were designed and manufactured to get around the track as fast as possible. They were not intended for use in heavy traffic. This is where most riders get into trouble.

When riders use busy streets as their race track, the end result is usually fatal. Experienced riders know that you can navigate city streets all in first gear(0-30mph) but that's no fun at all for us speed junkies. So we shift through the gears to experience the power, the speed, and the adrenaline that races through our bodies.

However, when we satisfy our need for speed and ignore the safety of those around us, it is really selfish. The non cyclist has no clue of what your bike can do, how fast you can gain speed, or how much time you need to stop at different speeds. And that's when automobiles drivers may act or react to a cyclist that causes harm and/or death to both parties involved.

I plead for all riders to keep the throttle down as you ride in traffic. Wait until you are on an open road to open up the throttle. That's the golden rule. The life you save may be your own. The usual routine inspections can also save lives. Never assume that your bike is good to go, physically check for wear and tear. And of course, don't consume any adulterants while out riding! Please do your part to make this a safe bike season for everyone. “Ride (safe) or Die!”

By: Byron Griffin
Last modified onSaturday, 22 May 2010 18:16

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