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Bike Jackets


Proposition: Well designed  jackets for motorcycle riding enhances your riding by: preventing/reducing some types of injury in a crash making you safer and more alert by reducing discomfort, fatigue and dehydration improving conspicuity – bright colors and contrasts will make you more visible Unfortunately we see many preventable injuries. Even minor road rash injuries can be very painful. I wanted to …

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Bike Pants


Can your pants last between 4 and 7 seconds while sliding on asphalt? Did you know you have more risk of injury to the legs than to the upper body? Four out of five casualties have injuries to  their legs and a third suffer fractures. What is the typical rider likely to wear? You guessed it, Denim jeans. Denim jeans …

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Riding at Night

Riding at night is quite a different ball game. Reduced Visibility You see less which yields less information. Your normally wide field of vision is narrowed to the field illuminated by your headlight. Additionally, depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown. Perception and reaction times increase (up to 3 seconds for the unimpaired). Properly aligned and …

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Common Errors for New Riding Season


However, the local news reported the first motorcycle accident already. While the details are not known, they are predictable, are they not? What are some of the common errors riders make starting a new season? Bike is not ready to ride, tire pressures are not optimum Riders are not ready to ride and need time to become re-acquainted with their …

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Pedestrian Near-miss Story


Last year, about November, I almost hit a teenager darting out into traffic. The conditions were: Night time Street lights (spaced over 150 feet apart with dark spots in between illuminated areas) Straight road Mid block No adverse weather I was on duty, on regular patrol, heading into the center of town. I noticed a group of about three or …

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Hazard Detection: Speed Variance


  The most basic speed law throughout the country is very similar, see below. PA Basic Speed Law § 3361. Driving vehicle at safe speed. No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, nor at a speed greater than …

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Symphony In Cacophony. Part 3


part 2 During the World War II, many of these bikes were used by the dispatch riders and because of this reason there are two foldable panniers. The bottom half of both the panniers were rusted badly and had to be fabricated using 16 gauge sheet metal. The tank looked fine but on closer inspection resembled a tea stainer. Water …

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Symphony In Cacophony. Part 2


part 1 The nuts and bolts were so badly rusted that the engine had to be taken to the machine shop to open them. Once the engine was dismantled, it revealed some more horrors. Rust had pockmarked the barrel in such a way that it resembled the walls in a war zone and the valves were also shot. The open …

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Symphony In Cacophony. Part 1

It is not every day that one gets to ride a bike that has done duty in the World War II and spite of all the rattles, you still hum when you ride it One fine wintry Sunday morning a few years back, I was leisurely riding a friend’s Royal Enfield Bullet 350 through Delhi’s Chanakyapuri. The roads in that …

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Hot On Ice. Part 3


part 2 Manali experienced light drizzle and snowflakes fell dipping the temperature even further. We wanted to ride up to Solang but the weather detoriated further and so we sat near the Bukhari at a friend’s place and drank gallons of coffee and tea. The weather cleared the next morning and we started out for Gulaba. The distance from Manali …

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