The reason that I am opening a Motorcycle Riding Gear shop is to provide greater access to Technical Riding Apparel. My goal is to keep riders safe on the roads and trails. All the Safety Gear in the world can’t protect you from inexperience. In addition to selling riding gear, I want to promote safe motorcycling. I want to increase access to Motorcycle Safety Classes, and encourage Riders of all skill levels to take advantage of these resources.
I have worked for two motorcycle dealerships. I have experience in Parts and Accessories sales. During the times I was at both dealerships, I heard about many riders that were seriously injured or killed in motorcycle accidents. During riding season, there are so many motorcycle accidents that it can be hard to search for motorcycle news without ending up with a nonstop feed of death and injuries. It can be depressing.
I understand the importance of riding responsibly and wearing a helmet and a sturdy jacket. I feel that as a rider, we each accept a certain level of responsibility to watch out for everyone else. Coming home alive is far more important than be dead right about who had the right of way. That being said, I feel that each of us owes it to ourselves and our families to take the time to learn how to ride safe.
Taking a Motorcycle Safety Class does not make you uncool. It’s a sign of respect to every other rider out there that you have taken the time to learn about keeping yourself safe and out of the headlines. It’s a matter of respect for the image of the biker in the general public’s perception and making a conscious effort to not be a statistic or example they cite when they want to talk about how reckless motorcyclists are or how irresponsible they are.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has five key initiatives:
Encouraging Riders to Get trained and licensed. I won’t harp on that point. I will, however, suggest that if you have never been to a Police Impound Auction, do it. The way they treat Motorcycles in most impound yards is criminal. If you get pulled over riding without a license, you might be walking home.
Use of Safety gear – A DOT Approved Helmet is a great start. A Leather or Textile Motorcycle Jacket, Sturdy Boots and Gloves. Modern Motorcycle Gloves use less bulky insulation and have a curved shape sewn into the fingers to reduce bunching when you grip the handlebars.
Ride Sober – No Drugs or Alcohol. Duh. No, really. DUH.
Ride within your own skill limits. It’s ok to be a new rider. With time, you will build skills and confidence.
Keep your skills in check with refresher rider courses.
I hope in time I can do my part to shift rider’s perceptions about safety classes and help them to find locations where they can learn how to stay safe on their machines.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation sponsors Ridercourse Rider Training Classes in many locations. Follow the link to find a Ridercourse near you.
Ride Safe Brothers and Sisters.