103 Use hand signals. No, not Motorcycle Facts
JANUARY’S BIRTHDAY LIST that one. ALL the fingers.
Let’s say you've got a tailgater. • Magnesium wheels are po-
Hold your left hand held out and rous, and allow tires to de-
downward, palm open. Notice the flate if the protective paint is response? 99% of drivers will im-
scraped off. The same proc-mediately give you more space.
ess occurs with alloy wheels, Give 'em a big OK (thumb and fore-
only much more slowly. finger together, fingers wide) and
they’ll stay back! Much nicer. Hand • Dynos only measure torque
turn signals are just as effective. and engine speed. Peak
Mary Stephens _________ 5th And people actually LET YOU IN
Else Hess _____________ 7th power is then calculated us-to change lanes, or change lanes
Keith Johnston _________ 8th ing a mathematical equation. themselves if you're slowing to turn.
Dave Johnson _________ 9th Use your blinkers too, of course. I
JR Johnson __________ 10th • Titanium ore is abundant.
Charlie Carter _________ 13th have no idea why this works for The reason it’s known as an
Eldon Hess ___________14th bikes and not cages, but it does. expensive material is because
Sandy Gallegos _______ 19th -Revill Dunn, Austin, Texas- its strength and hardness
Joyce Trimble ________ 23rd 104 makes working with it diffi-
Brett Rodeback _______ 23rd While traveling behind cult and costly.
John Wells ___________ 24th another vehicle and
Jeff Kelly ____________ 25th when you see an oncoming vehicle • Early bike helmets were lined
wanting to cross your lane from
with cork your left, like when they are making
Happy Birthday to all of you a left turn, get as far to the left side
birthday babies! of your lane as possible. When you
see someone trying to enter your
lane from the right, like from a
driveway or side street, get as far
over to the right side of your lane as Events at a Glance Safety Corner
possible. This will make you more Safety tips from
visible from behind the vehicle you The Pirate, Jerry D. Finley Dinner Ride
are following. Moving to the ex-
treme left or right side of the lane Date: Tue, Jan. 12
makes you more visible to the driv- @ 7 PM
ers waiting for a gap in traffic. If Place: Crown Burger
you follow too close, all they can 3200 W 2700 S
see is the gap between the vehicle you are following and the vehicle
Jerry is the author of the book, “How behind you. This may cause them to Business Meeting
To Stay Alive On A Motorcycle.” You think they have enough time/space Date: Fri, Jan. 15
can e-mail your tips to Jerry the Pirate to get across the line of traffic.
. -Ken Farley, Albany NY- @ 7 PM
102 If you're riding directly into the sun you might 105 Carry a first aid kit in your saddle bags. Have
notice it's hard to see vehicles in such items as advil, bandages, Wendover Bus Ride
front of you, so imagine what a car gauze, tape, benadryl (in case of bee Date: Sun, Jan. 31
driving behind you might not see. If stings), tums, antiseptic, rubber @ 9 AM
stopping in this situation, split be- gloves, CPR mouth guard . Most of
tween any cars in front of you or at these items come in individual Place: Village Inn
least stop to the side if you're first in packages so your kit won't be too 5941 S. State St.
-James van der Moezel, Australia- -Jen, Erie PA-
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