Women Riders

Saddle Up!

Written by  June 30, 2006

Yeah! More women are riding. Over the last five years, licensed motorcycle riders have increased by seven percent while women riders have increased by 28 percent according to the Department of Transportation. Statistics show an increase in older, affluent riders, both new and existing riders who haven’t ridden in years. There are 30,000 people who have a registered motorcycle but do not have the appropriate license to operate it. Is it not frightening to think it’s not just the cars we have to worry about? Will it make us more aware and sharpen our riding skills?

We are at the height of the riding season and the number of riders on the road will likely grow with increased gas prices. There have been so many accidents in recent months and just hearing the newscast reports of motorcycle accidents sends a wave of chills through me, praying I don’t recognize the name, but knowing they are family to someone, had a passion for riding and now are injured or have become a fatality.

I just want to reiterate the importance of safety, how to spot trouble on a motorcycle and hopefully avoid an accident.

Stay alert and focused at all times
Wear highly visible clothing.
Use your headlight, even during the day.
Use proper signals to communicate with drivers in other vehicles.
Don’t follow too close.
Allow enough space when following, being followed, passing other vehicles or being passed.
Look ahead (one-half to one block) every 10-15 seconds to identify any potential hazards.
Try to avoid panic stops or sudden swerves.
Caution on exit ramps and curves that collect oil and gravel.
Be aware of side street and driveway traffic pulling out.
Check your mirrors often and always look over your shoulder when changing lanes or turning.
Make a habit of looking far ahead on highway riding.
Do not use your cell phone while riding! (Believe it or not I have seen others using them).
Watch for vehicles turning or stopping ahead.
Be aware of large trucks and their driving styles. They cannot stop as fast as you can so keep that in mind if you squeeze in front of a truck at the stop light.
Look for debris that might fall off trucks, trailers, and other large vehicles.
The left lane is for passing. Pass quickly and safely; do not continue riding in the left lane.

So, fellow friends and riders, please ride defensively and safely. We want you around for the long haul and we do not want you to become a statistic.

If anyone has additional quick tips on safety, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I received an e-mail and maybe it’s gone around before, but I have never seen it and I’d like to share it with you. Wish I knew who the author was.

“For All Who Know Motorcycle Riders”

I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But you didn’t see me put an extra $10 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But you didn’t see me playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But you didn’t see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the
Hurricane Relief.

I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
But you didn’t see me driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt
out the car window.

I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But you didn’t see me and my friends cut 10 inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
But you didn’t see me and my brothers/sisters donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you look in fright at my tattoos.
But you didn’t see me cry as my children were born and have their name written
all over my heart.

I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But you didn’t see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But you didn’t see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you yelling at your kids in the car.
But you didn’t see me pat my child’s hands knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But you didn’t see me squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you race down the road in the rain.
But you didn’t see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you; run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But, you didn’t see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you cut me off because you need to be in the lane I was in.
But you didn’t see me leave the road.

I saw you waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But you didn’t see me.
I wasn’t here
I saw you go home to your family.
But you didn’t see me
Because I died that day you cut me off.
I was just a biker…
A person with friends and a family
But you didn’t see me.

Everyone please BEWARE, Motorcycles are everywhere!

Happy Father’s Day to all our motorcycle-riding dads!

Goldie Arnold

“Never rider faster than you angel can fly”

TIP OF THE MONTH: If you are approaching an unknown blind turn, assume
the worst, that the unseen portion of the turn is decreasing radius. Adjust your
speed and line of travel accordingly.