Women Riders

Ready, Set, Rally On!

Written by  March 31, 2007

Finally, we are having some awesome riding weather and more daylight! Doesn’t riding make you come back a different person in your day-to-day life? What a great way to relax after a stressful day at the office. So, let’s get your bike out, run through all your safety checks, clean and polish it and hit the road. That’s what it’s all about, getting ready for the riding season, making plans for trips and meeting up with all the friends you missed over the winter. Have fun, ride safe and be a responsible rider—we want you as readers of our great magazine for a long time.

Taking a couple of days off last month, we headed down to Big Cedar Lodge to celebrate our anniversary, and I had a great time visiting with a couple of riding divas from Springfield, Missouri. One of them had a good question about rules, regulations, and things you should and should not do at rally events. I’m going to share a few advice tips from rallies I have attended over the past seven years and hope they help prepare you before actually getting to the event.

DONT's:
Don’t Speed.
Don’t argue with law enforcement personnel. They don’t have time to argue and may arrest you for resisting arrest just to shut you up.
Don’t do burn-outs, wheelies or rev your pipes excessively on public roads because it gives all bikers a bad name and could endangers others.
Don’t ask someone to “Show us your t*ts or “Show us your d*ck” because this is considered indecent exposure and/ or solicitation in some states.
Don’t show someone your t*ts or d*ck (see above).
Don’t ignore parking signs; they are there for a reason, especially handicap signs.
Don’t become impatient if traffic is slow or not moving. Relax, and don’t be in such a rush.
Don’t touch the three Bs: Bikes, Babes, & Beer unless it belongs to you.
Don’t give Security a hard time. They are working hard and trying to make the event fun for you.


DO's:
Do have a great time.
Do keep your cool in traffic. You are on vacation, so chill out.
Do look out for others in your group and give road courtesy to others.
Do lock your bike or set your alarm.
Do unlock your forks before attempting to pull out from a parking space.
Do pay attention to road conditions, sand, oil, gravel, and slick pavement.
Do take time to get out and cruise the by-ways, beaches and mountain roads. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
Do call home to let your family know you made it to your destination and you are having a great time.


…and above all, respect the residents, fellow riders and law enforcement of the city you are visiting. If you don’t take unnecessary risks at home, don’t try it somewhere else. Every state is different on what is allowed and what is not, so be prepared and know ahead of time so there are no misunderstandings. Rallies can be a lot of fun, but one bad incident can ruin the trip for everyone, and that’s not what riding is all about. It is, however, about having a good time, seeing beautiful scenery, the wind, the weather and all that takes hold of your senses, not to mention meeting more biker enthusiasts.

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REMINDER: Pre-Registration for the June 16th 1st Annual RUFF RIDE Dice Run to benefit the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS) will be held on Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the 9th Annual Kearney Bike Show .

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READER FEEDBACK: Does your furry friend ride with you on your bike? If so, please drop me an e-mail because I’m looking to write a future article on what all is involved in taking your pooch for a ride!

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Have a great Easter and be safe on the roads!

Goldie Arnold

“Never rider faster than you angel can fly”

TIP OF THE MONTH: Riding divas love to look fashion cool, but make yourself seen with bright colors while riding.