Well….anyway, here we go. Let’s call these some Golden Rules about riding:
1. Never touch the bike of a member of another club. No, you aren’t invited to sit on it either, duh.
2. Do not ride when you have been consuming alcohol, duh again.
3. A turn signal means one thing: The bulb works. That’s it. Nothing else.
4. Country roads are dangerous. Stop signs don’t stop cars; brakes do.
5. If you stare at a chuckhole while riding you are destined to enter it.
6. A curve with a sign that says 15 mph isn’t ‘just for cars’ and if it says 12 ½ mph they are really trying to get your attention.
7. A motorcycle ridden in a circle wants to stay upright, albeit at a lean due to centrifugal force. For this force to keep the bike up, it must have forward velocity. So, goose it and be happy.
8. If you stare at the inside line of a curve you are going to keep reaching it and having to correct outward. Stare some distance ahead past the apex of the curve and you will not need to keep correcting.
9. When passing a truck in the fast lane accelerate and get by. Don’t ride along side. When one of those 18 wheels blows; pieces of metal-banded rubber goes everywhere.
10. When making turns while riding two-abreast, the outside rider should drop back, thus allowing the inside bike enough room to move outward where necessary without cutting into you.
11. When you come to a stop check your rearview mirror to see if the motorcycle or car behind you is going to stop. Remain in 1st gear, clutch engaged, and do not shift into neutral until all traffic behind you has come to a stop. You may need that first gear to bail you out in a hurry when you see a vehicle coming up on your six and its time for you to escape the lane. Always, leave ‘bail out’ room to the right or left.
12. I used to ride with the attitude I was invisible to other drivers. I’ve changed my mind. I’m not invisible, motorists just don’t care I am there.
ADAM 12, Vice President
Peacemaker Posse - Knights Cavalry MC