Safety

Wearable Technology.

wearable led light technology anders nelson kickstarter

 

What an interesting idea! Fashionable, wearable technology that also provides a safety element. 

Everything motorcyclists are searching for, right? Well, not that I'd run around town in a little black dress with an LED belt. Ok maybe, but underneath my leathers. Check out this kickstarter by Anders Nelson. He's hoping to raise enough money to produce these. Other options include patches that you can stick on anything. 

 

 

Another reason to wear Ear Plugs.

Watch this video (with headphones) and see if your hearing is where it should be. It's SO important to wear ear plugs while riding not only to preserve our hearing but our sanity as we head out on two wheels.

I learned early on that wearing ear plugs (even the cheap $0.99/100 ones) help me concentrate on the road. Minimizing distractions, isn't that one of our goals while we ride so we can focus?

I found this to be the case more so on Twisties. I could focus on my apex, entry speed, exit speed, decreasing/increasing radiuses, everything I needed to make better, smoother, faster turns.

One resource I highly recommend is Earplug Superstore. You can order a couple of sample packs which provides one of each of almost everything they sell. Some are softer than others, some are denser, squishier. One pair may feel nice while another may feel really uncomfortable. I also figured out that I can sleep in these and they help block the snoring action from my beloved groom.

I tried these two packs: (1) http://www.earplugstore.com/unfoamtrialp1.html and (2)  http://www.earplugstore.com/snoring-relief-kits.html

So far, I've discovered that this type of plug fits me the best because it's squishier/lighter and more comfortable:

Howard Leight LaserLite UF Foam Ear Plugs (NRR 32)

howardleight_laserlite_foam_earplugs

Cost: $22 for 200 pairs!

I know it can be strange to wear ear plugs at first, but after trying a few different options, I'm sure you'll find something that works for you. Safe riding!

 

Motorcycle Vagina, WTF?!

vagina

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/07/10/motorcyclevagina-its-a-thing-happening-in-north-carolina/

Two words I never thought I would place in the same sentence, ever. 

It's bad enough that legislators in certain states keep proposing insane laws limiting the control over our own bodies, but even worse when they add it to a motorcycle safety bill! It's about as absurd as me posting a diagram of a woman's reproductive system on a blog about motorcycle gear. 

"SB 353 is a motorcycle safety act that would increase fines and penalties for drivers who endanger motorcyclists on the road"

The original legislation sounds great, at least for motorcyclists in NC. I just hope they actually pass that part, since most motorcycle accidents are attributed to other cars/vehicles overtaking us. 

At least, that's what it was originally intended to be. Instead of focusing on women's reproductive rights, why don't they focus on subjects such as, oh I don't know; creating jobs for it's citizens,  improving it's infrastructure or increasing health insurance options? 

 

Additional resources: 

RH Reality Check

Thinkprogress.org

Something we all need to be reminded of.

colorado department of safety motorcycles

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xNouiE7f4uA

The Colorado Department of Safety (CDOT) released this video showing what the potential is for injury when you aren't wearing any gear. CO doesn't have a helmet law in place, which would certainly help. 

I just wish the end comment by the guy in the video included the rest of his body. 

(video seems graphic, but it's fake)

Passenger on a motorcycle dies from wearing a novelty helmet.

The Press Enterprise - May 7, 2012. "(CHP Says) Woman’s helmet a factor in motorcycle death."

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20120507-san-jacinto-woman-killed-in-hwy-79-crash.ece

"I'm just a passenger."

If I hear this statement one more time, I'm going to cry. However, every passenger I've ever spoken to says this exact same thing.

No, you aren't just anything. You are a rider too. It doesn't matter if you're on the backseat. You are up against all the same obstacles as the driver (cars, other riders, deer, etc). Why should your level of safety be any less important?

The next time you hear someone say this, or if you are the one who says it, please think of Suzanne in the story above and GEAR UP. You need a full face helmet, gloves, a jacket, pants and boots too. And no, you don't have to spend a couple thousand dollars on full race leathers. But you do need protective gear that will save your head from serious injury. A jacket, full face helmet, gloves, boots and pants. 

If you were the driver, wouldn't you feel responsible for your passenger's injuries or worse, their death, if you were in an accident?

A passenger's choice to not wear gear is his/her own, yes. But you are the driver and you choose who gets on and who gets off. And that trumps any passenger's choice.  

What do guns and motorcycles have in common?

shoot target Benny thinks more practice is definitely needed!

I've always thought that guns were a lot like motorcycles, that without proper education in handgun safety, they can be extremely dangerous.

Last weekend, my husband and I took a Gun Safety Training Class. (Thanks Fisher Executive Protection!) We learned basic concepts including proper storage, etiquette when around firearms and common sense attitudes about how to approach a firearm.  It seems like many people underestimate the ability for a handgun to fall into the wrong hands (especially children).  I felt as if they demand our respect and shouldn't be taken lightly.

I never thought I would enjoy this whole shooting targets business, but I actually did. I also thought handguns were too dangerous and I really didn't like the idea of having one in the home. But after having some basic training and range time using one, I'm less fearful and know that as long as you safely store and secure one, they can be perfectly safe.  However, that requires a certain level of prioritizing safety over everything else. By the end of the class, I felt less intimidated and had a better understanding of how they work.

If you talk to anyone who's enthusiastic about handguns or motorcycles, you're going to find that we both have something very important in common; Safety. If you're not prioritizing safety above all else when approaching either of these topics, I highly recommend rethinking your attitudes and figure out why you don't think they demand your attention.

When most of us ride, safety (including gear) is always our #1 priority. There are of course, many exceptions with many people ignoring this key element. Unfortunately, it's those people who make a bigger impression on non-riders. When all you see or hear are negative stories about motorcycle accidents, it's impossible to form an objective opinion.

When we fully gear up,  it really makes a strong impression on non-riders, and sends a powerful message as to how serious we take motorcycles.

Even though we don't choose to be ambassadors for what we love to do, sometimes it happens anyway.