2013 Annual Motorcycle Pre-Season Safety Brief

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2013 Annual Motorcycle
Pre-Season Safety Brief
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Let’s have a great riding season!
Pre-Ride Inspection
• Machine Safety
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Headlights on (high beam during the day)
Front mirrors (2)
Bike in top-notch mechanical condition
State safety inspection completed
Tires serviceable
Accessories secured
Test emergency braking
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T-CLOCS
T - Tires & Wheels
C - Controls
L - Lights & Electrics
O - Oil
C - Chassis
S - Stand
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
MSF T-CLOCS Pre-Ride
Inspection Checklist
Riding Skills
• Proper Personal Protective Equipment
– Helmet, Leathers, Eye protection, Sturdy Boots, Bright reflective
colors at night.
• Rider Training
– Basic Rider Course (BRC)
– Basic Rider Course2 (BRC2) (formerly ERC) •
• For avid riders who have ridden a minimum of 2000 miles and
are confident with their riding abilities
– Refresher Training
• Ride Like A Pro
Riding Skills
• Beginning of the season
• Take a few short, low speed rides to
refamiliarize yourself and to check out the
bike’s handling
• Avoid highly congested areas until you have a
chance to freshen up your observation skills
and riding skills
Riding Skills
• Practice Emergency Braking
• Apply both brakes to near maximum, just short of locking them up.
• You don’t want to lock the front brake. If the wheel does chirp,
release the brake for a split second, then immediately reapply
without locking it up
• If your rear wheel locks up, do not release the brake. If your
handlebars are straight, you will skid in a straight line, which is OK.
• Keep the motorcycle upright and traveling in a straight line; and
look where you’re going to be -- not where you are or where you’ve
been.
Weather/Local Conditions
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Weather (wet)
Be most cautious when it first starts to rain
Water and oil on roadways don’t mix
Crosswalks and Stop Lines are very slippery
Wet man hole covers are treacherous
Cattle Guards – always cross perpendicular to
rails
Weather/Local Conditions
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Weather (hot/dry) Road (tar) Snakes
Lots of loose dirt/rocks on road
Hot wind
Dehydration
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Weather (cold/damp)
Frost, Ice, Snow
Water on north faces leave ice fingers across road
Hypothermia
Local Conditions
• Obstacles (Debris)
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Vehicles losing stuff
Truck tires
Glass
Dead Animals
Roadway concrete/asphalt
Potholes
• Best Defense with Obstacles and Debris
– Distance – Space – Prudent Speed
– Skilled in emergency maneuvers
– Hand signals
Local Conditions
• Large Animals and You
– They’re everywhere in Utah
– Elk, Moose, Deer, Cattle, Horses, Sheep
• Two Rules to Ensuring Your Safety
– Slow down or stop before you reach the animal
– If you can’t stop and the animal looks like it’s going to intercept
you, speed up just as you are about to reach it. This will throw
the impact timing off and hopefully avoid the impact.
• Learn Emergency Maneuvers
– Covered in the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and the Basic Rider
Course2 (BRC2)
Mishap Trends
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Most crash fatalities – Top 4 causes
Excessive speed
Fail to maintain situational (traffic) awareness
Have inadequate or nonexistent formal
training
• Have very little riding experience
Mishap Trends
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Collision with another vehicle: 48.2%
Front – 36.6%
Lt Side – 3.5%
Rt Side – 2.5%
Rear – 3.6%
Mishap Trends
• Data from the NHTSA
• 48% of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another
type of motor vehicle…
• 25% of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed
objects…
• In 42.6% of crashes the other vehicle was turning left while the
motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.…
• 35% of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding…
Risk Management
• Stick together – Safety in Numbers
– Staggered twos, if group riding
– 1 Second/2 Second Rule
• Avoid riding at night
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Drowsiness
Animal Danger
Hard to See Debris
Statistically Dangerous
• Plan ahead
– Road Conditions
– Rest/Gas Stops
Ride Captain Responsibilities
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Somewhat responsible for the group’s safety
Evaluate hazards for all riders in the group
Increase Time/Distance requirements
Watch out for road hazards
Conduct a Pre-Ride Briefing
Use of hand signals is extremely important
Do a quick look at bikes in your group
Ride Captain Pre-Ride Brief
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Hand signals
Staggered riding
1 Second/2 Second Rule
Riding the curves as a group
Road hazards- Debris, Potholes, ANIMALS, etc….
Route description/Mileage/Ride Time/Rest, Fuel,
and Food Stops.
• Weather
• Emergency Procedures
To CONCLUDE……..
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BE SAFE!
Please Don’t Drink and Ride!
Keep your motorcycle in top condition!
Let’s Watch out for EACH OTHER!!
• Let’s have a great 2013 for the Wasatch
Victory Riders Motorcycle Club!
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