Catch a Ride with Learning Curves
We still have a few spots left for two expanded ten-day adventures for 2013—our June international ride to the Canadian Rockies and our one and only Learning Curves ride to the Sturgis Annual Rally in August. We have passed our cut-off date for holding hotel rooms, but if you really want to take in either of these opportunities, I am all over it. I will jump on the phone and call in some favors to see if I can get more space during these high season rides. Contact us now: 1.866.714.7474!
Our July Smile for Life benefit ride with Steve Anderson is sold out.
However there is still time to register for the opportunity to join Gordon and Rella Christensen. This ride is worth the cost of tuition just to see Rella ride her very own pink motorcycle all dressed out in a pink outfit. Gordon and Rella are with us for the Grand Circle Adventure in October. The autumn leaves are at their peak. We take in four National Parks and two National Monuments and, in addition, we tour the famous Antelope Canyon on the Navaho Nation Reservation in Northern Arizona. What a great way to close out your riding season.
By now, the snow and ice on the road surfaces are gone for all of us. Some of you down south don’t face this fact of winter, but now we in the north are finally joining you on safe smooth road surfaces. Or can we?
The new riding season deserves an overview of road surface hazards that await all of us who plan to put any significant number of miles on two-wheels this year.
Wow, do we ever have these here in Utah at winter’s end. The pavement freezes in the winter and then thaws and crumbles in the spring. If you haven’t ever slammed into one of these yet, you are very lucky. Potholes can bend rims (I have had that one already), break spokes or even knock you right down.
- Slippery Goo
Wet slippery mud that has washed across a country road or is created by loose earth and a water truck in a construction zone can be just as treacherous as ice and snow on the road or more so. Slow down and proceed with caution.
- Grooved Pavement
It can be frustrating and unnerving to drive a bike on grooved pavement, but the real point I want to make here is that what you really need to avoid is the edge trap. If you get sick and tired of riding the grooved pavement and decide to turn onto a lane of new pavement adjacent to your present lane, that edge can trap your front wheel and put you immediately down wondering what happened.
- Steel Construction Plates
Once again, remember edge traps because the edge of these heavy plates are sharp and slick and can cause your front tire to slide out. Stay vertical and pick a straight line across the middle.
- Tar Snakes
Road crews place this liquid sealer in cracks in the pavement. On a hot day the sealer becomes soft and even can be slippery. Just slow down and keep the bike vertical when passing through one of these snake pits.
- Loose Gravel
We all know that the sealer put down on pavement in the summer months makes a mess on bikes, but the real problem is the loss of traction with the sealer and gravel placed over it. The best answer is, again, to slow down and then follow wheel tracks where the gravel is compacted. For sure, stay out of the loose gravel outside of the wheel tracks.
Hope these thoughts refresh your safety senses for the coming season. Please join us soon for a Learning Curves ride and keep the rubber side down.