Friends of Learning Curves - May 2015 Learning Curves Newsletter
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JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER

This letter was written well before it came across your email. Glenda and I are far across the pond enjoying the awesome and unique beauties of Tuscany. Yes, we have not forgotten our responsibilities back at the Iron Horse Ranch in Provo. The bikes have been weaned from their battery tenders. They have been gassed, washed and taken on a test drive or two or even more than that to be perfectly honest.

We have done our warm-up in the church parking lot, but never on Sunday. Our hotel room reservations and meal reservations and rental bike reservations are all complete for our July and August and September Learning Curves Adventures in our unbelievably beautiful, good old USA. Our featured clinicians are prepared and anticipating their opportunity to once again bless the lives of another group of Learning Curves guests. If you have not as yet begun your anticipation for a Learning Curves opportunity for 2015 there is still time, but the time is short. July is sold out, but there is still limited space for August and September. Contact Angel now at Angel@learningcurves.net

We love to serve.

Roy


 

BE PRESENT

Often times in life our thoughts, our minds and even our soul resides in a place distant from where our physical body is. As we ride on two wheels we must be present. We must reside in the moment.

Our safety on a motorcycle depends on us being present all the time. We must consider where we ride and what we wear. We need to focus on and be honest with ourselves about our strengths and weaknesses. We must not blame others for mishaps that we should have avoided.

Don’t over think, you are on those two wheelers to enjoy the ride and enjoy with all of your senses the beauty of your surroundings. This can be an almost spiritual experience. But our risk needs to be kept to a minimum by our commitment to be on task and present in the moment with our responsibility as the captain of this ship we call a motorcycle.

Avoid complacency. Complacency can dull us into thinking our skills are better than they really are and place us at risk in the next curve.

We must keep learning. It is my hope that the few thoughts I leave with you each month can be one source of your opportunity to learn or at least be reminded of what you already know.

When we teach we learn. Look for opportunities to inspire and mentor others. As we mentor and teach our physical and mental skills are honed and we remind ourselves of things we know and should be applying in our daily riding.

Being an example is part of our responsibility as a safe rider. We at Learning Curves always try to do what we say. I know I have gone too fast leading your Learning Curves group from time to time, but the devil made me do it. Yes, that is what I always told my mother and she never believed me either.

Use the school or church parking lot from time to time to be introspective of your skills and test your proficiency at various maneuvers. You will not only be tested, but you will be able to learn in private. Be sure you have studied the proven technique for lifting an 800 lb. motorcycle back up on two wheels alone unless you plan on having a buddy there to help when you fail a test and drop your bike.

Prepare for an enjoyable safe summer of riding.

Roy


 

SLIPPERY

I have discussed previously the pit falls of a wet surface when on two wheels. Here are a few areas that have been brought to my attention recently.

The car wash probably does not seem like a threat unless you ride through one like Jeff Gray did on one of our rides a few years back.

But, I have noticed that as I exit the car wash that I use here in Provo and turn onto the busy street that fronts it there is always wet and potentially slippery pavement where all of the just washed traffic makes the same exit - just an observation.

Covered parking garages can be a slippery challenge. The pavement is often covered with a smooth sealer. The traffic can drip fluids such as oil, antifreeze and grease. There is no opportunity for rain to wash the surface and many garages owners don’t sweep and wash these surfaces. Slow down, use caution and keep the rubber side down.


 

INTERESTING
The American Dream Project

Filming for a new motorcycle documentary series called The American Dream Project from Happy Marshall Products began in September. The footage will be comprised of two motorcyclists riding 5,000 miles across American in hopes of answering the question of what makes America great, along with discovering the modern-day interpretation of the American dream. The American Dream Project features the British-born James Marshall, a man who’s been living in New York for the last seven years, as he rides on his Indian motorcycle with his friend Todd. The adventures will have only $250 for food and accommodation, and will stop at various places from big cities to one-horse towns and speaking with anyone and everyone they meet along the way. Find out more by going to Happy Marshall.com.

Enjoy the curves, Roy

 

Want to find a winding road to unwind this year? Please join us on a Learning Curves Adventure. We love the opportunity to serve.

Roy and Glenda and our Learning Curves Family

 

And be sure to check out Learning Curves, the Book.
Not only is it a great compilation of true stories, parables, and wisdom, 100% of its proceeds go to charity.

BIKE TIP: Stop & Go

I talk a lot about tire repair because it is one of those things that can ruin a great day of riding in a hurry.

With that in mind, here is another solution to consider. Stop & Go weighs less than 2 pounds and includes a tire plugger, receiver, probe tools, a hex wrench, 15 mushroom plugs, a razor knife and instructions. It also comes with a mini air compressor. It’s all wrapped in a handy zippered canvas case.

You can check it out at stopngo.com - $64.95

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