Friday, May 27, 2016

Motorcycle Manners and Protocols

Having good manners is the right thing to do, in any situation. We’re not savages that only think about ourselves. We don’t exactly need to behave the way Emily Post told us to at the dinner table, or when entertaining, but there should be some form of manners, even protocols or etiquettes, when riding your bike.

Manners are usually a two-way street. It’s like a good stereo system; it needs to come from both sides. A bit like, treat people the way you want to be treated yourself; respect.


When coming up behind another biker, don’t honk, and don’t immediately overtake. At a red light when the other biker is stopped, don’t pull up beside him/her, but staggered behind the bike. The reasons for this, is that you don’t know the rider’s abilities and street smarts. Coming up behind a biker and continuing fast, may result in the biker suddenly pulling out to accelerate and bump into you. Coming up behind the other biker and staying a few seconds will ensure that the other biker has seen you. Sitting behind the biker at a red light, staggered, will give the biker time to see that there’s someone behind.

MANNER: Don’t suddenly overtake another biker. Don’t honk.

When you ride up to another slower bike and there’s no lanes available to pass, wait. The slower bike will hopefully see you and wave you through on the same lane. If you don’t, you stand the chance of crashing.

MANNER: Don’t pass in the same lane if you don’t have space to pass on the road. Wait for an acknowledgement.

If you are behind a slow car which goes out of its way to let you pass, remember to wave to the car as a thank-you.

MANNER: Wave a “thanks” to cars that go out of their way for you.

If you see another motorcycle that has broken down, it can be a good idea to stop and see if they need help. We’re on our own out there in SUV land, and the more help we get from our brothers & sisters, the easier and safer our lives will be. The same obviously applies to bikers who are in trouble with car drivers. Go and help them.

MANNER: When possible, help out other bikers on the road who are in trouble.

The Wave

One of the most common forms of manners, or protocols (etiquette) is the famous wave between bikers. When you are riding and come upon other bikers, give them a wave, or at the least a nod with the head. The “wave” shouldn’t be just to motorcycle riders who are riding your favorite motorcycle. The wave is to any motorcycle, even scooters. It’s a form of respect, a respect to their chosen form of transportation. We are a brotherhood.

The actual form of wave is not that important, it could be a high held hand, a low one, one, two or all fingers, whatever the “wave”, as long as the others can see it. Obviously when you are riding in a dense motorcycle area, like Sturgis, you don’t need to wave, or even nod. In cities where there are many more motorcycle riders, you could be spending all your time waving. Here maybe a nod will do, or nothing at all.

MANNER: If you can, wave or nod to other bikers riding any brand or type of motorcycle.

Group Riding

When riding in a group, if there’s a smoker out there, would you like to ride behind that person and receive their cigarette in the face when they flick it away;

MANNER: Don’t throw away cigarettes when riding (it’s illegal anyway). Remember the bikers behind you.

Don’t try to get others to ride at your pace, especially when your pace is fast. It’s nicer for everyone to ride at their average pace.

MANNER: Don’t force the pace.

Lane Splitting

If you are in an area that allows lane splitting, don’t race your bike through the lane, ride at a leisurely pace, but keep an eye on your mirrors. Other bikers may come up to you faster than you. That is their concern and safety, but to ensure good harmony, when you get a chance, move over and let them pass. When you move over, signal the other rider that they can pass, thereby eliminating confusion and misunderstandings.

MANNER: Let faster motorcycle pass when lane splitting.


When you see a parked motorcycle, even if the owner is right there, never, ever, sit on the parked motorcycle. If you want to sit on it, ask permission. You don’t see people go into someone else’s car to sit in it. It’s just not done.

MANNER: Never sit on someone’s motorcycle without asking for permission.

When you have to park in car spots, if the spot is taken up by another motorcycle, do not put your bike in that slot. You are going to give the other biker problems taking out his/her ride. Only put multiple bikes in one parking slot if you are all riding together.

MANNER: Do not park in the same car parking space as another motorcycle.


When you get a new pillion, tell them what is expected from them. Tell them where to get on or off the bike, what to do when you are in a curve and what not to do. Even if the pillion has been riding as pillion with others, just remind them of “your” rules. Why do you think airlines keep telling you about the safety procedures?

MANNER: Instruct a new (to you) pillion on your rules and procedures.

Remember that you have got the pillion’s life in your hands. Be extra careful. Now is not the time to show off, or the scare the pillion. Ride responsible.

MANNER: Ride extra careful.

These are just a few common sense manners. Keep civil, be nice. Let’s all enjoy the ride.


Friday, May 20, 2016

The Music

From cranking to starting creates a melody conniving  to send a message that gives you joy while scared of a disappointing sound when you motorcycle refuses to start. Rush of joy when the music begins and it runs for seconds and cuts out. Now it has your attention, intrigue now strolling in the mix not sure of the next sound and how the music plays. Another crank puts the music in motion and ends with a smile but remember that it is a type of music where you have to protect you self while listening to it.

                                                                                       Foto by Breen Guitars    

The music so tempting; to hear more makes you  look towards the second stage were you need to put on your helmet which  you carefully selected from the motorcycle shop for its purpose; nice graphics , tinted visor , good ventilation , shell construction built with precision and to standard . But what kind of music will you listen to that will warrant this level of protection?  Well we will find out.

Do you really want to see what I look like when I listening to the best music ever? Music which gives a new sound every time it plays,  Let’s not take it too far and forget the glove which is the last protective measures which must be considered not forgetting the kick stand after mounting the platform in which the music is accelerated to its full playing mood. Music with no loop, it changes when you give it gas to conduct its temple and pattern.

The mechanical music temple controlled by road, environmental and other factor but it only makes it more enjoyable when listening to it when acceleration and deceleration.  So do you say bikers are disc jockeys, an orchestral conductor or just a dude playing whatever he wants? You find out your self.

To is fun. Fro is a recapitulation of the system we just played but never forget ; every ride is always a new song. So let’s play this music with respect for the risk we face in the mix.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Biker Psychology

Stumbled on this article on, could not hold it to my self so I decided to publish it.

Biker Psychology

What makes bikers tick? We've been talking with a lot of very accomplished riders and trainers recently, and we asked them all the same question about biker psychology and it's relationship to safety.

Risk Takers

Lee Parks (of Total Control) thinks that bikers are risk takers, in the noble tradition of the species. We possess the gene that led us out of the trees and to the top of the food chain. He also points out that the successful risk takers in prehistory and later are the ones who intelligently managed their risk factors. The mammoth hunters who went wild-assed at their prey with spears got tusk-skewered, the ones who figured out how to drive the beasts over a cliff ate well, got laid and stayed in the gene pool. Our ancestors.

Rule Breakers

There is a strong tradition of rule-breaking, outlaw mentality among bikers. But these dudes take pride in the fact that they are 'one percenters' and are probably fewer than that. Lots of bikers like to break some of the rules, speed a bit, pop a wheelie, but in the eyes of the true hard-core outlaws, riders who try to look like them are 'wannabees' and get no respect.


Steve Garets of TEAM OREGON believes that bikers have a victim mentality. They blame cage drivers for all crashes, and this causes a fatalistic attitude and failure to take control of our risk factors. I thought of the local rider who tail-ended a car, blamed the cage driver, and on almost the exact anniversary of the first crash, tail-ended another car, this time totaling his ride and doing some hospital time. He blamed both drivers for the crashes and his denial probably contributed to the second crash. Victim mentality and denial, in this case, allowed this biker to avoid responsibility for controlling his risks, and prevented him from learning from his mistakes. Experience was useless to him.

Hurt was brilliant and his study produced major benefits. He did help popularize the fact that three quarters of his accidents were the cage drivers fault. This may have helped create a victim culture of fatalistic whiners who refuse to seize control of their rides, and pathetically await their fate at the hands of the next lazy cage driver that comes their way.

We say: we are not victims. We control our rides and manage our risks. We spot problems before they arise and we are ready with the skills for whatever life throws at us.

Death Wish?

It was suggested that bikers have a death wish. It seems to us that this would be a self-correcting problem, but maybe bikers with death wishes account for some of the statistics. Suicide by bike? Look at the stats for bikers who crash on the way home from the dealer. We don't have to worry about that with live bikers. So we'll forget it.


Jerry Palladino, of 'Ride like a Pro' brought up fear (Lee Parks did too). Fear, or freezing up when confronted with danger, can be countered by training and practice, the knowledge that you have the skills to handle the situation.

Muscle memory drives the response to imminent danger, and that means training and regular practice of a few essential skills. There is no time to make this up when the problem is on top of you.

Biker 'Fashion' Victims

We also thought about riding buddies who are victims of biker 'fashion' - guys who don't wear helmets, or wear half-helmets even though they know full-face helmets give better protection, or who ride wearing t-shirts or inadequate gear. One buddy won't ride on the local base where he works, because he thinks he looks like a dork in the mandatory ANSI hi-viz vest and protective gear. Joey Redmon of 'Ride like a Pro', North Carolina has a motto, "Dress for the crash, not the ride" inspired by this phenomonen. All we have to say about gear is Brittany Morrow.

We think there's hope for these riders, and, in a rational world, bikers who don't like to wear protection ought to be even more motivated to pilot our risk hierarchy so as to avoid crashes.

90 percent of what's in is in your head, and if you are worried about peer pressure from your riding buddies, unless they've been studying us too, they'll never spot that you've been getting training, or that you are riding ultra-defensively, or that you are taking responsibility for your ride.

We also have some stealth options in our safety gear section.

Think about it: are your riding buddies are exerting peer pressure to ride unprotected? Could they be mistaken? Or maybe you can help them see the benefits of at least improving their defensive riding skills.

Either way, Bikesafer still has something for you, and, by choosing not to use adequate protection, you have doubled up on the ultra-defensive riding stakes.

Risk Takers with no Tradition of Risk Management

So where is the intersection of biker psychology and bike safety? It comes back to bikers are risk takers. It's a tiny remnant of a proud genetic heritage, in an over-regulated culture which values comfort and an illusion of safety. But our ancestors also had traditions and techniques of managing risk, and in our 120 years or so of motorcycle history, it seems we failed to develop a well accepted and rational culture of biker risk management. Instead we seem to have come up with a bunch of dumb myths, see on bike myths.

There are a lot of enforcers and researchers out there that want us to be safe their way, and they don't mind pushing governors and lame restrictions on us. That won't work, most of them aren't bikers. We need to do for ourselves, so they won't come up with an excuse to add regulation and enforcement.

Risk Homeostasis

See our note on hubris. It's not just bikers, anybody who takes risk management measures tends to take additional risks in other areas, and don't always come out ahead in the exchange.

Cognitive Issues

cognitive science suggests that our ability to multitask is limited by the working memory we have available. Overloading our working memory can have disastrous consequences for a rider. Management of this limited cognitive resource is vital while learning to ride. See our page on paying attention.

BikeSafer Philosophy

We can take control of our rides, take responsibility for our outcomes, ride rationally, develop the skills needed to counteract fear in dangerous situations and still have a blast on our bikes. In fact, it's more fun this way. Not saying we can't throw over the rules from time to time (that's part of being risk takers), but we'll do what we can to limit our exposure to risk. Which is what is all about.

So why is bike safety the bastard stepchild of the industry? Maybe because there's no profit in it. \


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pictures from WeABC AKURE, NIGERIA

So blinded from a major biking event.  Why on earth would I miss out? Yes I missed. Noticed from biker’s forum and facebook, the excitements and anxiety from bikers from far and neighboring countries. It’s not strange to feel like you are going for an old time Olympic gathering of gladiators look alike men of steel.

We don’t have details from the event but pictures which can explain the fun of the event.

Pictures from Queen and HRMC

Thanks to the AMAZONS MC

Pictures from Queen and HRMC