Chapter Couple Notes
|Hiram & Lisa Bass|
Now that it's getting warmer and the bikes are coming out of hibernation, let's not forget to perform our checks before we hit the open road.
Check It Out
Would you feel safe flying on a plane if you heard this conversation between the pilot and copilot:
"Let's skimp on the checklists today. The plane looks safe enough."
"They didn't look flat so the pressure is probably OK."
"The ones I can see from here work."
"It was fine last week."
"We have two--I'm sure at least one works."
"It's not all that dirty."
"I only slept four hours last night so let's not waste any more time here. Let's fly this baby!"
You might think twice about going on the trip at all if your pilots weren't interested enough in safety to do a proper checklist.
Is piloting a bike that's carrying your spouse any less important? You know the answer.
Tires need the correct pressure to prevent overheating (read "blowout") and excessive wear (read "expensive"). Not looking flat isn't enough. The only way to know the pressure is right is to use a tire gauge. Check the tires while cold. Write down the correct pressure for your tires, and keep it in the bike.
Lights are something we don't think about until one goes out that we can see from the rider's seat. Yet the taillight is what lets the car behind you see you before he runs over you. The co-rider can easily check the brake lights, taillights, and turn signals while you sit on the bike and push a few buttons.
How important is your oil? (Read "How expensive is your engine?") No, you don't check the oil by looking at the engine temperature gauge. There is a convenient dipstick made just for that purpose. Don't be a dipstick, use the one on the bike.
Always using both brakes to stop or slow is the proper way to use brakes but the wrong way to check them. If one of three brakes starts getting weak, the other two will hide this fact. Try using only the brake lever to check the one front brake that the lever operates. Then you will have an idea how that brake is working. Using only the brake pedal with an integrated braking system uses two brakes--one front and the rear. Testing the brake pedal this way makes it easier to know whether one of these two brakes is not up to par. Of course the best way to check out all three brakes is during the bike's regular service.
Perhaps the windshield is the easiest of all to check. You can look at it as you are walking up to the bike. Are those bug spots you see? It takes only a minute or so to clean them off. They may be only an annoyance in the daytime, but you need all the visibility you can get at night. Another time a dirty windshield really shows up is when you head directly into the sun. That's when you'll really wish you'd taken an extra minute or two to clean your windshield. When you have your cleaner out to clean your windshield, you might also clean your faceshield and your glasses. Then the whole world will look cleaner.
Your bike's checklist should be something you use before every ride, just as a pilot uses his before every flight.
Check it out!
Hiram & Lisa Bass
|2||Thu||Supper at Tim's Cajun Kitchen -- 6:00pm 114 Jordan Lane NW (NE side of I-565 overpass)|
|4||Sat||Ride to AL-T Fun Day -- 8:00am meet at the Shell Station in front of Cracker Barrel Madison. To go to McCalla First Alliance Church 10am-2pm $10.00 per person|
|Chapter-T Fun Day -- 10am-2pm McCalla First Alliance Church $10.00 Admission|
|5||Sun||Breakfast at Denny's -- 8:30am 4874 Universtiy Dr.|
|7||Tue||Supper at Ken's Restaurant -- 6pm 9841 Hwy 431 Owen's Cross Roads|
|9||Thu||Supper at Longhorn Roadhouse -- 6:00pm Jones Valley Shopping Center on Carl T. Jones Rd.|
|11||Sat||Poker Run Mt. Hope Tornado Relief Benefit -- Registration 9:00 @ Foster Harley Davidson|
First Bike out 10:00, Last Bike out 11:00, Last Bike in 1:00. Prizes Awarded 1:30
|12||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE|
|Motorcycle Pulling Trailers Course -- 8:00am Madison County Executive Airport|
|14||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH!Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|16||Thu||Supper at Hildaguards -- 6:00pm 2357 Whitesburg Dr. SE (NE Corner of Whitesburg & Bob Wallace)|
|GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|18||Sat||Ride to Bell Buckle RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival -- 8:00am meet @ Maridianville Shell on Hwy 231 N|
|19||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE|
|20||Mon||20th Annual Ride to Work Day|
|21||Tue||Supper at El Herradura -- 6:00pm 11700 S. Memorial Dr. SW (Just behind Chick Fil A on corner of Hobbs & Pkwy)|
|First Day of Summer -- 17:44 UTC|
|23||Thu||Supper at Red Lobster -- 6:00pm 1818 University Dr. NE|
|25||Sat||Picnic/June Birthday Party -- 12 noon at Wayne and JoAnn Davis 1573 Manley Rd. New Market Bring a Dish to Share. Ride TBD|
|Chapter J Motorcycle Awareness Promotion -- University Mall Tuscaloosa|
|26||Sun||Ride to Leaper's Fork -- 8:00am meet at Hwy 53 and Jeff Rd Pulblix parking lot. Eat breakfast before you come.|
|Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|28||Tue||Supper at O'Charlie's -- 6:00pm 6152 University Dr. NW|
|30||Thu||Supper at Sonic Drive-In -- 6:00pm Hampton Cove Shopping Center (Hwy. 431 & Sutton Rd)|
|2||Sat||Ride to Cheaha State Park -- 8am meet at Kangaroo Station (Corner of Memorial Pkwy & Mt. Gap Rd)|
|3||Sun||Breakfast at Mullin's -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|5||Tue||Supper at Nothing but Noodles -- 6:00pm 6125 University Dr. NW|
|6||Wed||Wing-Ding (Thru Saturday)|
|7||Thu||Supper at Rolo's -- 6:00pm 975 Airport Rd. SE|
|10||Sun||Breakfast at Mullin's -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|12||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH!Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|