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Oh for the Love of…
Oh for the love of us riders: You’ve probably heard the saying that you never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist’s office. That saying is actually a true reflection of reality – motorcycle riding is good for your health, both mentally and physically. When riding a motorcycle, the brain of the rider is stimulated. Differences in brain use and level of brain stimulation can be observed in motorcyclists who ride regularly and in motorcyclists who have not ridden for extended periods.
Incorporating motorcycle riding into daily life improves various cognitive functions (particularly prefrontal cortex functions) and has positive effects on mental and emotional health such as stress reduction. Ensuring your health is where it needs to be to be able to ride is also important. Folks with heart disease or diabetes need to take special care of their health. Staying hydrated is always crucial any time of year.
Oh for the love of our machines: Now that the warm weather has returned, our TCLOCKS are important prior to long or short rides. Ensuring that the folks we ride with are also riding safely is important. Remind your Brothers and Sisters to also inspect their rides. No one wants to ruin a ride due to unnecessary mechanical breakdowns or blow out from bald tires. Something you may want to consider- is a spot check of bikes within your club or chapters. Don’t give law enforcement a reason to pull you over.
Most know this but friendly reminders are always good. T-CLOCK is a mnemonic developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for assisting you in doing a comprehensive pre-ride (or a prepurchase) inspection of a motorcycle. It is easily memorized and very useful. The individual letters stand for the specific areas to check:
- T — Tires & Wheels
- C — Controls
- L — Lights
- O — Oil
- C — Chassis
- K — Kickstand
Until next time- ride safe and often!!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland
A.B.A.T.E of Arizona State Safety Officer