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3. Tech Tip: A Basic Guide to Winter Storage: Donald Paulus

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VickiA Word from the Director
Vicki Sanfelipo

As I write this article I am on my way home from a motorcycle safety network meeting in Washington DC that was held at the Department of Transportation. This meeting is held twice a year and includes many government agencies who are involved in efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. They meet with “Stakeholders” in the Motorcycle community like the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) and Accident Scene Management, Inc. (ASMI). As I prepared my report for that committee I thought about how much of a difference a few people can make. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there are 11 million active motorcyclists in the USA. Through the efforts of our small but growing Road Guardian program we have launched the most comprehensive motorcycle safety resource on the web! We have created information and seminars that help motorcyclists both avoid crashes and know how to properly respond if something unexpected does happen. At the meeting today NHTSA reported that motorcycle-related deaths are down and they are not sure why. Could it be that motorcyclists are no longer depending on one or two magic bullets to provide the answer? Could it be that we (motorcyclists) really can make a difference? Of the 11 million actively riding motorcyclists, how many do you think are really engaged in life-long learning; doing what they can to continually improve? What can you personally do to be “Better Biker”? Our next National conference (BBC) will be in Chicago the last weekend of March. Mark your calendars!!!! The flier will be out soon. Tell your friends. Help create a culture of brother & sisterhood that challenges others to care about you the way you care about them. ASMI and RG are looking for people to volunteer to help us achieve our mission reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. If you feel you have some way that you can contribute to our cause (coordinate volunteers, write articles, help with the BBC, design fliers, host classes, etc) please let me know.


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Allstate’s Quote Donation Revs Up Motorcycle Safety Company pledges $5 to Road Guardians for every new motorcycle insurance quote

10/12/2010, National (USA) - NORTHBROOK, Ill. (October 11, 2010) – Motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than car occupants to die in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,. Allstate is helping bikers stay safe on the road by donating $5 to Road Guardians for every person who calls for a quote for motorcycle insurance. “I believe Allstate’s coverage for cyclists is the best there is. But, we know that regardless of insurance coverage, a rider has to take personal steps to ensure safety on the road,” said Chuck Paul, vice president of Allstate’s emerging businesses. “Anyone who gets a quote for their bike through Allstate is helping their fellow riders stay safe at the same time.” Allstate’s quote donation program with the Road Guardians will run through December 31, 2010. Road Guardians provides safety and education resources to cyclists, including a first responder-based curriculum that teaches riders how to start proper & effective emergency care at the scene of a motorcycle accident until help arrives. To date, nearly one-third of the students who’ve received Road Guardians first-responder training have used their skills within three years of instruction. “The funding from Allstate will be used to help train and educate road riders to be there for their fellow cyclists when they need it most,” said Vicki Sanfelipo, president of Road Guardians. “We’re working with Allstate to help save lives by offering on-the-road training to help prevent and respond to crashes.” Riders who are interested in getting a quote from Allstate that benefits Road Guardians can call 877-871-0500 for a motorcycle insurance quote. For every completed quote, $5 will go to the Road Guardians.

DISCLAIMER: No purchase necessary. Program applies to motorcycle insurance. For each quote received, $5 will benefit the Road Guardians. Maximum Allstate donation is $100,000. Program donations limited to quotes received beginning now and ending December 31, 2010. This promotion is not available in AL, AK, ME, MA, NC, NY AND UT. The Road Guardians name and logo are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product, service, company or individual. About Allstate The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help more than 17 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as and 1-800 Allstate®.


Donald Paulus Tech Tip
by Donald Paulus

A Basic Guide to Winter Storage

Storing your bike for winter

Everyone's saying, "Gee, I can't believe the riding season's over already." It's time to be planning for your motorcycle's hibernation period. (or whatever you call it). For seasoned riders this may have become a relatively routine process. New bike owners might not have given it much thought at all. Many dealers and repair shops offer winter storage along with some related maintenance procedures. Whether you do this activity yourself or you want to see if your storage provider is worthy of caring for your bike, these are some minimum accepted procedures to keep your bike in safe working order.

If you decide to store it yourself, consult your Owner's Manual for procedures specific to your model. You will need a place that is dry and out of harm's way. Determine if the location will be subject to temperature fluctuations or freezing. This will change some procedures.

Wash the bike and treat chrome and painted surfaces. This will minimize condensation. Don't neglect the leather surfaces. Restore their water repellency.

This is the most important time to change your engine oil and filter. Quality oil contains additives to neutralize the acids created from the combustion process. If depleted, these acids may remain to develop internal rusting conditions in storage. Please dispose of the old oil responsibly. Most oil change places will accept your oil.

Fill the fuel tank and add a stabilizer to the fuel. Today's fuel contains several blended ingredients like ethanol to clean the system and emissions. Left alone, this blend deteriorates in a relatively short time. You'll need to run the engine for several minutes to distribute the stabilizer throughout the system.

Remove the plugs and apply a fogging lubricant to keep corrosion from the insides of the cylinders. The vapors will act to protect all surfaces that can't be reached. Inspect and replace the spark plugs if needed and properly torque as recommended. You can fog the exhaust mufflers lightly.

Connect the battery to a maintenance charger. If this device is not available, store the battery in a warm area and charge intermittently. Unused batteries will discharge over time allowing the fluids to freeze inside and burst the casing.

Next, the not-so-obvious things to do include; cover the intake and exhaust openings to prevent mice from nesting. If you cover the bike, be sure the material can 'breathe' to prevent developing condensation. When possible, choose a location away from windows. The ultraviolet light can fade paint and plastic parts. Direct sunlight can raise the ambient temperature of the storage area which will promote condensation when the sun goes down, so cover window glass with some sort of opaque material. A tarp prevents moisture from getting in but it also prevents it from getting out. Moisture trapped underneath will condense on the bike. A specially designed motorcycle cover is made of a mildew resistant material. The material is slightly porous, so it can breathe.

Visit your bike during the storage period to see that the conditions are as expected and nothing has changed.

Returning in the warmth of Spring
Before you head out onto the highway, there are a couple of things to do. First, remove the cover and put it where you can find it again. Talking of finding things, locate the (charged) battery and reinstall it connecting the positive (+) cable (red) before the (-) negative and covering the terminals with the plastic covers. Recheck all fluid levels and turn on the fuel. Check for anything wrong on the motorcycle (cracked tires, broken parts/plastic, leaking oil). Set the tire pressures back to riding specs and you are ready to fire up.

As you don your riding gear, remember that your riding skills will be a little rusty and the road surfaces will have changed a bit since the last ride, so go carefully. Sand/salt deposits on the edge of the road and especially at corners may be hazardous.


Big Bird

Heatin’ It Up For the Winter Months!

As the winter months approach us, more states than not experience the temperatures drop. Some may opt to winterize and place your beauty in storage until spring. Others may opt to put in some Stabil and be ready to ride after the scrape of a snow plow!

Whichever kind of rider you are, know that as the weather gets colder our clothing and care for ourselves as riders must also change. Wear suitable clothing in cold temperatures and protect exposed areas. In cold weather, wear mittens (not gloves); wind-proof, water-resistant, layered clothing; two pairs of socks; and a hat or scarf that covers the ears (to avoid substantial heat loss through the scalp). If you expect to be exposed to the cold for a long period of time, don't drink alcohol or smoke, and get adequate food and rest. If caught in a severe snowstorm, find shelter early or increase physical activity to maintain body warmth.

Hypothermia is the opposite of hyperthermia which is present in heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Your body temperature is usually maintained between temperatures of 98-100°F. Hypothermia kicks in when your core temperature drops below 95°F. A body temperature below 95° F is a medical emergency and can lead to death if not treated promptly.
It can make you sleepy, confused and clumsy. Because it happens gradually and affects your thinking, you may not realize you need help. That makes it especially dangerous. Anyone who spends much time outdoors in cold weather can get hypothermia. You can also get it from being cold and wet or under cold water for too long. Babies and older people are especially at risk.
As body temperature decreases, characteristic symptoms occur such as shivering and mental confusion. Most heat is lost at the skin surface by convection, conduction, radiation, and evaporation. If the environment gets colder, the body may need to generate more heat by shivering (increasing muscle activity that promotes heat formation). But if heat loss is greater than the body's ability to make more, then the body's core temperature will fall.

As the temperature falls, the body shunts blood away from the skin and exposure to the elements. Blood flow is increased to the vital organs of the body including the heart, lungs, kidney, and brain. The heart and brain are most sensitive to cold, and the electrical activity in these organs slows in response to cold. If the body temperature continues to decrease, organs begin to fail, and eventually death will occur.
Frostnip is a cold injury in which the chilled areas of skin become numb, swollen, and red. The only treatment needed is warming the area for a few minutes. During warming, the area may hurt or itch intensely. No permanent damage results, although sometimes the area is particularly sensitive to cold for months or years afterward.

Frostbite is distinguishable by the hard, pale, and cold quality of skin that has been exposed to the cold for too long. The area is likely to lack sensitivity to touch, although there may be an aching pain. As the area thaws, the flesh becomes red and very painful. Very severe frostbite may cause blisters, gangrene (blackened, dead tissue), and damage to deep structures such as tendons, muscles, nerves, and bone.
Any part of the body may be affected by frostbite, but hands, feet, nose, and ears are the most vulnerable. If only the skin and underlying tissues are damaged, recovery may be complete. However, if blood vessels are affected, the damage is permanent and gangrene can follow. This may require removal (amputation) of the affected part.
Be aware of factors that can contribute to frostbite, such as extreme cold, wet clothes, high winds, and poor circulation. Poor circulation can be caused by tight clothing or boots, cramped positions, fatigue, certain medications, smoking, alcohol use, or diseases that affect the blood vessels, such as diabetes.

Upon warming, it is common to experience intense pain and tingling or burning in the affected area.
Do NOT thaw out a frostbitten area if it cannot be kept thawed. Refreezing may make tissue damage even worse.
Do NOT use direct dry heat (such as a radiator, campfire, heating pad, or hair dryer) to thaw the frostbitten areas. Direct heat can burn the tissues that are already damaged.
Do NOT rub or massage the affected area.
Do NOT smoke or drink alcoholic beverages during recovery as both can interfere with blood circulation.

For treatment of frostbite, it is usually best to wrap the affected areas in sterile dressings (remember to separate affected fingers and toes) and transport the person to an emergency department for further care. Rewarming first aid may be given. Soak the affected areas in warm (never hot) water -- or repeatedly apply warm cloths to affected ears, nose, or cheeks -- for 20 to 30 minutes. The recommended water temperature is 104 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep circulating the water to help the warming process. Severe burning pain, swelling, and color changes may occur during warming. Warming is complete when the skin is soft and sensation returns. Apply dry, sterile dressings to the frostbitten areas. Put dressings between frostbitten fingers or toes to keep them separated.

Until next time, I wish all of my fellow riders a wonderful winter season.

Be safe & be prepared!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland RN, TNS


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