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1. A word from the Director: Who Cares?: Vicki Sanfelipo

2. Website features: Safety Resources: by Andrea Lyman

3. Featured Biker-Owned Business: Street Eagle Rentals

4. Featured Member: Mark Konopka

5. The Educated Biker by Trauma Mama: Now That's Using Your Noggin!

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BBC Southeast will be held Saturday, November 13th at Smokin' Harley Davidson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina!

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Featuring topics on motorcycle safety and more! Expanding your concept of motorcycle safety and giving you things to consider during those upcoming winter months.

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Vicki SanfelipoA word from the Director
by Vicki Sanfelipo


 

Who Cares??

I do.

If you’ve been riding as long as I have you’ve lost some friends and when you hear why they are no longer with us you often wonder if that wasn’t preventable. People want to believe that there was nothing anyone could do but really, is that true??? I was talking to someone recently who was telling me about a crash where there was only one person at the scene who “knew what to do”, then proceeded to tell me how the person responded (wrong). Without proper training have we really done all that we can do for ourselves or for each other?

I was recently at a State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Conference in Ohio and had the privilege of meeting many people who are trying to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. I met a man who showed me a website called Live Free Ride Alive. The website uses the results of a study that was recently completed in Pennsylvania to create a “Safety Risk” assessment tool to determine your risk and learn more about what you can do to minimize the chance that a crash could occur. Well done PA!!! Of course if a crash does occur there is plenty you can do about that as well. Go to www.accidentscene.org/instructors to find an instructor or look for a class. Become a Life Long Learner! Never be satisfied with your current knowledge base. I challenge everyone to consider what they can do to become a “Better Biker”! I have set up a blog on my Facebook in the notes section. Check it out!




Andi Website Features
by Andrea Lyman

One of the most important things that we want to provide is the most useful resource area available on the web, specifically for the biker community. Our main areas are: Safety, Legal, Events, News and Biker-Owned Businesses. These resources can be searched by our map tool, by browsing categories, and by keyword.

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At this time we are working on categorizing businesses and adding to the Events. By all means, use the Recommend form located at the top of each page to add anything we may have missed. We hand review every listing to ensure relevance before we approve it, so there may be a slight delay while either Vicki or Andi check it over and approve. This is a free resource. Don't be shy! And if you have questions, ask me. That's what I'm here for!

Recently it came to our attention that the site appears differently on Smartphones as well as iPads. The Road Guardians site uses Flash in several areas, including the interactive maps. Please note that the browse and search functions in the upper right corner of the page still work just fine.

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Street Eagle Rentals
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How to Ride Route 66 in a Week (or less) for Cheap

Milwaukee MikeIf you are anything like me, you have a “bucket list” of dream rides that you plan on taking before you die “come hell or high water” and doin’ the Mother Road is high on the list.

The challenge to checkin’ this ride off the bucket list is that few of us have the time (or $$$) to do the whole round-trip boogie. So here is how some of my fellow riders have been pulling it off in a week or less for a fraction of the real cost … It is what we call “Street Eagle Special Deals” and this is how it works…We have lots of well-maintained late model Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and Softtail model motorcycles sitting in Chicago and Milwaukee that will need to find their way Westward in October/November as the weather in the Midwest turns cold.

Here is where the opportunity comes in….
Fly into Chicago or Milwaukee and pickup one of these bikes and ride it back to Las Vegas or Phoenix and you can save big $$ bucks! You will get a highly discounted daily rental rate ($69-89 per day) plus pay no one-way fee (usually $550). Go to our website to find the latest Street Eagle One-Way Deals, choose the number of days you want to take for your dream ride and reserve your ride dates.

Riding Route 66…the Mother Road is the most popular motorcycle ride in the USA…and for good reason! Checkout these deals at www.Streeteagle.com and find out how easy it is to take “the ride of a lifetime”.
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
Milwaukee Mike

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Featured Member: Mark Konopka

Mark Konopka

My name is Mark Konopka and I'm a Certified Road Guardian and Safety Director for the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado. I became aware of your program while looking for safety training related to motorcycling this past winter. Having been on more than one motorcycle accident scene in my 37 yrs of riding I felt the ASMI training would be a great asset to the club and to the motorcycling community in general. I found a class with T3RG and 18 members took the Basic class and another 8 went on to take the Advanced class. With membership over 300, my goal is to have at least one ASMI trained member on every group ride. The training has already been used on two occasions, both minor.

Thank you for this great program and I look forward to getting more people trained this coming year.

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Trauma Mama
The Educated Biker
by Trauma Mama

Now That’s Using your Noggin!

Let’s start addressing different types of injuries. The best way to keep organization as well as keep you coming back for more is to address injuries in a head to toe matter. Let’s start with the head!

Head injuries fall can fall into two categories: external (usually scalp) injuries and internal head injuries, which may involve the skull, the blood vessels within the skull, or the brain. Most falls or blows to the head result in injury to the scalp only, which is usually more frightening than threatening. An internal head injury could have more serious implications because the skull serves as the protective helmet for the delicate brain.

External (Scalp) Injury:
The scalp is rich with blood vessels, so even a minor cut there can bleed profusely. This can be controlled by using general bleeding management, direct pressure and gauze. The "goose egg" or swelling that may appear after a head blow is the result of the scalp's veins leaking fluid or blood into and under the scalp. It may take days or even weeks to disappear.

What to look for and what to do:
If the person has lost consciousness, even momentarily or has symptoms or complains of head and neck pain, isn't walking normally, call 911. Apply an ice pack or instant cold pack to the injured area for 20 minutes. If you use ice, always wrap it in a washcloth or sock; ice applied directly to bare skin can cause frostbite. This person should be observed carefully for the next 24 hours. If you notice any of the signs of internal injury (see below), call your doctor immediately. If the incident has occurred and the person falls asleep soon afterward, check in every few hours to look for twitching limbs or disturbances in color or breathing. If color and breathing are normal, and you observe or sense no other abnormalities, let them sleep (unless the doctor has advised otherwise). There's no need to keep a person awake after a head injury.
If color and/or breathing are abnormal, or if you aren't comfortable with the person’s appearance (trust your instincts), rouse them partially by sitting him or her up. They may move a bit and attempt to resettle. If he or she doesn't protest, try to awaken them fully. If they can't be awakened or shows any signs of internal injury, call an ambulance.

Suspected Internal Injury
The brain is cushioned by cerebrospinal fluid, but a severe blow to the head may knock the brain into the side of the skull or tear blood vessels. Any internal head injury, fractured skull, torn blood vessels, or damage to the brain itself can be serious and possibly life threatening. Different levels of injury require different levels of concern. It can be difficult to determine the level of injury, so it's always wise to discuss a head injury with your doctor. A clear indicator of a more serious injury is when a person looses consciousness or has signs of confusion.

What to Look for and What to Do
Call an ambulance if they show any of these symptoms: unconsciousness, abnormal breathing, obvious serious wound or fracture, bleeding or clear fluid from the nose, ear, or mouth, disturbance of speech or vision, pupils of unequal size, weakness or paralysis, dizziness, neck pain or stiffness, seizure, vomiting more than two to three times, loss of bladder or bowel control.

If the person is unconscious:
Do not try to move them if you do not have to in case there is a neck or spine injury. Maintain cervical spine immobilization. Call for help. If you've been trained in CPR, follow the recommendations if they're appropriate. Turn a person who is vomiting or having a seizure onto his or her side while trying to keep the head and neck straight. This will help prevent choking and provide protection in case of neck and spine injury. If there's swelling, apply an ice pack or cold pack.

If they are conscious: Do your best to keep them calm and still. If there's bleeding, apply a sterile bandage. Do not attempt to cleanse the wound, which may aggravate bleeding and/or cause serious complications if the skull is fractured. Do not apply direct pressure to the wound if you suspect the skull is fractured. Do not remove any object that's stuck in the wound.

Concussions
Concussions are also a type of internal head injury. A concussion is the temporary loss of normal brain function due to an injury. Repeated concussions can result in permanent injury to the brain. However, it's possible to get a concussion that's mild and just requires observation.

If someone sustains an injury to the head, watch for these signs of a possible concussion: “seeing stars" and feeling dazed, dizzy, or lightheaded, memory loss, such as trouble remembering what happened right before and after the injury, nausea or vomiting, headaches, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, slurred speech or saying things that don't make sense, difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions, difficulty with coordination or balance, feeling anxious or irritable for no apparent reason, feeling overly tired. If you suspect a concussion, encourage this person to get checked out at the ER. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Until next time, ride safe and use your noggin!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland RN, TNS, ASMI Instructor Trainer

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