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On May 3, 2014 the HOG chapter I belong to was conducting a group riding class. We use the class to teach new members and others how we ride as a group. After a 1hour classroom presentation, we took to the road to put this information into practice. We had 2 safety officers riding sweep at the end of the group. About 20 minutes into the ride I saw the group slowing down and bunching up. I then saw a pickup truck straddling the centerline of the road. My first thought was “what’s happening? What’s going on”? As I got closer I saw the bottom of a motorcycle. I instantly hit my CB Radio button and called thru the radio, “Bike down! Bike down”. The other safety officer promptly headed to the scene. I implemented our training “P.A.C.T.”

Prevent Further Injury: I stayed at the rear of the group until all riders were clear of the scene. I put my flashers on and parked my motorcycle blocking the traffic lane to assist with traffic control.

Assess the Situation: As I approached the scene I was surveying what was happening. We had not 1 bike but 2 bikes down.

Contact the EMS: I could see that someone was on the phone with EMS

Treat the Injured with Life Sustaining Care: I observed that the other road captains at the scene were taking care of the traffic as the other safety officer was treating the most serious of the injured. We had 3 people involved with the crash, 2 obviously injured. I started checking the 2nd injured person. I also kept watch on the 3rd rider involved. I kept my eyes checking the scene. Watching my injured person plus the other injured person in case more help was needed.

The sheriff’s deputy arrived and was was putting on her gloves as she came to check on the injured. She could see that we had the injured people being taken care of. Shortly after, the EMTs and Fire Rescue were on scene. They took over the care of our injured as we reported what we had done. At the hospital the deputy asked the injured riders what group they belonged to. She stated that this was the first time she responded to a motorcycle crash with no screaming or panicking people on scene. Instead, she found people calmly treating the injured and securing the scene. When we were released from the scene we caught up with the rest of the group. Word had spread about the crash. There was a talk about it before the ride started again since we had new members on their first ride with our chapter. They were impressed to know that our Road Captains and Safety Officers had ASM training and that if they got hurt someone would be there to help them. This is the 2nd time I needed to use my training. I pass out ASM information wherever I go.

Kevin Carpenter

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Motorcycle Braking: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Part 3: How (and why) to Practice

Stacey "Ax" Axmaker had his first exposure to motorcycle safety in 1991 when his insurance agent suggested he take a rider training class to get a discount on his premium. He did and was so blown away by what he didn’t know, that he asked how he could be an Instructor. Ax has been teaching ever since. Since that fateful day when he filled out the Instructor application, he has ‘served the cause’ in a variety of roles including Instructor, Instructor Trainer, Chair of Idaho’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan Motorcycle Safety Committee, and many more. Learn more about Ax on his website.


Here is the third installment of three of Motorcycle Braking. To read the first on Common Braking Errors click here. To read the second on Good Braking Techniques click here.

“I’ve been riding for 30 years I don’t need to practice!” Yep – I’ve heard this phrase and others like it for many years. Here’s the deal – if you want to be good at any skill, you need to practice that skill. This applies to:

  • Bowling
  • Target shooting
  • Playing pool
  • Darts
  • Juggling
  • Motorcycling
  • And countless others

“I ride every day that’s how I practice.”

Maximum braking on a motorcycle is a very specific skill, and the fact is that just riding doesn’t build or maintain that skill. As you are out riding, scanning your environment for hazards, you are doing braking, but the number of times you do maximum braking on the street is low. (**NOTE: if you are doing maximum braking a lot on the street, you may need to work on better scanning and hazard detection).

Think about airlines pilots – they practice a lot how to handle emergency situations. They don’t encounter those emergencies very often in flight, but they specifically practice so that if and when the emergency does happen, they are ready (and we, as passengers, appreciate that!)

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Director's Report - Accident Scene Management (ASM updates)

July 2014 – Vicki Sanfelipo

It seems like only yesterday that a few friends got together at my kitchen table in Wausau, WI to discuss teaching a class geared toward helping the average motorcyclist learn what to if a motorcycle crash were to occur. Slider Gilmore (with Anita and Frank) were brought to Wisconsin from Iowa by ABATE of Wisconsin to give a full day presentation called “Two Wheel Vicki SanfelipoTrauma” at the Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety. Now, 16 years later and through our grass roots efforts, I am proud to report that Accident Scene Management has trained well over 25,000 students, has 140 instructors in the 30 states of the USA and has expanded to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Philippines. ASM has become the Leading Motorcycle Trauma Training Organization in the World and is the only accredited Bystander Program in the USA. Every month we share the results of the good work we are doing in our communities as we not only reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists but also become Good Samaritan’s in our communities. We are working with the State of Nevada (James Kimsey leading) and New York (Christine Firehock leading) to offer classes through community based colleges. We work with numerous motorcycle groups and Rider Education facilities to train Rider Coaches. We have also stepped up efforts to improve EMS response to motorcycle crashes by providing Motorcycle Specific Training.

What can you do to help us reach the 18 million motorcyclists in the USA who need training? Talk to your friends about this important topic. Just like learning to ride in a way to reduce risk of a crash occurring, this motorcycle specific training goes hand in hand with our end goal which is ZERO fatalities. Our plan is not to crash but in the event things don’t go as planned, we have a plan in place for a proper response. Knowing this training exists and choosing not to get trained is not a good choice. Are you ready to help your friends if needed? Are they ready to help you?

Classes and instructors are posted on our website at www.roadguardians.org. To coordinate a class for your group, please allow 2-3 months lead time. It’s not too early to book for early 2015. Are you qualified to serve your community (EMT/Combat Medic or higher in medical training and a motorcyclist)? Consider becoming an instructor. Our instructors are structured similar to American Heart. We train you and you work independently with our materials and guidance/assistance. Many people keep this organization and our goals progressing. A special thank you to our major sponsors who have made our efforts possible through the years: Road Guardians (through membership), Allstate Insurance, Hupy & Abraham S.C. (WI-IL-IA), Hardison &
Associates (N.C.), Randy Sevenish (IN), Celler Law (FL), MSF (NAMS), Wisconsin DOT

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