2014 Cannonball Run
The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is a coast-to-coast route across the United States of antique motorcycles 1936 an earlier. The ride starts the in Daytona Beach, Florida on the worlds most famous beach. We finish the run after 3,938 miles, on the Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Approximately a two-week (17 day) schedule. The ride starts on a Friday in Daytona Beach, and finishes in Tacoma two weeks later on a Sunday. The route is 17 days total, 16 days on the road, and one rest day in Junction City, Kansas. The day off is on a Friday, a week after the start, a weekday when shops are open. The two days before the start in Daytona Beach we will have registration, vehicle inspection, an optional practice run, a short classroom session, and a hosted welcome reception.
The Inside Scoop: Vicki Sanfelipo AKA “Spitfire” will accompany the riders as the resident Medic. She will be riding her 2008 Street Glide. To get daily posts regarding the “Inside Scoop” sign up at http://mc-rag.com or “like” Vicki Sanfelipo AKA “Spitfire”. Subscribing now means you won’t miss a moment of Motorcycle Cannonball insider news! All of the drama, all of the fun, insights into the riders and their machines. You won’t want to miss a moment!!!! Easy sign up with a message sent to your email when a new post is added.
Check and see if we are coming to a town near you! We would love to see you. For more information about the Cannonball Run click here: http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com
Wow. Used my Accident Scene Management training at the scene of a motorcycle crash for the first time ever today. The rider was a San Diego County Sheriff. Everything came out ok, thank goodness!
We went to Julian for breakfast and pie on the “I Dunno Ride”. Trish O'Shea rode with me in the van while George and the guys rode. We went up by way of Borrego, came back via 79. At the split at 371 and 79, the guys turned right to go to Anza, but Trish and I saw what looked like an accident up ahead. We went to check it out and saw a bike (Road King) laying on its side with and a bunch of people walking/standing around. There were many vehicles stopped as well. I grabbed my trauma kit, introduced myself, and checked out the injured rider. It was reported that someone did a U-turn in front of him. It also turned out he is San Diego Fire Department EMT and a member of the Sheriff's Department. At first I thought he said Riverside, but now I think it was SD. In any case... his arm was scratched up, banged up leg, etc. There was nothing obviously, life threatening just basic first aid thank goodness! Amazingly, he allowed me to check his back and sides, answered my questions, and allowed me to clean/bandage his arm. I figured since he was a professional, I didn't need to embarrass myself by pushing my luck any farther! We stayed until the ambulance arrived - almost a full 20 minutes later. That feels like a lifetime when injuries are severe...
One of his friends hugged me and thanked me for helping...that made my day
Halle Fetty – Valley V-Twin Palms Springs, CA
DIY – Motorcycle Front End Maintenance
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Question: How do I know when my front end needs maintenance? I know that my service manual and motorcycle dealer make recommendations but I would like to know how I can tell when I have an issue that requires servicing.
Hand controls and Brakes
You can’t afford to have controls that don’t work on your handlebars. It pays to check them for proper operations. If a button is not working try spraying a bit of WD40 or a fine mechanic oil spray in it then let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Try to loosen whatever corrosion might be blocking them by pressing the buttons or switches many times. If they still don’t work then and you feel comfortable doing so, , take the switches apart and check the connections. Brake and clutch control maintenance: Make sure all fasteners are tight to their spec.(check owners manual) For Harleys check the brake fluid cap If the rubber is sticking out the sides it’s too tight. Brakes are easy if you know what to look for. Make sure there is a good feeling in the lever. It should not go all the way to the grip. When pulled the pressure shouldn’t seem to fade away. All rubber lines MUST be changed every 5 years or when damaged. A good trick for spongy brakes is to take a cable tie, Zip strip, or any kind of strap you can tighten down and wrap it around the grip and brake lever. Tighten it down as far as you can, all the way to the grip. turn the bars so that the fluid reservoir is the highest point in the system, usually all the way left, then leave it over night. Doing this allows all the trapped air to rise to the top and will do wonders. All brake systems using DOT 3, 4, or 5.1, NOT DOT 5, must be changed every 2 years maximum or sooner. This type of brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it pulls water out of the air and any water concentration over 2-3% is not good. It lowers the fluid boiling temperature and when it boils (normal riding causes the brakes to heat up easily to 80-150°C) causing bubbles in the brake system, your brakes will either stop working or they will seize, causing your brakes to lock and the bike WILL go down.
Fall Instructor and Motorcycle Safety Classes
Do you know a motorcyclist who is also a Healthcare Professional? EMT, Nurse, Doctor, Respiratory Therapist, Combat Medic, etc? WE NEED you! There are 17 million motorcyclists in the USA and Accident Scene Management/Road Guardians is dedicated to 1st response training of all motorcyclists. While we have trained nearly 25,000 people and have instructors in 32 states and 4 countries, the number one issue we deal with is that we don’t have enough instructors! Are you willing to serve your motorcycling community?
Instructor Training classes scheduled in Illinois, California and Wisconsin this fall. Our instructors are independent. They can be hired by a group, school or organization. Some groups have even sent a member to become certified so they can have their own trainer!
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We have trained more than people . Invite a friend to join one of our classes in your area or take a refesher class online. Fall is a beautiful time to be riding but we want to make sure you are ready in case of an accident. To learn more and view the schedule of classes online click on the link below.
Introducing the Automatic Flashing Brake Light Module
The GearBrake module detects deceleration not just from braking, but deceleration period.....backing off the throttle, down shifting, braking, etc..........any reason you are slowing down, GearBrake detects it and automatically makes the brake lights begin flashing.
Learn more at GearBrake.com
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