Apparently, Suzuki feels it’s their moral obligation to point out the fact that motorcycling is dangerous. Personally, I think it’s so that they can cover their asses…
Smack-dab in the middle of the gas tank is a warning sticker that reads as follows:
Failure to follow these safety precautions may increase your risk of injury:
- Wear a helmet, eye protection, and bright protective clothing.
- Don’t ride after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
- Slow down on slippery surfaces, unfamiliar terrain, or when visibility is reduced.
- Read owner’s manual carefully.
Thanks, Suzuki, for that friendly FYI!
I love motocross!
On July 26, 2008 I went to Dirtbike School! It’s all part of my goal to become the #1 Novice AFM racer. To be a well-rounded rider, I need to master riding on and off the road. Riding off-road has its differences:
- Your rear brakes do most of the work when it comes to braking
- sliding is considered normal (and fun)
- When you turn, you let the bike turn under you while you stay upright
The dealer wants $300 to do an oil change.
Well, not exactly. They want $300 to do the initial 600 mile break-in service, which includes:
- Replace engine oil and filter
- Drive chain cleaning, lube, and adjustment
- Tighten chassis bolts, exhaust pipe bolts
- Brake inspection
- Engine idle speed inspection
- Throttle valve synchronization
- Throttle cable play inspection
- Steering inspection
UPDATE: Added some pics!
Ready for the exercise
Here we go!
On the track
Good morning race fans!
This past weekend I took a trip to Thunderhill Raceway for Roadriding 2.0, which is a motorcycle skills class for MSF graduates.
They taught us:
- How to do a tech inspection
- Exercises we can practice to improve slow-speed skills
- Cornering techniques
- All about tires
- Emergency maneuvers
- How nightmarishly hot Thunderhill can get
- Group riding
And, as a special treat, they took us newbies out on the track for a follow-the-leader session where we were given the opportunity to ride race lines. That’s when I was able to put my 45mph top speed to some really good use. But that’s not the end of it, or rather — that’s not the beginning!
First, I had to actually get to Thunderhill. And how, pray tell, did I do that?
My goal is to become a licensed AFM Racer.
2007 AFM Top Novice Oliver Rowen (photo from afmracing.org)
But first, some history:
The first riding I ever did was in Vietnam on a tiny little Honda scooter. This bad boy had about 50cc and a max speed of what felt like a galloping llama, which is fast. Listen — it felt exhilirating being able to ride the coast of the South China Sea without wearing a helmet and without any gear (or underwear). It was just the wind in my face and the sun at my back[side]! I felt like a gangster. A Vietnamese gangster…no.