I just keep showing up to work in increasingly elaborate boots and jackets and justifying it as important motorcycle safety gear so no one questions it. By the end of the year I’m just going to look like an Overwatch hero.
In the best of all worlds the temperature would always be 78 degrees, the wind would be at our backs, and no emergencies would arise. Since it is a slightly imperfect world we live in, we should be prepared for whatever happens.
Sometimes you have to stop as quickly as possible. Here are some tips on how to get you and your motorcycle halted pronto:
Apply both brakes to their maximum, just short of locking them up. Practice in an open, good-surfaced place, such as a clean parking lot.
Keep the motorcycle upright and traveling in a straight line; and look where you’re going, not where you’ve just been.
You don’t want to lock the front brake. If the wheel does chirp, release the brake for a split second, then immediately reapply without locking it up.
If your rear wheel locks up, do not release the brake. If your handlebars are straight, you will skid in a straight line, which is all right. You have a more important priority and that is to get stopped!
So, after decades of using the bottom entry method, someone’s come up with a rear entry helmet (not sure if it’s been done before). It saves a bit of time, and is properly easier to put on with gloves, but what other benefits do you think this sort of helmet brings?
One other thing though, the fact that the back portion is held together by just 3 hinges concerns me. I’m worried about the difference this makes to the structural integrity of the helmet, as it is now two composite pieces rather than the previous one piece design.
Finally, I like the idea of the “in case of emergency” feature which allows EMT personnel to remove the helmet from your head without having to yank it off, preventing further damage in the event of head and/ or neck injuries. But again, this feature is a two-edged sword that can work for you as well as against you, seeing how it may potentially come apart in a high impact collision.
It worries me that he never wears boots, leathers and other proper safety clothing while riding. Drivers in LA are nuts. If he gets in an accident when wearing just a t-shirt and skater shoes… Not good, not good at all. Josh, please wear your leather jacket and some leather boots.
Dear fellow motorcyclists, while this incident was not fatal, it’s still a good reminder. Be aware of what’s around you at all times. Driver of the van was high at the time. Driver rear ended the motorcycle while the rider was slowing to make a turn. Rider was thrown 30 feet forward, landing on his backpack, luckily sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.
But reminder to us riders. Even if you’re not under the influence and being careful… Other people are not.
Stay vigilant while driving and be aware of your blind spots. The smallest lapse in concentration can mean life and death, especially to less visible road users such as motorcyclists. Please look twice… save a life.