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MSF-Motorcycle Safety Foundation, The Brake or Swerve Decision

Published on August 9, 2018 under Front Page
MSF-Motorcycle Safety Foundation, The Brake or Swerve Decision
SF-Motorcycle Safety Foundation The Brake or Swerve Decision The decision whether to brake first or swerve first in an emergency is critical. You need excellent Search skills so you can effectively Evaluate and  use your escape options. Keep in mind an escape option can change quickly if the hazard is moving. For example, a car pulling out in front of you could continue in it’s path or it could stop right in front of you. If you brake without enough distance to stop, you would crash at a reduced speed. If you swerve without slowing and do not have enough…
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Hellbenders Motorcycles

Published on August 9, 2018 under Front Page
Hellbenders Motorcycles
Hellbenders Motorcycles We love looking at unique and well-built motorcycles when we attend various bike nights, events, and races. Well, folks, a new bike shop is opening up in Zephyrhills that has already taken the custom-made motorcycle to a new and matchless level! May I introduce Kenny Dukes, owner, designer, and bike builder at Hellbenders Motorcycles! Why did you get involved in building motorcycles? Did you have a passion for this? “I was working for California Motorcycles for many years. Working in that environment got me thinking about doing my own custom manufacturing where I had my own brand and…
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My First Father’s Day

Published on June 1, 2018 under Blog
My First Father’s Day
After about 5 years of agonizing scans procedures, chemo, and once a week checkups, I have to endure My First Father’s Day without my best friend, mentor, and most of all just Dad. The prayers for longevity are all over, but the “how’s your dad doing” are still coming from the ones that you just don’t see very often, bringing back the feelings, although for shorter lengths of time. But now I’ll have all waking hours of Father’s Day to remember him. My father and I have always shared a lot of time together, some of which was discussing our…
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Honoring Their Courage and Sacrifice, Happy Father’s Day

Published on June 1, 2018 under Blog
Honoring Their Courage and Sacrifice, Happy Father’s Day
As Marie Galletti Mitchell and I corresponded regarding her story in the Sq. J, I found myself reflecting on how I enjoy talking with and writing to our descendants. They are special people … people who realize the importance of what our 390th did during WWII. Allow me to quote from one of Marie’s letters: “What a group of good-looking, virile young men in Dad’s crew! Dad is first on the left in the front row. Laverne Dillow was killed in action. What a waste of life it was for him to have died so young! When Dillow went missing,…
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How to Safely Pass Other Vehicles While Riding a Motorcycle

Published on May 25, 2018 under Born To Ride
How to Safely Pass Other Vehicles While Riding a Motorcycle
Traveling again along a two-lane state highway, you approach a slow-moving vehicle and make a decision to pass. Passing on a motorcycle is not substantially different than passing in a car, though (as is always the case on a motorcycle) taking steps to ensure your own visibility is more important when you are riding. Take every possible step to be sure the driver you are overtaking is aware of you. Evaluate: Make sure there is a good opportunity to pass. Check for oncoming traffic, and gauge whether or not there is sufficient clear roadway available to complete the passing maneuver…
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How to Ride A Motorcycle Safely on Poor Road Surfaces – Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Published on May 25, 2018 under Born To Ride
How to Ride A Motorcycle Safely on Poor Road Surfaces – Motorcycle Safety Foundation
  POOR ROAD SURFACES A public highway is an unpredictable place. Even familiar stretches can seem like a foreign land at times. Conditions can change from day to day, depending upon weather, road use, or other unpredictable factors. When it comes to surfaces on new or unfamiliar roads you must be prepared and ready for anything. You never know what surprises lurk around yonder bend. Sound knowledge combined with a good riding strategy is essential for handling some common poor roadway surface conditions that you should be prepared to encounter. Loose Surfaces/Debris: Reduce speed to create a margin of safety…
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Fly With Eagles – don’t run with turkeys!

Published on May 25, 2018 under Born To Ride
Fly With Eagles – don’t run with turkeys!
Interview with "Nasty" Ronnie from Born To Ride ALAN TECCHIO - http://metnights.com Your history Involves fronting heavy metal band Nasty Savage In the late SO's and professional wrestling but since this Is a motorcycle column, I'd first like to talk with you about your magazine Born To Ride and the TV & radio show you also produce. How did that all start? Well, in the 90's I was co-producing IWF Wresting at Universal Studios in Florida and also working a day job. All my friends started riding motorcycles and going to bike nights and stuff. I had surv ived my…
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TT Isle of Man

Published on April 5, 2018 under Born To Ride
TT Isle of Man
It has been four very long years, but BTR made it back to the Isle of Man for the Tourist Trophy races. This time we made a short visit to Belfast, Ireland before we headed over for the action. The best part about traveling is learning new things about history and meeting interesting people. We met up with Gerard, our driver of the infamous Black Taxi cabs of Belfast. He drove us around to some amazing places and informed us of the political disputes and ‘The Troubles’ that started in the ’60s and how things are in Belfast today. Did…
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Another Month, Another Baseless Story – Craven Moorehead

Published on April 5, 2018 under Craven Moorehead
Another Month, Another Baseless Story – Craven Moorehead
I was just sittin here in the trailer park watching Jerry Springer when I was reminded what time of the month it was. Oh crap … I didn’t turn in my column yet this month and yeah, it’s a short month. For some reason, I was dreaming that it was July but alas, it wasn’t. The thought of time, days and deadlines didn’t really cross my mind. I was simply relaxing here thinking about going to Daytona for Bike Week and other pleasant thoughts – or unobtainable dreams and not so much about obligations and tasks that really need to…
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Open Road Girl – Women’s World

Published on April 5, 2018 under Born To Ride
Open Road Girl – Women’s World
Open Road Girl When Melinda Johnson was in her 20’s she rode on back of her boyfriend’s bike. When that relationship ended she was a single mom with two teenagers, working a full-time job, and various part-time jobs— such as cleaning offices and selling Avon and other direct marketing products. There wasn’t much time to think about riding, but she did miss it. Later when dating a new guy, she mentioned that she’d love to ride her own motorcycle and he said, “Why not?” They bought bikes together and then she signed up for the rider course. Melinda started riding…
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