MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER
Well, here it is May. Glenda and I are back at our home in Utah and the bikes have been severed from their winter umbilical cords and tire pressure checked and all aspects of their safety evaluated.
It is time to also check out myself with a short ride down the street to the parking lot at our church and a brief practice session to tune up the skills of riding. With this aging body of mine, I need to take advantage of every opportunity to stay in shape for the challenges of all aspects of life whether they are physical or mental.
My hope is that these few shared thoughts will inspire you to consider a tune up of your physical and mental riding skills, as well, before you jump into a new season of riding. If we are not safe, nothing else will matter.
Keep the rubber side down.
ABS (Anti-Lock-Breaking-System) is now on every bike and automobile I drive. This feature avoids my human error of locking up the wheels in an emergency stopping situation. Locked wheels skid. If the wheels are skidding, then you are not stopping. You are sliding and that is not good.
The front brakes on your bike offer about 70% of the breaking power, but it is important to use both brakes for maximum control of the stop. If your bike is older and does not have an ABS system, you have a completely more complicated learning skill system to master. With my aging body, I want and need all the help I can get and I am riding with ABS.
There may be times when breaking is not an option when avoiding an emergency situation. Swerving is an option that you may need to take. Be aware and remember braking and swerving should be kept separate to avoid complications.
As with any learned skill practice is the key. Take the time to hone your skills and get a feel for your bike in an open parking lot before you tackle the new season of riding. When you join us on a Learning Curves adventure and you have checked out your 2017 Harley for the coming ride, just take a few minutes on the huge open parking lot at our Harley Davidson Dealership and get a feel for the bike before we get on the road.
Our culture at Learning Curves is not only “Joy in the Journey,” but above all else “Safety in the Journey.” Without safety there is no joy.
Why Do You Ask?
Several years ago, Harley Davidson had an advertising line that went like this, “If I have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand.”
Glenda and I log near 10,000 miles on a bike every year. People often ask:
- Don’t you get tired?
- What if it gets too hot?
- What if it gets too cold?
- What if it rains?
- Does it ever snow?
- Do you just ride with no destination?
- Aren’t those high handlebars really uncomfortable?
- Do you get bugs in your teeth?
- Are those mean looking guys on bikes really dangerous?
- How many hours do you ride in a day?
- Wouldn’t it be easier to fly there?
I guess we all have things we do just because. There is no real rhyme or reason. We go fishing in the rain and fight with the mosquitoes. We play golf in the h eat or in the cold or in the rain. We go hunting in the snow and climb up and down the mountain. These are just some of the strange undertakings of my life that come to mind. I am sure that each of you has your own list.
“If I have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand.”
I just do it.
We at Learning Curves are entirely prepared for the 2017 season. We have postponed our February “Sweethearts in Hawaii” ride until February 2018 to allow us to focus on our time on finalizing our efforts to make our three year effort in Guatemala self-sustaining.
All arrangements are in place for our ride with Gordon and Rella Christensen to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park and the Cody Night Rodeo in July.
In August, we will have our Smiles for Life Benefit Ride to the Colorado Rockies with Steve Anderson as our featured clinician.
We have a full year of humanitarian efforts on our plate and we extend our gratitude to each of you who support our rides and make that possible. Email Angel now to reserve your spot for 2017.
Be sure to remember that:
Roads without destinations lead to bliss without boundaries.
Want to find a winding road to unwind this year? Please join us on a Learning Curves Adventure. We love the opportunity to serve.
Roy and Glenda and our Learning Curves Family