4MSF’s Pre-Ride Check T---Tires C---Controls L---Lights and Switches O---Oil and FuelC---Chain and ChassisK---Kick and Side Stand
5The MotorcycleHandlebars: No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars more than 15 inches in height above the portion of the seat occupied by the operator. RS 32:191.3Left side mirror: required on all motorcycles. RS 32:354Electric turn signals: required on motorcycles manufactured after RS 32:306Footrest: required for transporting passengers. RS 32:191.3
7The RiderRiding Position: Sitting on seat, facing forward, one leg on each side, and shall not carry any person or package that will interfere with the operation or control. RS 32:191Helmet: Required on all operators and passengers (NHTSA estimates helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries)Eye Protection Required: can be goggles, helmet’s face shield, or bike’s windshield is of sufficient height to afford adequate eye protection. RS 32:190.1Gloves, boots, leather riding apparel and a helmet are recommended.
12GROUP RIDING Proper mind set and attitude!! Ideal group size is 5 to 7 motorcycles, larger groups should break up into mini groups.Designate “LEAD” and “SWEEP” riders.Understand and be able to use hand signals.Planning and preparation are key, don’t just “wing it”
15Motorcyclists Motorcycles are entitled to a full lane on the road *Motorcycles are hard to see in heavy traffic and it’s tough to judge how far away they are or how fast they’re moving. Being alert to this problem can help avoid a tragedy.
25Nation WideIn 2004, 4,008 people died in motorcycle crashes – up from 3,714 in 2003There were 5.4 million motorcycles on US roads in 2003Motorcycle sales reached about 1,100,000 in 2004 – an increase that hasn’t occurred in 30 years
26Nation Wide continued…. In 2004, 21% of motorcycle operators had a BAC over .08% compared to 22% of drivers of passenger cars.36% of all operators were speeding, twice the rate of passenger cars/light trucks.24% were riding without a valid license/endorsement, compared to 12% for passenger car operators.76,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2004 compared to 67,000 in 2003 (13.4% increase)