When it’s time to put the cycle away

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Oct 17, 2018 8:24:04 AM

I'm a worst-case-scenario kind of thinker. So, for me, preparation is key, or as Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Winterizing a motorcycle is one of those preventative measures – and I don’t mean just covering it with a tarp. Preparing it for winter storage will make the start of riding season next spring a whole lot easier.

The first step is pretty easy: Wash and completely dry your bike. A thorough cleaning is so important to the finish of the bike. Applying wax to painted surfaces and chrome polish to the chrome will also help keep moisture away.

Next, fill your gas tank. A full tank of gas helps prevent rust from forming inside the tank, and treated gasoline helps prevent gunk and varnish from forming in the engine, according to instructables.com. Changing the oil and filter also will assure your bike is ready to go when you are.

To prevent soft or flat tires, store your motorcycle on its center stand. To keep critters from spending the winter in your exhaust pipes, cover them up with plastic bags.

Finally, a properly fitting motorcycle cover, like the one offered by Fulmer, will keep moisture out and protect your bike from dust and minor garage impacts.

If Helmets Could Talk

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Sep 24, 2018 3:10:54 PM

Your motorcycle says a lot about your personality, but what does your helmet add to the conversation?

Different helmets do different things. You wouldn’t wear a football helmet while working construction, right?

Likewise, a motorcycle helmet tells the world if you’re a careful rider, thrill- seeker, or a bit of both. Lucky for you, Fulmer carries a whole host of helmets sure to redefine your personality.

Take the Fulmer 151 Pulse full-face helmet. It not only looks good but provides the utmost in protection, which fits full faced helmet wearers who are cautious and careful. They wouldn’t be caught dead without a helmet on, even heading across town for a gallon of milk.

Riders looking for more of a thrill when hitting the road, choose Fulmer’s open-face helmets, like the 353 Eon, which combines retro cool with modern day technology. Looking good and feeling protected are the modus operandi for thrill-seekers.

Sometimes riders have a tough time making a decision between the two types of helmets. They’re sure about wanting the protection of a full-face, but love feeling the wind blow on their face. Fulmer has the perfect “in-between” helmet – like the 400 Cruz modular helmet by Fulmer. Push-button release lets riders enjoy some fresh air at a stoplight or while parked without having to remove the helmet.

No matter what your style, we can’t stress enough how important a helmet is to your safety. It’s not a be-all-end-all answer, but wearing a helmet can protect a rider’s brain, face and life.

One final thing a person’s helmet says about them is this: You are a responsible person and take motorcycling seriously.

For more information on Fulmer’s full line of helmets, go to fulmerpowersports.com.

 

 

Fulmer Saved My Life: William and Ashleigh’s Story

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Aug 29, 2018 2:57:29 PM

William Self never understood why anyone would ride a motorcycle without a helmet. A serious accident July 28, reinforced that opinion.

On a beautiful late July day, William and Ashleigh jumped on their 2002 Harley Road King about 2 p.m. heading to Paris, TN, about an hour’s long drive away. The plan was to enjoy festivities at the annual corn festival there, grab a bite to eat and maybe stop to do a bit of shopping at a few of the city’s antique malls.

The couple made it about three-fourths of a mile down the road from their house when William noticed a black car parked on the left side of the road. It wasn’t moving or stopped at the intersection, so William saw no reason to stop his bike.

“I was gearing down into second gear, traveling about 15 miles per hour because we were approaching a stop sign,” he said. “When we came up to drive past where the black car was parked I faintly remember hearing a tire screech and seeing the car very close to my left leg. And then everything went black.”

When William came to he was underneath and off to the right of his motorcycle, with gasoline on his clothes. He pushed the bike off himself and went searching for Ashleigh.


“That is when I saw her lying face down up ahead of me near the stop sign,” he said. “I crawled up to her, rolled her over carefully - as to not injure her neck. Her mouth was plugged with dirt so I swabbed it out and tried to revive her. She was unconscious and had blood on her face as well as a large gash on her helmet. At one point her eyes opened up and she asked where we were at.”

The paramedics soon arrived and took over, loading Ashleigh onto a stretcher and taking her to the nearby Basset Army Community Hospital for emergency treatment.

“The ER doctor and paramedics at the scene of the crash estimated that when the car struck us (Ashleigh) was thrown approximately 15 feet and hit her helmet on a stop sign near where we went down,” William said. “Her life was saved due to the helmet - hands down. …I have seen what they do, and we are thankful that her helmet did its job.”

So are we, William. So are we.

 

Bad week to stop wearing my helmet

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Aug 22, 2018 12:28:35 PM

In the big finale of the 1980s cult-classic, “Airplane,” a pilot with a past and a “drinking problem,” attempts to safely land a plane. Seems the original pilot ate the fish entrée and, like many others on the plane, had a bad case of food poisoning.

As the stewardess prepared the passengers for possible impending impact, she instructed, “Alright everybody, get in the crash position.” As you can see in the picture, the results were hilarious.

Safety, however is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to your motorcycle. We don’t want anyone to find themselves in a crash position, and it’s one big reason why Fulmer sells quality helmets. It’s why we so often hear back from customers who say our helmets saved their life or kept them from suffering serious head injuries.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. While motorcycle deaths were down slightly in 2017, fatalities on a bike occur 28 times more often than those of passenger vehicle occupants, based on miles travelled, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the risk of death by 37-percent, according to the NHTSA.

Motorcycle helmet laws vary widely in the United States. Currently 19 states and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet. Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states, and there is no motorcycle helmet use law in three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire). Check out your state’s requirements at www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/laws/helmetuse.                                                                  

While we respect everyone’s right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet, we stand firm in our belief that helmets save lives.

We are serious…and don’t call us Shirley!

Fulmer Saved My Life

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jul 27, 2018 8:17:55 AM

Mat Parker’s Fourth of July didn’t start off with a bang.

The 24-year-old man from Plattsburgh, NY was out for a ride on his 2008 Yamaha FZ1 along with a buddy, who had the night off of work.

“We were heading down the connecting road from my house,” Mat recalled. “I looked out to the field real-quick, looked back, and there was a deer (in front of me that came) out of nowhere.”

It was 11:56 p.m. July 3.

Mat hit the deer, splitting it in half with the force of his motorcycle. He flew off his bike, tumbling 440 feet across the pavement. Rushed to the hospital by ambulance, Mat had suffered severe road rash on his knees, light road rash on his arms and surface road rash on his back where his jacket had ridden up.

When bare skin scrapes against the surface of asphalt during a motorcycle crash, layers of the skin are quickly worn away. Glass, rocks, metal, and other debris from the road may enter the body through the wound and the injury can be significant. Road rash is a serious motorcycle accident injury.

If it wasn’t for Mat’s Fulmer jacket, which he’d purchased from a local Harley dealer, his injuries would have been far worse, he said. Even though areas on his jacket ripped, the protective pads stayed in place.

Fulmer certainly didn’t save Mat’s life but it did keep his injuries to a minimum, and he is grateful.

“I would just like to say thank you for the great quality,” Mat said. “Keep up the great work.”



Evel Knievel

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jul 13, 2018 3:57:33 PM

Evel Knievel still holds the Guinness World Record for the most broken bones experienced in a lifetime at 433. That’s astounding considering there are only 206 bones in the adult body that can be broken.

As a child and still today, Travis Pastrana idolizes the daredevil - broken bones and all. Pastrana is a legend in his own right. The professional stuntman and three-time motocross champion, a multiple X Games gold medalist in freestyle, best trick, speed & style and rally car racing, and, for a short period of time, a NASCAR driver.

Biography.com says Pastrana’s dislocated his spine, torn his ACL, LCL, MCL and PCL, had elbow surgery, multiple knee surgeries, broken his shin and calf bones and more.

In an article last month in advance of Pastrana’s attempt to recreate three of Evel Knievel’s famous stunts July 8 in Las Vegas, he paid homage to his inspiration. “This is us trying to go as big as we possibly can, on machinery as close to Evel’s (bike) as possible, giving thanks to him for starting the industry and the culture,” Pastrana, who also dressed as Knievel, was quoted to say.

 

The back-to-back motorcycle stunts were part of a three-hour live event for the History / Nitro Sports-produced “Evel Live.” Pastrana flew over 52 cars, then 16 buses and finally, the Caesar’s Palace fountains, which were kinder to him than they were 50 years ago to Knievel, whose bike came up short and landed on the safety ramp. He suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles and a concussion that kept him in the hospital for a month in a reported coma for 29 days.

When asked what inspired him most about Knievel, Pastrana was quoted to say, “Evel was never afraid to fail. He never had a regret that I could see… He lived every day to the fullest.”

Pastrana seems to be following suit.

Watch Pastrana’s epic jumps at https://bit.ly/2zMpXhV.

 

Fulmer Saved My Life

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jun 20, 2018 9:23:09 AM

We’ve heard numerous stories over the years, here at Fulmer, from customers thanking us for the protection their Fulmer helmets have provided during an accident. Fulmer, they’ve said, saved their lives.

This story hits a lot closer to home.

On June 3, Green Bay, WI couple Ben Midthun, 27, and his fiancé, Nadine Wery, 26, were involved in an ATV accident on a county forest trail in Northeastern Wisconsin. Nadine is the daughter of Fulmer customer service professional Kris Wery, who had purchased two Fulmer helmets for the couple just two weeks prior to the Sunday ride.

Nadine and Ben were joined on the trek by Nadine’s father, brother and his girlfriend, and a family friend. Light rain at the onset of the ride was replaced a couple hours later by sunny skies. Ben was taking his turn operating the throttle.


“We were approaching a fork in the road,” he recalled, “and there was a soft patch of sand in front of us. I was going roughly 35 mph. There was a slight decline in the terrain. As we turned we hit the soft sand. The tail of the ATV swerved slightly, which had happened before, and I was getting smoother at controlling it.”

This time was different. The front left wheel of the ATV caught the soft sand, and the vehicle came to a complete stop – Ben and Nadine, however, did not.

“As I went flying from my seat, I recall holding the handlebars as hard as I could,” Ben said. “I believe this helped the ATV complete its full-barrel roll over our bodies. Everything happened very quickly.”

Nadine had been bracing for impact when she felt the hard ground collide with the left side of her head and body, she said. “I heard the four-wheeler flip but did not know where it was. After a split second my entire body was in pain, but nothing felt broken. I looked to my left to see Ben, and to see if he was alright.”

Ben had also hit his head first, followed by his thigh and lower abdomen.

“We were both screaming in agony and trying to pull our bodies off the track,” Nadine said. “After a few minutes we were able to stand and were trying to walk off the pain. I felt lightheaded and was scared I would pass out from pain.”

Nadine’s father and brother transported the couple via ATV. The painful ride took 45-minutes. Nadine’s mom, Kris, was there to pick them up.

Ben sustained an approximately 1-inch-long by 7-inch-wide bruise that ran from the middle of his back to the side of his stomach. Nadine said her largest injury was on the lower left side of her back and buttocks, as well as her left knee. Although the swelling and bruises are going away, the pain remains – just not as intense as the day it occurred.

“I thank God I was wearing a helmet,” Ben said. “There is no doubt in my mind that I would be dead had I not been wearing my helmet, or mashed potatoes.”

“My bruises and injuries I received from the accident were unpleasant and did make my life a bit difficult the past two weeks.,” Nadine said. “However, if I had not been wearing my helmet I’m sure I would have a brain injury, and that’s more difficult to recover from. I am very thankful for my Fulmer helmet.”

We are thankful you were, too.

 

 

Summer road trip planning

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jun 13, 2018 8:46:08 AM

“Oh, my gosh. Turn around. I think I just saw a calf being born,” I said to my boyfriend as we cruised down an old country road that warm summer’s day some 35 years ago. I couldn’t believe my sheer luck at witnessing a birth at the exact moment we passed by that split-rail fence next to the road.

That’s the beauty of travelling by motorcycle – you’re right there in the moment, whatever that moment may be. It’s been said that in a car, you go to your destination and you return home. A motorcycle trip, however, is always an adventure.

If you’re itching to take a summer road trip, but don’t know how to start or where to go, there are a number of trip planning websites you can check out to help you prepare. Here are a couple of my favorites:

MotorcycleRoads.com

MotorcycleRoads.com began in 1998 to help bikers easily find quality motorcycle roads in whatever part of the country you’re interested in travelling to. The site not only gives you lists of roads to try, but also provides photographs and detailed descriptions of what you’ll see along the way, including roadside amenities and much more.

SundayMorningRides.com

Sunday Morning Rides is a site that offers motorcycle GPS ride maps and experiences for short and long distances by city or state – even international locales. I typed in Arizona and 22 scenic routes popped up. Plus, if you find a unique route you want to share with others, you can do it on this site.

OpenRoadJourney.com

Founded in 2006, OpenRoadJourney.com is focused on helping bikers find the best motorcycle roads in the world, based on the experiences of others. Like Sunday Morning Rides, this site also encourages you to share your best roads.

Trikes provide stability and comfort for older riders

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jun 1, 2018 2:44:37 PM

Located at the intersection of State Highway 25 and State Highway 91 / Route C in northern Stoddard County, Missouri, Advance is a quiet little town with a population just shy of 1,400.

It’s where Lawrence Markey lived for more than 30 years. It’s also where he and his wife, Evelyn, spent countless hours riding the Goldwing trike he purchased in 2013.

Lawrence had been a motorcycle rider in his younger days, but stopped riding after breaking a hip, said his son, Doug Golden.

It was Doug, who owns a Harley Electra Glide, that encouraged his dad to get back on a motorcycle, in the form of a trike to avoid putting any extra strain on his already bad hip.

“He loved to ride because he thought that same as I did – it’s style just an excellent way of getting rid of tension and a great way to see the country,” said Doug of his father, who passed away a year ago this past January.                                            Photo is Lawrence and Evelyn Markey

Lawrence was among a growing group of aging motorcyclists trading in two wheels for three. A three-wheeler provides the stability and comforts of a car while still allowing riders to feel the wind in their face. Today, the median age of a typical motorcycle owner is 47, a statistic that continues to grow.

Trikes allow riders with arthritis, back pain and other physical ailments to go on long-distance rides comfortably. Some trikes even come with reverse gears so riders don't have to push the motorcycles into a parking space. Their ample size makes them hard to miss.

Riding a trike, however, is not the same as riding a motorcycle, and has its own unique skills you’ll need to master. Harley-Davidson offers these helpful tips:

 

Turning

On a two-wheeler you counter steer around corners in order to keep from falling over. Trikes use direct steering, similar to a car with no leaning necessary. The tighter the turn, the more you’ll need to slow in advance. Halfway through the turn, start accelerating again.

Manual Transmission

Trikes use manual transmission, also similar to a car. You’ll need to the clutch to disengage power from the engine to shift gears. Make sure the trike is in neutral from the start then pull the throttle slightly to increase speed. Keep the throttle steady as you slowly release the clutch and roll forward.

Braking

A trike is a bit heavier than a standard motorcycle. You’ll need more space to slow down, and quick stops will take longer than you’d expect. Back brakes work in tandem on a trike to slow down the bike faster than a standard bike. When braking quickly or at high speeds, use both sets of brakes.

No matter how many wheels you’re riding on, remember the saying that you don’t stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding. Or, if you’re like Lawrence, you get old and start riding – again.

 

Fulmer-Saved-My Life

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

May 16, 2018 1:50:10 PM

After almost a week of constant rain, the sunshine was just the tonic Jennifer and Ross Pewterbaugh and eight other members of the Denton Motorcycle Riders Group needed that late February day. The Texas-based riders group had planned a 60-mile ride that would take them to nearby St. Joe for lunch.

What had been a wonderful day with friends, however, did not end the way the couple had planned.

About halfway down the off-ramp, Jennifer hit the brakes on her ’99 Honda Shadow and hit a either a puddle of water or sand on the road, she said. The back tire of the bike slid to the left, then swung back to the right, and before she knew what happened, Jennifer’s helmet smashed into the ground.

“I flipped multiple times until I came to a halt about halfway to the light,” she said. “I sat up immediately and noticed I was in the middle lane and my bike wasn't far from me. I was not able to stand because of the extreme pain in my right leg and knee. I sat there in the middle of the service road as cars drove right past me.”

A CT scan later confirmed three fractures in Jennifer’s tibial plateau, the upper part of the shinbone that involves the knee joint, and a shattered fibula head. The two bones of the leg are the tibia and the fibula, which is the smaller of the two bones that lies laterally.

“Luckily, I had no other injuries, just some scrapes and bruises,” Jennifer said. Things could have been much worse had it not been for the fact she was wearing her Fulmer full face helmet.

“I bought the 151 Pulse full face after my husband purchased his from a private business here in town,” said Jennifer, who always wears a full face helmet whether driving her bike or riding as a passenger. “It was comfortable, lightweight and I really enjoyed the retractable sun shield.”

Jennifer believes the helmet saved her life. “If I hadn’t of been wearing a full face (helmet) I would have smashed my face in the concrete at 40 to 50 miles an hour,” she said. “Such a strong impact easily would have broken my nose and shattered my cheek bone and, likely, would have caused brain damage, if not worse.”

Recovery has been slow. It took a good two months before Jennifer was able to bear any weight on her knee. “I am currently on the second week of physical therapy and am able to withstand about 60-percent weight on my right leg,” she said.

Jennifer said she plans to ride again wearing a Fulmer helmet, as soon as she’s able to fully walk on her own.

Fulmer Powersports recognizes that accidents can and do happen, but we are proud of the ultimate protection our helmets offer. As a gesture of good will and wishes for a speedy recovery, Fulmer is replacing Jennifer’s helmet, at no cost to her.

Stay the course, Jennifer, and get well soon!

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