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!

Outdoor adventures get real with Kryptek and Fulmer

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

May 4, 2018 2:10:31 PM

Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn met while serving together in combat in Northern Iraq. It was there the men also discovered a shared love for the sport of big game hunting, which requires the physical stamina to hunt wild animals in their surroundings, tactics coincidentally used in battle.

It only stands to reason that these two outdoorsmen would later found a company called Kryptek Outdoor Group, producing industry-leading camouflage used in outdoor adventure apparel. As the company proudly states, “Battlefield to Backcountry aren’t just words, they are Kryptek.”

Why am I telling you this?

Fulmer Powersports is the only helmet company licensed to use Kryptek Typhon graphics on four of its awe-inspiring helmets: the 100 Titan dual sport, 151 Pulse full face, 201 Zen MX and 300 Phantom shorty. And people are talking.

“Fulmer has the only helmets with the Kryptek licensed graphic,” said Fulmer National Sales Manager Mike Messenger. “We have been getting great response from both the dealers and the consumers. “What I have found is that the outdoors person knows Kryptek and has other hunting, fishing products or apparel with the Kryptek design.  It is such a unique graphic, and it really jumps out at you when combined with the Hi-Viz graphics in three of our four helmets.”

Let’s take a closer look at these four helmets. The Phantom low profile shorty is for camo purists and features Conehead™ Technology, the most advanced helmet liner safety technology in the world.

The Titan helmet offers ultimate protection and optimal airflow with 20 - yes 20 - points of ventilation, and the Pulse full face helmet features a retractable iShade and an optically correct QR4 quick-release shield system.

My favorite helmet is the Zen, one of the lightest MX helmets you’ll find out there. Plus, it’s just plain cool to look at.

Fulmer wants to give you the chance to win your very own Zen helmet starting Monday. All you need to do is like our Facebook page and share the contest post on your Facebook page. Watch for the big announcement:

Monday, May 7 and enter to win. The contest ends Sunday May 13, with a winner drawn Monday, May 14. Good luck!

Is your child ready to ride?

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 25, 2018 3:44:50 PM

Tyler Shepard, a.k.a. the Wheelie Wizard, has been entertaining audiences across the country for more than 19 years with his “wheelie” shows. For the last five of those years, Tyler’s son Hunter has been at those shows and races, intently watching his daddy.

I’ll give you one guess what the 5-year-old’s favorite thing to do is.

“When he gets home from preschool, he rides all his bikes until dark or until they are out of gas,” Tyler said, with a laugh.

Hunter was age 1 when his parents got him a Strider Sport bike, which teaches children how to ride and balance on two wheels without the use of training wheels or pedals. Kids essentially pull themselves along on the lightweight bikes.

By age 2, Hunter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels. “Peddle bike braking and balance is key,” Tyler said.

Hunter was riding a dirt bike at age 3, starting out at a slow gear with a throttle limiter to keep the speed very slow.

These days, Hunter’s ride is a STACYC electric powered balance bike, which Tyler said, is the best bike to use for kids. When in electric mode, the bike bridges the gap between bicycle and dirt bike.

Hunter will be signing autographs this Saturday right alongside with his father at the customer appreciation party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Extreme Powersports in Columbus, GA, where they will also perform throughout the day.

While most kids don’t have a parent like the Wheelie Wizard who professionally pops wheelies, AmericanMotorcyclist.com offers these five tips to tell if your child is ready to ride. They include:

Interest: Is your child interested in learning to ride or are you forcing riding on a child who doesn’t really want to learn. The latter option may completely turn them off motorcycling in the future.

Maneuvering obstacles: If your child is able to steer around things on their bicycle or tricycle, they are able to judge obstacles. If they don’t, the last thing you want to do is put them on a motorcycle.

Strong hands: Many parents don’t take into account the strength their child needs to be able to apply brakes firmly and steadily turn the throttle.

Coordination: Your child must possess split second command over their reflexes.

Patience: Can your child focus on tasks at hand? If they can’t concentrate, they shouldn’t be riding a motorcycle.


Mother Nature puts riding on hold

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 17, 2018 12:12:03 PM

This past weekend in Green Bay, WI we experienced a blizzard – the biggest blizzard in 130 years, plopping 24.2 inches on the ground. It’s the largest total from a single event since 29 inches of snow fell in Titletown in 1888.

I never thought much about Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions in the past, mainly due to the fact he’s only correct about 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac. But predicting on Feb. 2 that we would only be subjected to six more weeks of winter was just plain cruel. No wonder he hides out in a hole.

Although we received a dumping of snow, I’m not here only to dump on Phil. It’s mid-April, folks. It’s time for bonfires, finally putting away winter sweaters and as Chris Farley would say, for the love of God, riding our motorcycles!

Here in Wisconsin and other snow-drenched Midwestern locales, digging out may take a bit longer than anticipated, but there are a few things motorcyclists can do now to be ready the instant the first good riding day shows up. Dairyland Auto & Cycle Insurance offers these tips:

Plan

“It’s not as simple as pulling off the cover, turning the key, and taking off,” Dairyland says. “Planning starts with accessing your motorcycle riding readiness.”

The three main areas to evaluate include your motorcycle’s condition, your riding skills and knowledge and the condition of your riding gear. That way you’ll know where you stand and what needs to be done to get ready.

Schedule

Pull out your calendar and schedule a spring tune-up or repairs, if you’re not doing them yourself, and, if necessary, reserve a space in a rider education course.

 

Inspect

Give your motorcycle a thorough inspection, Dairyland says. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a T-CLOCS Inspection before any ride, but especially after a motorcycle has been hibernating during a long winter. It includes:

  • Controls
  • Lights and electronics
  • Oil and other fluids
  • Chassis
  • Stand

It’s also a good time to check out the condition of your riding gear to see if it’s still safe to wear, and if it fits and is undamaged. If your helmet is damaged or is more than five years old it needs to be replaced, as recommended by the Snell Foundation, a leader in helmet safety in the United States and around the world.

Refresh

Even riders with years of experience will need to refresh their riding skills after a few months out of the saddle. Give yourself some time to get reacquainted with your bike. 

“Depending on how early you’re hitting the road after the snow is off the road, road conditions could be quite rough after a winter of freezing and thawing,” Dairyland says. “Ride with caution, watch your speed, and wear protective clothing in the event something unfortunate does takes place.”

Here in Wisconsin, I predict snow will be off the ground around May 1.

Road trip 101

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 13, 2018 9:15:05 AM

Have you ever been on a road trip when you see “the perfect picture,” only to later look at your smart phone and realize you totally missed the shot? I have. So I turned to Fulmer photographer Eric Miller for some advice. Eric has been a professional photographer for 35 years, and a member of the team here for nearly 3 years.

Eric’s first suggestion is to take a moment or two to look at all the angles of the scene you’re interested in shooting. “If you don’t want your pictures to look like everyone else’s, take time to look at what you are photographing before you photograph it. Find that spot that shows everything you want to show others. Don’t be afraid to lay down, kneel, tiptoe. Remember you are telling a story to the people who look at the finished product. What is it you want to say?”

Capture those moments by including friends and family who may be travelling with you in the shots. Don’t be afraid to take some photos spontaneously when they aren’t looking directly into the camera, Eric said.  “Planned and composed shots are nice, but natural smiles and reactions are often better when photographing people.”

Speaking of photographing people, try to have the light at their side, Eric said. “That way they won’t be squinting with full sun in their eyes or be a silhouette if the light is behind them.” He also said that the last couple hours before sunset and the first couple hours of daylight offer some of the best light for taking photographs - whether people or landscapes.

Use the rule of thirds for better composition. You don’t have to place your subject(s) dead center in every frame like a rifle scope. Try moving the subject to one side or the other. This will add depth to your images. –Also remember that you can take photos both vertically and horizontally. Turn your camera to get the best fit and composition.

Also, don’t be shy about taking shots. You traveled all that way, so take tons of pictures. You can later delete the ones you don’t like, as well as duplicates.

Finally, Eric said if you don’t need something in the photo, don’t show it. “Keep an eye open for branches sticking out of people’s heads or garbage cans in front of that beautiful view. Sometimes moving just an inch or two can make all the difference.”

I’d love to see some of your favorite shots. Maybe we’ll feature them in an upcoming article.

(Photo credit: Eric Miller)

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Corners are the reward of riding

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 9, 2018 1:00:44 PM

As a former driver and now motorcycle rider, I’ve always been both intrigued and scared of cornering. After all, my husband is no Valentino Rossi - a guy that can corner with the best of them. I’m in constant amazement how professional road racers like Rossi touch their knees to the track as they corner and not have the bike slide out from under them.

Back in the real world, the steps to successful cornering, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are as simple as Slow – Look – Press – and Roll or SLPR.

Slow

As you’re approaching a curve, slow down using both brakes. What’s the right entry speed? It’s best explained as the speed that is slow enough for you to roll through the curve. All curves are different so it’s impossible to have a set speed. It’s something you develop and get a feel for.

Look

This may seem simplistic, but now’s the time to turn your head and nose and look in the direction you want the motorcycle to go. (Check out the attached picture as a reference.) Easy, but oh so important.

Press

To make a motorcycle turn, press on the grip in the direction you want to go. Press left grip – lean left – turn left. It’s really a very simple process.

Roll

The last step is to roll on the throttle throughout the corner. Wait until the bike is at the lean angle you want and pointed in the right direction before you start rolling on the gas. Make sure to do it as soon as possible once you have the bike turned. Every moment you wait in rolling on or maintain throttle throughout the curve and getting to the recommended 40/60 weight distribution, reduces your average speed through the turn and lessens your control and handling.

Applying and practicing this technique will give you a smooth, controlled ride that’s safer and more enjoyable.

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