Finding Closure

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Nov 19, 2018 10:05:30 AM

When it comes to motorcycle helmets, there are two options to keep them on your noggin: the D-ring and the quick-release retention systems, and some people have their druthers. In either case, comfort is key.

We’ve all seen, and at one time, likely struggled to fasten a double D-ring system. The strap is threaded through both of the D-rings and then back through the first ring and tightened. Aside from a little fumbling, it’s fairly simple.

Double D-rings are strong and reliable, found on a majority of helmets across all price points, and gives riders a tight fit with every use.

Although quick release systems have been more widely used in Europe, they are a great alternative and picking up steam in the U.S. Quick release is handy for people who remove their helmet often, even with gloves on. The key to securing the helmet is making sure it clicks into position.

Consumers are faced with a wealth of choices when it comes to choosing a helmet, but one thing is certain. A helmet is nothing without a correctly fastened double D-ring or quick release retention system. 

Check out our full line of helmets at fulmerpowersports.com.

Bring on the Snow: Prepping Your Snowmobile

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Nov 6, 2018 9:33:00 AM

Are you one of those people whose thumb twitches in anticipation of snow, and revving up your snowmobile for the first time?

You’re far from alone.

Whether you snowmobile for the views, to hang out with friends or family, clear your head from the demands of life or be one with nature, snowmobiling is a lifestyle that appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Before the trails open for the season, here are a few tips and tricks to get your machine in tip-top shape.

One of the most important parts of snowmobile prep is checking the machine’s track for any damage that may have occurred last year. Look for cracks and missing pieces, and make the track has the proper tension and hasn’t worn down to a dangerous level. Lastly, make sure each part of the track is present, including all clips.

The snowmobile’s drive belt, found under the hood, is the next thing to inspect.  Check for wear, cracks or signs it may be starting to fray. A good rule of thumb is to carry a spare drive belt with you I case of an emergency. While under the hood, also check the tension and condition of the fan belts and water pump belts.

Next, do a visual check of the throttle cable. It should move freely and show no sign of damage, then lube it up to make sure it stays that way during the winter season.

Finally, check the condition of the fluids inside the sled. If you added stabilizer to the gas tank when it was stored away last winter, you should have nothing to worry about. But it’s still a good time to take a look to make sure the gas hasn’t broken down. If it has, drain it and top off the engine coolant and oil. It might also be time for a fresh filter.

Preparing your snowmobile now will ensure a great season of riding.

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.

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