Motorcycle vs. Car: Accidents can be prevented

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Feb 19, 2018 8:23:18 AM

 

In Robert M. Pirsig’s book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” he offers an awesome description of the differences between riding in a car and riding on a motorcycle.

“In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame,” he says. 

“On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

The sense of danger is also a bit more overwhelming, according to Walter Kern, who offers the following 10 tips to be safe on a motorcycle.

Pretend your invisible: Never assume drivers can see you. Odds are good, they don’t so take it upon yourself to always have an “out” in dangerous traffic situations.

Be an island: Leave space from other vehicles in front, back and to both sides of your bike when you’re out riding. Staying away from traffic gives you more time to think and respond to situations.

Predict your future: Anticipate trouble before it happens to avoid accidents.

Left turners: The No. 1 cause of death to motorcyclists is oncoming motorists turning left in front of them at intersections. Slow down before you enter any intersection, stay visible and have an escape route planned.

Ride your way: Don’t keep up with friends or ride faster than you are used to. Know your own personal limits.

Curves ahead: Take extra caution when taking curves that you can’t see around.

Road rage doesn’t help anyone: Calm down, slow down and collect your thoughts before reacting to a stressful situation.

Save tailgating for football: If someone is following you too closely either speed up or let them pass. Likewise, don’t tailgate the car in front of you. Oncoming drivers can’t see you.

Blinded by the light: Try not to ride your bike into the glare of the sun. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes and look for an alternate route.

Don’t ride at night: Late Saturday night and early Sunday are the times drunken drivers are making their way home from the bars. Likewise, don’t drink and drive your bike. Find a designated driver.

Riding a motorcycle may the best thing in the world, but staying safe and protected is the only way you’ll be doing it well into the future. 

Weighing your options

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Feb 8, 2018 3:17:50 PM

To some, motorcycles are a luxury - not a necessity. Although I disagree on that point, I do agree that buying a motorcycle, whether new or used, is a serious investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Buying the right motorcycle that’s also the perfect fit for your budget is an important process. There are­­­­ several major aspects to take into consideration, according to DMV.org, a great online site I found with a wealth of good information.

Here is a comparison of the differences between buying a new or used motorcycle. The perfect “fit” factor, however, depends on a few differences.

Buying a new motorcycle is best for:

  • New motorcycle riders
  • Those who are not mechanically inclined
  • Those interested in a specific type of bike
  • Those who want the newest technology or model available
  • Those wanting the comfort of reliability with a warranty

Buying a used motorcycle may be a good idea for:

  • Experienced riders or beginners who don’t want to worry about damaging a bike that's not already in perfect shape
  • Those with at least some understanding of motorcycle mechanics
  • Those looking for a good deal
  • No setup fees

No matter which you choose, the decison you make is the right decision for you.

 

Born to fly

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer Jan 26, 2018 1:03:15 PM

Feb 6, 2018 11:50:55 AM

fulmer learn to fly blog

Back in my late 20s, I decided to get a motorcycle license and buy a bike. The reason I chose a cycle over, say, a scooter, was speed-related. If I was in a jam on the highway and needed to quickly speed up, the putt, putt, putt of a scooter simply wouldn’t cut it. Or so I thought.

My used 250 Honda fit like a glove, and was the perfect vehicle for riding with my boyfriend and his 750 Kawasaki on the winding roads of southwestern Wisconsin. I was only lacking experience.

One day early on, we came to a sharp left curve. Not being able to see around the corner, I took the turn much too wide, didn’t lean - out of fear, and soon found myself driving into and then through the ditch. In terror, I squeezed both breaks simultaneously and became momentarily airborne before landing. My newbie negligence was embarrassing, at best. My boyfriend nearly stroked out as he followed me.

 

According to MCRider.com, the cornering mantra I should have used is slow – look – press – roll. Here are the steps:

  • Slow down before approaching the corner using both brakes to an appropriate entry speed or a speed slow enough for you to be able to roll on and slightly increase throttle throughout the corner.
  • Next, turn your head and look in the direction you want the motorcycle to go.  Point your nose in the direction you want the motorcycle to go.
  • To make a motorcycle lean, press on the grip in the direction you want to go. Press the left grip – lean left – turn left, press the right grip – lean right – turn right. If only I would have known.
  • Finally, roll on the throttle or maintain the grip on the throttle throughout the turn. At the end of the turn roll on the throttle a little more and you are good to go.

­­­There’s a saying by George Morris that “if you’re not going to the hospital, you’re getting back on.” And, I eventually did.

Fulmer flips switch on new blog

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jan 26, 2018 1:03:15 PM

@Fulmer Files

I feel like the flip phone of the blogging world.

The reason? Although blogging has been around since the mid- to late-90s, to my knowledge Fulmer has never had a blogger – until now.

My name is Cheryl, and I am a displaced newspaper writer who after 16 years found work as a copywriter and social media guru for Fulmer Powersports, a power horse in the helmet industry for nearly 50 years.

Fulmer has had an unprecedented past, but nearly a half a century later we feel we’ve revved up our commitment to you by offering new, cutting edge helmets and apparel that will knock your socks off. It’s evident in our new Fulmer catalog. If you haven’t taken a look, now is the time: http://bit.ly/2mtisDe.

This blog will introduce you to our products, pass along helpful information and answer any questions you might have. I want this to be an interactive experience.

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing,” psychologist Rollo May once said.

That’s what I want for this blog. And for you.

Let’s get started!

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