By God’s Grace

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Jun 18, 2019 1:55:26 PM

When you do something dumb – especially on your motorcycle – it’s best to just own up to it.

 “I own up to this unfortunate accident,” said David Reardon of Conway, SC. “It was all my own stupidity. Only me and the guardrail were involved.”

 Going too fast late at night, David couldn’t stop his bike when he started sliding on road sand. He slammed into the guard rail.

 Four fractured ribs that punctured his right lung, a broken right cheek bone and bruised eyeball with 13 stitches to the eye brow, a broken left clavicle and left elbow that had to be surgically repaired by three plates and four screws, were the results of David’s accident.

 “(And) lots of road rash,” he said. “But I survived by God's grace and wearing my Fulmer full face helmet.”

 David had purchased a Fulmer 151 Pulse full face helmet at Redline Power Sports Shop in Myrtle Beach. Two months later – on April 7, 2019 – his horrible accident put that new helmet to the test.

 “I’m alive to contest your helmet saved my life and did its job in protecting me,” David said. “When I'm healed and begin to ride again, you bet I will purchase another Fulmer full face helmet.”

FULMER SAVED MY LIFE: BRANDON’S STORY

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Jun 12, 2019 11:43:28 AM

Novelist Cormac McCarthy in his book “No Country for Old Men” wrote: “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

Brandon Partain, a 40-year-old man from Gastonia, NC, can relate.

He purchased his first motorcycle at the end of April, and after a week of riding hit a patch of loose gravel while turning. 

“The gravel inhibited my traction so I was unable to complete the turn and the bike kicked out from under me,” Brandon said. “



I went flying and took a 40 MPH impact onto the asphalt on my left shoulder and left side of my helmet.

“My bike came out better than I did with a dented tank, bent crash bar, and a few scratches. Thankfully, I only suffered a broken collarb­­one from my shoulder impact.

Brandon said his Fulmer 301 Tac half helmet prevented any injury to his head.

“I can 100% attest to the quality,” he said. “My head hit and the only thing I felt was like someone hit my helmet with a ping pong ball. Thank you for making a quality product that exceeds expectations. … My Fulmer helmet did its job flawlessly. ”

Get your cycle in tip-top shape

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Apr 23, 2019 9:21:18 AM

As temperatures begin to heat up, we folks in the colder states are shedding our coats and mittens to welcome spring riding season.

If you haven’t yet been out on your bike, you may need to do a bit of prep work to make sure your first ride is your best. This is necessary even if you winterized your bike for winter storage.

 The first step is to remove the storage cover and any blocks used to keep the bike in place during the winter. Lower the bike onto its side stand. “Remove any plugs, rags or covers from the exhaust pipes and air intakes meant to keep out animals and foreign objects,” writes Sparefoot.com. “Wash away any coating you may have applied to protect the frame, rims and chain.”

 Did you know gasoline deteriorates very quickly? “Stale gasoline is an often forgotten yet very problematic issue with stored vehicles, so we recommend addressing your fuel and fuel system first, before anything else,” says bikebandit.com.

 If you winterized your bike correctly, you either drained the fuel or added a fuel to the fuel in the tank to extend the life of fuel to a year or more. If you drained the tank,  take a look inside the tank  for any rust, gunk, or condensation that could cause problems later.

Next, fill your gas tank with fresh premium fuel that contains no ethanol, advises Totalmotorcycle.com. Most regular grade fuels contain ethanol, which is not the best for power sports applications - especially if you are not using them every day. More importantly, TMW says, add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer.

Many motorcycle manufacturers recommend that you change the engine oil and filter before storage and again in the spring, according to sparefoot.com. “During storage, the oil can separate, causing a condensation build up that may harm your engine. Whether or not you changed your engine oil before storage, you’ll still want to check the oil level before riding.”

After changing the oil and after the bike has completely cooled down, drain the float bowls – if accessible on non-fuel-injected bikes) as extra insurance. There is no draining required on fuel injected motorcycles, since it is sealed from the outside air, they add.

One of the most common issue with bikes sitting all winter long tends to be the batteries, bikebandit.com states. “Every time a battery goes dead, its life gets cut down, and it only needs to be drained a few times for it to become really problematic. Smart riders will have kept their battery on a trickle charger while it was stored, but if you forgot this step, it’s not too late to order one and charge your battery back up for that first ride of the season.”

Additional tips include giving your bike a good cleaning and coat of wax followed by lubing your chain – if applicable, check your air filter and spark plugs, make sure lights and turn signals work, and give your tires a good kick to make sure they are properly inflated.

“It’s better to check for these things in your garage than find out about them while going 65mph down the highway,” gearpatrol.com aptly writes.

 

Happy riding!

Record Snowfall = Happy Snowmobilers

Comments | Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Mar 12, 2019 2:04:28 PM

The Farmer’s Almanac predicted a cold and snowy winter for the United States – and, boy, were they right!

Snow enthusiasts rejoiced.

“Although the snow was late getting here, it has been a banner year,” says Christine Jourdain, executive director of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, based in East Lansing, MI.  

“The weather turned cold and the snow started to fall - and continued to fall. The combination of the cold weather and new snow made it a great year for snowmobilers.”

Sufficient snow conditions are necessary in order to snowmobile, although there is no ideal amount that must be met, Jourdain said. “We, of course, want to protect the resources under the snow - as well as our snowmobiles.”

Too much snow, however, can pose serious problems. “Avalanche conditions in the west are something that must be carefully monitored,” Jourdain said. “The different types of snow that fall, the weather conditions and the snowpack are indicators of avalanche conditions. There have been many avalanches in the west this winter and many avalanche danger posts.”

Here in the Midwest rain is expected this weekend. Rain is never a good thing for snowmobilers, Jourdain added. “Depending on the temperatures, and the amount of rain that falls will depend on the impact of the trails.”  

Above freezing temperatures here will soon bring an end to local snowmobile fun. But, hey, there’s always upper-Michigan.

We’re In Print!

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Jan 15, 2019 2:29:17 PM

Remember in the 1979 Steve Martin comedy classic “The Jerk” when the new phone book arrived?

“The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here,” Martin gushed. “Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R. I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book every day. This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print. Things are going to start happening to me now.”

Well, guess what? The new Fulmer catalog is here! The new Fulmer catalog is here!

Fulmer™ Powersports brand new catalog is now available at fulmerpowersports.com, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

Entering our 50th year, Fulmer continues the legacy and honors it in our 2019 catalog. Make sure to check out our timeline pages that breaks down important dates in the company’s history.  

What began with one single helmet has evolved to include a full line of helmets. New this year is the 360 Forge, a classic ¾-designed helmet with an iShade™ retractable sun shield. And, for those looking for a lighter helmet, we now offer the 358 FX1 and the 304 Kurio helmets. Make sure to also check out the 359 Oasis helmet.

Two other helmets are set for release in Summer 2019: the 150 Mirage full face helmet (pictured in blue) and the Kryptek version of our successful 400 Cruz modular helmet.

Fulmer isn’t just about helmets, though. We offer apparel and rainwear, accessories including goggles and gloves, helmet bags and covers to protect your powersports machines when not in use.

New this year, are a full line of replacement parts by Factory Spec and Namura to keep your machines running like the day they were purchased.

We invite you to browse our online catalog then tell us what you think. We are more than happy to refer you to a dealer in your vicinity.

As Abe Lincoln once said, “the best way to predict the future us to create it.”

Welcome to the next 50 years.

Finding Closure

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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

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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

Comments | 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

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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

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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.

 

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