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Dodging the Roadkill: Gear

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – A friend and I were having a spirited debate about riding gear the other day and it became obvious to me that opinions vary from one biker to the next on what you should wear when riding.   According to some of the responses I got on my Facebook page, it’s a pretty cut and dry situation.  

To each his own.

I fell into this lifestyle late in life.  I didn’t have the benefit of years of riding experience and brotherhood that many of you have had.  I wish I had, but, such is life.  I feel that “old school” bikers are the foundation of this experience and they set the standard for who and WHAT bikers are.  How they look, how they ride and what they wear.

Gear

Gear

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Dodging the Roadkill: Awareness

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Bikers spend hundreds and THOUSANDS of dollars making sure they’re seen AND heard.  We realize that it’s important to “stand tall” in traffic because, well, motorists are just TOO DAMNED DISTRACTED!.  It’s a problem that I think is getting worse with no prospects of getting better.

Now, I hate to be so pessimistic, but I’ve put a lot of miles on the road over these last three and a half years, and I see a LOT of strange stuff going on behind the wheel of a car.  It’s frustrating and damn right criminal!

I’ve taken all of the safety courses, I’ve bought all of the gear, and I’m as responsible as it gets, so I’ve done my part. 

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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Dodging the Roadkill: Perception vs. Reality

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – If you follow me on social media, you may remember that I asked your opinion about whether the “image” of bikers had gotten better or worse over the years.  The responses were varied, but everybody weighed in.

First of all, I DO NOT worry, nor care about what others think of me and the choices I’ve made in my life.  Motorcycles are NOT for everyone, and bikers as a whole couldn’t care less what you think about this lifestyle. 

I spent my career in a business that depended on being “liked” or “popular.”  That’s why I LOVE this lifestyle, because nobody gives a DAMN what you think about it.  It’s so refreshing to finally get to be myself, and be with others who are genuine and don’t want ANYTHING from me. 

Bikers

Bikers

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Dodging the Roadkill: Why We Crash

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Anybody who has ever crashed on a motorcycle is lucky to have “lived to tell the tale.”   The one thing I’ve learned about laying it down is the questions about “what happened” never go away.  

“But I’m a good rider” we say.  “I wasn’t doing anything stupid” we say.  The reality is just that “shit” happens.  Both times I’ve laid a bike down, it was “pilot error.”  I simply was trying to do too much and lost control.  Bottom line. 

If you’ve ever been hit by another vehicle, or a deer, or simply something in the road, you have a clear cut explanation for your accident.  Most of the time, there are questions.  I second guessed myself for weeks about it. 

Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycle Crash

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Dodging the Roadkill: The People I Meet

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – The one recurring theme that runs through this blog is the people I meet.  Since the first time I threw my legs over a motorcycle, people came into my life that I would have never met without it. 

My recent trip to Texas was no different.

We started with 7 motorcycles and 8 people.  From the starting point, I immediately met two veterans who were joining us.  Once we reached our destination, I met two more, and our “group” was set.

I’ve been blessed to ride with, and become friends with, first responders, veterans, mothers, sisters, and businessmen. They don’t want anything from me.  They just want to ride.   

Meeting People on the Road

Meeting People on the Road

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force to hold Coppers and Choppers, May 11th

 

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – The public is invited to an upcoming free family-friendly motorcycle event in Clarksville.

Coppers & Choppers, hosted by the Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force, will be held Saturday, May 11th from 10:00am to 3:00pm and is open to motorcycles of all types.

The event will kick off at Governor’s Square Mall (2801 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard) and move over to the Clarksville Regional Airport (200A Outlaw Field Road).

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Dodging the Roadkill: Texas Road Show

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyKerrville, TX – I will always remember the first time I traveled to Texas on a motorcycle.

 I was just starting my journey into this lifestyle and was SO excited to visit good friends, and ride the Texas hill country that I had heard so much about.

After making a couple of trips here, I hadn’t been back for over a year, but that all changed this week.

I was asked  to join a group of bikers to come ride the Texas hill country, so I jumped at the opportunity. 

One of our main objectives was to ride the “Twisted Sisters.”  During my previous trips here, I had NO idea about the names of any notable motorcycle routes, I just followed my friends wherever they took me and it was amazing!

Texas Hill Country - Three Twisted Sisters

Texas Hill Country – Three Twisted Sisters

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Dodging the Roadkill: Symphony of the Pipes

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyKerrville, TX – Last month I was invited to travel with a few other bikers to Texas.  I’ve ridden in Texas and it’s some of the best riding I’ve ever experienced. 

Eight of us took off from Clarksville early Friday morning.  We made the halfway point in Texarkana, Texas by late afternoon.  

After a quick meal, we all retired to our rooms for some much needed rest and relaxation.  Tomorrow was going to be another long day in the saddle.  

We had a slight delay in Little Rock as we worked our way through stop and go traffic due to, ironically, a motorcycle accident.  Other than that, we had a good ride and we were safe and sound.

Friends having a meal after a long days ride

Friends having a meal after a long days ride

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Dodging the Roadkill: Temper! Temper!

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’m a type “A” driver behind the wheel of my car.  Not too aggressive, but I’m an anxious sort.  I don’t have time for other drivers who are not giving their total attention to the task at hand.

Distracted driving, not doing the speed limit and hanging out in the left lane are just a few of the things that drive me crazy.  Luckily, my attitude behind the wheel hasn’t gotten me in any trouble, but I quickly learned that there’s no place for that attitude on the back of a motorcycle.

I’ve ridden with some VERY aggressive bikers.  I’ve shown my frustration to many a truck driver.  I’ve “lectured” many a driver who just won’t get off their damn phone.

Angry Adult

Angry Adult

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

One day it could be 60 degrees, then the next day, 25. We could have snow overnight,that would melt away to a fifty degree day by afternoon. 

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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