Street Riding Information
Street Riding Safety Page
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We want to help you learn to ride a motorcycle! Coleman PowerSports is a huge supporter of local motorcycle training. The training schools in the area use nationally recognized curriculum from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The MSFoundation is a non-profit organization committed to motorcycle safety training and education. Visit them on the web at www.msf-usa.org
Attention Rookie Riders:
Are you interested in learning some basics about motorcycles? Do you want a better understanding of the gear motorcyclists wear for protection and comfort? Do you wish you knew more about motorcycle minor maintenance?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you might be interested in our FREE New Rider Night classes. Coleman PowerSports wants to help you get started off on the right foot, so we hold these seminars monthly - alternating between stores - to help you learn everything you need to get started riding on two or three wheels. These seminars give a quick overview of everything from different types of motorcycles, riding gear, basic maintenance, and local rider training programs to help you get hands on training and your motorcycles license. Check the events page for exact dates, times, and location.
Have Fun Riding to Work
|Getting trained in Virginia just got easier! APEX Cycle Education has now opened a third location and is making it easier for new riders to get proper motorcycle training. APEX is a private motorcycle training organization that is fully endorsed by the state. They provide the bikes, the helmets and they use the nationally recognized MSF curriculum you would expect from a top-notch VA state certified motorcycle training school. And, they offer on-line registration and a new batch of weekend classes on the 1st and the 15th of the month! (Click the logo for more information)|
|Want to learn how to ride a motorcycle? Click on the "Learn2Ride" logo to the right to learn about motorcycle training locations in Virginia.|
SADDLE UP, VIRGINIA!
Motorcycle Riding Concepts (MRC) offers various levels of course training to make any rider a better rider. With trained and experienced teachers from various law enforcement branches, they pride themselves on focusing on the "right way" to ride and preparing every rider for life on the road. Sign up today to become a licensed motorcycle rider in Virginia, or to better your skills.
How do you know it is time to buy a new helmet?
Do you find yourself buying more and more helmet stickers to cover up all those scratches and chipped paint? Maybe it's time to retire it and get a new one!
Industry standard states that a motorcycle helmet's normal service life is two to five years, depending on intensity and frequency of use. Below are some key points to help you see if it is time for a new lid.
- If the comfort foam inside has become non-resilient or brittle. This could be due to heavy use, heat damage and/or perspiration causing the helmet to feel loose even when securely fastened. To test the effectiveness of the padding, fasten the retention strap and gently shake your head. If the helmet moves separately from your head, then the padding has deteriorated. 100% foam integrity is needed to provide maximum protection.
- Lastly, if there are any visual cracks or spidering on the helmet surface, it's definitely time for a new helmet.
Some manufacturers offer testing to determine if a helmet has lost it's ability to protect you in the event of a crash. If you are not sure about your helmet, contact the manufacturer directly to see if they offer this service.
50 Ways to Save Your Life
The best bike in the world is scrap--or soon will be--unless you learn how to use it. The most powerful piece of high-performance hardware is between your ears. To help you program it with the right information, we've assembled 50 potentially lifesaving bits of street savvy. Some you'll know, some you won't. All are worth remembering, because when it comes to riding motorcycles on the street, the people over at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (www.msf-usa.org) have the right idea with their tagline: The more you know, the better it gets.
1. Assume You're Invisible
2. Be Considerate
3. Dress For The Crash, Not The Pool or The Prom
4. Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst
5. Leave Your Ego At Home
6. Pay Attention
7. Mirrors only show you part of the picture
8. Be Patient
9. Watch Your Closing Speed
10. Beware The Verge And The Merge
11. Beware of Left-Turning Traffic
12. Beware of Cars Running Traffic Lights
13. Check Your Mirrors
14. Mind The Gap
15. Beware of Tuner Cars
16. Excessive Entrance Speed Hurts
17. Don't Trust That Deer Whistle
18. Learn To Use Both Brakes
19. Keep the Front Brake Covered--Always!
20. Look Where You Want To Go
22. Think Before You Act
23. Raise Your Gaze
24. Get Your Mind Right - While You're Still In The Driveway
25. Come To A Full Stop At That Next Stop Sign
26. Never Dive Into A Gap In Stalled Traffic
27. Don't Saddle Up More Than You Can Handle
28. Watch Out For Car Doors.
29. Don't Get In An Intersection Rut
30. Stay In Your Comfort Zone When You're With a Group
31. Give Your Eyes Some Time To Adjust
32. Master the slow U-turn
33. Who Put A Stop Sign At The Top Of This Hill?
34. If It Looks Slippery, Assume It Is
35. Bang! A Blowout! Now What?
36. Drops On The Faceshield?
37. Emotions In Check?
38. Wear Good Gear
39. Leave The iPod At Home
40. Learn To Swerve
41. Be Smooth At Low Speeds
42. Flashing is good for you
43. Intersections Are Scary, So Hedge Your Bets
44. Tune Your Peripheral Vision
45. All Alone At A Light That Won't Turn Green?
46. Every-thing Is Harder To See After Dark
47. Don't Hang Out Close To - Or Right Behind - Mr. Peterbilt
48. Take The Panic Out Of Panic Stops
49. Your Tires Are Your Best Friend And Your Worst Enemy
50. Take A Deep Breath