HELP NEEDED TO FIND TUCSON RIDER TRAINING RANGE!

Rider Training Reward

Calling all TEAM Arizona family members!  We need your help to find an additional Tucson riding range.  Will you help us?  The ideal range would be:

  • 200 feet by 300 feet (or close to those measurements)
  • Available on weekends (mandatory) and possibly during the weekday
  • Level, relatively defect-free pavement that is free from obstruction
  • Can house a conex (shipping container for the training motorcycles)
  • Can have markings placed on the surface (paint)

If you have a solid lead for us and we’re able to establish services within the next six months, you’ll earn a $500 reward!

Send all leads to Ron@MotorcycleTraining.com

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Kelly’s Korner: Ride Fit not Fat

Kelly 2011I used to be fat. For a long time. And until I got un-fat, I did not realize how much my poor physical condition had been impacting my riding. Of course I knew my size and lack of exercise created problems on the bike — that became ultra clear to me in summer of 2012. I was riding down from Flagstaff with friends and couldn’t carry a 20-pound backpack without falling far behind my group because I was so tired from the added exertion. At a stop in the Verde Valley, a friend took the backpack for me. Embarrassing.

It wasn’t until six months later or so that I began to comprehend the extent to which my physique had been slowing down my abilities on a bike. In the intervening time, I had started a sane version of CrossFit and been following a new eating lifestyle. As I lost weight and gained strength, and continued to ride on the street and track, and then added dirt biking to the mix, I saw how much my out-of-shape body had limited my riding capacity. Thus I conclude that physical fitness is not just a desirable component to riding enjoyment, it is a critical one. When my body is firing on all cylinders, I can ride longer, farther and with more focus, whether on the track, street or in the dirt.

Kelly LiftingThere’s just one problem with being a rider who’s in shape: you know when your body is not operating at 100 percent, and that circumstance is aggravating beyond belief. That’s been the case for me for the past several months as I have been dealing with (and yes, getting help for) a lower back injury. I knew the problem was affecting my workouts and everyday quality of life, and now it’s apparent that it’s also hurting my riding. I discovered that this past weekend when I went dirt biking for the first time since April. (I don’t ride much in the summer, so this came as a bit of a surprise to me.) And let me tell you, the hard landings and the crashes hurt. At one point, near the end of the ride, I even refused to go down a small but steep hill, and back up another, because the thought of again jolting my back was too much. Making matters worse, all that day, I couldn’t pick up my own bike — a major annoyance and potential problem when dirt biking — and my endurance has gone downhill in just five months. That led to earlier onset of fatigue, which resulted in more crashes and minor war wounds than I can count.

Still, a not-great Sunday of dirt biking is better than a regular Sunday. And will I let my back stop me from riding as the Phoenix weather cools down? Absolutely not. I learned from this most recent outing that, when it comes to dirt riding, I need to opt for easier trails while the back rehab continues, and I need to be more careful in the gym with the weightlifting movements.

Fitness Improves Riding

You can do it. You’re one good decision away from improving your riding! (Not Author’s Image)

Do you want to enjoy riding more? Get in shape. If you’re already fit, shake up the routine a little. I really recommend cross-training (weights, cardio and gymnastics) because, from what I have witnessed in other people and experienced myself, it seems to be the most effective method for building strength, slimming down, increasing athletic capacity and being able to deal with unexpected physical challenges — many of which can occur on a bike. At the least, it’s better to be able to carry one’s own backpack.

Do you need some inspiration or insight?  Reach out to me at kellyteal13@gmail.com.

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TEAM AZ Rides Europe: The Hills Are Alive

<Part Five of TEAM AZ Rides Europe – CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS>

In just one short week, the trees and hills of the Schwarzwald provided a world of its own away from the frenzy of urban life.  Riding out of the Black Forest was revelatory in a strange way.  I felt freed as I parted ways with the gorgeous, lush trees into the vibrant blues and greens of the German meadowlands.  The novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s nest pops into my mind; in particular, the moment where Chief Bromden liberates himself from the confines of the medical facility.  The open spaces, the giant spinning wind turbines, and the fast, curving roads provide for a brilliant morning ride.  I was grinning from ear to ear as I flicked the motorcycle left and right on the German roadways; I felt massive.

The morning ride ended with a stop at Lake Bodensee.  It is a lake on the Rhine situated in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria near the Alps.  I find a gorgeous winery along the lake, nestle my bike under a fruit tree, and pull over for a snack of fruit and spicy sausage.  Bliss.

Bodensee

View from Cathedral of Birnau, Lake Constance (Bodensee)

After a brief respite from riding, I work my way through traffic and head towards my Austrian destination.  Apparently, Europeans seek water for their summer vacation and I was smack dab in the middle of their trailblazing; an immediate contrast to my laid back, breezy time in the Black Forest.  I couldn’t get out of the bustle fast enough.  I paid for a vignette at a gas station (mandatory for riding in Austria) and motored on.  Luckily, I was only forty miles away from some of the most fun riding I experienced the entire trip.  Southern Germany is a rider’s dream.  I take the 12 out of Lindau and connect with the E532 and ride it all the way through Füssen to my destination in Ehrwald, Austria.  At points, I was singing in my helmet.  I’m a terrible singer, but nothing could ruin that ride.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MOTORCYCLES

Parking at Haus Karl's Ruh.  Does it get any better?

Parking at Haus Karl’s Ruh. Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at roughly 10,000 feet, provides look out for the bikes.  Does it get any better?

Ev and Gary, the owners of  Haus Karl’s Ruh, greet me warmly.  They immediately make me feel at home.  Initially I was worried about the communication challenges I might experience, but find out they’re from England!  Other than Gary adding a “U” or “Y” in words like colour and tyre, we understood each other just fine.  The room was VERY clean and the views from the second story balcony were outstanding.  Including breakfast, their cozy room will set a rider back less than 30 Euro (about $40 at the time).  Truly a pittance given the level of care I received during my stay.

Second Story Balcony View of the Ehrwald Sunset

Second Story Balcony View of the Ehrwald Sunset

Since all planning for the trip was now on the fly, it was up to me to create a daily agenda from scratch.  First stop?  The largest BMW motorcycle rally in the world.  Imagine my surprise when I found out I was staged twenty miles away from the rally on the weekend it would be happening.  The event was nice and respectable.  The food was outstanding and inexpensive.  The most interesting sight?  An R1200GS with a full barbecue for grilling sausage and wine serving station in its sidebags.  The stereotype about Germans loving their sausage is perpetuated by at least one German motorcyclist.

With the alps at my doorstep, literally and figuratively, I could no longer wait to go on what I lovingly refer to as a “Squiggly Lines On A Map Day”.  I visited the local information center and obtained a paper map.  I love GPS and Google Maps; both have proven to be invaluable.  However, some route planning just seems to flow better with a physical map.  With map in hand, I cobbled together a day ride with little straight line riding in the mix.  The route took me on the Fernpassstraße, into the Ötztal Alps, towards the Austrian-Italian border crossing of Timmelsjoch, onto the Jaufenpass, and finally ending with the Brenner Pass.  I wish I possess the words to describe what I witnessed.  The beauty came in many forms on this route.  Switchbacks, forest passes, gentle flowing meadow roads along a river, wide open valley freeway passes, and fog immersed tunnels all provided their own form of beauty.

Ahhh, Squiggly Line On A Map Day.  This smile from this day of riding would last for weeks!

Ahhh, Squiggly Line On A Map Day. This smile from this day of riding would last for weeks!

For the next three days lightning and thunderstorms threatened my ability to ride.  I don’t mind riding in the rain, but lightning is a whole other deal.  Fortunately, on the second day, the skies parted and provided an opportunity for more exploration.  Some research revealed that I was within a half hour of some filming sites for The Great Escape.  For a motorcycle geek like myself, that particular movie contains some of the finest examples of motorcycle riding ever caught on film.  Yeah, it pales in comparison to some of the stuff we might see today thanks to GoPro cameras and the like, but in its day, Steve McQueen on a motorcycle was the epitome of cool.

So what is a guy to do?  Apparently, the answer was roam around meadows and farms of Southern Germany in hopes of capturing some of that Steve McQueen cool.  In a wild twist of events, I popped into the Pfronten Information Center and was served by a woman who is married to a man from Portland, Oregon (my hometown).  We talked for almost an hour about our shared experiences, and by the end of my visit she whipped out a paper with The Great Escape filming locations AND their GPS coordinates.  There was no doubt I should be pursuing this rabbit hole at that exact moment in time.

Corny as it looks, but fun nonetheless!

Corny as it looks, but fun nonetheless!

I rode from place to place taking picture after picture.  In one instance, a farmer politely shooed me out of his field.  I came to understand later that by riding in his field I was disturbing the crop.  So that was a big fat fail on not being the “Ugly American”, but I think it resolved itself as a no harm-no foul situation.

My time in Austria ends, but I carry with me several key takeaways:

  • Wandering isn’t wasting
  • The world really is smaller and bigger than we can imagine
  • I’ll never be as cool as Steve McQueen (and I’m okay with that!)

Do you have any questions for RiderCoach Bill about his adventures?  Shoot him an email!  Bill@motorcycletraining.com or post your inquire on our Facebook page.

<In Part 6, and final installment, RiderCoach Bill heads off to Sachsenring for the MotoGP race and finds himself involved in MotoGP PART TWO!> <CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS

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Jeannie Carlisle: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month October 2014!

Jeannie Carlisle

We love referrals!  We will type it one more time.  WE LOVE REFERRALS!

When we received a message from Jeannie’s friend, Richard, about her prowess on two wheels, how could we resist to dig a bit deeper?  Richard made a strong case:

Jeannie Carlisle should be Rider of the Month.  We just returned from a 6,700 mile trip to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.  She encountered mud, drizzling rain, and a hail storm on the way to Idaho Falls.  She handled it all.  She is one heck of a rider.

How could we argue with that kind of endorsement?  When we asked her a few questions about her riding experience, her responses sealed the deal.  The riding bug is in full effect!

Jeannie came to TEAM Arizona’s Glendale Community College location in September of 2008.  She’s motored her 2012 HD Street Glide down the road for more than 39,000 miles.

Her advice?  Practice whenever possible and trust your bike’s capabilities; fear will only hinder you.  Her love?  The freedom, open spaces, and being one with her motorcycle on the road.  She loves the challenge of pushing herself to be the best rider possible.

Our advice?  If you see Jeannie, try and tap into some of her awesome positive energy.  Oh, and if you know someone who inspires you to ride, why don’t you tell us about them?

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  Do you know someone who should be TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month?  Entering their name is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why this rider deserves the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about yourselves!

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Kelly’s Korner: Coping with the Heat

Kelly TealWell, hello again! Last time you read my column, I thought it was my final one for TEAM Arizona. Hence the reason I allowed myself to go all reflective and inspirational. But now, thanks to a nice cosmic twist, I’m back, and — this month at least — you’re stuck with observations that are less likely to get you all teary. Heck, maybe you’ll enjoy judging me instead.

That’s because a friend suggested I write about coping with the Arizona heat. I mean, since we have chosen to live in the desert Southwest and embrace the riding life, we should have no compunction about facing the heat head-on.

On a bike, of course.  Sure, right.

Here’s how I face the Arizona heat: From within my car.

When there’s sun and three-digit temps, you will not find me on my bike unless it’s sunset, or close to, and the ride to my destination is short, and the trip home therefore will take place at night. I’m just not as hard-core as I would like to be. My reality is, I dehydrate quickly, even if I’ve been strategic about my water and electrolyte consumption; and, when I dehydrate or am too warm, I get dizzy and spacey. My subsequent recovery time takes at least a couple of hours, often longer. These are not ideal conditions under which to operate a motorcycle.

dehydrationI learned this lesson the hard way. Five years ago, I had made it back to Flagstaff after a week-long solo ride to Idaho. I had reached that mental point where I was itching to be home right frigging now. Most riders understand that feeling, I think. And so I decided to keep going down into the valley, into the extreme heat of the day … in my heavy leathers, helmet and gloves. The outside temperature was 108 degrees. My internal temperature wasn’t far behind. I’m not really sure how I made it home but as soon as I pulled into the driveway and took off my helmet, my husband looked terrified. My face was red — Red Delicious Apple red. I got out of those sweaty leathers and my husband almost tossed me into a waiting ice bath. Thanks to my impatience to get home, I flirted with a dangerous level of heat exhaustion and my body did not return to normal for about two days.

Obviously, not every trip in the heat turns out that extreme. But, for me, being hot and trying to maintain focus and reaction time on the bike is hard. I re-learned the focus lesson, in particular, this summer. I was visiting my brother in Boise and we set out to go dirt biking north of the city. The thermometer hit 100 degrees, long before noon, at 3,900 feet, but I thought, Hey, I live in Phoenix, I can handle it. Once we were on the bikes, I was already roasting, even in the shade. And the trail we’d chosen was like none I’ve ever done — singletrack, drop-offs on either side, loose sand, slippery pine needles. Those conditions required powers of concentration I did not have that day. In fact, neither my brother nor I made it too far. We both were tired, hot and lacking in overall enthusiasm for hurting the bikes we’d borrowed, so we called it a day. For me, most of that was because I was too hot to focus. Here’s embarrassing proof: My borrowed bike — which was a CRF 230, the same model I have in my garage — was not running right and I could not figure out why. Later, I discovered I had the choke flipped the wrong direction. But I was too out of it, thanks to the heat, to figure out the problem on the trail.

arizona sunI think that’s evidence enough that riding in the heat is not for me. And no, I won’t capitulate to the heat by riding without gear. I just won’t. I would rather complain about missing out on riding than be on the road — tar or dirt — without protection.

Again, the few times I do ride in the sun and heat, chances are I’ll be on the bike for 30 minutes or less, and the sun will be down when I’m ready to go home. In these instances, I dump ice water into my cool vest, wear a wet cloth around my neck and keep more ice water at the ready in my Camelbak.

The Arizona heat is not something to mess with; I cope with it by avoiding it as best I can. For me, that’s the right choice. The story may be different for you. I think it’s imperative that each rider learn and know his/her capacities when it comes to these extreme temperatures. If you can’t handle them on the bike, I see no shame in that. If you can, I envy you. But I accept my limits and very much look forward to fall.Kelly Teal Signature

 

 

 

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TEAM AZ Rides Europe: Belgium and the Black Forest

<Part Four of TEAM AZ Rides Europe – CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS>

Euro Star TrainI pull up to the EuroStar train station and a thought runs through my head, “Yep, you’re taking your motorcycle UNDER the English Channel.”  This is a first for me.  I’ve taken motorcycles over the water via a boat, but never under.  Twenty five non-event filled minutes later I’m rambling down the French countryside and I’m dry as an Arizona desert.  Isn’t life rich?

On my ride through France into Belgium I’m chuckling most of the way.  Just twenty four hours earlier I scrapped a year’s worth of route planning in favor of the route I was now riding.  I decided to ditch familiar Spain in the pursuit of the personally unknown.  I decided, thanks to a chance meeting on the Isle of Man ferry and some keen insight from my English friend Tommo, to alter my course for Germany’s Black Forest.  Fortuitous was the fact that a day earlier the UK’s Motorcycle News highlighted a bed and breakfast that specializes in catering to motorcyclist in that region.  How could I resist?  It was all falling into place too easily….

What did this major plan change mean?  First, I had no accommodations.  Second, I had no routes planned.  Third, while my Spanish is pobre, it exists; more than I can say for my non-existent French, Dutch, German, or Italian.   Was this a dire case of You Only Live Once?

I reasoned my way through my decision.  I can get homestays and BnB stays via AirBnB and other websites easily.  I have a GPS and know how to use it.  While knowing a language is helpful, it isn’t a requisite.  Heck, my English is suspect at best and it hasn’t stopped me from surviving.  Besides, I know sign language!

Belgium…here I come.

Waffles and Chocolate and Frites Oh My!

I navigate my way from Calais to Aalter, Belgium.  I chose Aalter because it places me on a rail line directly between Bruges and Ghent.  My plan is to leave the bike at the BnB when I visit some cities.  Taking the rail into cities means far less hassle and I don’t have to worry about the motorcycle.  Turns out to be a great decision and a philosophy I use throughout the trip.

My first rail trip into Bruges catches me off guard.  The town is gorgeous and the people are very friendly.  I come to understand some of the challenges facing the country (in political turmoil) and yet I feel at home.  It reminds me of Portland, Oregon, in many ways.

The next day I venture into Ghent and am blown away by the architecture and mix of people living a modern existence amongst century old buildings.  Every block brings a new and exciting perspective.  The vibe of the city is a mixture of fresh hope and tradition.  I end my day by skirting the edge of town and poke around some ruins.  I discover a private concert being held within the ruins and I, ahem, invite myself into the show.  Only one way to describe the evening:  magical.  This is why I travel.

ghent_concert

Riding in Belgium has been easy and pleasurable, but one element of note is to understand that sometimes (depends upon signage) motorists entering a straightaway have priority.  Sure enough, within five minutes of me riding around Aalter, a driver from a side street pulls out in front of me, and then another.  This is one oddity that will take some practice understanding.

I leave Belgium with great fondness in my heart for that country.  I meander here and there with several nights stay in France and a womble around Luxembourg before I head for Germany’s legendary Schwarzwald.

Sorcerers, Wizards, and Werewolves Await You in the Black Forest

Pension Williams

View of the Black Forest from the Pension Williams balcony.

I’m not one for mythology, but just the name Black Forest invokes a feeling of mystery.    The proprietors of Pension Williams remove any mystery regarding my accommodations.  David and Angela, a pair of British expats, make my stay comfortable.  They cater to motorcyclists and had all the amenities I could have desired, including reasonable pricing.  At one point I was ill and quarantined in my room for almost thirty hours.  They ordered  food for me and even helped me with laundry.  I could not have been treated better.  Plus, every night motorcyclists would gather in the downstairs eating area to discuss riders from earlier in the day.  We shared information and passed along some vital myth busting particulars.

In a theme that would run throughout my entire trip, fellow motorcyclists were often my guide to discovering the best about a region.  Without fail I could ask a motorcyclist about my plans and they would help direct me in ways that ended up maximizing the trip.  I am reminded constantly of the power of social networking and the generosity of motorcyclists regardless of country origin.

In specific, motorcyclists guided me to the B500, a road that carves its way, up and down, side to side through the Black Forest.  If you get a chance…strike that.  Put it on your to do list.  Make it a priority.  These roads needs you to experience them; to feel them.  My motorcycling DNA is forever altered.

B500 Germany

<In Part 5, RiderCoach Bill finds himself running from the Germans in scenes similar to the Great Escape!> <CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS

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Stacy Hodges: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month September 2014!

Stacy Hodges

Mild mannered, thoughtful, and unassuming.  On the surface, Stacy may not fit the archetype associated with the go-fast guys found at racetracks around the globe, but the mistake would be failing to go beyond the surface with Stacy.  His passion for the sport, his desire to improve his abilities, and his fearless approach to riding make him the TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month for September 2014.

We asked Stacy what challenges him most about riding motorcycles.  He pondered his six years of riding and responded in this way:

Learning how to do it right. Motorcycling can be very counterintuitive, especially in the beginning. I wish I knew about TEAM Arizona classes. I could have avoided a lot of bad habits that I had to unlearn once I started taking classes.  Now that I have started going to track days a whole new set of challenges have appeared. That’s what makes motorcycling so fun.

Stacy HodgesWe are always interested to watch the arc of a rider who comes to TEAM Arizona and is motivated to advance their skill quickly.  Stacy attended the Confident RiderCourse four years ago, then followed up with the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic and Total Control Track Clinic earlier in 2014.  We’ll be seeing his smiling face for TC Level 2 this fall.  Why would Stacy plow through the curriculum like a man possessed?  He provides us with valuable insight about his motorcycling future:

Motorcycling has a lot to offer, from off road riding, road track riding, street riding, etc. If one or more of those is your passion, don’t be afraid to do it. You are never too old to chase your dream.  My next adventure involves going to track days and getting my racing license.  It has taken me two years of preparation, but I finally feel ready to take the next step.

We are excited Stacy decided to make us part of his racing journey.  We eagerly await reports of his progress on the track and hope his story inspires some of you to take that next step!

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  Do you know someone who should be TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month?  Entering  their name is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why this rider deserves the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about yourselves!

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: MacGyver Your Ride Part II

macgyverHave you ever started a ride in an area that is nice, warm, and comfortable only to end up in a place where the temperature drops and now you’re much colder?  Considering the wind chill factor, in Arizona we can easily go from 100 degree temps to below freezing in a single two hour ride.  So what are some options to help keep us warm?  What would MacGyver do?

AVOID FEELING DOWN IN THE DUMPS

Let’s say we find ourselves in a position where our summer riding gear isn’t maintaining body temperature in the face of colder temps.  We can improvise and adapt to increase our riding comfort and safety.  Just like MacGyver, we’re going to offer our best solutions which require minimal to zero expense or access to retail gear shops.  While these options might not be the most attractive or stylish, they’ll get the job done and may cost little to nothing!

  • Shut Your Vent Holes:  Easy and free way to gain a couple degrees back.  Make sure your current riding gear is sealed as best as possible and all of your vents are shut.
  • Garbage Bags:  Yes, you read it right.  Something as simple as a wearing a garbage bag on y0ur upper body can help windproof your torso and provide heat retention (your rain gear works great too if you remembered to bring it).  How do you get a garbage bag?  Kind restaurant shop owners will provide them if you ask.  A nice person at a residence may lend one too.  Wherever there is a garbage container (e.g. gas station), there is most likely a garbage bag.  Some places store their replacement bags underneath the garbage bag in use…worse comes to worse, check it out.
  • pantyhoseShopping Bags:  Stop into a grocery store and slap a few on your feet.  This will help keep the feet warm and in some cases provide a little waterproofing.
  • Pantyhose:  As odd as it sounds, pantyhose can dramatically increase leg warmth and add another layer of insulation beneficial for getting you through that cold snap.  Don’t be shy guys; your safety depends on it!
  • Create Insulation Barrier:  Much like homes use some form of insulation to help stop the transfer of heat from the inside to the outside, we can also insulate our bodies from the temperature sapping wind.  We give thumbs up to crumpled newspaper as air gets trapped in small pockets and prevents the air from circulating between the warm body heat and the outside layer.  In the absence of newspaper, cardboard, foam, pillows, shopping bags, and polystyrene all make decent insulators.
  • Rubber Bands/Duct Tape:  MacGyver wasn’t shy about using duct tape and rubber bands, and neither should we!  We can use rubber bands or duct tape to close areas of apparel that may be giving the cold air access to our bodies.  Exposed skin can lead to frostbite, so make sure none of our skin is directly affected by the cold air.  Exposed zippers?  Duct tape might be used for covering them.
  • Latex Gloves:  In our August 2014 newsletter, we discussed how to keep your hands warm.

WHAT IS AT STAKE?

cold-bikesYou.  We can’t make it any more simple.  Hypothermia is a real threat.  It can cause confusion, sluggish motor activity, poor muscle coordination, and incoherent behavior.  If there is doubt, then THERE IS NO DOUBT.  If you experience any of these symptoms, pull over immediately and give your body a chance to warm up.  In extreme situations, stop riding.

Do you have any interesting ways for staying warm when the riding gets unexpectedly cold?  We’d love to hear about your solutions.  Visit us on Facebook and tell us your ideas!

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LIMITED TIME OFFER! Rider Training Scholarships

AMSAF rider training scholarship

In an exciting announcement at the end of July, the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) announced that it would make available scholarships for rider training to all residents of Arizona.  This is groundbreaking news for motorcyclists in Arizona.  Rider training scholarships have never been provided on this scale and with the support of so many safety organizations within Arizona.

The funding comes from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) and from the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC).  A mix of Federal and State grant funds directed to AMSAF make this all possible.  It is a pilot program that will be analyzed heavily to see if this scholarship model could be rolled out on a national level.

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This program would not have come to fruition if it weren’t for the efforts of AMSAF Chairman Mick Degn and Director of AZGOHS Alberto Gutier.  The motorcycling community will be greatly improved thanks to the efforts of these visionary individuals.

Currently, every rider training program in Arizona, including TEAM Arizona, is participating in this program.  If you know someone who as been riding without a motorcycle endorsement or is looking to ride a motorcycle legally on the roadway, obtaining training is necessary first step.  The AMSAF rider training scholarship is the most cost-effective way to obtain that training.

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Kelly’s Korner: Riding Changes Everything

Kelly Teal

Kelly Teal BeforeI am such a different person compared to when I decided to start riding. And you are not the same, either. You’re better. More fulfilled, more confident, open to more life. That’s all true for me. I look back at who I was seven years ago and almost don’t recognize myself in that woman. I certainly looked different — fat; drab clothes; unkempt, over-dyed hair — but the inside was in even worse shape. I lacked confidence, assertiveness, direction and, in many areas, hope.

That all has changed. Other resources in life also have helped me to become who I am today, but the whole journey started one early-summer evening on the back of my husband’s bike. That night, I understood that relying on other people would keep me bored and stunted. My husband had asked me for years whether I was interested in riding and my response each time was that it wasn’t for me. My (screwed-up) thinking? I wasn’t the adventurous type, I didn’t trust myself, I was afraid to try something out of my comfort zone. That night, though, something broke. I was tired of the confines I had constructed around myself, and I saw riding as a way to start busting through those walls.

Kelly_NewOf course, I had no clue how much riding would impact my life. There’s too much to describe so let’s go with this: Riding has led to unexpected friendships, experiences, sights, frustrations, answers, philosophies, epiphanies and pursuits. My life is bigger, if that makes sense, because riding creates ripple effects. For instance, choosing to ride boosted my confidence. It gave me the capacity to take on other challenges in my life and make necessary changes. As one example, I’m a CrossFit nut and coach. This from a lifelong non-athlete. There are other, more important evolutions that have taken place as well. The takeaway is that I like myself at last, and helping other people is important to me; I finally feel I have something positive to share.

Riding changes everything. Whether you’ve fallen as low as I had by the time I started riding doesn’t matter. What matters is taking stock of how far you’ve come and being grateful for where you are right now. So, how are you different? What unexpected changes have you experienced? What hoped-for changes has riding brought about in your life? Most of all, what’s next? Keep in touch with me at kellyteal13@gmail.com.

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