Tucson Motorcycle Movie Exclusive: On Any Sunday The Next Chapter!

HEY TUCSON!  Here is your chance to watch the highly acclaimed “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” with 80 of your closest motorcycling friends.  Spread the word and tell your motorcycling buddies about this AWESOME event.

TEAM Arizona will be providing several cool giveaways in support of the viewing, including:

  • On Any Sunday Movie Poster (Framed)
  • Rider Training Gift Certificates
  • T-Shirts

HURRY!  This movie viewing will only happen if enough people buy tickets to support the event.  To buy your tickets for this EXCLUSIVE event, click the image below!

On Any Sunday Tucson

 

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Law Tigers Goes BIG for Kids!

LT_ML_horzThe Law Tiger’s, America’s Motorcycle Injury Lawyers and long-time TEAM Arizona sponsor, supports events all across Arizona.  This past Holiday Season, they were the proud sponsors of many Toy Runs around the state.

Law Tigers Toy RunIn particular, Law Tigers sponsored the Renegade Classics 4th Annual Toy Run that brought out 900 riders and participants in Tucson, Arizona. An estimated 1,200 toys were collected just from this one run, with over 50 bicycles alone. There were some very happy Arizona children this Holiday Season!

Law Tigers hopes everyone had a wonderful and safe end to 2014.  Look for more exciting news coming from them in 2015!

 

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Kelly’s Korner: Seeking the Beginner’s Mind for 2015

Kelly's Korner

My New Year’s Resolution? No Resolutions, Just One Riding Goal

‘Tis my least favorite part of the holidays: The season for resolutions.

The whole “I resolve to…” line of thinking is fraught with failure. Too often, we expect resolutions to inspire immediate results and, when that doesn’t happen, we give up and return to old behaviors that don’t serve us. So let’s eschew the resolutions trap and focus instead on goals — scratch that, a goal. When it comes to your riding, I challenge you to take just ONE aspect and make it better than ever in 2015.

Here are some ideas:

  • Become more knowledgeable about how your bike works by taking a class and/or reading a manual;
  • Beef up a particular skill such as cornering by taking a class and /or riding with people who can provide feedback and instruction;
  • Map out a major road trip or two for the year;
  • Ride on the track, whether to pursue racing or to improve your technique, or both;
  • Get in shape so your riding experience becomes more enjoyable.

For me, it’s simple: I will be focusing on the basics (I see “basics” as a single pursuit). I’ve been riding long enough that it’s time to go back to the beginning, to identify and redirect any poor habits I’ve formed before they become too ingrained, and to work on the core skills — especially hard stops and swerving — that could save my life. I’ve spent the past year concentrating mostly on dirt and track riding, which has allowed my street skills to deteriorate somewhat.

Child's MindAs I consider this goal — and as you look ahead to yours — it will be crucial to bring an open mind to the experience. Zen masters like to call this “Beginner’s Mind” or “Child’s Mind.” I value that approach. However, I also see how it would be useful to consider my personal experience — not so I can resist information, but so I can compare what I have been doing to what I am being told to do. As true beginners, we don’t have a starting point for comparison. I want to make the most of the riding lessons I’ve learned so far by setting my habits alongside new data so I can decide what makes sense to change and what does not.

Give the matter some thought. Define one area that feels right to address in your riding this year, and then figure out the specific steps you must take to reach the goal. For example, my goal requires that I secure some one-on-one training time with a riding instructor, and then get out on my street bike more often to practice.

What are your plans? I’d love to hear what one aspect of your riding you’re going to make better than ever in 2015.

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: Top 10 Motorcycling Must Do’s for 2015

This recent Holiday Season we took a moment to reflect on the previous year and to prepare for the upcoming year.  Folks, 2015 looks great.  Why?  We decided to compile a list of the Top 10 Motorcycling Must Do’s for 2015 and promise to give it our best shot to complete them all!  Will you join us in that endeavor?

10.  Watch a Motorcycle Movie

On Any Sunday TucsonThere are a lot of great titles available for viewing.  We are particularly excited about our EXCLUSIVE movie events for On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (Phoenix or Tucson).  If you can’t make one of those, may we recommend one of the following?

  • On Any Sunday (the original)
  • Why We Ride
  • The World’s Fastest Indian
  • Long Way Round
  • Easy Rider
  • Closer to the Edge
  • Faster
  • Cycles South

This list is just the tip of the iceberg, so grab some popcorn and start watching!

9.  Commute on Your Motorcycle For An Entire Week

Sound simple enough, right?  For those of us with button down, white collar jobs, making this commitment may take some planning, effort, and a bit of explaining to our fellow co-workers.  It will all be worth it; especially if you get to use the HOV!

For the rest of us?  Keep on, keepin’ on!

8.  Join the American Motorcyclist Association

Join AMANo group in America works harder to protect your rights as a motorcyclist.  Your membership not only supports their efforts, but will net you some OUTSTANDING benefits as a motorcyclist.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN!

7.  Take A Rider Training Course

Did you really think we’d make a TOP TEN list without this?  Yes, even RiderCoaches need to take training on an on-going basis; in fact, it is a requirement by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

So, when was the last time you practiced swerving to avoid a hazard?  Emergency braking?  If it has been more than a couple years, may we recommend the Confident RiderCourse?

Have you been riding for several years?  Do you put 3-5000 miles on your motorcycle per year?  The Advanced Riding Techniques course might be right for you!

Do you want to have complete mastery of your machine?  The Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic is right up your alley.

Regardless of your skill level, type of motorcycle, or riding experience, make it your mission to advance your skills this year.

6.  Ride a Motorcycle That is New to YOU!

Indian ScoutWe can’t thank motorcycle manufacturers enough for the depth and breadth of motorcycles available today.  If you can’t find one that works well for you, then you’re not looking hard enough!

Our recommendation?  Get out and ride as many as you can.  How?  Local dealerships often have demo motorcycles available for you to try out.  Major events often bring manufacturer demo trucks.  Arizona Bike Week is a popular place to try a motorcycle that is new to you.

Who wouldn’t love gaining experience on a motorcycle that you don’t have to maintain or gas up?!

5.  Go to a Motorcycle Specific Event

Don’t be shy!  Get out and mingle with the rest of the two-wheeled lovers.  There are plenty of opportunities to gawk, drool, and bask in the greatness that is motorcycling.  If you’re not sure where to go, you can also check our EVENTS page on our web site.  Otherwise, here’s a short list (can you name any more?):

There are great resources on the web, like the Phoenix Bike Nights app, that can keep you in touch with all the latest and greatest events that will be popping up around Arizona.

4.  Read a Motorcycle Based Book

Lee Parks Total ControlReading.  Does anybody do it anymore?  We do and think there are some great reads awaiting you should you decide to pick up on or two from this list:

There are a ton of motorcycle oriented books to read; these are just a few of our favorites.  On our list?  One Man Caravan by Robert Fulton.

3.  Plan and Ride a Day Trip to Somewhere You’ve Never Been

We like to refer to these days as “squiggly line on a map day”.  Pick an area of the state where you’ve never been, find the most convoluted, twisted route, and make it happen!

2.  Tell Someone about Rider Training; It May Save Their Life

We do our best to make sure people are informed and know about our services.  Ultimately, the most powerful way to spread the message is for YOU to share your experience with those folks looking to start a new life on two wheels.  Will you make it a point to help us spread the word about the benefits of rider training?

Coronado Trail1.  Ride the Coronado Trail

Does perfection exist?  We know it doesn’t, but we’re almost fooled when we tip our motorcycles into the first curve of 150 miles of pure bliss.  We have to physically remove the smiles from our face.  And when we do?  We ride it AGAIN!

HAPPY 2015

So that’s it folks.  That’s our Must Do List for 2015.  Would you add anything?  Subtract anything?  Let us know why; join the discussion on our Facebook page.  Have a happy, safe 2015!

Marvin Wyrick: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month January 2015!

Marvin Wyrick

Our TEAM Arizona Bike Night brings riders out from all over the Valley.  From Buckeye to San Tan, riders flock to our Bike Night on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  The riders who show up vary from month to month, but we bet on a few familiar faces showing up for sure.  Marvin Wyrick is one of those “usual “suspects”.  In the last two years, we’d be willing to bet Marvin has a perfect attendance.  For this reason, we celebrate Marvin as our first Rider of the Month for 2015!

Marvin’s connection to riding is a very personal one.  His love for riding started at age nine (9) when his grandfather purchased a mini bike for him.  With a generous gift like that, how could riding not be in the blood?

We’ve seen Marvin over the years show up on different motorcycles.  Each one receives his love and care as he nurses them into healthier states than which he acquired them.  Recently, however, a new ride made its way into Marvin’s stable.  He can now owns the red beauty in the picture above; a 2014 Kawasaki Concours 1400.  We are excited Marvin was able to make the purchase.  We know it is cherished and receives only the best treatment!

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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Red Bull Media House Partners With TEAM Arizona for On Any Sunday Movie Events

TEAMARIZONA_On_Any_Sunday_PromoTEAM Arizona is excited to partner with Red Bull Media House to host several On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter movie events.

For those of you familiar with the original iconic On Any Sunday film, you know the impact the movie had on a generation of motorcyclists.

If this stunning movie trailer is any indication about the quality of the film, then we’re all in for a real treat.  This movie may be catalyst for a future generation of riders, and you have an opportunity to be a part of it!

At the event we will be providing some outstanding giveaways including framed movie posters, shirts, and riding courses from TEAM Arizona.

SEATING IS LIMITED AND THESE EVENTS ARE SURE TO SELL OUT!  Purchase your tickets as soon as they become available.  They can be purchased online through these links:

ON ANY SUNDAY: NEXT CHAPTER – SCOTTSDALE, AZ

(Tickets On Sale NOW)

ON ANY SUNDAY: NEXT CHAPTER – TUCSON, AZ

(Tucson Tickets Go On Sale December 19, 2014 at 12am)

We look forward to going on this adventure with all of you!

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: Engine Braking Pros and Cons

We come across this question quite often from course participants in our Basic RiderCourse and from some of our more advanced courses too.  The question is, “When I need to slow my motorcycle down, should I just use brakes or should I allow the engine to  help slow me down?”

In essence, the person is asking us whether or not they should use engine braking.  Generally, folks seem surprised by the answer.

ENGINE BRAKING DEFINED

slipper clutchBefore we get too far ahead of ourselves, we should first define engine braking.  Engine braking occurs when the retarding forces within an engine are used to slow a vehicle down, as opposed to using an additional external braking mechanisms such as friction brakes.  It can be as simple as just rolling off the throttle.  Often times, when switching from a higher gear to a lower gear a rider can obtain a slowing effect more so than just rolling off the throttle.

We should note that there isn’t a right or wrong; rather, it comes down to preference and what you think is safest.

ENGINE BRAKING PROS

CONNECTEDNESS:  When performed properly (NOTE THIS HUGE CAVEAT), engine braking can be an effective way to slow you and your motorcycle.  Some riders find engine braking a better way to slow their vehicle because they feel more connected to the motorcycle and how the power is being delivered to the rear wheel.

PROPER GEAR FOR HAZARD AVOIDANCE:  By downshifting and releasing the clutch as we slow from a higher gear to a lower gear, we can better place ourselves in the appropriate gear for our speed should we need to perform a hazard avoidance maneuver or to be able to quickly accelerate out of a poor situation.  If we were to remain in a higher gear, the bike might lug, and we may not be able to accelerate as quick.

ENGINE BRAKING CONS

rear wheel lock upSAFETY CONCERNS:  For entry level riders, the process of engine braking while downshifting from higher to lower gears may be problematic.  In extreme examples when going from a higher gear to a lower gear under high engine RPMs,  we can lock up the rear tire creating a skid, cause damage to the gearbox, and possibly wear out the clutch and transmission prematurely.  Therefore, engine braking is a skill that should be developed gradually and over time.  Matching our gears to road speed is something we can work on our entire riding careers.

New technology found often in sport bikes can help prevent rear wheel lock up.  It is called a slipper clutch actually “slips” when the rear wheel tries to drive the engine faster than it would run under its own power.  Racers have benefitted immensely from this technology as rear wheel lockups often created very dangerous high side crashes.  If you want to increase your safety, you may want to consider a vehicle with a slipper clutch.

In Total Control Level 2 we work on performance shifting which includes “blipping” the throttle on downshift to help match the engine speed to road speed.  This technique is not something we discuss with entry level riders because much of their mental bandwidth is being used for other motor skill activities.

brake lightsBRAKE LIGHTS:  Engine braking may be effective for the rider, but motorists behind us might not be able to discern if we are slowing or not.  If you choose to employ engine braking for slowing, make sure to tap the front brake lever or rear brake pedal to communicate your intention to motorists around you.

THIS IS AN “AND” WORLD

Ultimately, it is up to us to decide if we want to integrate as part of slowing process.  Can we use just our brakes only?  Sure.  The old adage it is cheaper to replace brake pads than clutches or transmissions has some inherent wisdom.

If we are seeking a higher proficiency with our vehicle, then using both methods makes sense.  We highly recommend integrating both using both brakes of your motorcycle in conjunction with engine braking.  The more tuned these processes are, the more likely we are to use them correctly when a hazardous situation presents itself.  The beauty is that to practice these techniques all we have to do is get out and RIDE!

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Kelly’s Korner: Keep Calm and Karate Chop The Ego

Karate ChopFear. It has to be the most crippling emotion we humans experience. Certainly nothing has held me back in life as much as my own fears. That’s why deciding to learn to ride dealt a metaphorical karate chop to the deep-seated messages I had chosen to believe during the formative years about who I am and what I’m capable of doing. It also created new, terrifying and thrilling misgivings about change, about discovering who I could be, and knowing nothing about bikes. In fear lies possibility.

I think — and I could be wrong, but bear with me — that on average, women tend to internalize such fears more than most men. After all, many of us were not raised among bikes and were discouraged from pursuing “boys’ activities” in our childhood years. No matter who we are, though, when we choose to get on a machine that we don’t yet understand but know could kill us, and when we find ourselves surrounded by people whom we assume to be more accomplished and knowledgeable than we’ll ever be, we let fear keep our mouths shut. We have so many questions we want to ask, but we are scared of looking ridiculous in front of a group. We don’t want to risk being laughed at or chided. And so we cave to fear, even though we know that doing so only hurts our progress.

Where does fear originate and where does it thrive?  Using the triune brain model, fear and ego reside within the limbic system of our brains.  Ego is tricky. It’s a messy combination of self-preservation and conflated sense of self, with something useful in the middle. In the extremes, ego presents a person who does nothing with her life because she’s so afraid, or it creates the selfie-obsessed narcissist who can do no wrong. Sometimes, ego and fear save our lives but they are, for the most part, deterrents to self-discovery.

Karate Chop RiderThe good news is, if we stay aware of the ways ego and fear can affect us in the extremes, we are freed to seek balance in the middle. And riding, which is called “the lazy woman’s Zen” for good reason, provides an ideal vehicle for seeking that balance. How? By applying the lessons we learn on a bike to our day-to-day lives. You can draw endless parallels between riding and life. For example, a while back, I realized that in life, just as in riding, I go where I look. And there’s so much more — about physical and mental capacity. About how we react to unexpected situations. About how we treat ourselves and other people. About remaining teachable. About karate chopping fears.

Becoming an ever-better rider requires willingness to push ego aside so we can learn and absorb something new. This is part of why the simple act of a novice climbing on a strange little bike, alongside twenty other people taking the same step, starts to break down the barrier that ego has built. After putting in the hard work of breaking down the ego barrier, the danger becomes not falling prey to the assumption that as we grow more proficient on a bike, we should know the answers to our questions or, worse, not have any more questions.  Just because we’ve taken a Basic RiderCourse, does that make asking questions any less appropriate?  Of course not.

female_riding_fear_smallHowever, sometimes it feels like it would be easier to tell ourselves to keep quiet, we’ll Google the answer later or pull someone aside in private, rather than feel bare, exposed, possibly dumb, before other people. In reality, taking any of those routes is a letdown because we’re allowing ego and fear to control our behavior. Look at question-asking this way: You’re helping me to become a better rider. I’m helping you. In my experience, people are asking questions I hadn’t even thought of and that I now desperately want answered.

Remember, fear is not real. It feels real yet it exists only in our own minds. If we want to be better motorcyclists, we have to move beyond our ego, push back on our fears, and open our minds and our mouths.  You can even start by asking me.  Send your questions to kellyteal13@gmail.com  

No ego involved, I promise!

Kelly Teal Signature

 

 

 

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Polly Moland: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month December 2014!

Polly MolandTwenty two years.  That’s how long it has been since Polly Moland completed her Basic RiderCourse.  Yep, twenty two years and three motorcycles later, we welcome her as TEAM Arizona’s December 2014 Rider of the Month!

Currently, Polly rides a 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster.  She loves getting away, going for long rides, and enjoys the scenery in Arizona.  Her advice to other riders?  Take your time, slow your actions, and try not to be concerned with keeping up with more advanced riders.

hwy-87smallWhen she’s taking her favorite day ride from Queen Creek to Strawberry, she does her best to stop and smell the roses along the way.  Polly finds motorcycling to be a relaxing and peaceful pursuit.

We’re right there with you Polly.  There’s nothing like a day in the saddle to make the cares of the world slip away.  Especially when the twists and turns of Highway 87 are awaiting us.  Here’s to Polly!

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 To Present Riding Seminars at IMS Phoenix

International Motorcycle Show Phoenix

TEAM Arizona is excited to provide, for the second year in a row, rider education seminars on not one, but TWO big stages at the Phoenix International Motorcycle Show.

This year, TEAM Arizona will present the following topics:

  • Lane Positioning:  Are you where you need to be to save your life?
  • Group Riding:  Get the inside scoop on how to ride in a group to maximize your FUN!

Each presentation will be between 30-45 minutes and will have interactive portions to engage all attendees.  The seminars are FREE (included in the ticket price).

Lane Positioning on the Progressive Stage:
Saturday at 2:00pm
Sunday at 12:30pm
Group Riding on the Eaglerider Stage:
Friday at 4:30pm
Saturday at 12:30pm

To get your one-day tickets with a 25% discount, CLICK HERE.

If, for whatever reason, the page doesn’t show the discount, just enter this code:  FACEBOOK15

Stop by the booth and say hello.  We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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