LIMITED TIME OFFER! Rider Training Scholarships for 2016

AMSAF rider training scholarship

The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) is starting off 2016 with a HUGE announcement.  Rider training scholarships are now available to all residents of Arizona!  The county where you live determines WHEN you can apply for the scholarship.  A simple $100 donation gets the applicant access to the Basic RiderCourse ($300 value).  The course enables participants to learn how to ride and get their motorcycle license without testing at Arizona Motor Vehicles Department (MVD).

Applications open for the FIRST MONDAY of each month for:

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Applications open for the THIRD MONDAY of each month for:

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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.

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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Law Tigers Laughlin River Run 2016 Sweepstakes

Law Tigers Laughlin River Run 2016

Laughlin, Nevada: Law Tigers, the most-trusted name in motorcycle accident legal representation, presents the “Ride to the River Sweepstakes”.

The Laughlin River Run is a popular, annual rally that can draw up to 45 000 motorcycle riders from all over the USA and from around the globe. The rally began in 1983 when Harley-Davidson dealer Dale Marschke decided he wanted to invite his customers out for a fun weekend ride. The event took off in popularity and is one of the bigger rallies in the US.

The Law Tigers want to send you to Laughlin, Nevada

“We’re looking to send one lucky winner to the Laughlin River Run in style.” Ari Levenbaum, Vice President of Marketing and Operations.

One lucky winner will win a prize package worth over $3500.00. including 4 nights at the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino, 4 day motorcycle rental from EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals, a gift card from Southwest Airlines up to $1000.00, concert tickets for 2 and $1000 cash.

The Ride to the River Sweepstakes contest runs until March 31, 2016. Winner will be announced Friday April 1, 2016 in a random drawing. They will have 24 hours to respond to e-mail notification—if they don’t respond, a new winner will be drawn.

The Law Tigers ‘Ride to the River Sweepstakes would not be possible without the generous support of Dal Con Promotions, the Laughlin River Run, the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino and Eaglerider Motorcycle Rentals & Tours.

To Enter the Ride to the River Sweepstakes go to http://www.lawtigers.com/page/contests.php

The Law Tigers, Official Attorney Sponsors of the Laughlin River Run, are relentless advocates of injured motorcyclists across the United States. As motorcyclists, they understand bikes, bikers, and motorcycle injury law. Their handpicked group of motorcycle attorneys have helped thousands of injured riders obtain the compensation they deserve after being injured in a motorcycle crash.

To learn more about the Law Tigers visit us online at www.lawtigers.com or call now 1-800-529-8443

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: 5 Mistakes Experienced Riders Make

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The author got it wrong at Danny Walker American Supercamp.

Experienced riders don’t mean to do it.  Being complacent.  Making mistakes.  It “just happens” we tell ourselves.  But does it have to happen?  Not really.

After spending more than 20 years and approximately 300,000 miles on the road in multiple countries, this “experienced” motorcyclist has committed every mistake on the list.  We can chalk it up to complacency, over confidence, or a complete and utter lack of awareness.  I know you’re probably thinking…aren’t you a coach?  Aren’t you supposed to stay on top of this stuff?  Aren’t you supposed to ride without making mistakes? I wish it were that simple.  I’m human.  I make mistakes.  Hopefully I can assist others by sharing my blunders–and fixes for those blunders.

EXPERIENCED RIDER DEFINED

Old motorcycle riderWhat is the definition of an experienced rider?  I’m sure you’ll answer that in your own way.  If you’re reading this article, I’m betting the majority of you think you’re an experienced rider.  Welcome; I hope you find this informative and valuable.  Or maybe you’re someone well on their way to being an experienced rider who wants to avoid the pitfalls that plagued us grizzly veterans.  I commend your proactive efforts.  So let’s just agree the term experienced rider applies to all of us.

In this piece we’ll provide a list of the 5 Mistakes Experienced Riders Make and we’ll define each mistake.  In following articles, we’ll examine each piece individually and determine how we can reduce the risk of making each of these mistakes.

5 MISTAKES EXPERIENCED RIDERS MAKE

  1. Improper Use of Vision
    1. Vision is the most critical skill we can develop for riding a motorcycle.  The two most critical locations on the road where we make mistakes are at intersections and when we’re cornering.
  2. Failing to Predict Danger (Situational Awareness)
    1. Our brains are constantly analyzing trends in an effort to make predictions.  The brain performs this function in an effort to predict danger and maximize our self preservation.  Predicting danger within our environment means we need to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to survive our ride.
  3. Motorcycle Protective GearOverestimate Riding Abilities (Riding Within Limits)
    1. To be successful riders, we’ll need to be able to understand the difference between the risks we are taking and the skills we actually possess.  Long story short:  know your risk offset.  The Advanced Riding Techniques course is a great place to learn about your risk offset.
  4. Underestimate Effects of Aging
    1. We spend billions of dollars in this country to try to stop and even reverse the effects of aging.  If we misunderstand the effect aging is having on our ride, we can unwittingly add risk to our ride.
  5. Accepting More Risk Through Less Riding Gear
    1. Personal protective equipment designed for motorcycling is necessary to reduce our risk and increase riding enjoyment.  The less we wear, the more we increase our risk.

That’s the list folks. It isn’t a list of ALL the mistakes experienced riders make, but they’re at the core of most experienced rider crashes.  Even though the list is short, there is a lot of knowledge to be culled by looking at each item individually.  Are you ready to go down this rabbit hole with me?

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Bill Seltzer TEAM ArizonaBill Seltzer has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2003 and a Total Control Advanced Riding Instructor since 2011.  He currently serves as the Marketing Director for TEAM Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Planning committee.  Have questions or comments about the article?  Email him: Bill@MotorcycleTraining.com

Chelie Lacrosse: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month February 2016!

Chelie Lacrosse

Chelie posing with her trusty steed (Ducati Multistrada) at Bartlett Lake.

We often use the word passion when we talk about our Riders of the Month.  We could use it again this month, but we don’t think it is enough.  When we heard Chelie’s story we were instantly hooked.  We think you’ll be hooked, too, which is why she’s our Rider of the Month for February 2016.

What is your story, Chelie?

A few years ago, I drove to Sedona to meet a friend for breakfast. He suggested we go up to Jerome, and I followed him in my car while he, of course, rode. There were so many riders – the weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtaking. I knew at that moment I wanted my own two wheels. Three months later I signed up through TEAM Arizona to get my endorsement. I was the oldest person in the class and as hard as it is to admit – the very worse. My instructors and classmates were so encouraging, and although I didn’t walk out feeling 100% confident … I had a license to ride! That was 3 years and 4 bikes ago. I haven’t looked back and I thank TEAM Arizona every step of the way. I have taken advantage of their advanced riding classes and with each new bike: one-on-one individual training with a private instructor.

Chelie Lacrosse MultistradaWhat is your favorite thing about riding?

Freedom has been said so many times. But as a woman rider, freedom means so much more. It is being in control, feeling confident, turning off all the daily noise, and having the time to really listen to my own thoughts. I also like being a trailblazer for other women. I love it when a little girl in the backseat of a SUV smiles, waves and gives me a thumbs up!

What do you want to accomplish with motorcycling?

Keep learning and leaning. I enjoy all types of riding and want to continue to expand my horizons. My first bike was a 620 Ducati Multistrada. I purchased it from a 70+ year old man who had more than 30K miles, many states and a trip through Mexico and South America on it. He had taken such great care and shared some great stories. He was happy to sell it to a newbie. Five thousand miles later, I upgraded to a new and much larger, so I thought, Monster 696 and quickly put on 10K miles. Now I alternate between my MV Agusta F4 and a new dual purpose Ducati Multistrada 1200. There will be a cross country ride in my future. Either up the coast to Vancouver or cross country to New England.

What would you tell your 20 year old self if you could?

Be grateful you started riding at 55. I know my 20 year old self wouldn’t have taken this sport as seriously or be nearly as safety conscious.    Starting later in life is truly a life decision; everything is thought out, what size and type bike, proper gear, gloves, helmet and who you ride or won’t ride with. Although I’d like to have those extra years to explore more open roads – I really appreciate the ones I was able to experience today!  My favorite ride is still that ride from Sedona up to Jerome for breakfast – and then the twisties down Mingus Mountain!

Trailblazer.  Role Model.  Road Warrior.  See?  We told ya you’d be hooked!

Please join us in welcoming Chelie Lacrosse as our latest Rider of the Month.  And if you see a red blur zip past you on Mingus Mountain give Chelie a wave!

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: New Lease On Life Means Bikes Go On Lockdown

Moving stinksIn my last column, I shared my excitement about moving out of Maricopa after 13 years and into Tempe. We were indeed able to make that transition on Christmas Eve and what a fun month it has been … well, after I got over that horrible flu everyone has caught, which I apparently passed it on to one of my friends (another insists I gave it to him, too, but I would like to note the total absence of intestinal distress when I was ill. That guy just needs to quit eating terrible food.).  editor:  No…no I won’t.

Living in civilization again is incredible. It’s hard to explain how good I feel being in close proximity to beautiful parks, good grocery stores, diverse restaurants options and fun activities. Our choices no longer are limited and, in some ways, I’m still wrapping my head around that. Overall, our quality of life has soared and I think we could not be more grateful. For a long time, I didn’t understand the importance of living where you love. I really, really, really get that after these many years so far away from the amenities I value. Location makes all the difference.

Now, neither of us loves the actual four walls surrounding us right now – 800 square feet of cheap, third-floor apartment and no yard for the dogs. However, we do love the area and if all goes as hoped, we will close on our next home on Feb. 22 and kick off years of enjoyment living near the 101 and Baseline in the cutest house on the planet. In the meantime, as we try to maintain our sanity sharing such little space among four creatures, we also have our motorcycle lives to consider. Our riding has decreased these past five weeks. Part of that stemmed from my being sick and T working in Ohio. Another part is that we often take the dogs in the car during errands to help keep them from going stir-crazy. And another factor is that we live so close to work – 1.3 miles.Kelly and Hinckley Street Triple That’s great for walking and fast driving access, but not so great for the bikes. Turns out, they actually need to go about five miles each time we ride to get the benefits of engine lubrication and warmed-up tires. If we get the house we’re in the process of buying, we’ll live a little less than six miles from work. How’s that for motorcycle serendipity? Still, adding to the stress that comes from house-buying, I’m compounding it by feeling guilty that I’m not giving my Hinckley the attention and mileage he deserves.

Another stress comes from simply living in an apartment complex. T and I rented in a sketchy complex in Mesa years ago (no bikes then) and had some pretty interesting times as a result:

  • A known Neo Nazi (whose name I dare not disclose here) stole my ancient – white, naturally – Honda Prelude. He outfitted the gear shift with a skull design and filled the trunk with mix tapes of love songs. Such a paradox, that guy. I got the car back. It reeked of body odor. I didn’t keep it for long.
  • Someone broke into our poor Isuzu Amigo to steal a radio that wasn’t there … twice.
  • The cops would come by our unit and tell us to keep our windows closed.
  • The police helicopters spotlighted our complex many a time amid apparent domestic violence, several incidents of which I reported to 911.
  • T wouldn’t let me do the laundry because of the gangs and drug addicts. Once he forgot a book to read while in the laundry room. He was gone for maybe five minutes. As he walked back in, a strung-out chick was carrying away all our wet, soapy clothes.
  • The neighbors had a regular, um, schedule … I was awakened at 2 a.m. every Wednesday, if you know what I’m saying.
Motorcycle Cover

And we opted for the affordable Nelson-Rigg deluxe covers. They do the trick.

Thus, with those memories still foremost in our minds, we moved into this apartment in Tempe with a jaded view of what might happen. As such, we may have gone a tad overboard in securing the two motorcycles we didn’t put in storage.

  • We rent a covered parking spot visible from our apartment;
  • We secure the wheels with cable locks that wrap around the cemented-in parking post;
  • We add stupid-sensitive alarm disc brake locks that scream extremely shrill opinions (to the tune of 120 decibels, to be exact) if you don’t insert the key into the lock just right; and
  • We use covers that make discerning the bike underneath a bit difficult.

I guess the real test is the results and, knock on wood, so far so good. The only people who have set off the alarms are T and me.

Xena alarm lock

We bought the XENA brand of alarmed disc brake lock.

The drawback to this setup? It is a pain in the you-know-what to uncover, unlock, unlock again, store locks and covers and then, upon return, wait for the exhaust to cool, then lock, cover and lock with the alarm. I cannot wait to have a garage again. (I know – I get what I want, quality of life in a great city, and here I am complaining about a minor problem. Ha! Oh humanity.)

Again, though, all is well to this point – with the bikes and with the apartment complex. On that note, our car remains where we park it, stereo intact. Cop activity is low; there have been no ghetto birds. I haven’t yet had to call 911 to report nearby domestic violence. We have a washer and dryer in our unit and, therefore, possession of all of our clothes.

And if the neighbors have a schedule, we can’t hear it.
Kelly Teal Signature(Tell me how you protect your bike in less-than-ideal conditions. And I really hope I’ll be writing my next column for you from my adorable backyard!)

 

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Harley-Davidson American Heroes RIDE FREE

Harley Davidson American Heroes Ride Free

Harley-Davidson is starting 2016 with an amazing offer for our American Heroes.  They’ve given TEAM Arizona APPROVED THIRD-PARTY STATUS so we are able to participate to help our heroes.  Do you, or someone you know, fit this description? Share this web page with them today!

  • Current US Military Personnel
  • Former US Military Personnel
  • Current/Former First Responders (Law enforcement, border patrol, fire, EMS)

If so, you have an opportunity to take a TEAM Arizona Basic RiderCourse under these terms:

Qualified participants will be eligible to receive a Harley-Davidson™ Gift Card in an amount equal to the value of a course offered at an authorized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) or other state accredited riding school, upon proof of completion of a basic motorcycle riding course and a receipt.

All classes must be completed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Dealer participation may vary, class availability subject to limitation and available on first-come, first-served basis.

To take advantage of either offer, we recommend visiting or calling the Harley-Davidson dealership closest to you!

NOTE:  You must have approval from Harley-Davidson BEFORE you take the course; the program is not retroactive.

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TEAM Arizona Partners with Desert Road Racing Organization

Hot diggity!  TEAM Arizona is already on fire and the first month of 2016 has barely started!

For several years TEAM Arizona partnered with Desert Road Racing Organization (DRRO) to sponsor a class in their race series.  This year, we’re taking that relationship one step farther by offering a unique training opportunity currently not available anywhere else in Arizona!

TEAM ARIZONA EXCLUSIVE TRACK DAY PACKAGE – 3 Day

This package is for the motorcycle enthusiast who wants to gain total control of their motorcycle by first learning some advanced techniques in a controlled training range before making their way onto a closed road course.  It is an easy, convenient way to transition your way from street riding to performance road course riding.  Here’s what it includes:

  • TEAM Arizona EXCLUSIVE Track Day Training Package – 3 Day
    • Day 1: Total Control Level 1 
      • Knee DraggingThe following topics and more will be addressed:
        • Learn the “10 Steps to Proper Cornering”
        • Advanced mental strategies for riding and techniques for dealing with fear
        • How to manage available traction with confidence
      • 2/27/2016; 7am to 5pm
      • TEAM Arizona Gilbert Headquarters
    • Day 2: Suspension Setup and Track Day Preparations

      • The following topics and more will be addressed:
        • Formal suspension clinic; how motorcycle suspension works and how to make adjustments
        • We will perform suspension sag measurements for EVERY participant and make adjustments (when possible)
        • We will cover preparations for the day on the closed road close (track day), which include, but are not limited to:
          • Road course etiquette
          • Road course layout
          • Motorcycle preparation
          • Rider preparation
          • Track Day Schedule Overview
      • 2/28/2016; 7am to noon
      • TEAM Arizona Gilbert Headquarters
    • Day 3: Closed Road Course (Track Day) – VERY LOW DRRO instructor to participant ratio
      • The following elements and more will be addressed:
        • Motorcycle Technical Inspection
        • Riders Meeting
        • Real-time, on-the-track layout review of key reference points
        • On-the-track lead/follows with instructors
        • On-the-track training with instructors
        • Free track time for personal improvement
      • 3/5/2016; 6:30am to 3:00pm
      • Wild Horse Pass West Closed Road Course
    • Price: $595
    • NOTES:  Cruisers or touring motorcycles are not permitted for this training.  All other motorcycle owners are invited to register.

SIGN UP HERE:

TEAM Arizona Total Control and Track Day Package

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TEAM ARIZONA PREFERRED TRACK DAY PACKAGE – 2 DAY

Have you already attended Total Control Level 1?  Then this two day package will be just right for you!  It includes:

  • TEAM Arizona PREFERRED Track Day Training Package – 2 Day
    • Day 1: Suspension Setup and Track Day Preparations
      • The following topics and more will be addressed:
        • Formal suspension clinic; how motorcycle suspension works and how to make adjustments
        • We will perform suspension sag measurements for EVERY participant and make adjustments (when possible)
        • We will cover preparations for the day on the closed road close (track day), which include, but are not limited to:
          • Road course etiquette
          • Road course layout
          • Motorcycle preparation
          • Rider preparation
          • Track Day Schedule Overview
      • 2/28/2016; 1pm to 6pm
      • TEAM Arizona Gilbert Headquarters
    • Day 2: Closed Road Course (Track Day) – VERY LOW DRRO instructor to participant ratio
      • Howard Mudd Race TrackThe following elements and more will be addressed:
        • Motorcycle Technical Inspection
        • Riders Meeting
        • Real-time, on-the-track layout review of key reference points
        • On-the-track lead/follows with instructors
        • On-the-track training with instructors
        • Free track time for personal improvement
      • 3/5/2016; 6:30am to 3:00pm
      • Wild Horse Pass West Closed Road Course
    • Price: $349
    • NOTES:  Cruisers or touring motorcycles are not permitted for this training.  All other motorcycle owners are invited to register.

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TEAM Arizona Two Day Track Package

 

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: Six Ways to Sexy-Up Your Riding in 2016

We know, we know, this isn’t a Cosmo piece.  But who says motorcycling can’t be a sexy thing?  Plus, riding is a dynamic activity.  The new year gives us the opportunity to mix things up a bit.  We don’t want you to get stagnant, so we’re proposing six ways to make you a more sexy rider in 2016.  Are you ready to take the plunge with us?

1) REFINING BRAKE SQUEEZE/RELEASE and THROTTLE CONTROL

throttle controlDo you ride with passengers?  In a group?  Having a silky smooth throttle hand and top-notch mastery of your brakes will immediately make you more appealing.  The passengers will thank you for NOT turning them into a milkshake via abrupt take-offs and stops, and fellow riders will appreciate your consistency.

Sounds simple right?  You learned how to use the brakes and throttle in the Basic RiderCourse didn’t you?  Well, yes and no.  The gross motor skills were presented and reinforced through the basic training; however, fine motor skill development is something we work on in our advanced courses and every day we ride.  Yep, we never perfect our throttle/brake coordination, but we can refine it to be ever more precise.

We want you to consider your motorcycle to be one giant bath tub full of water.  The more abrupt we are with our stops, starts, and shifts, the more water sloshes out of the bath tub.  We talked about throttle control in this 2012 post.  When it comes to brake control, we can also consider not just the squeezing of the brakes but also the releasing of the brakes.  The less abrupt we are with these two controls, the more traction we’ll have and the ride will become more enjoyable.

2) APPLY TO BE A TEAM ARIZONA RIDERCOACH

TEAM Arizona RiderCoach Nick FeldaverdRiderCoaching can be a rewarding, enriching experience. By joining the TEAM Arizona family, you’ll not only be enhancing your own riding skills, but you’ll be ensuring the success and safety of riders all over Arizona.  Besides, doesn’t having one more feather in your cap make you instantly more appealing?  Visit our BECOME A RIDERCOACH page to learn more and obtain an application!

3) BECOME A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT ON ONE PIECE OF RIDING TECHNOLOGY

Want to be that go-to guy or gal when it comes to ride-by-wire technology?  Want to be the Cliff Clavin of CVT?  Why not take an afternoon and travel down the rabbit hole that only motorcycle technology can offer.  Here are some recommended rabbit holes:

  • motorcycle technologyRadial braking systems
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • Engine Control Unit (ECU)
  • Traction Control
  • Pneumatic Valve Springs
  • Seamless Shift Gearbox

There’s plenty more riding technology to dig into.  Once you have the material nailed down, why don’t you impress the with the rest of us on the TEAM Arizona Facebook page!

4) TAKE A COURSE TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

Knee DraggingIs anything more sexy than confidence?  Being able to have total control of your motorcycle will absolutely make you more attractive to the person whose eye you’re trying to catch.  TEAM Arizona is the only rider training organization in Arizona to offer the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic.  This first quarter we’ve partnered with Desert Road Racing Organization to take your learning one step farther.  Check out this outstanding opportunity!

TEAM Arizona Total Control and Track Day Package

Of course you don’t have to go to the track to improve your riding skills.  We have plenty of other courses that may whet your appetite and advance your skills.  Check out our skill improvement courses HERE!

5) BUY A COOL NEW PIECE OF RIDING PROTECTIVE GEAR

Full length motorcycle glovesMotorcycle gear manufacturers are not only making their riding gear more sexy, they’re also using more advanced materials to make their gear more protective.  What a win-win!  Is your helmet older than five years?  If so, how about looking for a new helmet with some bright colors to enhance your visibility?  How many miles have your sweaty palms twisted the throttle? Maybe it is time to replace those stinky mittens with something fun and exciting?  Have you checked out the latest in motorcycle boots?  Heck, the new models are even comfortable to walk around in at events.  PROGRESS!  They are also starting to look more and more like fashionable sneakers all while retaining their protective abilities.  Something to consider for 2016….

6) RIDE SOMEWHERE NEW IN 2016!

Coronado Trail Ride 2016

The first ever TEAM Arizona Staff Ride in 2015 up the Coronado Trail (Hwy 191). It will happen again in 2016…maybe to somewhere new!

“We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow. -B.J. Neblett”

Take out a map (or visit Google Maps), take your index finger, and place it somewhere on the map.  Then make that your destination.  Just ride.  Could anything be more sexier?

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Bill Seltzer TEAM ArizonaBill Seltzer has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2003 and a Total Control Advanced Riding Instructor since 2011.  He currently serves as the Marketing Director for TEAM Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Planning committee.  Have questions or comments about the article?  Email him: Bill@MotorcycleTraining.com

Kelly’s Korner: It’s Time to ‘Rally’ for 2016

Kelly's Korner
We’re just a few days into the new year and 2016 already looks promising for adventure. Speaking for myself, I’m stoked to be starting an exciting job, living in Tempe and looking for the next home to buy and, in June, celebrating a milestone birthday in Italy with family who live there. All great stuff, thanks in large part to my October job loss. I remain amazed at how unexpected, and seemingly “bad,” life shifts such as layoffs in fact lead to even better circumstances. Yet, amid all of the whirlwind transformation and momentum, I am lacking in motorcycle-centric thrill. That’s why, if I have the time and money – and given the aforementioned changes and plans, I can’t make any promises – I would love to take part in the next rounds of the women-only outings, Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt, and maybe even the all-inclusive Motos in Moab.

More women in the United States are riding. The latest stats from the Motorcycle Industry Council show female motorcycle ownership now stands at 14 percent, up from 8 percent in 1998. While I’d argue 14 percent still is a pittance figure, at least there’s growth. And along with that adoption will come more activities targeting us ladies. The two biggest and most well known here in the States seem to be Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt.

Babes Ride OutThe next Babes Ride Out, a motorcycling campout/rally, is set for Oct. 20-23 in Joshua Tree, Calif. Anya Violet and Ashmore Ellis founded Babes Ride Out, famously via text message, as a quick Google search will reveal. The event emphasizes no guys, no frills and no attitudes – simply a love of road tripping, being in nature, riding and hanging out with other women. The first Babes Ride Out in 2013 featured 50 women. The most recent, this past fall, counted more than 1,200. Women trailer and ride to the event from all over the U.S. (one lady rode 3,000 miles from Florida – yeah!) and even come from as far away as Brazil. Given the huge increases in a mere three years, I’m guessing 2016’s Babes Ride Out will attract closer to 2,000 women. I’d love to be one of them. Come to think of it, how fun would it be for a group of us TEAM Arizona ladies to go out together?

Motos in Moab

Art: Motosinmoab.com

If you need a fix before October, check out Babes in the Dirt scheduled either for April 22-24 orMay 13-16 – there’s conflicting info available. Keep an eye on the Babes Ride Out Instagram feed for updates. The inaugural function took place last year the day before Babes Ride Out. Husqvarna brought its new dirt fleet for 20 lucky ladies to demo and had racer Victoria Hett on hand to help. The only way they could top themselves would be to open up the next Babes in the Dirt to more women and add Melissa Paris. (I’m pretty sure that’s Elena Myers in some of the photos.)

Finally, for ladies and dudes, there’s Motos in Moab happening Memorial Day Weekend. This is another motorcycling campout with no amenities and lots of riding, which sounds like heaven. It will be hot, though, so prepare for that.

So tell me, have you attended any of the above events? What was your experience? Do you know of any cool events we should share?  I’d love to hear your take, as well as get any tips and tricks for making the most of the weekends.

Here’s to 2016. Keep riding! Kelly Teal Signature

 

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Jayson Citron: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month January 2016!

Jayson Citron Desert Road Racing

TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month for January 2016 is taking no prisoners.

The owner and coaches at TEAM Arizona have known Jayson Citron for what seems like an eternity.  He’s what we call an Arizona race-scene mainstay.  Now, more than a decade after working for a now defunct track company, Jayson is running his own entity, Desert Road Racing.  We’re excited to highlight him and his excellent road racing organization as part of our Rider of the Month celebration for January 2016.

Jayson has an interesting vision for track days and racing in Arizona.  We’re especially thrilled to announce an enhanced partnership between TEAM Arizona and Desert Road Racing for 2016.

WHO IS THIS LEATHER CLAD MAN?

Desert Road Racing LogoJayson started riding more than 25 years ago.  He really enjoys the physical aspects of riding; including pushing his limits.  He does wish he would have taken a possibly slightly different path:

I wish I had learned the value of good coaching and good tires earlier in my riding career. Most riders make the mistake of figuring out how to go faster on their own. I wish I had done things earlier in my riding career to reduce the learning curve. Next would be – Good tires are the best way to spend money to go faster. Pick a tire and set the bike up for those tires. Earlier in my riding career I would buy take-offs (used tires) and multiple brands. I wish I learned early on – there is NO WAY to set up the bike for multiple brands – at the tail end of their life.  Lastly- buy good rider protective gear.

Training and tires.  Boy, some hard lessons we ALL seem to learn along the way if we’re not dialed in with a good mentor or training organization.  Jayson’s attention to the details ensures he provides the right environment for riders who want to improve their skills and street riding abilities.  He enjoys coaching and sharing what he’s learned throughout his years of riding and racing.  His sage advice?

You do not have to be a road racer – mega fast guy or gal to come out to the race track. Don’t wait – DO IT!

We couldn’t agree more.  With a click of a button you could well be on your way (click image)….

TEAM Arizona Track Day Package

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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