Biker Bits – June

June 11,2012  Coast Riders Monthly Meeting

President Dale conducted the meeting

25 Attending

6 Rode

4 new people attending:

Erika Couch  rides a 650 V Star

Helmut (joined in January) rides a Yamaha 950 V Star

Kirsten and Uffe ride  a 750 Honda Magnum

Ride Reports:

1.Dennis Stewbart rode to Saskatchewan and now has a masters in cross winds 2400 miles.

2.Donna and Brian rode to Palm Dessert round trip of 6,000 kms.  In 3 weeks just one day of rain on and off.  Tented 1 week down with 1 week at a resort in Palm Desert then tented 1 week back.

3.Island Ride had 17 bikes participate.  Oakbay, Sook , Port Renfrew visited with an overnight stay in Duncan,  19cent wings and beer were enjoyed on arrival.

On the way back 13 bikes road the Sunshine Coast.  Unfortunately there is no circle pack discount on the ferry anymore.

4.Chris lead a ride to Tunnels near Hope for a picnic.  Rain on the way home.  11 Bikes participated.

A sampling of the rides coming up:

June 16 there will be a scavenger hunt Chris will lead.

June 23 Dale will lead a Hope Princeton loop ride.  Meet at The Bread Garden @8am.

July 3 Flag Ride

July 8 Daniel will lead the Duthie Lake loop ride meet at Westview Shopping Ctre.

June 15 Chris will provide the road captain training.

Correspondence:

Ride waivers will be edited to include cell Phone numbers and email addresses.

Open Discussion:

We can’t seem to get the information on what our club insurance covers.  It was suggested that individuals should carry 2-3 million in liability to make sure they are covered. There was some concern that the club could be sued.

Travellers Insurance was suggested.

Peter L. thought we should read the Societies Act as there is a clause saying Directors of a club are not responsible for any wrong doing in a non profit organization.

June 23 is Yamaha Demo Days at Daytona Motor Sports.

Barb’s dance for Rowanda Charity will be June 23 tickets are $20 ea.  Food and Bar available.  Tickets also available at the door.

We need a Web Master to help Greg Cooper who now lives on the Island.

The Forum Page will be worked on.

Summer Rally :  Ground work done.  The Poker Run and Scavenger Hunt are organized.  Clue: A working Windmill is a target on the scavenger hunt.  The BBQ is set for Sat. at the campground.

Send any club related pictures to Donna for The Biker Bits.

Lester’s Corner:   Touring Tip: The Motorcycle Vision Thing Jun 08, 2012  by Jim Parks

A “visionary” is someone who has the ability to evaluate current information, use it to project likely developments in the future, and take effective action today to manage future events and avoid having those events manage them. This “Vision Thing” can  also be applied to riding a motorcycle.

Anyone who has taken the MSF Basic RiderCourse knows a motorcycle goes where you look, and effective cornering depends on a rider “looking through” the curve. But in many ways, that only scratches the surface of the “Motorcycle Vision Thing” for riders.

Focusing your sight on the proper “primary” and “secondary” targets is important both to achieving a smooth and effective riding technique and mitigating the dangers incumbent in riding a motorcycle on the street. Primary targets are those of the highest priority, and they demand a rider’s immediate, primary focus.

Secondary targets, on the other hand, should be monitored by a rider’s secondary focus, or peripheral vision. For example, when a rider suddenly detects a pothole or other road hazard in his or her peripheral vision, that hazard should, immediately, become a primary target. But instead of fixating on that hazard, the rider should visualize and focus on the best path to avoid it.

After the danger has passed, riders should then refocus their attention to the new primary target (i.e., the one with the highest priority).

In the absence of an immediate threat, riders generally should focus as far down the road as their sightline allows,

but also keep their eyes roving 360 degrees (by using their mirrors) to detect potential dangers. The farther ahead you focus, the easier it is for your brain to process what you are seeing. It’s as if your bike’s forward motion is progressing at a slower pace.

Focusing closer to the front wheel makes the activity being processed by the brain seem to be happening much faster. This often results in jerky rider inputs through the handlebars, brakes, and throttle and less time to detect and avoid hazards.

Let’s consider another example of how this riding technique should work. When riding in a group, particularly if it’s tightly packed, there’s a tendency for riders to focus on the motorcycle directly in front of them, making it their primary target. Because the following rider is not focusing on the road ahead, he or she is constantly braking, accelerating, and erratically executing corners. If, instead, the road becomes the following rider’s primary focus, and the other riders ahead are placed in peripheral vision, the following rider will be smoother and safer.

A rider can practice sharpening up their peripheral vision even when they’re not riding. For example, while walking down a sidewalk, try to pick out details in your surroundings without looking at them directly. With a little practice, riders can master the Motorcycle Vision Thing and improve their riding technique and safety.

What To Do Until the Ambulance Arrives Jan 01, 2012 by RoadRUNNER

Have you ever come upon an accident before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive and were unsure how to assist? It can be a daunting situation, where it’s tempting to just ride past, but think how you would feel if you were the injured victim who desperately needed help!

The essential things to remember at any injury crash scene are: Call for EMS help immediately; don’t put yourself in a situation where you could become a victim; and do no further harm.

Stop in a safe place, activate your bike’s flashers (if equipped), and use your motorcycle to light the scene if it is night.

Think: Is it safe for me? Is it safe for the victim? People tend to get tunnel vision and focus on the victim. Before you plunge into an accident scene, however, take a quick look around to get the big picture.

Does it look staged? In rare cases con artists have set up fake accidents or breakdowns to draw in their prey. Was it a hit-and-run and the perpetrator is just now leaving? Write down license-plate numbers – in the roadside sand if necessary – and get a full description of any vehicles and people and call authorities as soon as possible. Preserve any evidence.

As soon as you determine there are injured victims, or that police are needed for any reason, call 911 or another local emergency number. The dispatcher will want to know the exact location and if possible the number of victims and severity of injuries. This allows them to send the right resources, such as a paramedic ambulance or helicopter.

If any people or debris are in or close to the road you need to consider traffic control. If other people are on the scene ask them to help with this.

Never move injured people unless they are in extreme peril, such as next to or under a burning vehicle that you can’t extinguish or move, or in imminent danger of being run over by oncoming vehicles if it is impossible to stop or redirect traffic in time. Many areas have Good Samaritan laws that protect unpaid people who help at an accident scene, providing they were not grossly negligent. If a person is unconscious and needs assistance, implied-consent statutes allow bystanders to render life-saving aid. Check if your area has such laws.

Assume that any victims have communicable diseases, and avoid coming in contact with bodily fluids. Keep your motorcycle gloves on if you don’t have rubber gloves in your first-aid kit.

Do a quick triage to determine how many victims there are and who is most urgent. If a victim is conscious you must get permission to assist them. The person with the highest level of medical training should be in charge. Say something like, “Hi, my name is Ken. What’s yours? It looks like you need help. Can I assist you? What happened? Do you know where you are? Do you feel pain? Where?” A person’s level of consciousness tells a lot about their condition. It’s a good sign if they are alert and fully oriented.

For Unconscious Victims Remember ABC

A – Airway: Determine if there is anything blocking the airway or in the mouth or throat that needs to be cleared immediately. Avoid removing a helmet unless the person will die if it isn’t done before the ambulance arrives.

B – Breathing: Is the person breathing? Determine by listening, watching the chest, etc.

C – Circulation: Check the pulse at the carotid artery, right next to the windpipe/Adam’s apple on either side.

If the person is breathing they will have a pulse. If pulse or breathing is not present begin rescue breathing or CPR, if you know how.

Assume that any crash victim has a head, neck or spinal injury, which could paralyze them if they are moved. Keep victims’ heads immobile, even if they say they can move their head normally. Tell them, “You’ve been in an accident and it’s important that you don’t move. We don’t know if you have a spinal injury or not. An ambulance is coming.”

Control heavy bleeding by applying steady, direct pressure with sterile gauze pads. Use a clean cloth or T-shirt as a last resort if no sterile dressing is available.

The author is a former member of a Sheriff’s Rescue & EMT Team.

David Miller’s Adventure

David’s Guatemalan Ride talk will be delayed to the next meeting due to technical difficulties.

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