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Pack a first aid kit, a few flares, a tire pressure gauge, a couple of your favorite wrenches, and a cell phone. That way, if you do break down or go down, you may be able to fix the bike or fix yourself! If you can't, at least you can call a bro or sis (or 911) to come get you!
If you are involved in an accident, or come upon one and need to provide assistance, keep these things in mind. If you can, call 911 immediately. Get professional help!
Remain calm. Check the injured for extent of wounds.Check for clear airways, evidence of breathing, and circulation. Never move an injured motorcyclist,and especially not before checking for head,neck and spine injuries. Cooperate with the police and emergency staff. They are there to help!
Don't overload your bike! Know what you weigh fully dressed for your ride, and know what your passenger weighs fully dressed for the ride. Weigh whatever other gear that you plan on packing and add it all up! Make sure you are not exceeding the weight load suggested for your bike.
Ride Legal. If you are riding in a state that requires brain buckets, put one on! Don't argue freedom of choice here; you chose to enter a state that requires you to wear a helmet. Put it on. Besides, the less contact with the boys, the better, right? Those helmet tickets can be pretty spendy! Why give your hard earned cash to the court system?
If you just bought your Harley, get in the wind. Check out the feel of the bike. You'll want to adjust the handle bars, the floorboards or footpegs, and suspension to suit your needs. Harleys aren't JUST about looking good; they're about feeling good in the wind. Maximize your comfort by personalizing your ride.
Replacing items such as turn signals with aftermarket products can, of course, be done. As for the legality of your bike after you switch out, well it will vary from state to state. You may/may not pass a state inspection in your area. My advice: call DOT and ask them what the regs are for your locale.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|