Chrome vs Skill

After having spent the majority of my weekend helping park bikes for a large dealership event at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson I have come to the following conclusion: Hundreds of motorcyclists own amazing machines but they don’t know how to ride worth a damn! They should have their motorcycles taken away! I am amazed at the lack of riding skill demonstrated by the motorcycle riding public. The majority of bikers need to learn how to maneuver their motorcycles at slow speed. Any novice can ride a motorcycle in a straight line at highway speed. Unfortunately many so called seasoned riders haven’t developed the skill to do much more than that.

My HOG Chapter provided the volunteers who directed riders into a grass field where they were to park their motorcycles for Mike’s Famous Biker Weekend on July 16th -18th in New Castle, DE. There were a variety of bikes including some sport bikes. Most motorcycles were Harley-Davidsons. Riders of every denomination on every type of motorcycle demonstrated poor parking lot skills! I would say less than ten percent knew how to handle their bikes properly! Young ladies on powerful sport bikes seemed to be the least able to control the friction zone. The old guys were just plain scarey. I don’t know how they have been riding for so long. One old timer told me indignently that his Sportster wasn’t a dirt bike! If you can’t make a tight hairpin turn, swerve or stop your motorcycle in an emergency you should stay home and practice until you can. Your life depends on it! Furthermore you should be able to ride on a variety of terrain such as wet pavement, gravel and soft grass.

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I hope that someday we stop seeing riders wobble in and out of parking lots with their legs and feet all spread out like airplane landing gear. Please take some of that money you plan on using for chrome this year and put it aside for a MSF Rider course or other training tools such as the above mentioned DVD. The Ride Like A Pro DVD costs $29.95 plus $2.95 S&H. Click the below button to purchase using PayPal.

9 Responses to “Chrome vs Skill”

  1. …or take an MSF Rider Safety course, or read Sonny Barger’s new book, or read IronDad’s blog, or….
    Bottom line is PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR @SS AND PUT IT ON THE ROAD before you become another statistic.

  2. Ummmm…I had a chapter member that was the worst slow-speed rider I’ve ever encountered. I watched this guy drop his bike for no apparent reason in perfectly good, flat, level parking lot after parking lot for three years.
    Anytime I’d casually mention that attending an MSF course would be cheaper than having to replace the chrome he lost every time he dropped his bike, he’d call the dealer and complain that I had it in for him and was harassing him for no reason.

  3. we had to eject a long-standing hog member that couldnt control their road king. repeated training classes and rides, repeatedly (and i mean each and every ride) this person would drop the bike coming into parking lots and stops. yikes. a total and complete hazard to themselves and others. and yet this obstinate or inconsiderate person would continue to put themselves on the road on a big bike. pfffttt. 🙁

  4. I can relate MQ01 and Doorman. I guess every HOG chapter has at least one of those.

  5. I was doing parking duties for my dealers car and bike show, most riders did well in grass and pavement but had to laugh at the guys with the big dollar long fork choppers that couldnt turn worth a shit. Had nothing to do with skill, just that they spent that much money on something they couldnt ride.

  6. We had one who refused to make the u-turn in the lot. He just pulled straight in pointing in the wrong direction in a random spot in the middle of the field.

  7. I get angry watching other bikers do such things. And another thing is dragging their feet when stopping and starting.
    I spent at least twice as many hours on the parking lot with tennis balls cut in half and setup as pylons to get those u-turns, keyholes, emergency stops, 90 degree turns in order to become a better rider yet so many people don’t…and the worst part is some even laughed at me saying that they’ll never need such ‘tricks’.

  8. We had a member that dragged his feet from stops until he was up to about 30 mph…Made us all crazy until he hit a deep pothole at about 20 mph and shattered both his ankles. He spent a month in a hopsital using a bedpan with his feet suspended. He never rode again (as far as I know).

  9. We had a member drag his feet while leaving a parking lot, foot went in pothole, got caught under passenger floorboard and yanked down. This stuff does happen and that’s why those of us who practice like mark aren’t crazy. Or are we? Check out this post:

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