|WOMEN IN MOTION 2012: WOODS & WATERS TOUR|
|BIKER CHAD’S CORNER: MORE POWER, MORE SOUND, LESS MONEY|
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By Steve and Cindy Johnson
Summer is here and with that so is riding season. This year marks the twentieth annual fundraiser ride put together by a very talented group of women to benefit Road Guardians and give back to bikers. Every dollar raised goes to help our mission of reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. Come join us on the ride.
An overview of this year’s ride by Lead Instructor Cindy Johnson:
This year, the “Woods and Waters Tour” will leave fromGreen Bay,WI on Saturday, July 21, 2012 and travel toDoorCountyfor the day. It will end back inGreen Bayfor an evening dinner and auctions. On Sunday, men volunteer and wash the women’s bikes for donations. There will be a pre-ride event on Friday, July 20 with a Manservant auction.
I am a veteran to this ride and love the weekend get-away in the middle of summer. I truly enjoy taking the roads that are less traveled and wind through curves and hills, taking you to a different place. Every year, the tour focuses on a different area of Wisconsin.
This ride is led by the group of awesome Women in Motion Road Guardians – who work hard to make the ride go right! The Road Guardians are skilled and know the route – guiding the group smoothly through the most organized ride that I have ever gone on. These road guardians are all women who pre-ride the route and are experienced on the road. They are volunteers that are required to have at least 10,000 miles under their belt along with being Certified Road Guardians. The certification requires CPR, a formal motorcycle instruction course, and ASM Basic and Advanced training.
It is a fundraiser for a great cause – many can speak of how the skills taught by the curriculum of Accident Scene Management courses have helped them in a crash. To be able to get skills to more riders, ASM needs financial support – this is a fun way to accomplish this. This ride is a main fundraiser for RoadGuardians. We need your help and would like others to help us. Would you like to show the skills that Certified Road Guardians have? Get some fellow Road Guardians together and host an annual ride in your state!
More Sound, More Power, Less Money
(A stage one project)
Written by: Biker Chad
Before I start this article I would like to say thank you to all of you who have e-mailed me your questions, compliments, ideas, and criticisms. I really appreciate all of your input. After reading all of my e-mails, there seemed to be a common theme in a lot of the questions. To answer these questions, I wrote this article.
The stage one consists of installing: free flowing mufflers or entire exhaust, a high flowing filter assembly or replacement air filter, and some method of getting more fuel to the firing chamber be it fuel a fuel injection or carburetor. It is the most cost effective way to get more torque and horse power out of a stock Harley Engine.
Unfortunately the addition of fuel injection has a lot of bikers too afraid to modify their bikes, because they do not fully understand what to do. There is also a lot of incorrect information and scare tactics used to keep you in the dark about all of this as well. I will
try to dispel some of the rumors and educate you as best I can. With that in mind, I will say that even my opinion is just that, an opinion. Every one will tell you what they think you should buy. It is up to you to do your homework, remember knowledge is power.
In this part of the article I will cover the first thing all Harley owners do to their new bikes, change mufflers. Every one wants that classic Harley rumble and the stock pipes are just too quiet. There are tons of mufflers and after market exhaust for sale out there. I will (for the sake of keeping cost down) rule out an entire exhaust system, and discuss just slip on mufflers.
Stock mufflers slow down the flow of the exhaust with a baffle design that forces it through twists and turns before it can exit the muffler. This is done mainly for one reason, to quiet the sound of your engine. The downside to the stock muffler is it slows down the exit of spent gasses from your engine, which can cut as much as five horsepower from you engine’s output.
Almost all aftermarket slip on mufflers do the same thing, allow the exhaust to exit as fast as possible via a straight through baffle design. This gains you around five horsepower over stock, and gives you the classic Harley rumble we all love.
Some slip on mufflers do not have a choice of baffle sizes, I prefer slip on mufflers that do offer changeable baffles. The size of the baffle is the inside diameter that the exhaust will run through. The larger the size, the less restriction the exhaust has on the way out
of the muffler. The larger the size, the louder the exhaust is. Too large of a baffle is not good for your engine however, as you need some backpressure. A straight through two-inch baffle is sufficient for most stock engines. If all you want out of your bike is sound and a few more ponies, a slip on muffler with a straight through baffle is all you need. As far as the baffle size goes, if you only plan on adding slip on mufflers you should not go any larger than two-inches. Any larger than two inches and you will risk running the bikes engine too lean and will have to add fuel with a dealer down load or an E.F.I. modification box. If you add a slip on muffler and a high flow air filter, you again will need to add fuel to the engine or risk running the bike too lean. Running the bike too lean can damage your engine, turn the mufflers blue and yellow, and raise the operating temperature of your engine.
In the next part of this article, I will talk about installing the next part of our stage one project.
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June 15 , 2009, Red Ed from IL wrote:
Last Sunday (June 7th) my friend and I were out riding in Southern Wisconsin just off Hwy 50 on CTH W. We came over a small rise in the road and then it came to a fork in the road. A biker had just crashed before we got there. It appeared he was going too fast to make the turn and high sided on the left side of the bike. He and his passenger both went down on the road hitting their heads. Both pair of glasses were on the area of impact.
We went into action using our training we had a year earlier. Christine went to the driver and checked him out, no broken bones but a lot of road rash, a passer by that saw it happen was holding his shirt on the mans head to help stop the bleeding. Christine got all the vital info, asked the right questions and gave all the information to the police when they arrived. I went over to the passenger (his wife). She was unresponsive at first then and would go in and out of it. We did not have our kit with us but the next car that stopped had gloves as she was an EMT. The passenger did complain of head and shoulder pain…you could hear it when they put her on the back board! The responders got there with in Minutes and they were in good hands!
We took the ASM class and I hoped that I would not have to use it but the training that Vicki’s staff at ASM gave us was invaluable!!
Every place I go I tell folks about the training and encourage them to take it. We did put our new skills to task that day. Thanks Vicki for putting the information out there!