by Vicki Sanfelipo, Executive Director ASM, Co-Founder Road Guardians
I remember my first ride to the Sturgis Rally in 1987. I was so excited and imagined that I was a cowgirl jumping on her horse with just a sleeping roll and a few dollars in my pocket. I climbed on board my 1979 sportster and away we went. I got about 150 miles down the road before my first breakdown occurred. Just a starter, nothing a push or a screwdriver couldn’t fix! Thank God I had 6 guys with me (wink)! Sure is different today. The crowd has changed and the area has become much more prepared to handle the crowds. Full Throttle Saloon didn’t even exist and Buffalo Chip was the place to be for a raw look at the Sturgis experience, it was not the meca it has become. Broken Spoke was downtown but One Eyed Jacks and Easyriders Saloon were nowhere to be found. While there was bike traffic in the Hills it was nothing like you see today and while you heard of mishaps you certainly did not experience them as frequently as you do today.
After doing a radio interview for Wide Open Radio and a Presentation for Allstate’s Rider Protection Zone, Cat and I were heading back to Keystone for the evening. We came upon a traffic jam where cars and bikes were backed up for miles. I threw my strobes on and to the front we went. We got to the levee area of Pactola Lake and saw several bikes down. Emergency vehicles were there and we were informed that Flight had already been there and gone. While our help was not needed it seemed a perfect time to talk about ASM and I educated and handed out PACT cards.
Little did we know that my husband, Tony Pan was at another scene, assisting a Canadian who was severely injured. He assisted until the gentleman was taken away with Flight for life. When he arrived at the corner he saw a couple people in the ditch. He threw his strobes on and parked his bike to signal caution. He grabbed his trauma pack and went into the ditch where two paramedics were talking to the person. They were happy to not only see Tony but even happier to see that he came with supplies!!! They suspected that the injured had a broken leg but did not know the extent until Tony used his trauma sheers to cut the guy’s pant leg. What they saw changed their focus from broken bone to life threatening bleeding. They applied a tourniquet and assisted the EMS with a difficult transfer to the long board. The only thing Tony wishes he would have done different is to get the phone number of the guy who was injured. To this day he does not know the outcome.
The most likely person to be at the scene of a motorcycle crash is another motorcyclist. While we are out enjoying ourselves, someone may need our help. Are you prepared to help others? Are they prepared to help you? If you have not already taken the time to take a one day class focused on the most important things you should do to reduce injuries and fatalities you should make training a priority. Have you already been trained? Make sure those around you are trained as well.
Sunday, September 25 · 11:00am – 6:00pm
19th and St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI Rain or Shine Event
1900 W St Paul Ave
Milwaukee, WI 414-931-1919
tuned for more details!This is a great time to eat one of Milwaukee’s Best Burger’s and have some of the money go back to motorcyclists. Sobelman’s is located at 1900 W. St. Paul Avenue here in Milwaukee.
This is a family friendly event and I am asking you all to stop by for a bite to eat. There will be soda & beer specials all day, and try their Bloody Mary-a meal in itself! Our founder Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo and Road Guardian Program Director Steve Johnson plan to be their all day to meet and greet our guests. The Travel Channel was here last year filming Food Wars cheeseburger competition.
September 2011 Newsletter: Motorcycle Winterization (An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
Motorcycle Winterization (An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
Written by: Biker Chad
As our winter is fast approaching, cold northern Climates need to consider some winterization tips. Everyone can benefit from the following information so that you can be ready to roll when spring comes around next year.
Every spring my bike shop was flooded with costly repairs that could have easily been prevented with a little winterization. Who can afford to waste money on unnecessary repairs these days? I will cover the two most common spring repairs we did in this article, along with some things I do before parking my bike for the winter.
The most common problem we fixed each spring was dead batteries. Without putting your battery on a charger thru the winter it may not work at all in spring. Even if it does you have shortened the life of it drastically. You can not just put your bike’s battery on any old charger or even a trickle charger; it must be a smart charger. A smart charger will turn itself off when the battery is fully charged and then keep it charged without damaging the battery by overcharging. These chargers run around $30.00 at any bike shop. They usually come with a connector that you can leave hooked up to your battery all the time, so all you have to do is plug the charger in and forget it. So lets review, $30.00 for a good charger paid by you once, or $70.00 – $100.00 for a new battery paid by you every spring? Sounds like a no-brainer when you look at it that way, doesn’t it?
The second most common repair we did every spring, was carburetor rebuilds and fuel injector replacements. When you park your bike all winter with untreated gas in the tank, you are asking for trouble. Within a few weeks gasoline will break down and gum up the fuel system if it is not treated, and the new reformulated gas is even worse at gumming up carburetors and fuel injectors. This leads to some expensive rebuilds at the garage.
So before you park your bike, fill your gas tank to keep internal condensation of water to a minimum over the winter, and add a fuel stabilizer. Follow the directions on the stabilizer bottle to get the correct mix ratio, slosh the tank around to mix the fuel / stabilizer mix. With the stabilizer properly mixed you will need to run the bike to get the stabilizer into the whole fuel system.
If you have a fuel injected bike, start the bike and run it until the engine gets to normal operating temperature (or longer) as this will get the stabilizer all the way through the injectors.
On a carbureted bike (if you have a choke, you have a carburetor) start the bike, run it till it gets to operating temperature (or longer), and then turn the fuel supply to off leaving it run until the engines dies. Now you have successfully taken care of the fuel system for the winter. So again lets review. Spend $10.00 for a bottle of fuel stabilizer, or a few hundred dollars at the garage to rebuild carbs or to change injectors. It’s your call.
Other things I routinely do:
- I stuff steel wool or a shop rags into the end of my mufflers to keep moisture and rodents out of the exhaust, removing them before I start it in spring of course.I keep my bike on a bike jack taking the weight off of the tires and suspension, as it will prolong the life of them.
- I always change my engine oil before I park my bike for the winter, and again right after my first spring ride.
- A good thorough wash & dry followed by a detailed waxing of the paint and chrome, will keep the finishes looking good for a long time.
- Last but not least, all that cleaning will be meaningless without a proper breathable bike cover to keep the dust off.
It sounds like a lot to do, but by the time spring rolls around you will be ready to ride. Instead of listening to everyone else ride by your house, as you wait for the repair shop to call. If any one needs any winterization products, smart battery chargers, etc please feel free to contact us at the Road Guardians compound as we can provide almost any motorcycle product you might need. Whether visiting us in person or on the web, we are here for you. If you have any question on this or any of my articles you may contact me online. Thank you and ride safe.