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-- Henry Ward Beecher
(1813 - 1887)

SafetyRiding Safety Tips

One lesson that the MSF class teaches that I think needs to be clarified better is their admonition to always stop with one foot on the ground. Fine, if it is a small bike, but a touring bike should be stopped placing both feet on the ground at the same time, in my opinion. A slick spot is unforgiving, and very dangerous. Your rear brake can be released if your front brake is holding at 2 MPH with no concerns whatever. (Obviously, you do not put feet down until the bike is fully stopped.) The MSF used to teach that you stop with your RIGHT foot on the ground and the other on the peg. That was changed to LEFT foot down so that you could keep your right foot on the brake. In either case, by definition, your bike is not vertical with only one foot on the ground. If you must make a fast departure (to get out of somebody's way, for example), it takes more time to do so with one foot down rather than two. This, because you must straighten the bike as you depart, you have a more erratic start, and you must first take your right foot OFF the brake - all time consuming. Finally, you can probably rather easily handle a smaller bike with one leg, but a large touring bike is another case entirely. [There are always exceptions to the rule, of course. If you are stopped at a light on a severe incline, your right foot belongs on the brake pedal. Similarly, in a panic stop situation you want to stop with your foot still on the rear brake.]

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Events Events
March - 2018
20,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
August - 2018
29,  Wed-Wing-Ding (Thru Sunday)
Events Chapter Meetings
April - 2018
3,  Tue-AL-A Mobile (Dixie Wings - Alabama's First Chapter) Meeting -- Morrison Cafeteria, I-65 and Airport Blvd, Mobile - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-G Samson (L. A. Wings) Meeting -- PO Folks, Enterprise - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
5,  Thu-AL-D Anniston (Model City Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, 200 Hamric Dr E, Oxford, AL 36203 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
6,  Fri-AL-J Tuscaloosa (Bama Wings) Meeting -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Highway 43, Northport - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
7,  Sat-AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting -- Two Fat Sister's, 1606 US-72, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
 -AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, 568 US 431, Boaz, AL 35957 - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
 -AL-M Phenix City (East Alabama Touring) Meeting -- Buffet City, Highway 280 and 10th Street, Phenix City - Eat 12:00pm(ET) / Meet 1:00pm(ET)
10,  Tue-AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting -- Blue Plate Cafe, 7540 South Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL  35802 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting -- Blue Plate Cafe, 7540 South Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL  35802 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-U Dothan (Cruisin' U's) Meeting -- Golden Corral, Highway 231, On the circle, Dothan - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting -- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
12,  Thu-AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting -- IHOP, Athens
 -AL-Z Prattville (Fountain City Wings) Meeting -- Country's Bar B Q, 130 N Memorial Dr, Prattville, AL 36067 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm

Calendar Updated: 6/15/2017 11:40:48 AM

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