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Prepping Your Motorcycle for Spring

Now that it is officially Spring and the warm weather is here to stay, it is the perfect time to take out your motorcycle and get it ready for the road. Even if you followed our tips for winterizing your bike for the off-season, you should still follow these tips for getting it safely ready for riding.

Tires– give each tire a full check for any cracking. You’ll also want to check the wear- over-worn tires don’t always maintain proper traction and are more easily punctured. Be sure to check the tire pressure as well.

Controls– be sure to check all hoses and cables for cracks, bulges, leaks, kinks, or fraying. Also be sure they’re properly connected and working correctly. Check the throttle to make sure it moves freely and lubricate all levers and pedals after making sure they’re not bent or broken.

Lights– check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to make sure all light up properly- replace any that are out. You’ll also want to inspect the lenses on the lights to be sure they are secure and there are no cracks.

Oils and fluids– if you didn’t winterize your bike, be sure to change the oil and filter now. You’ll also want to check the fuel tank for rust and if all is well, fill it up.  Once those are taken care of, check all of the remaining fluid levels- brake, clutch, coolant, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, shaft drive oil, and battery fluid. Change any that have gone bad over the winter and top off the rest.

Chassis and battery– inspect the frame of your bike for cracking or denting. Make sure the forks and shocks are correctly adjusted and the belt and chain have the proper amount of tension. Add lubrication if it is needed  You’ll also want to make sure that the teeth are mounted the right way and the fasteners are tight. Charge your battery and make sure it is still in good condition. Check that the terminals are free of debris, corrosion, and dust, and make sure the cables on the terminals are tightly connected.

Stand– make sure your bike’s stand is not bent or cracked, and that it has enough tension to keep the bike stable, you don’t want it to get loose and fall off or break.

Now that you’ve completely checked your bike, made all of the necessary adjustments and it is safe to ride, before you put it back on the road, make sure you are completely covered with a T3 Tracker. The T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. It immediately alerts you if your car or bike has an emergency or an unauthorized movement is made. You can then connect yourself and the T3 to the 911-operator closest to your vehicle- no call center is used. You can also move the T3 tracker between your motorcycle and car for the ultimate protection and convenience. T3 provides complete privacy – Location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored or sent using the Internet

For more information on the T3 and to see our Spring specials!

How To Be A Motorcycle Passenger

Have you ever been asked by a friend or family member to take a ride on their motorcycle? Maybe you jumped at the chance to be a passenger or maybe you felt a little bit of fear and trepidation because you were not sure what to expect.  There is a lot of information out there to teach you how to ride a motorcycle, but there are a few things you need to know about being a good passenger too.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 

Wear the right safety gear.  When you are the passenger, wear gear that will protect you from the elements and make you safer in case of an accident while riding.  You should wear footwear that protects your feet, a helmet, gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants that are durable.  Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather.

Getting on the bike.  It is important before you get on the bike that the footpegs are down.  And if you don’t know what the footpegs are, your rider will know and can help you.  Stay away from the hot exhaust pipes anytime your get on or off the bike because they will cause severe burns.  Once the bike and rider are stable and ready, step on the footpeg and swing your leg over the bike to the other footpeg.

Keep your feet on the footpegs.  Once you are in position, your feet should be planted on the footpegs for the duration of your ride. By dangling your feet, you could come into contact with the rear wheel or the muffler which is dangerous for you and the rider.  By keeping your feet on the footpegs, you are keeping yourself and the rider safe.

Sitting on the bike.  Try not to hang or wrap your arms around the rider.  By doing so, you affect their ability to control the bike by putting your weight on them.  Instead, hold onto the rider’s hips or the tank especially when stopping.  Try not to squirm or move around too much because this affects the balance of the bike.

Look over the rider’s shoulders during turns.  While the rider leans into the turns, you should not.  If you follow this rule of thumb, you will be positioned perfectly for a turn–look over the rider’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.  So that means if you are turning right, you should look over the rider’s right shoulder; if you are turning left, look over the left shoulder.  If you line up your body with the rider, it will keep the bike from leaning more than it should.

Dismounting the motorcycle. You should only get off the bike when the rider tells you it is okay to do so. If you do so when the rider isn’t expecting it, the sudden weight change could pull the motorcycle over or cause the rider to drop the bike. Don’t forget about the hot exhaust pipes while dismounting either.

Be an active participant.  When you are a passenger on a motorcycle, you can help the rider by being alert and prepared.  Be ready for sudden braking or changes of direction by paying attention to the road.  You can also be another set of eyes for the rider, looking for any hazards or animals that may run into the road.
If you are prepared before being a passenger on a bike, it can be a fun experience for both you and the rider!

 

T3 on your Harley with TSSM will text you as soon as a thief starts to roll your bike away.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Lover

Here are some gift ideas to show the motorcycle enthusiast in your life how much you care this Valentine’s Day:

Motorcycle Guide Book. Time to go on an adventure. The Great American Motorcycle Tour book, is a guide to some fantastic rides. Gary McKechnie has spent years exploring the nation by bike, and these are his top rides, from the rocky New England coast to the wide-open West, including tips on the best food, shopping, and nightlife to experience on the trips.

Motorcycle Gloves.  Protect your Valentine’s digits with a great pair of gloves like these which are lightweight and fast drying.

Air Compressor.  You never know when those tires will need more air. It’s always a good idea to travel with a compressor, and this is the perfect size for motorcycle saddle bags.

Ear Plugs.  It gets loud out on the road, and a good pair of ear plugs will do the job in protecting your Valentine’s ears.

Motorcycle Care Kit.  This kit contains all the items your motorcycle enthusiast needs to keep that baby clean and protect all surfaces including paint, plastic, leather and metal.

T3 Vehicle Security System.  Protect his/her favorite ride with the 911Tracker T3 Security System. The T3 will alert your Valentine in the case of unauthorized movement or an emergency.

Motorcycles In The Winter

As winter approaches and temperatures begin to fall, it is time to think about cold weather rides.  Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that your bike has to go into storage.  It is important to exercise extra caution when riding during the winter months.  Here are some tips for riding safe and warm in the winter.

WHAT TO WEAR

When the weather is cold it is important to dress to stay warm.  The best way to do it is to start with a warm base layer.  Your base layer should wick away sweat and trap the warmth.  Over that your top layer should be both windproof and waterproof like leather or nylon.  Whatever you choose to wear should be comfortable, not limit your movement and keep you warm and dry.

Most body heat escapes through your head, hands and feet so it is important to keep them warm. Wearing good quality winter gloves, adding a microfiber base layer will also keep your hands extra warm.  Keeping your hand warms is critical for safety because if your hands are cold you might not be able to work the levers properly.  Woolen socks will keep your toes from going numb.  Many riders wear neck warmers as well to stop cold air from entering your helmet.

TIRES

Remember that cold weather means cold tires and cold tires means a reduction in tire traction  Making sure that you invest in high quality tires with proper tread for winter is a must for safety.  Remember to frequently check tire pressure also to ensure optimal traction.

ROAD CONDITIONS

In the winter, road conditions can change quickly.  Salt to treat icy roads create hazardous conditions, making it as slick as driving on ice.  If you see salt on the roads, try to avoid driving on it.  Also be extra alert for black ice which is difficult to spot. If weather is hazardous including snow or ice, it is best just to avoid riding until conditions have improved.

There is nothing like riding in the crisp, cold winter months.  By making sure you take necessary precautions, there is no reason you can’t enjoy taking your bike for long rides the whole winter through.

 

tips for staying cool on a motorcycle

As temperatures continue to soar during the summer months, it is important to find ways to stay cool when you are riding your motorcycle. There are a lot of things to consider when you ride in the heat.  Here a few tips that will keep you cool while riding in hot temperatures.

KEEP EXPOSED SKIN COVERED

It almost seems strange that you need to wear clothes to keep you cool.  But when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it actually increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. So it is important to keep skin covered.  It is best to wear breathable, ventilated gear or loose clothes with moisture wicking material to help keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme high heat conditions, wetting down your clothes will provide relief from the heat.  Also keeping a cold wet bandana around your neck will help draw heat from your body.  A cooling vest is a really good investment, because it will keep your core cool.

STAY HYDRATED

Anytime you are in hot temperatures, it is important to drink lots of water.  When you’re on your motorcycle, the hot wind blowing over you will dehydrate you quickly.  A few ways to have enough water to drink are to:

  • Wear a camelback.  You can fill it up with half ice and half water, and it will stay nice and cold for longer rides.
  • Carry a water bottle. Fill with ice and water and stop at least once an hour to refill and to have a nice cold drink.
  • REMEMBER: All beverages are not created equally when it comes to hydration.  Only water (or perhaps a sports beverage) will sufficiently hydrate you.  Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not keep you hydrated.

PROTECT YOUR BIKE

Here are a few ways that you can keep the hot sun from heating up your motorcycle:

  • Cut up a piece of sheepskin and put that on the seat, wool side out.
  • Cover your seat with a white towel when you are not on your bike.
  • Cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.

Protection from the heat is not a joking matter because if your body does overheat it is dangerous and can be potentially deadly.  As you are riding you might start to notice early warning signs of dehydration like a headache or cramping.  Stop and allow yourself time to drink and rehydrate.  It doesn’t take a lot for your body to overheat, make sure to take proper precautions so you can stay safe and enjoy your ride.

Tech Tip: When the T3 owner receives a notification and decides that their vehicle is being stolen, the owner can have the T3 make a 3-party call to 911-Operator located closest to the vehicle.

Enjoy Sturgis while protecting your motorcycle

With over 700,000 estimated attendees anticipated to attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 8th it will be extremely easy to misplace your motorcycle or worse have it stolen. So why not protect your motorcycle by installing a T3 before you go?

What’s a T3?

The T3 is a vehicle tracking device from 911Tracker that is small enough to protect your motorcycle at all times and will alert you immediately if your bike is moved by providing you with the GPS location, speed, and direction that your motorcycle is traveling. You can then call the T3, by pressing # and the T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let Police track the thief with real-time location of the bike.

What sets T3 apart from other Vehicle Tracking Devices?

The T3 has the flexibility to protect all of your vehicles when you need to. Easily move your T3 from your motorcycle to your car with our Cable-Kit-T.  The T3’s ability to easily connect you directly to the 911-Operator

And unlike other Vehicle Tracking Devices on the market the T3 is the only tracking device that can connect you directly to the 911-Operator in the same vicinity as the motorcycle – even if you are thousands of miles away. Police see real advantage in hearing immediately from the owner (instead of a 3rd party call center), the ability to receive real-time GPS location, and the owner’s ability to disable the starter. Since 911Tracker has a patent on remotely commanded 3-party call to police, no other anti-theft systems can do this, including LoJack®, FIN, etc.

Protect your motorcycle at Sturgis.  Contact us to learn more!

Tech Tip:  The T3 owner can change T3 Mode to select either Auto/Guard or Master or Move.

Motorcycle Safety

all about Motorcycle Safety

As the warm weather moves in, more motorcycles are on the road.  May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, which serves as a reminder for all vehicles to remember to Share the Road.  

According to the NHTSA, in 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a decrease of 2.3 percent from from 2013 (4,692). Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcycle registrations representing only 3 percent of all vehicles in the United States in 2014. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2013 to 88,000 in 2014.

Wearing a helmet is an important way for a motorcyclist to stay safe, but all motorists play a part.  The NHTSA reminds motorists that it is especially important to understand motorcycle safety challenges such as size and visibility, and riding practices like downshifting and weaving to be able to anticipate and respond to motorcyclist behavior.

Some general safety tips for drivers to improve motorcycle safety are

  • Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Always allow more follow distance – three to four seconds – when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these safety guidelines:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
  • Never ride distracted or impaired.

Motorcyclists can keep their bike safe by:

  • Keeping it properly maintained
  • Parking it indoors

Install a T3 Vehicle Security System.  The T3 will alert you immediately if your bike is moved. Your phone will show GPS location, speed, and direction. You call the T3, press # and T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let Police track the thief with real-time location of the bike.  Contact us to learn more!

Protect more than one car with a Cable Kit T

Do you own more than one vehicle? No problem! You can protect them all with ONE T3! Want to know how?

With a Cable-Kit-T!

A Cable-Kit-T allows for you to plugin the T3 on your vehicle whenever you need it!  Switch it freely from your primary vehicle to your weekend ride, or your classic show stopper. The Cable-Kit-T is easy to install and works in a snap. The kit gives you the option to move the Vehicle Security Tracker from your primary vehicle to other vehicles so that you have protection when you need it!

Why would you want to move your 911Tracker? We can think of a few good reasons:

* Car enthusiasts like to surround themselves with the things that they love most, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you have a few rides in your driveway.

* Classic cars are fun to own but typically more of a weekend ride. So although you may want it to be your primary car, you probably have a spare in your garage.

* Although you would like to drive your motorcycle every day the weather doesn’t always allow for that to happen which is when your car or truck is the next best option.

By having the flexibility to move your T3 you can protect all of your vehicles when you need to. We recommend installing your Cable-Kit-T when you are heading out of town, going to a crowded venue, traveling, parking in an unknown/unsafe area. That way your Vehicle has a voice even if you are a thousand miles away. Click here to read more about the T3.

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10 Tips for Winterizing Your Motorcycle

10 tips for winterizing your motorcycle

As motorcycle season comes to an end it’s time to start preparing your bike for a few months in storage. We’ve compiled 10 tips to help assist you during the winterizing process!

  • Clean your motorcycle:
    • Wash and towel dry your motorcycle.
    • Add a coat of wax to act as a barrier against moisture and add WD40 to the metallic parts.
  • Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Make sure you run the bike long enough to ensure that the stabilizer gets through the entire fuel system.
  • Keep your battery charged by hooking it up to a battery maintainer that will automatically shut off to prevent overcharging.
  • Change your oil and filter right before you put your bike away.
  • Inflate your tires to the recommended pressures. Lift your tires off of the concrete with a motorcycle stand, piece of carpet or even plywood. This is done to keep moisture from seeping into them.
  • Check and make sure you have a sufficient amount of antifreeze.
  • If the bike has a chain drive, clean and adjust the chain if necessary. Also make sure you lubricate the chain.
  • Plug up your pipes with a muffler plug or even plastic bags so that rodents don’t use it as a bed. We recommend plugging it with something bright colored so that you don’t forget to take it out once Spring hits!
  • Cover your motorcycle to ensure that moisture and debris stays off of your bike.
  • Keep your motorcycle safe. Store your motorcycle in a secure place. Ideally that would be a garage or shed. But if you don’t have access to either of them you could look into a storage facility or a local dealership.

Another way to ensure the safety of your motorcycle is to install a T3 Vehicle Security System.  The T3 will alert you immediately if your bike is moved. Your phone will show GPS location, speed, and direction. You call the T3, press # and T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let Police track the thief with real-time location of the bike.  Contact us to learn more!