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The Invisible Motorcyclist

THE INVISIBLE MOTORCYCLIST

"I never saw him. He came out of nowhere!" That's probably the most common statements heard at a collision between an automobile and a motorcyclist. They're usually made by the operator of the auto because the motorcyclist is unconscious (or worse).

As riders we wonder, "How can they NOT see us?  Are they just not looking?"

A lack of attention on the part of the driver does explain some of the car/bike collisions; the distracted driver, cell 'phones, unruly children, etc. All these can contribute BUT some responsibility belongs to the motorcyclist as well.

I know. I know. That's heresy.  Let me explain.

•Motorcycles make up about 3% of the "normal" traffic flow.
•People "see" what they expect to see; things like cars and trucks
Unless the rider does something to visually stand out, he can be easily overlooked.
•Motorcycles ARE much harder to see than cars/trucks because of their smaller size. A motorcycle can easily be "lost" in the background even with the headlight on.
•Many motorcycles are colors that lend themselves to blending into the environment. Particularly dark colored machines (black is the color of pavement after all).
Many motorcyclist wear dark colored helmets (or no helmet at all, but we won't discuss those here) AND dark colored clothing.  A number of studies in the US and abroad have shown that a light colored (white, silver, yellow) helmet is more noticeable (during daylight hours) than a dark colored (black, dark red, dark blue) helmet.  Why? The driver sees this bright colored "orb" floating above the traffic (most riders heads are higher than the hoods/windshields of cars).  It's DIFFERENT.

Lastly (and sadly), most motorcyclists are not skilled in emergency maneuvers.  Over 13% of the motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes made NO effort to avoid the collision. They didn't brake, they didn't swerve, they just rode right into the collision.  That's because, after they've gotten their license, they don't practice those kinds of maneuvers regularly (or ever). Motorcycling is a SKILL. It takes practice.

So how can you NOT be the Invisible Motorcyclist?
•Position your bike so it can be seen and identified in the traffic stream.
•Wear bright colors
•Consider getting a brightly colored bike
•PRACTICE your emergency maneuvers

Or you could take the advice I got once from a very experienced rider. He told me not to "ride like I was invisible." He told me to ride like they can see me and are actively planning to do something to take me out."

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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Model City Wings gathering -- 201 Oxford Exchange Blvd, Oxford, AL 36203, Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm (Golden Corral')
Events Chapter Events / Rides
August - 2016
25,  Thu--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -Supper Ride -- Depart at 5:15 pm from MAPCO Winterboro 22065 AL HIGHWAY 21 ALPINE AL 35014 (Faye's BBQ 2600 Old Birmingham Hwy Sylacauga AL 35150)
28,  Sun-Leap Frog Ride -- Depart 8:30 am Jack's Coldwater 4984 US Hwy 78 W Oxford AL 36203
31,  Wed-Chapter Breakfast meet -- Meet at 9:00 am at The Broiler Room/ I-20 Truck Stop 12089 Stemley Rd Lincoln AL 35096 Phone 205-763-3036
September - 2016
1,  Thu-Model City Wings gathering -- 201 Oxford Exchange Blvd, Oxford, AL 36203, Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm (Golden Corral')
5,  Mon-Labor Holiday
Birthdays Birthdays / Anniversaries
August - 2016
8,  Mon-Jean Trammell -- Joined GWRRA July 2014
10,  Wed-Yvonne Marlow  Birthday -- Joined GWRRA Aug 2009
15,  Mon-David Williams -- Joined GWRRA Apr 2015
23,  Tue-Janice Pisacrita Birthday -- Joined GWRRA Sep 2015
 -Ken Richardson Birthday -- Joined GWRRA June 2015
26,  Fri-Marie Smelley  Birthday -- Joined GWRRA Feb 2010
 -Ken Richardson Anniversary -- Joined GWRRA Jun 2015
 -Denise Richardson -- Joined GWRRA Sep 2015
27,  Sat-Harrell (Deno) Herring Birthday -- Joined GWRRA Sep 2013
28,  Sun-Donnie & Pam Canada -- Joined GWRRA July 2014

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