Motorcycle Tires: Age Matters
by Christine Fernie,
ACMM Safety Officer
How old are your motorcycle tires? Tires can become dangerous when they get too old because they can become brittle from exposure to sun and oxidization. I had this experience in my second year of riding (crystalized and bald tires).
For people who ride little, the risk of their tires being old is higher. So, share this great knowledge with others and maybe get someone to buy you a coffee for eliminating a hazard they did not know they had.
This is your safety tip for the month. Check the dates on your tires and check out this article to see how to find and read the date.
Hot Weather Motorcycle Riding
From one of our Safety Officers, Christine Fernie
I was doing research to find out how hot is too hot for my bike (Texas in July) and was pleased to learn that a well maintained air-cooled bike is usually fine as long as you can keep moving.
In my research, I found this article that said there are 3 things you should carry in hot weather: a charged cell phone, a water bottle with a 1/2 day supply of water and an umbrella for shade should you break down. I think these are excellent tips to heed for all of us headed to Texas. Another option for shade might be to set up your tent for some cover. Don't underestimate the danger of overheating yourself as well. Happy travels everyone.
Atlantic Canada Motor Maids Advisory Article
by Lynne Campbell
Atlantic Canada Motor Maids are taking full advantage of the summer weather and doing lots of riding. Every Wednesday a group of New Brunswick members get together for "Wicked Women Wednesday" and head off exploring; coastlines, farmlands, riversides, you never know for sure where they will end up.
Recently several MMs spent the weekend touring the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They were able to meet and ride with some women from another motorcycle group, the Saddlebags. Lots of good times!
Five MMs and one guest were fortunate enough to ride to Texas for Convention, and two others were able to join us there as guests. What a great trip it turned out to be, despite some bike troubles and more heat than we are used to riding in. We found that stuffing our jackets with ice at every gas stop made it possible to keep going. It was another great Convention and we tried to learn everything we could in preparation for hosting next year's 75th Convention in Moncton.
In June we participated in the Ride for Dad in New Brunswick and one of our members, Catherine Lawrence, was the third highest fund raiser! Some of our members also made it to Atlanticade in Prince Edward Island, always a lot of fun.
Coming up in Aug is the annual meet with Eastern Canada Motor Maids, this year in Chicoutimi, Quebec-always a wonderful time with a fun group of ladies. There is a bike rally in Cape Breton the first weekend in August, another bike event in Moncton mid-August and at the end of the month is the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, NS, one of the biggest in this area. There will be white vests to be seen at every event.
In the meantime we are getting into gear for the 75th Convention next summer. It is going to be a busy winter but we are looking forward to the challenge.