Motorcycle Mention Game
MOTY Award 2016 Motorcycle of the Year
The MOTY Awards has named the Triumph Street Twin by Bonneville the “2016 Motorcycle of the Year.” It is a full-size, fully featured modern motorcycle with standard ABS and traction control. The Street Twin feels fully equipped and thoroughly featured. More than that, the Street Twin is a delight to ride. Light feeling, agile, with strong off-the-bottom power, the Triumph is a compact, easy-to-manage bike that never feels dumbed down. Its charm is never veneer-thin or cynical. They have genuinely good performance.
2016 Best Sport Bike of the Year
MOTY Awards also named the Yamaha YZF-R1 the “Best Sport Bike”. It’s easier to ride than any of its competition, and at the end of the lap it’s also faster. The R1 will make you feel like a better track rider. On the street, the suspension is stiff and the riding position is aggressive. The seat is wide and pretty comfy, and mellower ride modes allow you to dial back the hair-trigger throttle. Add to all of that the R1 experience is bathed in the warm, dulcet tones of the cross-plane engine. Last year the R1 changed the way we see superbikes, and one year later it is still very much the king of the class.
On the average on my fifteen-minute ride to work and back each day there is at least one motorcycle on the road to be seen going each way. There are well over 500,000 motorcycles, on the roads, in the United States. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2014, the number or deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars.
Those riding motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. When a motorcycles crashes, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicles, therefore, they are more likely to be injured or killed. Serious head injuries are common among motorcyclists.
All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) are not designed for on-highway use, yet in recent years more than 300 riders died in crashes on public roads annually.
Rules for Motorcycle and Moped Drivers
In most states the rules for motorcycle and moped drivers are the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles:
- You must be 16 years of age or older to operate a motorcycle or moped on a public road.
- If under 18, you must hold a Learner’s License for 12 months with no moving violations, convictions prior to the issuance of a Motorcycle Only license.
- Operators of motorcycles must complete an approved motorcycle safety course and get a motorcycle endorsement on their license or a Motorcycle Only license
- Motorcycles and mopeds, must register annually and have a tag, may not operate on bicycle paths or foot paths, and must carry Personal Injury Protection (insurance).
When riding a motorcycle, or moped you must use;
- Turn signals are required by law when changing lanes or overtaking a vehicle.
- You must give a turn signal for at least 100 feet before you make your turn.
- “Right turn” is the left arm from elbow to the palm of the hand extended to the sky (as if you were under arrest.)
- It is against the law to use your directional signals to tell drivers behind you that they can pass.
- “Slow or Stop” is the left arm from elbow to palm extended to the ground.
- Hand signals must be given from the left sides of the vehicle.
- “Left turn” is the left arms from elbow to palm extended straight out, as if doing jumping jacks.
- Slow down to a safe turning speed
The federal government says that helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths, about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Only twenty states make helmet mandate.
Proper clothing for motorcyclist:
- Helmet- protects from head injury, windblast, cold and flying objects
- Gloves-protects hands
- Jacket and Pants – protects against sunburn, road rash and windburn
- Boots-gives protection to the foot and ankle, allows a good grip on the foot pegs and road surfaces
- Proper clothing protects from bugs, heat from bike, debris from the roads and the weather.
The advertising has been done and the law made now, perhaps we should begin “Motorcycle Mention.” How many of you have ever played Slug Bug or Jinx?
Slug Bug is the car riding game of noticing Volkswagen Beetle cars. The first person to see the Volkswagen Beetle call out “Slug Bug” and then proceeds to slug a neighbor in the upper arm.
Jinx or Personal Jinx is a children’s game (although not entirely used by children) when two people unintentionally speak the same word or phrase at the same time. One of them yells “Jinx” before any further conversation can take place, the other person is in the state of “jinxed” and may not speak further until they are “released” from the jinx. The game ends with either the jinxed is released by the “jinxee” by speaking or saying “you owe me a Coke.” The penalty is traditionally a pinch or a punch in the arm. Most often the winner does not receive the Coke
Recently while reading, the statement was made perhaps we should create a car riding game where we became more aware of motorcycles.
Motorcycle Mention is the new game that goes like this. (It is a mixture between Slug Bug and Jinx.) While riding down the road if you see a motorcycle or moped you call out “Motorcycle Mention, you owe me an M & M.” This will make the driver aware of that these is a motorcycle nearby, it is training future drivers to aware of them, and it is a game that can keep the children entertained for a while.
It Could Save a Life!
There are 30 to 35 candies in an individual, 1.59 ounce, bag of M & M’s. It may take a car recorder to keep record, but three to five car rides should produce enough motorcycles, in a populated city, to insure a bag of candy.
Next time you’re in the car and see a motorcycle play “Motorcycle Mention.” It could save a life!