<![CDATA[Ravens - Born to Fly - Some Words of Wisdom]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:36:12 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Handlebar Height]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:03:46 GMThttp://ravenriders.com/2/post/2016/04/handlebar-height.htmlPicture
Handlebar height: 10. (1) No person shall operate upon a highway a motorcycle or motor assisted bicycle equipped with handlebars that are more than 380 millimetres in height above the uppermost portion of the seat provided for the operator when the seat is depressed by the weight of the operator. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 596, s. 10 (1).

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<![CDATA[Safety Series - How to Avoid Accidents]]>Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:59:56 GMThttp://ravenriders.com/2/post/2015/01/safety-series-how-to-avoid-accidents.htmlCar Turning Left in Front of You Picture
 A car fails to see you or judges your speed incorrectly,and turns left in front of you  (intersections or entrance to parking lots etc)





Watch for  signs that   someone may turn in front of you:   ie:  a car  at an intersection, in a turning lane or near entrance to a parking lot waiting to turn and there's a gap in "car"  traffic.

If you see a potential collision:

1.  Look at the driver to see if they are looking at you, then look at the  wheels (not the car) to judge what the car is doing  - angle of turn, speed of wheels.

2.    Take a defensive lane position - to the right side of the lane to give more room between you and the car.

3.   Cover your brakes and be prepared to take evasive action.
       -   slow down as you assess the danger.
       -   be aware of what is behind you
       -   look at the road condition  - loose gravel? potholes?  can you brake fully?

Twenty Six percent (26%) of fatal motor cycle accidents occur when a vehicle turns left in front of them.  Of these accidents, sixty nine percent (69%) are at intersections. 

Ride Safe Ladies.





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<![CDATA[Oils aint oils]]>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:45:31 GMThttp://ravenriders.com/2/post/2014/07/oils-aint-oils.htmlPicture
Although synthetic oils lubricate better and  lasts longer,  did you realize that because in synthetic oil, the molecules are all the same size, and this has been given as the reason that you hear more top end engine noise with synthetic oil.

Here is an analogy I read:   ..if you filled a gym floor with all kinds of balls, volleyballs, basketballs, tennis balls, etc and tried to roll across them, you could do it, but if you filled the floor with all volleyballs, imagine how much better you could roll across the floor.

Therefore the synthetic molecules (volleyballs)  which are all the same size and give a "slicker" surface, but the mineral (Dino) oil,  (the odd sized balls) actually give more of a "thickness" for filling gaps, thus, quieter valve train.

Why do we need oil?
1.   lubricate and reduce friction.

2.  help cool your bike.   Harleys are indeed air-cooled, but oil removes quite a bit of heat. As oil flow over the hot parts, heat transfers and is carried away. The “dry sump” oiling system utilized by Harley-Davidson aids in this cooling process because oil pumped out of the engine travels to a remote tank, thus affording more cooling time.

3.   oil is “seals.”  - surfaces of the piston rings, ring grooves and cylinder walls are never completely smooth. There are microscopic hills and valleys that can reduce engine efficiency by allowing combustion pressure to escape into these low-pressure areas of the crankcase. The job of motor oils is to fill in these hills and valleys on ring surfaces and cylinder walls, thus allowing maximum combustion pressure.

4.   protect against rust and corrosion. 

 



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<![CDATA[July 03rd, 2014]]>Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:37:46 GMThttp://ravenriders.com/2/post/2014/07/july-03rd-2014.htmlPicture
We have all survived different trials and tribulations to be where we are today.
But women are particularly hard on each other. 

Often we are most critical of each other for life decisions:  hair, clothing, career, men…..and this is what stands in the way of women really empowering and inspiring one another.

The first step is being confident in yourself.  Only then can you empower other women.

We all should be less judgmental, and gossipy, and be more positive.  

Whenever you are tempted to criticize another female, take a breath and think how you would feel to be on the receiving end.           Remember, we have all survived different trials and tribulations to be where we are today.


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<![CDATA[Group Riding]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:29:15 GMThttp://ravenriders.com/2/post/2014/07/group-riding.htmlPicture
Group riding is a whole new set of skills to learn.

You have to focus on the person in front....  if they stop suddenly, you need to react.  You also need to watch their riding to give extra warning of that pothole or other obstacle in the road.

Another important factor is to remember that there is someone behind you - so you need to not stop suddenly, give clear signals, and try to maintain an even spacing  - no one wants to feel they are dropping back behind the pack because the person in front is going too slow.

Speeding to catch up after dropping behind is dangerous...  you have less reaction time and less stopping time if the person in front slows or stops and you are accelerating directly towards her!

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