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Is Blue The New Black?

I knew I was unique, but not too unique until this past weekend.  Now I’m in a crowd of over 1,000 riders at a local Toy Run and one of my friends, who I didn’t ride to the event with, came up to say “hello”.  I told him that he was lucky to find me out of all the people and he quickly told me that it was easy.  “You’re the only one wearing blue.”  So I looked around and saw a sea of black.  Ok, perhaps there were a few other blue riding jackets around, but not many. 

Now I wear what I like and that happens to be a blue and white Icon Merc jacket with Icon riding jeans.  They’re comfortable and I like how they look, regardless of what others think.  As it turns out wearing basic blue and jeans also makes me stand out in a crowd of motorcyclists.  Who knew?

Years ago, black leathers were worn by those who wanted to portray a “bad boy” image, even if they were actually good.  It was a way of look unique and drawing attention, which at the time it did.  Not so today.  We have so many people wanting to be the “bad” boys and girls that going to a motorcycle event, like a toy run, is not much different then attending a convention of lawyers.  Everyone’s wearing the same suit and trying hard not to look different.

It's fall. Lets Ride!

It’s hard to believe that we are on the backside of September and that fall is only a few days away.  For many of us the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder and I’m seeing fewer and fewer motorcycles on the road.  So for all you fair weather riders out there who’ve put your bikes away read up.

Fall can be one of the best times of the year to ride.  First, many of the morons on the road have retreated to their villages to concentrate on work and getting their kids back to school.  In other words, fewer cars on the road and fewer idiots too.  Second, the colors that come out this time of year and the crisp feel and smell of the air is absolutely stimulating. 

What about the cold?  Well, for those out there who would rather stay warm then endure a little drop in temperature to go riding, there are ways to stay warm on those crisp fall days.  First, invest in heated grips.  For all the aftermarket “stuff” I’ve purchased over the years, heated grips are by far the most useful I’ve purchased.  For under $200.00 you get a product that will keep your hands warm.  It’s a bit odd, but when your hands are warm, the rest of the body feels warm.  Second, invest in an inexpensive, two piece rain suite.  The rain gear keeps the wind from getting through as well as it does the rain.  This will keep you warm, provided you wear warm cloths under the suite.  If you have the means, there are electric vests and gloves that can also be added and for those who really have the means, heated seats are out there too.

The Stop Sign

The STOP sign is the most recognizable of all the road signs.   Its only purpose is to keep us alive.

STOP signs are very easy to find.  They’re red and bold and stick out in a crowd.  Intersections are where they’re usually found.

Red and bold with 8 equal sides.  Do what it says and everyone survives.   

Before a license is issued the STOP sign gets respect.  Miss just one and a fail you’ll get.

After a license things begin to change.  The STOP sign’s respect begins to fade.  Even though it’s red and bold, it’s forgotten, not seen or simply ignored.

So when you go riding please be aware, the morons are out there and you better take care.  Even though the STOP sign is red and bold, a moron won’t see it and that can’t be ignored.

While the STOP sign is there to keep us alive, it only works when its word is obeyed.  A moron, however, the sign will ignore and if YOU can’t stop to heaven you’ll go.

So don’t trust a sign to keep you alive.  It can’t stop a moron and neither can you.

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