It's Almost Spring

Believe it or not; a new riding season is nearly here, ready to be traveled and taken
advantage of. Many of us, especially here in the northern parallels, have been eagerly
anticipating the ever-elusive season for months - Spring. We've spent the past winter
dreaming of new adventures, destinations, and roads not traveled. Some of us have spent
the downtime shining our steeds, while others have added new supplements of chrome and
gadgetry that are just waiting to be shown off and praised. Now the time has arrived for us
to swing our legs over our majestic machines. crank those mills of power, and crack the
throttle to let our rides once again breathe. But wait, what kind of safety skills column would
this be if we didn't go over some items to consider before we settle in and soar down the
paved path to new journeys? Before I give you a chance to answer, let's dive right into
some discussion.

We need to realize that it may have been up to six months for some of us since our last
ride, and the time lapsed should be at the top of our consideration list. After not using our
riding skills for a long while, we have a tendency to lose our sharpness and edge. We're not
on top of our game as we were when we put our rides away for their winter naps, plus our
mental and physical skills have weakened. What can we do about this, you ask. To start
with, keep your initial rides short. Let your muscles redevelop the movements and muscle
memory they need, not only for riding, but perhaps for survival. Your wrists and hands
probably didn't do much riding-related movement over the dark season. Don't forget those
legs and the rest of your body either. Not many of us work or relax in the same position as
we ride, so muscles tend to become tired and sore during the "retraining" process. Fatigue
is a form of impairment, and you could put yourself in a dangerous situation without even
realizing it. Anything that takes away from riding at 100 percent of your ability should be
considered impairment. The problem with fatigue is that it sneaks up slowly, and you may
find out at the wrong time that your body and brain cannot react properly because of
fatigue-induced impairment. Not good. So consider building up your riding "strength" slowly
and steadily. Riding experience and saddle time should relate to each new season as well
as your overall riding history.

Okay, we understand the need to practice, retrain ourselves, and just take things slowly at
first, but what about those other risks and dangers like cars, trucks. and SUVs? Research
has gathered plenty of information evidencing an excessive amount of accidents each
spring. And, in some cases. statistics show that there are more accidents (percentagewise)
with motorcycles and cars during the first few weeks of Spring than throughout the whole
riding season. Some reasons for these stats include what we've discussed - fatigue and
riding skills insufficient to prevent a conflict - while others relate to other vehicles. They are
not use to seeing us after our absence, and a lot of time do not see us no matter what time
of year it is.

We've all heard the number one statement from cagers: "I didn't see him." Even after
hearing this over and over, most of us still find it a poor excuse - and
though it is, there are some valid reasons for it. Many of us take for granted that we can be
seen. "I see every motorcycle I pass" is a statement I've heard a lot. That's because we are
bikers; we're in tune to bikes and love not only riding them but seeing them. Being in tune
enhances our sense of awareness, like buying a new car and then noticing the same model
everywhere, or quitting smoking and then feeling surrounded by smokers, and so on. We're
in tune to motorcycling and motorcyclists. but most drivers aren't, and it shows in the
statistics. So what can we do to prevent the infamous left-turner or that driver from ruining
our day by pulling out from a side street? Again remember that you and the rest of the
riding population have been absent from the roads for many months. Just like we have to
take time to retrain ourselves, it takes time for the driving population to "see" us again ... at
least, we hope they will. Some folks state to ride like your invisible; that may be a good
approach, but never stop trying to be visible at the same time.

There are other simple things we can do to help the process. Lane positioning is a great
way to avoid a potential mishap. Ride within the lane that gives the best view for you to
those around plus consider where your best viewing/scanning vision works. Constantly
adjust position and speed for changing conditions. Another way to be seen is to wear bright
gear. Trust me: Black may be cool, sleek, sexy; mysterious, and rebellious, but black does
not fall into the spectrum of bright colors. Consider a light-colored helmet or riding gear for
increased visibility. Finally, why not think about taking a rider safety skills course. You can
find one in your area or checking our Sponsoring Partners list. The cost of the program is
definitely cheaper that most of those parts you put on your bike over the winter and without
a doubt cheaper than an unforeseen ambulance ride.

So head out there and take the road with vengeance from the winter and remember to keep
those eyes up and the rubber down. Consider the risks and keep learning. The more you know, the better it gets. Have a safe riding season!

We are Pleased to Announce & Welcome as a
Supporting Partner to Our Program



FREE Motorcycle Safety Seminars

Motorcyclists Tune Up​

With the new riding season for motorcyclists, we will be hosting a Motorcyclists Tune Up of information for motorcyclists to refresh themselves of skills and awareness need to have a safer riding season for 2017. This will be a non riding course (information only) that will review topics such as proper cornering, braking, general riding skills, group riding, street strategies, road awareness and more. Many riders have been dormant for the long winter and some refresher and new information to review could make our riding safer for the season to come. The classes are also open to all drivers so they can become better informed on the needs of motorcyclists for awareness with Sharing the Road. This is a FREE Program.

Program presented by - Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program

Course Presenter - Don Gomo; President of ESMSEP, Safety Skills Columnist for American Iron Magazine and NYS MSF RiderCoach

To Sign Up
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More Dates & Locations Added


June 5-10, 2017
Registration for Americade is now open online - Click logo for more information

Also at Americade This Year
ESMSEP President - Don Gomo - Will be conducting seminars during the week
(Click Link on Programs Below for information)

Tuesday June 6th @ 9am -SeasonedRider

Wednesday 7th @ 9am - Education Is For Everyone


Plus - Supporting Sponsors Street Skills is conducting a program
Strre Skills is thrilled to announce that Street Skills LLC will be offering On-Road Style Cornering Confidence courses at Americade in June!

Description: In this course riders are escorted on secluded roads in the Adirondacks to discover more fun and confidence in the twisties. This is not a tour, but an on-road course based on the school’s Fast Track to Precision Riding program. Experienced riders looking for an edge will have an opportunity to sharpen cornering skills and techniques in a real-world setting. READ A REVIEW
Length: 4 hours
Class Size: 4 riders
Cost: $250

Offerings During the Rally (Register HERE with Americade)
Group 1:
June 9 (8 am-noon)
Group 2:
June 9 (1-5 pm)
Group 3:
June 10 (8 am-noon)
Group 4:
June 10 (1-5 pm)

Offerings Day After the Rally (Register HERE with Street Skills LLC)
Group 5:
June 11 (8 am-noon)
Group 6:
June 11(1-5 pm)


Finally, ESMSEP is again Sponsoring the Awards for the
Cone Course Training

This is a Great Program to hone your slow seed maneuvering skills
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Long Island ABATE
is now having meetings in Nassau & Suffolk Counties. The Nassau meeting will be informational only and the Suffolk meeting will remain the primary meeting time.

NEXT MEETING IS Tuesday March 14th at the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District Meeting Hall Corner of Hawkins Ave & Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY
BBQ Dinner is at 6:30pm . Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Nassau Meeting (informal) will be Tuesday March 21st at the Marine Corps League 99 New York Ave Massapequa NY @ 7:30pm

Will Long Island ABATE's Awareness Run
More information to be posted soon


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Every Membership receives a FREE $4000 Accidental Death Life Insurance Policy coverage from National Income Life Insurance Company

Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program, Inc(ESMSEP) is a not for profit, 501(c)3 outreach education organization group of like minded motorcycle safety enthusiasts working towards the goal of promoting motorcycle awareness and the benefits of rider education through FREE informational seminars at libraries, adult continuing ed programs, dealerships, club/group meetings, rallies, etc. Our primary goal is to present the information to licensed motorcycle operators as to the importance of continuing rider education, but our information can also be extremely useful for newer riders as well. To date, there is no one in NYS that presently addresses what we do..

ESMSEP has a Member Benefit Program that includes a FREE $4000 life insurance policy plus discounted offers from our Sponsoring Partners. ESMSEP currently has 90+ Sponsoring Partners listed on our website that have joined our team with many of them offering a benefit offer for our membership that have pledge to support this new exciting venture. All of them are extremely supportive of our task and recognize the value of it for the motorcycling community plus the potential for future customers that appreciate their support of motorcycle safety. We have more sponsors than any other not for profit motorcycle organization in the country.
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