Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program
Would like to Welcome the
To Our Team of Sponsoring Partners

They will be offering a 10% Discount to ESMSEP Members
(Need to Show Valid Membership Card for Discount - Check Store for Details)

Also, Starting Tuesday April 24th and
every 4th Tuesday of the month;
ESMSEP will be conducting a Safety/Skills Presentation
at the store from 5:30pm to closing

Time to Wake Up!

Believe it or not, a new riding season is nearly here (though it seems Mother Nature keeps messing with us); ready to be taken advantage of. Many of us have been eagerly anticipating the ever-elusive season for months. We've spent the past winter dreaming of new adventures, destinations, and roads not traveled. Some of us have spent the downtime shining our motorcycles, while others have added new supplements of chrome or gadgetry that are just waiting to be shown off, praised and used. 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 roll 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 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, and 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 "re-training" 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 1oo 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 and summer 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.
We've all heard the number one statement from car drivers: "I didn't see him/her." 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 drive by" 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. We're in tune to motorcycling and other riders, but most drivers aren't, and it shows in the statistics. So what can we do to prevent the infamous left-turner or that eager from ruining our day by pulling out from a side street? First, 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. Bottom line is we all know that car drivers for the most part do not recognize us no matter what time of year it is. Be vigilant with scanning for potential risks and do what you need to adjust for them. Something as simple as covering your controls while riding in congested areas or approaching intersections can reduce reaction time; remember time equals distance – there may be a situation that inches can make the difference between a conflict or not.
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 and those around you. 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 is not a bright color. Consider a light-colored helmet or riding gear for increased visibility.

Also consider taking a safety skills course. You can find one in your area for less money than your last billet piece or whatever gadget. You can check out www.nysmsp.org for schools in your area and even consider attending one of ESMSEP’s Seminars –
They’re FREE.

Finally, don't forget to make sure your motorcycle is ready for the road and riding. Taking the steps to be ready for riding includes both ourselve3s and our machines (CLICK HERE for the MSF TCLOCS PRE RIDE INSPECTION CHECKLIST)
So head out there and remember to keep those eyes up and the rubber down. Consider the risks, adjust for them and keep learning. The more you know, the better it gets.
Have a safe, enjoyable and memorable riding season!

Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program
Upcoming Seminars

Motorcyclists Tune Up

With a new riding season for motorcyclists; we will be hosting a riders Spring Tune Up of information for motorcyclists to refresh themselves of skills and awareness needed to have a safer riding season. 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.

Whether you have been dormant for the long winter break or just would like to gain some refresher and new information to review to hopefully make your riding safer, these seminars are essential to help reduce the risks associated with your motorcycle riding. 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.

ALL Our Informational Seminars are FREE

Program presented by - Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program, Inc
Course Presenter - Don Gomo; Safety Skills Columnist for American Iron Magazine and NYS MSF RiderCoach

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ESMSEP is now scheduling for 2018 Seminars/Presentations
If your Club/Group/Chapter/Organization is interested in scheduling with us, please contact ESMSEP for available dates/times


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CYCLE GEAR of Hicksville is having Bike Nights on the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month from 5pm till closing.

Starting the month of May - ESMSEP will be attending the scheduled Bike Nights, Come on by and say Hi












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 April 10th 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 20th at the Marine Corps League 99 New York Ave Massapequa NY @ 7:30pm

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 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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