Safety Section

Always remember the aim of our chapter is to RIDE & HAVE FUN – SAFELY!

Your 2019 Road Captains

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Hi, I am Bob Clark your Chapter Safety Officer; I want to welcome you to the Safety section of the North Hampton, NH Seacoast Harley-Davidson H.O.G. Chapter website. We are very committed to “Riding Safely and Having Fun”, and safety has been, and continues to be, an important part of our Chapter rides. Whether you ride alone, with friends, or in a group, safe riding is something that you should practice every time you ride. At the North Hampton, NH Seacoast Harley Davidson H.O.G. Chapter, we can help by providing safe riding tips and information on rider education.  Group riding requires additional safety skills. Our Lead Road Captains will you help develop them during our Chapter rides.   Basic and advanced riding skills are offered by the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy at SHD. It is a great resource that is available to us and comes highly recommended. Check it out to see if a scheduled class will work for you.

With the information available to us today there are many sources we can learn from.

Ride Planning – Harley Davidson offers a very valuable tool for planning your next ride, the Ride Planner. It is also important to keep up with road conditions as you plan your trip, you can find great information concerning roads in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. You may also want to look at the AMA website to learn about various state laws if you are going outside your state. Finally, use the MSF T-Clocs inspection Checklist before each ride to make sure your bike is ready.

There is a wealth of information on the internet regarding safety. I find that the MSF website is well worth the time you can spend.  The subjects range from “You and your motorcycle riding tips” to “You and your three wheeler riding tips” and on to things like Protective gear and Quick Tips just name a few.   If you have time and want to test your motorcycle knowledge try these 48 BRC questions from the MSF Basic Riders Course.  Blogs are also a way to increase your awareness when riding. One that I have been following “Stayin’ safe’s Blog” has helped me more than once. Under the header there is the name of the next page. There are many good articles in there.  Remember that Blogs are sometimes one person’s opinion but with that said and an open mind they have good information.

Utube can be a valuable tool for learning how to do things and gaining insight to things you may not think of. Review of basic skills like mounting and dismounting is information that is simple and can be helpful.

Simple things like App’s for your cell phone can also help. I recommend putting an I.C.E. app on your phone. There are many free versions for both android and apple.  I.C.E. stands for in case of emergency. It can help in case your family needs to be contacted, medical history, doctor information and allergies. If you chose not to put it on your phone there are paper copies you can carry in your wallet or “dog tags” you can purchase.

Chapter rides

Most of our rides originate at the dealerships

(Seacoast Harley Davidson or Harley-Davidson Shop of Rochester)

There are a few things for you to know before you show up for a ride.

Arrive prepared: gas tank full, proper gear, good attitude!

Posted run time is the Departure time: please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to that time.

All current chapter members need only sign in on the ride sheet.  Any non-chapter members must also sign a release.  This is extremely important!   Minors require special releases (2) which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. (Chapter event release form for minors) as well as one signed by the minor (Minors assumption of risk release form) If you plan to bring a minor on a ride, you can download the releases from our website via these links or get them from a Road Captain.

A rider briefing will be held just prior to departure.  This briefing will establish a schedule for gas and rest stops tell the group the intended route and provide other pertinent information.    The Lead Road Captain will also review the group riding guidelines at the briefing.

If this is going to be your first chapter ride or want a refresher please use Group riding as a review.

Most important enjoy the scenery and friendship.

If you have any questions contact me at seacoasthogsafety@gmail.com

Ride safe and have fun!

 

Bob


North Hampton NH Seacoast Chapter Alcohol Policy

Our Chapter adheres to the Harley Owner’s Group recommended alcohol policies and procedures.

  • No alcohol before or during a ride or event

  • Our Chapter will not furnish alcohol at rides or events

Our Chapter rides and events are alcohol free.  That information will be added to the sign in sheets for our Chapter rides as a reminder.

  • Alcohol before a ride – a rider will be unable to participate

  • Alcohol during a ride – participant will be asked to leave the ride

This policy will apply to both open and closed Chapter rides and events.

Note:  Liquor liability coverage is not provided by the Chapter general liability insurance policy!

Safety Websites

www.nh.gov/dmvwww.msgroup.org -www.Ridelikeapro.com -  www.nhtsa.dot.gov – www.megarider.com -www.accidentscene.net – www.msf-usa.org - www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/HOG/HOG.jsp?locale=en_UShttp://medids.com/free-id.php -http://www.gotags.com/usdogtags.php – www.purpleharley.com

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