The Thinking Rider

Article is from the AMA

Applying Knowledge to Circumstances
Riding a motorcycle gives a physical and emotional feeling unlike any other form of transportation and movement, one that, “If you have to ask about it, you wouldn’t understand.” The wind pressing against our bodies and smells of the places we ride, a closeness to the road, the world, and other riders create a craving to get out there and do it again. Most of us have clear mental pictures of our happiness formed by those extraordinary rides. Our souls are calmed and rejuvenated enough to push though another day of hard work to get back in the saddle to become one with our machines again.
One of the reasons we remember great rides is because we operate in the zone, managing the factors that come our way in the environment, the road and the machine. When problems arise, we adjust the ride by using our previous experiences, avoiding the sometimes hazardous situations. All of this works nicely for a thinking rider.
What doesn’t work well is jumping on a motorcycle without considerable thought, experience and maturity. Knowing is half the battle, it takes predetermined thought and sound reflection. Insight can be built in many ways: reading,taking a riders course, talking with other good and safe riders, or being cautious while learning how to manage motorcycle controls.
The bottom line is it takes commitment and work to ride well and more importantly, for loved ones safely.
We can improve the ride though reflection. Reflection is no more than thinking through how we ride, then working towards improvement in our decisions. Thinking is instrumental to riding well – before, during and after riding.
Thinking during the ride is reflection – in – action, and it can be extremely valuable to respond to hazards based on previous experience, before we need to react to them without thought. The challenge is comparing what you already know ( a mind – map )  to what is currently happening ( the present circumstance ) and responding appropriately.
Reflection – in – action is thinking during the ride to adjust your actions compared to the current situation, growing in knowledge and experience enough to modify your mind – map. Being able to change behaviors lower risk, and helps us to enjoy the ride with far less fear of negative consequences.
The most capable motorcycle riders ride the streets and roads within their personal limits, leaving a significant margin to respond to hazards instead of reacting with old thoughts of what some Monday morning quarterback told you to do.
Those who ride beyond their limits are not only dangerous to others on and off the road.
Displaying such un – thinking behavior should be considered entirely unacceptable by others willing to be responsible riders.
Riding within personal limits, using reflective thinking, will help ensure our own continued success in riding. Success creates great memories and allow us to share the pure joy of motorcycling with our loved ones, maintaining internal happiness for ourselves.
Keep the contact patch between the lines
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain



Up Coming Events

July 29- Aug 1       ASR National Rally Nashville, Indiana
Aug 27- 29            1st Annual Biker Sunday Warren, Ohio
Sept 19- 20          West Virginia Biker Sunday Clennenin, WV
Sept  22-25          UPCI General Conference St Louis, MO


Remember when you are planning your next biker event. Please give your information to the board. This way we can get your event listed on our website and here on the rumblings and on both of our facebook sites.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain


Motorcycle Touring 101

Article is from the AMA
Getting ready to go the distance.
Motorcycle touring is a wholly different, more exciting and—oftentimes—more surreal experience than plopping down in the driver’s seat of a car or SUV for a road trip. It is a natural extension of the motorcycle lifestyle and accentuates the road riding experience.
If you’ve never gone on an overnight motorcycle trip, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the concept. Every day, people load up their motorcycles and ride for hours through the elements. You can, too.
If your road riding has been limited to short rides in your hometown, touring helps you become a better rider and often leads to discovering cool places that you didn’t know existed.
Those who have toured will tell you that it’s an immersive way to experience some of the best landscapes the United States has to offer—wholly different from looking out the car window and watching the scenery pass by.
Motorcycle touring also is fun to do with a group, and a lot more fun than piling two or three friends into a sedan. Going on a tour with experienced riders alleviates some of the trip planning and preparation responsibilities, and there’s a bond formed among those who have spent two or more days riding together while stopping to visit landmarks or just rolling through scenic countryside.
You don’t have to ride thousands of miles on your first tour—or ever, for that matter. You can tour as near or far as your family and work commitments and budget allow. Touring isn’t about distance: it’s about living the motorcycling lifestyle to the fullest and using the knowledge you gain from your tours to grow as a motorcyclist and hone your riding skills.
In the following sections, we’ll provide guidance to help you get started on the right foot.
More important than what to pack or where to ride is making sure your bike is ready for a trip, no matter what road-going motorcycle you own.
Many of the motorcycles marketed as touring models feature large-displacement engines, but you don’t need a 1,000cc or larger motorcycle to take a trip. To be clear, big touring rigs do offer advantages, such as torque power, protection from the elements, supple suspension, good luggage capacity and comfort for two.
However, any street-legal motorcycle can be modified for touring duty, as long as it’s a mechanically sound machine you feel comfortable operating. Some bikes’ baseline ergonomics may not suit some riders, but there are so many ways to customize a motorcycle for comfort.
You don’t have to plan 10 hours in the saddle each day. Touring is what you can ride per day. A good start would be about  300- to 400-mile days when  touring. If you seem good you can increase your miles as you see fit.
Less time in the saddle each day (and more time visiting neat places along your route) makes having a purpose-built machine less important. It’s all about the ride and the distention and meeting new people along the way and the scenery. Stop to take pictures along the way.
The first step to getting into motorcycle touring is outfitting you for the ride. You can add all the add- on’s  you want to your bike, but if you don’t have the right gear and right seating position for you, the rest won’t matter.
Remember, what’s uncomfortable after an hour or two becomes unbearable after a full day on the road, even with a lot of stops along the way.
Comfort starts with your head. Make sure you have a properly fitted helmet. Match the helmet to your head size and shape. It’s also a good idea to wear earplugs when touring, where legal.
Two of the most important adjustments you can make are to the motorcycle seat and handlebars. Some riders do just fine with a stock seat, but many prefer to make a change to the part of the motorcycle that bears most of a rider’s weight. Some styles of motorcycle, such as dual sports and sport bikes, often come with small seats that quickly become tiresome.
Seat replacement options are available from a variety of companies, and there are seat accessories made of sheepskin, wood beads or air pockets that can increase rear-end comfort on a budget.
Handlebar height and angle also are big contributors to touring comfort. Most motorcycles use tubular handlebars or “clip-on” bars and mounts that can be changed to match rider preferences.
Tackling the open road also means maximizing your motorcycle’s wind protection. If you’re used to riding country roads for a couple hours at a time, spending hours each day in a turbulent wind blast can be a rude awakening.
The importance of wind protection increases with interstate riding and inclement weather. A fairing or windshield can help reduce riding fatigue when traveling at higher speeds on highways.
This is especially true for cruiser, standard and dual sport machines that feature little (if any) bodywork.
One downside to adding wind protection is hot weather. Without adequate air moving over a rider, temperatures inside a riding jacket can rise quickly. So, be alert, stay hydrated, open the vents in your jacket and consider a wet t-shirt, vest or neck scarf to help cool you down.
The more time you spend on the road or at stops along the way, the more challenging the ride may be.
Skipping riding for a day if dark clouds start rolling in may not be an option when you’re in the middle of a tour. Or you may unexpectedly find yourself riding through high winds, hail or heat waves.
It may be 80 degrees and sunny when you leave  but in the 30’s with snow coming down by the time you reach your destination.
Make sure to pack motorcycle-specific rain pants and a rain jacket, as well as at least one set of rain gloves.
Rain gear is the one of the best gears to have. Not only for keeping you dry. But it will keep you warm on the cooler temps and block the wind.You will find out that the rain is more difficult to deal with on two wheels on the highway.
You’ll also want to pack a cleaning kit for your face shield or goggles. Humid conditions, bugs and road grime can gunk up your eye protection very quickly. Having a way to clean them is a safety essential. Having more than one face shield or set of goggles with you makes for quicker visibility stops. (It may be easier to change a shield than try to scrub the bugs off of one.)
It’s also a good idea to apply sunscreen each morning before you take to the road. Areas around a rider’s neck and between the end of a jacket sleeve and the start of riding gloves can be exposed to direct sunlight. And your face can get sunburned through a clear face shield.
Perhaps the most important thing a rider needs to do each day of a tour is hydrate. Even in cool temperatures, the body loses water over the course of a day. Touring riders need to top off their own fluids each morning and drink at least a little water when they stop. It’s far better to over hydrate than under hydrate.
It is better to not drink caffeinated beverages, like soda and coffee, on travel days and sticking to water or sports drinks. Also it is good  making sure you’re in good physical shape before getting into touring.
Something else riders need to be prepared for is a mechanical breakdown. Modern motorcycles are far less prone to failure than older machines, but there’s always the possibility that something will go wrong with your bike. On a tour, being a hundred or more miles away from home can greatly complicate the situation.
At the beginning of each riding season—and after each use—make sure all the components of your bike’s tool kit are accounted for. Pack some extra fuses and other small parts that may be prone to failure. It’s also a good idea to have a flash light and tire pressure gauge. Aftermarket companies offer a wide range of tool kits for touring.
Some problems require having your bike towed and worked on in a shop. One of the best tools you can have in that situation is Roadside Assistance. It’s also a good idea to have a power bank to charge your cell phone in emergencies.
If you’re considering getting into motorcycle touring to take a week-long dream trip of several thousand miles, that’s great. Much like the advice we’ve all heard—“Your first bike shouldn’t be your dream bike”—your first tour shouldn’t be your dream tour. Start with weekend tours that feature 250 miles or fewer each day.
Especially for your first few tours, plan frequent stops. You eventually learn how far you can go before needing a break.
Some motorcycles have short fuel ranges of 140 miles or less, so plan a 15- to 20-minute stop each time you need to fuel up. Some touring bikes have large fuel tanks, but don’t feel obligated to ride fuel-stop-to-fuel-stop without taking a break.
Online mapping sites like Google Maps, and Map Quest take the guesswork out of planning fuel stops and have information about places or events to see along the way.
Another great way to find way points is state or local tourism bureau websites.
The more you tour, the more you’ll discover. When you ride somewhere, you almost always see something that’s worth stopping to see or worth coming back to check out on the next trip                                                                                  Before you leave all the excitement of heading out on your a motorcycle tour can lead to small issues being overlooked. Here are three things you can do to make your tour go smoothly.
Get plenty of rest the night before: The excitement of going on your first tour can make you feel energized, but you’ll need that energy a lot more the next morning when you leave than when you go to bed. Make sure to head to bed a little early and get plenty of rest the night before your first trip.
Don’t pack the night before: One way to help with getting a good night’s sleep is to not leave packing until the last minute. Make a list of the things you’ll need to pack well in advance of the trip, practice packing them into your new luggage and do several test rides around your neighborhood with the loaded luggage mounted to your bike. Do not try packing the night before you leave because forgetting something small can lead to a big problem a long way from home.
T-CLOCS your bike the night before: Make sure to give your motorcycle a once-over before you head out on your first trip. Use the T-CLOCS (tires and wheels, controls, lights/electrics, oil/fluids, chassis, stands) method to make sure your machine is mechanically ready for a couple hundred miles or more of riding. One of the most important aspects of touring is tire life. You don’t want to run out of tread in the middle of a trip. Make sure your tires have more than enough miles left on them before you head out.
Keep the contact patch between the lines.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain 

State Watch

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require helmets for all motorcycle riders and passengers younger than 21. A similar bill passed the house in 2019,but failed in the state Senate.

H.F. 3699, introduced in the Minnesota House, and companion bill S.F. 3605 in the Senate would require the state to move to an E15 blend of vehicle fuel. If the bills become law, Minnesota would be the first state to require the use of the fuel, which contains 15 percent ethanol by volume. The national standard for fuel is E10 (10 percent ethanol by volume). The bill would exempt fuel sold at airports, resorts,marinas, houseboat rental companies and fuel sold for use in motor sports racing, collector vehicles and off road use. The legislation also requires retail stations to provide one fuel pump with a dedicated hose nozzle dispensing a fuel blend containing 9.2 to 10 percent bio fuel for use in vehicles-such as motorcycles that are not approved by the U.S. EPA for use with more than 10 percent ethanol.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill that allows motorcyclist to wear earplugs or earphones for ear protection while riding. Ear plugs can help protect riders and passengers from potential damage to their eardrums from exhaust and wind noise. The bill was supported by the AMA and ABATE of Ohio.

House Bill 101 would require hands-free use of cell phones, except for “one-touch or one-tap operation and would elevate distracted driving to a primary offense. Currently, distracted driving is a secondary offense in Utah, meaning law enforcement authorities cannot ticket drivers for the offense unless they were stopped for another infraction.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captian

It Happened In A House

This Article is from David Showalter

A young African-American minister, William Seymour was attending a Christian training mission in Houston in 1905. In those meetings, he met Neely Terry, a young woman who was part of a group that founded a black church in Los Angeles affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The group had been expelled from the Baptist church when they began teaching holiness and sanctification. She was impressed with Seymour’s sincerity and convinced her church leaders to invite him come to LA and minister in their church. He considered the invitation to be a call from God and arrived in California in February of 1906.

He was subsequently asked to preach in the church, which was led by Julia Hutchins. As yet he had not personally received the Holy Spirit and spoken with tongues, but was convinced that it was scriptural. When Seymour took the pulpit, he chose Acts 2:4 for his text. In the message he conveyed his conviction that “anyone who has not spoken in tongues does not have the Holy Spirit.” This did not set well with the more starchy Nazarene types, so they gave him the boot and actually padlocked the door of the church against his return. The more open-minded individuals in the congregation offered their homes to him for house meetings. One of these was the Asberry (or Asbury) family, living at 214 Bonnie Brae Street. That little house became the focal point of the Pentecostal outpouring, tagged by many as the initial thunderstorm of the biblical “latter rain.” Since the church was on “lock down,” God moved the revival to a house!

It was in the house on Bonnie Brae St. that Seymour and others received the Holy Spirit. The prayer meetings held there were powerful. Soon hundreds were attracted to the meetings, filling the home and overflowing onto the porch and the yard. The porch actually collapsed under the weight of the crowd trying to participate in the prayer services. Police had to actually cordon off the street where the house was because of the crowds on foot, horseback and in carriages (traffic, if you will) trying to get to the house where God was moving. Even Julia Hutchins, the Nazarene leader who locked Seymour out of her church, received the Holy Spirit and ultimately became a missionary to Liberia.

The original Pentecostal outpouring occurred in an upper room in a house in Jerusalem: “It filled all the house were they sitting.” In America it also began in a humble house, not a church! When the house could no longer hold the crowds, another meeting place was sought. In April of 1906, they found an old warehouse at 312 Azusa Street in LA that had once been used as a stable and for a while as an AME church. There the Spirit fell in torrents during the next few years. People from many denominations came to the Azusa St. location and received the Holy Spirit and took the message of Acts 2 back to their communities. Missionaries from foreign lands came to see what was happening there, received their Pentecostal experience and returned to their fields with the power of the Spirit. Doubters and unbelievers said Pentecostal revival “will soon blow over.” It did…all over the world!

What can God do in our houses during the current quarantine? The Bible tells us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25), but while our churches are on temporary lock down, God may have in mind another mighty Pentecostal revival in somebody’s house. Let it happen!                Author Unknown

Up Coming Events

May and June Biker Events have been  CANCELLED

May 9   Sword Run Clarksburg, WV       Cancelled
May 23-24  1st Annual Biker Sunday Cedar Springs, Michigan   Cancelled 
June 15-18 General Missionary Conference (GMC) Chattanooga, Tn
June 27-28  Biker Sunday Hocking Hills, Ohio     Cancelled
July 29- Aug 1  ASR National Rally Nashville, Indiana                                                      Aug 27-29  1st Annual Biker Sunday Warren, Ohio
Sept 19-20   WV Biker Sunday Clennenin, WV
Sept 22-25  UPCI General Conference St. Louis, MO

Remember when planning your next biker event. Please give your information to the board. This way we can get your event listed on our website and here in the rumblings and on both of our facebook sites.
Thank you,

Michael Theodore                                                                                      National Road Captain


I’m praying that after we go back to our regular lives we slow down and reevaluate our priorities. Don’t get so busy in ministry that you don’t have time to minister to those closest to you. About a year ago I had lost my peace and joy because I was so busy all the time I wasn’t taking time for the people in my life that matter most (my family). About a month ago I had to make a few very difficult changes for my life but those changes brought back my peace and my joy. I don’t ever want to look back and have to say I didn’t have time to spend with my loved ones and now it’s too late. Take the time and love your family while you still have time. I promise it will be worth it in the end.❤

Chaplain Laureen Theodore
ASR International Treasurer


Welcome New Members

Bishop David Murphy
Vienna, OH
The Pentecostals of Champion, Warren, OH
Pastor Mark Semrau

Sis Karen Murphy
Vienna, OH
The Pentecostals of Champion, Warren, OH
Pastor Mark Semrau


State Watch

Articles from American Motorcyclist (AMA)

Ohio motorcyclist would be allowed to use earplugs while riding under a bill passed by the state legislature and forwarded to Gov. Mike DeWine, It currently is illegal to use headphones or earplugs while riding in Ohio.The use of earplugs can help protect riders’ hearing from the noise caused by wind,loud exhaust notes or other traffic, The new law ( H.B. 129) would still prohibit the use of earphones for listening to music or other entertainment while riding. The definition of earphones does not include speakers or other listening devices that are built into protective headgear.

H.3355 would prohibit the use of electronic devices while driving. Introduced by state Rep.Bill Taylor (R -Aiken),the offense would be known as “Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device (or DUI-E).”

State Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Broadway) introduced a bill that would allow lane filtering in Virginia under certain conditions, but the bill failed to emerge from committee following a 3-3 tie vote. H.B. 1236 would have allowed motorcyclist to move between traffic that is stopped or moving at 10 mph or slower, as long as the motorcyclist is on a road with two or more lanes in each direction, the motorcyclist does not exceed 20 mph while filtering, and the maneuver can be preformed safely.

A bill introduced in both House and Senate would allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet. H.B. 2070 and S.B. 153 would allow those 21 years or older to operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet if they have held a motorcycle license for a minimum of two years.

H.B. 2285, introduced by state Rep Noel W. Campbell (R-Prescott), would make it legal for motorcyclist to over take and pass another vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel in the same lane if the street is divided into at least two adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel, the speed limit does not exceed 45 mph and the motorcyclist is traveling at 15 mph or slower.

The Kansas City council approved a ban on texting while driving for all motorist within the city limits, as part of its Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. State law prohibits drivers younger than 21 from engaging in distractions while driving. The city of Columbia already has adopted similar legislation.Also, the freedom of Road Riders is again asking state lawmakers to repeal the mandatory helmet law. Although Gov, Mike Parson (D) vetoed a repeal last year, as a state legislator he supported legislation permitting helmet choice.

The AMA sent a letter of support for H. 3064 and S. 2077, which would introduce responsible motorcycle lane splitting to Massachusetts, but did not take a position on a provision of the bills that would allow riders to use the road shoulder or breakdown lanes. Lane splitting would be permitted when two or more designated lanes of travel in the same direction are traveling at speeds of 10 mph or slower. The rider would not be allowed to travel faster than 25 mph.

The New York City Council is considering a law that would require side guards on trucks fulfilling contracts with the city, such as private garbage trucks contracted by the city to plow snow. The side guards are designed to prevent motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclist from being caught under trucks in traffic. Sponsored by council members Ydannis Rodriguez and Ben Kallos, the bill would require these vehicles be equipped with side guards by Jan 1, 2021.

The state Senate is considering a bill that would ban vehicle operators from using handheld devices while driving. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by five senators, is backed by the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety, police chiefs and United Heritage Insurance.

State Delegate Kathy Szeliga ( R- Baltimore County, Hartford County) has reintroduced a bill that would allow lane splitting in Maryland, as well as require state agencies to create guidelines for safe lane splitting and ways to incorporate the practice into rider education. Szeliga’s H.B. 920 was referred to the House Environment and Transportation Committee. This is just the second time a lane splitting bill has been introduced in Maryland. This bill would require that the state agencies, including the Motor Vehicle Administration and State Highway Administration, develop guidelines for safe and appropriate lane splitting for motorcyclists and other road users. Also Maryland, S.B. 237 would make motorcycle helmets optional for riders and passengers if the motorcycle operator is 21 or older, has at least two years of riding experience and has completed an approved safety course.

Ninety-two percent of those commenting on a proposal to reduce tolls for motorcyclists favored the idea. Seven percent opposed it. And 1 percent were neutral. The Maryland Transportation Authority has proposed reducing tolls for motorcycles by 50 percent, among other changes. Of the 287 comments received, 167 addressed the motorcycle proposal. The AMA put out a call in July of 2019 to support the proposal and also urge officials to simply eliminate the tolls for motorcycles. A final decision on the proposal is expected by the end of this year.

Effective Jan 1,2020 residents must pass a basic knowledge and skills test to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit and pass advanced knowledge and skills tests to get a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s licenses. Those caught riding without an endorsement could face a base fine of $48 that could rise to $136 with fees and assessments. Under the new rule, an additional penalty of $250 for operating a motorcycle without the proper endorsement is instituted. The new law also creates a subsidy program intended to make rider training more affordable.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain