State Watch

Ohio
The state Senate passed legislation aimed at decreasing driving by imposing up to a $100 fine on offenders in addition to the standard fine established for the moving violation they are cited for. H.B 95 makes distracted driving a secondary offense. Drivers must be pulled over first for a moving violation before they can be cited for the offense. Under the bill,distractions include, but are not limited to,texting,reading,using tablet or smart phone features or applying cosmetics. In lieu of paying the additional fine, offenders may choose to complete a distracted driving safety course.

Ohio
Motorcycle Ohio, the state’s rider training program, has become part of the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The agency previously was part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Official’s said the program will continue with “business as usual”.

Hawaii
There is a new bill to allow motorcyclist to ride on the shoulders of the road became law without the signature of the Governor. Who initially vowed to veto it. In Hawaii, a bill that passes the Legislature, but goes unsigned by the governor or is not vetoed becomes law. The state Department of Transportation will determine the areas in which motorcyclist may use the shoulders to navigate around slowed or stopped traffic. The zones designated for shoulder riding must have at least two lanes in each direction and have shoulders that allow safe passing.

New Jersey
S.1400 was introduced which would allow the operator of a motorcycle. motorized bicycle or bicycle to proceed through an intersection on a malfunctioning steady red light if the operator comes to a full and complete stop at the intersection for two complete cycles or for two minutes, whichever is shorter. The rider would then treat the signal as a stop sign.

Texas
The state’s Sunset Commission is considering a transfer of the motorcycle safety program from the department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, saying it is a “more appropriate, non-law-enforcement agency”. The commission “found the motorcycle safety training and driver license programs have not been administered well at DPS.”

Michael Theodore                                                                                                                      National Road Captain

OH DEER!

OH DEER!
(My Evening Ride)
I saw you standing over by
the highway fence with wires high
waiting for the moment when
you felt it right to jump, and then…
because I had my eye on you
I know you had me sighted too.
So then I slowed as caution wills;
It’s dangerous riding in these hills.
when sun has set and darkness falls
and trees close in like curtained walls.
Then two eyes were shining bright
as lit up by my bike’s headlight.
Though I’m warned, I have no fear
especially of a single deer,
but then I see more eyes appear
and begin to wonder why I’m here
and then they jump and start toward me;
not just one, but two… then three.
I’m nervous now but stay my course
while thinking this just might get worse.
So I crank her open to get past
the first and second, third and last
still several yards before the road
a different story had I slowed.
But now I slow and wipe my brow
I’m down the road and past them now.
One thing’s sure as I think back
remembering that buck and his big rack.
If we’d locked horns as thought we might
I wouldn’t have made it through the night.
Marvin Wallace

 

Wheel He or Won’t He?

Using rotating wheels to determine if a driver is about to roll.

  

Will this car pull out in front of you? Watching for the front wheel to begin rolling is a more reliable predictor than making eye contact with the driver.

For Those Of Us On Two Wheels, The most likely clash with another vehicle pulling into our lane from a side road, parking lot or driveway. How can we know if the driver will hit the gas and shoot point blank into our immediate path of travel? When it comes to that anxious driver poised to pull out from our right or left, is there a way to detect the driver’s intent?
If there’s a wheel there is a way. Determining if a vehicle is beginning to move forward is most practical if we look to the car’s front wheel. Our brain has a much easier time detecting even the subtlest wheel rotation than it does trying to discern if the mass of the vehicle itself is moving slightly from right to left (or vice versa). When you see the wheel on the vehicle beginning to rotate counterclockwise? Be ready; the vehicle is about to enter your lane and space!
But what about eye contact? Even if a driver appears to be looking directly at you, he or she may be looking beyond, never even noticing you. And, even if the driver does see you, they could easily misinterpret the distance and speed at which you are approaching, believing that you are farther away than you are.
Always anticipate the move. Even if you are confident that a driver will not pull out, be ready when they do. The way to do this is by managing your speed. Ask yourself if you could smoothly and safely stop your motorcycle to avoid contact if that driver began to pull out. I always tell myself that driver does not see me so I am already taking defense measures when approaching this type situation. Looking and anticipating while still carrying excessive speed takes away your options and limits your space and time you have to work with should the driver enter the lane ahead of you. And He or she wheel. I mean they will.
Keep the contact patch between the lines

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

Posting Events

 You can now view ASR events on the new web site just click on Event Espresso.

If you would like your event posted on the new ASR web site please email your information to me and I will get it up on the new website. Everyone can post their events on our two ASR face book  sites the ASR friends and ASR discussions sites. There is a event page set up were you can post your up coming events.
 
Thank you so much.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Pain In The Grass

How to deal with lawn clippings on the roadway.

Grass on the roadway can be a non- issue or an extremely slippery condition. If possible,slow down using clear pavement ahead of the covered are.

I’ve Got A Grass – Fed Beef, And based on recent conversations, with other riders I am not alone on this issue. We see this all to much while out on the road enjoying a nice ride. Homeowners mowing their lawns and throwing abundant grass clippings onto the roadway can create a special kind of threat to motorcyclist.
Dry grass will typically blow away as vehicles pass through or a nice breeze sweeps it off the roadway. But if grass is wet,it will cling to the surface and can be like grease under your motorcycle tires. If possible, when confronted with grass- covered pavement leading up to the grassy area. Keep your eyes up, look well ahead to increase stability. To maximize your traction, minimize steering,braking and throttle inputs and coast through the grass patches. If the equivalent of one of these Chia Pet patches of pavement appears in a corner,you should minimize your lean angle and look to the exit,not down at the grass or toward the edge of the road.
Remember that grass will stay wet longer than the pavement will. So after a rain shower or in the morning when dew blankets the landscape with moisture, the road surface may be dry, but the grass clippings may still be wet and slippery.
The best way to avoid this problem is ride only as fast as you can see and anticipate the possibility before you encounter it. Slow down and if there is any clear pavement in your lane ride on that instead of over the grass clippings.
If you see homes with lawns especially on the weekends when homeowners are most active doing yard work. There is a good chance someone will be mowing. Larger lawns like those found in rural areas where we like to ride, are often maintained with large tractors that process large amounts of grass and throw it greater distances. While discharging grass onto roadways is illegal in many areas, it remains a big threat to us riders. Anticipating the condition and riding smoothly and calmly through it will reduce the likelihood that grass on the road will clip you.
Keep the contact patch between the lines

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

7 Tips for Fall Motorcycle Riding

Autumn is definitely the best time for riding. With the cool, crisp air and the captivating colors of autumn, no one can deny that this is the perfect time to hop on your motorcycle and explore the beauty of the great outdoors.
Any rider will agree that fall motorcycle riding can be pretty rewarding for a number of reasons. For one, you don’t have to bear the heat. You don’t have to put up with the traffic, either! It is just you and your beloved bike on the wide, open road. How exciting can that be?
However, riding your motorcycle during this time of the year also comes with its own set of challenges so make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid any unpleasant surprises that will spoil an otherwise remarkable experience.

Fall Motorcycle Riding Tips: How to Stay Safe on the Road

Brush up on your riding skills. If you haven’t been riding your bike lately, it is possible that your riding skills may have become a little rusty so do some slow speed maneuvering and braking drills before taking your motorcycle out for a spin. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
Use the right tires. Are you still using those sporty tires you used this summer? Well, this is the perfect time to change them. Sporty tires are made with softer rubber and are great for warm weather but they tend to lose their traction in colder weather. Use touring tires instead.
Check your lights. Now that the days are shorter, you will probably go riding in the dark so check your headlights, brake lights and turn lights are in great working condition.
Watch what you wear. Autumn is notorious for greatly fluctuating temperatures so dress appropriately to counter these abrupt changes. Wear a leather jacket to keep you warm since the wind and dropping temperature can easily tire you out and impair your senses. Layering up may be a good idea but if you find it exhausting, you may choose to wear heated gear instead. You may also want to bring several pairs of riding gloves so you’ll have the perfect pair whatever the weather.
Don’t forget your rain gear. You wouldn’t want to get caught up in the rain without the appropriate motorcycle safety gear since it can significantly affect your riding ability and increase your risk of hypothermia, a potentially dangerous condition wherein your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.
Look out for those leaves. Yes, the changing colors of autumn may be a sight to behold but you need to look out for those falling leaves! While it may look unassuming, a pile of dry leaves can cover potholes and other inconsistencies on the road that may increase your risk of encountering accidents. Sharp objects hidden beneath the debris can also give you a flat tire and put you in danger. Moreover, wet leaves can make the road slicker than it usually is and reduce your bike traction so drive slowly until you have come past the obstacle.
Be extra cautious. While you need to be cautious and alert every time you take your motorcycle out for a ride, you need to be especially careful during this time of the year. The morning frost will leave a thin layer of ice on road surfaces making them more slippery than usual while strong gusty winds can easily set you off balance.
Fall motorcycle riding can be fun but you need to take extra precautions to make sure you reach your destination without a hitch!
Enjoy your Autumn short riding season
Always keep the contact patch between the lines
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

ASR October Fall Events

Fall time is the perfect time to pack your bike up and head out to an ASR fall event.

1st Annual Bike & Car Show

Well of Life Pentecostal Church in Sullivan, Indian would like to invite you to join them on Saturday October 6 from 10 AM till 5 PM. The Bike & Car Show will be head at the Shelburn Community Center.

Sunday October 7 come join Well of Life Pentecostal Church. Service time starts at 10 AM.

There is a host hotel it is the Wyndham hotel                                                                       907 w.State Road 154                                                                                                                         Sullivan, In 47882                                                                                                                                    wyndhamhotels.com                                                                                                                            812-268-6391                                                                                                                                         Contact Shad Akers for more information                                                                                 812-562-1299

 

1st Annual Biker Sunday                                             October 13                                                                  Clendenin Pentecostal Church

Clendenin, West Virginia

Join us as we host our first Biker Sunday event. This event will begin with a ride on Saturday through some of WV’s most beautiful scenery. We will be visiting Kanawha Falls, Hawks Nest State Park, as well as the New River Gorge Bridge. The ride will include minimal interstate riding. We will travel along the Kanawha River via Rt 60 to Gauley Mountain, where we will begin a twisting, winding ascent to Hawks Nest at 1,257ft. A free picnic lunch will be served at Hawks Nest. We will then return along Rt 16 back to Rt 60, and back to Charleston. Sunday morning at 10:00 am, we will convene at Clendenin Pentecostal Church for the Biker Sunday Service with dinner following. The dinner will be $10.00. All proceeds from the dinner and donations will benefit Motorcycles for Missions. We invite all to attend.

 

ASR North Texas Chapter First Annual Fall Retreat

October 17-20

The North Texas Chapter is hosting their first annual fall retreat in the beautiful Texas hill country.
Details:
The host hotel is the Comfort Suites located at
1489 I-35 North New Braunfels, Tx. 78130 Ph: 830-643-1100
Rooms are $69.00 per night plus tax (when you ask for the ASR Rate) for either a single King or a double Queen and includes a hot breakfast. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS ASAP.
The schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday 3pm-6pm Meet and Greet at Golden Corral
1042 I-35 North New Braunfels,Tx. 78130 (Just across the Hwy. from the hotel)
Thursday 9am Morning devotional
10am KSU to Alamo and Riverwalk for and afternoon of site seeing
12:30pm lunch on the Riverwalk
after lunch, site seeing and shopping at Alamo Plaza.
6pm Meet for supper (location TBD)
Friday 9am devotional
10am KSU for a great scenic ride through the beautiful Texas hill country
6pm catfish for supper
Saturday Breakfast and everyone have a safe and pleasant journey home.
Room TOTAL for 3 nights is $233.91
If you have any questions please contact Bro. Earp at 682-229-6240

Azusa StreetRiders National Emergency Response Team

 

Azusa StreetRiders National Emergency Response Team Taking the care and compassion for lost souls to a different gear…
Have you ever felt the call to jump into action when a local or national emergency takes place?….. Have you felt you could do more?….. Well, so do we! We have decided to introduce the Azusa StreetRiders National Emergency Response Team. We are looking for Azusa StreetRider members who can go above and beyond, if and when, the need ever arises. We would assemble regional teams to be able to dispatch to emergency situations, whether it be a hurricane, landslide, fire or other catastrophic event. Each team would be responsible for, or not limited to, search and rescue, supplies distribution, first aid and general support. We are looking into co-ordinating with local and/or governmental agencies soon for proper training information and/or certification processes. We are praying about this and want this endeavor to be another avenue of reaching out to the community. We welcome anyone interested……..
For more info contact: Amber Holland (936) 465-8477 or at amberaah@yahoo.com

National Rally has come and gone

Here is just a few Pictures from our 2018 National Rally

Well this years National Rally has come and gone. Laureen and I along with My Pastor and Pentecostal Community Church would like to say thank you all who took the time out of your busy schedules to ride on up to Northeast Ohio.  And would also like to thank the ASR National Board.By far I would have to say that this years National Rally was hands down one of the best. And it was because of you guys our ASR family who made it so special. We had an awesome time in fellowship, riding, eating, and outreach. What made the outreach worth every effort. Was that we had a family come from our outreach to our rally and one person from that family received the Holy Ghost Thank you Jesus. This is what it’s all about. For the members who could not stay for Biker Sunday we had a tremendous out pouring of the Holy Ghost 2 received the Holy Ghost and 5 were baptized praise God. Thank you again for a wonderful National Rally. Looking forward to the 2019 National Rally in Tennessee. Hope to see everyone there.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Fall ASR upcoming events

Fall ASR upcoming events so get your bags pack and jump on your bike and head out to an ASR Event this fall.

1st Annual Bike & Car Show

October 6, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
Well of Life Pentecostal Church in Sullivan, Indian would like to invite you to join them on Saturday October 6 from 10 AM till 5 PM. The Bike & Car Show will be head at the Shelburn Community Center.
Sunday October 7 come join Well of Life Pentecostal Church. Service time starts at 10 AM.
There is a host hotel it is the Wyndham hotel                                                                           907 w.State Road 154                                                                                                                         Sullivan, In 47882                                                                                                                                    wyndhamhotels.com                                                                                                                            812-268-6391                                                                                                                                          Contact Shad Akers for more information at 812-562-1299

1st Annual Biker Sunday

Clendenin Pentecostal Church                                                                                                         7602 Elk River Road, Clendenin, WV                                                                                           October 13-14
Join us as we host our first Biker Sunday event. This event will begin with a ride on Saturday at 10 AM through some of WV’s most beautiful scenery. We will be visiting Kanawha Falls, Hawks Nest State Park, as well as the New River Gorge Bridge. The ride will include minimal interstate riding. We will travel along the Kanawha River via Rt 60 to Gauley Mountain, where we will begin a twisting, winding ascent to Hawks Nest at 1,257ft. A free picnic lunch will be served at the New River Gorge Bridge. We will then return along Rt 16 back to Rt 60, and back to Charleston. Sunday morning at 10:00 am, we will convene at Clendenin Pentecostal Church for the Biker Sunday Service with dinner following. The dinner will be $10.00. All proceeds from the dinner and donations will benefit Motorcycles for Missons. We invite all to attend
There are 2 host hotels available:
La Quinta Inn & Suites
101 Crossings Shopping Mall
Elkview WV 25071
304-965-9200
2 Queen Beds: $129.99 + tax per night.
1 King Bed: $119.99 + tax per night.
**Rates subject to increase during seasonal changes. Recommend booking ASAP to lock in rate.
Hotel is 10 miles from the church.
Sleep Inn
2772 Pennsylvania Ave
Charleston, WV 25302
304-345-5111
Standard Rooms
1 Queen Bed or 2 Double Beds: $99.99 + tax per night.
Be sure to tell them you are with Azusa StreetRiders to get the $99 rate.
Hotel is 16 miles from the church.
Breakfast is included at each hotel.
Contact Jeremiah Hayes for more information at 304-542-5833

Azusa Street Riders Fall Retreat


October 17, 2018 – October 20, 2018 10:00 am

Azusa Street Riders Fall Retreat October 17-20, 2018 in New Braunfels, Texas. Come meet with us for some good ASR fellowship and riding. There will be daily devotions. There will be fun Scenic rides with a nice stop at the Alamo. Host Hotel is the Candlewood Suites in New Braunfels at 1471 I-35 North New Braunfels, Texas 78130 Phone 830- 387-4014 when booking your room you must mention ASR for your ASR discounted rate. Single Queen room is $82 plus tax per night and a Double Queen room is $90 plus tax per night. There is much more information to follow at a later date or contact Brother CW Earp at 682-229-6240

You can now view ASR events on the new website just click on Event Espresso.
If you would like your event posted on the new website please email your information to me and I will get it up on the new webite
Thank you so much.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain