Fall Motorcycle Riding

Fall is here crisper air and falling leaves are the telltale signs that summer is over and fall is here. Before you have to worry about snow and ice, you may need to prepare for wet roads and slippery leaves littering your favorite stretch of road.

Riding your motorcycle in autumn means being prepared for fluctuating temperatures and getting caught in the rain now and then.
Make sure you are wearing adaptable gear, such as a riding jacket with a removable liner and a helmet with close able vents, so that you can adjust to the temperature at various times of day. You may want to consider keeping rain gear with you as well.

Fallen leaves can obscure the surface of the road. Be careful when riding over and through leaves, as they may be covering potholes or imperfections in the road, and wet leaves may affect your wheels’ traction.

You’ll also need to keep your eyes out for wildlife, because some animals become more active during the fall as they are migrating or looking for food before the long winter. At this time of year, for example, deer can be particularly active at dawn and dusk — so keep your eyes peeled and use extra caution. So be prepared so you can enjoy your fall time ride and take in some beautiful scenery. This is my favorite time of year to ride.

Keep it between the lines

Michael Theodore
National Public Relations Coordinator

Up Coming Events

Wooster, Ohio is our last ASR Biker Sunday of the year October 3-4

 

EVENT DATES FOR 2021

TIME TO MARK THOSE DATES DOWN

OMAHA BIKER SUNDAY JUNE 11-13

ASR BLACK HILLS RAPID CITY, SD FELLOWSHIP  RIDE  JUNE 14-16

HOCKING HILLS, OHIO BIKER SUNDAY JUNE 26-27

MICHIGAN BIKER SUNDAY AUGUST 13-15

WARREN,OHIO BIKER SUNDAY AUGUST 27-29

ASR NATIONAL RALLY OCTOBER DATE COMING SOON

 

If you are thinking about hosting a biker Sunday or an event. Please get your information to me so I can help promote it on our National Website and our two facebook pages.

Michael Theodore

National Public Relations Coordinator

 

 

Belt, Chain,Or Shaft?

Article is from Road Runner and Touring Magazine

Today’s motorcycles are offered with three major types of final drives: belt,chain, shaft. The final drive transmits power from the transmission to the motorcycle’s rear wheel. Each type has it’s advantages, and it’s important to choose the right final drive for your intended types of riding.
I have had all three dive systems on different bikes that I have owned.


BELT DRIVE
Belts are quiet and smooth in operation and don’t fling chain lubricant on the bike and rider, because they don’t require lubrication. A belt just needs a simple cleaning by hosing off dirt. Belts should be checked for cracks and other signs of wear during routine services. At that time the belt tension should also be checked and adjusted if needed. Special tools may be recommended by the manufacturer for tension checking and adjusting.
In general,belt final drives are not used on motorcycles designed for off-road use, because rocks and dirt can get between the belt and sprockets. This causes damage and in some cases sudden rear wheel lock up.
Belts usually have a long service life. For instance, Harley Davidson recommends drive belt replacement at 60,000 miles. However, when it comes time to replace them, it can be a considerable amount of work. For example, replacing the drive belt on a Harley Davidson requires the removal of the swing arm and primary covers. Changing final drive gear ratios can also be difficult and costly. The belt’s length matches the sizes of the stock pulleys. Therefore, if you change pulley tooth counts, the belt will likely need changing too. Belts are not cheap. However,over the life of a motorcycle, the cost compared with the cost of a chain drive machine’s chain and sprocket tends to balance out or even be less expensive.


CHAIN DRIVE
Chain drive is presently the most common motorcycle drive. Chain drive has low power loss and can handle high torque and shock loads well. Motorcycle chains are sold in two basic types: -O-ring (most common in today’s street motorcycles) and non -O -ring. The O-ring chains retain their lubricant internally because the O-rings seal it in between the side plates. Non O-ring chains require more frequent lubrication and adjustment, and generally don’t last as long as O-ring chains. “Therefore, non O-ring chains are best suited for slow speed and short distance machines, while O-ring chains are well suited to highway motorcycles.
Chains typically require replacement every 15,000 miles or so, although there are plenty of exceptions. If the chain needs frequent adjustment to remove slack, that’s a sign of wear. One way to check for wear is to pull out on the chain at the very rearmost point on the rear sprocket considerably, its a sign of wear and looseness in the links.
When it comes time to replace the chain, carefully inspect the sprockets for wear and hooked teeth. It’s best to replace the chain and sprockets at the same time for longest service life. With chain drive, owners chain change ratios easier than with other drives. Sprocket ratios can be changed to reduce engine rpm at road speed, or increase revs for greater acceleration and hill climbing ability. Unfortunately, chains require more maintenance and have the shortest life span compared with belt and shafts. Special chain cleaning tools and chemicals along with chain lubricants, should be used to maintain the chain and sprockets and extend the service life. Chain tension also should be checked regularly and adjusted according to instructions in the owners manual. Chain life depends on its quality, how it’s cared for, and how it’s used. It’s worth noting that it’s better to keep a chain clean then to over lubricate it, which can cause the chain to attract more grime, wearing out the seals prematurely.


Shaft Drive
With shaft drive, torque is delivered to the rear wheel via a short drive shaft, much like in a rear wheel drive car. A pinion gear drives a ring gear, to turn the direction of drive by 90 degrees again, like a rear drive automobile. The gear type final drive is bathed in gear lubricant, which is sealed to keep it clean and contained in housing. Shaft drives are quiet and require little maintenance in normal use, and this is probably their best feature. The final drive lubricant level should be checked at every oil change service and changed during major service intervals as listed in the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. If there is no listing, it’s a good idea to change lubricants every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. Shaft drive cost more initially when the motorcycle is built, and can be quite costly if major parts break, particularly after the warranty expires. Changing gear ratios also can be expensive,and therefore could be impractical in many cases.

Final Thoughts on Final Drives
As you can see, each type of final drive has its benefits and liabilities, which is why all three types continue to be manufactured. Belt drive will transfer 95% of the power applied to it, a chain can transmit up to 98% of the engine’s power,and a shaft drive is around 80% to 85% efficient. These percentages can vary. hen it comes time to shop for that next new motorcycle, consider which type of drive is best for you as part of your buying decision.

Keep the contact patch between the lines
Michael Theodore
National Public Relations Coordinator

State Watch

From the AMA

Ohio
The Ohio department of Transportation has teamed with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to create Central Ohio’s first “Distracted Driving Safety Corridor” along a stretch of I -71 in Delaware and Morrow counties. The 22 mile corridor will be staffed with more troopers looking for violations. ODOT also will install signs warning drivers they have entered the corridor where there is zero tolerance for distracted and unsafe driving.

Ohio
Two bills were introduced in the state legislature on the topic of distracted driving. S.B. 279, from would expand the current law for minors to all drivers, prohibiting hand held device use and making it a primary offense, Currently adults texting while driving may be cited only if they are stopped for another reason. S.B. 285 introduced would make comprehensive changes to the state’s distracted driving laws based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Transportation Distracted Driving Task Force. The bill would restrict all hand held e-device use and make use of devices a primary offense. It would add incremental penalties for repeat offenses. The bill would add to the existing offenses of vehicular homicide vehicular assault the new offense of “vehicular harm”. It also would make device use violations a “strict liability” offense, meaning the driver’s intentions are not relevant. This provision addresses the defense of “but he/she didn’t mean to crash.” S.B. 285 also calls for distracted driving instuction in driver’s education courses.

Missouri
Gov. Mike Parson signed H.B 1963, which gives motorcyclist 26 or older freedom of choice regarding helmet use while riding. To ride without a helmet, though, motorcyclist must provide proof of heath insurance and have an ‘M” endorsement on their driver’s license. The new law takes effect August 28.

Indiana
A new law went into effect that prohibits drivers from holding their cell phones while the vehicle is in motion. The use of hands free technology remains legal while driving.

Thanks to Harley Davidson for launching the “Learn-To-Ride” programs to draw new riders to the motorcycle lifestyle. The “Learn-To-Ride” differ from existing programs by offering one-on-one or small private group training in a low- stress environment under the supervision of a professional riding coach.
Michael Theodore
National Public Relations Coordinator

Up Coming Events

Sept 20  Clennenin Biker Sunday Clennenin,WV
Sept 22-25 UPCI General Conference HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Remember when planning your next biker event. Please give your information to the board. This way we can get your event listed on our National website and on both of our facebook pages and here in rumblings.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Public Relations Coordinator

Up Coming Events


Aug 30 – 1st Annual Biker Sunday Warren, Ohio
Aug 30 – 1st Annual Biker Sunday Jacksonville, Illinois
Sept 20 – Clendenin Biker Sunday Clendenin, WV

Get ready for a great ASR ride out west in 2021

Rolling Road trip to South Dakota with a Biker Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska Details are being worked out for a June date 2021. We will keep you posted.
National Public Relations Coordinator
Michael Theodore

State Coordinators

Here is a list of our State Coordinators

Alabama/Mississippi
Mark Markham

Arkansas
Mike Womack

California
Michael Moore

Florida/Georgia
Greg Prey

Illinois
Mark Hardin

Indiana
Tony Sell

Louisiana
Oeland Hanes

Michigan
John Zerbe

Missouri
David Scott

Nebraska
Bill Johnson

New England
Rick Perry

Ohio
Michael Theodore

Texas
North  Urissa Reynolds Goodin
East    Johnny Carr
West   Clarence Earp

West Virginia
Doug Joseph

National Public Relations Coordinator
Michael Theodore

1st Annual Biker Sunday Warren, Ohio

It’s just 3 weeks away our 1st Biker Sunday. Host hotel is the Hampton INN 5581 Youngstown Warren Rd Niles,Ohio 44446 330-652-1277 JUst tell them your there for the ASR Biker Sunday for a discount room rate. Guest speaker is Rev Randy Hennigan

 

Up Coming Events

July 29 – Aug 1   ASR National Rally Nashville, Indiana
Aug 30  1st Annual Biker Sunday Warren, Ohio
Sept 20  Clennenin Biker Sunday Clennenin,WV
Sept 22-25 UPCI General Conference HAS BEEN CANCELLED
 
Remember when planning your next biker event. Please give your information to the board. This way we can get your event listed on our National website and on both of our facebook pages and here in rumblings.
 
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain