Find us Online October 2014 - Issue #43  
IdahoSTAR idahostar.org
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Youtube YouTube
Youtube Newsroom
Share Idaho STAR

Past Issues

Sign Up

Courses

COURSES FOR EVERY RIDER

Learn more about each of our courses and which one is right for you.

----------

 2014 STAR COURSES

All courses for the 2014 riding season are now posted online and open for registration

Please note that classes at some sites have concluded for the 2014 season.

To register online, visit idahostar.org or call us at 208-639-4540 or toll-free at 888-280-7827.

----------

DEALER DISCOUNT PROGRAM FOR STAR GRADUATES

If you've taken one of our courses and received the Dealer Discount flyer, remember to take advantage of the discounts offered by showing your 2014 STAR completion card. The discounts are valid until December 31st, 2014. Thanks to all businesses who support Idaho STAR graduates!

Can't find the flyer? No worries, we have it online HERE.

_   _
 

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: 

“Do I feel lucky?”

We all remember Inspector Callahan’s famous quote from “Dirty Harry” (1971). We may not often think of it this way, but there is a certain amount of ‘luck’ involved in riding a motorcycle and whether or not we are involved in a crash.  Motorcycle rider training folks like me typically focus on the factors that are within the rider’s control, but the reality is that there is a ‘luck’ element to our crash risk. Consider our natural response when we hear someone is involved in a car crash. Among others, I’ll bet that we all feel or think some version of:
  • “I guess they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
  • “That’s really unfortunate/unlucky/too bad.  I hope they are OK.”
  • “The way traffic is nowadays, it’s not surprising.  Glad they weren’t hurt.”
  • “With so many texting or drunk drivers out there, it’s a wonder we all don’t get crashed into.”
Similarly, when people hear of a motorcycle crash, the reaction is often some version of:
  • “Must be those damn cagers!” (For those not familiar with the term, “cager” is a colloquial term for ‘car driver.’)
  • “Was there gravel on the road? Or maybe a car turning left in front of him?”
Certainly there are also reactions that involve something the driver or rider may have been doing that led to the crash (speeding, drinking, texting, etc.). But the fact that the above questions even come up is evidence that we intuitively accept that there is an element of luck in the mix...

>> Read more HERE. <<

 

_   _
 

Dark Times Are Here

At least where I live, it’s starting to be quite dark on my morning commute; probably is for you, too. It won’t be long before my evening commute is the same. As I drive down State street on my way to work, I see pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter, and motorcycle riders. To be more accurate, I typically DON’T see these folks until I am very close. 

I also notice in these ‘dark times’ those pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter and motorcycle riders who have taken the initiative to dress is bright colors and some reflective material are much easier to see from much farther away.

As a motorcycle or scooter rider, please be aware that in these ‘dark times,’ you can be very hard to see. Please ride defensively! Do I recommend bright colors and reflective materials? Certainly, but I also know that not everyone is going to dress like I do. So here are some tips for all riders (hi-viz folks and the all-in-black folks and everyone in between)...

>> Read more HERE. <<