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This is the time of year that we get most of our rainfall – our

Southwest Monsoon. In the El Paso area our wettest months are July, August and September. It can be a dangerous time to ride the bike if you are not weather aware. Typically we start off the morning with nice, sunny weather and then by the afternoon and evening storms start to build and eventually erupt. If you are caught off-guard it can be life threatening. Over the past 30-years there’s no natural disaster that has taken more lives than flooding. There is no area that is immune to all this torrential rain that can occur. Our mountains are certainly beautiful but when we get severe storms all that flowing water gets funneled to the lower areas. Did you realize that all it takes to knock a person of his feet is six inches of rushing water? One foot of water can put a vehicle out of control and be disastrous and deadly for a motorcyclist.

If you are caught riding in a storm, it’s best to pull over and wait it out – especially if there is lightning! If you must ride when it’s raining be prepared. It’s best to wear your rain suit and water proof boots. Always take turns and curves slowly; allow plenty of space between you and vehicles around you. Water on the road will cause some hydroplaning – this can be fatal with only two wheels on the ground. Make sure your helmet covers your entire face – drops hitting you at 30 mph or more hurts. Also, it’s a good idea to use Rain-X on the visor to help in visibility. If you have to cross railroad tracks – cross straight across rather than at an angle. The rails are metal and can be slick after a storm. Watch out for any puddles – you never know how deep they can be.

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Catch 'Doppler' Dave Speelman on KVIA Channel 7 or online at for your most accurate weather reports.

Sun City Biker Weather Trivia

How many feet of rushing water does it take to carry a vehicle away? A. 1’ B. 2’ C. 3’

Answer: B

Weather 101 Flash Flooding Safety

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Moto El Paso & Textron


oto El Paso has a long standing tradition in the El Paso area when it comes to Motorcycles, ATVs and other recreational vehicles. Mr. Motorcycle was the name of the shop that served the El Paso community from 1993 until 2011. Moto won many sales and service awards for the region After that time is when Moto El Paso was created to provide the same quality service for the community along with an even better supply of vehicles. Moto El Paso is very excited because they've just been approved by Arctic Cat / Textron to represent their huge range of

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power sport vehicles in El Paso. The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names.

Arctic Cat was recently acquired by Textron which is huge news. Textron being a huge $15 billion dollar company has a lot more resources for R&D that will have a big effect on the vehicles that Arctic Cat produces. Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, allterrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Moto is excited to provide newer products to the El Paso region.


ful Arctic Cat brand brings an exciting lineup of snowmobiles, side-by-sides and ATVs into the Textron Specialized Vehicles product family.

Going forward, Arctic Cat will operate as a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. This business, based in Augusta, Ga., designs and manufactures vehicles and equipment for a range of uses and industries, including E-Z-GO golf cars and personal transportation vehicles, Cushman commercial utility vehicles, Textron Off Road sideby-sides, Dixie Chopper zero-turn mowers, Jacobsen professional turf-care equipment, and TUG, Douglas, Premier and Safeaero ground support equipment. The power-

Arctic Cat’s operations will remain in Minnesota. The business will gain valuable new capabilities through its integration with Textron Specialized Vehicles and the global resources of Textron Inc.— a $13.8 billion multi-industry business with operations in more than 25 countries.


extron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arctic Cat Inc. by means of a short-form merger under Minnesota law. As a result, Arctic Cat has become an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron.

“Arctic Cat is an ideal fit with our growing range of off-road recreational vehicles,” said Textron president and CEO Scott Donnelly. “The addition of Arctic Cat to our Textron Specialized Vehicles business instantly gives us a deeper product line for customers, greater potential for innovation, and introduces new sales opportunities for our combined worldwide dealer network.”

Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles Courtesy of Motorcycle Safety Foundation

1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

2. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.

7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can't always stop "on a dime."

9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle –

see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative. 10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.

EPCC Offers Motorcycle Rider Courses

The Motorcycle Rider Course is a beginner to intermediate safety course designed to develop and enhance basic riding skills. The Experienced Motorcycle Rider Course is intended for students who have completed the basic course and have at least six months of motorcycle riding experience.

Think of it as Motorcycling 101 Sign up for the basic course if you haven't had much riding experience or if you've never ridden at all. If you're under 18, you have to take the course to get a motorcycle driver's license. You learn to make your motorcycle perform like an extension of yourself. By the end of the course, we'll be challenging your skills at the two-year rider level. The best part is you don't even need a helmet or a motorcycle. We provide them for you.

Motorcycling at the Graduate Level The advanced course is for experienced riders only. You work with other riders like yourself. And since advanced students use their own motorcycles, you'll see all types of bikes, from cruisers to sport bikes to touring machines. No matter how long you've been riding, the advanced course is tough enough to challenge your skills. You learn high-speed maneuvering, quick swerving and avoidance techniques, counter steering, traction control, and emergency braking for curves and slippery surfaces. Skills you can use whether you're touring cross-country or just riding down to the corner store. Both Motorcycle Rider Course and the Experienced Motorcycle Rider Course are offered on weekends at the Mission Del Paso Campus in East El Paso.

The Motorcycle Rider Courses are designed to provide students with the most up-to-date safety information and hands-on skill development for the safe operation of motorcycles on our streets and highways. In the Course for Motorcycle Riders, you ride. You don't just talk about it. It's challenging, fun, and it can even save you money on insurance rates. Your only homework assignment is to make it home safely. Goal: The goal of this program is to promote rider safety and to reduce the number and severity of motorcycle accidents.

Call and register today! Classes formed weekly! Register at any EPCC campus Registrar's office or call (915) 831-7005 and sign up for the course today. Become a better rider and have fun at the same time. In Texas, the thrills begin with skill.

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Kevin Reilly. “We gotta go more badass.”

I’ll be riding this machine soon, with a full first ride report hitting RideApart on either Monday or Tuesday. Until then, here’s everything we know about the new model.

Effectively, the Scout Bobber is a cosmetic exercise, transforming the Scout into something with a look that better reflects its fantastic powerplant. The Scout’s 100-horsepower 1130cc liquid-cooled Vtwin has always been the star of the show and remains as much here. Unlike the Triumph Bonneville Bobber however, the engine has not received a special tune for this variation on the theme.

Indian Motorcycle Goes Badass With New Scout Bobber

New Scout variant features chopped fenders, cooler headlight, By Chris Cope ( lowered suspension

Indian Motorcycle has pulled the cover off the new Scout Bobber – a sexed-up version of its popular Scout model aimed at a younger audience.

“We know that in order to expand in this market we gotta go younger,” said Indian Vice President of Motorcycle Marketing

“Tracker” handlebars, pegs moved 1.5 inches closer to the rider, and a suspension that’s been lowered an inch (chiropractors rejoice) all contribute to a machine with new, more aggressive ergonomics. As has been requisite since 2009 when making bikes targeted at younger riders, many of the features have been blacked out: wheels, engine bits, pipes, etc.

A new block letter logo adorns the tank, and a cool headlight nacelle fixes what was previously my biggest aesthetic complaint about the bike. Meanwhile, the standard two-tone seat is markedly more attractive than that found on the Scout and Scout Sixty (Statements on the look of the bike are obviously my own opinion. Feel free to disagree in the comments).

Chopped fenders front and rear ensure you’ll fling plenty of road muck on wet days. Chunky stock tires are still Indian-branded shoes from Kenda, which probably means you'll want to replace them ASAP if there's even the remotest possibility of your riding in the rain. New rear LED lights with integrated stop, turn, and tail signals help the bike maintain its minimalist styling. Indian has rolled out a host of accessories aimed at allowing riders to make their ride even more their own, and most existing Scout accessories will also work with the new Scout Bobber. I am particularly fond of a spoke-wheeled model with ape hanger handlebars that Indian displayed at its unveiling party in Minneapolis on Friday.

One thing you can't really see in the photos, but which I can tell you from having ogled the bike in person, is that overall quality of the fit and finish has been stepped up. The existing Scout is certainly no slouch but the Scout Bobber is a vehicle even more befitting its price tag and heritage. The new Scout Bobber will be available at dealers in the United States and Canada starting in September. The Scout Bobber will be available in five colors: Thunder Black, Star Silver Smoke, Bronze Smoke, Indian Motorcycle Red, and Thunder Black Smoke. If you want ABS, you'll be limited to only the latter color. Prices start at US $11,499.

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lifestyle, catering to those fear-mongers who attend a NASCAR race just to watch a wreck. The general media muckrakes the scary side of motorcycles in an effort for ratings. Skewed statistics and media paint a scary picture of motorcyclists and blur the actual risks involved. Motorcycle death and accident statistics don’t show inexperience or careless action. According to 2008 CDC statistics, almost a third of rider deaths involved drinking. Riding a motorcycle makes you alert and uses all of you. You feel the elements, shift your body to steer, your eyes scan the road ahead, and all of your limbs are used for controls. You can’t put it on cruise and lean the seat back, riding takes all of your attention. So, even a couple drinks can really impair your riding.

The Risks of Not Riding a Motorcycle By Jesse Kiser (

“Never fear a motorcycle, but always respect it,” said my dad to an adolescent me. With a firm tone and extended index finger he coached me as I sat stiff-armed with my hands on the bars and unblinking wide eyes locked on him.

[Edit Note: This piece was originally written for a non-motorcycle magazine. Their editor asked for a story explaining why we ride motorcycles, despite the risks. We decided to share it with you, unchanged from the first edit. Share it with a friend who doesn't like motorcycles or think they're too dangerous.] Fear should never be confused with respect.

He shouted a few more instructions and then shoved me as I released the clutch, sending me off with one big slap on the back. Fearing a motorcycle can get you hurt, but respecting one can make you feel more alive than a car ever can.

My father lost his brother to a motorcycle accident when he was 23 and two of his father’s friends had already became amputees. So, why was he teaching his only son how to ride such a dangerous thing, encouraging young love that today is full grown? I can’t answer that, but I’m thankful he did.

Motorcycle Risks Many of you four-wheel suburbanites think riding a motorcycle is this dangerous, careless action--that’s an irrational fear. People are still scared of flying despite the fact that you have a better chance of dying in the car on the way to the airport than in a plane, why? Because, if you breakdown on a plane you can’t just pull over to the curb and wait for AAA. Similar to how a fender-bender in a car would equate to a life-threatening accident to me on a motorcycle.

Yes, the statistics say there are more motorcycle than car deaths, but that’s not a fair estimate of the risks. To quote a bad movie, Biker Boyz, when the young hot shot makes a bold attempt at a stunt, the experienced rider, played by Laurence Fishburne, tells him he could have been hurt, his response, “Could’ve got hurt getting out of bed.” So, does it stop us from getting out of bed? As a man I respect and former boss, David Freiburger, once wrote, “Since Sonny Bono died skiing into a tree, should we stop all skiing or should we cut down all the trees? No. The passions of the many outweigh the losses of a few.” Risks Unfortunately media portrays our niche group as an evil, dangerous

Another large portion of deaths came from riders without helmets, as not all states require them by law. No gear, no respect (for the motorcycle).

A car is an extension of your house, your office, your life, but a motorcycle is an extension of you. You trade your risks on a motorcycle. Every day you risk being late, getting lost, spending too much on gas and going insane--I don’t experience those problems. When I leave to ride, unless I’m commuting to work, I only have a vague idea of where I’m going. No GPS or smart-phone directions, because if I get lost, great. I’m on a motorcycle, my day can’t be bad. It’s a mental release that for many is vital to survival. I don’t stress about traffic or directions when I’m riding. It’s a personal experience that has sometimes become a spiritual experience. Even in a pack of other motorcycles or a crowded highway, I ride alone. Getting in a car is like waiting, not living. Sit in traffic, go to point B with the windows up and A/C on listening to a boring talk-show host and stress about the day. Getting on a motorcycle tears away the modern world, no music, skip traffic, alert, riding away from your thoughts and stresses with the twist of the throttle.

Friends Most of my friends ride, which means we always have something to talk about. Subsets and cliques of bikers seem intimidating, but some of the nicest people in the world are bikers, because you can’t be all that mad if you’re on a bike. Like the old cheesy bumper sticker, ‘you never see a Harley in front of a psychiatrist’s office.’ And remember, you meet the nicest people on a Honda (that was Honda’s ad campaign when outlaw bikers grabbed media attention in the late ‘60s). I wave at other bikers no matter what type of bike they ride. It’s nice to have a sense of identity even within a large group, but I ride the bikes I like to ride, because that’s what I do. Not because I wish to fit into a particular subset, but because that’s the bike I want. At the same time, it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone in your deranged obsession with everything two wheeled.

Close Calls I’ve had many close calls on a motorcycle. Sliding the curb at 50 mph shooting sparks onto my friend behind me. Laid down a handful of dirt bikes and nearly missed a couple cars on the road. I ride every day I can and find excuses to go get lost on a bike. I believe you have a better chance of avoiding an accident on a motorcycle rather than a car and I’ve had far more accidents in cars than motorcycles.

For a goal oriented person, riding is constantly a challenge. Every time I leave my house I learn something new and push myself harder. Not necessarily faster, but better. Every day it brings something out of me that nothing else can.

Fearing a motorcycle or not respecting one can get you hurt. No helmet, drinking and careless behavior loses your respect for a bike, but riding sensibly and smart can keep you alive, better than anything on four wheels. Sun City Biker 11

How to Change Your Motorcycle Oil By Randle McMurphy (

The oil inside your engine lubricates and protects it; you want that oil to be in the best condition it can be, so it can do its job effectively. Over time, impurities get into your oil and can affect performance, so it’s important you change it regularly. Better quality oil means a longer lifespan for your motor.

If you’re doing lots of short journeys, or you just like to ride the hell out of your bike every time you get on it, the condition of your oil may deteriorate quicker than someone who just cruises at the speed limit on a highway, so how often you change your oil can depend on usage. That said, it pays to be diligent. Check your motorcycle manual, but as a rule of thumb change it once a year or every 3,000 to 5,000 miles; sooner if your bike has a harder life. (Note: Many modern manufacturers, e.g., Triumph, promise up to 10,000 miles between oil changes, but we'd argue that it can't hurt to do it more often – Ed.) The type of engine oil you need will depend on the bike you ride - again, check your manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation; some suggest to use a weight of oil according to the weather conditions you ride in regularly.

What you need Engine oil: Check your manual for the quantity you require and the type of oil you need. It pays to buy an extra quart of oil, just in case. You can always use it to top up your oil over time, anyway. Oil filter: Naturally, you want one that fits your engine, but if in doubt get the part number from the manufacturer and buy from a dealer. Sometimes it can be just as cheap (even cheaper) as a thirdparty filter. Sump washer: These cost pennies - even if your old one looks OK, replace it just in case. Oil filter removal tool: If you have a standard oil filter, this makes it easy to remove your filter with a wrench attached. Oil tray: You can use anything you like to collect the oil, but a wide, shallow tray (preferably with a spout in one corner) makes draining your oil easy and spill-free. Funnel: To make it easy to fill your engine with oil. Socket and wrench: For removing the drain plug/filter. Gloves: Hot engine oil is bad for your hands, so get some cheap, disposable gloves. Wood blocks: Put these under your side stand and you can make your bike level - perfect for checking your oil correctly.

1. Warm it Up To make it easy to drain the oil from your engine, it needs to be warm (or viscous, in technical terms). You can let your engine ideal for 5-10 minutes, but personally I think it’s a great excuse to go for a burn, and it’s a better way to warm your engine anyway.

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2. Drain the Oil When you’ve got back and stopped grinning, rest the bike on its side stand and put the oil tray underneath the bike. Making sure you don’t touch any hot engine parts, use the socket and wrench to remove the engine drain plug - turn anti-clockwise to undo it. Make sure you remove the washer while you’re there and put the plug in a dish for safe keeping. 3. Let it Flow On level ground, allow the oil to drain completely. You can simply sit back and let it drain out by itself, or - my preference - coerce any of those remaining bits of oil hidden in nooks and crannies into coming out by carefully tilting the bike on each side (don’t do this is your bike is particularly heavy or you feel unsure about it). 4. Remove the Old Oil Filter Using a wrench attached to the filter removal tool, unscrew the old oil filter by turning the wrench (again, anti-clockwise). Another batch of oil will come out of the filter, so make sure you let this drain com.pletely. Now’s a good opportunity to make a cup of coffee (or crack open a beer) and come back a little later.

5. Install the New Oil Filter Once there are no more drops of oil coming from the filter or plug housing, grab your new oil filter and some of your new engine oil and, using your finger, smear some onto the sealing ring of the filter. You can put it straight on, or fill the filter with oil first (some manufacturers recommend to do this, some don’t). Screw it on by hand, then attach the adaptor with wrench installed and tighten it up.

6. Refit the Sump Plug (Drain Plug) With all the old oil drained out of the engine, refit a new washer to the engine drain plug. Then, screw the plug into the sump by hand and tighten it up fully. Use the torque wrench and the manufacturer’s recommended torque setting if you’re not sure how much to tighten it.

7. Fill With Fresh Oil First, check your manual for the exact capacity of your engine oil. Now, undo the plug on the engine fill hole, insert the funnel and start adding oil. Be careful as you don’t want to overfill; aim to add about two-thirds of total quantity and then add the remainder gradually, checking the oil level on a level surface (using your blocks) as you go, using the sight gauge (or the dipstick method).

8. Final Oil Level Check When you’re happy that the level is around the max mark, start the engine and let it idle for about five minutes, checking that the oil pressure light goes out after starting. Turn off the engine, get the bike on a level surface once more and check the oil level, adding more if need be. On your first proper ride after changing the oil, it’s worth double-checking the level once more, or several times thereafter if you want to.

What to Look for in a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer By Nick P.

For those who ride, you understand that motorcycling comes with a set of risks that regular vehicles simply do not experience. Besides an entirely different driving experience, there are also increased risks to your person. After all, when a motorcycle gets in a collision with another vehicle, it is the motorcyclist that ends up on the losing side.

It is this difference in what happens in a collision that means you may require an attorney to help you through the legal process, one that understands motorcycling and the additional risks that come with riding. If you are a motorcyclist, you may want to find a lawyer just in case you are in a collision that will require follow-up legal counsel. And if you are looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer, look for the following traits to ensure you have someone who will work for, and with, you. 1. Medical Knowledge

It’s unfortunate, but motorcycling comes with a much higher risk of injury than driving in cars, trucks, or vans. Without the metal casing around the driver, motorcycles leave their operators more open to injury. These injuries can also be more severe as a result of highspeed collisions, which can sometimes leave the rider severely injured, perhaps for the rest of their lives.

One of the more common severe injuries in motorcycling is classified as “catastrophic orthopaedic injury.” Unfortunately, there is no clear definition of what constitutes a “catastrophic” injury, but there are legal precedents for what follows when such an injury is brought into court. But because of the lack of hard definition recognized by the courts, it means you will need legal representation with a strong medical background.

Motorcycle accident lawyers often understand more about the medical side of accident cases than other lawyers because of the frequency at which their cases involve severe injuries and catastrophic orthopaedic injuries. Armed with such knowledge, they can make a stronger case for their clients that bring to bear the full impact of the injuries on the person’s life—and on their ability to work and enjoy their lives. When looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer,

be sure they have a demonstrable knowledge of the medical conditions you may be suffering from, and the resources to learn more about them, so they can build you a stronger case.

2. Knowledge of Motorcycle Driving

Another unfortunate circumstance that arises from motorcycle driving is the misconception about the drivers. Many people feel motorcycle drivers are irresponsible or reckless drivers, and since many injury cases are decided by a jury, this bias can lead to decisions that leave motorcyclists without the compensation they need and the justice they deserve—all based on a simple but pervasive stereotype.

A motorcycle accident lawyer needs to understand motorcycling, the safe driving practices and procedures that responsible motorcyclists practice, and the common problems they encounter from other drivers while out on the road. Without this knowledge, they could jeopardize your case and leave the decision up to a jury who doesn’t understand what went wrong. Your motorcycle accident lawyer should be knowledgeable about motorcycling to help you make the best case possible. When looking for an attorney, see how committed to motorcycle accidents he or she is. Is it prominent on their website? Do they have previous cases that they can point to? If it seems like motorcycle injury cases are a side show for the firm, then they will probably approach the case like any other personal injury case, and that will not suffice. 3. Location

When you are injured on a motorcycle, state law factors heavily into the cases that follow. If you have been injured in one state but live in another, it is always better to hire a lawyer who lives in the state in which you had your collision. Local lawyers understand local laws better than outside lawyers, which means they can build better cases and defend your arguments more effectively in the court of law. While you may have a lawyer that you would rather use in your own state, it is always better to use one who understands the local laws much better.

If you are looking for a qualified and trained motorcycle accident lawyer, be sure to find someone who understands motorcycling and the injuries that can happen in motorcycling collisions. Without this knowledge, your case could end up missing some key details, and that could leave you without the compensation you need to move forward in your life.

Sun City Biker - July/August 2017  

El Paso's Motorcycle Magazine