The Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper’s Rules of the Road
Paul Yaffe, the designer/builder of the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper, gave our centennial bike a 100-cubic-inch engine, a cubic inch for every year of Arizona’s statehood. This 100-horsepower engine has 100 foot-pounds of torque, a top speed of 125 miles per hour and does 0 to 60 in approximately 4.2 seconds. Motorcycle engineering has come a long way in the last 100 plus years, and with all that power under you, you’ve got to drive safely.
- Be Visible – Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time. Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night. Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle. Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have. Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping. If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.
- All the Gear, All the Time - At the minimum, motorcycle riders should wear the following items: DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long-sleeve shirt or jacket, denim jeans, closed footwear and gloves.
- Give Yourself Space – People driving cars don’t often see motorcycles. Even when drives do see you, chances are they’ve never been on a motorcycle and can’t properly judge your speed.
- Apply Effective Mental Strategies – Constantly check the road for changing conditions. Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ action. Watch for turning vehicles. Signal your next move in advance. Avoid weaving between lanes. Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively. Don’t ever ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Finally, now and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.
- Know Your Bike and How to Use It - Get formal training and take refresher courses. Also, develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to hand your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
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