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M.O.M's Advice for the Staying Safe on The Daily Commute

I got bored today and decided to write up some stuff on the ol moto-blog. I figure I'll share it here for other ladies who commute day in and day out like I do.

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As we all know, the world is on some hard times. I'm not really sure how or where this apparent decline began but I can say that perhaps the world would be a more peaceful place if more folks got out to see the world on two wheels, looking through the visor of a helmet.

I've got to thinking about how that effects me, as a rider, in my own daily life. In many areas, violent crime is on the rise; along with theft, auto-theft and other crimes of the sort. As motorcyclists who commute, we don't have the luxury or safety of sitting in a protective bubble when we come to a stop light with our doors locked. The truth is, we are exposed -- sometimes in sketchy areas and neighborhoods, parking lots when we are getting situated to go, etc. This puts us at risk; especially as women who generally lack the upper body strength to ward off an offender in the event that we can't click it into gear and high-tail it out of a threatening situation while having to support the 400 pounds of bike that we are sitting on. We may also not be able to quickly access our weapons to defend ourselves. Every person's assessment of risk is going to vary. I tend to take more precautions when I'm riding at night than I do during the day, or moreso after work then I do on my way to work.

Obviously, remaining alert is crucial. As motorcyclists, this should be engrained into our minds already but I feel it bears repeating. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't put yourself in a situation where you could potentially be bike-jacked. If you work in a questionable area like I do, you might try taking a safer, more heavily travelled alternate route home. If you can't avoid this and you are a free-spirited loner rider then I suggest the following:

1. Don't carry cash - I don't carry cash anymore. It all started after a little glitch with the bank that resulted in me not being able to get cash from my ATM account because my PIN number wasn't working. But in reality, it makes it a little easier for me MOST of the time. I don't have to dig around for change to give the beggars at gas stations, and if confronted by an offender, they aren't going to get much. Of course, I do continue to suggest stashing a 20 under your seat for emergency gas situations.

2. Don't carry ALL of your credit cards: Why do people do this? I mean, is there ever going to be a time when you need to use ALL of your credit cards at the same time? This really only adds a more significant risk to your situation and more phone calls you'll have to make to cancel them out.

3. Keep your identification seperate from where you keep everything else. Keep it in a sperate, concealed location on your person. That way, if they get your cards and your bike, at least they won't have your ID or Drivers license with your home address on it. Frankly, I'm a recluse. I don't want unexpected guests.

4. Vehicle Registration and Insurance: see #3. If you live in CA, you are lucky enough to have the luxury of being able to carry your POI on your phone. Geico and other insurance companies have applications that will allow you easy access to your documents without making it easy to access for anyone who might get your phone (if you don't keep it locked).

5. Personal protection - this is all well and good in theory, but if you don't have quick easy access to it then what good will it do? Keep it in mind.

I don't live my life in fear. As such, I don't ride in fear either. But I do ride smart. Part of riding smart means to be aware and to practice good thinking. None of these ideas are going to prevent an incident and I hope that none of us ever sees the day where these ideas have to be put to practice, but in the event that we do; hopefully it minimizes the amount and the duration of damage.

Ride smart. Ride safe. Ride on.

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In all seriousness, though, good write-up!
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LOL

I would prefer to mount a machine gun on my bike. But apparently that isn't legal.

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I would prefer to mount a machine gun on my bike. But apparently that isn't legal.
Neither is aftermarket exhausts.
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I would prefer to mount a machine gun on my bike. But apparently that isn't legal.
Neither are throwing stars.
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Hehehehe truth. However I could probably get away with an aftermarket exhaust. CA has a bit of an issue with weapons.
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You forgot, don't stop.
Anything serious arises burn the fuck out. Fuck traffic law, run by any means. Ride on the shoulder, pop a curb, run a light, cut through a yard, and don't stop. If you truly feel you life is in danger get out of there by all means. I live in a bad part of town, and ride my Ruck through it and other bad parts. Doesn't faze me, but I have it in the back of my mind to bail by all means.
I bought one for Heather too. One day she asked. "What happens if someone approaches us?" "Don't stop. You're on a bike, you'll out run them. Just pop a curb or something and don't stop."
Remember one, a moving target is very hard to hit. Two, very few people can run or continuously run at 40mph. So even a 50cc Honda Ruckus can evade someone.

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Yes.

This is something that, in writing this post I assumed to be the #1 rule of thumb. But in the absence of that ability, there are other guidelines.
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Thanks for the read. As a female rider I should put more thought into these things. I can see some douchebag trying to steal my rocket.
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You have to carry cash if you ride

...plenty of time I hit the twisties and these mom and pop super small gas stations in the middle of nowhere dont take plastic

Also if you end on the Side of the rd, some cash can help get you out of a sticky situation

I'm not saying walk around with $500
But $20 minimum...cash still rules


Edit : I just went back and reread what you wrote, it seems we're in agreement

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Might add, if possible don't take the same route to and from work all the time. Change it up, and stay unpredictable.

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Have some form of ID readily visible under your gear for First Responders in case you are knocked out by an accident. Include any medical history or DNR info if it applies to you.
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Have some form of ID readily visible under your gear for First Responders in case you are knocked out by an accident. Include any medical history or DNR info if it applies to you.
I need to do that.

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You forgot, don't stop.
Anything serious arises burn the fuck out. Fuck traffic law, run by any means. Ride on the shoulder, pop a curb, run a light, cut through a yard, and don't stop. If you truly feel you life is in danger get out of there by all means. I live in a bad part of town, and ride my Ruck through it and other bad parts. Doesn't faze me, but I have it in the back of my mind to bail by all means.
I bought one for Heather too. One day she asked. "What happens if someone approaches us?" "Don't stop. You're on a bike, you'll out run them. Just pop a curb or something and don't stop."
Remember one, a moving target is very hard to hit. Two, very few people can run or continuously run at 40mph. So even a 50cc Honda Ruckus can evade someone.
This is the best advice valid for bikers and cagers in shady areas .... ALWAYS leave yourself escape route ...at every stop, traffic light or whatever the case might be you have to be ready to take off in split second and once you got this system in your head you'll be fine ...I survived driving in Soweto so believe me!!!
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