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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Motoring Freedom For Modern "Motorcyclist The Art Of Perpetual Defensive Driving It lias been statistically es- tablished that more motorcycle accidents are tlic fault of auto- mobile drivers than the fault of the motorcyclists themselves. For this reason it is essential U> practice UK art of "defen- sive riding." As a modern motorcyclist, you have a degree of motoring freedom that cannot be achieved by your counterpart in his automobile. In many cases you can both accelerate and slop better than the aver- age car, and tlw size of your machine permits you to fit and maneuver in spaces an auto- mobile cannot touch. This feel- ing of so-called superiority over autoircbiles gives many motor- cyclists a false feeling of se- curity. Some motorcyclists Safe Cycle Rules 1. Learn ride with a well qualified, mature in- slrticta'. 2. Get. plenty of slow-speed practice in an uneongcsled area before riding in traffic. 3. Be certain your bike is safely and legally equipped. 4. Check your bike often to be sure it is in safe oper- ating condition. 5. Observe all traffic laws, (i. Pav attention to the road surface! Be parlicula r I y careful of rocks, sand, hales, etc. 7. Be doubly careful on wet or icy roads, and when cross- ing street car or railniad tracks. Drive defensively al- ways assume tiK other driver doesn't see you. Never snow off and never zig K3g in and out of lanes. Stay in line and be careful. 10. Never ride w i I h out wearing your protective hel- met fastened! have the philosophy that they can take advantage of their machine's power and maneu- verability wl-.er.ever they wish. The result is they tend to take the actions of automobile driv- ers for granted and (lien pro- Important To Check Your Shocks If y o u r ear is beginning to feel like a basketball being dribbled than it's time to check the shock absorbers. Schocks deteriorate so grad- ually that you may not realize they are worn and need atten- tion. Then a sudden jolt or panic stop on a humpy street may lead to your losing con- trol of the car. If your shock absorlxirs are about two years old, chalices are they are reaching the dan- ger point. You can use tlie.sc simple checks to determine whether they are operating ef- ficiently. On the street that's clear of otter traffic, accelerate to five miles per hour. Then come to an abrupt stop. If the ear continues to bob after the ini- tial nose dive, then your shocks need replacement. Another test consists of bouncing up and down on the front bumper. When you stop, tlw car should quit moving. If it doesn't you probably have a shock absorber problem. The most fool-proof method of checking tlie shocks is to r.sk your car service man to checli them next time you visit him. cced to take dangeraus arid sometimes illegal chances in congested traffic situations. Many youngsters learning to ride sportcyeles have never driven automfibiles and many of these youngsters do not re- ceive msti'udbTis on operating their spcrtcycles in Mvy class, school or clinic. They a r e merely taught by a more ex- perienced motorcyclist. They, therefore, do r.st have the ad- vantage of having had previous experience in traffic- corditi'Jiw or in the cpcraticn of a motor vehicle. Driver education cours e s teach the raw autcimibile drivel' the laws and rules and oi the nad. If the new rides his ma- chine bst'cre he learns to drive an automobile, he misses this important part of his driving education or postpones it until When To Replace How often should spark plug cable be replaced? According to ignition system experts, the cables should be replaced after every third spark plug change or at miles whichever comes first. Suzuki... built to take on the Country TS-90 HONCHO 5 speeds. 1 1 hp. at 7500 rpm. Max. torque: 7.8 ft, rpm. Single cyl- inder rotary-valve engine. 6.8" ground clearance, "Trials" tires. .95 459 With the best warranty in Hie miles or 6 months TRADES WELCOME BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-322! "Serving South Algerians For Over 30 Years" a later dale.. Special motor- cycle driving permits arc now being issm'd in sonic states (u ensure that the motorcyclist has tire basic skills necessary to operate his machine, as well as a working knowledge ol' traf- fic rules a'lid regulations. Most stales, however, still work on the assumption that an auto- mobile driver's license auto- matically qualifies a person to operate a motorcycle. Never forget that all the rules and courtesies of the road apply to sporteycles to an even greater e.vtenl than they do for automobiles. Why? Be- cause the rider of a two wheel machine rarely wins an en- counter wilh the driver of an a'titDmsbile or track. Safety for your own sake dictates that you obey all traffic rules and courtesies r.t all times. You cannot expect to lake minor liberties with safe driv- ing rules to save a little time and at tlw sair.c time expect automobile drivers to always let you get away with it. When- ever you stretch the law. and it's a very tempting thing to do on a motorcycle, you are in tte wrong and expose yourself U> possible serious injury. Automobile drivers like to stretch tlic law a little, too, so you can't take their actions for granted. Since the odds are against you in zn accident situ- ation, the best form of driving is perpetual defensive driving. Be suspicious of every oilier driver on the road and be pre- pared to take defensive, eva- sive action at any time. The best start to your safe, defen- sive driving habits comes from the rules of the read. Obey tlw rules and improve y 3 u r chances ol slaying alive. MAHA An ENDURO for every member of the family! 90-HTI A (At right} T 8.5 h.p. The newest, o super lightweight Enduro that's great for Campers, teen-agers, any- body. Comes with wide ratio 5-speed gearbox, autolube, En- duro front forks. Goes anywhere. 100 LS-TA (Shown Above) 9.5 h.p. more sprocket changing. Dual rot: a "Trail- ma'ic" drive gives you o choice of fwo campltJte sets of speeds at the turn of a switch, autolube, too. 250 DT-IM (At right) 30 h.p., close-ratio 5-speed gearbox, Gyl kit, tuned ex- haust, Autolube, and a habit of getting there first. 4f 125 AT-IMX (Shown Above) 19.5 h.p. With close-ratio 5-speed gearbox. Gyt kit, tuned exhaust, and autolube Look for this one 'in the winner's circle. A 360-RT-l T (At left) 30 h.p. Our biggest new dirt bike has enough 5-port power to make a mountain act like a valley. Wide ratio 5-speed gearbox, and auto- i 125 AT-IB W (Af left) 1 1.5 h.p. Has alt the En- duro features Wide ratio 5-speed "gearbox, autolube, Enduro front forks, plus the convenience of electric start- ing. 43 h.p. The 'hairy one', with close-ratio 5-speed gear- box, Gyt kit, tuned exhaust, autolube and handling makes the difference between first and also 175 CT-IB (Shown Above) 18.5 h.p. Enduro front forks, aulolube, wide-ratio, 5-speed gearbox, separate instruments. An easy hand- linq middleweight, ready to cover atl terrain. With Yamaha Enduro The Outdoors is a little greater now! YAMAHA CYCLE SALE SERVICE LTD. 2nd Ave. and 21st Street 5. Phone 328-6977 ;