There only 200 spaces left for the “Ride To the Tide” as of Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Meeting location/time on
16501 Ballpark Rd.
Bowie, MD 20716
at 0730, wheels up at 0800.
Thank you for registering for our 2018
Ride to the Tide event which will take place on Sunday, April 22nd.
In anticipation of the ride, we would like to ask you to take a few moments in the coming days to review these safety tips and ensure both you and your bike are safely prepared for the ride itself.
We will share our final event reminders with you early next week.
If you have any family, friends or colleagues who plan to join you for the ride, we highly recommend they
register this weekend as we only have 200 spots remaining.
Please share this online registration link accordingly:
RIDE TO THE TIDE – 2018
Pre-Ride Safety Tips
1. Motorcycle Safety Inspection – Conduct an inspection of your bike. When bikes sit unridden for a long time things can happen. Inspect all of the following:
a. Tires – Make sure the tread is good and the sidewalls are not cracked. Also check and adjust your tire pressure as proper pressure is critical.
b. Fluids – Check all your fluid levels even if you did not see any leaks.
c. Controls – Make sure all your controls are working properly.
d. Lights – Check all your lights especially the headlamp and brake lights.
e. Gauges – Make sure all your gauges are functioning properly. Check your neutral light to make sure your bike is really in neutral when the light is on.
f. Suspension – Check your shocks for proper movement. If you plan on riding with a passenger, or a lot of gear, make sure you make the necessary suspension adjustments to accommodate the extra weight.
g. Side and/or Center Stand – Make sure the stand is working properly to hold your bike up when parked. Make sure the stand goes all the way back up to its riding position before you move. Always have a side stand puck with you in case you ever have to park on grass or soft land.
h. Windshield/glasses/goggles – Make sure they are clean. Don’t forget about sunglasses or a tinted visor to help with your vision in the sun.
i. Bike Service – If your bike is in need of service such as an oil change, get it done now before the dealerships get too busy. Don’t put off bike services. Take care of your bike and it will take care of you!
j. First Aid Kit – Great to have an up-to-date kit just in case.
k. Rain Suit and extra riding gear – Being prepared is very important.
l. Gas – Arrive to the ride with a full tank of gas. See Tip # 7.
2. Spring Riding – If your bike has been parked throughout this long, cold and snowy winter, make sure you get out and ride some before our Ride to the Tide event. Not riding for four or five long months will cause your riding skills to deteriorate. You will be riding with a large group of bikes and safety is our number one concern. Ride over to a large empty parking lot and practice starting out and stopping, quick stops, swerves and cornering. If you plan on riding with a passenger, once you get comfortable by yourself, ride around with a passenger on the back in the parking lot. Remember how much riding with a passenger affects your bike’s overall handling and performance.
3. Watch out for Pot Holes during the ride – This past winter has led to numerous pot holes developing on many roads. What could result in a bent rim on your car could be a very tragic accident on your motorcycle. Remember to use hand and foot signals to warn the riders behind you of any approaching dangers. See the back of the Safety Card for the hand and foot signals when you arrive for the ride. The Safety Cards will be distributed at Check-In at our starting point in Smyrna.
4. Group Riding – The group will be riding in a staggered formation. Always maintain at least a two-second following distance from the bike directly in front of you and a one-second distance behind the bike staggered in front of you to your right or left. See number five.
5. Important Tip – Never ever ride alongside another rider no matter how good of a rider you are. You need time and space to react to sudden problems you may encounter. Riding side by side gives you no safety cushion and no reaction time.
6. Hand Signals – If you’ve never browsed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) web site take a few minutes to do so. MSF has a lot of great information on their site. If you don’t know the standard hand signals used by riders when riding in groups you can find the signals on the site. Go to www.msf-usa.org. Click on Library, Quick Tips and then on Group Riding. This important site will give you additional information on group riding, following distances diagram and will show you all the hand signals.
7. Filling up gas tank – At the start of our Ride to the Tide two years ago we encountered the following problem. We found three big bikes had gas leaking from their gas tanks. Apparently the riders had just topped off their gas tanks before arriving to the start location. As the sun began heating up the temperature it caused the gas in the tanks to expand and began leaking out of the overflow. This creates a hazardous condition with so many people and bikes being closely together. A carelessly discarded match or cigarette could be disastrous. Manufacturers recommend not filling your motorcycle’s gas tank all the way to the top to avoid this potential problem. Leave several inches of space for the gas to expand especially during the hot months.
Remember, you will be riding with a large group of motorcyclists. Whatever you do on your bike can and will affect the riders behind you. Ride Smart, Ride Safe and Enjoy the Ride. Ride to stay alive. Thank you.
Harley-Davidson to close US factory as sales slide
Published: Jan 30, 2018 1:47 p.m. ET
Harley-Davidson Inc. plans to close a U.S. factory amid a protracted sales slide that the motorcycle maker expects to continue into 2018.
Motorcycle-related revenue fell 6.8% in 2017 to $4.92 billion, as retail sales dropped in the U.S. and around the globe. Worldwide, Hog retail sales fell 7% in 2017, the third consecutive annual decline.
Harley forecasts continued challenges this year, including soft U.S. retail sales. The Milwaukee-based company expects to ship up to 236,000 motorcycles globally, a decline from the 241,498 motorcycles it shipped last year.
Shares of the company fell more than 7% in early Tuesday trading to $51.15.
As part of a cost-cutting plan, Harley-Davidson said it would close its assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. and lay off about 800 workers. The plant is one of its four U.S. factories.
“This decision was extremely difficult but necessary under the circumstances," Chief Executive Matt Levatich said on Tuesday. "I have profound respect for the women and men in that facility.”
Harley plans to move the plant's operations to its York, Pa., facility, which would eventually add about 450 jobs as part of the consolidation. Mr. Levatich said in an interview that the company planned upgrades to the York factory, but that the new tax law's benefits for such investments didn't affect the decision.
Harley is often used by politicians as a backdrop for discussing U.S. manufacturing or economic policy. Harley executives and union officials visited the White House last year, and the company was mentioned in President Donald Trump's post-inauguration address to Congress.
Mr. Levatich said the manufacturing cuts didn't undermine Harley's focus on keeping most of its operations in the U.S., its biggest market. "Nothing has changed in the sense of our commitment to U.S. manufacturing," he said.
In addition to the Kansas City plant, Harley said its manufacturing consolidation would also affect its motorcycle wheel factory in Adelaide, Australia. Cuts there are expected to affect about 110 jobs.
Harley said it expects to incur restructuring costs of $170 million to $200 million and expects to spend about $75 million in related capital investments over the next two years. After 2020, the company expects the moves to save about $65 million to $75 million of cash annually.
For its fourth quarter, Harley earned $8.3 million, or 5 cents a share, down from $47.2 million, or 27 cents a share, for the same quarter of the prior year.
Results were hurt by a $53.1 million charge related to new U.S. tax law and a $29.4 million charge related to a product recall. Motorcycle revenue in the fourth quarter grew 12% to $1.05 billion.
Harley said it expected the new tax law would reduce its effective tax rate to 23.5-25% this year. That is down from an effective tax rate of 39.6% in 2017.
Harley executives said the company had made progress in its long-term goal of adding two million new riders in the U.S. over the coming decade and boost its international business to 50% of its total annual volume from around 38%. Mr. Levatich said Harley added more than 32,000 new Harley riders in the U.S. over the last year.
The company has also been working to expand its appeal to women, minorities, young adults and city dwellers. As part of that effort, Harley-Davidson said it is on target to launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. The company said Tuesday it would invest more aggressively in developing electric-biking technology.