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SeaWolves bikers meeting, Constanta, 2012

Not that easy to describe in words. How would you describe meeting with biker friends from all sides of the country, telling stories about the past rides over a glass of beer and making plans about the future rides? It feels good to be part of a community where you don’t have to prove yourself and scars from accidents are just nice tattoos that make friendships even stronger?

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What can you do in the second day of Easter? Well, you can ride, of course

The last 2 days we had terrible weather (well, it wasn’t snowing, so it depends how bad you want to ride). But this morning, what do you know. Sunny! Too bad I got lazy in the last 2 rainy days and now I have so many things to do. So I quietly started the laptop, making self notes about doing the work in rainy days to keep the sunny days for play.

That is until I opened up Facebook and saw one of my biker friends status: “gone riding!”. Well, you know me, it took exactly 25 minutes to gear up and ready to ride. Including 15 minutes to find a place to ride to. But I know a trick. When you don’t know where to ride, open Google Maps and look for Panoramio pictures. Like here:

And here we go, all set to a path of discovery. Where is this place? How does it really look like? And most importantly how is the ride there?

Once you start riding you get into a “path to discovery”. Not that these places weren’t discovered before, they were always there, just 5 km from the highway, living in a parallel World outside the World of 9 to 5 job, malls, TV and what we call modern life. Or what we believe it’s life, but it really isn’t.

Trip to Mostitea Lake

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Trip to Mostitea Lake

If you get really lucky, you’ll get lost. But that’s ok, getting lost means freedom. Freedom to get away from the path, get outside what’s “right”. I guess I’m a bit luckier that most Western European riders. Just 60km from my dual wireless home with 3G internet connection, HD TV, Romania gets rural. Very rural.

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Trip to Mostitea Lake

I think this little guy is posing for me.

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Chickens. Not even what the modern World calls eco chickens. Real chickens running free. Real life.

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And the lake. Google maps, but for real.

Trip to Mostitea Lake

 

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Trip to Mostitea Lake

Back in 2007, my mom got upset (I think) when I bought my third bike, the CBF600s. Why do you need 3 bikes? Well, 70.000 km later, the CBF taught me about life more than anything else. And yes, I crashed and broke my leg in the process. But I get now that life is more than following the paths. Life it’s about friends, knowing people and places. It’s about pain and happiness. It’s about experiencing feelings, sometimes good, sometimes bad. It’s about getting real.

 

Trip to Mostitea Lake

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What do you know. This little ride, an afternoon ride, turned out to be a 250kms ride. And about feelings. About being real.


5 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Insurance

5 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Insurance

So just how much do you know about motorcycle insurance? There are many misconceptions about coverage that can be financially dangerous for you.

We’ve compiled a short list of 5 important things to know about insurance plans:

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1. You are 39 times more likely to die in a wreck than someone in a car or truck. When you get into an accident on a motorcycle, you don’t have the extra mass of the vehicle adding to your protection.

To put it simply, the bigger your vehicle is, the safer you will be when you crash. But the smaller your vehicle is when compared to the other object you’ve crashed into, the more likely you’ll be seriously hurt. It’s important that you have good coverage to help you if and when you crash.

2. There’s no such thing as a standard full coverage policy. Every insurance plan is different, and you need to make sure yours gives you all the benefits you need.

The minimum insurance coverage you should get are collision, comprehensive, and uninsured/under-insured motorist.

Collision coverage is for damages to your bike. Comprehensive is for non-collision damage, such as if a tree limb fell on your bike while you were away. Uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage pays for damages caused to you by someone else, if they can’t afford to pay their share.

In addition, you will want to be sure you have adequate health coverage for accidents. This should cover not only you, but your passenger as well.

3. There are all sorts of discounts you can get on your insurance. Many motorcycle owners make modifications to their bikes, which will increase the value.

You can get better coverage or a price break if you include the value of all of your enhancements in your plan. Additionally, have your VIN on hand when you buy insurance. Some companies will look up your bike for safety equipment that can get you even more savings.

If you aren’t already a part of one, you should consider joining a national group for bikers, such as the American Motorcycle Association. Some insurance companies will give you discounts just for being a member.

There are also savings you can get if you take a motorcycle safety course. Not only will these help you save money, but a course could save your life as well.


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4. The insurance policies mentioned above are just a base-minimum. Other policies you’ll need are bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments.

These will help you pay for medical bills for a variety of situations. Property damage will help you cover damages that you are liable for, such as other peoples’ cars or other belongings.

5. While the law requires you to have insurance to drive, a lot of people don’t. Others may only have the minimum insurance, which won’t cover anything and may leave you in just as much trouble as having none.

Not only should you have coverage for yourself, it is crucial to have protection against damage from others.

If some unfortunate accident were to happen putting you in the hospital undergoing several surgeries and treatments, the last thing you want to hear is that neither you nor the perpetrator have the right plan or enough money to pay for the medical bills.

Drive safe!