Motorcycle Safety Tips

Stan Loomis is a proMotorcycle Safety Tipsud motorcycle enthusiast, often found cruising through sunny Florida with a smile painted across his face.  While Stan and his wife are all about having a great time traveling around on their bikes, the Loomis’ are well aware of the dangers that come along with owning and riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, not every motorcycle driver takes the proper precautions while riding. There are many factors that can make riding motorcycles dangerous including other drivers on the road, inclement weather, and faulty equipment. To help keep everyone safe on the road, Stan Loomis provides the following safety tips:

 Safety Tips for motorcycle riders:

  • Always wear a helmet. While laws about helmets vary from state to state, wearing a helmet can reduce crash injuries substantially. Helmets with the DOT label meet federal safety standards.
  • If your helmet does not have a face shield, wear goggles or glasses to protect your vision and help you clearly see the road.
  • Although it’s enjoyable to ride side by side with another biker, this is very dangerous and even illegal in some states. Ride behind or infront of one another, not next to eachother.
  • Invest in good, quality gear. Even if you are an experienced and cautious motorcyclist, accidents happen. When they do, good gear can make all the difference in keeping you protected from serious injury.
  • Use your signals. Avoid any confusion and give everyone else on the road a clear idea of what you are going to do next.
  • Obey speed limits. Speed limits are put up for your safety as well as the safety of others. Even if you feel you are in control at a higher speed, someone else on the road may stop suddenly in front of you or swerve into your lane. While you can’t control other drivers, you can control your own speed.
  • Avoid driving in another driver’s blind spot. It is important for other drivers to be aware of your whereabouts. If they can’t see you, they may accidentally run right into you or cause you to have to swerve away quickly, putting others in danger.
  • Make sure to check your lights, brakes, turn signals, mirrors, and oil before each ride.

Tips for other drivers:

  • Never follow too closely. Bikers often need to swerve to avoid potholes or other obstacles in the road. This does not mean they are driving recklessly, rather that they are being cautious. Always make sure to leave sufficient room between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
  • Always look before changing lanes or taking turns.
  • Use turn signals. As mentioned above, it is important for everyone on the road to know your plan so they can react accordingly.
  • Be aware of inclement weather.  It is always important to be extra careful when weather conditions are less than perfect. It is also important to understand that motorcyclists may have more difficulties in poor weather conditions.
  • Check your blind spots often. Knowing where everybody is on the road around you will prevent any unnecessary incidents of cutting someone off and causing them to swerve dangerously out of the way.
  • Remember we are all sharing the road, be courteous to one another!

 Stan Loomis advises all drivers to be careful on the road.  Accidents can be prevented, so spread the word and make sure to look twice, both for your safety as well as the safety of others!

Biketoberfest 2013

Loomis bikes

Stan Loomis rode his 2010 Big Dog Wolf (right) to Biketoberfest 2013 with his wife, whose bike is seen on the left.

As the owner of a customized 2010 Big Dog Wolf, Stan Loomis enjoys traveling with his wife and their custom choppers to motorcycling events throughout Florida.

Naomi and Stan Loomis frequently attend Biketoberfest and made a trip to this year’s event in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Biketoberfest 2013 stretched over a long weekend, beginning on October 17th and running through the 20th, drawing thousands of riders for motorcycling activities and events. Attendees were able to enjoy a number of diverse activities geared specifically to bikers while taking in the area’s exceptional weather and beaches. The weekend included multiple motorcycle rallies and shows along with opportunities to complete guided scenic tours. Bikers were also able to race one another on Daytona International Speedway, or take a break from riding by listening to live music and viewing the latest and greatest models of bikes from major manufacturers on showcase.

Biketoberfest 2013, the 21st such event, combined food and fun with activities located within three parts of the city:

  • Main Street: Visitors stopped by the welcome tent to learn more about the wide variety of events being hosted during Biketoberfest. Main Street staples including Dirty Harry’s, Boot Hill Saloon, and Humphrey’s & Son all provided opportunities for bikers to sample famous dishes while listening to live music and watching bikers arrive throughout the day. Historic Pinewood Cemetery also had guided tours.
  • Beach Street / Fairview Avenue / Ballough Road: Home to many of the city’s most famous motorcycle shops, these three streets hosted multiple motorcycle exhibits. Destinations included BMW Ducati Triumph of Daytona, Harley Davidson’s Museum Store, and Carl’s Speed Shop performance shop and race museum. These streets were also home to ROAR, which featured exclusive events just for female bikers.
  • Beachside: Bikers were able to get a view of the beach while enjoying the Boardwalk Classic Bike Show, which offered trophies and cash prizes for the owners of the best looking bikes. Another popular destination, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, offered guided tours while nearby restaurants advertised fresh caught seafood.


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Bike Week 2013

Stan and his Motorcycle

Stan Loomis shows off his custom chopper before departing for Bike Week 2013.

Stan Loomis enjoys riding his fully customized chopper, a 2010 Big Dog Wolf.

He and his wife regularly attend motorcycling events in and around Florida. One event they attend frequently is Bike Week 2013, which is held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Each year, approximately 500,000 people visit this event during one or more of the ten days it is held, ranking it alongside the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as one of the most popular motorcycle rallies in the United States.

Bike Week 2013 took place March 8-17, 2013. This 72nd edition of the beach gathering featured a wide range of motorcycle themed events, races, and exhibits. Top manufacturers also took the opportunity to unveil some of their newest models, with Harley Davidson allowing riders to ride its new Breakout and Indian Motorcycle debuting its new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin. Technological advancements were also on display, most notably Darkside Scientific’s Lumilor electroluminescent paint. Attendees were also able to enter a raffle for the 2013 Official Bike Week Motorcycle, a 2012 Street Glide customized by Daytona Harley-Davidson with an estimated value of $35,000.

Stan Loomis and his wife also took part in many of the bike-themed activities around the area.

Races took place from Main Street to Daytona Speedway with concerts, parties, and street festivals stationed along the way. One of the event’s most unusual activities is its Annual Coleslaw Wrestling Competition. Twelve women competed for a $500 cash prize on a ring covered in shredded cabbage. Custom bike shows included:

  • Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show: this grassroots event features garage builders and small shops from all over the country, known for reinventing old parts instead of ordering them from catalogs.
  • Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show: held for the 41st time, this show is one of the most prestigious competitions in the country, with custom builders competing for handmade trophies.


Learn more about Stan Loomis and the motorcycling events he attends by reading his bio on Bigsight, or view the images he has uploaded of his motorcycle by following his Pinterest: