Motorcyclists come across a lot of interesting people, places and things on the road.
But when it comes to animals, we riders have to be extra careful. After all, no matter how tame they look, or how cute they are, they are still unpredictable animals. Then again, there are some creatures that are just comfortable around people and motorcycles, like man’s best friend. And cats.
Here’s a look at some of the creatures AMA members have stumbled on while riding or at home.
1. Horse sense. Horses are majestic animals. Very beautiful. And large. Very large. When you encounter deer, if one crosses your path there are probably more coming. That's not necessarily true with horses. But it may be. With horses, It’s best not to spook them. Give them a wide berth when you pass. The best step to take, though, may be to stop at a safe distance and wait for the animal to move along. Who knows though, you may end up in a STARE-DOWN CONTEST!
2. Snake eyes. The world is a dangerous place. Not only do you have to watch for car drivers and other dangers on the road, but you need to be cautious off the road as well. Like at a restaurant. Or, more specifically, after you come out of a restaurant. Do you check under your bike, or your kickstand, before you leave a restaurant, park or a friend's house? It may be a good idea. You never know what may be down there. Like, maybe, A SNAKE!
3. Hungry rodent.The world is not only a dangerous place for you, but for your riding gear, as well. If you don't keep an eye on your gear, it may just "walk away." Or worse. Especially if it's leather. "Why is that?" you ask. Well, take this example. It seemed like a good idea at the time, leaving riding gloves on the bike. Nobody will steal them, right? Correct. But who would have thought that a large rodent would come AND EAT THEM?
4. Dog tired. Sometimes you've been carrying your puppy around all day. Like, for example, at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, which, by the way, is July 5-7 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. It's America's grandest celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them. After carrying your puppy around all day, you need to find a comfy place for your puppy to snooze. Where would the perfect spot be? Decisions, decisions. Let's see. I've got it! A KTM seat is the perfect spot. It’s the right size, and you don’t need to bend over too far to pick up the pooch when it’s time to go. Hopefully this pup won’t get into the habit though, because it could be trouble when HE GROWS UP AND WEIGHS 100 POUNDS!
5. Stylin’ pooch. We've heard of brand loyalty where a rider gets only T-shirts, jerseys, gloves and backpacks sporting the logo of his or her favorite brand of motorcycle. Posters, stickers, key fobs, bike stands, jackets and more are all available for fans of the brands. But, do you love Hondas so much that you want your dog to look like one? This dog pulls it off. It appears the pup is disguised as a CRF. This could cause some confusion at the MX track. NOT!
6. Everyone reads. Don’t forget to enjoy the hard copy of your American Motorcyclist magazine with your favorite furry friend. You don’t get a hard copy? You can. Just sign up for AMA Life Member Plus and not only do you get the magazine mailed to you but you also are enrolled in the AMA Roadside Assistance Plus program that covers all of the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in each member's household. AMA Life Member Plus dues are just $29 a year. Joining is easy. Just call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646).