Because He Lives

As we all know, we are at that time of year that has been set aside to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb and the resurrection of our Savior. There was only one spotless Lamb whose blood was capable of redeeming sinful mankind. It is critical that everything that we do is covered by His blood. We know that Hebrews 9:22 teaches us that “without shedding of blood is no remission”. Isaiah 53:5 tells us that “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”. Revelation 12:11 lets us know that “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Verse after verse of the Holy Cannon shines light on the workings and importance of the blood of Jesus Christ.

However, the shedding of His blood was not the conclusion of the miracle. Paul was addressing the belief of some in 1 Corinthians 15 that Christ had not risen from the dead. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” Paul continues and in verse 29 of the same chapter he asks “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?”

We are blessed to know that God wrapped himself in flesh and became our sin in a humiliating crucifixion and shed His blood to become our redemption and allow us, sinners, to go free. Beyond the death and burial, there was a day of resurrection. We MUST take this news to a world that is hurting, hungry, looking, and needing Jesus. If they could only understand that what they are looking for is Him. We must let them know that regardless of all pasts and current situations, issues, hurts, pains, addictions, problems, and sin, the blood covers and heals!! Nothing is too great for the blood of Jesus Christ!! Our ministry, teaching, preaching, and witnessing is not in vain!! For He has risen!! Because He lives we can……….

Thankful for the risen Savior,
Michael Luttrell
Azusa StreetRiders International

State Watch

The state Senate will consider two bills that would make lane splitting legal for motorcyclist. S.B. 1007 was introduced by state Sen. David Farnsworth. This bill strikes the current language that prohibits lane splitting. S.B. 1015 introduced  by state Sen. John Kavanagh adds language permitting lane splitting and includes a requirement that motorcycle riders and passengers wear helmets.

H.B. 1283 would create a hit – and – run alert system using dynamic message signs, in the style of the Amber Alert system, to help law enforcement agencies find hit – and – run drivers. The bill was introduced by state Rep. John Cortes.

H.B. 142 would provide enhanced penalties for drivers who collide with “vulnerable road users” while distracted.
The bill includes motorcycles in the list of vulnerable road users. A person convicted of a violation would face 30 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The court also would be empowered to order participation in a motor vehicle safety course and up to 200 hours of community service. The bill was introduced by Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty.

The state has officially recognized electric bicycles as legal for use on streets and some trails. No one younger than 14 may ride a electric bike on the streets. Riders between 14 and 18 are required to wear helmets. Michigan law does not classify the bikes as motor vehicles.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Crowning Achievement

Understanding the effects of crowned roads on riding technique.

Crowned road design helps to efficiently shed water from the pavement. But it also influences the way we ride right and left curves.

Roads are engineered to disperse rainwater and minimize pooling on the road surface. The way those civil engineers achieve that is by designing roads with a crowned profile. The surface is higher in the middle (where the double – yellow is) and slopes downward to each side of the road –a bit like a pitched roof on a house. The cross slope design does much to make wet – weather riding safer. But motorcyclist should also consider how a crowned road comes into play even when the road is dry. We travel on the right side of the road here in America. On a crowned road, that means the pavement slopes from its highest point at the left side of our lane down to its lowest point on the right edge of the lane. Have you ever noticed that the left side of your bike’s tires wear more than the right? It is because your bike travels along a slanted plane for miles on end.
But here is a new slant; Think about how the crown effect comes into play when the pavement turns. In the right-hand corners, the cross slop of the road creates a banked turn within our lane, providing slightly more traction, ground clearance and more responsive steering as we lean into the curve.
Conversely, a left-hand curve has a reverse chamber as the pavement slopes away from the rider, slightly reducing traction and ground clearance and contributing to less responsive steering. This is one reason many riders find left-hand curves to be more challenging. A more conservative entry speed, combined with positioning your head and upper body toward the inside of the curve will reduce the bike’s lean angle and more than compensate for any compromise in ground clearance and traction due to the crowned road.  With a little practice, those crowned left-hand curves may become your crowning achievement!

Always keep it between the lines
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain