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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Not So Easy - A Motorcycle Safety Film Narrated by Peter Fonda With Special Guest Evel Knievel



Photo © Filmfair Communications Incorporated
I came across this 1973 gem of a film this evening thanks to Motorcycle Cruiser. Highlights include several road safety tips that are still applicable today; some very cool looking AMA Harley-Davidson Sportsters; a look at Evel Knievel himself talk about the importance of riding with protective gear (followed by one of his practice jumps); and performance riding by the Los Angeles Police Department. (OPP Museum accession number 2012.51.5). At the end of the video is a motorcycle safety test that recaps what you have been taught. Before watching the video, why don't you see how well you know your stuff?!

Peter Fonda's Motorcycle Safety Test


Question 1

Protective clothing like boots, goggles, leathers and helmet are strictly for beginners. An experienced rider does not need them. 

True or False

Question 2

If you are a good rider, it is OK to hop on any bike and take off.

True or False

Question 3

Nine out of the bike accidents at intersections are caused by car drivers - not the motorcycle driver. 

True or False

Question 4

Chances of an accident in the middle of a block are less than at intersections.

True or False

Question 5

It is a good idea to ride the middle lane on a 3-lane highway.

True or False

Question 6

Whatever lane you are in, it is safest to ride right in the middle of it.

True or False

Question 7

It is safer to ride in the left side of your lane rather than your right.

True or False

Question 8

Riding into the slot between cars is dangerous.

True or False

Question 9

The odds are against you on a motorcycle no matter how safely you handle it,

True or False

Question 10

Your headlight should only be turned on at night or on a dark day.

True or False

Question 11

Your helmet only serves only one purpose: To protect you from head injury.

True or False

Question 12

A car is safer than a motorcycle in every way.

True or False


Peter Fonda on a AMA Harley-Davidson Sporster
Photo © Filmfair Communications Incorporated

Remember, cagers are either ASLEEP, BLIND or DRUNK... 
and lets add CHATTY CATHYS/BUSY THUMBS
for cell phone users.

Ride Safe!

Credits and Copyright: Filmfair Communications Incorporated (1973)

29 comments:

  1. good one

    Sabya Sachi Ghosh

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  2. Very cool! Thanks for posting this.

    MotoChief

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  3. Fun

    RamblingPath

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  4. good thing,

    What's the Harley Evel is riding at the start?

    Smifff

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    1. I believe it was a Harley-Davidson XR-750!

      Anyone else noticed that one of the riders looks similar to Laurence Fishburne? ;)

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    2. No, not the XR, I had a couple of those as a young bloke and am familiar with them, the one Evel's on at 2.20, you see Harley Davidson on the back of the seat at 3.03.

      looks like a Honda 90

      Smifff

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    3. or Honda 5 1/2 cubic inches if measured in units of freedom (thanks anotherhobby)

      Smifff

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  5. hmmmm guess they forgot about the headlight lol...wooops guess I should have watched more of the vid they did say you should run your headlight all the time but hey why not in the first part?? you see peter riding with it off.

    66roadkill66

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  6. I really enjoyed that film. All the cars alone make it worth the watch....classic.
    I noticed them doing a lot of things we now consider unsafe practices.
    Funny when they speak of the "slot" and how dangerous it is yet now it is common to "lane split" in California and touted as safe.

    dette

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  7. That was very entertaining. Love the soundtrack to it. I think the only one I don't really follow that well is riding in the middle lane. I tend to get into the HOV lane on the left so that I only have to worry about the traffic on my right.

    -Steed

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    1. Regarding HOV lanes, in Virginia, most of them not only allow motorcycles, they are invited! Don't have to have a pillion partner.

      jonnycando

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    2. Back in Ireland motorcycles are actually allowed to use bus lanes, etc... use to be great and cuts down on commute time and traffic congestion.

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    3. That's the same here in Utah. All of the HOV lanes are motorcycle friendly. It's really quite nice to have that option. Unfortunately, there are a few people here that believe the HOV lane is just another passing lane. I swear if Highway Patrol just sat back and watched a couple stretches of the HOV lane they could easily fund the state of Utah for the next 10 years based on the fines.

      -Steed

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  8. That left lane in a multi-lane Hwy. is called the "non conflict lane" for the very reason you stated. In some jurisdictions the HOV lane, unless you are riding 2 up ... a motorcycle is not allowed and you could be fined if caught. ... About the good rider taking off on an unfamiliar bike ... answering the question before watching the video ... I said it's OK, all is good ... to me the checks they point out in the video are something I do with out thinking ... second nature ... I still do the same with my own bike fist thing in the morn or first ride of the day ... been doing that for over 48 years. So yeah ... take off ... I did not know what was meant by the "slot" till watching ... then it became obvious as to what was meant. ... BTW, there were no "experts" to teach motorcycle riding when I started ... Common sense kept me out of real trouble ... Trial and error taught the rest ... Enjoyed the trip back in time.

    Emu

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  9. Thanks for sharing.

    RickyNY

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  10. I haven't watched it yet, but Evel Knievel giving safety advice, really?

    Wouldn't that be like O.J. Simpson being a marriage counsellor?


    Harry Balzak

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    1. Actually, if anyone should know what protective motorcycle gear t wear it would be Knievel.... though, a lot of good it did him!

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  11. Loved it! Your blog has been bookmarked too. Thanks for sharing this with us @BugSpatteredJacket.

    outofthebox

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  12. "Asleep, blind, or drunk."

    Yes, always this. Even back then before cars were quiet like rolling bedrooms and everyone had cell phones.

    silverluxe

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  13. Southern California 42 years ago. That was fun to watch.

    elime

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  14. Classic!

    littletommy

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  15. 73? The year before I purchased my first bike, the Kaw250 on/off road{never heard of a "dual sport" back then....} Started riding at the age of 25 in April of 1974....loved the cars...brings back memories.

    Of course the best advice is:

    Stay the Hell off the Highways and ride the dirt trails, whenever possible!

    Hoot Gibson

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  16. Way cool!

    Love all the cars!

    Smitty Blackstone

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  17. Hey Flightless One, I'm a NRMF and I watched it. I also disagree with middle lane on freeway. Left lane always has a shoulder available and especially in a city most accidents on freeways occur at merges where entry and exit lanes come into play. Other than that I'd agree with those assessments of safety while I ride down the freeway in a t-shirt and du-rag.

    bassman

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  18. I am of the opinion that all the lanes are meant to be used [ also a belief of the MSF]. At any time and in any particular circumstance it is best to choose any of the available lanes. As an example using a three lane roadway. I would choose the far right lane if the road had limited access. I avoid all traffic and keep it to the left. This will change at an exit or entrance ramp and then I may move accordingly. The middle lane might be chosen if traffic is light and I allow faster vehicles to pass and slower vehicles on the right. This keeps me away from entering and exiting traffic and yes have to watch for last moment cut overs from the far left. The far left would be chosen to avoid lane changers. This works best if I do not have to deal with someone who wants to go faster than I am traveling. The best practice is to be fluid and pick what is best for the circumstances.

    JEEPRIDER

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  19. Didn't Evil Knievel use Harley's for all his jumps? well, except for the one time he tried being a cruise missile test pilot over the Snake River Cayon, ouch!

    Check out that vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llzIVDbvSAc

    Rocky MTN FZ09

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  20. They missed a good teaching opportunity when the Mustang merges into the biker's lane. The biker was in the wrong for riding in the cars blind spot when there was no need for it. Speed up or slow down so the driver is aware of your presence. This goes for cars and bikes, but especially bikes. Also filtering at an intersection is much safer than becoming the meat in a cage sandwich.

    Harry Balzak

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  21. ^ IMO the information is a little outdated. Try telling the riders in California that lane splitting is dangerous and they'll tear your head off!

    RickyNY

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  22. Ok Ill say it................I loved the Sportsters

    TWROG

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