As you browse our pages, you will gain an understanding of who we are, what we are about, and where we are going. What you won't gain is a solid grasp of who we are as people, who we are as riders, and who we are as members of this outstanding organization, Top Cats - Illinois. Let me explain.....
Originally, Top Cats – Illinois was formed by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who were business men and women. Their purpose was to enjoy business networking and the sport of motorcycling. Over the past decade and a half, Top Cats has evolved into a first – class group of motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy conservative and safe riding, socializing, networking, and community involvement.
Today, any visitor to a Top Cat meeting, or a Top Cat event, will quickly realize that our group is one that easily welcomes newcomers, embraces safe riding, and provides opportunities for great riding adventures in a safe environment.
As people, our members are business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs (Top Cats) who are riders, co-riders, or non-riders. All, however, are motorcycle enthusiasts. And...they all have three important ideals in common; business networking, safe motorcycling, and community involvement.
Don’t Light up your Ride
By: Gene Rigsby, Road Captain
Last year Noelle and I were heading out to help set up the” Ride For Dreams” event, which was being held in Woodstock. It started to rain just as we were leaving our garage. We had a feeling it was going to rain, and even though the weather report sounded more promising, we were dressed for rain. This was by no means the first time we ever rode in the rain and I know most everyone reading this article has experience with this as well.
Well on this particular day, as we moved down the road through the rain, it got significantly worse as we rode. Eventually, though, it started to ease up and we thought we may be in the clear. But as most of you know as well, those thoughts usually are the indicators of the ‘worse that’s yet to come’! As we sat waiting for a traffic light to change, there was the sudden rumble of a nearby lighting strike! It shook both of us, not only physically, but mentally as well. Sitting in the rain, exposed, with an electrical storm building is an intimidating thing and I felt very vulnerable.
When talking about this situation with others, I heard many people compare riding exposed ON a motorcycle to the old traditional thought of being protected from lighting while riding IN a car, I started to research how true this thought truly is. As you can imagine, there is a great deal of information about this on the internet. Google this topic, and see firsthand, the variety of information on this topic.
Here is a summary of one article, by James R. Davis, which gives a general idea of the things you need to consider when riding… with thunder and lightning! James R. Davis is a recognized expert witnessin the fields of Motorcycle Safety/Dynamics. The article is entitled, “Electrical Storms Riding out from under them could be a big mistake” and the full article can be found at: http://www.msgroup.org.