A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
Time to spruce up Grand Avenue and other roads in preparation for the motorcycles next month.
I decided to take the Gold Wing for a ride around where the motorcycle crowd will be cruising about come the big event next month. Waukesha, we have some work to do on Grand Avenue and other streets! Potholes are still horrible between Wisconsin and College Avenues. Some of the motorcycles that will be visiting have no spring suspension which means jarring impacts and even damage to some very expensive and often custom made machines.
Anyone who has cable TV and watches American Chopper knows that many motorcycles are hand made. This means if a part breaks, there isn't one waiting for them at the motorcycle shop. Paul Teutul probably doesn't work cheaply either when a new custom part is required. No template so send the motorcycle back to New York and maybe a few thousand dollars and a year later your motorcycle will be ready to ride.
They aren't the only people making custom motorcycles. Even factory motorcycles can have fiberglass and plastic parts that can break from the jarring and be expensive to fix.
My Subaru still has the steering wheel cockeyed from an ocean sized pothole that was along side a manhole cover by the Citgo station near Frame Park. Which brings up another hazard. These covers seem to have trouble staying flush with the road.
I bring this up not because of nothing better to write about. It is a serious issue for safety and for the city because it has been ruled that the city can be held liable for damage from road hazards that it has knowledge about. Many motorcyclists ride side by side leaving little room to swerve around potholes. This creates a collision potential. Harley riders also seldom wear helmets.
Lawsuits and subrogation anyone?