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Why Motorcycle Accident Emergency Room Bills Are So High

Let's face it. Motorcycle Accidents result in far more serious injuries than Automobile Accidents. This fact is the source of the common belief that riding motorcycles is dangerous and life threatening, and that anyone who rides is suicidal. Worse, this leads to beliefs that cause horrible discrimination against riders. I want to talk about something that involves discrimination against riders, and that costs motorcycle riders a lot of money when they need to go to the emergency room after a... Read more

Motorcycles slow to get new Bosch ABS

On the heels of Honda's wildly improved ABS system that Nick Ianesch says stops virtually as fast as a top rider, Bosch has introduced ABS that balances the front and rear brakes for an optimum stop, no matter how the rider balances the front and rear brakes as they stop.  This means a much faster stop when you really need it, particularly if you grab one set  of brakes in panic.  In another huge improvement, they have incorporated a lean angle sensor, so that a rider can grab a handful of br... Read more

New CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines

Early 2013, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced new lane splitting guidelines on www.chp.ca.gov. Their list of safety tips is really more specific than “general” as it gives you a technical definition of what lane splitting is, before even getting into lane splitting “best practices”. As defined by the CHP, “the term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering orwhite-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower mov... Read more

Myrtle Beach Bans Motorcycle Rallies

It wasn't a total surprise to read that the town of Myrtle Beach has banned motorcycle rallies. A few years ago, a rider called me, looking for help after a fairly bad crash in Myrtle Beach.  The rider was from out of town, and had ridden down with a few friends in a riding group.  The crashed caused some permanent injuries, with a lot of unsightly scarring. Many riders know that I help locate motorcycle savvy riders for injured riders all over the country, so it was no surprise that I g... Read more

Loud Pipes a Battleground

The AMA reports that New York has a fine of $440 if your pipes can be heard 200 feet away.  Pennsylvania can fine you $150 for revving your engine!.  Honolulu officials are considering asking the state for a law banning all non-stock mufflers. On the one hand, even motorcyclists still have (some) constitutional rights.  There is no study I know of that supports the claim that "loud pipes save lives", but riders of motorcycles should have the same rights and drivers of cars. On the other... Read more

AMA Sponsors Bill to Stop Discrimination Against Motorcyclists

You may not know it, but unless you've carefully read your health insurance policy lately, you may not have coverage if you are injured while riding your motorcycle. Many policies exclude track days, and racing, but a number of them also exclude any use of the motorcycle. How devastating to discover that, although you have been paying your premiums, you aren't covered if you are on your bike. Fortunately, the AMA is working to stop this practice. Unfortunately, you need to look at yo... Read more

California Air Resources Board FInes Motorcycle Dealers

Ultra Motorcycles, Harley Davidson Dealers selling Thunder Motorcycles, BMC, and others have all been hit with fines for selling motorcycles in California that have not been certified by the Air Resources Board.  Some olf these motorcycles were certified for use in other states, some of these motorcycles have engines that were certified in other vehicles. It is important to understand the difference between monitoring clean air, and certification of parts and motorcycles. CARB is not set ... Read more

New Hampshire Helmet Laws, I Wonder What The Problem Is?

New Hampshire, a state with no helmet law required, no formal training required, and a state that will give a learner's permit for a motorcycle to anyone who will pay the fee, can't quite figure out why they are having such a high rate of motorcycle fatalities. Where do you start? The amazing thing is that they have funded a program to reduce fatalities. The program had more than enough money to implement a good motorcycle safety course program. However, instead of spending primarily f... Read more