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We are not just lawyers representing motorcyclists. We’re riders, advocates and junkies for any newsworthy events in the motorcycle community. Michael Padway & Associates is here not only to provide excellent representation during your court case, but to educate you on motorcycle safety and protect a beloved American pastime with a great motorcycle blog!

Here in the Motorcycle Blog, you’ll find tasty tidbits on current events on the motorcycle community including news on motorcycle laws and local events. We’ll provide you with detailed product reviews, breaking down the best and worst of safety gear. You’ll also get groundbreaking updates on technological advancements in motorcycle specification and safety technology. We’ll help keep you safe with motorcycle safety tips and resources while helping you gear up for your next ride with unique local destinations to visit.

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Do I Really Need a Lawyer to Settle My Insurance Claim?

This has to be one of the most common questions asked when someone is injured in an accident. We have all seen thousands of commercials claiming "Like a Good Neighbor", "Good Hands", "State Farm is There", Nationwide "is on your side".  The insurance companies spend millions of dollars promoting the concept that they are "fast, fair and friendly" because the opposite is true.  Insurance companies make money by waiting as long as they possibly can before paying a claim.  The longer it takes... Read more

Ride Your Motorcycle Smoothly – Breathe

Everyone wants to be a smooth rider, and everyone wants to feel like they are in control when they ride. I have met so many former riders that quit riding, because they simply never felt comfortable or safe.  A close call, or the thought of one, eventually puts them over the top, and for the rest of their lives they will talk about the motorcycle they "used to have". Long time riders know how to ride well, and feel comfortable on the bike.  They can ride for hours, take turns with so... Read more

Jefferson Zalinski – Bremco of Northern California

  Those of you who follow this blog will recall that Jeff Zalinski, who does business as Bremco of Northern California, made a real hash out of the building of my new office. Of course, this is incredible, since the building was pre-manufactured by Butler Manufacturing.. They drill every hole, and supply a pre-engineered and precut fully engineered and ready to assemble building.  Even very little electricity is required. Now that we are in litigation,  Zalinski is required, ... Read more

Trucksis, F**ksis

For the recent motorcycle races at Laguna Seca we had a booth with a motorcycle set up so that those who wished could have a free photo taken by a professional photographer.  The motorcycle was welded into a permanent lean, with a backdrop.  It was a lot of fun, and the photos were emailed out a few weeks later. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of using Trucksis, a local vendor, for signage and other associated items to be used in conjunction with the booth. It was a terrible surprise ... Read more

Changing Lawyers

Unfortunately, I am often contacted by clients who are unhappy with their current attorneys. This is always a little bit awkward, because I try not to criticize other attorneys, particularly when I don't know them or what their work is like.  Of course, lawyers are different, with different approaches.  What works for me might not work for someone else. One of the things that works for me is returning phone calls.  Most of the time when clients are upset, it is because they have an atto... Read more

Autonomous Braking for Motorcycles

By now most motorcyclists have  wondered why autonomous braking, which is about to be required on every car sold in America, is not being offered by anyone for motorcycles. Clearly, the risk to the rider of a motorcycle from a careless left hand turning vehicle is far greater than the risk to the driver of an airbag equipped four thousand pound car. So what's the deal. Well, let's start by looking at ABS brakes that allow a rider to brake while leaned over in a turn.  Bosch has been distr... Read more

Motorcycle Upshift – No Clutch

  This is one of those tricks that make you feel cool whenever you remember you can do it. Those who do this, say it gives better shifts, meaning faster and smoother.  Surprisingly, they also claim that it reduces clutch wear.  I wonder about wear on the gears, since the clutch is designed to assist with changing gears.  However, I can't honestly say that I have ever heard anyone attribute excess wear on the gears to doing this. Remembering that smooth gear changes are all ... Read more

Myth – Wide Tires and Motorcycle Handling

     There is, unfortunately, a difference between cool and functional.      Motorcycles turn because, as the bike gets leaning off the center of the tires, the circumferance becomes smaller.  This is demonstrated easily by taking a styrofoam cup, putting it on its side on a table, and pushing it.  It goes in a circle, because the bottom has a smaller diameter than the top.  Motorcycle tires do the same.      A smaller tire will turn faster, because it takes less to get it from t... Read more

Safest Motorcycle Helmet Available

For several years I have been looking for a motorcycle helmet that deals with prevention of axonal brain injuries.  These are the injuries that result when the skull is quickly twisted in a motorcycle accident, usually as the helmet hits the pavement, a curb, or a four wheeled vehicle. Most brain injuries do not involve a skull fracture.  The helmet does a good job of preventing that type of injury.  However, the inside  of the skull has lots of sharp edges, and the brain floats insid... Read more

Legs, feet, pegs and Motorcycles

More thought is given to choice of motorcycle boots than most riders give to using their lower limbs while riding. I see bigger and bigger seats on some cruising motorcycles, and I wonder how many of those riders give thought to using body weight on the pegs to make the motorcycle do wonderful things. Think about the fact that when you lift your butt off the seat, your weight is transferred lower on the bike, down to the pegs.  Now lean to one side or the other, like a skier, and you can he... Read more