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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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Is Lane Splitting Safe? Safer?

One of the biggest topics in motorcycle riding has been lane splitting. Car drivers hate it. Motorcycle riders would find it hard to live without it. Now legislation in several states is being considered that will make it legal. California has allowed it for many years. This is a debate that has been without data points for a long time. The Hurt report released in 1981 didn't really address it. The 2009 Maids report used statistics from countries that don't allow it, and they didn't dig very ... Read more

Motorcycle Riding Tips: Getting A Knee Down

Racing season is upon us, and as street riders, one of the big challenges seems to be getting a knee down. Don't ask me why, or what the benefits are. The biggest advantage of dragging a knee is to feel where the ground is, using a knee puck on your racing leathers. What does this have to do with the street? Nothing! That said, here is the big secret to touching a knee. First, back to basics. Pretend that you are looking down at a motorcycle going in a circle. The circle made by the tires ... Read more

Fear of Riding After A Motorcycle Accident

Something disturbing that I deal with regularly are riders who have been in a motorcycle accident, and now are afraid to get back on their bike. It is very difficult to make a non-rider understand what this means, because most people who do not ride motorcycles consider it an unsafe activity to begin with. Many of the riders I work with ride motorcycles as an important part of their lifestyle. Some retired in order to take long trips. Others choose to ride motorcycles as their main transporta... Read more

Where Should A Motorcyclist Look

Oh, boy! Really? Talk about a controversial topic. As Keith Code says, look where you're going is grade school. Now we're in college. We know that motorcycles lean. After all, that's the reason we ride. If you think about it, this means that if we ride in a circle, the center of mass (that's us) rides in a smaller circle than the contact patches on the tires. {What?? OK, to explain. since you are leaning, you are to the inside of the motorcycle tire contact patch. Therefore, if ... Read more

Do Daytime Running Lights Make Motorcycles Safer?

We all know how often I have to listen to a careless driver claiming that they didn't see the motorcycle. This ridiculous claim is made by drivers who are texting, deep in discussion with passengers, practically asleep, or simply not paying attention. In reality, if you look at a motorcycle, you can't help but see it. They aren't invisible. The most visible part of a motorcycle, at least in the day, is the daytime running light that has been required for the last 30 years. Every time the... Read more

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riding in the Rain

All motorcycle riders should take precautions when riding in any weather conditions. Motorcycles are smaller than the other vehicles on the road and are often overlooked. In a perfect world, riders as well as other motorists would be responsible and focus completely on the road. This is not a perfect world and riders must take special precautions. They need to pay attention to everything around them when riding, especially other motorists. It is important that all riders gear up properly befo... Read more

Why Motorcyclists Speed

It goes without saying that in virtually every motorcycle accident case, the defense claims the rider was speeding. Most people, riders included, automatically assume that the rider is speeding. Like most stereotypes, there is some truth behind it. Motorcycles do tend to speed. The "proprioceptive input" rewards the driver by filling the senses with the sensation of movement. I am in the middle of reading a NHTSA publication on the motivations for speeding. This study by the Department of Tra... Read more

Low Speed Tight Motorcycle Turns

Okay, so this blog post is off to a bad start. Why? No glove. A few years ago, I had my mind blown by a two day private police motorcycle course with a great instructor. It really opened my eyes, and I came away with an appreciation for a part of my riding that I had ignored - low speed maneuvers. Jerry the Motorman Palladino makes a business out of teaching the police techniques that make motorcycle cops so comfortable with the low speed stuff. By low speed, I mean walking speed. By ma... Read more

The Truth About Motorcycle Body Armor

Motorcycle riders have forever been making important decisions about their protective gear, with little data to guide them.  The 1981 Hurt report remains the standard for investigative data on motorcycle crashes.  Obviously, materials and manufacturing are light years away from the best of what was available when Hurt did his study. We can thank the United States Government, who is concerned about our soldiers that are being injured in motorcycle accidents.  They published what is certainl... Read more

New NFL Helmet Designs and Motorcycle Helmet Safety

Let's face it.  Nobody but you pays as much attention to your head as fans do to NFL players and their heads.  Helmet re-design in the NFL is causing an increase in helmets coming loose during play.  This lead me to wonder about the changes in football helmets, and whether they are adaptable to motorcycle helmets.  Turns out, there is a lot of technology that would be worth looking at.  Of course, it is important to keep in mind that football helmets are designed to be hit repeatedly.  Mot... Read more