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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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They’re Killing Our Kids – The Danforth Anti Superbike Bill and the Strange Story of the IIHS and Horsepower

A recognized motorcycle expert told me about an international conspiracy involving motorcycle manufacturers with a plan to take over the motorcycle industry by selling young riders dangerously uncontrollable motorcycles. Even in the hands of experts, these motorcycles are so wicked fast that they cause deadly crashes. No one has the skill to control them, because they are so fast and powerful. In short, they’re killing our kids.This was an actual conversation I had with a motorcycle ex... Read more

Why I dont race, but ride on tracks

I just finished watching a You Tube video of Casey Stoner racing. Man, the guy is amazing beyond belief.  At almost any point in a tight turn, he can easily touch the ground with his hand, and he could use knee pucks on his elbows.Non-motorcycle riders can't really appreciate the amount of grip force on the tires to get over this far.  Just thinking about it is enough to get your heart pumping a little more.Of course, this arises because I am getting ready for the annual trek... Read more

Scuderia West Fall Event October 9-10

Yes, it's that time of year again, and for those readers like myself who are fans of Scuderia West, this is a once a year opportunity, their fall open house.Scuderia West has always had a great selection of higher quality gear, and this weekend it will be on sale from 10 to 50% off.  Better yet, the Vanson rep (maybe Kim Van der Sleeson?) will be on hand to help with custom fitting.  This is the time to get a perfect fit on gear, boots, and whatever with the help of the factory reps.I ... Read more

Who Is Going?

The motorcycle industry and riders all across the country are looking forward to Sturgis, and wondering who is going to attend.  Factors include the aging of the V-Twin riding population, the continued downturn in the economy, and the length of the current recession.Of course, once everyone gets there, none of this matters.  Sturgis is the great granddaddy of riding events, and the most mandatory of any.Daytona has had a drop in participation, and no one is sure why.  Hopefully, Sturg... Read more

What is A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

I just had a problem with suits from a tailor I have been using for more than 20 years.  Some of my measurements changed, but when I got the suits, they were way off in areas that we didn't change.  For instance, the jackets were way too long.  Believe me, I'm not getting taller.In a similar vein, my new glasses have to go back.  They are just unwearable.  The left lense only works if I tilt my head one way, the right if I tilt it a different way.  It is impossible to see clearly from ... Read more

BMW Moto SF Motorcycle Rally August 20-22

BMW Moto SF has 36 spots that they are filling for an end of summer motorcycle rally around Lassen August 20-22.The ride is tent camping only, but the park has hot showers, flush toilets, and a small general store.As always at BMW Moto SF, General Manager Larry Saenz is the point man if you have any questions or want more information.Phone number is 415-503-9943, or www.bmwmotorcycle.com.By the way, if you are at the dealership, they have these ridiculously cool little towels tha... Read more

Motorcycle Jeans

I just sent my favorite cordura jeans down to Wayne Boyer at Motorport.  Every time I deal with him, he blows my mind.  No matter how high my expectations, he exceeds them.I just wanted a little futzing with the jeans, and leather to deal with a hot exhaust that tends to melt the inside of the right leg.Wayne called, and we talked.  He said that there have been a few instances of too wide jean bottoms riding up in a get off, with resulting road rash.  Solution?  We (meaning he) is p... Read more

Scuderia West Spring Open House

I like Scuderia West.  Their shop has one of the best thought out stocks of merchandise out there, and they carry a lot of quality gear that is hard to find elsewhere.For me, the start of riding season is marked by their spring open house.  This event, marked by free barbeque, merchandise discounts which range from 10-60%, and vendor representatives is an intelligent and excellent start to the riding season.   Last year, a vice president of Alpinestar fit me with riding boots.  I wound u... Read more

MotoCzysz to Run in Electric Motorcycle Race

As a fan of Michael Czysz, I would really like to see him get some racing satisfaction.Everyone says the bikes are fantastic.  Certainly the engineering is way forward.  But so far, they just haven't had the success that many would like them to see.So it will be very cool to watch their Isle of Man effort this year.  The bike has a carbon fibre frame, 220 horsepower, and is under 350 pounds.According to race promoters, the newly named TT Zero race (zero emissions, of course)  is ... Read more

Discrimination Against Motorcycle Riders

Nice Way to Wreck a RideThis week was a bad one for me because it brought up the issue of discrimination against motorcycle riders.First, I was on my Triumph Speed Triple, doing a Sunday Morning Ride kind of thing.  It's been a wet winter in California, and I wanted to start warming up my riding skills for the spring season.I get behind a car full of gang bangers at a stoplight. The thick smell of gange was beyond anything you could imagine.  There were so many  cues of gang activ... Read more