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Motorcycle Clothes to Style or Protect?

 How do you vote? Styling or protection? What do you need to consider about the type of clothing to wear when riding your motorcycle? First and foremost, repeat, you need protection from injury. However, you can still be styling while riding your bike!

 There nothing like laying your bike down on asphalt, rapidly skidding down the black hell with visions of I am going to die in your head, plus leaving lots of your skin on the street to get you to think about wearing protective clothing while riding your motorcycle. If you are like most people, you think about injuries from falling (impact) or abrasions from skidding. Both of these types of injuries can be very painful especially if you survive them. Good news, clothing can play an important part in reducing the injury level in both types of these injuries.

 Did you know that 30% (50% at night) of drivers involved in accidents with motorcycles claim they didn’t see the bike? I can’t count the times I have had to dodge cars who I know just didn’t see me. If they had been watching for cars, it would not have been an issue. How many times have you not seen a motorcyclist and you are even more aware of them than the average driver? Driving in your neighborhood on your bike could be highly dangerous. Approximately 90% of urban motorcycle accidents are caused the other driver not by the motorcyclist. Riding with your headlights on is very important to being seen. Bright colors or reflective stripes can help a lot.

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Wear A Leather Motorcycle Jacket?

Summer brings the resumption of many sports and practices that make us appreciate the warm weather even more. One of the hobbies that is most active during the summer time is motorcycle riding, for both professionals and amateurs. But motorcycling is a stylish and dangerous practice that, if done without the proper gear, can cause severe injuries in turn or even fatal end. Given the danger, both professionals and amateurs motorcyclists should at all times consider (actually it should be a must do thing) wearing the proper equipment for their safety as well as those of the follow drivers on the road. Some riders think this decreases the joy of the ride, I’m one of them, however better it’s better to ride safe with less joy, than dangerous with a bit more joy.One of the things to consider in order to ride your bike safe is outwear. The preferred material for motorcyclists is leather. That’s because leather is flexible and durable enough to help protect you from serious injuries.

A leather motorcycle jacket is the stereotypical jacket seen in most pictures of the motorcycle life. The leather used for motorcycle jackets is harder than those we are used to for other jackets and garments. Many riders choose a leather motorcycle jacket over other types because it is safer, classy, stylish and can easily accommodate all sizes and types.

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Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures from the Hurt Report

Throughout the accident and exposure data there are special observations which relate to accident and injury causation and characteristics of the motorcycle accidents studied. These findings are summarized as follows:

1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile.

2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

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National mandatory motorcycle helmet law

“It looks like the United States Senate is opening up the debate regarding a National Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law again. A recent press release and alert from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation states:

“The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that, in a hearing held this week by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) repeatedly called for a national mandatory helmet law. The hearing, entitled “Opportunities to Improve Highway Safety,” focused on areas that need improvement when it comes to the landscape of highway injuries and fatalities.

In his opening statement, Lautenberg said that there should be a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for all riders in America. This is typical for the 86-year-old senator. He has routinely attempted to put a federal mandatory helmet law in place before. Lautenberg currently chairs or sits on every single senate committee that has jurisdiction over roads and road safety.

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Driver in Fatal Phoenix Motorcycle Crash Booked

by Michael Ferraresi – Apr. 6, 2010 06:49 PM
The Arizona Republic

Phoenix police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine in the March 25 wreck in which his dump truck rear-ended a group of motorcyclists at a red light, leaving four dead and others hospitalized.

Michael Jakscht walked silently from police headquarters Tuesday, his chin to his chest, as officers took him to be booked at Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment

The collision at Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue prompted outcries from the Arizona motorcyclist community as biker groups and safety advocates called the police department for answers.

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