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Editorials

Video – Tribute To Harry Hurt

by JeffNovember 5, 2010 Editorials

For those of you who don’t know, Harry Hurt, and his team were avid motorcycle researchers charged with the single largest, and first motorcycle crash causation study of its type in the 1970s. Regrettably, Prof. Hurt passed away early this year. He had worked for decades following still contributing to motorcycle safety at his Head [...]

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Sitting On The Sidelines Is Not An Option

by JeffNovember 1, 2010 Editorials

By Rob Dingman, President and CEO American Motorcyclist Association As I reflect on the unprecedented attacks on motorcycling in 2009, and the enormity of the challenges ahead, I have reached an inescapable conclusion: No longer can any motorcyclist afford to sit on the sidelines. The days are gone when we can page through bike reviews, [...]

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Yamaha R1 ridden very well

by JeffOctober 31, 2010 Editorials

This video certainly isn’t new. I must say that the first time I saw it, I re-watched it over and over, and eventually bought a blue Yamaha R1. Talk about a case of target fixation! Why is this video here? Mainly for its entertainment value, and to show what a rider can do with skill [...]

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Safe BMW rider!

by JeffOctober 30, 2010 Editorials

Chris Pfeiffer on his specially prepped BMW F800R plays hooligan at BMW’s HQ in Munich with the company’s blessings. Is BMW shedding its stodgy image? Actually, that’s already been done with the likes of the S1000R. This clip is just for fun, and to show what lots of skill and practice can do. And for [...]

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Safe sportbike riding

by JeffOctober 30, 2010 Editorials

What is safe sportbike riding? It’s riding within your limits. This rider is obviously skilled and capable of going pretty quickly. He never shows himself on the edge of control. This clip is an art film as much as anything. Riding well is an art. Best done sober and wide awake. Today’s bikes are truly [...]

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Vote like a motorcyclist

by JeffOctober 14, 2010 Editorials

With laws being enacted that discriminate against riders’ rights, and with elections right around the corner, being mindful of issues that affect your future, and voting accordingly are more than just a good idea. This is the message the AMA is stressing, as seen in the press release following: The AMA has ramped up its [...]

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Do ‘loud pipes save lives?’ Really?

by JeffOctober 13, 2010 Editorials

Sure. Loud pipes have been known to save lives by getting the attention of distracted drivers. In any debate there’s truth on all sides. That’s why they call it a debate. The loud pipe advocates are half-vindicated by their various anecdotes of near-miss experiences. But then, in any debate, there’s balancing facts on the other [...]

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Discretion

by JeffMay 20, 2009 Editorials

I just came from getting groceries at the nearby Trader Joes. It’s in a strip mall, and it was busy. Lots of car and foot traffic everywhere. So I’m walking out the door, and a Kawi green ZX something ridden by a kid in shorts and sneakers blows through the double stop signs. He is [...]

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Motorcycle safety month? What about the rest of the year?

by JeffMay 12, 2009 Editorials

Editorial May is officially the month when every newspaper looking for suitable seasonal content is saying “be aware of riders on motorcycles.” Maybe the woman driving 10 feet off my back wheel at 65 mph on the highway with her cellphone glued to her ear 30 minutes ago did not get the message? Maybe the [...]

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Keith Code says he always wears a helmet and safety gear for street riding

by JeffApril 14, 2009 Editorials

By Jeff Cobb Motorcycle Safety News California Superbike School founder Keith Code said last week that he would never ride a motorcycle on the street without wearing a helmet and safety gear. He offered his comments when asked about the mixed messages that abound among American motorcyclists regarding what it takes to be reasonably safe. [...]

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Editorial: Hannah Montana shows many in America still don’t get it about motorcycle safety

by JeffApril 4, 2009 Editorials

By Jeff Cobb Motorcycle Safety News With stereotypical pop-culture conceptions being fully played up, the April 3 headline read: “Miley’s Motorcycle Must-Have.” Dazzled by her stunning moto ensemble, the writer said, “Miley Cyrus revved up her star style last night in a teal dress topped with a black motorcycle look — at the world premiere [...]

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