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Is it possible to earn a doctorate in motorcycling?

Of course, just ask Valentino Rossi, but seriously, a safety minded rider named Ginger Bucher is doing her dissertation on women’s motorcycling as a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Administration and Leadership Studies PhD Program.


Ginger is collecting data from willing women volunteers for this dissertation, and female passengers and female motorcyclists are welcome to be part of her study.

She is putting the word out to participate in a research study about women motorcyclists.

“The purpose of this study is to understand experiences and perspectives of women motorcycle passengers,” says her Web site. “The focus group is intended to be interesting and informative as well as beneficial to the sport of motorcycling.”

If you’d like to be a part, there is no pressure, and participants can withdraw any time if so desired. If you do withdraw, all info will be destroyed. On the other hand, if you stick through the study, your info will be kept in confidence, and it will add to the sample size for Ginger’s much-needed research.

For more details on how to participate in this women’s riding study, please refer to the Web site, or the site’s forum.

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50 U.S. lawmakers oppose motorcycle-only checkpoints

by JeffJune 20, 2012 News

Some 50 U.S. House members have signed onto a bill that would bar the U.S. transportation secretary from providing funds for motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The measure, H.R. 904 authored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would prohibit the transportation secretary from providing grants or any funds to a state, county, town, township, [...]

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Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus Member Highlights Motorcycles and Scooters as Viable Transportation Options

by JeffMay 23, 2012 News

Washington, D.C., May 23, 2012 – Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus Member and House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman John Duncan (R-TN) entered a statement to the Congressional Record on May 18 recognizing motorcycles and scooters as viable transportation options for many Americans. Previously, President Obama had proclaimed May 15 through May 21 as National Transportation [...]

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MSF Promotes Dr. Ray Ochs to Vice President of Training Systems

by JeffMay 21, 2012 News

IRVINE, Calif., May 21, 2012 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation congratulates Dr. Ray Ochs on his promotion to vice president of Training Systems. Lead creator of the groundbreaking MSF Basic RiderCourse, Ochs is a lifelong motorcyclist, a safety professional and academician. He joined the MSF full-time in 2002 as director of Training Systems, where he [...]

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AMA kicks off AMA Get Out and Ride Smart! Week

by JeffApril 22, 2012 News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announces the beginning of the fourth and final week of the AMA 2012 Get Out And Ride! Month: AMA Get Out and Ride Smart! Week. The weeklong theme promotes rider training and smart choices regarding motorcycle and rider preparation to help ensure that every ride is enjoyable [...]

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MSF says ‘cool gear’ means wearing all the gear, all the time

by JeffApril 3, 2012 News

  IRVINE, Calif., April 3, 2012 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® has released a new safety video highlighting the importance of motorcycle riders and their passengers wearing personal protective gear. “Fool’s Gear, Cool Gear,” based on the MSF’s popular safety poster of the same name, communicates a serious message in an entertaining manner.   Fun, [...]

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Insurance Institute announces motorcycle ABS brochure

by JeffJanuary 7, 2012 News

New brochure on motorcycle antilock brakes provides key safety information for riders ARLINGTON, VA — Riding a motorcycle is safer when the bike is equipped with antilock brakes, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety explains in a new consumer brochure. “Motorcycle ABS: Why you want to ride with it” explains what antilock braking systems (ABS) [...]

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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet comes to America

by JeffJanuary 6, 2012 News

The New Shoei Neotec Helmet has just been released in the U.S. As with all modular helmets the Neotec will be a DOT certified helmet and come with some great upgrades over the multitec. Considering the the upgrades we expect the Shoei Neotec to come in slightly above the multitec in pricing. We will have [...]

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2011 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: Grassroots activist Nancy Sabater

by JeffJanuary 2, 2012 News

AMA member and motorcycle activist Nancy Sabater is the 2011 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year. Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. Sabater, a motorcyclist from Charlotte Hall, Md., earned the distinction [...]

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MIC offers Extensive New Tire Guide

by JeffDecember 18, 2011 News

For the first time ever, the Motorcycle Industry Council is offering the motorcycling community an in-depth tire guide. Developed in conjunction with leading motorcycle tire manufacturers, this extensive, 20-page street tire guide is designed to assist motorcyclists with tire selection, inspection, maintenance and more. Not only does the MIC Tire Guide help riders choose the [...]

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U.S. Senate panel backs ban on traffic safety agency lobbying

by JeffDecember 15, 2011 News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A U.S. Senate committee has approved two amendments to a traffic safety bill that would continue a ban on a U.S. traffic safety agency lobbying state and local officials, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. On Dec. 14, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved S. 1449 — the Motor Vehicle [...]

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