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Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States

Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States. Imagine riding your motorcycle to a benefit and seeing a sign saying “Motorcycles must exit at rest area.” Although you’ve done nothing wrong, and your motorcycle registration and insurance are up to date and current, you will be subject to a random seizure and inspection. You…

Catskills Rediscovered Catskills Rediscovered

Over the summer I got a chance to ride through over 37 states in search of America’s “misunderstood locations” to find out what they really were all about. One of the places on the list was the Catskills. Up until my visit the only thing I knew about it was that it’s not too far…

Think Before you Drink Think Before you Drink

Motorcycle Fatalities Increase with Impairment Motorcyclists have many factors to keep in mind while riding, balance, environment, road conditions, other drivers, animals running out on the road and so much more. Riding takes skill, concentration and focus. When a rider adds alcohol to the mix, the results can be deadly. The Wisconsin Department of Motor…

Lane Splitting is Officially Legal in California and now the Fine Tuning Begins Lane Splitting is Officially Legal in California and now the Fine Tuning Begins

Lane splitting, long legal in California, is now “officially” recognized as such.  Let the fine tuning begin! After years of being an accepted practice in California, “lane splitting” officially became legal in the state as of Aug. 19 when Governor Jerry Brown signed in it into law. The lane splitting bill, commonly referred to as…

Excessive Force and Motorcyclists Excessive Force and Motorcyclists

“Without a doubt, the most controversial issue in American policing is the use of force by police officers. On too many occasions, we have seen newspaper headlines reporting that an individual has been brutalized or, worse yet, killed by the police. The consequences of excessive and deadly force have been severe, affecting both police organizations…

Motorcycle Lane Splitting ab51Bill Moving Forward Motorcycle Lane Splitting ab51Bill Moving Forward

While lane-splitting (sometimes referred to as “lane sharing”) is legal in several European countries, and while other U.S. states have attempted to pass legislation allowing it, the practice has only been allowed in California. Lane splitting in California in and of itself is not a Vehicle Code Violation if done safely (i.e., not violating the…

Loaners for Lovers:  Motorcycle Hangout’s Great Helmet Sharing Idea Loaners for Lovers:  Motorcycle Hangout’s Great Helmet Sharing Idea

Regardless of your thoughts on drinking, one thing is for certain, alcohol is indispensable. When the economy at its lowest, alcohol consumption goes on the rise, and if there’s one thing we need in hard times, it’s a good stiff drink. Running a close second, is the need to be loved. A local watering hole…

Women Riders on the Rise Women Riders on the Rise

For years the realm of motorcycling has been dominated by men yet a recent study by the Motorcycle Industry Council has announced that women riders are strongly increasing. According to recent ownership numbers and sales figures between 2003 and 2014, women motorcyclists have doubled in numbers and are now riding at a healthy 14 percent…

Six California Motorcycle Laws You Need to Know Six California Motorcycle Laws You Need to Know

Though the sense of freedom on the open road is what draws so many of us to motorcycles, it is important to understand and follow California motorcycle laws. Responsible riding can help you avoid traffic citations and fines, but more importantly, seriously reduce your risk of getting into a motorcycle accident. Here are six California…

Motorcyclists Prepare for El Nino Motorcyclists Prepare for El Nino

El Niño is expected to bring wet weather to California this winter. This strong weather pattern, arguably the strongest seen since 1950, suggests El Niño could cause serious flooding in the state. You may be asking, what is El Niño? Roughly every three to six years, sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean become warmer or…

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  • February 10, 2017
  • By Megan J. Eckstrom, Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
  • Motorcycle legislation