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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Motorcycle Recalls

Everyday we surf the web to locate information that we can share with our readers of Biker-Space.com  whether it is sharing videos, information on safety and riding, or just anything on motorcycles and we came across this article on  motorcyclistonline.com and this is one issues that we can honestly say we never thought about motorcycle recalls.  That even though I purchased my bike new that there maybe something wrong with it.  We automatically assume everything is good.  Well know more.  We at Biker-Space.com have been educated and we hope to pass this information along and educate others.
 
While there’s plenty of press on car, truck, or SUV recalls, little is mentioned about recalls on motorcycles.
 
The fact is a bit surprising. In 2005, 87,000 motorcyclists were injured while over 4,500 were killed, a 14 percent and 13 percent increase, respectively, from 2004. While many were related to (lack of) driving skills, weather, other vehicles, and simply bad luck, some were related to defects found in the motorcycle itself.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides service bulletins and posts recall information on its website. Recalls can be found in the Office of Defects Investigation at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm. To discover if your motorcycle has a recall against it, at the site, select “Vehicle”, its year, make, and model. You will then see if any component of the motorcycle has a recall attached to it.

Note that even if the NHTSA site does not list a recall, motorcycle manufacturers sometimes issue their own. You may want to check their websites periodically or call their toll-free number.

Everyone assumes that when they buy a new motorcycle that everything is in working order. But other factors, including design issues or simple material stresses, can make the perfect bike less than optimal. Recalls are useful because it gives the motorcycle companies the chance to quickly resolve the issues so that customers are safe and satisfied with their rides for years—and miles—to come. 
 
For a list of the most recent motorcycle recalls please go to: 
 
 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Motorcycle Race Video and Electronic Motorcycle Racing Video

The first video is very funny and entertaining as I watched these motorcyclist get it in on the track.  The second video is a preview of the new electronic motorcycle.  It's cute will it replace the gas powered motorcycle's in the future?  I don't think so but it will definitely sell.  The main drawback for me is you won't be heard.  It 's a quite ride and we as motorcyclist know loud pipes saves lives.  My Pipe Is My Voice.  In any event we hope that you find both video's enjoyable.



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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Peripheral Vision Technique In Motorcycle Riding--By Andrew Trevitt


One of the most basic techniques of motorcycle riding is to keep your head up and look where you are going. From a safety standpoint, this helps you avoid target fixation; in terms of performance, looking far ahead effectively slows things down, giving you more time to process what you see and take action. The question becomes, then, how do you see something near-like a reference point on the pavement-when you are supposed to be looking far ahead? The answer is that you must use your peripheral vision.

Guys Gone Wild: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by Debora Dragseth

 We were email this article and we felt that it needed to be shared with the readers of Biker-Space.com.  If you are in Sturgis, South Dakota then you don't want to miss this week long event.
   
IT'S OFF THE DAMN CHAIN!!!!!

Today marks the opening of the outrageous phenomenon known as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a week-long, $987 million party for about 500,000 people. Every year in early August my sleepy hometown, Sturgis, population 6,500, hosts a half million biking enthusiasts who swarm here for a combination carnival, racing event, party, music festival, and shopping mall. 

Tucked into the scenic Black Hills of western South Dakota, for one memorable week each year Sturgis becomes the epicenter of the oldest, biggest, loudest, most authentic and out-of-control motorcycle rally in the world. We become the largest city in the state by a factor of three. That equates to each household in town hosting 183 “guests.” Nearly 500 festival-goers will land in jail; hundreds will be issued tickets for violations such as indecent exposure, open container, or driving on the sidewalk; 350 or so will require hospital emergency room visits; two or three will die of heart attacks; and a half-dozen or more will be killed in traffic accidents. Keeping its guests safe costs the city of Sturgis over $1 million in insurance, increased law enforcement, attorney costs, fire and ambulance services, and the like.  

Monday, August 9, 2010

MYRTLE BEACH SUED AGAIN OVER NOISE LAW-- compiled and edited by Bill Bish - JULY 2010 National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)


As Myrtle Beach prepares to adjust some of the 14 ordinances passed in 2008 to quell the May motorcycle rallies, including their city-wide helmet law and four other ordinances being invalidated by the state’s high court, it faces yet another legal challenge that could require even more changes. Some residents and other motorcycle enthusiasts are suing the city again, this time hoping the Horry County Circuit Court will overturn the city's noise ordinance. Under the final version of the noise ordinance amendment, which gained final approval in March 2009, no vehicles except emergency vehicles can be louder than 89 decibels when measured from 20 inches away from the exhaust pipe, at a 45-degree angle, while the vehicle is idling. 

Bikers also must have an EPA issued sticker that state their bike meets federal noise reduction laws according to the municipal ordinance, but not South Carolina state law. On June 15th, Virginia-based Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attorney Tom McGrath filed suit in Horry County Circuit Court on behalf of local motel owner William O’Day, Horry County ABATE, and others who feel the city overstepped their authority in enacting muffler regulations that conflict with existing state law. McGrath's challenge to the city's helmet ordinance prevailed in the S.C. Supreme Court, with all five justices unanimously agreeing that the state has already covered the issue of who has to wear motorcycle helmets and that the city could not make its own rules because there must be a uniform traffic code. 

The noise ordinance wasn't included in the case the high court recently ruled on, he said, because the focus was on the helmet law. "They were issuing tickets left and right [under the helmet law]," he said. "No one we know had gotten a ticket under the noise ordinance. It's still sitting there, and the city has bought decibel meters, so we assume they are planning to use them. We felt we shouldn't let the ordinance stay on the books." McGrath said he felt it best to give the Circuit Court the first chance to make the decision in this case. "Let's see if the judge will follow the Supreme Court's opinion," he told the Sun News. Meanwhile, the city of Myrtle Beach has mailed out refunds to those who paid fines when they received tickets for not wearing motorcycle helmets. The city repaid nearly $14,000 in fines for 141 tickets it issued when the improper helmet law was in effect.