Archive for the ‘Motorcycle Safety Foundation’ Category

Motorcyclists as Insignificant Windshield Splatters — A Great PSA (and a Poll)

September 21, 2009

I’ve seen more than a few motorcycle safety PSAs (public service announcements) from around the world and I’ve got to say they pack a far more visceral punch than anything I’ve seen stateside. Are Americans too squeamish to see the reality of inattentive driving? I wouldn’t think so judging by the content of much pop culture over the years. (Hostel or Saw anybody?).

Still, I’m wondering if and when we’ll start seeing motorcycle safety messages that aim to shock the driving public into paying attention like this one does.

Brittany Morrow’s new Rock The Gear Video

September 16, 2009

Many of you may be familiar with Brittany Morrow and her harrowing tale of surviving a fall at speed off the back of a GSX R750. Surviving being a relative term given the two months she spent in the hospital and the skin grafts she received on more than 50 percent of her body. But she did survive — in a big way. 

Since that incident, Morrow has appeared in the pages of our 2007 Gear supplement and has emerged as a spokeswoman for the phrase ATGATT (all the gear, all the time). If you’ve ever had a customer dismiss the need to wear protective gear, get a hold of one of the posters we featured in that issue of Gear and explain the consequences of going without. I’m probably not the only one to repeat this cliche, but it’s one I tell people when they ask me why I’m all armored up on a hot day — I’d rather sweat than bleed. I didn’t need to see the pictures of Brittany post-surgery, but when I did they confirmed my strong stance on this subject.

Well, Morrow is the driving force behind Rock the Gear, an organization dedicated to educating every rider about making smart choices when deciding what to wear. Her latest contribution is a video featuring sportbike freestyle professionals tearing it up on their bikes and talking about the importance of wearing protective gear. It’s worth a watch and the Rock the Gear website is worth a look.

XDL US Stuntriding Championship Series – Rock the Gear . org from Brittany Morrow on Vimeo.

Attention Car Drivers — READ THIS

May 7, 2009

Cell phones. Applying make-up. Texting. Reading. Reading and texting. Eating giant hoagies while talking on the phone. Shaving. Going through spreadsheets. Is there anything a car driver can’t do while driving? Oh yeah, pay attention. I’ve seen all of the above while cruising down the freeway and it makes me insane.

According to the February 2008 issue of Brain Research, even if a driver is using a hands-free cell phone, there’s a 37 percent drop in activity in the region of the brain used for navigation (Thanks MSF for that tidbit.)

With May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, I’d like to share these tips for drivers from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Yes, I know there are some ayehole motorcyclists out there, but the majority of us aren’t. And most of us have families and jobs and lives that we’re pretty fond of and we don’t want to end up the losers in an “Oh my god, I didn’t see him,” situation.

1. Look for Motorcyclists – Use your eyes and mirrors to see what’s around, and check the blind spots when you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections. Look, and look again.
2. Focus on Driving – Hang up the phone, put down the MP3 player, settle the passengers, and drive. And NO texting.
3. Use Your Turn Signals – Signal your intentions for everyone’s safety.
4. Give Two-Wheelers Some Room – Don’t tailgate or pass too closely.
5. Take Your Time – Nothing is as important as the safety of your loved ones, yourself, and the others with whom you share the road.

Now that you’ve read those tips and committed them to memory, here are 10 things all drivers (more…)

Texas Bill Requires Training For “High-Performance” Bike Buyers

April 21, 2009

Legislation being considered in Texas would force those who purchase a “high-performance” motorcycle to take a training course within six months of the purchase.
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HB 4531, if voted into law, would force all owners and operators of a high performance motorcycle purchased on or after September 1, 2009 to show proof of course attendance upon the request of law enforcement. Violators would be fined between $500 and $1,000.

According to bill sponsor Rep. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso), a “high-performance motorcycle” is any motorcycle “referred to, called, labeled, or described as a ‘sports bike’, ‘sports motorcycle’, ‘high performance motorcycle’, or other similar term, in any materials given to an original purchaser at the time of purchase from any retail seller or contained in the owners manual or guides from the manufacturer.”

The bill is currently being debated in the House Public Safety committee.

CIECA Opens Competition for Riding Instructors

February 25, 2009

Are you a riding instructor with an idea of how to improve training procedures? Want to win a scooter or a trip to MV Agusta, a MotoGP event or a World Superbike event?

If so, the International Commission of Driver and Rider Testing Authorities (CIECA) has launched a worldwide competition to collect examples of the best rider training exercises. Together with its partnerscieca ACEM, FIM and FEMA, CIECA invites riding instructors to submit rider training exercises related to the ten most frequent accident causes for powered two-wheelers.

Visit the ACEM website and fill out a questionnaire with your proposed rider training exercise and return the questionnaire by March 22. You could win:

Grand Prize: A Suzuki SIXteen 150cc scooter
First Prize: A guided tour around the MV AGUSTA factory in Varese, Italy (travel included)
Second Prize: 2 tickets to the MotoGP event of your choice
Third Prize: 2 tickets to the World Superbike event of your choice