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The Dangerous Mundane

The Dangerous Mundane

We humans are creatures of habit. Our brains are wired in such a way as to allow us to develop routines and habits, both good and bad. Routines are what let us prepare coffee in the morning while planning out how we’ll present our new idea in today’s big meeting. A daily commute on roads and in traffic that, in ...

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A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist: Accident Scene Management

ASM instructor Kathleen Bridgewater describes the two-person method for removing a full-face helmet from a victim who is not breathing. (Photos: the author and Maryalice Breninger)

You ride a motorcycle, probably with other motorcyclists. While riding, you constantly scan for hazards to avoid problems before they happen. Still, accidents can happen: a deer leaps suddenly into a rider’s path, a distracted driver drifts into a rider’s lane or a rider enters a curve too fast and goes down. For discussion, assume an accident involved members of ...

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Road Striping Can Be Slippery When Wet…or Dry

Silicone, reflective glass beads used in road striping paint can be extraordinarily slippery. Avoid riding through splatters, overspray and any paint tracked onto the road surface, especially in curves.

Two friends of mine, Al Mattson and Paul Michelin, shared a recent experience they had when out with a buddy enjoying the twisties. All highly experienced and skilled riders, Al and Paul made it safely through a right-hand curve only to discover their friend had not. He and his bike slid mid curve, regained traction and then shot across the ...

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Stayin’ Safe Partners with Ken Condon

Ken Condon

Stayin’ Safe Advanced Motorcycle Training has announced a new partnership with motorcycle safety expert Ken Condon. Condon is the author of Riding in the Zone and Motorcycling the Right Way and is a nationally known journalist who has written more than 250 skills and safety articles for Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN). Ken’s Riding in the Zone training program provides advanced ...

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Stayin’ Safe: The Shadow Knows

Beyond the black truck is an emerging shadow forewarning of a hidden threat.

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Main Street? The shadow knows! There are vehicles that seemly lie in wait, hiding between overgrown shrubs at the entrance to an obscured driveway poised to jump out at us. Workers, eclipsed by a dump truck parked along the shoulder, step out of nowhere. A car driver turning right on red ...

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MSF 'Contract for Safety' Available to All Motorcyclists

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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published its Contract for Safety for use by the general motorcycling public. It is a discussion tool that can help a prospective motorcycle rider have a serious conversation with concerned friends or family members about a responsible way forward into the exciting world of motorcycling. Previously available only on the Apple iTunes Store to purchasers ...

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Congress Passes Five-Year Highway Bill, Including Big Wins for Motorcyclists

Congress passed a five-year $305 billion highway bill on December 3 that the American Motorcyclist Association says includes several big wins for motorcyclists. “Some of these issues—such as motorcycle-only checkpoints and recreational trails funding—are ones we have been battling for several years, and it is a major victory to get language in the highway bill that meets our goals,” said ...

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BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha Cooperate to Increase Safety of Powered Two-Wheelers


Three major motorcycle manufacturers are teaming up to increase safety in powered two-wheelers. BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. are working together to establish a consortium named Connected Motorcycle Consortium. This group will work to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in PTWs. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears


Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners. Riders often pick a low-rpm gear and stick with it, counting on the engine’s torque to do the work. But every motorcycle engine—including a large V-Twin—has a performance sweet spot. Which gear puts it there? Allow ...

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