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AMA Supports Lane-Splitting Legislation in Oregon and Washington

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The American Motorcyclist Association supports lane-splitting legislation that is under consideration in Oregon and Washington state during this legislative session. The legislation would permit riders to travel between cars using the maneuver commonly known as lane splitting. Two bills under consideration in Oregon would legalize this practice. S. 172, introduced by state Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), would permit motorcycle and ...

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Ban Federal Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

A bipartisan bill introduced today called the “Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act” would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle. It was introduced by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), ...

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'The Complete Motorcyclist' Video from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation

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ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is offering an instructional video from ifz, Germany’s famed institute for motorcycle safety. For beginner to veteran riders, The Complete Motorcyclist covers essential techniques and delves into the science of two-wheeling. The two-hour DVD offers detailed information and tips on bike preparation and adjustments, braking, cornering, variable road conditions and more. It comes with ...

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2015 CLASS Motorcycle Schools Schedule is Announced

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Reg Pridmore’s CLASS Motorcycle Schools recently announced an exciting lineup of track dates and CLASS Schools for the coming season, with sessions in California, Virginia and Oregon. 3/9-10 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA 3/30 — Streets of Willow, Rosamond, CA 4/23 — Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CA 4/24 — Streets of Willow, Rosamond, CA 4/28 — Sonoma Raceway, ...

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Motorcycle Industry Council Releases Tire Guide How-To Video

The Motorcycle Industry Council has released a new Tire Guide video, a four-minute instructional video that highlights the importance of selecting the right tires for your bike, and shows you how to make regular inspections of your tires, how to maintain them, and when to replace them. Motorcycle tires are the crucial connection between your motorcycle and the road. Monitoring ...

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New Studies Show Lane Splitting is Safe

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This just in from the American Motorcyclist Association: Riding a motorcycle between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic—a tactic known as lane splitting—is a relatively safe maneuver when both the motorcyclist and nearby drivers know the law and adhere to “safe and prudent” practices, according to two California studies released in October 2014. One report is a crash ...

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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Learn-to-Ride Class

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How did you learn to ride a motorcycle? If you’re an old-timer like me, you likely learned to ride when a friend who had a bike took you through the “Here’s the brake, here’s the clutch” routine. Then you tottered out onto the street and, with luck, didn’t run into a light pole. Of course, learning to ride a motorcycle ...

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Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

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Remember the Coca-Cola commercial that began with young vocalists harmonizing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing” and ending with, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”? It helped put the brand on the international stage. Well, take out the harmony, and cue up some American rock ’n’ roll as Harley-Davidson now plans to follow the same path. ...

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Issues Basic RiderCourse Handbook and Three 'Quick Tips' Sheets In Spanish

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Hispanics comprise 7 percent of American motorcyclists overall, and 11 percent of younger riders—those of Generations X and Y. As part of its long-standing policy of reaching out to riders of all backgrounds and ethnicities, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has released an updated version of its Spanish language Rider Handbook to correspond with the updated Basic RiderCourse. Also, for the ...

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AMA Calls for RFS Overhaul

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The federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard is a failed strategy that must be completely reconsidered and restructured, said Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association, last May. “The RFS is not working for Americans who breathe air, eat food, ride motorcycles, drive cars or mow their lawns. And, the action you’ll see around the U.S. ...

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