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Why buy motorcycle safety gear?  In 2014 there were an estimated 4,586 deaths and 92,000 injuries as a result from motorcycle accidents in the US. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile driven. Bike safety gear keeps you cool when it’s hot, warm when it’s cold, dry when it’s wet, and alive in the wake of a crash. Motorcycle gear is the most advanced apparel this side of a space suit and frankly, the act of riding without any is so ridiculous that it serves to demonstrate a total lack of comprehension about what it’s like to operate a bike with skill.  Have you seen what happens when you take an impact without any gear? The pavement can be incredibly unforgiving. If you’re not wearing any protective gear, you’re compromising both your health and the ability to control your vehicle. Sure, motorcycle gear is extremely expensive, but it’s nearly as fundamentally important to the act of riding a bike as the motorcycle itself. If you’re considering buying a bike you should factor new safety gear into the cost of your overall budget. For instance, if you’ve budgeted out $5,000

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For some, the term motorcycle club conjures up images of outlaws who engage in drug dealing, extortion, and territory wars. While these 1% motorcycle clubs certainly exist (Hells Angels, the Pagans, the Outlaws, and the Bandidos,) they are a minority in the larger collection of American bike clubs. In fact, within Utah we have several incredible motorcycle clubs that not only offer a sense of camaraderie for local riders, but are also giving back to the communities they ride in. The Patriots are one such exemplary motorcycle club going above and beyond to help the wounded, the unfortunate, and those left behind in Utah. We recently spoke with the club secretary, Popeye to learn more about The Patriots. “Bikers do get a bad rep, but when you look at it collectively, motorcycle clubs tend to donate more than many other types of clubs. For our club, over 90% of the funds we raise go to charitable causes.” Says Popeye, reflecting on the negative stigma attached motorcycle riders. Charity is to members of motorcycle clubs as gasoline and oil are to their machines. For some riders, it’s a major reason why they’re involved with motorcycle clubs. History of The Patriots MC

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Motorcyclists know motorcycles are riskier than cars, and this translates into relatively high motorcycle insurance rates. The ten most important factors that impact the cost of motorcycle insurance are: 1. Size of the bike’s engine 2. Rider’s age 3. Type of bike 4. Where the bike is stored 5. Rider’s driving record 6. Average number of miles ridden each week 7. Where the rider lives 8. Helmet use 9. The coverage chosen 10. Completion or not of a motorcycle safety course One of the best insurance guides and rates we have found is at MoneyGeek. Remember to always but sufficient insurance and always buy what is called underinsured and uninsured coverage – these policies will save your bacon if you are seriously injured or the person that causes the crash is uninsured all together. If you do not have medical insurance you might also consider buying what is called “med pay” – usually in increments of $5,000 coverage that will kick in and cover your medical costs should you be in a crash. This coverage is relatively cheap so if you do not have medical insurance please consider it. If you are in a motorcycle crash anywhere in Utah we will

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Motorcycle Registration After taking the time to earn your motorcycle license, you are likely looking at the next big step: Buying a new motorcycle. Some people borrow a bike while they are securing the license or may use a lower-powered one during their learning phase. When you decide to buy your own or “power up” to the next model, you will need to register your new acquisition. This overview will guide you through Utah laws regarding motorcycle registration so you do not suffer tickets and fines by skipping this essential step. Title First Just like with cars, motorcycles must first be titled in Utah. If you just moved to the state, you will likely visit the DMV to take care of titling and registration in one step. The same is true if you are bringing home a bike you purchased out-of-state. You will also need to submit a title application if the motorcycle is changing owners. If you purchase from a dealership, they will request that you sign a power of attorney so they can complete these steps for you. However, if you purchase from a private party, you need to complete the process yourself. To change ownership or secure

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Motorcycle Clubs Utah has long been known as one of the best states in the nation to ride a motorcycle. Its huge land area of mostly rural, pristine, and rugged country boasts almost 615,000 miles of celebrated routes, and that’s just the preferred ones. A rider heading into the backcountry, off the beaten path, can ride many thousands more. The unparallelled natural beauty of Utah, with its thick wilderness and mountains, in some areas transporting the observer into an antediluvian world from millions of years ago, makes the state one of the most unique places to ride in the world. There are things to see in Utah that can be found nowhere else. So it’s not surprising that Utah has more than its share of motorcycle owners and riders. As of 2011 there were 59,355 registered motorcycles in the state, and incidentally, 77% of those were Harleys. Birds of a feather tend to flock together, so where there are motorcyclists, there will be motorcycle clubs. Utah has a number of them catering to people from all walks of life, businessmen, Christians, military personnel, social justice warriors, women, senior citizens, Mormons, atheists, and more. Here’s a quick guide to some of

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Motorcycle Auctions If you love riding motorcycles, but want to keep your costs down, an excellent way to buy a motorcycle at a great price is to purchase your next bike at an auction.  Many of the bikes sold at auction are salvage bikes, which will be cheaper than non-salvage used bikes sold by dealers or individuals. Contrary to popular belief, a salvage bike is not necessarily totally destroyed. Some salvage bikes may have only cosmetic damage, and others may be easily repaired. Some, recovered from theft, may already be in great shape. Salvage bikes that are not repairable are an economical source for spare parts. You can find frequent motorcycle auctions going on throughout Utah. These are some of the best — Utah DMV Impounded Vehicle Auctions In Utah, police officers can seize motorcycles and other vehicles for a variety of reasons, including DUI arrests, vehicles that are unregistered or have expired registration, and drug-related arrests. Owners of impounded vehicles get 30 days to follow the necessary procedures to reclaim them.  The DMV then auctions off any vehicles that were not claimed during that time period. Motorcycle auctions are held throughout the state in the impound yards where the seized vehicles have been held. To participate in an auction, check the

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As this summer riding season has essentially ended for me it is time for a little reflection on the past riding season. I would love to say I am an experienced rider without insecurities when I ride, but that is not the truth. The truth is I have been riding for almost five years, however free time and responsibilities have kept me from riding as much as I would like and working on my skills as a rider that can only be developed on the road. I have realized that no matter your experience or skills, you will undoubtedly be accepted into the world of the motorcycle (biker) community. This summer I have had the privilege of helping my dad, the owner of Utah Bike Law, who has helped sponsored several rides. I help in the booth/tent promoting his business. While helping out I have met some extraordinary people and had some great conversations. These “bikers” are a great group of people who want to help great causes in exchange for a ride with each other and a little bit of fun. Usually when talking with other bikers I find myself introducing myself as a novice/inexperienced rider. There is no

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Although human error, environmental conditions, impaired drivers, and unsafe driving are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, they are sometimes caused by mechanical malfunction, often because of poor maintenance practices, but occasionally because of a defect that was created during the design or manufacturing process. Sometimes such defects aren’t discovered or reported until they have caused many injuries or even deaths. It should be noted that if you have suffered injury or property damage that you suspect was caused by a defective part or design, it’s vitally important to retain the counsel of a qualified attorney that has experience with litigation involving motorcycles. When damages have occurred that the manufacturer, distributor, or dealer might be liable for, you’ll need legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. The Recall Process When a defect is discovered in a motorcycle, such as a malfunctioning part or design flaw, the federal government or the manufacturer will usually instigate a safety recall of the motorcycles affected. For example, in April of 2015 Harley-Davidson voluntarily recalled 46,000 motorcycles because of clutches that wouldn’t fully disengage, possibly causing the motorcycle to stay in gear and the rider to lose control. In any given year there

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Motorcycle riding is one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies there is. But it’s also a risky pastime. Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise nationally for several years, and Utah is no exception. Riders today have to brave heavier traffic, inebriated drivers, and increasing incidents of road rage. Luckily there are many fine organizations, both public and private, dedicated to supporting motorcycle riders, promoting the sport, advocating, lobbying, and educating for safety, and raising public awareness about issues of importance to bikers. Here’s a short list of some of the best organizations and resources for motorcycle riders. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) The federal regulatory agency charged with setting the standards for highway and motor vehicle safety. Established by the Highway Safety Act in 1970, in response to the need for safety rules and regulations governing the nation’s new system of interstate highways, the NHTSA is the premier resource for research and statistics on motorcycle accidents and safety issues. American Motorcyclist Association One of the oldest and largest of the national organizations serving the motorcycle riding community. Founded in 1924, they provide a powerful voice in the halls of Congress and state legislatures across the country, lobbying

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