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As a motorcycle law firm we attend a lot of bike rallies and events throughout Utah. Many motorcycle manufactureers of accessories of all manner and make often approach us and want us to promote their product. We have declined to do so because to endorse one makes the others not worthy. With all that said we are ready to endorse this one company–Viking bags. Viking motorcycle backpacks Over the years I have personally used and my friends have used Viking Bags–their quality can not be matched and their products are produced in the United States. Here is their backpack–a particularly good product for sport bikers–we tried it–we like it. Motorcycle backpack at Viking

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15 Great Additions to Your Motorcycle Whether you have a classic Harley Davidson motorcycle or a new sporty Kawasaki, there’s always something cool that you can add to your motorcycle, no matter if it’s a performance upgrade or just a simple accessory.  After all, one of the best things about owning a motorcycle is the ability to tinker with it and really make it your own. There are all kinds of parts and kits on the market that allow riders to turn their bikes into something unique that stands out from all of the rest.  For those looking to enhance their bike, we’ve compiled a list of 15 various additions perfect for any bike and any rider. 1. Tail Bags: You don’t have to be planning a road trip in order to need some storage on your bike.  Tail bags are a great way to add just the right amount of storage without taking up room on your bike or detracting from its looks.  Bags, like the Cortech Dryver Tail Bag, are streamlined so as not to hamper speed and mobility but still provide enough storage space for all of the things you carry with you on a day-to-day basis. 2. Improved,

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After purchasing all of the best bike parts and gear, tools and gadgets usually fall next in line on the list of bike necessities. We all love gadgets and some of us can never have enough of them. Whether you’ve been building your motorcycle gadget collection for some time, or you’re just now starting, the following 7 gadgets are must haves for all riders. 1) Bluetooth Intercom If you’re a lone wolf rider you won’t have much use for this gadget, but bluetooth intercom makes riding with friends infinitely better. Using bluetooth you and a friend can communicate back and forth without having to decipher words over the background noise of your bikes. Certain bluetooth devices like the Sena 10R even allow you to share music with your buddies as you ride. This may create arguments over the ride playlist, but the ride experience is nonetheless much more fun. 2) Multi Tool Kit It would be nice if you could haul your complete motorcycle tool kit with you, but hauling all of those tools in your saddle bag is pretty impractical. This is where multi tool kits come to the rescue. The pocket-sized pack of tools includes just about everything

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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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