Since the weather here in Utah is playing tricks on us we thought we would write a blog about motorcycle theft. It is almost that time of year where you can ride your motorcycle without worrying about whether or not you’ll have to dig it out of snow after work. There are so many motorcycles thefts reported every year. Good thing that right now it is not the summer months because that’s the time of year where motorcycles are stolen most often. Unfortunately, Honda motorcycles are the bikes that are most commonly stolen. And even more unfortunate, only 26-32% of motorcycles that are stolen are actually recovered. We have found a new way for you to feel more secure about the security of your bike! It’s called Trackimo GPS Tracker! Trackimo GPS Tracker There are a few really cool and efficient gadgets that help prevent the theft of your motorcycle. This is a brand-new device is amazing and will help you in the sad case that your motorcycle gets stolen! First, the tiny device is attached to your motorcycle which connects wirelessly to your phone. Then, you can see where your bike is in real-time worldwide literally 24/7. With this
Since the Utah weather cannot seem to make up its mind, we have decided to give you some safety tips that apply to both winter and summer weather (and others in between). Motorcycle accidents happen more often than anyone would like so here are some tips on how to be a little bit safer. Ride at Your Own Pace There are many instances where you will be riding with a group of people. The group that you’re riding with might want to travel faster than your accustomed to. It’s okay to hang in the back to go at a speed that you are comfortable with. With almost anything, if you are going too fast the outcome is not pretty. Never Ride Tired – Safety First! This one kind of goes without saying. You shouldn’t drive, ride, skateboard, or anything that requires acute attention when you are tired. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Leave Room for an Escape Route Leave a space between you and the vehicle in front of you. There is always a chance that someone coming up from behind you won’t stop in time. If you leave space, you will be able
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There are many different kinds of profiling that we hear about mostly in the press. There are so many different areas of profiling it is hard not to see an end to profiling. One area that is not as “popular” or well-known is motorcycle profiling. This happens all the time and no one is really doing anything about it. There is a stereotype that goes along with any community: vegetarians are hippies, millennials are lazy, etc., etc., etc. Motorcycle riders have stereotypes too. One of the most damaging stereotypes to motorcycle riders is that motorcyclists are road-ragey, gang members that don’t care about anyone but themselves. However, for the vast majority of us, that is simply not true. There are many motorcycle communities that help defend the welfare of other people within their community. There is a biker “gang” called Bikers Against Child Abuse. This “gang” assigns an abused child to two members of the bike group. These two group members are there to go through anything with this child from going to court with them to face their abuser to standing watch outside the child’s house all night if the child fears his/her attacker will try to get them
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Drowsy driving is a far too common occurrence today. It’s in part due to Americans chronically getting less sleep than they need. More than a third of American adults don’t sleep enough on a regular basis. Lack of Sleep can Mimic the Effects of Drunkenness When you’re sleep deprived and driving, it’s a dangerous situation. Going without sleep for 20 to 21 hours has a comparable effect of having a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the legal limit in most states. Make it to 24 hours, and you’ll reach an equivalent of 0.1, higher than the legal limit in all states. Drowsy driving and drunk driving share many of the safe effects on driver safety. Whether you’re drowsy or drunk, you will struggle with driving abilities, including: Difficulty paying attention to the road Slower reaction time Impaired ability to make good decisions People who snore, or who usually sleep six or fewer hours per day are more likely to report falling asleep while driving. In a survey of 150,000 adults, 4 percent reported that they had fallen asleep while driving at least once in the previous 30 days. Drivers who don’t get enough sleep, commercial drivers, shift workers, drivers with
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Spring is right around the corner, which means the official start to motorcycle season is almost here. Fortunately, it’s not too late for motorcyclists to start thoroughly preparing for the riding season. Here’s how: Examine the Tires Before taking your motorcycle out for a ride, check the tires to ensure they are in good shape. This should still be done even if the weight was off of your motorcycle’s tires while the bike was not being used. Start by visually inspecting them to look for flat spots, punctures, bulges, or cracks. Even if everything looks normal, check the air pressure to determine if the tires need to be inflated. Test the Brakes The brakes will also need to be inspected and tested before motorcycle season. If yourbrake pads were beginning to wear down towards the end of the last motorcycle season, now is the time to replace them. If you don’t know how to tell if the brake pads are in good condition just by looking at them, hop on the bike instead. Test the front and back brakes separately. If you hear a high-pitched squeal or scraping noise, this indicates the brakes need to be checked by a professional.
There’s an old saying that goes, “Wear what you want to crash in, not what you want to ride in.” Basically, this means that motorcyclists should put their safety first when choosing what they wear during a ride. But, many motorcyclists don’t know what type of gear they should wear to keep themselves safe. Follow these tips to protect yourself with the right safety gear: Head Wearing a helmet is not required for motorcyclists over the age of 21, but it’s strongly recommended. Look for a helmet with a “DOT-Approved” sticker on the front-this indicates that the helmet meets the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation. Choosing a helmet with the right shape is also vital to a motorcyclist’s safety. Helmets are designed to fit three specific head shapes: long oval, intermediate oval, and round oval. Most helmets are designed for intermediate oval-shaped heads, however if your head is more of a long oval or round oval, find a helmet specifically made for these shapes. Then, put it on to check the fit. If the helmet moves around freely, it’s too loose, but if it’s creating painful pressure points, it’s too tight. The proper fit makes all the
Upcoming motorcycle rides and events that are happening all over Utah! We want you to be informed and mark these amazing events on your calendars! 1st Annual ‘Ignognaus’ Ride March 24, 2018 at Black Bear Diner in West Valley City, UT at 9:00 a.m. This ride will be from Salt Lake Valley riding west and south to end up in American Fork in time for the Spring Break-out Group Ride! Biker Bash March 24, 2018 at Barbary Coast Saloon in Salt Lake City, UT at 8:00 p.m. Come out and hang with the Biker Community and listen to some kick ass music as Shane Murphy from 106.7 and his band will be jamming all night long! ABATE of Utah; Utah County Spring Ride March 25, 2018 at Timpanogos Harley Davidson in Lindon, UT at 10:00 a.m. This is just a ride that is jump starting the spring riding season! There is a poker run with this ride that includes a $15 entry fee! Classic Car Show & Motorcycle Ride April 7, 2018 at Blues Street BBQ Co. at 5:00 a.m. In conjunction with the Spring Break-out Group Ride, Dr. Timster will be hosting this event where there will be good food,
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Most of the time when you hear about car accidents or motorcycle accidents it is accompanied with a “oh he was drunk driving” or “he was high when he was driving his father’s car”. What we don’t talk about enough is “distracted driving”. There are many things that can constitute distracted driving; texting and driving is one as well as just fiddling around with your radio while driving. Anything that brings your eyes away from the road is considered distracted driving. Why Distracted Driving is so dangerous: Highway and freeway speeds can range from roughly 60MPH to 80MPH. If you are driving at a speed of about 55MPH and you look down at your phone, you essentially drive the length of a football field before you even look up from your phone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents in 2015 alone. Distracted driving is almost like driving while under the influence because your main focus is not on the road. When you aren’t looking at the road there is no way for you to react to what is happening around you. The people around you cannot control what
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Motorcycle crashes are not something to glaze over. Around 5:30 p.m. on January 18, 2018 a man was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was riding his motorcycle when he crashed into the side of a car in an intersection. The motorcycle rider was thrown from his motorcycle. This crash happened in American Fork. We give our deepest sympathies to the family of this man that was killed. It is hard to lose a loved one under those circumstances. Make sure you are always aware and alert to motorcycle riders in the upcoming warmer months. Utah Bike Law and its lawyers are not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions about your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. Utah Bike Law and its attorneys are licensed to practice law only in the State of Utah and maintain offices in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Here at Utah Bike Law, we are motorcycle riders ourselves. We pride ourselves in knowing motorcycles personally. We want you to be able to enjoy riding in Utah as much as we have so we have found some roads that other bikers from Utah have rated some of the best. Mexican Hat to Bryce Canyon It has been suggested that this ride is better if you go from Mexican Hat, UT and travel west to Bryce Canyon. It has also been suggested that you travel in the spring or fall for this ride because it is not too hot and the conditions of the roads is pretty good. Bryce Canyon is one of the many natural wonders of Utah. Camping and hiking there is an amazing experience. Make sure you get your camping permits in advance you can camp at this amazing canyon. Back Roads Motorcycle Route from Ogden, UT to Salt Lake City, UT This route would be perfect if you are commuting from Ogden to Salt Lake or the other way around. This route misses all major highways and runs through some scenic places. The Wasatch Mountains are the mountains that you would pass through during this ride.
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