Update to our recent post regarding Fall Rides Not to Miss. Due to the recent Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires, parts of Nebo Loop have been closed until further notice. We hope that those that are evacuated will soon be allowed back into their residences with minimal damage. As of late Wednesday afternoon some residents will be able to return tonight. Utah Bike Law is a motorcycle injury law firm and its lawyers who ride are dedicated to representing injured motorcycle riders and their families. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States we invite you to call for a free confidential consultation. There is no obligation and you are not charged any fees whatsoever unless we recover money for you. 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. No attorney client relationship is established by simply visiting this website.
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Utah has the most beautiful scenic routes to check out on a motorcycle when the leaves are changing. The leaves are already changing at higher elevations like along Guardsman Pass, but typically the last week of September to mid-October is peak time to see all the colors of Fall. Gear up and get ready to see some stunning fall leaves amid sharp cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Here is a brief list of rides not to miss. Boulder Mountain Distance: 64.6 Miles This ride covers a lot of ground and takes you to high elevation where it is cold even in the summertime. This is the ultimate ride passing through National and State parks and small towns. There are a lot of opportunities to get off your bike, look around, listen, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Alpine Loop Distance: 26.5 Miles There are a few local attractions you will pass on this ride, Timpanogos Cave, Sundance, Cascade Springs, to name a few. With all the attractions it makes the road crowded making the ride more sight-seeing and leisurely making your way rather than riding. The scenery is breathtaking though, so that makes this ride worth it.
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Hoping on a motorcycle with someone is not something to take lightly. As a passenger, you are entrusting the driver with your life. As a driver, the passenger is putting a lot of faith in you, trusting you both will have a fun experience. Even experienced drivers should take a minute to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are things to go over before taking off with your passenger. Proper Gear Make sure your passenger is wearing the proper attire. This means, toes and ankles covered, jeans and a jacket, your passenger should bring these along, if it’s theirs they will be more comfortable wearing them. You might need to furnish a helmet, gloves and a leather jacket. Where/ how to sit Let your passenger know where is okay to touch on the bike and you. Show them where their feet go and how to get on and off the bike properly. Cover where they will hold when the bike is in motion. As an experienced rider this might sound funny to you, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, it takes the uncomfortableness away from the passenger admitting they don’t know how to do something if you go over
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Here is the list of events and rides that are going on in September in this beautiful state! Now that we have Labor Day under our belt, come out to these rides to show your support for this community! Fire Ride 15 th Anniversary – Honor the Fallen Heroes Saturday, September 8th at South Valley Harley Davidson, at 8:00 a.m, Kickstands up at 10:00 a.m. 8886 S Sandy Parkway, Sandy, UT Ride to Ogden Ampitheater AFFM Monument, 25th Street & Washington Blvd. $25 registration fee – Pre Registration is encouraged. All proceeds will be given to the America’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial (AFFM). Bike-A-Palooza 2018 Sunday, September 9th at Addictive Behavior Motor Works at 12 p.m. 454 s 500 w, Salt Lake City, UT Bike-A-Palooza has one mission – to be an event for the Utah motorcycle community like nothing else. This year’s Bike-A-Palooza IS GOING TO BE LEGENDARY! It is a paid event this year so we promise to bring 10X the energy, excitement, and entertainment! We love our motorcycle community. Custom Bike Give-Away: 2015 HD Sportster 48. Live Bands: Royal Bliss, Ginger and the Gents, October Rage, School of Rock. Miss Behavior Contest sponsored by Rock 106.7, Sound Warehouse. 2018 Bike
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Staying visible is the key to staying safe while riding a motorcycle. But unfortunately, remaining visible at all times is much harder than it seems. Motorcycles are significantly smaller than passenger vehicles, so they’re more difficult to spot on the road. How can you protect yourself? Follow these five tips to remain visible while riding: Use Reflective Tape Placing reflective tape on your motorcycle is perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to increase your visibility. This tape won’t necessarily help during the daytime, but it will make you more visible at night. Maximize your visibility by placing the reflective tape on your wheel rims, forks, and any other part of your bike that tends to catch the light. Tap the Brakes The brake lights are designed to alert the people behind you that you are stopping, but they can also be used to increase your visibility. If the driver behind you does not seem to be paying attention, tap your brakes multiple times. The bright, blinking lights will grab the driver’s attention and ensure he knows you’re there. Be sure there is plenty of room between your motorcycle and the car behind you before tapping on the brakes. If
Two more motorcycle related deaths over the weekend with one life hanging in the balance. Reading that sentence should send shudders down your spine, how can we prevent these fatalities? Looking at the details of the accidents, speed of the motorcycles seems to be a common factor. Being on the road is dangerous for both motorcycles and motor vehicles, everyone owes it to each other to take the necessary precautions and recognize each other on the road. Don’t drive distracted with your cell phone or try to eat a bagel before you get to your destination. Don’t think you can quickly and safely make a left-hand turn in front of a car or motorcycle that is going with the flow of traffic or faster. We are all in a hurry, one common goal is to arrive alive. Utah Bike Law If your find yourself in tragic situation like this, turn to Utah Bike Law to help navigate these treacherous waters. We have 19 years of experience defending injured motorcyclists and 30 years of riding on the road. Like one motorcyclist expressed, “If someone cuts you off, it’s like they offended five generations of your family.” We have a vested interest
Recently, Utah has been on track to set a new record! You might be thinking, “What could that record possibly be?” You might think it’s for something amazing but sadly that’s wrong. As you can tell by the title, it is not a record to be proud of. The record that Utah is about to break is the number of motorcycle deaths on the roads in 2018. There have been about 25 motorcycle deaths within the short seven months of 2018. Safety: Two-Way Street It goes without saying that safety is a two-way street. You cannot expect to have a safe drive to work if you are swerving between lanes and not signaling lane changes. You probably will get in an accident if other people aren’t paying attention. Two experienced Utah motorcyclists talked to KSL News about their way of riding. Ryan Stanley and Taylor Brody have been riding buddies for years. They talk about how riding is a hobby but it’s also about the freedom and the escape you feel from normal life. Ryan and His Safety Brody says that Ryan is a great person to ride with because of how seriously he takes safety. Before he gets onto his
Road Rage We found this video online recently. There are so many emotions that accompany this video. There is sadness, rage, disbelief, fear, disappointment and a million other emotions. This video is quite upsetting. Road rage is defined by “violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in a difficult situation.” Some people take it too far as you will see in this video. https://www.facebook.com/Break/videos/10156343304807792/ What Are Your Reactions? The caption of this video reads: Jaw Dropping Road Rage in Florida: Should the driver be charged with attempted murder? Now, we see why this is a huge accusation but if you think about it, wasn’t the driver trying to hurt the motorcyclists? The discussion before the incident was too heated to where the vehicle driver tried to hurt the two motorcyclists. Left-Turning Vehicles There’s no going around it: you have to turn left when you drive to get to where you want to go. One of the biggest reasons that motorcyclists get into accidents is because other vehicles don’t look before making a left-hand turn. And also, right-hand turns for that matter. When making a left-hand turn, you judge if you have enough time
As you have heard, there have been an astounding amount of motorcycle fatalities on Utah roads. Last weekend was no exception. In Duchesne County, a motorcycle crashed occurred that involved four people. Three of the motorcyclists died. The Story and People According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a group of motorcyclists were travelling northbound on SR-35 west of Hanna in Duchesne County. This crashed occurred on July 20, 2018 around 10:30 a.m. Apparently, the group collided when one bike went down. The two other bikes collided with the bike on the ground. The crash involved three men and one woman. The police identified the people killed and injured and released that to the public. Anthony M. Cooper – 69 of Hitchcock, Texas – was alone on one motorcycle and incurred fatal injuries John Kwiatkowski – 62 of Conroe, Texas – was alone on another motorcycle and died in the crash Jason Murray – 50 of Wichita, Kansas – was driving the third motorcycle and suffered critical injuries Judith Murray – 53 of Wichita, Kansas – was a passenger of the motorcycle Jason Murray was driving. She died in the crash. What Is to be Learned Seeing that the crash only
Yesterday, local Utah bikers gathers outside of Caesar’s Motorcycle Parts & Service to discuss the outrageous amount of motorcycle deaths this year. Twenty-five people have been killed in motorcycle crashes in Utah. That is a higher number of deaths than most previous years in Utah. If the trend continues, this number will set the record of motorcycle deaths within the state of Utah. Stricter Punishments WhiThe whole purpose of this gathering was to talk about what is happening on the roads. Many of the motorcycle riders at this meeting think they have a grasp on why motorcycle crashes occur. They shared that almost every time they have almost been hit, the driver of the car is on their cellphones. Many people talked about how there should be harsher punishments for those that text and drive. However, other people talked about how the existing laws need actual enforcement. Many felt these laws are lax. Because of these lax laws, people that text and drive have no repercussions so why would they stop? If there will be a change in road safety, there needs to be a change in legislation. Riderz Foundation Elvecia Ramos is the founder of the Riderz Foundation. This