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On Tuesday, a 23-year-old motorcycle driverdied after being in a collision of State Street in Salt Lake City, UT. The crash occurred on Saturday June 16, 2018 around noon time. What Happened Marcos Villagrana, the motorcycle rider, was driving down State Street in South Salt Lake when an SUV made a U-turn in front of him. Unable to stop, Villagrana crashed into the back of the SUV. The injuries sustained in the crash were life threatening to the motorcycle driver. The article reported that the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet. However, there was no mention of whether or not the driver of the SUV wearing their seatbelt. Why is it important that the article mentions that the motorcycle driver was wearing a helmet or not? The crash is still under investigation. Utah Law In Utah the law will provide a remedy for the motorcycle rider—let’s look at the possibilities. First—was the U-turn restricted? The law states that a driver cannot make a U-turn 41-6a-802.  Turning around — Where prohibited — Visibility.  (1) As used in this section, “railroad grade crossing” means the area between the passive or active warning signs where a railroad track and roadway intersect. (2) The

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to require motorcyclists under age 21 to wear helmets. Lawmakers facetiously considered an amendment to allow an exemption to the law but only if motorcyclists are registered organ donors. It may sound like a joke, but it would send a “serious message” to motorcyclists who choose not to wear helmets. Young adult brains are still developing through ages 18, 19 and 20, and requiring the safety standard until age 21 would save more young lives by preventing risky behavior. Several lawmakers argued against the bill, worried that the new law would encroach on personal freedoms. Libertarian argument breaks down” when considering that a motorcyclist’s decision to not wear a helmet impacts not only him if he gets into an accident and dies or sustains brain damage. It also impacts his friends, family and perhaps taxpayers if his treatment has to be paid for through the government. “It seems like a small price to pay,” Hawkes said. “If it saves even one or two lives, that has to weigh in the balance.” Utah Helmet Laws 41-6a-1505. A person under the age of 21 may not operate or ride the following on

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It’s midafternoon and you’re cruising down the highway on your new motorcycle, loving the feel of the fresh air whipping across your face. You’re lost in your thoughts and the gorgeous Utah scenery when suddenly–you hear a siren behind you. It takes a moment before you realize that a police car is stopping you. But why? If you’re biking in Utah (and if you aren’t you should be!) you need to have a basic familiarity with Utah motorcycle laws. The last thing you want to deal with on your ride is a chat with a local policeman.  The laws are straightforward and easy to follow once you know them Mostly, motorcycles have the same laws as cars and trucks on the roadway. There are important laws specific to motorcycles, however that are important to know: A motorcycle can only pass a vehicle in front by changing lanes; Motorcycles cannot ride over two side-by-side in one lane; Passengers can only ride on bikes designed to carry more than one person; Motorcycles may use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes; Motorcycles cannot “lane share” or ride between rows of vehicles or lanes of traffic; (there has been some discussion in the legislature

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A motorcycle crash is a traumatic experience. Many motorcyclists find that they still have the desire to ride after a crash. However, they aren’t sure how long to wait before hopping back on their bike. When should you try riding again after a crash? Here’s how to tell when the time is right: Talk to Your Doctor It’s never a good idea to get back on a motorcycle after a crash without talking to your doctor first. Your doctor is the only one who will know whether or not it is physically safe for you to ride again. If you are still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash, your doctor may think it is best for you to wait until your condition has improved even further. Schedule An Inspection It’s not safe to ride a damaged motorcycle. Take your bike in to a mechanic prior to riding for the first time after a crash. Do not assume the motorcycle is safe to ride simply because there is no visible damage. It is hard for the untrained eye to detect some types of damage, which is why it’s best let a mechanic handle the inspection. If the motorcycle is not

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June is fast approaching and so are the rides that are happening! Here is a list of the events and rides that we have found in Utah! Message us on Facebook if you have any questions! We hope to see you at all the events! MDA Nostalgic Wendover Ride for the Cure June 2, 2018 at Intermountain Harley-Davidson in Salt Lake City, UT at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration strongly advised at any of your Intermountain Harley Davidson Dealerships starting May 26th 9am-5pm/ June 2nd, 8am-11am. $20 per person includes commemorative pin. Ride leaves at 11am form Harley Davidson of Salt Lake to Peppermill Concert hall parking lot in Wendover. BIKE NIGHT 6.0 June 2, 2018 at Shopko in Salt Lake City, UT at 7:30 p.m. This bike night fundraiser is for are homeless vets! We will be taking a collection to purchase food to feed our vets we will also take a clothing donation as well come out show your support! 15th Annual Wheeler Ride June 9, 2018 at Wheeler Machinery Co in Salt Lake City, UT at 8:00 a.m. A few important notes here for you: – Breakfast & bag pick-up begin at 8am – Ride departs from Wheeler at 10AM

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Motorcycle deaths rose to the highest level in eight years in 2016. Although some of the increase was also in line with an increase in motorcycle registrations. The number of motorcycles on the road increased to 8.6 million motorcycles in 2015 compared with 8.4 million in 2014. How Many? From 2015 to 2016, motorcycle fatalities rose 5.1%, while deaths among older baby boomers increased over 20%. There were 156 more fatalities among motorcycle riders 60 or older in 2016 compared with 2015. Crashes and injuries among the 50- to 59-year-olds showed the most rapid increase. While injuries in the 20- to 29-year-olds showed the most rapid decline. Impaired vision, delayed reaction time, and altered balance, which accompany the natural aging process, contribute to crashes among older motorcyclists. A lot of cultural factors play a part, too. This generation grew up when motorcycles made the shift from the playthings of outlaws and gear heads to countercultural cool. Then the baby boomers grew up, had families, built careers and put the bikes aside. However, as they became empty nesters or felt mid-life crisis seeping in, they took the bike back out of the garage. They think they can just go back to

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When we speak of the “motorcycle community” we mean everyone that rides a motorcycle. Whether your motorcycle is a sports bike or a cruiser, this is the motorcycle community of which we speak. A “motorcycle club” is a group of motorcycle riders within that community. Usually, with a close affiliation usually based on a common goal or theme. We are talking about “motorcycle clubs” not “motorcycle gangs.” The new “Biker” communities are not what people betrayed as a “biker” back then. Biking is not about raising hell. It’s about helping people around us such as—Fallen Officers, Funeral Percussions (riders and non) and Veterans. The Difference This is the primary difference—everyone that rides a motorcycle is a member of the motorcycle community but not every person that rides a motorcycle is a member of a motorcycle club. There are many whom are friends and family who enjoy riding motorcycles, and getting together for charitable events or just riding motorcycles for fun. The AMA (America Motorcycle Association) has over 1,000 registered motorcycle clubs. If you were ever wondering whether any club is registered with the AMA you can check on the club at the AMA Club Page. There are a few different

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  There’s nothing better than riding a motorcycle down the open road while surrounded by your friends. In fact, many motorcyclists think of group riding as the ultimate motorcycling experience. Group riding can be exhilarating, but it can also be dangerous. To protect yourself on a group ride, follow these tips: Designate A Lead Rider Before heading out, meet as a group and decide who will be the lead rider for the trip. The lead rider is the motorcyclist who rides in the front of the group. Whoever is given this position must be responsible for looking for hazards in the road, including debris, potholes, roadwork, and traffic. If a hazard is spotted, the lead rider should use hand signals to tell the rest of the group to slow down or change lanes. This is an important job, so it should be given to an experienced rider who will take it seriously. Get in the Right Formation Group riders should avoid riding right next to each other. This formation is dangerous because riders cannot escape if they need to move out of the way to avoid a hazard. Instead of riding side-by-side, try riding in a zigzag formation. For example,

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Many different events happen in and around Utah. We tell you about the rides and the events coming up this year but one ride get its own spotlight. The NUT-UP Rally. This is a legendary ride that any biker would not dream of missing. Let’s explain how this rally works! NUT-UP “Ride” This is a ride you will probably never forget. This ride goes through some of the most amazing natural beauties in the United States. From going through the Red Canyons of Utah to see the red rocks burn in the light of a sunset to the mountain passes of the Rocky Mountains. These breathtaking views are just the tip of the iceberg of what you’ll be experiencing on this ride. This ride will be starting at Arches National Park in time to see the sunset over the rocks. A few other areas are worth mentioning this ride goes through. These include: Moab, UT Arches National Park Million Dollar Highway Goosenecks State Dead Horse Point State Park Many others Along with the scenery, the events that go on during this ride is once in a lifetime experience. The people putting on this spectacular ride are friends with Native Americans

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We know we have a list of events and rides already but it’s hard to keep them all straight when there are so many. It’s overwhelming how many rides and events we have this week and next week but they will be great! All are for great causes! National Motorcycle Anti-Profiling & Freedom Day May 17, 2018 at the Utah State Capitol at 7:00 p.m. The main purpose of this event is to come together and fight for the rights of motorcycle riders. The Harrison Spring Ride – 2018 May 18 – 20, 2018 at Harrison Eurosports Ducati at 9:00 a.m. This is a fun ride through Zion National Park! They have reserved cabin suites, cowboy cabins, wagons, glamping and tent-sites! Pricing depends on what you book! Mascot Miracles Motorcycle Ride, Car Show & Zoo Party May 19, 2018 at The Maverik Center in West Valley City, UT at 7:00 a.m. This event will have superheroes, mascots and many more characters! Come and see for yourself! Utah Firefighters IAFF-MG Annual Poker Run May 19, 2018 at the Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Lindon, UT at 9:00 a.m. The proceeds for this ride will help fund the treatment and care for Fire, Police

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