George Tait

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Riding a motorcycle in the rain is risky. Because of this, many motorcyclists go to great lengths to avoid riding in the rain. But, it’s best to learn how to ride safely in rainy weather since there’s always a possibility that you will get stuck in an unexpected rainstorm. Follow these tips to stay safe: Steer Clear of Puddles Puddles of water will start to form on the road during a rainstorm. Riding through a puddle may seem harmless, but it’s not. Motorcyclists can only see the surface of the puddle, so there’s no way to determine its depth. It’s possible that what looks like a small puddle on the road is actually water accumulating in a deep pothole. There’s also a chance that the puddle consists of oil, not water. The colors of the rainbow typically appear on the surface of oil puddles, but they can be had to spot when visibility is limited. For these reasons, it’s best to steer clear of all rainwater puddles. Apply Brakes Early and Gradually Motorcyclists need to apply the brakes early and gradually to avoid sliding on the slick, wet roads. Leave plenty of space between your motorcycle and the car in

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It’s summer. You want to party with family and friends—no harm in that right? Oftentimes there is alcohol at these parties and you partake. No big deal. Driving after drinking is a big deal though—right? You hear it all the time to not drink and drive but you’re on your motorcycle so it’s different. The wind is rushing through your hair and on your face. You’ll sober up quickly. Not true of course. You learn that the wind doesn’t sober you up and you don’t have enough time to stop before hitting another vehicle. Sad Story of a Motorcycle Death Back in May 2018, a man was riding his motorcycle on I-84 in Morgan County Utah. He rode a Yamaha VM7 motorcycle. The article mentioned that he wore a helmet. Why is it necessary to mention if the motorcyclist wore a helmet? But I digress. According to the crash report, the motorcyclist was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed”. The driver of the motorcycle left the roadway and hit the cable barrier. He was thrown from the motorcycle into the westbound lanes. The man was identified as a 46-year-old man. He died on the scene. The Utah Highway

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As summer is in full swing, it is hard to keep every activity straight. We have done it for you for that reason! We know that summers are hectic and events tend to be overlooked. Take a look at these July events and mark your calendars! Angel’s Hand Foundation 16th Annual MC Ride July 14, 2018 at Murray City Fire in Murray, UT at 7:00 a.m. With 30-minute stops, the ride will be approximately 4-5 hours. Last stop will be at Kennecott offices in Copperton, Utah with last prizes, poker draw. We will stage here to make entrance through Copperton Park where the AHF car show will be in progress. 6th Annual Hal Wing Memorial Ride July 14, 2018 at Utah Department of Public Safety in Salt Lake City, UT at 7:30 a.m. There is a $30 entry fee! All proceeds will go to the Honoring Heroes Foundation which supports families of fallen law enforcement officers and employees of the Utah Department of Public Safety. There will be a shirt, breakfast, and lunch provided at this event! Bike Night July 17, 2018 at The UNION Tavern in Midvale, UT at 7:00 p.m. Come out at join us yet for another

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It’s coming up to that time of year where many people are moving around the country. One of our employees is moving to Michigan this summer. There are so many moving parts to moving (no pun intended)! Your motorcycle is one thing that you need to bring to your new life but how? The obvious is to ride it. However, what if you are moving from California to Maine? Do you want that much wear and tear on your bike? Are you going to haul any other valuables behind your bike? The answers to both questions is—probably not. Let us help you figure out the best way to move your bike. Moving the Bike We all know that moving something heavy is not necessarily cost effective. However, there are few waysyou to get your precious motorcycle to the other side of the country. A Trailer: There are specific trailers for motorcycle transport. You get that trailer and attach it to the back of whatever vehicle you are driving. This is a little bit easier than a few other methods of moving because the trailer is its own entity. Don’t worry about it crushing your other items or moving around unnecessarily.

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