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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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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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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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Motorcycle Clubs Utah has long been known as one of the best states in the nation to ride a motorcycle. Its huge land area of mostly rural, pristine, and rugged country boasts almost 615,000 miles of celebrated routes, and that’s just the preferred ones. A rider heading into the backcountry, off the beaten path, can ride many thousands more. The unparallelled natural beauty of Utah, with its thick wilderness and mountains, in some areas transporting the observer into an antediluvian world from millions of years ago, makes the state one of the most unique places to ride in the world. There are things to see in Utah that can be found nowhere else. So it’s not surprising that Utah has more than its share of motorcycle owners and riders. As of 2011 there were 59,355 registered motorcycles in the state, and incidentally, 77% of those were Harleys. Birds of a feather tend to flock together, so where there are motorcyclists, there will be motorcycle clubs. Utah has a number of them catering to people from all walks of life, businessmen, Christians, military personnel, social justice warriors, women, senior citizens, Mormons, atheists, and more. Here’s a quick guide to some of

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Motorcycle Auctions If you love riding motorcycles, but want to keep your costs down, an excellent way to buy a motorcycle at a great price is to purchase your next bike at an auction.  Many of the bikes sold at auction are salvage bikes, which will be cheaper than non-salvage used bikes sold by dealers or individuals. Contrary to popular belief, a salvage bike is not necessarily totally destroyed. Some salvage bikes may have only cosmetic damage, and others may be easily repaired. Some, recovered from theft, may already be in great shape. Salvage bikes that are not repairable are an economical source for spare parts. You can find frequent motorcycle auctions going on throughout Utah. These are some of the best — Utah DMV Impounded Vehicle Auctions In Utah, police officers can seize motorcycles and other vehicles for a variety of reasons, including DUI arrests, vehicles that are unregistered or have expired registration, and drug-related arrests. Owners of impounded vehicles get 30 days to follow the necessary procedures to reclaim them.  The DMV then auctions off any vehicles that were not claimed during that time period. Motorcycle auctions are held throughout the state in the impound yards where the seized vehicles have been held. To participate in an auction, check the

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