Motorcycle riding is one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies there is. But it's also a risky pastime. Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise nationally for several years, and Utah is no exception. Riders today have to brave heavier traffic, inebriated drivers, and increasing incidents of road rage.
Luckily there are many fine organizations, both public and private, dedicated to supporting motorcycle riders, promoting the sport, advocating, lobbying, and educating for safety, and raising public awareness about issues of importance to bikers. Here's a short list of some of the best organizations and resources for motorcycle riders.
The federal regulatory agency charged with setting the standards for highway and motor vehicle safety. Established by the Highway Safety Act in 1970, in response to the need for safety rules and regulations governing the nation's new system of interstate highways, the NHTSA is the premier resource for research and statistics on motorcycle accidents and safety issues.
One of the oldest and largest of the national organizations serving the motorcycle riding community. Founded in 1924, they provide a powerful voice in the halls of Congress and state legislatures across the country, lobbying for the rights of motorcyclists. The AMA also sponsors many competitions and events, sponsors educational outreach initiatives, and works to promote safety within the riding community.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization sponsored by most of the leading motorcycle manufacturers. They are the creator of an educational curriculum called the Rider Education and Training System (RETS), touted as a scientific, research based approach to training riders. They maintain a YouTube channel with videos outlining the basics of the course. They offer professional training and certification to instructors across the nation, and their courses are available in every state.
Sponsored by the NHTSA and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, this page is a goldmine of resources and information about motorcycle safety and accident prevention, as well as state licensing, equipment, and insurance requirements.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is an effective lobbying organization for the rights of motorcyclists in the nation's capital. It supports safety education and training and conducts public awareness campaigns.
The IIHS describes itself as “an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation's roads.” Their website has a large library of articles and videos that will be of interest to motorcyclists concerned with safety.
The GHSA serves much the same role as the federal NHTSA but with a focus on state level issues. Created in 1967, it is a non-profit organization with national headquarters in Washington, D.C.
An online magazine and community covering a variety of topics about motorcycle riding, including safety, training, and equipment.