Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety News, Riding Tips, Motorcycle Recalls

California Highway Patrol selects MSF

The California Highway Patrol selected the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to administer the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) for the fourth consecutive time. Under contract with the CHP, the MSF initially assumed the administration of the CMSP on Jan. 1, 2004 and has administered the program ever since.

Bell’s new ‘Snell M2010-approved’ Star helmet

A new version of Bell's line-topping Star street motorcycle helmet hits dealers' shelves this week, improving on the ground-breaking 2008 version with certification to the new Snell M2010 motorcycle safety standard as well as a number of smaller tweaks and upgrades.

"We think very highly of Snell and the new M2010 standard," said Bell Product Manager Chris Sackett. "The approach they took looked objectively at standards throughout the world and combined what they found with the most current impact data available.

Motorcycle visibility increases Safety

Motorcycle Visibility

About half of all motorcycle crashes in the United States involve another motor vehicle. In many cases, the driver of the other vehicle never saw the motorcycle rider-or didn't see him or her until it was too late. However, in a multi-vehicle crash, both drivers share responsibility.

U.S. Department of Defense engages MSF

As the popularity of motorcycling and motorcycle registrations continues to rise among military service personnel, so does the number of fatal motorcycle crashes. That is why the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to seek out aggressive countermeasures in the campaign against two-wheel Private Motor Vehicle (PMV) mishaps among military personnel, and military sport bike riders in particular.

To that end, the DoD has engaged the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to conduct four focus groups for the Defense Safety Oversight Council (DSOC) PMV Task Force.

International Motorcycle Shows rides into Chicago

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows brings the hottest rides on two wheels to Chicago, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21. This 12-city nationwide tour is an all access pass to the world of motorcycling with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for both new and experienced riders.

MSF promotes “Look Twice for Motorcyclists”

Millions of motorists across California's busy freeways are getting an important safety message about motorcycles thanks to the California Highway Patrol, the California Office of Traffic Safety and CalTrans. The message to "SHARE THE ROAD LOOK TWICE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS" went up in lights Feb. 11 on approximately 700 changeable message signs, commonly called "Amber Alert" signs.

KYMCO added to Motorcycle Safety Program

The State of Minnesota is adding twenty-one (21) new KYMCO 2010 Quannon 150 motorcycles to the fleet of bikes that serves its extensive rider education and safety program. The KYMCO vehicles were chosen after a competitive bidding process that evaluated quality, performance and price.

"The Quannon proved to have enough power to do well on the training range, and it is a very manageable bike for beginner riders," said Bill Shaffer, Administrator of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program.

ABATE helps promote motorcycle awareness

"SHARE THE ROAD, LOOK TWICE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS" is the message that millions of Californians awoke to on morning commutes last week. In an astounding show of support, CalTrans posted the message statewide in efforts to increase awareness of motorcyclists. Traditionally, the high visibility Amber Alert signs were used only to deliver traffic advisories on road conditions and occasionally to alert the motoring public to a case of child abduction.

Distracted Drivers… Should Know Safety

Top Ten "Should Knows"

1) Motorcycle Safety Fact: Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle - they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

Safety experts approach Motorcycle Conference

Accident Scene Management Inc. (ASMI), a national provider of training for motorcycle safety related classes, today announced they have added Lee Parks, author of Total Control and one the world's leading motorcycle performance testers to cast of experts presenting at the March 2010 Biker's Betterment Conference (BBC).

The BBC, scheduled on March 26-27, 2010 in Chicago, IL at the Doubletree Hotel & Convention Center O'Hare, is being hosted by Accident Scene Management Inc./ Road Guardians, a national provider of training for motorcycle safety related classes.

‘Real-Time’ Riding & Distracted Drivers

'Real-Time' Podcast

Some of the greatest challenges facing motorcyclists on the road today result from distracted drivers. Robert Gladden from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) joins Bill, Todd B and our 'Real-Time' road tester on the Motorcycle Radio Network.

MSF promotes Robert Gladden

General Manager

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) announces the promotion of Rob Gladden to General Manager MSF, reporting to MSF President Tim Buche. He previously was MSF Director, Program Administration.

MSF expands Motorcycle Safety Training

MSF Rider Training

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation today unveiled greatly expanded, comprehensive curricula, including the "Essential CORESM Curriculum," which the MSF recommends as the minimum training for every beginning rider.

New Motorcycle Crash Causation Study

Crash Study

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and its members are partnering with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) on what is likely the world's first large-scale, naturalistic motorcycle riding study: The MSF Naturalistic Study of Motorcyclists.

ABS Brakes increase Motorcycle Safety

ABS Brake Study

A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that motorcycles with antilock brakes versus without are 37 percent less likely to be in fatal crashes per 10,000 registered vehicle years.