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.
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.
You may know Molly Culver from her days as a fashion model or from when she broke into the mainstream as an actress on the TV show V.I.P. with Pamela Anderson. Well, since you are reading Ultimate Motorcycling you might also know her from the many motorcycle-related things she has done. Molly hosted the show Dirt Bike Adventures on The Outdoor Network as well as AMA Supermoto races.
Rider safety and training opportunities just got a whole lot more plentiful in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area, thanks to the new MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Campus at Irving, Texas. The MSF Campus at Irving offers the complete system of MSF street and off-road rider education and training opportunities available to date including the Basic RiderCourse, the Experienced RiderCourse, and the DirtBike School, as well as the ATV Safety Institute’s ATV RiderCourse.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is opening the doors to rider perception with the fifth program in its community-based Host-an-Event series. The goal of the new Street Smart – Rider Perception program is to improve a rider’s perceptive abilities when riding in traffic.
The California Highway Patrol selected the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to administer the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) for the third consecutive time. Under contract with the CHP, the MSF initially assumed the administration of the CMSP on Jan. 1, 2004 and was again selected for 2008 and 2009.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is hosting a contest for a new slogan about women and motorcycling. The MSF Ride On! Write On! Contest will be launched at the International Women & Motorcycling Conference in Keystone, Co., August 18-22, 2009.
King of Bike Builds
You may well know Dave Perewitz from his numerous appearances on Biker Build-off shows, countless features in motorcycle magazines or simply because he’s been crafting custom motorcycle creations since the 1970’s. The guy is a legend plain and simple.
Julie Chichlowski has been appointed the new Chair of the Board for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). She succeeds former MSF Chair of the Board David Edwards, who retired in April of 2009 from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. after 38 years of service.
Edwards joined the MSF Board in 2003, was elected Vice Chair in 2004, and became Chair in 2006.
Harley-Davidson’s Julie Chichlowski has been appointed the new Chair of the Board for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). She succeeds former MSF Chair of the Board David Edwards, who retired in April of 2009 from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. after 38 years of service.
Just days ago, a bus driver was caught on video texting for six minutes before crashing into a sports utility vehicle that had stopped in traffic. The driver of the SUV suffered neck injuries, but luckily no one was killed due to the bus driver’s negligence. Caught Texting Video
Had it been a motorcycle the bus plowed into, the results might have been far more deadly. This is just one example of the inherent dangers motorcyclists face every day on the road – the danger of other motorists.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s mission is to make the nation’s streets and highways safer for motorcyclists through rider training programs, operator licensing programs, and public information campaigns. While these priorities continue year-round, May is designated Motorcycle Awareness Month, which provides the MSF an additional opportunity to enhance drivers’ awareness of motorcyclists who share the road with them just as the spring riding season kicks off.
Kevin Schwantz addressed an enthusiastic gathering of motorcyclists, congressional staff, and military commanders at the third annual National Capital Region Joint Services motorcycle safety event held Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Schwantz is the 1993 500cc World Champion and founder of the track-based Kevin Schwantz School, located at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
As spring fever sets in, millions of motorcyclists are taking to highways and back roads across the United States. In recognition of May Motorcycle Awareness Month, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) reminds all motorcyclists to follow these five critical safety messages:
1. Get Trained and Licensed – Take an MSF RiderCourse and get licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Visit www.msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) today announced its recognition of the Kevin Schwantz School, making it the first outside training curriculum to receive this distinction by the MSF. Founded by 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz in 2001, the school has recently relocated to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.