London Fire Brigade Launches Biker Down! Scheme

Following on from Motorcycle Awareness Day, which was held on the 11th of this month at the Ace Cafe, London, the London Fire Brigade launched a new initiative and training scheme to help riders deal with a crash on two wheels.

What is Biker Down? Biker Down! is a free nationwide scheme that was devised to provide the tools to help bikers if they’re involved in a crash.

The scheme is in partnership with London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police.

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Motorcycle Mastery Has Completely Changed — It's the Same

Kicking the Wordpress Logo as if it were a football Take a look at the blog. Notice anything different? I bet not. Yet, I have spent the last month or so working feverishly to completely alter the way Motorcycle Mastery is produced.

This is going to be a short departure from scooter-related material, and it’s going to be just slightly technical. However, I thought my readers may like to take a look into the world of producing blogs, and some of the technical issues involved.

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Helmet Use Reduces Risk of Spine Injury in Crashes

Motorcycle Helmet It should come as no suprise that a site dedicated to motorcycle safety would be in favour of helmet use. One of the often-cited arguments against them (together with freedom of choice and limit of vision), however, is that they offer no protection against Cervical Spine Injury, or CSI. Some claim that they even exacerbate this problem.

A team of researchers in Wisconsin recently set about investigating these claims. They reviewed the charts of 1,061 patients who had been injured in motorcycle crashes and treated at a single Level 1 trauma center in Wisconsin between January, 2010, and January, 2015. They found that 323 (30.4%) of those patients were wearing helmets at the time of the crash and 738 (69.6%) were not. At least one CSI was sustained by 7.4% percent of the riders wearing a helmet and 15.4% of those not wearing one.

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Are You Ready for Three Wheeled Motorcycles?

Come on, let’s admit it. Us bikers can be a bit old-fashioned, resistant to change, leery of new concepts.

I’ve heard it all so many times:

“Automatics? Pfft. Not a real bike.”

“ABS? Not for me. I like to be in control.”

“Traction control? As long as I can disable it.”

“Electric bikes? Ugh. Just get a Prius.”

Well, if any of that sounds like you, you may wish to turn away now, and work out some frustration by kick-starting your 500cc thumper (don’t forget to turn on the fuel tap, and give a tug on that manual choke). For I’m going to make a bit of a bold prediction here: I think we’re going to see an uptick in three-wheeled motorcycles.

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Study Shows Hearing Loss From Motorcycle Riding

Hearing Loss in Motorcyclists Can you hear me? I said: CAN YOU HEAR ME?

I must admit to being on the wrong side of the fence with this particular issue. I never use earplugs when riding, and never have. It’s not because I have anything against them. I just never think about it.

I may have to rethink this after having looked over the unsettling figures that came out of a study recently conducted in Germany.

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Arrest Made in Connection with Theft of Classic Triumph

Triumph ThunderbirdYou may remember from last week that we told you about the classic Triumph Thunderbird that was stolen in Bristol, England, then cruelly torched live online when the ranson demand was not met.

I’m pleased to tell you that an arrest has been made in direct connection with this theft. An 18 year-old has been arrested, and subsequently released while enquiries continue.

The theft—and susbsequent vandalism—outraged the biker community across the country, especially because of the brazen way that the youths taunted the police online, and even “tagged” the owner on Instagram so that he would see his bike being torched. They had given the owner one day to come up with a £1,000 ransom, before setting light to the bike in a field.

After a public outcry at the rash of motorcycle thefts in the area, the police stepped up their investigations under “Operation Buell”, and subsequently made arrests in the case. At least four other arrests have been made.

We havent heard any news on the condition of the 1951 Triumph, but the owner has it back, and hopes to restore it to its former glory.

US Police to Get Yamaha FJR1300P

Police Yamaha FJR1300P Yamaha is hoping to change the face of police motorcycling in the US with its introduction of a specially-designed version of their popular sport-tourer, the FJR1300.

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Brad Pitt's Bike Expected to Fetch £30,000 at Auction

A special edition Triumph Bonneville, previously owned by Brad Pitt, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer this weekend. It is being auctioned at the MCN (Motorcycle News) London Motorcycle Show.

The bike was given to Brad Pitt as a birthday present by the producer of “Ocean’s Eleven”, Jerry Weintaub, and was only used once by its previous owner.

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Bike Thieves Torch Classic Triumph After Ransom Demand

A notorious group of youths, calling themselves “biketakerrr” on Instagram, burnt a classic motorcycle this week—one day after failing to receive their £1,000 ransom demand.

The video they shared shows the upturned Triumph being set alight, while a youth wearing a helmet and track suit gestures at the camera. In a particularly cruel manner, they tagged the owner in the comments section.

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Team Plans Longest Ever Electric Motorcycle Trip

A team of two men and one woman plan to make their second attempt at the longest ever expedition on electric motorcycles.

The team, calling themselves “Expedition Electric”, plan to ride their specially-built electric motorcycles 25,000 miles through fifteen countries.

JC Davis, Greg Smith, and Danell Lynn hope to ride from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to the southernmost point of Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina.

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