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Harley Davidson to Offer Free Motorcycle Training to Military Personnel in 2016

Harley Davidson and FlagToday, in the U.S., it is Veterans’ Day. It is therefore a good today for Harley Davidson to announce that it will be offering free motorcycle training to current and former members of the U.S. Military throughout 2016.

Earlier this year (May through September), Harley Davidson ran “Mission Open Road”, during which 6.500 military people took part in free training at Harley Davidson dealerships.
Following the success of that programme, they have decided to extend the offer for the entire year of 2016.

The offer is aimed at new riders seeking their motorcycle license. If the classes are not available in your area, Harley Davidson will issue a gift certificate for the cost of the certified motorcycle safety program.

Motorcycle safety is a particular concern for the U.S. Military. During a thirteen-year period ending in 2012, over 1,000 members of the U.S. Military were killed in motorcycle crashes. Military personnel often seek “high-octane” pursuits such as motorcycling when they are used to the risks and camaraderie of service. Men aged 20 to 24 have historically been the highest at risk.

“There have been so many veterans, coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, killed on a bike because they didn’t have rider training and they thought they were invincible, immortal and indestructible.”, said Christian Walters, U.S. managing director and a former U.S. Army officer.

Military personnel currently deployed outside the United States can submit a form by Dec. 31, 2016, to receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training good through 2017 when they return home.

For more details on Harley Davidson’s military assistance, click here.

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Yamaha Resonator 125 Concept

Yamaha Resonator 125Among the other concept vehicles showing this week at the Tokyo Motor Show is this little gem. It’s the Yamaha Resonator 125 concept. It is Yamaha’s vehicle aimed at capturing the attention of “young people who have not yet discovered the joys of motorcycling.”

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“MotoBot” Calls Out Valentino Rossi

Yamaha MotoBotOne of the more interesting things to come from the Tokyo Motor Show this week goes by the name of “MotoBot”. MotoBot is an autonomous robot being developed by Yamaha, that rides motorcycles. Continue reading “MotoBot” Calls Out Valentino Rossi

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Thank You for Riding a Motorcycle

Us motorcyclists know only too well the benefits to riding a motorcycle. These benefits extend to other people and the environment as well as ourselves. Rarely, however, is this acknowledged by others—least of all a politician! It is for this reason that I was so happy to see this video from Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm saying a simple “thank you” to motorbike riders.

Senator Leyonhjelm (New South Wales), who rides a BMW S1000RR, gave this speech to the Australian parliament recently, and we applaud his speaking out for the many benefits (for all) of our two-wheeled transport choice.

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Zero Motorcycles Expand Range of Electric Motorcycles for 2016

Zero Electric MotorcyclesElectric motorcycles. Love ‘em or no? While I can get as excited as the next guy (or gal) about being projected along the road by a series of explosions, internal combustion isn’t the reason I ride. Heck, you could even relieve my left foot of gear shifting duties, and I’d be just as happy. So I follow the exciting developments of any alternative methods of propulsion in the motorcycle world. One doesn’t talk about electric motorcycles for very long before the name “Zero” comes up. Continue reading Zero Motorcycles Expand Range of Electric Motorcycles for 2016

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Dainese to Introduce Airbag Jackets

Dainese Airbag JacketI’m sure I’m not the only who has been told this by a cosseted cager: “Man, you need some airbags on that thing!” Some have even tried. The thing is, of course, that in the unfortunate event of a “get off” we most often… well… get off! It is of little use watching an airbag inflate in your peripheral vision while you’re tumbling down the road as you and your bike part ways.

Now, however, Dianese have come up with what they believe is the perfect answer. Airbags in your jacket!

Dianese Airbag JacketThe new D-air© system jackets contain everything to detect the necessity to deploy—GPS, sensors and electronics inside the back protector of the jacket. The system uses six sensors located in the back protector to monitor the dynamics of the jacket (and rider) 800 times a second. Upon deployment, the rider immediately gains 5cm (about two inches) of protective bulk specifically designed to protect the rider’s collar bone, chest and back as well as limiting excessive strain to the neck.
The road version of the jacket is slated to be available from November.

Of course, didn’t someone come up with this before?

The Michelin Man

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This video is Well Worth Sharing

I came across this video today. It is produced by the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program.

It outlines the all too familiar SMIDSY. SMIDSY is a topic I shall be covering in detail in an upcoming post, but, for explanation, it’s an acronym for that all too often heard phrase uttered after someone has turned in front of you: “Sorry Man/Mate. I Didn’t See You”.

I think this is a great video because it emphasises the human aspect of the person under that helmet, and is very entertaining—despite its serious message. Good job, Washington State.

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New Initiative for Increased Motorcycle Use and Safety

Motorcycle Safety InstructionA very encouraging initiative came from the Motorcycle Industry Association and the Association of Chief Police Officers today.

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was devised in response to the slow-down in crash statistics for motorcyclesin the UK.

The document, which can be read in its entirety here, acknowledges the benefits of two-wheeled transportation in convenience, economy and ecological friendliness. Continue reading New Initiative for Increased Motorcycle Use and Safety

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