May Motorcycle News

Lane Splitting in NJ Possible

Assembly Bill 3701 was introduced by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-Sparta), and it would establish a Lane Splitting Task Force to focus on whether to allow motorcycles to ride between lanes of vehicle traffic during times of congestion.

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A Good Reason for Taking a Motorcycle Safety Course
This is a perfect example of the good reasons to take a rider course. A young man from Forest Grove, OR went out and bought himself a HONDA CBR600 and promptly dumped it going too fast on a curve. The thing trapped him, but fortunately he was able to get to his cell phone. According to an article in the Forest Grove News-Times, he mistakenly gave his home address when asked where he was. He was located when he told the 911 dispatcher he could hear the sirens. They finally found him by driving around and him telling the dispatcher whether they were closer or not. He was Life-Flighted to a trauma center with life threatening injuries. The sad part is, if he had taken a Rider Training course, he just might have avoided the whole tragic mess. The bike only had 9.7 miles on it. He could have died out there. Take a class, especially if you’re a new or returning rider.


The debate over whether the nation's nearly 6 million motorcycle riders should by law be required to wear helmets is nothing new, but a decade long rise in both registrations and fatalities has rekindled interest in helmet laws, according to recent reports by two major news outlets: ABC News and USA Today.

The government should stay out of a motorcycle rider's personal decision-making. But sparked by rising fatality statistics and last year's crash of NFL star Ben Roethlisberger, lawmakers in eight states are pushing for new motorcycle helmet laws, and helmet-law proponents told USA Today that it's been a tough fight — bills have already been defeated in six of those states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, and Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, some bikers’ rights advocates are working on legislation to repeal or modify their state’s helmet laws. SB 1511 has passed the Tennessee Senate and would roll back the mandatory motorcycle helmet law for adults 21 and older. Likewise, SB 255 in Missouri would allow Freedom of Choice for riders 21 and older, citing the fact that 6 of the 8 states surrounding Missouri do not require adult helmet usage.

SACRAMENTO BIKE PARKING Sometimes all you have to do is ask -- there is now parking for MOTORCYCLES ONLY in Old Town Sacramento, located in the cul-de-sac at the Pony Express Rider statue. A couple of years ago California ABATE members asked the Mayor for some parking there and lo and behold we now have it FREE, right in front of the government building is MOTORCYCLE PARKING ONLY!!! 10 hours for FREE!!!

Scientists are trying to design a helmet to stop motorcycle riders from suffering hearing loss created by helmet noise. The hearing damage is believed to be caused by the noise created as air flows over and through the riders helmets during a journey.

Research has shown that up to 40 per cent of professional motorcyclists such as police and paramedics suffer significant hearing loss. Many other regular riders could also be running the risk of damaging their hearing without realizing.

A team from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University will now set out to solve the problem. Their new "quiet" helmet would reduce the amount of noise on the ear. Scientists also believe that higher noise levels can reduce bikers ability to concentrate.

Dr. Michael Carley, who is leading the research program, said: "Our long-term goal is to make motorcycling less damaging, by designing new helmets which make riding less noisy."

General Items
Gift Certificate Freehold Honda has given members of Spokes-Women who signed up for it a $20 gift certificate god for one year. Thanks Michele.
Automotive Discount
SWMC members may now receive a 10-15% discount at ANY Center in the United States. All that is required is to ask for the commercial account info
AARP Offers Discount Motorcycle Insurance Did you know AARP offers its members discount motorcycle insurance? Coverage is also available for equipment and gear. Call 800-752-2461 (Dept. 8079) or log onto

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

Monmouth Cycles in Middletown, 30% over cost on parts.

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