September Motorcycle News

Interesting Statistics

Motorcycle fatalities jumped 59% from 2000-2005, while overall U.S. motorcycle registrations climbed 51%, but Supersport registrations were up 83% and accounted for 28% of motorcycle fatalities while representing about 9% of registered motorcycles. So, while overall fatalities per 10,000 registered motorcycles went up from 7.1 in 2000 to 7.5 in 2005, Supersports were credited with 22.5 deaths per 10,000 registrations.

The “Sport and Unclad Sport Bikes” category of motorcycles, also noted for their speed and agility, posted a fatality rate of 10.7 per 10,000, while “Touring” motorcycles were 6.5 and “Cruisers and Standard motorcycles”, which comprise the bulk of motorcycle registrations, were statistically under-represented at 5.7 fatalities/10M.

The study criticizes manufacturers for promoting the speed of Supersport bikes, noting that “speed” was cited in 57% of the Supersport fatal crashes and 46% of the fatal Sport and Unclad Sport Motorcycle accidents.

Supersport bikes also have the highest overall collision coverage losses among 2002 to 2006 model bikes, a figure almost four times higher than Touring motorcycles and six times higher than Cruisers. The bikes are also popular targets among thieves, stolen at a rate seven times higher than the average for all 2002 to 2006 motorcycles.

Mesa, Arizona Serious About Speeding

2 Wheels + 160 mph + School Zone = 3 Years of Lockup. According to NBC, a 20 year-old Mesa, Arizona motorcyclist was recently sentenced to three years in prison for riding his 2006 Honda CBR 600 through a school zone and crosswalk at speeds over 160 mph. Law enforcement officials first spotted the ex-racer traveling at roughly 140 mph through morning rush hour traffic, and a 30 minute pursuit ended with a foot chase that resulted in the man’s arrest. Apparently, his history of reckless driving and riding under a suspended license didn’t help his argument in court.

Too Weird Not to be True TOKYO, Japan - A Japanese biker failed to notice his leg had been severed below the knee when he hit a safety barrier. After the crash, he rode on another mile or so, leaving a friend to pick up the missing limb. This guy was out for a ride when he over-rode a curve and lost it for a moment. He was taken to a hospital but the leg was too damaged to reattach.
General Items
Active Duty Discount Custom motorcycle manufacturer Rhino Motorcycles, offers a special rebate program to the men and women of the United States Military. For more information about Rhino Motorcycles, or to order a custom motorcycle online, visit www.rhinomotorcycles.com or call (818) 550-5000.
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.
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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 http://www.aarpforemost.com/motorcycle/index.htm.

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

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

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