We just borrowed a new Honda CBR250R motorcycle for a stint at our test track, just in time to usher in summer. The CBR250R is the first entry-level, moderately priced motorcycle to be offered with antilock brakes (ABS) in the United States, and we wanted to get some seat time to see how this important safety feature works in the real world.
As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month rolls toward Memorial Day weekend, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released a sobering report that finds no progress was made in reducing motorcyclist deaths in 2011. Motorcycle deaths remained at about 4,500 last year, based on preliminary data from 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are numerous factors at play, but not all the news is bad.
Motorcyclists face a variety of dangers, but when it comes to the common practice of lane-splitting—the practice of riding between lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic—riders feel most threatened by drivers not looking in their mirrors and distracted drivers, according to a recent survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
A recall for GLX 501C motorcycle helmets made by Galaxy Helmets in Irwindale, Calif., has been issued by the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A small number of extra large sized Galaxy helmets failed to meet government impact standards and might not adequately protect motorcycle riders in the event of a crash.
As more drivers are turning to motorcycle and scooters to save fuel, more two- and four-wheelers are sharing the roads. Whether you're a car driver or cycle rider, reviewing a few tips can make travel safer for all.
In major metropolitan areas, motorcycles appeal to some commuters for their ability to split lanes, thereby squeezing between slow-moving cars, as well as to save fuel and be easier to park. However, a new survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) shows that drivers have mixed feelings about this practice, and more significantly, it highlights the dangers.
May kicks off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With spring well underway, riders are hitting the highways and byways, and this serves as a reminder to all drivers to be mindful that motorcycles are sharing the road.
The past few years have seen the auto industry implode, reorganize, purge brands, strike new partnerships, and gain a new lease on life, with sales this calendar year finally lifting automakers from the dark days of the carpocalypse. Now, we're seeing another new sign of life in Audi acquiring Italian motorcycle company Ducati.
Bombardier Recreational Products has recalled certain 2010 Can-Am Spyder models due to the potential for a complete brake failure.
It is clear that the most-valuable feature on a motorcycle or scooter is antilock brakes. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has shown that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. But how do you know which bikes offer this potentially life-saving feature? Check out our list below.
Sure, most motorcycle shoppers probably focus on style and price, but there is compelling research that points to antilock brakes as being a crucial, potentially life-saving feature. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. That is a tremendous risk reduction, with no compromise to the rider, beyond purchase price.
Harley-Davidson is nothing if not a manufacturer with a respect for its own heritage and traditions. But the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based motorcycle maker has chosen to break with tradition this year, by introducing two new models in the dead of winter, months earlier than their usual rollout. Fans of the status quo need not be concerned, though, because the breaking of new ground stops with the timing.
Evolve Motorcycles are rolling out their line of electric scooters this month, with four distinct offerings with starting prices that run from $2,900 to $5,400. A young startup, Evolve has its plate full with expanding its dealer network and production facilities, but the company is already looking to branch out in several, innovative ways.
Honda showed their newest street bike at the New York International Motorcycle Show, one they say is targeted at new riders or former motorcyclists thinking about getting back to riding.
The National Highway traffic Safety Administration has issued a safety recall alert for 21,600 Honda Goldwing motorcycles. Aftermarket floorboards made by Kuryakyn may crack and break off from the Honda motorbikes, possibly injuring riders or cause collisions.
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