What Type of Motorcyclist Are You?

There exists many types of motorcycles on and off the roads. A lot of times you can tell what kind of motorcyclist you are depending on the type of motorcycle that you ride. Dirt motorcyclists are classified as typically a track rider or cross country rider. Road motorcyclists have a lot more, there are cruisers, track riders, stunters, squids, mechanics, travelers, and philosophers. Since we deal road motorcyclists we are going to focus our attention on these types of street riders.

1. Cruisers

Cruisers are your normal leather wearing jacket riders who are tough and never seem to ride with a full face helmet. They enjoy group rides and keeping their motorcycles in pristine condition. They are charitable and love to help in the community. They stand for right but don’t ever cut them off. They love their Harleys more than their own wives. They are like cowboys but more comfortable and enjoy traveling to motorcycle rallies.

2. Road Travelers

They can be compared to cruiser riders but are more on the road exploring cities and the country than they are at home. They are found out on the roads during the summer time and the weekends and normally found with a partner riding behind them. They tend to be older and love Goldwings or the HD Glider Motorcycles. They are always ready for camping next to the road if they need to. These riders tend to ride with plastic or rubber clothes because they don’t care about the amount of water that rains on them.

3. Adventurists

These riders ride the enduro motorcycles that aren’t great for either on or off the roads. They are the motorcycles that are semi-big and bulky and stand really high off the ground to have rock clearance. These riders will typically ride out in the mountain sides and hit the off-road trails to explore the wilderness and be in the true outdoors. They normally ride with off-road helmets and padded jackets.

4. Stunters

These riders always have the most modified motorcycles with cages, a tank used as a seat, foot pegs in twelve different places, a hole in their rear seat, and always have at least one wheel in the air. They are normally in good bouncing shape as they love to jump from one sitting position to standing or laying down position. They wear hooded sweatshirts and tight pants, and a helmet with the visor open. Also found in big or small parking lots doing lots and lots of circles.

5. Squids

These guys are brand new to motorcycling and are trying to fit in on a budget. They wear short sleeves and shorts when riding, will have a motor burn somewhere on their legs and will wear vans or flips when riding. Everyone hopes they will eventually spend some money for proper riding equipment and most likely to be involved in a road rash accident. Never sell a new motorcycle to these newbies.

6. Mechanics

Often found in the garage or at the parts store. They know every aspect of the motorcycle and will do all they can to get every inch of horsepower out of their iron steed. They love to learn how things work and are willing to take their motorcycle apart and tweak even the finest of details to make it run without a flaw. They never feel they need a certificate to say the are a mechanic, they just get to work. You may have to wait until the weekends to see them because the spend all their other time working on their motorcycles.

7. Philosophers

These riders love to ride older motorcycles with a more simple design. Cafe Racer style with low handle bars and sporty wheels, normally a Triump brand. These guys love to just ride and fly down the roads. They like the in-between look of a cruiser and a sportbike but want a lighter feel with very limited components. The more simple the motorcycle the happier they are. They typically can be compared to a greaser that could be found in the old TV show “Happy Days”.

8. Commuters

These riders only ride to get from home to work or wherever they need to be quickly and efficiently. They are the ones that ride upright motorcycles made for good posture and can be very economical. They all ride with quiet mufflers because they don’t have a sense of hatred and they are very safe and cautious about their riding. They will always be respectful and just want to keep a smile on their face.

Let us know what type of rider you are and if you enjoyed this simple read. Whatever and wherever you decide to ride be sure to stay safe and ride smart.

If you are ever in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation of your injuries and damaged properties. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists with their accidents and knows how to help you with yours! Call us today!

Do you know the DMV’s New Motorists Laws of 2017?

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Please review the following new laws California has passed and, have been or will be, in effect soon this year of 2017. These laws are for the safety and concerns of the residents of California.

Sacramento – With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect on January 1, 2017. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws taking effect.

Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785, Quirk): Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device will be prohibited, unless the device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle.

Child Safety Seats (AB 53, Garcia): This law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is younger than 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches in height (3 feet, 3 inches).

Motorcycle Lane Splitting (AB 51, Quirk): This law defines “lane splitting” as driving a two-wheeled motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. The law authorizes the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers. In developing these guidelines, the law requires the CHP to consult with specified agencies and organizations that have an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.

Vehicle Registration Fee (SB 838, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review): This law increases the vehicle registration fee on every vehicle or trailer coach from $43 to $53 beginning April 1, 2017.

Environmental License Plate (SB 839, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review): This law increases the fee for the issuance of Environmental License Plates from $48 to $53, starting July 1, 2017. This law also increases the fee for the renewal, retention, transfer, or duplication of Environmental License Plates (personalized) from $38 to $43, starting January 1, 2017.

Accident Reporting (SB 491, Committee on Transportation and Housing): This law increases the minimum financial threshold for property damage that is required to be reported to the DMV from $750 to $1,000 when a driver is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Vehicle Safety Recalls (AB 287, Gordon): This law enacts the Consumer Automotive Recall Safety (CARS) Act, and requires the DMV to include a general advisory regarding vehicle recalls and needed repairs on each vehicle registration renewal notice. This law prohibits a dealer or a rental car company from renting or loaning a vehicle with a manufacturer’s recall no later than 48 hours after receiving the notice—until the vehicle has been repaired. This law gives a limited exception for a licensed dealer or a rental car company with a fleet of 34 or fewer loaner or rental vehicles. The law authorizes the DMV to suspend or revoke a vehicle dealer’s license if they violate the CARS Act.

Year of Manufacture License Plates (SB 1429, Nielsen): This law expands the Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plate program to include vehicles and license plates manufactured through 1980. This law benefits owners of vintage motor vehicles who obtain license plates from the year corresponding to the vehicle’s model-year, and wish to use those vintage plates in lieu of regular license plates. Such plates are commonly found from different sources, including relatives, garage sales, estate sales, etc. The program will include the blue and yellow license plates issued for use on California motor vehicles from 1970 until 1980.

Background Checks of Drivers of Transportation Network Companies (AB 1289, Cooper): A transportation network company (TNC) will be required to perform a comprehensive background check of all their drivers. This law also specifies penalties for a TNC that violates or fails to comply with this requirement. A TNC will be prohibited from contracting with, employing, or retaining a driver if they are registered on the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender public website, has been convicted of specified felonies, or within the previous seven years, has been convicted of a misdemeanor assault or battery, domestic violence, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any TNC in violation of the specified requirements is subject to a penalty of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for each offense.

Installing Counterfeit or Nonfunctional Air Bags (AB 2387, Mullin): This law prohibits knowingly and intentionally manufacturing, importing, installing, reinstalling, distributing, or selling any device intended to replace an air bag system in any motor vehicle if the device is a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag system, or does not meet federal safety requirements. The law also prohibits selling, installing, or reinstalling any device that would cause a vehicle’s diagnostic system to fail to warn when the vehicle is equipped with a counterfeit, nonfunctional, or a case in which no air bag was installed. This violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or up to a one year in county jail.

If you or a loved one are ever in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists recover from their accidents for the past 30 years and we know exactly how to help you. Do not hesitate to call today.

Do you know the DMV’s New Motorists Laws of 2017?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Please review the following new laws California has passed and, have been or will be, in effect soon this year of 2017. These laws are for the safety and concerns of the residents of California.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Sacramento – With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect on January 1, 2017. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws taking effect.

Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785, Quirk): Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device will be prohibited, unless the device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle.

Child Safety Seats (AB 53, Garcia): This law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is younger than 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches in height (3 feet, 3 inches).

Motorcycle Lane Splitting (AB 51, Quirk): This law defines “lane splitting” as driving a two-wheeled motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. The law authorizes the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers. In developing these guidelines, the law requires the CHP to consult with specified agencies and organizations that have an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.

Vehicle Registration Fee (SB 838, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review): This law increases the vehicle registration fee on every vehicle or trailer coach from $43 to $53 beginning April 1, 2017.

Environmental License Plate (SB 839, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review): This law increases the fee for the issuance of Environmental License Plates from $48 to $53, starting July 1, 2017. This law also increases the fee for the renewal, retention, transfer, or duplication of Environmental License Plates (personalized) from $38 to $43, starting January 1, 2017.

Accident Reporting (SB 491, Committee on Transportation and Housing): This law increases the minimum financial threshold for property damage that is required to be reported to the DMV from $750 to $1,000 when a driver is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Vehicle Safety Recalls (AB 287, Gordon): This law enacts the Consumer Automotive Recall Safety (CARS) Act, and requires the DMV to include a general advisory regarding vehicle recalls and needed repairs on each vehicle registration renewal notice. This law prohibits a dealer or a rental car company from renting or loaning a vehicle with a manufacturer’s recall no later than 48 hours after receiving the notice—until the vehicle has been repaired. This law gives a limited exception for a licensed dealer or a rental car company with a fleet of 34 or fewer loaner or rental vehicles. The law authorizes the DMV to suspend or revoke a vehicle dealer’s license if they violate the CARS Act.

Year of Manufacture License Plates (SB 1429, Nielsen): This law expands the Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plate program to include vehicles and license plates manufactured through 1980. This law benefits owners of vintage motor vehicles who obtain license plates from the year corresponding to the vehicle’s model-year, and wish to use those vintage plates in lieu of regular license plates. Such plates are commonly found from different sources, including relatives, garage sales, estate sales, etc. The program will include the blue and yellow license plates issued for use on California motor vehicles from 1970 until 1980.

Background Checks of Drivers of Transportation Network Companies (AB 1289, Cooper): A transportation network company (TNC) will be required to perform a comprehensive background check of all their drivers. This law also specifies penalties for a TNC that violates or fails to comply with this requirement. A TNC will be prohibited from contracting with, employing, or retaining a driver if they are registered on the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender public website, has been convicted of specified felonies, or within the previous seven years, has been convicted of a misdemeanor assault or battery, domestic violence, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any TNC in violation of the specified requirements is subject to a penalty of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for each offense.

Installing Counterfeit or Nonfunctional Air Bags (AB 2387, Mullin): This law prohibits knowingly and intentionally manufacturing, importing, installing, reinstalling, distributing, or selling any device intended to replace an air bag system in any motor vehicle if the device is a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag system, or does not meet federal safety requirements. The law also prohibits selling, installing, or reinstalling any device that would cause a vehicle’s diagnostic system to fail to warn when the vehicle is equipped with a counterfeit, nonfunctional, or a case in which no air bag was installed. This violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or up to a one year in county jail.

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