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?

[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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How to Obtain a California Motorcycle lisence

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California offers two classes of motorcycle license: M1 and M2. With an M1 license, you may ride any type of motorcycle with an attached motor, or any motorized scooter. With an M2 classification, you will be permitted to drive a motorized bicycle, a moped, a bicycle with an attached motor, or a motorized scooter only.

How to get a motorcycle license in California:

Visit your local California DMV office.
Complete a Driver’s License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44).
Provide proof of your identity.
Pass the California motorcycle written test.
Pass a Basic Rider Course or the motorcycle skills test.
Pay the $33 motorcycle license/endorsement fee.

For more details, please continue reading.

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All Girls Ride from Anaheim to Long Beach cut short due to Accident

February 21, 2016 was a day of excitement for most girls that ride motorcycles that is until the All Girls Ride event was cut short due to a huge accident on the freeway causing a few of the 20+ riders to go down.

The day started out with the ride from Anaheim with a big pack of women riders. 10-15 minutes into the ride the riders got on the 91 freeway heading to Long Beach when the accident occurred.

The cause of the accident was a white sedan  traveling on the 91 freeway that had rear-ended a silver sedan causing it to veer into traffic and into the pack of  girl motorcyclists traveling in the carpool lane. Luckily no one was killed and there were only a few of the riders were injured with broken bones.

A few of the women riders were wearing GoPros on the ride and we can watch the video below of what happened. All of it happened so sudden and unexpected.

If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident like the one above please give the Reinecke Law Firm a call at 1(800)275-8326. Prayers up to the riders and their injuries from this motorcycle ride from all of us at the Reinecke Law Firm.

Biker Down Alerts – Socal

If you are a motorcyclist or motorist we recommend that you like this Facebook page- Biker Down Alerts – Socal. This Facebook page will alert you of any recent motorcycle accidents in Southern California. You may ask “why motorists?”, we say motorists to make them more aware of bikers on the road. Many motorists do not realize how many left turns they do not seeing bikers coming down the road. Motorcyclists that have been in a fatal accident have mostly been killed by a driver who had been making a left hand turn. We strongly urge people to always be aware of everything going on around them as they commute, that means bikers, motorcycles, and motorists.

We do not like to see or  hear about motorcycles, especially when it could be one of our loved ones involved. Please keep your eyes open and watch all around you for motorcyclists.

Recent Posts from Biker Down Alerts – Socal

  • 3/9/2016 Anaheim 57 North near Orangethorpe

    Reported by a member at 4:29pm. The rider was up against the center divider up and talking with CHP. FD was also on scene. Looked to be a cruiser type bike.

    No other info is available regarding the rider or bike.

    Prayers to the rider and those involved. ~Bill

    Biker Down Alerts [SoCal]'s photo.

  • 3/9/2016 Wintergardens and Sapota dr in Lakeside.The member reported that Police and Medical were on scene. A red Suzuki was involved.

    No other info is available regarding the rider or bike.

    Prayers to the rider and those involved. ~Bill

  • Santa Ana”On 03/08/16, officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a truck at the intersection of 17th St. and Linwood Ave.

    At approximately 8:12pm, a 2006, Harley Davidson, being ridden by a male adult was traveling eastbound on 17th St. at Linwood Ave. when he collided with a 2002, Toyota, Tundra as the driver of the Toyota made a left turn from westbound 17th St. to southbound Linwood Ave.”

    https://local.nixle.com/alert/5602744/

    Condolences to the riders family and friends. Prayers to all involved. ~Bill

    Best Motorcycle Blog

    If you or a loved one are ever in a motorcycle accident we suggest we highly recommend that you contact The Reinecke Law Firm before you start settling with your insurance company. Call us today at (714)641-8000. You have nothing to lose and more than everything to gain.

    Prayers and Condolences to friends and family that were involved in the accidents above from The Reinecke Law Firm, helping motorcyclists and their families in Southern California for over 25 years.

This Saturday Harley-Davidson Ride

Orange-County-Harley-Davidson-0-IrvineWe support riders wherever they go even on this Harley-Davidson Ride! Join in the fun of a good weekend ride on your motorcycle, meet new friends and share quality time with your Iron Horse.

Event Times: 10:15AM-03:00PM

Free Lunch Open Ride Day at OC H.D. Irvine 11:00 – 1:00

42 Miles one-way – Free Lunch Day at Orange County Harley-Davidson Dealership, 8677 Research Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Meet at California Harley-Davidson Dealership, 1517 Pacific Coast Highway, Harbor City, CA 90710  OR we can  meet you along the coast route, just let me know in advance.

We will ride south along the coast towards Newport Beach and then inland to OC Harley Davidson in Irvine, CA

Lunch FREE today my motor psycho bike riding friends

There are NEVER any dues to ride with B4F!!  Ride with Johnny B Good,  Cell/Text: 310-409-8606

Being Independent does have it’s benefits . .. . camaraderie

Never a charge with B4F
We ride for the fun of it

Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed

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Jamie Rico has been in five crashes since he started riding motorcycles in his 30s. One of those crashes broke his spine.

“It’s not if you are going to be in an accident, it’s when,” Rico, 51, said in the garage of his Mission Viejo home as he gazed at his silver four-cylinder Honda sport bike, a luxury police-styled motorcycle.

But he kept riding — until this year. Watching another rider go down on the freeway convinced him to hang up his helmet.

“How many times could you get hit before you start really saying, ‘Wow, am I going to do it again?’” Rico asked.

A KPCC analysis of statewide crash data found overall motorcycle collisions and fatalities increased 23 percent from 2003 to 2012, the latest data available through the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

The statistics reverse an earlier trend. After reaching a peak in 2008, motorcycle accidents in California plummeted 16 percent the following two years before spiking back up.

Other vehicle accidents had been dropping along with motorcycle crashes and have kept dropping. Continue reading “Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed”

Motorcycle Accident – Venice Boulevard in Culver City

An accident occurred a little before 3 PM today, March 8th on the South-bound I-405.

A motorcyclist splits lanes as he drives south on Intersate 405 freeway at the Sunset Blvd overpass in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2011. Starting tomorrow July 15, a 10 mile (16km) stretch of the 405 ? a vital artery that links population centers north and south of the Santa Monica Mountains ? will shut down for 53 hours. The closure, a necessary part of a major highway reconstruction project, is being dubbed "Carmageddon." AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A report says that the accident occurred in the carpool lane near Venice Boulevard and the I-10 highway. It was a blue colored sport-type motorcycle, no account of the make or model. Reports say that the accident is minor but there is no confirmation of the condition of the rider or motorcycle.

There is no information as of right now as to how the accident occurred but it could be in the lines of lane sharing or splitting.

We hope the rider of this accident is okay as well their family. At The Reinecke Law Firm, we have been helping motorcyclists with accidents for well over 30 years. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident recently give us a call at 1(800)275-8326 today.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/BikerDownAlerts/

Harley Davidson Recalls – Check here for list

 

CVO Harley

If you have a 2014 or 2015 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle, your bike may be a part of a massive recall due to a faulty clutch master cylinder. See a full model list of recalled Harleys below.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA), the Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from both the 2014 and 2015 model years have been recalled due to issues with the clutch master cylinder. Almost 46,000 bikes are part of this recall, and several accidents and minor injuries have been associated with the faulty part.

The clutch master cylinder in the recalled motorcycles may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. The NTSA states that the clutch issue is especially problematic if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

The list of potentially affected models in the Harley Davidson recall includes:

2014 Model Year

  • CVO Road King (FLHRSE)

2014-2015 Model Year

  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC)
  • Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
  • Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX)
  • Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
  • CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)

2015 Model Year

  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL)
  • Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC)
  • Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)
  • Road Glide (FLTRX)

Harley-Davidson is in the process of sending out notices to owners of the motorcycles that are being recalled, and issued an apology to customers who own the affected bikes.

“First and foremost, we apologize to our customers for this issue. We’re riders, too, so share in the frustration. Customer safety is our first priority.”

The L.A. Times reports that Harley dealers will perform free service checks to flush the clutch systems and rebuild the defective master cylinders on all of the recalled motorcycles. Owners can call Harley-Davidson customer service at 800-258-2464 and reference recall 0165 if they have any questions or need to find a nearby dealer.

In addition to the recall associated with the clutch, there is also another Harley-Davidson recall associated with the rear reflector assembly. Motorcycle USA reports that this recall affects almost 9,000 bikes that “may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly.” Included in the recall are certain 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 700 motorcycles manufactured from May 12, 2014 through March 9, 2015.

Check for the recalls on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) here.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident due to these recalls please call the Tom Reinecke Law Firm at our toll free number at 1(800)275-8326. We can help you!

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4th Annual Heroes Ride Los Angeles Charity Event April 10th, 2016

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Coming this April 10th 2016 is the 4th annual Heroes Ride Los Angeles. This ride is in honor and respects to the fallen officers and wounded veterans. All proceeds will go towards supporting the families of fallen officers and wounded veterans. The fully escorted ride will start at the Hollywood bowl at 9:30am, pass through the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and end at 12:00pm at the Biscailuz Center Training Center where there will be a party that includes a car/motorcycle show, lunch, drinks, music, raffles, vendors and more.

Tickets are $30 (pre-reg) or $35 (day of event) per rider. Passengers are $10. Car/Motorcycle show entries are $10. Show categories:
Best classic
Best contemporary
Best muscle
Best paint
Best motor
People’s Choice
Best motorcycle
Attention VENDORS: Interested in a FREE vendor display at the finish line party? Contact mvillegas@ppoa.com
The Heroes Ride is hosted by the L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association along with the Star and Shield Foundation.

To Learn more about this annual event click here.

We hope to see you there!