Anti-lock braking system are a no brainer for Motorcycles

According to recent studies motorcycles that are equipped with Anit-lock Braking Systems or ABS brakes are less likely to be involved in a motorcycle crash. Most motorcycles in the United States are not sold with ABS brakes and are not required. They are typically sold as an upgrade but are highly recommended as most brakes will lock up the wheel causing you to skid and crash in the event of a quick stop.

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How do ABS brakes work?

An anti-lock braking system works by constantly measuring wheel speed. One common way to do this is with a small grooved ring near the brake disc often called a tone wheel. The wheel speed sensor sends the tone wheel readings to the ABS unit, which can determine whether the wheel is about to stop rotating. If it is, wheel speed information is used to adjust the pressure from the brake cylinder on the brake caliper multiple times per second.

Take a look at this video for a demonstration of what ABS brakes do when trying to stop on a wet surface.

From the video it is quite amazing the difference of traction and control you have when you do have an anti-lock braking system installed on your motorcycle. It truly is a night and day scenario.

Is it worth the cost?

Absolutely, we think it is worth the cost. If you are going to be riding on the streets and for long distances or even in any type of weather we highly suggest getting an anti-lock braking system with your motorcycle. It will help you stop when motorist make lane changes in front of you or in many emergency stopping situations. Experience is a must for every motorcycle rider but it won’t help you when in the case of a sudden stop on a wet surface.

There are several questions or opinionated statements about ABS systems that are just plain myths, take a look below for some of these myths:

Myth: ABS may allow you to stop with more control, but it will take you longer to come to a stop.

This myth is generally based on the assumption that a locked-up wheel provides the most traction possible. This isn’t true. A skidding tire has less traction than a tire that is not skidding.

Here’s how ABS works. Speed sensors measure the rotational speed of each wheel. If a wheel risks locking due to intense braking or slick conditions, the ABS unit modulates hydraulic pressure in the braking system. Not only does the system maintain the “sweet spot” of maximum stopping force that occurs before lockup, but by avoiding lock-up, the inertial effect of the spinning wheel is maintained, stabilizing the motorcycle.

By keeping the wheels from locking up and skidding when you grab the brakes, ABS not only allows you to maintain some control, but it allows you to stop in a shorter distance.

Myth: ABS modulates system pressure whenever you apply the brakes.

A lot of the rider bias against ABS is that the system is always active, modulating your brakes in all stopping instances and thereby affecting the riding experience. On the contrary, ABS only kicks in to prevent wheel lockup, such as during panic-stop situations or when you encounter black ice.

At other times, such as during typical controlled stops or slowing for corners, ABS does not affect how the brakes work.


Myth: All ABS systems work the same, making my sportbike stop like a big touring motorcycle.

Like any other computer-controlled function of your motorcycle—fuel injection, ignition curves, even valve timing on some bikes—ABS can be customized for a specific application.

In fact, today some ABS-equipped motorcycles offer different settings for different riding preferences or conditions. For example, a “rain” setting may activate the ABS sooner while a “track” setting may reduce the system’s modulating effects.

Myth: ABS is just another link in the system that can fail, and when it does I will have no brakes.

Not true. If the ABS unit fails, the braking system reverts to its traditional braking function.

Myth: ABS is dangerous off pavement.

It depends. In severe off-road situations, ABS does not always work very well. However, in most non-pavement environments, ABS-equipped motorcycles allow you to perform a panic stop or stop on slick surfaces with more control than non-ABS-equipped motorcycles.

An example of this type of scenario would be a sudden stop on a gravel road when a deer darts into your path. In this scenario, you would be able to use both brakes fully and come to a stop with more control on an ABS-equipped motorcycle than a motorcycle without ABS.

However, in true off-road situations, such as deep sand or very rough terrain, ABS may cause unwanted pressure modulations in the brake system.

These types of conditions are rampant in off-road situations, such as single-track trail. This is why it’s critical that ABS is optional equipment for dual-sport motorcycles and, when ABS is installed, an override switch is available so the rider can turn the system off when the bike is going to be ridden in true off-road environments.

Also, don’t forget that ABS is not always working: Unless you are in a wheel lockup situation, the ABS will not modulate the pressure in the braking system.


Myth: ABS can overcome a lack of riding skill.

Absolutely not. Neither ABS nor any other type of motorcycle technology can replace experience and proper training. For example, a rider who has not learned how to properly use the front brake will not stop effectively and safelty using just the rear brake, whether the motorcycle is equipped with ABS or not.

Myth: ABS only works with the rear wheel.

This is a strange one, but it’s nevertheless an assumption that we’ve come across in anti-ABS discussions with riders. ABS works with both the front and rear wheels to prevent lock-up. In fact, for most riders who brake most heavily with the front brake in wheel-lockup situations, the technology is probably more effective with the front brake.

Myth/Fact: ABS requires you to re-learn how to brake.

ABS does not affect typical braking function and, therefore, won’t affect how you brake your motorcycle in these situations. However, experienced riders admit that the presence of ABS may change their technique in some scenarios.

If you accept that ABS will modulate the brakes more effectively in a panic-stop scenario, experienced riders say they would be best served by simply braking hard and focusing on keeping the motorcycle upright.

That said, these same riders caution that more research, testing and curriculum development is necessary to make any definitive statements about exactly how ABS should impact hard-braking technique.

Myth/Fact: ABS is difficult to maintain.

This depends on the motorcycle—and the motorcycle owner. Certainly, some owners can service their ABS-equipped motorcycles just fine.

Others prefer to take their bike to the dealer. Consult your manual, honestly assess your own abilities and proceed with caution.

The good news, though, is that all modern braking systems—those with ABS and without—have relatively lenient maintenance schedules. Again, consult your manual.

 


Myth/Fact: ABS-equipped bikes are not safer. It’s just that riders who can afford and buy motorcycles that have ABS are more experienced and safer riders.

Without a doubt, correlation does not necessarily mean causation. Raw data that show bikes with ABS are involved in fewer crashes than bikes without ABS cannot be taken at face value as proof that ABS makes motorcycles safer.

That said, anecdotal experience suggests that the technology has significant safety benefits. After all, when interviewed about their experience with ABS in panic-stop and low-traction scenarios, longtime riders with a variety of backgrounds insist that the technology works (see “Testing Grounds: Experiencing ABS,” page 49).

What can’t be overlooked, however, is that while ABS has its benefits, there is one big caveat: safety will always begin with the rider. In other words, a skilled rider on a non-ABS-equipped bike will always be safer than an unskilled rider on an ABS-equipped bike.

After all, the key to not crashing is to avoid situations that make you likely to crash in the first place. This is where riding training and experience come into play. Ultimately, consumers will determine whether ABS becomes the defacto standard, but in the meantime, riders already have a healthy spectrum of choices available to them in the marketplace.

If you are debating whether or not to purchasing a motorcycle with or without ABS we hope that we have convinced you. ABS systems can make the difference between life and death, as serious as that sounds it can be true. Statistics show that motorcycles with ABS systems have shorter stopping distances, fewer crashes and deaths, can have savings on motorcycle insurance, and more. Save yourself and your money from crashes by having ABS on your motorcycle.

Overall, if you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident please seek medical attention first and then call The Reinecke Law Firm for a free consultation at (800)275-8326. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, loss of income, property damage and more. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists for the past 30 years recover from their accidents and know how to help you with your case. Don’t hesitate to call, we will give you free advice right over the phone.

Distracted driver kills motorcyclist and cyclist in Moorpark

A woman who was driving while distracted, using her cell phone, caused the deaths of Jesse Cushman and Maciek Malish. Cushman was riding his motorcycle and Maciek was riding his bicycle at the time of the accident.

Both Cushman and Jesse died at the scene of the accident. Rachel Hill was the driver that killed both these men. Hill hit Malish first and tried to self correct herself and ended up hitting Cushman.

CHP recommended that Hill be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter but the Ventura County District Attorney filed misdemeanor charges instead. Both of the Victims’ families are outraged by the decision.

“How can you do something illegal, have total disregard for somebody else’s life, ultimately kill two people and get a slap on the wrist. How is that just?” asked Julia Cushman, Jesse Cushman’s wife.

“You can text, kill people, and you get away with this,” Elizabeth Malish said. “It’s very wrong because we’re going to say to other people that this is OK to do it and you are actually not punished.”

Hill’s attorney said she was not on her phone at the time of the crash, but just prior to it.

“Rachel maintains and the evidence supports that she was on her phone a minute or two prior to the accident, but not actually at the time of the accident itself,” Doug Ridley, Hill’s attorney said.

Both Elizabeth Malish and Julia Cushman said they would fight for justice for their love ones.

“I’m pushing through for him. I’m fighting and pushing through this for him because I know I have to,” Julia Cushman said.

Source: ABC7 News

Do you own a Honda Goldwing?

If you are an owner of a Honda Goldwing you may need to get your airbag replaced.

Over the past year there have been millions of Takata airbags recalled for safety reasons. The main concern is the bag projecting metal pieces like a grenade when the airbag goes off. While this has only effected cars just this week it is now effecting motorcycles.

The Honda Goldwing is the primary concern as it is the only motorcycle that has an airbag. Models of the Goldwing that are affected by the recall range from 2006 to 2010 and only in certain regions. Continue reading “Do you own a Honda Goldwing?”

Memorial Day Weekend Southern California Crashes

May 27th

Riverside

Deputy Philip Borja, 25, of Upland, died at Riverside Community Hospital after the collision, which involved two motorcycles and two cars, according to the Corona Police Department. A 24-year-old man was released from the medical center after being treated for his injuries.

The crash happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. as the two motorcyclists were heading eastbound on Hidden Valley Parkway, just east of the 15 Freeway, police said in a news release.

A Volkswagen Beetle and a motorcycle both erupted in flames after a fatal collision in Corona on May 27, 2016.A 57-year-old woman, driving a white Ford Fusion, exited a Stater Brothers parking lot and turned left onto the street. The car “entered into the path of travel of the two motorcycles” and was struck on the driver’s side by Borja, the statement said. The other rider avoided the Fusion by swerving into oncoming lanes.

Both cycles struck a Volkswagen Beetle, driven by a 22-year-old woman, traveling westbound on Hidden Valley, according to investigators. Both Borja’s motorcycle and the Beetle then erupted in flames. Neither of the two drivers was injured.

As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made nor any citations issued in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact Traffic Investigator Clark Eveland by phone at 951-817-5764 or email at clark.eveland@discovercorona.com.

May 28th

A motorcycle was fleeing from the California Highway Patrol and crashed in Hillcrest this morning, officials and witnesses said.

CHP officials say an officer tried to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high-rate of speed along southbound SR-163 near Friars Road at 8:26 a.m.

Images: Hillcrest Motorcycle Crash The motorcycle failed to stop and exited the freeway at University Avenue.

Witnesses said when the motorcycle hit a dip in the road at 6th and Robinson it crashed.

CHP officers said the rider crashed into a parked car. Debris was strewn along 6th Avenue between University and Robinson. The stretch of road was closed to traffic.

A silver car was parked near a curb and appeared to have half of the motorcycle wedged underneath its front bumper. One person was transported to Scripps Mercy according to CHP officials.

Source: NBC News San Diego

May 29th

San Bernardino

San Bernardino- SR-138  on Sunday at 1:50 PM

A 26 year old man was riding his motorcycle southbound state route 138, about 5 miles east of the I-15, when he skidded into oncoming traffic hitting a SUV hauling a boat Sunday afternoon.

Paramedics pronounced the biker dead due to fatal head injuries, he was wearing a helmet. The bikers name has been released,
Joshua Ryan Persons from Huntington Beach.

There is no further information given at this time.

Huntington Beach

Sunday, May 29. 1:30 PM

A 72 year old man was pronounce dead at the scene, when police arrived first responders where giving CPR for about half hour. 2011 BMW crossed into the westbound lane and hit head on with a Jeep containing two women ages 52 and 53 from walnut and the other covina. Both have been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. No more further information available.

May 30th

Los Angeles

A motorcyclist and his passenger were killed early Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash in South Los Angeles. The motorcyclist was identified as the Whittier resident Edgar Inda, 29, according to Investigator Selena Barros of the coroner’s office.

The crash happened just after midnight on Washington Boulevard east of Santa Fe Avenue, said Officer S. Hui of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

Inda was driving the motorcycle eastbound on Washington Boulevard past Santa Fe Avenue when he lost control at a curve and struck the center divider. “He was probably speeding,” Hui said. Both Inda and his passenger were ejected and neither were wearing a helmet.

Inda was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

 

We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends that were involved and affected by these motorcycle crashes. We wish and hope that those that are still with us may make quick recoveries and encourage all motorcyclists to continue to ride safely. The Reinecke Law Firm is a huge supporter of the motorcycle community and has been for the last 30 years. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident we encourage you to seek medical help and then call to call The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, damaged property, loss income, and more. We Ride, We Fight, We Win.

Top Southern California Biker Bars

After a long day of working or motorcycling it’s always refreshing to refuel the most important tank, your stomach. But the big question is where to go? In this posting we will take a look at some of the most popular places to fuel up with some tasty grub. Some of these places can be found in small cities to just on the out skirts of town. Possibly on the end of the perfect riding road. Wherever you ride just keep in mind of these awesome biker bars for some great company, grub, and drinks. ***Always drink responsibly.***

Los Angeles

Big Oaks Lodge - Los Angeles Biker Bars - LA Motorcycle BarsBig Oaks Lodge
33101 Bouquet Cyn Rd.
Saugus, California
661-296-5656
Nice ride in the canyon, Good BBQ on Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Great Steak dinners starting at 5pm. Great burgers.  On weekends, this joint is filled with bikers.  Most Sundays, you’ll find an impressive array of motorcycles in the front of the Lodge and filling the adjacent parking lot.

Orange County

cooks corner2Cook’s Corner
19122 Live Oak Canyon Rd,
Trabuco Canyon, California 92679-3004
(949)858-0266
Legendary biker bar housed in an old military barracks. Hundreds of motorcycles in the parking lot on weekends – choppers, cruisers, sport bikes, you name it. Good food, live music, and a great outdoor party scene. You can’t ride in the OC without checking out this place. www.cookscorners.com

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21094 S. Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, California
(714) 960-2776
www.tumbleweedshb.com
Biker friendly and a fun crowd. Great food and STRONG, cheap drinks. Locals affectionately refer to this bar as “Stumbleweeds.” Live bands, big dance floor, pool tables and games, and lots of TVs for sports fans. If you’re hanging out in Huntington Beach, check it out.
Orange County Motorcycle Bar - Original Mike'sOriginal Mike’s
100 South Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-550-7764
Fun bar and restaurant in downtown Santa Ana. Owned by the legendary biker, “Big” Mike Harrah, who is a cross between Donald Trump and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Lots of bike nights, classic car nights, karaoke nights, live music, and other events. Decent grub and drink specials.

Riverside

hells kitchenHells Kitchen Motorsports Restaurant
32685 Ortega Hwy,
Lake Elsinore, California
(951) 609-3390 www.hellskitchen-ca.com
Motorsports themed restaurant located near the top of Ortega Highway 74.  Great food with a flame painted coffin that opens automatically for your food condiments. Paved parking for 100’s of motorcycles only – cars park in the dirt lot! Pool tables, free popcorn, Starbucks coffee, lots of beers on tap.  Outside vendors selling biker stuff on weekends.  Owners are riders.

LR_Toms_FarmsTom’s Farms 
23900 Temescal Canyon Rd
Corona,  CA  92883
(951) 277-4422 www.tomsfarms.com
Interstate 15 to the Temescal off ramp. Paved parking for 100’s of motorcycles on weekends. All kinds of different food, beer, wine, a full deli and store. Lots of shopping, furniture, crafts, etc.  Live music around the small lake.  Cool hang out.

Lookout-Roadhouse-12-640x426The Lookout Roadhouse
32107 Ortega Highway
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-6568
(951) 678-9010
Awesome view overlooking Lake Elsinore but the parking lot is dirt, so don’t wash your bike if you’re going to the Lookout.  Food & beer.

harolds saloon riversideHarold’s Saloon
3834 Megginson Ln,
Riverside, California
(909) 359-5261
91 freeway, exit Tyler Ave. to Magnolia, right turn. behind Firestone tires on corner of Magnolia & Hole ave. across from Galleria at Tyler. Extremely Biker Friendly, Great atmosphere, cute barmaids, COLD beer.

maxresdefaultLake Alice Trading Co.
3616 University Avenue
Riverside, California
(909) 686-7343
Biker friendly, Fri. & Sat. night live music

beer-garden-1Temecula Wine & Beer Garden
28464 Old Town Front Street,
Temecula, California
(909) 506-4474
Nice outdoor atmosphere, live bands, parking in the rear or on the street right out front. Very biker friendly, live music, plenty of parking and bikes always in view.

San Diego

hideoutThe Hideout Saloon & Steakhouse
27413 Highway 76
Santa Ysabel, California
760-782-3656
Lake Henshaw Area, back county northeast San Diego County. 1.5 miles west of Hwy 79 on Hwy 76.  Great food with a great ride, awesome entertainment; hundred’s of motorcycles on weekends. Paved parking. Owners are riders.

Molly'sWay Point Saloon
 
1270 Main Street
Ramona, California
(760) 789-9050
Dart and pool tourneys, parties all the time for any occasion.  Harley & sport bike friendly bar.  Great people. Awesome food.  www.mollymalones.org

the go loungeThe Go Lounge 

7123 El Cajon Blvd,
San Diego, California
(619) 460-6895
Biker owned bar. Cold beer, wine, pool, darts.  Nice patio out back. Bike parking in front, in view of window.

motorcycle cafeThe Motorcycle Cafe
624 S. Coast Hwy 101,
Oceanside, California
(760) 433-1829
As the name implies – Biker friendly.

Enjoy the bars and drink responsibly. The Reinecke Law Firm is a strong supporter of motorcyclists and has been for the past 30 years. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists all over California recover from their injuries and damages. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident or crash call The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation.

Top 5 Southern California Roads for Motorcycle Rides

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Ever get tired of riding around the city streets or over populated freeways where you are stopping and going a lot because of traffic, stop signs, and stop lights? In sunny California, we sure do. There are, however, a few good fun places to ride where all you need to do is lean and pull the throttle. We will go over some of the fun roads we have around in Southern California where you can enjoy the winding and twisting roads and not have to stop. Continue reading “Top 5 Southern California Roads for Motorcycle Rides”

Recent Motorcycle Accidents May 20th

Riverside Motorcycle Accident- May 20th

Accident #1

A minivan made a U-turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, killing the rider and tying up a major street during the evening commute through the Mission Grove area of Riverside, police say.

The 36-year-old motorcyclist from Moreno Valley died at the scene. The wreck happened at 3:53pm Friday, May 20, along the eastbound lanes of Alessandro Boulevard at Vista Grande Drive.

He was riding a 2015 Suzuki GSXR 750 heading east when a westbound 2008 Honda Odyssey driven by a 42-year-old Riverside woman turned left to begin a U-turn in front of him, Sgt. Dan Reeves said in a written statement. The names have not been given for confidential reasons.

The woman and two children that were in the minivan were unhurt, said Detective Greg Matthews. If you or anyone have any additional information please call Matthews at 951-826-8724.

Accident #2

Location: In the area of the 91 fwy just before Madison Street going toward downtown Riverside.

Approx 8:15 pm today, a rider went down on black and white sports bike. Medics were on the scene. Possibly 3 cars involved in the incident & biker appeared to be getting transported to the hospital.

Ventura

Location: I405 N / Ventura Blvd, West Valley – May 20 2016 6:05PM

In the evening a silver Honda CRV hit a red motorcycle. There may have been another car involved, but no description was given. The vehicles blocked the slow lane before they were moved over to the shoulder.

Los Angeles

May 22nd, In West LA Around at 12:15am Sunday Morning on the transition road of the southbound 405 and westbound 105, it was reported that a Motorcycle was down in the center divider, but the rider wasn’t visible. Fire Department and CHP responded. No further info is available at this time.

Norwalk

Location: I-605 WB & Imperial (Norwalk)

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Norwalk that shut down part of Imperial Highway Sunday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies were investigating the fatal crash at 6 p.m. just west of Curtis and King Road.

Investigators couldn’t say what led to the wreck that left the motorcyclist, only described as a 38-year-old man, dead. It wasn’t clear how long the partial closure would be in effect, but it was still closed at 9:30 p.m.

The Reinecke Law Firm sends our condolences to the families and friends that were involved in these motorcycle accidents and we hope that those that are still with us will make a quick and full recovery.

If you or a loved one are ever involved in a motorcycle accident please seek emergency medical attention and then contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation of your accident, no obligation. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists recover from their injuries and accidents for the past 30 years. We have seen it all and know how to help you with your case. We Ride, We Fight, We Win.

 

Famous Celebrities that have been in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles have been around for quite some time and they are thrilling, exciting, and emotional to ride. The feeling you get when you hold on an object that is more comfortable and powerful than any bicycle or horse and can take you nearly anywhere you want is a dream come true. Several celebrities, not just men, love these amazing machines and some of them own not just one motorcycle but some have several. Just because you are a celebrity or a famous person doesn’t mean that you are safe from riding your motorcycle on the streets. You’d be surprised to see which famous people have been involved in motorcycle accidents in the past. Take a look below for a list of our top celebrities that have been in motorcycle accidents. Continue reading “Famous Celebrities that have been in Motorcycle Accidents”