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?”

Motorcycle Recalls, Is your Motorcycle on the List?

Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki have had quite a bit of recalls on some of their motorcycles. If you do own one of the models please take it in to the dealership to have it fixed immediately. If you are in an accident caused by one of these recalls please contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately. Your safety and well being is our biggest concern when you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Continue reading “Motorcycle Recalls, Is your Motorcycle on the List?”

The Hurt Report

Professor Hurt, along with a team of investigators  examined motorcycle accidents for two straight years in 1976 and 1977. Their examinations of 900 motorcycle accidents and 3,600 police reports over the two years had some incredible results with how over the majority of the accidents that occurred two-thirds of them were caused by car drivers failing to see the approaching motorcycle and violating the rider’s right-of-way. These investigations also showed that helmets significantly reduced the risk of brain injury or death.motorcycleawareness

After the investigations of the 900 motorcycle accidents they were able to conclude a list of 55 points that relate to accident and injury causation of motorcycle accidents. They are listed here below:

Hurt Report 55 Points

  1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile.
  2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.
  3. Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.
  4. In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
  5. Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.
  6. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.
  7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
  8. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause.
  9. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
  10. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.
  11. Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents.
  12. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in very short time close to the trip origin.
  13. The view of the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the accident is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles in almost half of the multiple vehicle accidents.
  14. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps-on In daylight and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
  15. Fuel system leaks and spills are present in 62% of the motorcycle accidents in the post-crash phase. This represents an undue hazard for fire.
  16. The median pre-crash speed was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph, and the one-in-a-thousand crash speed is approximately 86 mph-
  17. The typical motorcycle pre-crash lines-of-sight to the traffic hazard portray no contribution of the limits of peripheral vision; more than three fourths of all accident hazards are within 45° of either side of straight ahead.
  18. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the motorcycle and rider.
  19. Vehicle defects related to accident causation are rare and likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.
  20. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly Overrepresented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly underrepresented.
  21. Although the majority of the accident-involved motorcycle riders are male (96X), the female motorcycle riders are significantly overrepresented in the accident data.
  22. Craftsmen, laborers and students comprise most of the accident-involved motorcycle riders but the professionals, sales workers and craftsmen are underrepresented and the laborers, students and unemployed are overrepresented in the accidents.
  23. Motorcycle riders with previous recent traffic citations and accidents are overrepresented in the accident data.
  24. The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially without training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement and is related to reduced injuries in the event of accidents.
  25. More than half of the accident-involved motorcycle riders had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle, although the total street riding experience was almost 3 years. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly underrepresented in the accident data.
  26. Lack of attention to the driving task is a common factor for the motorcyclist in an accident.
  27. Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.
  28. Motorcycle riders in these accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would overbrake and skid the rear wheel, and underbrake the front wheel greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to countersteer and swerve was essentially absent.
  29. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
  30. Passenger carrying motorcycles are not overrepresented in the accident data.
  31. The drivers of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle are not distinguished from other accident populations except that the ages of 20 to 29, and beyond 65 are overrepresented. Also, these drivers are generally unfamiliar with motorcycles.
  32. The large displacement motorcycles are underrepresented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.
  33. Any effect of motorcycle color on accident involvement is not determinable from these data, but is expected to be insignificant because the frontal surfaces are most often presented to the other vehicle involved in the collision.
  34. Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are underrepresented in accidents, most likely because of the contribution to conspicuity and the association with more experienced and trained riders.
  35. Motorcycle riders in these accidents were significantly without motorcycle license, without any license, or with license revoked.
  36. Motorcycle modifications such as those associated with the Semi-Chopper or Cafe Racer are definitely overrepresented in accidents.
  37. The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents; 98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
  38. Half of the injuries to the somatic regions were to the ankle-foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh-upper leg.
  39. Crash bars are not an effective injury countermeasure; the reduction of injury to the ankle-foot is balanced by increase of injury to the thigh-upper leg, knee, and lower leg.
  40. The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.
  41. Groin injuries were sustained by the motorcyclist in at least 13% of the accidents, and typified by multiple vehicle collision in frontal impact at higher than average speed,
  42. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
  43. Seventy-three percent of the accident-involved motorcycle riders used no eye protection, and it is likely that the wind on the unprotected eyes contributed an impairment of vision which delayed hazard detection.
  44. Approximately 50% of the motorcycle riders in traffic were using safety helmets but only 40% of the accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
  45. Voluntary safety helmet use by those accident-involved motorcycle riders was lowest for untrained, uneducated. young motorcycle riders on hot days and short trips.
  46. The most deadly Injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
  47. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention or reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is a significantly effective injury countermeasure.
  48. Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of pre-crash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element of accident causation was related to helmet use,
  49. FMVSS 218 provides a high level of protection in traffic accidents, and needs modification only to increase coverage at the back of the head and demonstrate impact protection of the front of full facial coverage helmets, and insure all adult sizes for traffic use are covered by the standard.
  50. Helmeted riders and passengers showed significantly lower head and neck injury for all types of injury, at all levels of injury severity.
  51. The increased coverage of the full facial coverage helmet increases protection, and significantly reduces face injuries.
  52. There is no liability for neck injury by wearing a safety helmet; helmeted riders had fewer neck injuries than unhelmeted riders. Only four minor injuries were attributable to helmet use, and in each case the helmet prevented possible critical or fatal head injury,
  53. Sixty percent of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident. Of this group, 26% said they did not wear helmets because they were uncomfortable and inconvenient, and 53% simply had no expectation of accident involvement.
  54. Valid motorcycle exposure data can be obtained only from collection at the traffic site, Motor vehicle or driver license data presents information which is completely unrelated to actual use,
  55. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.

Source: Wikipedia

Although these reports were made less than 40 years ago they still give a great number of the causes of motorcycle accidents that are still present today. We are fortunate to have this study showing many things that can help us prevent being in a motorcycle accident and killed. I am sure that motorcycle helmet laws were enforced after this study to lessen the damage of a brain injury.

If you or a loved one has been in a recent motorcycle accident be sure to call 1(800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists recover from their accidents in all of California. Call today to see how we can help you get back together.


How Motorcycles are Made – The Reinecke Law Firm

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Have you ever wondered how motorcycles are built or made? Motorcycles can be both simple and complex in design but many are made the same way that cars are created, in large industrial factories. Many motorcycles are first designed in clay and then in the computer where files can be put into machines to build different parts of the motorcycle. Once the parts are manufactured they can then be put together using bolts and hardware.

Below is a video of the Honda Goldwing motorcycle building process as uncovered by the “How it’s Made” TV program from the Discovery channel.

This whole process starts with the creation of the aluminum frame, to the assembly of the motor, then to the body and controls of the bike. It is quite amazing how much work goes into assembling just one bike at a time. Take a look below for how a v-twin motorcycle engine is made.

There is a lot more to motorcycles than most people think but I am sure there are many people looking to simplify motorcycles as much as possible. The most simple the motorcycle the less work there is need to be done to it. Choppers are a great examples of being simple motorcycles but are still in need of a lot of work because of their customization. There are many classifications of motorcycles because of their different uses but most of them can relate to being built using the same steps as shown above. Motorcycles range from dirt bike, street cruisers, choppers and bobbers, sport bikes, leisure bikes, cafe racers, enduro, trials and dual sport.


We recommend that you always know the risks in building and modifying a motorcycle. If not done properly you may risk the chance of breaking the motorcycle, voiding the warranty, and even cause a serious accident. We recommend you take your motorcycle to a dealership or a chopper shop to assist you in your motorcycle endeavors.

Remember to always ride full clothed and with proper safety equipment as well as a valid motorcycle license.

If you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately for a free case evaluation. Our Lawyer Tom Reinecke has worked with thousands involved in motorcycle accidents and knows how to help you with your case. Call 1(800)275-8326 today!


Got a 2016 Kawasaki ZX 10R?

The new Kawaski ZX 10R is capable of speeds of 190mphs with about 200 horsepower at the wheels. For some this is capability is not enough speed but for most it is more than enough to handle. Recently there was a recall on all the bolts for holding the steering damper brackets which is important for the control of the motorcycle.

It is estimated that over 800 have been sold just in the US alone with this problem and all owners will receive a letter concerning this problem.

Kawasaki has agreed to fix the problem free of charge and would advise anyone who owns this motorcycle to come into their shops ASAP.

If you have been in an accident because of this problem contact the Reinecke Law Firm today at 1(800)275-8326, you may be entitled to higher compensation for your injuries.

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!


Motorcycle Recalls And Defective Motorcycles 2015

Its been a busy year for motorcycle recalls. For your safety, you need to make sure your motorcycle is up-to-date on all recall repairs. If you have been notified of a safety defect for your bike, it is up to you to get the repairs made. Safety recalls by federal law are always free of charge.

Generally manufacturers will send out letters with details of the recall to the registered owner of the motorcycle when there is a safety recall. Sometimes you will even receive a phone call. Safety recalls usually involve the brakes, chain, shock absorbers, toe clips, rear wheels or tires.

Riding a defective motorcycle  Continue reading “Motorcycle Recalls And Defective Motorcycles 2015”