Officer Michael Katherman was riding his police motorcycle Northbound in San Jose at 4:22pm before a silver minivan attempted to make a left turn when Katherman struck the minivan.
A witness stopped to help Katherman and used his radio to call for assistance. Katherman was taken to an area hospital and was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the minivan cooperated with detectives who were investigating the crash.
Katherman, 34, was an 11-year San Jose police veteran who was married with two sons. He loved riding motorcycles and the motor unit, Chief Eddie Garcia said.
“He loved doing his job,” Garcia said at news conference. “He loved his family. It’s tragic. He put a uniform on, left to go to work, wanted to see his family when he got off, and he didn’t make it.”
Officers will be wearing a black slash over their badges in honor of Katherman, officials said.
We are saddened to hear of Officer Katherman’s Passing and we send our condolences to his family, the San Jose Police Department, the San Jose Community and all others that knew Officer Katherman.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident seek medical help first, then contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case consultation. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclist recover from their accidents for the past 30 years. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, loss of income, property damages, and more. Do not hesitate to call.
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.
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.
The California Highway Patrol says a woman who was driving a white pickup made a left turn directly into the path of a motorcycle, causing an accident that left the motorcyclist with major injuries Thursday afternoon.
The accident occurredon June 10th, just after 3 p.m. on Highway 119 at Ash Street in Taft, CA.
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.
On “The Walking Dead,”Norman Reedus’s character, Daryl Dixon, is often seen riding a motorcycle in the zombie apocalypse, a skill the actor honed for decades. Reedus is so into motorcycles that AMC gave him his own unscripted series, “Ride With Norman Reedus.”
But it’s far from a “Sons of Anarchy” meets Daryl Dixon examination of Harleys and bad boys. In the show, Reedus takes rides through various parts of the country, exploring different facets of the motorcycle culture. In the premiere episode alone, he cruises up the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz, stopping at a factory that makes electric motorcycles, and tapes a podcast with the people behind “Motorcycles & Misfits.”
Reedus says the show is for novices and experts alike. “[The goal] is to have people feel like they’re on that ride with us,” he says. “We didn’t want to be a gearhead show in anyway.”
Below, Reedus shares his tips for those newbies curious about how to start riding.
Talk to people, the old-fashioned way
Reedus says the best place to start with motorcyles is to seek out a friend who rides. “Talk to them about it,” he says. “Have them show you things. Sometimes it seems like a daunting thing to learn. But it’s kind of a natural progression from bicycle to a Vespa to a motorcycle. You just have to learn gears and certain things that involve a motor.”
Don’t go big
Reedus understands that getting on a motorcycle for the first few times can induce some anxiety. Therefore, he suggests sticking to something more manageable — and there’s no shame in it.
“You can start small,” he says. “Little motorcycles are just as fun. You just have to get over that hurdle. I can see how it can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes I get on bikes and I get intimidated.”
Norman Reedus riding with Imogen, Liza, and the Re-Cycle Garage crew, California, February 2-4, 2016PHOTO:MARK SCHAFER/AMC
Beginners should focus on their immediate surroundings, Reedus says. Having access to much more in your line of sight makes the experience much different than driving a car. “You don’t have the restrictions of being in a car and seeing just what’s out the windshield and having blind spots,” he says. “You really don’t have blind spots on a motorcycle.”
That said, being hyperaware of cars around you is key. “You just have to be very aware of what’s going on around you,” he says. “Nowadays you have to assume everyone around you is texting and driving, since everyone does it.”
Get in your head
Reedus uses his time on a bike to work through the things in his day-to-day life. And it can become a zen-like process. “I do some of my best thinking with the helmet on,” he says. “That’s how I go to work every day. I think about my lines on the way to work, I decompress on the way home, I come up with ideas like that all the time. Although you’re connected to what’s around you, you’re also very isolated. The conversation is with yourself, in your head.”
Think outside the box for those first rides
“Away from traffic is the best place to ride bikes,” he says. “I discovered so many great trails and great routes throughout the U.S. based on what people told me; it was all word of mouth. Those were all my favorite rides, when you get off the beaten path. Go to the emptiest, most scenic routes. I say, take the slow route.”
Check out some of our riding tips found in our previous blogs. Our tips are truly to help save you from having a motorcycle accident or crash. If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle crash contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. We have helped thousands of motorcyclists with their cases over the past 30 years and have the knowledge to help you with your motorcycle crash. Do not hesitate to call, we are available 24/7.
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?”→
A motorcyclist was witnessed going over 100 mph before colliding into another vehicle in a head on collision in Oceanside, CA. The rider was 27 years old and died at the scene of the crash. Continue reading “Oceanside Motorcycle Crash”→
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.***
Big Oaks Lodge
33101 Bouquet Cyn Rd.
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.
19122 Live Oak Canyon Rd,
Trabuco Canyon, California 92679-3004
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
21094 S. Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, California
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.
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.
Hells 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.
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.
The Lookout Roadhouse
32107 Ortega Highway
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-6568
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.
3834 Megginson Ln,
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.
Lake Alice Trading Co.
3616 University Avenue
Biker friendly, Fri. & Sat. night live music
Temecula Wine & Beer Garden
28464 Old Town Front Street,
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.
The Hideout Saloon & Steakhouse
27413 Highway 76
Santa Ysabel, California
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.
Way Point Saloon
1270 Main Street
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 Lounge
7123 El Cajon Blvd,
San Diego, California
Biker owned bar. Cold beer, wine, pool, darts. Nice patio out back. Bike parking in front, in view of window.
The Motorcycle Cafe
624 S. Coast Hwy 101,
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.