AHRMA Vintage Roadracing

AHRMA’s mission is to recreate and preserve the vintage era of roadracing, including the sights, sounds, smells and camaraderie. Many consider the 50-year time span – from the 1930s to the mid-‘70s – the golden age of roadracing.

Motorcycling in Southern California

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If you have never ridden in Southern California chances are you need to make a few adjustments about your riding habits, especially if you have not been riding in the big cities. Safety is our biggest priority when it comes to motorcycling on the streets and we are here to help you lower your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident.

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New Motorcycles Coming for Next Year

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In Milan, Italy the EICMA 74th Worldwide Motorcycle Exhibition 2016 many top companies are exposing their new motorcycles coming to life with the desire of gaining new and old customers to purchase the latest and greatest motorcycles to come in 2017.

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A few corporations such as Honda, Ducati, and Yamaha have already revealed new models  and features of motorcycles that will be ready for purchase within this next year. Eicma-Motorcycle Exhibition is a 4 day event being held from 10th November to the 13th to show case the many advancements and industry in the motorcycle communities around the world.

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Motorcyclists of all kinds will flock from all over the world to get the first peaks of new products available. All types of riders including those who ride trails, roads, races, cross-country and many other types of motorcycles will be ready to see the future motorcycling. Did we mention there will be models showing off most of these magnificent machines?

Not only will there be tons of new motorcycles being revealed but also new safety equipment; helmets, goggles, armor, shoes, and more. This exhibition is not just for motorcycles and equipment, it is also home to almost all two-wheeled vehicles both powered by gas and electricity. Bicycle shops will be aplenty showing off their own technologies as well.

For more information about the event Click Here.

If you are ever in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm for a free case evaluation toll free at (800)275-8326. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists recover from their accidents for the past 30 years. Call now for free advice about your motorcycle accident.

AB-51 Lane Splitting Bill, We are in Support

June 15, 2016

The Lane-splitting Bill AB-51 is to protect riders. The bill being passed will be to help further educate motorcyclists and motorists of the correct ways to safely lane-split. The law will not add rules or guidelines to lane splitting like it has tried before but it will be to create educational guidelines set by the California Highway Patrol.

Below is the video footage of the Bill being supported by a numerous amount of people clarifying their reasoning to have the bill. Continue reading “AB-51 Lane Splitting Bill, We are in Support”

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.

The History of Motorcycles

Motorcycles can date back to the time of when bicycles with pedals were first invented in Paris, around the 1860’s. They were first invented with a steam powered engine that eventually was forgotten because of the size, dangers, and lack of power and was later replaced by the gasoline engine.Vintage Motorcycle Photographs

The first motorcycles were nothing like the motorcycles that we see today. They didn’t have rubber tires, gas engines, metal frames, and some had more than 2 wheels. They ran off of coal or wood using a steam powered engine that probably gave the rider burned. Some inventors even died when giving demonstrations of their machines. They also did not have much of any brakes to slow down their contraptions which might have also led to some of their deaths. The name motorcycle was not even mentioned until 1894 when Hildebrand & Wolfuller began the first production series of motorcycles which only a few hundred were even built.

1896 marks motorcycle 2Bicycle companies in the late 1880’s and 1890’s were designing bicycles that could be adapted to include an internal combustion engine. These companies were mainly based out of England and Germany and later quickly spread to America. As the internal combustion engines became more powerful and bicycle designs outgrew the bicycle origins, the number of motorcycle producers increased. Many of the 19th century inventors who worked on early motorcycles often moved on to other inventions. Daimler and Roper, for example, both went on to develop automobiles.

In 1901 English quadricycle and bicycle maker Royal Enfield introduced its first motorcycle, with a 239 cc engine mounted in the front and driving the rear wheel through a belt. In 1898, English bicycle maker Triumph decided to extend its focus to include motorcycles, and by 1902, the company had produced its first motorcycle—a bicycle fitted with a Belgian-built engine. A year later, it was the largest motorcycle manufacturer with an annual production of over 500 units.

1950_Vincent_TT_Gre_FlashIn 1901, the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company, which had been founded by two former bicycle racers, designed the so-called “diamond framed” Indian Single, whose engine was built by the Aurora Firm in Illinois per Indian’s specifications. The Single was made available in the deep blue. Indian’s production was up to over 500 bikes by 1902, and would rise to 32,000, its best ever, in 1913 producing over 20,000 bikes per year. The American company Harley-Davidson started producing motorcycles in 1903.

During this period, experimentation and innovation were driven by the popular new sport of motorcycle racing, with its powerful incentive to produce tough, fast, reliable machines. These enhancements quickly found their way to the public’s machines.

f0299b1edb0aec46c83f6034a964389fChief August Vollmer of the Berkeley, California Police Department is credited with organizing the first official police motorcycle patrol in the United States in 1911. By 1914, motorcycles were no longer just bicycles with engines; they had their own technologies, although many still maintained bicycle elements, like the seats and suspension.

During World War I the motorcycle was was used for sending messages to front lines instead of horses, they were faster and more practical. After the war developments in the motorcycles increased with better motors, different drives, all in-cased transmissions, better wheels, and better suspension. By 1920 Harley Davidson became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles having dealers in more than 65 countries.

cafe racervespaAfter World War II some American Veterans founded Groups and Clubs of motorcyclists and created a new social institution – The Motorcyclists or “bikers”. In 1954 this group called motorcyclists or “bikers” was skewed to be the new “outlaw” when the new film The Wild One  was released. In Europe, however, motorcycles were being made more economically to attract more people to ride which brought Vespas to the market.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Japanese manufacturers, such as Honda, became a dominant motorcycle manufacturer and hurt many other motorcycle companies when the motorcycle lifestyle was changed from a tool of a life to a toy of life. The Japanese were successful do to modern designs were produced more quickly and cheaply and even better quality than their competitors, Shutting down many huge manufacturers such as Triumph, Harley Davidson and BMW. honda motorcycle

Today Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha are still the dominating manufacturers of motorcycles and they are still making developments to keep the motorcycle prices affordable for everyone. Harley-Davidson is still around and surviving due to regulations that help them be able to sell world wide along many older companies that have emerged once again with new technologies and new designs.susuki motorcycle

Seeing the transformations of motorcycles over the past 150 years has brought greater perspectives in the developments of how we got to today. The motorcycles of today compare greatly from speed and control, to the overall materials used in producing each motorcycle. We have come a long ways to making developments that will last lifetimes.

If you or a loved one is ever in a motorcycle accident get help first and then call The Reinecke Law Firm. We have helped thousands of bikers and motorcyclists recover from their accidents. We have over 30 years experience and know how to help you with your case. Call (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation today.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month!

May is the month for motorcycle awareness. Motorcycle Awareness shouldn’t be confined to a single month but should be observed every single day of the year. However, May is the month when more riders come back to riding on the roads because it is the time when the weather is normally optimal for cruising.

Drivers and motorists everywhere should be aware of motorcyclists around them. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable when traveling on the roads because of them not being encaged in a vehicle but practically exposed to what ever is coming their way. Motorcycle Awareness month is to remember to “share the road” with motorcycles and to help keep them safe.

“Surviving the ride must be foremost in the mind of every motorcyclist. This means taking a motorcycle safety course, wearing the proper gear, using a Department of Transportation compliant helmet and staying alert,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Every vehicle has its place on the road, but motorcyclists face additional dangers because motorcycles require exceptional handling ability and are more difficult to see.”

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The Los Angeles Police Department is taking the opportunity this year to encourage drivers and motorists to keep motorcyclists safe on the roads. About one-sixth of all vehicle accidents fatalities are motorcyclists. Below is a list of cities with counts of motorcyclists deaths in four southern California counties in 2013.

  • In Los Angeles County, 102 motorcyclists died in crashes.
  • In San Diego County, 43 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes.
  • In Riverside County, another 38 bikers died in accidents.
  • San Bernardino and Orange Counties lost 32 and 31 motorcyclists in wrecks, respectively.

Of all these motorcycle deaths 95% were wearing a helmet at the time, so it is sad to see that helmets do not always save lives, but it does give you a greater chance of you surviving a crash than to not wear one.

The age in a rider also seems to play a factor in motorcycle deaths. The age range of the highest amount of deaths are motorcyclists in their 20’s and the second most is in the 50’s. The lowest amount of motorcycle deaths were riders above the age of 60 years old.

IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

  • Wear the proper safety gear at all times, including a DOT-compliant helmet
  • Obey the speed limit – excess speed is the most common rider-related factor in motorcycle related crashes
  • Don’t drink and ride – DUI is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes
  • Ride within your own limits – don’t be a victim of peer pressure
  • Ride defensively – assume other drivers don’t see you

In addition to ensuring motorcyclists drive safely and responsibly, they should know their legal rights. If you are a motorcyclist that is involved in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or damaged property.

Lane-Sharing is Legal: Pros and Cons

Lane sharing or splitting is legal in the state of California and should be legal in every state. As much as you think that we are saying this just for the good business for motorcycle lawyers, there is great safety in lane splitting when done correctly and without other motorists attempting to get in the way. For the majority of the motorcyclists lane-splitting, it can be done safely and without any problems. Unfortunately only a few motorcyclists have to make it seem like they own the roads and give the bad rep to the rest of the motorcycle community. Most motorcyclists just want to enjoy their time and freedom of being on their iron horse. The problem is that it only takes a few motorcyclists and bad decisions to make people hate all people on motorcycles.

California is the only state that has no laws that prohibit lane-sharing and several motorcyclists in other states have been trying to be the same. There used to be a 10 mph limit to land splitting that has since been removed allowing riders to ride at any speed while lane splitting. This can be good and bad.

Pros of Lane-splitting:

  • Quickly and Efficiently avoid waiting in traffic
  • Cools down air-cooled motorcycles from overheating
  • Prevents rear-end collisions from happening
  • Cools the rider down from riding with heavy clothing
  • Saves fuel and Time

Cons of Lane-Splitting:

  • Dangerous at high speeds
  • Broken Mirrors and Scratches on cars
  • Lane Changing Vehicles
  • Opened Doors
  • Angered or Startled Motorists
  • Riding in blind spots
  • Motorcyclist to be liable majority in an accident

Whether you are a motorist or a motorcyclist you have to watch out for each other and make good decisions, not illegal moves such as crossing in and out of the carpool lane when the lane is closed. Motorcyclists are practically exposed with no cage or coverage around them to protect them from harm like a vehicle. A motorcyclist hitting another car or vice versa can have significant damage to motorcyclist and cause them to be ejected in the air. A motorist that disobeys the law will be found at fault nearly every time.Motorcycle-02

Motorists that are angry or jealous of motorcycles are considered highly dangerous to as they can swerve to hit a motorcyclist and cause an accident. It is illegal to get in the way of a motorcyclist even if you were startled or angered as they ride by you.

Lane splitting can still be cited even though there are no given limitations specified in the law about what is legal or not. A police officer may cite you if you are lane splitting or straddling the line in an unsafe manner. It is possible for you to receive a citation because of a biased police officer.

In a poll given to motorists, there were many who claimed that they did not know that it was legal to lane-split or lane-share and thought it was a unacceptable action. That is quite alarming considering how many motorists that are on the highways today.

Some good general guidelines for safe lane-splitting are found on The California Motorcyclist Safety Program pdf here. Although they are not laws but some guidelines you’d be a lot safer by abiding by them than without them.

If you or a loved one have been in a recent motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm for a free case evaluation at (800)275-8326. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.

Electric Motorcycles – The Reinecke Law Firm

 

With the rise of technologies in batteries and electric motors there have been significant improvements in combining them in motorcycles. Brammo was one of the first companies to come out with a good powerful electric motorcycle with a decent endurance of range for a battery but the fall was the price of the motorcycle. Brammo has since been bought by Polaris. A lot of people are hoping that with the development of electric motorcycles they will come down in costs and the range of the battery would be more than 50 miles and quite possibly the amount of power would be improved. They are on the rise and only time will tell where they will go.

Is it worth the cost of changing from a full gas motorcycle to an electric? As of right now it is not unless you are only riding your motorcycle less than 5-10 miles an hour and plan on traveling at a rate of less than 50 mph or if you have $25,000 pocket change to drop on the new Victory Impulse TT that Brammo (Polaris) has created. If that is what you plan to do you might as well look into buying an electric mountain bike that you could take on and off the road as well as ride on sidewalks.

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Pros and Cons of Electric and Gas Powered Motorcycles


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Pros of Electric Motorcycles

  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Electricity is cheaper
  • No Emissions
  • Quiet (this can be a pro and a con)
  • Minimal moving parts
  • Direct Power
  • No Gears
  • No Clutch

Cons of an Electric Motorcycle

  • Heavy
  • Battery Charging Time
  • Distance Range
  • Quiet (others won’t hear you coming)
  • Not very powerful
  • Expensive
  • Not many dealerships know how to service

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Pros of Gas Powered Motorcycle

  • Light weight
  • Fast
  • Range is dependent on gas availability (forever)
  • Loud (People can see hear you coming)
  • Upgrades are easier
  • Relatively Cheap
  • Bigger selection and sizes

Cons of Gas Powered Motorcycle

  • Loud (neighbors will not like it)
  • Maintenance Costs are relatively high
  • Can be messy
  • Shifting gears
  • Smell bad
  • Have to warm them up
  • Harder to learn

 

It is all about your preference and how much you want to spend in the end. An electric motorcycle might be good if you plan to have it more than ten to fifteen years but you will be stuck with having to change a battery out by then or even a couple times which pretty much cost half of the bike you bought it for. A gas-powered motorcycle, if maintenance is kept, will last for more than 15 years but you will lose some power due to wear and tear.

Not mention that insuring an electric motorcycle will cost you more because of the bike costing more than a gas powered motorcycle. It might be best to see what’s down the road a little further before we start having a more precise debate on whether an electric motorcycle would be preferred over a gas motorcycle.

Companies that make electric powered motorcycles-

Victory Motorcycles

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Lightning Motorcycles

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or crash call The Reinecke Law Firm today to see how we can help you make a full recovery to getting all that was lost in your motorcycle accident case. Do not hesitate to call us at 1(800) 275-8326. Call for a free case evaluation.