Category Archives: motorcycle safety

Clutch issues behind 22K Harley recall

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is recalling more than 22,000 motorcycles due to issues with their clutch. In one recall, 19,597 certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE motorcycles because the clutch master cylinder may allow air … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety training Oct. 12

The Scotts Valley Police Department’s “Motorcycle Safety Training Course Safety and Survival Skills For the Civilian Rider” is coming down the pike Oct. 12 at Scotts Valley High Campus, 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., … Continue reading

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$87 million in federal grants to improve safety in Golden State

As it readies to become the state’s new Transportation Agency July 1, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has approved $87 million in federally funded traffic safety grants administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some 274 projects statewide … Continue reading

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Safety video tells drivers, motorcyclists ways to share the road

What do you think about this video that encourages motorists and motorcyclists to share the road? View it at nnhttp://destinationsafety.com/promotions/safety-videos/.

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Motorcycle safety training course offered June 8 in Scotts Valley

Experienced riders who would like to brush up on their skills can sign up the the motorcycle safety course hosted by the Scotts Valley Police Department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Held in the Scotts Valley high … Continue reading

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Lane-splitting guidelines aim to educate motorists, riders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your column! A recent article reported that the State has new ‘guidelines’ for motorcycles regarding lane splitting. However, it would seem that, as guidelines, there still is no law that controls what motorcyclists may … Continue reading

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Loose bolts, engine failure behind Suzuki’s 5K bike recall

Engine failure caused by loose bolts on the side stand interlock switch is behind the recall of 4,969 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycles. If the engine stops running while the bike is in motion, it could increase the rider’s risk of … Continue reading

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Wrong way cycling advocate wants to change traffic law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read your article today (Monday 5/28/12) and appreciate you printed it. For over 50 years, I was an avid bicycle rider, going without a car for many of those years. That all changed with the … Continue reading

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BMW recalls 2012 S1000RR motorcycles due to engine problem

BMW is recalling 1,414 2012 S1000RR motorcycles because the connecting rod bolts may loosen during high engine temperatures and/or high speeds, causing catastrophic engine damage. The escaping oil could cause handling issues, possibly leading to a crash. The recall impacts … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist urges motorists to keep an eye out for smaller road users

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Being a motorcyclist for 55 years, I’d like to offer a tip to all motorists. While driving — pulling out on to a street, making a left turn, changing lanes, etc. — learn to focus on … Continue reading

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