Category Archives: motorcycle safety

Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler announce recalls

Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler are all recalling thousands of vehicles due to safety concerns. Read on: Manufacturer: Ford Vehicle model(s): 2011 F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles made between Feb.1, 2010 and July 1, 2011; 2012 F-53 AND F-59 … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety enters the 21st century

What do you think about airbags for motorcycles? Efforts are underway to improve motorcycle safety by installing airbags in bikes, as well as in rider jackets. Here’s more on the subject from ABC: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/step-towards-safer-motorcycle-riding-154804126.html. Meanwhile, last week, Street Smarts asked … Continue reading

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Reader weighs in on motorcycle helmet law

Dear Street Smarts, I feel that a helmet is a personal decision — and no I do not ride. BUT I feel that if a rider does not wear a helmet that they are then and there taking on full … Continue reading

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Motorcycle, motor scooter helmet laws not built the same state to state

During my recent Hawaii vacation, I noticed that few motorcyclists and zero scooter riders wore helmets while they zipped around Waikiki and Honolulu on the island of Oahu. How could this be? Each state is in charge of crafting their … Continue reading

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Recalls announced for Honda/Yamaha motorcyles, Pontiac cars

Several vehicles, passenger car and motorcycle alike, are being recalled this week because of issues that could pose a danger to drivers and their passengers. Here’s a short list from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Company: General Motors Vehicle: … Continue reading

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Harley-Davidson recalls nearly 251,000 motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is recalling 250,757 motorcycles representing 25 models manufactured from June 6 2008 through Sept. 16, 2011 because of a problem with the rear brake light. The recalled bikes represent model year 2009-2012 touring, CVO touring and trike vehicles, according … Continue reading

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Get transportation-related recall notices in your email

Drivers can get the latest recall news sent to their email by signing up for a service offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists can subscribe by logging in at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/subscriptions/index.cfm and choose to follow recalls regarding tires, … Continue reading

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Pain at the pump an incentive to commute green

With gas prices inching upward, consumers should know there are things they can do to reduce the pain at the pump. The buzz is that gas prices could sore to $6 if, say, a hurricane were to strike an oil … Continue reading

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Helmet color can increase motorcycle safety

As you may have read, I spent four days during the first two weeks of March in a motorcycle riding safety course taught through Cabrillo Extension. In that class, I and the other 15 students learned to ride, as well … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist offers simple riding advice

Last week, Street Smarts asked motorcyclists to offer tips for beginning riders. Wasabi wrote on the Street Smarts blog that new riders should, “Check out the book,  ‘Let’s Ride,’ by Sonny Barger. Forty-three years riding and teaching, and it is a book … Continue reading

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