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Have you ever been on a long ride when a cramp has suddenly struck your hand? Maybe you’ve been out riding as your back starts spasming. Many types of pain can strike while you’re riding a motorcycle. Some are annoying, some can actually affect how you ride, but there are ways to address and avoid such pains.

Avoiding Motorcycle Riding Pains

The first step in avoiding motorcycle pains is understanding why your body is hurting. Strain, dehydration and poor circulation are often at the top of this list. Relieving these problems can not only keep your ride pain-free, but it can also extend how long you can ride.

  • Riding Position—The position we ride in can often affect the pains we feel in our bodies. If your position leans too far forward, then your hands and wrists could suffer. Try to keep your forearms, wrists and brake lever in a straight line. This will help reduce strain on your hands. If you ride in a position that bends your back awkwardly, try to adopt a straighter posture. If your knees are bent too far, try sitting further back in your seat. Correct positioning can help save you a lot of pain, so make sure you’re riding with the best position for your riding style.
  • Motorcycle Adjustments—Not every bike is built for every rider. Some cruisers have handlebars that are too high. Some sport bikes have foot pegs that stuff knees into tanks. Some touring bikes have windshields that are just too short. To fix these problems, the aftermarket has many solutions for your ergonomic challenges. Handle brackets can lower, raise or move your handgrips forward or back. This can relieve pain in hands, shoulders and back. Adjustable rearsets can also allow you to customize your foot positions, relieving back and knee pain. An adjustable windscreen can divert turbulent air off riders as well, preventing neck pain, fatigue and headaches.
  • The Right Gear—Did you know that leather jackets that are too tight can push stomach acid into your esophagus? Did you know that most motorcycle helmets don’t have enough sound protection? Even your gloves can affect you pain levels when it comes to riding. Having gloves with dampening cushions can help keep your hands from going numb. Ear plugs can prevent hearing loss and headaches. Well-fitted leathers will not only keep you safe in a crash, but they will encourage proper circulation to keep you riding longer. Even a hydration pack will do wonders to help improve your ride.

Do you have any other tricks or tips to help fight motorcycle riding pains? The motorcycling attorneys at Metier Law Firm would like to hear about them. Head over to our Twitter and Facebook pages to share your knowledge. And keep following our riding attorneys to learn more about motorcycling here in Colorado.

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Is Colorado becoming a safer place for motorcyclists? Well, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to answering this question. The good news, motorcycle fatalities went down last year. The bad news, they’ve gone up over the past few years. So, what does that mean for motorcyclists here in our state?

Fighting Motorcycle Fatalities in Colorado

In 2016, 126 motorcyclists died on Colorado roadways. That was the highest number of motorcyclist deaths recorded in our state since officials started keeping track of these statistics. But in 2017, those numbers dropped to 103. This was good news. However, the number of rider deaths had increased for four years before this drop. That means last year’s decrease was only a step in the right direction. The real test comes as we tally the numbers for 2018.

As of August 27th, there have been 66 motorcycle-related fatalities in Colorado. That’s 17 percent of the total vehicle-related fatalities on our roads. Does it mean these numbers are going down? On July 30th, two motorcyclists died within hours of each other in Aurora. On August 27th, another rider in Colorado Springs succumbed to his injuries. On that same day, a 75-year-old rider involved in a crash on I-70 also passed away. This string of crashes paints a frightening picture.

Authorities are urging riders to be cautious and to brush up on their riding skills by taking a MOST motorcycle safety course. They are also urging drivers to stay vigilant for riders. Collisions with motor vehicles account for most major motorcycle crashes. They can be caused by distracted driving, inattention or just plain carelessness, so drivers need to be extra cautious.

For more information about protecting motorcycle riders, keep following the motorcycling attorneys at Metier Law Firm. We know how to help motorcyclists because we ride too.

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Did you know that summer is usually when the majority of motorcycle thefts happen in Colorado? This is probably due to more motorcycles being out on the road as riders enjoy the great cruising weather. Now, law enforcement officials are warning bikers to be extra vigilant. A spike in auto and motorcycle thefts is rolling through our state. So, if you’re not taking extra measures to keep your ride safe, you may become an easy target for motorcycle thieves.

How Active Are Motorcycle Thieves Right Now?

When a Colorado Springs man checked his driveway on the morning of July 16th, he made a shocking discovery. His Kawasaki motorcycle was gone! After checking his security camera, he learned that the theft had just happened, and after searching down the street, he was able to find his bike after the thief abandoned it. Though his story had a happy ending, not all bike owners who fall victim to motorcycle theft recover their motorcycles.

Just a few days later, an 18-year-old stepped out of his house to ride his scooter to work and found it missing. Security footage revealed that a man wearing a bandana walked up and rolled the scooter away. What was even more disturbing was the fact that the young man had locked the bike, but the thief managed to break the lock before rolling the scooter away.

In 2017, the number of motorcycle thefts in Colorado dropped by 6 percent. Despite that drop, 937 motorcycles were stolen in our state last year. Authorities are beginning to worry that these numbers could be climbing in 2018, and they are recommending that motorcyclists take measures to protect their rides.

How Can I Protect My Motorcycle?

In addition to locking your bike, you should also consider locking the bike to a stationary object. Using disc locks, cable locks and U-bolts are also recommended. Remember that thieves are less likely to take a motorcycle if they can’t easily tell what the bike is, so covering your bike when it is outside is a good precaution. An audible alarm or a Lojack system can also help protect your bike and improve your chances of recovery if someone does try to take it.

For more tips about protecting your motorcycle from thieves, keep following the motorcycling attorneys at Metier Law Firm.

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It’s that time of year again! Sturgis has begun and that means riders from all over the country are congregating on a tiny town in the Black Hills for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. However, the rally isn’t the only thing to do when you go to visit Sturgis. Here is a list of a few highways to ride while you’re out enjoying the comradery.

The Riding Roads of Sturgis 2018

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – This ride takes you down a section of highway named after Governor Peter Norbeck. It is one of the most famous rides in all of Sturgis and will give you a taste of many of the other riding routes in the area. This 66-mile route will introduce you to all the flavors of riding in South Dakota, including Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. The loop includes US 16A, SD 36, SD 87 and SD 244. It’s a great way to get a taste of everything.

Wildlife Loop Road – This 18-mile ride will take you into the heart of Custer State Park, giving you the chance to view both vistas and wildlife. Depending on the time of day that you ride through, you could get to see bison, prairie dogs, coyote, deer, antelope or elk. And if you miss seeing your favorite animal the first time through, you have the perfect excuse to ride through a few more times. Just remember to take it slow and stop off at the visitor center to maximize the experience.

Needles Highway – It can get narrow at points, and it is mostly visited by the likes of tourists, but the Needles Highway has got some seriously beautiful sites. The spires of red granite that litter this ride are the highway’s namesake. It also features two one lane tunnels and you’ll have to go through the Custer State Park entrance to get there. However, the toll is a small price to pay to see this natural beauty.

Do you have a favorite road you like to visit when you go up to Sturgis? Let the attorneys who ride at the Metier Law Firm know about it by posting your comments and images on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And don’t forget, if you find yourself in trouble, our attorneys are here to get you the help you need!

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In the auto world, semi-autonomous safety features and self-driving capability are all the rage at the moment. These trends often don’t seem like they would fit very well in the concept of motorcycling, but you might be surprised. There are some new technologies being tried out for motorcycles, and they could bring the autonomous trend to two wheels.

Are Motorcycle Safety Technologies Going to Be Autonomous?

Many motorcycle accidents are the result of drivers not noticing motorcycles out on the open road. That could soon change as manufacturers start to look at advanced vehicle communication systems. Ducati and Audi have been working together to develop a way for cars and motorcycles to talk to each other.

The system is called the Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology (C-V2X). It uses 5G mobile bands to communicate with other vehicles and paint a picture of every vehicle on the roadway. This will allow the system to be aware of the other vehicles on the roadway and vice-versa. This will allow cars to see motorcycles even when drivers don’t see them.

A system like this will enable cars to apply automatic braking or use semi-autonomous maneuvers to avoid collisions with vulnerable motorcyclists. On July 12th, Ducati and Audi debuted a demonstration of the C-V2X system. In the presentation, a car avoided a left-hand turn collision and a right-of-way intersection crash.

These systems have many applications, which could help motorcyclists enjoy a safer ride. What do you think about these systems? Are there other ways they can improve safety? Tell us what you think on Facebook and Twitter, and keep following the motorcycle safety lawyers here at Metier Law Firm.

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Is Colorado becoming a safer place for motorcyclists? Well, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to answering this question. The good news, motorcycle fatalities went down last year. The bad news, they’ve gone up over the past few years. So, what does that mean for motorcyclists here in our state? Fighting Motorcycle Fatalities in Colorado In 2016, 126 motorcyclists died on Colorado roadways. That was the highest number of motorcyclist deaths recorded in our state since officials started keeping track of these statistics. But in 2017, those numbers dropped to 103. This was good news. However, the number of rider deaths had increased for four years before this drop. That means last year’s decrease was only a step in the right direction. The real test comes as we tally the numbers for 2018. As of August 27th, there have been 66 motorcycle-related fatalities in Colorado. That’s 17...
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Have you ever been on a long ride when a cramp has suddenly struck your hand? Maybe you’ve been out riding as your back starts spasming. Many types of pain can strike while you’re riding a motorcycle. Some are annoying, some can actually affect how you ride, but there are ways to address and avoid such pains. Avoiding Motorcycle Riding Pains The first step in avoiding motorcycle pains is understanding why your body is hurting. Strain, dehydration and poor circulation are often at the top of this list. Relieving these problems can not only keep your ride pain-free, but it can also extend how long you can ride. Riding Position—The position we ride in can often affect the pains we feel in our bodies. If your position leans too far forward, then your hands and wrists could suffer. Try to keep your forearms, wrists and brake lever in a straight...
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Did you know that summer is usually when the majority of motorcycle thefts happen in Colorado? This is probably due to more motorcycles being out on the road as riders enjoy the great cruising weather. Now, law enforcement officials are warning bikers to be extra vigilant. A spike in auto and motorcycle thefts is rolling through our state. So, if you’re not taking extra measures to keep your ride safe, you may become an easy target for motorcycle thieves. How Active Are Motorcycle Thieves Right Now? When a Colorado Springs man checked his driveway on the morning of July 16th, he made a shocking discovery. His Kawasaki motorcycle was gone! After checking his security camera, he learned that the theft had just happened, and after searching down the street, he was able to find his bike after the thief abandoned it. Though his story had a happy ending, not all...
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It’s that time of year again! Sturgis has begun and that means riders from all over the country are congregating on a tiny town in the Black Hills for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. However, the rally isn’t the only thing to do when you go to visit Sturgis. Here is a list of a few highways to ride while you’re out enjoying the comradery. The Riding Roads of Sturgis 2018 Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – This ride takes you down a section of highway named after Governor Peter Norbeck. It is one of the most famous rides in all of Sturgis and will give you a taste of many of the other riding routes in the area. This 66-mile route will introduce you to all the flavors of riding in South Dakota, including Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. The loop includes US 16A, SD 36, SD...
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In the auto world, semi-autonomous safety features and self-driving capability are all the rage at the moment. These trends often don’t seem like they would fit very well in the concept of motorcycling, but you might be surprised. There are some new technologies being tried out for motorcycles, and they could bring the autonomous trend to two wheels. Are Motorcycle Safety Technologies Going to Be Autonomous? Many motorcycle accidents are the result of drivers not noticing motorcycles out on the open road. That could soon change as manufacturers start to look at advanced vehicle communication systems. Ducati and Audi have been working together to develop a way for cars and motorcycles to talk to each other. The system is called the Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology (C-V2X). It uses 5G mobile bands to communicate with other vehicles and paint a picture of every vehicle on the roadway. This will allow the system...
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