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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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Motorcycling is fun, thrilling and calming. That’s why so many people become spellbound by the freedom provided by these two-wheeled machines. However, this spectacular pastime comes with certain risks. Do you know how best to protect yourself from these risks? Some use fancy gadgets, others use leather, pad and carbon fiber, but sometimes motorcyclists need an attorney too. Three Reasons Why Motorcyclists Need an Attorney Post-Crash Who Is at Fault – Motorcyclists often get a bad rap. People accuse them of speeding, reckless riding and general roguishness. So, it is not too shocking that in some circumstances, bystanders and authorities immediately place blame on a motorcyclist. However, attorneys don’t work on assumptions. After conducting an independent investigation of the evidence, you may be surprised at what an attorney discovers. Distracted driving, speeding cars and defective parts can all cause motorcycle accidents. Depending on the evidence, a lawyer may also be...
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Memorial Day is when we honor the soldiers who lost their lives protecting the freedoms of America. The fight for our rights worldwide, but what about those who protect our freedom domestically? We see police officers every day, but how often do we honor their sacrifice? Well, a ride here in Colorado does just that, and its connections to comradery and brotherhood might surprise you. How Motorcyclists Honor Fallen Officers with a Ride On June 1, the engines of around 100 motorcycles rode through Schriever Air Force Base, which is located near Colorado Springs. These riders came from miles around to participate in the 5th Annual Front Range Fallen Officer Memorial Ride. The ride started at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station before hitting the road to Fort Carson, Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy. At each stop, riders did their best...
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Motorcycle season here in Colorado is finally underway, mountain passes have cleared of snow, and temperatures are now high enough to make riding comfortable. However, considering how vulnerable riders are out on the open road, motorcycle safety has to be a top priority. Now that responsibility will fall to the Colorado State Patrol, but are they up to the task? It’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and here’s what you need to know about changes in motorcycle safety here in Colorado! Colorado MOST Program Under Colorado State Patrol Control Last year not only saw a drop in the number of motorcycle fatalities, but it also saw several big changes when it comes to motorcycle safety. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation took a new role in regards to the state’s Motorcycle Operator Safety Training, and it was decided that CSP would take control of that program as well. In January, CSP took control...
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