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Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off on Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement 

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office announced Friday that select law enforcement agencies across Virginia will focus on the safety of motorcycle riders through strict enforcement of all traffic laws.

As part of a statewide effort, on the weekend of April 17 and 18, law enforcement will conduct enhanced efforts on speeding, improper licensure, drinking and riding, and other infractions that are major risks to the safety of motorcyclists

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Spring Motorcycle Safety Reminder

April 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on Spring Motorcycle Safety Reminder 

Within the past 11 days 6 motorcyclists have lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways. The number of motorcycles on the roads traditionally increases in the spring months.

“As the spring weather entices more people to take to the roads to enjoy the warm temperatures and scenery, we remind everyone to be more aware of other motorists,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “It’s easy to become distracted when enjoying the views Virginia has to offer this time of year. However, the driver’s primary focus must be on the road in order to keep our highways as safe as possible for everyone’s sake.”

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS & RIDERS:

  • Drivers are reminded to be on alert for motorcycles, especially when pulling out into or across traffic, and when changing lanes.
  • Riders are encouraged to wear proper riding gear and take advantage of motorcycle training safety courses (available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/citizen/drivers/m_course.asp).
  • All motorists are advised to comply with speed limits, avoid tailgating, use signals when appropriate, and be courteous and responsible when sharing the road with one another.

From the VA State Police.

Coastal Training Technologies Releases New Training Program on Motorcycle Safety

January 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Coastal Training Technologies Releases New Training Program on Motorcycle Safety 

January 7, 2010, Virginia Beach, Virginia – Coastal Training Technologies covers new terrain with Motorcycle Safety Awareness, a timely training program that describes various ways to keep riders secure and help prevent injuries and fatalities.

The program surveys major safety issues, from risk awareness and the right attitude to practical dos and don’ts, including hand-feet coordination, selecting PPE, defensive riding, maneuvering, and emergency planning.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness will help show riders how to conduct pre-trip inspections, ride in different weather and road conditions, and observe basic road rules. It devotes a particular section on the S.E.E. method and cites the traits of a defensive rider.

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Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus

January 6, 2010 by · Comments Off on Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus 

Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2009 – U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) officially joined the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus in December 2009. He joins a bipartisan group of Members of Congress including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.

Forbes commented, “While motorcycling is fun recreation and affordable transportation, it is important to remain focused on safety. The Motorcycle Safety Caucus encourages motorcyclists to get trained and licensed, obey traffic laws, avoid mixing riding with alcohol and wear proper, motorcycle-specific safety gear, but it doesn’t stop with riders. The Caucus serves to also remind other motorists that motorcyclists use the roads as well, and to remember to look for motorcycles particularly when turning or changing lanes.”

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Harley-Davidson Recalls 111,569 Touring Motorcycles And Trikes Years 2009-2010

December 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 09V457000 – Recall Link

Summary: Harley-Davidson is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 Touring family motorcycles, including CVO Touring and Trike Products manufactured from June 6, 2008 through November 19, 2009. The front fuel tank mounts may distort in reaction to severe frame damage from a frontal collision. This condition may cause a fuel leak at the weld of the front bracket to the tunnel.

Consequences: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, which could lead to injury or death of the rider.

Remedy: Dealers will install a left and right brace, which is intended to reduce front mount distortion during certain crash conditions. This repair will be performed free of charge. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 414-343-4056 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236

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Officers On Motorcycles To Patrol Va Interstates

November 10, 2009 by · Comments Off on Officers On Motorcycles To Patrol Va Interstates 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) ― Law enforcement officers on motorcycles will be out on interstates in southeast Virginia this week to crack down on speeding and other violations.

The Motor Enforcement, Accident Reduction effort, referred to as Project M.E.A.R., will include officers from Virginia State Police along with the Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach police departments. The Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office also is participating.

Throughout the year, law-enforcement agencies work together on projects to increase enforcement on roads, track down people wanted on warrants and to identify criminal activity in undercover operations.

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I counted about 8 on I-64 between Greenbrier Parkway and Indian River Road today at lunch, so watch yourself out there.

Feds, Fairfax break up stolen-motorcycle ring

November 2, 2009 by · Comments Off on Feds, Fairfax break up stolen-motorcycle ring 

Federal customs officers say they have rolled up a motorcycle theft ring that stole bikes from Maryland and Virginia and smuggled them overseas.

Agents at the Port of Baltimore were alerted by Fairfax County police investigating an auto theft ring who said a shipping container bound for Bolivia might contain stolen motorcycles.

The agents used a database to find a container still in the seaport that matched the description offered by the police in Virginia.

Federal agents pulled the container from the ship, opened it and found four salvage cars or sport utility vehicles. Salvage vehicles are vehicles usually purchased at auction for their parts value.

Inside the salvage cars were boxes containing disassembled motorcycles — a 2009 Harley-Davidson Night Train and a 2007 Kawasaki ZX660J.

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Harley Shuts Down Buell

October 21, 2009 by · Comments Off on Harley Shuts Down Buell 

Harley-Davidson will shut down its Buell high performance division and seek a buyer for Italy’s MV Agusta as part of a drive to bolster its core motorcycle brand.

The Milwaukee-based bike maker, which has been hit by a steep decline in sales during the recession, also said on Thursday that it would put a growing emphasis on markets outside the US. It aims to boost foreign sales from 31 per cent of the total this year to at least 40 per cent by 2014, appointing 100-150 new dealers outside the US.

Keith Wandell, who took over as chief executive in May, said that “growth is the single most critical need for Harley-Davidson right now”. The company announced an 84 per cent plunge in third-quarter earnings and a 21 per cent drop in revenues.

While the Harley brand is recognized worldwide, Mr Wandell said that “we have great conviction that there is much more we can do to tap into the power of that brand and extend it further”.

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