Motorcycle Safety

Using Nitrogen In Motorcycle Tires

NitrogenUsing Nitrogen in Motorcycle tires is nothing new. In fact, the practice has been around for a long time and is considered to be a better and safer alternative to using compressed air.

Nitrogen is already abundant in the air we breathe (about 78%) with Oxygen making up most of the rest (about 21%). However, there are several other components including Argon (1%) and Carbon Dioxide (.03%) and trace amounts (measured in parts per million) of others including Neon, Methane, Helium, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide, Ozone, and Xenon.

Nitrogen reduces permeation

Oxygen permeates through the rubber walls of tires 3-4 times faster than Nitrogen. The water vapor contained in air migrates through the tire wall at a rate of up to 250 times faster than Nitrogen resulting in pressure losses that can be up to 1 pound or more per month. Read more »

MSF To Lead Motorcycle Training In New York

msfStarting in 2009, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been contracted to provide motorcycle rider safety training in New York State.

The Motorcycle Association Of New York State (MANYS) previously ran the program from 1998 to December of 2008. The current program was started in 1997, when the New York State Legislature established the Motorcycle Safety Fund to finance a statewide motorcycle operator and instructor training program. Over the last 5 years nearly 70,000 motorcyclists have received training.

Visit the NYS DMV Website or the  Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Website Read more »

New Law Regulates Lead On Youth ATVs And Motorcycles

A new national limit on lead in children’s products including small motorcycles and ATV’s may force motorcycle dealers to pull dirt bikes and other products off showroom floors.

The new law prevents the sale of all products for children ages 12 and under that contains lead over specified limits. The new law will hurt all ages of riders of some widely popular motorcycles, motocross and mini-bikes because they now won’t be able to get new equipment or repair the machines they have. Read more »

Report: Antilock Brakes Help Motorcyclists Avoid Fatal Crashes

Two new studies indicate crash reductions associated with anti-lock brakes.

The studies found Insurance losses are “21 percent lower, and fatal crash rates are reduced 38 percent for motorcycles with antilock brakes compared to those without”. Read more »

TxDOT Urges Motorists To Be On The Lookout For Motorcyclists

Increasing Motorcycle Sales Spur Safety Risks

Texas DOT LogoAUSTIN –  With gas prices topping $4.00 per gallon, more and more Texans are trading their gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks for more fuel-efficient motorcycles to save at the pump. More motorcycles on the road means more motorcyclists may crash and ultimately die on Texas roadways. That’s why the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is launching a motorcycle safety campaign encouraging drivers to take extra caution watching for motorcyclists on roadways. Read more »

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