There are thousands of makes and models of motorcycles to buy on the market today and depending on the type of riding style you are into there are numerous things that go along with it to fit in with the motorcycle crowd. In this post we are going to talk about some of the different kinds of motorcycles there are and ways you can determine what kind of motorcycle you should look for to purchase. When picking out a motorcycle you need to consider aspects such as: how far will I be riding the motorcycle? how often will I be riding it? am I going to be riding it alone? how much power can I handle? and many other questions. Our recommendation when starting to ride motorcycles is to look for a used motorcycle as they are cheaper and not a big worry if and when you take a fall. Lets start out with some basic beginner motorcycles.
If you are reading this posting it probably means that you have purchased a motorcycle and you want to hit the road and meet new people or you are new at riding in groups and need to know how to ride in a group. You have come to the right place for learning.
1. The first thing you want to do is organize the ride. This can be as informal as standing around in a parking lot, or as formal as a special meeting to hand out maps and cellphone numbers.
2. Remember that riding in a group does not mean you surrender any decision-making when it comes to your safety. Ride your own ride, and don’t go any faster than you feel comfortable going. Large groups carry more risks of injury and crashing.
3. When picking your route and the stops you’ll make along it, consider the stamina of the group, the experience of all the riders, and the limits of the motorcycles in the group. Remember, these are your friends. If it’s going to be a long ride, be sure to take a few breaks along the way.
4. You’ll need to communicate while on the ride, so make sure everyone knows the signals you’ll use. Make the signals simple, some suggestions are in the image below.
5. When creating your formation, it’s wise to have your experienced riders at the lead and running sweep. Consider positioning the less-experienced riders immediately behind the leader. This allows the front rider to adjust the pace if necessary.
6. Ideally, the sweep rider will have a cellphone to call for help if a motorcycle is disabled, or if there has been an accident.
7. If the goal of the ride is to keep the group together, the leader should only go at the pace of the least-experienced rider.
8. While riding, don’t fixate on the motorcycle in front of you. Instead, remember your basic training. Look well through the turn to where you want to go.
9. If the group is riding faster than you are comfortable with, let the sweep rider know you’re dropping out and ride at your own pace. So you may reach your destination a few seconds behind the others, but you will get there, and that’s what’s important. Keep in mind, it’s all about fun.
10. All riders are also responsible for making sure their motorcycles are mechanically up to the task. Before you even meet up with the group, make sure you’ve got plenty of fuel in the tank, and that you’ve taken care of all maintenance issues. Not sure what to check? Use T-CLOCS. You really don’t want to be the reason for stopping the group for something mechanical you could have prevented.
11. If it’s going to be a large group, consider establishing a buddy system among the riders, or divide the group into smaller five- or seven-rider packs. That way, if something goes wrong, you don’t have 25 motorcycles sitting on the side of a busy highway. Also, smaller groups can more easily navigate through city streets.
12. On the road, motorcyclists should have at least a 2-second cushion in front and behind them. If you want to keep the group tight, consider a staggered formation. Leave enough room per lane so each rider can maneuver side-to-side if need be. Avoid side-by-side formations as they shrink your space cushion.
13. Trikes and sidecars should stay in the center of the lane, and should be given the same amount of cushion as if they were a car. Never lane-share or lane split on a trike or sidecar.
14. As turns get sharper, or as visibility decreases, move back to a single file formation. You’ll also want to use single file when entering or exiting a highway, at toll booths, or when roads have a rough or questionable surface.
15. At intersections where you’ve come to a stop, tighten the formation to side-by-side to take up less space. As the light turns green, or when traffic opens up, the bike on the left proceeds through the intersection first.
16. Remember we share the road with many other vehicles, and it’s against the law to block an intersection.
17. When parking, try to get the group off the roadway as quickly as possible. If you can, arrange in advance to have pull-through parking at your destination, or at the very least, make sure there is ample parking for your size group.
18. Hold on tight and have lots fun riding with your friends and Staying Safe. Ride like you want to ride again tomorrow.
If you or a loved one are ever in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately at (800) 275-8326 for a free case evaluation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Reinecke Law is proud to represent motorcyclists in the community for 30 years.
After you have been in a motorcycle accident and feel that you need to higher a lawyer to help you get the most out of your case settlement and that starts with selecting the right lawyer to begin with. We have come up with six key tips to help you select the right lawyer for you case and they are as follows:
There are several thousands of law firms and lawyers all around you willing to help you out. Lawyers come in all shapes, sizes, and experience. Some work to handle any type of case they get their hands on while others only work with a specific type of area. Some are willing to travel across the nation and others will only work within a specific county. An experienced lawyer will have the knowledge to know how to handle your accident case. Lawyers that have been around a longer may cost more but they will know how to get everything they can for you and help you to a full recovery. They will most likely know and have already seen the type of accident your case is and can help you through the steps of recovery.
Some lawyers will practice in a field of one area or another. Others may try to practice in any and all cases they receive. Motorcycle injury lawyers are classified as Personal Injury Lawyers, who also can work with numerous types of cases including Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, dangerous foods, drugs, and consumer products. A true motorcycle lawyer that you should want to hire is one who deals with only motorcycle injury cases, as they will have the knowledge on how to get you the most out of your settlement because that is the only thing that they deal with.
Finding a reputable lawyer will help you feel confident and stressed free as you know you will be in good hands. A lawyer with a good reputation will put you in the best situation to recovering everything that you deserve as well as resolving your case quickly and fairly. A great reputation of a lawyer will show their successes in previous dealings with the court systems and insurance companies.
Lawyers that have a good reputation will know how to handle your accident case in all the right ways and will use the correct procedures to ensure that your case is properly taken care of in the right amount of time.
(warning*)There are many law firms that can look reputable because of a website or review service and there are several “claimed” law firms that are referral services, watch out for them as you may not know who you are going to get to help you in your case. There is a chance that your case could end up in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer where you may not get the full settlement you deserve.
Objectivity is something that can not be understated for your cases compensation. A good lawyer will take the time to handle your case and will not try to settle your case too quickly as it could mean that the settlement was not fair for you. A good lawyer will take the time to seek every angle of your case to maximize your chances of getting the most out of your settlement.
When selecting the right motorcycle lawyer it is a good idea to find one that will be available to you to ask questions about your case, know the status of your case, and return your calls in a timely manner. A lawyer with good personality will have good ethics and will provide you assurance that he is on your side.
How busy and active is your motorcycle lawyer? Is your motorcycle lawyer always busy? A busy lawyer can mean that they have a lot business which is good for reputation. Are they a family oriented person? It could mean that they have good morals and ethics in society. Do they pursue to be active in charities and events? It could mean that they want to help in the society and the community instead of being materialistic or famous. They seek to do good with what they have available to them. An active and busy lawyer will give you assurance that your lawyer is not wasting yours and his time.
If you haven’t found the right lawyer for your motorcycle injury case you need to contact The Reinecke Law Firm today. The Reinecke Law Firm is the best motorcycle law firm in Southern California with over a 98.7% success rate. Our attorney Tom Reinecke is a motorcycle lawyer who deals specifically with motorcycle injury cases and has over 28 years of experience in the field. Speak with him directly at (800) 275-8326 for a free case evaluation.
Lane sharing or splitting is legal in the state of California and should be legal in every state. As much as you think that we are saying this just for the good business for motorcycle lawyers, there is great safety in lane splitting when done correctly and without other motorists attempting to get in the way. For the majority of the motorcyclists lane-splitting, it can be done safely and without any problems. Unfortunately only a few motorcyclists have to make it seem like they own the roads and give the bad rep to the rest of the motorcycle community. Most motorcyclists just want to enjoy their time and freedom of being on their iron horse. The problem is that it only takes a few motorcyclists and bad decisions to make people hate all people on motorcycles.
California is the only state that has no laws that prohibit lane-sharing and several motorcyclists in other states have been trying to be the same. There used to be a 10 mph limit to land splitting that has since been removed allowing riders to ride at any speed while lane splitting. This can be good and bad.
Pros of Lane-splitting:
- Quickly and Efficiently avoid waiting in traffic
- Cools down air-cooled motorcycles from overheating
- Prevents rear-end collisions from happening
- Cools the rider down from riding with heavy clothing
- Saves fuel and Time
Cons of Lane-Splitting:
- Dangerous at high speeds
- Broken Mirrors and Scratches on cars
- Lane Changing Vehicles
- Opened Doors
- Angered or Startled Motorists
- Riding in blind spots
- Motorcyclist to be liable majority in an accident
Whether you are a motorist or a motorcyclist you have to watch out for each other and make good decisions, not illegal moves such as crossing in and out of the carpool lane when the lane is closed. Motorcyclists are practically exposed with no cage or coverage around them to protect them from harm like a vehicle. A motorcyclist hitting another car or vice versa can have significant damage to motorcyclist and cause them to be ejected in the air. A motorist that disobeys the law will be found at fault nearly every time.
Motorists that are angry or jealous of motorcycles are considered highly dangerous to as they can swerve to hit a motorcyclist and cause an accident. It is illegal to get in the way of a motorcyclist even if you were startled or angered as they ride by you.
Lane splitting can still be cited even though there are no given limitations specified in the law about what is legal or not. A police officer may cite you if you are lane splitting or straddling the line in an unsafe manner. It is possible for you to receive a citation because of a biased police officer.
In a poll given to motorists, there were many who claimed that they did not know that it was legal to lane-split or lane-share and thought it was a unacceptable action. That is quite alarming considering how many motorists that are on the highways today.
Some good general guidelines for safe lane-splitting are found on The California Motorcyclist Safety Program pdf here. Although they are not laws but some guidelines you’d be a lot safer by abiding by them than without them.
If you or a loved one have been in a recent motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm for a free case evaluation at (800) 275-8326. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
TomReinecke.com and BestMotorcycleLawyer.com supports the Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitative Center Foundation, whose goal is to raise funds for injured individuals, including fellow motorcyclists, whose lives have been forever changed by Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Their Goal is the “Restoration of Health, Rebuilding of Lives, and the Revitalization of Hope.”
Located in Downey, California, the Rancho Los amigos National Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to Southern California Individuals with catastrophic injuries. Rancho Los Amigos is one of the finest rehabilitation hospitals in the world and for the past 20 years has been named by U.S. New & World Report as “One of Americas Best Hospitals”.
Tom Reinecke first started supporting Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Hospital in 2002, after one of his clients sustained a life changing spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. Since then, Tom has been to Rancho on numerous occasions to visit other clients and he has learned first hand that “Rancho’s doctors, therapist and nurses provided the highest quality of care and rehabilitative services for his clients.”
The Reinecke Law Firm is proud to support Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitative Cent. If you would like to donate to help injured motorcyclists, please visit ranchofoundation.org.