United Nations Passes Resolution on Global Road Rules

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April 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

curtA few weeks back, the United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution titled, “Improving Global Road Safety.” The rationale behind it is pretty simple – to make all roadways safer regardless of if you’re in a cage or cruising on two wheels.

What does this resolution mean for you? Not much right now, but it’s possible that legislation at a state-level could be coming your way in the not too distant future.

The resolution urges all member states to pass legislation banning all forms of distracted driving – cell phone usage, including texting while driving. There’s also wording surrounding mandatory helmet law as well as harmonization of vehicle … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Class Brings New, Old Riders Together – Each with a Story to Tell

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February 24, 2014 | By: Kayleigh Pingel

Motorcycle CourseMotorcycle riders each have their own history of how they ended up in the saddle, where their bikes originated from, and what drives them to continue their journey on two wheels. If you read my personal story in my first blog post, you’ll know that nearly a year ago I started riding my own motorcycle after completing a basic motorcycle rider course. But I feel that my story is far from the most interesting out there, so I’d like to share the stories of some of the motorcyclists who learned to ride alongside me over those few days almost a year ago.

Gathering for a motorcycle course in … Continue Reading

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A Mandatory Helmet Law Could Be in Your Future

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December 15, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

So the government is trying to get Mandatory helmets? into your business again, sneaking through legislation that would force all 50 states to invoke a mandatory helmet law for all ages.

I’m writing this on Wednesday, having only caught wind of it earlier this week, so I have no idea what the outcome will be. But I can tell you this: Although I wear a helmet 99 percent of the time, I don’t believe that any other adult should have to do so. Fact is, I could care less if you want to wear a helmet or not.

For me personally, I’m a fairly aggressive rider and, combined with texting teen-agers and general … Continue Reading

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What The EPA Didn’t Tell You About Ethanol

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August 30, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

Back in 2005, the Energy Policy Act penned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put into place ensuring that gasoline sold in the United States has a minimum volume of renewable fuel. Ethanol is considered a renewable fuel.

After 2005, many automotive manufacturers complained to the EPA about the damage caused by adding ethanol to fuel, but to no avail. The EPA plans on doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel by 2012, yet it doesn’t appear they’re too concerned about the problems ethanol can cause to your engine. More than 16 billion gallons of ethanol were mandated for use under the guise of a Clean Air Act last … Continue Reading

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House OKs Bill to Exempt Kids’ Off-highway Vehicles from Lead Law

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August 3, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

We’ve harped about our battle to end the ban on youth ATV and motorcycle riding on this blog for months now, and it’s beginning to look like our efforts and the efforts of the American Motorcyclist Association and other pro-powersports organizations are making some serious headway.

This week — somewhere in between votes on debt ceilings — the U.S. House of Representatives found time to approve legislation (by a 421-2 vote) that exempts children’s off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that bans the sale of these vehicles at the end of 2011.

According to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the measure won House support on Monday and now heads … Continue Reading

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011 | By: Jason Hayes

With spring almost here, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day brings food, friends, and a few pints together to reflect Irish heritage. There are almost 37 million Americans that have Irish roots but this holiday is not only celebrated by the Irish.  Anybody that likes a good time and a little green beer can partake in the party.

On this holiday, unfortunately, there is an increase in alcohol related accidents and deaths. On St. Patrick’s Day 2008, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each … Continue Reading

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How Do You Get a Two-wheel License on a Three-wheel Vehicle?

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March 16, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

I was spending my Sunday afternoon doing what I normally do on Sundays —watching the supercross race — when a commercial came on the screen. The ad was for the Can-Am Roadster, also commonly referred to as a Can-Am Spyder. If you’re not familiar with the Can-Am Roadster, it’s a three-wheeled vehicle that features two wheels in front and a drive wheel in the back. The vehicle is made by BRP.

Personally, I don’t have a real issue with this vehicle, other than I’d just as soon drive an ice cream truck with music blaring and kiddy signs all over it before I’d throw a leg over one of … Continue Reading

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Show Your Support and Stop the Ban

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February 17, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Back in December we posted an article about the ongoing fight to end the ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles. After two years of efforts by dealers and enthusiast Congress has taken notice. Tomorrow the House of Representatives Subcommittee On Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will have a hearing to review the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, otherwise known as the “Lead law”. The MIC has submitted a letter to direct attention to the unintended ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles that has resulted from the CPSIA lead content provision.

MIC issued a video prodding motorcyclists to show their support and make a push for Congress to amend the CPSIA and … Continue Reading

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