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Bike Jackets

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Proposition: Well designed  jackets for motorcycle riding enhances your riding by: preventing/reducing some types of injury in a crash making you safer and more alert by reducing discomfort, fatigue and dehydration improving conspicuity – bright colors and contrasts will make you more visible Unfortunately we see many preventable injuries. Even minor road rash injuries can be very painful. I wanted to …

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Bike Pants

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Can your pants last between 4 and 7 seconds while sliding on asphalt? Did you know you have more risk of injury to the legs than to the upper body? Four out of five casualties have injuries to  their legs and a third suffer fractures. What is the typical rider likely to wear? You guessed it, Denim jeans. Denim jeans …

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Riding at Night

Riding at night is quite a different ball game. Reduced Visibility You see less which yields less information. Your normally wide field of vision is narrowed to the field illuminated by your headlight. Additionally, depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown. Perception and reaction times increase (up to 3 seconds for the unimpaired). Properly aligned and …

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Common Errors for New Riding Season

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However, the local news reported the first motorcycle accident already. While the details are not known, they are predictable, are they not? What are some of the common errors riders make starting a new season? Bike is not ready to ride, tire pressures are not optimum Riders are not ready to ride and need time to become re-acquainted with their …

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Pedestrian Near-miss Story

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Last year, about November, I almost hit a teenager darting out into traffic. The conditions were: Night time Street lights (spaced over 150 feet apart with dark spots in between illuminated areas) Straight road Mid block No adverse weather I was on duty, on regular patrol, heading into the center of town. I noticed a group of about three or …

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Hazard Detection: Speed Variance

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  The most basic speed law throughout the country is very similar, see below. PA Basic Speed Law § 3361. Driving vehicle at safe speed. No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, nor at a speed greater than …

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