Monday, October 17, 2016

Motorcycle Safety Insight from Russ Brown Blog: Think Before You Drink

October 07, 2016 // By Kari Kempka - ABATE of Wisconsin Public Relations Director
Original Article from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Motorcyclists have many factors to keep in mind while riding, balance, environment, road conditions, other drivers, animals running out on the road and so much more. Riding takes skill, concentration and focus. When a rider adds alcohol to the mix, the results can be deadly.
The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles reported that alcohol and/or speed were the primary contributing factors in 56% of fatal single unit motorcycle crashes in 2012 and in 31% of all single motorcycle crashes. In 2013, 527 people were killed in all vehicle crashed with 35% in alcohol related crashes, 30% in speed related crashes and 15% in crashes that involved both speed and alcohol.
ABATE of Wisconsin Inc. wants all riders to “Think Before You Drink” when riders are out enjoying the beautiful summer weather and they share that responsibility with all motorist in Wisconsin. ABATE of Wisconsin’s larger events have motels nearby with shuttle service or offer free camping. They also promote peer to peer discussion if someone is under the influence allowing a clearer head to make the decision to stay off the road. All motorcycle enthusiasts need to be aware of the role alcohol plays in their riding ability. Many deaths could have been avoided if only the rider thought before they had too many drinks. No one’s life is worth a temporary buzz.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Report from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys: Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations

September 27th, 2016
By David "Double D." Devereaux for Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Bobby Colella served in the infantry for 21 years and spent much of that time overseas helping protect citizens of other countries from threats of brutal dictators. He fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 05-06, in Ramadi and Fallujah, and Baqubah in 07-08. Bobby says, 

"I know I was forfeiting my personal freedoms as an American to protect and serve our civil liberties and freedoms on the home front - and like many of you, it was a sacrifice I was willing to make for the greater good of our nation."

Upon leaving the Army in November 2010, Bobby found himself trying to find his place in society. He met and joined the Bikers for Christ Motorcycle Ministry, where the paster was a Vietnam veteran that Bobby easily connected with. Soon after becoming a member, Bobby and his pastor were denied entrance to a motorcycle event because they were wearing motorcycle colors. Bobby was shocked, describing 'a moment of enlightenment' that came in the form of a simple 'No Colors' sign...

I was denied access to an event simply for what I was wearing. It turns out that the freedom I thought I was fighting for was a myth, especially when it came to the First Amendment and freedom to express yourself...This wasn't the America I fought for, and it certainly wasn't the America our brothers, fathers, uncles and friends fought and died for either.

Unfortunately, Bobby's experience is not unique among returning veterans. In fact, a majority of Veteran motorcycle club members have been denied access to public accommodations in this way at home after devoting themselves to fighting for the freedom of expression and association. According to the NMPS, there are an estimated 934,000 members of Veterans motorcycle clubs, and almost every motorcycle clubs has veterans - even if they are not a military club.

According to the National Motorcycle Profiling Survey 2015-16, a majority of members of military Veteran motorcycle clubs have been denied access to public accommodations, both private and publicly owned. Veteran clubs have also been the victim of massive police surveillance at public events, many being harassed. Some events involving Veterans have even been completely shut down.

The statistics are shocking.

Click here to read all about this epidemic on the Russ Brown blog!

Friday, September 30, 2016

ADV Moto Test Rides the 2016 Africa Twin

Yet again, ADV Moto has come out with an awesome new review on Honda's 2016 model of the Africa Twin. We've shared some of expert motorcycle journalist Scotty Breauxman's pros and cons about the bike and a taste of his thoughts on how it rides - but you've GOT to visit ADV Moto's page and read the whole article. Talk about on point. Not just helpful, but honest and super in-depth- which is what we all know we need when it comes to deciding what our next big bike purchase is going to be. 

Click here to visit ADV Moto's article on the Africa Twin for 2016!



 Sturdy suspension and wheels Good luck getting one this year
 Narrow profile feels more like a dirtbike Obnoxiously undersized footpegs
 Game changing DCT option

Let’s get straight to the point: The CRF 1000L “Africa Twin” has been so highly anticipated as the next standard of adventure that Big Red has no choice but to raise the bar for BMWKTM and the others. Honda has come with their A-game and the final verdict may be surprising to riders of all skill levels and taste: I’ll take the DCT (Automatic) Dual Clutch Transmission model as the “do-it-all” adventure steed. Before we tried it in the dirt, the DCT model was dismissed as the intro/beginner model for newbies. After switching back and forth between the 2 models, we found the DCT to be more manageable, safer and fun to operate than its manual sibling.

The DCT is actually a "net" higher performance machine whose transmission resembles a Porsche or Ferrari.  With its left-side finger and thumb controlled "paddle shifting", the rider can override the automatic mode with subtle push-button up and down gear changes.  Don't kid around, the standard model is a sturdy beast but the DCT is on another level.  It takes a little bit of getting used to and riders will find themselves reaching for foot and hand levers for the first few miles.  But after acclimating to the DCT system, the rider is relieved of using mind and motor skills on shifting and can focus more attention on line selection, throttle and braking.

Read ADV Moto's FULL REVIEW of Honda's new Africa Twin!

First Ride Review from Rider Magazine: 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Touring Bikes

By Greg Drevenstedt Rider Magazine            September 08, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yes, your dealership needs to go mobile - now. Expert explains and simplifies the role of mobile advertising in the powersports industry

This week, PowerSports Business published an incredibly valuable article for powersports and motorcycle dealers by mobile industry expert Ron Cariker. Pointing out the obvious overwhelm that can be pushed onto dealerships when they're told that they'll fail without a digitized mobile presence, Cariker decided it was time to take a step back.

"Of course you advertise and market your dealership. But you'd be surprised how little some dealers invest in promotions. But it's not the quantity that matters as much as the quality."

It was quickly acknowledged that of course traditional advertising and marketing strategies work, and they work well - and they've done so for years. But consider this about consumers before you continue reading....

86% of consumers in this industry research extensively online before they visit a dealership.

And now, with more than 92% of Americans own a cell phone, mobile platforms offer an on-the-go, additional way for these consumers to search and browse units online.

Given these statistics from the past couple years, and minding the fact that these projections are only expected to grow within the next few years, Cariker's article proves one incredibly valuable to dealers from all locations, of all sizes, and with all customer demographics.

The biggest thing right now = applying strong, classic advertising practices to the mobile sphere. In the article, you'll find a simplified explanation and rundown of some of the best tips on how to integrate these success-driving strategies to mobile audiences. Check it out- a great read, and great advice from a prominent mobile industry professional!

Motorcyclist Magazine announces 2016 Motorcycle of the Year award winners

2016 MOTY Awards

Motorcyclist Magazine, a publication produced for riders for over a century, recently announced the winners of their 2016 Motorcycle of the Year Awards. The distinction recognizes some of the best and most innovative new models, technologies, and individuals on the market. The selection of winners by the Motorcyclist staff requires careful attention to a number of vehicle and industry factors, including culture shifts, sport advancements, industry changes and fluctuations, and people, companies, and organizations who have contributed to the further development of motorcycling as a whole. This year's awards crowned the following titles to deserving winners, including Motorcycle of the Year, Best New Technology, Motorcyclist of the Year, and many, many more.

Below we've shared just a few of Motorcyclist's top picks for 2016- check out their website and see for yourself who won this year! 

Motorcycle of the Year - Triumph Street Twin

2016 Triumph Street Twin

Best Sportbike - Yamaha YZF-RI

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1

Best Touring Bike - Indian Roadmaster

2016 Indian Roadmaster

Best Bang for the Buck - Yamaha FZ07

2016 Yamaha FZ07

Best Dreambike - Honda RC213V-S

2016 Honda RC213V-S

Want the full list? Keep reading to find out who took this year's top picks. Congrats to this year's winning bikes, individuals and innovations from all of us here at Cycle Trader!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE FOR THE KIDS: 250,000 miles. 3 Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors. One bold and determined cause.

As one of the biggest motorcycle classifieds sites in the country, Cycle Trader is incredibly proud to announce that we've partnered with Rever and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF)

Sample REVER tracking map
Cycle Trader’s Challenge for the Kids encourages riders to get out on the road and log their traveled miles in Rever, a newly launched app that brings motorcycle enthusiasts together in the simplest yet most incredible way. Similar to other map-based mobile apps that track an individual's covered distance (i.e., MapMyRun), Rever enables motorcycle enthusiasts to plan and record their rides, all while raising money for Ride for Kids.

The challenge will run throughout the month of September, and our goal is to reach 250,000 total miles logged by motorcyclists in the app by the end of the month.  If this challenge is met, Cycle Trader will provide funding for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to award college scholarships to three children who survived pediatric brain tumors.

“The PBTF is honored to be a recipient of this generous challenge,” said Tiffany Armstrong, VP of Campaign Development for Ride for Kids.  “Cycle Trader has been a wonderful partner in promoting our Ride for Kids program, the longest running charity motorcycle event in the country, and their further investment in our scholarship program is deeply appreciated.”

Justin Bradshaw, Co-Founder of Rever, was just as enthusiastic. "We could not be more excited about working with Cycle Trader and Ride for Kids…this is an incredible opportunity to engage with a global community of motorcycle riders, and to focus on a common cause that has a huge impact on kids’ lives."

"That's a powerful thing, and something we are proud to be a part of." Justin Bradshaw, Rever Co-Founder

With millions of riders on our site each month, we encourage our Cycle Trader fans to join the challenge and really help make a difference in the lives of these children.  The app is a great tool for keeping track of rides and logging miles, all while simultaneously supporting an incredible cause. 

We strongly encourage you to get out on the road, start logging those miles, and join the challenge, starting Sept. 1stDownload the Rever app on Google Play or Apple today! 

Special Partner Feature: Lane splitting is officially legal in California...and now the fine tuning begins

Read the full article on the Russ Brown blog today!
Lane splitting, long legal in California, is now “officially” recognized as such.  
Let the fine tuning begin!
After years of being an accepted practice in California, “lane splitting” officially became legal in the state as of Aug. 19 when Governor Jerry Brown signed in it into law. The lane splitting bill, commonly referred to as Assembly Bill 51 or AB 51, slowly worked its way through Assembly and Senate hearings with little opposition over the past several months. As with any new legislative act, there are few rough edges to smooth over. This bill is no different in that there is some ambiguity in the wording and how it will be applied to motorcyclists– particularly when it comes to guidelines set forth by the California Highway Patrol and most importantly, how the insurance industry addresses collisions involving a rider who is splitting lanes.
The catalyst for the “official” recognition of lane splitting as legal occurred when a citizen threatened action against the CHP for posting helpful safety guidelines about the practice on their website. The complaint was that CHP was not authorized to draft legislation and that, by posting guidelines on an activity that hadn’t been specifically designated as legal by the State, the CHP was running afoul of their authority.
To avoid fueling the legal challenge, the CHP voluntarily opted to remove the guidelines from their website. Soon afterward, Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) drafted AB 51 at a time when the momentum was on the side of motorcyclists to get the bill approved. “I have spent over a year working on AB 51 and now have support from law enforcement, motorcycle groups, and the insurance industry,” said Quirk.
A strong factor in the passing of AB 51 was a study published by the UC Berkley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center in the spring of 2015 in which they concluded that lane splitting is “relatively safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less”.
AB 51 also shared the support of the Motorcycle Industry Council, American Motorcyclist Association, the California chapter of ABATE, Liberty Mutual Insurance, as well as several law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Assn, the Fraternal Order of Police in California, the Santa Ana Police Officers Assn, and the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs Assn to name a few.
With the signing of AB 51, one section of the verbiage has brought up immediate questions and that is identifying which “motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety” will be the one that CHP consults with when drafting guidelines. “AB 51 defines lane splitting and allows the California Highway Patrol to develop educational safety guidelines regarding the practice,” said CHP spokesman Officer Martis. “The CHP will evaluate the best approach to take to develop guidelines that will benefit traffic/public safety in the best possible way. This will be a deliberative process in consultation with other agencies and organizations concerned with roadway safety, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Traffic Safety and the Department of Transportation, among others. At this time, it is unknown which motorcycle safety group the CHP will consult during this deliberative process.”
Officer Martis confirmed that there is no estimated timeline for CHP to produce the guidelines.
To develop the guidelines, CHP will be working with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety, and the yet to be identified “motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.” Logically, riders would assume that ABATE of California would be that designated organization; however, this appears to be an unknown answer at this time. “We are happy that we have guidelines and we are interested to learn how CHP is going to work with the motorcycle groups,” said Chuck Pedersen, Legislative Director for ABATE of California. “AB 51 states that CHP will ‘consult with this group’; however, it doesn’t mean that they have to listen to us. We feel it’s important that the actual riders have a strong voice in best practices guidelines that CHP draft.”
In fact, ABATE is also focused on is how the insurance companies will view any collisions involving a rider who is lane splitting. “Before lane splitting was legalized, if someone cut in front of a rider, the insurance companies would say it’s an unsafe practice so it becomes the rider’s fault or no fault where both the driver and rider are both at fault and their respective insurance companies handle their own damages,” said Pedersen.  “I hope the insurance companies will re-evaluate how they view lane splitting and our liability. If a rider is legally following the guidelines that CHP sets forth, then they should not be held liable if a driver cuts them off and causes a collision.”
Chuck Koro, Managing Partner of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys (Brown, Koro & Romag, LLP) says, “Our entire practice is dedicated to injured riders, the vast majority of whom are not at-fault.  The most important reminder for all motorcyclists is to drive defensively and at a safe speed relative to conditions, especially when splitting lanes.”
By legalizing lane splitting – also known as lane filtering or lane sharing – California becomes the first state in the America to allow a practice that is common place in many countries around the world. Motorcycle rights organizations around the country have been watching the progress of AB 51 and are now working to enact legislation so that riders in their own states have this option.
Assembly Bill No. 51 reads as follow:
Existing law requires, whenever a roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, that a vehicle be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and not be moved from the lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety.
This bill would define “lane splitting” as driving a motorcycle, that has 2 wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, as specified. The bill would authorize the Department of the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist, drivers, and passengers, as specified. The bill would require the department, in developing these guidelines, to consult with specified agencies and organizations with an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.
Section 21658.1 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
(a) For the purposes of this section, “lane splitting” means driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.
(b) The Department of the California Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.
(c) In developing guidelines pursuant to this section, the department shall consult with agencies and organizations with an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The Department of Motor Vehicles.
(2) The Department of Transportation.
(3) The Office of Traffic Safety.
(4) A motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.

Monday, August 29, 2016

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress – First Ride Review

By Andrew Cherney, Rider Magazine
The new-for-2017 MGX-21 Flying Fortress is Moto Guzzi’s bold entry into the middleweight bagger segment. (Photography by Kevin Wing)
The new-for-2017 MGX-21 Flying Fortress is Moto Guzzi’s bold entry into the middleweight bagger segment. (Photography by Kevin Wing)
An endless crackling of unmuffled pipes fills the air, and the bitter stench of abused clutches is unmistakable. If it’s early August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, then this must be Sturgis—and the onslaught of tens of thousands of baggers into this most American of bike rallies.
This year, there’s a new player vying for a place in that V-twin-biased motorcycle segment—Moto Guzzi is officially appearing for the first time at the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And the Italians have come to the party with a secret weapon: the new MGX-21 Flying Fortress bagger.


Base Price: $21,990
Unlike the reverence for tradition on the California and Eldorado, the MGX-21 embraces a sleek and head-turning modern aesthetic, backing it up with grunt and tech.
Engine Type: Air and oil-cooled, transverse 90-degree V-twin, 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,380cc
Bore x Stroke: 
104.0 x 81.2mm
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated 
dry clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 66.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 32 deg., 7.4 in.
Seat Height: 29.1 in.
Claimed Wet Weight: 
752 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.4 gals.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Believe it: The Most Expensive Bikes in the World

Ever wonder how much the most expensive bike on Earth actually is?

We've researched them. We've found them. And your mind just might be blown.



Ducati Panigale R


MV Augusta F4 RC


Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra


Kawasaki Ninja H2R

       Kawasaki UK


Energica EGO45


Tron Light Cycle



Confederate B120 Wraith


Vyrus 987 C34V


Coventry Eagle


MV Augusta F4CC

   LA Times


UCR MHTT (Mike Hailwood)


Harley-Davidson Rocker


Harley-Davidson Hubless


Icon Sheene

      The James List


MMT Turbine Streetfighter


DUCATI Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept


Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16


Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX


Legendary British Vintage Black


Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike


Jack Armstrong's Million Dollar Harley
(Cosmic Starship)



Hildebrand & Wolfmuller

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Ecosse ES1 Spirit


Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper



1949 E90 AJS Porcupine

And finally, we're just gonna leave this here...


Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter


So, if you suddenly became a millionaire,  which would you buy? 
A bundle of a few of these?
Just that Neiman Marcus beast?
Comment and let us know!