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Motorcycle Training and Track Days List of motorcycle training resources, track days, motorcycle training in the U.S.A. and supervised training for beginning and advanced motorcyclists Motorcycle Riding Skills and Techniques Ruminations on motorcycle clothing safety standards  |  ACU five star motorcycle helmet safety standard to replace ACU Gold sticker; will combine Snell and ECE 22.05 standards  | wBW review of …

Motorcycle Accident Statistics The mission of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is straightforward: “Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes.” Although every Federal government agency seems overly politicized lately, and NHTSA quite often gets beaten up by various interest groups, the agency does publish relevant technical information. It’s too bad they haven’t …

Motorcycle Braking Tips This information was originally published in the New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants  Megarider eNewsletter New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants, Wellington, New Zealand. You can subscribe to the Megarider eNewsletter: Send an email to [email protected] with a request to go on the mailing list. 1. Which brake is the most effective? The front brake is the …

Motorcycle Safety Information Motorcycle Training in the U.S. and U.K.: Visit the wBW Motorcycle Riding Schools, Training and Track Days page for information on Motorcycle Riding Schools, Racing Schools, Training, Track Days and Riding Skills Motorcycle Safety U.S.:  Snell Memorial Foundation – Helmet info; helmet FAQ’s; search for approved helmets; how to purchase and fit helmets  |  National Association of State …

Cell Phone Crash Study Evidence of Effects of Cell Phone Use on Injury Crashes: Crash Risk is Four Times Higher When Driver is Using Hand-Held Cell Phone Common sense as well as experience tell us that handling and dialing cell phones while driving compromise safety, and evidence is accumulating that phone conversations also increase crash …

Motorcycle Safety Tips  Countersteering:  What is it? Check out this article from the U.K. site “Survival Skills”  |  Can you steer a bike by leaning rather than countersteering? Keith Code says no in his “Twist of the Wrist” book series Mechanical Safety:  Keep your motorcycle in good running order with maintenance and repair information on the wBW Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair page …

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures The “Hurt” Study Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R., Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007, Contract No. DOT HS-5-01160, January 1981 (Final Report)  The Hurt study, published in 1981, was a ground-breaking report …

Motorcycle Helmet Safety Information Read the October 2001 full report “Fatal Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes” (DOT HS 809 360)  from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); a study recently conducted on motorcycle accidents and safety Single vehicle motorcycle crashes account for about 45 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities. More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died …

BMW Scooter Safety Recalls The BMW scooter has already undergone a recall in the U.S.A. Let’s hope there aren’t more, but just in case, I started this page to list any safety recalls as I learn about them. [UPDATE: More recalls added below!] In the U.S.A., vehicle owners can report issues directly to the National …

New Road and Hazard Design Study Released; Includes Worksheets for Road Safety Audits The Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles (ACEM) was founded in 1994 and represents the major motorcycle manufacturers in the European Union (either European or producing in Europe), as well as 12 associations at a national level. They have just released a …

In Part 1 of this article, I described my detailed tour of the Nolan Helmets factory in Brembate di Sopra, Italy. I learned about the polycarbonate motorcycle helmet manufacturing process and all of the work that it takes to create a Nolan helmet. During my tour, I also visited a separate Nolan facility used for manufacturing the …

Motorcycle Clothing Sizes and Conversion Charts Can Help You Find The Right Size Helmet The information on this page can help you find the correct size for motorcycle clothing, but remember that manufacturers really don’t seem to have a good standard that is used for motorcycle clothing, so these charts should be used only as …

Back to the wBW Motorcycle Safety News Page Archived Motorcycle Safety News:  New SHARP motorcycle helmet safety comparison rating system launched in the UK  |  Dainese D-Air motorcycle airbag system deploys for first time in racing  |  Motorcycle industry pledges matching funds for new accident study  |  AMA releases public service announcement video to help raise awareness of motorcycles on …

Motorcycle Training and Track Days Improve your skills and have loads o’ fun at one of the motorcycle riding schools below. Know of some motorcycle training we should add? Send it to: [email protected] Motorcycle Skills Training Reviews Motorcycle Skills Video Reviews BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills A Twist of the Wrist II More Videos… MSF Training …

CE “Certified” vs. “Approved”? There Is a Difference. We Explain “Tested, Certified & Approved” And What It Means to You As A Rider. Motorcyclists of the world: you’ve been had. That means me too, and I don’t like it one bit. We strive to bring you precisely accurate information on webBikeWorld. That is information for intelligent people …

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Sept. 12, 2011 — The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently graduated its six millionth RiderCourse student, a milestone reached through the ongoing efforts of nearly 10,000 RiderCoaches at more than 2,000 training sites worldwide. Though it would be impossible to identify the six millionth student, the MSF determined the total number of graduates …

HJC Sy-Max II Helmet Latch Failure I normally wear a full-face helmet when I’m riding a motorcycle unless I’m evaluating a flip-up for a webBikeWorld review. My feeling is that the advantages of a flip-up helmet usually do not outweigh the disadvantages. I also find flip-up helmets to be generally heavier, louder, less comfortable and …

Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Spine Injuries After Collisions Helmet Weight as a Risk to Neck Injuries Called a “Myth” March 2011 –   Motorcycle helmets, long known to dramatically reduce the number of brain injuries and deaths from crashes, appear to also be associated with a lower risk of cervical spine injury, new research from Johns Hopkins University …

USTEK “Night Armor” Electroluminescent Safety Vest The USTEK “Night Armor” safety vest uses an interesting type of electroluminescent piping that has an appearance similar to neon. The vest features a high-visibility yellow and orange shell with highly retro-reflective accents, making it suitable for day or night use for motorcycling and other activities. webBikeWorld has always …

New Motorcycle Safety Reports Available ▪ Motorcycles With ABS Are Safer ▪ Helmets Save Lives ▪ Motorcycle Training Does Not Reduce Crash Rate More wBW:  Motorcycle Safety Page  |  Motorcycle Reviews April 6, 2010 – The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the U.S.A., has released a series of reports on motorcycle safety …

Ducati Commits the the European Road Safety Charter Ducati has committed itself to promoting and adhering to the European Road Safety Charter. The European Road Safety Charter is intended to save 25,000 lives a year by 2010. It represents a new phase in the European Union’s commitment to road safety. The European Road Safety Charter was …

Choosing Motorcycle Helmets:   Link to an older Motorcycle Consumer News article comparing helmets, some of which are older models  |  See the wBW Safety Page for a lot more info on helmet and motorcycle safety  |  Motorcycle News article comparing flip-up helmets  |  Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet by Saferoads.com in Alberta, Canada  |  What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets – reprint of old Motorcyclist Magazine …

Motorcycle Clothing Safety Standards Explained & Why They Matter Recently, a webBikeWorld visitor asked about motorcycle clothing and abrasion resistance. It’s a great question and we thought we should devote a page to the issue. It is very difficult to assess and compare the protective capabilities of motorcycle clothing, including jackets, pants, gloves, boots and even …