Motorcycle Show: February 6, 2015

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) comes to the Minneapolis Convention Center the weekend of Feb. 6.

See and sit on new product from BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, H-D, Honda, Indian, KTM, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha and more.

IMS began its nationwide tour the weekend of Oct. 31 in San Mateo, Calif. and culminates in Chicago the weekend of Feb. 13

MN ABATE Priority: Biker Profiling

The Straight River Chapter of American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education (ABATE) says stopping the profiling of bikers will be a legislative priority in the coming year.

The group made the announcement in a meeting with candidates for state representative running in district 24A, which includes Waseca and Owatonna, and 24B, which covers Faribault and Medford.

Chapter leaders, as well as many members of the audience, talked about a growing issue of businesses refusing to serve people who wear motorcycle gear such as vests with patches. Others said that police will pull bikers over, go through long searches and questioning, and issue no ticket in the end.

“One of our legislative priorities this year is to get an anti-profiling bill passed,” said Chris Nagy, a representative for the Straight River Chapter, according to the Owatonna’s People Press.

Another legislative topic that the group brought up was helmet laws. ABATE, which has 25 chapters in the state, opposes the instatement of a mandatory helmet law for adult riders.

Motorcycle Laws in MN

Although Minnesota lawmaker this past year mulled 10 pieces of legislation that could have impacted motorcycles, only one was passed into law.

– HB 723 & 2017 were to establish standards for use of data collected by an Event Data Recorder (EDR). They failed to pass.

– HB 2542 prohibited lead and mercury in wheel weights. It failed to pass.

– SB 906 & 2038 were to establish standards for use of data collected by EDR. They failed to pass.

– HB 1211 & 1730, and SB 724 & 737, all were efforts to create “Start Seeing Motorcycles” license plates. They all failed to pass.

Only SB 2192, which prohibits the sale, distribution or use of lead and mercury in wheel weights, was passed into law. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.


MN #11 in Dealer Outlets

Minnesota in 2013 was home to 262 retail outlets specializing in power sports vehicles such as motorcycles and scooters, according to a Retail Outlet Audit performed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). That number includes 178 retailers of new vehicles and 84 retailers that specialize in used vehicles, parts & accessories and service.

Minnesota ranks 11th in the number of power sports retail outlets per state, behind California (799), Texas (726), Florida (700), Pennsylvania (493), New York (413), Ohio (403), Illinois (332), Michigan (313), Wisconsin (302) and North Carolina (280).

CHP Concludes Lane-Splitting Study

A yearlong California study of motorcycle lane-splitting has concluded the practice is no more dangerous than motorcycling in general, if the rider is traveling at speeds similar to or only slightly faster than the surrounding traffic.

The maneuver becomes more dangerous, however, when a motorcyclist is speeding or riding more than 10 mph faster than the traffic the cyclist is passing.

“What we learned is, if you lane-split in a safe or prudent manner, it is no more dangerous than motorcycling in any other circumstance,” Calif. Office of Traffic Safety spokesman Chris Cochran told the Sacramento Bee. “If you are speeding or have a wide speed differential (with other traffic), that is where the fatalities came about.”

California is the only state that does not ban the practice.

The lane-splitting crash study, conducted by UC Berkeley and commissioned by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety, was conducted statewide by 80 law enforcement agencies who filled out a supplemental information sheet involving 8,262 motorcycle riders in collisions.

AMA: CDC ‘Scope Creep’ Involves Motorcycling

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a mission to prevent the spread of disease, “They’ve involved themselves in motorcycle safety,” said Rob Dingman, President & CEO, American Motorcyclist Association. “They’ve involved themselves so much, that they’re trying to prevent people from motorcycling as a part of their ‘health initiative’.”

“They are trying to prevent people from motorcycling, because they figure if they can stop people from motorcycling they can stop people from dying.

“To me, that’s just such a huge scope creep for a federal agency. It’s just insane to me that they are preoccupied with us instead of following what they should be doing.”

What Dingman may be referring to is the CDC’s new online “Motorcycle Safety Guide” that appears to be geared toward state lawmakers. Among the chapters is one titled “People Who Ride, People Who Die” …  Read it for yourself here: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/mc/guide/ride.html



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