A while back, we brought you news that the Right to Repair was gaining traction at the national level. This is quite important to anyone who buys modern devices that have software and electronic components.

Here's why.

Pretty much every motorcycle rolling off the assembly lines these days has an ECU, electronic control unit. The ECU has software. Software is covered under the US Copyright Law acts.

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Florida ranks at the top for the most dangerous states for people on two wheels.

The Governors Highway Safety Association 2017 report is out and it looks at motorcycle deaths. It is based on 2015 information.

But where are you most likely to become a statistic and the honoree at a memorial ride? In other words, where are you most likely to die in the saddle?

Hawaii.

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Want to blow a mathematician's mind? Ask him how a human learns to balance on two wheels or even one wheel.

If you are going to ride a motorcycle (excluding trikes from this discussion) you've got to learn how to balance on two wheels. Nearly all of us learned on a bicycle and moved up as we got older.

Someone is going to point to the new BMW self balancing ride. Great, as long as the bike is charged.

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According to some of the major financial experts, the motorcycle industry is in trouble.

Yawn.

Been there, done that, came back from the brink and got in the saddle again. The latest salvo of the death of the biker industry tries to track sales. Bloomberg's graphic shows bike sales were cut by nearly 1/3 between 2008-09. To refresh your memory, that's when the Great Recession body slammed the United States.

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We’ve seen many companies over the last decade or so offer burial services to motorcycle riders that include a last ride in a motorcycle hearse.

They take a motorcycle, and either place the coffin on a sidecar or drag a hearse behind it (like in the old Wild West days, a horse pulling a hearse).

Now, one biker is going to go a step further. An 89-year-old Pennsylvania biker names Arthur Werner Sr. (no, no relation to me) was so in love with his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail with sidecar that he decided he wanted to get buried with it.

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According to the AAA and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in terms of numbers, Florida is the place NOT to ride a motorcycle. That is because it’s where you’ll find the most motorcycle related deaths; more than any other state.

Their numbers don’t even look at population ratios, it’s pure THE biggest numbers. In 2015, 606 bikers died, 30% more than in 2014. Bikes represent only 3% of all vehicles, but unfortunately represent 20% of fatalities.

Miami-Dade County is the worst in Florida with 67 fatalities.

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When it comes to the things we don't like about riding, saddle sores are not something that usually tops the list. Until experienced that is.

Saddle sores are created by pressure or chafing from sitting in one place too long. It's the same thing as bed sores. These days it's more common for bicycle riders, because of the configuration of that tiny seat, but it can hit anyone who rides on two or three wheels. Horses and horse riders can also get them.

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There have been several high-profile HUDs (Heads Up Display) for motorcycles announced over the last few years (like Skully and LiveMap). Having a HUD makes sense, since you can be presented with important information while riding your motorcycle without being distracted or requiring focusing away from traffic. Let’s face it, if fighter pilots use HUDs while slugging it out with bandits in the sky, why wouldn’t it be okay for us bikers? 



  



But almost all these HUD proposals have bought the farm … they no longer exist.

 

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Ever thought about heading north, as in crossing the border north for a road trip?

I returned not long ago from my second trip (third if you count going up, crossing in and turning around to come back) to Canada. While I didn't ride my scooter, I did learn a few things about going from the US to Canada and coming back.

If you do plan to ride into Canada, then you will need a few things at the border.

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You got to ask yourself, can your gloves become smart? Well, according to Lab Brothers, they can.

Lab Brothers submitted a crowd-funding project at Kickstarter in order to fund the development of the TurnPoint motorcycle glove; a smart glove.

Their idea was to wirelessly connect the glove to your smartphone, which in its turn has a GPS Map program running.

Instead of having the GPS program on a smartphone (or standalone GPS device) mounted on your handlebars or windshield, requiring you to focus on the device, the TurnPoint glove will tell you when to turn with LED lights built into the glove

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For about as long as brothers have been on two wheels, someone has been worried about their head. More specifically a way to protect the brain inside the skull.

The first was probably good enough to prevent a sunburn. Its ability to protect the head in the event of a crash, well, not so much. It could stop some cuts but would not do much to stop blunt force trauma like slamming your noggin into the pavement. Gottlieb Daimler, credited with being the first person to create a real motorcycle, also gets the nod for the first helmet.

 

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