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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Stranger things have happened, but this one beats them all. You would almost want to think that with Harley-Davidson trying new things (like the electric bike they announced recently), the following is Harley’s attempt to manufacture self-riding motorcycles.

If you are confused, stay with me…. 

Several cars and even motorcycles spotted this Harley riding on a busy motorway in France without a biker: 

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After some bikers in Louisiana got arrested last fall for wearing bandanas, the Creole State legislature took a look at the law and exempted bikers from the law that bans full face coverings.

WHAT HAPPENED

It was not a mass arrest, but a series of stops that led to more than a dozen bikers charged with an offense under Louisiana's anti-mask law.

LSA-R.S. 14:313 banned anything that completely covered the face, with an exception carved out for Maris Gras and kids at Halloween. The old law stated in part:

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Judging from some news reports, the electric motorcycle is about to take over the world. No doubt, the e-rides are getting a boost from the hybrid and electric car publicity.







Ebikes are also proving worthy in races.







However, they may not be everything that is promised.







NOT SO GREEN







To start, a lot of people think the electric motorcycles are better for the environment. Certainly, they produce fewer byproducts like exhaust fumes. But they are not 100 percent green no matter what anyone says.

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In the middle of WWII, the Russians created the Ural, a sidecar and motorcycle company.

The Ural is named after a range of mountains in West Russia. For the geographically minded, read more here.

These days, the Ural is made in a plant in Siberia. Wes Siler visited the plant and wrote about for RideApart. What he learned will probably make you shake your head. Rather than outsource, the factory makes pretty much everything.

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