Lane splitting is something that comes up before state legislatures regularly.

Wikipedia defines lane splitting as "riding a bicycle or motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction. It is sometimes called lane sharing, whitelining, filtering, or stripe-riding."

So far lane splitting in every state except California, according to Lane Splitting Is Legal. The Golden State made it legal this summer and the full law takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. As of this writing, the specific rules were still being written. Lane splitting is common in Europe.

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As a group, we motorcycle riders need to stick together. We are “fragile”, often misunderstood and we strap on a machine between our legs that can catapult us at great speeds while sitting on its gas tank with little protection. And these machines breakdown from time to time. 

So normally, when you see a biker who has broken down alongside the road, stop and see if you can help. It’s the thing to do. No thanks needed, just do it. 

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Great news for fans of movies and motorcycles, or better yet, movies about motorcycles. MoreBikes in the UK announced that a movie is being prepared about the mythical and very dangerous motorcycle race, the Isle of Man TT.

But instead of making a “documentary” of this incredible race that has seen some 265 racers die during the race, this is a big budget movie with two really big A-list stars; Matt Damon and Liam Neeson.

Both are stars that have seen a lot of action movies, and Neeson rides motorcycles in real life (he also narrated the motorcycle documentary “Road”). 

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The idea is great; fantastic really. Imagine a small free device that can be used by anyone using the road; cars, trucks, buses, bicycles and most important, motorcycles. The device that will warn you when a fragile user (in other words, a motorcyclist) is close to you! 

The device is in fact your smartphone (iPhone or Android), and the free app is called The Bike Shield. 

Bike Shield communicates with other Bike Shield apps while travelling. Using the accelerator function, it knows when you are on the move. It then starts looking for other Bike Shield apps around it. 

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Winter is coming and that's not just a line from Game of Thrones. Some of us are lucky to live in places where we can ride year round, others, not so much.

When the winter doldrums hit, pull out a book. Here's a list of some of the best bike books out there. They can be purchased at bookstores and online retail outlets.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values. Let Mike Werner take you deeper into the book that tops every list of best motorcycle books.

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If there’s anything I hate more when riding my precious motorcycle is hitting a pothole. It’s not only very dangerous, but it’s also very bad for the bike. But maybe in the nearby future, it’s not going to be a problem anymore. At least, if the Dutch company VolkerWessels have anything to say about the subject.

The Dutch company has partnered with Wavin (a Dutch plastic pipe manufacturer) and Total (the French petrol giant) to create world’s first plastic roads.

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Motorcycles are left out of the US Department of Transportation's new Road to Zero safety plan.

The biker community's activists are not happy about this.

"We laud the efforts of these three federal agencies and the National Safety Council to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on the nation's roads," said Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association. 

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The good old days of motorcycling; leather clad men riding 2-stroke motorcycles generating noise and smoke while smoking their cigarettes and their girlfriends riding pillion holding on for dear life, hair in the wind. Riding into the sunset towards the next watering hole. The good old days…

Well, many bikers are feeling nostalgic enough to want the brands of yesteryear back. Already the crop of current motorcycle manufacturers have been bringing back vintage motorcycles; Ducati with its successful Scrambler, BMW with its Nine-T, Japanese manufacturers bringing back their favorite “old” models.

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In case you missed it, Harley-Davidson just shucked out $15 million to settle a motorcycle emissions claim by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The consent order covers two different "super tuners." Among other things, it says Harley has to try to buy back the unsold units and destroy them. The EPA claims Harley was selling "illegal tuning devices that increase air pollution from their motorcycles."

Here's a more detailed look at this order and what it means to bikers.

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Anyone familiar with my work knows that I’m all about the ride, regardless of distance; the further the better. What better way to soak up the beauty and mystique of America’s landscapes than from atop a motorcycle? While nine times out of 10, my journey starts in the garage with my own bike, the 10th would require an airplane and a rental.

Though my bride does not share my passion for motorcycles – the lack of suspension and seat padding on mine are to blame - we do share a mutual love for the beach. 

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Chains and belts are the most common methods to get power from the engine on a motorcycle to a wheel. Some bikes do use drive shafts, but that is less common. Here's a look at these methods motorcycles use to get a ride down the road.


Belts drove the first motorcycles. Heavy duty leather was mounted to a large pulley. Today, that sounds close to impossible, but early motorcycles were not the power plants we ride today.

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