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Scooter Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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Whether inspired by the images of suave Italian Vespas motoring through Rome, or whether the idea of a simultaneously environmentally-friendly and economical mode of transportation, scooters might be the optimal vehicle for you. But, as a scooter owner, there are local laws with which to familiarize yourself, as well as general etiquette. Continue Reading →

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Motorcycle Safety in the Rain: Hello El Niño

Motorcycle in the rain.

We had a surprising amount of rain earlier this week, and more is on the way. And although Southern California doesn’t get as much rain as the northern part (we’re looking at you, San Francisco), when we do get rain, it’s usually a strong storm. And it usually leads to flooded areas, and quickly.

Anyone who has driven on the SoCal freeways when it rains knows that we seem to lose our minds when water falls from the sky. Mainly, that’s because we don’t drive any differently, thinking that we’ll be able to brake and see just as well as when it’s bone dry.

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Motorcycle Airbag? It’s Coming Soon to a Bike Near You

Motorcycles: Most people are either in the for or against camp. If you’re a mother, the chances of you wanting your son or daughter on the back of a motorcycle is slim to none. But what if there was an airbag for motorcyclists?

It sounds crazy, but just such a system has been used since 2009 for motorcycle racing professionals, and now Dainese is about to launch a version for the street rider. The company, an Italian motorcycle apparel maker with its U.S. headquarters in Costa Mesa, creates a leather suit that includes a system to inflate helium-filled balloons to protect the wearer’s shoulders and collarbones. The suit should be on sale by September—to motorcycle riders who can afford a hefty price tag of $2,499. Continue Reading →

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