Buying a Motorcycle

Thinking about buying a Bike? Autumn (aka end of riding season in the Northeast) is a great time to get a good price on the purchase of a pre-owned motorcycle from a private party. Late in the fall through the middle of winter is prime because people thinking about buying a new bike know they won't be riding over the winter. They don't want to store their old bike over the winter. Nor do they want to pay for a new one that they won't be riding, so they plan on buying in the spring. After they have had their last fun ride of the season they are eager to bank some money for their new one. So why does this period extend until mid winter? Because if the bike is not selling the owners tend to drop the prices as November turns to December. Conversely, spring and summer is the … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle DUI Penalties

I haven't written about the very important subject of driving under the influence (DUI) in a few years, but it is important to keep this subject in front of riders. Given that riding season is finally in bloom, I want to touch on the topic of DWI/DUI as many riders will end up at destinations where alcohol is being served.   I want to inform all of you that the penalties for DUI/DWI are getting harsher and more expensive every year in Pennsylvania, and across the nation. Though I have written on this in the past, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit merits renewed discussion. The .08 blood alcohol content limit to drive in Pennsylvania means that just two beers (or drinks) in rapid succession will put us close to the limit, especially if not ingested with food. Also … [Read more...]

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How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious injury when you are involved in a motorcycle accident is to have the right riding gear. Arguably, the most important piece of protective gear is your helmet. However, choosing the right helmet can be process. I've even heard it said that choosing your helmet can be as confusing as choosing a bike for some people. I don't know about that statement, but with all of the choices of helmet manufacturers and styles it does take some research. First, let's look at some of the major manufacturers of motorcycle helmets. Going with a proven manufacturer is usually a good start. Some of the top dogs these days, in no particular order, are: Arai Helmets - Popular among racers, this company is a multi-generation helmet maker, with … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Stay Safe This Independence Day Nothing ruins a long holiday weekend like a visit to the hospital. Cars pull out in front of you... Cars run into you... Drivers don't see you... it happens. Other drivers cannot always be trusted... and probably never should be trusted. I wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July this year! Here are some days, weekends, and years that were ruined by motorcycle accidents, in my clients' own words: "Someone turned left in front of me, I was admitted to the hospital – trauma status. I'm home now and scared." "I suffered a concussion, brain injury, fracture to the orbital socket of my eye, and 3 fractures to my upper jaw, some internal bleeding, and plenty of muscle strains." "My accident left me with a dislocated rib, so (the doctor) sent … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Rider Workouts

My last blog article was about how important physical fitness is for motorcycle riders with regard to safety and enjoyment when riding their cycles. This week I want to provide some motorcycle rider workout information that is useful for keeping in shape for riding. I'm not a professional trainer, and as such will not be explaining individual techniques in detail. I encourage you to either explore the internet to find detailed information or consult a personal trainer. If you have questions about whether you are healthy enough to perform these exercises at your current fitness level, please consult your physician before starting. It is very important that you start easy and don't over do it. Starting slow will allow your muscles to get used to routines and avoid excessive … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Fitness and Safety

fit·ness noun the condition of being physically fit and healthy. "disease and lack of fitness are closely related" synonyms: good health, strength, robustness, vigor, athleticism, toughness, muscularity the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. "he had a year in which to establish his fitness for the office" synonyms: suitability, capability, competence, ability, aptitude No matter which definition of "fitness" you look at, it applies to riding a motorcycle. Any rider knows that riding is a good workout and it quickly gets us in shape during the exciting spring season, keeps us fit during beautiful summer trips and those wonderful, crisp fall days. We may not have to implement extra fitness activities during those times in order to … [Read more...]

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Avoiding Three-Wheeler Accidents

PA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Advice I wrote just a couple of weeks ago at my New Jersey legal blog about purchasing a three-wheeler (AKA a “trike”) for my wife, the lovely Mrs. Cycle Attorney. After having ridden for years on the back of my own bike, she’s definitely caught the biking bug, but wasn’t sure she was ready to dive right in with a standard two-wheeler. We decided a trike would be the way to go, because we felt that this type of motorcycle offers a unique combination of safety and ease of riding, without sacrificing the most important factor of all – fun. So we did some research and ultimately chose the Can-Am Spyder. But despite the relative safety of three-wheelers, as a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer who’s deeply concerned with the well-being of my biking … [Read more...]

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Winterizing Your Motorcycle

7 Steps to Get Your Bike Ready for Winter Storage None of us wants to admit it, but that nip in the evening air (and the fact that it is October already!) can only mean one thing. Winter is coming. And while we still have about a month of weather warm enough for riding, it’s time to start thinking about putting our bikes away for the winter. As you know if you’ve been following my blog, I am both a long-time Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, and an avid rider, so I am just as amazed at how fast the summer disappeared as anyone. And just as bummed about putting my bike away. And it isn’t just the deep, deep emotional trauma of getting out that tarp that’s so depressing, but all of the other tasks that go along with winterizing your motorcycle. To help you struggle … [Read more...]

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How to Get a Motorcycle Permit

A Guide for Pennsylvania Teens and Their Parents It’s summertime and that means lots of teens are out of school, and clamoring to jump on their bikes to blow off some steam. Which is great! With preparation, practice and parental supervision, motorcycle riding can be a great summertime activity for your teen, and a way for you and your kid(s) to bond. Obviously an important step in making that happen is for your teen to get his or her Class M license. As I have mentioned in writing before on my Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer blog, riding without a license – besides being illegal – is just an awful idea. With these factors in mind, I thought a brief primer on how to get a motorcycle permit in PA would be a good resource for teens who are interested in joining the biking … [Read more...]

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Getting a Motorcycle License in PA

I am always on the lookout for articles that deal with motorcycling safety and recently found an article in the local paper dealing primarily with how to get your motorcycle license in PA and/or NJ.titled " Venturing on 2 Wheels, Safely", written by Scott Sturgis. Scott wrote that in 2013 PA motorcycling has grown from 315k registered motorcycles, to 405k. The numbers for Jersey were not available. Age Requirements for a Motorcycle License In both states if you are under 18 and want to apply for a permit you must take a basic rider safety course. If older than 18 you can simply apply for a permit. Once you feel you are ready for a license in NJ, you must take a road test to prove your competence and then you will receive your license. How to Get a Motorcycle License in … [Read more...]

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Getting Your Bike Ready for Spring

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Checklist Well, it’s been a long, cold winter here in the east, but finally there’s a hint of spring in the air. And you know what that means for your friendly neighborhood Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer. It’s time to get that bike out of winter storage, and hit the road. But any serious rider will tell you, you can’t just go down to the batcave, start your bike up and take off, without taking care of a few important tasks first. A little care and feeding will extend the life of your bike. Not to mention that keeping your bike in peak condition will help preserve your cheap insurance premiums by helping you stay safe and accident-free, with no need to call a motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your rights, fight with providers, or any of … [Read more...]

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Don’t Outrun Your Headlights

And Other Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Advice for Safe Nighttime Riding This won’t come as real news to long-time riders out there, but night riding is one of the most consistently pleasant, and relaxing experiences you can have on your motorcycle. It is more quiet and private than riding during the day because there simply isn’t as much traffic to be aware of, and if you are taking a ride in the country, it’s a great opportunity to experience a bit of nature. However; my Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer brain has just kicked to remind me that night riders (wordplay!) need to take some extra precautions when they hit the road. Along with the joy and freedom of riding at night, there are some additional dangers to be aware of as well. The good news is with a little … [Read more...]

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