The Denver Police Department is asking motorcycle riders to familiarize themselves with safety techniques before heading out on the road. Sgt. Troy Zimmerman is a 31-year veteran of the Denver Police Department and has more than a decade of experience patrolling on a motorcycle.
The Republic of Texas rally, the annual event that brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Austin got underway Thursday. Road safety is always a concern but the recent rock throwing attacks on I-35 has added a new wrinkle this year.
Advanced ABS, traction control, ride (power) modes, and even dynamically adjustable suspension are becoming commonplace. And like it or not, it may soon be impossible to buy a new motorcycle without at least some of these electronic rider aids.
Riding can be fun, but it does involve risk. People on motorcycles are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In light of two motorcycle deaths over the weekend, authorities urged all drivers to practice motorcycle safety.
Mary Kleinhenz admits that her family, including her two young daughters, struggle with the risks involved her hobby: Motorcycles. "My mom has a lot of concerns," Kleinhenz said. "My daughters haven't really expressed too much. I'm sure that they have worry in the back of their heads."
Three young lives were lost in a motorcycle crash this past week: A 22-year-old in Gates last Wednesday, another 22-year-old in Greece last Friday and a 20-year-old in Parma Saturday. "They say there are two classes of riders: those that have gone down and those that are going to go down," said Keaton Edwards. "I've gone down."
They rumble with sounds that can wake up sleepy neighborhoods.Some whiz by with enough horsepower to keep pace with and pass other vehicle traffic.
Legacy Harley-Davidson is teaming up with TxDOT for a Motorcycle Safety Awareness event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Legacy Harley-Davidson showroom, 12100 East Highway 80, between Odessa and Midland. Several banners will be on hand for groups to take photographs with and post to social media accounts. Food vendors will be on site for the event.
It's been almost a week now since Fox10 News reported two tragedies that left communities devastated. Last Thursday a 4-year-old boy was hit and killed from a motorcycle accident while playing on Alba Club Road in Mobile.