March Motorcycle News
|Motorcyling Hair Theives||RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: The price of hair here must be awfully high. Two men on a motorcycle grabbed a woman on the street here and chopped off her 4-foot long hair with a machete. Police there said this sort of thing is happening more often. Hairpieces can cost upwards of $500.00, so long hair on a woman in Rio can be dangerous to wear. Thieves are quick on bikes, and apparently well aware of the value of the stuff.|
|Motorcycling US Soldiers Entertain Iraqi People||BAGHDAD, IRAQ: It’s not all the seriousness of war here. Some of our soldiers have been drawing big crowds by popping wheelies on their motorcycles in parking lots. People here are looking for anything to take their minds off the killing. One of these guys said he wouldn’t do the stunts on the streets because security forces would think him a terrorist and probably shoot him off his ride.|
|Transportation Chief Wants to Rob Motorcycling Safety Training Funds to Promote Helmet Use||
According to the Department of Transportation, the legislation submitted to Congress would allow states to use federal motorcycle safety funding to promote the use of motorcycle helmets. Currently, states are limited to using the funds for motorcycle safety training and awareness programs only.
In spite of a Congressional ban on the federal agency lobbying state legislatures in favor of passing helmet laws, Secretary Peters wrote letters to President of Senate Dick Cheney and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi requesting an amendment to allow the SAFETEA-LU Section 2010 Grant funds to be used to promote helmet use in a letter sent to ,“seeking greater flexibility for states to target one of the leading causes of motorcycle deaths across the nation – riding without a helmet.”
Motorcyclists across the nation fought hard for many years to get this grant money and the outlines for its usage were hammered out and agreed upon.
|Increased Global Demand for Motorcycles Forcast||
Global demand for motorcycles is projected to exceed 59 million unites in 2011. According to a new study from The Fredonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm, the demand for motorcycles is forecast to advance 6.0 percent annually to 59 million units in 2011, representing $49 billion in manufacturers' sales.
Two separate motorcycle markets exist, as broken down in the report. The first centers on the industrialized Triad (the US, Japan and Western Europe), where motorcycles are seen as pleasure vehicles. The other, much larger market in unit terms exists in the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America and the Africa/Mideast region, where motorcycles are seen as primary family and work vehicles. “While Asia is dominant in terms of unit volume, most key players derive far higher revenues per unit from sales in developed markets such as North America,” says the study.
|Crash Absorber Invented for Motorcycles||
A new design of crash absorber can combat the type of accident where motorcyclists run into something and are then killed by the bike pivoting over the front wheel and impacting on the rider. Iranian inventor Mohammad Hassan Shorabi has come up with a construction that absorbs some of the impact energy and transfers the residue of the impact reaction force to the back axle. He has incorporated the idea into a child’s bike so it can travel as personal airline baggage. It comprises a strong construction that projects just forward of the front wheel and is able to slide down the main body of the bike as the various parts of it collapse, bend and break.
Shorabi has installed it on two different motorcycles, and a friend “without mind” tested it by riding it into a wall – and survived the experience.
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