Must-See Motorcycle Rallies

Summer may be winding down  but thankfully the motorcycle community doesn’t stop for any season. Motorcycle rallies are held all year round throughout the United States and cater to a wide variety of different riders and different interests. Sure most riders have heard of Sturgis at least in passing but what other fun gatherings are there? Let us enlighten you:

 

1. Biketoberfest is coming up soon as a way for riders to escape the imminent winter by cruising on out to Daytona Beach, Florida. Attracting visitors from the world over, this event has rallies, track events, and a myriad of other attractions. You can learn more about it here.

 

2. The Cannonball Bike Run, held abroad in places such as Morocco and Spain, is a six-day celebration that’s the Gumball 3000 for motorcycles. This is a rather wild event from what we understand and having the right gear to bring out your adventurous side is a must (say perhaps our Arai XC & Bell Rogue helmets?). While you may think you’ve seen everything, you definitely haven’t seen this. Learn more about the ride here(unfortunately the 9th Cannonball Bike Run just happened at the beginning of July. Next year anyone?).

 

3. One of the biggest rallies is Daytona Bike Week, an event put on by the Daytona Chamber of Commerce. With over 500,000 attendees, this isn’t your local club’s backyard BBQ. Featuring concerts, races and street festivals, this is a must-see gathering. It runs every year usually during the first week of March. For more information, click here.

 

4. And (of course) Sturgis. We may have mentioned it as a well-known event but it’s still worth talking about. The 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is actually at the beginning of August (yes, right around the corner!) With concerts, rides, competitions, bike shows, and plenty of vendors, Sturgis is a mecca for motorcyclists. If you have a flexible schedule and some extra money laying around for a great time, here’s the link to the official event website.

 

The events highlighted above really bring it home for us why riding is so amazing: we all have a common passion. From weekend warrior to daily commuter, all of us have a love for motorcycles and these rallies are a great way to connect, have fun, and share that passion.

Ride safe and have fun,

mikey/Helmet City

P.S.: We always like it when you ride in style so don’t forget to check out our Arai XC& Bell Rogue helmets before you head out!

Futuristic Motorcycle Helmet from LiveMap

There’s a lot of buzz around this new motorcycle helmet being brought from concept to reality by a Russian company called LiveMap. Headed by CEO Andrew Artishchev, the company is driven to create a street helmet that features “augmented reality for easy and user-friendly navigation.” So what does that entail and why is this worth all of the fanfare it’s been receiving?

How many times have you been out on the road and realize you made a wrong turn or don’t know how to get to your destination? Every wanted to know what places of interest are around you while riding? The creators of the LiveMap motorcycle helmet had these questions in mind and are hoping to answer it with their groundbreaking helmet with heads up display. Only slightly larger than a standard street helmet (the interface and components, while minimal, will necessitate this), the LiveMap helmet will meet DOT safety standards as well as a slew of other international safety requirements. With a light sensor for adjusting display brightness according to external light conditions, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, and digital compass for tracking head movements, it is sure to be an amazing innovation. If it gets funded, that is.
Currently the project is being featured on indigogo, a crowdfunding site much like Kickstarter. With an ambitious goal of $150,000, it happens to be well under that as of now with about two weeks left for funding.

We hope that this project makes it or at least that other companies try to innovate much like LiveMap. Perhaps the other competitors can also have a slightly smaller price tag as $2000 is a deal-breaker for most. If interested in seeing this go into production or having one of these street helmets before anyone else, visit the project here. Whether you end up funding it or not, what do you think of this idea? Would you wear one or buy one?

ABS or No: The Great Motorcycle Debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some motorcyclists believe that learning how to brake properly is a rite of passage; a badge earned by putting in the time. But for novice riders, who generally have the highest number of motorcycle accidents, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are quickly gaining ground as the next biggest safety measure next to motorcycle helmets.

That isn’t to say veteran riders can’t reap the benefits of ABS – especially in wet conditions when reducing the stopping distance is crucial.

All in the Numbers

One study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that motorcycles with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those without ABS.

Interestingly enough, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports the overall risk of dying in a motorcycle crash is reduced by 37 percent when riders wear motorcycle helmets.

Coincidence? We think not.

What this data tells us is that wearing motorcycle helmets and purchasing bikes with anti-lock brakes can help riders decrease their chances of a fatal accident – by more than just a small margin.

Antilock Brakes Coming to U.S. Motorcycles

Europe already has a pending rule to bring ABS to motorcycles by 2016, but the U.S. lags in such regulations (not surprising considering the helmet laws in this country).

Some manufacturers, like Honda and Kawasaki, do offer models that either include or can be modified with an anti-lock braking system.

And it appears that other manufacturers could soon follow suit.

What are your views on anti-lock brakes? Yay or nay?