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The month of May is dedicated to Motorcycle Safety Awareness; keep your eyes open for motorcycles!
The month of May is dedicated to Motorcycle Safety Awareness; keep your eyes open for motorcycles! (Adam Waheed/)

Regardless of the historical enmity between drivers and riders, unexpected meetings usually have the same ending: plastic bits in the road, hospital bills, or worse.

With the riding season fully underway in all 50 states, it’s a good time to remind everyone that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Beyond the usual talking points about proper gear, good rider habits, including motorcycle riding tips, and situational awareness, a couple of statistics tell the story.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,218 motorcyclists were killed on American roads in 2022, the most recent year for which data is available. That’s up from 5,932 in 2021, a 4.8 percent increase. (View the official National Highway Traffic Safety Association report). Generally speaking, traffic injuries and fatalities have climbed in the post-pandemic era. For the motorcycle category, the increase is likely due to increasing ridership as well as a return to previous traffic levels. Let’s throw in a little ubiquitous smartphone use when driving by distracted drivers while we’re at it.

While this month is also aimed at driver awareness, riders can take matters into their own hands by recommitting to the habits and practices we (hopefully) learned in our first motorcycle riding course. Robin Dean, an MSF riding coach in five states with Total Rider, Clutch Motorcycle School, and the state(s) of Illinois and New Mexico, fielded a few simple questions from Motorcyclist.

What’s the easiest thing riders can do to stay safe?

“The easiest thing a rider can do to stay safe is practice what they’ve learned through reputable training providers. Be self-aware. Know your limits. Know that safety awareness month means we must accept responsibility for ourselves and our choice/actions.”

What do you preach to experienced riders?

“Experienced riders know the value of maintaining a steep skill-to-risk offset. The mantra I just mentioned [above] still applies. Doing so means representing the motorcycling community better and thus, giving non-riders more reasons to keep an eye out. Experienced riders can build on their training with next-level teaching. Maybe it’s an MSF Advanced RiderCourse, or low-speed performance maneuvers via the Lock and Lean program, or even high-speed track curricula like the California Superbike School or Yamaha Champions program.”

Do loud pipes really save lives?

“Loud pipes don’t ‘save’ anything, though I admit I like and have a loud exhaust. However, it’s worth asking: What do loud pipes ‘look’ like? Deaf people drive too. Even for the non-hearing impaired, that noise is being expelled behind the bike, not up front.”

Thanks for your POV, Robin. Although motorcyclists are an impossibly diverse community with wildly different reasons for riding, we can all agree on one thing: Stay safe and upright so that we can forever debate our various disagreements and strong opinions after a great ride.

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Riding Tips During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/motorcycle-safety-riding-tips/
Published Date: Tue, 07 May 2024 10:00:02 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1964-chevrolet-c10-custom-pickup-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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